Thursday, April 23, 2015

Joseph Campbell on Coping Skills

As you proceed through life following your own path, birds will shit on you. Don't bother to brush it off. Getting a comedic view of your situation gives you spiritual distance. Having a sense of humor saves you.

Joseph Campbell

 A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

Source: Joseph Campbell on facebook

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day Wisdom

Humankind must be a steward of the Earth;
Caretakers for all that dwells upon it;
To be of one heart with all things.

Human beings must learn to share
the tears of every living thing,
To feel in our hearts the pain
of the wounded animal,
each crushed blade of grass;

Mother Earth is our flesh;
the rocks, our bones;
The rivers are the blood of our veins.

We are all children of God.
Traditions are open to anyone
who wants to learn.

Huichol Holy Man

Source: Tieroana Low Dog, M.D. on facebook

Sunday, March 22, 2015

John Stortz on Expectations

Good people, a good view and a half obedient mutt are about all you could ever ask for. 

John Stortz

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on Nature

There are so many ways to pray for and with creation, to listen within and include the earth in our spiritual practice. Watching the simple wonder of a dawn can be a prayer in itself. Or when we hear the chorus of birds in the morning we may sense that deeper joy of life and awake to its divine nature. At night the stars can remind us of what is infinite and eternal within us and within the world. Whatever way we are drawn to wonder or pray, what matters is always the attitude we bring to this intimate exchange, whether our prayers are heartfelt rather than just a mental repetition.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee 

Source: Spiritual Ecology on facebook 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jeff Brown on Heroism

There are heroes everywhere on this planet. EVERYWHERE. If we only listen to the unconscious media and manipulative marketers, we will only recognize a small few. It serves those systems to focus our energies away from our own heroic nature. But if we look beyond those agendas, we will see heroes everywhere we look: parents who sacrifice so their children will have better lives, individuals who courageously challenge inhumane paradigms, brave folk who steadily overcome their emotional debris and find the faith to go on, homeless people who find their optimism again after a night on the streets. Simply overcoming the distracting and repressive weight of the world is a heroic gesture, seldom acknowledged. It takes a hero to brave this life. It takes a hero to live authentically. It takes a hero to keep their heart open after a lifetime of disappointment. Let's expand our definition of heroism. Lets look for heroes in unexpected places. Lets look for them in quiet corners. Let's even look for them in the mirror. There are heroes everywhere on this planet.

Jeff Brown

Source: Jeff Brown on facebook.

Les Brown on Forgiveness

Forgive anyone who caused you pain or harm.  Keep in mind that forgiving is not for others, it is for you. Forgiving is not forgetting.  It is remembering without anger. It frees up you power, heals your body, mind, and spirit. Forgiveness opens up a pathway to new places of peace where you can thrive despite what has happened to you.

Les Brown

Source: The Healing Feather and Watching Whales on facebook.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Leo Buscgalia on Love

Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life.

Leo Buscaglia


Movie Wisdom: We Bought A Zoo

Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon): You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.

Benjamin Mee, book
Aline Brosh McKenna and Cameron Crowe, screenplay
We Bought A Zoo

2011, Twentieth Century Fox


Zelda Fitzgerald on Love

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.

Zelda Fitzgerald


Elie Wiesel on Indifference

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.

Elie Wiesel


Monday, February 9, 2015

Lissa Rankin on Nature

There is a Oneness and a peace and a communion that is unique to connecting to Mother Earth.

Walk in the forest and touch the rough bark of the trees. Let them breathe their essence into you.

Sit on the beach with your bare feet in the sand and then skip through the crashing waves. Let them course their energy through you.

There is a sacredness sitting atop a mountain peak listening to the wind or reveling in the raw force and beauty of the coyote's call. 

Take time daily for core infusions of the gift that is this Earth and give back the best that is within you.

Lissa Rankin

Source: The Inner Flame

Saturday, January 31, 2015

TV Show Wisdom: Make Room for Daddy

Danny Williams (Danny Thomas) to teenage singing discovery Janine Poloka (Brenda Lee): Look, Janine, you have a wonderful voice, you sing great. How many hours in a day can you sing? One hour? Two hours a day? The rest of the time, when you open your mouth, it will be to speak. In the years to come, it will be to speak to your husband, perhaps, or your children, your neighbors, members of your community. And, when you do speak, it better make sense, what you say; the sense that comes from learning.

