7/29/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“I believe everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

~ Marilyn Monroe

There is something positive to be gained from everything, my friend. You just have to know it and look for the silver lining. Nothing teaches as thoroughly as life experience does, and learning, growing and changing is what life is all about.

Trust in every moment that better things are coming your way and get ready for a great day!

7/28/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“To awaken to universal love, enter into the attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings. Think about what you feel thankful for in your life. This focuses your attention on your heart, and it always works. When you are cultivating gratitude, watch your defenses drop and your heart fill. Notice how easy it is to rise above petty issues and fill your heart with love and gratitude for the many precious gifts of life. This is a very real dimension of happiness that you have access to always.”

Excerpted from the book The Pursuit of Happiness by David Pond

Could you imagine starting your day every day this way? You’d have appreciation and love setting the tone for your day.

You know what’s best about this? Whatever you focus your attention on, you’ll attract more like it and experience more of it.

It’s worth trying, don’t you think?

7/27/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.”

~ Muhammad Ali

You’re in charge, my friend. You’re in the driver’s seat. You always have been. Did you know that?

It can’t be any other way.

Now that you know, make your thoughts work for you, not against you. You owe it to yourself.

7/26/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

~ Anais Nin

You know it’s true, my friend. Instead of following your heart and pursuing your dreams you think of all the reasons why you can’t. You box yourself into the sphere of what you’re familiar with, despite its negatives.

But since your dreams are your creation, they beckon you towards them — you planted the seeds and now they must sprout. This is nature calling; this is how we evolve.

Acknowledge your fears, and let your faith feed your courage so you can move beyond your comfort zone. Be expansive. Your dreams await.

7/25/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“What brings about happiness? Happiness is related to the way we think. If we do not train our minds, and do not reflect on life, it is impossible to find happiness.”

~ The Dalai Lama

So you want to be happy?

Well then, as Bikram says, it’s time to “turn your mind into your best friend instead of your worst enemy” and, lucky for you, there is no better training ground than the Bikram Yoga studio. Where else can you build your faith, determination, concentration, discipline and patience all at once?

Mastery of the mind leads to mastery of life, my friend. Let every drop of sweat in class herald your happiness and contentment.

Bring it on!

7/24/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

The reality is that there is no such thing as perfection, nor are there failures. Everything serves a purpose. It is only our judgment that makes them appear to be as we label them.

It is you that is the gift — nothing less than all of you.

We are all both blessed and a blessing in all that we are.

7/23/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.”

~ Albert Einstein

The “person” part of the personality, the humanity, resides in the heart.

You can think and think and think about something from every possible angle but it’s not until you drop your energy from your head to your heart that you can truly experience it. Love, compassion, peace, joy — these are not intellectual concepts, they are states of being experienced from the heart, not the head.

Use your mind’s muscles, my friend, but don’t let it keep you from experiencing life. Balance and the best of life are found in the heart.

7/22/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

Listen to this story:
When the soul left the body
it was stopped by God at heaven’s gate:
“Alas! You have returned just as you left.
Life is a blessing of opportunity.
Where are the bumps and scratches
left by the journey?”

~ Rumi

Don’t let this be your story, my friend.

Instead, take this opportunity to live, love, lose, learn, laugh, lament, laud, leap and look back with no regrets.

Don’t let your fears rule your life. Ultimately, you can’t go wrong.

7/21/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“There are two ways of spreading light…
To be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.”

~ Edith Wharton

All it takes is appreciation — of anything — and you spread light. You cannot go wrong when you appreciate just as you cannot go wrong when you love.

Look for things to appreciate — things like the sunshine, the rain, the clouds, your pets, your family, that you have a roof over your head, water to drink and food to eat. There is something to appreciate in everything.

As you appreciate you spread light, you spread love, you spread good tidings. You will feel light. You will feel love. You will feel good.

Spread the light, my friend, and make it a beautiful day.

7/20/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“In the state of love, no matter what you do, it’s going to be good.”

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Love, my friend.

Do it.
Feel it.
Be it.

Love is the key to happiness and all good things.

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