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“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Of course they can’t. You are a positive person, self-confident, sure of yourself and your many gifts and abilities so why would you allow anybody the power to make you feel inferior? You wouldn’t of course. Be sure to continue as you mean to go on in the future, secure in the knowledge that you are as good as, if not better than, those who would seek to make you feel inferior. Well done you!
What does GDP - gross domestic product - fail to account for? When we really start to dig into the numbers, we find that this long-held standard for a Country's "success" ignores many of the positives (and negatives) that determine a population's welfare and well-being. But new possibilities are already out there. Lorenzo Fioramonti shares exciting ideas for new measurements of progress, and what they can tell us about ourselves, and where we're going.
“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that; then I realized that I am somebody.”
Sadly, I imagine that this strikes a chord, not only with me, but with you too. We read something awful in a newspaper, see a news report on TV, or witness something more personal and closer to home, and wonder why nobody is doing anything about it. Wouldn’t it make more sense if we didn’t rely on someone else to take the action required, but instead did what was necessary ourselves? What do you think?
As more and more things continue to drain and distract our attention, it is imperative that we uncover ways to gain back our focus. In this inspiring article, Dr. Christine Carter, author of "The Sweet Spot," details three tricks to help create an environment that is relaxed, comfortable and productive, versus a mental state that is filled with anxiety and stress.
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
Exactly! Think about it. Life is made up of our reactions. Our reactions to our thoughts, actions, situations, people, places, etc. etc. etc. We all react and respond differently to what and who we encounter each and every day of our lives and this is what makes us the wonderful individuals we are. Each response is as unique as we are, and this is what differentiates each of us from everybody else sharing our beautiful Earth. How special is that?
Sometimes what you’re searching for does not really need to be searched for. It’s right in front of you.
Sometimes the best answer is the most obvious one. Often, when something seems too simple and obvious and unsophisticated, that’s because it is exactly the right approach.
It’s important to think carefully about whatever you do. Yet it’s just as important not to over think it to the point that you fail to take action.
A complex approach might seem shrewd. Yet a direct approach may be much more effective.
Your dreams deserve your best efforts, and it could just be that the most obvious effort is the best effort. The reason common sense is so common is because it has been proven, again and again, to work.
Look in all the out-of-the-way spots, look for the hidden meanings, but also look at what’s right in front of you. Just because it’s obvious doesn’t make it worthless.
"If you're feeling inspired by the Supreme Court's historic same-sex marriage decision, then do your part to help build and sustain forward momentum toward justice for all. Inequality takes many forms, and people are still waiting on their ability to live freely, safely, or, just to live." In this article, learn about some ways you can be involved in creating a more just and peaceful world -- after all, social transformation starts with everyday people working for change.
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
Human nature can be guilty of letting us down occasionally. By that, I mean we can all tend to doubt ourselves and our abilities, or what we perceive to be our lack of abilities. Actually, the trick here is to trust that we know much, much more than we think we do. Lack of trust in ourselves does us no favors whatsoever so why do we allow it this power over us? Exactly! I don’t know either. So let’s agree that, from now on, we all strive to believe in our own powers okay?
Biomimicry is the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes. In this eye-opening Ted Talk, Janine Benyus offers up some incredible insight into the fast-growing world of biomimicry and all the promise it holds for humankind. As Benyus states in her talk, "Learning "about" the natural world is one thing; learning "from" the natural world... that's the profound switch."
Now, you know what this means don’t you? Basically, if the “wind”, i.e. your thoughts and ideas aren’t getting you where you want to be, then you need to implement your “oars”, i.e. physical action. You may have come to the realization that the plans you have in your head won’t materialize as you want them to unless you take the necessary steps to implement them. So, be grateful you actually have your own “oars” when the “wind” fails so that you won’t be left to drift aimlessly but are able to reach the destination YOU have chosen.
What if you could step back and see the full value that challenge has added to your life? You would seek it out endlessly.
Imagine that you could see the entirety of the connection between gratitude and life’s abundance. You would be eternally thankful for every little morsel of substance in your life.
Consider what it would feel like to know the full, positive impact of just one small, kind act. You would seize upon each opportunity to offer kindness, compassion and encouragement.
Think of all the good, decent, life-affirming acts people engage in every day. Though they are quiet, modest, and little noticed, there are billions upon billions of them, and their positive influence is incalculable.
Invest a few moments to consider all the goodness that surrounds you, and all the possibilities available to you. Remember that what you focus upon, is what you act upon.
To the east, a golden glow fills the sky and another miraculous day of life has begun. See the miracle, feel it, and live i…
In a hyper connected world, bombarded by multiple forms of stimulation, how do we remain aware of the quiet gifts that the present moment has to offer? Cultivating a mindfulness practice can be a powerful way to train our minds and tune into the beauty of here and now. The benefits are manifold. Drawing on the latest research as well as age-old wisdom traditions, this inspiring article offers up five reasons to practice mindfulness in daily life.
