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Sometimes, just sometimes, this is very good advice. Occasionally, when you find yourselves going over and over a difficult situation, or a problem you’re experiencing, it would pay you to just close your eyes. Close your eyes and settle your minds. Not easy initially but persevere, it will be worth it. Now, calming all your senses, try thinking about what’s troubling you. Without any visual stimulation or any distractions you may find it easier to think more clearly and, hopefully, find the answer you need or a way to resolve a troubling situation more easily.
If you’ve wasted the whole day, or many days, or years, that’s unfortunate. But it is behind you and it doesn’t stop you from making the most of right now.
If you’re disappointed for any reason in what has happened up to this moment, choose to transform the energy of that disappointment into inspiration. Use the positive inspiration to immediately start making up for lost time.
While you’re at it, add some gratitude for the chance you now have. See how enthusiastic you can be about the opportunity to make a difference.
You don’t have to re-write history, yet you can now relate to it any way you choose. Choose to let all that has happened, whatever it may be, teach you and encourage you to live this moment in a meaningful and productive way.
You’ve made your way to right now, and you’ve earned the chance to live it fully. With your actions, your priorities, your words, attitude and thoughts, give yourself what you’ve earned.
This is the time that counts, and this is your moment to use. Much…
Photographer James Mollison captures the sacred spaces of childhood around the world in Playground. He became fascinated by how the great diversity of playgrounds around the world has shaped the experience of childhood, calling them "a space of excitement, games, bullying, laughing, tears, teasing, fun, and fear." This post shares more.
“Every Saint has a past and every Sinner has a future.”
I always think of a Saint someone just like you or me who has triumphed over many disasters, obstacles, and difficulties in his/her life, while still having faith in humankind and finding joy in life. Perhaps, the means they have used to overcome and succeed are better forgotten as they may not have been the most honorable or fair. However, if they now live their lives respectably, considerate towards their fellow man, and being the best they can be, then who are we to judge? Same applies to a “sinner”. Someone who acknowledges their past sins or transgressions and resolves to be a better person in the future, in my eyes at least, deserves all the encouragement they can get.
If your efforts are not bringing results, don’t make yourself into a victim, complaining about how unfair life is. Change your efforts, making them more focused and effective.
If something is not working for you, don’t make a lot of excuses or look for someone to blame. Instead, look for how you can change your strategy.
Yes, conditions have changed and they will continue to change even faster than before. Rather than seeing that as an excuse, see it as an opportunity.
Doing something new is not a sure thing, but if you refuse to change, it is a sure thing that you’ll get yourself stuck in the past.
If whatever has worked in the past no longer works, that can be disturbing and uncomfortable. Can you find a way to see discomfort as your friend, to push on through, and to transform a disappointing change into a positive opportunity?
Life is not fair, and the world does not stand still, waiting for you to catch up. Yet even in such a challenging environment, you have what it takes to experien…
Adarsh Alphons rose to success from relative obscurity. After 'doodling' got him kicked out of one school,his diehard love of art soon led him to the chance of a lifetime: an opportunity to present his work to Nelson Mandela. It's no wonder then, that Adarsh has dedicated his life to giving other kids a chance to discover themselves and transform their world through art.
See, this is something I’m not totally convinced of to be honest. Let me think…. Okay, so if you hold onto your anger, your grudge, your dissatisfaction, how will this make you weak? Perhaps by totally occupying your mind to the exclusion of anything else, and also by tainting your whole outlook on life and people in general from that day forward. So, who is going to suffer most by this? Well, you yourself, of course. By holding on tightly to something that isn’t doing you any favors will obviously prevent you from being free of bitterness and consequently enjoying and living your life fully. So, to be strong, you need to forgive and, by the conscious act of forgiveness, allow yourself the freedom to pursue a happy, peaceful life. Oh, I get it now! Do you?
Start the day with gratitude for all the goodness you’ve known. Then transform the energy of that gratitude into excitement about what you can now do.
There is a great big opportunity in front of you right now. The future has not yet been determined, and you can play a role in how it unfolds.
Live the rest of this day in such a way that you’ll have no regrets when it comes to an end. Let the possibilities and your positive vision of life energize you to make the most of today’s opportunities.
