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From New Atlantis Full Documentaries' (the documentary maker's) YouTube site:

The aboriginal culture of Australia, includes a large number of tribes inhabiting the oceanic continent before the arrival of the white man. But all that rich culture is doomed to survive in stocks in which its people are destined to extinction.

In this episode one of the elders that preserve aboriginal culture will show the most important elements of a culture that struggles not to disappear.

Know his rituals in which contacts the parallel world in which the gods, spirits and men live together. We will see the role exerted by the digeridu, a musical instrument employed in these rituals. We'll see how it is manufactured by the musicians themselves, who will address the complex technique used to make it sound.

The cave paintings of Ubi Rock opened the door showing the spirituality of these villages that are sacred totems direct reference the natural world around them. Analyze the paintings today continue to make to represent their dreams and the importance of this painting.

Participate with them in making the famous boomerang and the banquet to which fishing leads a giant turtle. But the aboriginal community also show us the bitter side of life: the reserves in which its people seem destined to a slow extinction.



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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Abraham Lincoln:

I am for those means which will give the greatest good, to the greatest number.

~Abraham Lincoln


It goes without saying we live in a world that is more materialistic than ever. The win-the-lottery mentality lives large! That said, part of the world is awakening to the truth that true abundance has nothing to do with the size of a bank account, the model of car or the square footage of a house. Enjoy today's graphic quotation of Mastery!

Graphic quotation on Mastery


 

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Enjoy today's spiritual quotation from A Course in Miracles.

Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. What you see reflects your thinking. And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see.

~A Course in Miracles

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Aesop:

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

~Aesop


Inspirational author and speaker, Alan Cohen, may be best known for his best-selling, award-winning books, The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, A Deep Breath of Life, and Are You as Happy as Your Dog? He is also a contributing writer for the New York Times and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. His seminars have been regularly broadcast on the Wisdom Channel and on Gaiam TV and his works featured on Oprah.com, in USA Today and in The Washington Post.

Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds your desire to hold on.

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Contemporary philosopher, Alan Watts, best known for bringing eastern philosophy to western culture, wrote 25 books, including The Way of Zen and Psychotherapy East and West. In this inspirational video, Alan passionately addresses the problem of generational unhappiness.


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Enjoy today's spiritual quote by Albert Camus:

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.

~Albert Camus


Best known for his theory of relativity and the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of  photoelectric effect. He left Germany, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences in 1933, when Adolf Hitler came to power and settled in the United States. Warning President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, he recommended that the U.S. begin similar research. Although he denounced nuclear fission as a weapon and along with British philosopher Bertrand Russell signed the Russell–Einstein Manifesto which highlighted the dangers of using nuclear weapons, he was reported to have said to a friend a year before his death in 1955 that he had made one mistake in life, referring to that letter. In 1952, Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, offered Einstein the position of President of Israel, which was humbly declined. At Einstein's memorial service, nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer said: "He was almost wholly without sophistication and wholly without worldliness. There was always with him a wonderful purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn." Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Albert Einstein:

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.

~Albert Einstein

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English writer, intellectual and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family, Aldous Leonard Huxley was best known for his volumous essays and his novel, Brave New World. Born in Godalming, Surrey, England, in 1894, he was the editor of the magazine, Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel writing, film stories and scripts. As a humanist, pacifist, and satirist he became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, in particular Vivekanda's Neo-Vedanta and Universalism. Enjoy today's spiritual quotation from Aldous Leonard Huxley:

There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving.

~Aldous Huxley

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Probably best known for the famous lines, "Tis better to have loved and lost - Than never to have loved at all", Alfred Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign. The ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was born into the middle class and started writing poetry in his teens along with his two brothers and a collection of their poetry was published when Alfred was just 17. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal for Timbuctoo and later published his first solo collection of poems, Poems Chiefly Lyrical, which contained two of Tennyson's most celebrated works, Claribel and Mariana. After accepting the position of Poet Laureate, beating out Elizabeth Barrett Browning, he went on to write The Charge of the Light Brigade, Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington and Ode Sung at the Opening of the International Exhibition. Believed to have been a lifelong sufferer of depression, famous writer, T. S. Eliot, described Tennyson as "the saddest of all English poets." Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.

~Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Are you ready to discover your calling? Or become a household name? Or meet the love of your life? Then rip up your scorecard, baby. Sit at the doorstep of Creative Possibility. Step into this uncorrupted moment, and allow your years, disappointments, and opinions to disappear. Call it Zen. Amnesia. Surrender. The Zone. Whatever lingo works for you. Because as a career and an inspired success coach, I know this breakthrough strategy works. It’s this: I have the willingness to allow things to work out, even if they haven’t worked out before.

Let’s face it. The eager run through open fields and meet new opportunities. The beleaguered trip on daisies. They call it “experience.”

Recently I coached Julie, a psychotherapist who had three hot new prospects call her in the past week. I felt excited for her. But I noticed Julie’s tone was as flat as my kitchen table, well, as flat as my kitchen table is, underneath a small mountain range of piles. She could have been telling me about historic weather patterns in downtown San Diego.

“Yeah I’ve seen this before. There’s a little spike of interest and then it dies down,” she said. Suddenly I felt my interest die down, plummet actually. I swear I could feel the stars in the evening sky recede. Her tone, momentarily, turned my enthusiasm into a shade of shame. It was as though the adult had stormed into the room and told us to stop jumping up and down on the bed.

Of course Julie had her reasons for staying cautious and a bit deflated. She’d had “experience.” I envisioned attorneys wheeling in their case files and documents, exhibits and evidence. Her reasons took up a great deal of room in her heart and in our call.

“You know, this time doesn’t have to be like the past,” I said softly. “Yeah, I don’t want to get my hopes up,” she remarked. “I’ve been down that road.”

And that’s when I knew we stood at the threshold of change--- or in quicksand.  Julie was no longer in present time. There was no future available to her. She was on a “road.” Only what had happened in the past could happen again. And the more she guarded her heart, the more robotic she became. I sure wouldn’t sign up for psychotherapy with her.

I wanted her to get those clients. I wanted her to surprise herself. I wanted her to feel a dream come true and then another one and another one. I wanted her to be free. And most of all, I wanted her to show up for her current life with love. I wanted her to meet her life now and have her real life meet her back with the stunning generosity I knew was available.

Creating or soaring in the work you love is about getting off the “road.” It’s about getting back in touch with the electric, magnetic, invisible stream of continuous possibility. You have never been in this moment before. It’s a wild arrogance to assume a static world. And when you enter this moment with excitement and love, you change the possibility of every possibility. Learning lessons from experience is wonderful. Learning to be jaded is not. True “lessons” empower you. They don’t limit you.

Stay innocent. Forgiven. Unconditional. Untainted. Curious and alive. Be the one who shimmers. The world is glutted with the predictable. It yearns for the dynamic.

Turn your back to the world’s statistics, predictions, and noise and turn your heart toward the silent knowing that only you know. Your true work is not of this world. It comes from a wellspring of power beyond limits and conditioning. Do not limit an unlimited flow with your artless assumptions and conclusions about the past. This is not about getting our hopes up…but keeping our creative conviction strong. We will have what we need. We do not know the timing or the form. But we are always in a new circumstance, always standing on glittering, holy ground.

Receive the gifts of the moment, even if it’s just interest in your business that doesn’t pan out yet. Resist the temptation to allow the past to shape or foreshadow the potential of the present. Dare to not know. Dare to show up with your lights on.

Personally, I’ve employed the most awesome business guru, for the price of dog chow. My dog Emerson is the best teacher I’ve ever met for staying true to desire and nothing else. He is part black Lab, part Bassett Hound, and yes, as ridiculously adorable as that sounds. He is a climate of joy. He has never lived life based on the past--- that would be training--and he has no use for that. He’s an in the moment guy, kind of like a surfer dude doing a mash up with the Dalai Lama, who turns into a meth addict when he sees something he wants.

For example, he tries to get on the bed. I tell him “No!” He backs off. It doesn’t crush his feelings nor does it apply for more than 60 seconds, as in that command was so 59 seconds ago. He doesn’t think this order is “how things work” or a reflection of his worth. He doesn’t call his therapist, though I have no idea what he tells his friends at the fire hydrant. He simply leaps on the bed again. I tell him “No!” but he’s not thinking “This is how it’s always going to be. I’ll never get on the bed. I bet Lassie got on the bed. Why didn’t I have parents who could get me into the movies…” It’s just a matter of time. With his relentless enthusiasm and my inevitable distraction, my Velcro pet manages to get himself on the bed. I look over at him, curled into the bliss of a hedonist. He makes my seen-better-days quilt look as captivating as rich dark chocolate or a chiaroscuro lit side street in Paris. I melt. I encourage him to stay on the bed.

Master guru that he is, he’s taught me a lesson in peak performance. All he did was stay in touch with his singular desire and try again. And again and again and again. Every moment presented a new set of rules and conditions for him. Anything else, would be training.

By the way, Julie called back each of her three prospects with love for the work she does--and each of them signed on to work with her. I kid you not. She has a new track record. She has a new future. And it’s all because she has a new tape in her head. It’s this. Anything can work out right now.

Refuse to be trained. Stay innocent and alive. Remember, you have never been down this road before. There is no road. There is only desire or lack of desire, “experience” or innocence, mad magic or mad magic about to be revealed.

Copyright © Tama Kieves  All rights reserved.







Tama J. Kieves is the bestselling author of THIS TIME I DANCE! Creating the Work You Love (How One Harvard Lawyer Left It All to Have It All!) and is a sought-after speaker and career coach who has helped thousands world-wide to discover and live their true work in the world. Visit her at www.ThisTimeIDance and sign up for free inspiration and support through her monthly e-newsletter or download her Free Transformational Report on “Finding Your Calling Now.”

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If there was ever a spiritual quotation that described the Modern Day Mastery program it is this spiritual wisdom by Paramahansa Yogananda. We believe that every person has a higher role to play on the world stage and our mission is to guide students to the place where they discover the immense power that lies buried inside and bring that power forth to perform great service in the world.

Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role.

~Paramahansa Yogananda

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce, whose nickname was "Bitter Bierce", was known for his sardonic view of human nature and employed a critical, satirical writing style in his career as an editorialist, journalist and short story writer. Enlisting in the Union Army's 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment at at the outset of the American Civil War, he rose to the rank of First Lieutenant, and served on the staff of General William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineer, making maps of battlefields. Fighting in the Battle of Shiloh was a horrific experience for Bierce that served as the influence for several short stories and the memoir, "What I Saw of Shiloh." After recouperating from a head injury suffered in battle, he was discharged from the army in 1865 resuming his military career rejoining General Hazen in an expedition to inspect military outposts across the Great Plains, finally ending up in San Francisco where he remainded becoming a contributor and/or editor for a number of local newspapers and periodicals, including The San Francisco News Letter, The Argonaut, the Overland Monthly, The Californian and The Wasp. After relocating to England for a few years he returned to San Francisco to become one of the first regular columnists and editorialists for William Randolph Hearst's newspapers, the San Francisco Examiner. He eventually became one of the most prominent and influential journalists on the West Coast. He remained associated with Hearst Newspapers until 1906. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Ambrose Bierce:

Optimism: the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.

~Ambrose Bierce

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We love this inspirational quotation by American hero, Amelia Earhart. As you may know, Amelia was an aviation pioneer, author and the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean receiving the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for achieving this record.  She helped found an organization for female pilots, The Ninety-Nines, and joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935. Amelia was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

We believe that in order for us to change the world at large we must change our little corner of the world. Amelia clearly states in this quote that although it's okay to hold the intention for change (burn incense) action is what is required to create change in the world.

Better to do a good deed near home than go far away to burn incense.

~Amelia Earhart

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Enjoy today's spiritual quote by Anaïs Nin:

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to  replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.

~Anaïs Nin


We all get angry. Just a natural occurence as we navigate this obstacle course called life. People can make us angry. Situations at work can make us angry. Even the weather can make us angry. It's how we react after the moment of anger that matters to our life and the lives of others. More relationships have been shattered and more health issues created by 'holding anger' - instead of letting anger go - than just about anything else. Uncontrollable anger is poison to our bodies and our spirits. Read this inspirational article by Steve Goodier that includes the motto of Mahatma Gandhi,  and see how a temperate response is the only response when we feel anger.

A young girl came into the house with a tear in her pants. Her mother was exasperated, as this had happened too many times before. At her wits end, she said to her daughter, "Now you go into your room, take off those pants, and sew up that tear!" The poor child had never held a needle in her life!

A little while later her mother saw the pants crumpled on the floor of her daughter's bedroom -- still torn. She looked around and...no little girl. Spying the basement light on, she called down the stairs, "Are you down there running around with your pants off?"

A big voice boomed up, "No ma'am. I'm reading the gas meter."

Thomas Jefferson once advised, "When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, count to 100." It could help any number of embarrassing situations.

Another way to say it is like this: When angry, slow down. Slow down and think. Slow down and calm down. A later response will be a more tempered response and usually a better one. Slow down and get some distance from the provoking incident. You'll see it more for what it is, and you'll often see that it never deserved your ire. Slow down and consider your best response.

On the other hand, don't forever hold it in. For anger does more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than the object on which it is poured. Uncontrolled rage will mostly hurt you. Slow down before you let it out. But after you let it out it, be sure to let it go.

And when you express your anger, keep your temper -- no one else wants it. Untold relationships, otherwise beautiful and full of promise, are ruined by rage. Countless careers and lives are brought down by harsh and thoughtless words.

Mahatma Gandhi had this motto on his wall at Sevagram:
"When you are in the right,
You can afford to keep your temper;
When you are in the wrong,
You can't afford to lose it."

Slow down -- and temper your anger with understanding.

Slow down -- and temper your ire with compassion.

Slow down -- and temper...your temper.

©Steve Goodier

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Advice columnist, Ruth Crowley, better known as Ann Landers, became a cultural icon during the 1940's and 50's. In her widely syndicated columns she favored legalization of prostitution, was pro-choice and supported equal rights for gays and lesbians. She was no stranger to controvery being heavily criticed for remarks she made about people such as John F. Kennedy's father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Pope John Paul II, and, giving advice to parents about avoiding Halloween because of razor-blades-in-apples which was proven to be an urban legend. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Ann Landers:

Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent free in your head.

~Ann Landers

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American actress, playwright, and professor, Anna Deavere Smith, may be best known for her roles as National Security Advisor, Nancy McNally, in The West Wing and as Hospital Administrator, Gloria Akalitus, in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she received her M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. Her film credits include Philadelphia, The American President, Rent, and Rachel Getting Married. Smith has taught in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and in the drama department at Stanford University as well as at NYU School of Law. She has also written two books, Talk to Me: Travels in Media and Politics, and, Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts-For Actors, Performers, riters, and Artists of Every Kind. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Anna Deavere Smith:

I am not myself; I am the potential of myself.

~Anna Deavere Smith

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One of the top motivational speakers in the world, Anthony "Tony" Robbins has influenced millions of people with his self-help books, Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement and Awaken The Giant Within, and his personal development seminars and infomercials. He began his impressive career by promoting seminars for his mentor, Jim Rohn (Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, interviewed Jim Rohn in 2002), basing his teachings of overcoming fear, wealth creation, persuasive communication and enhancing relationships on neuro-linguistic programming techniques. Tony Robbins has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, Life, GQ, Vanity Fair, Businessweek, Tycoon, and SUCCESS magazines, as well as CBS Evening News, NBC News, ABC's Prime Time Live, Fox News, CNN and A&E. He has appeared in 15 major motion pictures and was named to Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list. Enjoy today's success quotation by Tony Robbins:

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach...who walk their talk.

~Anthony Robbins

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"Houston, we have a problem."

Who can't recall those words from that historic Apollo mission and 1995 movie, Apollo 13?

Directed by "Richie Cunningham" Ron Howard, the storyline couldn't have been scripted any better by the best screen writers in Hollywood. The simple fact this story is true, and not in the least over-dramatized with liberties Hollywood often takes when paying homage to historical events, and, knowing the story has a happy ending, makes this movie especially endearing.

Apollo 13 is given a human face by the stellar performance of Tom Hanks who plays Commander Jim Lovell and the film appropIt's a Wonderful Life posterriately opens in a family setting where NASA folk and family are watching Neil Armstrong become the first man to walk on the lunar surface. Lovell had been aboard Apollo 8 when he orbited the moon and has to wait nine anxious months to become the fifth man on earth to walk upon it.

The Apollo 13 crew included command module pilot Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise) who was replaced by ladies man Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) after he contracts the measles, and, lunar module pilot Fred Haise (Bill Paxton).

By the time of the April 11, 1970 blast-off, the American public has become fairly oblivious about the space program. That soon changes as people worldwide become glued to their television sets after an oxygen tank explodes during in-flight maintenance resulting in a dissipating oxygen supply, reduced power in the command module and a faltering filtering system leaving the crew at risk of carbon dioxide poisoning. Would these become the first Americans to die in space was the question millions were asking themselves?

Tensions rise as quickly as the Saturn rocket that propelled the fated ship spaceward as we fall witness to the problem-by-problem playbook that's writing itself and the immediate-if-not-sooner, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants answers that need to be manufactured by chain smoking flight director Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) with a sobering-up Mattingly sitting in a flight simulator contributing most of the solutions. "Failure-is-not-an-option” becomes the mantra of the next nail-biting part of the journey as they slingshot around the moon and manually aim the lunar module towards planet Earth against all odds of successful re-entry.

Remarkable through all of this is the fact we are made to easily understand all the techno-goings on in the craft as the temperature and oxygen levels plummet. Producer Steven Spielberg would have it no other way.

The jubilation of all in mission control could only be overshadowed by the knowledge that good ol' American ingenuity and pure determination in the face of fire brought these brave space travelers back home safely to Mother Earth.

Inspirational movie review by Rick Beneteau

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The Latin word on which "assumption" is based literally means “the action of being taken up.” In modern English it takes on the meaning of taking something for granted, or persupposing. In this enlightening article, Steve Goodier teaches how embarrasing and even dangerous assuming can be starting off with two humorous examples of people who assumed and were clearly wrong. The next time you're tempted to jump to conclusions and assume something about somebody, remember Steve's sage advice. 

Joan, the town gossip and supervisor of the town's morals recently accused George, a local man, of having a drinking problem because she observed his pickup truck outside the town's only bar one morning. George stared at her for a moment, and said nothing. Later that evening, he parked his pickup truck in front of her house and left it there all night.

Why is it that most assumptions are wrong? Yet we too often act as if they are right!

Years ago, a young American at a banquet found himself seated next to the eminent Wellington Koo, a Chinese diplomat. Completely at a loss as to what to say to someone from such a different culture, this young man ventured, "Likee soupee?"

Mr. Koo smiled and nodded. Later when called upon to speak, Wellington Koo delivered an eloquent talk in  exquisite English, sat down while the applause was still resounding, turned to the young man and smiled, "Likee speechee?

His assumption about Mr. Koo was simply not true. Which is not unlike a husband who assumes he knows his wife's opinion on a matter, only to find out she thinks differently. Or a wife who assumes that her husband's silence means he is angry or disinterested, only to learn that he is worried about something else. Or an employee who assumes he knows that his boss is upset with him because she didn't praise his performance on a project, when she was merely preoccupied with another matter.

Assumptions. We all make them. They're usually wrong and they too often get us into trouble.

You've heard it said, "Never assume anything; it makes an ASS out of U and ME." But I especially like the advice of Eniong Hilario: "Things are better said than assumed."

When in doubt, check it out. You think you know what was said? Check it out. You think you know what was meant? Check it out. You may think you know, but check it out.

And when you do, be prepared to be surprised!

©Steve Goodier

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Mother: I'm trying to find my son.
Woman at Desk: Name?
Mother: [in tears] I don't know.

What a strange conversation to say the least, however, as far fetched as it may seem, it sets the stage for the fantasy, almost fairytale-ish, harshly criticized movie, August Rush.

August Rush posterMany may wonder why I chose a movie to review that critics hated. Afterall, I choose only movies that inspire me with the hope they will inspire you and the critics opinions and mine are generally close. Not this time. See, I love this film for a number of reasons they didn't, the first being, it's a feel-good movie. The world can use all the inspirational feel-good movies Hollywood or anyone else can produce!

My next reason is because of the acting. Released in 2007,  August Rush features stellar performances by actors Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers with an equally compelling yet dark, Oliver Twist-like Robin Williams doing his usual genius-level work but this time portraying the villian. Even the critics didn't dispel the quality of the performances.

Another reason I'm a fan of August Rush is that I'm  a fan of music. Not just the average kind of  rock and classical music lover mind you because I used to make my living as a songwriter/producer so I was also drawn to the theme of music as being the sole vehicle that serves to reunite a family after parents and offspring finally meet for the first time in the closing scenes.

Let's back up and begin explaining the opening conversation in this review.

A New York-based, aspiring cellist, and an Irish rock singer-songwriter, experience one magical night of passion after their respective gigs. Lyla Novacek is immediately separated from Louis Connelly by her controlling father and has become pregnant. She believes she has lost her son during childbirth as conniving dad has arranged for the baby be taken to an orphanage in order not to tarnish, and prevent, his daughter's budding career. Louis, for years on the other hand, mourns the loss of "the one that got away" unaware of his offspring while Lyla goes on with her life. The musical prodigy they produced grows up believing the music he hears in his head will help him find his real parents. Yes, this is where things begin to go a tad over the top.

