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11-19-17  “People need loving the most when they deserve it the least.”  ~John Harrigan

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ~Wayne Dyer

11-16-17 “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it’s expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller

11-14-17 “Faith is the complete reliance on the power and goodness of Spirit and the firm belief that you are always connected to this goodness.”— Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

11-7-17 “Your lifetime in form is to be honored and celebrated. Live fully in the now, as this is the only tome you have.”  ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

10-1-17 “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

7-18-17 “In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.” ~ John Churton Collins

“Who do you turn to when the burden is too much to carry alone? A family member, a spiritual advisor, a trusted friend, a close confidante… or all of these? In asking for help, you are giving people the opportunity to contribute to you. In so doing, you honor them as well.” ~BJ Gallagher

7-7-17 “Karma is… a way or a means through which the Soul learns and evolves.” – Dr. Pillai

Dr. Pillai also states, “You do something and then it creates a set of reactions. To make it simple, you did some good things and these good things create certain reactions, resulting in reward. If you do bad deeds, then you come back to go through the pain of your bad actions.”

This process can span multiple lifetimes.  Dr. Pillai has said, “Literally, the word [karma] means action. But thinking is also an action. So Karma is better defined as a thought process, as deposits within the brain, you know, that follows you life after life after life.”

6-14-17 “By changing your inner thoughts to the higher frequencies of love, harmony, kindness, peace, and joy, you’ll attract more of the same, and you’ll have those higher energies to give away.” — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

6-11-17 “Today I remembered that life loves me. I let find me at the perfect time.” ~ Louise Hay

6-6-17 “Most people are searching for happiness outside of themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something you are, and it comes from the way you think.” — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

5-22-17 “When we fulfill our function, which is to truly love ourselves and share love with others, then true happiness sets in.” ~ Gabrielle Bernstein

5-20-17 “There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now.” ~Buddha

5-16-17 “Fill yourself with love for everyone. See the unfolding of God in everyone you meet, including those whom you’ve been taught to reject.” — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

5-14-16 “I choose to feel good about myself each day. Every morning I remind myself that I can make the choice to feel good. This is a new habit for me to cultivate.” ~ Louise Hay

“Mindful redistribution of wealth means spending money in the service of life. So every dollar you spend goes to support something (or someone) that’s having a positive, creative impact on the planet. In this way, the more money you mindfully spend, the greater the positive impact on the planet!” ~ Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

“People can argue the vaccination issue endlessly, but let me say it this way: You cannot vaccinate your way to a healthy population. Real health must be based on food, nutrition, sunlight and exercise, and it has to exclude as many toxic chemicals as possible, including the chemicals used in vaccines!” ~ Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

5-9-17 “Fill yourself with love for everyone. See the unfolding of God in everyone you meet, including those whom you’ve been taught to reject.” — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

4-25-17  “Put distance between you and your critics” — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

4-22-17  Happy Earth Day :)

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~Marcel Proust

In wilderness is the preservation of the world. – Henry David Thoreau

We have met the enemy and he is us. – Walt Kelly

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. – Native American Proverb

The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it. – Barry Commoner

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees. – David Letterman

He that plants trees loves others beside himself. – Thomas Fuller

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun. – Ralph Nader

There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more. – Gaylord Nelson

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death. – Tom McMillan

Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me? – Groucho Marx

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? – Henry David Thoreau

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. – Bill Vaughan

The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world. – Gaylord Nelson

Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life. – Thomas Alva Edison

The earth is what we all have in common. – Wendell Berry

To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. – William Blake

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more. – George Gordon, Lord Byron

4-14-17 “Deep within each of us is a longing for home. We yearn for a place of comfort where we can be ourselves, where we can realize our dreams.” —Denise Linn

4-13-17 “A person who is healthy has a thousand dreams. A person who’s not healthy, has just one. And, it’s to feel better. When you can give someone their health back, they can go after all of their dreams.” ~ Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD

4-12-17 “Deep within each of us is a longing for home. We yearn for a place of comfort where we can be ourselves, where we can realize our dreams.” —Denise Linn

4-10-17 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

3-11-17 “An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.” ~Winston Churchill

“Dancing in the rain isn’t something that most of us are born knowing how to do. We learn it. We learn it from others; we learn it from Life. The more we dance, the better we get at it.” ~BJ Gallagher

3-9-17 “How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” – Dr. Jane Goodall

3-8-17 “To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

10-10-16  “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.” — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

8-24-16  “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ~Marcel Proust

7-31-16 “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts…take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

5-1-16 “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon… must inevitably come to pass!” ~Paul J. Meyer

“You are much more creative than you give yourself credit for. The problem is that you often suppress your ideas too quickly: “That won’t work” “Can’t afford that.” If you can have courage not to censor your ideas, you just might surprise and delight yourself. Go ahead and give it a try.” ~ Ellis Peters

4-28-16  “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~John Wooden

4-12-16  Take the time this week to take a moment and walk outside. Stop and smell flowers or meditate under a shaded tree. Slow down and pay attention to the beauty that nature holds. Thank the oxygen that the trees give you. This will help you find calmness in a busy day.

I have read thousands of contributions from great thinkers and poets, from the present to thousands of years before Christ. One theme that persists, particularly in the poetry of the ages, is a fascination with nature. These soulful writers seem to immerse themselves in nature and create poems that stem from their state of bewilderment and ecstasy.

Of the thousands of these poems I have studied, I have selected this one to represent the topic of nature. It is from one of the most gifted and prolific poets, William Wordsworth, who wrote while Europe was exploding in revolution in the late century.

I heard a Stock-dove sing or say
His homely tale, this very day;
His voice was buried among trees,
Yet to be come-at by the breeze:
He did not cease; but cooed – and cooed;
And somewhat pensively he wooed;
He sang of love, with quiet blending,
Slow to begin, and never ending;
Of serious faith, and inward glee;
That was the song, — the song for me!

“Nightingale! Thou Surely Art” exemplifies Wordworth’s ability to dramatize how imagination creates spiritual values out of the memory of sights and sounds in nature. His lesson to all of us is that the wilderness is therapy. Imagine the poet simply listening to the sounds of a bird, and listening with such intensity that he could write down words of this very basic yet universal human experience (who has failed to hear a bird singing?) and convey, “He sang of love, with quiet blending, slow to begin, and never ending of serious faith and inward glee; that was the song, — the song for me!”

Allow Wordworth’s poetic observation to inspire you to go out into the wilderness, even if only your own backyard or a public park if that is all you can manage, and listen, pretending to be one of the many poets who preceded you here. Memorize the sounds and sights of nature. By immersing yourself in the present moment, and shutting out all distractions that fill you busy mind, you can allow one “Stock-dove [to] sing or say his homely tale, this very day,” and it will be just for you. Indeed, the wilderness and all its natural sights and sounds is more than therapy; it is a connection, a link to your soul and the eternal creative energy of God.

This energy that nature uses each spring to write a new chapter in the Book of Genesis. Emerson observed on the western side of the Atlantic what Wordsworth noted on the eastern side, at essentially the same time: “Everything in nature contains all the powers of nature – everything is made of one hidden stuff.” This includes all that is natural, including you. Yes, you too are a part of this world of nature. Your desire to be in solitude, to be free, to be your natural self, to follow your own intuition, to sing without being criticized, to flow as the rivers do, are natural instincts that are often ignored.

Ask yourself what are the most pleasant memories of your lifetime. They very likely are your personal ecstatic encounters with nature. The sound of the water or the wind, lapping or roaring against the shoreline. The feel of bitter cold on your face, or the sun penetrating your body at a beach. The sights and sounds of autumn leaves as you walk in the woods. A camping trip when you slept outside and listened to the mysterious sounds of the darkness. How did you lose your eyes and ears? How did you forget the ecstasy of nature? Go back to the place that Wordsworth describes: trees and breeze, cooed and wooed. These are more than a poet’s rhyming schemes. These are tickets to a lost beatitude.

To explore what Williams Wordsworth offers you, try the following:

Give yourself a designated time each week, or each day if you can, to walk barefoot on the grass, or immerse yourself in nature and just listen. No assignments, no duties, just listen and observe the perfection of the natural world. Remember, the wilderness is therapy.

Write your reactions to nature in the form of your own poetry or essay. Forget about rhyming schemes and rules of grammar. A friend of mine describes his experience as going from “pissed to blissed” by giving himself some times in a natural setting. Allow yourself to be a poet and record your divine intuition as you commune with nature, just as Wordsworth did a few centuries back.

Sleep outdoors one night, even if it is only in a tent in your backyard. Do it with your family, particularly your children, and notice the excitement they feel by being in nature. This feeling of excitement is precisely what you can recapture in all areas of your life when you allow your own nature to play a more dominant and enthusiastic role in your life.

– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Take the time this week to take a moment and walk outside. Stop and smell flowers or meditate under a shaded tree. Slow down and pay attention to the beauty that nature holds. Thank the oxygen that the trees give you. This will help you find calmness in a busy day.

4-10-16  “There’s being and there’s doing. Warriors do!”

“The art of a warrior is to balance the terror of being a man with the wonder of being a man. ~ Carlos Casranada

A warrior must learn to make every act count, since he is going to be here in this world for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.” ~ Carlos Casranada

“Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.” ~ Carlos Casranada

“An average man is too concerned with liking people or with being liked himself. A warrior likes, that’s all. He likes whatever or whomever he wants, for the hell of it.”  ~ Carlos Casranada

4-9-16  “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”  ~Albert Einstein

4-7-16  Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.”
~C.W. Ceram

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity is one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century, and even scientists agree the formula is complex. Einstein disagreed. Explaining the basic theory to a non-scientist one day he said, “Have you ever spent time with a pretty girl and time just flew by? Have you ever spent time with someone you didn’t like and time seemed to drag on forever? That’s relativity.”

4-4-16  It’s snowing here today!  “Climate is what we expect; weather is what we get.” ~ Mark Twain

“Ganesha means the King of the Angels. Ganesha earned this job through virtue of his super intelligence and ability to produce results instantaneously. He is the custodian of the untaught, innate intelligence that we all have.”  – Dr. Pillai (AstroVed Founder)  Lord Ganesha is considered to be a Gateway Deity because He provides access to all the Gods and Goddesses. The reason is that Ganesha will awaken your heart and that is the starting point.

3-31-16  Since the Fukushima incident, I knew it wouldn’t be long before it effected the US West Coast including ALL the fish, plant life, animals, as well as humans of the land and sea would be suffering from a huge human error. (The US is guilty too – our country uses nuclear byproducts for energy also.)  WHY?  There is so many other resources for natural energy however someone isn’t going to make a lot of money using them!  Not trying to focus on doom and gloom however it won’t be long before this 2011 disaster effects the whole world – Fukushima has been off the news broadcast but it is still not remedied.  This is a catastrophe that will effect the world for many years to come!

check out this article on the sad case of Cali’s crabs: http://www.naturalnews.com/053440_California_crab_season_radioactive_ocean.html

Another problem is fracking – it is ruining our natural resources – especially water.  We can NOT live without water… Why is there so much cancer?  It is NOT because parents or even grandparents had cancer necessarily.  These toxins are growing in our environment due to the byproduct of BigBiz industrial waste. Besides – our ancestors knew how important it was to detox and rejuvenate.  They fasted, ate a more natural diet, farmed or gardened, and raised their own food, took special herbal baths, and did more manual labor.  Maybe we (as a society) are living longer but the quality of life just might be different because we seem to be a little more dependent on pharmaceuticals (with a long list of side effects with a trickle down effect leading to more meds) to keep us going. Years ago, herbal remedies were the only thing available for ailments – and they worked!

Yikes – heavy metals in water supplies:

http://www.naturalnews.com/053442_lead_contamination_public_water_schools.html

In this day and age, living in the fast pace that society appears to demand on us, we have looked for the easier way to live with all the conveniences like vaccines, fast food, GMOs*, gadgets and electronics.  The EMF* rays are effecting our health but it is NOT visible so we keep on keeping on without a care until… the day comes when someone we love gets sick… consequences are taking there toll on our health. Many of us have not had any time to think about health and lifestyle…

Check out this info on vaccinations and why is autism becoming widespread among children after vaccinations:

http://www.naturalnews.com/053443_vaccine_injuries_financial_awards_government_payouts.html

Your health is the best investment in life you can make!  I’m just trying to help make maybe at least one person aware of what’s going on before they or their children get sick.  Planting organic seeds of thought with Loving Blessings~ Debee Boulanger

* “genetically modified organisms”

* “electro magnetic frequencies”

3-22-16   Wise words of Wayne Dyer:  Here are six principles that are important to observe as we seek an inspired life—they’re a blueprint to refer to as we reconstruct a life in-Spirit. They’re listed in no particular order of importance because they’re equally essential.

Principle #1: Be Independent of the Good Opinion of Others

Inspiration must be our master, even though following it might disappoint others. When inspiration makes its presence known, we must pay attention if our priority is to be who or what we were meant to be. We need to determine for ourselves how much we’ve allowed others to decide issues such as what we do, where we live, with whom we live, and even how we’re treated. We must know that absolutely no one else truly knows and feels what we’re here to accomplish, so we must give ourselves permission to hear our inner guidance and ignore the pressure from others. The willingness to listen and act on our inspiration, independent of the opinions of others, is imperative.

Principle #2: Be Willing to Accept the Disapproval of Others

Logically following the last principle, this one notes that we’re going to incur the disfavor of many people when we follow our inclinations to be in-Spirit and live the life we came here to live. This isn’t a selfish or cynical attitude: When we begin to follow our ultimate calling, there will be a lot of resistance. However, as we gain the strength to ignore the pressure to conform, resistance will diminish and ultimately change to respect. When we steadfastly refuse to think, act, and conform to the mandates of others, the pressure to do so loses its momentum. All we have to do is endure some initial disapproval such as dogmatic persuasion, anger, pouting, silence, and long-winded lectures… and then we’re on our way to inspiration rather than frustration.

The people who receive the most approval in life are the ones who care the least about it—so technically, if we want the approval of others, we need to stop caring about it and turn our attention to becoming an inspired being of sharing.

Principle #3: Stay Detached from Outcomes

Inspiration doesn’t come from completing tasks or meeting goals; in fact, that’s the sure way to have it elude us. Returning to Spirit, you see, is an experience of living fully in the present moment. Our purpose in life isn’t to arrive at a destination where we find inspiration, just as the purpose of dancing isn’t to end up at a particular spot on the floor. The purpose of dancing—and of life—is to enjoy every moment and every step, regardless of where we are when the music ends.

Many of us are seduced into believing that having goals is necessary for a successful life, especially since we’ve been brainwashed by slogans such as “If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’re there?” and “Not having a goal is more to be feared than not reaching a goal.” This kind of logic keeps us from feeling inspired because we live a life of striving while foregoing arriving.

A more rewarding spiritual truth is that there’s only now— and when this moment passes, it will be replaced by another one, ad infinitum. To use up our “present now” being consumed with a “future now” that will only turn into a “then” is the prescription for the absence of inspiration. Since there’s only now, learning to live in it and enjoy every present moment is the same as being in-Spirit, while being focused on an outcome to determine our level of happiness and success keeps us out of Spirit.

Principle #4: Know That We Need Nothing/No Things to Be Inspired

We came into this world of boundaries from a formless energy field of Spirit. We arrived here with nothing/no things, we’ll make our exit with nothing/no things, and our purpose (God-realization) requires nothing/no things. We are all that we need to be inspired and living on purpose, and the things that continue to flow into our life are just symbols of the unlimited abundance of our Source. In other words, these things have no value in and of themselves because everything in the physical world is changing and will dissolve back to nothingness anyway.

