Month: November 2014

Daily Inspiration 11-30-14

Daily Inspiration 11-30-14

“To praise the sun 
is to praise your own eyes.” 
— Rumi 

Yesterday morning as I was stirring to wakefulness, I repeated several times a couple of phrases that I learned from Abraham and Esther Hicks. The first is, “today, no matter where I’m going and no matter what I am doing, it is my dominant intent to see that which I am wanting to see.” The second, and more important of the two is, “nothing is more important than that I feel good.” And, I shouldn’t be surprised, but I found such good feelings and pure enjoyment throughout the day. The power of intention at play.

I was in a state of appreciation so much through the day, and I’ll share one section with you. In recent years I find that I don’t listen to music but rarely. I have thousands of songs in my library and then I discovered where I can pretty much find anything I want and even create playlists. In the last few months, I find myself listening more, but with much larger ears.

One of the things I love about Spotify is that it is like Netflix in that it suggests things I might like, and much of the time, I do. I adore Tommy Emmanuel as the peak of acoustic guitarists, and Spotify recommended a few like him. I found Martin Tallstrom there and what a find he was. He’s a Swedish guitarist and I so relish an album he did in 2009 called Acoustics.

I listened to the album again and I found myself with eyes closed floating around in clouds and blue sky moving in rhythm and joy to each and every single note. Appreciation is an interesting thing in that it has no end that I have found. I was, and still am in fact, so deeply appreciating many things.

I was appreciating Martin’s talent and dedication to improving his skill to form the presentation that I was hearing. I was appreciating the guitar maker who crafted a fine instrument for him to play. I was appreciating the guitar amplifier that adds such a depth to the sound. I was appreciating the recording; the recording studio that someone created; the skilled recording engineer; the record company; the stereo amplifier and the speakers that allowed me to listen to this. I was appreciating that Martin put himself out there and was willing, and perhaps even eager to share his blessings with me. The list goes on and on and on.

I play guitar so I can perhaps more fully appreciate what it takes to be as good as he is and the nuances that make the sound so perfect. I used to own a recording studio and have thousands of hours of recording time so I can appreciate the skill and knowledge it takes to record music so well. I own a business so I can appreciate what it takes to create that studio, market that music and more. Maybe now in looking back, this is why I learned what I did just so I could appreciate in a better way and to listen with larger ears. Or, maybe that didn’t matter at all. It could just be that I was intent on feeling good and finding things that I wanted.

Abraham and Esther Hicks state that if you focus on something in appreciation (or in any other way too) for as little as 17 seconds, another thought joins it and then another and another and so on, drawing more to you that you are focused on. Yesterday I was focused on feeling good, I found things that I wanted, I began appreciating one aspect, then in my joy, I found another, then another and another until I was appreciating hundreds of things that surrounded this one piece of music I was listening to.

It Was A Day Of Pure Joy And Love. I Think I Will Go For A Repeat Today. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today–Share your joys and your joys are instantly increased.

Daily Inspiration 11-29-14

Daily Inspiration 11-29-14

THANKSgiving Week Thoughts 

“The thankful receiver 
bears a plentiful harvest.”
— William Blake 

Today is the last day of Thanksgiving week and this last post will be about who gratitude is for. It is not for the benefit of the thing or person that you are thanking. It is for YOU.

You could think of this as being selfish, and if you want to do that, fine. It is true. The real benefit of becoming a grateful person and in finding anything and everything and everyone something to be thankful for is not appreciating of it or them. Of course, that certainly doesn’t hurt and it obviously may have a benefit to them; however, it is the act of being thankful and finding the good, or rather, those things that we can be thankful for that really matters. It is being the receiver of the gratitude that we give out.

If you want to get really simple, fine. We FEEL better when we are thankful. We feel wonderful in our appreciation. We rise above in our gratitude. As far as I’m concerned that is not only reason enough to be grateful, but the all-important reason.

This is how we become more grateful as we begin our path of thankfulness. We feel it, and it feels good. We feel right. We feel aligned. We feel one with God. We feel blessed. We feel that our heart is full. It is that feeling that creates the desire for even more thankfulness and gratitude. It is why we do what we do whatever we do. We gain. We grow. We become more. We rise.

What anyone else feels when we are this way is strictly and blessedly, a side benefit.

Go For The Feeling Of Joy And Heartfelt Wonder. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by just being alive and knowing it. How could you not?