The 12 year-old then runs away from the orphanage and heads for New York. He finds himself in an abandoned wharehouse 'shelter' run by the 'Wizard' (Williams), who names him August Rush after a commercial truck with that moniker plastered on it rolls past. While this is happening, having learned her son is alive, Lyla goes on a mission to find him aided by social worker Richard Jeffries (Terrence Howard). Meanwhile,  Louis returns to his musical roots, retracing his steps to New York where he and Lyla met to find the love of his life. The synergy table is now set.

The young orphan, played by a charismatic Freddie Highmore, has been hearing symphonies in his head inspired by the every-day-city-sounds of  screeching brakes, skateboards, sirens and trains rumbling on tracks. The Wizard recognizes his genius after hearing him revolutionize the playing of an acoustic guitar, and begins to exploit his gift on the streets of New York much to the delight of passersby who fill his opened guitar case with donations destined for the exploitative new keeper.

August eventually comes to the attention of a Juliard professor and is enrolled as a student in the prestigious music school. He composes this mind-bending symphonic piece and as only Hollywood would have it, the destinies of mother, father and long-lost son all come together in a concert in New York's Central Park where August conducts his masterpiece.

Over the top? Yes. Beyond getting to your heart? No. Sit the family down on the couch and share this inspirational film. It's July now, so be in an August Rush to see this inspirational film before summer is over-)

Inspirational movie review by Rick Beneteau

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Here is an inspirational story, author unknown, that has circulated on the Internet for years and it's one of Modern Day Mastery's favorites. It's unfortunate that we never came across an author attribution for it, but whoever wrote this spiritual wisdom nailed it! Enjoy!

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied:

"Things aren't always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel: "How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him", she accused. "The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die."

"Things aren't always what they seem."

"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion," continued the older angel, "I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it."

"Then last night as we slept in the farmer's bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead...."

"Things aren't always what they seem."

Author Unknown

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From the YouTube.com site: This experience is viewed through the eyes of Carly Fleischmann, a 17 year old girl living with non-verbal Autism. Based on an excerpt from the book Carly's Voice: Breaking through Autism, it explores how, for someone with autism, a simple act like going for a coffee can descend into chaos. Carly's Café was developed as an interactive video that allows the user to experience Autism from the inside-out, visit carlyscafe.com to enjoy the full experience.


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When we awaken to what we were born to do in this life, everything magically changes. We are joyous, we are energetic and we feel a sense of fulfillment that remains entrenched for the rest of our lives. The spiritual teachings of Modern Day Mastery take students through a unique passion and purpose discovery process culminating in the implementation of a life path, or what we call, a life mission. Most people will never awaken to arrive at this amazing point which is exactly why we created our deeply spiritual journey. Seriously consider today's spiritual wisdom by Carlos Castaneda:-)

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

~Carlos Castaneda

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It is mostly legend that surrounds the mystical Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer, often called Baal Shem Tov, or Besht. Credited as the founder of Hasidic Judaism, it is chronicled he came from poor and pious parents and when orphaned was raised by the community. Stories of miracles he performed abound and many of his followers believe he came from the royal house of King David and therefore in direct lineage to the institution of the Jewish Messiah .

Fear builds walls to bar the light.

~Baal Shem Tov

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There is much to be said about developing a lifetime of good habits. Conventional parenting skills revolve largely around the concept of instilling good habits in children such as healthy eating, cleanliness, fair play, a good work ethic and good manners. As adults, many of us choose New Years to get rid of bad habits and replace them with good ones. Many of us fail to retain those healthier habits, unfortunately. Soak up the story of the touchstone by motivational author Steve Goodier in this inspirational article:

Do you know the story of the touchstone? It tells of a fortunate man who was told that, if he should possess the "touchstone," its magical powers could give him anything he wanted. The touchstone could be found, he was informed, among the pebbles of a certain beach. All he need do is pick up a stone -- if it feels warm to the touch, unlike the other pebbles, he has found the magical touchstone.

The man went immediately to the beach and began picking up stones. When he grasped a pebble that felt cold, he threw it into the sea. This practice he continued hour after hour, day after day, week after week. Each pebble felt cold. Each pebble was immediately tossed into the sea.

But then, late one morning, he happened to take hold of a pebble that felt warm, unlike the other stones. The man, whose consciousness had barely registered the difference, tossed it into the sea. He hadn't meant to, but he had formed a habit!

Any behavior that we repeat, we reinforce. If we repeat it often enough, it becomes habit. That, of course, can work to our advantage or work against us, depending on the behavior.

Is there a behavior you would like to make into a habit? Then reinforce it by repeating that behavior at every opportunity. Is there a behavior you wish to change? Then substitute another one and repeat the new one often. In this way you build the kind of life you want...day by day.

©Steve Goodier







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On September 21st of each year since 1982, the United Nations calls for warring nations to lay down their arms and prove to the world they can stop conflict. In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly, by unanimous vote, adopted Resolution 36/67 establishing the International Day of Peace (IDP) which stated in part, “…to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways.” The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, delivered the following speech this past week counting down to the International Day of Peace, or, Peace Day 2013:

Today we begin the 100-day countdown to the observance of the International Day of Peace, when the United Nations calls on all combatants around the world to lay down their arms and to give peace a real chance.

The International Day of Peace, marked on 21 September each year, offers an opportunity for the world to pause, reflect and consider how best to break the vicious cycle of violence that conflict creates.

The theme for the Day this year is "Education for Peace". The United Nations will examine the role education can play in fostering global citizenship. It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.

This kind of education is a central focus of my Global Education First Initiative, which calls on governments to place education at the top of their agenda.

I call on everyone - whether governments, parties to conflicts, religious institutions, community leaders, the media, academics, or civil society groups - to play their part. We must support peace education programmes, protect students and teachers from conflict, help rebuild schools destroyed by war, and ensure all girls and boys have access to a quality education that includes learning about resolving and preventing conflicts.

Over the next 100 days, let us resolve to learn together how to create a universal culture of peace.

~Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

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Motivational author, Steve Goodier, reminds us to be present in every moment. In his words,  Wherever You Are, Be There. Enjoy his inspirational story: 

A delightful story is told about a young man who applied for a job as a telegraph operator. He answered an ad in the newspaper and went to the telegraph office to await an interview. Though he knew Morse Code and was qualified in every other way, seven other applicants were also waiting in the large, noisy office.

He saw customers coming and going and heard a telegraph clacking away in the background. He also noticed a sign on the receptionist's counter instructing applicants to fill out a form and wait to be summoned to an inner office for an interview. He filled out the form and sat down to wait.

After a few minutes, the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked right in. Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering why he had been so bold. They talked among themselves and finally determined that, since nobody had been summoned to interview yet, the man would likely be reprimanded for not following instructions and possibly disqualified for the job.

Within a few minutes, however, the young man emerged from the inner office escorted by the interviewer, who announced to the other applicants, "Thank you all very much for coming, but the job has just been filled."

They were all confused and one man spoke up: "Wait a minute -- I don't understand. We've been waiting longer than he and we never even got a chance to be interviewed."

The employer responded, "All the time you've been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message: 'If you understand this, then come right in. The job is yours.' So you see, all of you were summoned, but HE heard and understood!"

This man knew a valuable life-lesson that most people miss: Wherever You Are, Be There. You're there physically, be there emotionally. Be there mentally. Be there attentively. Be there as fully as you can.

Wherever you are, be there. When you're completely present, you'll make the most of every minute. And minutes lived fully add up to a life lived magnificently.

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Rumi:

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.

~Rumi


How many times in your life has fear stopped you from doing something  you really wanted to do? Something important like applying for a better job or starting your own business. Fear, often referred to as false expectations appearing real, is a focus of our intense 9-month spiritual journey called Modern Day Mastery. We closely examine our beliefs about fear and how fear blocks us from living a purpose driven life. Only when we know the reasons why fear can be a real show stopper can we move forward and accomplish the great things we were born to do. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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Benjamin Franklin, a major American historical figure and a Founding Father of the United States, led a tremendously rich and varied life as an author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. Among his famous inventions were the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. Earning the title "The First American" for his political activism and becoming the first United States Ambassador to France, he was known for his values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to political and religious authoritarianism. Franklin gained international recognition as a scientist for his famous experiments in electricity and for his many inventions, especially the lightning rod. He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and was elected the first president of the American Philosophical Society. Serving as the British postmaster for the colonies and later as the governor of Pennsylvania, near the end of his life he freed his slaves becoming one of the most prominent abolitionists of his time. Today, his name is honored on currency, on naval vessels, as names of cities and towns and many educational institutions. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Benjamin Franklin:

The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you're finished.

~Benjamin Franklin

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Bernard Malamud was an American novelist and short story writer and one of the most famous American Jewish authors of the 20th century. Best known for his novel, The Natural, which was adapted into the 1984 movie of the same name and starred Robert Reford, he spent most of his adult life teaching high school and college classes and those experiences were fictionalized in his book, A New Life. In 1967, he was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Despite being raised Jewish, Bernard married a Catholic woman and lived his life as an agnostic humanist. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Bernard Malamud:

Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.

~Bernard Malamud

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Born and raised in southwest Georgia, Bernice Johnson Reagon attended Albany State College (renamed Albany State University) where she studied music. The singer, composer, scholar, and social activist founded the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock in 1973. Active in the local NAACP chapter and the SNCC she was expelled from Albany State because of an arrest for her civil rights activism. She was music consultant, producer, composer,and performer on several award-winning film projects and in 1992 she was featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, The Songs Are Free. Bernice received a Ford Foundation fellowship from Howard University earning her Ph.D. degree in 1975. Reagon is Professor Emerita of History at American University in Washington, D.C., and holds the title of Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Bernice Johnson Reagon:

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.

~Bernice Johnson Reagon

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British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic, Bertrand Arthur William Russell, was said to have labelled himself as a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist. A leader in the British "revolt against idealism", his body of work influenced logic, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science and philosophy. Co-authoring Principia Mathematica with A. N. Whitehead, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic, his philosophical essay,  his On Denoting, is widely considered a "paradigm of philosophy". He served prison time for his anti-war activism during World War I and lobbied against Adolf Hitler's Facism and Joseph Stalin's totalitarianism. He also opposed involvement of the United States in World War II and was a proponent of nuclear disarmament. Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950. Enjoy today's success quotation by Bertrand Russell:

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted, was once eccentric.

~Bertrand Russell

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American funnyman, actor and author, Bill Cosby, started his brilliant career as a stand-up comic in San Francisco before landing a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy. He had a major role on the children's television series The Electric Company during its first two seasons, and created the educational cartoon comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. He is probably best known as the producer and star of the 1980's The Cosby Show,about a well-to-do African American family, which ran from 1984 to 1992. Cosby went on to produce a spin-off sitcom, A Different World, which became second to The Cosby Show in ratings. He also starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000 and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons. In 1976, Cosby earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts.  Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Bill Cosby:

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers.

~Bill Cosby


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Christian philosopher, Blaise Pascal, was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor and writer. During his life of 39 years, he strongly influenced the development of modern economics and social science. As did Galileo and Torricelli, he refuted Aristotle's teaching that nature abhors a vacuum causing many disputes before being accepted. Famous author, T. S. Eliot, described Pascal as "a man of the world among ascetics, and an ascetic among men of the world." The Université Blaise Pascal, one of the Universities of Clermont-Ferrand, France, was named in his honor and The University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, holds an annual math contest in his name. Pascal was also a subject of the first edition of the 1984 BBC Two documentary, Sea of Faith. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Blaise Pascal:

Imagination decides everything.

~Blaise Pascal


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Sadly, the majority of people who will read this inspirational article will think it's really nice and perhaps be motivated for a moment but then fall back into their daily routines and  realize at the end of their lives that they did NOT follow their bliss. That they didn't really "live" and perhaps didn't really "love" and missed out on the single thing that would have resulted in living a blissful life - living a life of purpose! When one discovers their real passions and true life purpose they cannot help but be happy and feel fulfilled and well, like the subject of this motivational article by Steve Goodier - blissful:

Author Joseph Campbell often talked about "following your bliss." I heard of a bus driver in Chicago who does just that.

He sings while he drives. That's right... sings! And I don't mean he sings softly to himself, either. He sings so that the whole bus can hear! All day long he drives and sings.

He was once interviewed on Chicago television. He said that he is not actually a bus driver. "I'm a professional singer," he asserted. "I only drive the bus to get a captive audience every single day."

His "bliss" is not driving a bus, though that may be a source of enjoyment for some people. His bliss is singing. And the supervisors at the Chicago Transit Authority are perfectly happy about the whole arrangement. You see, people line up to ride his bus. They even let other busses pass by so they can ride with the "singing bus driver." They love it!

Here is a man who believes he knows why he was put here on earth. For him, it is to make people happy. And the more he sings, the more people he makes happy! He has found a way to align his purpose in living with his occupation. By following his bliss, he is actually living the kind of life he believes he was meant to live.

Not everybody can identify a purpose in life. But when you do, and when you pursue it, you will be living the kind of life you feel you were meant to live. And what's more, you will be happy.

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Julian Kalmar, created a product called The Happiness Formula, written over a two year period from the bed he was relegated to because of a severe spine injury and five unsuccessful surgeries. If Julian can discover blissful happiness in this condition then we all have a shot at becoming happier. This motivational article by inspirational author, Steve Goodier, should answer the question, how can I become happier? Enjoy!

A sign in a pet store read, "If anybody has seen the Bluebird of Happiness, would you please notify this pet store?"

Happiness seems to be in short supply for many people. If the results of recent surveys can be trusted, there is a general decline of happiness in today's world. And people were not all that cheerful a few years back! It was Oliver Wendell Holmes who stated, "I might have been a minister for aught I know, if a certain clergyman had not looked and talked like an undertaker." (I have to say, though, that some clergy and undertakers I've known could teach the rest of us something about joy!)

Joy and happiness are not always the same things. Happiness can be thought of as more of a temporary, emotional condition, often based on outside circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is deeper. We can be basically joyful, regardless of a particular unhappy situation that we may be enduring. It is often just a matter of keeping perspective on our troubles, and especially when those troubles seem to be in long supply.

You may know the story of the man who had a marvelous way of keeping joy in his life. He was a carpenter. He followed the same ritual every day when he came home from the job. He stopped by a small tree in his front yard and placed his hand on a couple of branches. Then, when he walked into his home, it was as if a magical transformation had occurred. All of a sudden, the stress was lifted from him. He became energetic and joyful, able to fully interact with his children and his wife.

He explained it this way: "That tree is my trouble tree. When I come home I stop by the tree and, just like I leave my tools in the truck, I leave my troubles outside of my home. I hang them on that tree before greeting my family. Anything that does not have to come in my house stays outside. Anything that I do not have to deal with at home, I leave on that tree. And in the morning, I stop by the tree and pick up the troubles I left there in the evening."

Then he adds, "It's a funny thing, though. Every morning I always find fewer troubles hanging there than I remembered the night before."

Here is a man who has no doubt seen the Bluebird of Happiness. Chances are, it is nesting in a tree just outside his home!

There is wisdom in knowing that some problems can wait until tomorrow. And more wisdom in knowing what to hang on the tree and what to bring in. Managing daily problems well is vital to maintaining joy.

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For over 40 years Bob Proctor has been teaching the principles he learned from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich to create awareness of the Law of Attraction and other Universal Laws and Spiritual Laws in order to create success and abundance in people's lives. A high school dropout, Bob went to work for his mentor, Earl Nightengale, eventually becoming Vice President of Sales until he established his own seminar company. Enjoy today's success quotation:

You are the only problem you will ever have and you are the only solution.

~Bob Proctor

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Consulting over 1,000 companies addressing more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars in 55 countries worldwide, keynote speaker and seminar leader, Canadian-born Brian Tracy, addresses more than 250,000 people each year teaching leadership and success skills. The Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International has written 55 books that now have been translated into 42 languages. Starting a career in real estate in Vancouver, British Columbia, he eventually became the COO of Patrician Land Corporation in Edmonton, a real estate development company with properties all over western Canada. When that company was bought out by Fidelity Investments in 1981, Tracy ventured out on his own as a professional business speaker and trainer. Enjoy today's success quotation from Brian Tracy:

The more you like yourself...the better you perform in everything that you do.

~Brian Tracy

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Bruce Fairchild Barton was an American author, advertising executive, Republican politician and author of personal success books and articles. The son of a Congregational clergyman and descendant of the Rev. John Davenport, the founder of Yale University, he wrote the book, The Man Nobody Knows in 1925.

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.

~Bruce Barton


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Today's spiritual quote is a prayer used in the Buddhist religion that:

May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness;
May all be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow;
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless;
And may all live in equanimity, without too much attachment and too much aversion,
And live believing in the equality of all that lives.


~Traditional Buddhist Prayer

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 Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, or the Buddha, was the spiritual teacher upon whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He lived in the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills,and spread his influence primarily in northeastern India. Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one", and recent historians date his life between 563 BCE to 483 BCE. The central figure in Buddhism, the Budhha's life and teachings were recounted by his followers after his death and passed on by oral tradition with the first first writings coming some 400 years later. He was said to have been born into a royal Hindu family and brought up by his mother's younger sister destined to lead the life of a prince but left the sheltered confines of the palace to discover the suffering beyond it's walls. His long search for awakenment led to his discovery of the "Four Noble Truths", which are at the heart of Buddhist teaching. Through mastery of these truths, comes a state of supreme liberation, or Nirvana - the perfect peace of mind that's free from ignorance, greed and hatred. Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by the Budhha:

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – even if I have said it -unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

~Budhha

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In a world where we, as adults, so often are so quick to judge, we need to be diligent to teach children about the harm of judging others. Judging is a root cause of bullying along with low self-esteem. We sadly see, almost daily, children commiting suicide because of bullying. We posted about teaching children self-worth earlier this week and today we add to the subject of teaching children life skills a lesson, in the form of an inspirational children's song, called The Beast, written by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, and Larry Thompson in 1991. Please play this inspirational kids song for your children or grandchildren and sing along with the lyrics!




The Beast


There was an old man who lived down the street
The kids on the block all called him The Beast
Said his house was haunted, strange things happen there
I believed every word, every warning - beware!


My mother would tell me to never go near
My curiosity grew but then so did my fear
Then one day I took so daring a chance
And hid by his tree to catch just a glance


He was old, he was tall, his hair wild and gray
His face deeply wrinkled, seemed he never shaved
He caught me staring and I ran like the wind
Never stopped once til I was home safe again


Since that day I put him out of my mind
'Til that one stormy and terrible night
I went to curl up with my new puppy "Cheers"
He was not to be found he had just dissappeared


I threw on my raincoat and ran up the block
Crying "here Cheers, come on boy" no answer I got
Then a feeling of terror just swept over me
Would I have to go down to that end of the street?


The thunder grew louder, the lightning more bright
His house just a shadow, a frightening sight
All I could hear was the pound of my heart
And from inside that house came the sound of a bark


I trembled and shook as I walked past his gate
But I had to save Cheers from a horrible fate
I stared in the window but what did I see
Cheers all curled up fast asleep on his knee


And the face of the man was so lonely and kind
I knew then those stories about him were just vicious old lies
When he came to the door with Cheers in his arms
I was no longer afraid
He said "don't worry laddy your puppy is safe"


Now Cheers has grown into a strong handsome dog
And each day after school we go out for a walk
We go for a visit to that house down the street
To the nicest of neighbors that I'll ever meet
To the gentlest old person I once called The Beast


© 1991 Rick Beneteau/Larry Thompson
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When we begin to awaken - truly awaken - the world we experience becomes wider, and deeper. Things that mattered to us before no longer matter. We begin to live in a state of love and perceive and do all things with love  - something every student learns in the Modern Day Mastery program. Consider today's spiritual wisdom by C.W. Leadbeater.

It is the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

~C.W. Leadbeater 

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The following school assignment was written by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau's, 13 year-old grandson, used with permission, of course:-)

I come home from a long day at school and rush right for my phone. Instantly, I log into my Instagram. My phone rings and I answer it.

''Hey, do you wanna hang out today?'' says my best friend.

''No sorry, see you tomorrow.'' I say. Because I'd rather sit at home on my phone then hang out with my friends. After that, I flip on Netflix. There I can find all the movies I want without even leaving the couch. When I finish my movie, I start reading my book. Half way through the first chapter, I realize that they have the movie of this book on Netflix. Now I don't have to use my brain to image what's going on.

This is the typical 21st century teenager. All of this new and fancy technology is making kids and adults anti-social, lazy and a lot more unintelligence. We use far too much technology. If you look at the many bad things technology is doing to our world, don't you think we should use less of it.

People are becoming too antisocial. We spend all day with our eyes glued to T.V. screens, phones screens, and many more. That then leads to people not getting enough sleep because they spend all night on their electronics. Which brings me to this, all we do now-a-days is go on computers, phones and play video games, that we hardly have a conversation with someone not over text. The only time kids and adults actually talk to each other is at school or work. Even then, you are always doing work. Some adults might even go days without seeing another person face-to-face. Occasionally, there is that one person that actually goes out with their friends. Those people will only look at their phones the whole time. They would hardly talk. Shouldn't we live in a world where people can communicate, not over the Internet?

Technology is making society extremely lazy. All we do is go on our electronics and hardly go outside. Now, people are getting so lazy, they can't even visit their own family members. The people in your family are more important than not wanting to drive or fly a few hours. Another thing is, kids and adults aren't getting the right amount of physical activity to stay fit. All kids want to do is sit on their couches and watch T.V. and play video games. This turns them into slobs that do nothing all day. Kids need to go out and play with their friends and go on bike rides. Not spend their whole summer inside on their couches. Adults also aren't getting the right amount of physical activity. They just want to stay at home and watch Netflix. This could lead to unemployment and a lot of other depressing things. Speaking of Netflix, people aren't taking the time to go out to the movie theaters ever since Netflix started. They just want to sit on the couch eating junk. A lot of people are getting addicted to it and that’s all they do is just watch movies on Netflix. Technology is turning healthy people into unhealthy people. Do you really want you and your kids to be unhealthy slobs?

