Showing posts from October 16, 2016

Everyday Kundalini: Divine Energy, Divine Light

by Cyndi Dale (Article originally published inThe Llewellyn Journal.) A few years ago, my son asked me what was wrong. "Nothing much," I replied. "I'm just tired." Michael looked at me in shock before shaking his head. "Why don't you just put in a new battery, like they do on television?" (I think he was confusing me with the Energizer Bunny® because we both wear a lot of pink.) If only life were that easy. Envision a world in which exhaustion, overwork, heartbreak, illness, or even a down day could be solved as easily as we insert a battery into a toy. Imagine how many dreams would become reality, and wishes, celebrations, if a renewable source of energy really existed, battery-operated pack or not. Well there is a reservoir of personal power and it is available to each of us, especially if we know how to call, cultivate, and create with it. It might not perform as miraculously as an Energizer® battery, but it's the source of spiritual, as well as e…

Inspirational Quote for October 22, 2016

“To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.”

Of course it is and why would you be so misguided? Of course you wouldn’t! Here you are, a unique, individual human being with your own personality, gifts and talents, which everybody who knows and loves you appreciates totally, because it’s YOU! So, instead of trying to emulate somebody else, who probably isn’t fit to lick your boots by the way, pay homage to your Creator by being the wonderful person you were made to be.


How to Awaken Joy in Kids

In an effort to help young kids to not only cope, but to actually thrive in the stress-filled worlds they live in, authors James Baraz and Michele Lilyanna outline several scientific-based practices that they have cultivated through their experiences as teachers of both children and adults.

Two Words That Can Change a Life

As I walked into the parking lot, I spotted the woman returning her shopping cart, and I remembered something in my purse that could help her in a different but hopefully profound way. It wasn't a handful of cash or a lead on a job for her husband, but maybe -- just maybe -- it would make her life better. My heart pounded as I approached the woman. "Excuse me," I said, my voice trembling a bit. "I couldn't help overhearing what you said to the cashier. It sounds like you're going through a really hard time right now. I'm so sorry. I'd like to give you something." And I handed her a business-sized card. When the woman read the card's only two words, she began to cry. And through her tears, she said, "You have no idea how much this means to me." Cheryl Rice shares more in this piece about the two simple words that touched her life and then rippled out to touch many others.…

Why We Shut People Out, and What to Do Instead

Why do we often see the world as "us" vs. "them"? And though it helps quiet our fears, what should we do about this unhelpful, often-damaging instinct? Harvard Psychiatrist and Zen priest Robert Waldinger, director of the longest study on health and happiness, explains why we are natural wall-builders, but actually less safe when we label people instead of relating to them. Read on for useful wall-breaking advice.

A Filmmaker, a Mountain and a Moment of Truth

Andrew Hinton, Emmy award-winning filmmaker, embarked on a vision quest with the intention of becoming a "man of integrity, a bridge between two worlds." He notes, "how our culture lacks deep rituals that mark the transition to manhood, and how easy it is without them to get lost somewhere between boy and man. And of how, maybe twenty years late, I am here to finally step across." Alone in the Oregon mountains, completely removed from civilization, Hinton confronts the impediments standing in the way of his journey toward his authentic self, including, most importantly, himself: "My mind turns to fear. All the things that have held me back ultimately lead there. I suddenly decide to take off my shyness like an old coat I no longer need and leave it behind. I ceremoniously remove it, and set it down carefully before walking on."

--by Andrew Hinton

We meet in the parking lot of a grocery store in Ashland, Oregon on Sunday morning.
It is the 17th of July, a da…

Leadership & Authentic Self Esteem

"There was a time when we believed self-esteem to be the royal road to flourishing...However, later studies showed that increases in self-esteem did little for our happiness or performance, but ample for our egos. Professor Roy Baumeister's work with self-esteem showed that we'd been raising a generation of narcissists who went on to wreck havoc in their lives and in their workplaces. It now appears that we'd been building the wrong kind of self-esteem -- the kind that is contingent on external factors such as social approval, success or attractiveness...However, authentic self-esteem is different. It's a feeling of worth in our abilities and qualities. As such, its not conditional upon external evaluations -- instead its an inner security that provides us with the courage to step out into the world and do the right thing...This is especially important for leaders of today."

--by Homaira Kabir

Over the years, we’ve had a love-hate relationship with self-esteem…

Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have to Eat Alone

It's the stuff of school nightmares: You walk into the lunchroom, and can't find a place to eat. You go from table to table, only to be told you can't sit there. You feel like everyone's looking at you, and your face flushes. This was the lunchroom scene not once but many times for Natalie Hampton in her old school. It felt lonely, embarrassing, and so awful that Hampton had to leave. While it doesn't happen in her new school, Hampton wanted to prevent other kids from ever having to experience it. Her solution? "Sit With Us," an app that helps kids find a friendly spot to sit. Willing kids volunteer to let app-users sit at their table. Those wishing to find a seat can do so confidentially. Thanks to kindness and a clever use of technology, eating alone at lunch can be a thing of the past.

Inspirational Quote for October 16, 2016

“Learn to say “no” without explaining yourself.”

I think we all find it natural when we say no to follow it with a reason, i.e. “I’ve a dental appointment, visiting a friend, short of funds, a previous engagement, etc. Just force of habit really, believing that we need to explain as our refusal needs justifying by softening the blow for whoever is asking. However, this can become tricky as there can’t be many of us who haven’t been caught out in a white lie at some time or another? Even if you have a legitimate reason for refusing, there’s no rule that says you have to explain yourself or else! So, if you want to say no, just say it. No excuses. There, feel better? Good.


The Giving Season

--by Jennifer Merlich

I was recently the recipient of an incredible act of anonymous kindness. It came from out of nowhere, at exactly the right time.  The magnitude of the gift moved me to tears, and I was so grateful and profoundly moved by the generosity of my unknown benefactor.  But I was also sure there had been a mistake. In the midst of this beautiful act, I am ashamed to admit that I was momentarily overcome by feelings of unworthiness.  I simply couldn’t believe I was deserving of such radical kindness.  Had I been face to face with my benefactor, I would have given them 100 reasons why they “shouldn’t have”, attempting to convince them that they were wrong about me—that their generosity was misdirected.  Fortunately, I quickly realized that to focus on my feelings of unworthiness would be to dishonor the gift and the beautiful spirit in which it was so lovingly given.

And I think that’s the beauty of an anonymous gift. It gave me the time and the space I needed to process the…