Choose to raise your awareness to a level where you won’t be distracted or deterred by the meaningless, superficial noise you encounter. Commit to the goal of making progress today, and enjoy the experience of pushing yourself forward no matter what obstacles fall in your path.
Today is a day to be determined, ambitious, intentional, and to demonstrate your love for life with all the good things you do for it. Today is a day to let your every thought and action be guided by your highest vision.
Hidden away north of San Francisco there's a special artist. He's been called a spirit carver. An artist friend of mine, who is also a Buddhist priest, told me about Zoshi. When Zoshi lived in Japan he was studying to become a Buddhist monk. Zoshi told me, "I didn't show any carving to my teacher for a long time. Then one day I brought him a carving. He said, 'Okay, you don't have to be a monk. You have to do this.'" This exquisite interview shares more.
“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are an entire ocean in a drop.”
I know there are times when I feel insignificant, perhaps due to unforeseen events or the actions or words of other people. I guess we all do at some time or another. That we don’t matter or figure in the grand scheme of things and that everybody else on the plant does. Sound familiar? I thought so. However, try looking at yourself another way. YOU are a vessel filled with dreams, hope, energy, feelings, etc. all crammed into one special human being. There is NOBODY else like YOU on the entire planet! You are a unique being. A “one off” among men (and women!). How great is that? How reassuring! Try remembering this the next time you’re beginning to feel insignificant. YOU? Insignificant? Really? Never!!
Do more than just longing for the good feelings you’ve known in the past or the ones you hope to feel in the future. Feel those feelings now, where you are.
Allow yourself to love the life you have and the moment you’re in. Let yourself enjoy the beauty in every detail.
Put away any temptation you have to make judgments, or to worry, or to fear. Feel the joy in your good fortune of living life as it is and being able to make a difference.
Instead of just wishing you could feel a certain way, remind yourself that the feeling you seek is yours to choose right now. Instead of depending on circumstances for your feelings, turn it around and let your circumstances flow from your good feelings.
You have power over the way you see life and feel about it. That power makes amazing things possible, for when you are sufficiently motivated you can make amazing things happen.
Go ahead and feel the best you’ve ever felt. Then feel the power, and use it to create new goodness that expresses those good fe…
"The only way to glean knowledge is contemplation. And the road to that is time. There's nothing else. It's just time." Maria Popova's Brain Pickings started as a weekly email to seven friends in 2006. Now, it's a website read by hundreds of thousands across the globe. In this conversation with Krista Tippett, Maria shares a bit of her history, and the philosophical underpinnings of her "human-powered discovery engine for interestingness."
“To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day is to make it happen.”
I usually have very vivid dreams. You know the kind that, when you wake up, you can remember perhaps not all of it, but certain bits and don’t they feel real? I have given up trying to find meanings in most of them although some are obviously born from what I’ve read or watched on TV previously. In fact, when I think about it, dreams are like programs appearing on the screen of our sleeping mind. We are at the mercy of our very own, personal, unique show. On the other hand, our daytime dreams can only play out for us if WE take the time, energy and commitment to make them reality. We are the Producers and Directors solely responsible for bringing our dreams into being. Scene 1…….
Ideal conditions for doing your work are, well, ideal. But they are not absolutely necessary.
It’s great to have all the tools and resources close at hand, and to have a supportive environment in which to use them. While such a scenario is quite desirable, it is not always possible.
Just because conditions are less than perfect does not mean you have to be less than your best. Just because conditions are not ideal, is not an excuse to put off your work until another time.
In fact, there can be hidden value in those challenging, less-than-ideal conditions. You might actually find a way to do the job even better than if things had been perfect.
So if you catch yourself making excuses, quickly remind yourself of how capable and adaptable you are. Instead of seeing the situation as a reason to procrastinate, see it as a challenge to grow stronger and more resilient.
Give new power and effectiveness to your work by resolving to do it no matter what. Give yourself the ability to succeed in any s…
As a child the renowned poet Pablo Neruda discovered a hole in a fence board from which, suddenly, appeared a tiny hand of a boy about Neruda's own age. The hand just as soon disappeared, and in its place there was a marvelous white toy sheep -- a gift to Neruda. This isolated incident would spark something deep in the poet and influence his work in all the years to come. In this beautiful passage Neruda reflects on that gesture of anonymous kindness and what it meant to him.