Lets face it, technology is making us more unintelligent. We are turning into stupid zombies. If we need and answer to a question, we just Google it and forget it. If you read a book, you would at least remember the end of it after a month. Which brings me to this. People aren't reading books anymore. Instead of reading a book and imagining what’s going on, you can just watch T.V. and do nothing with your brain. We depend on technology too much. We depend on it to keep us entertained, keep us healthy and a lot more. That then leads to people not using their brains to their fullest extent, therefore, lowering their I.Q. If technology is making us so unintelligent, why do we use so much of it?

If technology is making us anti-social, lazy and unintelligent, why do we use it so much? I think that soon, technology will ruin our lives. It's time to take a stand and not become slaves to technology. It's time we start making a change and use less technology.

©Cameron Wilson Grade 7







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 New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered this inspiring quote about 9/11:

We must never allow September 11th to become a time for protest and division. Instead, this day must remain a time for promoting peace and mutual respect. 

~Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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Carl Jung, inventor of analytical psychology, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who introduced the concepts of the extraverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, and the collective unconscious. A popular psychometric instrument, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), was developed from Jung's theories. As a practicing clinician, he explored Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, and sociology, as well as literature and the arts. A student of Sigmund Freud, the two worked closely together for many years with Freud calling Jung "his adopted eldest son, his crown prince and successor". Because of his interest in the occult many consider Jung as a mystic. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Carl Jung:

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside as fate.

~Carl Jung

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Watch what Casey Neistat did when 20th Century Fox handed him $25,000.00 to make a movie trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


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Cavett Robert graduated from the University of Mississippi, or, Ole Miss in 1929, and his brother-in-law, who was President of Washington and Lee University encouraged him to come there and study Law, which would become his profession for the next 30 years. He was appointed judge in Lexington, Virginia, then got the opportunity to work in New York with District Attorney (future Governor and Presidential candidate) Thomas Dewey, investigating gangsters and racketeers. He then accepted a position with a law firm in Arizona and eventually was hired by Arizona Edison Power Company where he began speaking at churches, Lions Clubs, chambers of commerce and Toastmasters. His motivational speaking and training career began when he was the first entrepreneur to start selling pre-arranged funerals. After joining Toastmasters International he won the International Speaking Contest in his second attempt as well as winning the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International, and Speaker of the Year by United Airlines and International Speakers Network. After a 25-year stint speaking all over the world, Cavett founded The National Speaker's Association. Enjoy today's humor quotation by Cavett Robert:

If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one.

~Cavett Robert

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Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus,enlightened us with the quotation,"Change is the only constant in the Universe." In our Modern Day Mastery  program we encourage not only change, but transformational change, and one student wrote to us, "I am changed beyond all recognition from the person that was sliding away 30 years ago." Read this motivational article by inspirational author, Steve Goodier, to see his take on how we all evolve. Enjoy!

"Is it true," a young boy asked his mother, "that we are made of dust?"

"Yes," she said.

"And is it true that we go back to dust again when we die?" he continued.

"Yes, dear."

"Well, Mommy, when I looked under my bed I saw someone who was coming or going, but I don't know which."

Of course, a lot of people (like me) don't always know whether they are coming or going. But he doesn't have to worry about humans being created and dying under his bed.

More interesting is the fact that all things are coming and going  in a different way. Even people are constantly reshaped, remolded and re-created! Not from dust bunnies, but from life itself. Let me explain.

The Rocky Mountains in which I live are reshaped every year. Wind, water and ice erode them away about three inches every 1,000 years. That isn't much, but they are being re-formed all the time. A 10,000 foot peak will vanish every 40 million years! In fact, today's Rocky Mountains are the third version of earlier mountains that rose out of volcanic turbulence and eroded through the passage of time.

We may not see much of a difference in ourselves from day to day, but we, too, are shaped and reshaped. Everything that happens to us, the good and the bad, leaves its mark. In minute ways we are not even the people we were yesterday.

But unlike mountains, we have a hand in our re-creation! Harsh experiences can erode and destroy, or we can use them to call forth beautiful inner qualities. Illness can actually create within us an attitude of compassion for others who suffer. Loss can help build strong bonds with others who care. Suffering of all kinds can be used to strengthen our faith.

Even good times can leave us different than they found us. We can use joy to hone a sense of humor and pleasant memories to cultivate a heart of gratitude. Everything shapes us. You and I are being re-created every minute of every day!

We are quite literally in the process of "becoming." The  possibilities are exciting and wonderful. In a short time from now, you will be a different person than you are today.

The important question is: What will you become? Something extraordinary can happen when that question is answered seriously. What will you become? Your very life depends on your answer!

©Steve Goodier







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Charlie Chaplin, or Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, the silent film star known as "the Tramp", is widely considered one of the most influential figures in the movie industry. Raised in poverty, his career spanned some 75 years, from a child actor to starring in one of the most important movies of all time, The Great Dictator. Directing many of his films, including The Kid, A Woman of Paris, The Gold Rush, and The Circus, one of the most famous men in the world at the time eventually co-founded one of the most famous film companies, United Artists. Accused of communist sympathies, the FBI investigated Chaplin, and he was eventually forced to leave the United States and settle in Switzerland. In 1972, Chaplin received an Honorary Academy Award for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century".

Here is one of the most powerful scenes in movie history, the speech from The Great Dictator, where Charlie Chaplin played a satirical Adolph Hitler. See the question below the video.


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Building a sense of self-worth in children is one of the primary roles of teachers and parents and one, unfortunately, that can get kicked to the side of the road as their role models struggle to navigate this crazy, busy life.  Instilling a sense of accomplishment in a child at an early age will pay big dividends later in life as they contribute to society and pass this life wisdom skill on to their children. Today, we add to the subject of teaching children life skills in the form of a motivational children's song called Giving Your Love to the World, written by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, and Larry Thompson in 1991. It's message is that no matter what a child decides to do with their life they do it well, and they give back to the world. Please play this inspirational kids song for your children or grandchildren and sing along with the lyrics below!





Giving Your Love to the World


A farmer sews his seeds in a row in a field
In a row in a field
In a row in a field
A farmer sews his seeds so we all share a meal
And he's giving his love to the world


A secretary works writing checks all day
At her desk all day
Writing checks all day
A secretary works so the people get paid
And she's giving her love to the world


You can be anything, whatever you want
Every boy and girl
When you grow up to be whatever you want
You give your love to the world


A worker makes a part on the assembly line
Assembly line
Assembly line
A worker makes a part and he shows his pride
And he's giving his love to the world


A teacher shares knowledge and shows concern
Shows concern
Shows concern
A teacher shares knowledge so that you can learn
And she's giving her love to the world


A doctor heals a patient with kindness and skill
Kindness and skill
Kindness and skill
A doctor will heal you if you are ill
And he's giving his love to the world


You can be anything, whatever you want
Every boy and girl
When you grow up to be whatever you want
You give your love to the world


A singer sings his song to the people in the crowd
People in the crowd
People in the crowd
I sing my songs and they shout out loud
And I'm giving my love to the world.


© 1991 Rick Beneteau/Larry Thompson
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Music is indeed the one true Universal language. Rich, poor, east, west, male, female, young, old... jazz, classical, country, pop, dance, worldbeat, rock... we all are affected by the transformative power of music.  Music can move our hearts. Music can move us to action.  Music can move mountains! Time for music to change the world! Check out this category often to hear some music that might move you!


In many cultures it is considered unmanly to cry. Like somehow crying is a childish trait. Click the little Play button below and sing along with the lyrics of the childrens song, It's OK to Cry, written by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, and Larry Thompson in 1991, and maybe you'll shed an adult tear... or two! If you can guess the movie mentioned in the song (circa 1991) please leave a Comment:-)

And by all means, play this kid's song for your children or grandchildren!

It's OK to Cry


As I was walking on my way to school just yesterday
I saw the saddest thing right along the way
A lifeless little birdie lyin' on the street
And I didn't want my friends to see the tear's upon my cheek
But I remembered what my mom told me
One cold and stormy night
When you're a little sad
It's OK to cry


It's OK to cry, it's OK to cry
Anytime you feel a tear or two in your eyes
Cuz they will always clear the way for warm and happy smiles
It's OK to cry, it's OK to cry


I remember it was just about a year ago
My daddy took me out to see a special picture show
About a girl and boy who were the best of friends
But the story had the saddest end
Then I remembered what my mom told me
And now I know it's true
When I looked up at dad he was crying too


It's OK to cry, it's OK to cry
Anytime you feel a tear or two in your eyes
Cuz they will always clear the way for warm and happy smiles
It's OK to cry, it's OK to cry


© 1991 Rick Beneteau/Larry Thompson
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Zhuang Zhou, more commonly known as Chuang Tzu or Master Zhuang, was a Chinese philosopher who along with Lao Tzu, helped define Chinese Taoism in the 4th century.

A path is made by walking on it.

~Chuang Tzu

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Enjoy today's success quote by Chuck Danes:

Success isn’t something that you do on the outside, success is something that you are on the inside. The rest will follow.

~Chuck Danes


Today's quotation of mastery makes a powerful statement about human progress - about the willingness of the few to stand up to the criticism and ridicule of the many to put seemingly impossible ideas to work in the world for the betterment of humankind. Imagine what the world would be like if Albert Einstein or Henry Ford or Johannes Gutenberg did not think out of the box and chose to cave in to the conventional thinking of their day. Henry Ford in particular faced heavy criticism and endured failure after failure before revolutionizing how we get from one place to another with the Model T. Look at the odds Mahatma Gandhi faced when singlehandedly confronting the British Empire in his quest for freedom and justice for his people. We are all capable of changing the world with our ideas but few of us will because we'll succumb to the constrains of common sense thinking. Enjoy today's mastery quotation.

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How many people do you know that seem to take life for granted? You know, the kind who never seem grateful for their health, their relationships and their finances. Did you also notice that when things go wrong in their lives that they are the first to loudly complain? The virtue of gratitude in our lives is one of the most important because when we live in a state of gratitude a space opens in which many more blessings flow. Consider Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau's, insight that Life is indeed, a Gift and not a Prize.

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In today's fast-paced, frowning, what's in it for me world, it's becoming rarer to receive a genuine compliment. In fact, people wonder, how do I give a compliment, without seeming like there is an ulterior motive. Quite sad. But you know what? A sincere compliment benefits both the one receiving a compliment and the one giving a compliment. This story by Steve Goodier should serve to turn the gesture of giving compliments into a daily habit. Imagine a world where compliments are handed out as freely as frowns...

"Do you think my hair is soft and shiny?" Jessica asked Josh one moonlit evening.

Josh answered, "Yep."

"And are my eyes bright and beautiful?" she continued.

"Yep," he replied.

After a few minutes Jessica forged ahead, "Josh, do you think my skin is smooth and clear?"

"Yep."

At this, Jessica smiled brightly and declared, "Oh, Josh, you say the sweetest things!"

Lucky for Josh, he got a little help!

No relationship can be built on flattery, but sincere compliments smooth over many rough edges. A thoughtful compliment is a way of saying, "I care enough to notice." Even relationships that are not romantic in nature will benefit from well-placed compliments.

Granted, some people feel suspicious, embarrassed, or defensive when complimented. They sometimes suspect that fine words might be part of a manipulative design. And quite often, people respond to compliments with mixed emotions rather than plain gratitude, primarily because they find the sincerity behind them suspect.

But most often, sincere encouragement can bolster self-confidence and cement friendships. In love relationships, thoughtful compliments can help keep the fires of romance burning vigorously.

One marriage counselor says, 'Compliment your spouse at least once every day." He cautions against flattery by adding, "It should be sincere. Then point out something new you appreciate about him or her every week. Make sure it is something you have never mentioned before. You'll be surprised at what it does for your marriage."

Sincere compliments cost nothing and can accomplish so much. In ANY relationship, they are the applause that refreshes.

©Steve Goodier

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It was top motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, who offered us this famous quote on success: "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want." This personal development article by Lucy Lopez hones in on what is probably the biggest block to getting what we desire in life and she leaves us with a very compelling question  that may totally change the results we are getting.  Read, benefit and don't compromise:-)

I was having afternoon tea (well actually it was coffee, a long espresso, to be exact) with 4 year-old Molly and her mother, Susan (not their ‘real’ names). Molly was colouring while talking to me in between my conversation with her mum.

“So, you’re going to have a sleepover at Daddy’s, are you?” I ask Molly.

“Yesssssss”, says Molly, smiling as she anticipates her time with dad.

“Can I come too?”

She looks at me quizzically for a brief moment and then, a little cautiously says, “No..o..o..”

“Why not?!” I ask, feigning indignation.

“B….cosssss….”, I can just about see the cogs turning.

“Because you don’t have your pajamas” she smiles obviously pleased with herself.

“Oh, that’s no problem” says I, “I’ll just go home and get them right away”.

“N..o…o…o…you can’t come”. Molly is certain that I won’t be joining her sleepover.

“Well, why not?” I ask.

“B….cozzz….” The cogs are turning even more frantically now.

“Bcoz Bonnie will miss you!” (Bonnie is my darling Tibetan spaniel whom Molly has made happy acquaintance with).

“No, she won’t! Let’s face it Molls. You really don’t want me to come, do you?”

And upon this stark realization, both her mum and I roar with laughter while Molly smiles with undisguised relief.

My dear Fellow Traveler, does this help you see how early our conditioning sets in? Molly is only 4 and has already been conditioned not to voice her true feelings and intentions.

In case you’re wondering, that conditioning began well before Molly was born. It is in fact a pattern in our collective consciousness, one whose resonance is picked up generation after generation.

We commend ourselves and those in our care for not voicing our true feelings, thoughts and intentions particularly when we believe that these are likely to cause conflict or disharmony, or that it might risk our losing favor with another.

We tell ourselves that we’re being sensitive to other people’s feelings when really, we’re seeking to protect our self-worth, our self-image. We don’t want to come across as being insensitive or self-absorbed or selfish or unkind. We want to please. It is such a pervasive form of conditioning – people pleasing.

So, instead of telling the truth as we feel it, as we think it, we COMPROMISE.

We search for something else that could be plausibly true – You don’t have your pajamas, Bonnie will miss you, I don’t want to impose on your time, I’d love to come but I really need to get some housework done (that housework wouldn’t arise even as a fleeting thought if The Queen or Nelson Mandela were extending the invitation:-)

And the other party agrees to accept your ‘reason’ even if they sense its falseness or shallowness.

That’s the compromise – both parties agreeing to something less than either of them truly want and almost certainly don’t truly believe.

We’ve come to value COMPROMISE so much that anyone who’s not willing to compromise is considered recalcitrant, inflexible, difficult, rigid, selfish or self-centered.

You know, COMPROMISE comes from two words – COM (meaning together) and PROMISE. It originally meant a joint promise. But that original meaning has changed so that its modern meaning is for two or more parties to settle for less than what each originally desired. Why? So that each can have at least some of what they want.

The unfortunate truth, however, is that neither party is ever fully satisfied and over a period of time, discontent has accumulated to an intolerable level.

Now when one party refuses to compromise, to settle for less, they are considered uncooperative, inflexible, unrealistic, selfish, belligerent. After all, we have unselfishly settled for less so why can’t they!

Hmmm…is this starting to feel more and more uncomfortable? I am counting on it :-)

You see, if a COMPROMISE is a JOINT PROMISE, why would you want to promise anything less than what you truly desire? Why should you feel obliged to? Why should you expect it of anyone?

(For that matter, why should you PROMISE anything??? I’ll leave that question for another post). I want to consider briefly the long term effect of compromising which is a buildup of unfulfilled desires.

If you reflect on your life, you might see the many ways and times you’ve reluctantly made compromises – compromises you’ve made on your lifestyle, your career, your choice of partner, your academic interests, your friends, the way you spend your ‘free time’, the choices you make about the clothes you wear, the places you eat at, the movies you watch…the list is endless. I dare say that there is hardly an area in your life where you haven’t made some form of compromise.

And so you and the other party or parties come to the table expecting to communicate less than what is true and expecting to receive less than what is true and truly desired.

You probably don’t see it that way. You probably see it as a choice you’ve make rather than a promise. And you probably see it as a ‘realistic’ choice because after all, don’t we know that?

We cannot have everything we want’?

Don’t we know that...

Life is not fair

Don’t we know that...

To get on in this world, we must COMPROMISE i.e. ‘settle for less’ so that we can have at least some of what we want.’

And don’t we know that...

Is it selfish and greedy to have ALL that we want because we’d be denying others their share’?

I’d like to ask you this:

What if we each valued, honored and went after our true desires without settling for less?

What if we each valued, honored and encouraged one another to go after their true desires without settling for less?

What if we recognized that compromising, in its modern day usage and practice, is believing in a limited and limiting universe rather than an abundant and limitless universe?

What if we could see that by compromising, we are discouraging ourselves from picking from a field of INFINITE POSSIBILITIES instead of a field of finite possibilities?

And what if we made it our mission, our JOINT PROMISE, to do whatever we could to help others get exactly what they truly desire (if not more), but never less?

What kind of a world would that be? What kind of life would that mean for us? For one another?

Beyond belief? Freakin Awesome? Mind-blowingly wild????

Yeah, think on it:-)

With all my (UN)COMPROMISING LOVE,

Lucy

Compromise

What if we made it our mission, our JOINT PROMISE, to do whatever we could to help others get exactly what they truly desire, if not more, but never less?

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Lucy Lopez has walked away from a marriage, well-paid jobs, academic pursuits and the security of conventional wisdom, choosing instead to walk the road far less travelled where stories of ease, joy, peace and everyday adventure and synchronicities are imagined, told and lived! She is unstoppably dedicated to helping others find and walk the same road and does this through her on and off-line Workshops in Mind Mastery, Meditation and STINK! (Stop The Insanity Now Knower!). Take a walk with her at The Power of Your Stories and see how your life can change when your stories change!

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The dictionary definition of fear is: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined. You're certain to have discovered in your life that most times your fear has been imagined - the False Expectations Appearing Real thing. How many times in your life has fear stopped you? Most of us would answer that with a recounding, "too many!" The opposite of fear - the solution for fear - is confidence - a Just Do It attitude! Enjoy this inspirational article about confidence by Steve Goodier:

Carefully examining a display in the drugstore, a man asked the pharmacist, "Do you really guarantee this hair-restorer?"

The pharmacist responded, "Better than that, sir. We give a comb with every bottle." Wouldn't you love to have that kind of confidence?

One man quipped, "When it comes to believing in myself, I'm an agnostic." One of the greatest problems many people experience is lack of confidence. Some don't believe in their ability to speak in public, others to accomplish something they've never done before, and still others do not have the confidence to overcome their shyness.

Do you know that you can become more confident? One effective technique is to learn to do what you're afraid to do.

I led a seminar a few years ago where I asked for three volunteers to speak to the group the next day. One young woman named Judy was the first to raise her hand. She explained to me later why she did so: "When you asked for three volunteers," Judy said, "I felt a knot of fear in my stomach. I've never done anything like this before and I've never really believed I could. But the fear was telling me something," she continued. "So...BECAUSE I felt so anxious, I decided that this was something I had to do. But I must to tell you, I'm terrified!"

She made up her mind to DO that which she was afraid to do. And the following day, Judy's five-minute talk was superb! She was honest and genuine, speaking right from her heart. Now she is more confident about her ability to speak in public.

People who are confident have choices. People who are fearful too often avoid much of life because they are afraid to venture into unknown territory.

Jim Loehr said, "With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp." When you make what you're afraid to do what you CHOOSE to do, you will soon have the confidence TO DO whatever you choose!

©Steve Goodier







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Conscious Mastery, or, Spiritual Mastery cannot be likened to any of the general personal-growth uses of the term 'mastery', like mastery of fears, mastery of finances, or mastery of relationships. Spiritual Mastery is based on a deep, profound connection to Source, or Higher Guidance, that still small voice that all great masters, past and present, connecting to so they could impart the deep wisdom that guided their lives resulting in influencing millions of people over the ages.

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I write this blog as an emphatic plea for us all to begin taking greater conscious responsibility for our own input and output so that we can stop passing the buck onto others.

At times, I have been led to much contemplation surrounding what I have come to realize is actually hidden anger within me at those individuals unwilling to self-examine, and who instead live on the very surface of their own life and project their psychic debris—both consciously and subconsciously—onto others.

And interestingly, when truthful with myself, I recognize that much of my anger is actually directed toward myself for allowing it.

As an extremely empathetic child and now adult, it has become clear to me that my greatest strength has also been my most detrimental weakness.

Through the years, I have unconsciously allowed myself to be harmed physically and emotionally over and over again by taking on others unlooked at energetic and verbal projections as my own.

Often, even as I psychically felt the negative, unconscious, ego-based energy coming my way, I refused to protect myself feeling that it was my duty to carry another’s sludge.

It was my duty not to make them feel bad for their unwillingness to do their own inner work.

Due to subconscious rules from my past conditioning, I felt that being a “good” girl meant that it was my cross to bear.

In short, to create an environment where others could feel good about themselves, no matter what their output. According to my perspective, the onus for others good behavior and personal growth somehow fell on me.

Boy was I wrong on that one!

Over the past several years, there have been times where my body specifically has screamed, “no more!”

If I invite, take on, allow another’s projection as my own by essentially eating the bait, within twelve hours my body will let me know.

