Become Your Best Self

The 'tone' of your life is more often than not a reflection of your current attitudes and beliefs. How is your outlook? It will determine your outcomes. If you want to change the results you're currently getting, then it begins by changing your thoughts, beliefs and viewpoints. Life is what you make it. You can choose to embrace abundance, peace, beauty, and love, and in the process bring more of those things to you. Or you can choose poverty, worry, disgust and hate, and continue through your hating to bring more of it to you. The choice is yours. It…

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Art Markman

Looking Back to Move Forward

There are all kinds of strategies for thinking about time that aim to inspire. We often look forward in order to envision the life we want and then use that aspiration to create a plan to create our future. Of course, we are also cautioned to “live in the present” so that we do not allow precious hours to slip away. After all, tomorrow never comes, it is always today. But, I would like to suggest a different orientation. At least once a year, it is important to take a lesson from research on regret. When you ask young people…

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The One You’re Waiting For

Fall in love with yourself. This is it. You are here now on purpose, in this unique, exquisite body with your brilliant mind and enormous heart. Burst out of the constraints of "should" and "have to" and just "be". Gracefully dance into freedom. You are here to love. The hardest person for you to love is reading these words right now. Let go of all your evidence for imperfection, today. You are perfect where you stand. What you don't have, you don't need. Unconditionally and absolutely say yes to love, every time, with no exceptions and without judgment. Experience the freedom of agape, unconditional self…

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B. Lynn Goodwin

Celebrate Your Uniqueness

Life has shown me, over and over, that everything happens for a reason. We are all on unique journeys, and I am grateful that your path and mine are intersecting here. No two human beings, not even identical twins, are exactly the same. So celebrate the fact that you are unique. Do not obsess about flaws and shortcomings. You are the person you are intended to be. Instead of obsessing, make gratitude lists. Science has shown it strengthens the neural pathways that house positive thoughts. You can do this several ways. List alphabetically. List by categories. Or take photos of…

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How You Can Embrace Your Spiritual Self

One moment we're asleep... the next, we wake up. That Divine alarm clock starts buzzing and blaring, and the next thing you know it, you're having a consciousness shift, an unexpected heart opening, a knock-your-socks off wake up call - whether you're ready or not. For many of us, it's the darkest hours that lead us to the dawn. My own personal spiritual awakening was the result of some grim years indeed: a near death experience followed by PTSD, followed by the death of my father, followed by a divorce. Whew! And yet, at this very lowest point in my…

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Trusting in God

If this were my last day on Earth and I had to tell my kids some words to live by, I would tell them to trust God fully to have a happy life. It's a really hard concept to submit to and one we all resist in many ways our whole life but it's so important. So many difficult things that happened to me in my life have happened to bring me to a new and much better spot than I could have thought possible. Divorce, job changes, relationships beginning or ending, have all made a huge difference in the…

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3 Principles of Self Care

It takes extreme self care and love to build your best physical body. Your physical body is what houses your amazing soul. So you'll need a strong vibrant building for your very precious life. Here are three principles for getting your body, your head and your heart in this game of body "building", a Personal Promise, and 10 Ways to Achieve Rockstar Status. 3 PRINCIPLES OF SELF CARE 1. Lose the Fake Stuff and Get Real (Get your body in the game!) You only get one body and it's an awesome one. Not only is it your right, but it is your…

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Let Music Illuminate Your Life

Music is one of God's greatest gifts to humanity - it transcends all of the arts, delivers crystal clarity, touches every chakra and can make you scream for joy or cry a thousand emotions away in one passage. Better yet, the universal power of music can be applied to the way we communicate, work, play and most importantly, the way in which we really listen to one another. Furthermore, the core elements of music can literally create alignment and harmony in our everyday lives! Why should we expect anything less from the world's undisputed international language? From the moment we…

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To Have An Amazing Life, You Have to Take Risks

Walt Disney's first company went bankrupt. Instead of giving up, he headed to Hollywood with twenty dollars and a suitcase to start a new business. He believed in himself and his ideas. It turned out to be a really good risk. Michael Jordan was cut from his sophomore varsity basketball team for being too short. He stuck with the game and ended up one of the best basketball players in the world. Winston Churchill did poorly in school for which he was punished. He also had a stuttering speech impediment. Churchill went on to become the Prime Minister of the…

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Always Being, Always Creating

Being and Creation are ever present. They do not exist apart from one another. As God, you are always being and you are always creating in every moment. Being is the Essence of God. It is changeless, infinite, and absolute. It is the Light that encompasses all of Creation. It is the very fabric of all thought and form. Being is Who and What you truly are and the Consciousness with which you experience all of life. Creation, on the other hand, is the infinite expression of Being. It is the unlimited extension of God's Love through both the Holy…

