Showing posts from June 15, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote June 21 2014

“Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.” - Proverbs 16:24 Think of the people you know who always uplift you. No doubt their words are full of encouragement, their opinions full of praise, their expectations of life positive. I’m betting they are also on the whole happy people, because the more we boost others, the higher we feel ourselves. When we decide to be uplifters, our whole lives change, for we then attract higher quality people and experiences, divine support and serendipitous blessings. The good that you discover in others is energy you weave into the fabric of your own life; each positive word spoken is like a little magnet that attracts love and blessings.

Live With Humility

Humility is surprisingly empowering. Sincerely putting others first is an excellent way to get yourself ahead. When you decline to grab the credit for the good things you do, others will be much more willing to work with you. When you’re not afraid to admit you don’t know it all, others will be happy to help you learn. Boasting will never earn you any positive impressions. It mainly makes you look foolish and insecure. Choose instead to regularly look at life from other peoples’ perspectives. Do what is best not for you alone, but what is best for everyone involved. It is nearly impossible to achieve real success by being centered only on yourself. The best thing you can do for you is to consider what’s best for everyone else. Always remember that true greatness does not have to be announced. Live with humility, with compassion and positive purpose, and live with that true greatness. — Ralph Marston

Leaders Open Doors

"I got to open doors for people!" These are the words spoken by author Bill Treasurer's five-year-old son, and these are the words which helped him to formulate perhaps his greatest insight into the characteristics of a successful leader. That is to say, leadership isn't so much about the leader, rather it's more so about those being led. In his most recent book, Leaders Open Doors, author Bill Treasurer contends that "leadership is about noticing, identifying, and creating opportunities for those being led." Discover how this radically simple approach is helping to redefine what leadership really means.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 20 2014

“I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish.” - Dame Edith Sitwell While some people might consider many of the professional psychics I know to be eccentric, I see them as extraordinarily awake and refreshingly authentic. I know a number of people who are embarrassed or shy about the unusual spiritual experiences they’ve had, and I share their fears of being rejected or considered foolish or crazy. Yet time and again when I am “out” about my spirituality, I connect with people who have had similar experiences or who are searching for someone like me. The world does not need more people with cookie-cutter beliefs; it’s full of them already. What it needs is people who are extraordinarily awake and alive and not afraid to be out about what they really believe and who they really are.

Useless Envy

Getting envious doesn’t get you much. When you feel envy, make the choice to take the energy of that feeling and to point it in a more positive direction. A much more empowering alternative to envy is gratitude. Envy creates a feeling of lack and limitation, while gratitude fosters a mindset of abundance. When it comes to the things that matter, there’s never any reason to be envious of anyone else. You can always choose to live your life in a way that’s the most positive and fulfilling for you. When there’s something about someone else’s life that appeals to you, look for ways to transform that feeling into positive action. Rather than being envious, be inspired. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, think of all the positive, value-creating things you can do. No matter where you are or what you have, there’s a world of opportunity available to you. Make the commitment to act on that opportunity, and to bring new, unique goodness to your world. Get beyond the useless e

Taking Back The Time

"As a species, we humans possess some unique capacities. We can stand apart from what's going on, think about it, question it, imagine things being different. We are also curious. We want to know "why?" We figure out "how." We think about what's past' we dream forward to the future. We create what we want rather than just accept what is. So far, we're the only species we know that does this. But as the world speeds up, we're forfeiting these wonderful human capacities...Do you equate productivity with speed? Margaret Wheatley explains how slowing down just might be the difference between ideas and action."

Daily Inspirational Quote June 19 2014

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” - Winston Churchill I often say that to be disliked by someone you consider immoral or despicable is a great compliment. Too many people keep their mouths shut when they witness an injustice, a horrible attitude or some other wrongdoing. The other day in the grocery store I saw a couple arguing. The young man threatened to leave his girlfriend there and drive away if she didn’t agree with him. My head was saying, “This is not your business!” but my heart said, “Act on your kind impulse!” I approached the woman and told her if she needed a ride somewhere, I’d be happy to take her. The young man turned red and quickly backed down, and they ended up leaving together. I don’t know what effect my intercession had, but I trust that when my heart is burning with indignation, my spirit is urging me to stand up for what is right.

