Saturday, December 20, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 20 2014

“Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.”

Being afraid is not always a bad thing as it’s our own in-built warning system about real or perceived danger, so we should always acknowledge the reason for feeling afraid. However, on the other hand, it is too easy to allow fear to overwhelm us and therefore prevent us from doing something we want to that yes, may cause us to be fearful but which, in the long run, could enhance our lives. When we allow fear to dictate what we do or don’t do, we restrict the failures and triumphs we may have experienced so, to quote an old saying, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

A 19-Year-Old Artist's Book Of Untranslatable Words

When you start with a heartfelt offering, you never know where life may take you next. Read on for the tale of Ella Sanders, whose creative illustrations about untranslatable words grew from a blog post into a published book now out from Random House. You'll also get a sampling of some marvelous, untranslatable words from around the world. Like Mangata -- Swedish for "the road-like reflection of the moon in water."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 19 2014

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

We are all born with our own individual, unique abilities and, as we travel through life, we alone choose how to build on these and use them on our journey. However, it’s the choices we make in how we use our abilities that define us. We can either choose to use them with honorable intentions or, alternatively, not so honorable intentions. It is this individual intent that the outside world becomes aware of and therefore knows exactly what we are all about, i.e. where we are coming from and where we are going, and judges us accordingly.

The 21-Day Challenge: A New Way To Practice Our Values

Many of us seem to recognize the importance of making personal changes in our lives, and yet we struggle to put them into practice. Forbes Magazine points out that less than 10 percent of us actually stick to our New Years resolutions. Habits are hard to break and it turns out that as much as 40 percent of all our actions are habitual. We don't consciously do them. It's hard to change what we aren't conscious of. But thankfully, it's not impossible. So, how do we go about trading in old, unwholesome habits for new, positive ones, in a sustainable way? A special kind of three-week challenge just might hold the answer!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 18 2014

“A new outlook brightens your image and brings new friends.”

There’s nothing better than discovering a new hobby or joining a group of like-minded people in exploring the world of literature, the countryside, places of historical interest, or taking an interest in what’s around you. We can become settled in our ways and forget that there is a wonderful world out there filled with exciting possibilities just waiting for us to stir ourselves and actually do something about it. When we do….well, why didn’t we do this before? What were we waiting for? Our new friends will bring new life to us and accompany us on our adventures to come, how wonderful is that?

An Incredible Story of a Young Woman's Courage

Malvika Iyer is the essence of courage and optimism. At 13, a freak accident caused her to lose both her hands and severely damaged her legs, raising serious doubts about whether she would ever walk again. But young Malvika braved the odds and emerged victorious. Today she is a dedicated social worker, a motivational speaker, a model for accessible clothing in India, and part of the "Global Shakers" initiative of the World Economic Forum. In this interview, Malvika gives a first-person account of her ordeal and how she overcame it to become the incredible young woman she is today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 16 2014

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of hope.”

Some of us spend our whole lives fitting in with everybody else’s rules, regulations, beliefs, etc., and perhaps don’t even realize we’re doing it as it’s the way we’ve always done things and what’s wrong with that? However, sometimes it’s good to shake off conformity and actually do what you want for a change. So what if you feel like taking a day off work during the week and walking in the woods or just going on a shopping spree. Instead of spending your weekends doing the same old, same old, do something different, something more adventurous. This might be the beginning of a new phase in your life that brings you joy and freedom to be yourself, so what are you waiting for………?”

Poems To Color In: Beloved Poems Turned Interactive Art

Gifted artist and filmmaker Ellie Cross shares her story of an unusual "Stone Soup" gathering in Mumbai that she attended, and of the inspiration that led her to create charming, illustrated versions of poems by Rilke, Rumi, Mary Oliver and others. Titled "Poems To Color In", Ellie's series invites readers to print out and shade in the depicted verses. Her work gives people an opportunity to add a touch of the personal to these beloved poems. Read the backstory in Ellie's own words and see samples of her captivating work here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Transform Your Holidays With Incense - Susyn Blair-Hunt, Ms.D.

Incense is a powerful, inexpensive way to fill our surroundings with optimum health, joy and prosperity this holiday season. With the right fragrance, we can transform our thoughts, release stress and cultivate inner peace. Now that another hectic holiday season is upon us, we’re wise to utilize the calming vibes of incense to maintain our sense of balance. Incense also makes a wonderful gift or stocking stuffer.

