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Today’s Brilliance from Laura Munson

There is a quote by the mystic poet Rumi that goes, "Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field: I'll meet you there." I am interested in that field. I am interested in the freedom of that open space. I want to breathe that oxygen. In it there is no fear or shame or guilt or the word "should." It simply opens its spaciousness to us. Calls forth the possibility of what we can create there. What do you create? I don't mean the nouns of your life. I create books, for instance. Those are…

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Today’s Brilliance from Pilar Stella

As I sat down to write this piece, I thought about the word "InspIre." No wonder the word starts with the letter "I" and "U" is nowhere to be found. Yet, isn't it interesting that when we think of the word InspIre, it is often to think of who InspIres us and is even more likely to be answered with some external person, mentor or idol? What if we began to truly see the "I" in InspIre and recognized the ways in which we InspIre ourselves and others? Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful thing to be InspIred…

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Today’s Brilliance from Michael Hubbard

On April 1st, 1982, I went through the windshield of an automobile. Almost a month later, I walked out of the hospital on my own. Blind. From that day on, since my vision was gone, I've had to learn to use my mental vision. Here's what I've learned. As a person thinks in their mind, so will they be.  Take that one message and learn it, consume it, memorize it, adopted it. Make it a habitual part of your every day life, and you can change yourself and the world that you live in. Every thing that you and I…

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Today’s Brilliance from Marla Martenson

In our society today most people are going to a job that they hate. They put in the obligatory 40 hours per week, do the daily grind, singing the "Thank God It's Friday" song and "Oh no not another Monday morning." Many people wake up one day to realize that life has passed them by while they were at work feeling miserable. It doesn't have to be this way. Don't bury your dreams and passion in exchange for a paycheck. Unleash your creativity! Wake up to new possibilities! I am inviting you to take a new approach and unlock your…

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Stop Dreaming, Start Walking

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." ~ Attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe One of the most common documented deathbed regrets is that the soon to be deceased wishes they had taken more risks. They aren't talking about bungee jumping, but rather the dreams that they carried inside for a lifetime that they will never see realized. There are hundreds of reasons that people pass on their dreams, and they all seem perfectly logical. Take the American Dream for example: get an education, find a steady job, buy…

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Today’s Brilliance from Ed Brodow

How do you feel when you have to negotiate? Unfortunately, most of us do not enjoy the process of making deals and so we try to avoid confrontation. This is counterproductive, as life demands that we interact with other people and attempt to resolve our differences with them. In fact, the way you negotiate will determine the extent of your success as a human being. People who have mastered the art of negotiation often have an easier time on this planet than the millions of lost souls who have not. Let's consider why so many people hate to negotiate. This…

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Unlock Your Mind to Create New Realities

Perhaps you can relate to my own personal journey. As an adolescent, I surrendered to other people's beliefs about who I was instead of pursuing the beautiful dreams within me. As a result, I backed away from life and abandoned my dreams. By the time I turned 21, I knew my past was driving my future as my old negative mental habits kept their strangling hold on my life. But I wanted change. I no longer wanted to be smothered by my inner conflicts or by people with no vision. I became determined to reclaim my life. My desire for…

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Today’s Brilliance from Cherilyn Vonn

As I sit reminiscing over my life and the profound words of wisdom I would like to share with all of humanity, they would be the pearls of wisdom that I govern my life by. Live purposefully: Are you living your purpose? Are you living your making or simply making a living? If you are not passionately pursuing your purpose then you are not living at all, you're only existing. Give gratefully: There is enough to go around. The only walls of lack and limitation are the ones that we build ourselves. The universe is abundant and honors a cheerful…

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Today’s Brilliance from Tisa Silver

Looking over my life, I have spent a lot of time. Quite often, good things seemed to come to me. Just in the nick of time, I was able to take advantage of them. When I was about to finish college, the job market was bad so I applied to one graduate school program and I was accepted. As graduate school came to an end, I didn't have a job. The business school at my alma mater had an opening for a finance instructor. A friend recommended me, so I applied for the job and was quickly hired. People around…

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The Gift of Our Existence

Words spoken and unspoken millions of times Actions taken countless times throughout the day Trying at each moment to explain 'Love' As if 'Love' is a concept that can stand on its own The tendency to take concepts that are the embodiment of our soul and our being and trying to explain them as if we can remove ourself from that which by its definition is from within. This is a flaw of Western Logic. The most extraordinary pursuit we as human beings may endeavor during our lives, is to become whole, that is to fully prepare for our spiritual…

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Today’s Brilliance from Sarah Maria

What do you see when you look in the mirror? If you are like most people, looking in the mirror doesn't conjure up magnificent images of beauty like a Michaelangelo painting. On the contrary, here is the reflection that most people see staring back at them: My butt is too big My arms are too flabby My hair is too flat, too curly, or too drab My face has too many wrinkles I have cellulite on the back of my thighs My breasts are starting to sag My muscles are non-existent I am way too short I am way too…

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Unhappiness Happens… But So Does Happiness!

