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Daily Inspirational Quote November 8 2014

  “You can be greater than anything that can happen to you.” – Norman Vincent Peale We all have really bad days now and then. While I don’t enjoy them any more than anyone else, I decided some years ago that their purpose is to keep me on my spiritual toes. Believing this has made my “worst” days far better than they used to be. Now when I realize I’m having a “bad day,” I immediately shift my priorities around so that my number one goal is to simply do my best to be loving, responsible and calm in the present moment. I may get everything I think I need to done, and I may not. Everything may turn out okay, and then again, it may not. I can only do my best. This gentle approach to life does more than just prevent problems from becoming compounded by poor choices and silly behavior; it has a seemingly magical way of lightening my energy and nudging my worries toward resolution.

An Innovation That Is Lighting India's Villages

Worldwide about 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity, a statistic hard to fathom in our current digital age. In India, more than 400 million people have no electricity. Gyanesh Pandey, who grew up in a village in Bihar, India without electricity, and three of his friends are creating a different reality for thousands of people through a company they founded known as Husk Power Systems. Read more to learn how Pandey and his friends are harnessing their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to generate power for rural dwellers far removed from the national power grid from rice husks.

Amending Ties From Past Lives - Keith Sherwood

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.) The goal of every human being alive today, whether they can articulate it or not, is to find a state of unconditional joy within themselves. Although this goal may appear to be illusive, such a state exists within everyone regardless of their physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual condition. Unfortunately the goal of unconditional joy seems an impossible one to achieve for the vast majority of people alive today. For far too many people, the human ...

Relive Your Past Lives - Richard Webster

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.) One of the most rewarding things I have ever done was teaching psychic development classes. I began doing them in my own home, but they became so popular that within a few months I had to move them to a local recreation center. Right from the start, the most popular class was how to discover and relive your past lives. I should not have been surprised at the popularity of the past-life class, because, in ...

The Evolving Soul and Your Life Purpose: Connecting the Dots of Past Lives - Linda Backman

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.) The title of the first chapter of my new book, The Evolving Soul, is “Tripping Over Your Soul Self,” which provides a clear description of the over-riding purpose of the book. Each and every one of us chooses to incarnate with intended “Soul-Sole” commitment—that is to continue and, perhaps speed-up, your evolution as a soul. You are, no more and no less, ...

Daily Inspirational Quote November 7 2014

  “If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I wouldn’t pass it around. Wouldn’t be doing anybody a favor. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t say embrace trouble. That’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say, meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.” – Oliver Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice   Everyone wants to be wise, but no one wants to be troubled. If you think about it, “wisdom” is ultimately the ability to handle trouble with skill, and like any other skill, it’s developed through practice. Wise people are thus folks who have been blessed with a life rich with problems, challenges, mistakes and upsets. We all must deal with trouble of one sort or another throughout our lives; some of us are just lucky, as we’re given a bit more than most.

Here Is Your Time

Time is passing, but you don’t have to let it pass you by. Time is passing, and that’s an opportunity. With each minute that comes, there comes the chance to make life more valuable and rewarding. As time goes by, you can cleverly use it to go forward. An hour from now, you can be more knowledgeable, more highly skilled, better connected with others, more experienced, motivated, and purposeful. A year from now, you can be so far ahead of where you are today that it’s truly amazing. Time is an immensely valuable resource, and it is flowing into your life right now. When you make full and resolute use of it, anything is possible. Do you realize how fortunate you are to have the time you have right now? Celebrate your good fortune by making it even better, by using this moment to increase the value of all the future moments. Here is your time. Use it well. — Ralph Marston

Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

If you've ever volunteered in a soup kitchen, you know the feeling of having served others. But what about those on the other side of the food line? Are they getting what they need most? Robert Egger, the founder of DC Central Kitchen, didn't think so. He set out to train homeless people on the streets of Washington, D.C. -- many of whom were drug addicts cycling in and out of a life of crime -- how to cook and earn a food handler's license. The goal was to help them trade addiction and crime for stable employment in restaurants and other food enterprises. The result has been a deepened sense of community for all.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 6 2014

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Wilder Many of life’s greatest pleasures and comforts are always available. Because of that, however, it’s easy to take them for granted and allow temporal upsets and dramas to diminish the joy they bring us. My favorite time of the day is when I put my daughter to bed. No matter how tired I am, I crawl into bed next to her for a few minutes, where I rub her back, smell her hair and squeeze her tight. No matter what is going wrong in my life, I always have those few moments of pure sweetness when I can reconnect with a sense of well-being. Whether they involve loved ones, personal hobbies or spiritual rituals, we all have simple pleasures available to us every day.