Keep in mind, these scents can be used at any time of the year to evoke their special magic. The following is a brief explanation of my favorite empowering aromas, their properties, and how they can transform your world.

Amber – Burn amber to promote beauty, protection, youth, vibrancy and spiritual awakening. Amber is also a powerful conductor when researching past life memories or working through old issues to clear them out and move on.

Frankincense/Myrrh – These two fragrances are often burned together to dispel negativity, purify surroundings, attract good luck, and surround you with spiritual protection. Either of these scents is a perfect accompaniment for empowering meditation practices.

Rituals For A Stress-Free Holiday - Susyn Blair-Hunt, Ms.D.

At this time of year, our lives should be filled with joy and contentment, but in the days and weeks preceding the holidays, we often get caught up in all the stress and commercialism. As maintaining spiritual balance can be especially challenging now, here are a few tried and true rituals to help you move with joy and wonder through the remaining days of 2014.

People sometimes misunderstand the term rituals. In reality, if you are working with the highest intentions, rituals are designed to draw something into your life that will improve it or help rid you of troublesome energy that is keeping you from living the life you want to lead. When practiced faithfully, rituals can create deep transformation within you, strengthen your spiritual being, and create a shield of protection and power around you.

Stress is one of the greatest drains on our joy. As we add more activities and obligations to our list than normal and rush from one place to the next, it’s hard not to get harried. The following stress-relieving ritual can restore your energy and focus ...

Kajama’s Astrological Gift-Giving Guide - Susyn Blair-Hunt, Ms.D.

You can find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list by considering the unique aspects of their astrological sun sign. Of course, everyone will appreciate a gift of enlightenment, so consider giving a gift certificate for a psychic or astrological reading on the new year ahead. You can purchase gift certificates from Susyn at

ARIES: For the Aries folks on your list, keep in mind that they love movement. Books, movies or gifts related to cars, travel or the latest exercise trends will get their attention. Since they’re fire signs, you can’t go wrong with candles, incense or fragrances. Aries also love to read up on the latest news, so consider extending their favorite magazine subscriptions or adding a new one to their collection. Pennywise Aries will love a gift certificate to their favorite store so they can shop for the best deals at all the post-holiday clearance sales.

TAURUS: Taurus is the sign of luxury, so consider a gift certificate to their favorite clothing or furniture store. In fact, gift certificates for music, ...

Daily Inspirational Quote December 15 2014

“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

My lovely Dad used to have a saying, “You worry, you die”, “You don’t worry, you die…..why worry?” If only it were that simple? None of us want to worry do we? We don’t want to be tossing and turning at night and struggling to get through the day because of worry but, we’re human beings, and it’s something we do whether we choose to or not. However, if we can distance ourselves just a little and think “outside the box,” we’d realize that worrying doesn’t help resolve anything at all. There’s no easy answer as to how to stop yourself worrying but remember everything passes … nothing stays the same whether we waste time worrying or not.

What It Really Means To Live Our Mission

"How are we so optimistic, so careful not to trip and yet do trip, and then get up and say OK?" Maira Kalman asked in pondering happiness and existence. What is it that propels us to get up after loss, after heartbreak, after failure? That's precisely what the Reverend Victoria Safford explores in her essay "The Small Work in the Great Work."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 14 2014

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”

I guess we’ve all been in a situation where we find out who our true friends are. You know the scenario. We’re in financial trouble, our relationship isn’t working, our work situation isn’t looking very good so, what do we do? We call our friends and ask for their help. Sometimes it’s just for reassurance that things will get better and “hey, I’m always here for you.” Other times we ask for financial aid just for a short while until things get better when we’ll repay our debt. It’s at times like these that people we believed to be friends will fade into the background maybe because they don’t want to be put on the spot or they’re dealing with their own problems or perhaps just because they don’t think enough about you to really care. This is when your true friend or friends can be counted. The ones who have their own problems too but who care about you enough to put their problems on hold to help you out and make sure you know you can count on them. True friends indeed, treasure them.

An Open Letter To The Children Of The World

If you wrote an open letter to the children of the world, would you apologize to them? Following the tragic Newtown shooting that took the lives of 20 children exactly two years ago today, Randall Amster wrote such a letter. In it he addresses not just children but adults, as well: "This is not an excuse for our actions. We've let ourselves get caught up in the pace of our lives, and we've become distracted from the important issues that we all need to work on together." Read his moving epistle here.