January, 2013 Archives


Craziness Is in the Eye of the Beholder

By B. Lynn Goodwin. “I love my crazy husband,” says my battle-gray shirt, which is splotched like an artist’s canvas “I love my crazy wife,” says a similar one that he wears. We got them on a visit to Padre Island, not far from Corpus Christi, TX, where my husband grew up. The night we purchased them, we also wore them to dinner. Maybe I was grinning self-consciously. More likely I was beaming. A woman in the bar with dark eyes and curly gray hair nodded as she read them. Her eyes were filled with understanding and approval as she… Read more.

Choosing A Different Direction

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. Life may provide the circumstances, but we get to choose how to respond to them. I’ve just returned from sailing with a mastermind group in the British Virgin Islands. We set sail from Anegada to The Bitter End in Virgin Gorda, which is backwards from the trek that most sailors take. As we were sailing our course, there were a lot of boats sailing directly towards us, a 180 degree different heading from our own. One of our crew, who is new to sailing, mentioned that he was amazed that we were able to sail in… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Pam Grout

Today’s Brilliance from Pam Grout

Be recklessly generous and relentlessly kind. Therapists tell us that until we root out the deep, dark recesses of our unconscious minds, it’s impossible to reach self-fulfillment. A fully-realized person, they insist, must dig for hidden secrets that make him feel unworthy, must dive for past cruelties inflicted by her parents. But what I want to know is, “While we were down there with flashlights, why didn’t we look for our souls?” We’ve spent 20 years excavating the darkness, when right under the next rock is a world of wonder and brilliance. Yes, I’m talking about our spiritual side, that… Read more.

Finding Meaning In Life

I remember when I was 8 years old, I used to sit on a bus bench or in a park just to watch people behave. This was fascinating to me and was my favorite moment in life, as it still is one of them today. Somehow, at this early age, I was already searching to understand symbolic language; to make the correlation between the inner and outer world and to search for the answer to this existential question that I truly believe should be our number one priority to know: What is the reason for living, walking, working, existing…? It… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Career Day

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. When I participated in my first career day, I was barely old enough to walk to the bus stop by myself. What does a fourth grader know about a career? Very little, but boy, did we try to dream up big goals. Clustered in my elementary school’s tiny library, my classmates and I were each on a mission to find the perfect careers to compliment our strengths. Doctor was a popular pick for the science geeks. There were many future firefighters and presidents in the room, mostly among the classmates who were natural leaders. The more talkative… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Jean Adrienne

Many of us grow up with the concept that we need to prove something. The belief begins early in our lives. Baby Boomers adopted the notion upon starting school, but children today are indoctrinated as early as toddlerhood. The need to prove worth is implied even before the child can talk clearly, and it expands as the child grows older. Therefore, the pressure on the modern teenager is incredible. No wonder the suicide rate of adolescents is so high. The need to determine a person’s value is all an illusion. It saps your energy and steals your power. In truth,… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Michal Golan

Like pursuing a career in the arts, building a small business is both incredibly rewarding and utterly terrifying. There are no next paychecks, severance packages, or safety nets for those of us who choose to go at it in the world of art or entrepreneurship. Everything is uncertain. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t trade this uncertainty for anything—the lessons I’ve picked up coping with it have helped me become a more peaceful and adaptable person in every sphere of my life. Whether you are working on an artist commune, on Wall Street, or anywhere in between, these… Read more.

10 Tips for Inspiring Your Kids to Be the Best They Can Be

By Laura Burkey. Children are our pathway to the future, and their well-being is paramount to our world’s and our family’s survival. When we are at our best, we can inspire our children to do their best whether it’s on the athletic field, in the classroom, or anywhere in the world. It might seem easy to push our youngsters to be great, particularly when they are small. As toddlers, we applaud their toilet-training techniques and jump with glee when they count to 10 without any prompting. As parents, our proud meters routinely surpass the stratosphere because, let’s be honest, we… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Morgana Rae

For that time in your life when you just can’t seem to get a break—perhaps you’ve gotten stuck or have been struggling with issues around money, career, relationship, or health—and spiritual circles are telling you to think positive and raise your vibrations OR ELSE… I want to give you another, more holistic path to transformation: Alchemy. Alchemy is the transmutation of leaden human experience into spiritual gold. Even the worst stuff is USEFUL. In fact that thing that has hurt the most, that area of shame and fear and disappointment and despair… is your Key to the Kingdom. And even… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Dr. Alex Lickerman

The key to happiness isn’t material wealth, health, or even fulfilling relationships. The key to happiness is wisdom. Wisdom is so powerful that it can even put a halt to suffering without changing the circumstances that cause it. Most of us deem a problem solved when it no longer confronts us, but from a Buddhist perspective a problem is solved when it no longer makes us suffer, our escaping or overcoming oppressive circumstances representing only one particular means to that end. Certainly it may be the means we most prefer, and in many cases what we need to do to be… Read more.

