Let the Light Shine

Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise. – Victor Hugo Being optimistic comes easier after suffering. Or so it seems to me. The darkest nights dawn upon the brightest days. Life knocks us around, some much more than others. I cannot pretend to know anyone’s mind except my own. But I …

Making Positive Changes

When the heart is right, “for” and “against” are forgotten. – Zhuangzi For many years, I have had to struggle against defensiveness and anxiety. I suffered from multiple calamities as a young adult. To compensate, whenever overly stressed out, I would coil back into my hard emotional shell as a form of self-protection. The negative …

Art Manifested by Nature

A person should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of their life, in order that worldly cares do not obliterate the sense of the beautiful that God has implanted in the human soul. Goethe Time spent contemplating the universe often reveals the underlying beauty of existence. …

Be Yourself

We carry about us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young – not in time or age – but young, innocent and alive at whatever age …

Believe in Yourself

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. — George Bernard Shaw So much of our lifetime is spent trying to survive and “get by”. The day to day exist everyone lives can be seem like drudgery or common. These lived moment are crammed with intimate details and myriads of meaning. Creating yourself …

Learn from Life

He who neglects to drink from the spring of experience is likely to die in the desert of ignorance. — Li Bai Experience is our first and last teacher. We experience the world in contrasts of warmth/cold, light/dark. Broad sensations wordlessly implant in our freshly blossoming minds. Like the sunrise melting away the frost, our …

Free Your Imagination

The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the Imagination – Emily Dickinson There is a vast unseen universe all about us. The terms and definitions we give to the objects in our world spring from some imaginary place. What perceptible innate quality does one object posses that differentiates it from a similar object? The realm …

Manifest the Beauty in Each Day

Live each moment completely, and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment. — Paramahansa Yogananda Today is Thanksgiving, and I feel thankful for all the love in my life, my wife, my children, friends and so much more. I am thankful for the kind people who …

Your Life is a Miracle

Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born. – Albert Einstein Aging is part of all life cycles. Are cells are constantly being recycled and remade. When I was young I read somewhere that every cell in …

Let Nature Fill You with Happiness

There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes; By the deep sea, and music in its roar… – Lord Byron There is a remarkable grandness to be discovered walking alone in nature. The poignant vastness is akin to wandering through gallery after gallery …