Sunday, July 31, 2011

Take Your Time...

If part of you wants to hurry things along today, think again.  Being productive is essential but constantly speeding things up day in and day out will get you burnt out fast.  Besides, you miss a lot of what's going on around you when you're rushing around trying to finish every little task on your agenda.  You're not only getting things done quicker but you're going to get through the good parts of life faster too, and who wants that?  Sometimes it's good, not to mention healthy, to just slow it down a bit.  Life can become so fast-pased, so busy, so... scheduled.  To keep our sanity we have to take

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Committed to Do Good Today...

This video definitely shifted my gears in the right direction today.  I even wrote this in my journal so I could add it to my daily prayers to recite each morning and night. It's a very humbling prayer...  Enjoy the weekend and as always...  'Make It' a Great Day!

"Another Day
by Grace E. Easley

Thank you Lord for another day, 
Within this life of mine.
Give me the strength to live it well, 
Whatever I may find.
Bestow from Your abundance
Whatever I may

Friday, July 29, 2011

Take a Minute...

The first thing I did this morning was tell myself: "Today is going to be a great day!"  In fact, I found myself repeating this several times again and again throughout the day.  It was just one of those days where everything seemed to be a little less tolerable and a little more irritable.

I did, however, manage to affirm my way into a more positive and patient state of mind which, that in and of itself was a task, to say the least.  Sometimes, some days our satisfaction of feeling accomplished for the day comes from simply just "getting through it"  and even better if we can do it with a smile.  

Please, if you can, do not start your day off with a negative attitude. It sets the stage for your entire day, it's draining and a complete waste of energy... for yourself and everyone around you! If you find yourself having "one of those days" do your best to nip it in the bud.  Tell yourself right away that you will not tolerate or allow your cranky emotions to get in the way of your happiness.  Of course, this takes practice... sometimes a lot of practice but it's just like anything else.  "Practice makes perfect."

Each day holds so much potential. The possibilities that today offers you are endless, and it's just as easy (and a lot more exciting) to  anticipate wonderful things to come! However,  I do acknowledge the fact  that it is easy to let the blessings that surround you go by unnoticed if you're not looking. The lifestyles we choose or take on get busy; we get distracted.  Even so, there's still no real excuse why we can't take a couple of minutes to observe and appreciate the gifts around us; the things we would surely miss if they were gone.  

Remind yourself of what you do have and not what you don't have.  Whatever your cranky mood is pouting about is probably very insignificant compared to the grand scheme of things in your life.  Realize that you are bigger than your problems and that your life is too precious to let them get the best of you. Remember that today is a gift and tomorrow is never promised.  So make sure you put first things first.

Okay, go ahead and do it now;  take a minute and look around you.  What do you notice? What are you grateful for? What are you stressing about? Think about it...  which is more important?  Is it really worth it?  Either way... tell yourself... "It's going to be a great day!"  If nothing else, at least be proud of the fact that you made an effort to  make the best out of the situation And that ,my friend, is what will make your day great!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Unspoken Truth...

"The truth is sometimes “spoken” in the space between words. In essence, there are times when more is being communicated as a result of what’s not being said than as a result of what’s actually being said. And then there are those times when absolutely no words at all are needed to convey meaning – it is simply “understood.” ~Angela Segal Glazer, Ph.D.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Give Happiness...

"Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth... Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it." ~ John Templeton

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just Live...

Sometimes... life is too deep for words.
You don’t always have to try to describe it -
just live it!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Never Settle...

"It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." ~W. Somerset Maugham

Go after what you want.  Do whatever it takes.  Never Settle!  

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cherish the Day...

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's all about the choices we make...

"It's not the things we get but the hearts we touch that will determine our success in life. Making a difference in the lives of others is what our life is all about. In the end, however, the significance of our life will be determined by the choices we make. We can choose positive over negative, smiles over frowns, giving over taking and love over hate. It is only when we take responsibility for our choices that we begin to realize we truly are the masters of our fate. Only then will our lives begin to change for the better."

Road to Fulfillment...

"May the way that lies ahead be lit with sunny gleams - and prove to be the road to the fulfilment of your dreams. May it lead you to the place where lost hopes are restored - Where Love is true and Life is abundant."  ~ Sravani S Nakho

Friday, July 22, 2011

Our Fulfillment Is Up to Us, and Us Only...

"As long as anyone believes that their ideal and purpose is outside them, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, they will go outside themselves and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. They will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found--in themselves." ~Eric Fromm

Thursday, July 21, 2011

First Things First...

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." ~Lao-tzu

One of the first steps in finding your place in this world is declaring who you are and what you're about. Don't skimp here.  Don't cut corners.  Lean into your dreams. Dive deep into yourself.  