I'd like to tell you that you can be happy all of the time or that happiness is always about choice. But I can't because I don't believe it. I know some people believe it and claim to live it. And if you're one of them, I'm very happy for you... and even a little envious. But for those who seek happiness because we aren't happy all of the time, the best advice I know to give is this, "Happiness happens. Unhappiness happens." If you want to be happy you can't ignore unhappiness. Sometimes our unhappiness is of our own…

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Today’s Brilliance from Elisabeth Fayt

If today were my last day on Earth, it would be my desire to leave the world with three very profound thoughts on how to find happiness, peace and fulfillment. Be you So often we try to mimic others. We have role models and mentors and we try to re-do what others have done. We also allow the opinions of others to shape us, mold us, or even push us down from what we could be. Each one of us as many gifts and with those gifts come a great responsibility-we must share them with the world! No one in…

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Today’s Brilliance from Michelle Casto

Your most important assignment on earth is to excavate the caverns of your inner self to uncover the jewels of your own soul. Self-transformation is a process that can be self-initiated and self-guided. It is often helpful to have a guide to help you bring to light what is hidden in your subconscious programming. To make lasting change, embrace everything and see the challenges, failures, and limiting beliefs as diamonds in the rough. The things that you wish you didn't have to deal with are part of your humanity and actually help you to become who you are meant to…

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Today’s Brilliance from Kathi Casey

I would let my children and grandchildren know that everything in life is by choice. When we wake up feeling a little tired, or "get up on the wrong side of the bed", we can choose to smile and reach for a shining moment from our past or a dream of the future that excites us, and then keep that thought in the back of our minds all day. We can choose to feel joy until we once again, gratefully sink into our lovely bed at the end of another day and sleep soundly in the knowledge that today was…

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Today’s Brilliance from Betsy Muller

Have you ever wondered what your life purpose might be? Before you pay a psychic or spiritual counselor for another hour of time, I advise you to look inward. Emotions play a critical role in helping your soul navigate the big life lessons that bring true purpose to your unique mission as a human being. Many of the blocks you have experienced can be traced to emotions stuffed away for weeks, months and even years. You can't heal what you don't recognize or accept. Stress only compounds as emotions are ignored. Having intense emotions does not mean that you are…

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Today’s Brilliance from Paul Dunn

My Mum is now just over 100 years old. And until four years ago, our relationship was, shall we say, "challenging." Like most Mums, mine believed I was still three years old! And she never seemed to get excited at the things I felt I was achieving. Communication did not flow easily. Then, it all changed. The simplest way to say it is Mum lost her head. Alzheimer's disease took its hold. And I realised that for all those years I'd been communicating with my Mum "head-to-head." Now, the ONLY way for us to communicate was heart-to-heart. And it changed…

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Today’s Brilliance from Kirsty Dunphey

If I were able to pass on anything I'd learned to the world it would be these 4 points: 1. Life can be fleeting, regret the things you've done, not those you didn't do. Recently I've lost friends who were 42 and 33 years old who were amazing people whose lives ended way too quickly. Whether I live to 33 or 133 though, I want to be able to look back on my life on my last day here on this Earth and say that I tried everything I wanted to try. I had a go, I gave it my…

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Today’s Brilliance from Jon Stein

Live, Laugh, Love! My message to the world is to just chill! We get so caught up in things that we think matter and forget the beauty of going through life with Grace and Ease. When we trust and let our Higher Power work his magic, life is a better place. Remember each day to take a big drink of positive mental protein when you are thirsty. Read and listen to positive messages. Read things that expand your mind and empower you. Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you. Today, go find something that will make you say…

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What’s the Cost of a Great Life?

One of the most thought provoking pieces of advice I received came in the form of this question: "How much money do you really need to live a great life?" The answer? Ultimately, it's not about the money! Many people have trouble understanding this and are consumed by making money to improve their standard of living, often feeling that money solves their problems. Of course money helps if you have bills to pay but it won't necessarily make you happy. While financial worries can cause numerous problems, money isn't the answer to living a successful life. Consider this. I have…

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Don’t Be Afraid to Try

Never give up. Each of us starts out in this game of life being dealt a certain hand. It is then up to us to decide how we will play our cards and deal with the unavoidable obstacles that will continually try to knock us down. While there may be times when it would be easier to just throw up our hands and give up, sticking it out and giving it our all can lead us to greater rewards than we could ever imagine. As a young girl I was diagnosed with a muscular affliction that prevented me from doing…

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