Daily Inspiration 11-28-14

Daily Inspiration 11-28-14

THANKSgiving Week Thoughts 

“I’m too grateful to be hateful. 
I am too blessed to be stressed.” 
— El DeBarge 

The quote above is so good because that sequence and outcome is exactly how it works. When one is thankful and lives in gratitude for all that is, hatred is impossible. At the same time, when one is feeling blessed by the gifts that come their way, or just by the sunshine of a new day, there can be no stress.

Real love is full of gratitude. These high emotions are all in a similar plane of vibration: love, appreciation, feeling blessed, peace, gratitude, thankfulness.

When I was young, and then again as a teenager, my parents went through a nasty divorce. I think they were bent on teaching me that love can turn into hate. For a time, I went along with that idea because they were the role models, but as I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that love cannot turn into hate. And as a result of my decision about that and even though I went through a divorce myself, there was nothing but love and appreciation and gratitude and the whole thing went as smoothly as I knew it would.

Stress comes from fear. Hate comes from fear. Distrust comes from fear. And fear comes from the ego. They all feed on each other. These states are debilitating and destructive. It can go from bad to worse to terrible easy enough, and it is all too common in much the world.

Yet, here is an interesting thing–those other attributes like love, appreciation, gratitude, peace, and such also feed on each other. They are empowering and energizing. They go from good to great to spectacular.

And, here’s the most interesting thing of all: We are fully in charge of the choices that we make and all those feelings are choices. How cool is that?

Thankfulness Puts One On The Path Of Least Resistance. 

Spread Some Joy Today–If you go shopping today, take some patience and joy along with you. You’ll be amazed how valuable they can be. It’s better than money.

Daily Inspiration 11-27-14

Daily Inspiration 11-27-14

THANKSgiving Week Thoughts 

“Thanksgiving, after all, 
is a word of action.” 
— W. J. Cameron 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you this day. I stand in gratitude of all that is and hope you find a similar stance in your day.

“Thanksgiving Was Never Meant To Be Shut Up In A Single Day.” — Robert Caspar Lintner 

Spread Some Joy Today–by just being yourself. You are joy!

Daily Inspiration 11-26-14

Daily Inspiration 11-26-14

THANKSgiving Week Thoughts 

“When eating bamboo sprouts, 
remember the man who planted them.” 
— Chinese Proverb 

A lot of people celebrate Thanksgiving and don’t know any of the history of it. So, in case you haven’t seen it, or forgot about it, here it is from Wikipedia:

“Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been celebrated as a Federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Thanksgiving was also celebrated nationally in 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow) and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”-days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.”

Whatever Thanksgiving Day means to you is wonderful. Some just enjoy the feast and getting together with relatives and friends, watching some football, enjoying each others company and the day regardless of the weather. So I hope that you enjoy your day in whatever way you choose.

Several years ago, our Pastor at church told us of the history of Thanksgiving, particularly the Pilgrim’s portion. He suggested that the congregation get some dried corn, seeds, popcorn, or you could use small stones, buttons, whatever. Then pass 5 to 7 of these out to each person on Thanksgiving. If it is a large crowd, the smaller number. Then, one by one, each pushes out one of their tokens and states aloud something or someone that they are thankful for and why.

Doing this just before the food is served, just takes a small portion of the day, but it changes the way we think about the day and brings us all to focus on thankfulness. After all, when we call a day a day of thanksgiving, giving thanks would be such an appropriate thing to do. Keep a box of tissues nearby. . .

“Feeling Gratitude And Not Expressing It Is Like Wrapping A Present And Not Giving It.” — William Arthur Ward 

Spread Some Joy Today–by giving thanks.

Daily Inspiration 11-25-14

Daily Inspiration 11-25-14

THANKSgiving Week Thoughts 

“If you concentrate on finding 
whatever is good in every situation, 
you will discover that your life 
will suddenly be filled with gratitude, 
a feeling that nurtures the soul.” 
 — Rabbi Harold Kushner 

Today is day three of the THANKSgiving Week Thoughts and it’s all about giving thanks and filling myself with gratitude.

Things were what I focused on yesterday and starting with all the little things we take for granted yet can be thankful for and create a flow of thankful thoughts. Running water from the sink faucet, hot showers, toilet paper, washing machines, rubber tires. Indeed, there are thousands of things that we can express our thankfulness for and that we are thankful for except that they blend in and we just don’t see them anymore in that way. Renewing that relationship helps to prime the pump and get the juices of thankfulness moving. Writing them down helps.

