Saturday, November 15, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote November 15 2014

“For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits. When things are not going well, when I’m grumpy or mad, I’ll realize that I’ve not been paying attention to my soul and I’ve not been following my best routine.” – Robert Fulghum

Great days don’t just happen. Today my energy is very low, and I’m on edge because I’m worried that I’m too tired and stretched for time to accomplish everything I need to. While I’m in no mood to take responsibility for how I feel, when I’m honest with myself, I realize that I created this. Last night I stayed up too late reading a novel, ate chips and guacamole for dinner instead of something more nutritious, spent a couple of hours surfing online when I should have been working, and stayed up too late reading a novel. Since I hate feeling this way, today I’m determined to go to bed early, to eat healthfully all day long, and to buckle down and get as much work done as possible so that tomorrow will be a much better day. There is nothing like getting off track to remind me how important it is to follow my best routine.

Happiness Is A Choice

Happiness is a choice. And it is a choice you can make regardless of circumstance or condition.

It may seem like there are certain things, or people, or circumstances that make you happy. Yet what really makes you happy is nothing more than your choice to be happy in the presence of those certain conditions.

Happiness is a choice, and you can choose it much more often. When you do, you empower yourself with a positive perspective that remarkably improves your world.

If you assume that you must first have this thing or that situation to be happy, you have it precisely backwards. Happiness is a cause of the good things in life, not a result.

The more often you choose happiness, the better you become at doing so. The more you choose happiness, the more you understand and appreciate the value it adds to your life.

Instead of getting dejected, frustrated, angry, envious or spiteful, choose happiness. You’ll quickly discover it’s always appropriate, and enables you to bring great new positive value wherever you go.

— Ralph Marston

Skipping Lunch To Feed The Hungry

For Anton Cobb, inspiration came in the form of an online article telling of a girl whose family had benefited from a local food bank. The 32-year-old salesman then decided to turn that inspiration into a simple and creative way to help raise awareness and support for the Oregon Food Bank. Each Wednesday afternoon Cobb sacrifices buying his own lunch to donate to those in need. And sitting alone at a table with a red and white checked tablecloth in downtown Portland, he joyfully invites others to follow suit.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote November 14 2014

“At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.” – Maya Angelou

The other day I was talking to my husband about our relationship, and we were recalling how we used to fight much worse than we do these days. He brought up one time when I was so upset that I left. I got in my car and just drove around for a couple of hours, thinking. It was the middle of the night and the weather was bad, and he said he was more scared for our future together that night than at any other time. The craziest thing is that neither one of us can remember what the fight was even about. So many of the things we resist are meaningful only because we allow them to make us miserable. When the outcome is ultimately unimportant or beyond our control, perhaps the only way to truly win is to surrender.

Energy Level

Again and again, you’ve seen that some things raise your energy level and other things deplete your energy. So here’s a reminder to get yourself as often as possible into those energy boosting situations and stay away from whatever drains you.

Sure, that is easier said than done. Even so, it bears repeating and is important to always keep in mind.

When you have a choice, as you very often do, put yourself in places, with people, doing activities that increase your positive energy. Even a small and temporary jump in your energy level can have far reaching effects.

If there’s something that gets you down, stop complaining about it. Stop complaining, and get yourself cleanly away from it.

If there’s something that makes you enthusiastic, creative and energetic, stop merely wishing for it. Go beyond the wishing and figure out how to make it a part of your life more often.

You can live an energetic and fulfilled life every day. Just make the choices, based on what you already know and feel, to put much more good, positive energy into your experience.

— Ralph Marston

The Dean Who Lives In A Dumpster

How much stuff do we really need to live happy, healthy lives? As people continue to scale down, living more simplistic, minimalist lives, many report feeling happier. Jeff Wilson, Environmental Science professor and Dean of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, is conducting an experiment to see just how little a person needs to live happily and comfortably by living in a repurposed dumpster.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote November 13 2014

“Do not let trifles disturb your tranquility of mind. The little pinpricks of daily life when dwelt upon and magnified, may do great damage, but if ignored or dismissed from thought, will disappear…” – Grenville Kleiser

Regardless of what is happening in your life right now, you can enjoy profound peace. Stop for a moment and center yourself. Close your eyes and become aware of your entire being: your toes, your hands, your heart, the aura extending out from you in all directions. Breathe deeply and relax your shoulders. As you exhale, mentally let go of any inner tightness, grasping, clinging or resistance. Just quietly reconnect with the knowledge that at any moment, you control the peace in your life.

A Town Rallies To Make A Local Store Owner's Day

He runs a convenience store in Levittown, New York. For the past 10 years, Avi Gandhi has owned and solely operated the store -- working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, without a single sick day. He was, however, much more than a guy who punches numbers into the cash register. "He knew the names of everyone who came in, who their family was, what their disappointments were, the dreams they had. He would frequently joke, offer sage advice, let people pay him back if they were hard up, listen intently, and make people feel like they mattered," Celeste Dennis said. So when the local community learned that he was going to have to let go of his lease, they stepped up with a flash mob to show him how much they loved him.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote November 12 2014

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy

I have gotten myself into some ridiculous situations in my quest to be like Jesus, Buddha or other great spiritual teachers. For example, I am ever determined to forgive those who have wronged me, whether they’re sorry or not. I’ve been known to turn the other cheek when attacked, only to end up with hand prints on both sides of my face. While I believe that we determine our own experiences in life, and that having a loving heart and positive thoughts is tremendous protection against lower energy, there does come a point when we must draw some lines. If you lovingly tried to pet a dog for the fifth time, and for the fifth time you were bitten, I wouldn’t say the law of attraction had failed — I’d say it was high time you stopped “loving your enemy” that way.