A few years ago, one of fastest and clearest indications was literally a raw nerve running down my entire left side from the hip down after a “fun” evening out where I felt the dig—the dramatic, exploitive energy projection coming towards me—and instead of getting out of the way, I stood there as the perfect target.

We must become responsible for going within and healing our own wounds so that our psychic debris no longer harms not only ourselves, often unknowingly in the form of limiting beliefs and behaviors—but others, as well.

I take full responsibility for allowing the aforementioned energy exchange, and yet, I notice that few even understand all conversations, interactions, and experiences as such.

We are exchanging energy with one another continually. It matters so much more than people realize. If we really want to change the world the very first step is to clean up our own energy field.

Guess what! If things aren’t going well in our life, it’s not only the coach’s fault, it’s not only the teacher’s fault, it’s not only the bank’s fault, and it’s not only the boss’s fault.

Have we looked closely at our perspectives, paradigms, beliefs, wounds, expectations, desires, projections and choices?

Before the blame game, have we even considered going within first to examine the multitudinous layers of “Us-ness” that create what we see and experience in our outer world?

As a soul nurturer, I used to feel that it was my job to fix others, rescue others, and do their work for them.

But the truth is, no one can do another’s work.

Sure, a helping hand can be extended when another genuinely desires assistance, but eventually, we all must come to understand the relationship between our inside world and the external one.

Our only job is to acknowledge and express our own truth. In doing so, we invite others to do the same. There is no saving anybody else. If we want things to change then we must change ourselves.

Stop passing the buck! It’s time to do our own work. It’s time to make the choices that reflect who we really are. It’s time to listen to the voice of our own soul. It’s time to take responsibility for our own energy field. It’s time to pay much closer attention to the deeper folds of our own life.

PEACE on earth begins within each one of us.

Copyright © Annie Burnside  All rights reserved.







A modern bridge between the mainstream and the mystical, Annie Burnside, M.Ed. is a soul nurturer specializing in conscious relationships and spiritual development. Her first book, Soul to Soul Parenting, won the 2011 Nautilus Silver Book Award and the 2011 Independent Book Award. www.annieburnside.com

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One of the most famous Mahatma Gandhi quotes has it, "A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble." When we believe in our convictions - truly believe -  we live them each minute of every day with no compromise. In this complicated world it's very easy to appease those we would like to please but it takes courage to remain true to our core beliefs. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "Fear is the raging river the bridge called Faith carries us over." Read this motivational article by inspirational author, Steve Goodier, as he tells the story of Corrie ten Boom's father (who helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II) who gave his daughter a piece of advice about fear she carried with her the rest of her life. Enjoy!

Do you ever worry about what might happen in the future? Or do you find yourself anxious about things over which you have no control? If so, then a teaching from author and lecturer Corrie ten Boom may help.

She learned a powerful lesson as a little girl. Having encountered the cold, lifeless body of a baby, she realized that the reality of death would someday strike her family, too. Perhaps her father or mother or sister, Betsy, would soon die.

She anxiously worried about these possibilities until her father came in one night to tuck her into bed. Corrie burst into tears and sobbed, "I need you. You can't die. You can't!"

Her father sat on the edge of the narrow bed and spoke tenderly to his daughter. "Corrie," he said gently, "when you and I go to Amsterdam, when do I give you your ticket?"

She sniffed a few times and considered the question. "Why, just before I get on the train," she answered.

"Exactly," he continued. Then he gave her assurance that was to last a lifetime. He told her that a wise God knows when she will need things, too. "Don't run out ahead of God," he cautioned her. "When the time comes that some of us have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need -- just in time."

Corrie and her family were sent to concentration camps where she suffered greatly during World War II. She, indeed, was to experience the deaths of her parents and sister, as well as numerous friends. She was to endure hardships that she could never have imagined as a young child. But the words of her father stayed with her and proved to be true. "You will look into your heart and find the strength you need -- just in time." Regardless of the suffering or hardship she encountered, when she looked inside her heart she found the strength she needed -- just in time.

If you find yourself worried or anxious about an uncertain future...perhaps you are running ahead. You have not yet been given the ticket for the journey. And if that thing you fear should ever arrive, it is then you must look inside your heart. The strength you need can be found there -- just in time.

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, offered this personal quotation over a decade ago, "There is true courage in the acts of everyday living." That doesn't necessarily mean we've eliminated fear but rather that we overcome the fears we face.  This motivational article by inspirational author, Steve Goodier, shows us how we can find peace by being courageous. Enjoy!

"Do you know what my son James dreamed about last night?" a friend asked me. "He dreamed about YOU," she went on.

"James told me this morning that in his dream he was being chased by King Kong. Then he met you. I asked him if Mr. Goodier helped him. He said, 'No! He was hiding in the bushes with me while the Boy Scouts were beating King Kong with sticks.'"

Since I wasn't much help, thank goodness for the Boy Scouts!

Are you courageous? For most people, courage has little to do with fighting imaginary monsters in nighttime sleep. It has more to do with fighting those monsters of real life that keep us up at night. Real courage is always found in everyday living. In fact, it is the one ingredient that, when present in a life, will ultimately bring peace.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias, the great golfer, died of cancer. Her husband stood at her bedside weeping shortly before she passed on. Babe said to him, "Now, Honey, don't take on so. While I've been in he hospital, I have learned one thing. A moment of happiness is a lifetime, and I have had a lot of happiness. I have had a lot of it."

Babe found courage to meet two of life's universal monsters -- fear of death and fear of the unknown. She chose to remember all that life had given her rather than what was being taken away. She decided to meet those monsters equipped with gratitude and a smile.

Babe chose courage. But what she actually found was peace.

You may be stronger than you think! Your real-life monsters can keep you awake at night, or you can allow them to awaken strength and power within you. It's a matter of choosing courage -- and finding peace.

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Dadi Janki is a 94 year-old spiritual teacher from India known for her grueling lecture schedule where she marries the concepts of western freedom and ancient eastern wisdom. A founding member of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU), her eternal optimism has inspired many people searching for inner peace and harmony in their lives and in their homelands. If you're seeking better relationships in your life consider the wisdom in today's relationship quotation by Dadi Janki:

A relationship is like a tapestry. The fabric is strongest where the threads that hold it are spun of openness, love and trust.

~Dadi Janki

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On October 22, 2010, the 14th Dalai Lama visited Toronto, Ontario, and delivered his lecture, "Human Approaches to World Peace" at the Rogers Center. This was his farewell presentation before going into retirement (which he hasn't). Rick Beneteau, co-founder of Modern Day Mastery, was in attendance. This is what he experienced:

His maroon robes and unique stride were instantly recognizable as he made his way to center stage. The amplified sounds, as he fidgeted to hook up the tiny lapel microphone, echoed throughout the cavernous environs before he gently settled into the large white chair surrounded by red and yellow flowers. He finally squinted upward at the bank of powerful spotlights before donning his trademark matching maroon tennis visor and sunglasses, exclaiming with his infectious smile, "It's bright!"

14th Dalai LamaExpecting something a little more earth shattering in this rock star’s first utterance, the crowd of 15,000 laughed heartily. I could now scratch this off my bucket list. The humble and witty Dalai Lama was about to inspire me.

His lecture was entitled "Human Approaches to World Peace." I wasn’t sure what wisdom Tenzing Gyatso would share about how we humans could create a more peaceful world, but I was pleasantly surprised when he said, “Peace will not drop from the sky." His childlike chuckle put an exclamation mark to the point! He concluded the thought, "Through prayers, sometimes we have to wait years and years."

He was speaking directly to my heart. My deep belief for decades has been that although a group of well-intentioned people holding hands and singing “kumbaya” at a predetermined time in order to attract world peace is wonderful, it’s going to take a lot more dedicated and focused action to make world peace a realistic prospect in our lifetime, and that of our children.

He began with, "Now, in order to create a happy century, a peaceful century... we must promote the concept of dialogue.”

The Tibetan spiritual leader then became adamant about educating the little children of our planet in the ways of peaceful co-existence. Amen!

He was just as emphatic in his directive to women to come to the fore and take up the cause of peace. I was thinking he might admit that if women ruled this world that there wouldn’t be a need for all of us to be together this day in this huge arena. But he didn’t.

His most profound plea was to the youth to take direct action to create change. He even walked to the front of the stage and peered into the first few rows to acknowledge the high percentage of youth in attendance. Now he was singing to my heart!

On a lighter note, His Holiness delivered a double-edged message, first about living a vegetarian lifestyle. With his forefinger arched firmly against his row of front teeth he said, "Look at our teeth. Quite close to rabbits’ and sheep's teeth (vegetarians), not tiger's.” He then put a powerful twist on this subtle hint, “We are social animals. Each individual future rests on community."

Speaking through his permanent, kind smile, he later offered, "We should create some visions (on) how to build a healthy world." He called for "human warm heartedness" to the applause of many Tibetans in the heavily multicultural Toronto audience, who were proudly waving flags, stating that the peacemaker is one who possesses a "constant calm mind.”

He concluded the lecture with the phrase, "Therefore, the meaning of human approach is more compassion, and genuinely consider others as brother and sister."

His Holiness then took questions from the audience submitted prior to the event.

When the interesting question was posed if the next Dalia Lama could be a woman he was quick to quip, “If a female reincarnation is more useful — why not?” He went on to suggest there were two advantages to a female Dalai Lama. One is that “biologically, females are more sensitive about others’ pain.” The other, he chuckled, is that she would be more attractive.

This set up perfectly that he was ready for a permanent break from his job. “I’m looking forward to complete retirement,” he said, his infectious laughter preparing us for the punch line: “If I have human rights, I should have the right to retire.” Indeed!

Never to be forgotten by this ardent admirer were his last sentences:  "I'm not the best Dalai Lama out of 14 — but also not the worst Dalai Lama. Also, a quite popular Dalai Lama. Being a popular Dalai Lama, is good, nice."

Finally, his last two words, "That's it"!

During the ensuing thunderous standing ovation he unhooked his mic, making his way stage left. Just prior to disappearing into the drapes, the 14th Dalai Lama turned and with hands together bowed slowly and deeply to his audience a final time. I’m sure almost everyone was like me, feeling fulfilled and tearing up after being in the presence of greatness, not knowing when or if we would see him again.

I ask, how could you not love and admire the exiled Christ-like icon, who was once quoted as saying, "I'm an optimist. I think I will return to Tibet with a Chinese passport."?

© Rick Beneteau

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Dale Carnegie is regarded as one of the first self-help authors and speakers writing books such as How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. He is probably best known for his self-improvement and leadership courses that focused on salesmanship and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty in Missouri in 1888, he attended State Teacher's College in Warrensburg and landed his first job selling bacon, soap, and lard for Armour & Company where his sales territory of South Omaha, Nebraska, became the national leader for the firm. After quitting sales, he tried his hand at acting finding little success ending up broke and living at the YMCA in New York. Convincing the manager there to allow him to conduct classes in public speaking, the now famous Dale Carnegie Course evolved. By 1916, Dale was able to rent Carnegie Hall itself for a lecture to a packed house. His first collection of writings was Public Speaking: a Practical Course for Business Men and eventually Simon & Schuster published How to Win Friends and Influence People - an instant best-seller - and by the time of his death in 1955 the book had sold five million copies in 31 languages, and there had been 450,000 graduates of his Dale Carnegie Institute. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Dale Carnegie:

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain; and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.

~Dale Carnegie

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American decathlete and Olympic gold medal winner in 1996, Dan O'Brien, grew up as an adopted child in an Irish-American family in Klamath Falls, Oregon. After first flunking out of the University of Idaho, where he competed in track and field, he eventually returned to the school to compete for the Vandal track team and complete his bachelor's degree. As the favorite going into the 1992 Olympic trials, O'Brien had a disastrous result in the pole vault competition and did not compete in Barcelona. He won a gold medal in the next Olympics in Atlanta as well as four gold medals in World Championships throughout the 1990's. In 2012, O'Brien was elected into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Dan O'Brien.

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Daniel Webster said, "Wisdom begins at the end." One of the meanings we can take from that powerful quotation is that the more we have lived and loved the wiser we become. As Modern Day Mastery co-founder Rick Beneteau has it, "The more mountains we have climbed the more views from the top we have relished." Motivational author, Steve Goodier, reminds us to stay young at heart in this inspirational article: 

A police car pulled up in front of an older woman's house, and her husband climbed out. The polite policeman explained that "this elderly gentleman" said that he was lost in the park and couldn't find his way home.

"How could it happen?" asked his wife. "You've been going to that park for over 30 years! How could you get lost?"

Leaning close to her ear so that the policeman couldn't hear, he whispered, "I wasn't lost -- I was just too tired to walk home."

These bodies become less cooperative as we age. For some, work becomes less fun and fun becomes more work. One older friend commented, "I've reached the age where the warranty has expired on my remaining teeth and internal organs."

But I like the spirit of Charles Marowitz. "Old age is like climbing a mountain," he says. "The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become. But your view becomes much more extensive."

Atop the mountain, one has a better view of the world. One can see above the differences that divide people. One can better see beyond petty hurts and human fragility. Atop the mountain, one has a longer view of the past and can therefore understand the future with more clarity. Atop the mountain, one looks down on dark clouds of gloom and despair and fear and notices that they are neither as large nor as ominous as those beneath them would believe. It is also clearer that however dark they may appear, they too, are fleeting and will someday pass.

George Bernard Shaw said, "Some are younger at seventy than most at seventeen." I think it is because they have a broader outlook.

It will take a lifetime to climb the mountain, but, for me, the view will be worth the journey.

©Steve Goodier







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Those of us who are on spiritual missions, or Life Missions as we call them in the Modern Day Mastery program, will more than understand the following piece of spiritual wisdom by Daniell Koepke:

We need to appreciate our families for the ways in which they are able to show they care, and be accepting of the ways they can’t. We need to make peace with who they are and if necessary, we need to give ourselves permission to let go. We need to know that our worth isn’t something another person’s love can give or take away. We need to trust that with or without their affection, we are enough.

~Daniell Koepke

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In Modern Day Mastery we teach, as our quote-giver states below, how to give what you most desire to give, without waiting. Most people live 'closed lives' believing they live at the mercy of life, that life dictates every thing that happens to them. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we open ourselves to just how powerful we can be and how we can majorly impact the world - living a life of true giving - spirit-destroying impedements such as stress and worry pretty much disappear. Seriously consider today's spiritual wisdom by David Deida:-)

Right now, and in every now-moment, you are either closing or opening. You are either stressfully waiting for something - more money, security, affection - or you are living from your deep heart, opening as the entire moment, and giving what you most deeply desire to give, without waiting.

~David Deida

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Enjoy today's spiritual quote by David R. Hawkins:

With humility comes the willingness to stop trying to control or change other people or life situations or events ostensibly 'for their own good'. To be a committed spiritual seeker, it is necessary to relinquish the desire to be 'right' or of imaginary value to society. In fact, nobody's ego or belief systems are of any value to society at all. The world is neither good nor bad nor defective, nor is it in need of help or modification because its appearance is only a projection of one's own mind. No such world exists.

~David R. Hawkins


There is probably not a more important question we could ever ask ourselves than the one in today's mastery quote. There would be nothing sadder than to be on our deathbed knowing we could have done so much more with our lives. In  Modern Day Mastery we teach the awakened control of one’s heart, mind, thoughts, feelings, and spirit, to accomplish a particular task or mission as part of a greater service. When one lives a life of Conscious Mastery devoted to the betterment of humankind, they have no choice but to leave a trail.

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Most people live safe, unremarkable lives. The very saddest thing of all is for anyone, in the last days and hours of their lives, to have "deathbed regrets". To realize they have not loved and lived life to the fullest. To realize they never took the time to discover their real life purpose and put that to work in the world. To realize their lives could have mattered so much more. At  Modern Day Mastery we undertake a thorough examination and discovery process that puts our students in direct touch with their true passions whereby they discover their real life purpose - the very reason they were put on the this planet. The truth is, we must be prepared to go beyond the comfort of everything we know in order to live a remarkable life. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier suggests we can make better decisions with a cool head and a warm heart. Enjoy!

If you've ever struggled making the right decision, you may appreciate this story:

A young man seemed to take an unusually long time to place his order at the flower shop. When the clerk asked how she could help, he explained that his girlfriend was turning 19 and he couldn't decide whether to give her a dozen roses or 19 roses -- one for each year of her life.

The woman put aside her business judgment and advised, "She may be your 19-year-old girlfriend now, but someday she could be your 50-year-old wife."

The young man bought a dozen roses.

My wife understands that logic. As part of our anniversary tradition, which usually includes an evening out and sometimes a night away from home, I also buy her a single rose.

I made that decision on wedding anniversary number one. But it wasn't easy. My heart argued for giving her one rose the first anniversary, two roses on the second, and so forth. But my head argued that, in twenty or thirty years, a roomful of roses would be not mean as much as something simpler - not to mention the cost! In the end, my heart and head reached a compromise.

So I buy the one special rose every wedding anniversary and then we treat ourselves to a wonderful and romantic evening away. Over the years, my wife has dried every anniversary rose and saved the petals in a decorative jar.

The roses helped teach me something about making decisions. Any kind of decision. I've discovered that good decisions are made with both my head and my heart. Together, cool heads and warm hearts can solve most any problem.

A cool head asks the hard questions. A cool head thinks it through. A cool head objectively weighs the options.

But a warm heart asks the tender questions. A warm heart considers feelings and relationships. A warm heart asks what feels right.

Making the right decision is often difficult. And it seems we never have enough information when we need to decide. But the best decisions are made from both a cool head and a warm heart. It usually takes both of them to get it right.

©Steve Goodier







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With over 12,000,000 YouTube views, this inspirational music video asks the question we all ask ourselves as we navigate our way through a world filled with war, injustice and needless human suffering - why is the world so screwed up? A line in the chorus asks, "is there something that I missed"? Tell Me Why is performed by a then 11 year-old Declan Galbraith, who has gone on to enjoy a modestly successful recording career, and the single peaked at #29 on the UK Singles Chart. What is most compelling about this inspirational song is that it comes from the crystal clear, innocent voice of a child standing as a voice for other children around the globe to question the state of the world and begin defining their roles in making change. Listen to Declan, and let this powerful song not only move you but move you to action to make a difference for the children of the world!


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Born in New Delhi in 1947, Indian-American physician, Deepak Chopra is regarded as one of the world's top spiritual teachers. In 1996, Chopra and neurologist David Simon founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, offering physicians medical education credits for some programs and Deepak's Chopra Foundation was created to advance mind/body spiritual healing and education. His more than 70 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers, have sold over 20 million copies and have been translated into 35 languages. His awards include the Oceana Award, the Cinequest Life of a Maverick Award, the Humanitarian Starlite Award and the GOI Peace Award. Deepak Chopra is also an endorser of the humanitarian organization, 10 Million Clicks For Peace, founded by Modern Day Mastery founders, Julian Kalmar and Rick Beneteau. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Deepak Chopra:

When you blame and criticize others...usually you are avoiding some truth about yourself.

~Deepak Chopra

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Have you noticed the huge shift happening in the world these days? How, largely through the power of the Internet and social media, people are raising their collective voices and stepping up to make this a more kind, more loving and more spiritual world? Are you being pulled in the direction of spirituality but are wondering how to become spiritual?

If this is the case, then I extend my gratitude and welcome you to “the shift!”

As a starting point you are probably asking yourself, what is spiritual development? wondering just how to develop spirituality. So, let’s start exploring.

The dictionary definition of spirituality has it: predominantly spiritual character as shown in thought, life, etc. Well, that doesn’t help much so allow me to share my personal definition of spirituality expressed in the context of Conscious Mastery:
Conscious Mastery is the awakened control of one’s heart, mind, thoughts, feelings, and spirit, to accomplish a particular task or mission as part of a greater service.

To me, true mastery and spirituality are both an inside job and an outside expression, working in tandem and designed to help bring this world to a higher and better place. The journey is one of not only discovering one’s real passions and true life purpose, it’s about ultimately discovering one’s life mission – that great thing we were put on this planet to do – and putting it to work in the world. And this journey starts with an exploration of spirituality. So then, what are the steps to spiritual growth?

First let me say there is no single set of steps, however, there is one fundamental must-have technique you must master. You must be able to connect to Higher Guidance. You need to be able to silence the extreme noise of life and in that silence tap into the same pool of wisdom all great masters both past and present have in order to take your next steps. That connection may come through religion, prayer if you will, or meditation, but no matter how you connect, that will be the only way you receive your next steps. In other words, you must get silent enough inside to hear that “still small voice.”

One thing I know to be true is that we are all travelers on the same mountain at various points on the path. That said, I want to share the story of a fellow traveler, one which I believe will inspire you because, well, if this person can suddenly become spiritual and start changing the world, anyone can:-)

A man I met seven years ago underwent a most miraculous personal transformation. See, you probably wouldn’t have liked my left-brained friend very much because he was focused on his analytical thinking and physicist background having worked at NASA in the jet propulsion field for a number of years, earning big bucks as a programming consultant. It took a serious accident, five unsuccessful spine surgeries and three years of laying flat on his back in dire pain for him to realize that he was, well, happy! That’s right, after having life as he knew it stripped away with no apparent hope for the future, he was happier than he’d ever been in his life! So happy in fact, he started going down the path of making others happy!

Julian Kalmar and I (I was a well-known Internet marketer and turned him down twice when he asked for my help to promote the happiness product he created), in 2006, founded the humanitarian project called 10 Million Clicks For Peace, endorsed by people such as Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Chicken Soup for the Soul books co-founder, Jack Canfield; spiritual author Deepak Chopra; and, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, among many others. And this became our expression of spirituality in the world or more accurately, our expression of Mastery.

