Showing posts from November 30, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 6 2014

“If you do what you do well enough, long enough, consistently enough and fast enough, you will win the race.” Being tenacious is the key to achieving not just being first past the post but actually getting as far as the post. Life can throw us some hard knocks and setbacks along the way and it’s all too easy to throw in the towel and give up but, believing you can succeed and, indeed will succeed, and persevering again and again, perhaps in the face of fierce opposition, will see you triumph in the end through your own tenacity.

The Science Of Attention

Neuroscientist Adele Diamond is challenging basic assumptions about education. Her focus on the brain's capacity for executive function -- also called "the science of attention" -- has also shown promise for children with ADHD and autism, and for narrowing the achievement gap between children of differing socioeconomic backgrounds.

Daily Inspirational Quote December 5 2014

“Nothing is stronger than habit.” Get into the habit of being thankful, of being grateful for the people and things in your life. It’s easy to get into the habit of seeing the “cup half empty” rather than half full. We all have habits whether we like it or not and habit is a strength so use habit to enhance how you look at life and count your blessings rather than nurture habits that detract from the quality of the life you hope to lead.

Making The Leap

There are any number of reasons one can think of to not do something. In this beguiling illustrated strip Grant Snider playfully reminds us that, for all our potential excuses, there's nothing quite the like the feeling of leaping.

Daily Inspirational Quote December 4 2014

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” Often we fail to notice people because they do their utmost to remain in the shadows or the fringes of our society. Looking on rather than participating in what’s going on around them. However, just because they are quiet and keep themselves to themselves doesn’t mean that their minds aren’t working and, in fact, are probably doing a lot more thinking than the rest of us who are busy with our interests and making our opinions known to anybody who will listen. They take the time to really think and ponder so that when they do have something to say it may be a new innovative idea, the solution to an on-going problem, or a profound statement. Never underestimate the quiet people in our midst but rather pay attention when they do have something to share with the rest of us.

The Smart Way To Stick To Habits

When trying to form new, meaningful habits, there are always the usual suspects getting in your way -- forgetfulness, apathy, time constraints and self-doubt. Writer Leo Babauta offers up key guidelines for overcoming each of these common obstacles and articulates a smart habit system to help ensure success.

Daily Inspirational Quote December 3 2014

“Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason it will.” We all carry debris from our past which, if we allow it to, will overshadow every decision or opportunity presented to us in the future and leave us with feelings of low self-esteem or self-confidence in being decisive or taking action. By all means learn and accept but ultimately move on. Use the lessons life has taught us on our path to persevere and be confident in reaching and attaining what we want for ourselves in life.

Give Kindness

Somewhere in just about every person is the longing to give kindness, to be diligent, to do great work and to make a difference in life. Sadly, those longings are often deeply buried by fears, insecurities, doubts, mistrust, disillusionment and so much more. When people feel that their goodness is not appreciated, they can give up on that goodness. Even so, the potential for it is still very much there. Imagine what would happen if you simply allowed other people to be kind and helpful to you by being kind and helpful yourself. Imagine what would happen if you could encourage the goodness in others by giving new life and energy to your own goodness. Though such an approach sounds seriously naive when you consider all the disillusioned people in the world, where it truly has power is on a personal level. The fact is, you can very effectively share your goodness with one other person at a time, and can awaken the latent goodness in that person. Though it may not immediately be re

FoodShift: Reducing Waste, Fighting Hunger

"Dana Frasz is a food entrepreneur. She wants to recycle food, taking the food that's not consumed and putting it into the hands of those who cannot afford it. She wants companies to stop wasting so much food -- at the grocery story and in restaurants. She wants us all to be aware of how much we're throwing in the dustbin. Too idealistic? Frasz would argue otherwise. Hear her talk about her passion -- FoodShift."

Daily Inspirational Quote December 2 2014

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” Go for it!! Whatever motivates you to do the best at what you love then harness that, use it to keep your aim true and, if you don’t succeed in reaching your own personal “moon” then finding yourself among the beautiful inspiring illumination of the stars won’t be too much of a disappointment and perhaps where you were meant to land in the first place.

Why a Culture of Compassion Matters

"What is companionate love?" To Sigal Barsade, a Wharton School management professor, it is when workers "who are together day in and day out, ask and care about each other's work and even non-work issues...They are careful of each other's feelings. They show compassion when things don't go well." Not surprisingly, Barsade and a colleague found that this important aspect of one's workplace ultimately helped employee morale, teamwork and customer satisfaction. Adds Barsade, "Management can do something about this. They should be thinking about the emotional culture."