Get Out of Your Own Way

Don’t waste your energy being resentful about the distractions or blaming the interruptions. Just go ahead and cheerfully deal with whatever comes along. Don’t use up all your time complaining about the problems or worrying about the challenges. Instead, be thankful that you’re able to do something positive with them, and then get busy. There is so very much you can achieve if you’ll simply get out of your own way. There is so much you can do when you stop second-guessing yourself and allow yourself to take action. By all means think about what you’re doing, but don’t let the thoughts get in the way of doing. Anticipate the possible problems but don’t let those imagined problems prevent you from moving forward. You owe it to life to express your unique perspective by creating new, original value and richness in the world. You owe it to yourself to wake up every morning and spend every day free of any self-imposed limitations. Step forward with joy and live your life. Discover

Joyce Carol Oates On the Art of Beholding Beauty

Perhaps counter intuitively, the diaries of celebrated artists, writers, and scientists, private as they are, are often reminders not only of their humanity but of our own, brimming with deeply and widely resonant insights on our shared struggles and yearnings. Such is the case of The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates -- a chronicle of Oates's characteristically self-reflexive, sometimes self-conscious, but always intensely intelligent and perceptive meditations on literature and life.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 18 2014

“Integrity has no need of rules.” - Albert Camus Throughout our formative years, most of us are taught that we must follow the rules. This social training begins in toddlerhood, picks up speed in preschool and kindergarten, and is well-entrenched by the time we’re able to tie our own shoes. We may have learned that if we are “good,” we’ll remain safe and succeed in life, and yet there is great danger in blind conformity. For example, the laws of Nazi Germany were made to be broken. At a spiritual level, there comes a point our development when our own wisdom and integrity supersedes the rules of man. When we reach that point, we can do as we like, and so long as our intentions are pure, good will prevail. Similarly, if we ignore our inner truth to obey others’ rules, we will suffer the karmic consequences more than those who don’t know any better.

Get Up And Get to Work

If you’re disillusioned with life, get up and get to work. Do something useful, get yourself busy making a difference, and you’ll soon feel your faith in life being renewed. If you’re frustrated or angry about something, get to work. Before long, you’ll find your focus shifting from the problems and frustrations to the possibilities and opportunities. If you’re tired and weary, stop and rest for a little while, but not too long. Then get back up, get yourself working on something meaningful, and you’ll feel a renewed sense of energy. It’s natural to feel lousy when you’re not making a contribution to life, but the answer is not to curse the lousy feeling. The answer is to get yourself doing something that will truly matter. No matter how young or old or strong or infirm you may be, there’s good and useful work you can do in your own special way. Assume that there’s something valuable you can do, and from that perspective you’ll discover new and energizing ways to lift up life.

The Fourth Wall of Empathy

Rick Raemisch, Colorado's new Chief of Corrections, asked to spend time in solitary confinement in an effort to ignite a larger discussion about the overuse of solitary confinement. He knew he needed to walk the walk in order to talk the talk. Read about how his empathetic experience garnered national headlines and encouraged prison administration and policymakers to question the frequency of this extreme measure of punishment.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 17 2014

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson At some level, everything we experience can be explained by spiritual law. When we say people are “lucky,” it just means that there is no obvious relationship between their efforts and their good fortune. Their “luck” is generated not through what they do, but rather who they are: someone with a high inner vibration rooted in faith, positive thinking and gratitude. As like attracts like, this high energy naturally attracts experiences that are in harmony with it. To generate your own “good luck,” count your blessings, expect good fortune, and maintain faith that all is and will be well.

The Opportunity of This Day

Today, life will give you the opportunity to be honest. Take that opportunity, and keep yourself aligned with the power of truth. Today, life will give you the opportunity to be compassionate. Take that opportunity, and feel the priceless satisfaction that comes from making a difference in the lives of others. Today, life will give you the opportunity to act with discipline and focus. Take that opportunity, and enjoy the fruits of being highly effective in whatever you do. Your life today will give you the opportunity to learn, to achieve, to enjoy, to reflect, to share, to listen, to understand and to love. Embrace each opportunity that comes your way with gratitude, enthusiasm and a sense of positive purpose. On this day, life will give you the opportunity to be your best, to live and to act true to the unique and beautiful person you know you are. Take that opportunity, and run with it. If you’ve been wishing and waiting for a perfect opportunity, it is here and now. This

Frijot Capra On Life & Leadership

Sustainability is not an individual property, but is a property of an entire web of relationships. It is a community practice. This is the profound lesson we need to learn from nature. The way to sustain life is to build and nurture community. Because of the close connection between sustainability and community, basic principles of ecology can also be understood as principles of community. In particular, they can be guiding principles for building and nurturing sustainable learning communities. They are extremely relevant to taking leadership positions and bringing about systemic change within our schools.

