The Latin phrase Carpe Diem (seize the day) was first attributed to a poem written by the famed Roman poet Horace during the reign of Augustus. It gained fresh awareness for many of us by the actor Robin Williams in the 1989 movie Dead
Poets Society. Williams, playing the role of an unconventional English professor, challenges his class of boys to be cognizant of the opportunities that are contained within every moment, “to gather ye rosebuds while you may.” Herding the boys around a trophy case filled with pictures of young athletes of yesteryear, he quips, “These boys are now fertilizing daffodils.” This leads to the moment where he emphatically whispers, “Carpe Diem”
Seize the day. Seize the day.
Gathering our rosebuds while we have the chance – seizing
the opportunities that each day offers is equal parts natural wisdom and mysterious seduction. I would venture to say that anyone reading this understands that in order to achieve a goal you...
It was never true.
All those years focusing on a belief that somehow you couldn’t do it – somehow you weren’t good enough, were years influenced by lies. All those decisions to not attempt a greater endeavor, to not initiate choices that carried passionate momentum due to some alliance you and I formed with futility and helplessness, were decisions rooted in illusion. Yes, regardless of who spoke of your supposed inabilities or how often you were told of them does not change the greater reality that it was all a lie.
The truth is that you are what you think you are. Not what someone else thinks you are, but what you continuously, habitually define yourself to be.
Time and energy spent begrudging family members, former friends or spouses, companies and institutions, teachers, bosses, circumstances and geographical locales is time spent in a misguided and...
There is but one temple in this Universe: The Body. We speak to God whenever we lay our hands upon it. - Thomas Carlyle
We can sit in the shade or move into the sunshine. “The Science of Mind” page 411
Imagine a healing temple where only words of love and peace have been expressed since the temple’s inception. The consistency of this has caused a vibration of such potency to emanate throughout its walls that anyone who enters is instantly healed. This elevated energy is so mighty in strength that should any words of discord or imperfection be used at any time they would have no power. This is the ideal illustration of humanity.
We each are like a healing temple with the continuing opportunity to utter only words and think only thoughts of love, peace, life, harmony and perfection. In consistently doing this, our vibration would powerfully reverberate and deflect any conflict or fear. People in the presence of such high vibrational energy would instantaneously...
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Gandhi
If we want to be free from suffering, we have to stop inflicting it. If we want love, we have to love, no matter what anybody thinks of us. – Ernest Holmes, Creative Living
The job of a sentinel is to stand and keep watch. Hyper vigilance and keen awareness are not only essential but are part of the sentinel’s duty. No distractions. Stay awake. With this position there is no room for privileged thoughts of abstention and circumventing. You are there to safeguard and protect.
When you professed a belief in oneness and when you recited a pledge about liberty and justice for all, you became a spiritual sentinel.
As a spiritual sentinel you are here to guard the light. You are here to keep watch and protect kindness and offer support to those long denied it. You are to remain indefatigable in the pursuit to honor the huddled masses whose lives have been farmed as resource and to...
Beloved comedienne Gilda Radner frequently joked, “It’s always something.”
So many relate to the everyday human existence with perpetual overwhelm. Life seems packed with situations we feel must be overcome. Our existence can be lived in a vibration of low or high panic, invading the simple act of living regardless of socioeconomic status. This is especially evident when bemoaning how everything feels like an obstacle course of unending challenge. Without a mental reframe about this acquired perception, our personal narrative will only continue to devolve into futility and a belief that constant struggle is normal.
Gilda was right. It is always something, yet that something can be viewed as possibility or problem. That consistent something can be realized as gifts for growth or accepted as burdens to endure.
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How many of you are waiting for some specific thing to be over before you allow yourself to feel good...
We have all the light we need. We just need to put it to practice. – Albert Pike
The well-known idiom states, “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” This is frequently offered as a statement of hope. We share it with others or even say it to ourselves to help bolster confidence. It is offered as a promise to hopefully pacify a challenge and help bridge any present level discomfort to a futurized resolve.
But what if the light that is referenced, the light representing the resolution of a current challenge, is not somewhere off in a yet-to-be determined future, but rather is surrounding us in this very moment? What if the Reality is this - the light is not at the end of the tunnel. The light is wherever you are. Additionally, if we keep thinking the resolve lies in the future then it will always seem to be just out of reach.
Evolution happens within us by saying yes to an invitation to reexamine the way we perceive the world. Consider that...