Gratitude for the challenges …

{NOTE: If you have recently been through great pain and loss, this post may not be for you at this time. Please be gentle and listen to your inner being.}

Thanksgiving day is approaching and I’d like to offer a twist on the usual message “be grateful for all the gifts you’ve been given”. Let me begin with these lyrics from the band, Cloud Cult:

It’s easy to be thankful for the things you’ve got.
It takes guts to give thanks for the things you’ve lost.

They struck me as extremely powerful when I first heard them. As I think back on events in my life which represent loss or challenge or great pain, I notice the gifts. Here are just a few: Continue reading “Gratitude for the challenges …”

What inspires you?

What is it that delights your spirit, sparks your creativity, resonates in the depths of your being, calls you to *more*?

Maybe it’s art or nature or poetry. Maybe it’s witnessing courage or an amazing feat of physical prowess. One thing that inspires me is music with lyrics that are deeply meaningful.  And I sing almost every day.

Since inspiration prompts action and all of us have a need to contribute as well as something of value to offer the world:

BE INSPIRED!

Nourish yourself daily with whatever inspires you. Start your day with an inspirational call to be the best you possible in the hours ahead.

What inspires you now?

How well do you know yourself?

Really know yourself – see with extreme clarity all sides of you: the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the great, the awful – in other words, the precious human being that you are. The clarity I am speaking of is the clarity of the truth – those inner, often hidden, workings of your mind, your motives – not the you that you try so hard to portray to the world.

How well do you know yourself?
And why am I asking this?

Continue reading “How well do you know yourself?”

What are you thinking?

Perhaps you’ve heard: “Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.” In a lyric composed many years ago, I wrote:

There’s no getting around it:
the world is what you make it to be.
You see and hear, yes you perceive,
and then the mind such stories it weaves!

Our minds are very powerful human computers! And their job is to think. That can be a very good thing. With our minds, we solve problems, explore possibilities, and vision the future we wish to create.

Our thinking minds, however, if left unguarded, can guide us astray. Continue reading “What are you thinking?”