Writing with Nature

“Ralph Metzner in his book Green Psychology, Transforming Our Relationship to the Earth, discovered that tuning into the four different elements of nature – air, earth, fire, water – produces an experience of consciousness that is associated with the qualities of each element. For writers, this is a valuable tool.”

The ABC’s of Writing Into Truth

“The ABC’s of writing into our own truth are attention, belief, and courage. Attention means offering awareness to our body sensations and our emotions; belief means trusting our responses; courage means taking action based upon our responses. Each time we follow these ABCs, we strengthen the access to our inner authority.”

Rhythms of Language

“All living things pulsate with energy; so too should our language. Writing that lives and heals and engages us will breathe in and breathe out. When we go into nature and begin a Spirit Walk, our attention moves alternately inward and outward as we first alert ourselves to body and place, then send our senses out to gather information and pull that information inward.”

Daily Inspirational Quote June 16 2014

“Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.” - Miguel de Cervantes It is said that God helps those who help themselves, and from a metaphysical perspective, this reflects natural spiritual law. The Universe will match our energy and vibration; if we are willing to work hard for what we want, the Universe will work hard helping us to get it. When we come from a place of supplication and disempowerment, we relegate ourselves to a realm of limited potential, which means limited blessings and limited success. It is wise to pray and to imagine our dreams coming true, but to employ divine help we can’t just point and wait – we have to kick start the creative energy needed by taking inspired action.

Let Your Enthusiasm Show

When you’re enthusiastic about something, you can often appear foolish and naïve. Be enthusiastic anyway. Sometimes your enthusiasm will be misdirected, but that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with enthusiasm itself. Just make the correction, and let yourself be even more enthusiastic. Enthusiasm keeps you young, vibrant and involved in life. Enthusiasm allows the immense power of your authentic self to flow freely into the world around you. Enthusiasm makes you interesting and causes people to want to be around you. Enthusiasm is contagious and can be used to create wonderful, positive things in life. Don’t let yourself be embarrassed to be enthusiastic about the things that matter to you. It’s a fantastic thing to live a life of positive purpose, and to be highly enthusiastic about doing so. So go ahead and let yourself be wonderfully, refreshingly enthusiastic about this day, this place, and this opportunity to make the most of it all. Let your enthusiasm show, and yo

Empty Hands, Full Heart: Music for the Soul

At the pinnacle of a dizzying career, young Indian-American rapper Nimesh "Nimo" Patel was haunted by an unshakeable sense of emptiness. In his mid-twenties, he abandoned the limelight. An inner voice nudged him to radically simplify his life and find his purpose in service to others. Moving to the Gandhi Ashram in India, he dedicated himself to the children in surrounding slums. After a 7-year musical hiatus -- 5 of which were spent living with and learning from slum communities -- something inside nudged him to write music again. But, this time, in a different spirit. One that would reflect the heart of humanity. Over the past 9 months, Nimo has released a labor-of-love album, co-produced two music videos on kindness and gratitude, and embarked on a music pilgrimage -- all in the spirit of finding, practicing, and sharing small acts with great love.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 15 2014

“If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.” - the Talmud When we’re anxious to persuade someone to agree with us, it’s tempting to exaggerate or twist the facts around to look a certain way. Instead of making a stronger impression, however, this usually just diminishes our credibility and taints the karma of the situation. Even if others aren’t conscious of our exaggeration, at an energetic level, they will sense something is not quite right and react against it instead of aligning with us. Let the facts speak for themselves. Even if you don’t achieve the desired effect, at least your integrity will remain intact.

Transforming Trauma Into Creative Energy

Shoshana had her share of trauma. As a young Jewish women, she fled Antwerp during Hitler's rise to power in Europe, and thus survived the war. Years later, the trauma was deep inside, and it began to surface mysteriously when she took to weaving. Instead of ignoring the pain she felt, she courageously decided to complete her healing by working with others experiencing trauma as a psychotherapist. Shoshana's husband reflects on the lessons of transformation he learned from his wife, who spent her last days living under the effects of Alzheimer's. He discovered that using trauma to fuel creative action can have a profound effect on oneself and others.