August, 2013 Archives


How to Worry Smart

The trouble with worrying is that it can get completely out of control and has a habit of escalating. Actor/director Woody Allen, a famous worrywart, illustrated this best when he said, “If I get chapped lips, I think it’s brain cancer.” Worrying is a kind of “stuckness”. Worrywarts get stuck in identifying danger as they immerse themselves in the dread associated with the threat, which may be real or, more likely, imagined.” Don’t think worrying is bad for you. Think of it as a mental fire drill, a thinking through of things that potentially might happen. It’s good to think… Read more.

How Can I Remember I’m Valued?

“What can I do to value myself in those times when I don’t feel like I am valuable and/or valued?” ~ Quinn, Baltimore, MD First, remember to be kind to yourself and know that it is part of our humanness to feel sadness, frustration, and, at times, less than. You are not wrong for what you feel. During the times you don’t feel valuable and/or valued, shift your awareness onto all that you have and all that you are. Give thanks for the opportunity to learn and grow from the challenges you face. Find gratitude in the existence of being,… Read more.

What is Real Wealth?

What is it that I can give to you or you to me that brings each of us pleasure or new insight, that depletes neither of us, and that we can then pass on to others without losing anything of our own? What is it we can give to each other that improves the quality of living for both of us, and does so without exhausting the vital resources of our planet? What is it that cannot be taken from us in the way we can lose a job, our savings, or even a loved one? This is real wealth…. Read more.

Inspired Interview: Dr. Judith Wright

8 Success Tips for Living Happily

Here’s what I believe to be the success of living happily… 1) Have a dream. It may be lofty or small – but it should be yours. And it must do two things. It should make you happy. And it should be of value to others. 2) Live your dream with passion. Passion is the energy that fires the spark of your desire, fans it into a glorious flame, and shows off your radiant brilliance. 3) Pursue your dream with determination. Believe with all your heart that it will come true, no matter how remote or difficult or impossible it… Read more.

Accepting Responsibility for Where You Are

The greatest power that you hold is the power of choice, because every choice you make dictates every result you get in your life – good or bad. And most importantly, every decision you make starts in your mind. All of us start out with this incredible power, yet so many give it away by refusing to step up and be accountable for their decisions. Sadly, most people choose to be a victim of circumstances and others, and never recognize that they are choosing that position. Look at some of the most successful people in the world, or even those… Read more.

How Can I Calm My Mind in Meditation?

“I struggle with meditation, my mind is always going.  How can I get to that place where I have no thoughts?” ~ Martin, Tulsa, OK   Forget about stopping your mind and all those racing thoughts.  For me, my meditation practice serves the magical purpose of celebrating my life.  It is the opportunity for me to get fully present with the 60 trillion+ cells twinkling inside of me and simply be with my breath. Instead of trying to shut your thoughts off, distract or entertain your mind in a positive way by giving it a technique to focus on. For… Read more.

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Yourself? Peace of Mind

I have learned that the greatest virtue, and the greatest gift you can give yourself, is peace of mind. And, thankfully, it’s something you can choose to give yourself. Your true self experiences peace of mind eternally, but, in order to experience your true self, you need to experience that peace first. This makes peace of mind the key thing to aim for in life. Again, you can choose to have it. This is primarily achieved by mentally letting go of what disturbs you. Your lack of peace of mind is generated by your investment in maintaining your false sense of self; by mental… Read more.

3 Steps to Live Intentionally

There is absolutely no reason for anyone to live a dimmed existence marked by resignation, suffering, struggle, scarcity, strained relationships, ineffective communication, and diminished self esteem. When we can embrace life as a learning process that is full of exciting opportunities for us to learn, break though our stops and limitations, and experience new possibilities to become our best, we give up our right to be invalidated or disempowered. We know that the seeds of our growth lie in that difficult person, that challenging relationship, and that problem that keeps us from effortlessly skating though life. So, not only does… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Patrick Bet-David

20 Tips That Will Change Your Life

Here’s a list of 20 things that I have learned in life and would like to share with the rest of humanity: Spend money on experiences instead of things. Having fun in life is unarguably important in life, so pull pranks on people you love. But remember, every time you pull a prank on someone, you should expect one in return. Learn the difference between knowing when it’s appropriate to laugh at yourself and when it’s time to take yourself seriously. Don’t ever smoke cigarettes – kids don’t like the smell. Write a book. To start, create 3 folders (on… Read more.