When we shift from sensory searching to trusting what we know, we discover the folly of chasing after anything in order to feel inspired. All we need is a conscious realignment so that our thoughts begin to match up vibrationally with Spirit, which we know is a part of us already.

Principle #5: “Don’t Die Wondering”

This principle is extremely important in working toward an inspired life because it motivates us to act—after all, we don’t want to be full of regrets because we failed to heed our ultimate calling. Attempting to do something, even if it doesn’t succeed, is inspiring because we don’t tend to regret what we do, we regret what we didn’t do. Even following a futile attempt, we’re inspired because we know that we gave it a shot. It’s wondering whether we should or shouldn’t try something that leaves us feeling stressed and incomplete.

Inspiration has nothing to do with whether we win or lose; in fact, if we just play the game of life, we’ll have plenty of wins and losses, regardless of our talent level. If we fail to even try because of fear of rejection or doubt about our talent, we’re going to go through life wondering, and that’s what keeps us from finding and feeling inspiration.

Principle #6: Remember That Our Desires Won’t Arrive by Our Schedule

There’s an ancient aphorism that goes: “If you really want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” In essence this means that all we desire will arrive in our life when and only when we’re aligned vibrationally with the energy of our Source. Our ego won’t be consulted or get to determine the schedule—the Creator reveals Its secrets when It’s good and ready. Our job is to take the focus off of the when and put it on being connected to our originating Spirit. Our job is to stop challenging and demanding responses from God, and instead be more like Him.

Keep these six principles handy and access them anytime you find yourself lacking inspiration. Remember, too, that we’re called to this world of inspiration, which beckons us to “let go and let God,” as they say in the recovery movement. – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

3-21-16  “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” — Abraham Maslow

3-18-16  “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ~ Conrad Hilton

“One step at a time, that’s all you can do. But it can be more than enough. You might be intimidated by the amount of work involved in a given day, but by simply doing things you can accomplish more than you think. Instead of thinking about how I can’t possibly get everything done today, just start doing what you can and see where it leads.” ~ Ellis Peters

3-7-16  “A storyteller, like a travel agent, can help gather us up from wherever we are, and put us down in another setting.” ~John Leggett

“Each of us wants to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Call it purpose, destiny or a simple desire to get beyond the insufficiencies of our current existence. An individual’s yearning to reach outside his life is a seed of greatness waiting for a stream of inspiration. Carving that stream to people’s hearts is a simpler task if the endeavor you are leading them into is attached to a bigger story.”  ~Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein

3-2-16  “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

“People look at an event like the Olympics and think that the Gold Medal is the ultimate goal, but it’s not. The process of getting there is far more important.” ~Scott Hamilton

2-28-16 “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”
— Wayne W. Dyer

2-22-16 “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”  — Mark Twain

“In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.”  ~John Churton Collins

“Who do you turn to when the burden is too much to carry alone? A family member, a spiritual advisor, a trusted friend, a close confidante . . . or all of these? In asking for help, you are giving people the opportunity to contribute to you. In so doing, you honor them as well.”  ~BJ Gallagher

1-25-16 “Do not neglect this body. This is the house of God; take care of it, only in this body can God be realized.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj

1-24-16 “You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” — Marianne Williamson

11-30-15 “In virtually every area of your life, the more you give away, the more you get back” —Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“God’s peace and joy are yours. Today we will accept them, knowing they belong to us. ” —Robert Holden

11-15-15  “To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.” ~William Arthur Ward

“I’ve learned that maturity comes only from many years of give and take . . . not from the total number of candles on your last birthday cake.” ~Linda Ellis

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ~Anne Frank

“As we’ve said before, most individuals really are well meaning. With few exceptions, all people intend to keep their word. But good intentions alone won’t carry the day.” ~Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura

11-13-15  “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” — John Dewey

“There’s practically no element of our lives that’s not improved by getting adequate sleep.”  ~Arianna Huffington, Thrive

“For every problem, there exists a solution…and at the very least…an opportunity.” ~Michael McMillan

“You can live each day in a world filled with ‘problems,’ or rise each morning and embrace a world filled with unseen solutions…eager for you to find them. The decision is yours…both worlds exist. The one you choose is the one you will create.” ~Michael McMillan

11-9-15  “You have guardian angels with you right now, who love you unconditionally. Your angels are especially ready to assist you during stressful times, such as the holiday season. Call upon your angels to comfort, protect, and help you to stay peaceful no matter what’s going on around you.”  —Doreen Virtue

11-8-15  “You never regret what you do in life. You only regret what you don’t do.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

11-6-15  “Have you ever thought there’d be a day when people think a different way? And on that day, what would you say, if you still thought the other way?” ~Paul McMillan

“If people are respectfully allowed to think, grow and contribute with their individual abilities, we will learn much faster about the unseen Truths that surround us each day. By letting people create their own maps, we will build momentum for discovery and achieve more profound insight and understanding.” ~Michael McMillan

11-4-15  “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.” – Unknown

5 TECHNIQUES TO QUIET THE MIND:

  1. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF YOURSELF AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS.

In short, we have collectively created the mass disorder and confusion we observe around us on a daily basis with our thoughts. We have all allowed negative thinking to prevail for many millennia, so the physical world is merely a product of our thoughts. By simply shifting your focus to what makes you happy, or what you’re thankful for, you can start to retrain your mind to think more positively. Consequently, you will start to feel more peaceful since you no longer put so much emphasis on the negativity you perceive within yourself and elsewhere.

Remember, energy flows where attention goes – you can achieve peace by creating awareness behind your thoughts.

  1. REPEAT PEACEFUL WORDS TO YOURSELF THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.

Pay attention to your brain at this very moment…what kinds of thoughts do you observe? Most likely, you will notice that the majority of your thoughts center around what you have to do today, or what someone said that made you angry, or even degrading thoughts about yourself. Don’t feel bad, though; with so much negativity around us, maintaining a consistent positive mindset isn’t always easy. However, you can actually counter the negative, stress-inducing thoughts with simple, peaceful words.

Anytime you feel a bout of anxiety coming on, introduce calming words into your awareness, such as: Tranquil. Calm. Peaceful. Serenity. Light. Love. Relaxing. Breeze. Beach. The last two words in the sequence describe scenery, which you can do as well if it makes you feel peaceful. Words carry a lot of meaning and power, so use them to your advantage whenever you feel stressed out.

  1. MEDITATE ON A REGULAR BASIS.

We suggest meditation a whole lot on our website, but for good reason. When you meditate, you stop the flow of thoughts bombarding your consciousness every second, and instead move into a space where stillness takes precedence. While you don’t have to turn off your brain to meditate, many people feel that their thoughts slow down incredibly, and they can observe themselves much easier with controlled breaths and closed eyes. Meditation simply brings awareness into the body, and makes it much easier to cope with daily challenges.

If you want to cultivate more peace in your mind and life, start meditating, or sitting quietly focusing on nothing but your breath for at least ten minutes a day on a daily basis. You will find that adopting a more peaceful mindset becomes much more attainable.

  1. LIVE IN THE HERE AND NOW.

Forget about the errands you have to run tomorrow after work, or the bills you have to pay next week, or the uncertainty of your future that you haven’t even gotten to yet. When you let thoughts like these ruminate, it can cause great dis-ease within the body, and even lead to anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and other serious problems. Most anxiety is caused by simply living in a time other than the one we have right now, so bring yourself back to the present whenever you feel your thoughts taking you elsewhere.

By allowing yourself to flow from one moment to the next, just as you did as a child, you will recapture what it means to feel true peace.

  1. LEAVE THE CITY FOR A WHILE AND RECONNECT WITH NATURE.

This could mean going on your lunch break in a nearby park, or going on a vacation to get away from the stress of daily life. Anything you can do to strengthen your bond with nature will greatly benefit your mind, and help you remember that we create most stress we feel in our mind and body. We originated in a place of pure harmony, and most of what we see around us is just a very persistent illusion. Remember that nature doesn’t struggle through life, and you don’t have to, either. Don’t get too caught up with the trivial matters of the material world, because you won’t find peace in numbers or possessions.

Truthfully, peace resides within your heart already, but Mother Earth can help you remember this by providing solace from the strains of modern society.

“There’s no Wi-Fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.” – Unknown

11-3-15  “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

11-2-15  “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“But now is the time . . . the only time you have. Stop ‘majoring in minors’ and get busy pursuing the big stuff. Decide what one big dream you want to accomplish this year and create a plan for accomplishing it. Then set the wheels in motion. You’ll not only start playing a bigger game, you’ll become a bigger person in the process.” ~Betty Mahalik

10-30-15   “An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.”  ~Winston Churchill

“Dancing in the rain isn’t something that most of us are born knowing how to do. We learn it. We learn it from others; we learn it from Life. The more we dance, the better we get at it.”  ~BJ Gallagher

10-27-15  “Eternity is now. Right now, right here, you’re an infinite being. Once you get past the fear of death as an end, you merge with the infinite and feel the comfort and relief that this realization brings.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
~Alexander Graham Bell

“You should always focus your best energies and abilities on starting and completing those key tasks that your unique talents and abilities enable you to do well and that make a significant contribution. You cannot do everything, but you can do those few things in which you excel, the few things that can really make a difference.”
~Brian Tracy

10-26-15  “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”  – Dr. Wayne W Dyer

“I believe the answer lies in trusting one another.” ~Lt. Gen. Hal Moore

10-25-15  “The Land of Opportunity is an attitude.” ~BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt

“The Land of Opportunity is a new way of dealing with each other. It becomes a reality when we stop judging each other by superficial criteria and begin to see and appreciate everyone as uniquely talented, capable, and valuable.” ~BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt

10-22-15  “Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.”  —Buddha

10-20-15  “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins . . . not through strength but by perseverance.” ~H. Jackson Brown

10-19-15   “You can tell the value of a man by the way he treats his wife, by the way he treats a subordinate, and by the way he treats someone who can do nothing for him.”  ~Ken Babcock

“You like yourself better when you help others. But the astonishing thing is that you also tend to like others better. It is something of a gift when people allow you to help them. You appreciate the givers of this gift. When you help others, realize that they are giving you a gift, and welcome that gift.” ~ Ellis Peters

“When you are inspired…dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” —Patanjali

10-15-15  “He who assists someone up the hill cannot help but get to the top himself.” ~Chinese Proverb

10-14-15  “Every child comes into this world in a state of perfection. They are new arrivals in form only; their true essence is as a piece of the infinite consciousness that we call by many names, the most common being “God.”  — Buckminster Fuller

10-13-15  “Nothing is impossible to the willing heart.” ~Thomas Heywood

In many ways, the world is always only what it is, good and bad. It doesn’t change. What changes is the way you look at the world, the way you choose to interact with it. Recognizing gives you amazing power. IF you can change yourself – and you can – you can change your relationship with the world. ~ Ellis Peters

10-8-15  “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don’t blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.” ~Albert Ellis

10-6-15  “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” Dr. Wayne Dyer

“I know that I have shared the great question to contemplate, How May I Serve? So many times in our lives we are just focused in pursuing our purpose; or we are lost trying to discover what that is, so we often fail to realize that meanwhile there are many lives we touch while we are simply living each day.

Earlier this month, on my show for Hay House Radio, I had talked about a young man who had written me to tell me that my show had saved his life. As he had left his family, he was about to take his own life. He had turned on the radio to create background noise for what he was about to do, and as he had prepared to do the worst, he heard my show about Neville’s “The Power of Intention” and it had driven him to change his mind, so he decided to live. It is amazing how social media can be used for great good like spreading a strong positive force, yet also harbor such negativity that has many times in this past decade driven young adults to take their own lives when they are not yet intended for leaving this state of being because of things like cyber bullying. Social media reflects the existence around us and we can choose to spread love and emulate all that is good, or we can absorb all the bad news and negativity that feeds our existence so that we become programmed to harbor violent thoughts and want to commit violent actions because we forget about the good things that we want as people, and that we all share a common ground in desiring happiness in this life, and all lives.

When we read, watch, or listen to the news, the focus is often directed towards the general public arguing about issues that have very little to do with the important things in life. Rather than addressing the real issues that we, as a community, can bond together and agree on, much like the Congressional approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership, we are driven to argue about things that aren’t as important. Remember that we become what we think about. Ignorance is not bliss. Concentrate on the good things that surround you in this infinite Universe and the many possibilities that exist. Consider where you can open yourself up to positive change and helping the world to find its harmony.

Follow your excitement. For me it’s writing. I know that I’m fulfilling a dharma. When you connect to that and feel that, that’s God talking to you. Love yourself; place an intention and focus on how much good you’re going to do. You are an amazing being that is one with God and shared all that is good in creation. We are all connected and are born with the universal right to exist in happiness. Be kind to one another and embrace Divine Love. Begin with being kind to yourself and loving your self-concept. Habituate good thoughts that motivate feelings of empowerment that elevate you to higher level of consciousness where your self-concept embraces and becomes one with your higher self. Expect it of yourself. Spread love to all that surrounds you and welcome the same as it is returned.”

Namaste,

Wayne Dyer

10-5-15  “Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~Joshua J. Marine

10-4-15  “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

9-29-15  “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” -Ann Landers

9-28-15 “What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” – George Eliot

9-24-15 “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson 

9-18-15 “Without exception, begin every day of your life with gratitude. As you look in the mirror, say, “Thank you, God, for life, for my body, for my family and loved ones, for this day, and for the opportunity to be of service. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
—Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Have the courage to live. Anyone can die.” ~Robert Cody

9-14-15  The secret of getting ahead is getting started. — Mark Twain

9-13-15  “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

9-12-15  “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie

9-9-15 “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

9-4-15  The first wealth is health. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

9-1-15  Are your scented products making you sick?

Reported Symptoms: Feeling dizzy, frequent headaches, sick to your stomach, shortness of breath, asthma attacks or even seizures.

Reason: Most scented cleaning products, laundry detergents, air fresheners (including scented candles), and personal care products emit at least one chemical that is federally regulated as toxic and/or hazardous however the chemicals, know as volatile organic compounds, are not required to be listed on the product labels.

Self Defense: Avoid any fragranced products, especially if you are sensitive to them. Also be aware that companies may use making fragrances in ‘fragrance-free’ products as well.

Activated Charcoal Cures:

Poison Control: Activated Charcoal’s ability to absorb large amounts of toxins before they have a chance to harm your body makes Activated Charcoal great at removing ingested poisons in the body, doctors at The Mayo Clinic report. Dosages depend on the type of poison taken and the time between the poisoning and the ingestion of Activated Charcoal, however researchers at Stanford University report that the Activated Charcoal treatment can begin to work immediately and can be an effective method for providing a window of time to get to a hospital. They also recommend including Activated Charcoal capsules in the first aid kit of all families. Activated Charcoal is most successful if used within the first hour of ingesting poison (before the poison gets fully into the bloodstream).

Insect Bites: Activated Charcoal has been shown to be an effective way to ease the discomfort associated with insect stings and bites because it immediately attaches itself to the poison and limits the spread through the body. Doctors recommend applying the Activated Charcoal powder to the affected area. Treated properly, Activated Charcoal will reduce the pain and swelling associated with the insect sting or bite. Activated charcoal can also be used on spider and snake bites.

