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Daily Inspirational Quote July 19 2014

“I think miracles exist in part as gifts and in part as clues that there is something beyond the flat world we see. I also think they happen every day, from the baby’s perfect shoulder in the sonogram, to saints performing wonders.” - Peggy Noonan The other day, a local McDonald’s was robbed at gunpoint. Neither the patrons nor the police officers who happened to be in the parking lot knew about it until hours later. Given the oblivion of the police, this of course made the news. The story made me wonder how much we actually perceive. While this robbery was hardly a miracle, we can view it in a positive way by letting it remind us that good things happen all the time that we’re never aware of. Miracles and magic are taking place just around the corner, behind our backs, right before we get there and right after we leave, right under our very noses! We may never see all that magic, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening all the same.

Something Today

There is something you can do today that will move your life in a positive direction. Though you may not fully reach your goal today, you absolutely can reach toward it. Achievement requires time, and with each dawning day you have a new supply of time. Put that time to good, meaningful effective use, and the achievements will come. Today can be a waste of time or it can be a valuable use of your time. The choice is up to you in every moment. Imagine how it will feel at the end of this day when you know you’ve made some good, solid progress. Imagine it, and then don’t hesitate to get going and to make it real. This day has great possibilities and massive potential value. Claim that value by diligently working to bring those possibilities to life. Today has arrived, and there are a whole lot of useful things you can do with it. Go ahead, right now, and enjoy making the satisfying progress you know you can make on this day. — Ralph Marston

America's Most Tenacious Gardeners

Camden, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, has about the worst of any city in America. It's been ranked at various times as both the poorest and the most dangerous. As so many flee the violence and crime, it may seem strange that others are literally putting down roots. A recent study revealed that Camden's gardens may be the fastest growing in the country. The city needs fresh food, and residents are doing what it takes to grow it. It's part of the untold story of Camden: a story in which the residents of this blighted city are the protagonists, quietly working to make Camden a place where, one day, you might want to live. This inspiring article shares more.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 18 2014

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” - Mother Theresa When I was a little girl, I was always excited at the prospect of spending the night at my grandmother’s house, but when bedtime came, I’d start to cry and say I wanted to go home. As is common with small children, I was just scared. I did this over and over again, and my grandmother never lost patience with me. Instead, she would lay in the twin bed beside mine and reach across the expanse between us and hold my hand until I fell asleep. Now when my own little girl wants to sleep in my bed or is scared at bedtime, I remember my grandmother and I stretch myself past my own fatigue to find compassion for her. I wonder what my daughter will do when she grows up, and if my grandmother, wherever she is now, knows how far-reaching her kindness would prove to be. Through small acts of compassion, we can change people forever, and in this way ultimately affect generations we will never even mee

Good Time For Love

This is a good time for love. This is a good day to reaffirm your commitment to live from a perspective of love. Yes, in a world that sees too much aggression and evil intent, living from love might seem to be naive. Yet when you actually live the moments of the day with love as your guide, you realize and experience its great value. Choose to put more love into your encounters with those who are close to you, and even with those who are not. Love gives you a certain positive power that cannot be achieved in any other way. The love you experience and benefit from grows more abundant as you direct more of it toward others. Create more love, for there can never be too much. There have been times when you’ve felt how truly powerful love can be. Remind yourself of those times, and remember to put more of that power into your life and your world. Let authentic love guide your actions large and small. And your life will move in a positive, truly enriching direction. — Ralph Marst

The Science of Play

Psychiatrist Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Read more of his thoughts about what he calls the science of play.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 17 2014

“Every step you take is a step away from where you used to be.” - Brian Chargualaf I once heard that for every step forward we take, Spirit takes 10 steps toward us. The more we do to attain our dreams, the more heaven and earth will move to help us. You don’t have to know exactly how to get where you want to be in order to start moving toward that destination. Just take a step in that general direction, and then take another. You’ll get directions that refine your course along the way, and whenever you get stuck, you’ll only need to take a little action to get things moving again.

