February, 2013 Archives


Today’s Brilliance from Cheryl Hunter

As a teenager, I traveled overseas with nothing but an over-packed suitcase and a dream of leaving the remote Colorado horse ranch of my childhood for the big city. No sooner did I land in France than a man with a big, very nice-looking camera around his neck approached me. He said he could make me a model. He promised me an exciting life of big-city living and a future that sounded too good to pass up, so I went with him and his friend. They drugged me, took me to an abandoned construction site, beat me and raped me…. Read more.

Six Books Sure to Inspire You

Sometimes, life just gets you down. Whether you’re a mom dealing with the drudgery of wiping noses and serving snacks; an artist who doesn’t know quite where to turn; or someone trying to learn how to break free of depression, anxiety, or grief, it may be time to seek out an inspirational author for some wise advice. I’ve compiled a list of books that are sure to inspire you, and reviewed them so you can choose the one that’s right for your individual situation. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Ann Voskamp In this… Read more.

Finding the Courage Within You

When my publisher asked me a few years ago what I wanted the topic of my next book to be, I told him that I wanted to write a book about courage and confidence. So many people have come into my seminars and trainings over the last 15 years seeking qualities that somehow eluded them. I thought I knew something about courage and that I had something to share. Little did I know how much I had to learn. Faced with a grave cancer diagnosis and a startling health challenge, I learned the true meaning of the words courage and… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Meryl Davids Landau

You, and your spiritual practice, are perfect just as they are. If you read that and rolled your eyes, you’ve got some work to do. We live in a culture of criticism. Our moms told us to stop sucking our thumbs; our teachers circled (in red!) every mistake we made; our friends and the media constantly remind us that few people are sufficiently thin or attractive; and every time we leave a movie, the first question we’re asked is, “What did you think?” So it isn’t surprising that we fall into the habit of judging ourselves. What’s more, we constantly… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Meryl Davids Landau

Finding Purpose and Hope in Difficult Times

By Jessica Mast. During my life, I have found we learn the most through experience. When I was 25 years old, my husband of two and a half years passed away on his 28th birthday. After I experienced this unexpected tragedy in my life, I found I could either let it drag me down the path of despair or choose to learn from it and discover how it would be used for my future. I chose the latter. Here are some lessons I learned that hopefully will enable you to not only survive a trial but also find greater purpose… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Prasann Thakrar

Inspiration! The word itself sounds, for a lack of a better word, inspirational, doesn’t it? (As Gordon Gekko, a character played by Michael Douglas, in Wall Street, would say if he were writing this piece.) It has this aura about itself; this uplifting feeling to it! You may or may not have heard the meaning and source of this wonderful word – In-Spirit. Meaning, one becomes connected to their spiritual source; i.e., one is “in” spirit. However, I would say that it is actually us getting to a place of knowing that we are already connected to, and part and parcel… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: 10 Tips for Leaving Unhappiness Behind

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. If you find yourself focusing on the unhappy moments and things in your life, the following suggestions may start you back on the path to a happier, more satisfying life. Clear out unhappiness. What obstacles to happiness are there in your life? Pay attention to what makes you feel unhappy. Are you especially fearful, sad or anxious? Find someone you can talk to about your feelings, a close friend or family member that you can confide in and whom you trust. Avoid things that make you unhappy. See less of unhappy, difficult people whenever possible. Talk… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Bob Dixon

I am an American who is fortunate to have had jobs that allowed me to travel to different countries. Over the past 30 years I’ve been in more than 35 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. During many of those trips I was able to talk with hundreds if not thousands of people in those countries who represented different parts of the culture, community and workforce, such as company CEO’s, and other executives, managers, engineers, production workers, hotel employees, taxi drivers, waiters and waitresses and others. Many of them were also parents. From all of those conversations, I… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Rachel Cherie Wood

Sometimes it seems like life flies by too fast. Sure, there are days where boredom stretches the hours or circumstances make a week feel like a year, but regular day-to-day living seems to have a tendency to accelerate over time. The opportunities, ideas, and dreams we start off with as teenagers slip through our fingers as we push through college and stumble into adulthood trying to make heads or tails of what we’re supposed to do in life. We try and prioritize responsibly, putting first things like school, making money, and/or paying off debt. Often this cascade of to-dos never… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Sarah Ezekial

Imagine being told that your life is going to end very soon. Then imagine being told that before you die you are going to become progressively disabled. This is what I was confronted with ten years ago. This is not the type of news that most people will ever have to deal with, thankfully. But everyone will be challenged in their lives at some point, either mentally, physically or both. How should we deal with such challenges, especially life-changing events? I believe that our biggest enemy is fear. It can totally paralyse a person and stop us living a full… Read more.