Intestinal Problems: Activated Charcoal has been used for years by doctors to reduce problems like diarrhea, gas and bloating associated with many stomach complaints including discomfort from ulcerative colitis and spastic colons.

Warning: Activated Charcoal absorbs a wide range of drugs and nutrients. Those using Activate Charcoal should avoid using it within 2 hours of drug, food, nutritional supplement or herb intake. It can decrease your body’s absorption of certain nutrients and also interfere with medications. Because of this, frequent use is NOT recommended. Activated Charcoal may also cause abdominal pain or swelling – if this occurs, contact your doctor immediately — as it could be an indication of intestinal bleeding or blockage. Ordinarily, Activated Charcoal should not be used to treat the ingestion of corrosive poisons (lye, acids, fuel oil, alcohols, etc.).

Note: Water is necessary with each dose of Activated Charcoal, and distilled water is best since it is generally free of toxins. Other liquids are not a substitute for water, and some — such as milk and all dairy products can counter the Activated Charcoal’s benefit. Activated Charcoal loses its effectiveness when mixed with chocolate syrup, ice cream or sherbet – best when taken with nothing but water.

PEACE:

If there is light in the soul,

There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,

There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,

There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the world.

~ Chinese Proverb

 

8-31-15  Wayne Dyer was an incredible Inspiration to so many, we are sadden to hear of his passing, his work will live on for all eternity ….

10 Life Changing Tips Inspired By Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dwyer has been called  “ The Father of Motivation” as he’s published over 30 books thus far.

He has overcome the adversity of growing up in a foster home to become an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of personal growth.

Here are ten tips inspired by quotes from Dr. Wayne Dyer:

      1. Change your perspective ~“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at                change”

  1. Pursue your dreams ~ “Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.”
  1. Hardships reveal who you are ~ “Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.”
  1. A calm mind is powerful ~ A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any     physical force in the universe. “
  1. Do not judge ~  “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
  1. Make a decision to move forward ~  “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”
  1. Control how you react to events ~    “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
  1. Do what you love ~  “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”
  1. Go the extra mile ~   “It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”
  1. Be open to miracles ~  “Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.”

What your favorite quote from Wayne Dyer?

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8-25-15  You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.      — George Lorimer

8-18-15  The Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

8-16-15 “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~Denis Waitley

8-14-15  ” Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. ” — Thomas Szasz

8-13-15  ” Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life. ”  — Wayne Dyer

8-11-15  “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” — Peter Marshall

8-10-15  “ Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE , the word itself  says,  “ I’M  POSSIBLE ! “ ~ Audrey Hepburn

8-8-15  “You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.”  — Thich Nhat Hanh

8-5-15  “We all move through challenges, struggles and loss on this journey called life. These are the moments when we grow in strength and courage.  We also have incredible moments to celebrate this journey.  These are enriched when we share them with others and celebrate in the world of nature.” ~ Robbyne LaPlante

8-2-15   “I am willing to heal. I have the courage to heal. I am ready to be whole.”  – Iyanla Vanzant

5 Daily Practices to Help You Forgive: By Iyanla Vanzant

She states; “Most of us were never taught that any experience that comes into your life comes by energetic invitation. For this reason, it is imperative that you learn how to keep your energy clear. The practice of forgiveness is your ticket to clarity, vitality, and freedom.

My book Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything is my loving challenge for you to come out of the darkness and into the light. In it, I share my practice that will help you to clear the decks of your mind and heart to create the space necessary for you to live with more love for yourself and others.”

  1. Still Your Mind – Begin your day by stilling your mind for at least 5 minutes. You can also listen to one of your favorite meditations.
  2. Begin a Forgiveness Journal – Get yourself a Forgiveness Journal and a special pen and start writing. Give yourself permission to be radically honest with yourself about yourself. Write your most heartfelt thought or memory to access your innermost thoughts and beliefs.
  3. Read a Forgiveness Prayer – Read a Forgiveness prayer twice a day—once silently and once aloud. Hearing this prayer will align you with the Holy Spirit, as it is the presence of the Creator that responds to our slightest request.
  4. Relax and Restore – Listen to my Gratitude Meditation that I have included here. This meditation will help to restore your mind and heart to balance.  “I am willing to heal. I have the courage to heal. I am ready to be whole.” 
  5. Be Sure To Do Something Good for Yourself Today!

The Basic Effects of Reiki Therapy

This Japanese art can lend you a helping hand both physically and mentally. But what makes this Japanese healing art so unique and popular is that it involves the transfer of energy in order to restore balance in the life force.

Reiki therapy has several basic effects. These include deep relaxation, detoxification of the system, the increases the vibration or frequency of the body, provide new vitality in the form of healing energy and removal of negative energy. In Reiki therapy, the practitioner places his or her hands over the the recipient and they should be lying down so he or she is completely at ease and ready to welcome the positive energy.

Reiki therapy begins from the head and then works all the way down to the feet. Ideally, the practitioner’s hands  should be placed 2 to 4 inches away from the body of the recipient. For this to work, both the healer and the person being healed need to take an active part in the healing process. One sends forth the energy while the other should openly receive it.

Are there risks in Reiki therapy? The answer is no. The only thing the patient can do is block the positive energy that is being given but this does not cause him or her harm in any way.

Another thing people should remember is that Reiki therapy works in conjunction with western medicine and other practices. It is simply designed to help the person heal especially for those who need to undergo surgery. Often times it is good to schedule more than one Reiki session until the person is completely healed or until the body becomes in tune with itself. If you do this you can reduce the anxiety and stress that happens every day and live a happier life in both harmony and peace.

Excerpts taken from an article published @ NewAgeArticles.com

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Do you have on the Job Stress ? Would you like to Seek happiness at work? Try these simple practices to turn it around …

Why the numbers 5 , 3 and 1 can make you happier at work …

For 5 minutes a day, meditate

Write down 3 good things that happened

Do 1 act of kindness

For further information and the FULL article that was aired  earlier on the TODAY show please click on the link below

http://www.today.com/money/unhappy-work-turn-it-around-these-simple-steps-t30481

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September 24th, 2014 marks the first of nine of the most powerful nights for this year to connect with the Goddess. Known as Nine Nights of The Goddess, or ‘Navaratri’.

  • As Goddess Durga, she personifies fierce love, vitality, courage, and the power to remove all forms of negativity.
    • As Goddess Lakshmi, she personifies auspiciousness, happiness, luxury and beauty, along with the power to give the highest spiritual and material wealth.
    As Goddess Saraswati, she represents wisdom, intelligence, unlimited creativity and perfect speech, and has the ability to activate the divine brain and give the power of words.

 Quotes & Inspirations:

8-3-15  Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.   — Albert Einstein

7-31-15 Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. — Hermann Hesse                  

7-27-15 “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”–Mario Andretti

7-6-15  “Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it. ” — Samuel Smiles

4-5-15 “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

5-15-15 “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” ~Brian Tracy

3-30-15 “The first step to success is getting out of your own way.”  — Steven Stromick

“Theory is great if you like to learn about why it works, yet theory won’t get you results. Action will.” ~Gary Evans

3-29-15 “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” ~  Maya Angelou

“The secret to wealth is simple. Find a way to do more for others than anyone else does. Become more valuable. Give more. Be more. Serve more.” ~  Tony Robbins

“Self-trust is the first secret to success.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is misleading to imagine that we are developed in spite of our circumstances, for we are developed because of them. It is mastery in circumstances that is needed, not mastery over them.” ~Oswald Chambers

“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.” ~Vince Lombardi

3-27-15 “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” ~George Washington Carver

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” ~Abraham Lincoln

3-25-15 “To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.” ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“In a time of crisis we all have the potential to morph up to a new level and do things we never thought possible.” ~Stuart Wilde

3-22-15 “Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

“It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.”~ Sam Ewing

3-18-15 “If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, He isn’t fit to live.” ~Martin Luther King (Good thing I’m a woman!)

“One May walk over the highest mountain – one step at a time.” ~John Wanamaker

3-15-15 “Always deliver more than expected.” ~  Larry Page

“A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.” ~  Jackie Robinson

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” ~  Anais Nin

3-12-15 “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

“It is relatively easy to feel grateful when good things are happening, and life is going the way we want it to. A much greater challenge is to be grateful when things are not going so well, and are not going the way we think they should. Anger, bitterness, and resentment seem to be so much easier, so much more a natural reaction in times like these… The religious traditions encourage us to do more than react with passivity and resignation to loss and crisis; they advise us to change our perspective, so that our suffering is transformed into an opportunity for growth. Not only does the experience of tragedy give us an exceptional opportunity for growth, but some sort of suffering is also necessary for a person to achieve maximal psychological growth. In his study of self-actualizers, the paragons of mental wellness, the famed humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow noted that “the most important learning lessons… were tragedies, deaths, and trauma… which forced change in the life-outlook of the person and consequently in everything that he did.”” ~Robert Emmons

3-11-15 “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”  ~Og Mandino

“At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive. One extra degree… makes all the difference. And, the one extra degree of effort in business and in life… separates the good from the great!” ~S.L. Parker

3-6-15 “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~Mary Lou Cook

“The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.” ~Thomas Edison

3-4-15 “Courage is a door that can only be opened from the inside.” ~Terry Neil

“Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it.” ~Anthony D’Angelo

2-27-15 “Use your mistakes to focus. They draw attention to an area that needs more attention, so give it that attention. Challenge yourself to do better next time. Instead of saying, “I’m so bad at this,” say “I’m better than this.” That’s how you use mistakes to your advantage. Forgive yourself easily, but remember the lessons you learn from mistakes. You’ve earned them, after all.” ~ Tynan fromSuperhuman by Habit

“By seeking and blundering we learn.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2-24-15 “Fall in love with the process, and the results will come.” ~Eric Thomas

“Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire.” ~Nassim Taleb

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” ~Paulo Coelho

2-21-15 “Love is not just looking at each other; it’s looking in the same direction.” ~Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“If you have it [Love], you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” ~Sir James M. Barrie

2-18-15 “Every human has an unfathomable gift that only meeting life head on will reveal.” ~ Mark Nepo

2-14-15 “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world.” ~Unknown

“If an action will take less than two minutes, it should be done at the moment it is defined.” ~ David Allen from Getting Things Done

2-11-15 “Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” ~Gregory Maguire

“Breathe in joy and strength. Breathe out wisdom and peace.”  ~Anonymous

2-10-15 “Confidence is a resolute state of mind by which you believe nothing is impossible. Confidence is not a guarantee of success, but a pattern of thinking that will improve your likelihood of success, a tenacious search for ways to make things work.” ~ Gary Mack from Mind Gym

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” ~  Anonymous

“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

2-6-15 “Do not merely think that you are going to become great; think that you are great now. Do not think that you will begin to act in a great way at some future time; begin now.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles from The Science of Being Great

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” ~  Pablo Picasso

2-5-15 “To be intuitive, we must cultivate our sense of humor and look for reasons to laugh everywhere. We become so self-absorbed and serious when it comes to our problems and melodramas that we disconnect from our deeper sense of who we are as beautiful souls—we withdraw from life instead of enjoying it. Laughter brings us back to ourselves and back to life.” ~ Sonia Choquette from Trust Your Vibes

“Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.” ~  Pete Seeger

2-4-15 “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” ~  Bruce Lee

2-3-15 “There is no finish line. So love the journey.” ~ David Weekly

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” ~Ruth E. Renkel

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

2-2-15 “Negativity destroys performance, so it is crucial to train to move from witnessing negative thoughts to starving them and feeding the positive. I. Witness negativity. II. Interdict, or stop, the negative thoughts with a power statement. III. Redirect your mind with self-talk and imagery to something positive and productive for your current goal. IV. Maintain your new mental state with a jingle or mantra.” ~ Mark Divine from Unbeatable Mind

“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

“People need loving the most when they deserve it the least.” ~John Harrigan

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ~Wayne Dyer

1-29-15 “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it’s expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller

1-28-15 “It is time to stop looking outside yourself for the answers to why you haven’t created the life and results you want, for it is you who creates the quality of the life you lead and the results you produce. You–no one else! To achieve major success in life–to achieve those things that are most important to you–you must assume 100% responsibility for your life. Nothing less will do.” ~ Jack Canfield from The Success Principles

1-22-15 “Self respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Your goal in life should be to enjoy the highest levels of health and energy possible. This requires that you eat the right foods and fewer of them. It requires you to get regular exercise and move every joint of your body daily. To enjoy superb physical health, you must get lots of rest and recreation. Above all, you maintain a positive mental attitude, looking for the good in every situation, and remain determined to be a completely positive person.” ~Brian Tracy

1-20-15 “By striving to do the impossible man has always achieved what is possible. Those who have cautiously done no more than they believed possible have never taken a single step forward.” ~ Mikhail Bakunin

1-19-15  “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We may not be able to do any great thing, but if each of us will do something, however small it may be, a good deal will be accomplished.” ~D.L. Moody

“Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.” ~ Yogi Desai

1-15-15 “A smile on your face will change your perspective on life as well as all those you meet” ~Tony Pace

1-14-15 “Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” ~Juvenal

“Many of us who are great team members at work take off our teamwork hats when we walk in the door at home. We do not seem to realize that our spouse and children are not nearly as interested in our job title as our taking time to relate to them as equals. Are you guilty of this? How would they want you to act differently?” ~Twyman Towery

1-11-15 Alan Kay — a computer scientist — said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

1-7-15 “There is an advantage in every disadvantage and a gift in every problem.” ~John Johnson

“Happiness is not a when or a where; it can be a here and a now. But until you are happy with who you are you will never be happy because of what you have.” ~Zig Ziglar

1-5-15 “A storyteller, like a travel agent, can help gather us up from wherever we are, and put us down in another setting.” ~John Leggett

“Each of us wants to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Call it purpose, destiny or a simple desire to get beyond the insufficiencies of our current existence. An individual’s yearning to reach outside his life is a seed of greatness waiting for a stream of inspiration. Carving that stream to people’s hearts is a simpler task if the endeavor you are leading them into is attached to a bigger story.” ~Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein

1-3-15 “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

“People look at an event like the Olympics and think that the Gold Medal is the ultimate goal, but it’s not. The process of getting there is far more important.” ~Scott Hamilton

1-1-15 “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ~Mike McKnight

“Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.” ~Marion Edelman

12-30-14 “In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.” ~John Churton Collins

“Who do you turn to when the burden is too much to carry alone? A family member, a spiritual advisor, a trusted friend, a close confidante . . . or all of these? In asking for help, you are giving people the opportunity to contribute to you. In so doing, you honor them as well.” ~BJ Gallagher

12-28-14 “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,  Nothing is going to get better.   It’s not.”  ~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

“No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a choice.” ~Ken Blanchard

“Great customer service has to come from the inside out. You cannot mandate it. You can’t threaten, reward, or coerce people to care. You can only awaken the desire and then give them the permission and encouragement to make it come alive in their work.” ~Barbara Glanz

12-26-14 “It’s all about dreams. If I had to attribute my success in life to any one thing it is this. I believed in my dreams, even when no one else did.” ~Oprah Winfrey

“Life without dreams is no life at all. When our existence gets reduced to a list of problems to solve or things to check off, passion dries up. Imagine a different list, one comprised of projects and activities that are the expression of your heart and soul. Reconnect to what makes you happy. Do you know what that is?” ~Marcia Wieder

12-25-14 Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas!!! Be Safe & Have Fun!

