Saturday, August 30, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote August 30 2014

“Make yourself necessary to somebody.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a powerful way to boost yourself out of depression, and it’s such a nice way too. The elderly are especially great to be necessary to. They have so many emotional and physical needs that are neglected, and, unlike children and busy adults, they will almost always appreciate what you do for them. Don’t forget the elders in your community: your efforts and energy will truly make a difference to them, which can only make you feel good about yourself.

Just Be

Relax your mind and calm your thoughts. Let go of the frustrations, anxieties, and judgments, and just be.

Just be, and feel the miracle of your own existence. Just be, and feel the spark of joy that’s deep within you.

Focus on that joy and allow it to grow ever more present in your awareness. Feel that joy and see it flowing out from you into all of life.

Let go of the need to struggle, and simply let yourself be. Let go of the urge to make things this way or that, and enjoy the beauty of the way things are.

There is certainly much you can do to make a positive difference in life. And you’ll do it far more effectively when you live and act with a peaceful spirit.

For this precious moment, just be, and feel the power of your own authentic purpose. Just be, and gain new energy with which to live and express that purpose.

— Ralph Marston

Radical Kindness: The Banker Who Gave It All Away

On the surface, Philip Wollen does not look like the radical type. Named as one of the top-wanted executives in Australia, he was a vice-president of Citibank when he was 34 and a general manager at Citicorp. Around 1990, however, Philip decided to give away 90% of his capital. His aim, he says, is to die broke; to give away all he owns with "warm hands." Now, his Winsome Constance Kindness Trust (named after his mother and grandmother) supports all sorts of humanitarian causes around he world. The website of his trust says, "we don't want your money," and proclaims that its mission is "to promote kindness towards all other living beings."

Friday, August 29, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote August 29 2014

“We wait all these years to find someone who understands us, I thought,
someone who accepts us as we are, someone with a wizard’s power
to melt stone to sunlight, who can bring us happiness
in spite of trials, who can face our dragons in the night,
who can transform us into the soul we choose to be.
Just yesterday I found that magical someone is the face we see in the mirror:
it’s us and our homemade masks.”
- Richard Bach

Both in my private psychic reading practice and the advice columns here at Kajama, I receive more questions about “soul mates” than any other topic. I believe that as religion has lost its power and influence in our lives, the cult of romance has taken up the slack. Our existential hunger for something more is no longer channeled into prayer or other spiritual practices; instead, we’re obsessed with finding fulfillment through “true love.” Unfortunately, nothing outside ourselves will emotionally sustain us indefinitely. Relationships are so full of heartache and addictions lead to so much misery because we’re looking for lasting fulfillment in a temporary source. I believe that in many ways, our fascination with “soul mates” is at a deep level a longing to rediscover our own divine selves.

Strong And Compelling Purpose

If you’re too easily distracted, don’t blame the distractions. Instead, consider how you could make your work more meaningful and compelling.

Rather than fighting against the distractions, overpower them. Seek to put things in your life and your work that are so interesting and captivating that the plain old ordinary distractions are left with no way to compete.

It’s much easier for the little, meaningless things to distract you if you’re subconsciously looking for things to distract you. The more you focus on what’s truly important in your life, the less you’ll be knocked off your task by distractions.

Imagine what you could focus on that would get you totally engaged and absorbed and immune to just about any kind of distraction. Imagine what things would be so thoroughly meaningful to you that it would be nearly impossible to pull you away from them.

You owe it to yourself to follow a strong and compelling purpose. You owe it to life to work toward the achievement of those things that mean the most to you.

Instead of letting yourself be too easily distracted, allow yourself to be filled with enthusiasm for following your authentic purpose. The more energy you give to what matters, the less you’ll be bothered by what doesn’t.

— Ralph Marston

4 Ways Sadness May Be Good For You

Evolutionary theory suggests that we should embrace all of our emotions, as each has an important role to play under the right circumstances. So, though you may seek ways to increase happiness, don't haphazardly push away your sadness. No doubt, it's there for good reason, as research suggests that mild, temporary states of sadness may actually be beneficial in handling various aspects of our lives.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote August 28 2014

“When I was young I was sure of everything;
in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times,
I was not half so sure of most things as I was before;
at present, I am hardly sure of anything but
what God has revealed to me.”
- John Wesley

I often feel funny about being in the role of spiritual advisor. After all, who am I to tell others what to do or how to live? I certainly don’t have all the answers. I do know, however, how to go about finding them within. I also believe that no matter who we are, feeling lost or unsure does not necessarily mean that we are lacking in wisdom or intelligence. Often, certainty simply belies ignorance. Perhaps feeling uncertain is a sign that we’re growing to view life in more a complex, holistic way. We don’t, after all, truly “know” anything that others have told or taught us; we only know what we personally perceive and experience.


