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Daily Inspirational Quote November 1 2014

“Not only is there a right to be happy, there is a duty to be happy. So much sadness exists in the world that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy as lies within our powers.” -   John Sutherland Bonnell Years ago, when I was studying to become a Spiritualist minister, I became aware that I was often taken less seriously than my peers. I was considerably younger than most of them, and I was always smiling and laughing and making my classmates laugh along with me. I know my teachers had their doubts about the depth of my devotion to doing the work of Spirit in the world. When they read my thesis, however, they said they were pleasantly surprised by my commitment to helping people heal from grief and other kinds of human suffering. I could have acted more seriously, of course, but I didn’t see who or what would benefit from that besides my ego. I believe that anyone who is uplifting and positive is doing the work of Spirit in the world, for being “light” is the way

Garden Library: A Neighborhood Transformed By Creativity

"The Garden Library is like our mother," says Sudanese asylum seeker Najmeldien (Nadeem) Ahmed. "It felt like my life in Israel started when I found the library." The Garden Library is a nonprofit initiative founded by Israelis in 2009. It started with two bookcases in the center of Levinsky Garden, a public park in one of Tel Aviv's poorest neighborhoods, now home to many African asylum seekers. Escalated levels of homelessness, substance abuse and crime stigmatize the area." Learn more about how a special initiative is changing that.

Daily Inspirational Quote October 31 2014

  “What I focus on in life is what I get. If I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can’t do and how there’s not enough time in which to do it, isn’t that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that’s what I get. You see, I recognize that it’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it.” – W. Mitchell At this very moment, there are many things you could be doing to address the problems or concerns that have been troubling you lately. Additionally, there are an infinite number of things you could be doing to prevent future problems. You could be exercising, doing something kind for your spouse, updating your resume or cleaning up all the clutter in your environment. Guilt and self-blame are energy drains; to improve the quality of your life, focus on what you can d

Dad Invents Bionic Pancreas For Diabetic Son

Inspired by his son David's experience living and managing Type 1 diabetes, Ed Damiano, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, has invented a bionic pancreas that helps people with Type 1 diabetes manage their blood sugar. Read more to hear how the power of a parent's love has the potential to change the lives of millions of people living with diabetes.

Daily Inspirational Quote October 30 2014

“Ability and necessity dwell near each other.” – Pythagorus Many people will suffer for years in a miserable job, habit or relationship, until things get so bad that they can’t take it anymore. This is why it’s easier to divorce a monster than a fairly decent person, and why so many people lose weight when their health is obviously falling apart. On a scale from one to ten, if our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs are met — even at a one level — it is much harder to find the motivation to create positive change than if even one true need drops down to zero. Everyone deals with life circumstances that are less than ideal. People who are happy simply refuse to dwell at a low level of fulfillment; they take action long before misery sets in. At what level of fulfillment are you choosing to live?

DailyBread: A Simple Idea That's Feeding The Hungry

Simplicity can be disarming. That's what Carolyn North discovered. It started with an impulse to save the leftover Thanksgiving turkey her neighbor had discarded as trash. Thirty years later, she and a rotating team of friends-turned-volunteers have been quietly recovering surplus food and delivering it to free food shelters and pantries across the San Francisco Bay Area.

Daily Inspirational Quote October 29 2014

“It is a lovely thing to turn away from busy work to pay attention to our loved things and loved ones. We know how we wait to be told we are important. We should never wait to say or think something beautiful that will make someone’s day easier and more secure.” – Joyce Sequichie Hifler I have always been a high achiever. If there is a job to be done, you can count on me to complete it on time and to the best of my abilities. I’ve recently realized, however, that nothing I achieve really brings me happiness. I may feel relieved or proud or satisfied, but if what I’m seeking is true happiness, I have to take a break from pursuing my goals and do something kind for someone I love. When I make the time to rub my husband’s stiff neck or to cook a great meal for my family or to patiently listen to an upset friend, I experience happiness as a warm glow inside. It’s not earthshaking, but it’s ultimately so much more fulfilling than conventional success.

Trash Into Treasure: 6 Cool Things Made From Sea Plastic

Garbage washed onto beaches of Kenya becomes shoes; old fishing nets are transformed into skateboard ramps. Read more to find out how people around the world are creating unique solutions for reusing plastic!

Daily Inspirational Quote October 28 2014

“Every healthy individual guides his life by a selected motive which takes precedence over all the others. He is the man who maintains his integrity in the midst of change, his individuality in the face of external pressures to conform.” – Hubert Bonner I was recently talking with a mother who had a very hard time with her son when he was in high school because all he cared about was rock music. When he quit school in the ninth grade, she had him arrested for truancy because she feared he was ruining his life, but he refused to go back. Instead, he began putting together rock concerts for the local community, and now he has an amazing job as an executive with a recording company, where he’s at least 15 years younger than his coworkers. He knew what he wanted to do, and he decided to stop wasting time and just do it! Just because we’re not successful in the mainstream doesn’t mean we’re failures. Some of us just have dreams and energy that are far too big to fit into a mold.

