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Finding Your New Strength In Adversity

There is a story of little girl in church with too much energy. She kept standing up on the chair and her mother kept pulling her down, but she would just keep getting right back up. Frustrated, her mother pulled her down again and put her hand heavy on her little girls head, pushing her down into a sitting position. The little girl sat there for a while, then began to smile. Then she said, "Mom, you know what, I may be sitting down on the outside, but I am standing up on the inside!" This is the attitude of…

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5 Positive Ways You Can Manage Adversity

I believe strongly that what you put out in this world, you get back. I did not always think this way, and unfortunately it took a life-altering event to show me the correct path for me to follow. I suffer from a debilitating disease which tests my strengths daily. Here are five things that I live by and pass along to as many people as I can! 1. Positivity creates positive results. Karma? If you surround yourself with dark, depressing negative thoughts or people, then you will lean towards that yourself. That is not a happy, nor a healthy, way…

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How to Discover Your Worthiness

This moment, right now, is all that you can truly know. Regardless of what you may have done in your past, or the fears that you may have of the future, give thanks that you are here now. You are beautiful and deserve to know the gift that you are to the world. Honor the mistakes you have made, for everyone makes them, but seek the lessons that they may have to teach you. There is only one you. No matter how many people you compare yourself to, or how much you try to please others, no one can ever…

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Things I Know To Be True

I would share the things I know to be true. Any 'negative' circumstances of your birth are just the backdrop setting the stage for the inspirational ending to your life story. No matter how wonderful your upbringing, you must continually seek wisdom to master all of the lessons necessary to lead a victorious life. You owe your parents for the gift of life, but what you make of it is entirely up to you. We are all more alike than we are different; look for commonality to touch the hearts of others. We must cultivate the wisdom and the discipline…

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Today’s Brilliance from Rizwan Virk

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that there aren't any hard and fast rules for success. Most advice works some of the time; no advice works all the time. Then how do you find the way to true success and happiness? My advice is to look for tension in life; tension is created by forces pulling in different directions. What forces? Here's a few (but if you look you can find many more opposing forces, work vs. play, family vs. professional, in any situation): Logic vs. Intuition. From my spiritual training, I've learned to listen to and follow my intuition…

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Today’s Brilliance from Maggie Oman Shannon

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things..." ~ Philippians 4:8 Spiritual beauty always surrounds us, surrounds me right now: the fragrant, creamy-white petals of gardenias floating in a cobalt-blue bowl; the soft, fuzzy-peach flesh of my black kitten as she lies purring from a tummy rub; the magnificent burnt-orange spires of the Golden Gate Bridge arising from the choppy teal waves of San Francisco Bay; the iridescent filaments of a spiderweb adorned with dew. The poet Mary…

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The Transforming Power of Letting Go

Have you ever let go of it all? The most remarkable things can happen when you surrender completely. Letting go and trusting in the universe is probably the all time greatest challenge anyone can face. Walking in the dark with total blind faith, not knowing where the next safe footing will be, afraid that the unknown will unveil more than we can take. One of my first experiences of consciously handing it all over to the universe was in 1980. I was in a job recruiting disk drive engineers in Silicon Valley and was failing miserably. Luckily for me, one…

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Today’s Brilliance from Deborah Rozman

The heart is your key to becoming "who you truly are." Learn to listen to your heart's intuitive guidance. The heart is not weak and mushy. It is a source of strength and holds a unique intelligence that you can tap into that can open your intuition. It's up to each individual to bring their physical, mental and emotional systems into balanced alignment with their heart's intuitive guidance. Let your mind and heart work as a team - a balanced partnership. The shortest path to the heart and mind partnership is through inner-ease. Practicing inner-ease creates "flow" by helping you…

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Is Expectation the Greatest Force on Earth?

I used to think that love was the greatest force on earth. Lately, however, I have come to recognize that the greatest human force is something else, something deeper, something even more fundamental. I'm talking about the power of expectation. It can move mountains, save life, and when used negatively, destroy life. How do expectations have such power? The answer lies with your subconscious mind. Your subconscious controls your automatic actions and physiological responses, habits, creativity, and even your perception. That's right. It controls what "vibes" and other cues in your environment that you will see or not see. We…

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Find Your Fullest Potential

To know where you are heading, realize you are the creator of your life. Don't let others dictate what you should be, do and have. Instead be the creative force, by being the author of your life. Would you be excited to read your biography? Don't worry about the passage of time, for where you are at, is exactly where you need to be. Start today as a clean slate. What longings have you swept under the rug? It's time to revisit or create new desires. To have clarity, trust your intuition and take advice only if you feel good…

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B. Lynn Goodwin

The Transformative Benefits of Journaling

It's easy to tell others to take risks. It's harder to live by that rule, especially if you're wise enough to consider the consequences. Have faith. Take a leap and trust that someone will catch you. Weigh your choices. Don't hesitate to give to a stranger but don't give everything away. Be who you are. Everybody else is taken. Life is short. Have the courage to leave a miserable job, if you've tried everything you can. The same is true of a miserable relationship, as long as you're not hurting your children. If you're afraid you might be, weigh the…

