Today’s Brilliance from Kristine Carlson

If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Love, Love, Love and Love Some More

    You will never regret spending more time with your family and friends and less time on other things. Practice both random and intentional acts of support and kindness. Be generous with your community in your time and your pocketbook. Keep extending yourself with gentle understanding and compassion to the world. Accept and become gentler with yourself and stop judging others for being different. See the innocence in all people, imagining them as small children and old adults. Our challenge is not to give our love only to the good and happy; our challenge is to love all beings– one and the same.

    Live Presently

    Live every day as if it could be your last and hold your mortality close. Knowing that you will someday die, helps you live life more fully alive and awake. In this moment, you are perfectly aligned in mind, body, spirit and authenticity. Breathe and immerse yourself in the immeasurable opportunities. Feel the source of your life! As fear disappears your ego dies a death, now you can drink from life like a sponge thirsty for all things good. In this moment, magic happens as you engage in the flow.

    Live Authentically

    Through the journey of self-inquiry and awareness, you will discover who you really are and will be free to shine brightly in this world. This journey of self discovery awakens your consciousness. It is not achievements, titles or accolades that matter, you are enough just as you are. You have been blessed with every tool you need to fulfill your purpose. Your purpose is to share what is inside your heart as life reveals through your passion a song to express through your example.

    Live in Gratitude

    Count your blessings. Live by the model of wanting what you have rather than having what you want. Speak your appreciation, either in a heartfelt letter, meditation, or a kind gesture to your friends, family and colleagues. Give yourself the gift of gratitude and expand your personal joy by invoking spirit into your daily life. Live with contentment and an attitude of gratitude as your way of life and you will experience abundance!

    See Life as an Earthly Classroom and Playground

    WE get to play one more day! This is my Life 101 curriculum. Life is a big experience and holds lots of stuff. The material world is here to compliment our experience not to become the ultimate distraction. It’s easy to get lost in an endless sea of desire that can lead to spiritual emptiness. The more attached we are to the material things; the more we struggle as we face adversity, change and transition.

    Events may happen that we don’t plan on, and we are tested, but we are never tested beyond our capacity. The human spirit is equipped to handle all of life—the key is to embrace joy and suffering as equal parts of your experience. Resistance makes things seem more difficult than they are whereas surrender and trust are the keys to restoring inner harmony. Our emotional fitness and resiliency help us to let go of our expectations and also to grieve our losses. Enjoy riding the roller coaster of life with your arms overhead and your eyes wide open! It all turns out all right in the end.

    Kristine Carlson

    Kristine Carlson captivated readers worldwide with her first three bestsellers, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Women and An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best Gift Ever Given.

    Expanding on the phenomenal success of her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series, Kristine has written Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms: Simple Ways to Stress Less and Enjoy Your Family More (Hyperion Books, May 2012) and is continuing the timeless wisdom of the "Don't Sweat philosophy" in a celebration of mothers everywhere.

    Kristine's last book Heart Broken Open was a courageously honest memoir of her personal journey through the depths of grief and mourning after the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband. This powerful book gained the attention and earned accolades of readers and media across the globe.

    Kristine is the American Heart Association Go Red for Women 2012 Spokesperson. As a speaker, Kristine's unparalleled capacity to be transparent, vulnerable and authentic encourages and inspires her audience to do the same. She shares timeless wisdom and practical ideas that invite the audience to experience true freedom; the freedom to love, to heal, to overcome, to succeed, and to create more inner peace.

    An unyielding believer of living in the moment and finding happiness in life, Kristine has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Empowered Living Radio, The View, Fox TV and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

    A dedicated mother to her two daughters and "Nana" to her wonderful grandchildren, Kristine is deeply committed to spreading her message of love and peace to the world. 

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