1/6/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

~ Henry A. Ford

Have you ever noticed how where there’s no desire there’s no change, no growth? Think of it, my friend, where does desire come from but discontent?

Oh, the discomfort of discontent…

…if only we could see how much we should love it!

1/5/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“In Zen Buddhism, there’s a concept called “zen mind” or “beginner’s mind.” They say that the mind should be like an empty rice bowl. If it’s already full, then the universe can’t fill it. If it’s empty, it has room to receive. This means that when we think we have things already figured out, we’re not teachable. Genuine insight can’t dawn on a mind that’s not open to receive it. Surrender is a process of emptying the mind.”

~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Our lives are so busy with so much we need to accomplish in so little time. Of course we have to stay on top of our to-do list. Of course we have to keep track of what is going on all the time. Of course we need to…

Or do we? Really now, my friend, this is the mindset that cuts us off from what truly matters, from our deepest essence and innate guidance. And it’s especially bad when we think we already know everything.

Have you noticed that blessings flow in your life when you’re relaxed, when you’re happy? Tension breeds tension, ease breeds ease.

Slow down, my friend. We’re in the deep of winter, at the dawn of a new year. Take the time now to clear your mind, clean your slate, and open to the insight of what you truly want for yourself this year.

Ask and listen. What would you love?

1/4/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

~ Albert Ellis

You know what the problem with having a problem is? The fact that we call it a problem! That we think of it and treat it as a problem, as if it’s something wrong, is the problem!

Everyone has issues. Everyone has challenges. You know what, my friend? We’d be bored beyond belief if we didn’t!

So, let’s think about this. What if we were to change that label from “problem” to “opportunity”? How much do you want to bet that we’d approach it with a completely different attitude? We’d think, “This is my opportunity to learn something new, to overcome an obstacle and grow in the process.”

The truth is with each “problem” we solve, we develop more skills, more knowledge and wisdom. We have more compassion, patience and understanding. We gain confidence, grow in character and strength, and overall we become a better person.

Problem? No, my friend, it’s a gift.

1/3/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

“Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

~ Neil Gaiman

You know, my friend, there really is no such thing as a mistake. We may not like what we’ve done but at least we have the opportunity to learn from it. And that’s why we’re here, right? To live, learn, grow, and evolve as Spirit experiencing life as a human being. The more we allow ourselves to experience — the good, the bad, and the ugly — the more we will grow.

And keep in mind that perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Have you ever thought about it? I mean, where do you go from perfect?

So are you willing to expand? Are you willing to give something new a try? Let this be the year you do, my friend. All you have to do is make the decision, and then expansion, adventure, and all kinds of new opportunities will greet you in 2018!

1/2/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Past and Present I know well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. But it is the quiet, beckoning Future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love.”

~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

I suppose in one sense it is possible to fall in love with a complete stranger, though in another sense there must be something in you, perhaps your longing for the stranger, that makes the stranger not a stranger at all.

As you dream up your future, my friend, your future is dreaming up you. The mutual need, the mutual beckoning, makes the rendezvous inevitable.

Get that? You must simply know that your love for and belief in your future draws it to you. So go ahead, my friend, make your dream irresistible, fall madly in love with it!

1/1/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

You do realize that vision is the driver of all progress, right? Your mind attaches to a notion of something and little by little it becomes a reality. That’s how this Universe works.

So, can you see how your focus on the past keeps you stuck in the past? Why not create a dream for your future, my friend? An inspiring dream… one you’d really love living.

Plant the seed and see what happens. Do be sure to nurture it and tend to it, just as you would any other thing you care for. Give it a little loving attention every day, regardless of visible progress, and you’re likely to be surprised at how easily it all comes together.

Make the most of 2018, my friend. Happy New Year!

12/31/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“In the new year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today. Without the stairs of the past you cannot arrive at the future!

~ Mehmet Murat ildan

This isn’t to say that you thank just the good things in your past. We all have things in our past that we wish had never happened and a lot of times we try to sweep them under the rug and wish they’d disappear. But they’ve all served a purpose. There’s a reason why all of it happened, something to be learned, wisdom gained perhaps. Who knows for sure?

But don’t write the bad stuff off, my friend. You wouldn’t be who you are today without every little thing in your past. And who you are today is, and always will be, a work in progress.

The important thing, my friend, is that you’ve got your eyes on the future — the future you’d love!

12/30/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The robbers of time are the past and the future. Man should bless the past, and forget it, if it keeps him in bondage, and bless the future, knowing it has in store for him endless joys, but live fully in the now.

~ Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It

We talk about being reminded of the past but what we really need to do is be re-minded about the future. We have to re-orient our mind — re-mind — ourselves to align with the endless joys yet to come.

So, my friend, have you let go of the past or are its negatives still fresh in your mind? You know, those things you want to never experience again. Notice how when you think of them the same emotions flood through your body all over again. You fall right back into the same trap and continue the suffering.

Re-Mind yourself, my friend, to align with your dreams and feel their blessings right now!

12/29/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.”

~ Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person

You know, my friend, we are so good at noticing everything that’s not right. We have this ache and pain…so-and-so always behaves that way…we say ‘I’ll never get this right’, etc…. The flaws are so obvious we can’t ignore them. We feel we have to change them, whether they’re within us or outside of us.

But that doesn’t help us change. The more we fight, resist or try to change something the worse it gets.

So, yes, my friend, acceptance is the magic balm that causes the suffering to dissipate. But the interesting thing is that once it does, we’re likely to forget that the ailment or struggle was ever there in the first place.

Our natural state is one of ease and flow. It’s only when things aren’t right that we take notice.

12/28/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first learn to forgive before anything else.”

~ Mother Teresa

Love comes when there is no separation, when there is nothing that keeps you from being fully aligned with your Higher Self. And contrary to popular belief, the problem is not out there, the problem is inside. It’s in every negative thought you hold, whether about yourself or someone or something else.

Think about it, my friend. Do you ever feel good when you’re resentful or angry, or feeling guilty, betrayed, self-righteous, or powerless? Of course not. And you only feel bad like that because of the thoughts and beliefs that you’re holding onto.

This is where forgiveness comes into play. Forgiveness releases the negative judgments and makes us whole again. It’s not a gift to someone else, my friend, it’s a gift to yourself.

Forgiveness creates the space for love to flow.

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