April, 2013 Archives

Bouncing with Style: After the Affair

I have been asked a number of times in women’s groups, women’s recovery groups and group counseling to share my story. I was listening in one of these groups the other night where I was a speaker and I hear the same things over and over and I want to share them here. I am doing this because when we share the same feelings in a similar experience we no longer feel alone, isolated, or well… just plain crazy.  When your spouse cheats on you, many of the following can happen to you: You might feel dizzy, disoriented, and the… Read more.

Find Your Voice; Transform Your World

We take our ability to speak for granted every day, perfecting our misuse of a tool with the power to transform our world. Each of us came here to stand for something; we came with a message to share–a song to sing. But the voice is a terribly wounded channel. We learned from a very young age that expressing ourselves was something to be controlled and censured. Many of us heard the message to “shut up”, were told we couldn’t sing, or that we were too loud, too inappropriate with our exuberant joy. Instead, we’ve learned how to manipulate others… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Soania Mathur

Today’s Brilliance from Seth Chernoff

There are no coincidences in this universe; everything operates in perfect equilibrium. When we are ready, the right opportunities in life present themselves, whether in the form of people or things; and regardless of whether we see, hear, feel, or read it, it will speak to us. Irrespective of whether we agree or disagree with information as it is presented to us in life, it serves an important purpose to help us open our eyes to the world around us, to continually question what we believe, and to subsequently look within for the answers we seek for our truth. The… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Bodhi and River Robbins

Wisdom From Bodhi Do you want to get our home destroyed? Or do you want to help? Let’s start to make our wonderful world a better place! First of all, you can recycle. Don’t throw everything in the trash! Some of the things, like plastic, glass and paper, you can put in the recycling can. This is how you take care of our amazing environment: reduce, reuse, recycle. We could all help by picking up litter and putting it in the proper cans. Don’t litter! Second of all, I want you to get electric cars. This will help us to… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Bringing Relief to the Insurmountable

Every day when we turn on the news, we see a world that seems filled with sadness, poverty, loss and grief. We ask ourselves, over and over again, how can we live amidst such difficulty and pain? The task of bringing relief to the suffering often seems insurmountable. The truth is that our hearts ache for those who suffer no matter where in the world they are or for what reason the suffering exists. Yet, as much as we want to offer support and assistance, there doesn’t seem to be enough that we can do to create change. However, we… Read more.

Under Construction: The Sign I Wear Mentally !

A famous psychologist (his first name is Phil) talks about the fact that we all have pivotal points in our lives; crossroads, if you will, where we can turn down a path of self-pity, victimism, feeling anger at the world and an urge to ‘give up’. Or turning the other way and seeking empowerment, happiness, and a full life. In August of 2006, I experienced a harsh, heartbreaking pivotal point in my life when my husband of thirty years died suddenly. He took his own life. Sure, I knew he was going through some kind of mid-life crisis or other…. Read more.

What Ripple Effect Are You Creating ?

It always amazes me when people give me the following reasons why they cannot give… I am just one person I don’t have enough money I am not educated enough Who is going to listen to me ? Etc… Etc… Etc… EVERY person on this planet, no matter how rich or how poor, can do SOMETHING…. Get creative. Think of ways you can give without spending a dime to ways you can contribute if you are a Millionaire. We all have something to give-contribute. Do you know one of the greatest gifts of giving is an EAR…? Listening to someone,… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Polly Campbell

You are good enough – right now. You are good enough to make a profound and positive difference in the world. You are good enough to love and be loved, to pursue your dreams, to achieve success, and live in peace and abundance and joy – right now. You don’t have to be anything different. You don’t have to go back to school, or meditate in Tibet, or lose 35 pounds. Nothing has to be perfect, or just right, or different then it is for you to know that right now, right in this moment, you are good enough to… Read more.

Bouncing with Style: From Pain to Productivity

One of the things that happens when you divorce, when your spouse has an affair and you are left to pick up the pieces, raise your children alone or pay off massive debt is that you get a whole bucket of pain that seems to refresh on a daily basis. It’s hard sometimes to figure out the source of the pain: anger, frustration, disappointment, sadness, disbelief, worry, fear, jealousy… well, you get the point. The end result is you hurt. And you hurt in a way that for many of us after a long marriage is only familiar in a… Read more.