But, today, let’s venture into the so-called ‘harder’ things to find thanks in. You know, the people who did you wrong, the job you hate, the politicians who don’t care, your parents and how they never seemed to encourage you or fill in the blank. We all have had experiences, made decisions that we blame for some experiences we would rather forget. It’s those things.

It’s not about forgiveness. It’s not even about letting go. Although those things seem to help, for these stronger ones it takes more. It takes finding the good and then becoming grateful for them instead of wanting to forget them.

I’ve dealt with a number of things from my past in this way. Enlightened philosophers and sages say there are no mistakes and that everything happens for a reason and everything is in perfect order. Trying to accept that premise just for a bit is helpful to find that silver lining in the midst of what we might have thought of as a tragedy, a mistake, something to forget.

At first, it is very hard to find good in it, so a good question is, ‘if there could be something good in this, what might it be?’ We get so stuck sometimes with our limited perceptions. Shakespeare said it perfectly: “Tis nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” We just need a shift in perspective.

I have become thankful for virtually every situation or circumstance in my life now by facing them and finding the good and becoming thankful for the situation. This includes deaths of loved ones, so-called serious judgment errors, thinking my parents were ill-prepared for child rearing and much more. It is all perfect now and there is no fault because there is now nothing but gratitude for what was.

This Helps Live Today Free Of Baggage, Or At The Very Least, To Travel Much Lighter. Anchors Away! 

Spread Some Joy Today–Let joy be your compass today.

Daily Inspiration 11-24-14

Daily Inspiration 11-24-14

THANKSgiving Week Thoughts 

“Sometimes the little things in life 
mean the most.” 
— Ellen Hopkins 

Some things are really easy to be grateful for, and for many, they don’t come along regularly enough to help them become a grateful person. And certainly, the things that so many can never be grateful for because they are mean, nasty, evil, wrong, along with a lot of other descriptions. So with these, gratitude, or being thankful is rare enough.

Yesterday, I said that in day one that the message or recommendation is to make a decision to become a grateful, thankful person. Today is day two in the THANKSgiving Week Thoughts, and I will add what I think is the easiest and fastest way to open the floodgates to becoming a grateful person.

My grandmother used to tuck us in at night and tell us to count our blessings. It didn’t mean too much to me then, but it is one of my main joys today. I now do it so much in my head, but writing it down is so excellent. This morning, I took just fifteen minutes and filled two and a half pages on college ruled lined paper. There were things, people, and more. As I sat there thinking and looking around my office, I would find another and that would cause me to find another, then one would just pop in my head. If I would have kept going I might have filled a whole binder. This is a wonderful place to begin.

Often we have hundreds of possessions and don’t give them any thought or appreciation. Sometimes when I think of how thankful I am for something, I like to mention it to the appropriate party. I thought of my old stereo speakers that I was enjoying the sounds of this morning. They are Polk Audio 10 speakers, so I went on facebook, found their page and thanked them for these wonderful speakers that play as good as when they were new, yet I bought them in 1983. Look at all the enjoyment they have given me for so many years.

Sometimes it is mundane, yet very important products that we use in the home that comes to my mind. Here’s one: toilet paper. I am so thankful for that invention and the creative people always making it better. Facial tissues are like that too. Toothpaste, hair shampoo in just your favorite smell and shampoo excellence.

I just have to think about the supermarket grocery store and I am in instant gratitude. This is a relatively recent invention where you can find almost anything to eat you could possibly want. How about double pane windows? They changed the environment in my home completely. My iPhone 5S. What a work of magic it is. Digital cameras, Memory cards, USB memory sticks, and more. The cloud. The Internet. My car. My truck. Music. Musicians. Electric guitars. Recorded music. Concerts. My HD TV and Blue Ray Player.

As you make your own list and keep adding to it, gratitude just builds and builds and more things that you are thankful for will come to you to appreciate again.

There Is Such A Wealth Of Things To Be Thankful For. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by seeing through eyes that find positive aspects in things and other people. As you acknowledge their existence, joy is a result.

