From the TED.com YouTube channel: It all started with a simple question - “why not do something today that scares me?” A medical diagnosis at the age of 17 had life altering implications, but instead of allowing it to define her life and prescribe her future, she’s made a career out of flying in the face of misconceptions and stereotypes. Emma Van Der Merwe shares her story of stepping out of her comfort zone and challenging expectations.
Even when your life seems to be progressing smoothly, do you experience periods when you feel restless and unsettled? You look at your life and you can identify all that is going right — with your work, in your personal life, with your accomplishments — and you think that you should feel fulfilled and content. You can’t put your finger on what doesn’t feel right, because on the surface, you seem to have it all. However, beneath what is visible on the outside, it feels like something is missing.
You look at the life you have created, and everything seems to be on track. You tell yourself that you should feel like you have it all, but you can’t shake this sense that there is more. You experience frustration because you can’t identify what is lacking. You wear all the outer trappings of success. You are financially independent; your career is on track; your relationships are solid. You have a nice place to live, a closet full of clothes, and lots to eat. What else could you want? Of course, you can go shopping and look for more things to buy, but you have realized that new purchases don’t satisfy that restless urge within you. You can redecorate your living space; this pursuit occupies you for a while, but somehow your investment of time and creativity doesn’t fill your inner craving either. You think that maybe you need to work harder or go for a promotion. That might keep you so busy that the yearning quiets temporarily, but it always makes itself known again. Read more
There were hills and valleys, lots of hills and valleys, in that spiritual growing up period. Then in the midst of the struggle there came a wonderful mountaintop experience—the first glimpse of what the life of inner peace was like.
That came when I was out walking in the early morning. All of a sudden I felt very uplifted, more uplifted than I had ever been. I remember I knew timelessness and spacelessness and lightness. I did not seem to be walking on the earth.There were no people or even animals around, but every flower, every bush, every tree seemed to wear a halo. There was a light emanation around everything and flecks of gold fell like slanted rain through the air. This experience is sometimes called the illumination period.
The most important part of it was not the phenomena: the important part of it was the realization of the oneness of all creation. Not only all human beings—I knew before that all human beings are one. But now I knew also a oneness with the rest of creation. The creatures that walk the earth and the growing things of the earth. The air, the water, the earth itself. And, most wonderful of all, a oneness with that which permeates all and binds all together and gives life to all. A oneness with that which many would call God.
A compelling spiritual article by 10 Million Clicks For Peace member and contributor, spiritual teacher, Tony Samara:
Many people have asked me for the meaning of Peace and how Peace can be put into practice in daily life.
I would like to share with you that Peace is often thought of as a state of non-violence. That it can only be reached through political means or by changing what seems to be the source of conflict outside of ourselves. I highly commend the wonderful people in the world that have made a difference in bringing Peace to the conflicts of the world but I believe that Peace comes from inside.
When we understand that Peace is a state of mind then we understand true Peace. Read more
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, answers one of the most important questions we can ever ask ourselves, how do I love myself?
From the YouTube site: In this outstanding podcast Steve speaks to Kute Blackson about the limitless potential in relationships, how to bring out the best in a partner, how our conditioning affects the partners in our life and Kute talks about what the potential is for all our relationships once we break free from our conditioning.
Kute Blackson is utterly unique in the world of human potential. Unlike those who promise to simply help people “get” what they want, Kute’s life work instead reveals to people what they have to give, by liberating who they are most truly and deeply. The focus: Freedom.
Kute’s own background and experience lays out the blueprint for his approach to liberating others, setting their gifts and greatness free. Born in Ghana, West Africa, his multicultural upbringing as the child of a Japanese mother and Ghanaian father, raised in London, and on 4 different continents defies all stereotype. He is a next generation world leader out to awaken millions to Love and to Living their inspired destiny. Read more
May tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side.
When memory paints in colours true,
The happy hours that belonged to you.
~Helen Steiner Rice Read more
This post first appeared in the Modern Day Mastery blog here.
3 1/2 minutes of extreme wisdom from personal growth expert and spiritual teacher, Wayne Dyer, based on his personal development quote, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
From Ted Talks You Tube site: When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in strange positions.
This Mother’s Day you have the chance to get it right.
You have the chance to open up to the one of the most significant relationships of your life. (Or moms, same goes with your kids.) My mom left this planet back in 2011. One of the best things I ever did with my life was work on healing my relationship with her. The struggle to love and forgive is a worthy struggle. It’s heroic. And it will affect every other relationship in your life. And guess what? For me, it all came down to loving myself. Go figure.
So this is a piece I wrote years ago, while visiting my mother in upstate New York. (I’ve edited it today.) I felt challenged at the time. I wanted to be the perfect daughter. But there’s something about dealing with our families that’s like taking acid. You go on a trip. Things come out of the blue. People grow extra heads. Then you come back and you think– what was that all about? Read more