4/26/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.”

~ Voltaire

But of course it is! Look back and you can see the pattern of conception-gestation–manifestation reflected in every aspect of your life. Notice how it starts in your imagination with an idea.

The whole process may take minutes or decades — sometimes detours are necessary — but your future is constantly in the making.

So, my friend, what’s next for you?

4/25/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.”

~ Hazel Henderson

All being pessimistic does is use your creative power destructively. While you can’t necessarily control the future, you can influence it and direct it. There’s no sense in fueling what you don’t want.

Be clear about the essence of what you want and anticipate the best. Have faith, my friend. Trust that the right thing ultimately happens, just maybe not in the timing or order you’d expect.

4/24/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

~ Albert Einstein

This doesn’t just apply to the outer world, my friend, it is equally as true for your own personal life experiences.

When you change your thinking you will change your life.

4/23/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The quality of forgiveness that burns up all things except beauty is the quality of love.”

“The above saying returns us to the Sufi emphasis on love, not as a decoration to our lives, but as the most powerful creative force of the universe. We may spend our whole lives distinguishing real love from passion, romanticism, lust, sentimentality, and all of the other ways that our culture tries to sell us counterfeit forms of love.

“Perhaps life is calling you right now to use the burning power of love to heal and erase the impressions that have lodged on your heart.”

Neil Douglas-Klotz, The Sufi Book of Life

It’s really best, my friend, to just let go of the past. Dragging around hurt and victimhood leaves you unable to truly enjoy the present or create better things in your future.

All of us are imperfect human beings doing our best to feel good and sometimes, whether intentionally or not, we hurt others. Once it’s done, it’s done. Tap into love and forgive everything and everyone involved, including yourself.

When you forgive, you set yourself free.

4/22/2017: Dai;y Dose of Inspiration

“Everything has boundaries. The same holds true with thought. You shouldn’t fear boundaries, but you should not be afraid of destroying them. That’s what is most important if you want to be free: respect for and exasperation with boundaries.”

~ Haruki Murakami

We experience boundaries in every aspect of our lives. From universal laws like gravity to self-imposed beliefs that say we shouldn’t do something, they are everywhere. And they, of course, limit us.

But they don’t always have to. Examine your beliefs, my friend. Look at all the boundaries that limit you. Are they serving you? Are you sure they are absolute? What if they weren’t there? Would you be willing to allow yourself a different life?

I just thought I’d ask because, you know, what if? Hmmm…

4/21/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“So, how do you get back to heaven? To begin with, just notice the thoughts that take you away from it. You don’t have to believe everything your thoughts tell you. Just become familiar with the particular thoughts you use to deprive yourself of happiness. It may seem strange at first to get to know yourself in this way, but becoming familiar with your stressful thoughts will show you the way home to everything you need.”

~ Byron Katie

All change starts with awareness and a clear understanding that our thoughts and beliefs are responsible for the way we feel. Seem like a stretch to you? Well, it if were true, it’d be worth exploring. Don’t you think?

Then, as you recognized that you don’t like the way you’re feeling — like stressed or depressed — you could determine which thoughts are responsible, turn them around and eliminate the stress.

That’s right, my friend, no more stress. You’d be in control!

I tell you, it’s worth exploring. Might even be heavenly!

4/20/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.”

~ Indira Gandhi

You may think you’re angry at someone else, my friend, but below the surface is a different story. When you dig around some you’ll eventually discover that you’re really angry with yourself.

You know the saying, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”? At some level (whether in thought or action) you are responsible; in some way you have let yourself down. Your anger is a message to you. What is it trying to tell you? Do you need to stand up for yourself? Do your best not to take action while angry — these are the actions we most regret — but do take stock of what triggered it.

Let your anger be the dawning of awareness and look for the message. Once you honor the calling, my friend, the anger will simply drop away, no longer necessary.

4/19/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

“The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

“If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign — body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on — alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.”

~ Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets

It’s always best once you’ve made a decision to stick with it. Unless, of course, you decide there’s something better that you’d prefer to experience, in which case all you have to do is change your mind. But, if you keep changing your mind or agonizing over and not making a decision there will never be time for any material change to manifest.

So, my friend, make your decision and stick with it long enough that all of the forces involved have time to align so the physical manifestations can follow. At that point you’ll know better if you want to stick with it or not.

Remember, there’s no such thing as a mistake and you always have a choice.

4/18/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Do you think of yourself as the artist of your life? Do you realize that you are creating your life with your imagination, thoughts, and beliefs?

Does this feel like a stretch of the imagination? Well, what if it’s true? What if your imagination created your life? What would your imagination be creating right now?

Let’s hope you like it, my friend, ’cause it doesn’t have to take long. All your imagination needs is steady, consistent, single pointed focus and voilà!

Whatever you do, don’t worry! Make sure you feel good in the process and trust that all will turn out well.

4/17/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny.”

~ Carl Schurz

No one is perfect, my friend, not one of us. So relax and just do the best you can. Don’t expect too much of yourself or anyone else. Ever.

Now that that has been said, do create a vision of your ideal life. What kind of a person do you want to be? What would you love your life to be like? This is what you need to know. Those visions will become the stars you use to chart your course.

And in case you’ve never been sailing on the open seas, just know that there will be times when fog sets in or things get dark and stormy. But don’t worry, my friend, the fog will eventually lift, things will calm down and you’ll remember your visions and get back on course.

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