Showing posts from February 15, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 21, 2015

“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” Good advice isn’t it? Basically telling us to move on and turn our energy into making the present a much better place to find ourselves living in than the past turned out to be. It’s knowing when to let go and move on that we find difficult. It can be difficult to release our past in order to move on as everything we go through in life becomes part of us, whether we wish it to or not. We are made up of everything that happens to us since we first draw breath and this becomes who we are. However, as we travel through life, we need to realize that when our present has done what it is supposed to, it then becomes our past, so we’re always moving, never still, so should live fully in the present not the past. Cathi Bew

The Power of Story

For thousands of years stories we've heard have altered our thinking and how we engage with the world. Recently research has shed light on how this transformation takes place from inside. Using modern technology like functional MRI (fMRI) scanning, scientists are examining what effect powerful narratives have on our brains and how a story-inspired perspective might result in behavioral change...

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 20, 2015

“Your life is a result of the choices you make. If you don’t like your life, it is time to start making better choices.” Oh I love this one! I do so agree! This is almost a positive mantra for me as I totally believe that, although life can throw challenges at us that can perhaps throw us off track for a while, it’s up to us to jump over them, smash through them, or push them aside in order to carry on to where we want to be. Nobody else is going to offer to fix our life and why should they? We are all masters, and mistresses of course, of our own journey through life as nobody knows us better than we do. If you want to change something, do it, you want to achieve a goal, then what’s stopping you? Be POSITIVE and the sky is the limit for each of us. Cathi Bew

The Beauty Of Craft

The world is filled with a vast array of wonderful art forms - from basket weaving, pottery and dance, to calligraphy, decorative ironwork and artisan bread-making, there are innumerable ways in which people across the ages have brought head, heart and hands together in service of creativity. Enjoy this glimpse into the studios of artists and craftspeople in and around the San Francisco Bay area in this marvelous photo essay on "The Beauty of Craft"

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 19, 2015

“Happy are those who take life day by day, complain very little, and are thankful for the little things in life.” I like to think this applies to me now although, like most people, it never used to. I never took the time to really “see” and appreciate the people around me or the wonders of nature. This only happened when I embarked on my own personal spiritual journey and I am so grateful that my eyes were opened to the wonders and the blessings that surround me every day. I take pleasure in time spent with my family and my friends, and appreciate all they bring to me. I also try, though I’m not always successful, but I’m getting there, in being thankful for all the little things that happen in my life and not to be too negative so much. Cathi Bew

SpiritHorse: Helping Children With Disabilities Soar

Ex-telecom executive Charles Fletcher created a global network of therapeutic riding centers serving children with disabilities--free of charge. Noting that the special connection between children and horses was restorative, he wanted do more than offer feel-good pony rides. So he studied up on how to help heal and plowed his Social Security checks into launching SpiritHorse, an organization which has changed more than 5,000 children's lives worldwide.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 18, 2015

“You must realiZe that fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.” This reminds me of the saying that “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”, which I have always thought of as very insightful and very true. However, we all experience fear in different ways and different strengths, i.e. we allow ourselves to be fearful of a situation, either imagined or real, or fear of physical harm being done to us. Often we create our own fear by our own thoughts or actions so surely we have a choice whether to fear or not to fear? So easy to say not to fear but not so easy to avoid doing it. However, all down to choice, so what would you choose? Cathi Bew


You have your own perspective, and it is well-informed and valuable. Yet you do not know it all, and it’s a good idea to avoid the assumption that you do. Other people may often frustrate and annoy you, and you may wonder how they could be so ignorant, immature, misinformed or whatever. But you only see a very small part of their perspective, and cannot possibly know everything that goes into their decisions. Being overly judgmental rarely does anyone any good. Look for opportunities to replace judgment with empathy. By all means, live and act with excellence, and expect excellence from others. When others fail to live up to your expectations, find ways to offer help rather than to cause hurt. Seek to understand, and to encourage genuine understanding in others. Let go of the need to lecture and to rant, so you can spend more of your precious life in a positive state. Make connections instead of judgments. And make the best of every situation and of every person you encounter

Three Ways to Be a More Mindful Leader

Oftentimes people are drawn to leadership roles fueled by a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of others. But the role of being a leader comes with a price: being responsible for not only getting the best out of others, but also making sure you bring out the very best in yourself. With this in mind, Janice L. Marturano, the Executive Director at the Institute for Mindful Leadership, offers up three insightful ways to help you reach your potential as a leader.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 17, 2015

“I admire people who choose to shine even after all the storms they’ve been through.” I really do! They inspire me to believe that I can do the same. If they can cope with all the stresses and problems that life throws at them and learn and move on, well so can I. People like this deserve our admiration for being role models for the rest of us. It’s as if they’re saying, look what we’ve been through, and we’ve coped and survived, so believe that you can too. Also, it helps that they have perhaps gone through a situation that we are currently experiencing, and can offer comfort and advice that there is a light at the end of the very dark tunnel and we just need to get there. Cathi Bew

The Gift Of Invisible Kindness

With a deep recognition of the legacy of kindness her parents passed on to her, Audrey Lin has made a life out of creating and sharing her own random acts of love and generosity. It is an approach that she says creates, "some giddiness in my heart." Read more on Audrey and her ongoing journey, including stories about a meaningful conversation with a homeless man, a three-day walking pilgrimage, and her conviction about the power of stillness.

