Showing posts from June 8, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote June 14 2014

“If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world
but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”
- Anna Quindlen

In my many years of internet-based spiritual work, I have occasionally had to draw the line when others’ ideas for boosting business or generating great profits might compromise my own sense of integrity as a medium/minister. When we put profit before principle, our success is usually short-lived. Besides, it does no good to make a lot of money if we feel cheap deep down in our souls.

Immersed In The Wonder

At this very moment you are immersed in the wonder that is life. Feel the power, feel the possibilities, and live this day worthy of the greatness to which you are connected.

In even the smallest, most ordinary things there is amazing beauty and immense potential for joy. If you are bored or uninspired, you’re simply not paying attention.

Take a moment to take a deep breath, to take it all in, and to marvel at your exceedingly good fortune. Remind yourself that you are rich beyond all conceivable measure.

If you happen to feel burdened by some particular situation or limitation, take a step back and reconsider. Whatever may be troubling you is small compared to the nearly limitless options you have for doing something about it.

Though there are many problems, there are always many more positive possibilities. To transform those possibilities into positive reality, it’s up to you to take purposeful, focused action.

In this moment, feel the immensity of life’s wonder. And find delight i…

The Washed Ashore Project

What do 3 tons of garbage look like? If you are Angela Haseltine Pozzi, you turn this trash into sculptures that draw attention to the problem of plastic pollution. Unlike other artists that work with plastic beach debris, she doesn't cut everything up into tiny, beautiful pieces so you don't know where this plastic came from -- you can see each piece of plastic for what it is -- and you know that it was purchased by someone. A jelly fish made of discarded water bottles, a fish made of flip flops, coral made from get the idea...Each one of us has a hand in creating the plastic pollution that affects every beach in the world.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 13 2014

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you,
they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

If you really think about it, it is life’s problems that lead us to really think and wonder about what is right and true, what is most important, and who we really are and want to be. Without problems, we’d never look for or find the meaning in our experiences. We don’t truly want to be rid of all problems, for they are essential ingredients in personal fulfillment.

Fresh Perspective

This is a new, unique day. So don’t live it like an old one.

You have the opportunity today to learn, to grow, to achieve and to experience new things. To do so, you must exercise the courage to let go of some old, comfortable, predictable things.

Give your life some fresh, new energy today. Choose to step beyond what’s familiar and open yourself to new possibilities.

It’s easy to stay firmly and comfortably situated in your same old, habitual rut. However, it’s much more energizing and fulfilling to shake things up a bit.

Instead of listening only to those people you know you’ll agree with, consider the opinions and perspectives of those with whom you disagree. Rather than going only where you’ve already been and doing only what you’ve already done, put yourself where you can see life from a fresh perspective.

Richness in living comes from more than merely experiencing what you’ve already experienced. Much of that richness will come from discovering new ways to engage in the wondrous d…

Powerful Advantage

By complaining about your troubles you make those troubles bigger. By being thankful for your blessings you make those blessings more prominent in your life.

If you dwell on how difficult and complicated some particular task is, you make it even more difficult for yourself. It is by being thankful and enthusiastic that you get it done more effectively.

Your thoughts give great power to what they’re focused upon. So choose to focus those thoughts on whatever you wish to make more influential in your life.

Your thoughts create the perspective from which you experience and interact with life. It is always in your best interest to make that a positive, empowering perspective.

Your thoughts won’t change the external factors in your world. However, your thoughts will most certainly affect what you can accomplish with those external realities.

Choose those thoughts that will frame this day in a positive, purposeful perspective. Your thoughts are yours to control, so make good use of them to g…

How To Cultivate Practical Wisdom

"A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule... A wise person knows how to improvise...And finally, perhaps most important, a wise person is made, not born. "These are the words of psychologist Barry Schwartz, who together with political scientist Kenneth Sharpe explores how to find the "right" course of action in their new book, Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing. Wisdom seekers one and all will want to hear more.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 12 2014

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes
and my talents, and I lay them both at His feet.”
- Mohandas Gandhi

Why is it that we give thanks to God for our personal gifts and strengths, yet we beat ourselves up for our faults and weaknesses? We have been born divinely imperfect, wonderfully prepared to begin learning new lessons and rounding out our unique spiritual make-up. While we may fear that accepting our shortcomings will leave us stuck with them, the reverse is actually true. When we can honestly face our weaknesses and see the divine gifts in our challenges, we gain great power to transform ourselves and our experiences.

