Saturday, July 26, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote July 26 2014

“The question we must ask our hearts is,
‘Am I comfortable under the eye of God? Or is God getting too close?’
We are strange and lovely creatures. We can ache for God, yet find
ourselves becoming nervous if God gets too close.
After all, the closer God gets, the more we hear the call to be divine.
It is both exciting and frightening to hear that call.”
- MacRina Wiederkehr

Sometimes we all struggle with intimacy issues in our relationship with God. We long for enlightenment, we devote ourselves to spiritual practice, we ponder and reflect and journal. And then, inexplicably, we find ourselves pulling away from all of that, longing to be normal and enjoy life like everyone else, to not feel guilty for not being perfect, to be able to just laugh and have fun and be vain and superficial and not have it bother us. This is all entirely normal! It doesn’t mean we’re bad; it means we’re divinely human.

Forgive Yourself

Punishing yourself for your mistakes won’t erase them or move you forward. Being angry and disappointed at yourself for a missed opportunity or a wasted day won’t achieve anything positive.

Instead, forgive yourself, and free yourself from your past mistakes. Forgive yourself, learn from those mistakes, and turn your attention to what you can do now.

Choose to be more determined, more committed, and more focused rather than being angry. Transform the energy of disappointment and regret into useful action and achievement.

Whatever may have happened or failed to happen in the past, you have this moment right now. And you can make productive, meaningful use of it, beginning right now.

You don’t have to let a disappointing experience turn into negative momentum. You have the power to instantly put yourself on a positive path, so make the choice to exercise that power.

Look ahead, imagine the best, and get yourself busy moving forward. Leave the regrets about the past in the past, and find renewed energy right now in building a great future.

— Ralph Marston

Letters To A Young Artist

As artists and change makers, how can character be cultivated in such a way as to foster that prized form of personal dignity, along with its sibling qualities of confidence and self-esteem? Maria Popova gives us a quick overview of Letters to a Young Artist, a book by celebrated artist, actor, playwright, and educator Anna Deavere Smith, which aims to answer these questions and more.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote July 25 2014

“Change can either challenge or threaten us…
Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.”
-Marsha Sinetar

I love my coffee, or at least, I used to. For years I’d assert that if forced to choose, I’d rather give up food than my morning cappuccino. I’ve been reading a lot about health and diet lately, and one day I just realized what I was putting into my body first thing every morning was not what I believe is really good for me. As my belief shifted, suddenly instead of being impossible, giving up coffee became a desirable and even attractive idea. By simply and wholeheartedly believing that making this change was truly important, it was practically done. So much of what we believe we can and cannot do has nothing to do with real ability, it’s simply a matter of our true priorities.

You Have Today

You have today. You can make it rich and you can fill it with meaning.
No matter what else you may have or not have, you have today. You have the priceless opportunity to live with purpose, passion, joy and love.
You can learn, explore, discover, build, connect, observe, understand, participate and lead. The possibilities available to you are determined by your creativity and your willingness to move life forward.
You have today, so while you do, grab some of those possibilities and run with them. You have today, and when it’s over you’ll be thankful you made such good use of it.
There is no need to wish for more when you understand and appreciate the value of what you have. You have today, and with it, the opportunity to create and experience as much richness as you can imagine.

Feel fully alive, feel capable, feel excited and enthusiastic about the great possibilities. You have today, right here and now, so live its magnificent promise in your own unique and satisfying way.

— Ralph Marston

10 Life Lessons Kids Can Teach Us

Do you remember how wonderful it felt to be a child? Adventure was our only calling, and courage seemed never ending. And subsequently, we seemed to enjoy our life so much more. In this beautiful article we are reminded of 10 life lessons that children teach us every day. Read more to discover new ways in which we might incorporate our younger selves into the joy of our daily being.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote July 24 2014

“Real obstacles don’t take you in circles.
They can be overcome.
Invented ones are like a maze.”
- Barbara Sher

If you’re still struggling with a problem or issue that has plagued you for months or more, most likely the problem is basically all in your head. When we are anticipating what more could go wrong or come up, we just invent problems. If we have to search endlessly for the key to success, perhaps our goal is mis-formulated in the first place, or perhaps there’s nothing really preventing us from plunging forward except for that primordial foe: Fear. If we reclaim the time and energy we spend fighting imaginary demons and consciously focus it on true potentials, we can’t stay stuck for long.

Flowing Through You

Let the best of life flow through you. Let yourself be a conduit through which life’s amazing substance comes into the world.