Cherish Your Relationships

Cherish your relationships. When we think of the word “relationship” we often think of our closest, intimate connections with others such as spouse, partner, parent, child, family members and even pets. Yes, I believe we need to deeply adore and cherish those relationships. When is the last time that you told them that you loved and appreciated them? Do you know their language of love, and how they personally prefer to be adored? Some people like physical touch, gifts, quality time, acts of service or words of appreciation. Take the time to learn your loved ones’ preferred way to be… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Christopher Combates

Simplicity is beautiful, so my message to the world is as simple as can be. Enjoy every moment of your life as much as possible! Being that I am only sixteen, I see the world from a different perspective than most of you who are reading this. Billions of people around the globe continue to ask those bold questions “Why are we here?” “What is our purpose?” In my opinion, what else are we here for then to enjoy the ride as much as possible. In almost every religion, it is encouraged to live a joyful life, without hindering someone… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Control Over Our Destiny

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Having control over our destiny is something we strive for. There are many, many things we do to bring security, comfort and opportunity to our lives. We all work very hard to achieve the goals that we think will bring us the happiness we deserve. And we are determined to persevere. Innovation and creativity are something we pride ourselves on. Once we have met a goal, we set forth yet another, and another and another. This is not a bad thing… this is what it means to be in charge of our lives and our happiness, isn’t… Read more.

Celebrate YOU!

Along the journey in my life, I have accepted the affirmation that I AM the gift in my life. I never could have imagined considering this belief prior to my transformational path of self-awareness to accept that I AM the gift. It was when I denied the gift of a friend’s compliment that prompted an immediate life changing transformation. My friend was disappointed when I didn’t accept her compliment that I am a gift in life, which was her gift to me. Imagine if I told you that you truly are the gift in your life. Would you accept it… Read more.

Happy Valentine’s Day

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. There’s something about people in grocery stores that often inspire me. Today as I was waiting in the check out line, there was an older couple in front of me, who the cashier greeted as Ginny and Roy. As they neared their turn in line, I noticed that Ginny had a single Valentine’s Day card, while Roy was proudly holding a single red rose. Ginny, well into her 80s handed the cashier the greeting card, then started counting out coins to pay for it. Roy waited and watched, smiling. Then, he handed the rose to the… Read more.

7 Movies Sure to Inspire

By Erin Steiner. Movies can be a fantastic source of inspiration when you are feeling low or out of ideas. Here are seven incredibly inspiring movies you should watch the next time you feel like you’re having trouble with your momentum. 1. Julie and Julia In the early years of the 21st century, Julie Powell was feeling down and uninspired and, on a kind of crazy whim, decided to cook her way all the way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child in a single year and blog about the experience (in real time as it was… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Dave Taylor

One of the greatest failings in business school is that our future business leaders are taught to ask “what can you do for me?” or, in the words of Janet Jackson, “what have you done for me lately?” This isn’t just a business view, however; this permeates modern Western culture and makes the words of John F. Kennedy ring hollow: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” (Few people also recall the next line in Kennedy’s speech: “My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for… Read more.

Life is an Epic Vision Quest Adventure!

By Brad Morris. A Vision Quest is a turning point or right of passage for One to find themselves, their Spiritual direction or path in Life. And I tell yah, my life has been a non-stop, action packed, Vision Quest adventure these last 8+ years!  I have been on a conquest to face my fears, know Myself and share my ultimate gifts with the world. Through walking my path clumsily in the darkness of the unknown, I have slipped, fell, hurt myself and got up again and again. I have fallen to my knees in tears, praying for an answer,… Read more.

Revel in This Moment

Breathe in the Adventure of Life! Do not waste a single precious day or moment. Unplug from your technology, get off of Facebook and LIVE. Become the channel for Life to be expressed through you. Let go of those silly fears of what others might think about you when you dance, sing, love openly, laugh out loud, speak honestly and do exactly what your Heart tells you to do. Show those self judgements that tell you can’t do it, that you CAN! This life will come and go quickly which means we need to Live Here Now. Do not let… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Eliezer Sobel

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