3 Simple Things You Can do to Empower Yourself

1) Be “Who You Really Are”. That statement used to sound so silly to me. I thought, “Of, course I am being who I really am, who else would I be being?!” But today I realize the depth of that statement. The best thing that has ever happened to me was remembering and re-discovering who I really am. Decades of standards and ideals both societal and self-imposed, layer after layer, severely covered up a really amazing, extraordinary and beautiful human being who apparently was dying (no pun intended) to come out and play! What if there were no standards or ideals put… Read more.

5 Incredible Success Tips From a 12-Year Old

Although I’m young, I’ve learned a lot in life. There are some key lessons I would share with other young people. The first and most important is that no matter how young you are, you can change the world. Some of history’s greatest accomplishments were achieved by young people. And especially in the early 21st century, when youth enjoy a level of rights and freedoms that were unheard of just a few decades ago, they are evermore empowered to make change. Never let anyone tell you that being young is a barrier. Second, I would tell youth that when it comes to… Read more.

How to be the Soul of Your Relationships

Our soul work starts with the ones we love, the ones who know our deepest secrets and our worst fears. These close relationships are the primary stepping-stones to learning how to love unconditionally. But bringing love and compassion to one another in these dark times is more easily said than done. So often our insecurities, disappointments, or expectations – stemming from our belief that the other person is responsible for our happiness – can get in the way. No wonder we want to run from or push away the relationships that most strongly reflect our darkness. It’s our erroneous belief… Read more.

Don’t Do, BE

We spend too much time doing and not enough Being. Our lives are structured around activity: work, raising children, hobbies, exercise or sports, studying, entertainment (concerts, restaurants, movies, video games, reading), traveling, having sex, and so on. The list of things we do is practically infinite. Even when we aren’t doing much, we’re mostly likely thinking about or planning things we want to do in the future. We spend very little time just Being. We don’t even know what this means and why it’s important, let alone how to do it. When we are Being rather than doing, we have… Read more.

Trying Helps, But Doing is What Matters + 5 Tips to “Do” Happiness

We’ve all heard it a million times: “Actions speak louder than words.” Action is dynamic. It moves and morphs with life. And yet at times we fall back onto “trying” to make something happen as opposed to proactively doing something about the trying. Have you been using a lot of “couldas”,” wouldas”, “shouldas”, maybes, tries and mights lately? It’s time to ditch the conditional-speak. Thinking in this frame of mind puts us in a bind. Why try when you could simply do? Why would when you can? By allowing our lives to be framed in maybes, we’re giving away all… Read more.

Understanding Life After Death Frees You to Live Now

All of our lives here on Earth, we are learning lessons. In my life, I have learned from many teachers, both alive and dead. And I’ve always said that if everyone knew what I knew – how we go on in spirit form after we die our physical death, and how beautiful and perfect it is on the Other Side – they would not longer be afraid to die, or be afraid to live. Here on Earth, all of our words and actions are subject to the spiritual laws of cause and effect, also known as karma. Anything we say… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Concetta Bertoldi

The Importance of Living Your Life Purpose

There are many things I can share with you that can inspire you when you are having a discouraging day or a discouraging week. However, I wish to share with you the biggest key of all to be able to have a life of inspiration and fulfillment. Knowing and then living your life purpose, more than anything else, keeps the fires going for a life of inspiration. Living your life purpose will give you a life of meaning and a life of direction. To not know your life purpose, also known as your reason for being here, is like not having… Read more.

We Are All Connected

From my very earliest memories, I have had a love affair with Nature. I have stayed in touch with that love and know that there is a deep benefit that comes from an ongoing relationship with Nature. I tap into this love every day in my work as a poet, an artist, a writer, a therapist, mother of two sons, and a teacher of creativity. I am such an advocate of the importance of encouraging our children to have a relationship with nature because I attribute much of my strength and creativity to that connection. The best way to share… Read more.

Sponsored: Love is a Power Tool + Other Fun Tips for Happier Parenting

Love can single-handedly mend a broken day, establish an exciting new relationship, or reinforce a happy, internal bond with ourselves. Love is an omnipotent tool that has the uncanny ability to improve any sticky situation we find ourselves in. Love is a power tool we should all have in our happiness toolboxes. But just like that power drill or band saw, it also comes with some safety protocol. When you use your love power tool, you take on the responsibility of treating the world with kindness, compassion and respect. Use your love power tool responsibly, forging, fixing and strengthening relationships… Read more.

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