Inspiration

Sunday Inspiration for stillness

When we look around we can see a lot of things to worry about. But deep within is a silent stillness that carries us back to our Selves and transcends all worry and doubt.

The wind is the breath of heaven and earth.

Into every corner it unfolds and reaches;
Without choosing between high or low,
Exalted or humble, it touches everywhere.

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By |2008-03-30T21:36:00-04:00March 30th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday Inspiration for stillness

Sunday Inspiration: Feeding the Wolf

With transiting Mars bearing down on my own Mars which is already being pressured by Pluto, I found this a wonderful bit of wisdom:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between 2 “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, worry, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity,truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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By |2008-02-24T12:44:00-04:00February 24th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday Inspiration: Feeding the Wolf

Sunday inspiration for Hope

A new day is dawning…

We have been engulfed by the politics of fear for too long, where 9/11 was used as a way to scare up votes instead of a way to bring us together around a common purpose to defeat a common enemy.

People say, “He’s so idealistic, he’s so naitve…he’s a hopemonger.” I’ve heard this criticism that I’m pedddling false hopes, that I need a reality check. The notion is that if you’re realistic you set your sights low, but if you talk about hope you have your head in the clouds, just waiting for things to happen to them . I have to remind people that’s not what hope is.

IIt’s true I talk about hope a lot. I have to – the odds of me being here are not very high [cheers]. I was raised by a single mom and my two grandparents and they didn’t have a lot of money, they didn’t have a lot of status. They could give me love, education and hope. But I need to explain that hope is not blind optimism. Hope is not ignorance of the challenges that lie before us.

I know how hard it will be to provide health care to everybody … to change our energy policy. I know how hard it is to alleviate poverty … I know how hard it is to lift up our schools. It will involve parents and communities changing their mindset about our children. I’ve seen good legislation die because good intentions were not enough. They were not fortified by political will or political power.

I’ve seen how this country’s judgment has been clouded […]

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By |2008-02-10T13:19:00-04:00February 10th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday inspiration for Hope

Voices for Healing and Vision

I have just discovered Tina Malia and listened to her most of the day yesterday. Her voice and music is expansive and opens the heart and soul to the yearning for awakening and the hope that transformation is truly possible, for the planet and for all people. This video is of the beautiful song Heal this Land.

Today, after the tremendous win for Barack Obama in South Carolina, I feel that hope really is alive and change is truly possible. The power of Obama is the power of intention and inspiration – the intention to create real change and reach across the many chasms that divide us, and the inspiration to make it happen. Focusing on the negative, in any situation, is the surest way to bring it about – taking hope and converting it to the certainty of success is the wizard’s work that is required to turn this country around.

I found this interesting article called “Leading with Vision and Trust” by Warren Bennis. He writes:

Why did India’s poor march to the sea with Gandhi against the salt tax? Because they trusted him. Trust is based on predictability: trusted leaders make themselves known and make their positions clear. Four leadership qualities together engender trust:

  • Vision
  • Empathy
  • Consistency
  • Integrity

Creating a vision

Leaders manage the dream: they have the capacity to create a compelling, over-arching vision that takes people to a new place.

A vision is a portrait of the future that grabs. Initially it grabs the leader, and then their magnetic intensity and commitment to it draw others in. Leaders love what they do. The passion that comes from knowing what they want, that is demonstrated by their unswerving commitment to a vision, communicates hope and inspiration.

Visions animate, inspire and transform purpose into action. Visions bring about confidence and a belief […]

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By |2008-01-27T12:46:00-04:00January 27th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Voices for Healing and Vision

Sunday Haiku

Beautiful words from Matsuo Basha

Winter solitude–
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.

photo by Pete Leonard from
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By |2008-01-13T13:44:00-04:00January 13th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday Haiku
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