inspiration

Inspirational Quotes:

“Make your future dream a present fact by assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled.” ~Neville

“Therefore, to incarnate a new and greater value of yourself, you must assume that you already are what you want to be and then live by faith in this assumption—which is not yet incarnate in the body of your life—in confidence that this new value or state of consciousness will become incarnated through your absolute fidelity to the assumption that you are that which you desire to be. This is a total transformation of your entire being.” ~Neville

“A change of feeling is a change of destiny.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer from Wishes Fulfilled

“If you seek on the outside that which you are unwilling or unable to feel on the inside, you are seeking in vain. You attain that which you are – not simply what you want. Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled and because you are experiencing it, that is what will manifest for you. The subconscious mind creates exactly what you believe in and can feel in your body.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer from Wishes Fulfilled

“You cannot pick up something new in your life unless you put down what you are holding onto. If you make space for something it will come.” ~Ariel Joseph Townes, Feng Shui expert

“Remember to listen to your intuitions, and try not to let your fears sway the soft and gentle murmurings of your beautiful heart. Feel the freedom to love without holding back, without reserve, without condition. For our lives on this plane are limited ones. We are merely in a school. When we return home, we take only our thoughts, our actions, our love, with us. Finally, do not be afraid. We are immortal, eternal spirits and we are always loved. In fact, we are love.” ~Brian Weiss from Messages from the Masters, Tapping into the Power of Love

“Enjoy now. In his book Happier, Tal Ben-Shahar describes the “arrival fallacy,” the belief that when you arrive at a certain destination, you’ll be happy. The arrival fallacy is a fallacy because, though you may anticipate great happiness in arrival, arriving rarely makes you as happy as you anticipate. First of all, by the time you’ve arrived at your destination, you’re expecting to reach it, so it has already been incorporated into your happiness. Also, arrival often brings more work and responsibility. It’s rare to achieve something (other than winning an award) that brings unadulterated pleasure without added concerns…And of course, arriving at one goal usually reveals another, yet more challenging goal.” ~Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project

“In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” ~Buddhist saying

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ~Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

“Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.” ~Paulo Coelho from Manuscript Found in Accra

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” ~Albert Einstein

“I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey–now.” ~Thomas S. Monson

“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” ~Patrick Overton

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” ~Frederick Buechner

“…we all must let go of where we are in order for new life to come. We must die a little. Sometimes a lot. Making it happen–a life lived on purpose–comes by surrendering control.” ~Laura Casey from Make it Happen

“Humility creates an opportunity for strength when we choose to step outside our identity boxes and believe in possibilities not yet seen. Possibilities that open us to give more, create more, and see more good.” ~Laura Casey from Make it Happen

“Each moment fully perceived contains eternity.” ~The Intuitive Way

“There is one common flow, one common breathing. All things are in sympathy.” ~Hippocrates

“Thought is Cause; experience is Effect. If you don’t like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking.” ~Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love

“We’re like the spokes on a wheel, all radiating out from the same center. If you define us according to our position on the rim, we seem separate and distinct from one another. But if you define us according to our starting point, our source–the center of the wheel–we’re a shared identity. If you dig deef enough into your mind, and deep enough into mine, the picture is the same: at the bottom of it all, what we are is love.” ~Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love

“What you seek is seeking you.”
~Rumi

“All too often our so-called strength comes from fear, not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but sturdy, then we can risk having a front that’s soft and open…How can we give and accept care with strong-back soft-front compassion, moving past fear into a place of genuine tenderness? I believe it comes about when we can be truly transparent, seeing the world clearly- and letting the world see into us.”
~Roshi Joan Halifax (as quoted in Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown)

“To go beyond, you must keep going past the limits you put on things. This requires changes at the core of your being. Right now, you are using your analytical mind to break the world up into individual thought objects. You are then using the same mind to put these discrete thoughts together in a defined relationship to each other. You do this to feel a semblance of control. This is seen most clearly in your constant attempt to make the unknown known. Since the analytical mind cannot handle the infinite, you created an alternate reality of finite thoughts that can remain fixed within your mind. If anything happens that challenges how you view things, you fight. You defend. You rationalize. You get frustrated and angry over simple little things. This is the result of being unable to fit what is actually happening into your model of reality. If you want to go beyond your model, you have to take the risk of not believing in it. If your mental model is bothering you, it’s because it doesn’t incorporate reality. Your choice is either to resist reality or go beyond the limits of your model. All attempts to stay within your comfort zone are finite and keep you finite. Going beyond always means letting go of the effort to keep things within your defined limits. Spirituality is the commitment to go beyond, no matter what it takes. It’s an infinite journey based upon going beyond yourself every minute of every day for the rest of your life. If your really going beyond, you are always at your limits, you are never back in the comfort zone. Imagine a comfort zone that is so expanded that it can easily fit the entire day, no matter what happens. You simply interact with the day with a peaceful, inspired heart. If your edges happen to get hit, the mind doesn’t complain. It all just passes through. This is how great beings live. When you are trained, like a great athlete, to immediately relax through your edges when they get hit, then it’s all over. You realize you will always be fine. You end up loving your edges because they point your way to freedom. Then one day, when you least expect it, you fall through into the infinite. That is what it means to go beyond.”    ~Michael A. Singer from The Untethered Soul