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Don’t Look For Happiness in the Wrong Places

Happiness is not in your bank account. It's not in your closet, your waist line or your garage. Don't go looking to your list of, or lack of, invites, happiness isn't keeping count. Happiness doesn't know the difference between this season's shoes or last season's jacket. It's not sitting in first class on the way to Italy. Happiness didn't arrive on fine china. It's not marinated with filet mignon or dipped in Belgian chocolate. Happiness can't count how many Twitter followers you have or who you're connected to on LinkedIn. It hasn't liked your latest status or analyzed your influence.…

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Today’s Brilliance from Seth Chernoff

There are no coincidences in this universe; everything operates in perfect equilibrium. When we are ready, the right opportunities in life present themselves, whether in the form of people or things; and regardless of whether we see, hear, feel, or read it, it will speak to us. Irrespective of whether we agree or disagree with information as it is presented to us in life, it serves an important purpose to help us open our eyes to the world around us, to continually question what we believe, and to subsequently look within for the answers we seek for our truth. The…

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Today’s Brilliance from Polly Campbell

You are good enough - right now. You are good enough to make a profound and positive difference in the world. You are good enough to love and be loved, to pursue your dreams, to achieve success, and live in peace and abundance and joy - right now. You don't have to be anything different. You don't have to go back to school, or meditate in Tibet, or lose 35 pounds. Nothing has to be perfect, or just right, or different then it is for you to know that right now, right in this moment, you are good enough to…

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Today’s Brilliance from Donna Gates

Life is not supposed to be easy. We come here to learn to be a kinder, more loving and more courageous soul. Just as we grow from a small infant to an adult, our soul must grow from infancy to maturity as well. Sometimes babies are diagnosed with a medical condition called, "failure to thrive". Too many of us suffer from "soul failure to thrive" simply because we are afraid to fail. But failure is good. If we try and we fail we learn humility, a wonderful quality to master. But failure is a great teacher only if we have…

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Getting Fired: The Best Gift of My Life

At 50 years old, I got maybe the best gift anyone could every get. I got fired. Of course, at the moment it didn't seem like a gift. After a wonderful, 30 year career, I found myself at a new chapter in my life with a burning question: What next? Should I get a new job and feel like I was a spectator of my life and not living it? Or should I stop and try to finish a book that I had started a few years before, on positive thinking and well-being? How wonderful to think about this project…

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Today’s Brilliance from Jerry Smith

My life is a story about overcoming rape, tragedy, abandonment, rejection, murder and then at age 64 given a "death sentence," after being diagnosed with an incurable lung disease and given six months to live. Today I am the happiest that I have ever been in my life. So how did I find happiness? I learned that you can choose to have happiness by making up your mind to be happy, instead of choosing to dwell on the past. The difference between being positive instead of being negative is critical in changing attitudes, and attitude is a major factor affecting…

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Today’s Brilliance from Sondra Sneed

To "inspire" comes from the Latin inspirare, which means "inflame; blow into." If such a word could have so much spiritual significance, then would it not be possible we are being inspired by God when we fool ourselves into doing what we want to do, instead of what others want us to do? The reason I suggest this is because only God has the power to blow into us that which is our own nature, that which we were born to be. Most of the time we don't trust that, and we look to the world to tell us what we…

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Use Your Intuition for Success

Do you ever get the sense that there's more to life than this? Do you ever feel like you are living a life of quiet desperation? If the answer is yes, listen to the voice of your soul. The voice of your soul is your inner guidance system. You were born hearing it clearly. You once believed that anything is possible. But you were taught to focus on your five physical senses and logic, which didn't nurture the magnificent and magical part of you - your intuition. That intangible source of wisdom was muted, but it is always speaking to…

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Embrace Your True Self

Being brilliant in this world is not possible if we have dimmed our light, because the light is who we are. And if all physical manifestation happens by lowering light into form through thought, we are the light, that chooses the thought, that creates light taking form. We are, ultimately, the light of the world. Through our focus and choice, we form the world of us, and that world then is pooled into the collective whole and affects the whole. Wow. Big responsibility, or big blessing. It all depends on your perspective and choice, about how you want to look…

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Today’s Brilliance from Tim Hutchinson

Forgiveness You cannot move toward the future if you are chained to the past. Clinging to the frayed threads of hope in a pain-filled life cannot sustain you, and telling yourself to "hold on" or "hang in there" does nothing to move you forward. The first step to emotional freedom and healing is to let go of the past. Understand that not every injustice in the world will be punished, at least not in this lifetime. Carrying the hurt and resentment of negative experiences does not affect the offenders, it only affects you. Forgiveness is liberating. When a person is…

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