En”vision” 2013

By Natalie Forest, PhD. On my way home from the “Festival of Lights” recently, while thinking about some of my students I realized that I needed to write another blog, one to help jumpstart 2013 for everyone – so, here it is. One thing that I have learned about and begun to teach about in more specific ways is the Law of Attraction.  It can be very intriguing when you begin to really pay attention and become aware of your thoughts and how negative they often are.  The amazing part about the Law of Attraction is that is always works… Read more.

Inspired Interview: David Wilcox

What The Dying Teach Me

One of my favorite adults to spend time with as a child was my grandfather. I followed him downhill to the barn, across the pasture, into the garden, inside the chicken house. He talked and I listened. One of the life lessons I learned from him is that even if you live to be 110, it’s brief. This is becoming truer to me as I have recently reached my 60’s and remember him. What kind of footprints do I want to leave here on this Earth? Those who are critically ill or terminally ill teach us so much about life… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Jaden Mitchell

If you can dream it, you can do it! I want to be a policeman when I grow up. My sister Shandi wants to be a teacher. Even though I am only 7 and my sister is 3, we are dreaming big. It does not matter if we change our dreams over and over again. If you can dream it and set a goal you can do it! If you want to be the president of the United States of America, you can do it! Our mommy and daddy give us a ton of encouragement everyday which helps us in… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Enemy #1

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. If life was one long-running cartoon, we’d spot anger right away – beet-red face, steam shooting out of the ears, sweat dripping from the forehead.  We’d be able to see anger build up in ourselves and maybe, just maybe, get our emotions in check before they boil over. Life is not a cartoon. Steam will not shoot out of your ears. You will probably never sweat enough to be soaked head to toe during your angry spell. But, chronic anger is linked to physical health issues — higher risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack,… Read more.

5 Concepts for Overcoming Challenges

When adversity strikes and overtakes many or all areas of our lives, it can be difficult to see the multiple hidden blessings that are obtained by moving through our challenges, one day at a time. Adversity provides us with the chance to remove things from our lives that are non-essential and have been weighing us down. Just as important, adversity makes the overcomer a better person, as the spoils of war are available to those who refuse to quit and succumb to their current tragic circumstances. We learn how to become resilient, how to step out in faith, and how… Read more.

Empowered YOUth: 5 Ways to Restore Peace and Repair Connection in Your Family

By Michael Eisen. In a day and age where parents and kids text more than they talk, where a family that doesn’t feud is an anomaly, and where the one thing that most parents and kids have in common is the stress and anxiety they face—something’s gotta give! If we are going to empower the next generation and generations to come to live up to their true potential and to live a life full of passion and optimism, it is incredibly important that we create a more supportive and understanding family unit. Below are five principles and strategies that will… Read more.

Why You Aren’t Keeping Yourself Healthy

Have you ever wondered what keeps you from doing what you know to do to keep healthy and happy? Why don’t we exercise regularly when we say we will? Why don’t we eat an abundance of vegetables and fruits, even though the evidence shows it helps us tremendously? Why don’t we meditate, when we know it would reduce stress, strengthen our immune systems, increase our intelligence and efficiency, and even slow down aging? In fact, only 5% of those who study meditation actually continue to practice it regularly! One day I asked a doctor friend who works with heart patients,… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Dr. Henry Grayson

Believe and You Will Make It Happen!

I believe that God gave us our beautiful, amazing world. I have learned that with a smile, passion and the gift of sharing, you can make a difference in the world, even if it’s small, and a difference in one person’s life, it can happen. I am blessed to get to travel and meet a lot of people. The kids I have met this past year have made me realize a few things. One, I have a lot of work to do to reach my goal of every kid in the US having a reusable water bottle and two… I… Read more.

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