Inspirational Ideas & Calls to Action:

Lord Ganesh is the master of wisdom and knowledge. He is the remover of obstacles, and guardian of beauty, prosperity, grace and compassion. Lord Ganesh is the first deity to be reverenced in Hindu rites. He is a guardian of doors of houses and temples. He is the God that removes the internal and external obstacles of our success, and he is the one that grants the opening of your spiritual gifts. He is also the protector of all beings. His Maha mantra is Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha.  Lord Ganesha’s Mantras can be chanted out loud or internally. They have been used throughout the centuries and it is believed that the sacred power of words and the accompanying sounds in mantra aid in spiritual progression (transcending into higher states of consciousness) and to effect healing in the physical and energetic bodies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5-EwrhsMzY (honestly one of the most inspirational things I have seen in a long time!)

When you are at the crossroads of should and must: http://firstround.com/article/What-to-Do-at-the-Crossroads-of-Should-and-Must

From Loving What Is by Bryon Katie

  1. No one can hurt me, that’s my job – only if I believe what they’re saying and accept it. Otherwise it has no power over me.
  2. Our thinking is all we need to change. It’s not what’s happening outside of me, it’s what’s happening in my brain that’s causing me trouble. Most everything is a story we are telling ourselves. At its core, we are just standing, sitting or lying horizontal. If I have to give a speech to 1000 people, I’m still just standing. I assign it meaning beyond that.
  3. I have lived a life I should have lived and everything I’ve done is what I should have done. Everything happens exactly as it should have happened. When you argue with reality, you lose 100% of the time. How do you know you should have done it? Because you did. It doesn’t mean you condone it or approve of it; it just means that it is. If you can see things without resistance, if you can see them as plain reality without attaching a story to them, then you can just let it be. There are no thoughts from the past, all our thinking is now. The painful thing that happened to you in the past is not happening, and the reason why it’s still causing you pain is because you believe it shouldn’t have happened. Accept that it should have happened because it did happen.
  4. Nothing outside of you can ever give you what you’re looking for. Everything we want is in us now.
  5. Where there’s no thought, there’s no problem. Our problem is always a thought we innocently believe. A thought is harmless unless we believe it. Belief is a choice. You have the choice to believe whatever you want to believe. Some of our thoughts are so ingrained we don’t even know they are optional. Any belief that you find you’re believing in that’s causing you pain is a thought you can consider changing.
  6. Everything happens for me, not to me.
  7. Suffering is a natural alarm, warning us that we are attached to a thought.
  8. There are three kinds of business: the universe’s business, my business and your business. Probably 50% of the time, you’re in someone else’s business, trying to fix or control their life. Ask yourself, “whose business am I in?” The only space where you have any control is in your own business.

~When we fixate too much on achieving our goals and sticking to our plans, we get in our own way. We relentlessly pursue the path of our ego, that loud and misguided voice. And we do it at the expense of cutting off communication with the universe. Hope is the energy that carries us when we lose sight of our spiritual path. The pathway to hope is through surrender. Faith and grace, not controlling energy, clear the path for abundance. Over planning blocks the natural order and puts a limit on what would otherwise be limitless possibilities. When you over plan, you limit your capacity to co-create with the Universe.
~Take your hand off the steering wheel – something miraculous happens when you let go and allow. You open up to an infinite field of possibilities.
~Turn over time – the biggest block to living with faith is time. You can only control how you experience each moment of each day. The way to surrender your need to control time is to embrace the present moment. The miracle is now. Don’t rush your spiritual evolution; enjoy it. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination.
~Surrender your goals and let faith take the lead – the key is to gently hold great visions then release them to the universe. When you return your focus to what you already embody and enjoy in your life, you can let go of what you think you need. Focusing on what you do have creates more of what you want.
~You know you’ve surrendered when you trust that the universe has a better plan than you do. You’ve surrendered when you no longer manipulate and force outcomes. Finally, you’ve surrendered when you don’t defend your need to control.

Excerpts from The Universe Has Your Back ~Gabrielle Bernstein

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~Rumi

One thought on “inspiration

  1. Hi Nathalie:
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your reflections on life and your voice. Always inspiring, always thought provoking and always with much love. We have so much to be grateful for in this life and having a friend like you with so much purpose makes the moment and the journey more meaningful. In life and love, Vivian

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