Darling, an education is a very important thing; especially in these progressive times. There is room only for the educated today. Never before, in the history of the world, has education been so important than it is now. And, the entire fate of the world depends upon the education of our young people.

Now, I'm not saying all you kids are going to become nuclear physicists, but you shouldn't throw away the opportunity to learn. This chance may not come your way again, and your voice, your talent, is God-given; you'll always have that.  And, even if you decide, after it's all over, you want to be in show business, an education isn't necessarily a handicap. Don't throw away this chance, honey. Give your brain the opportunity to grow to the size of your voice.

Now, you can still take this contract if you want, but before you do, I'd like to call your attention to another contract.

This one is between two people, just you and me, And, in it, I guarantee to finance your education, all through college on the condition that, after you graduate, if you still decide you want to be in show business, you have to come back to Mr. Halper and me.

Now the choice is yours. Take whichever contract you want.

[Janine chooses the second contract.]

Mrs. Poloka (Naomi Stevens): Mr. Williams, you are a good man.

Charley Halper (Sid Melton) heads to the door, appearing shaken: Whew.

Kathy Williams (Marjorie Lord): Oh, Charlie, what's the matter with you? Don't be a sore head.

Charley Halper: Who's sore? After that talk, I'm so ashamed of myself, I'm going to sign up for night school!

Danny Williams discovers immigrant house cleaner, Mrs. Poloka's teenage daughter, Janine, is a tremendous singing talent (No kidding, Janine is played by singer Brenda Lee!) and wants to sign her to sing at his night club. Staring financial security for her mother and her dream to sing in the face, Janine considers dropping out of high school, smashing her mother's dreams for her daughter to have an education and security in America, to take the job. Once Mrs. Poloka reluctantly tells the unwitting Danny Williams her story, he realizes how short-sighted he may have been in his desire to sign a new discovery, and finds another way.

Make Room for Daddy
Teenage Thrush, 1961
Written by Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart
Marterto Productions

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Damon Throop on Attributes

It is easy to tell confidence from pride. Confidence lifts, encourages, helps, and is full of gratitude. Pride demeans, mocks, destroys, and is bitter and resentful. 

Damon Throop

Source: The Power of Change on facebook

Socrates on Knowing

The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.


Source: New I Ching on facebook

Thursday, January 29, 2015

David Deida on Wisdom

Spiritual practice is the capacity to offer your love even when you feel hurt, closed down, tense, angry, misunderstood, or hated.

David Deida

Source: peaceful daily on facebook

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Todd Smith on Focus

One of the most important keystones to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do even when you don't feel like doing it.

Todd Smith


Joseph Campbell on Reflection

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

Joseph Campbell


Henri Nouwen on Reflection

Did I offer peace today?
Did I bring a smile to someone's face?
Did I say words of healing?
Did I let go of my anger and resentment?
Did I forgive?
Did I love?
These are the real questions.

Henri Nouwen

Source: Julian Lennon on facebook

TV Show Wisdom: The Middle

'Cause, see, Rusty, family isn't easy: Kids think they don't get to do what they want. But the truth is, parents don't get to do what they wanted to do, either. Parents get to drive kids around and help them with their homework after a long day at work. Do you think we like doing that? But, that's family: A bunch of people not doing what they want.

See, you're going to piss each other off, and say horrible things, and your going to make each other cry because there is no one in the whole world that will make you more miserable than your family will.

My point is: We're all going to die. And, we're all going to have gravestone with a 'dash' on it: "1942 - 2016;" "1963 - 2038...." And, that dash represents your life. And, the thing I know for sure is (looks and motions toward his family) 'cause of these four people right here - my family - is that 'dash' will have meant something. And, Rusty, I wish that for you, too. That's it.

Mike Heck's (Neil Flynn) Best Man toast at his brother, Rusty's wedding. 