Be The Positive Difference

When it’s difficult to be positive, that’s when being positive can make the biggest difference. When you don’t feel like being focused and disciplined, that’s when focus and discipline can profoundly improve things. Just because conditions are extremely challenging, doesn’t mean you have to be negative about them. You have an opportunity to make a positive difference, and the best way to do that is to be the positive difference. Let your attitude be based on the best possibilities, rather than dictated by the worst problems. When things are not they way you’d like them to be, then be completely different than the way things are. Take it upon yourself to be the positive difference. Focus your energy on forging your way forward, and make the choice to take everything else in stride. If everything were perfect, you’d have nothing useful to do. Be truly thankful for the opportunity to be useful, and vigorously seize that opportunity. Be the difference, see a better world, and wor

Advocate of the Unwatched Life

"The matter of being alive is something to be investigated. I think we take it for granted too much. That we're going to wake up in the morning and just go on, do our stuff, run around, go to our jobs, have careers, and all that...In my work I'm trying to find the unmediated self. I think there are aspects of self that are unchanged, that echo the past, the present, and the future. I'm interested in that part of reality, not the culturally created one, although that's a layer." Squeak Carnwath is one of the best known artists in the Bay Area, California. This interview with her, which was first published in 1993, is a poignant and thoughtful discussion on what it is to be a witness of life.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 16 2014

“On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.” - Aldous Huxley I hate to make mistakes, to say or do the wrong thing or make a fool of myself. When I know that I’ve messed up somehow, I have to work very hard at consciously learning from the experience and letting it go. We all obsess over perceived mistakes sometimes, which just keeps us stuck in that energy. Instead of worrying about it, we’re wise to get up and do something to counteract it. If you’ve said the wrong thing, apologize or say something kind. If you’ve let someone down, do something above and beyond what’s expected to try to make up for it. This is the fastest way I’ve found to break free from guilt and self-recrimination about the past in order to realign with success and happiness.

Help Make The World

Your laughter will inspire the world today. Let it ring loudly and often. Your thankfulness will give life its beauty today. Your love makes the entirety of existence worth all the trouble. Your actions will make life richer today. Your thoughts and words and feelings will bring new substance to the wonder that is life. Your awareness will inform and improve things. Your curiosity will make a whole new set of experiences possible. Whatever you do will matter very much, going far beyond you and coming back in wonderful ways you cannot even imagine. So do, and do, and do some more, with authentic joy and boundless, delighted generosity. Your life will help make the world what it is today. Live it for all it can be, and more. — Ralph Marston

The Process of Creating New Habits

Have you ever wanted to change a bad habit or perhaps just form a new, good habit, but then found that you lack the discipline to stick to your intention? if so changing that pattern might not be as difficult as you think. This article share about the research behind forming new habits and also some guidelines for getting started.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 15 2014

“Hope is always available to us. When we feel defeated, we need only take a deep breath and say, ‘Yes,’ and hope will reappear.” - Monroe Forester We all feel at times like we can’t go on, like life isn’t worth living, but when we reach the ends of our ropes, something always happens to give us a little new hope. If this weren’t true, none of us would be here reading this right now. If you’re discouraged and disillusioned, just hang in there one more day. Keep breathing, keep your eyes and heart open, and trust that the unstoppable winds of change will carry you forward to something better.

Feel Life Getting Better

Are your feelings held hostage by an uncaring, unpredictable world? They don’t have to be. Are you joyful only when certain things happen, and sad when other things happen? There is a much better way. Yes, negative things will happen and it is natural to be disappointed by them. Wonderful things will happen, and it is great to express joy. But you don’t have to let the negative things keep you down. And you don’t have to hope or wait or beg for the good things in order to be joyful. You can feel the way you choose to feel, no matter what may be going on around you. That doesn’t mean you are uncaring, but rather that you are intentional in the way you care. Make positive use of that intention to choose the feelings that will improve the situation for everyone. Feel life getting better, act on your feelings, and make your world a more positive place. — Ralph Marston

A Physicist Speaks On Randomness & Choice

"When you look at your life...if you think about all the details of what happened to you, you will find that there was a time where you had the extra cup of coffee, where if you hadn't, you wouldn't have met Person A. When I look back in my life, I could find so many instances like that...And the course of your life depends on how you react to those opportunities and challenges that the randomness presents to you. If you're awake and paying attention, you will find that things happen. They might seem good, they might seem bad but the important thing is how you reacted." Leonard Mlodinow is a physicist and the author of several books including "The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" and "Feynmen's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life." In this fascinating interview, he speaks about free will, consciousness, chaos, beauty, spirituality, and Star Trek.

Helping a Fellow Traveler

Helping a fellow traveler and receiving a glorious gift.

A Stranger on the Bus and a Conversation of a Lifetime

Imagine meeting a stranger on the bus and having this life changing conversation!

A Kindness That Has Become A Habit

She does this every day to practice generosity and kindness.