Introducing Our Inspirational Photo Quotes

Inspiration, like love, is all around us – if we pay attention. We can be inspired by people, places, everyday kindness, nature, and the beauty that surrounds us. Personally, I’m inspired by the wisdom I’ve learned from nearly 1000 incredible Inspirational Luminaries on InspireMeToday.com, as well as by my passion for beautiful nature photographs. Recently, to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of InspireMeToday.com, we combined the two into what we’re calling Inspirational Photo Quotes. These are a blend of wisdom set with a beautiful photograph of nature. As our gift to you this year, we’re bringing you 365 days of inspiration… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Donna Gates

Today’s Brilliance from Donna Gates

Life is not supposed to be easy. We come here to learn to be a kinder, more loving and more courageous soul. Just as we grow from a small infant to an adult, our soul must grow from infancy to maturity as well. Sometimes babies are diagnosed with a medical condition called, “failure to thrive”. Too many of us suffer from “soul failure to thrive” simply because we are afraid to fail. But failure is good. If we try and we fail we learn humility, a wonderful quality to master. But failure is a great teacher only if we have… Read more.

The Best Dinner I Never Ate

There are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I do not believe I am the measure of all things. I am aware of many of my inabilities, and because of my shortcomings and lack of understanding, I admit I do not know it all. Because of my limitations in interpretation, I admit I do not know which of the 41,000 denominations are “right” and interpreting the Bible “correctly.” So I pray for wisdom and recognize that the Bible is about love. And… Read more.

5 Steps for Getting Rid of Negative Emotions

After two decades of working with TV celebrities, movie stars, sports stars and the general public, the most profound discovery I’ve made is that people need a technique that will quickly eliminate any negative emotions… because if they can’t rid themselves of fear, doubt, anxiety or depression they have little or no chance to live an amazing life. This technique is lightning fast so do it now. Step 1 Think of anything that is bothering you, worrying you, or making you feel sad or fearful. Pick the worst thing you are going through now. Step 2 As you keep thinking… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: 6 Tips To Volunteering

Volunteering can give you an opportunity to recenter and reconnect with your own happiness while at the same making the world a better place. Do you want to help others by giving back? You may be asking yourself, “Where do I start?” Here are some tips to get you started on finding a volunteer opportunity. Research the issue or cause that is most important to you and find a group that works with those issues. Look at the skills you could offer and use them to find the opportunity that suits you. If you enjoy being around children or want… Read more.

Getting Fired: The Best Gift of My Life

At 50 years old, I got maybe the best gift anyone could every get. I got fired. Of course, at the moment it didn’t seem like a gift. After a wonderful, 30 year career, I found myself at a new chapter in my life with a burning question: What next? Should I get a new job and feel like I was a spectator of my life and not living it? Or should I stop and try to finish a book that I had started a few years before, on positive thinking and well-being? How wonderful to think about this project… Read more.

Overpower the past… Empower the Present!

I was the baby in the family, born 11 and 8 years, respectively, after my siblings. Not until just a few years ago did I hear that my mother “farmed out” my sister and brother to strangers. The term usually referred to children who were sent to a relative back in the day, but in my siblings’ case it was an indenture. My brother and sister had to work for their keep,  ages six and 11. They told me these stories as part of my research while writing Wild Violets, a romanticized version of my Mother as a flapper and entrepreneur in the 1920’s in… Read more.

Choose Wisely… Your Thoughts Create Your Reality!

The original Star Trek series had a memorable episode in which the Enterprise visited a planet that allowed anything a person thought of to manifest. The planet was supposed to be used for entertainment purposes, but the unsuspecting Enterprise crew didn’t know their thoughts were creating their reality — and so suffered accordingly. What a perfect metaphor for our world! Human beings are creators and this world is our medium. We were created to create and we do so all the time, whether we are aware of it or not. There’s an old saying, “Our creativity is our gift from God, and… Read more.

Shifting Gears – Take Your Life To The Next Level

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing…” – Helen Keller I am committed to living my life out loud and being a catalyst for others to blaze their own trail. Some say, “Life is short,” yet, there are abundant reasons for it to be filled with extraordinary experiences, breathtaking fulfillment and ongoing joy; of course, we could perceive a myriad of obstacles in getting to this exulted state. In actuality, there is only one. Ask yourself two questions: Are you living your dream life?  If not, why not? The most common responses: “No, not really,” for the first and,… Read more.

3 Keys to Peace

I would share a message for my daughter…. If I don’t wake tomorrow, I want to tell you that no matter what seems to be going on around you right now… Everything is alright. Really. I have learned, by living, teaching, coaching, listening, practicing and most of all, by loving, that there are three keys that make it possible to be at peace no matter what is going on… 1. Everything you ever suffer from is just a thought. 2. You always have choice and therefore you always have the power. 3. Love is what you are, not something that… Read more.

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