November, 2011 Archives


Implement a Timesavings Plan: Communicating Effectively with Your Physician’s Office

By Michele Howe. Reminding myself here… to be an advocate for those on both sides of the medical arena with my attitude and my actions. With time at an all time premium, it only makes “cents” to learn the best ways to communicate with every physician’s office (for your sake and that of the office staff). Just about everyone has had at least one experience when they’ve felt frustrated waiting longer than they anticipated. This waiting too long can be felt in both in the scheduling department and the literal waiting room itself. While everyone’s time is valuable, it appears… Read more.

The Energy of Marketing

By Sheevaun Moran. Just like the energy of a stream it is difficult to quantify the power of the stream until you put something in its way. Something in the way of a stream can be a waterwheel or a dam. If you put in a dam, then you are stopping and starting the flow. If you put in a waterwheel, to handle the energy of the stream, then you’re accentuating the energy of the stream. The same energetic principles apply to marketing. Marketing is somewhat difficult to quantify but it is a basic necessity of any business. If you… Read more.

Awakening: The Heart of “Kensho”

By Susan Steinbrecher. The times are strange and out of joint. It’s in the air. We can sense with disquiet that the balance of things is shifting. Even the weather seems disordered and in flux. The old order is faltering, and we look at the world around us with alarm and confusion. Many of us feel weary and overwhelmed, unsure of how to cope with everything that’s happening. Often the path to positive change comes through a crisis. When our lives are spinning out of control, we finally pay attention. While no one wants to endure these hardships, if we… Read more.

The Reality of Finding Balance

The biggest issue people have when trying to schedule their upcoming week is they are attempting to bring this “Work-Life Balance” theory into the realm of reality. The thing is, this “Work-Life Balance” notion is a completely hypothetical theory – and not a fact-based practice. Believe it or not, motivational speakers can make a handsome living simply by inserting the words “work”, “life”, and “balance” into any seminar title. I receive phone calls regularly from people who want me to help them achieve this critical balance between their work and their lives. It seems that balance is something that most… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Scott Stratten

We Are All Singing Your Song

In the work I’ve done for the past many years, I’ve enjoyed opportunities to introduce people publicly in a way that shines light on their greatness. One imaginative day not long ago, a barrier opened up for me to a more magnificent way of singing these songs. I imagined how great it would be if all seven billion people currently sharing the earth collectively raised their voices in song. How great it would be to hear all those voices harmoniously singing in simple celebration of the magnificence of being alive. Imagine all of these seven billion people singing their hearts… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Can You Create Happiness by Doing Nothing?

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. How many decisions do you make in a day? From fast food, to text meetings to tweets that blow up our phone we are inundated with media. Compounding that, we live in a world full of choices – more so than any other time in history. From our hairspray to our hamburgers, it seems that the more we seek the more choices we have. Choices can empower us and choices can overwhelm us. In our instant gratification society, where the choices come fast and furious, where do we begin in making the choices that impact our daily… Read more.

When Are You Living An Inspired Life?

To me the word “inspired” means guided by a mystical power from within, or as Webster’s Dictionary defines it “divinely influenced”. I don’t mean to evoke the image of a separate God intervening in the affairs of people but rather to imply that when a person wholeheartedly gives himself/herself to a worthwhile cause, goal or dream he/she calls up an innate brilliance which defies common comprehension – that’s inspiration, the source of brilliance. Author and sage, James Lane Allen, wrote, “The Divinity that shapes our ends is in ourselves.” The Gospel of Luke puts it this way, “…the Kingdom of… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Debbie Mandel

Today’s Brilliance from Debbie Mandel

When both my parents became ill with Alzheimer’s, lightning striking my house twice, I did not complain about the added responsibility while I was raising three children and working; instead I tried to figure out the spiritual message. Since I had a literary background, instead of reading books at that time, I read life: Alzheimer’s compels you to let go of the past to live in the moment. When you strip away the externals like speech and name recognition, love continues to endure in a touch, a glimmer in the eyes and an easy smile. When my mother no longer… Read more.

The Many Meanings of Love

Love has inspired countless generations of poets, composers, and artists throughout history. It’s universal to the human experience, and yet can be hard to define. For love has many different expressions, meanings, and contexts. There is the emotion of love. We may express feelings of love for our self, others, or Spirit. There is also the love of art, or of knowledge. Then there is “God’s love”- the divine, loving, creative subjectivity – which can also be called value fulfillment, because it promotes the maximum development for each individual in relation to All That Is. It provides the impetus toward… Read more.

