Saturday, February 14, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 14, 2015

“Even after all this time the Sun never says to the Earth “You owe me!” Look what happens with a love like that…it lights the whole sky.”

Love should be unselfish shouldn’t it? When we love someone totally, with all our heart, our very being, we think of them and their best interests before ourselves. Totally unselfishly! In that way we too are like the Sun because we give our love freely, willingly, without a thought for what we will get in return. It is enough for us to know that we are capable of giving so much because, in our eyes, the focus of our love is deserving of it and the gifting gives us joy too. Their happiness is our happiness and this love lights up the whole sky and indeed the whole world for us.

Cathi Bew

It Is Now That My Life Is Mine

Imagine beginning a practice of gratitude that would someday help transform another's world. In 2008, and in the midst of her own personal challenge, Hailey Bartholomew did just that -- snapping one photo each day of something she was grateful for. This simple act led to the creation of -- a site which would soon inspire thousands. Among them, a young mother named Amy Gill - who, in the midst of heartache found refuge within gratitude. This moving short video tells her story of love, loss and renewal.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote February 13, 2015

“Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what they did is okay. It means that you are no longer willing to carry toxic anger in your heart.”

All of us, at one time or another, have known betrayal by someone else. Be it in a relationship, workplace, an acquaintance, a friendship, etc., and, no matter, how many times it happens it always causes us pain. It’s because we believed that whoever betrayed us was a lover or a friend and had only our best interests at heart and now we look back at our relationship with them for signs we may have missed that showed them for who they really were. It’s very easy to dwell on how much they hurt us and spend time thinking of ways to retaliate in order to inflict the same hurt and pain on them. However, let’s forget them for a moment and think about the best way forward for us. Is it to let this hurt fester and grow unchecked within us, like a dark weight we then carry forever, or to believe, as I do, that what goes around, comes around, and that karma has a way of evening things up? Better to be kind to ourselves and let it go don’t you think?

Cathi Bew

Narrow the Possibilities

Every restaurant has many different items on the menu, yet you have to choose one or two of those items in order to enjoy a good meal. Every day is filled with countless possibilities, and you must narrow down those possibilities if you are to get anything done.

If you attempt to do everything, your focus becomes scattered and diluted. And you end up doing very little.

Eating every item on the menu, if you could even do it, would make you miserable. Choosing wisely, sticking with your choices and seeing them through, creates a much more enjoyable experience.

The quality of your life is not based on the quantity of things you can stuff into it. The quality of your life comes from the love and attention and genuine joy you are able to give.

Don’t drive yourself crazy in a vain attempt to know everything, do everything, see everything and have everything. Instead, choose a few things at a time and enjoy giving depth and meaning to them.

Narrow the possibilities of each day down to the ones you can truly care about. Let go of the need for quantity, and find joy in the quality life you deserve.

— Ralph Marston

60 Kind Acts For My 60th Birthday

There is little in this world that provides a greater sense of inner peace than taking the time to do something kind for others. And, we shouldn't have to wait for "World Kindness Day" to take advantage of this. Rather, kindness can be something which is gently infused into each day. Read one woman's heart-opening experience as she challenged herself to a 60-day kindness challenge in celebration of her 60th birthday.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote February 12, 2015

“Everything that you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for.”

Let’s say we put our wish out there to the Universe or Greater Power and believe it has been received and understood and that a process has begun in making it a reality for us. I believe that, perhaps in order for us to truly appreciate and value the end result, we may have lessons to learn beforehand. Now these lessons may not be easy for us and we may struggle to understand or comprehend what they could possibly teach us, but we need to trust that they are for our own good and will ensure that, when our wish is realized, we are in the right place mentally, physically and spiritually to truly appreciate it.

