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Daily Inspirational Quote July 12 2014

“You don’t have to sit on top of a mountain to discover what’s right for you. You always know in your heart what you need to do. But you do have to ask yourself if you’re willing to make choices. Put yourself in a position where you’re making choices about your life, rather than letting other people make those choices for you. That’s what balance is all about.” - Liz Dolan I have a friend who has said for years that she wants to find a nice man, fall in love and get married. As soon as a fine fellow comes along, however, she can’t seem to find room in her busy schedule for him. She actually tells her suitors that she can see them at most once every two weeks or so. That’s twice a month — 24 times a year! While she doesn’t understand why a serious relationship is eluding her, it’s clear to me that she’s still single by choice, even though that choice may be subconscious. We all do this in different ways: We say we want to get in shape or increase our income or remodel the house, but w

Now Is What You Have

The best of life is not out of your reach. It is here in this moment. It is outstanding to dream, to plan, to work toward a meaningful goal and to achieve great and valuable things. But you don’t have to wait for later to get the most out of life. Everything you need to enjoy the richness of life is here now, today, where you are. With what you have, with what you know, with what you feel and with what’s available to you, you can experience life at its best. The key for doing so is to live with purpose, with authentic passion, with enthusiasm and genuine gratitude. In whatever situation you may find yourself, with whatever else you may have, you have the privilege of experiencing life from your own unique perspective. Let go of the illusion that something else, something out there, something apart from you will make you happy. Let happiness and real, true joy flow from whatever you’re doing, wherever you are. This day is too precious to waste it waiting or hoping for things t

Mark Nepo On Being The Poem

"Every person has some gift and some trouble, and some mature deep awakened part of soul, and some other part that is blind. This is how we kind of pollinate each other in the human spring. We all need each other." Here, Tami Simon speaks with poet and philosopher Mark Nepo about relating to pain, sincerity as intelligence, the role of pilgrimage in our lives, and the spiritual path of the artist.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 11 2014

“What the banker sighs for, the spiritual man already has - leisure and a quiet mind.” - Henry David Thoreau It has recently occurred to me that folks who are in high paying, prestigious jobs are not necessarily any happier than folks who bake bread or wash cars or collect garbage. Since most people’s expenses rise to match their income, they may even have just as much financial stress as anyone else, with more demanding jobs on top of it. So often we think a different job or position will make us happier, but is that really the answer?

Rich Today

Stop for a moment and consider how rich you are right now, today. Then you can step forward and live the benefits of that richness. You are alive and aware in a universe filled with abundance. That’s worth more than you could possibly calculate, and there’s no limit to what you can do with that richness. Yet there’s much, much more. For you can learn, you can explore, you can connect, you can build and create and add more wisdom and experience on top of the wealth you already have. If one area of your life seems to be lacking in richness, you can make use of the richness in other areas to overcome that deficit. Whatever problem or challenge may confront you, there is plenty of richness and energy in your life to move you beyond it. Living successfully is largely a matter of appreciating and utilizing what you have. So make it a point to regularly feel the immense power and value of what you have, and to focus that value on moving forward. You are truly rich today, and the mor

Music For Social Change

David France's passion for music changed his life. It took him to Venezuela where he met a mother of five who had moved out of her house so the kids on her street could form an orchestra. Children played classical music there seven days a week, transforming the barrios with music and positivity. "I was really moved by that and thought, 'When I go back to Boston when am I going to move out of my house and sell chicken eggs, and on behalf of what community will I do that for?'" David returned to Boston to found Revolution of Hope, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children in inner-city neighborhoods through music.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 10 2014

“Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson The other day I had a nice long chat with my daughter’s fourth grade teacher, who said something that really made me think. She was talking about how not every kid can be the best or the brightest, the star or the valedictorian. She said that she recently told her own teenage son, “If you don’t want to go to college, fine. Just do something legal.” When I looked surprised, she said, “Not everyone can be a doctor or a lawyer. Someone has to pick up the trash and cook the  food and sweep the hallways. Those people are just as needed as anyone else.” How wise she is! It’s so easy to get caught up in what we think we “should” be doing instead of simply focusing on doing something useful to the best of our abiliti

