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I’m feeling very soul weary this morning, how about you? The din of the world is wearing me down. I’m heading for my sacred space, “my” park with the beautiful eucalyptus trees and the river running through it.

Sometimes it feels impossible to make peace with our own thoughts, or the craziness of the world. (These too often go hand-in-hand lately.) What we need is simply to let go, to find a quiet space to relax and not think. Hard to do, but nature has this way of coaxing us to be mindful of the moment, the beauty, and what is real. After all, all of that craziness that causes us to come unglued is part of the man made matrix called society. Nature pulls us back to our natural solid center.

I’m longing for peace,
the trees feel my soul’s yearning,
forest enfolds me.

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” ~  Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” ~ Franz Kafka

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Live Boldly

Life is full of choices. Some are small, others large, and the big ones inevitably present us with trials that embody one fear or another. Based on my experiences, I believe that facing our fears and moving through them does in fact help us to build a “courage arsenal”.

The challenge and risks in life are where a significant part of our soul growth is waiting to be discovered…

Inspirational Quotes:

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ~ John A. Shedd

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin

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Travel to Find You

The world is a mirror, and travel has this way of peeling back our hidden layers. It makes a lie out of some of the stories we’ve been telling ourselves, and it shines a light on good parts as yet undiscovered. It challenges, grows, expands and inspires us in ways that we never expected. We lose ourselves, and we find ourselves.

Inspirational Travel Quotes:

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ~ Anita Desai

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” ~ Wallace Stevens

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain

“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~ Ruminator


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Inner Compass

Recently I’ve been re-reading a little gem of a fiction book called The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma. One of the most important ideas expressed by Robin is how negative thoughts are weeds that contaminate our minds, taking up space that could be used to manifest the positive.

I feel lately like we have collectively lost our way. Our inner compasses are dangerously going awry. It is only by remembering and re-connecting to the goodness, potentiality, and belief in ourselves that we can re-set our own inner compasses. Then we will always have the wisdom and strength to find our way in the midst of the external chaos created by others.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but rather by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

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You Are a Creator

That which we focus on expands. What will you choose to create with your thoughts today? Your dreams and aspirations, or your worries and fears?

There is so much power in our thoughts, and therefore in our own hands. This goes way beyond our personal lives. It extends to the world.

We are inundated daily with negative news, even under “normal circumstances”. Over the past couple of years has ramped up to extreme levels.  If we are not careful, it strongly affects our thinking and beliefs about what is possible. We disempower ourselves every time we buy into “this is too big for me, it is out of my hands”, or, “there are only the same old A or B solutions to choose from, oh well, I’ll just pick what seems best”, or, “authorities external to me have all the answers and power”.

Be observant of your thoughts, the words that are running around like little monkeys in your mind. Take control of your them. What messages are playing in your head? Are they a replay of the media hype you just watched on the news? Resist letting your mind become a slave to someone else’s idea of what reality “should be”. Our minds are being programmed constantly by external forces that want to own us. They know our minds are powerful tools of creation. They don’t want us having independent thoughts, or we will become too free.

Humanity is awakening. Whether you realize it or not, you hold a wealth of wisdom within you. Start to trust in the power of that and create with it. Become a player in building a positive new reality for humanity. Every positive thought, vision, and action that comes from you can help to outweigh the negative force in this world.

That is no small thing. It is HUGE and important. You create your world.

Inspirational Quotes:

“However small we are, we should always fight for what we believe to be right. And I don’t mean fight with the power of our fists or the power of our sword… I mean the power of our brains and our thoughts and our dreams.
And as small and quiet and unimportant as our fighting may look, perhaps we might all work together… and break out of the prisons of our own making. Perhaps we might be able to keep this fierce and beautiful world of ours as free for all of us as it seemed to be on that blue afternoon of my childhood.” ~ Cressida Cowell

“Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft,wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?” ~ Rumi

“Are we our bodies? Is a small person less than a big person, then? If we were our bodies, then when we lost an arm, or a leg, would we be less, would we begin to fade from existence? No. We are the same person. We are not our bodies; we are our thoughts. As they form, they define who we are, and create the reality of our existence.” ~ Terry Goodkind

“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” ~ Alan Watts


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Society’s Thin Veneer

It’s time for the fakery of society to be exposed. It’s time to get real! Can you feel it? The veneer is brittle and breaking. The rotten egg has cracked open and the innards are oozing out all over the place, messy and smelly.

Do you remember the old Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme?
“All the King’s horses and all the King’s mend, couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

Yes, and that is a good thing. As we observe the extent of the brokenness, we realize there is no turning back. Denial will not change it, and neither will standard solutions that we’ve used before. What now?

Consider this: A new world can be birthed from this brokenness. Anger and denial will turn to excitement for the opportunity that lays before us. Bulbs will flash on in minds worldwide, and the light will be glorious.

Personally, I cannot wait to see it!

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What humankind builds inevitably crumbles and turns to dust. Nature being centered in some higher power of the universe, quietly takes over and continues in its eternal renewal and expansion. Total human civilizations have been built and destroyed while Nature watches.

Perhaps it is time we took a cue from Nature. We are no longer centered in our eternal natural rhythms; they are being overwritten with man-made programming. We think we own our smart phones, but more often than not, they end up owning us. Next time you’re out in a public place, look around you. Generally speaking, more faces are pointing down towards those tiny screens than are looking up and around at the world.

We are organic beings, not machines, and yet those little screens have quite a scary hold on humankind. Technology has its place and can be very helpful to us, but if Nature teaches us anything, it’s about balance.

How do we reclaim ourselves, so that we can live in balanced harmony with our natural habitat (the Earth) and our machines?

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