Showing posts from February 22, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 28, 2015

“Instead of being afraid to start a new chapter in your life, be as excited as you are when reading a really good book and want to know what happens next.

We all know what it’s like to be engrossed in a good book. Longing to turn the page to find out what happens next but, at the same time, realizing that you’ll be one page closer to the end of the story! Life is like a book isn’t it? Made up of chapters we write on our way through it. Some of us are happy with the chapter we’re in and choose to stay there for most of the book but some of us, me included, want to write a brand new chapter to be included. How exciting to be able to choose what sort of characters and events to include, and to be able to welcome new ideas. Of course, there may be some uncertainty about how the chapter will end but we’re not going to let that stop us from putting pen to paper are we? Of course not. Now, where’s my pen……?

Feeding Thousands In Singapore

In this corner of South East Asia, a diverse group of people from different backgrounds in nationalities and professions work together to put food on the table for those who are in need. This 100% volunteer-run organization not only cooks up 3000 appetizing meals daily but also arranges tuition payments for school children and bereavement services regardless of race or creed.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 27, 2015

“Without the darkness the stars and moon could not shine.”

I don’t think I am the only one who enjoys looking at the moon and the stars in the night sky. Isn’t it humbling to know that, in the great scheme of things, we are all only tiny, tiny specks when compared to the wonders above us? This could also apply to each of us personally in that perhaps the sad or troublesome situations we experience, although seeming dark at the time, enable us to appreciate it more when we enjoy happy, carefree times, as if the stars and the moon have appeared to show that there is hope out there beyond the darkness.

Cathi Bew

Keep Yourself in Action

When you seek to do something ambitious, there will be a certain number of unsuccessful attempts you make before finally getting it right. Go ahead and get those unsuccessful attempts out of the way as quickly as you can.

When the initial effort fails to yield the desired result, there’s no reason to get upset about it. Because it means you’re one attempt closer to the one that does get the result you want.

Though it seems natural to feel discouraged when you fall short of the mark, you’re actually moving yourself closer to the goal with every action. Keep going, keep learning, and you will soon get it right.

When you keep yourself in action, good things are sure to come of it. When you keep yourself in action, you’ll find your way to whatever you seek.

Make another phone call, write another paragraph, walk another mile, read another book, paint another picture, sing another song, and work another hour. Yes you can do it, and when you keep doing it, you work your way to spectacular result…

A Classroom With Love At The Center

Peggy Sia has some remarkable fifth grade moments. "One morning, as we were discussing the meaning of resilience, a student recalled something his coach said to the team during a practice. The things one chooses to do that others will not do today, will enable one to do the things that others cannot do tomorrow. Such powerful words coming from that of a 10-year-old." Every day, they move her to rise before the sun, step out of her slumbering household, and into the hour-long commute to school. With her "Big 3" classroom tools, Peggy unleashes a class culture of empathy-- one in which math problems and grammar lessons unfold with love at the center.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 26, 2015

“Sometimes you have to move on without certain people. If they’re meant to be in your life, they’ll catch up.”

I believe this is very true for every one of us on our wonderful journey through life. We meet so many people on the way, some at our side the full distance but many others joining us for just a short way before leaving us to carry on without them. Personally, I am a great believer that everybody who touches our lives, even for just a moment, does so for a reason. I also believe that, although someone may have journeyed with me for a while then fallen behind while I went on, if it is meant, they will again walk beside me in the future as they have a reason to be there and a purpose to serve. It is as it is meant to be.

Cathi Bew

Ecosophy: Nature's Guide to a Better World

The perfect storm of crises we now face may well prove to be the challenge that drives us into our greatest evolutionary leap. Ecology cannot be made subservient to economy if we want to continue our life on Earth as a healthy, embedded global human society. In this thought-provoking article, evolution biologist Elisabet Sahtouris explores the way of Ecosophy - "the human household in which economy (including finance) and ecology are not separated because they are understood as aspects of a single living system, or living economy, that is both organized and governed wisely.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 25, 2015

“Some people are going to reject you, simply because you shine too brightly for them, and that’s okay, keep shining."

If you are reading this quote you are probably a very spiritual, sensitive soul and, as such, possess your own “inner light.” You may be on your own spiritual journey and therefore constantly learning and growing in knowledge and becoming comfortable in your own power. In a perfect world everybody you know would be encouraging you and proud of what you are accomplishing. However, in our less than perfect world, this is often not the case as one person or several people around you can become envious of your newfound wisdom and focus in your life and may gradually distance themselves or indeed may attempt to deter you from staying on your spiritual path. Stay focused and do not allow anybody, no matter who they are, to have the power to dim your precious “light”.