Make New Joy

It is great to treasure the joys of the past. When you do so, those joys will always be with you, bringing new pleasure each time you think of them.

But don’t get so dependent on past joys that you neglect to make new ones. Instead, allow the joys you’ve previously experienced to inspire you to make even more.

Circumstances have surely changed, and you’ll never again have the exact same joyful experiences you had before. However, you most certainly can create new, original joyful memories to treasure.

Be thankful about all the great times you’ve known. And be willing to make more great times with this day, with this moment, wherever you may be.

Don’t limit the possibilities for joy by assuming that the new joys must be just like the previous ones. Continue to open yourself to new, creative options for adding richness and fulfillment to life.

There are plenty of ways, right here and right now, to bring fresh joy to life. Treasure the joys of the past, and make some new ones today.

— Ra…

Why Compassion In the Workplace Matters

Workplaces vary on the extent to which "companionate love" is present. According to Wharton Management professor Sigal Barsade, companionate love is shown "when colleagues who are together day in and day out, ask and care about each other's work and even non-work issues...They are careful of each other's feelings. They show compassion when things don't go well. And they also show affection and caring -- and that can be about bringing somebody a cup of coffee when you go get your own, or just listening when a co-worker needs to talk." Research shows that workplaces high on companionate love are not only more appealing, but that this form of emotional culture is also vital to employee morale, teamwork, and customer satisfaction. Read on to learn more.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 11 2014

“When you are aware of your pain and suffering, it helps you to develop your capacity for empathy,
the capacity which allows you to relate to other people’s feelings and sufferings.
This enhances your capacity for compassion towards others.”
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I believe that many of us in “helping professions” walk through certain trials because it empowers us to help others later. Even if this is not the cause, the result is the same. The more challenges and struggles we overcome, the more wisdom and power we develop to guide and support folks who find themselves on similar paths. Instead of bemoaning our fate, we might consider some of life’s challenges to be part of our training as spiritual workers in the world.

Every New Moment

Time will pass no matter what. Give yourself something to show for it.

Give yourself some adventure, some achievement, some fellowship, learning, exhilaration, and other great moments of experience. Give yourself the benefit of working with discipline and focus to tackle a meaningful challenge.

Time moves forward, so get yourself moving forward with it. Make this day uniquely fulfilling, and then create even more fulfillment tomorrow.

You cannot go back and reclaim the hours, days and years that have already passed. Yet you can work to make the very most of every new moment that arrives.

Make time your friend by filling it with positive purpose as it arrives. Make time work for you by doing your best work with the time you have.

Time is filled with great promise and possibility. Claim all that value with purposeful, focused effort and lift your world higher as each moment passes.

— Ralph Marston

12 Habits of Productive People

Practicing "selective perfectionism," ordering their to do lists, and not being chained to email are just three habits of highly productive people. Read on for these and other insights from productivity gurus Robert Pozen of the Harvard Business School and Adam Grant of the Wharton School.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 10 2014

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
- Buddha

Everyone feels wronged at times. Some people quickly rise above it and move on, while others get caught up in anger and vengeance. Those who blame their enemies for how they feel tend to end up in the angry group. No one can make us feel a certain way, think a certain way or behave a certain way; we make all of those choices ourselves. When we take personal responsibility for what we think and feel, we remain centered in our personal power, and are spiritually invincible.

See Something Beautiful

There’s something beautiful about the moment you’re in. Find the beauty, feel the beauty, enjoy it, appreciate it, and let it expand.

There’s something beautiful about the place where you are. See that beauty, delight in it, and let its positive power encompass you.

In any situation, you can choose to see the beauty in life. When you do, you become more loving, more peaceful, more effective, and more fulfilled.

In seeing life’s beauty you are able to recognize life’s best possibilities. Appreciate the beauty, and you gain access to the abundance in which you are immersed.

Instead of reacting with anger, despair or frustration, choose to be amazed by the beauty that is always there. Something about every situation is beautiful, and you gain valuable insight by aligning yourself with it.