So, the best way I can suggest possible next steps for your spiritual growth, is to have you listen to this great man because as I said, if he transformed his life in such a miraculous way, so can you!

Watch his video as he offers you a “doorway” to a most extraordinary life – a life of continual spiritual development and spiritual growth – a life of Conscious Mastery! Click here or on the image below...


My great wish for you is to take steps to spiritual growth, find your Life Mission and change the world!

Yours, in spiritual development,

Rick Beneteau

The definition of success will vary from person to person. Some might ask themselves, how do I achieve financial success or how can I achieve business success? Others may define success as building stronger relationships or attaining better health. Have you ever considered that living a successful life might be measured by the positive impact you make on others? That success is measured outside of your life by the difference you have made inside the lives of others? It would be safe to assume that those people you admire most have made the most difference in the lives of those around them. Consider today's graphic mastery quote in those terms and know the path to making a difference in people's lives is not the easy one, and can be frought with setbacks and failures. Often many failures. Just ask anyone who has changed the world! Perhaps thinking in these terms will change your definition of success.

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Those of us who are on a spiritual mission, or Life Mission as we call them in the Modern Day Mastery program, will more than understand the following piece of spiritual wisdom by Dennis Waitley:

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

~Dennis Waitley

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, said, "When you lift another, you raise yourself." No truer words could be ever spoken so take the advice given in this motivational article by Steve Goodier the next time you're feeling a little down in the dumps:

Do you ever feel blah? Ever wish you had a permanent "picker-upper"? If so, this may be for you.

In the 1920s, if you were looking for a little pick-me-up with your mid-afternoon snack, you might have reached for a cold, refreshing glass of 7-Up. Well, it wasn't called 7-Up back then, it was called "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda." (Say THAT three times fast!) Inventor C.L.Griggs' original recipe included the antidepressant lithium until the 1940s as a "picker-upper." (Don Vorhees, WHY DOES POPCORN POP?) That's also probably why the original Coca-Cola formula included the stimulant cocaine.

Today, people not suffering from serious depression understand that they usually don't need mood-altering drugs to cope with daily life. But most folks struggle with bouts of mild depression, despondency or "the blahs" from time to time. How do you pick yourself up when you're feeling down, without the aid of Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda?

Of course, talking about the reasons you're down, making needed changes, watching your diet, getting enough exercise and sleep, developing a positive mental outlook and utilizing spiritual resources are all important pieces of our emotional puzzles. But one important strategy for feeling better (and one that's least used) is helping others in need.

* Visit a shut-in neighbor.
* Write a letter.
* Call a friend who has been struggling.
* Volunteer at church, synagogue or the local food pantry.
* Rake someone's leaves.
* Bake homemade bread for a new neighbor.
* Wash your spouse's car.
* Volunteer to baby-sit for a young mother.
* Plan an unexpected act of kindness.
* Give a gift for no reason at all.


The needs are abundant, and those who put aside some regular time to do something kind for others will often forget they were feeling low. It seems that extending a hand to others likewise lifts us up!

Corrie Ten Boom beautifully said, "The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation." And if you've been feeling low, the best time to donate a piece of yourself is now!

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Deva Premal:

You can't sing with a closed heart. You just can't do it. And if you try, as soon as you start singing, your heart just naturally opens more and more.

~Deva Premal


Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Dhirubhai Ambani:

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.

~Dhirubhai Ambani


Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "What will you do today to brighten the life of another?" In this life, we will become angels for others and angels will appear to bless our life. In this true story by inspirational author, Steve Goodier, a man experiences both - with the same people. Enjoy!

Sometimes fact is more mysterious than fiction! The "Denver Post" printed an article December 23, 1981 about a stranger-than-fact event that occurred in Colorado.

Stan Sieczkowski heard in church about a Denver family facing a rather bleak Christmas holiday. Medical bills robbed them of any extras; they would not even have a tree.

So Stan and his son Jay determined to get them that tree. They headed up into the Colorado Rockies in the family pickup. However, the truck skidded off the icy road and hit a boulder that shattered the windshield. Jay was showered by glass slivers and suffered from shock and crash trauma. Stan was uninjured, though somewhat shaken.

Cars sped past that day -- maybe 200 of them. Only two stopped. A gentle, dark-haired woman took the boy into her car to comfort him while her husband and another man helped Stan move his truck off the road. Then they drove father and son to Stan's home and quietly left without identifying themselves.

Later that month, Stan's pastor asked if he might deliver a food basket to the unfortunate family for which he had earlier tried to cut a tree. Stan found the house, but he could hardly find his speech when the door opened. Standing there before him was the same couple who had helped him on the mountain road!

Call it an amazing coincidence...or call it divine providence. Some mysteries are better left unanalyzed. But it is nice to remember that, when we give our hearts away in a spirit of generosity, we can still brush up against wonder, joy and love.

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Deepavali or Diwali, is the five-day Hindu "festival of lights" that falls between mid-October and mid-November, starting on Dhanteras, the 13th lunar day of Krishna paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik and ending on Bhaubeej, the 2nd lunar day of Shukla paksha. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Surinam, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji and is one of the most important festivals of the year. The first day of the festival is called Dhanteras when most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day is called Naraka Chaturdasi and the third, Amavasya, which marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The fourth and fifth days are known as Kartika Shudda Padyami and Yama Dvitiya, respectively. Rituals include the lighting of small clay oil lamps and fireworks displays and celebrants wear new clothes throughout the festival. Enjoy today's Diwali spiritual quotation:

May light triumph over darkness. May peace transcend the earth. May the spirit of light illuminate the world.

~Diwali Quotes

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Albert Einstein said, "Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." Watch what this almost lifeless dog rescued from a trash dump does in this more than inspirational video. You might want to help this awesome cause, Hope for Paws. Kleenex warning:-)


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Dolly Parton, one of the most famous female country music singers of all time, has written over 3,000 songs including I Will Always Love You, which also became one of Whitney Houston's biggest hits. Dolly starred in the movies 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Steel Magnolias, Gnomeo & Juliet, Straight Talk, Unlikely Angel, and Joyful Noise, and, she developed the Dollywood theme park, in the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. She is an advocate for childhood literacy with her non-profit organization, Imagination Library. As one of the first country crossover artists, her chart-topping singles include Here You Come Again, 9 to 5 and her duet with Kenny Rogers, Islands in the Stream. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Dolly Parton:

If you don't like the road you are on...pave another one!

~Dolly Parton

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Born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Doug Larson was a columnist and/or editor for the Wisconsin-based newspapers, the Door County Advocate and the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Syndicated through United Media under the title "Senator Soaper Says," his quotes have been widely circulated on the Internet. 

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.

~Doug Larson

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Enjoy today's success quote by Douglas Vermeeren:

Top Achievers are improvisors, not perfectionists. If you want to create more success in your life you have to move forward not knowing all the answers.

~Douglas Vermeeren


Imagine a huge upheaval in medicine that alters the whole way we look at disease, how our bodies work, the role of genes and the process of aging. It would be BIG, wouldn't it?

Yet such a huge earthquake has pounded the foundations of medical science in just the last few years and not many people, as yet, have realized the full extent of what is going on. Not even doctors!

There is so much happening in this field that some of the developments are so startling, you might almost say "shocking". What I’m about to discuss today with you, certainly is one of the most far-reaching and profound shifts in scientific medical opinion since the development of the germ theory of infectious diseases.

What has emerged is that bacterial genes can tell our own cells what to do.

The old idea that only human genes can tell human cells what they can and cannot metabolize is just frankly downright wrong! Bacterial and viral genes function just the same as human genes; they make us sick or healthy in just the same way!

Suddenly, the old saying, "You are what you eat" becomes, "You are whatever is going on inside your guts!" You need to learn this new language of health fast!

In our intestines are a vast population of organisms, which collectively share several trillion genes.

Compared to that, our own feeble collection of about 25,000 genes is just simply outgunned!

But it's BIGGER than that. Those microbial genes are part of our own genetic make-up; they are part of us, not just organisms living on us and in us!

It engenders a whole new way at looking at how disease comes about, how genes work and the importance of inflammation in our defenses and in the process of aging.

Bacterial and other microbial genes from our guts tell our bodies how to behave, just like human genes do.
That’s remarkable. It is counter-intuitive and doesn’t seem right, in the natural order of things. You would think only human genes can tell a human body what to do. But it just ain’t so; so get used to it. Our little troop of hangers on and assistants have as much control over our bodies as our own DNA does (maybe more!)

Another Brain!

If that’s not enough, it’s also about having a whole second brain in the guts, something so shocking and surprising, that most doctors and scientists are still reeling from its implications.

Our “second brain” has all the same neurotransmitters and just as many neurons as the spinal cord or peripheral nerves. In fact 95% of the body’s serotonin is found in this gut “brain”, which thus affects our moods, actions and performance.

Take Action & Extinguish the Deadly “Fire in the Belly”

We now know there are innumerable genetic incompatibilities with foods in our diet. Everyone is different.
So forget standardized diets, such as the Atkin’s diet, or even the blood-types diet and metabolic diet. None of these are necessarily right for you. Yes, they work sometimes but not consistently.

Even the healthiest diets make some folks sick. The thing is, I’m not even talking about so-called junk-food. Inflammatory foods are almost all good, plain whole foods; the sort of thing you would never suspect of causing potentially lethal damage.

Douse the Fire of Inflammation with Antioxidants

As we live and breathe tissue destruction is almost inevitable. This is because free radicals are flying around while inflammation is taking place.

You may have heard me saying, in other publications, that rapid-fire oxidation (using dreaded free radicals!) is actually how the immune system works. White cells “zap” pathogens with reactive oxygen species, most notably hydrogen peroxide, and then ingest them.

The presence of a plentiful supply of effective antioxidants is essential, to keep the body from injuring itself with these free radicals.

This is even truer when inflammation is calling up lots more free radicals. Thus we would need extra anti-oxidants when inflammation is present. It would be expected that supplementing antioxidant power would actually lessen the signs of inflammation and, in fact, this is exactly the case!

A study published in the journal Biofactors in 2004 showed that certain antioxidants effectively reduced inflammation. Of the substances tested, quercetin was by far the best at this, followed by alpha-tocopherol (a species of vitamin E). Beta-carotene wasn’t much use.

These findings indicate that dietary antioxidants possess significant anti-inflammatory activities, and quercetin is the most potent antioxidant of those tested.

Foods Rich in Quercetin:

-  Apples – In addition apples have a compound that boosts physical endurance.
- Capers – Have the highest concentration of quercetin per 100 grams
- Lovage leaves (raw) – sometimes called sea parsley. However don’t eat if you’re pregnant or suffer from kidney problems.
- Chamomile Tea – drinking chamomile tea can reduce and prevent the onset of diabetes

By adding these Quercetin packed foods in your daily diet, it is one simple way you can repair your cells and douse “fire in the belly” and rebuild your body today.

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Success expert, Stephen Richards Covey, best known as the best-selling author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since its first publication in 1989), also wrote the inspirational success books, First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit, and The Leader In Me — How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. At the time of his death in 2012, Dr. Stephen R. Covey was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Never tie yourself to your history. Tie yourself to your potential.

~Stephen Covey

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American writer, poet, and cartoonist, Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known for his  "Dr. Suess" illustrated children's books, was known to be a perfectionist. Winning the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, he was also an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper. Known for his use of anapestic tetrameter his most popular children's books were Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He also wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature, during World War II. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Dr. Suess:

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

~Dr. Seuss

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American self-help author and top motivational speaker, Dr. Wayne Dyer, spent much of his early life in a Detroit orphanage. He served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962 and received his DEd degree in counseling from Wayne State University. While working as a high school guidance counselor in Detroit and as a professor of counselor education at St. John's University in New York City, he began speaking on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques, and published his first book, Your Erroneous Zones. After a book tour and media interviews he was booked on television talk shows, most notably Merv Griffin, The Tonight Show, and Phil Donahue. Today, Wayne Dyer is considered a top expert in the New Thought Movement as well a leading spiritual expert. Enjoy today's success quotation by Dr. Wayne Dyer:

Your limits are defined by the agreement you made of what's possible. Change that agreement...and you can dissolve all limits.

~Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Dwight David Eisenhower, or "Ike" as he was affectionately known, was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. As a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe and had the responsibility for planning the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–1943 as well as the invasion of France and Germany in 1944–1945 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO. In 1952, we was elected President in a landslide victory, running as a Republican defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson on a platform against "Communism, Korea and corruption". Eisenhower is perhaps best known politically for deposing the leader of Iran in the 1953 Iranian coup d'état and using nuclear threats to bring an end to the Korean War. As he was playing catch-up in the space race after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, Dwight forced Israel, England and France to end their invasion of Egypt during the Suez Crisis of 1956. He may be best known domestically for developing the Interstate Highway System. Enjoy this special 4th of July holiday quotation from Dwight D. Eisenhower:

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. 

~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "Live your life on fire!". In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier suggests we make the most of our lives starting today. Enjoy!

One man quipped: "It's not that I'm afraid of dying. It's just that I've been alive for as long as I can remember, and I'm kind of set in my ways."

Some people ARE afraid of dying. Others are not concerned about their death ... but they worry about how they're going to get there. Will illness linger? Or will it be sudden?

I can't even guess how or when I might die, but knowing this present existence will end has actually helped me to live passionately. Others have discovered the same phenomenon.

Journalists Bill and Judith Moyers did a documentary on death and dying in the U.S. They learned that many of the terminal patients they interviewed were peaceful about their impending deaths. In fact, many of them found greater meaning and beauty in life after learning that they would die!

According to Moyers, one man lived four years past his doctor's prognosis. In that time, he learned to cherish every moment of life. As he said, "If you are told you will never see spring again, and you live to see spring, spring takes on a whole new life." ("Modern Maturity," Sept./Oct. 2000)

Psychologist Abraham Maslow had a similar experience. After his first heart attack he realized that his remaining days on earth were short. He wrote about it to a friend: "My river never seemed so beautiful (Maslow lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Charles River). The confrontation with death -- and reprieve from it -- makes everything look so precious, so sacred, so beautiful and I feel more strongly than ever the impulse to love it, to embrace it, and to let myself be overwhelmed by it...." Can you imagine feeling that way about death? He ends with this remarkable statement: "Death, and its ever present possibility makes love, passionate love, more possible. I wonder if we could love passionately, if ecstasy would be possible at all, if we knew we'd never die."

But we DO know we'll die! And, strange as it may seem, knowing life is short can help us to live ... beautifully, meaningfully, passionately.

A book's ending helps us to decide how we liked the book. A movie that seems to go on endlessly loses enjoyment for most viewers . A never-ending meal may cause diners to become disinterested in the food. Likewise, knowing life is all too short gives power to live it
passionately and enjoy it fully.

I'll someday die. And so will you. Be glad! It is BECAUSE of that knowledge that we can live every day -- every moment -- with passion!

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "The choice is always yours: Smile or scowl; faith or fear; happy or heartbroken, gratitude or greed". In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier gives the example of how the lives of two men both raised in dysfunctional homes turned out so differently. Enjoy!

I often come back to a story about two men who came from similar backgrounds. They both grew up in "dysfunctional" homes. An
alcohol-addicted parent raised them both. They both endured numerous hardships as a result of the many problems brought about by their unstable home lives.

As adults, however, their lives looked quite different. One man held a steady job. He was married with a happy home life. He was involved in his children's lives. He felt productive and useful.

A reporter interviewed him as part of an article she was writing on the effects of alcoholism in the home. "To what do you attribute  your present circumstances?" she asked him, referring to his obvious success.

"Given my background," he replied, "what do you expect?"

The other man could not seem to keep a job for long. He was frequently let go for alcohol-related problems. He had been married, but lost his wife due to his addiction. He felt hopeless and believed himself to be a failure.

The reporter also asked him, "To what do you attribute your present circumstances?"

"Given my background," he replied, "what do you expect?"

Naturally, our past will shape our present. Our backgrounds are crucial in determining the kinds of decisions we will make as adults. But here is a case in which similar upbringings produced quite different results.

Both men were shaped by their past. One slipped into those old, familiar patterns and recreated them as an adult. The other was determined never to repeat what he had experienced as a child. The first man felt helpless to change. The other used his background as motivation to make needed changes.

In his book THE RESILIENT SELF (New York: Villard Books, 1992), Stephen Wolin emphasizes how our difficult backgrounds can actually make us more resilient. Hardships can make us strong and give us needed motivation to be different in the future. A difficult background can be no less than a marvelous gift!

For some, their background is an excuse. For others, it is a gift!

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"E.T. phone home."

Who could ever forget the face and voice that uttered those words. Surely, one of the most memorable lines in movie history. But let's back up and explore E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial review

Set against the backdrop of an 1980's family divorce, director Steven Spielberg lovingly transports us back to the magic days of our childhood through the exploits of the film's co-protagonist, Elliott (Henry Thomas), a lonely child who discovers a short, heart-shape-faced alien left behind in nearby woods by an alien task force collecting botanicals in southern California. While he and his siblings try their best to keep their newfound friend unfound to everyone else, Elliot soon learns he can communicate telepathically with E.T. An especially cute scene is when E.T. drinks beer and Elliot gets drunk. The bonding of kid and space traveler deepens and as all meaningful, earthy friendships have it, they soon begin to learn from eachother.

The film begins shifting attention to Elliot's older brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton), who, due to the new single mom status of Mary (Dee Wallace), is being put in the position of being the "man of the house", as often happens in real life. And the innocent antics of younger sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), seals much of the purpose of the film - showcasing through the eyes of children the rather immature behaviour of adults.

Yearning to call his spaceship and return home, the clever foreigner starts building a communication device so he can phone home. All the while, E. T.'s health is deteriorating and because of their special connection Elliot is becoming sick too. The clock is ticking as government alien-chasing scientists are closing in and ultimately Elliot tries to give E.T. the gift of life, in this case a bio-rhymthic tether that is finally disconnected when the audience believes Elliot's best friend has expired. To our delight the deep connection the protaganists share brings the lovable creature back to life and then we're off to the races as Elliot and Michael hijack a medical van and deliver E.T. to the mothership in the woods to be reunited with his family. As parting scenes usually are, this one is sad as human and alien go their separate ways.

An interesting footnote is that actress Debra Winger was originally never credited as E.T.

The best thing about this inspirational film is the power it has to make us believe in magic again. If your children haven't seen E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, cuddle up on the couch with them tonight. They'll love you for it!

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Enjoy today's success quote by Earl Nightingale:

We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret.

~Earl Nightingale


Enjoy today's success quote by Zig Ziglar:

You enhance your chances for success when you understand that your yearning power is more important than your earning power.

~Zig Ziglar


Eckhart Tolle is one of the most influential spiritual teachers in the world. Introduced to the world by Oprah Winfrey in a series of 10 live webinars, his NYT bestselling books, The Power of Now and A New Earth, have sold millions of copies. He is a German citizen but resides in Vancouver, Canada. Eckhart created a video website called Eckhart Tolle TV and in conjunction with fellow Canadian, comedian Jim Carrey, headlined the first conference of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment (GATE) and recently appeared with the Dalai Lama and other speakers at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Eckhart Tolle:

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, Thank You, that would suffice.

~Eckhart Tolle

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, said, "The greatest educators are our children." Watch this short inspirational video for proof!


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First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt served her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during his four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" because of her human rights achievements. Born into the respected New York Roosevelt family, she had an unhappy childhood after losing both her parents and a brother at a young age. Eleanor attended Allenwood Academy in London, England, and upon returning to the U.S., married her cousin Franklin Roosevelt in 1905. She encouraged him in his political life following his partial paralysis from polio and began to make appearances and give speeches on his behalf. Known for her outspokeness, the controversial First Lady advocated for human rights, particularly on racial issues, and even gave press conferences and writing a syndicated newspaper column often disagreeing with her husband's political policies. After Franklin D. Roosevelt's death she remained active in politics for the rest of her life, pressing the United States to join the United Nations and she served as the first chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights overseeing the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights before chairing the John F. Kennedy administration's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Eleanor Roosevelt:

Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "All the solutions you need are out there in the Universe just waiting to be invited into your life". In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier talks about how we can solve any problem that comes into our lives. Even elevator music can work! Enjoy!

Henry L. Mencken said it first: "For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong." Several 7-Eleven stores learned the truth of that statement. According to a New York Times article, a number of the convenience stores had a problem with teenagers hanging out in their parking lots at all hours of the day and night. Not that they didn't like kids. But the teens were noisy. Customers had to walk around them to get into the stores. And they left discarded wrappers, cigarette butts and paper cups on the grounds.

Managers tried various methods to solve the problem. They asked the young people to move elsewhere. They asked them to pick up their trash. They even spoke to the police, but nothing worked.

Each solution was simple, neat and ineffective.

Finally, one manager came up with an unusual idea to dissuade the teenagers from loitering in front of the stores. He suggested that all the shops start piping easy-listening music into the parking lots. Immediately, the young people stopped hanging around. (Maybe histactic was ruthless, but it worked!)

Sometimes we need a good answer. Again and again we butt up against the same old problem, whether it is relational, professional or personal. It seems that whatever we try is not working.

Perhaps you need to approach your persistent problem with a new way of thinking. The Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez said, "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." Is it time to exercise more creativity in your pursuit for the "right" answer?

I believe that humanity's best ideas have not yet been thought of. And the best solution for your problem may likewise be waiting to be conceived. It just might happen when you turn the paper sideways and write the other way!

©Steve Goodier







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Enjoy today's success quote by Eliphas Levi :

Weak people talk and do not act, strong people act and keep quiet.