Listen, watch, be aware, pay attention, be open, and allow the goodness to come to you. Then let that goodness come from you.

Take in and appreciate what is meaningful, and give it new meaning. Listen to the songs of life and then sing them with your own voice.

Experience the beauty and wonder of life’s abundance that is all around you. Then add to that abundance in your own special way.

Feel how good it feels to be where you are, to be what you’re doing. Then share that feeling in positive, creative and valuable ways.

Find joy as the best of life flows into your life. And delight in adding your own luster to that joy as it flows on far beyond you.

— Ralph Marston

A Stranger's Life-Saving Gift

On July 2, Stephanie Headley was counting the days she had left to live. The Ottawa woman is suffering from an autoimmune disease that, without expensive treatment, will cause her heart to fail. On July 3, thanks to a mysterious stranger who showed up at her door, she had in her hands more than enough money to get the treatment that can save her life. Two weeks later, she still struggles to explain the dramatic change in her fortune. This piece shares more.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote July 23 2014

“The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”
- Erica Jong

It can be scary to act on impulses, even those that are entirely kind. Sometimes I have an impulse to reach out to someone who is angry or upset, and part of me is just overflowing with kindness, but part of me is afraid of being rejected, attacked or ignored. If I hold back, I often regret it, but I never regret being kind, even when I don’t get the results I’m hoping for. I say if you have a kind impulse, act on it without concern for the result. Bravely take risks in order to honor your own truth and do good in the world, and let that be enough for you.

You Can Make It Better

Maybe you haven’t been knocked off track. Maybe you’ve found a better way.

Perhaps the challenge is not there to punish you. Perhaps it is there to strengthen you.

When something disappointing happens, you don’t have to automatically assume that it’s a negative. In fact, you can find a way to make it a positive.

No, life won’t magically be transformed into a wonderful experience just because you say so. However, there are always plenty of things you can do to make it better and better.

Remind yourself that there’s a positive response to whatever happens, and you’ll find that positive path forward. Commit yourself to making a difference, and you’ll discover countless ways to do so.

No matter what happens, choose to see the positive possibilities. You never have to settle for the way life is, because you can always make it better.

— Ralph Marston

The Innovation of Loneliness

While our focus is shifting towards individual achievements over community, more and more people are feeling lonely. They feel vulnerable opening up to others for warm, friendly, heart-to-heart conversations. Then, along comes social media...As people share and chat from islands of isolation, filtering and massaging information, they are undermining the genuine credibility of conversation. Bits and pieces of tweets, posts and chats aren't allowing people either to open up or understand others. Are these online connections actually helping with loneliness, or they are making it worse? Could this social media activity be chipping away at your quiet time as well, when you could think and reflect? Learn more in this fast-pace, animated video based on the work of Sherry Turkle and Dr. Yair Amichal-Hamburger.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote July 22 2014

“I like thinking of possibilities.
At any time, an entirely new possibility is liable
to come along and spin you off in an entirely new direction.
The trick, I’ve learned, is to be awake to the moment.”
- Doug Hall

I love the notion that our lives can change on a dime. While this is often quoted regarding sudden losses, it also applies to sudden gains, unexpected opportunities, serendipitous advantages, delightful surprises and encounters and magical experiences. You never know when you’re going to meet a soul mate, open a new window of opportunity, embark on a great adventure, reunite with someone from a past life, discover some life-changing truth. The possibilities hiding in each day are endless, and to discover them, we have only to start exploring with minds that are awake to the fullness of each moment.

Be More

You can be more than you’ve been. You can be more than you’ve even hoped or dreamed or imagined.

You can learn more, do more, achieve more, give more, experience more, laugh more, love more and live more. You’re fully capable of all that, and more.

No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve already done, you can ask more of yourself. Then, you can truly enjoy the experience of making it happen.

By raising your own expectations, you put yourself on track to lift up the whole world. And the world will always welcome some more positive goodness and substance.

Ask more of yourself, of your life, of your skills, resources and time, and then deliver it. Seek to live in a permanent state of growth and improvement, and you will live well indeed.

You can always be more, and do more, and add more to the miracle that is life. Be more, and feel your growing positive energy as it fills your world.

