Tag Archives: Inspiration

What matters most?

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“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Buddha

 

Today is not just another day.

Breath this in.  Fall in love with all the amazing beauty that this life brings.  Gratitude helps you make everyday a really good day.  

 

How falling off my bike taught me to appreciate failure.

Am I insane?  Appreciate failure !@?

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I’m not suggesting it’s an easy pill to swallow by any means, but I can say that how you react to falling, also know as failing, can either help you or harm you.

The good news is: you get to choose!

I had a bad fall on my bike a few days ago.
It was painful. I was cut, bruised, scared, embarrassed, and I felt sorry for myself.

As I was picking myself up off the pavement with the help of a few bystanders, a wave of shame came over me.  My head hanging low, I began to apologize profusely for causing a scene.  I was feeling just a tad bit stupid and the conversation I was having with myself was viscous.  Let me have you listen in:

“How stupid, Hooda! I can’t believe you were such an idiot! “
“You should know better! “
“Pay attention to what you are doing you nut.”
“You can’t even ride a bike like a normal human being!”
“What is wrong with you?”   ..etc etc.  

When I noticed the mean spirited conversation I was having with myself, I recognized it sounded very familiar.  FAILING can have the same effect on me.

I realized this scene was the perfect analogy for what failure often feels like and this meant I had a choice to make.   Continue reading

The Gifts of Gratitude

Thornton Wilder

 

The gifts of gratitude are infinite.
I’m a huge fan of the G word and at times I may even exaggerate in my effort to “convert” everyone I come in contact with.  Having said that I’d like to bring your attention to this wonderful habit that can change your life for the better.  I assure you it works.  The world becomes a better place when you take the time to be grateful.

 

I often work with people who have trouble feeling connected, seen, understood, or accepted.  This can cause them to feel inadequate, unworthy, and as if they are not _________enough (feel free to fill in the blank).  Encouraging them to foster a habit of gratitude is often a first step which brings with it powerful results.

Being grateful is an attitude, a way to perceive life, and a tool that allows you to notice what is good in your life instead of what is wrongGratitude tips the scale in your favor. 

Recently scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits, some of which include:

  •    Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
  •    Higher levels of positive emotions
  •    More joy, optimism and happiness
  •    Acting with more generosity and compassion
  •    Feeling less lonely and isolated

Gratitude opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain. Practicing gratitude regularly can change the way your neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions educed can soothe distress and broaden your thinking patterns so you develop a larger and more expansive view of life.

Here are a few ways to cultivate gratitude in your life.  Mix and match as you please, create your own recipe, but begin today. Continue reading

On inspiration

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I took this photo in Sardinia this past summer.

What is inspiration exactly?  Is it what fuels our growth and evolution?
I’m a huge fan and I’m guessing so are you.  Without it, where would our hopes, dreams, creations, and aspirations be?

I like to think of inspiration as a close relative of COURAGE and INTUITION.  Continue reading