Daily Inspiration 11-23-14

Daily Inspiration 11-23-14

THANKSgiving Week Thoughts 

“So once in every year, we throng 
Upon a day apart, 
To praise the Lord with feast and song 
In thankfulness of heart.” 
— Arthur Guiterman 

To so many, Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family, some of which we may only see once a year at events like this holiday. It’s a time to share being grateful for one another, enjoy the fruits of our labors by creating a feast that is easily five times what we would normally cook for a meal. It is a day set apart for giving thanks.

To others, it is a day of dread. They may not have family, or family that cares. They may be poor and have no feasting plans. They may be lost and feel alone. There are organizations and people who try to alleviate some of this like The Salvation Army, Local Shelters, Anthony Robbins Foundation, and many more with volunteers from all walks of life.

To some, it is an obligation. It is an expectation. And that is often mixed in smaller and larger doses to the whole mix.

I’ve always disliked the obligation aspect of this and so I focus on the word thanks. I do that because regardless of what our individual circumstances, there are things we can be thankful for, and even if we are not known as a grateful person, we might go along with the spirit of this holiday and express our thankfulness for any and all things we could find that we are or could be thankful for.

So, for this 7-day period of Thanksgiving week beginning today, I will focus on finding ways, things, people, events, circumstances, and more to be thankful for.

There are so many things that we simply take for granted that if we thought about them from a different perspective, we could find waves of gratitude. In recent years I have become such a grateful person and I see things, people, and circumstances every hour of every single day now that used to pass my glazed over eyes. Now I see them, and I think that this began with a desire to be a grateful person. I remember reading so clearly the first time in the Bible to “give thanks in all things.” It didn’t say some things, or once a year, but all things and that would be all the time.

Day one of this week’s THANKSgiving Week Thought message is just that: Choose to be a grateful person. Regardless of your religious beliefs, or even whether you have any at all, that Bible quote to give thanks in all things is as valid and effective and true. Decide today. Try it for just one week. I guarantee you will never go back.

“If The Only Prayer You Said In Your Whole Life Was, ‘Thank You,’ That Would Suffice.” –Meister Eckhart 

Spread Some Joy Today–by making a list of things you are grateful for. You will need a large binder.

Daily Inspiration 11-22-14

Daily Inspiration 11-22-14

“Here is a relationship booster 
that is guaranteed to work: 

Every time your spouse or lover 
says something stupid 
make your eyes light up 
as if you just heard something brilliant.” 
— Rumi 

Just helping prepare a positive and upbeat flow of relationships for the upcoming annual feast of Thanksgiving. What a great place to start, regardless of the relationship.

You’ll Soon Enough See The Value Your Kindness. 

Spread Some Joy Today–What can you do to help prepare? That will spread some joy.

Daily Inspiration 11-21-14

Daily Inspiration 11-21-14

“There is a thinking stuff 
from which all things are made, 
and which, in its original state, 
 permeates, penetrates, and fills 
the interspaces of the universe.” 
— Wallace D Wattles 

The quote above comes from the book, The Science of Getting Rich, Financial Success Through Creative Thought by Wallace D Wattles. I first bought this book on audio and I just loved hearing so many of the simple lines in this book that hold such depth of meaning that one can come back to them again and again.

This book was originally published in 1910 and was the inspiration for the movie and then the book, The Secret. It is only 79 pages and a pleasure to read or listen to on audio.

There are several key points in the book and I want to address just one of them right now. I was thinking about how I think that success is simply doing your best with what you have to work with. The key part of that sentence is simply doing your best. Then I remembered how Wallace Wattles talked about that in his book.

Once a person’s mind is made up as to what they want, he indicates that we must act. In the action it isn’t about the result, it is about the presence of the person and the willingness to focus on today’s tasks. I’ll let him tell it:

“And your action, whatever it is, must most likely be in your present business or employment and must be upon the persons and things in your present environment.

You cannot act where you are not; you cannot act where you have been, and you cannot act where you are going to be; you can act only where you are.

Don’t bother as to whether yesterday’s work was well done or ill done; do today’s work well.

Do not try to do tomorrow’s work now; there will be plenty of time to do that when you get to it.

Do not try, by occult or mystical means, to act on people or things that are out of your reach.

Do not wait for a change of environment, before you act; get a change of environment by action.

You can so act upon the environment in which you are now, as to cause yourself to be transferred to a better environment.

Hold with faith and purpose the vision of yourself in the better environment, but act upon your present environment with all your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.”

Doing Our Best Right Here And Now Is Great Advice. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by focusing on right now today. Joy is not a promise, it is a current event.

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