Make Some Progress

If you want to feel great, get yourself up and make some progress. If you seek to have new, powerful energy, get yourself busy making a meaningful difference. Don’t worry too much about how you’ll get it all done or how much you’ll be rewarded. Let it be reward enough to make a valuable difference, and many other rewards will naturally flow from that. Get started making a positive difference in the world, and build some positive momentum. Once you’re moving along and creating value, you’ll find plenty of ways to keep going. If there’s something that’s been weighing you down, stop fretting over it and start working on it. There’s much you can do to make progress, so get yourself busy moving beyond the burden. Today is filled with possibilities, so make use of them to make some progress. And feel how great it feels to watch as your efforts move your world forward. — Ralph Marston

A Father Who Transformed Grief By Giving

Richard Nares faced a parent's worst fear when his son Emilio was diagnosed with leukemia in 1998 and died from the disease two years later. But he managed to transform his grief into charity by helping hundreds of families face the complex challenges of childhood illness, by giving them a lift. After his son died, he returned to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego and asked staff how he could help others. Their answer: transportation.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 9 2014

“The more balanced our lives, the more serene we feel.” - Ann Smith Feeling stressed out is a sign that something is out of balance. When we get overwhelmed, we tend to abandon all the little things we do to take care of ourselves, and at a time when we need them more than ever. If we’ve given up meditation, exercise, eating right, adequate sleep and long soaks in a hot tub in order to get things done, it’s no wonder we’re stressed! When removing ourselves from difficult situations is not an option, we can cultivate well-being by embracing more pleasure, comfort and joy.

Work Through

When your efforts bring disappointment, the worst thing you can do is abandon those efforts. Keep making the efforts, and eventually you’ll work your way to the results you desire. Quitting won’t end your frustration or despair. On the contrary, quitting will just lock the frustration and despair permanently in place. Instead of giving up, make the commitment to work through. Work through the disappointments, work through the discouragement, work through the frustration and work your way toward success. When you feel like stopping, like you’re hitting the wall, keep going. Keep going and you’ll get through that wall into a more creative, productive state of flow. You’ve worked your way this far, and you certainly have it in you to work on through the problem, or discouragement, or disillusionment or whatever. Your focused, committed effort will get you to the other side. Engage the ability you have to work through. And nothing will be able to stop you. — Ralph Marston

Why The Capacity For Boredom Is A Good Thing

When was the last time you were bored -- truly bored -- and didn't instantly spring to fill your psychic emptiness by checking Facebook or Twitter or Instagram? The last time you stood in line at the store or the boarding gate or the theater and didn't reach for your smartphone seeking deliverance from the dreary prospect of forced idleness? But boredom might not be as not as bad as it seems; in fact, it could be a good thing, which is rather counterintuitive to much that we have learned as adults about what makes life interesting. It is a state we need to reckon with if we want to know ourselves more intimately, and it has the potential to bring us to the present moment.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 8 2014

A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own. - Thomas Mann It is much harder for us to lose someone to death than to die, for dying is a release from fear and worry, pain and suffering. When someone we care about dies, the most loving thing we can do is take care of ourselves and try to find new peace, for this frees the departed from worrying about us, and encourages them to move forward in their new lives beyond.

Put Some Good Stuff In

Put some adventure in this day. Put some richness and meaning in this day.   Put some love, compassion, tolerance and understanding in this day. Put some action and achievement in this day. Today is what you make it, so make it full and valuable. The day you experience will be the sum of your choices, so make those choices meaningful and beneficial. Imagine that this day is a shopping basket which you can fill with things that express and fulfill your dreams and values. Then use the opportunity that’s right in front of you to load up your basket with richness and goodness. Put some creativity and joy in this day. Put the very best of yourself into every moment. This is your chance to make today a day that you’ll always look back upon and treasure. Seize the opportunity of this day to put a whole lot of good stuff into your world. — Ralph Marston

Humor As A Tool In Non-Violent Conflict Resolution

Humor can be very effective in establishing a human connection between parties in a conflict, and thereby defusing the conflict itself, though it can be very hard to remember when the heat is really on. In fact humor is a time-honored strategy in the repertoire of nonviolence. But like any strategy it has to be appropriately applied. And that means exposing the folly in what someone is doing without ridiculing the person or the group they belong to: "humor but not humiliation." It's a fine line to tread.