12-24-14 “Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your children.” LOL ~Sam Levenson

“It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawn mower, snowblower and vacuum cleaner.” ~Ben Bergor

12-16-14 “Become alert, responsible, a warrior – not a robot. This will bring infinite possibilities.” ~Dr. Pillai

“Mistakes are the protals of discovery.” ~James Joyce

“Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.“  “Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.“ – Morihei Ueshiba

“In Sanskrit, ‘man’ means ‘mind’ and ‘tra’ means ‘freeing.’ So a mantra is a phrase which is designed to free the mind… [mantras] are my faithful companions wherever I go. Whether I am on the bus, walking to the library or watching the world go by in a park, I am constantly affirming all that is good in my world through mantras.”  “Weak minds lead to weak actions. A strong, disciplined mind, which anyone can cultivate though daily practice, can achieve miracles. If you want to live life to the fullest, care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions. Work hard to remove all inner turbulence. The rewards will be abundant.” “… care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions. Work hard to remove all inner turbulence. The rewards will be abundant.”~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“I love and accept myself completely.” “I release all restrictions. I am free to be me.” ~ Louise Hay

“I am totally independent of the good or bad opinion of others.” “I am beneath no one.” “I fearlessly handle any and all challenges in my life.” ~ Deepak Chopra

12-5-14 “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~Charles Darwin  “Research has shown that those who are happiest in old age are the ones who have dealt most successfully with the changes in their lives. Learning to accept and adapt to change is the skill of a lifetime.” ~Unknown

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.“ – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.“ – Jim Rohn

“The mature human being goes about doing what needs to be done regardless of whether that person feels great or terrible. Knowing that you are the kind of person with that kind of self-control brings all the satisfaction and confidence you will ever need. Even on days when the satisfaction and confidence just aren’t there, you can get the job done anyway.” ~ David K. Reynolds from Constructive Living

12-4-14 “Listen to your heart. It knows everything.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“It doesn’t matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it’s important to realize that whatever you’re doing, it’s your first attempt at it.” ~Wally Amos

12-2-14 “You are not facers of reality. You are creators of reality.” —Abraham

12-1-14 “Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.” ~Faith Baldwin

“Contemplate the workings of this world, listen to the words of the wise, take all that is good as your own. With this as your base, open your own door to truth. Do not overlook the truth that is right before you. Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything—even mountains, rivers, plants, and trees—should be your teacher.“ – Morihei Ueshiba

“A decision made from fear is always the wrong decision.” ~ Tony Robbins

“Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging.” — Deepak Chopra

“Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less. Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?“ – Jim Rohn

Don’t say, “If I could, I would.” Say, “If I can, I will.”“ – Jim Rohn

“Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run — in the long-run, I say! — success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.” ~ Viktor Frankl fromMan’s Search for Meaning

“The way you create any outcome in your life is to hold the vision of your deepest desires. At the same time, though, you must honestly and accurately assess your current situation and how it relates to your greater vision. By doing this, you engage tension between what is and what can be. This tension is the primary creative force behind the manifestation of any outcome. It’s as natural and powerful as the force of gravity.” ~ David Emerald from The Power of TED*

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

11-28-14 “It is always your next move.“ – Napoleon Hill

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” ~Arthur Ashe

“There may be times when you feel like giving up. Everyone has these moments. Life is an adventure, and sometimes it’s an adventure that gets the better of you. Enjoy the ups and the downs and learn from every experience, but never, ever quit.” ~Unknown

“There’s nothing capricious in nature, and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson from The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

11-27-14 Happy Thanksgiving!!!  “The indigenous people of this continent are not gone–they are alive and well and living among us. Let us raise a glass to them today and give them the honor and thanks they deserve.”  ~Jennifer Browdy

“Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.“ – Napoleon Hill

“God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson from The Selected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t try to convert other people to believe what you believe in. It is a difficult job and totally useless. Work with people who are at the same wavelength as you are.” ~Dr. Pillai

11-25-14 “There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now.” ~Buddha

“The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation.“– Epicurus

“The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live.“ – Epicurus

“Learned optimism is not a rediscovery of the “power of positive thinking.” … Changing the destructive things you say to yourself when you experience the setbacks that life deals all of us is the central skill of optimism.” ~ Martin Seligman from Learned Optimism

“Sri Ramakrishna said, ‘Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.'” ~ Joseph Campbell from A Joseph Campbell Companion

11-21-14 “Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of sub-consciousness—I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.“ – Aaron Copland

“Whenever you feel ‘short’ or in ‘need’ of something, give what you want first and it will come back in buckets. That is true for money, a smile, love, friendship. I know it is often the last thing a person may want to do, but it has always worked for me. I just trust that the principle of reciprocity is true, and I give what I want.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki from Rich Dad, Poor Dad

“The transition from the egoic self to the Authentic Self requires discipline… The good news is that discipline eventually becomes what I call a “blissipline” because it leads to playing our part with integrity, dignity, elegance, passion, and deep contentment.” ~Michael Bernard Beckwith

11-19-14 “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.“ – St Augustine

“Eliminate the word impossible from your thinking and speaking vocabularies. Impossible is a failure word. The thought “It’s impossible” sets off a chain reaction of other thoughts to prove you’re right. When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why. But when you believe, really believe, something can be done, your mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it.” ~ David J. Schwartz from The Magic of Thinking Big

11-18-14 “Patience is the companion of wisdom.“ – St Augustine

“To think confidently, act confidently… Act the way you want to feel.  Motions are the precursors of emotions.” ~ David J. Schwartz from The Magic of Thinking Big

11-15-14 “Criticize by creating.“ – Michelangelo

“So, for an observer, the better it gets, the better it gets; or the worse it gets, the worse it gets. However, one who is a visionary thrives in all times.” ~ Esther & Jerry Hicks from Ask and It Is Given

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win. ” ~John F. Kennedy

11-14-14 “Friendship is born at that moment when on person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~C.S. Lewis

“It’s always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth.“ – Malcolm Forbes

“Every thought vibrates, every thought radiates a signal, and every thought attracts a matching signal back. We call that process the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction says: That which is like unto itself is drawn. And so, you might see the powerful Law of Attraction as a sort of Universal Manager that sees to it that all thoughts that match one another line up.” ~ Esther & Jerry Hicks from Ask and It Is Given

11-12-14 “I learned the most important lesson of my life: that the extraordinary is not the birthright of a chosen and privileged few, but of all people, even the humblest. That is my one certainty: we are all the manifestation of the divinity of God.“ – Paulo Coelho

“I can find only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours and God’s. Much of our stress comes from mentally living out of our business.” ~ Byron Katie from Loving What Is

“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.” ~Booker T. Washington

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” ~M. Scott Peck

11-11-14 “Good morning, This is God. I will be handling All of your Problems today. I will not need Your help, so have A miraculous day.” ~ Wayne Dyer from The Power of Intention

“Life is very simple. What I give out comes back to me. Today, I choose to give love.” —Louise Hay

“Are you closer right now to where you want to be than you were a half-hour ago?” ~ Robert Cooper The Other 90%

“No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.“ – Epictetus

11-9-14 “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~Marcel Proust

“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale. It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.” ~Vince Lombardi

11-8-14 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela

“Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life.“ – Sanskrit Poem

“Yes, there are times when the gold medal only goes to the winner. But not in the race of life, where the winners are those who are superior not to others but to their former selves.  To excel means to reach beyond the best you have ever given because doing so matters to you personally, for its own sake. It means to run your own race—as an individual, team, or organization. To excel is to know your greatest strengths and passions, and to emphasize them while honestly admitting and managing your weaknesses.” ~ Robert Cooper from The Other 90%

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ~William Faulkner

“Independent of others and in concert with others, your main task in life is to do what you can best do and become what you can potentially be.” ~Erich Fromm

11-7-14 “Everything passes, everything.” ~ Anthony de Mello from Awareness

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“ – Jesus  So in studying what Jesus stated here, I found that GOD lives within ourselves! ~ Debee

11-6-14 “All things share the same breath, the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.” ~ Chief Seattle

“To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.” ~William Arthur Ward

“I’ve learned that maturity comes only from many years of give and take . . . not from the total number of candles on your last birthday cake.” ~Linda Ellis

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.“ – Howard Aiken

“Ask the great athlete or the concert pianist or the successful actor if they arrived at the place where they need no further practice. They will tell you that the higher you climb in proficiency and public acceptance, the greater the need for practice.” ~ Eric Butterworth from Spiritual Economics

“The air teaches you the power of invisibility.” ~Dr. Pillai

11-5-14   4 Ways to Spread Happiness ~ by Bhava Ram  from Deepak Chopra’s newsletter

Practice gratitude. It’s easy to get caught up in, and even addicted to, personal concerns, dramas, and defeats. Instead, focus on all the blessings of being you. Half the world lives on less than $2 a day. Most of us have cozy beds to sleep in, showers and baths, food in the fridge, cars to drive, and more stuff than we need. We live in an amazing state of freedom and our life choices abound. There are people who love you and need you. What a blessing. Remind yourself every day that your glass of life isn’t just half full, it’s flowing over.

Tune out negative noise. While you can’t avoid all the negative people and situations in your life, you can surely remove yourself from a lot of it. Turn off the TV, avoid hate radio like the plague, move gently away from constantly negative friends and acquaintances, and seek out more peaceful environments in your leisure time.

Look for miracles. You will find miracles in all the daily, often mundane aspects of your life: the wind singing through the trees, the song of a bird, a blossoming flower, the smile of a child. Pay attention, be fully in the moment, and the miracles will find you.

Formulate a mantra. Think of a simple phrase that affirms your journey towards greater happiness, like “life is a blessing,” “I see the best in everyone,” or “I am filled with joy.” Find what resonates with you and sing it to yourself silently all the time. Remember that the happier you are, the more you lift up everyone around you … and everyone around them.

“For every problem, there exists a solution…and at the very least…an opportunity.  You can live each day in a world filled with ‘problems’, or rise each morning and embrace a world filled with unseen solutions…eager for you to find them. The decision is yours…both worlds exist. The one you choose is the one you will create.” ~Michael McMillan

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.“ – e.e. cummings

“I learned the most important lesson of my life: that the extraordinary is not the birthright of a chosen and privileged few, but of all people, even the humblest. That is my one certainty: we are all the manifestation of the divinity of God.” ~ Paulo Coelho from Paulo Coelho

“The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective—people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.” ~Deepak Chopra

11-4-14 “Have you ever thought there would be a day when people think a different way? And on that day, what would you say, if you still thought the other way?” ~Paul McMillan

“If people are respectfully allowed to think, grow and contribute with their individual abilities, we will learn much faster about the unseen Truths that surround us each day. By letting people create their own maps, we will build momentum for discovery and achieve more profound insight and understanding.” ~Michael McMillan

11-3-14 “Great minds ask great questions.“ – Michael Gelb

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“But now is the time . . . the only time you have. Stop ‘majoring in minors’ and get busy pursuing the big stuff. Decide what one big dream you want to accomplish this year and create a plan for accomplishing it. Then set the wheels in motion. You’ll not only start playing a bigger game, you’ll become a bigger person in the process.” ~Betty Mahalik

11-1-14 “The computer is the greatest achievement of the human race to create intelligence and store information outside the human brain.” ~ Dr. Pillai

“Genius is made, not born.“– Michael Gelb

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain.“– William Jennings Bryan

“Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The easiest way to escape from the problem is to solve it.” ― Unknown

10-31-14 “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” ~ Mae West

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.“ – Leonardo da Vinci

“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.“ – Leonardo da Vinci

“And truly it demands something godlike in him who cast off the common motives of humanity and ventured to trust himself for a taskmaster.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson from The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The cost of regret far exceeds the price of discipline. “Through the years, choosing to finish strong has provided me with many benefits: reaching goals, winning a race and gaining satisfaction from knowing I gave it my all. By drawing upon my commitment, I have begun learning to enjoy the ride of life.” ~Dan Green

“2nd Agreement: Don’t take anything personally.  Nothings others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz from The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements in a nutshell:

– Be impeccable with your word.

– Don’t take anything personally.

– Don’t make assumptions

– Always do your best

10-28-14 “I believe the answer lies in trusting one another. Whether signing the Declaration of Independence, leading a platoon into battle, or surrendering to one another, there are two duties of a leader at all times: He or she is in that role to serve others first and concurrently to lead them to an objective. A crucial and delicate balance is required. To achieve this, to serve well, he or she must serve with honor and lead with civility.” ~Lt. Gen. Hal Moore

“The commitments we make to ourselves and to others, and our integrity to those commitments, is the essence and clearest manifestation of our pro-activity.” ~ Stephen R. Covey from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

10-27-14 “The Land of Opportunity is an attitude. The Land of Opportunity is a new way of dealing with each other. It becomes a reality when we stop judging each other by superficial criteria and begin to see and appreciate everyone as uniquely talented, capable, and valuable.” ~BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt

10-26-24 “Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.“ – John W. Gardner

10-21-14 “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and discovery.“ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We have ancient habits to deal with, vast structures of power, indescribably complicated problems to solve. But unless we abdicate our humanity altogether and succumb to fear and impotence in the presence of the weapons we have ourselves created, it is as possible and as urgent to put an end to war and violence between nations as it is to put an end to poverty and racial injustice.“ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

10-18-14 my poem: Seeing Beyond the Seasons ~ by Adora Belle Fleur, Druid of the GMDO written on 10-16-14

Spring seedlings sprouting like magick

Bursting beyond the top of semi thawed soil

A bit of bright green peeping out from

The remnants of white snow

Their pretty precious petals slowly opening

After their long peaceful winters rest

The miraculous shift has happened

Igniting extraordinary life once more

On the landscape of Gaia

Isn’t she a natural beauty!

 

Summer’s simply stunning splendor

Comes shining thru

Far beyond intelligence

The multitude of flowers, bees and butterflies

Working together to sustain life

Unconsciously knowing that without each other

Essentially they wouldn’t exist

Their unadulterated love and romance is unbinding

Dancing shapes within a kaleidoscope of radiant color

On the landscape of Gaia

Isn’t she a natural beauty!

 

Fall slowly steals away the colors of the fading flowers

Redistributing a fresh spectrum in the awaiting trees

Magnificent foliage presenting itself splendidly

But ever so briefly

Breathtaking beauty begging for attention

No – demanding to be seen

Only a blind eye would not observe

The celebrated trees in all their grandeur

On the landscape of Gaia

Isn’t she a natural beauty!

 

Winter sneaks past fall

Putting everything at rest

Snow falls on the bare branches

Of the tall lean trees

Countless white flakes accumulating

Gently camouflaging the ground

Securing the sleeping plants

So sweet

So special

So singular

Like a mother protecting her babies

On the landscape of Gaia

Isn’t she a natural beauty!

by Adoara Belle Fleur

10-17-14 “He who assists someone up the hill cannot help but get to the top himself.” ~Chinese Proverb

10-12-14 “The theme for today is to find happiness right now, at this very moment. Own that peace within you.” ~ Dr. Pillai

10-11-14 “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.“ – Erica Jong

“We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure – all your life.“ – John W. Gardner

To Appreciate. The dictionary tells us “to appreciate” means both “to recognize the full worth of” something and “to rise in value or price.” Let’s bring that into our relationships. If I appreciate someone, they appreciate in value.

