5/25/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

What are the thoughts and emotions you want to dominate your life? Or rather, how do you want to feel? Who do you want to be?

It all begins with your mind, my friend. Use your imagination to visualize your ideal and then train your mind to allow nothing but it. Remember, your mental muscles, like your physical ones, take time and repetition to develop.

Don’t give up on yourself. Every effort spent in this regard will return to you a thousandfold — a happy and healthy you. Just think of it!

5/24/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“There is no thought or situation that you can’t put up against inquiry. Every thought, every person, every apparent problem is here for the sake of your freedom. When you experience anything as separate or unacceptable, inquiry can bring you back to the peace you felt before you believed that thought.

“If you aren’t completely comfortable in the world, do The Work. That’s what every uncomfortable feeling is for — that’s what pain is for, what money is for, what everything in the world is for: your self-realization. It’s all a mirror image of your own thinking. Judge it, investigate it, turn it around, and set yourself free, if freedom is what you want. It’s good that you experience anger, fear, or sadness. Sit down, identify the story and do The Work. Until you can see everything in the world as a friend, your Work is not done.”

~ Byron Katie, Loving What Is

You get that, my friend? It’s our mind, weaving its story, that’s so often our worst enemy. That’s until such time as we start questioning our thoughts and their validity. Fortunately, we can look forward to relief as we finally surrender our judgment and allow the story our mind created to unravel.

The mind is oh so creative — for better or for worse. Just remember, if you don’t like how you’re feeling, it’s time to examine your thoughts.

5/23/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Lead with love. When you enter a new situation, see love paving the way.”

~ Angela Hartfield

With everything you do, my friend, set your intention with love as your guide. Especially during the times you expect to be challenging.

You are never alone. All you have to do is close your eyes, take a deep breath and internally ask for guidance. When you open your eyes you can trust that love will lead the way.

It just takes a moment of setting a conscious intention.

5/22/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

~ Orison Swett Marden

The past is the past, my friend. Let it go. Take what you’ve learned and use it to create a better future.

And as for the questioning, try these on:

> “How can tomorrow be better than today?”
> “What would I LOVE?”

These type of generative questions will help you create an inspiring vision for your future — one that will spur you into action!

5/21/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Set patterns, incapable of adaptability, of pliability, only offer a better cage. Truth is outside of all patterns.”

~ Bruce Lee

What are you looking for, my friend? Are you looking for truth? Or do you want the security, stability, and reliability that comes with what’s already known? Not that truth can’t come with the latter, it’s just that how can you know it’s the truth if you can’t see beyond its limits?

Open your mind to explore all possibilities at all times. This is what being flexible is all about — breaking free of limitations. There’s a connection between a flexible mind and a flexible body. Train yourself to recognize your patterns in both your yoga practice and your life and then gaze beyond them.

Imagine the possibilities, my friend. Set yourself free!

5/20/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”

~ Maya Angelou

“Today I am blessed.”

Say it, my friend: “Today I am blessed.”

Make it your mantra and repeat it over and over. No matter what’s happening just think and say and feel, “Today I am blessed.”

Own it, my friend, “Today I am blessed.”

5/19/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.”

~ Joseph Campbell

Discontent always originates from inside, my friend. And when something’s amiss inside we can’t help but find everything amiss outside.

Now, you can go to the trouble of trying to change something out there but even if you did succeed you’d just find more out there that upsets you. You know why?

Because discontent always originates from the inside. It’s one of the ways your soul calls to you.

So listen, my friend, your heart is talking to you! What is it trying to tell you? Notice what upset you out there and ask yourself why. And then ask yourself if there might be some way that you do that same thing yourself without realizing it.

When you clear the troubles from your own heart you might just find that the problem was never really out there after all.

5/18/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The sun shines on a holy church and on a lavatory. It shines on gutter water, it shines over pure water, it falls on everything. The sun knows no darkness. It is only we who know the darkness as well as the light. The light never knows darkness nor the darkness light. In the same way God never blesses anybody particularly. His nature is to bless everybody. You just open up and you see Him, that’s all. All we need is an open heart.

~ Sri Swami Satchidananda

Since blessings, like the sun, are ever present, the only question is, “Are you open to receiving these blessings?”

That, my friend, is 100% up to you and your attitude. It’s your attitude that opens the door or closes the door.

5/17/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“In life it’s like we’re blindfolded (at least our physical senses are), because we’re completely unable to see, hear, or touch life’s magic. Yet to live your life – to live the life of your dreams – the secret is knowing that there is so much more happening on our behalf than the five senses can detect, and the way to know this is through faith. This is our greatest test: to know that even in the absence of physical proof we are spiritual beings; to know that although our thoughts are invisible, they will become the things and events of our lives; and to know that we are loved and provided for.

~ Mike Dooley, Infinite Possibilities

It’s oh so comforting to finally surrender to this truth and know that life — growth — happens whether we consciously see the changes or not.

Roses grow back even more robust after pruned virtually to the ground. Caterpillars turn into butterflies. And you, my friend, should be getting ready for the best days of your life — because they’re right around the corner!

Know it.

5/16/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think.”

~ Buddha

Believe it or not, you can change how you feel just by changing your thoughts. It’s a simple concept really, but not always so easy to embrace.

The problem, my friend, is that we get attached to our negative judgments and fears and these then generate the thoughts that cause us to suffer.

The good news is that when you realize this you’ll also realize that it is fully within your power to be happy right now. You get to choose what you think about. Recognize that you can consciously direct your thoughts from what doesn’t make you feel good to what does.

So get to it, my friend! Take control of your thoughts.

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