6/23/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The content of your life is the curriculum for your evolution.”

~ Mary Morrissey

Sometimes we become so consumed by our life and all of its challenges that we forget that it’s these challenges that we came here to experience. Can you relate? There has to be some reason for all that we go through, right?

Well, there is, my friend. You’re not being punished by God. It’s not that you’re not good enough or worthy enough. This is exactly what you signed up for. You, your Higher Self, Spirit, chose every aspect of everything you’re going through so that It could experience and learn and grow and evolve. That what life is all about! That’s why we’re here.

You’re not bad. You’re not wrong. You’re just like every other human being, facing your personal challenges so that you can evolve.

Embrace the challenge, my friend, and be grateful for its teachings.

6/22/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Relax, my friend. It’s time to acknowledge the big picture and appreciate this very moment. Chances are, if you’re not enjoying the journey, you’re not likely to enjoy the destination anyway. Heck, you may never even get there!

It’s the here and now that matters, my friend, so take it all in and make the most of it.

6/21/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Mortals always want something more — they wish for money, but what they’re really after is to be carefree. Power when what they really want is control. Beauty when they want love. Sometimes they know it, sometimes they don’t.”

~ Jackson Pearce

What is it that you really want, my friend? Are you sure? Really sure?

Like a curious child, just keep asking yourself, “Why?”

Sooner or later you’ll get to the heart of the matter and that’s when you’ll be able to come up with a truly satisfying solution.

6/20/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“We often feel wounded by what we feel to be the unfairness or ignorance of others. In response, we could toughen our skin in order not to feel things so deeply, and become more cynical about life. Or, we might just give up asserting ourselves and become a doormat for others. Or, we could become hypersensitive and react against every perceived slight. All these options essentially make us the passive victims of life, and there is no greater block to harmony and peace than obsessive victimhood. As the fourteenth-century Indian Sufi Nizamuddin Auliya once said:

‘If someone places a thorn in your way and you place another thorn in his way, there will be thorns everywhere.’”

~ Neil Douglas-Klotz, The Sufi Book of Life

It’s not the actions of others but our judgment of those actions that wounds us. So notice your immediate reaction, my friend, and pause before you respond.

There are countless perspectives from which we can view every situation. And though you think you might, there is no way that you can be absolutely sure of all of the motives behind someone’s actions. Unless or until such time as you ask, that is.

Try on as many perspectives as you need and see if you can’t find one that will aid you in releasing the judgment that’s caused the pain. This is all it takes to shift from being a victim to being empowered, my friend, and it can happen in a flash!

6/18/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”

~ Pope John XXIII

Today is a great day, my friend, to acknowledge your father and the role he’s played in your life. Whatever your perception, you would not be where you are were it not for him.

If this isn’t easy for you, just remember that we are all doing the best we can from where we are with what we have. This is true for you, me, him, and everyone else.

And if your appreciation comes easily, well then, rain it upon him, won’t you, please?! Appreciation brings out the best in everything.

6/17/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

~ Albert Einstein

Our minds are really very powerful things. They are powerful creative engines. What we focus our attention on we feed our power to. With time and a consistent, steady flow of our thoughts and attention life begins to morph to match our focus.

So, my friend, let’s hope you like what you’re focusing your attention on, because that’s what you’re creating.

Keep in mind, all it takes is a shift in mindset to have a shift in outcome. And you know what’s even better? Sometimes our problems go away just because we stop thinking about them.

Hmmm… maybe that’s why we feel so good after Bikram Yoga.

6/16/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.”

~ Stephen Covey

You are powerful, my friend, perhaps more than you realize even. The trick is knowing how to exert your power.

You see, we don’t have any control over the things happening ‘out there’ except through what we have going on ‘in here’. So rather than trying to change what upsets you about your environment, change your thoughts. Find a new perspective, find a new focus, find a happy thought. This is how you’ll fix the problem ‘out there’.

‘Out there’ simply reflects back what’s going on ‘in here’.

6/15/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Your life is a gift and you have come to unwrap the gift. In the process of unwrapping, remember to also save the wrapper.

“Your environment, the situation around you, the circumstances in which you find yourself, and your body are the wrapping paper. When we unwrap, we often destroy the wrapping paper. We are in such a hurry that at times we even destroy the gifts. With patience and endurance, open your gifts and save the wrapping papers as well.”

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Celebrating Silence

Life has so much to offer, my friend. There is so much we can learn. Whatever you’re doing, whenever and wherever you’re doing it, ask yourself, “What is the gift in this present moment?” That act right there is the essence of practicing yoga — being present in the NOW.

Will you, can you, could you ever be perfectly present in every moment? No, but by striving for it, by practicing, you’ll get better and better at it. And with that, my friend, not only will your life take on a deeper meaning but you’ll find so much more to be pleased with.

It’s up to you to enjoy all aspects of this gift that is life.

6/13/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

Oh, my friend, don’t let it happen to you! Decide to enjoy your life. There is absolutely no valid reason for you not to enjoy your life — most certainly not age!

What pleases you? What inspires you? What makes you look forward to tomorrow?

Go there in your thoughts. Go there in your imagination and dreams and let these visions create the path your feet will follow. Don’t wait until tomorrow, my friend. Start now!

6/12/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

~ Buddha

We are all seeking Truth, and all too often we are seeking it out there. But the Truth, my friend, is embedded in your heart. It’s something you have to discover for yourself. You’ll know it by the jolt of comprehension, or perhaps by the calm, compassionate, and patient understanding that comes over you. Truth brings certainty, peace and courage with it.

And if ever you’re in doubt, just follow the golden rule — treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

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