10/10/10 to 10/10/11

On October 10th, 2010, at 10 a.m., I took a positive step forward on the journey towards biodiversity. I walked as a POWER (Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources) Youth Caucus volunteer for the Halton Hills Trek to bring awareness to climate change on 10/10/10, which is a global day of action on the 10th day, 10th month and on the 10th year of the second millennium. This initiative was organized by the Sustainable Halton Hills and POWER. When I look back from 10/10/10 to 10/10/11, I feel proud of myself for the steps I have taken towards positive changes… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Does Achievement Guarantee Happiness?

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Are high-achievers happier than the rest of the population? Is there a relationship between goal achievement and happiness? Curiously, there are people who have achieved great things in life but aren’t necessarily happy. Conversely, there are those who have achieved very little by today’s standards yet seem to be quite content. This is a question worthy of contemplation. An ever broader question pertains to the concept of one’s purpose beyond the concept of goal achievement. If we feel we have a purpose in life, are we happier? If our existence serves others, do we experience a… Read more.

The Physician’s Assistant: Your Doctor’s Newest and Best Secret Weapon

As I’ve personally benefited from these professionals… thought you might like to know more about who they are and what they do (for you). The Physician’s Assistant: chances are your doctor has one. If he doesn’t, then a colleague of his certainly does. Eventually, you’re going to come face to face with one, but if you’re not sure whom you’re dealing with, there could be confusion, frustration, and some irritation tossed in for good measure. So what’s this illusive, often-misunderstand and occasionally maligned medical mystery component? It is your doctor’s new best friend. It is his colleague, trusted confidante and… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Sarah Starr

Breathe and remember, it is up to you to find your song to sing. “It’s not your job to make everyone happy. It’s their job to be happy. It’s your job to make you happy.” It’s the same story the stewardess told me when I flew with our toddler the first time. She looked me in the eye and said point blank, “You need to put your mask on first and then his. Do you got it?” I had heard this analogy many times before, but never for real. It stuck. If I am not mindful enough to stay connected… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Bud Bilanich

Harvesting Happiness: Getting Yourself Unstuck to Find Your Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Are you stuck? Are you waiting for the right things to happen so that you can finally be happy? For many people, happiness is an enigma. Happy comes and goes, yet it is not something that is a constant in life. Yet it is possible for happiness to be one of the most dependable elements of your life. When we get trapped in the little boxes we create for ourselves, we find ourselves feeling miserable, lost and alone. Maybe we think we need a new job. Maybe we think we need a new partner or more… Read more.

Whatever Your Destination – Travel Tips for Staying Healthy Stay the Same

By Michele Howe. I like to travel. I like to anticipate what I’ll experience when I arrive. New places. New people. New tastes, sights, and smells. Love the whole “new” experience. I also like to ensure I’ll be healthy wherever my foot steps…and that takes a special kind of planning. Any trip takes a good amount of preparation, but there’s an equally important pre-trip planning that should take place before every trip we take — and that’s planning to travel healthy. If you’re not sure what that type of planning looks like, read on for specific recommendations offered by a physician… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Murray Nabors

I’ve overcome stage IV metastasized melanoma and atrial fibrillation as well as achieved a lot of personal goals I thought impossible. So I tell people that whatever problem they are facing, There Is Always a Way to solve it. You simply have to find the way and follow instructions. Most times you can find someone else who dealt successfully with exactly your challenge and learn a lot from them. Other times you must chart a course on your own. Scary but fun stuff! Everything you want to do in life has directions, whether it’s changing the oil in your car,… Read more.

Gratitude: The Fastest Way to Where You Want To Be

The greatest gifts, the most meaningful lessons and the most intense personal growth in my life, have come from the conscious practice of gratitude. I’ve found that no matter where I am in life or where I want to be, the fastest way to get there is with an attitude of gratitude. There is always a reason to be grateful, for when we appreciate and celebrate what we already have in our lives, our hearts open, our blessings multiply and we discover a greater capacity for generosity, cheerfulness, and contentment. A few years ago I had an experience that demonstrates… Read more.

The Power of Confident Belief

Believe in yourself. To be successful in your personal and business life, you must display confidence for others to also believe in you. When you are uncertain about performing well, seek expert help to get you past your fear and uncertainty. Help may come in many forms including self-help, reading materials, taking a class and hiring a coach. Once you do take advantage of the expertise of others, you will possess the knowledge you sought and become more confident than ever before. For instance, early in my sales career, I would become a nervous wreck in anticipation of meeting with… Read more.

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