Lettuce Develops the Virgo Vibe

“Virgo is the mutable earth sign in the zodiac, ruled by the planet Mercury. Virgo rules the hands, and in Virgo, Mercury expresses itself as the alchemist and as the archetype of the Egyptian god Thoth, the mentor of Isis, who taught her healing arts. Virgo energy seeks to balance body, mind and spirit. With Virgo, get ready to DEVELOP.” by Dominique Jones

Leo Rules The Chile Pepper

“Leo is fixed fire, and the planet ruled by Leo is the sun. It is the center of what we know to be life on earth. While we can’t physically stare directly at the sun, we are free to stare right into the heart of Leo energy—it will hold us steady and gaze into our souls with grace and love. Get ready to FOCUS!   by Dominique Jones

Cancer and the Mushroom Underground

“Cancer is the cardinal sign in the zodiac that introduces the season of summer, attached to the archetype of the Moon and the mother. Cancers experience the full gamut of sensitivity to emotional experience, and run hot and cold according to the energy they encounter, so they should get ready to REFLECT.”   by Dominique Jones

Daily Inspirational Quote July 7 2014

“Dare to believe in miracles.  Look beyond the mud on the windshield, beyond the impossible, and know life is more than anguish and stress.  Reach out to someone when your heart is too heavy to feel the sunlight or to taste the rain.  Rid yourself of dark thought and melancholy.  Open your mind to fresh air, to the unlimited music in your soul.” – Joyce Sequichie Hifler About a week ago, I wrote about a friend who was diagnosed as having cancer throughout his body. He and his wife are both spiritualist ministers, and therefore part of a large network of other ministers around the country. We were praying with all our hearts for a miracle. Finally, the doctors told his wife that he had at most six months to live, and that they didn’t want to do any kind of chemotherapy, because they were afraid it would just kill him that much faster. That night in the middle of the night, they both experienced such a strong sense of divine love that they ended up sobbing together. The next morning mo

Even Greater Value

There are many people in this world who would dearly love to have what you have. Plenty of other people would love to know what you know, to experience what you’ve experienced, and to live in the way you live. Don’t let yourself become so accustomed to your many blessings that you discount them. There is enormous value in your life, and so many great things you can do with it. Real gratitude goes beyond just thinking thankful thoughts and saying thankful words. The power of gratitude comes when you make good and meaningful use of all those things for which you’re thankful. You have been entrusted with a whole lot of great value. Your best response is to find delight and fulfillment in making it into even greater value. Truly enjoy all the good things you have, and then go beyond enjoyment. Expand and share, magnify, multiply and utilize all those things. Let your achievements set the stage for new achievements. With thankfulness in your heart and in your actions, create a con

David Whyte On Being At The Frontiers Of Your Identity

In this interview Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaks with the poet and author David Whyte. Their conversation explores "how each of our lives unfolds as a great conversation with reality, which is the source of originality. David also shares some of his poetry, and explores how our innate sense of exile is actually a core human competency, how vulnerability enhances our perception, and what it might mean to tap into the invisible support that is always available to us."

Daily Inspirational Quote July 6 2014

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” - Will Rogers Most of us try to play it safe most of the time. For example, we may stay in a job we hate because we’re afraid if we went after our dream of starting our own business, we’d fail. This past summer my husband and I spent a few hours walking around Mackinac, a quaint little island located between the upper and lower peninsulas in Michigan. There are some charming, beautiful old homes there, and the view of Lake Huron is spectacular. We talked at length about how lovely it must be to spend summers on this peaceful, idyllic haven from the crazy modern world. As we talked about who might own those houses and enjoy that lifestyle, we concluded that most of the residents must own their own businesses, for those in the employ of others wouldn’t be able to afford it. As we coveted that peaceful island life, we realized it was only right that those who are willing to go out on a limb end up with the best fruit.

How To Eliminate Procrastination

 In 2009, Fred Stutzman, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina was trying his best to complete important work on his thesis. But, the attraction of free wireless internet access at his local coffee shop, made this goal nearly impossible. He tried unplugging, but to no avail -- the urge to connect was far too strong to resist. Later that evening, Stutzman returned home to create a software application designed to help eliminate this problem. Appropriately dubbed 'Freedom', it returned the power of focus back into the hands of the user. With over a half million downloads to date, read more to learn how this simple application is taking over the digital world.