Cathi Bew

Tiny Living: Making it Work

When it comes to owning a home, the phrase "bigger is better" has become the norm. But a new breed of home owners have decided to go with the "less is more" approach and scale down to -- gulp! -- well below 500 sq. feet. The reasons are clear right away: less expensive, less cleaning, less maintenance -- and also more energy efficient, cozy and elegantly streamlined. As Jay Shafer wrote in his book The Small House Book, "The key to designing my happy home ... lay not so much in deciding what I needed as in recognizing all the things I can do without."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote February 11, 2015

“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”

Sometimes our dreams and aspirations seem so distant that we may feel we will never see them realized. However, at least we have a purpose in having something to aim for which, let’s face it, is better than having nothing to look forward to achieving in the future. Even if it feels as though we’ll never get there and perhaps wonder if it’s worth it, remember time never stands still so every single second, minute, hour and day that passes gets us just that bit closer to where we want to be. Never give up and remember the saying “All good things come to those who wait.”

Cathi Bew

Tell Yourself

Tell yourself something often enough, and it becomes truth for you. What are you telling yourself over and over again?

If you tell yourself again and again that you can’t do something, you’re never going to do it. Even when you are perfectly able, you can convince yourself you’re absolutely not.

As you look at your world and make your way through it, whatever you’re repeating to yourself will have significant consequences. That can be a big burden, or a grand opportunity.

There’s no benefit in deluding yourself to believe you have superhuman powers. Yet there’s great benefit in constantly reminding yourself of the real and accessible powers you do have.

You can think, you can act, and you can focus your actions toward a specific purpose. You can feel, understand, create, adapt to new situations, build, improve, love and enjoy.

When you think to yourself and talk to yourself, think of all the good you’ve done and all the good you can now do. Remind yourself, again and again, that you can, and you will.

— Ralph Marston

Are You An Adrenaline Addict?

"The other day I was driving home and a text chimed in on my phone. It was one of those really important texts that makes you do stupid things like respond while you are driving. Which I nearly did. Instead, I pulled over, and started letting my fingers fly on the tiny keyboard...Before I could finish the text, I realized something interesting. I was actually addicted to that brief moment of relief delivered by responding to that text right away." In this insightful piece Kelly Wendorf reflects on how, "modern culture's framing of time drives an artificial sense of urgency," and offers up a shift in perception that just might bring us to a place of greater wisdom and power. Also included in the piece -- a quick "Are You An Adrenaline Addict" self-test...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote February 10, 2015

“When the dark clouds of doubt, anger or worry begin to move upon you, steady yourself in the knowledge that, in time, the storm will pass.”

It’s something I try to do whenever I’m facing a problem, feeling angry, worrying, or occasionally when the dark cloud of just feeling down seems to hover over my head. I’ve learned, from experience, that because time passes no matter what’s going on in our lives, it all eventually fades into the past. So, no matter how dire things appear, I can be reassured it’s a transitory phase and I just need to focus on this fact until the “weather” forecast becomes more promising for the future.

Cathi Bew

Walking Our Way To Health & Happiness

"Walking is going places. Over recent decades, walking has come to be widely viewed as a slow, tiresome, old-fashioned way to get around. But that's changing now as Americans recognize that traveling by foot can be a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst, and the route to happiness...The evidence that millions of people are finally walking again is as solid as the ground beneath our feet." Read on to learn why walking is being called "America's untrendiest trend" and why changemakers are calling for the creation of more walkable communities to improve the well-being of all.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Love Spells: Use Both Candles and Common Sense - Isabelle Ghaneh

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

The best love spells you can do are the ones that are infused with self love, love for yourself. If you are coming from a place of low self esteem, or a desperate desire to prove your worth through the love of another person, then you are not blessing yourself, or anyone else. If you are attempting to “put a spell on someone” and make that person magically love you, you are not blessing yourself. If you are doing anything other than seeking to open yourself up to someone whom you can love freely and who can love you freely, you are not blessing yourself.