Forget about safe. Safe is boring!  Get dirty and come out feeling more alive than you ever have.  After you discover who you really are and what you stand for, be brave and  put yourself out there.  Life will continue to happen whether you take action or not, why not stay off the beaten path and catch up with your passion.  Set an example and make yourself shine! Be a magnet for the people you want to attract along the way.  Do what you truly love to do!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Realize A Resistance-Free Reality

“Your dreams are inevitable – how long it takes them to arrive is  just dependent on how much resistance you choose to hold.”
-The Oracle                                           
I love what this world is coming to!
Yes, there are a lot of problems in the world, most of which are getting worse, but they are only getting worse because people have resistance.  You can just imagine what that the Law of Attraction does with that resistance!
The world is truly coming to a place where authenticity will be easier to find within ourselves and where being in our flow will become more and more normal. Authenticity is already natural, though most of us lose site of this and we become normal and in-authentic, like most others. So, you might say that our world is coming to a place where it is becoming easier to return to our natural state of being. That natural, authentic state of being is resistance-free, at which point our magnetism for attracting is huge.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Smile a Little Smile for Me... :)

“If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.” – Proverb

Have you ever seen a fake smile and wondered what was off?  Something was off, and it was in the eyes … “their eyes weren’t smiling.” 

When you see a smile that’s contagious and it lights up the room, it’s because the eyes are smiling too.  It shows that it's genuine.

In the bookEnchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions , Guy Kawasaki writes about genuine smiles and the art of making a great smile.

Think Pleasant Thoughts

The key to a good smile is, to think pleasent thoughts.  After all, the eyes are the window to the soul.  Guy writes:

“The key to a great George Clooneyesque smile is to think pleasant thoughts.  If you’re grumpy inside, it’s hard to have a smile that lights up the room.”

Fake Smiles Don’t Use the Eyes

Fake smiles don’t use the muscles around your eyes.  Guy writes:

“A fake smile uses only the zygomatic majory muscle — the one that runs from your jaw to the corner of your mouth.  It’s easy to control this muscle, so it leads to fake or what was called ‘Pan American smiles’.”

Make Crows Feet to Make a Great Smile

To make a great smile that lights up the room, Guy shares a tip — make crows feet.  Guy writes:

“A great smile uses the orbicularis oculi muscle, too. This muscle surrounds your eyes, and it makes you squint and produce crow’s feet.  A real smile is so special that it has its own name:  the Duchenne smile, in honor of Guillame Duchenne, a French nuerologist.”

If you're anything like me then you'll agree that there is nothing more unattractive than a fake smile. So if you want to smile genuinely, and have a great smile, think happy thoughts and make those crows feet.  :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

How To Break Free Of Old Habits

"How To Break Free Of Old Habits"
– by Kevin Schoeninger of

The phenomenal success of the book "The Four Agreements" has inspired many to apply Don Miguel Ruiz's insights in all areas of life.

As you've attempted to understand how the four agreements relate to your life, you've undoubtedly run up against some resistance. It's one thing to understand the four agreements intellectually and even to agree with them and decide to put them into practice. It's another thing to apply them in real-life situations. What do you do when it's a challenge to practice the four agreements? What do you do when you run into resistance? What do you do when old bad habits get in your way?

To begin to answer that question, let's take a look at the Core Values in the Toltec system. The better we understand these values the better we'll be able to put the agreements that flow from these values to work in our lives. The same applies to our own personal philosophy and value system. Unless you are conscious about "who you are" and "what you are about," it will be difficult to realize your highest potential. You'll find yourself living the life the world tells you to live instead of the life you are meant to live. You'll live your life by default instead of by intent.

The Toltec philosophy is based on an energetic view of life. According to the Toltec view we are beings of light. We are each mirrors that reflect the light that is the Life of all beings. It is our task to be the clearest and truest mirror that we can be. In order to do that, we must clear out that which fogs our view. We must become free from the Dream that fogs our mind. We must release ourselves from the lies that we have inherited, been taught, and agreed with. In other words, we must break away from our limiting agreements about what is real and possible.

Only then can we orient ourselves by the values of awareness, truth, freedom, and love. In order to live from these values, we must learn to master three skills. The Toltecs call these The Three Masteries. We'll go through each of these skills, one by one. They are:

  1. Mastery of Awareness: knowing who you are                                             
  2. Mastery of Transformation: having ability to change
  3. Mastery of Intent: living from freedom, choice, and love

Mastery of Awareness

As Ruiz says, "The first step toward personal freedom is awareness. We need to be aware that we are not free in order to be free." (p.98 TFA)

In the Toltec language, we must become aware that our perception of reality is like a dream. We do not see Reality as it is, we interpret reality according our beliefs, intentions, thoughts, and feelings each moment. We must first become aware that we are dreaming and understand the consequences of the agreements that define our dream, so that we can become conscious participants in the creation of our lives.

