7/24/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

~ Swami Vivekananda

Think you can do it, my friend? Can you drop your attachment to your current reality and fully embrace a new one?

Yes, it can be challenging to look beyond what is, but nothing’s going to change until you do. Willing to try?

It starts with a vision in your mind…

7/23/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“We live under the impression that for something to be divine it has to be perfect. We are mistaken. In fact, the exact opposite is true. To be divine is to be whole and to be whole is to be everything: the positive and the negative, the good and the bad, the holy man and the devil. When we take the time to discover our shadow and its gifts we will understand what Jung meant by, “The gold is in the dark.” Each of us needs to find that gold in order to reunite with our sacred self.”

~ Debbie Ford, Dark Side of the Lightchasers

Most likely you know that there are many different disciplines of yoga practiced all around the world. But did you know that Bikram is the one responsible for the use of mirrors in the yoga room? Well, he is. We call it the “cosmic mirror.” You know why? Because you are looking directly into the eyes of your best teacher. The mirrors force you to face what is and then, with time and acceptance, you get to witness as what is transforms into what you want it to be.

Never underestimate the power in acceptance, my friend.

7/22/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“On some dimension or other, every event in life can be causing only one of two things: either it is good for you, or it is bringing up what you need to look at in order to create good for you.

“Evolution is win-win…life is self-correcting.”

~ Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets

I know, my friend, sometimes evolution is not so easy. But by viewing the things that we don’t like as a learning experience and orienting ourselves to look for the silver lining, we will minimize our suffering.

The best approach, especially when you’re feeling frustrated with life, is simply to know that everything ultimately works out in your best interest. You can trust that you just haven’t seen the full picture yet. Keep asking yourself the question, “What good can come of this situation?” and be open to new ideas and opportunities that surface.

Things are only bad if you label them as bad, my friend. Be ever looking for the good.

7/21/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“An awakened imagination works with a purpose. It creates and conserves the desirable, and transforms or destroys the undesirable.”

~ Neville Goddard

“What’s an awakened imagination?” you ask. It’s your mind, my friend, when you’ve realized that your imagination is the genesis of your life experience.

An awakened imagination knows the importance of working deliberately. It enjoys the process of fine tuning the details of exactly what is desired. It knows that by zeroing in on what is desired, all that doesn’t match it will drop away. An awakened imagination knows its power and uses it.

And in reality, my friend, we are all in various stages of waking up. Sometimes we wake up and then fall back to sleep. Sometimes we’re awake in one area of our life and asleep in another. After all, we are human. So we set our goal to be awake as much as possible and to awaken more quickly every time we fall asleep.

7/20/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Be careful what you think. Your cells are listening.”

~ Emmy Cleaves, Principal Teacher, Bikram’s Yoga College of India headquarters

Think a thought, and you create a vibration. Create a vibration, and you subject every cell in your body to that vibration.

Your body’s natural state is that of well-being. It knows how to be well and it wants to be well. But just as you can’t escape your surroundings, the cells in your body can’t escape theirs either.

Think of it, what kind of environment do you do best in? A positive one or a negative one? Uh-huh, and now, what kind of environment are you creating for your body?

Positive, my friend… Be positive and help your body thrive.

7/19/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Thought is creative, neither good nor bad, simply creative. This is the reason why Faith builds up and Fear destroys.”

~ Genevieve Behrend, Your Invisible Power

Fear and faith are opposite extremes of the same continuum — polar opposites. The stronger your fear, the weaker your faith, and vice versa.

But if you think about it, my friend, the object of either hasn’t happened yet. They are both just potentialities. Isn’t that interesting?

Remember, you get to choose your thoughts. Do you want to build up or destroy?

7/18/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“It is so basic in us to feel that things should go well for us, and that if we start to feel depressed, lonely, or inadequate, there’s been some kind of mistake or we’ve lost it. In reality, when you feel depressed, lonely, betrayed, or any unwanted feelings, this is an important moment on the spiritual path. This is when real transformation can take place.”

~ Pema Chodron

Sometimes we have to get to the depths of despair before we find the resolve required to turn our predicament around. Deep down inside we know that we are deserving and we know we are capable.

There’s real meaning behind the saying, “it’s darkest before the dawn”. Because you know, my friend, it’s life experience that triggers the resolve that beckons the transformation.

So let it happen and prepare to ride the wave back up to the peak. This is the joy of life!

7/16/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Years ago, when I first mentally mapped out what it would mean to free solo Freerider, there were half a dozen of pitches where I was like, ‘Oh that’s a scary move and that’s a really scary sequence, and that little slab, and that traverse… There were so many little sections where I thought ‘Ughh—cringe.’ But in the years since, I’ve pushed my comfort zone and made it bigger and bigger until these objectives that seemed totally crazy eventually fell within the realm of the possible.”

~ Alex Honnold

To do what once seemed “impossible”, what no one else would ever dare to do, and make it look easy while doing it, doesn’t happen over night, my friend. It takes years of planning and training both physically and mentally.

But Alex Honnold’s feat should make us rethink the word impossible. There may not really be such a thing!

7/15/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Unless you try something beyond what you have already mastered, you will not grow.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it comes to life, we are either growing and evolving or stagnating and deteriorating. Seems a bit harsh, I know, but look at nature. It’s not just true for us, it’s true for everything.

Perhaps it’d be helpful to take stock of where you are now, my friend, what your life is like in the present, and then take a look at what your life would be like a year, 5 years, even 10 years into your future assuming that you make no changes and continue on your present path. If what you see sits well with you, then stay the course. If it doesn’t, well, it’s time to make a change.

Now you don’t have to go diving into the deep end when you try something new, but you do have to give it a go. Start by giving yourself a direction by deciding upon a life you’d love to be living. It’s okay to just test the water with your toes at first to make sure you’d really like it.

Remember, my friend, there’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps. What’s important is that you begin charting a new course.

7/13/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Whatever you’re thinking about is literally like planning a future event. When you’re worrying, you’re planning. When you’re appreciating, you are planning… What are you planning?”

~ Abraham-Hicks

It’s your predominant thoughts, my friend, that are creating your reality. So, if you don’t like your reality, it’s time to change your thoughts.

With your thoughts being your future in the making, there should be no doubt that it’s worth it to be deliberate. Wouldn’t you agree?

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