Enjoy the diligent, focused, challenging work, and enjoy the carefree, lighthearted, playful times. Enjoy the moments of quiet solitude as well as the times when you’re surrounded by the stimulating energy of the people in your life.

Enjoy giving love and being loved. Enjoy making a difference and enjoy the assistance and collaboration of others who make a difference in your life.

Enjoy the things you’re confident of as well as the things that are a mystery. Enjoy diving into life’s pleasures and enjoy working through life’s problems.

Enjoy the warm sun on your skin and enjoy the cold wind against your face. Enjoy being confident and enjoy being surprised.

The more of life you enjoy, and treasure, and appreciate, the more access you’ll have to life’s best possibilities. When you can find something to sincerely enjoy, you have found a pathway to great value and fulfillment.

Today is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience, filled with opportunities for all different kinds of richness. Step enthusiastically forward into whatever today offers, and enjoy.

— Ralph Marston

From Hero To Host

For too long, too many of us have been entranced by heroes. Perhaps it's our desire to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. But perhaps it's time for us to face the truth of our situation -- that we're all in this together, that we all have a voice -- and figure out how to mobilize the hearts and minds of everyone in our workplaces and communities.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote August 27 2014

“Humility does not mean you think less of yourself.
It means you think of yourself less.”
- Ken Blanchard

We’re supposed to love ourselves, and yet we’re also supposed to be humble. How can we do both, without one negating the other? Being humble just means we don’t put ourselves above others, that we love and respect others as much as we do ourselves. Instead of viewing anyone as above anyone else, we see the goodness of humanity, and live in awareness that we’re all divine.

Life Gives You Options

The questions and mysteries give you a chance to learn. The challenges give you an opportunity to make a positive difference.

The people with whom you disagree give you a way to see life from a different perspective. The disappointments you endure can put you on a path toward becoming more determined and effective.

Instead of complaining about what’s negative, you can look for what’s positive. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, you can feel fortunate to be where you are.

When there’s nothing interesting or exciting going on, you have the chance to exercise and strengthen your imagination. When the world feels gray and dreary, you can find unique, original beauty in the unlikeliest of places.

Every day, life gives you options. What you choose from those options and what you do with them, determines where you are at the end of the day.

Right now, you have many options. Choose the most positive, life-affirming, interesting, loving and fulfilling ones, and the reality of your life will follow along.

— Ralph Marston

Kindness In An Age of Connected Disconnection

Years ago, we didn't have to try so hard to stay connected. People lived in neighborhoods, and there weren't many strangers that didn't ultimately become friends. We watched over one another with relationships built upon a foundation of shared interdependence, ensuring plenty of kindness to go around. Sadly though, through our own scientific progress, we now live in an age of 'connected disconnection.' Even the most basic of needs are provided by faceless entities. But, at what cost? Read on to learn of the direct correlation between kindness and personal connection.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote August 26 2014

“Accept yourself as you are.
Otherwise, you will never see opportunity.
You will not feel free to move toward it;
you will feel you are not deserving.”

When we approach self-improvement out of loathing for who and what we are now, we tend to fail, for we don’t actually feel deep down like we deserve or are capable of anything better. We can see this clearly in dieters who try to lose weight because they hate their bodies. For a period of time, they may hang in there and do what they think they should via sheer willpower, but then something happens that awakens their self-loathing, and they’re “off” again. Unless we embrace positive change out of self-love instead of self-hatred, we’ll relapse time and time again into self-defeating behaviors. Loving ourselves as we are does not mean that we don’t want to change and grow; it just means that we approach self-improvement with kindness and compassion for all of who we are.

Here Today

You are here today, alive and aware. You have power and influence, skills and abilities right here and now, so put them to good use right here and now.

You can get yourself all wrapped up in a tangled mess of inaction by wondering and worrying about what might happen. Choose instead to get yourself passionate and enthusiastic about what will happen when you make the effort to make a positive difference.

You are here today, so do something great with it. You are here today, in a world of beauty and possibility and opportunity, so seize the moment, this one right here, and make it count.

What do you really, truly want to do and how to you really, truly want to feel? What is so massively important to you that nothing else really matters in comparison?

Challenge yourself to honestly answer those questions. Then, pick yourself up and go do all you can to make those desirable and meaningful things a reality in your world.

You are here today, living in an authentic one-of-a-kind opportunity that will never come again. Grab it and joyfully run with it as fast as you can.

— Ralph Marston

Because I Said I Would

Alex Sheen keeps his promises. One year after his friend Charlie Cordell killed Vincent Canzani while drinking and driving, Alex stood outside of a busy bar with a sign telling those leaving that he was ready to drive them home that night and even take them back to their cars in the morning. And he did it for free, because he had a promise to keep. When someone snuck him a tip, he donated it to "Mothers Against Drunk Driving." Keeping a promise not only helps to make the world a better place, it can save a life the process.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Final Resting Place

Taking a moment to realize the beauty of all things. A story about celebrating life.