Going With What You Feel

Sometimes what you’re about to do just feels right, in a way you are sure of but cannot explain. Pay attention to that feeling, for in it is wisdom accumulated through all your experience. Other times, what you’re doing feels wrong, not for any particular reason but just because. That is an almost certain indication it is not right for you. Reason and logic provide valuable guidance and reliably lead to magnificent achievements. Sometimes, though, it is best to step back from the purely reasonable and go with what you feel. The best person to know when that is appropriate is you. At some level, you know how authentic, how honest, and how well advised your feelings are. Though you may not even realize it, you are highly skilled at recognizing patterns. And many times you can feel those patterns much more clearly than you can articulate them. Go forward based on objective reality, on reason and logic, on the facts available to you, but don’t go against your feelings. Go with wh

What I Wish I Knew When I Was A Freshman

What would you say to your younger self if you had the chance? Charles Howard, the University Chaplain for the University of Pennsylvia, shares his reflections on ego and insecurity, and the advice he would have given himself at the age of 18.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 5 2014

“There are two kinds of failures: The man who will do nothing he is told, and the man who will do nothing else.” – Perle Thompson Recently I observed a couple of people push themselves past the point of exhaustion into total collapse. I noticed that they had something in common: they put more value on others’ praise and approval than their own personal judgment. We all love to be praised and appreciated, but when our need for outer strokes is so great that it takes precedence over our basic well-being, we become approval addicts. If we are obsessed with impressing others, we’re already failing to love, take care of and think for ourselves.

Foggy Morning

You’ve walked the route a hundred times before, and yet one early morning it is radically different. There is a thick fog in the air, and suddenly the world is not the same. Though the trees, the buildings, the lights and the roads are where they have always been, on a foggy morning you experience them in a new way. Simply because there’s an excess of moisture in the air, you cannot help but see the world differently. The fog changes your perspective. And because of that change in perspective, life can feel more frightening, or adventurous, mysterious, or invigorating. The objective reality of life is important. But what matters more to you is your perspective, because your perspective determines the way you experience reality. Although there are limits to the ways you can change reality, there are no limits on how you can change your perspective. Your response to any situation can be improved by choosing a motivating, empowering perspective. Success comes not from what you g

The Compassionate Instinct

Although many question whether true compassion exists at all, recent studies are showing that compassion is deeply rooted in our brains, our bodies, and in the most basic ways we communicate. Dacher Keltner -- a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley -- shares more about the compassionate side to human nature in this article.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 4 2014

“What brings us out of comfort and fear is imagination – creativity. Those who truly love danger aren’t extreme athletes, tri-athaloners or mountaineers. Creative people plunge into disaster every time they do something new. Because every time they try something new, they risk everything that’s familiar to them. They have to confront their incompetence and stupidity, feelings that all of us carefully avoid. That’s the journey of power and danger.” – John Tarrant In life, there are all sort of tests to endure and pass. Fortunately, I have friends going through the process with me. In talking to them, I have been reminded that everyone struggles with fear and anxiety when facing big challenges. Perhaps the people who quit or give up at the first twinge of discomfort don’t realize that those who succeed have the same feelings, that’s it’s natural. We may be honoring who we really are by pulling back when we’re uncomfortable, but I’d rather honor who I want to become by pushing forw

The Healing Power Of Joy

Laughter is a natural medicine - it lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is contagious. It brings people together and helps us feel more alive and empowered. Laughter therapy aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort. There are over 70 organizations committed to the healing power of laughter around the world. Watch as Care Clowns, Clown Doctors, and Joy activists in countries across the globe delight sick children and their care givers with giggles, bubbles, love, and joy.

How We Die: The Art of Living & Dying Meaningfully

Sherwin Nuland writes about death, but not in the way that you might expect. He wants to clear the fog of the fear of death away from our eyes. Death, in his view, has everything to do with how we live. In his own words: "The honesty and grace of the years of life that are ending is the real measure of how we die. It is not in the last weeks or days that we compose the message that will be remembered, but in all the decades that preceded them. Who has lived in dignity, dies in dignity."

Daily Inspirational Quote November 2 2014

  “In ancient times, everyone was considered to possess inner genius. It was a kind of guardian spirit that accompanied a person through life and helped one overcome odds and achieve personal heights. We’ve lost touch with this original meaning of genius (related etymologically to the fabled genie in the lamp) in all our concern over IQ testing and similar nonsense. It’s time we brought it back.” – Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. Because having a “spark” of genius has nothing to do with brain cells and DNA, anyone can be a genius. It’s a process of reaching above and beyond our learned skills and knowledge and tapping into something higher, something extraordinary. Genius can’t be measured or taught any more than love can, for both are matters of Spirit, and Spirit is available to everyone, all the time.

From Personal To Planetary Transformation

Two million organizations are working to make a better world in spite of the negative factors that threaten to destroy us, according to Paul Hawken. The interdependence of all life is now an established scientific fact as it is now possible to connect all people in the world for the first time in human history. Yet, in 2007 three billion people barely manage to eke out an existence. Learn more about the ever widening gap...