How To Practice Self-Compassion

We live in a society where we often feel as though we are in a state of constant competition in all areas of our lives: work, relationships, hobbies, and in turn, we are often overly self-critical. Practicing self-compassion can help us to restore feelings of self-worth and instill an inner peace to propel us in our actions.

Double Vision: Is House Haunted?

My kids and grandkids are afraid my house is haunted. My daughter stayed at my house one night with her 10-month-old son. She woke in the middle of the night with something sitting on her legs from her knees down. Now she is afraid to stay here. I had a ...

When The Veil Between Worlds Is Thinnest - Jennifer Spees

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.) Halloween is the time when they say the veil between the worlds is thinnest, and the dead walk amongst us. I love a good ghost story, and one of my favorite ghost books is True Hauntings by Hazel M. Denning. Dr. Denning holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is also a hypnotherapist specializing in past-life regression. Together with two mediums, she explored dozens of “haunted” houses. Their collaborations revealed many stories of earthbound ...

Celebrating Halloween - Honey Black

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.) It’s the cool, smoky month of October and I’m in love. I’m counting down each day until my favorite night of the year: All Hallows Eve. Since I can remember, I’ve loved Halloween. Now, I know you’ve heard that before, but I am absolutely crazy over it. To prove it, my goal is to coax every reader of this article do something to celebrate. The feeling usually begins simmering for me in late ...

Samhain: Happy New Year! - Natalie Harter

The ancient Celts regarded October 31, or Samhain (pronounced sow-when), as the beginning of the New Year. Now, why would this be so when days are still getting shorter, and the dark part of the year has not yet ended? The most likely reason is because this time of year had so much to do with death, and after death, there must always be rebirth. Samhain was the final harvest of the year—the meat harvest. The fields and plants had already been cleared ...

Daily Inspirational Quote October 27 2014

“Synergy is everywhere in nature. If you plant two plants close together, the roots commingle and improve the quality of soil so that both plants will grow better than if they were separated. If you put two pieces of wood together, they will hold much more weight than the total of the weight held by each separately. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One plus one equals three or more.” – Stephen Covey If you’re trying to develop your psychic ability or manifest anything at all in your life, you can enhance your results by inviting people you respect for their spirit, intelligence and discipline to join you. There is tremendous wisdom and power in a group of people with a shared, focused aim. Whenever you get stuck, someone will have an answer or an idea; whatever your weakness may be, it will prove to be someone else’s strength. My favorite word in the English language is synergy, because it has allowed me to directly experience undeniable magic!

Rise Above the Resentment

Much of the pain of undertaking a difficult task is the resentment you attach to it. Let go of the resentment and the pain will greatly subside. Work does not have to be a punishment or a chore. It is only your attitude that makes it such, and you can change that attitude in an instant. Imagine how it would feel to genuinely, even enthusiastically enjoy what you must do. Not only would you do a better job, you would feel a whole lot better while doing it. Even while doing the most arduous work, you can enjoy being you. Even in the most tedious situation, you can fill your mind with positive and fascinating thoughts. It might seem that whatever you’re doing is burdensome and meaningless. Yet that doesn’t mean your life ever has to be meaningless. Rise above the resentment, and remind yourself how fortunate you are to be living your life in this moment. Give real joy to whatever you’re going through, and your life will absolutely grow richer and more fulfilling. — Ralph Marst

From Silos To Solution EcoSystem

Through the ongoing progression of the internet and social media, the conventional and long-established way of doing business is starting to see a huge shift in how things are getting done. In William Eggers and Paul Macmillan's book, 'The Solution Revolution,' they describe a new dynamic in which various groups can move toward their goal much more productively than if each group pursued it separately. From problems like environmental issues, revolutionizing higher education and even tackling malaria in Africa, the book examines how public and private sectors are converging to form a 'solution economy.'

Daily Inspirational Quote October 26 2014

“If you’re yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning.” – Griff Niblack I often look back on life a century or so ago with longing. I imagine a world where the pace was so much more relaxed, where people were friendlier and more respectful, where violence in our schools meant teachers rapping the knuckles of unruly students with rulers. The recent blackout in eastern U.S., however, turned my nostalgia upside down. As I slumped in boredom in my kitchen, I found myself imagining a world where pneumonia was frequently fatal; where no refrigeration meant milk, meat and vegetables were procured daily (after immense labor) from the field and barn or some local vendor; where traveling from one town to the next took most of the day, instead of an hour. There are so many things that are wonderful about our modern world that are too easy to take for granted.

Jane Goodall On How To Reach Our Highest Potential

Enjoy this wonderful video from NOVA's series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," where Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist, talks about what she feels is one of life's most important aspects -- empathy. Not only does she believe empathy plays a key role in her studies of chimpanzees, but she also feels strongly that having empathy for other beings in turn brings us closer to our own highest human potential.