Listening

Daily Inspiration: The art of listening needs its highest development in listening to oneself. Our most important task is to develop an ear that can really hear what we’re saying. ~Sydney J. Harris

Today’s Affirmation: I listen deeply to my heart and value my heart’s desire.  This is why I listen so closely to all others.

Today’s Contemplation: If a person cannot listen to their own heart how can that one begin to hear and understand the heart of another?  We must each know our own needs and desires because it is through them that we find the common thread; that which binds us all in oneness.

Ordinary

Daily Inspiration: The ordinary surroundings of life which are esteemed by men (as their actions testify) to be the highest good, may be classed under the three heads — Riches, Fame, and the Pleasures of Sense: with these three the mind is so absorbed that it has little power to reflect on any different good. ~Baruch Spinoza

Today’s Affirmation: I let go of the desires of my senses and turn again to the Oneness of the Infinite.

Today’s Contemplation: All we can do is surrender when the power of our senses takes control. Just remember in the midst of it ‘that Higher Presence’, that Oneness we have never left and give everything over to it; every desire, every fear.

Balance

Daily Inspiration: Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. ~Robert Fulghum

Today’s Affirmation: I play my joy today; I dance and sing and craft my way to a perfect day.

Today’s Contemplation: It is up to you to identify and expand the balance of good in your life each day.  What can you do today to make your good even better?

Deceptions

Daily Inspiration: We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. ~Rabindranath Tagore

Today’s Affirmation: I hold my every thought accountable and only adhere to Oneness.

Today’s Contemplation: Holding our thoughts to oneness is must be a constant activity for transformation to take place. It is absolutely necessary to release the power and validity of every thought of duality and to return to oneness again and again until oneness is your only nature.

Poetry

Daily Inspiration: The people fancy they hate poetry, and they are all poets and mystics. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Affirmation: Life’s sweet poetry sings in my soul and I find beauty at every turn.

Today’s Contemplation: Life is poetry yet few people actually take the time to notice and enjoy it.  They get so caught up in the drama that they never take the time to breathe and savour the taste of any given moment.  Step out of your drama and discover your poetry today.

Mindfulness

Daily Inspiration: Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. ~Sylvia Boorstein

Today’s Affirmation: I am fully present in my life today; all things come in harmony to me.

Today’s Contemplation: Every one of us finds ourselves being mindful some of the time while involved in certain specific tasks.  The practice is to become mindful in the space between the tasks until we find ourselves mindful in every moment.

Reverence

Daily Inspiration: If we perceived Life with reverence, we would stand in awe at the experience of physical Life and walk the Earth in a very deep sense of gratitude. ~Gary Zukav

Today’s Affirmation: I live in the joy of the beauty that this life is; within and without.

Today’s Contemplation: Gratitude grows as a power for change in a persons life as she or he discovers their belonging in the All Oneness.  A sense of reverence is an awareness of being connected to a power that can literally do anything; a sense that leaves the heart and mind in awe; a sense that is witness to the harmony and beauty of all life.

Patience

Daily Inspiration: One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life. ~Chinese proverb

Today’s Affirmation: Right here, right now, I find deep and abiding patience.

Today’s Contemplation: True patience stems from a deep and abiding knowledge that only good can be my experience.  It springs from the awareness that there is only One Life and it is all encompassing and fully present exactly where I am. I know this, I am fully secure in this, and every turn in my life is a turn for the better; my patience springs from an ever increasing good.

Company

Daily Inspiration: The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. ~Epictetus

Today’s Affirmation: I choose my companions by their shine; they show up for me when theirs aligns with mine.

Today’s Contemplation: The altitude we reach is reflected in the company we keep.  Even Jesus, who spent much time with least of his brothers maintained a constant circle of seekers after the truth (disciples).

Progress

Daily Inspiration: We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. ~C. S. Lewis

Today’s Affirmation: Today I willingly step back for greater progress; I follow the path to my happiness.

Today’s Contemplation: Discerning willingness is a solid path to Godliness; always look to the greater good of the whole. When the whole is happy so are its parts.  This is often a process of taking a step or two back.