8/10/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”

~ Mark Twain

Oh, my friend, please be careful what you focus your attention on. Your attention is a very valuable commodity. Your energy follows your attention and flows to whatever you focus it upon which means it’ll grow!

It’s so easy for our thoughts to get stuck on everything that’s wrong or bad. And when that happens we just start heading into a downward spiral that can be very difficult to get out of.

Have you ever thought about the saying, “Pay Attention”? Do you wonder why we use the word “pay” in there? Well, think about it, our attention directs our energy. It’s going out for something. What do you expect in return?

Watch your thoughts, my friend, and start “paying your attention” to the things you want in your life.

8/9/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

~ Winston Churchill

Perfection is fleeting, my friend. For a moment we may experience perfection, but it’s not long before we want more or see room for improvement.

This is evolution in action. Nothing stays the same forever, nor should it. Spirit will forever call you and everyone and everything else forward to more. To ignore it will only leave you full of longing and discontent.

Heed those messages, my friend. They are Spirit beckoning.

8/8/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

~ Helen Keller

Lessons come in many disguises. They aren’t always disasters, losses, accidents and the like. They can be anything, even pleasant surprises, that gives us new perspectives and deepen our understanding of life, human nature, and our own personal values.

Every experience will teach us something, whether we understand it now or not, and fulfill our spirit’s purpose for being here.

You really can’t go wrong, my friend. All you have to do is live life. But just know you will find life much more rewarding when you listen to and honor your longings and discontent.

8/7/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”

~ Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Your physical senses will only get you so far, my friend, as they can only perceive the physical. But there is a part of you that is of, and fully connected to, the infinite intelligence of the universe. This is the source of your extrasensory perception (ESP) and true freedom.

Every one of us is born with the innate ability to tap into and utilize ESP, but unless we use it we’ll most likely lose it. Now, don’t despair, my friend, it’s not gone forever. Just like you’d build any new relationship, build one with that greater part of you.

8/6/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in.”

~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

Have you noticed how fear and faith are opposite extremes of the same continuum? Just like hot and cold. So the bigger your fear and all the things that align with it — doubts, worries, concerns — the further away you’ll get from the very thing you want.

You see, my friend, your thoughts are directing your creative energy. And whatever you focus your attention on, whatever you think about, you feed your power to — and it grows!

Be mindful of your thoughts and direct them consciously. Direct them to the outcome you want to experience. Remember, the outcome is still in the future. What’s going to win, my friend? Your fears or your faith?

8/5/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.”

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

We’re taught as children to treat others the way we like to be treated. It’s the Golden Rule. We all learn it. Very simply, my friend, it boils down to kindness.

In every interaction with everyone everywhere, use kindness.

8/4/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes — it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self.”

~ Maya Angelou

You know what I’ve realized, my friend? I’ve realized that perfection surfaces through the imperfection. Of course we are going to make mistakes, we’re humans, not gods. But every mistake is an opportunity to grow, an opportunity to master the art of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is powerful, my friend. Forgiveness removes the judgment that blocks the natural flow of love. It’s not just something we “should” do regarding big mistakes. It’s really something we can practice every day all day long, with the big things and the little things.

Drop the negative or harsh judgments of yourself, someone or something else and you realign with your Higher Self. You realign with the part of you that has compassion, patience and understanding — the part of you that IS perfect.

Isn’t it interesting how sometimes we have to lose ourselves to truly find ourselves?

8/3/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

~ Orison Swett Marden

Alright, my friend, enough is enough. Take a deep breath. Now, just what is that obstacle?

Take a nice long look at it. Look at it from every different angle you can think of. And then start looking for even more ways to look at it.

Does it still feel the same to you now? Is it still insurmountable?

Keep looking, my friend. There is always a solution to every problem. Most often it boils down to a difficult choice that you have to make. And, in that case, you just have to decide if what’s on the other side of that obstacle is worth it. When it is, the decision becomes clear and taking the bold action easy.

8/2/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”

~ The Dalai Lama

Life’s simple, my friend. You can know what’s right thought and right action by the way you feel. Notice how tension and stress melt away when love, compassion, and kindness are present.

And if you’re ever in doubt, just follow the golden rule. Treat others the way you’d wish to be treated.

Just keep it simple.

8/1/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”

~ Rumi

Every aspect of life, whether conscious or unconscious, has its ebbs and flows. There is no such thing as statis.

Life is always moving, my friend. Just as your inhale always follows the exhale, each one beckoning the other.

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