How Blissful Are You? Take the Quiz! - Tess Whitehurst

“When I first started practicing metaphysics, I thought of it as a process of adding something to my life. You know, my normal everyday existence, plus a new romance or a new job (or whatever I chose to manifest). In time, however, I realized that if I was out of alignment with prosperity consciousness (for example), a prosperity ritual would not bring forth riches out of nowhere.”

10 Tips for Giving Dynamite Tea Leaf Readings - Caroline Dow

“In the many tea cup reading workshops I have delivered over the years, I’ve found that my students eagerly listen to my explanations, can hardly wait to prepare their first cup for reading, and then…stare in consternation at the soggy mass left at the bottom of the cup and lament, “How am I supposed to make sense of that?”

A Tarot Diva’s Guide to the Ultimate Sleepover - Sasha Graham

“Nothing beats the good fun of a pajama party. Donning your coziest jammies with a night of fun stretching ahead of you? Staying up until all hours giggling with girlfriends? The euphoria and excitement of whispering and sharing your deepest secrets with your best pals? The gentle midnight knocking on the window when the neighborhood boys caught wind of your sleepover…”

Daily Inspirational Quote July 14 2014

“In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.” - Norman Vincent Peale Some time ago I heard about a fellow martial arts student who had been pushing herself beyond what was really safe for her physically. She didn’t want to be scolded, kicked out or held back, so she would struggle through any pain she experienced in an effort to do what was being asked of her. Finally one day she just snapped and did the unthinkable: she told her master “no.” She said that she would not do what he was asking her to do, because she didn’t think it would really be wise or safe for her. Instead of condemning her for being so audacious, he bowed and smiled as though she had finally gotten it right. He then praised her for having the courage and wisdom to speak her truth. There are many times in our lives when refusing to grasp for success as defined by others is a sign of inner strength and wisdom, not weakness.

Allow The Meaning

Make this day meaningful by allowing it to be meaningful. Instead of striving to invent some grand purpose, accept that there is a grand purpose and go with it. Rather than making judgments about the meaning of whatever you’re experiencing, simply be thankful to be experiencing it. There is great meaning to be found and felt in the living of each moment. See that life, in whatever form it takes, in whatever circumstance it exists, has profound and intrinsic meaning. Nothing is trivial when you fully appreciate how it makes you feel. You are here to experience the inscrutable, miraculous condition that is life, from a truly unique perspective. Embrace the opportunity, and live fully the meaning that is surely there. Listen, love, taste, hear, give, understand, work, play and live the meaning as it flows forth. Up and down, sweet and sour, simple, difficult, soft, hard and whatever may happen all bring new richness and meaning. Let life be meaningful, for it is, and will be, no

Slomo: The Neurologist Turned Slow Motion Skater

Dr. John Kitchin was a successful neurologist who, on the surface seemed to have it all. But underneath the trappings of his material success he was ill-at-ease and unhappy. There was a haunting emptiness inside. After a serendipitous interaction with an elderly man in a cafeteria line, Kitchin decided to trade in his career and luxurious lifestyle (that included a Ferrari, an exotic animal farm and a huge mansion) to spend his life doing what brought him most joy. Now, he skates all day, every day, in slow motion, at Pacific Beach. People know him as SLOMO -- they smile when they see him, give him high-fives as he rolls by, and for a few fleeting moments sense the unfettered possibilities that life offers up when we make the choice to follow our bliss. This short video beautifully captures SLOMO's unconventional story and spirit.

Daily Inspirational Quote July 13 2014

“All of the most successful human beings I’ve known were inwardly at war with themselves. Their turmoil was at least as great as our own, and sometimes greater. What distinguished these leaders was not some inner peace but rather how they had learned to organize their lives around a noble ambition and to focus on it.” - Walter Anderson Just because someone is highly successful or respected, that doesn’t mean they are perfectly happy or divinely at peace. In fact, no one is perfectly happy or at peace most of the time. It’s good to have inner conflict, to be restless, to want and to struggle and get frustrated at times. It doesn’t mean we’re doing it wrong. That inner tension is like exercise for our souls; it helps us to keep growing, to stay strong and healthy on the inside.

An Illustrated Poster For People Who Love Their Work

'Arbejdsglaede' is a wonderful Scandinavian word that literally means 'work-love' or 'work-glad'. There is no direct translation for this word in the English language, so Maptia decided to use crowdsourcing to explore its meaning. More than 200 people who love their jobs shared three words that described how they felt on a Monday morning. A beautiful poster summarizes the results, with the size of the words representing how many people felt each emotion and what they do for a living.