My ex was born on the cusp of Aries/Taurus (April 20) and I was born on April 11. I was told by a psychic that we were soul mates in a previous life. I do feel a connection with him, but we spend so much time arguing and fighting that I wonder if she is really correct. I asked her to tell me if we were going to get married, but she said she couldn’t see that, but she said if I did decide to make a life with him, he would try. I was left confused: shouldn’t she able to tell me if we are going to end up together? Sometimes he makes me feel so miserable, I wonder if I would ever even want to be married to him, but then other times I am convinced he is “the one.” Is it worth holding on to this dream? Can soul mates make us miserable? – Paulette
Dreamchaser: I am so glad you asked this! So many people are under the false assumption that finding your soul mate means “happily ever after.” I have no ...
(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)
Many of us experience moments of enlightenment—41% of us in fact, or so a 2002 Gallup poll tells us. Enlightenment is that state of radically expanded awareness where the boundaries of our individual self melt into a blissful union with the life force. We are at one with the cosmos and feel a sense connection, love, and peace that’s beyond rational understanding. Some people, the Gallup organization for example, call it a religious experience. Others call it mystical, an awakening, an altered or peak state, or (in the 1960s) a trip. But no matter how wonderful our period of radical awareness is or how long it lasts, it passes. We may be transformed by it in some way, but the life we return to is not. So how do we put radical awareness—enlightenment—into practice in our daily lives?
We arrive at radical awareness through whatever practice helps us transcend ourselves; it’s different for everybody. Meditation, pr…
(Murphy is the acerbic, witty, spiritual seeker and narrator of Fran’s book Lord Have Murphy. His wry commentary reminds us that we don’t need a lot of trappings to get conscious. We just need to marshal our attention!)
Navigating a busy New York sidewalk these days requires constant vigilance lest we get trampled by people with heads bowed and eyes on their phones. It’s hypnotic, this marvelous content-provider in our hands, and some of us can’t help but constantly check it. The phrase “Put Down The Phone” headlines a recent New York Times article announcing a $200 app that allows you to put away your cell and still have peace of mind that you won’t miss anything “important.” But what important things are we missing when we are glued to the phone, to the exclusion of everything else? As my friend Murphy puts it, “Is that the sun blazing gold across the horizon? I hadn’t noticed because my world has shrunk to the size of a kumquat.”
A self-published trilogy has been named as one of Lovereading’s Summer Reads, drawing early praise from figures as diverse as Michael Morpurgo, William Dalrymple and Anja C Anderson, Astronomer and Professor of Dark Cosmology at the University of Copenhagen.
The first volume in what is now The Moonstone Legacy by Diana de Gunzburg and Tony Wild (left), was in fact published in the UK by Pushkin Press in 2010 and in South Asia by Hachette India. Sales topped 6,500, more than credible for an ambitious first novel which has gathered fans in both the YA and adult markets. Pushkin having changed hands, the authors have now decided to self-publish the trilogy in one print volume, with a simultaneous ebook edition.
The novel’s appearance among Lovereading’s Summer reads is marked by the release of a new version of the 1960s hit “Age of Aquarius”, recorded in Paris by reggae singer Horace Andy, perhaps best-known in the UK for his cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine When You’re Gone”. De …
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
I guess this very much depends on how we cope in the middle of every difficulty. Do we feel overwhelmed and unable to see a way of overcoming whatever it is or, alternatively, do we knuckle down and think of our next move? In every difficult situation we always have these two alternative options to choose from. Personally, I like to think I have also been presented with an opportunity to, if not actually overcome my difficulty, at least to be able to learn from it in order to cope better the next time, which makes sense…..doesn’t it?
Every day, every moment, everywhere, joy is there to be lived. In the small details and in the grand stretches of magnificence, joy is always present and available.
Life is deeper than you’ve ever experienced it, more profound than you’ll ever know. And what a wonderful thing it is, that its mystery never runs out.
The world is filled with hearts that want to resonate with your heart. Endless expanses of beauty are longing to stir your soul with awe.
Color, darkness, warmth, music and silence add to the cornucopia of experience you are privileged to know. Today, avail yourself of the treasure and spread if far and wide.
Morning dew glistens as you stroll through this garden of abundance. Fresh possibilities invite you to love all you have and add to it.
And as moonlight bathes you in peaceful glow, a new day is already beginning to arrive. Welcome it, welcome life, welcome the possibilities, and as you marvel at your good fortune, enjoy the privilege of earning it with the way you live you…
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
This is one of the wonderful things about us human beings, our ability to achieve. We all know, more or less, who we are and what we are capable of, and perhaps our own limitations. Wait a minute though! Have we ever stopped to think about the limitations we consciously, or perhaps subconsciously, place upon ourselves? Maybe it’s about time we did. In order to be whom we want to be let’s shake off those limitations and see what happens. Who’s with me?
Our senses provide us with our etchings of reality, various fabrics we draw together to create a semblance of what is real. And yet, how different is the world to a bird, or to a bee, who perceives the world in ultraviolet? Diane Ackerman charts the history of our senses, and explores the mystery of these peculiar messengers, who together weave what is from what could be.