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Friday, September 5, 2014

Quotes of the day... 9/5/14

Joan Rivers (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014) 

I have become my own version of an optimist. 
If I can't make it through one door, 
I'll go through another door -- 
or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come 
no matter how dark the present.
     ~ Joan Rivers

I have no methods; 
all I do is accept people as they are.
     ~ Joan Rivers

We wanted to do it, 
and we did it and we don't give a damn.
     ~ Joan Rivers 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Quotes of the day... 9/4/14

What thoughts make you feel better?
Because, it’s all thoughts!

Given our limited knowledge, 
creating the future with the power of our minds 
is a risky adventure indeed.
Or we can opt for the custom made, 
first class experience by allowing 
our outer mind/higher wisdom to drive.

It’s more fun to leave the door open.
Unless you enjoy danger :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quotes of the day... 9/3/14

One of the greatest regrets in life 
is being what others would want you to be, 
rather than being yourself.
     ~ Shannon L. Alder 

Everything that happens to you 
is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. 
We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. 
We cannot draw to ourselves 
more than we think we are worth.
     ~ Iyanla Vanzant 

Dignity: The moment you realize 
that no one is your enemy, except yourself. 
     ~ Shannon L. Alder

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quotes of the day... 9/2/14

Very often a change of self is needed
more than a change of scene.
     ~ Arthur Christopher

Every time you judge yourself,
you hurt yourself.
     ~ Paulo Coelho

It takes courage to do what you want.
Other people have a lot of plans for you.
     ~ Joseph Campbell

Monday, September 1, 2014

What we really want...

When we understand that what most people really, really want 
is simply to feel good about themselves, 
and when we realize that with just a few well-chosen words 
we can help virtually anyone on the planet instantly achieve this, 
we begin to realize just how simple life is 
and how powerful we are. 
~adapted, Mike Dooley

Need a life reboot?

"This is stuff that anyone, anywhere can and should do, that will never, ever take away from our lives but will always add joy and clarity to it.

Put it all together and see how your path unfolds.

1) Move every day

It doesn’t have to be fancy. A 20 minute walk. A bike ride. A little yoga. It’s the “every day” part that’s key.

2) “Eat mostly plants”

This one comes from Michael Pollen. I don’t think everyone has to get all radical and go vegan, but if 90 percent of our diet comes from unprocessed plant based foods, we’re going to feel really good.

3) Do something for someone else

It can be anything. Pay someone a sincere compliment. Read a book to a kid. Save a dog.

Large or small, making compassionate and selfless actions, a cornerstone of our lives, changes everything for the better.

4) Meditate

Again, no need to get fancy. Just sit quietly for a few minutes a day, listen to your breath and observe your thoughts. You might choose to pray instead—all good.

However we do it, this is our chance to cast off all our frenetic layers and just be the spirit we are.

5) Sleep

Different people need different amounts of sleep each 24 hour cycle. I need at least seven hours a night and some sort of nap during the day. Know what you need and make sure that you get it.

6) Get outside

Humans are natural beings. If we don’t interact with the natural world consistently we become like caged animals in a zoo—maladaptive and depressed. Like everything else on this list, getting outside doesn’t have to be a big production. Just open the door, go find a tree to sit under and look up.

7) Have a dream

Without dreams, we are just slogging through one meaningless day after the next. Dreams can take all kinds of shapes from a wish for self improvement, to taking on a creative challenge, to mastering the Ashtanga primary series, to anything at all. 

Keep your dream close to your heart, think of it each day, move toward it, believe in it. If it comes true, find a new dream.

This seems like a long, intense list and make no mistake, it takes discipline to try and put all these elements in play each and every day of your life—and to forgive yourself when you don’t manage it and try again the next day anyway.

But the payoff is epic.

A life well lived. An awakened spirit. A heart that is illuminated. And eventually, becoming a beacon of hope for others."

~ excerpted, The 7 Indisputable Keys to Good Health by Erica Leibrandt, via Elephant Journal

Quotes of the day... 8/31/14

Strong people don't put others down...
they lift them up.
     ~ Michael P. Watson

There are some in this world
who have strength on their own
never broken or in need of repair,
but there are some born to shine
who can't do it alone,
so protect them and take special care.
     ~lyrics, Don't Foget Me

And if something good
can come from bad,
the past can rest in peace.
     ~lyrics, Don't Forget Me