10-10-14 “Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~Joshua J. Marine

10-9-14 “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon… must inevitably come to pass!” ~Paul J. Meyer

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” ~Tom Krause

“It takes a lot of energy to whine and complain about how unfair things are – energy you are often too willing to expend. You’d do better to figure out how to turn this situation into something positive. If you’re tempted to complain and cry when things don’t go your way, just get yourself moving instead. Work harder, smarter, try something different, or just change your plans. Chances are, what you need to do is simple and well within your control.” ~ Unknown

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~Michael Altshuler

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we never had a problem or a bad day? And yet the sunshine after a storm is often brighter and more pleasurable than the sunshine after a string of cloudless days. Happiness that follows a troubled time can be more intense or at least more appreciated than happiness in the midst of an easy time.” ~ Unknown

10-5-14 “We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about ‘unthinkable things’ because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.“ – James William Fulbright

“Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.“ – Lao-tzu

“Don’t think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.“ – Lao-tzu

“Build up virtue, and you master all.“ – Lao-tzu

“You must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.“ – Ayn Rand

“Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life.“ – Sanskrit Poem

“Evolution goes beyond what went before, but because it must embrace what went before, then its very nature is to transcend and include and thus it has an inherent directionality, a secret impulse, toward increasing depth, increasing intrinsic value, increasing consciousness. In order for evolution to move at all, it must move in those directions—there’s no place else for it to go!” ~ Ken Wilber from A Brief History of Everything

“Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.“ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.“ – Helen Keller

“You see things as they are and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were, and I say, “Why not?”” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world?“ – Anne Frank

Have patience with all things, but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You’re a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs and tribulations can ever change that. Unconditional self-acceptance is the core of a peaceful mind. ~ St. Francis de Sales

“Certainly others are frequently in positions of power to affect you and your job, and they might even try to judge your work or your skills. But they can never make you into a victim or a procrastinator. Only you can do that.” ~ Neil Fiore from The Now Habit

10-2-14 “Physiologically, it’s been shown that smiling can make you feel happy, even if you are forcing the smile deliberately. A smile energizes your brain as well as your muscles. And you don’t want your face to settle into sadness. Remind yourself to smile regularly today.”  ~ Unkown

10-1-14 “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.“ – Larry Bird

“For both excessive and insufficient exercise destroy one’s strength, and both eating and drinking too much or too little destroy health, whereas the right quantity produces, increases or preserves it. So it is the same with temperance, courage and the other virtues… This much then, is clear: in all our conduct it is the mean that is to be commended.” ~ Aristotle, 4th century bce Greek philosopher from The Nicomachean Ethics  Aristotle reminds us, it’s not about being fearless, it’s about acknowledging the fear and then having the courage to do what needs to be done in spite of being afraid.

9-30-14 “True liberation is freeing oneself from thoughts. When thought disappears, time will also disappear, leaving one in bliss and wordless gratitude.” ~ Dr. Pillai

9-28-14 “A rebellious child is a reminder that you cannot control others.” ~ Dr. Pillai

“Shoulda, coulda, and woulda won’t get it done. In attacking adversity, only a positive attitude, alertness, and regrouping to basics can launch a comeback.“ – Pat Riley

9-26-14 “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ John Lennon

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand“– Thomas Carlyle

9-23-14 You want to feel better? Get active! Seriously. If you’re feeling funky, make SURE you’re exercising. That alone can have significant effects. Of course, when we’re feeling the funk, getting up and moving our bodies is one of the last things we want to do. And also one of the most important.  ~ David K. Reynolds from Constructive Living

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. -Apostle Paul“ – Unknown

“The years teach us much the days never knew.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

9-21-14 “The single most important thing you can do in business is to be yourself.“ – Sherry Lansing

9-19-14 “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.“ – Helen Keller

“You see things as they are and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were, and I say, “Why not?”” ~ George Bernard Shaw

9-18-14 “Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.” ~C.W. Ceram

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.“ – Mahatma Gandhi

“Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgment.” ~ Tony Robbins

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity is one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century, and even scientists agree the formula is complex. Einstein disagreed. Explaining the basic theory to a non-scientist one day he said, “Have you ever spent time with a pretty girl and time just flew by? Have you ever spent time with someone you didn’t like and time seemed to drag on forever? That’s relativity.”

9-17-14 “Just keep coming home to yourself. You are the one you’ve been waiting for.“ – Byron Katie

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.“ – Mahatma Gandhi

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” ~Leon J. Suenes

“When our lives are difficult, we sometimes feel like life will never change. This, in turn, makes it harder for us to take the steps that might create the change we want. When your life is full of ups and downs, remember to keep your eye on your goal, and the desires of your heart. You will get through it.” ~Denis Waitley

9-15-14 “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.“ – Mahatma Gandhi

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 19th Century German Poet, Dramatist & Scientist

9-13-14 “A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.“ – Mahatma Gandhi

“Repeat anything long enough and it will start to become you.” ~Tom Hopkins

“Be the change you want to see in the world.“ – Mahatma Gandhi

9-12-14 “You can be pleased with nothing if you are not pleased with yourself.“ – Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu

9-11-14 “You must be willing to give up the life you planned in order to have the one that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell

“It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.“ – Elizabeth Kenny

“For many people, the primary goal in life is happiness. Yet research indicates that happiness is most often a by-product of participating in worthwhile projects and activities that do not have as their primary focus the attainment of happiness itself. Often, we gain the most by focusing not on ourselves but on others. It is as Dr. Albert Schweitzer, one of the greatest humanitarians of our time, once declared: “One thing I know; the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”” ~ Craig & Marc Kielburger from Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World

9-9-14 “Energy and persistence conquer all things.“  – Benjamin Franklin

“It is relatively easy to feel grateful when good things are happening, and life is going the way we want it to. A much greater challenge is to be grateful when things are not going so well, and are not going the way we think they should. Anger, bitterness, and resentment seem to be so much easier, so much more a natural reaction in times like these…  The religious traditions encourage us to do more than react with passivity and resignation to loss and crisis; they advise us to change our perspective, so that our suffering is transformed into an opportunity for growth. Not only does the experience of tragedy give us an exceptional opportunity for growth, but some sort of suffering is also necessary for a person to achieve maximal psychological growth. In his study of self-actualizers, the paragons of mental wellness, the famed humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow noted that “the most important learning lessons… were tragedies, deaths, and trauma… which forced change in the life-outlook of the person and consequently in everything that he did.”” ~ Robert Emmons from Thanks!

“He who hesitates is a damned fool.“ – Mae West

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ~Conrad Hilton

9-7-14 “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.“ – Benjamin Franklin

“What if there was a pill that would keep you fit and lean as you aged, while protecting your heart and bones? What if it was as good for your brain as for your body, if it made you stronger, more confident, less susceptible to depression? What if it improved your sleep, mood, and memory and reduced your risk of cancer, all while adding life to your years and years to your life? A great number of studies have found that exercise can provide all these benefits and more, even for people who begin late in life. We are learning that much of the physical decline that older people suffer stems not from age but from simple disuse.”~ John Robbins from Healthy at 100

9-6-14 “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.“ – Benjamin Franklin

9-5-14 “All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.“ – Benjamin Franklin

“To be intuitive, we must cultivate our sense of humor and look for reasons to laugh everywhere. We become so self-absorbed and serious when it comes to our problems and melodramas that we disconnect from our deeper sense of who we are as beautiful souls—we withdraw from life instead of enjoying it. Laughter brings us back to ourselves and back to life.” ~ Sonia Choquette from Trust Your Vibes

“How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world?“ – Anne Frank

“Certainly others are frequently in positions of power to affect you and your job, and they might even try to judge your work or your skills. But they can never make you into a victim or a procrastinator. Only you can do that. ” ~ Neil Fiore from The Now Habit

9-4-14 “I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.“ – Anne Frank

“If you want to learn to trust your vibes, you must maintain a peaceful and relatively calm attitude. When you’re tense, nervous, or anxious, your energy gets tangled up and blocked and can’t enter your heart center, where your Higher Self and your vibes communicate.  Remaining calm no matter what’s going on around you is an incredible challenge, but it will liberate your psychic sense and will probably add a few years to your life as well—after all, getting worked up about things only makes them worse. Life is always full of drama and challenges, but you don’t have to overreact to any of it if you choose not to. …breathing deeply and regularly is not only the key to remaining calm, but also instantly connects us to a higher vibration. When we’re stressed or fearful, we tend to hold our breath, which cuts us off from our Higher Self and our intuitive vibes.” ~ Sonia Choquette from Trust Your Vibes

“The best advice I can give you is to take big, easy breaths when you feel fear. Feel the fear instead of pretending it’s not there. Celebrate it with a big breath, just the way you’d celebrate your birthday by taking a big breath and blowing out all the candles on your cake. Do that, and your fear turns into excitement. Do it more, and your excitement turns into exhilaration. I find it very empowering to know that I’m in charge of the exhilaration I feel as I go through life. I bet you will, too.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

“We must get good at one of two things: planting in the spring or begging in the fall.” ~Jim Rohn

“The man who loves his job never works a day in his life.” ~ Confucious

9-2-14 “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.“ – Walt Disney

“The rat racer’s illusion is that reaching some future destination will bring him lasting happiness; he does not recognize the significance of the journey. The hedonist’s illusion is that only the journey is important. The nihilist, having given up on both the destination and the journey, is disillusioned with life. The rat racer becomes a slave to the future; the hedonist, a slave to the moment; the nihilist, a slave to the past. Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak.”  ~Tal Ben-Shahar from Happier

9-1-14 “Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.”  ~Horace

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re thinking about yesterday.” ~Charles Kettering

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.“ – Andre Gide

“Authentic leadership is the pursuit of excellence (high performance) and meaning, joy and integrity (high fulfillment). It is a path of action and reflection that brings these two factors — performance and fulfillment — together for your benefit and the benefit of the people you work with and serve. In your most purposeful and meaningful work experiences, performance and fulfillment unite:  High Performance + High Fulfillment = Creating Desired Results with Meaning, Joy, and Integrity.” ~ Eric Klein from You Are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For

8-30-14 “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.“ – Charles Kingsley

“Sometimes the secret of life comes down to bold, creative moves. In the mind and in the world. And maybe a truly fearless life doesn’t take a lot of accumulated wisdom. It might simply be reflected in what Southwest Airlines’ brilliant founder Herb Kelleher used to say: “Yes, we have a ‘strategic plan.’ It’s called ‘doing things.’” ~ Steve Chandler from Fearless

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.“ – e.e. cummings

“One common problem with a Spent digestive system is that the lining of the gut (your digestive system) is damaged. The gut’s lining is extremely thin, often just one cell thick. This damage can be extremely problematic because 70 to 80 percent of your immune system is found in your digestive tract. When this delicate lining is damaged or worn down by a poor diet or large food particles, bacteria and toxins that should normally stay in your gut’s inner tube pass through it into the bloodstream, where the immune system must deal with them. These leaking particles tax your immune system. Thus, with a poorly functioning digestive system, you don’t just get digestive symptoms, you also get an exhausted immune system. To add insult to injury, you can also get pain. An overactive immune system can lead to inflammation in the body. Your immune system creates swelling to fight hurt and unhealthy cells inside your body. This is one of the reasons why your body feels so cranky and achy when you are spent.” ~ Frank Lipman, M.D. from Revive

8-28-14 “Theory is great if you like to learn about why it works, yet theory won’t get you results. Action will.” ~Gary Evans

“In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these.” ~Paul Harvey

8-26-14 “The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.” ~Robert G. Ingersoll

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.“ – Mark Twain

“Cultivating awareness is indeed the preliminary activity in the “I-opening” experience of meeting your authentic self. Living your life oblivious to your thinking patterns and beliefs, day after day, year after year, is a habit that encourages and elevates your ego or false self… The way I see it, if you’re going to practice an Excuses Begone! life, your primary relationship needs to be 100 percent with your authentic self.” ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer from Excuses Begone!

“Encourage yourself by remembering that any detection of negativity within you is a positive act, not a negative one. Awareness of your weakness and confusion makes you strong because conscious awareness is the bright light that destroys the darkness of negativity. Honest self-observation dissolves pains and pressures that formerly did their dreadful work in the darkness of unawareness. This is so important that I urge you to memorize and reflect upon the following summary: Detection of inner negativity is not a negative act, but a courageously positive act that makes you a new person.”  ~Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

8-25-14 “Always do right–this will gratify some and astonish the rest.“ – Mark Twain

“Existential intelligence is that part of our natural inheritance that concerns itself with what things mean. It is the part that steps back, dons a wide-angle lens, and appraises in the realm of meaning.” ~ Eric Maisel, Ph.D. from Rethinking Depression

8-24-14 “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.“ – William Shakespeare

“Nothing will come of nothing.“ – William Shakespeare

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.“ – William Shakespeare

“People with good self-control mainly use it not for rescue in emergencies but rather to develop effective habits and routines in school and at work. The results of these habits and routines were demonstrated in yet another recent set of studies, in the United States, showing that people with high self-control consistently report less stress in their lives. They use their self-control not to get through crises but to avoid them. They give themselves enough time to finish a project; they take the car to the shop before it breaks down; they stay away from all-you-can-eat buffets. They play offense instead of defense.” ~ Roy Baumeister & John Tierney from Willpower

“If you think that the key to greater willpower is being harder on yourself, you are not alone. But you are wrong. Study after study shows that self-criticism is consistently associated with less motivation and worse self-control. It is also one of the single biggest predictors of depression, which drains both “I will” power and “I want” power. In contrast, self-compassion—being supportive and kind to yourself, especially in the face of stress and failure—is associated with more motivation and better self-control.” ~ Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. from The Willpower Instinct

8-22-14 “Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.” ~Sophia Loren

“Power is being aware of what one is choosing to do, feeling free to do it, and doing it intentionally. Power is freedom to choose with awareness and to involve ourselves in health-promoting and other activities. Power is how we participate in creating our reality.” ~Dr. Gerald Epstein

8-19-14 “The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!’“– John F. Kennedy

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.“– John F. Kennedy

8-18-14 “Green vegetables such as kale, cabbage, collards, and broccoli, plus some nongreen vegetables such as cauliflower and turnips, are called “cruciferous vegetables.” They are named for their flowers, which have four equally spaced petals in the shape of a cross—hence the Latin word crucifer, meaning “cross-bearer.” All vegetables contain protective micronutrients and phytochemicals, but cruciferous vegetables have a unique chemical composition: they have sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent bitter flavors. When their cell walls are broken by blending or chopping, a chemical reaction occurs that converts their sulfur-containing compounds into isothiocyanates (ITCs)—an array of compounds with proven and powerful immune-boosting effects and anticancer activity.” “Cruciferous vegetables are not only the most powerful anticancer foods in existence; they are also the most micronutrient-dense of all vegetables. Although the National Cancer Institute recommends five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day for cancer prevention, they have not yet established specific recommendations for cruciferous vegetables. I recommend six fresh fruits and eight total servings of vegetables per day, including two servings of cruciferous vegetables (at least one raw). Consuming a large variety of these ITC-rich cruciferous vegetables within an overall nutrient-dense diet can provide a profound level of protection against infection and cancer.” ~Joel Fuhrman, M.D. from Super Immunity

“Gus’s scans showed that it takes less than two months to alter the overall neural functioning of the brain. This is amazing because it demonstrates that we have the power to consciously change our brains, and improve our neural functioning, in far less time than scientists used to think… we can see permanent changes in single neurons in a matter of days, and as other studies have shown, most forms of meditation will create subtle but significant changes in a couple of months.” ~Andrew Newberg, M.D. & Mark Robert Waldman from How God Changes Your Brain

