Dec 21 09

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Daily Inspiration: Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow. ~Alice M. Swaim

Today’s Affirmation: I hold my sacred dreams close to my heart and nurture them deeply through the storms of doubt and fear.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: In the late winter a gardener will start putting out seeds and germinants in small shelters called cloches to protect them from the killing temperatures that still come through early spring. It is wise for us to do the same with our new and fragile dreams protecting them from being quashed by old and decadent fear thinking.

 

Dec 20 09

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Daily Inspiration: Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Today’s Affirmation: I reclaim the innocence of my childhood, nothing is as it seems, all is new today.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Have you ever thought of how you have a name for everything you look at; how you accepted an opinion long ago about the value of objects and features? What would it be like to be completely free of all those preconditions, judgments and opinions? The art of innocence is to look at any person, place or thing and ask yourself “What else could that be?” As this season unfolds I choose to share the same joy and wonder as the youngest in my company.

 

Dec 19 09

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Daily Inspiration: It is no longer good enough to cry peace.  We must act peace, live peace and live in peace. ~Native American Proverb

Today’s Affirmation: I surrender to day to ‘what is’ and I find that ‘what is’ is good.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Peace can only happen in my heart when I surrender my desire for others to live and act by my standard of integrity. Peace can only happen in the world when all people surrender that same righteousness while continuing to act in integrity with their core values.

 

Dec 18 09

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Daily Inspiration: May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~Author Unknown

Today’s Affirmation: I give the peace, the joy and the love I feel; I watch it grow, I watch it heal.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Praise, appreciation and gratitude given freely grow in remarkable ways and ripple beyond our company. How far might your small gesture of appreciation go?

 

Dec 17 09

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Daily Inspiration: Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. ~Eddie Rickenbacker

Today’s Affirmation: I step through my fear and into my fortune today.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: We see a possibility, something we have never done before. We know it can be achieved and yet we do not know how. A part of us even questions our ability and right to the fullness of this new idea. Yet we step forward anyway because there is a little whisper that cannot be subverted, we step forward knowing that our success is not so important as the act of doing. We feel the fear and do it anyway because to not do it would be another kind of death. This is the act of courage.

 

Dec 16 09

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Daily Inspiration: A good marriage is the union of two forgivers. ~Ruth Bell Graham

Today’s Affirmation: Forgiveness starts with me; I choose to release my righteousness now.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Forgiveness is the simple choice to selfishly release any dark feelings because joy feels a whole lot better.

 

Dec 15 09

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Daily Inspiration: Frustration is not having anyone to blame but yourself. ~Unknown

Today’s Affirmation: One step at a time I move myself into joy filled expression; step by step I forgive the me I used to be.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: When we blame ourselves we are accusing ourselves of intentionally making unhealthy choices; this is not possible. Every unhealthy choice was made upon the supposition that the reward would outweigh the cost and therefore was justifiable. The great change happens when we realize that there can be no ‘justifiable’ cost, ever so there can be no value in blame or even frustration.

 

Dec 14 09

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Daily Inspiration: If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

Today’s Affirmation: My life finds harmony as I see the harmony in my life.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: The only thing we can really change in any circumstance is our perspective about it. Until we change that the circumstances will continue to repeat themselves with variation only in their appearances. This repetition will always continue until we bring only love, life and harmony to the moments before us.

 

Dec 13 09

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Daily Inspiration: Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~Thomas Edison

Today’s Affirmation: I have the determination to bring my great ideas to fruition.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: The greatest gift of inspiration is the fuel it provides for action. The greatest challenge of inspiration is how that same fuel which can bring our dreams into manifestation will consume us and leave us empty if not applied.

 

Dec 12 09

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Daily Inspiration: In this life we cannot always do great things. We can only do small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa

Today’s Affirmation: My every action makes a difference in this world.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: There is always something more that each one of us can do for any other. We can all bring a greater quality of presence, of compassion, into our interactions. That and a willingness to be of service are ultimately the only two things that will bring forth the world we would all choose to live in.