Creative Visualization Techniques - Shakti Gawain

An excerpt from The Relationship Handbook Creative visualization is the technique of using your natural, creative imagination in a more conscious way to create what you truly want. Discovering the technique of creative visualization has been magical for millions of people around the world. It is being successfully used in the fields of health, wellness, spirituality, creative arts, psychotherapy, business, and sports, and it can have an impact in every area of your life. When we refer to “visualization,” it is important to mention that mental imagery is different for everyone. Some people may “see” images and pictures; others receive their information through color, sounds, and objects or experience a simple sensing or knowing. All these forms work, and however you experience it is just right. Just feeling your desired state of things is the most important thing. One of the most valuable ways to use creative visualization is in improving our relationships. Although many people sh

The Path of Relationship - Shakti Gawain

An excerpt from The Relationship Handbook Most of us have a desire to connect deeply with others. We long to give and receive love and to share with each other in many ways. Often, however, we find the closeness we desire to be elusive. Relationships of all kinds may come and go, or they may change. At times, relationships can be very painful. Many of us have not had very good role models for relating to others, especially within our families or among those closest to us. We are all doing the best we can to figure out how to be the best parents, friends, partners, brothers, sisters, daughters, and sons to one another. As the old adage goes, “When we were born, they forgot to send the manual!” Fortunately, we are living in a time of great change and discovery. We’re learning new ways of living more consciously, and one of the main ways we are learning is through our relationships. More and more people are seeking help and understanding about how relationships work — not just our int

The Relationship Handbook – Shakti’s Story

Shakti’s Story An excerpt from The Relationship Handbook by Shakti Gawain By the time I was in my mid-thirties, my books were selling well and I was getting to be very well known. I traveled all over the world speaking, teaching, and leading workshops. I loved it. I had great passion for my work and found working with my students and clients very rewarding. Unfortunately, my work also consumed my life. Too much of my awareness was centered on, connected to, or based in my work, and I started to sense a great imbalance in my life. My personal life had taken a backseat to my professional life. I was having difficulties with my romantic relationships in particular; I found that difficult patterns were increasingly repeating themselves in those relationships. This became a painful process for me, and I was longing to find a true partner. I wasn’t finding the intimate connection I was looking for or the partner I thought I was ready for. Of course, I only thought I was ready. I had do

Daily Inspirational Quote December 1 2014

“Not everything you try can be done. But nothing can be done until you try.” Life is an amazing journey and we should be prepared to embrace what enhances or challenges us along the way. If we don’t reach for the stars and at least attempt to turn our dreams into reality we will never know if we would have succeeded. Self-doubt is natural when contemplating a new path or pursuing what we want from life but much better to have tried and failed than never to have attempted it in the first place. Don’t be left with nothing but regret for the things you should have strived for but rather pride in the fact that you tried anyway.

Mr. Wright's Law of Love

No one falls asleep in Jeffrey Wright's high school physics class. Exploding pumpkins, hovercrafts and an experiment involving a bed of nails, a cinder block and a sledgehammer, are some of the crazy stunts that keep the students enthralled. But it is Mr. Wright's experiences as a father of a special needs son, and his teachings about love, family, and the meaning of life that leave the deepest impact on his students. This inspiring short video shares more.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 30 2014

Look to your health and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience, for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can’t buy.” – Izaak Walton The other day, I learned that a dear friend is gravely ill. The doctors are still running tests on him and don’t know what’s wrong, but the outlook isn’t good. I was in the midst of my normal routine of running here and there, racing to fit in all the things I think I “have” to do, when I got the call about my friend. Then it hit me: what if I truly had little time? What would really be important then? It’s too easy to forget how lucky we are just to be able to be busy accomplishing mundane tasks. Now and then as you’re racing the clock, remember that all our days on earth are numbered, and reserve some time for the things that really matter the most to you.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 29 2014

“If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.” – Mildred McAfee Many of us carry deep dreams in our hearts for years and even lifetimes simply because we fail to take the next step. Every great goal is composed of many big and little components. While persistence will help us inch our way forward, at some point, we’ll need raw courage to go any farther. In any grand endeavor, there comes a time when we have to go out on a limb, act boldly and take a leap of faith. Whatever the size of your next step, it must be taken sometime. Muster your courage and take action. It will build bridges, summon divine help, and leave you with no regrets.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 28 2014

“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivanada I’m acquainted with a certain karate master whom everyone loves and admires. When he walks into a room, everyone notices, and many stop whatever they’re doing to await their chance to greet him. He is fully present for everyone he speaks to; you can feel his whole being behind his words and his handshake. In the course of a lifetime, we may meet but a handful of people who are truly extraordinary, who put all of themselves into every interaction, effort, word and deed. They are all out participants in life. Natural respect for great people is a message from our spirits, telling us that this is how to live. They are shining examples not only to admire, but to study and emulate.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 27 2014

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson Everything you need to be truly happy is already yours. If you feel like you’re missing something or like life has been unfair to you, it’s all in your mind. Right now, you are alive and well enough to be reading this. The universe is on your side, and is in this moment delivering to you what you’ve been asking for: the key to finding happiness. Your world is rich with magic and blessings just waiting for you to open your eyes, to breathe them into your soul and enjoy their sweet fragrance. To find happiness, you have only to breathe more deeply of the blessings that are already yours.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 26 2014