8-16-14 “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will become too late.“– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The source of love is deep in us, and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, or one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring him joy. One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. One action can save a person’s life or help him take advantage of a rare opportunity. One thought can do the same, because thoughts always lead to words and actions. If love is in our heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle. Because understanding is the very foundation of love, words and actions that emerge from our love are always helpful.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh from Peace is Every Step

“The positive effect of kindness on the immune system and on the increased production of serotonin in the brain has been proven in research studies. Serotonin is a naturally occurring substance in the body that makes us feel more comfortable, peaceful, and even blissful. In fact, the role of most anti-depressants is to stimulate the production of serotonin chemically, helping to ease depression. Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine this! Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

“As you have seen, the emotion of love comes and goes like waves. Enduring love of the awakened heart is not a feeling but an action. Combining love and will, you walk the same path as the saints by showing loving-kindness to all other beings whether or not you feel like it.” ~ Dan Millman

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

8-15-14 “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.“ – John F. Kennedy

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” ~ Bruce Lee from Striking Thoughts

“What I do today is important because I am paying a day of my life for it. What I accomplish must be worthwhile because the price is high.” ~Author Unknown

“Everything in this world was declared impossible before it was actually done.” ~Author Unknown

8-14-14 “Ericsson has argued that the cornerstone of all high expertise is not God-given genius but deliberate practice: the amount of time and energy you spend in deliberate practice. Mozart was Mozart not primarily because he had a unique gift for music but because from toddlerhood, he spent all his time using his gift. World-class chess players are not faster of thought, nor do they have unusually good memories for moves. Rather they have so much experience that they are vastly better at recognizing patterns in chess positions than lesser chess players—and this comes from the sheer amount of their experience. World-class piano soloists log 10,000 hours of solo practice by age twenty, in contrast to 5,000 hours for the next level of pianist, and in contrast to 2,000 hours for merely serious amateur pianists. The prototype of deliberate practice is one of Ericsson’s graduate students, Choa Lu, who holds the Guinness World Record for the amazing number of pi he memorized: 67,890! The advice that follows is straightforward: if you want to become world class at anything, you must spend 60 hours a week on it for ten years.  What determines how much time and deliberate practice a child is willing to devote to achievement? Nothing less than her character.” ~ Martin Seligman from Flourish

8-13-14 “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not toward one “object” of love. If a person loves only one other person and is in different to the rest of his fellow men, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism. If one wants to become a master of any art, one’s whole life must be devoted to it, or at least related to believe that love is constituted by the object, not by the faculty. In fact, they even believe that it is a proof of the intensity of their love when they do not love anybody except the “loved” person. This is the same fallacy which we have already mentioned above. Because one does not see that love is an activity, a power of the soul, one believes that all that is necessary to find is the right object–and that everything goes by itself afterward. This attitude can be compared to that of a man who wants to paint but who, instead of learning the art, claims that he has just to wait for the right object, and that he will paint beautifully when he finds it. If I truly love one person I love all persons, I love the world, I love life. If I can say to somebody else, “I love you,” I must be able to say, “I love in you everybody, I love through you the world, I love in you also myself.” ~ Erich Fromm from The Art of Loving

8-12-14 “Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” ~Les Brown

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

8-9-14 Wendell Berry’s 12 Famous Quotes:

On Sacred Space

“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” ― Given

On Knowing Which Way to Go

“It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”

On How to Approach Every Day

“So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute … Give your approval to all you cannot understand … Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years … Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts … Practice resurrection.” ― The Country of Marriage

On Nature’s Memory

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” ― Endorsement statement for The Dying of the Trees

On What Is and Isn’t ‘Christian’

“Especially among Christians in positions of wealth and power, the idea of reading the Gospels and keeping Jesus’ commandments as stated therein has been replaced by a curious process of logic. According to this process, people first declare themselves to be followers of Christ, and then they assume that whatever they say or do merits the adjective ‘Christian’” ― Blessed are the Peacemakers: Christ’s Teachings of Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness

On Peace

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound… I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. —“The Peace of Wild Things”

On Understanding Your Past

“If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.”

On Why God Made the World

The ecological teaching of the Bible is simply inescapable: God made the world because He wanted it made. He thinks the world is good, and He loves it. It is His world; He has never relinquished title to it. And He has never revoked the conditions, bearing on His gift to us of the use of it, that oblige us to take excellent care of it. —What Are People For?

On Organized Religion

“As I have read the Gospels over the years, the belief has grown in me that Christ did not come to found an organized religion but came instead to found an unorganized one. He seems to have come to carry religion out of the temples into the fields and sheep pastures, onto the roadsides and the banks of the rivers, into the houses of sinners and publicans, into the town and the wilderness, toward the membership of all that is here. Well, you can read and see what you think.” ― Jayber Crow

On the Fear of the Unknown

“Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.”

On Teaching

“The teachers are everywhere. What is wanted is a learner.” — What Are People For?

On the Lord’s Prayer

“This, I thought, is what is meant by ‘thy will be done’ in the Lord’s Prayer, which I had prayed time and again without thinking about it. It means that your will and God’s will may not be the same. It means there’s a good possibility that you won’t get what you pray for. It means that in spite of your prayers you are going to suffer.” — Jayber Crow
Read more about Wendell Berry at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/12-wendell-berry-quotes-will-make-you-rethink-your-life#Re4WeM0USLhYeQgH.99

8-8-14 “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“But Joseph Hume was not a man to enjoy the fruits of his industry in idleness. Work and occupation had become necessary for his comfort and happiness.” ~ Samuel Smiles from Self-Help

8-7-14 “The best preparation for a better life next year is a full, complete, harmonious, joyous life this year.” ~Thomas Dreier

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

“Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For many people, the primary goal in life is happiness. Yet research indicates that happiness is most often a by-product of participating in worthwhile projects and activities that do not have as their primary focus the attainment of happiness itself. Often, we gain the most by focusing not on ourselves but on others. It is as Dr. Albert Schweitzer, one of the greatest humanitarians of our time, once declared: “One thing I know; the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”” ~ Craig & Marc Kielburger from Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World

8-6-14 “Yoga means union. Etymologically, it is connected to the English word, yoke. Yoga means union with God, or, union of the little, ego-self with the divine Self, the infinite Spirit. Most people in the West, and also many in India, confuse yoga with Hatha Yoga, the system of bodily postures. But yoga is primarily a spiritual discipline.

Not that there’s anything wrong with practicing Hatha Yoga. The body is a part of our human nature, and must be kept fit so it doesn’t obstruct our spiritual efforts. However, those who are focused on self-realization do not necessarily have to practice it as much or at all.

The higher teachings of yoga take one beyond techniques, and show the yogi, or yoga practitioner, how to direct his energy in such a way as not only to harmonize human with divine consciousness, but to merge his consciousness in the Infinite.

The ordinary person’s energy is locked in his body. The lack of availability of that energy to his will prevents him from loving the Lord one-pointedly with any of the three other aspects of his nature: heart, mind, or soul. Only when the energy can be withdrawn from the body and directed upward in deep meditation is true inner communion possible.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

8-5-14 “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

8-4-14 “A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba from The Art of Peace

“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization… It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming.” ~ Abraham Maslow

8-3-14 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“The few things that work fantastically well should be identified, cultivated, nurtured, and multiplied.“ – Richard Koch

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” ~John Norley

“We have a duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.” ~William Barclay

“So what if the motion has to be forced? The important thing is to do it. Do it now, and the feeling will come. There is a great deal of psychological evidence showing that attitude change often follows behavior change. Good intentions are often crushed by old habits. If we stand around waiting for a feeling to move us, we may never get going. Get a person to perform a behavior, and, with some exceptions, their feelings will fall in line.” ~ Robert Emmons from Thanks!

“One of the best ways to cultivate gratitude is to establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. One of the best ways to do this is keeping a daily journal in which you record the blessings you are grateful for. My research has shown… that this technique makes people happier. When we are grateful, we affirm that a source of goodness exists in our lives. By writing each day, we magnify and expand upon these sources of goodness. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude associated with even mundane or ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life gives you the potential to interweave and thread together a sustainable life theme of gratefulness, just as it nourishes a fundamental life stance whose thrust is decidedly affirming.” ~ Robert Emmons from Thanks!

“The basic observation that positive emotions are somehow incompatible with negative emotions is not a new idea and has been demonstrated over several decades. Back in the 1950s, this basic principle of emotional incompatibility provided the basis of behavioral therapies designed to treat phobias and other anxiety disorders. One simply cannot be relaxed and stressed at the same time. Try it. You can’t. Relaxation drives out anxiety and vice versa. The Buddha said that “Hatred cannot coexist with loving-kindness, and dissipates if supplanted with thoughts based on loving-kindness.” You cannot be grateful and resentful at the same time, or forgiving and vengeful. When we are savoring the moment we cannot be regretting the past.” ~ Robert Emmons from Thanks!

7-31-14 “How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”  ~Trina Paulus

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung

“Whenever I make a bum decision, I just go out and make another.“ – Harry Truman

“I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm.“ – Harry Truman

“What is to give light must endure burning.“ – Viktor Frankl

7-28-14 “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~Denis Waitley

“Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” ~Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe

“You can’t talk yourself out of a problem you behave yourself into.” ~Stephen Covey

“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.” ~Horace

“Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.“ – Harry Truman

7-23-14 “Learn to value yourself, which means; to fight for your happiness.” ~Ayn Rand

“In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it.” ~Victor Frankl

7-22-14  I, Debee Boulanger belong to a professional group BNI Holyoke North and this is how the founder of BNI, Dr. Ivan Misner describes how he gets his motivation: So how do you maximize your internal motivation? Here’s what’s works for Dr. Misner.

  1. Minimize contact with negative people. Some people complain as though it were an Olympic event. Keep clear of them.
  2. Maximize the time you have with positive people. Hang out with people who make you want to do better.
  3. Read, listen to, and watch positive things. Eliminate the negative and destructive.
  4. Prioritize the things you want to do and the things you must do. Make a list so you can get a handle on it.
  5. Remember, you eat the elephant one bite at a time.Tackle at least one thing every single day.

7-21-14 “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault  “Primary food is more than what is on your plate. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. When primary food is balanced and satiating, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary.” ~ Joshua Rosenthal from Integrative Nutrition

“Love can make up for a great many things that are missing in your life. But, if you don’t have love, no matter what else you have, it is never enough.“ – Ann Landers

“A human being, like a business, makes profits and suffers losses. For a human being, however, the ultimate currency is not money, nor is it any external measure, such as fame, fortune, or power. The ultimate currency for a human being is happiness.” ~ Tal Ben-Shahar from Happier

“Do not value money for anymore nor any less than it’s worth; it is a good servant but a bad master.“ – Alexandre Dumas

“If at first you do succeed, try something harder.“ – Ann Landers

7-19-14 “Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” ~Les Brown

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

7-18-14 “An impressive study of physical activity was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 1999. The researchers recruited men and women fifty years old and over, all of them suffering from clinical depression, and divided them randomly into three groups. The first group was assigned to four months of aerobic exercise, the second group to four months of antidepressant medication (Zoloft), and the third group to both. The assigned exercise involved three supervised forty-five-minute sessions per week of cycling or walking/jogging at moderate to high intensity. Remarkably, by the end of the four-month intervention period, all three groups had experienced their depressions lift and reported fewer dysfunctional attitudes and increased happiness and self-esteem. Aerobic exercise was just as effective at treating depression as was Zoloft, or as a combination of exercise and Zoloft. Yet exercise is a lot less expensive, usually with no side effects apart from soreness. Perhaps even more remarkably, six months later, participants who had “remitted” (recovered) from their depressions were less likely to relapse if they had been in the exercise group (six months ago!) than if they had been in the medication group.” ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky from The How of Happiness

“This is my way; where is yours? – Thus I answered those who asked me “the way.” For the way – that does not exist.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

“Pay no attention to what a critic says. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.“ – Jean Sibelius

“The combination of rumination and negative mood is toxic. Research shows that people who ruminate while sad or distraught are likely to feel besieged, powerless, self-critical, pessimistic, and generally negatively biased.” ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky from The How of Happiness

“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.“  – Eleanor Roosevelt

7-17-14 “You actually only have two choices in emotion: a better-feeling one or a worse-feeling one. SO you could accurately say that there are really only two emotions, and you effectively utilize your Guidance System when you deliberately choose the better-feeling of those two options.“ – Esther & Jerry Hicks

“Most people spend more time planning a party, studying the newspaper, or making a Christmas list, than they do in planning their lives.” ~ Dr. Denis Waitley from The Psychology of Winning

7-16-14 “Being able to shift perspectives is like having a freely functioning vehicle. If a car is stuck in any gear, what you’ve got is a dysfunctional car. Even if it’s a Maserati, if you’re stuck in first gear, or you’re stuck in reverse, no matter what gear you’re stuck in, it’s dysfunctional. But the moment you have fluidity and movement and you’re able to shift up or down or into reverse, or whatever you need to do, you’ve got a functional vehicle.” ~ Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel from Big Mind · Big Heart

“Give people a fact or an idea and you enlighten their minds; tell them a story and you touch their souls.” ~Hasidic proverb

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” ~Fred Rogers

“The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts.” ~Earl Nightingale

“Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.” ~Nathaniel Howthorne

“You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is.“ – Esther & Jerry Hicks

7-14-14 “The best preparation for a better life next year is a full, complete, harmonious, joyous life this year.” ~Thomas Dreier

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

Worry is a futile thing; it’s somewhat like a rocking chair. Although it keeps you occupied, it doesn’t get you anywhere. ~ Unknown

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” ~John Norley

“We have a duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.” ~William Barclay

7-12-14 “I believe negative thinking is like having measles of the mind. Instead of itching, you get bitching; instead of scratching, you get bashing; instead of irritation, you get frustration. Now, do you really want to be close to people like that?“ – T. Harv Eker

“Being stuck is not the problem. Staying stuck is.” ~ Genpo Roshi

7-10-14 “It’s easy to carry the past as a burden instead of a school. It’s easy to let it overwhelm you instead of educate you.” ~Jim Rohn

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In all the activities people in our study reported engaging in, enjoyment comes at a very specific point: whenever the opportunities for action perceived by the individual are equal to his or her capabilities. Playing tennis, for instance, is not enjoyable if the two opponents are mismatched. The less skilled player will feel anxious, and the better player will feel bored. The same is true for every other activity… Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from Flow

“Nothing has meaning except for the meaning we give it.“ – T. Harv Eker

7-9-14 “We cannot give what we do not have. We cannot bring peace to the world if we ourselves are not peaceful. We cannot bring love to the world if we ourselves are not loving. Our true gift to ourselves and others lies not in what we have but in who we are.” ~Marianne Williamson

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~Albert Einstein

“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” ~James Gordon

“It is easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult is getting up and taking action.” ~Honore de Balza

“The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.” ~William Ralph Inge

“If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest.“ – Unknown

7-6-14 “Meeting a goal takes dedication, effort and sacrifice and all that it takes to turn a goal into a dream is TIME.” ~Craig Lock

“All things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation of all things. You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want, that you’ve thought everything through. Then you put it into bricks and mortar. Each day you go to the construction shed and pull out the blueprint to get marching orders for the day. You begin with the end in mind.” ~Stephen Covey