When Did You Die? 8 Steps to Waking Up! - Temple Hayes

The Rx For the Emotionally and Spiritually Drained Generation “The secret of life is not whether we will live or die; It is the parts of ourselves which we allow to die while we are living.” — Actor Gary Busey Dear: When did you die? When someone told you that you weren’t good enough? When you buried who you really are for fear that others would disapprove? Or when you gave up your creative dreams to take a “practical” job? Are you in a relationship which does not ‘relate’ to you? You may not have realized you were dying, but you have been dying a little more each day. And that’s the miracle of Temple Hayes’ remarkable new book When Did You Die? 8 Steps to Stop Dying Every Day and Start Waking Up (HCI Books). It empowers you to wake up and take back your life! Hayes is today one of the most respected and authentically inspiring leaders in spiritual enrichment and a sought-after ...

5 Lenses That Will Shift Your Mood from Pissed To Blissed - Bob Sima, The Transformational Troubadour

Anger, disappointment, frustration – most of us spend a lot of our days wrapped up in these emotions which dominate our outlook on life. The more we indulge in these negative feelings, the worse our lives become. But what if we can go from “pissed to blissed” just by taking our cues from music? As a singer-songwriter who travels the world performing and whose inspiration comes entirely from spirituality, I believe that music can give us new perspectives for transforming our lives. You’ve heard it said that “music is the soundtrack of your life” which means that music can be a teacher in our lives. For example, you might often think that life is piled up against you, but what if it was “Happening for You?”(Click on each audio prompt to hear the lyrics referenced in this article. ) Imagine, it’s Monday morning, sun shining, tunes cranked and you are blissfully driving to the airport to go after a new opportunity. As you enter the freeway accelerating, you notice that the car is not q

Addressing Toxic Relationships, Starting with Your Own Soul - Cyndi Dale

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.) We’ve all been there. Maybe we are there, stuck in a toxic relationship. We perceive the other person as negative, pessimistic, troubled, and irritating. As much as we’d like to blame them for all the troubles, however, we know that we “let” them “trip” our button. It’s like they are surrounded by a dark cloud that makes us cough not nice words right back at them. It’s one thing if we can avoid the person. Sometimes this isn’t possible, especially if we’re related to that special Pigpen (the character in Charles Schultz’s cartoon strip, Peanuts, who is surrounded by a cloud of dust). What if our poisonous pill is a parent, sibling, child, co-worker, or even our spouse? There are a lot of great books and systems featuring techniques for taking the sting out of our lethal interactions. After all, we really don’t have to bite back. We can choose to leave the kitchen when our mother is criticizing our cooking for the umpteenth

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 16, 2015

“No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and NEVER GIVE UP!” We have all had those mornings when we wake up, think about the day ahead, or what went on the day before, and snuggle even further down while pulling the quilt over our head and squeezing our eyes shut. It never works though does it? You’re still wide awake, you know you have to get up and get on with it even though it’s the last thing you want to do. The good thing is though that, usually, not always but usually, things aren’t as bad as we thought and, actually, being up, showered, face paint on (for us ladies and, of course, any men so inclined), dressed, and being ready to face the day isn’t so bad. It’s this positive spirit that keeps us going and anyway, what’s the alternative, ignoring life and all it has to offer, good and not so good? The need to believe that mostly what’s being offered is good is the belief that keeps us going day after day. Cathi Bew

The Endangered Sounds of Silence

"Silence is a sound, many, many sounds. I've heard more than I can count. Silence is the moonlit song of the coyote signing the air, and the answer of its mate. It is the falling whisper of snow that will later melt with an astonishing reggae rhythm so crisp that you will want to dance to it. It is the sound of pollinating winged insects vibrating soft tunes as they defensively dart in and out of the pine boughs to temporarily escape the breeze, a mix of insect hum and pine sigh that will stick with you all day...But silence cannot be imagined, although most people think so. To experience the soul-swelling wonder of silence, you must hear it." With brilliance and poetry, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton asks us to preserve and protect the last bits of silent space in the world. Read on to hear more of his stirring narrative that brings to life the beauty of the natural world.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 15, 2015

“Allow yourself to hope, to believe, and to trust again. Don’t let a few bad memories stop you from having a good life.” Allowing a bad relationship, friendship, or work situation, to impact on us so much that it colors our perception of these in our future does us no favors. Better to look on it as a learning curve and realize we’ve learned a valuable lesson and that hopefully we won’t make the same mistake again in the future. It serves us better to have a positive, optimistic outlook rather than being negative and therefore, through our own negativity, prevent ourselves from living fully. Nobody knows what the future will bring but isn’t it to our advantage to welcome whatever comes our way and leave past negative experiences where they belong in the past? Cathi Bew

Remembering An Outsider Artist

"The old man, Smith, was another story. For one thing, he possessed style. His hair, combed straight back, fell toward his shoulders. His straw hat was rakish. Smith was lean, and cut a figure. His walking, as was plain to see, was a pure pleasure; he took things in, savored them. I'd see him, with his blaze of white hair, walking up the hill, wooden staff in hand, stopping to gaze into the trees or off across the bay, an expression of transport on his face. His walking was always a passage through places of unexpected beauty and surprise. The same places nobody else paid much attention to." The following piece pays tribute to an unusual artist encountered in the hills of Oakland.