Promise Yourself

Next time someone asks you for a recipe for positivity defer them to the beautiful Optimist’s Creed written by Christian D. Larson all the way back in 1912: Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best. To be […]

Three Tales of Wisdom

If only every human mastered these three tales, it would be good enough education to go through life no matter what. A Cherokee Lesson An elder Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A flight is going on inside of me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, hate, and ego. The other wolf represents joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, truth, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, compassion, and faith. This same fight […]

Beliefs Old and New (Part Two)

There are four types of belief systems: Type one contains mostly dogma, indoctrination, and controlling beliefs. The intention is to be right, I’m right and they are wrong. This is the intention behind war and strife. You will be pursued based on emotions making you right or wrong. Type two contains common sense beliefs. You already know without looking, more certainty instead of remembering. How many times you need to repeat an action before you know. No effort is involved in believing in them, you just know. Intention is to conform and act rationally. You appeal to their sense of […]

Beliefs Old and New (Part One)

Two weeks ago I had a great one-on-one phone session with Ariela from Avatar about my beliefs. I realized that without changing your old not working beliefs you will never get what you want. “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting”. The objective of the session was to explore and understand the relationship between my beliefs and my experiences. First, I read more about beliefs: “The mission of Avatar in the world is to catalyze the integration of belief systems. When we perceive that the only difference between us is our beliefs and that […]

I Remember

I was 8 years old, when my whole family moved to spend one year in the depth of Siberia by the biggest lake on Earth – Baikal. I was very excited about the change, because everything was drastically different. Moss covered giant rocks, massive fir trees, toilet outside, cross country skiing for physical exercise at school and my first very warm black astrakhan fur coat. If you looked at our settlement from above you would see a bunch of small houses scattered along the river and surrounded by the mountains, that seemed green and friendly in the summer when we […]

Love The Rain

“Over the last few days little pearls of wisdom have been spilling forth from strangers in the most random of places, and each one has inspired a different act of kindness. 1. Thoughts create words create reality. On Saturday at the beginning of a gym class my instructor told us she was having a terrible morning, she was a magnet for things going wrong and all she needed now was for the “stupid microphone” not to work. Having also attended the previous class (sometimes I’m a little crazy that way), I knew the microphone was working perfectly well. But sure […]

Your Life Is Your Life

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re […]

Shamatha Yoga

Three years ago I completed three levels of Shambhala training levels 1-3: The Art of Being Human, Birth of a Warrior and Warrior in the World. There was no fighting but extensive meditating. I learned how to quiet my mind. I also enjoyed Shamatha yoga that you can do anywhere and it only takes several minutes. Shamatha yoga is a simple series of nine yoga postures developed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche during his retreat in India in Januray of 2002. They are designed to develop mindfulness as well as loosen the body during breaks from formal sitting meditation. Earth. Hands […]

You Can Start The Great Change

Rob White, a dynamic philosopher, author, teacher, successful entrepreneur and founder of Mind Adventure, presents a special guest post: Student: How does one learn to live his dreams? Teacher: There is nothing at all that is complicated about it. YOU BEGIN. Student: How do I begin? Teacher: You begin by ceasing to participating in activity that has been stopping you from living your dreams. You know what these activities are; you simply have been ignoring them too long. Might i ask you folks three personal questions? (1) What things do you do from a false sense of duty? Stop it. […]

Scotia’s Dating Tips for Men

This is another guest post by Scotia Stone, who is an educator and relationship coach: I read a dating tip for women once that gave me a chuckle. It read “look nice, smell nice, be nice.” Pretty simple. And it said nothing about what we should say or not say on a date, but simply about how we should BE. Well, it’s good advice for everyone. 1. So men, number one, be clean, smell clean and dress decently. Take it from the girls- when a woman goes out on a date, she thinks about what she’ll wear in large part […]