Take it from someone who knows. The only candle love spell I ever did that worked—actually worked—is the one I will describe to you now. After many years of unfulfilling, sometimes even abusive, relationships, I had that same sense of desperation and loneliness I described above. It is only after much spiritual and therapeutic work that I learned that the spell for love must begin with self love and the understanding of what I truly wanted from a ...

Love Is a Gift…Be Open to Receiving It - Maria Shaw

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

When I became a professional astrologer almost thirteen years ago, I wanted to specialize but didn’t know which subject area to focus upon. So I let the universe decide. As calls came in and my business grew, it became obvious I was meant to do relationship and compatibility work. Over ninety percent of the calls for consultations were about love. Some of my clients had wonderful “soul mate” stories to share. Others had heartbreaking experiences. Many were looking for love. Others had just been through tough divorces or breakups and needed time to heal.

After years of working with all sorts of people from all walks of life—different ages, cultures, backgrounds, and religions—I came to the realization that we are all the same in one important way: we all want to love and be loved. Deep down, even people who seem angry and hurt and claim to have sworn off love, truly need it and want it. They just don’t want the pain that seems to go with it.

So, how do you find a special love? And once you’ve found it, how ...

What Is a Soul Mate? - Ann Merivale

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

In his article relating to his newly published Encyclopedia of Angels1, (Llewellyn Journal, 01-19-2009), Richard Webster recounts a recent visit he made with his wife to the Lac d’Annecy in the French Alps. His reason for going there was that he had heard of a delightful legend concerning the origins of this lake: that it (and a second one) had been formed by the copious tears wept by an angel who had been called back to Heaven and could not bear the thought of leaving that part of France. I like Webster’s Spirit Guides and Angel Guardians2 very much, and so I shall now buy his new Encyclopedia of Angels; I just slightly regret the fact that I did not have access to his writing when I fell in love with the Lac d’Annecy at the age of sixteen, because I would have appreciated the angel legend just as much ...

Daily Inspirational Quote February 9, 2015

“When life puts you in tough situations don’t say “Why me?” just say “Try me!”

There are times when all of us are faced with difficult situations and I guess we have two choices.  We can either, feel sorry for ourselves and go into total “poor me” mode, or we can “man…or woman up” and think of ways to resolve whatever it is.  Perhaps the tough situations presented to us are life’s way of testing us, just to see how we cope and hopefully overcome our difficulties.  It would then be to our credit to adopt a brave, confident outlook and deal with them.

Cathi Bew

The Dinner Party: Breaking Bread, Healing Hearts

When Lennon Flowers' mom passed away from lung cancer during her senior year in college, Lennon kept herself busy to avoid dealing with the pain which eventually hit her a year later, making her feel shameful and alone. A turning point came when Lennon met Carla Fernandez who had just lost her father. The friends decided to organize a dinner party for five women who had lost a parent at a young age, leading to deeply healing and transformative connections. "The Dinner Party" was born, and today there are 31 "tables" throughout the country organically hosting fun, idiosyncratic and friendship-based potlucks that foster connection and healing.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote February 8, 2015

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”

My wonderful Scottish Grannie had a favorite saying, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!”  It’s my mantra for life.  I am such a great believer in always asking for what you want, because if you never ask, how will you know if you would have got it?  If you know what I mean?  Usually, when we put our request “out there” we consign it to the ether and, if nothing happens in the following five minutes, (for us impatient souls), we tend to push it to the back of our minds as day to day matters take over.  I believe that every time we remember our wish it gives it a little push nearer to becoming reality.

Cathi Bew

Awakening The Wisdom Of The Heart

What does it mean to live from the heart? According to Dena Merriam, founding member of the Contemplative Alliance, it means living with a fuller appreciation of what it means to be a human being on this earth. The wisdom of the heart shows us our connection to the whole. If we move from a consciousness of just thinking about ourselves first, to one of the well-being of the whole, things will evolve naturally into a much more caring, loving, and sustainable society. Listen to Dena and other leaders from different spiritual practices share their thoughts on how we can live from the heart.