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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Melody Within Your Soul


There are choirs singing in your head.
If you listen, you will hear the music.
It is the song of angels.
Pay no attention to the sounds of the world.
They are just noises, and even when
added up all together
they have no value, make no sense.
Strain to hear the song of angels.
Listen to the melody within your soul.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Who will save your soul if you won't save your own?
- Jewel

The happiness of one's own heart alone
cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include,
as necessary to one's own happiness,
the happiness of others.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

From far beyond this life,
I hear the call.
From place beyond all place,
I feel the call.
From time before all time,
I know the call.
From one before all ones,
I am the call.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Harmony of the Soul

Being the Melody

May You...

Stillness
    

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Kick Back and Relax


The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
- Sydney Harris

If your home is not a place where you can truly
kick-back and be yourself - both physically and emotionally -
consider making some changes in your way-of-life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


The greatest weapon against stress is our ability
to choose one thought over another.
- William James

There are days to take on the troubles of the world,
and there are days to kick back and be grateful for your own blessings.

Today's Affirmation:
Slowly and Deeply, I Inhale a Calming Breath.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further readings: 12 Ways to De-Stress Your Life

Daily Renewal

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Smell the Flowers

Take Time

Rest and Relax
     

Friday, July 21, 2017

Success comes from a dream pursued through consistent action


Live a Life of Bold and Courageous Action Inspired by Powerful Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fortune and love befriend the bold.
- Ovid

The resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us,
merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright.
- Anthony Robbins

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Success comes from a dream pursued through consistent action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Become a Seeker

Life's Daring Adventure

You Are What You Do

Fulfilling Your Dreams

Personal Growth
    

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We are Asked to be of Service


When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes,
we must try charity, which is love in action.
We must speculate no more on our duty,
but simply do it.
When we have done it, however blindly,
perhaps Heaven will show us why.
- Dinah Maria Mulock

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.
- Abraham Lincoln (attributed)

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.
- Matthew 25:40


Further reading: Know that You have been Blessed

Being of Service

Making a Difference

This God Called Money
    

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Break the Prison of Habit


We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.
- Mike Murdock

Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
- Henri de Lubac

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living,
new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
- Henry Van Dyke


Most of us are prisoners of habit, and don't even notice that we do the same things, think the same things, want the same things each day - mostly without conscious thought.

Today, examine your beliefs, your actions, your wants, to determine whether they still represent your highest purpose.

Further reading: Life Choices

How to Break Your Bad Habit

Discipline

Habits - Like Water to a Fish

Getting Better
     

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Blessings of a Harmonious Life


He who lives in harmony with himself
lives in harmony with the universe.
- Marcus Aurelius

Happiness is not a matter of intensity
but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
- Thomas Merton

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures,
the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations -
each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy,
bound together by cosmic harmony.
- Ruth Bernhard

One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas.
That is probably the only way to achieve a measure
of harmony in one's life.
- Napoleon Hill

What is happiness except the simple harmony
between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

Harmony (the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole)
is one of the qualities of a great life.
Let all the aspects of your nature be in harmony with each other,
and let your existence be in harmony with all of creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Let me bring peace into moments of chaos

Break the Cycle of Self-Inflicted Suffering

Living in the Present

Balance in All Things

Balance Your Life
       

Monday, July 17, 2017

Choosing Your Response to Circumstances


You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus


Further reading: Life as a Dance

Joy is a Choice - but Not an Easy Choice

Your attitude determines the quality of your life
    

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Finding God in Nature


We need to find God,
and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue
seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.
- Alan Watts

Find stillness and you find God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In prayerful silence you must look into your own heart.
No one can tell you better than yourself
what comes between you and God.
Ask yourself.
Then listen!
- Johannes Tauler


Today's affirmation:
I am a Unique Expression
of the Universal Fabric of Creation.
I celebrate both my uniqueness
and my connection with all that is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Have a Conversation with God, Today

Quiet Time

Breath by Breath

Stillness of the Mind
     

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Answers are Deep Within Yourself


At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

Wonder what opportunities you pass, unwittingly,
because your hands are so busy clasping
what you think you have always known.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You have to leave the city of your comfort
and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover is yourself.
- Alan Alda


Today's affirmation:
Opening my mind to Spirit, I trust my intuition
to deliver powerful visions of my inspired future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Be Simply Yourself

Your Intuition is Your Guide

Approve of Yourself

Our Purpose is to Serve
     

Friday, July 14, 2017

Acting from Your Values


To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

This is my simple religion.
There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple;
the philosophy is kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I am a great believer in luck
and I find that the harder
I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Honor, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Choice,
Vision, Action, Celebration, Unity -
The Values of an Inspired Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Today's project:
Meaningful and joyful lives are lived by adhering to one's personal value system - one's principles. Today, write your six to eight most important values on an index card, and refer to that card as you go about your life today.

Further reading: What You Know Is Right

The Secret of Happiness

The Things Divine

What We Are Made Of
     

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Serenity of Simple Pleasures


What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures?
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation,
the greatest pleasures cease to please.
- Epictetus

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
- Henry David Thoreau

The best things in life are free.
- Anonymous


Further reading: Simple Pleasures

The Secret of Happiness

Life Really Is Good

Dance Gently With Life

How to be Happier in Life
      

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It Is Blessed To Forgive


Forgiveness ... is the finishing of old business
that allows us to experience the present,
free of contamination from the past.
- Joan Borysenko

Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.
- Lama Surya Das

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
- Quevedo

Forgive Your Brother from Your Heart.
- Matthew 18:21-22


Further reading: Burn Away Old Regrets and Resentments

Believe in...