“Keep any description of trouble or sickness or error minimal, for there is something inside which is listening, and it says, ‘Oh! You like this! I will make you a lot more of it.’” ~ Ervin Seale from Take Off From Within

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.” ~Paul J. Meyer

“Goals are new, forward-moving objectives. They magnetize you toward them.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

“A man is known by his company.“ – Irish Proverb

7-5-14 “Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.“ ~Chinese Proverb

“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear.” ~ Eckhart Tolle from The Power of Now

7-4-14 “Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.” ~Mario Andretti

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” ~Jim Rohn

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.“ ~ Chinese Proverb

“Accept—then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle from The Power of Now

7-3-14 “You may be able to tap into every theory in quantum physics, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, or anything else that can teach you about accessing your power, but if you can’t use that power to create results in your life, it’s pointless, useless, a total waste of time.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

Helping to Create Peace… “I encourage people to engage in selfless service activities that help less fortunate. Contribute to creation of a new world without suffering.” ~Dr. Pillai

7-2-14 “If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, “Aarggh! Screwed up again!” Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

“Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You are the way you are because that’s the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now.” ~Fred Smith: The founder of Federal Express

7-1-14 “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.“– George Bernard Shaw

“Entrepreneurs are the true heroes in a free-enterprise economy, driving progress in business, society and the world. They solve problems by creatively envisioning different ways the world could and should be.” ~ John Mackey

“It is fatal to know too much at the outcome: boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as to the novelist who is over certain of his plot.“– Paul Theroux

6-29-14 “If you are compassionate in your approach to all tasks in life, believing that all “problems” contain valuable lessons, you will find peace of mind.” ~Dr. Lee Jampolsky

“It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.” ~George Horace Lormier

6-27-14 “Unless you’re very lucky or very enlightened, you’re likely to hear those nattering voices and feel those nagging fears within you. They’re part of the deal. I won’t try to talk you out of them, and you shouldn’t try to talk yourself out of them, either. Just notice the voices and feel the fears. That’s all you need to do with them. You don’t need to rid yourself of them. Where would they go, anyway? All you need to do is acknowledge them, wave to them, let them know you’re aware of them. Then get busy learning to live in your Zone of Genius.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

“On this path, it is only the first step that counts.“ – St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney

“Press on. Your defining moment may arrive just when you feel surrounded by adversity.” ~David Cottrell

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”  ~Richard Evans

“Purpose also becomes a more powerful source of energy when it moves from being externally to internally motivated. Extrinsic motivation reflects the desire to get more of something that we don’t feel we have enough of: money, approval, social standing, power or even love. ‘Intrinsic’ motivation grows out of the desire to engage in an activity because we value it for the inherent satisfaction it provides. Researchers have long found that intrinsic motivation tends to prompt more sustaining energy. A study conducted by the University of Rochester’s Human Motivation Research Group found, for example, that people whose motivation was authentic—defined as ‘self-authored’—exhibited more interest, excitement and confidence, as well as greater persistence, creativity and performance than a control group of subjects who were motivated largely by external demands and rewards.” ~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement

“The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.” ~Robert G. Ingersoll

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re thinking about yesterday.” ~Charles Kettering

6-24-14 “The past does not have a future, but you do.” ~Byrd Baggett

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid.” ~Gandhi

“Don’t Lie Down and Reflect. Get Up and Do Something.” ~ Dr. Pillai

“Here is an interesting exercise to help you become more aware of how you assign meaning. Whenever you feel unhappy or distressed, ask yourself what meaning you’ve placed on what seems to be causing your suffering. Consider what other meanings you could give this situation that would allow you to be happy… The meanings you give to things have consequences, so choose wisely.” ~ Bill Harris fromThresholds of the Mind

“By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.“ – Robert Frost

6-23-14 “It is far better for a man to go wrong in freedom than to go right in chains.“ – Thomas H. Huxley

“Instead of trying to get rid of experiences that happened in the past, instead of trying to get rid of emotional ‘stuff’ supposedly buried inside you, all you really need to do is raise your threshold. Then, what used to derail you can’t do so anymore. Raising the threshold attacks the problem—sensitivity to stress—at the root, and bypasses the treatment of symptoms, the results of which are almost always temporary. Then the symptoms—depression, anxiety, fear, anger, substance abuse, self-sabotage, confusion, and many others—evaporate of their own accord. You have a personal threshold for what you can handle from your environment, the level of which depends on how your personal Map of Reality is constructed. All dysfunctional feelings and behaviors are really attempts to cope with being over threshold. People with a high threshold for what they can handle remain happy, peaceful, and centered even when around difficult people or in difficult situations. Because raising your personal threshold for what happens treats the root cause, it offers the possibility for ending all dysfunction—and doing so permanently. Eventually, a person’s threshold becomes so high that nothing can really disturb their peace of mind.” ~ Bill Harris from Thresholds of the Mind

6-22-14 “There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth… And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ~ Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream 

“What is true, is true only for one time and only for one place.“ – T.S. Elliot

6-21-14 “Happy Solstice – Happy Summer”

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung

“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” ~Trina Paulus

6-20-14 “To love and to be loved, one must do good to others. The inevitable condition whereby to become blessed, is to bless others.” ~Mary Baker Eddy

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.” ~Albert Einstein

“The secret of making progress is to get started. The secret to starting is to divide your complex, overwhelming task into small, manageable tasks, and then start the first.“ – Mark Twain

“All of this is already in you. The great use it. The non-great do not, so they remain the non-great. Decide upon some thing, situation, or condition that you want right now in your present life. Be definite in this decision. Do not limit your decision by investigating the probable reasons why it will never happen. That is the detour to nothing. All false speculations of defeat have to be ruled out of your consciousness. If they enter into the decision for even a fleeting moment, the decision is robbed of authority and the subconscious mind cannot act upon it. You do not need to know how the final result will come to pass. That is the function of the subconscious. It has ways and means that, if they were known, would stagger the intellect.” ~ Raymond Charles Barker from The Power of Decision

6-18-14 “You can’t talk yourself out of a problem you behave yourself into.” ~Stephen Covey

“Every man should be master of anything he does and should do it in a masterly manner, with love, no matter what it is, whether hard physical work, menial or boring work, or inspirational work.“ – Walter Russell

“Guilt is the most useless of all erroneous behaviors. It is by far the greatest waste of emotional energy. Why? Because, by definition, you are feeling immobilized in the present over something that has already taken place, and no amount of guilt can ever change history.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer from Your Erroneous Zones

“Rejoice in the prosperity of others. When you feel contemptuous, or even a twinge of jealousy, toward the accomplishments or life-styles of others, you are harboring negativity, where love must reside… You cannot attract prosperity to yourself if you are filled with rancor, judgment, anger, jealousy, hatred, fear, tension or the like. This kind of negative inner mind-set keeps you from being on purpose. You cannot be fulfilled and envious at the same time.” ~Wayne Dyer from Real Magic

“Down deep in his heart he knew that we all have the same promise of the unlimited help of the Universal Intelligence that guides all things. If we want it, we only have to plug into it with the master keys of desire and trust.“ – Walter Russell

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“If you can’t get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.” ~Mark Twain

6-17-14 “When one trusts this inner universal power, it automatically draws forth the trust of the people one deals with.“ – Walter Russell

6-15-14 “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~Denis Waitley

“Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” ~Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe

“The fact is, for myself, I know that if I believe strongly enough, and have enough confidence in myself to learn what I need, then there are very few things that I could not accomplish in a rather short period of time. Once you know you can do it, and act that way, the means will be obvious. Acting as if you were what you want to become and know you can become is the way to remove self-doubt and enter your real-magic kingdom.” ~ Wayne Dyer from Real Magic

6-14-14  “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we do care about is called passion.” ~Sandra Herbenson

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” ~Anonymous

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~ Joseph Campbell from The Power of Myth

6-13-14 “We must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality.“ – Vaclav Havel

“You CAN have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.” ~Oprah

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” ~Wayne Dyer

6-11-14 “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these.” ~Paul Harvey

6-10-14 “The most valuable skill that you could ever develop is the skill of directing your thoughts toward what you want—to be adept at quickly evaluating all situations and then quickly coming to the conclusion of what you most want—and then giving your undivided attention to that.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must get good at one of two things: planting in the spring or begging in the fall.” ~Jim Rohn

“If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.” ~Cavett Robert

6-9-14 “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is younger than you.” ~Dr Seuss

“It takes great goals to lead us out of our everyday limits into accomplishing more than we ever thought we could or would.“ – Robert Cooper

6-7-14 “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”  ~Paul Boese

“Theory is great if you like to learn about why it works, yet theory won’t get you results. Action will.”  ~Gary Evans

“It is misleading to imagine that we are developed in spite of our circumstances, for we are developed because of them. It is mastery in circumstances that is needed, not mastery over them.” ~Oswald Chambers

“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.” ~Vince Lombardi

6-5-14 “To find the happiness we all desire we have to figure out: (1) what to do, (2) how to do it, (3) where to get the strength to get it done. … Even when we seem to be hung up on what to do or how to do it this hang-up is rarely the real problem. The problem is we don’t have the strength to do what will make us happy. It is hard for us to admit to ourselves that we don’t have what it takes so we tend to rationalize, to weep and wail about not knowing what to do or how to do it. As much as we may complain, we usually know that what we lack is not the know-how, but the strength.” ~ William Glasser from Positive Addiction

“We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.” ~ Joseph Campbell

6-4-14 “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” ~George Washington Carver

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

6-3-14 “We are engineered as goal-seeking mechanisms. We are built that way. When we have no personal goal which we are interested in and which ‘means something’ to us, we are apt to ‘go around in circles,’ feel ‘lost’ and find life itself ‘aimless,’ and ‘purposeless.’ We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile. Prescription: Get yourself a goal worth working for.” ~ Maxwell Maltz from Psycho-Cybernetics

“To believe your own thoughts, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men–that is genius.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

6-2-14 “I am not as good as I ought to be. I am not as good as I want to be. I am not as good as I’m going to be. But I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.” ~John Wooden

“If you got it, ask yourself why and try to repeat the action. If you failed, ask yourself why and try to learn from the experience.”  ~Dale Carnegie

6-1-14 “Well, I have considered myself to be very fortunate in that I have been able to do mostly only that which my inner self told me to do… I am also aware that I do receive much criticism from the outside world for what I do and some people actually get angry at me. But this does not really touch me because I feel that these people do not live in he same world as do I.“ – Albert Einstein

“So, to prevent fatigue and worry, the first rule is: Rest often. Rest before you get tired.” ~ Dale Carnegie from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

“The undiciplined person is a slave to their own weaknesses.” ~Author Unknown

“The price that must be paid for mastery is discipline. No one achieves lasting success without it. So from the moment you awake each day, devote yourself to the perfection of whatever you pursue. Do this and you will achieve self-mastery. Achieve self-mastery and you will have the makings of a great leader… Discipline is all about cultivating powerful habits that become part of your lifestyle.” ~Robin Crow

5-30-14 “Stress is not caused by problems. It is your attitude toward the problem that causes stress. Knowing the cause of stress makes it easier to deal with, for now the appropriate question can be asked. The question is not how can I rid myself of stress, but how can I change my attitude toward work, events, disappointments, fears, and people?” ~ José Silva and Burt Goldman from The Silva Mind Control Method of Mental Dynamics

Five Rules for managing potential stress:

  1. If you like something, enjoy it.
  2. If you don’t like something, avoid it.
  3. If you don’t like something and can’t avoid it, change it.
  4. If you can’t or choose not to (important distinction there!) avoid or change something you don’t like, then accept it.
  5. You accept something by changing your perception of it.

5-28-14 “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.” ~ Oriah Mountain

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” ~ Ellis Peters

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~Mary Lou Cook

“The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.” ~Thomas Edison

5-26-14 “Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.“ – Dalai Lama

5-24-14 “Be kind whenever possible…It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

“Rest when you’re tired… Yeah, resting is tough in our world, but our minds and bodies are subjected to so much stress that a little down time goes a long way.” ~ Pedram Shojai

“Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgment.” ~ Tony Robbins

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” ~Jim Rohn

“Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.” ~Joann Thomas

5-23-14 “The divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us.“ – Morihei Ueshiba

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.“ – John Lennon

“Tzu-kung asked about the true gentleman. The Master said, He does not preach what he practices till he has practised what he preaches.” ~ Confucius from The Analects of Confucius

“Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.” ~Mandy Goss

“All the Power that ever was or will be is Here Now” – From the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trimegus

5-21-14 “Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.” ~Lao-Tzu

5-20-14 “The more tranquil a person becomes, the greater the success, the influence, the power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” ~ James Allen

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.“ – Mahatma Gandhi

“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.” ~ Buddha from The Dhammapada

“We may affirm that absolutely nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel\

“The best of conversations occur when there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments.“ – Samuel Johnson

“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.” ~ ClarissaPinkola Estes

5-16-14 “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.“ – Mark Twain

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”  ~Albert Einstein

5-15-14 “The priveledge of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Joesph Campbell

You should not be defined by what you are right now. You should be defined by WHAT YOU WILL BE. Your negative belief is poison. ~ Dr. Pillai

5-14-14 “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it’s expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller

“If you value yourself, you understand that you are a gift to anyone you meet.” ~ Rhonda Britten

“It’s amazing how many cares disappear when you decide not to be something, but to be someone.” ~ Coco Chanel

5-13-14 “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will become too late.“  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5-12-14 “Your goal in life should be to enjoy the highest levels of health and energy possible. This requires that you eat the right foods and fewer of them. It requires you to get regular exercise and move every joint of your body daily. To enjoy superb physical health, you must get lots of rest and recreation. Above all, you maintain a positive mental attitude, looking for the good in every situation, and remain determined to be a completely positive person.” ~Brian Tracy

“Self respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

5-11-14 “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King

5-10-14 “The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” ~Lin Yutang

“I’ve learned the phrase, ‘less is more’ is absolutely true . . . with too much of what you don’t need, it’s hard to find the things you do!” ~Linda Ellis

“If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5-8-14 “Act as if everything you desire is already here…treat yourself as if you already are what you’d like to become.” ~ Wayne Dyer from The Power of Intention

“Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed!“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5-7-14 “Performing miracles and magic, has nothing to do with enlightenment and everything to do with expectation.”  Yeah, hallelujah – The Universe

5-6-14 “A practice (as a noun) can be anything you practice on a regular basis as an integral part of your life—not in order to gain something else, but for its own sake… For a master, the rewards gained along the way are fine, but they are not the main reason for the journey. Ultimately, the master and the master’s path are one. And if the traveler is fortunate—that is, if the path is complex and profound enough—the destination is two miles farther away for every mile he or she travels.” ~ George Leonard from Mastery

5-5-14 “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ― John C. Maxwell

“The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.” – Tony Gaskins

5-4-14 “Each of us wants to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Call it purpose, destiny or a simple desire to get beyond the inefficiencies of our current existence. An individual’s yearning to reach outside his life is a seed of greatness waiting for a stream of inspiration. Carving that stream to people’s hearts is a simpler task if the endeavor you are leading them into is attached to a bigger story.”  ~ Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein

“One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.“ – Benjamin Disraeli

“True liberation is freeing oneself from thoughts. When thought disappears, time will also disappear, leaving one in bliss and wordless gratitude.”  ~ Dr. Pillai

5-2-14 “A goal casually set and lightly taken is freely abandoned at the first obstacle.“ – Zig Ziglar