Clay Hearts

What would you do if you saw one of these lying around?

Flowers of Gratitude - unknown

Check out how she made someone's day by surprising them with the unexpected.

As most of the flowers in my yard are gone for the year, I made a run to Wal-Mart last night for flowers.

This morning I waited for the neighborhood school bus. As soon as I saw the bus, I flagged it down and gave the flowers to the bus drive Jeanette, who is also my neighbor. The look on her face was priceless!

My children are not school-age anymore, but I do have nieces and nephews that age. I think it takes pretty special people to do this job.

To safely drive, watch over, and deliver so many children is a great responsibility and one that is undoubtedly under appreciated!

The Art of Choosing a Tarot Significator - Susyn Blair-Hunt, MsD

Significators play a powerful role in Tarot readings. Choosing the best card to signify the main subject of one’s question can be challenging. Susyn shares some unique guidelines that can help to identify which images of the Tarot will bring the greatest amount of focus and accuracy to your readings.

What Types of Questions Can One Ask the Tarot? - Susyn Blair-Hunt, MsD

What types of questions can you ask the Tarot? The answer is, just about anything! Once you have formed a repoire with your cards, you’ll discover that they are able to address most any question you can come up with. No matter how big or small your inquiry is, once you know how to interpret the cards, you will find them highly accurate for any situation.

Learning to Read Tarot Cards - Susyn Blair-Hunt, MsD

Starting with the basics, Susyn outlines the proper way to choose, purify, store and prepare to start learning the Tarot. She addresses how to formulate a question and outlines the basic keys that will have you reading your Tarot cards right away.

Daily Inspirational Quote August 25 2014

“You have to ask children and birds
how cherries and strawberries taste.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The most delicious fruit I ever ate was given to me at a meditation class. The subject was mindfulness, and we were each doled out a single green grape. Instead of just popping them into our mouths and chewing away, we were to touch them and feel their cool smoothness, to smell them, to know those grapes, and only then to take a bite, so that half of the grape was in our hand, and the other half, that indescribably sweet, pulpy green bit of heaven, was dancing on our tongues. It was unlike any grape I could remember eating before. We have become so immune to much that is beautiful and delicious in the world that we don’t know what we’re missing. Only a beginner’s mind can restore the vividness of full experience.

Value In Your Life

Don’t discount what you already have. There is great value in your life if you will simply open yourself up to see it, to appreciate it, and to make meaningful use of it.

Sometimes the challenges can seem so overwhelming that they block out everything else. Yet when the challenges are at their greatest is precisely when you can benefit most from connecting to the abundance in your life.

That abundance is absolutely there. So how do you see it, and make use of it?

Start by being thankful for the life you have, and for the people, places, things and events in it. Then, focus on a vision of exactly how you would like your life to be, if it could be any way you choose.

Make that vision an intention, and commit yourself to that intention without compromise. Allow yourself to become positively passionate and joyful about working your way toward where you truly wish to go.

When you have something positive and specific upon which to focus, you’ll begin to see more and more of the value that’s already yours. And you’ll be able to make good and loving use of that value to move positively and enthusiastically forward.

— Ralph Marston

What 'Home' Means To The Homeless

Willie Baronet took a 30-day cross-country road trip from Seattle to New York, buying homeless signs and exploring the meaning of "home." What began as a way to deal with the discomfort he felt when seeing the homeless has now morphed into an art campaign called "We Are All Homeless" which seeks to create a more conscious and compassionate society. Willie shares: "These signs -- and this practice -- have become a catalyst for conversations about the nature of home, homelessness, compassion, and how we see and treat each other as humans."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote August 24 2014

“Accept your genius and say what you think.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’ve all done it. Some great problem or question is at hand and we have an answer or an idea, but we don’t say a word, because we’re afraid we’ll look foolish to others. Then someone else delivers our answer or solution and it’s accepted and praised, and we’re kicking ourselves for not speaking up, but most of all for doubting ourselves so much. Most of us know more than we think we do — we just don’t know that we know it. Throw your ideas out there, especially those that suddenly come to you from out of nowhere on a high, clear note. Those are the ones that are inspired.

Balancing The Brain And The Power of Choice

Where do the left brain and right brain meet, and what purposes do they each have to serve? Tami Simon of Insights at the Edge interviews Harvard-trained neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who in 1996 experienced a severe brain hemorrhage that shut down her left brain and its constituent centers of language, movement and memory. Dr. Jill shares her reflections on this experience and its implications for all of our day to day lives.