Cathi Bew

The Art of Stillness

Giving up what seemed like an exhilarating life and a dream job in the heart of New York City, Pico Iyer made a pivotal decision by moving half way around the world and into the foothills of Kyoto, Japan. Gone was the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps, and found was a place that he felt afforded him a chance to find what he was looking for... stillness. For as Pico Iyer believes, it is in 'stillness' that we can find what truly sustains us.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 24, 2015

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

I don’t think this means to literally scare you but more that you should do something that gets the blood pumping through your veins. Something along the lines of perhaps joining a group that you’ve wanted to join for a while but getting to know a bunch of new people scares you. Or just getting on a bus or train to somewhere you’ve never been before but have always wanted to explore, etc. You get the picture? We all put off or dismiss things we’d like to do but are too scared or nervous about the reaction of others. Why put it off any longer, make a resolution to do something every day that scares you. Even if you only do it for a week, a month, won’t it be fun and, who knows, what it could lead to in the future. Exciting times!

Cathi Bew

The Deaf & Blind Artist Who Never Gave Up

The story of Emilie Gossiaux, a native of New Orleans who now lives and works in New York City, is nothing short of extraordinary. At the age of 5, Gossiaux began to suffer from an untreatable disorder that caused her to start losing her hearing. Years later, in yet another cruel twist of fate, Gossiaux was in an accident that left her blind. Remarkably, she continued to follow her love of art and sculpting. Today she is a proud recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award of Excellence. Read more about her perseverance and courage in this enlightening Q&A.

The Grounding Cord Exercise and 8 Other Ways to Ground and Center - Katalin Koda

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

As we develop along the path as healers and magical practitioners, we find that certain tools enhance our practice immeasurably. One of the most important aspects of good healing and magical work is to ground and center. As a Reiki Master, I have found that these are two crucial elements to the practice of Reiki and healing as well as in magical arts such as creating sacred space or casting spells.

To ground is to bring our awareness into our bodies, to draw down into ourselves breathing right here, right now. When we do this we find our center and become better aligned with the continuous and ever-changing flow of life. To ground and center ourselves is like repositioning ourselves at the center of a wheel or mandala. We are reconnecting with being in balance between our feminine and masculine, at the center of the four directions, more clearly aware of our presence on Earth in a particular space. This gives us a ...


Finding Your Own Inner Power - Colleen Deatsman

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Did you know that inside of yourself you have a hidden reservoir of limitless energy and power so strong that it can make miracles commonplace and be harnessed for health, energy, vitality, and dynamic living? Well, you do, and I will show you how to access this extraordinary power.

Within your energy field right now is all the power you need to create the vigor and vitality to live your life fully. Your personal energy field is a dynamic display of dancing energy vibrations that when stimulated will bring you vibrant health and plenty of energy to do anything you desire. This internal force when balanced and flowing strongly will make you look younger, feel better, boost your immune system, help you sleep better at night, and feel calm and balanced emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Connecting with your personal energy is a powerful way to prevent fatigue and illness and is a must to revitalize an already fatigue…

The Subtle Energy Body: Your Passport to the Mystical Realms - Constance Rodriguez

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Have you ever walked into a room or building where the energy felt dark and heavy? Or have you been with another person and their energy felt either dark or light? Perhaps you have been at a power spot on the earth when you noticed a change in the space around you, or in a cathedral and felt uplifted. You were noticing the energy field at these places or around a particular person.

Scientists and researchers are finding that around every living and “non-living” thing there exists an energy field. This was first discovered in Kirlian Photography as the “phantom leaf effect.” Through this method, an entire leaf could be photographed after half the leaf was torn off. In other words, the energy form around the leaf was still visible enough to be photographed. At The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM) conference I once attended, doctors presented research with what is known as “the phan…

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 23, 2015

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest.”

I’d like to think that I could be all three wouldn’t you? That would be great and would say a lot about how nice and how sensible I am……. However, I have to be honest and confess that I find I can’t always be this nice, but I’m working on it. I think that’s the only thing most of us can do and that’s to work on being the first to be brave, strong and happy. At least if we are aware that this is what we need to be doing then we are half way there so good for us and, if everybody thought the same, well wouldn’t that be just wonderful?

Cathi Bew

5 Essential reads On Empathy

"One of the most enlivening things about exploring empathy has been the amazing response I get from people I talk to...just about everyone instinctively 'gets' the concept, even without any formal enquiry. It seems as though we instinctively feel that empathy is central to healthy, social, human life. Our understanding of empathy is rapidly developing thanks to various thought leaders elevating the concept on a global scale." For those looking to explore the realm of empathy more deeply, here's a list of 5 essential books on the subject.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 22, 2015

“Don’t ruin a good day today by thinking about yesterday’s bad day….let it go.

This should be a mantra for us all. Easier said than done though. However, yesterday is gone, there’s nothing we can do about it, so why not concentrate on the new day ahead and make it a good one? Every time a wee niggly, troublesome thought about the day before comes into your head just push it away as it doesn’t belong in your head anymore, it belongs to yesterday so wish it back there and have a great day instead.

Cathi Bew

Lily Yeh: Healing Our Broken Places Through Art

Art teacher Lily Yeh started an initiative that transformed an abandoned lot in inner-city north Philadelphia into an art park. It blossomed into the Village of Arts and Humanities, which has built more art parks and gardens, renovated abandoned homes, and created educational programs, art workshops, after-school programs, a youth theater, and joyful community celebrations. Now Lily's new organization, Barefoot Artists Inc., teaches residents and artists how to replicate the Village model in devastated communities around the world...