Ruiz says, "become aware of the fog that is in your own mind. You must become aware that you are dreaming all the time. . .If you have the awareness that the whole drama of your life is the result of what you believe, and what you believe is not real, then you can begin to change it. " (p.106 TFA)

Awareness is step one. Without awareness we blindly follow the mishmash of conditioned beliefs and viewpoints that are trained into us. You become aware by taking an inventory of all the beliefs that lie behind your perceptions. Once you become aware of the hidden meaning context from which you are viewing the world, then you can choose to step in and transform it in a conscious way. Awareness is the first step out of suffering.

Mastery of Transformation

Ruiz tells us that, "If you go into the dream and start challenging your beliefs, you will find that most of the beliefs that guided you into the wounded mind are not even true. ...the belief system that was put inside your mind is based on lies." (p.99 TFA)

You begin to transform your previously hidden beliefs and assumptions by testing them out. You challenge them to see what they are made of. You begin to understand where they came from and realize that they are simply made-up points of view that lead to certain consequences. If you don't like the consequences of looking at the world in a certain way, you can shift the way you are perceiving.

As Ruiz says, "You achieve the Mastery of Transformation by changing the fear-based agreements that make you suffer, and reprogramming your own mind, in your own way." (p.107 TFA)

Once you begin to get free from the subconscious agreements that have colored your perception, you are ready for the third mastery.

Mastery of Intent

Ruiz tells us that, "Dream masters create a masterpiece of life; they control the dream by making choices. Everything has consequences and a dream master is aware of the consequences. (p.100 TFA)

By mastering intent you become a conscious co-creator of your life. You understand who you are and tune into the unique purpose of your life. You make the expression and realization of who you are and what you are here to do your guiding light. You live from strong intent. When you do that you replace the messages of the Dream with guidance from the Core, from Life itself. When you do that, you replace suffering with happiness and fear with love.

As Ruiz says, "for every agreement you break that makes you suffer, you will need to replace it with a new agreement (habit) that makes you happy. This will keep the old agreement (habit) from coming back. If you occupy the same space with a new agreement, then the old agreement is gone forever and in its place is the new agreement." (p.110 TFA)

We must not think that this is an instant and everlasting event when we do it the first time. Breaking old agreements and establishing new ones takes time.

"All of the old agreements which rule our dream of life are the result of repeating them over and over again. Therefore, to adopt the Four Agreements, you need to put repetition in action. Practicing the new agreements in your life is how your best becomes better. Repetition makes the master." (p.110 TFA)

What is it, then, that fuels your practice? How do you generate the energy to break free from old habits and create something new in your life? The key is to tap into your Core Energy, the life-force within you. You do that by becoming aware of your inner feeling and by applying the three masteries to them.

Step One: Awareness

Become aware of how you are feeling as you move through life. Feel your body as a whole from the inside, right here and now. What is the quality of your inner feeling? If you're feeling great, go with flow, follow the inspirations that give you this good feeling.

If you're feeling uncomfortable, tense, stressed or afraid, observe these feelings. Identify the source of your tension and fear. Ask your body what your feeling is about. Once you have a sense for what the feeling is, where it is located in your body, and who or what it refers to, move to Step Two.

Step Two: Transformation

Let go of your uncomfortable feeling, the belief associated with it, and the event and other people associated with it with one simple act: forgiveness. Forgive yourself first. You did the best you could given what you knew and who you were at the time. Forgive anyone else involved. They also did their best, given what they knew and who they were at the time.

We forgive, not because what we did or what someone else did was right, or excusable, or even forgivable, but because we want to move on, we want to be free and we want others to be able to do the same. When you are able to forgive, you can move on to Step Three.

Step Three: Intent

Your highest intent is to come from a place of love. Love for yourself and love for others-in that order. If you see yourself through the eyes of love, this will naturally extend to the way that you see others. If you take loving actions toward yourself, this will naturally extend to the way that you treat others.

One way to do this is to cultivate the feelings of appreciation, gratitude, and trust in your heart. You can do this by actually generating these feelings in your heart. Think of something that makes you feel happy and grateful. This will make your heart smile. Focus your attention on your heart and feed this feeling. Then send your smiling energy throughout your body and to those that you encounter. Live your life from a heart filled with appreciation, gratitude, and trust.

My suggestion is to find at least one instance each day in which you practice the three masteries with your inner feeling. See the next uncomfortable feeling or tension in your body as an opportunity to go through the above, three-step process. As you master these three steps, you'll be able to transform negative emotion into creative power in a matter of moments.

Kevin Schoeninger teaches people how to discover the benefits of meditation. To learn a simple energetic and emotional releasing meditation technique (it only takes a few minutes) visit his website at

I hope you enjoyed this message from Kevin Schoeninger -- Happy Monday and as always, 'Make It' a Great Day! :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Laugh Out Loud!

