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Jessica Amos

4 Essential Strategies for Changing Your Life

Be grateful. Gratitude unlocks the doors to your heart and opens your world up in ways previously unimaginable. Gratitude is the stage and the players are joy, peace, love, acceptance, belonging, and compassion. Make time to be grateful and happiness will be your reward. When you find yourself spiraling into thoughts and attitudes of scarcity, stop yourself and think of what you have to be grateful for. Stop spending time wishing things were different and focus on the good things in your life, at this very moment. It is no secret that where our thoughts go our lives go as…

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Mind Your Stories

Mind your stories.   Mind your stories; question them often. Nourish those that serve.   Change those that do not. Far easier said than done, yes? For many of our darker stories have cut grooves in the primordial stone of our psyches- and the river of mind all too easily turns back into these dark and shadowy valleys. So mind also your story about changing your story; be quick to forgive both yourself and your world should the story be slow to change.   Mind your stories; know them for what they are. For more than it is through your…

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Want to Find God? Meditate

Given 30 seconds to say what is most important in life, it'd be simple: give yourself to God. God gets a mixed review, obviously a favorable spin from religious or spiritual types, but still one with vague undertones of uncertainty. The advice I gave sounds good but what does it really mean, why is it important, and how should one go about doing it? Let's cut to the chase. Life on earth isn't easy. Even when wealthy or healthy, people may be miserable. With no way to know what'll happen one minute to the next, control and security are illusory.…

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Today’s Brilliance from Jeffery Straker

I'm a singer-songwriter-pianist touring about 100 shows a year. In my 'former life' though, I worked for a big marketing company. It was a good job, but when I listened to my heart, it wasn't quite fulfilled. I was a trained musician and realized I really wanted to pursue music as a career but the switch seemed overwhelming. I'd been performing some of my songs at open-mic nights as a hobbyist for a few years 'dreaming' of a full time music career when I was slapped in the face by a big dose of reality. I visited a great aunt…

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Today’s Brilliance from Craig Handley

My advice to help you today is to share with you a truth that you need to "buy into" in order to reach your dreams. Success is something that happens by turning a wheel a little bit at a time. To turn the wheel you need strong people and smart people, night owls and early birds, starters and finishers... all working together. I'm a great networker. I am not great at working out all the detail after detail needed sometimes to get a great idea executed. I had to find my polar opposite in order to be successful. You will…

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The Path You Need to Live in the Flow

Look at the shining sun, listen to the singing water, feel the unpredictable wind. Are those ever completely still? Not really. They are in fact always in movement, always flowing. Anything that is alive is always moving and changing. And so are you. Whatever your circumstances are, they are already changing, right now. And in what direction? That depends entirely on you. Every single thought that crosses your mind, every single action you take is the foundation of who you will be right around the corner. That's why, whatever you are feeling today, remember that you are already becoming somebody…

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More Brilliance from Charlene Potterbaum

I would share the same words I shared with a young mother whose lament sounded the same as mine when I was in the business of raising my six wonderful kids. I remember well having some of the same feelings she expressed--overwhelmed, overburdened, wondering if having made the decision to be a "stay at home Mommy" might have been a wrong decision after all! I told her that there was no older woman for me who could help get me back on track, so God did it for me. I was cleaning out the little boy's room, turning yucky socks…

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15 Reminders for Facing Adversity

Two things can happen when your world turns upside down with tragedy, such as blindness or the murder of your child. Either your life becomes a mess or you reach deep within. Choose the latter and, through the power of God at work, you become the messenger of the greatness that is yours to share. And while sharing, there's a secret to live the abundance of life, to relish in the richness of each day and to delight in success and triumph. And that triumph isn't in a book or hidden in mysteries untold, or even in philosophies to ponder…

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Why You Need To Take Time For You

Everybody needs some time to shine, time to be recognized, special, admired. It's not selfish: it's human. Early one Saturday I saw in the local paper that a workshop for blues musicians was scheduled for that very morning. I showed the notice to my husband, who intends to be the world's next great blues harmonica player. "I'd like to go, "he said, "but I promised I would paint your office." I assured him that the office could wait and sent him off with my blessing. He thought I was being selfless and wonderful, but I really wasn't. You see, I'd…