~Eliphas Levi


Emily Dickinson, like many of the world's greatest poets and authors, came to the attention of the world after her death. What works were published during her lifetime were heavily edited to fit the rigid style of the times. Also like many of the world's most famous writers, she was considered eccentric and was known for her penchant for wearing white clothing and her refusal to greet guests or even leave the room when quests arrived. Dickinson's poems, many with themes of death and immortality, usually contained short lines, many lacking titles, and she used slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Scholar Thomas H. Johnson published The Poems of Emily Dickinson, a complete and mostly unaltered collection of Emily's poetry in 1955, where the world caught it's first glimpse of the work of one of the America's greatest poets. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Emily Dickinson:

Forever — is composed of Nows.

~Emily Dickinson

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Some people call it karma while others adhere to the Law of Attraction. Fact is, what we put out there in the world always comes back to us so no matter how we define that Universal principle. The Modern Day Mastery program is all about empowering others, and in a BIG way. As a result our students are feeling equally empowered. Consider today's spiritual wisdom by Gary Zukav.

When our actions create discord in another person, we, ourselves, in this lifetime or another, will feel that discord. Likewise, if our actions create harmony and empowerment in another, we also come to feel that harmony and empowerment.

~Gary Zukav 

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, is quoted as saying, "When you lift another, you raise yourself." We hang out with one of two groups of people in our lives - those who drag us down and those who lift us up. We encourage you to read this motivational article by inspirational author, Steve Goodier, to see his take on encouragers. Enjoy!

Simeon Ford, the proprietor of the Old Grand Union Hotel in New York, said, "You don't need to know anything about a hotel to run one. You just open up and the customers tell you how to run it."

That must be true of other businesses, too. I heard of a newspaper editor who called in her assistant and handed him a stack of papers. "These are suggestions sent in by subscribers on how to run our paper. Make sure you carry them out," she said.

He did. He dropped them into his trash can and carried them out.

Many people are quick to suggest, and quicker to criticize. When  asked why she was always so critical, one woman said, "I guess I just have a knack for seeing other people's faults!" (There's a gift she could hide under a bushel.)

Criticizers are not hard to find. What the world needs are good encouragers. Not more people to find fault, but people to point out strengths and encourage us to excel. The most successful people look for positive qualities. They see potential where others see failure. And they encourage success in others.

Mark Twain put it like this: "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great."

Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.

©Steve Goodier







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When it comes to the end of our lives, without exception, we will all deeply evaluate how we have lived. We will wonder if we indeed, really lived and if our life really mattered. Many of us will have "deathbed regrets" wishing we had lived differently and done more with our lives. Soak in the wisdom as motivational author, Steve Goodier, tells the story of his conversation with a dying friend: 

I sat next to the bed of an old man, a friend for over twenty years, and held his hand. Hal was dying. We both knew these next few days would be his last.

We spent time reminiscing about his long and fruitful career as a church pastor. We talked about old friends. We chatted about his family. And I listened as he offered sage wisdom and advice to a member of a "younger generation."

At a lull in the conversation, Hal seemed to carefully consider what he was about to say next. Then he squeezed my hand, gazed intently into my eyes and whispered, just loud enough for me to hear, "Nothing is more important than relationships." I knew that this was somehow near the pinnacle of his life's learnings. As he considered all of his experiences - personal, professional, spiritual and family -- this one ultimate observation surfaced above the rest: "Nothing is more important than relationships."

"Don't get overly caught up in your career," he seemed to be saying to me. "Likewise, don't use people in order to achieve your goals, then throw them away. No project, no program, no task should be pursued at the expense of friends and family.

"Remember," I heard him saying, as clearly as if he were speaking the words, "that in the end, only your relationships will truly matter. Tend them well."

Writer Og Mandino puts it this way: "Beginning today," he said, "treat everyone you meet as if he or she were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."

At the end of a long life, my friend Hal would have agreed.

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If you’re like us, you got into business (or want to start one) not just to make a living but to create something that really helps change the world while creating a thriving income for yourself.


You’re not alone - there are hundreds of thousands of us out there and we’re all pioneering a new model for how to to do business in a way that has heart and soul, AND delivers profitable results.

That’s why we're excited to share a special free call event with you on Wednesday, December 11, with the founder of The Shift Network, Stephen Dinan. He’s created a rockin’ mid-7-figure enlightened business in just 4 years with a level of integrity that we deeply respect.

And not only that, he’s created 4 Enlightened Business Summits where more than 80 of the pioneers of this work have shared THEIR best insights, strategies and tips.

Next week, he’ll be sharing some of the most important keys he’s distilled from these Summits and from building his own business - information that every conscious entrepreneur needs to know.

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During the call, he’ll also be sharing about the launch in 2014 of the Enlightened Business Academy, a great concept for a kind of “mini-MBA” for enlightened entrepreneurs featuring 9 top teachers sharing their best stuff.

We're excited for the opportunity for all of us to go to the next level of our businesses. After all, if we can show that we CAN create successful, powerful, profitable businesses that have heart and soul and sterling integrity, as well as allowing us to live in balance, it really will change the world (because who isn’t going to want to create one themselves when they see us do it?)

So check out the call with Stephen and even if you can’t make it, do sign up so when they go live with the Enlightened Business Academy you get the full scoop.

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The dictionary definition of "envy" is: "a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc." What the dictionary doesn't describe is how envy affects us. Specifically, how envy and jealousy become an anchor that weighs us down and can even stop us from moving forward in life. James 3:14-16 in the Bible has it, "But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice." In this inspirational article by Steve Goodier, he shares how envy became the downfall of one of the most famous historical figures:

The name "Benedict Arnold" is synonymous with "traitor." But he was actually a loyal citizen of what was to become the United States, a gallant soldier and a five-star general. Wounded twice in battle, he was highly respected for his military leadership. He even enjoyed the friendship of George Washington.

But during the Revolutionary War, Arnold saw five subordinates promoted over him, and the blow to his esteem was more than he could manage. The injury to his pride was far greater than those physical injuries he sustained in battle. So he laid plans to get revenge.

In 1780, he attempted to betray vital West Point to the British. He later moved to England and was paid a sum of money to compensate for his property loss, but he was never fully accepted in British society. He eventually returned to trading and died a mostly unsuccessful and unhappy man. His downfall was not greed -- his problem was rather one of jealousy.

Do you know who is the most difficult person to love? It is easy to love friends and not too difficult to love those less fortunate than ourselves. It certainly isn't easy loving enemies, but sometimes the person most difficult to love is the one who is MORE fortunate than we are. The one who receives the promotion we deserved. The one who gets the recognition we desired, the honor we sought or the affections of the lover we had hoped to win. It is easy to resent those who seem to be more fortunate.

But as one person said to me, "Let go, or get dragged. Unless you let things go, you should be prepared to have that thing drag you around until you do let it go." Even envy. Let it go or get dragged.

Besides, if you ever want to grab onto something good, you'll need a free hand.

©Steve Goodier

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Greek sage and philosopher, Epictetus, was born a slave in present day Pamukkale, Turkey, and lived in Rome until his banishment when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. He was given permission by his owner to study Stoic philosophy under Musonius Rufus, eventually teaching philosophy in Rome. His most famous student, Arrian, wrote Epictetus' Discourses and the digest called the Enchiridion. He was a persuasive and powerful public speaker and his philosophies were an influence on the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Interestingly, American fighter pilot, James Stockdale, who was shot down over North Vietnam and became a prisoner of war (after the vietnam War he a vice presidential candidate), credits the teachings of Epictetus for getting him through seven years of torture and solitary confinement. Epictetus is mentioned in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce his philosophies played a key role in the 1998 novel by Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Epictetus:

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

~Epictetus

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"For the first time in my life, I got people respecting me. Please, don't ask me to give it up."

If you like David-meets-Goliath movies, you'll like Erin Brockovich.

If you like stories of the least likely person discovering their true passion and life purpose, and finally finding both, you'll also like Erin Brockovich.

If you like inspirational movies that are not only truly inspirational but TRUE, you'll LOVE Erin Brockovich!

Julia Roberts plays the least-likely-to-beat-a-behemoth-utility-company, twice-divorced mother of three who, through sheer determination to right the wrongs of Pacific Gas & Electric, who has poisoned the citizens of a small California desert town with chromium,  steers the largest class action lawsuit of it's day.

Landing in the office of a somewhat capable but unremarkable lawyer, Ed Masry (played by Albert Finney), after he dissatisfies her with a lower-than-expected car crash settlement, Erin's unemployed self decides to hire herself until she feels adequately compensated. When she uncovers the fact that this huge utility has wreaked ungodly suffering in this community causing cancer in so many the town's inhabitants while trying to gloss over the crime by paying some medical bills and making low-ball offers on victim's homes, getting justice becomes her mission.

Erin is untrained in all aspects of law including the legal research necessary to prove culpability, however, she finally digs hard enough to uncover enough evidence to convince Ed to file the massive lawsuit that eventually made history.

What endears us to Erin as we become die-hard fans of her hard-as-steel determination is her trashy mouth, trashy dress and overall trailer trash demenour. This comes in handy comedically when facing the well-schooled and heeled corporate lawyers on the opposing side.

As any good story has it, keeping in mind this one is true, Erin's fight is not only against a seemingly unbeatable corporate foe. She faces the fire at home with her children who are less than enthused about the new babysitting arrangements with free-wheeling, Harley-riding, tattoo-laden new neighbor, George (Aaron Eckhart). Of course, this is a twist on the proverbial woman-stay-at-home-while-man-makes-history theme we know se well. As any good Hollywood tale would have it, yet again this one is true, they eventually discover they are a match made in heaven.

Erin's anchor through her long journey is town cancer victim Donna, and unlike the typical fanfarish, everybody stand up and cheer Hollywood climax, the movie's concluding moments are on Donna's front porch in a quiet scene with Erin and George, explaining the terms of the settlement. Bravo!

Inspirational movie review by Rick Beneteau







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Erma Bombeck was an American humorist best known for her newspaper columns that depicted suburban home life that were read by 30 million readers. As a student in Ohio University, she was rejected for the university newspaper, failed most of her literary assignments and left after her first year. Later, while attending the University of Dayton, she got a job at Rike's Department Store and wrote humorous material for the company newsletter as well as writing for the university student publication, The Exponent. In 1965, Bombeck agreed to write two weekly 450-word columns for the Dayton Journal Herald and soon the articles went into national syndication into 36 major U.S. newspapers through the Newsday Newspaper Syndicate. Her "At Wit's End" column became a national favorite and was compiled as a book and published by Doubleday. She also became a frequent guest on Arthur Godfrey's radio show. By 1985 Erma Bombeck's three weekly columns were being published by 900 newspapers in the United States and Canada. One can clearly appreciate Erma Bombeck's sense of humor in the titles of her books: I Lost Everything in the Post-natal Depression; The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank; If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?; Aunt Erma’s Cope Book: How to Get from Monday to Friday — in 12 Days; Motherhood, the Second Oldest Profession; and, Family: The Ties That Bind — and Gag! Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Erma Bombeck:

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.

~Erma Bombeck

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At Modern Day Mastery we invest a great deal of time exploring beliefs and why our beliefs undermine and hold back or even stop the work we need to do in the world. It is only when we see through new eyes without the blinders of fear and doubt can we even begin the journey of serving humanity at the highest possible level -something we all have the capacity to do. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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Our wish for you at Modern Day Mastery is that you learn how to face fear (False Expectations Appearing Real) and never allow fear to be the thing that stops you from accomplishing anything worthwhile in your life. That you indeed, Be Fearless, and Flourish! Enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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Ah, the dreaded "F" word! Did you know Henry Ford went bankrupt before founding the Ford Motor Company? Were you aware that F.W. Woolworth was not allowed to wait on customers because he was judged as not being fit to do so. What about Walt Disney being fired by a newspaper editor because he lacked imagination? Or, Michael Jordan being cut from his high school basketball team or Oprah Winfrey (O television show) losing her television reporter job because she was deemed “unfit for TV.” Could you imagine being one of the many record labels who turned down signing the Beatles? There are thousands of failure and success stories just like these and the one thing they all have in common is that the individuals possessed the will to succeed and used their failures as fuel for achievement. With that in mind, please think about today's graphic quote of mastery about failure.

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The concept of family in our lives is not limited to those of blood relatives. We should consider expanding our definition of family to include everyone in our lives with whom we share healthy relationships. Sometimes, we share stronger family bonds with those outside of our blood family and that can be a wonderful thing. With these thoughts in mind enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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This is the perfect inspirational movie to watch with your loved ones over the holidays. It is the powerful documentary of the famous woman of peace, Mildred Norman, better known as Peace Pilgrim. Narrated by Reverend Michael Beckwith with interviews with such notaries as the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, John Robbins, Dan Millman and Elizabeth Kubler Ross as well as many of Peace Pilgrim's friends, admirers, and relatives. You'll see newsreel footage from the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's, when Peace was on her 25,000 mile walk for peace. Scripted and edited by Sharon Janis (Kumuda) of Night Lotus Productions, using materials that had been filmed and gathered over two decades.


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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has a personal quotation that has it: "Fear is the imaginary mountain that hides the horizon" . We've all heard the acronym: F.E.A.R. - false expectations appearing real. However you think of fear it is a show stopper and one can only imagine the countless wonders of the world that never came to be because fear was allowed to extinguish the flames of achievement. If you're on the path to high achievement, read this inspirational article by Steve Goodier. It may help you stop fear dead in it's tracks! 

A young reporter wanted to get a feel for agriculture, so he called upon a farmer and said, "How's your wheat coming along?"

The farmer replied, "I didn't plant any."

"Really?" asked the reporter. "I thought this was supposed to be wheat country."

"Some say it is," came the reply. "But I was afraid we might not see enough rain this year."

"Well, what about your corn. How is it doing?" the young man inquired.

"Didn't plant corn this year," the farmer said. "I was afraid of corn blight."

"Alfalfa?"

"Nope. Afraid the price might drop."

"Well, then," asked the reporter, "what did you plant?"

"Nothin'," the farmer said. "I just played it safe."

Sir High Walpole advised, "Don't play for safety -- it's the most dangerous thing in the world." Of course, unnecessary risk-taking is foolish. But if life is to be lived fully, then saying no to fear and taking that risk may be a necessary step to success.

It takes courage to do what you've never done and go where you've never been.

Whatever huge decision looms before you, your best solution will likely be made from the side of courage, rather than fear; for in the end, a fearful decision is a dangerous decision.

Alan Alda puts it like this: "You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful -- yourself."

Does that sound like a place you want to go?

©Steve Goodier

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 Consider these world famous failures: World famous genius, Albert Einstein, didn't speak until he was four and his parents and teachers thought he was mentally handicapped.He was expelled from school and refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School and when finally admitted to University, was the only one of his graduating class unable to get a teaching position because no professor would recommend him. Abraham Lincoln, probably the most famous American president, went to war a captain and returned a private (the lowest rank) and started numerous failed businesses, went bankrupt twice and was defeated in 26 campaigns before he was elected to public office. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because, "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." More recently, Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, was broke, divorced, depressed and on welfare raising a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. She is now one of the most famous female authors and one of the richest women in the world. If Fear of Failure had been in their belief systems the world would certainly seem a little different today. Enjoy this article about failure by Steve Goodier:

If you have ever been discouraged because of failure, please read on. For often, achieving what you set out to do is not the important thing. Let me explain.

Two brothers decided to dig a deep hole be-hind their house. As they were working, a couple of older boys stopped by to watch.

"What are you doing?" asked one of the visitors.

"We plan to dig a hole all the way through the earth!" one of the brothers volunteered excitedly.

The older boys began to laugh, telling the younger ones that digging a hole all the way through the earth was impossible. After a long silence, one of the diggers picked up a jar full of spiders, worms and a wide assortment of insects. He removed the lid and showed the wonderful contents to the scoffing visitors. Then he said quietly and confidently, "Even if we don't dig all the way through the earth, look what we found along the way!"

Their goal was far too ambitious, but it did cause them to dig. And that is what a goal is for -- to cause us to move in the direction we have chosen. In other words, to set us to digging!

But not every goal will be fully achieved. Not every job will end successfully. Not every relationship will endure. Not every hope will come to pass. Not every love will last. Not every endeavor will be completed. Not every dream will be realized. But when you fall short of your aim, perhaps you can say, "Yes, but look at what I found along the way! Look at the wonderful things which have come into my life because I tried to do something!"

It is in the digging that life is lived. And I believe it is joy in the journey, in the end, that truly matters.

©Steve Goodier

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, says "There is much freedom to be found in forgiveness." When we forgive - truly forgive - we free ourselves from the burden of resentment and anger and are able to move forward in our lives with so much more ease and comfort. Many people live their entire lives shackled by having even one person unforgiven. Think about this quote and if you find there is such a person in your life - forgive them and free yourself!

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A question we have all asked ourselves is, How do I forgive? You might have even asked yourself, How do I forgive myself? These are among the most important questions we can ask ourselves and when we discover how to forgive we experience so much more peace and happiness in our lives. See, forgiveness is all about you. Many people think forgiving is all about letting someone 'off the hook' but it's not. Forgiveness is one of the highest forms of self-love as it lets you off the hook whereby you are no longer burdoned by the heavy weight of resentment and anger and become free to move forward in your life. Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it: “There is much freedom to be found in forgiveness.” He also wrote a song about the subject some twenty-five years ago and although about forgiveness in a romantic relationship, we encourage you to click the Play button below to listen. Lyrics appear below. Arranged by Larry Thompson and vocal by Joan Colbourn-Charette.




Forgiveness


For all the times I lied
For all the tears you cried
I am asking
For your forgiveness


For every time I ran
Refused to understand
I am asking
For your forgiveness


For every midnight, a sunrise
For every darkness, a light
For every storm, a clear horizon
For every wrong, I will right


For every needless fight
For every sleepless night
I am asking
For your forgiveness


For what we should have seen
For where we could have been
I am asking
For your forgiveness


For every midnight, a sunrise
For every darkness, a light
For every storm, a clear horizon
For every wrong, I will right


For all we will become
When all is said and done
I am asking
For your forgiveness


© 1991 Rick Beneteau
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This will be the third post this week on the topic of forgiving. Not planned, but certainly wonderful to post about. Watch in amazement during the sentencing hearing as the brother of the murder victim explains to the court that he has forgiven the murderer after reading A Course In Miracles. Can you imagine yourself forgiving the person who killed someone you love? Most of us could not. Watch ultimate compassion, and forgiveness, in action, And, if you are as moved as we think you will be, please pass along this real-life inspirational video to those you love.


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"Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump.  You want a chocolate?"

After watching this 2 1/2 hour classic you're sure to agree Forrest Gump is not just an inspirational movie, it's really a spiritual movie.

Set against the backdrop of U.S. history from the 50's through the 80's and told from a bus stop seat  in Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia by a man with an IQ of 75, the endearing Forrest Gump takes us on a whimsical, egoless ride of his rise to fame and fortune as he graces some of history's most iconic moments with his presence.

The beautiful thing about this heartwarming affair from 1994 is that Tom Hanks, who plays Forrest, and Robert Zemeckis, who directed this epic film, never quite breach over-the-top zone, especially considering Gump gave Elvis Presley his famous swinging hip moves; becomes an All-American football hero; he is presented awards by three American Presidents; he inspires the "S*** Happens" slogan while criss-crossing the country on a non-stop sprint; he champions the U.S. Ping Pong Team and eventually transforms a battered shrimping boat into a household brand name.

Gump is juxtaposed by two of the film's main characters. First is the rebellious and self-punishing Jenny ("Run Forrest, run!"), his only childhood friend played by actress Robin Wright, who is a mirror of the turbulent civil rights and peace movements and who as a young woman, time after time, walks out of Forrest's life to live and love on the wild side. Always kind and non-judgemental, Gump takes back "my girl" until they finally reunite (his next destination after the bus stop) where Forrest gets the surprise of his life - he has a son. One of the tenderest scenes is when, moments after meeting, they sit together to watch Bert 'n Ernie on television with heads simultaneously leaning to the left. The happily-everafter scenario is short lived when his only true love announces she is sick and soon dies from what we can only assume is the new scourage of AIDS.

The other character that weaves in and out of Gump's life is his beloved but angry, Lieutenant Dan, played by Gary Sinise. While ensuring the young soldier's survival in Vietnam, the confident officer has his life saved, along with many in his platoon during a napalm bombing, by the furiously sprinting Forrest we all come to love in the film. Key here, after his commander loses his legs in the incident, is the influence the gentle spirit and kind ways Gump has on transforming the bitter amputee.

Seems the entire purpose of the film was to also transform us a little. Like a spiritual movie should.

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Most of us will never have our love tested in a life or death crisis as in this inspirational story during the sinking of the Dorchester in World War II but we all encounter situations in daily life that test the limits of our love. As you will read, all that mattered in the end was their true unconditional love. Enjoy the story of the four famous Army chaplains in this inspirational article by Steve Goodier:

Imagine four Army chaplains during an icy storm at sea; four men in uniform holding hands as they gaze over the rail of their sinking vessel. They are watching lifeboats pulling away from their reeling ship, the U.S. transport Dorchester. The story of these chaplains is a remarkable account of love and sacrifice.

The scene takes place February 3, 1943, off the southern tip of Greenland. The winter night covers the ship like a blanket. Most of the 909 aboard ship are asleep below the decks.

Suddenly the Dorchester jerks and shudders. A German torpedo has smashed through her starboard side! In a raging torrent, the sea spurts through the gaping wound. The Dorchester has been dealt a mortal blow. She is sinking.

An order is given to abandon ship. Aboard the dying vessel, men -- many of them injured -- search frantically for life jackets. Some stand in shock, not knowing how to react to the catastrophe.

