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Find Peace

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” ~Eckhart Tolle …

Peace within our soul cannot be shared, bartered, bought, or gifted. It is only available to us through our own determination to seek out “who we are at the deepest level.” And it is there, that we will find peace–know it and become it. And most importantly, once we find it… it cannot be taken from us without our consent. Continue reading

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Creativity

“Creativity comes from the spiritual realm, the collective consciousness. And the mind is in a different realm than the molecules of the brain. The brain is a receiver, not a source.” ~Candace Pert …

I love creativity–I it is such a wonderful and unique expression of our soul. And in expressing my personal creativity, I have found that it generally cannot be forced out, for it is not something held within my mind. When I try to ignite creativity on demand, I have very little success, for much of what Candace explains here is true in my experience: my “brain is a receiver, not a source,” and my creativity comes from my mind being receptive to the energies flowing through my soul. Continue reading

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Hope Requires Action

“One small crack does not mean that you are broken; it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” ~Linda Poindexter …

There are times in life when things do not necessarily go the way you had planned. And in these trying times of hiccups, road blocks, detours, and difficulties along the way, we may begin to lose hope. And although this is a normal feeling of being human, it is generally quite an awful feeling that leaves us feeling defeated and hopeless. In reality, however, this is the lowest point we can reach–the point where our thoughts are telling us that we are broken and defeated, and that there is nothing good or bright left in our future no matter what we do. The truth is once we realize that we are “not broken,” that we did not fall apart but rather only experienced a difficulty or setback in our lives, we can begin to move on and to grow. Continue reading

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Discovering Inspiration

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~Pablo Picasso …

Inspiration is often misunderstood. For many of us, it is something that we may wait our entire lives for, hoping it will find us and bring us great fame, power, or fortune; but that is not how inspiration works. It is found through hard work and putting forth the effort, taking chances, exploring, and actively engaging in life. It does not come to us out of the blue, rather, we invite it into our lives by taking on tasks and jobs that interest us and offer us growth. Continue reading

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The Value Of Duty

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.” ~Martha Graham …

In the context here, Martha is talking about “the value and duty” we each have to foster and cultivate our unique existence in life. We each are beautiful and unique, and we bring something very special to the world. You are the only “you” that has ever existed–or will ever exist–and as such, the ways in which we express and use our humanity are unlike any other human being through all of time. You truly are one of a kind! Continue reading

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Do Not Compromise Yourself

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” ~Janis Joplin …

Yesterday we reflected on the value of compromise. Today, we will revisit compromise to approach the other aspect of it: what we do to ourselves when we compromise things that should not be compromised, such as our values, our morals and ethics, and our consciences. This compromise occurs when we do something that we know we should not–like finding a wallet on the floor with a money in it; we know we ought to make every effort to return it to its owner, regardless of how badly we might need the money. Continue reading

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Morality Of Compromise

“The “morality of compromise” sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don’t compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.” ~Charles Handy, The Age of Paradox …

The culture and society we live in does not value compromise. We see spouses who control each other and demand things to go by their rules, and politicians who refuse to compromise with members of the other parties. We find athletes, artists, and performers who refuse to compromise on their salaries, and pacifists who refuse to compromise their beliefs even when faced with abhorrent wickedness and immorality such as the slaughter of innocent children. Perhaps it originates from our view that compromise is “a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat,” However, compromise is no such thing. Strong men know when and how to compromise without weakening their morality. And as Charles aptly puts it, “they know that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.” Continue reading

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