Deriving Inspiration

Deriving Inspiration“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Where does your inspiration come from? What kinds of things inspire you to new thoughts, new ideas, new accomplishments, or new desires? How do you know that your actions and ideas are inspired?

Inspiration can be one of the most misunderstood concepts that run through our lives. The idea of inspiration seems easy enough, but I feel that there are many misconceptions around the idea. I believe that we make the concept far more complicated than it needs to be, or than it really is. Continue reading

What Do You Really Want?

Peaceful Shore"Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy."

~ Ralph Marston

Take some time to reflect on what you really want in your life. I mean really take a close look. Examine the things you desire. Don’t just think about the things, circumstances, people, and events that you want, but think about your motivation, your “Why?”

Most of us (I want to say all of us, but perhaps there is an exception) want what we want for only one reason. We think that having what we want will make us feel better. We think that having our desires will make us happy, or bring us satisfaction (another word for happy), or bring an excitement to life (another phrase for happy.) I feel, if you examine your motivation, for any desire, closely enough, you will find your motivation to be happiness, or at least the very mildest form of happiness…relief.

You may notice that this idea seems to be a theme in what I have been writing about lately. Continue reading

Feel It Before It Arrives

Imagine It"The reason you want anything is because you think it will make you feel better in some way. Does it matter if the feeling happens due to having what you want, or imagining what it will feel like? The feeling is the same."

~ Don Francis

What will you feel like when you finally reach you most exciting dreams, when you are living the best life you can imagine? What will it be like to awaken in the morning knowing that you have all that you desire?

These are questions that we can only imagine the answer to…but the key is that we can imagine what it will be like. We have the ability to know what we want it to feel like. We have experience with the whole range of human emotions, and so, we can project these on to our dreams and desires.

As I said, the key is that we can imagine what it will be like. Why is this key? For the simple reason that if we can feel it now, then we are demonstrating to the Universe how we want to feel. Continue reading

What others are saying about: Change

Twitter_Hash_changeIt's once again time for another Twitter Roundup. Today we'll look at what others are saying about #change.

Change can be difficult. We all know that it is necessary if things are to be different than they are now. We tend to resist change, even though we want things to change. I believe this comes from the fact that change is usually challenging.

One of the things that I have noticed is that people want change...but they don't want to change. Changing ourselves take work.

Okay, enough of what I think. This is a post about what others are saying about change, so, let's go...

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There’s Always Another Desire

Another Desire“There is always Something More than what we see,
There is always Something Within for us to find,
And there is always Something Beyond the here and now.”

~ Lena Karynn Tesla

A part of everyday living is to continuously expand what we desire in our lives. At any given time, we can pinpoint the things that we desire, whether they be far-fetched dreams, or something that is just around the corner for us, we know what we are looking for.

We determine our desires through living. We experience life and we find things that we like – and we desire more things like that – or even better things. We experience life and we find things that we don’t like – and this gives us an indication of what we do like, and we desire some, or more of those things.

As human beings, this is our function, to experience life and develop desire for more. It is in this manner that we expand the Universe. It is in this manner that we become the creators of the world, and all that it contains. Continue reading

What I Know

“I'm not crazy. My reality is just different than yours.”

~Lewis Carroll

There are some things that I know, in my heart and mind, to be true despite not having any evidence. There are some things that I perceive to be true, usually presented through evidence. There are some things that are true, but which I know nothing about from my current perspective (I don’t know what I don’t know.)

Each of us has a different perspective from which we experience life. These perspectives are constantly changing and adapting. When we learn something new, our perspective changes to incorporate our new learning and it becomes a part of our reality. Sometimes this new learning causes something to drop out of our reality to make room for our new knowledge.

With these different perspectives, it is hard to imagine how we all get along. It is hard to imagine how we can co-exist, each of us having our own reality, and often our reality conflicts with the reality experienced by those around us. This is where disagreements come from. This is the cause of wars and unrest. This is why we label some people as crazy. This is why we say people are delusional. Continue reading

30 Day Challenge Results (2nd go)

Try Two“It is not the results that matter. It is the experience in attaining the results that is really important. We grow through experience, not through results.”

~ Don Francis

It is now 30 days since I started my second attempt at my 30 day challenge of simplifying my life and focusing on the things that are most important to me. This time around I had some better success, mostly due to the fact that I kept my focus better, and remembered that I was trying to accomplish something.

Still, I wasn’t perfect at this. I did manage to knock a few things off of my list…things that I did not replace, at least not right away. As I found myself freer and making more progress on the important items that I have in my life, I found myself almost bored.

My intent was first, to simplify, and secondly, to truly experience life, in the present, fully. Continue reading

I Have All I Need

All I Need"I have seen better days, but I have also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect but I’m blessed."

~ Unknown

Sometimes I stop what I am doing and I take a look around me and I wonder how our society ever got into the state it is now. I am not saying that there is anything truly wrong with things the way they are, but I often feel that I don’t fit. I see the pace with which we live our lives, and it scares me a bit.

It seems that we are in a race. We are moving quickly from one thing to the next. We are rushing to try to get everything done, and to get it done now, if not sooner. We have become a society of “must do” expectations. We put increasing demands on ourselves to do, be, and have more and more.

There is nothing wrong with this. Wanting to do, be, and have more, is the way in which the Universe expands. What I find confusing, and often depressing, is that we feel that this wanting is a need, not just a want. We are continually putting ourselves under the pressure of accomplishing – and we feel we won’t be happy until we are there. Continue reading

My Appreciation Journal

Thank You!“I like to walk alone on country paths,
rice plants and wild grasses on both sides,
putting each foot down on the earth
in mindfulness, knowing
that I walk on the wondrous earth.
In such moments, existence is a miraculous
and mysterious reality.

People usually consider walking on water
or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle
is not to walk either on water or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don’t even recognize:
a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves,
the black, curious eyes of a child–
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I truly believe in feeling and showing my appreciation for everything in my life. I have it pretty darned good, and I know it. But sometimes I find myself taking things for granted. I forget how fortunate I really am, so I decided to find a way to encourage myself to be more mindful in this area.

Back in mid-December of 2015, I began keeping what I call an “Appreciation Journal.” The first thing each morning, and the last thing every evening, I write in this journal. Each morning I choose three things that I appreciate in my life. Each evening I choose three more things. Continue reading

Focus on the End

Focus on the End"Begin with the end in mind."

~ Stephen Covey

What is it that you want in your life? What is your ideal situation? Are you able to clearly visualize what your future life will be like? Although all of us have at least a vague picture of what we want in our lives, many of us are unwilling to make the effort to get a clear idea of what we truly want. Why is that?

It may seem counterintuitive, but the reason that most of us don't have a clear vision of the future we want is that we are afraid of disappointment. We don't want to go through the experience of dreaming of something, only to have it not materialize, leaving us feeling empty and unfulfilled. We are afraid of not getting what we want, yet, without defining what it is that we want, it is very unlikely that we are going to get there. Continue reading