Amidst the chaos stand four pillars of strength, four Army chaplains:

George L. Fox, Methodist; Alexander Goode, Jewish; Clark V. Poling, Reformed; and John P. Washington, Roman Catholic. They calm the panic-stricken, help the confused search for life jackets and aid the soldiers into the lifeboats swinging out from the tilting deck.

When no more jackets can be found, each chaplain takes off his own and straps it onto a soldier who has none. The lifeboats pull slowly away from the doomed vessel. Only 299 will finally survive this night.

As the Dorchester slides beneath the icy water, some can see the four chaplains, hand in hand, praying to the God of them all. The chaplains' different theological opinions did not seem to matter much on a sinking ship. All that mattered was that, at a time of crisis, they lived their love. Yet even for us, every day in lesser ways, I suspect that's all that ever matters.

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Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, more commonly known as Frederick Douglass, was born into slavery in 1818, and became an iconic social reformer and American statesman. Becoming a leader in the abolitionist movement with his anti-slavery writings and brilliantly powerful speeches, Douglass wrote several autobiographies. "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" described his life in slavery and "Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" detailed events during and after the Civil War. The vice presidential running mate of Victoria Woodhull for the small Equal Rights Party, he became the first African American nominated on a presidential ticket. One of Frederick Douglass' most famous civil rights quotes was "Knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom." Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Frederick Douglass:

It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

~Frederick Douglass

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, asks in one of his personal quotations, "What will you do today to brighten the life of another?" Well, motivational author Steve Goodier gives you eight great free gift ideas in this inspirational article so if you want to build strong personal relationships, here's a great place to start:

This simple checklist can help measure how you are nurturing your relationships.

The Gift of Listening
But you must really listen. Don't interrupt, don't daydream, don't plan your response. Just listen.

The Gift of Affection
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

The Gift of Laughter
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

The Gift of Solitude
There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The Gift of a Favor
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

The Gift of a Written Note
It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime.

The Gift of a Compliment
A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job," or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone.

Those who take care of their relationships build whole and happy lives.

©Steve Goodier

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton, better known as G.K. Chesterton, is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." The English writer, lay theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary/art critic and biographer referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. Well known for his reasoned apologetics, Time Magazine commented on his writing style, "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out." His friend, George Bernard Shaw, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius." During an exchange the two had Chesterton, a large man, remarked to Shaw, "To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England". Shaw's comeback was, "To look at you, anyone would think you have caused it". Chesterton often debated in public with such literary giants as H. G. Wells, Bertrand Russell and Clarence Darrow. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by C.K. Chesterton:

The true object of all human life is to play.

~G.K. Chesterton

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 Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, or the Buddha, was the spiritual teacher upon whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He lived in the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills,and spread his influence primarily in northeastern India. Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one", and recent historians date his life between 563 BCE to 483 BCE. The central figure in Buddhism, the Budhha's life and teachings were recounted by his followers after his death and passed on by oral tradition with the first first writings coming some 400 years later. He was said to have been born into a royal Hindu family and brought up by his mother's younger sister destined to lead the life of a prince but left the sheltered confines of the palace to discover the suffering beyond it's walls. His long search for awakenment led to his discovery of the "Four Noble Truths", which are at the heart of Buddhist teaching. Through mastery of these truths, comes a state of supreme liberation, or Nirvana - the perfect peace of mind that's free from ignorance, greed and hatred. Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by the Budhha:

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – even if I have said it -unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

~Budhha

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Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics, George Bernard Shaw, won both the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature and an Oscar, the only person to be awarded both. With a flare for drama writing more than 60 plays, he started his life of creativity by writing music, short stories and essays, and, being a literary critic. His works addressed social issues of the day, mostly the plight of the working class and social equality, and his flare for humor made his oft darker themes more palatable. Known for his Socialist tendencies, he at one point he entered politics serving on the London County Council. With no desire for public honors, he reluctantly accepted his Nobel award at the insistance of his wife. Absent for the Oscar presentation, for the film Pygmalion, derivied his play of the same name, he was quoted as saying, "It's an insult for them to offer me any honour, as if they had never heard of me before - and it's very likely they never have. They might as well send some honour to George for being King of England".  Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by George Bernard Shaw:

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but by taking responsibility for our future.

~George Bernard Shaw

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Watch as the quiet Beatle, George Harrison, speaks about things such as The Beatles and The Concert for Bangladesh (the precursor to humanitarian events like "Live Aid" and "Farm Aid" and other such global fundraising concerts) he orchestrated in August 1971 along with Ravi Shankar (who is in attendace in this interview) and see the very last time this man of peace performed in public in this VH1 interview with John Fugelsang.


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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by George Moore:

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs...and returns home to find it.

~George Moore


Known for his stark oppostion to totalitarianism and commitment to democratic socialism, Eric Arthur Blair, or, George Orwell, was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His two most popular novels, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm have sold more copies than any two books by any other 20th-century author. The term Orwellian is now a part of the English language as are terms he coined including Cold War, Big Brother, thought police, Room 101, doublethink, and thoughtcrime. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by George Orwell:

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

~George Orwell

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Denis Waitley:

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

~Denis Waitley


It was one of the worst periods of time in my life.

Recently separated, I had just lost custody of my two daughters and was forced to vacate my newly-renovated home (with three days notice) that contained the well-equipped recording studio I had spent two years building prior to selling my drycleaning business (in order to build a long-desired music production company).

Divorce - Canadian style!

Two years before, I discovered that a *friend,* a music contact I had worked with and even spent time with in Hollywood a decade prior, had stolen a song that I and my music partner had written and presented to this budding writer/producer at that time. He had since become a major player in the music business and had 'borrowed' much of our song, placing it on the album of a multi-million selling female artist.

After much consideration and consultation with a prominent Detroit attorney, we decided to proceed with a lawsuit against this record producer. And, as these matters usually go, we had to retain high profile legal representation in California and also sue the 'innocents,' in this case the recording artist, record company, and publishing company, with the hope (at least mine) that they would bring pressure upon the sole guilty party to get a just settlement.

And of course, I was counter-sued for over a million dollars and had to deal with that ugly business.

Living with friends during this confusing, dark period of time, I received a call came from my attorney in California. I was forced to confront the inevitable - a trip to Los Angeles for a legal hearing.

I had neither the heart nor the will to follow through with this. And I didn’t have the money for the flight and hotel as all my assets had been frozen by the divorce court at the time.

I recall, as if it were yesterday, how Doug somehow sensed my emotional turmoil and just matter-of-factly told me to pick up the airline ticket at the terminal and then invited me to stay with his family. This is where the real story begins.

Immediately after meeting Doug in person for the first time at the airport on a Friday afternoon, I felt unusually comfortable. The hearing was on Monday but he had no intention of discussing the case at all on the drive to his home. Instead we talked about our families, friends, careers, and hobbies. His was mountain climbing and he has since scaled the tallest peaks on the continent!

He told me about how much his wife and daughter were looking forward to having me stay with them, and that he had planned get-togethers with some of his rather famous friends. See, we had built a rather unique friendship over the phone during the time building up to this hearing, but I had no idea Doug would be going all out during our short visit.

I arrived at his beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills to the warm hugs of Doug's wonderful wife and cuter-than-cute little daughter. If you've ever visited someone's home for the very first time and immediately felt right at home, well, this was one of those rare instances. Mi casa es su casa.

All of us had a great amount of fun getting to know one another and, as promised, we had most enjoyable Friday and Saturday evenings with Doug's crazy but wonderful friends in the entertainment world. After all, I was in my element.

Sunday night was sleepless however. Although I was very confident in Doug and his abilities (I'd love to be able to tell you who he has represented in the past but the terms of the ultimate settlement in this action prohibit me from sharing any details that would identify any of the parties involved), I was still very concerned about being in court with four sets of high-powered attorneys against, well, just me and Doug. Rumor had it that the defendant's father, a very high profile attorney from a major U.S. city, was also flying in for the showdown.

On the drive to downtown LA on Monday morning, we finally began discussing the case. Doug had put my mind at as much ease as possible as we headed toward the magnificent skyline. If you've ever seen the skyscrapers of Los Angeles in person or in movies, you will surely remember the tall, white, rounded building in the center. Doug's office was near the top floor.

He didn't park anywhere near it however. He pulled into this pay-per-day lot in a less than fashionable neighborhood many blocks away. Strange. Homeless people populated the streets. We started the long trek towards the ivory tower but suddenly Doug stopped to speak to an old man with a wind-weathered face, crouched against a building clutching a "micky" of cheap Thunderbird wine in his dirty, gnarled hands. He simply asked this poor soul how he was doing and if he had anything to eat recently. The reply was incoherent and Doug just smiled and handed him two one-dollar bills. We walked onward.

As he repeated this gesture along our long route, even walking half a block out of our way to greet and hand yet another homeless person a couple of bucks, I noticed Doug's right pocket was bulging with what could only be one dollar bills. I didn't ask him about this ritual, preferring to know that Doug just did this two-buck thing every day.

Finally, and as if in another world altogether, we entered this stunning building and were soon going over the infinite details of our case in his impressive office.

Suffice it to say although this case was settled somewhat satisfactorily in the end run, this initial hearing did not go well. After the hearing and while Doug was in chambers with the judge and principle lawyers trying to negotiate a fair settlement, the other participants/all on the other side (some came with an entourage) gathered into the hallway. I made my way to each one of them and offered my apologies for having to have them and their clients involved. They all accepted. Even the defendant's high-powered father was understanding and exceptionally cordial. We started chatting about sports and he even made some off-the-record remarks about his arrogant offspring.

While this conversation was taking place, a loud voice angrily bounced off the marble walls, "So dad, you switching sides now?" My former musical friend was now in the hall, obviously witnessing his dad and myself acting civilly. I walked over and with a simple gesture of peace, offered my hand to him. It was readily and violently slapped away.

I am what I feel most would say, a peace-loving, passive human being. But having the physical sting of an assault like this brought the instinctual animal out in me, to defend, and I began to react accordingly. Good thing dad rushed to the scene and ushered his son back into the courtroom.

Doug soon emerged with the bad news that anything approximating a fair settlement was not going to happen this day. That disappointed me, but didn't seem to surprise my esteemed lawyer, as he assured me that we would need to apply more pressure in due course. Not a nice business.

After our tough day at the office, Doug was soon digging back into his right pocket on our way back to the parking lot, even placing currency into the hands of some of the same indigents. I then came to the conclusion that they weren't all strangers.

We pulled in to get some gas just around the corner from the parking lot and were standing at the pumps when a disheveled fellow approached us. This time it was me who engaged him in conversation. He was a Vietnam veteran with a severe chip on his shoulder and he seemed to be glad just to have someone to listen. As if by magic, penniless me turned to Doug, who, with a big smile had his arm outstretched with two one dollar bills just dangling for me to take.

My thoughts immediately ran back to several months before when I encountered a homeless man begging on a downtown Detroit street as I was returning home from a meeting with my Michigan attorney. I had a few U.S. dollars in my pocket and handed them to this man, but, with the following, loudly spoken condition: "this is for food, not booze!"

But, this was not the way Doug gave - he gave as giving should always be - without condition. So, into the hand of this man went my two bucks along with my most sincere wish - "Good Luck!" He hobbled away, mumbling to himself.

Doug and I have remained friends over the years. We exchange e-mails and he sends me a Christmas card every year as well as his articles that have been published in the top law journals. His giving though, went well beyond helping those souls on the street.

In the end, and with the final decision left totally to me, we made a settlement agreement that would not even come close to compensating me and my music partner for having created a song that was a vital part of such a successful, worldwide recording project, and he, for ALL his time, effort and expertise in trying to get justice for me and my music partner. In Doug's heart-of-hearts, he knew it would simply end the great stress that this case represented for me at this totally tumultuous period of time. And that was good enough for him.

I've never made mention to Doug of our long walk to and from the office in all this time but I fully suspect he still leaves home each day with a pocketful of one dollar bills, parks far from his office so that he can bring a little joy into the lives of the less fortunate, and, takes on clients that are in the same position as I was a decade ago.

In other words Giving - as Giving should always be.

©2013 Rick Beneteau
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Giving is the greatest way to receive, no doubt. When we live a giving life we lead a most remarkable life and a life lived in the service of humanity is exactly what we teach in Modern Day Mastery. Read as motivational author, Steve Goodier, shares his take on giving in this inspirational article: 

You may have learned the importance of saving money. And you may have learned how to spend it wisely. But, have you learned the value of giving some of it away? Sharing is an important part of a whole and happy life. And it is a practice that can give back great joy and satisfaction as you make it a part of your regular routine.

I like the story of the chicken and the pig. A chicken and a pig were walking down a street when they spotted a colorful billboard depicting a breakfast plate of eggs and bacon. The chicken stopped to admire the advertisement and said proudly to the pig: "Doesn't that picture make you happy? Doesn't it feel good to be able to give to folks that way?"

The pig replied: "Well, yes, but...for you it's a contribution. For me -- it's total commitment!"

There is a line somewhere between a contribution and commitment. A contribution is made out of obligation, but a voluntary commitment is made out of joy. And when we give out of joy, we feel good!

If you have not yet discovered the value of volunteer giving, try it! You will be pleasantly surprised at how good it can make you feel. And if you wonder about how much you should give away...well, how good do you want to feel?

©Steve Goodier







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Humanity's Team biggest event of the year, Global Oneness Day, happens this Thursday, Oct 24th. You won't want to miss it considering who is participating. Here are the details:

10 Million Clicks for Peace and Modern Day Mastery proudly co-sponsor the 4th annual Global Oneness Day Telesummit, Thursday, October 24th. Over 30 inspired speakers will celebrate Global Oneness Day 2013!

This is a day to embrace our Divine Oneness and hear how our lives can change once we really begin to live in Oneness every single day. When we travel the path of Oneness, all of life presents itself as fuller, clearer and more joyous. Whether you are new to Oneness or are a seasoned believer in the power of Oneness, we invite you to join this stellar event.

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We are so very honored to support the following luminaries for the 2013 Global Oneness Day Telesummit: Ken Wilber, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Joan Borysenko, Neale Donald Walsch, don Miguel Ruiz,  Panache Desai, Ervin Laszlo, Michael Bernard Beckwith,  Rickie Byars Beckwith, Gregg Braden, Jean Houston, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Bruce Lipton, Doug Bentley, Gangaji,  Fr. Thomas Keating, Lynne McTaggart, Riane Eisler, Craig Hamilton, Steve Farrell, Barbara Fields, Paul H. Ray, Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Peter Kater, Steve Bhaerman, Howard Caesar, Claire Zammit,  Rinaldo Brutoco, Roger Teel, John Raatz and Anna-Mari Pieterse.

The need for a new way of being on the planet can seem overwhelming, so much so that we are not sure how to begin, or to proceed. We will receive succinct information on how to begin and proceed during the Global Oneness Day Telesummit.

In these highly informative discussions, we will all learn easy, efficient, and vastly helpful steps we can take to make a true difference for our beloved Earth and the people on it. When we make a difference in our own lives, we truly make a difference everywhere, because... we are all One.

Those who register for the complimentary Global Oneness Day Telesummit on Thursday, October 24th can listen to the live webcast or dial in to the call. If for any reason you cannot be with us live, MP3 links will be available for 48 hours following the live program.

We hope you will  join us, and the tens of thousands of people from all over the globe for the Global Oneness Day Telesummit and help bring even more peace to this beautiful world.

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You've no doubt heard the phrase, "go with the flow". There's much more to that insightful wisdom than most people realize. See, when we fight the Universe to try to get things to work the way we feel they should, we are blocking what really needs to happen in our lives. The temptation is to chase when we should simply, allow. Sadly, many people lead miserable lives and go to the grave never having figured this out. Consider Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau's, insight about going with the flow.

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This series of poignant spiritual Mastery quotations by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, reminds us all to live the purpose driven life we were born to live.

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One of the world's most famous cliches has it that 'we are our own worst enemies.' There is always light to be found in darkness even if we have to shine that light. Often, that light lies in simply being grateful - grateful for all the blessings we have in our lives. Many people ask themselves the question, "How can I live in a state of gratitude?" The answer is quite simple: No matter your current circumstances, there will be many things to be grateful for. For example, all your happy memories and friends and family past and present who brought joy to your life is a good starting point. You can go so far as to be grateful for the mistakes you have made for they have rewarded you with powerful life lessons! Next time you're feeling 'dark' get grateful and soon the darkness will be replaced with bright, warming light. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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From the YouTube site: Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that "gratefulness" is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero, once said, "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." This soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives.

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If you've ever asked yourself the questions, how can I become happy?, or, how do I become peaceful?, one of the most powerful ways to change your life is to live in a state of gratitude. No matter how things are in your life at this moment you will find many things to be grateful for. These could be your family, your friends, your health, your accomplishments, your treasured memories, or, just simply give thanks for this new day. You could even be grateful for the mistakes you've made and the lessons you've learned as a result! In doing so, you'll delete the space that negativity fills - which attracts more negativity - and fill it with a state of positivity, attracting even more positive things. Try it... you'll be grateful!:-) Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by William Faulkner:

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity; it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.

~William Faulkner

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The dictionary definition of grief is: mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret. In her iconic book, On Death and Dying, Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross explains the 5 stages of grief. What is most important when we face great loss in our lives is that we eventually move forward and not remain stuck in a state of sorrow and regret. We can help with that process when we are in the position of consoling a friend or loved one who has experienced loss as evidenced in this inspirational article about grief by Steve Goodier:

We either have been, or will be, put in the position of comforting someone who is grieving. That is an important role played by good friends. The most common question I hear on such occasions is, "What should I say?" We want to help, but we feel helpless to make a difference in the face of such tragedy.

I often remember a story told by Joseph Bayly when I struggle to say the "right thing" to someone who is hurting. Mr. Bayly lost three children to death over the course of several years. He wrote a book called View From A Hearse, (Life-Journey Books, 1992) in which he talks about his grief. He says this about comforting those who grieve:

"I was sitting, torn by grief. Someone came and talked to me of God's dealings, of why it happened, of hope beyond the grave. He said things I knew were true. I was unmoved, except to wish he would go away. He finally did. Someone else came and sat beside me. He didn't talk. He didn't ask leading questions. He just sat with me for an hour or more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply, left. I was moved. I was comforted. I hated to see him go."

I have found Joseph Bayly's experience to be excruciatingly typical. Both men wanted to help. Both men cared. But only one truly comforted. The difference was that one tried to make him feel better, while the other just let him feel. One tried to say the right things. The other listened. One told him it would be all right. The other shared his pain.

When put in the difficult position of comforting someone in emotional pain, sometimes what needs to be said can be said best with a soft touch or a listening ear. It may not seem like much, but it can be more effective than you may ever know.

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The dictionary definition of guilt is: a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined. When we allow guilt to dominate our emotions we are acting out of fear instead of love and it has the power to completely stop our lives. We do not discover the gift of the lesson and we can only feel more guilty as a result. Only when we realize that we have not caused pain in another but rather that they have allowed pain to happen in their life (no matter what we have done) - with the opportunity to learn from their lesson - and we learn how to forgive ourselves and learn from our lesson, can we then move on. Here is a post from last week on the subject of self-forgiveness.  Enjoy this inspirational article about guilt by Steve Goodier:

A hot, new business capitalizes on people's need to 'fess up, as well as their interest in eaves-dropping on the confessions of others.

A fee-based phone service called "The Confession Line" allows callers to record their confessions anonymously -- anything from admissions of petty theft to adultery and even murder. Or, those who are inclined can listen to the edited sordid tales of others. (This is where the real money is made, by the way, but that is a topic for another article.)

After the first year of business, The Confession Line reportedly made 17 million dollars. Plans were implemented to expand from 25 telephone lines to 100. The need to confess is pandemic!

But if confession is "good for the soul," it is also good for the body. Why? What we hide inside eats us up.

Joan Borysenko writes in her book GUILT IS THE TEACHER, LOVE IS THE LESSON (Warner Books, Inc., 1990), that researcher James Pennebaker studied health benefits of confession. He discovered that criminals who confessed to lie detector technicians were often so grateful for the relief they felt after "getting it all out," that they sent birthday, holiday and thank you cards to the polygraph personnel who heard their stories.

Pennebaker recounted the story of one miserable man who embezzled money from the bank where he worked. He was tormented by guilt for six months, during which time he suffered from a steady stream of colds, flus, and other illnesses. When he was finally called in for a lie detector test, he confessed to the crime. For the first time in months he felt relaxed and at peace, even though, because of his confession, he would likely go to prison. His secret literally made him sick.

Perhaps the bigger problem is that our secret IS our sickness. What we hide is what hurts us. Whether it is big or small, past or present, that which we carefully conceal from the rest of the world is our sickness. And we won't begin to recover until what is concealed is revealed.

The prescription? Bring it up and get it out. You can't get out what you don't bring up. Do it for your body's sake; for your mind's sake; for your soul's sake.

Bring it up and get it out. You may be surprised that others are quicker to understand your misdeed than you are even to admit it! And at least when you get it off your chest, you'll have one less burden to carry as you make amends!

©Steve Goodier

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Brace yourself for some goosebumps after listening to the spiritual singing of Espen Lind (on guitar), Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes and Kurt Nilsen performing Leonard Cohen's inspirational song, "Hallelujah", appearing on the movie Shrek soundtrack and otherwise known as The Shrek Song.