(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)
What is your subconscious trying to tell you? One good way to find out is through your dreams. When we sleep, our subconscious doesn’t need to battle with our conscious mind. Our emotional side is not challenged by our logic, so it’s easy for our subconscious to break through barriers. But it isn’t always easy to understand what it is trying to tell us. The subconscious relays messages in the form of dream symbols, or sometimes even bizarre dreams in which we are participants or observers. Think of a dream as a private movie screening of a film in which you play the leading role, or perhaps just sit in the front row of the theater.
Dreaming is one of the best ways for the subconscious mind to get your attention. Many people get psychic impressions from their dreams. Others may only dream when being forewarned about a situation. Some people think they never dream. They do, but probably can’t remember. In some dreams, our friends an…
(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)
You think you’d like to remember your dreams more clearly. You sense they might have something valuable to tell you—something that could help you in your spiritual growth. Your friend Bernice keeps recounting wild dreams she’s had about painting trees different colors or having sex in Bermuda with five of her male neighbors. You wonder why she has such colorful dreams when all you can remember is an occasional image of buying orange juice at the store, or arguing with your mother.
How can you go about improving your dream recall? Here are five tips to get you started.
SET A CLEAR INTENTION. With dream recall, as with everything else in life, the trick to getting results is to focus your mind on what you want. Before you go to sleep, tell yourself something like, “I am remembering all my subtle, crazy, and magnificent dreams now” or “I am now welcoming my dreams into my fiercely loving heart.”
Restaurant Week marks a key opportunity to regain lost business after taking a massive hit during the city-wide curfew in April and May. Michael Tabrizi, owner of Tabrizi's Restaurant in Baltimore, has a different plan.
“When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.”
Fear makes us prisoners of us. It prevents us from doing the things we want to, perhaps even preventing our dreams from becoming reality, because we ourselves allow it power over us. Why not give it a “bloody nose” by taking your power back? Go on, gather all your courage, believe in YOU, and do what you fear the most. You’ll find that nothing terrible happened but that, actually, you feel great and experience a wonderful sense of “release” because that old bogeyman “Fear” has been banished forever. YOU, have given yourself the great gift of a fear free life apart, of course, when fear works in your favour and prevents you from doing something really dangerous, then its ok!
Your time, energy, awareness and attention are precious and powerful. Spend them on the things that matter.
Don’t let yourself get all riled up about life’s minor inconveniences and interruptions. Quickly let them go and free yourself to focus on what’s really important.
Was someone rude or inconsiderate to you? Let it be that other person’s problem, and forget about it.
Did something not work out the way you wanted? Instead of building it up into a major life tragedy, accept the disappointment and get it quickly behind you.
Spend your time, thoughts and actions where they matter. Spend them on those things in your life that matter.
Step back and observe yourself as you let go of the trivial stuff and become a master of the important things. Enjoy yourself as you rise above the pettiness and bring your own special greatness to life.
There are certain images which instantly bring a smile to all who see them. They are uplifting, heart-filling reminders of goodness, of love, of hope. Like this series of images that shows everything from a young blind woman experiencing 'horse' for the first time, to the everlasting bonds of sisterhood. Take a moment to enjoy these 19 special photographs here.
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
I can really relate to this. I love a good laugh. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t and I don’t suppose you do either? I agree with the well known saying that laughter is the best medicine. There have actually been scientific studies that prove that laughter can be very beneficial to people suffering from physical or mental illness. I know it works for me if I’m having a difficult day when things seem to be conspiring to make my day one where I just want to go to bed and hide under the duvet. Being able to find humor in any situation isn’t easy but it pays us to really try, as things tend to not seem so bad if we can don’t you think?
Take a moment to reflect on the pivotal role cars play in many of our lives. They get us to and from work, they get us to the grocery store, to our doctor's appointments and so much more. Now imagine what a car breakdown means to someone who can't quite afford to pay for the high cost of repairs. The domino effect can be devastating. And that's where the heroic story of Cathy Heying begins.