The Peacemakers

Forgiving Sets You Free

Take Nothing Personally
      

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dancing Lightly with Life


Dance Lightly With Life:
Today is your day to
dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
soar your spirit,
unfurl your joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way.
- Wayne Dyer

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement
and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)


Further reading: Finding Joy in Our Troubled Lives

Appreciate Today

Choose to Love Life

Today is Your Day (long form of my poem)
    

Monday, July 10, 2017

Seeking Excellence


We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Excellence is not a destination to be arrived at,
but a path of continual attention and improvement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise,
risking more than others think is safe,
dreaming more than others think is practical,
and expecting more than others think is possible.
- Anonymous


Today's affirmation:
While I choose never to be dissatisfied or unhappy
with my current level of knowledge or accomplishment,
I constantly seek excellence in all domains that truly matter to me.


Further reading: Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life - 5 Secrets For Breaking Your Bad Habits

Play to win, but be a good loser

Choice

Creating Your Future
     

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Your Inner Light


People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire,
called conscience.
- George Washington


Further reading: Create Light

Re-Examine All You Think You Know

What Lies Within Us

Conscience - Choices

Our Children, Our Conscience
      

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Prison of a Closed Heart


Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

You shouldn't be a prisoner of your own ideas.
- Sol LeWitt

There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.
- Ben Jonson

A man may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him prisoner.
- George Savile

You feel like a prisoner if you don't create.
You're jailed up inside of yourself.
- Edie Brickell

The worst prison would be a closed heart.
- Pope John Paul II

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Fly Free

Prisoner of Habit

Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life
     

Friday, July 7, 2017

Harmony with the Cycles of Life


To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Change must always be balanced with some degree of consistency.
- Ron D. Burton

A time for everything: a time to relax and a time to be busy,
a time to frolic and a time to lay up food for the winter,
a time to receive and a time to give,
a time to begin and a time to finish.
A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have an obligation to live in harmony with God's creation.
- Bruce Babbitt

One has to find a balance between
what people need from you
and what you need for yourself.
- Jessye Norman

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Balance vs. Moderation: Eight Ways to Balance Your Life

A List of Gratitudes

Creating Balance

Renew Yourself

Living in Harmony

Yin-Yang
   

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sharing What You Have


Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

It's about sharing.
You just give what you have to give
wherever you go,
and you let God handle the rest.
- Lindsay Wagner

We are not cisterns made for hoarding,
we are channels made for sharing.
- Billy Graham

The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.
- Leonard Nimoy

A bone to the dog is not charity.
Charity is the bone shared with the dog,
when you are just as hungry as the dog.
- Jack London


Further reading: As you sow, so shall you reap

Our Shared Humanity

Being an Open Channel

Radiate Your Happiness to the World

Love Tenderly
     

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Relax into Contentment


He who is contented is rich.
- Lao Tzu

He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

A good life isn't measured in material goods.
There is no quicker path to misery than coveting your neighbors' stuff.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Small Pleasures

Emulate the Patience of Nature

Burden of Jealousy

Living in the Present

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day 2017


How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The end does NOT justify the means.
Freedom cannot be gained by sacrificing the freedom of others.
Free speech cannot be gained by limiting the free speech of others.
Human rights cannot be secured by trampling the human rights of others.
Viciousness in others cannot be fought by becoming vicious oneself.
Neither individual nor nation can long survive by meeting hatred with hatred,
injustice with injustice, prejudice with prejudice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- Emma Lazarus - written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson [Declaration of Independence, and inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial]

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands
is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.
- Jimmy Carter

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke


Further reading: The Freedom of Others

Take Action About Things That Matter

Personal Freedom

Independence - Freedom - Liberty
     

Monday, July 3, 2017

Relaxed Awareness


Do the small things of life with a relaxed awareness.
When you are eating, eat totally -
chew totally, taste totally, smell totally.
Touch your bread, feel the texture.
Smell the bread, smell the flavor.
Chew it, let it dissolve into your being.
- Osho

It is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good,
and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
- Richard Cecil

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: What You Focus On

Cultivate Awareness

Managing Your Wayward Mind

Life is Beautiful
   

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Faith is an Unlimited Source


Faith is realizing that you always get what you need.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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 how to fly.
Faith © Patrick Overton from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

The most telling act of true Faith
is celebrating the death of a loved one
with the certain knowledge that
they are now in a better place.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

Faith is an Unlimited Source.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: An Unknowable Future

Faith Before Dawn

The Edge of All We Know

Eternity
    

Saturday, July 1, 2017

How We Choose to Perceive


Even those things which seem out of reach of our choice
are governed by how we choose to perceive them.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing true anywhere,
The true is nowhere to be seen;
If you say you see the true,
This seeing is not the true one.
- Abraham Lincoln paraphrasing Lao Tzu's Tao te Ching

Seeing the light is a choice, not seeing the light is no choice.
- Douglas Horton

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

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