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Fill Yourself With Love

When I sat down with this question, I asked myself what I would share with my nephews to help know no matter what they said or did that they are "good humans” and create a life full of dazzling miracles. What would I share with them that will allow them everyday to have a deep sense of peace? What would give them comfort in times of pain and struggle? I would share the following with them: Remember and know that you are loved, so furiously. Know that when you embrace this force of love inside of you, it will spill…

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Love Yourself More Deeply

The inspiration for the day is Love. The inspiration for the day is you. You are pure love. That means that you have all the ability in the world to bring to you the most loving and abundant life. You deserve this. This is not an option for you in this lifetime. If you are reading this, you are ready to create the most amazing life possible. The first step to knowing this truth is to understand that we must love ourselves deeply. If we do not first love ourselves, we will continue to create lives that do not mirror…

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Why You Need To Shine Your Light

Life can be taken for granted and lived unconsciously - or it can be lived so as to approach doing justice to this unfathomable, infinite gift that is each moment. The latter, the journey of conscious living, begins with diving deep within. In as much as you ARE, you hold within you the secret of existence. Dive within and you will find that secret, nothing less than the pure infinite light from which this entire universe arose in the first trillionth of a second of creation. This is the message of all the mystics; rediscover this, and delight in the divine,…

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Getting Over Spiritual Depression

If I was creating my own reality, it was a crappy one. Things looked good from the outside, but inside it was depressing as a bologna sandwich. Even though I couldn't afford the luxury of negative thoughts, they kept multiplying. It was like playing Whack-a-Mole. There are many very good reasons for temporary spiritual depression. One is that the spiritual quest puts us on a collision course with a vast and mysterious unconscious that lies far outside the ego's control. It can be just plain scary and overwhelming. Ancient spiritual traditions barred entry to those who were not carefully prepared…

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Own Your Feelings

Most people think they don't have anything to do with how they are feeling. I certainly didn't. But I have learned through many difficult situations in relationships, career and finances, and even getting shot that I do have something to do with my emotions. After all, they are mine! I learned that how I feel is mainly up to me, unless I have some chemical or neurological damage. Other than that, how I think causes how I feel. It's like a waterfall. My positive thoughts cause positive emotions. My negative thoughts cause negative emotions. How I feel influences how I…

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Make Every Day Joy Day

Do you celebrate Joy Day? What? You've never heard of it? When is it? As soon as news of it reaches you, it's Joy Day! Actually you can make any day Joy Day. Today is a fresh brand new day. Twenty four hours to do whatever your heart desires! How great can you make it? I mean really forget everything on your to do list and let's commit to making this the very best Joy Day ever - until the next one of course! Start with creating your very own Joy. Let go of the same old same old and…

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4 Lessons for Moving Forward

In life we will all experience ups and downs, happiness and despair and opportunity and hopelessness. And at some point we'll get stuck. Paralyzed by uncertainty that lies in front of us, we stop moving forward. We plan, analyze and try to predict. But we get nowhere because the future seems so complicated and uncertain. Stressed and anxious about an unpredictable and disorderly future, we stop growing and fall down a spiral of worry and hopelessness. It is right then that I believe what really matters is that we keep moving forward. That we accept that life is not perfect…

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Choose to Triumph Over Your Challenges

I often find myself thinking, "There is so much more to do in this great life"! Each of us is faced with challenges and obstacles and there are of course times where we don't know how we will get through a situation. It is our attitude and our mindset that paves the way and determines whether we will sail or stumble. If we allow fear and doubt to pile up on top of our challenge, there is no question we will have a heavy walk in front of us. It is not easy at first but if you choose to…

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Want to Move On? Change Your Thoughts

Have you made a mistake by saying the wrong thing to your spouse or to your boss, or by committing a blunder at work, and then allowed yourself to think about the mistake long after it was over? Of course you have, or you wouldn't be a human being. Have you ever dwelt on the past and crowded out thoughts of the future? We all do, and unfortunately when we do we actually create more problems for ourselves. Expectancy Theory states that which we focus on expands. Ultimately for you to develop mental toughness you will need to stop giving…

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Take Just One Step to Succeed

There's a little mountain in a state park near my home. It gains about 1,500 feet in two miles. So, four miles round trip. About two hours out of my life, not counting the drive. Even if you wouldn't take this hike today you can probably accept that you could work up to it. I'd estimate that in the past eight years I've climbed this one little mountain 40 times. I've done lots of other mountains. More dramatic ones. Mt. Katahdin in Maine. The Grand Canyon, rim-to-river and back. Half Dome. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. But I'm putting…

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Embrace Who YOU Are

There are many things that life has taught me, often in ways I couldn't understand at the time. I was bullied at school, had a complete lack of self confidence and esteem, making me painfully shy and later, severely depressed. I have at times, felt like giving up. But those things were given to me to make me realise I am in charge of my life. When I fought back at the bullies I felt strong and happy, I knew that I could stand up for myself and take charge, that I did matter, and it felt great! Then life…

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