— Ralph Marston

Maya Angelou On Identity & The Meaning of Life

Through the sheer tenacity of her character and talent, despite being born into a tumultuous working-class family, abandoned by her father at the age of three, and abused in her childhood, the late Maya Angelou became a cultural phenomenon. This interview from 1977 brings us timeless wisdom from this phenomenal woman, as she explores issues of identity and the meaning of life.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dreams: What Are They Trying to Tell Us? - Maria Shaw

“Dreaming is one of the best ways for the subconscious mind to get your attention. Many people get psychic impressions from their dreams. Some people think they never dream. They do, but probably can’t remember. In some dreams, our friends and family members may make an appearance. Even loved ones who have passed on can show up from time to time to say hello.”

Dream Interpretation for Everyone - Dr. Michael Lennox

“There are several questions that I am always asked with great consistency. The first is usually, “Does every dream mean something?” to which I always reply, “Only if you ask.” The second most frequent question goes something like this: “I hear that everyone in your dreams is really part of you. Is that true?”

5 Tips for Remembering Your Dreams - Ana Lora Garrard

“You think you’d like to remember your dreams more clearly. You sense they might have something valuable to tell you—something that could help you in your spiritual growth. How can you go about improving your dream recall? Here are five tips to get you started.”

Daily Inspirational Quote July 21 2014

“Half the costs of illness are wasted
on conditions that could be prevented.”
- Dr. Joseph Pizzorno

As soon as we’re injured, the body knows exactly what to do to begin the healing process. It knows how to digest whatever we eat, how to fight off germs, how to build new muscles and cells. It’s involved in innumerable processes at any given moment, most of which we’re never aware of. Unfortunately, much in modern life can cripple the body’s ability to maintain this careful equilibrium. Given our endless array of processed convenience foods, our relatively sedentary lifestyles and the general pollution of our environment, we now have to make conscious choices that support our bodies’ efforts to maintain health. This is not as complicated as it is made out to be; in fact, the key is simplicity. Eat real plant foods like raw fruits and vegetables; drink fresh, clean water; walk  where you want to go; sleep when you’re tired.
Practice gratitude for the magic your body works daily by giving it the simple building blocks of well-being.

Make A New Adventure

The possibility for adventure is here and now. Put some in your life today.

Don’t settle for a day that’s just like the day before. Make the decision and make the effort to put some real adventure in it.

Get yourself in a position to experience life in a way you’ve never experienced it before. Do something that you can get excited and enthusiastic about, and that you can treasure for a long time to come.

You don’t have to travel to exotic places or get yourself in tight situations to enjoy a good adventure. Simply get a little bit outside your comfort zone, reminding yourself that you’re perfectly capable of enjoying new and different experiences.

A good adventure will deepen your appreciation for the life you’re so fortunate to have, and for the possibilities available to you. So step away from your comfortable routine and feel the thrill of a new and exciting challenge.

See today as an opportunity for adventure, and make that adventure happen. Make a new adventure, and add new richness to life.

— Ralph Marston

The Age of Outrospection

In the age of outrospection, the journey lies in taking a whole-hearted leap into the shoes of another. Outrospection, defined by Maptia as understanding "life through the eyes of others, fostering an adventurous curiosity for other lives and places beyond our own experience." Widening our circle of compassion from loved ones to embrace all beings with care and goodwill not only has intrinsic value, but can also foster peace-building, help combat climate change, and the many other cross-cutting issues worldwide. To start: listen to somebody else's story, and tell your own. This article, which includes some of the most current ideas and perennial reflections, shares more.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote July 20 2014

“To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body,
the mind and the heart – and to keep them in parallel vigor
one must exercise, study and love.”
- Karl von Bonstetten

When I graduated from college, I sighed a great sigh of relief, and then thought, “Now what?” I had done as I had been taught to do: I had earned high marks in elementary school, high school and college. Then I suddenly found myself without a map. Some people literally stop learning at this point. They settle into employment and never stretch their minds again, or they court a sweetheart with great passion and devotion, win that person over, marry, and forget how to be a lover. No wonder we worship youth; not many folks past the age of 30 are really living, learning, loving, moving and growing. To stay young, we have only to live as we did when we were young, to stretch the capacities of our minds, hearts and bodies in endless growth and development.

Ten Things Creative People Know

Do you consider yourself creative? If you answer, "no," you are in the majority; most people don't think they are creative. It turns out, though, that you don't have to be a great artist to be creative. Creativity is simply our ability to dream things up and make them happen. Cooking breakfast, planting a garden, even developing a business plan are all creative acts. Creative expression boosts serotonin levels, decreases anxiety, and opens the door to the inner world of our imaginations. It is here that we make meaning of our lives and that motivation takes root. The more creative we are, the more capacity we have to imagine what's possible and make those visions real. Read on to learn ten things that creative people know that may help you unleash your own creative impulse.