11/17/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The most important thing that I learned was respect for all of civilization. In Oxford I learned to respect all that is best in human civilization. That helped me cope with something that was not quite the best.”

~ Aung San Suu Kyi

Knowing that life is always cyclical, that the pendulum must swing back in the other direction, is the foundation that withstands even the most trying of times. Always hold the vision of what you want to experience and, with patience and faith, know that its time will come.

The worst of times become fuel for the best of times, my friend. Just remember, patience and faith…

11/16/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“When the teachings tell us to “make friends with our emotions,” they mean to become more attentive and get to know them better. Being ignorant about emotions only makes matters worse; feeling guilty or ashamed of them does the same. Struggling against them is equally non-productive. The only way to dissolve their power is with our wholehearted, intelligent attention. Only then is it possible to stay steady, connect with the underlying energy, and discover their insubstantial nature.”

~ Pema Chodron

Don’t fight it, my friend. Don’t resist it. Let yourself experience it. Just be with it. The best way to truly release an unwanted emotion is to move through it.

Fighting and resisting only increase your suffering. So instead, acknowledge what you’re feeling. It’s real. It’s there. When you let yourself experience it, you’ll release its charge and it will simply melt away.

11/15/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“By seeking and blundering we learn.”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There’s no such thing as a mistake, my friend. Oh, you may look back with regret about something, but those are the very “mistakes” you’ll be sure to not make again.

Chalk everything up to experience and simply strive to be better. This is the best anyone can do.

Live and learn, my friend, that’s what life’s about.

11/14/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

~ Mother Teresa

Isn’t it wonderful to love? Haven’t you noticed how good it feels to love and be loved? Love, appreciation, gratitude, joy — these emotions all indicate that the pure, positive energy of spirit is flowing uninhibited. This is why they feel so good.

Now notice how your judgment is like the on/off switch for feeling good. Judge harshly and you feel tension. Judge positively and you feel light and happy.

So, ya wanna feel good, my friend? Then drop the judgment and let the love flow!

11/13/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Having an ego is not the problem; we all have one. The question is this: is your ego aligned with that which is healthy for you or not? Your ego’s job is to project and protect its storyline; your job is to make it an interesting story.”

~ David Pond, The Pursuit of Happiness

You get to determine your story, my friend. Will it be happy? Will it be sad? Will it be empowering to yourself and others?

It’s up to you. But whatever you do, get your ego aligned with your heart first. This is the key to health and happiness.

11/12/2012 – 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 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, my friend, you set yourself free.

11/11/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Miracles mean that at any moment we can begin again. No matter what the problem, as long as we return our minds to a graceful position now, the universe will always help us clean up the mess and start over. To repent means to think again.”

~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Think again, my friend, think again. You know where you’ve been, now what is it that you want?

With clarity, sincerity, and humility, set your sights on your future. Have faith, my friend. Paths will be revealed.

11/10/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“You compare yourself with others on the basis of virtues. Do not compare yourself with anyone. Simply recognize all the virtues you appreciate in others and realize that those virtues are present in you in seed form. You only have to nurture them.”

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

There is so much to learn about yourself through observing others. People are mirrors for us. What we notice most going on in others, we have going on inside ourselves, maybe still in seed form or maybe full grown.

Just by acknowledging and appreciating the virtues in others you begin nurturing them within yourself. But the same thing goes for the negatives, my friend. Whatever you focus on, good or bad, you get more of.

So honor the virtues, appreciate the virtues, and when it comes to negatives, my friend, appreciate the awareness they bring so you can nurture the virtues even more.

11/9/2012 – 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, cause it doesn’t have to take long. All your imagination needs is steady, consistent, single pointed focus and voilà!

Whatever you do, my friend, don’t worry! As long as you feel good in the process all will turn out well.

11/8/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

~ Helen Keller

What you put out is what you get back. So, when you’re happy, happy things come to you. When you’re sad or frustrated, frustrating things will come to you.

Like it or not, my friend, you’re responsible for how you feel and how life treats you. You are far more powerful than you realize.

Now don’t go worrying about it. All you have to do is strive to feel good always, resolve to keep happy, and enjoy the good stuff!

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