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person." 
~ Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Be Beautiful...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."  ~ Audrey Hepburn  

Friday, July 15, 2011

Try Something New for 30 Days...

 "I guarantee you, the next thirty days are going to pass whether you like it or not; so why not think about what you've always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next thirty days."  ~ Matt Cutts

Have you ever thought about what you could have achieved in a year by doing 30 day challenges? You could have written a book, gotten back in shape, started a new hobby, learned how to dance or how to play your favorite song on the guitar. You could have tried something you always wanted to do, but for some reason haven’t. You could have met new friends, started your creative and fun blog, or grow your own garden. The sky is the limit here, really. 

This concept might be somewhat challenging, but it is quiet realistic to believe that you can make twelve positive changes in your life in just a year.

Watch this video with Google's software engineer, Matt Cutts His enthusiasm is contagious and his arguments incredibly convincing. You might even say that it is a new way of thinking about goal-setting…

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Heart of Compassion...

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged,sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these." 

~ George Washington 

Always treat people fairly, with respect and with dignity. Your behavior sets the expectation others will have of you, so always follow through on any good intentions. Be sensitive to others and look for ways to help ease their pain, frustrations and overcome hurtful issues.

Everyone of us has been down before and nothing feels better than a comforting presence in our time of need.  Take the time to show others that you genuinely understand and respect their needs and concerns by listening well and making a sincere effort to see issues from their point of view.  Emphasize the good, the positive, and the upbeat.  Maybe share happy thoughts and positive stories. Whatever you do, do it sincerely and with an open heart.  When you show concern and understanding... when you show patience and give somebody time out of your busy day... you are extending the heart of a very compassionate person.  That in and of itself is a very wonderful feeling... not just for them, for you as well.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

If you have dreams, then you have a purpose!

"You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself."  ~ Diana Ross

You are the only one who really knows what you want from life and if you're on the right road for you. You are the only one who can fulfill your dreams and receive the joys and happiness that come from reaching those aspirations and goals.

Don't expect others to be responsible for your happiness and your success. You must take control and be in charge of your destiny and day-to-day situations. Take advice and listen to what others have to say and what concerns they have; it's important to have different points of view. But always validate those words of wisdom with your own set of standards and make sure that the advice has meaning to your sense of reality.

You must understand yourself enough to know what you want in life and what desires you believe are worthwhile for your future. You need to depend upon yourself and your talents. Appreciate others for their personal skills and abilities, but always continue to focus on your own strengths and energies. Life is much too short to spend it worrying about someone else's accomplishments or expecting someone else to be responsible for making your life better.

If you have dreams, then you have a purpose. You have something to believe in and work towards obtaining. Dedicate yourself to yourself. Promise yourself a life filled with love, and that whatever roads you travel will be the roads you want them to be.

via positive thoughts

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sweet Dreams...

"Who has not dreamed a world of bliss on a bright, sunny noon like this?" ~ William Howitt

When you daydream, you may not be achieving your immediate goal – say reading a book or paying attention in class – but your mind may be taking that time to address more important questions in your life, such as advancing your career or personal relationships.  In fact, psychiatrist Stuart Twemlow - director of the Hope Program at The Menninger Clinic in Houston says that "Daydreaming can be beneficial in many ways and, ironically, can actually boost productivity." (Full article on WebMD)  Imagine that! Allowing yourself a few minutes each day for daydreaming may actually help you become more productive in the long run! So don't feel so bad the next time you catch yourself lying on a beach with a cocktail in your hand only to wake up standing in front of the copy machine at work printing endlessly; you might just have given your brain the well deserved R&R it needed to land a deal that will get you your next big promotion!

Sweet Dreams...  

Monday, July 11, 2011

Keep Pushing Through the Dirt!

"Although you should not erase your responsibility for the past, when you make the past your jailer, you destroy your future. It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility."
 ~John O'Donohue

 The fact that we can’t erase the past says something to us. We are called on to forgive ourselves, to honor what is past, maybe not to love it but to  respect it. Reflect and say, “That’s what I needed to do, that’s the person I needed to be at that time in my life. I did that, and I’ve learned from it. Now I can move on.  

Take the present moments you have now and use them in joy and love—not in anguishing over what you should or shouldn’t have done. You were the person you were supposed to be then so you could become the person you are now. You needed to do the things you did in order to find out how you didn’t want to be. Rather than cursing the past, bless it and forgive yourself entirely. When you know that all of those experiences were a part of the divine design of your life, you can afford to forgive. 

Keep pushing through the dirt, keep moving towards that sun so that the next time you stop to reflect- you wont want to look back, instead you'll take a look around you at the beautiful view, shake the dust off and with a big smile on your face you'll be proud to say: "I did it!"  

Every Beautiful Flower That Ever Bloomed Had to Go Through a Whole Lotta Dirt to Get There...

Danielle Miyoshi © 2011