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10 Lessons You Need to Know

One of my favorite quotations about life's teachings comes from Thomas Carlyle, who said "Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." So, here's what I've come to know: 1) Take care of yourself as best you can. Daily exercise, relaxation and nutrition are vital for optimal performance in every area of life. Do your best and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. 2) Love is what makes life worth living. I believe learning to love is the most important skill we can develop in our lives, and yes I…

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6 Steps To Release Tension and Start Healing

Often people get sick because they stress, push and abuse themselves. Most people are not taught how to love themselves. In fact, they are taught that to listen, care for and honor themselves is selfish. Many people spend their time trying to please others and eventually hurt themselves, which causes resentment, stress and sickness. Often, until you really get angry, discover the cause of your sickness and let it go, you cannot heal. That is exactly what happened in my case, I got angry because nobody could help me and then I discovered that I had the power to tune…

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The 4 Hurdles You Must Jump in Life

There are four hurdles we must jump in life and until we do, we will not become all we are meant to be. Initially the hurdles diminish our confidence and self-esteem, but this is an illusion as they are a part of the way-the journey of heroes, inventors, and legendary entrepreneurs. They exist to help us fulfill our highest and greatest purpose. The first hurdle is overcoming all the naysayers, the people who tell us our dreams are silly, we're not smart enough, rich enough or strong enough, but we must be strong and follow our heart. If we ignore…

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Today’s Brilliance from Ria Sharon

Each person is a gift to this world. You are one unique expression of the Divine, with a combination of experiences and natural talents and desires and perspective that only you have. The space that you fill is yours alone and when you fill it completely and joyfully, magic happens. I know that you've experienced this before... seeming coincidences when what you've said or done is just what someone else needs to hear or experience at that exact time. Do you remember the day that I said on the way to school, "I hope I see Julie in carpool! I…

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Today’s Brilliance from Kim Malchuk

Is having the rug pulled out from under you such a terrible thing? Do you have to hit your own personal rock bottom before you start to understand what is important in life? Nobody is immune to receiving the hard knocks in life. Turbulent times are not given to us as punishments. They're signs presented to us to perhaps change the course of our life. I want to share with you the lessons I've learned while navigating through the rough waters of my life. Finger pointing is a waste of energy. It's easy to blame others for our lot in life…

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Does Every Person Have a Unique Destiny?

I believe every person and organization has a unique destiny, vision and purpose. We are all here because our presence on the planet is essential at this extraordinary time in history. I believe that opening to a vision creates a synergy that is powerful and dynamic. There is a vibrant mission that is calling us all to higher ground and to more deeply loving and profound experiences. I believe that each person and organization has a unique capacity to be of service to the community and world at large. Our only job is to uncover our core power, gifts and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Karen Berg

Surrender and the Power of Prayer

Normally, we think of surrender in one way. For example, I don't know how many of you have seen the movie Life of Pi, but in it, the main character finds himself in the middle of the ocean without food, without water, and with nowhere to go. Eventually, in his desperation, he calls to the Creator and he says, "Okay! I give myself to you! I surrender!" That's one kind of surrender. But that's not the surrender I'm talking about. There's another form of surrender-aggressive surrender- which is when I can say to myself, "I'm prepared and I'm willing to…

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What If Life is But a Dream?

Many of us have had the experience of awaking from a vivid dream or nightmare and being certain that what we dreamed really happened. Then, as we awaken more, we realize we were only dreaming. It didn't really happen. Or did it? We can have the reverse experience too—dream-like moments happen even though we are awake. One day, while holding my grandson Kai on my lap, I had a waking dream. As if it were yesterday, I remembered sitting on my grandfather's lap. In a dreamlike way I wondered how I had become the grandfather, and so quickly too. In…

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Life Feeling Too Dull? Change Your Perception

I, like you, am just a normal person living a normal life. But, by "normal" I don't mean mundane. Nothing that exists in this universe should ever be seen as mundane! Take a moment to breathe. Look around you right now. You see a computer, a desk, maybe a window and trees outside. You see your hands. You feel your clothes against your skin. Perhaps you smell dinner cooking, or notice the familiar scents of your office. Everything you have noticed just now is a miracle. Once, none of it existed. Can you picture the total absence of everything? When…

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