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill

“People look at an event like the Olympics and think that the Gold Medal is the ultimate goal, but it’s not. The process of getting there is far more important.” ~ Scott Hamilton

5-1-14 Quote: “Don’t look for someone in whom to believe. Believe in yourself. The only authentic authority is your own original nature.“  – Vernon Howard

4-30-14 Quote: “A rebellious child is a reminder that you cannot control others.”  ~ Dr. Pillai

4-30-14 Quote: “Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the w World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all.“ – Robert F. Kennedy

4-29-14 Quote: “We evolve at the rate of the tribe we are plugged into.” ~ Carolyn Myss

4-29-14 Quote: “Who do you turn to when the burden is too much to carry alone? A family member, a spiritual advisor, a trusted friend, a close confidante . . . or all of these? In asking for help, you are giving people the opportunity to contribute to you. In so doing, you honor them as well.” ~ BJ Gallagher

4-26-14 Quote: “Then the time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
“ – Anaïs Nin

4-25-14 Quote: “When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

4-25-14 Quote: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.“ – Howard Thurman

4-23-14 Quote: “I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as they do astrology, as a type of ancient superstition. According to my convictions, this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors that are unknown to us at this time.” ~ Albert Einstein

4-22-14 Quote: “Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.“ ~ Krishna

4-21-14 Quote: “It doesn’t matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it’s important to realize that whatever you’re doing, it’a your first attempt at it.”  ~ Wally Amos

4-20-14 Quote: “Sometimes, you seem capable of bearing almost anything. Other times, a few harsh words can tear you apart. A basic kindness we can do for others is to help them protect their own sense of strength and value”.  ~ Ellis Peters

4-17-14 Quote: “There may be times when you feel like giving up. Everyone has these moments. Life is an adventure, and sometimes it’s an adventure that gets the better of you. Enjoy the ups and the downs and learn from every experience, but never, ever quit.”  ~ Danica Collins

4-15-14 Quote: “”States” still must be converted to “traits.” You still have to go from acorn to oak if you are going to become one with the forest. So while “states” are important, “stages” are even more important.” ~ Ken Wilber from A Brief History of Everything

4-13-14 Quote: “Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.” ~ Michael J. Fox

4-12-14 Quote: “Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life’s absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.” ~ Lewis Mumford

4-10-14 Quote: “Nothing heals, helps, cures, mends, builds, clears, stabilizes, fixes, balances, restores, corrects, inspires, enables, empowers, enlightens or tickles, better than the truth. ~ Ask for it by name, The Universe”

4-9-14 Quote: “Starting the day with a positive thought sets the tone for everything that follows. Instead of focusing on your troubles and worries, you can think about your blessings. Take a few minutes when you first wake up to think about the many good things in your life.” ~ Ellis Peters

4-9-14 Quote: “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.”  ~ Chief Tecumseh

4-7-14 Quote: “A true devotee realizes that his Lord is within and without, that He is all-knowing and all-powerful — omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. Understanding this, the devotee simply tries to express his total helplessness to the Lord and accepts Him as the sole protector and guide. In such sincere and open-hearted prayer, the devotee confesses the uselessness and the burden of his ego. Why should one keep a useless thing? Therefore, he prays to the Lord to remove it, to destroy it. This kind of prayer is real meditation, and it will definitely take one to the goal.” ~ Amma

4-7-14 Quote: “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. “ ~ Cynthia Occelli

4-5-14 Quote: “Meditation is warm-up exercise for the mind, so that you can jog through the rest of the day without getting agitated or spraining your patience. “ ~ Eknath Easwaran

4-5-14 Quote: “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” ~ Herm Albright

4-4-14 Quote: “No one in our society needs to be told that exercise is good for us. Whether you are overweight or have a chronic illness or are a slim couch potato, you’ve probably heard or read this dictum countless times throughout your life. But has anyone told you–indeed, guaranteed you–that regular physical activity will make you happier? I swear by it.“ ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky

4-3-14 Quote: “The more I observed human behavior, the more convinced I became that the key to health is understanding each person’s individual needs, rather than following a set of predetermined rules. I saw plenty of evidence that having happy relationships, a fulfilling career, an exercise routine and a spiritual practice are even more important to health than a daily diet.“ ~ Joshua Rosenthal

4-1-14 Quote: “The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ~ Anne Frank

3-31-14 Quote: “To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.”  ~ William Arthur Ward

3-30-14 Quote: “You can live each day in a world filled with ‘problems,’ or rise each morning and embrace a world filled with unseen solutions…eager for you to find them. The decision is yours…both worlds exist. The one you choose is the one you will create.”  ~ Michael McMillan

3-27-14 Quote: “An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.” ~ Winston Churchill

3-26-14 Blog: Yeah we missed the big snow storm today… it’s windy and cold but spring is right around the corner!  And so is the wonderful season of gardening.  We are planning on expanding our perma-culture edible garden. The new garden will be on the south side of the building next to WWLP-TV 22 however it will be one of the last parts of the landscape transformation this year. So stay tuned for more updates…

3-24-14 Quote: “You should always focus your best energies and abilities on starting and completing those key tasks that your unique talents and abilities enable you to do well and that make a significant contribution. You cannot do everything, but you can do those few things in which you excel, the few things that can really make a difference.” ~ Brian Tracy

3-23-14 Blog: “Wake Up to Wellness” Spring has sprung and Winter still is threatening to hang on but you can feel the subtle change in the air and land.  Nature is awakening quickly.  The last full moon was called the ‘Worm Moon’ which references to the worms rising from the depths of the earth to feed the hungry little birds and start the ball of Spring rolling. Maybe you’ve noticed birds busily building their nests and singing happy tunes; the skunks, raccoons and opossums are on the prowl scavenging for whatever food is available (including garbage cans). But beware of the bears and your bird feeders or you’ll be feeding the bears all your bird seed and losing your bird feeder in the process. And look for the sweet little crocuses popping up thru the half thawed ground. This is definitely the time for change. In fact this might be the biggest cross over from season to season change to plan for.

With that said, it’s time to think about your health changes you might need to focus on – like diet and exercise to start.  If you ate foods that encouraged you to put on a little weight you might think about starting the season off with a gentle detox. A simple remedy to start the day off with would be adding lemon in your warm water. Actually, drinking lemon water throughout the day is also refreshingly helpful. I keep a small pitcher of water already prepared with lemon, ginger, honey and cayenne pepper in the fridge and add it to room temp water throughout the day. And in the summer I add cucumber or fresh mint leaves to my water as well. I keep adding water to the concoction until it’s not that strong then I prepare a new one.  Some other ideas for detoxing are going for a relaxing Swedish Massage or Lymphatic Massage. You won’t believe how gentle and effective getting an Ionic Foot Bath or Far Infrared Sauna session is with the detoxing process.

Now, if you’ve been a couch potato all Winter, then maybe think about going for nice walk or going on a bike ride on one of the bike paths.  Besides the health benefits, either of these gentle exercises will help you reconnect to nature on a deeper level.  But remember, to start off slowly, so you don’t overdo it and claim the achy body side effect afterwards – that’s no fun!  However, it’s not unusual to be a little sore after exercise, so I recommend a warm Epsom salt bath or bath salts that have essential oils designed for achy muscles to be used shortly after exercise. If you’d like to get rid of stiffness think about trying a Gentle Beginner’s Yoga or Tai Chi class. These are just a few ideas to help you get the wellness wheel of life moving in the right direction.  Enjoy!!!  ~  Debee Boulanger

3-23-14 Quote: “You cannot change the other person. You can only change yourself.”  ~ Dr. Pillai

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3-19-14 Quote: “The Land of Opportunity is an attitude.” ~ BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt

3-19-14 Quote: “The Land of Opportunity is a new way of dealing with each other. It becomes a reality when we stop judging each other by superficial criteria and begin to see and appreciate everyone as uniquely talented, capable, and valuable.”  ~ BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt

3-18-14 Quote; There is a guaranteed way to increase good fortune in your life and that is through acts of kindness and generosity. ~ Dr. Pillai

3-18-14 Quote: “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins . . . not through strength but by perseverance.” ~ H. Jackson Brown

3-17-14 Quote: “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long.” ~ An Irish Toast

3-17-14 Quote: “A person can make himself happy, or miserable, regardless of what is actually happening ‘outside,’ just by changing the contents of consciousness. We all know individuals who can transform hopeless situations into challenges to be overcome, just through the force of their personalities. This ability to persevere despite obstacles and setbacks is the quality people most admire in others, and justly so; it is probably the most important trait not only for succeeding in life, but for enjoying it as well. To develop this trait, one must find ways to order consciousness so as to be in control of feelings and thoughts. It is best not to expect shortcuts will do the trick.“ ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

3-15-14 Quote: “All that is required to become an optimist is to have the goal and to practice it. The more you rehearse optimistic thoughts, the more ‘natural’ and ‘ingrained’ they will become. With time they will be part of you, and you will have made yourself into an altogether different person.“ ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky

3-13-14 We all know our own Kathi Munson ~ Psychic Medium is a star ! Today she shined brightly on Angel Messenger broadcast radio, tune in and listen @http://www.blogtalkradio.com/angelmessenger/2014/03/13/angel-hour–hope

Angel Hour – HOPE

Join Rev. Sheri, Angel Astrologer Rev. Colleen and Psychic Medium Kathi as they discuss HOPE and take LIVE questions from the audience. Rev. Sheri is an Angel Medium, the host of the Angel Hour and founder of AngelMessenger.net and…

3-13-14 Testimonial for Barbara Evan’s ‘Chakras Alive’ workshop: “Hi Barbara, I just wanted to thank you and say how Amazing you and your classes are!! I am so inspired by your story and how you are following your life purpose! Everything you spoke about hit right to my heart, and being in the class was such a beautiful experience. I am Blessed!” ~ MB

3-12-14 Quote: “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” ~ Buddha

3-11-14 Quote: “To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao-Tzu

3-10-14 Quote: “If you have Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” ~ Sir James M. Barrie

3-8-14 Blog: “Wake Up to Wellness” Like the earth, we need to change with the seasons or weather patterns.  Our lifestyle is affected by nature and what it’s up to.  So with that said how many people take time to connect with their environment?  Are you prepared for the weather extremes that are happening?  (It might be a good idea to think about emergency weather – don’t fear it learn how to survive it.) The environment plays a big part in our state of wellness.  Think of the air we breathe – is it crisp and fresh or smoggy, stinky and loaded with chemtrails.  How about the water – where does it come from?  Is it clean and pure or treated in some way like toxic fluoridation?  Yes, there’s been much research that’s been done on fluoride and its health hazards.  I recommend this site: http://fluoride.mercola.com/ . And then there’s the earth herself with over developed land, deforesting, over farmed land, and land that has been sprayed over and over again with chemicals.

Think about how you feel when you’re in a certain building or outside environment with a lot of plastic or chemical smells.  Maybe you get headaches often, have a persistent skin rash or breathing difficulty like asthma.  These are a few ways that your body is telling you something’s wrong.  Way too many folks have chronic fatigue, skin conditions, headaches, breathing problems, cancer and/ or other diseases related to the state of their environment.  How is the state of the environment affecting the food we eat ? Where does it come from – China, California, Mexico or some other far away land or is it GMO ( Genetically Modified Organisms )?  Maybe you enjoy fresh local foods!  These are things to think about when it comes to your health and quality of life you want.

The health insurance we have was originally meant only for emergencies however now it appears that they often dictate our health outcome – making folks wait relentlessly for real care, and in many cases by pacifying them with the latest and greatest prescription drug creating a whole host of side effects and in some cases only masking the symptoms.  Many people would be in a better place if they took care of the root problem first thing.  Of course most people know that ‘you are what you eat’ and exercise is really good for your heart, bones, muscles and overall health. Most of the biggest obstacles are ‘manmade’ ones we have created for ourselves with daily habits, cravings, convenience, laziness, unawareness, our mind – our thoughts and will power.  Some common excuses are; ‘organic food cost too much’; ‘it was on sale’; ‘but it tastes so good’; ‘I know it’s bad for me but I crave it’; ‘I don’t have enough time to sit down and eat a regular meal’; or ‘I don’t like to cook’.  Perhaps if we all took a bit more time and energy and “invested” in our health like we do in the stock market or getting a tune up for our vehicles the benefits to our health and earth would be amazing. After all – doesn’t everyone deserve a better quality of life?  My humanness says ‘yes’!   (Tune in next week for advice on how to start achieving a better quality of life.) ~ Debee Boulanger, LMT

3-7-14 Quote: “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it’s expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962

3-7-14 Quote: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

3-5-14 Quote: “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~ Buddha

3-4-14 Quote;  “We may not be able to do any great thing, but if each of us will do something, however small it may be, a good deal will be accomplished.” ~ D.L. Moody

3-3-14 Quote: “Your feelings are your signals of deep truths inside of you. They’re the language of your soul, and they need you to listen to them.” ~ Doreen Virtue

3-2-14 Quote: “Many wonderful things can be done with logic. Don’t leave home without it. Don’t analyze information without it. But art and imagination are of another universe(s). They can deploy logic, but they can also invent in any direction without limit, and they can embrace contradiction. They can build worlds in which space and time and energy are quite different. Magic is nothing more and nothing less than imagination superseding this universe. Magic occurs when imagination takes this reality for a ride.” ~ Jon Rappoport  ~ Take a few minutes and check out Jon Rappoport’s awe inspiring video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KMv23wonQs#t=11

2-28-14 Quotes; “Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for thirty minutes, another man has it for thirty days. But it is a man who has it for thirty years who makes a success in life.”  ~ Edward B. Butler

2-28-14 Quotes: “When you have a powerful, long-term vision for something, even against all odds and adversity, you will continue to make progress and people will want to get on board. Why? Because everybody wants to be a part of something great.”  ~ Robin Crow

2-27-14 Quote: “There is nobody in the world who does not want joy”. ~ Dr. Pillai

2-26-14 Quote: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.“ ~ J. Krishnamurti

2-25-14 Quote: “Each of us wants to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Call it purpose, destiny or a simple desire to get beyond the inefficiencies of our current existence. An individual’s yearning to reach outside his life is a seed of greatness waiting for a stream of inspiration. Carving that stream to people’s hearts is a simpler task if the endeavor you are leading them into is attached to a bigger story.” ~ Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein

2-20-14  Quote: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  ~ Martin Luther King

2-19-14 Quote: “Let go… How would your life be different if you learned to let go of things that have already let go of you? From relationships long gone, to old grudges, to regrets, to all the ‘could’ve and should’ve,’ to the dead friendships you still hang on to… Free yourself from the burden of a past you cannot change.” ~ Dr. Steve Maraboli

2-14-14 Quote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~ Charles Darwin

2-14-14 Quote: “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” ~ Thomas Merton

2-11-14 Saying:  The best is yet to come. Make that your Mantra…Repeat it as many times as you need to – until you BELIEVE it. Life has a way of bringing you experiences that reflect your beliefs about life…and about yourself! ~ unknown

2-10-14  Quote: “Honor the love in your life, not the pain and not the suffering. You can heal your losses and your heart. It doesn’t have to hurt for the rest of your life.” — Louise Hay

2-8-14  Quote:  “There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now.”  ~ Buddha

2-7-14   I am composing my updated Bio and information for on-line news.  So far I have written the bio and will be sharing the info on this blog as well.  Stay tuned!  

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