“The more balanced our lives, the more serene we feel.” – Ann Smith I tend to be an all or nothing person — a recipe for stress. If I’m trying to lose weight, for example, I will go overboard and eat too little while working out too much, which leaves me low on energy and generally cranky. This morning I caught sight of myself naked in the mirror, and true to my nature, suddenly decided that in the course of about a week, I had “let myself go.” Logically, of course, I know that this doesn’t happen in a few days, and there is certainly no reason to take drastic measures just because I’ve relaxed my disciplines a little bit. This time, I’m going to try to take a moderate approach to feeling better, for I’ve learned that extreme reactions ultimately leave me feeling worse, while a gentle approach to life leads me to peace and lasting success.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 25 2014

“I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.” – William James Often when we don’t know what to do, it’s because we’re looking for something big: the single, solitary answer to whatever problem is on our minds. This can keep us spinning in circles, stuck in worry, frittering our energy away. There are always little things we can do: we can take a bath, meditate, offer a hug, do someone a favor, send a card, pray, read a book, research the matter, send out more resumes, cook something healthy, make some phone calls, ask for help, breathe deep, relax. If you don’t know what to do, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. Every choice we make affects our lives.

Daily Inspirational Quote November 24 2014

“We spend all our time looking for some concept of Truth, but Truth is what is left when we drop all concepts.” – David Merzel I’ve been reading a historical book about Native Americans, and I’ve been struck by the simplicity of their outlook on life. Somewhere in the course of “civilization,” I believe we made life entirely too complicated. For example, I’ve been struggling for years now with a certain relationship rife with conflict. No matter what I do, this other person just refuses to embrace peace and harmony with me. While reading this book, it hit me: I’ve been trying way too hard to make things better. I don’t think a Native American warrior would spend years hemming and hawing about such a relationship; he’d act on his feelings and be done with it. I’m not suggesting we scalp people who tick us off, I just think that too often we get lost in our own civility, and forget how to boldly respond to life’s challenges.

The Giving Keys

When singer-songwriter and actress Caitlin Crosby got on stage with her hotel key conveniently draped on a makeshift chain around her neck, she had no idea that this would eventually open a door and lead to "The Giving Keys". This organization unlocks human potential through a circle of passed-on keys inscribed with inspiring words like "courage", "trust", and "love". Both givers and recipients of the keys share stories online in this pay-it-forward ecosystem. But perhaps the greatest testament to the power of the keys is its ability to transform the lives of their creators: homeless people who have, by way of lovingly crafting messages on pieces of metal, found self-esteem, education, employment, and keys to a brighter life.

Kindness: The First Gift

"Kindness has gracious eyes; it is not small-minded or competitive; it wants nothing back for itself... Kindness casts a different light, an evening light that has the depth of color and patience to illuminate what is complex and rich in difference." John O'Donohue takes us on an eloquent exploration of kindness and its role in the unfolding universe.

Finding Those Three Magical Words

How easy is it to "love your neighbor" when your intoxicated neighbor wakes you up in the middle of the night and insults you? For people dedicated to the path of nonviolence, like Arun Dada and his wife Mira Ba, it's not only the right thing to do, it's the only thing you can do. Instead of getting angry, they chose to try and transform the relationship through compassion. And in doing so they inspired their neighbor to replace his steady stream of obscenities with three words embodying their shared highest ideals. Read on for this profound story of forgiveness and friendship.

College For All: Sebastian Thrun, Udacity

Most employers agree that new graduates lack the skills necessary to succeed. And yet, the cost of college tuition is rising far faster than the average family can afford. The frustration is clear; change is desperately needed. Now, thanks to innovators like Udacity and Coursera, and the advent of "massive open online courses" (MOOCs), both students and employers are being assured a much more predictable outcome. This emerging technology is more than just an online course system, it is a means to radically expand access to world-class instruction while producing far greater results. Read more to learn how this innovative new model is helping to transform higher education.

Sources of Light

When Kobun Otogawa was asked in the wake of 9/11, "How can I deal with the enormous fear and anger that I feel about what happened?" He replied simply, "Do one kind thing for someone every day." And though the advice might seem overly simplistic, it does cause us to realize - that it is through our own light that this world can be made a little brighter.

How To Realize True Wealth

The world is filled with abundance, but because we stay tuned into what we do not have, we can spend our lives grasping for more, never really arriving. In this heart-felt piece, Americ Azevedo at the University of California, Berkeley, asks us to awaken to the true and profound wealth we have all been blessed with. "To awaken to this very moment is truth wealth. This moment is in truth all we really have and own. Everything else is just on loan; we must give it all back in the end."