Growing Ever Richer

Nature’s colors turn warm when the weather begins to cool. Red leaves, orange, yellow and brown settle to the ground as shadows grow longer and days become shorter.

One season draws to a close as another one begins to appear. The world itself gives a reminder to treasure what has been while working to create new goodness, new experiences and new value.

It can be difficult to let go of what has become so familiar. Yet in that choice to move on, is the promise of new beauty and a life that’s more meaningful.

In the softly glowing ember of autumn is the sure and eventual birth of a vibrant explosion of springtime. By letting go and moving confidently forward, we enable life to grow ever richer.

Seasons change, again and again, and with each change life renews itself, becoming stronger and more robust. From the old, a new world is born, giving fresh life and energy to treasured hopes and dreams.

Look around and witness the magnificent spectacle. Join in, and let your spirit be energized by new life coming to life.

— Ralph Marston

A Father's Letter To His Five-Year-Old Daughter

Tom Attwater is dying of a brain tumor and in the midst of coping with his own suffering, he is exerting all efforts to save his 5 year-old daughter from cancer. Read further for a selfless, heartwarming story that will bring tears to your eyes and compassion to your heart.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote November 11 2014

“In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.” – Paul Harvey

Whether it’s on a grand scale like terrorist attacks or the smaller scale of one’s personal life, when tragedy strikes, it often feels as if the world is coming to an end. This is where studying history can help us maintain perspective. For eons, humanity has endured tragedies, calamities, disasters, disappointments, plagues, famines, droughts and wars. While suffering and despair are very real and challenging, they’re also natural parts of life. Whatever you’re struggling with, it won’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll get through it and move into better times.

When's The Last Time You Unfolded A Map?

When's the last time you pulled out a map to find where you were, or how to get where you were going? As Snigda Manickavel reminds us, "When we gaze at our devices and scurry through the world in thoroughly efficient ways, we are forgetting the most important part of our sojourn on this watery planet. To connect with the other people who are here with us." You may want to dig up some maps or peek into an atlas after hearing more of her thoughts here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Astral Projection: Get Out And Do Something - By Donald Michael Kraig

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Many books that give a general introduction to magick have a section on astral projection. They focus on its difficulty, how important it is, how it is a major part of magickal work, and so on. But after reading these books, I’m left with a feeling like the late Clara Peller (who played a senior citizen in a now-iconic commercial from the mid-1980s) when she found nothing of substance in her sandwich, shouting, ...

Exploring Beyond Limits: The O.B.E. Experience - Brian Mercer

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

During my first conscious out-of-body experience, I encountered the woman I would one day marry.It was the Saturday night before my final semester in college, and I was enjoying some personal reading time before being inundated by next week’s wave of classes and homework. The book I was perusing was Dreams and the Projection of Consciousness by Jane Roberts, which explores altered states of consciousness, including out-of-body experiences (a phenomenon sometimes abbreviated as “OBE“).As it ...

Astral Projection And Subtle Bodies - Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

You are more than a physical body with a marvelous physical brain!
Some people believe that’s all there is—just a physical body—while many more believe, at the least, in something they call a “soul.” Some think of the soul as a kind of balloon-like attachment to the physical body, while others think of the body as a kind of “vehicle” for the soul.

Neither mainstream religion nor physical sciences offer any really satisfactory ...

Daily Inspirational Quote November 10 2014

“It is a curious thing…that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.” – Evelyn Waugh

If we have to abstain from earthly pleasures in order to be admitted into heaven, what happens then? Are we “rewarded” by being allowed all the sensual delights we’ve forsaken, or do we have to continue to abstain from the pleasures we find most delightful? If we are allowed to satisfy our desires for pleasure in heaven, then how can doing so on earth be wrong? After all, is it not ideal to have life “on earth as it is in heaven?” I believe that the things that bring us pleasure were made to feel good to us because we’re supposed to enjoy them.

The Only Way We Really Change

People don't ever change by becoming someone else. People change by seeking, finding, and nourishing the best of who they are. They persist through the dark, heart-shredding times. They reach deeper into their true nature, the source of their best wisdom, courage, and passion. In this piece Wayne Muller tells a powerful story from the Civil Right's movement that illustrates how true transformation happens.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote November 9 2014

“The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.” – Walter Bagehot

A curious thing happens when we try too hard to be patient: we tend to blow up or fall apart over unimportant things. Most parents have experienced this dynamic in their children: they’ll be calm, reasonable and patient while the child is setting fire to the cat or kicking Grandpa in the shin, but then explode later when the same child asks for another cookie. There is nothing wrong with reacting strongly to serious events; in fact, it tends to keep things in order.

Wisdom In The Age of Information

"We live in a world awash with information, but we seem to face a growing scarcity of wisdom." Maria Popova shares her insights about the difference between information, knowledge, and wisdom, and how storytelling can play a crucial role in helping us navigate the "open sea" of our technological age.