The Middle, Episode 72: The Wedding
Air Date: May 23, 2012
Writers: Eileen Heisler, DeAnne Heline, and Vijal Patel
Blackie and Blondie Productions, Warner Bros. Television  

Song Lyric Wisdom: I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

When I wake up, well I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who wakes up next to you
When I go out, yeah I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you

If I get drunk, well I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you
And if I haver, hey I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

When I'm working, yes I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's working hard for you
And when the money comes in for the work I do
I'll pass almost every penny on to you

When I come home, oh I know I'm gonna be
(When I come home)
I'm gonna be the man who comes back home to you
And if I grow old, well I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's growing old with you

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door


When I'm lonely, well I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's lonely without you
And when I'm dreaming, well I know I'm gonna dream
I'm gonna dream about the time when I'm with you

When I go out, well I know I'm gonna be
(When I go out)
I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you
And when I come home, yes I know I'm gonna be
(When I come home)
I'm gonna be the man who comes back home with you
I'm gonna be the man who's coming home with you

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door


And I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

Da d-da da, da d-da da, da d-da da, da d-da da
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle a da da
Da d-da da, da d-da da, da d-da da, da d-da da
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle a da da

Craig Reid and Charles Reid
Music and Lyrics
©1988 Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Song Lyric Wisdom: Anthem


The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen
Words and Music
The Future/Ten New Songs
©1992, SonyATV Music


Og Mandino on Being Human

Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.

Og Mandino

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tracee Ellis Ross on Life Experience

I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Source: The Healing Feather on facebook.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Louie Schwartzberg on Love

Love has the power to transform. It has the power to change lives. Children who know they are loved are more likely to be healthy and successful as they grow up than children who do not. But that power doesn’t end during childhood. Love is the motivation for so many of our stories, songs, and works of art. The metaphors are endless. Why do we say that love gives us new eyes? It’s because love has the power to change an ordinary life into an amazing one. Our daily life may remain the same, but our perspective is altered. Whether we’ve met a romantic partner, had a child, or have finally learned to truly love ourselves, the power to transform comes through the power of love.

Love helps us live and grow and thrive. It can heal the wounds deep inside our soul and has the power to right so many wrongs. The next time you tell someone “I love you,” take a moment to remember just how powerful your words truly are.

Louie Schwartzberg


Albert Einstein on Thought

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
Albert Einstein 

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Change

One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Deng Ming-Dao on Cooperation


Cooperation with others.
Perception, experience, tenacity.
Know when to lead and when to follow.

When we become involved with a fellowship, we must gradually become
an integral, organic part of that organization. The relationship will be
one of mutual influence: We must carefully influence the collective,
and in turn, we will be shaped by the company we keep.

Influencing others requires perception. We need to know when to act,
when to be passive, when others are receptive to us, and when they will
not listen. This takes experience, of course, and it is necessary to
take part in a great many relationships -- from our families to
community associations -- to cultivate the proper sensitivity. In time,
there will be moments of both frustration and success, but in either
case, a certain tenacity is crucial. If we are thwarted in our
initiatives, then we must persevere by either maintaining our position
or changing it if a better one prevails. If we are successful, we must
not rely on charisma alone, but we must also work to fully realize what
the group has resolved to do.

True leadership is a combination of initiative and humility. The
best leader remains obscure, leading but drawing no personal attention.

As long as the collective has direction, the leader is satisfied. Credit
is not to be taken, it will be awarded when the people realize that it
was the subtle influence of the leader that brought them success.

Deng Ming-Dao
365 Tao Daily Meditations
Day 17, Northern Hemisphere
©1992 Deng Ming-Dao, Harper San Francisc

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Napoleon Hill on Empowerment

Self-discipline, or self-control, means taking possession of your own mind.

Napoleon Hill

Source: The Master Shift on facebook

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Steve Maraboli on Resilience

Sometimes life knocks you on your ass... get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems; it's the ability to deal with them.

Steve Maraboli

Source: Steve Maraboli on facebook

Tabatha Coffey on Intelligence

By the way, intelligence to me isn't just being book-smart or having a college degree; it's trusting you gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and be smart enough to change it.

Tabatha Coffey

Source: The Master Shift on facebook

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Deepak Chopra on Connection

The world is my body.
The mountains are my bones.
The forests are my skin.
The rivers are my blood.
The air is my breath.
The sun is my sight.
In my love for the earth,
I balance all of life.

Deepak Chopra

Source: Tieraona Low Dog, MD on facebook