In what you do, in where you go, there is beauty. Choose to see and to live that beauty, and make your life truly rich.

— Ralph Marston

10 Projects To Help Save The Earth

Due to the rise of intellectual property and economic monopolies, the Open Source movement is fast becoming a thriving and expanding effort to give everyone public access to knowledge, culture and tools. From building your own electric car or building your own home, to even using the sun generate a solar energy supply system, the information flooding the world had never been so readily available. And now it's up to us to put these open designs to use and to move our civilization forward.

The Shadow of the Father

“The image of my father floats like a specter before me as I try to form my thoughts about manhood. I see him as he is now — a shell of a man, lost in private memories, spending his days idly flicking a television from channel to channel in hopes of finding something to occupy his time. I see him as he is, but I remember him as he was.”


“Little is perfect in our lives. We dream of perfect love, we try to become perfect people, we challenge ourselves to see the universe as a perfect creation. But all our efforts and struggles are doomed to disappointment. We are not perfect. But there is one place where perfection is given to us in all its wholeness: Fatherhood.”

Father is the First Teacher

“I’m at the pool, I’m maybe 4 or 5, and I’m learning to swim. I catch sign of myself in reflection: I’m a green-capped alien, the water is dangerously blue, every ripple like a flash of light along the pool’s floor, and I’m hanging on to the only safety I know: my father’s arms, my father’s chest, everything sturdy and comforting, covered with blond curling hair.”

Daily Inspirational Quote June 9 2014

“The total history of almost anyone would shock almost everyone.”
- Mignon McLaughlin

I recently ran into some old friends from high school, and it brought to the surface a flood of memories from a time when I sometimes failed to be as kind as I could have been. In fact, my husband was shocked by some of the stories I told him; he had trouble believing that I was once so selfish and so shallow. For a day or so I succumbed to fresh shame. Then I prayed on it and I realized that we’ve all done things we’re embarrassed about in the past, but instead of advertising those mistakes, we naturally try to hide them and forget about them. When you’re feeling down on yourself for being far from perfect, just remember that everyone else is imperfect too – you’re just more familiar with your own flaws than anyone else’s.

Positive Empowerment

Don’t waste your time, thoughts and energy in a state of need. Invest yourself and your life in action.

Free yourself from the burdens of anxiety and worry about what might or might not happen. Get busy living fully, making good and enriching things happen.

This moment is too valuable to contaminate it with negative, limiting thoughts. There are great things you can do right now to improve your life and your world, so go ahead and do them.

Choose to live in a state of positive empowerment by choosing to follow through on your best possibilities. You have the ability to make a difference, and the more you engage that ability, the more fulfilling life becomes.

If you’re waiting for the perfect opportunity, wait no longer. This day is the best opportunity you’ve ever had, because it is when you can take action and move forward.

Let go of the empty wishes, the complaints, the apprehensions, and let yourself do what you do best. Let yourself live richly by acting in every moment to make your wo…

The Laundromat with a Big Heart

The Indian Express laundry shop resembles an average Laundromat in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, India. The piles of neatly folded clothes and smiling faces of the shop's workers reflect their expert and efficient service in cleaning people's garments since 1940. A closer look, though, reveals a softer, warmer side to the shop: cats. Big and small, these furry creatures are often rescued from the streets and find a safe and welcoming haven in the love of the shop. More than cleaning clothes, this shop is polishing the mirror of its own big heart. A writer documents her visit in this beautiful article.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 8 2014

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
- Andy Warhol

Occasionally I have psychic reading clients who come back to me month after month and year after year with the same questions about the same problems. When I ask them if they’ve acted on the advice given in prior readings, they may or may not have wonderful excuses for why they haven’t, but the bottom line is still the same: they’ve been doing the same thing as always and hoping for different results. To break through a rut, try a new approach. If you want your life to be different, you have to do things differently.

40 Kids & Counting

What simply started as a young woman, her backpack and her desire to travel the world, has turned into the remarkable account of how a single person has transformed an entire remote Himalayan village. Read more about the inspirational story of Maggie Doyne, who has dramatically improved the lives of many young, orphaned children in a far-flung region of Nepal by building a loving home and an ever-growing school for the children.