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Enjoy today's success quote by Harriet Tubman:

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

~Harriet Tubman


The story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, has served to inspire millions over the years. Becoming blind and deaf at 19-months old as a result of what might have been scarlet fever or meningitis, Anne Sullivan guided the young Helen Keller to eventually break down the barrier of isolation caused by her inability to communicate. Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind while Sullivan attended the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf and Helen eventually entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance to Radcliffe College, her education being paid for by Standard Oil magnate Henry Huttleston Rogers. At the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe, becoming the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. It was Austrian philosopher, Wilhelm Jerusalem, who was one of the first to discover Helen's literary talent and over her lifetime had 12 books published including her autobiography, The Story of My Life, written while in college. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 1973 she was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Helen Keller:

Although the world is full of suffering...it is also full of the overcoming of it.

~Helen Keller

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Here is a poem about grief by Helen Steiner Rice:

May tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side.
When memory paints in colours true,
The happy hours that belonged to you.

~Helen Steiner Rice

If you've been giving thought to helping children at Christmas this year take a listen to this motivational children's song and consider the opportunity to help put a smile on the face of a needy child this holiday season.

During this season of giving, we want to bring to your attention a special song that in it's day magically placed gifts under the Christmas trees of thousands of children from low-income families who otherwise, would have woken up Christmas Day without a single present.

"Children Are the Heart of Christmas" was written by Modern Day Mastery co-founder Rick Beneteau, Larry Thompson and Vic Bortollon and was performed by a large group of caring and talented people from Windsor, Ontario, in 1988.

You can read the beautiful lyric and listen to the MP3 when you download the PDF below.

There's a caveat though. We ask that if you are in any way moved by the song that you donate to the official Toys for Tots charity or a Christmas toy drive near you. That will be your choice, of course, and there's a link included in the PDF. Click here to download the song or click on the image below.


 

French philosopher and 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Henri Bergson, lived the quiet life of a French professor, and is best known for the published works, Time and Free Will, Matter and Memory, Creative Evolution, and, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion. Heavily criticized for his philosophies during his time, he became close friends with Harvard philospoher, William James, who said of Bergson, "So modest and unpretending a man but such a genius intellectually! I have the strongest suspicions that the tendency which he has brought to a focus, will end by prevailing, and that the present epoch will be a sort of turning point in the history of philosophy."  Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Henri Bergson:

Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.

~Henri Bergson

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American author, poet and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, led an activist's life in the mid 1800's using his literary talents to express his abolitionist views and all things he considered governmentally unjust at the time. He's probably best known for his book, Walden, and his essay, Resistance to Civil Government, also known as Civil Disobedience, which called for disobedience in an unjust state. Influencing future leaders such as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Thoreau's lifetime body of work consumed some 20 volumes, where he attacked the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and defended abolitionist John Brown's work. Thoreau even addressed environmental issues of the day. His clever satirical style, brilliant use of symbolism and austere sense of poetry live on and Henry David Thoreau quotes enjoy immsense popularity on the Internet today. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Henry David Thoreau:

Be not simply good - be good for something.

~Henry David Thoreau

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Henry Drummond was born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1851 and educated at Edinburgh University where he leaned towards mathematics and science. Interested in religion though, he joined the Free Church of Scotland and began preparing for the ministry. Particularly of interest to Drummond was the evangelizing work of Moody and Sankey, and he involved himself in their mission for two years. After he wrote his first book, Natural Law in the Spiritual World which was published in 1877, he began lecturing on natural science in the Free Church College. Henry traveled to central Africa at the invitation of the African Lakes Company and returned to discover he had become famous, his teachings adopted by the religious and scientific communities alike. In 1888, he published the book, Tropical Africa, and in 1893 delivered the famous Lowell Lectures. In the Free Church College in Edinburgh, a medallion plaque was placed in his memory, sculpted by James Pittendrigh Macgillivray. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Henry Drummond:

Happiness is really found in giving and in serving others.

~Henry Drummond

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Activist Henry Rollins, born Henry Lawrence Garfield, has led a multi-faceted life as a recording artist, record company owner, talk show radio host, public speaker and actor. Diagnosed with hyperactivity as a child, he was put on Ritalin and enrolled in The Bullis School, an all-male preparatory school in Potomac, Maryland which he credits for helping him to develop a sense of discipline and a strong work ethic. Fronting the California based hardcore punk band, Black Flag, he started the record label and publishing company, 2.13.61, to release his spoken word albums and formed The Rollins Band. He's hosted several talk radio and television shows including Harmony in My Head, The Henry Rollins Show, MTV's 120 Minutes,and Jackass. Starring in the second season of the popular Sons of Anarchy televison series, Rollins has campaigned for various political causes in the United States including LGBT rights and World Hunger Relief. Enjoy today's success quotation by Henry Rollins:

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

~Henry Rollins

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Heraclitus of Ephesus said "Change is the only constant in life." We all deal with change and those who accept and embrace change lead the most peaceful lives. There is another aspect to change that todays mastery quote addresses. Enjoy!

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "A hero, the moment before coming one, was a reckless, irresponsible dreamer." In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier gives his take on heroes, and it's not something you might expect. Enjoy!

Not every Marine is a hero! During field training exercises at Parris Island, South Carolina, one drill instructor threw a pinecone among the recruits and yelled, "Grenade!" The trainees immediately turned away and hit the ground. "Just as I suspected," chided the DI. "Not a hero among you! Didn't anyone want to jump on that grenade to save the others?"

A little later the instructor threw another pinecone and yelled, "Grenade!" This time, all the recruits but one jumped on the "explosive."

"Why are you still standing there?" the DI demanded.

"Sir," the recruit replied, "someone had to live to tell about it."

Not everyone is a hero. But then, not every hero is instantly recognizable. For heroes do not always wear uniforms and perform mighty acts of valor.

Do you know a hero? I think perhaps you do. Heroes, you see, can be found in some of the most unexpected places! I knew a young mother who was slowly dying of cancer from a hospital bed, yet she put aside her pain long enough every day to smile and laugh with her children. And I watched her husband fill the roles of single parent and financial provider, and still spend every remaining moment sitting at his mate's bedside, valiantly encouraging and offering whatever hope he could muster.

I have known talented teachers who could have worked at far more lucrative professions, yet were determined to stay in a disadvantaged school in the hope that some of their kids might succeed.

I have known students who, against great obstacles at home, persevered in the hope of someday "making something" of themselves.

I have known people from all walks of life face their difficulties with optimism, determination and courage, daily overcoming the impossible. These are the heroes among us.

Many of the world's true heroes have never seen battle, cannot compete athletically and will never sing in a pop band. They have been too busy plodding away in less glorified arenas.

Do you know a hero? Perhaps one lives in your home. And quite likely, one looks back at you from the mirror. For it is in these everyday battles of the spirit that true wars are fought and won. And it is these "everyday" heroes who remind us that anything is possible, one day at a time.

©Steve Goodier







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Have you ever thought about who your heroes are? Some people may come instantly to mind but you just might be surprised who you may have left out. Read this inspirational article by motivational author, Steve Goodier, and discover who your heroes may be. Enjoy!

One of those strange newspaper stories told of a 19-year-old woman who had been charged in Los Angeles with two counts of trespassing, after sneaking into the home of actor Brad Pitt and trying on his clothes. I suppose we have different ways of adoring our heroes.

But who are our real heroes? I was given a little quiz recently. See how well you do:

Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

Name five Olympic gold medalists.

Name the last five winners of your national beauty contest.

Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

Name the last half-dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

 Name the last decade's national or world champions in your favorite sport.

These people, of course, are the best in their fields. But fame is fleeting and outstanding performance is too soon forgotten.

Now try another quiz:

List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
 
Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

If you found the second quiz easier, it may be because those people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the best degrees or pedigrees, nor are they the most honored or honorable. The people who make a difference are those who care. They may never have seen a battle; never scored a winning goal; never been featured in a magazine. But they have been busy helping you to be the best you can be.

Let's remember and thank our real heroes. And don't be surprised if someone thanks you.

©Steve Goodier







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When we are on the spiritual path, that is, we are living our life purpose doing what we are most passionate about in the name of making this a better world, we will, at times, feel isolated and even, alone. It is during these periods of time we must remain strong and true to our convictions and life mission. Here's Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau's take on taking the high road.

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Watch and listen as musicians and singers from around the world join in to perform Steve Wonder's iconic hit, Higher Ground, Playing for Change style. Lyrics under video.


Higher Ground


People keep on learnin'
Soldiers keep on warrin'
World keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long


Powers keep on lyin'
While your people keep on dyin'
World keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long


I'm so darn glad he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin'
Till I reach my highest ground


Teachers keep on teachin'
Preachers keep on preachin'
World keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long
Oh no


Lovers keep on lovin'
Believers keep on believin'
Sleepers just stop sleepin'
Cause it won't be too long
Oh no


I'm so glad that he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin'
Till I reach my highest ground...Whew!


Till I reach my highest ground
No one's gonna bring me down
Oh no
Till I reach my highest ground
Don't let nobody bring you down (they'll sho 'nuff try)
God is gonna show you higher ground
He's the only friend you have around


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When our eyes and hearts fully open and we begin to awaken - truly awaken - the world we experience becomes wider, and deeper. We begin to live in a state of love and perceive and do all things with love  - something every student learns in the Modern Day Mastery program. Consider today's spiritual wisdom by James Allen.

The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs.

~James Allen

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34 Dares to Make 2013 Your Best year Ever!
Here is a FREE holiday gift from Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, that we would love to have you share with everyone you know:-)

"34 Dares to Make 2014 Your Best Year Ever" is a beautiful PDF that has a link to a professionally recorded MP3. We hope you choose to send the PDF to all your Facebook and Twitter friends and followers and to everyone in your address books.

If you have a website or blog please feel free to upload our files and images and host your own give-away page giving your visitors a great 2014!

So, with the hope you "Dare" your friends and family to have a great 2014, click here or on the image to your left, with our blessings.

Happiest New Year from Modern Day Mastery :-)

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This viral inspirational video produced by the New York Rescue Mission effectively asks the question, have the homeless become invisible? Kleenex warning:-)


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Have you ever come across this powerful quotation from John Milton, “Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right?” Imagine this being written in the 1600's!

This is powerful because it ties the concept of self-esteem to doing what is “just and right”, which really means how to become a better person. Let’s dig a little deeper into how to build self-esteem.

You must have asked yourself the question and even searched something like, how to improve yourself, many times over the course of your life. We all have. The reason we do this is because it is our nature to discover ways to improve ourselves and become a better person. And when we are a better person, we build self-esteem. Make sense?

Here’s a little story.

Without getting into detail about an annual ritual of mine, I had my oldest grandson take a train to visit me a few years ago – his first such adventure at 10 years-old – a few days before Christmas. Upon disembarking, I told him about some secret “special errands” I do at this time of year and I asked him if he would help me. After explaining my little “Santa Clause” trip, which included buying some food for homeless people, he agreed to help and handed me the 20 dollar bill his mom sent up for his spending money as his contribution. But I told him to hang on to it and wait until we got to the grocery store.

We headed to the first stop, the Children’s Aid Society, where we met with a female director who explained to my grandboy how they helped children and families in need. I then had him give her the blue Nintendo DS I had purchased in advance, and she said she would give it to a special boy who had this exact thing on his Santa list for the past two years, and would otherwise not receive his Christmas wish again this year because the family could not afford it. That fine young gentleman of mine had his first taste of giving that day and need I say he got an extra shot of self-esteem!

It’s what happened next that was special though.

Our second stop was the grocery store where we loaded up two big shopping carts with turkeys, frozen vegetables, jellied cranberries, tomato juice and sweets – my yearly order from the Salvation Army for their Christmas Eve meal for homeless men. While getting our goodies rung up the cashier exclaimed, “you must be feeding an army!” I replied, "Well, yes we are as a matter of fact" and the three of us smiled although only two understood the humor. After being handed my change, my grandson realized he hadn’t given me his money to help pay for the groceries, again flashing his 20 dollar bill in front of me. I told him we’d deal with it later. Later came sooner as we passed, of all things, a bell-ringing Salvation Army officer on the way out of the store. He took his twenty dollar bill and proudly put it in the kettle!

His face was beaming and remained so throughout the last part of our journey as we lugged the load to a most grateful staff at the Salvation Army hostel. I can assure you of this; that experience went a long way to building self-esteem and a better person in a special little boy.

Self-esteem is not just for kids. Many of us seek it in our adult lives because we received so little as children from uninformed parents and teachers. The secret to having consistent, unfailing self-esteem is to focus on becoming a better person by helping others. You cannot not feel good about yourself when making others feel good! Just ask my grandson:-)

Assuming this makes sense to you I want to share something that someone shared with me and my partner, Julian Kalmar, on a conference call a few weeks ago:

"My whole perspective has changed... I've finally woken up... my life has incredibly more meaning... I wake up every morning and I feel excited... my life's got meaning, it's got depth, it's got passion, it's got excitement... it's so profound, it's amazing, it's like a miracle... it's affecting everyone around me, I can see it... there are times I am so excited... I can't even sleep!"

This person is a student in the Modern Day Mastery program and as you can clearly tell, she has certainly learned how to build self-esteem. More than that though, her life has been totally transformed!

If you’d like to up your game and take helping others to an entirely new level, I strongly suggest you watch a special video that Julian created just for you.

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My great wish for you is to become a better person and build your self-esteem!

Yours, in making a difference,

©Rick Beneteau

In today's ultra-fast-paced, supposedly communication-centric world, the real art of communication seems to be getting lost. Everyone's faces are fixed on their cell phone screens feverishly texting everyone they care about thumb-typing acronyms and abbreviations so their messages hardly resemble anything approaching the English language. This inspirational article by motivational author, Steve Goodier, might just serve to help to discover how to communicate better. Enjoy!

An expert on whales was telling friends about some of the unusual findings he had made. "For instance," he said, "some whales can communicate at a distance of 300 miles."

"What on earth would one whale say to another 300 miles away?" asked a sarcastic member of the group.

"I'm not absolutely sure," answered the expert, "but it sounds something like this: 'Heeeeeeey! Can you hear me nowwww!?!' "

Hearing well is only part of effective communication. But another, and often more important part, is frequently overlooked. It does not concern the ears, however, but the eyes.

According to Leil Lowndes (TALKING THE WINNER'S WAY, Contemporary Books) Boston researchers asked opposite-sex individuals to have a two-minute casual conversation. They tricked half their subjects into maintaining intense eye contact by directing them to count the number of times their partner blinked. They gave the other half of the subjects no special eye-contact directions for the chat.

When questioned afterward, the unsuspecting blinkers reported significantly higher feelings of respect and fondness for their colleagues who, unbeknownst to them, had simply been counting their blinks. One might conclude that, for respect and fondness, count blinks! But the larger message is: good eye contact will dramatically improve your relationships.

Ears are not the only organs essential for great listening. Whether you're talking to a spouse, a colleague, a neighbor, a child or a stranger, eye contact is essential. When eyes are focused away from distractions and onto the speaker, the message you communicate most clearly is, "I value you."

Listen with your eyes as well as your ears and you may notice an immediate improvement in your relationships!

©Steve Goodier







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We're reaching out to you about something that we think might be valuable for you and your family. It is a live virtual event we are sponsoring called 'Living in Oneness - The Five Pillars for Success.' We think you'll see why we're sponsoring after you read a little further. The program that has been put together is very powerful and is complimentary.

It was created to provide tools for living in Oneness: in our own life, in our significant other relationships, in our parenting with our families, in the workplace, and in the community when we step out as leaders. It runs the entire month of June on each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12-1 PDT.

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Presented by Humanity's Team, the program features renowned leaders such as: Ken Wilber, Ervin Laszlo, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch, don Miguel Ruiz, Joan Borysenko, Panache Desai, James Twyman, Arielle Ford, Swami Beyondananda for fun and many others.
Most people we know are looking for tools to really live in Oneness. There is a sense that our lives can be fuller, our relationships can be more, our parenting can be more on target, our workplaces can be more conscious and more alive, and our leadership can be based more on authenticity and heart-based action. These are things our speakers will discuss during the summit drawing on their own personal experiences.

The goal of the 'Living in Oneness' summit is to provide practical on-the-ground ways to live in Oneness in the different parts of our life so we move beyond abstract notions and intellectual constructions. Our members have been asking for these tools and we see the need for these tools in our own homes.

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Those who register for the 'Living in Oneness' summit will be able to participate in the entire program during the month of June for free and MP3 links will be available for 48 hours following the live programs.

The program starts on Tuesday, June 4th with Neale Donald Walsch. Ken Wilber is up the next day on Wednesday, June 5th and Barbara Marx Hubbard is up the following day on Thursday, June 6th. Best of all, this is just the beginning. Wait until you see the rest of the schedule!

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It's been said that laughter is the best medicine and we couldn't agree more. Humor has gotten more people through more crisis' than just about anything else. But even if it's just a smile you're looking for we invite you to check out this blog's humor category often as we intend to fill it with good, clean and even thought provoking humor.  On a more serious note, it is interesting that the world seems to be waking up from it's 'insomnia' to the realization that we all need to be good stewards of this planet. That the human species has invested too many years "taking" - destroying the miracles of nature,  degrading our precious environment and fighting our own brothers and sisters for the sake of possessing more, and frankly, our life changing spiritual program is all about restoring Earth to it's former glory. Now is the time to "give," to spiritually awaken, to repair and reverse the damage to Mother Earth and all it's inhabitants. For our sakes. For our children's sakes. With this in mind, smile but also think about today's humor quotation in a larger context:

Can a person with insomnia be charged with resisting a rest?

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Can you imagine what the world would be like if people with great imaginations never lived? What would life be like if Albert Einstein or Henry Ford or Thomas Edison had never acted on their vivid imaginations? What would the world look like without having had people like Jesus or Buddha or Gandhi teach us to believe in the power of Love? Our potential for making this world a better place is boundless, something we teach in Modern Day Mastery, and co-founder, Rick Beneteau, shares his belief about Love and Imagination in today's quotation of mastery?

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Nelson Mandela's life is a testament to his quote below. Can you even imagine how impossible bringing down Apartheid in South Africa must have seemed to a man in prison? When one has a mission in life important enough the word impossible doesn't exist. The things that stop most people from accomplishing their goals - things like fear and ridicule and lack of motivation - are not part of the belief system of anyone who has achieved great things!  We are all capable of achieving great things and making a great difference in the world. What separates those who will change the world from those who will live unremarkable lives, is simply a belief in what IS possible. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Nelson Mandela:

It always seems impossible...until it's done.

~Nelson Mandela

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Indira Gandhi was the second longest serving Prime Minister of India. She was the only child of Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, serving as the Chief of Staff in her father's administration gaining political influence in that position. Elected Congress President in 1959, she was offered the premiership but refused instead choosing to become a cabinet minister in the government eventually agreeing to become Prime Minister in succession to Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966. Known for centralizing governmental power and increasing India's political power in Asia, she was named as the greatest Indian Prime Minister by India Today and also named "Woman of the Millennium" by the BBC. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Indira Gandhi:

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

~Indira Ghandi

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Do you sometimes feel overhwhelmed by this too-much-information world? It can't be emphasized enough how the virtues of patience and gratitude come into play in order to find true inner peace. After you read the below story by Steve Goodier head over to see what iconic peace ambassador Peace Pilgrim wrote about getting still and  discovering inner peace.

You might remember comedian Yakov Smirnoff. When he first came to the United States from Russia, he was not prepared for the incredible variety of instant products available in American grocery stores. He says, "On my first shopping trip, I saw powdered milk - you just add water and you get milk. Then I saw powdered orange juice - you just add water and you get orange juice. And then I saw baby powder, and I thought to myself, "What a country!"

We live in a fast-paced world. We drive fast cars. We eat fast food. We live in the fast lane. We want it now.

One old story tells of a judge who was in a benevolent mood as he questioned the prisoner. "What are you charged with?" he asked.

"Doing my Christmas shopping early," replied the defendant."

"That's no offense," said the judge. "How early were you doing this shopping?"

"Before the store opened," countered the prisoner.

Few of us will go to those extremes to satisfy our desire to "get it now," but we know what we want and we wish we could have it yesterday. We don't like to wait.

Though there is certainly a place for decisiveness and action, there is also a place for patience. Have you learned when to wait?

Wait for the sunrise...there will be another day.

Wait for guidance...learn to be still.

Wait for wisdom...it will come with experience.

Wait for growth...it happens in the fullness of time.

Wait and be contented...it is a secret to inner peace.

There is a time to act, but there is also a time to wait. Learn how to tell what time it is, for great things can happen for those who learn to wait. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it well: "Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."

©Steve Goodier

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During 2008 and 2009, 10 Million Clicks For Peace offered their free Inner Peace Program to it's members. This successful teleconference program offered a variety of methods you can use to achieve greater personal peace, reduce stress, and generally improve how you interact with the world. Many of the programs include a powerful peace meditation while others had a guest present an inspirational message to the listeners. In the event a guided meditation is featured please do not be doing such things as driving a car or operating machinery as a full eyes closed process is required.


Below is the audio from the March 25, 2008 Inner Peace program with spiritual teacher, Ahna Cleveland.




 


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Every teacher, every school administrator, every school board member and every parent should take note of how this inspirational educator in Japan impacts his children!


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As we enter into the heart of holiday season, the importance of family is on our minds. December's feature film is a wonderful example of the lasting bond between family members.

From writer/director John Ward (who also wrote and directed Circle favorite I AM) comes Heart of the Country, a timeless tale of healing, love and eventual redemption. With her husband jailed for Wall Street fraud, Faith (country music star Jana Kramer) must leave behind her luxurious New York life and return home to North Carolina and to the widower father (the incomparable Gerald McRaney) and dutiful older sister she left behind. Reunited, they work through buried emotions and learn to be a family again. This touching family film reminds us that a broken heart is sometimes best mended by the one who loved us first.



This month's selections are rounded out with an exclusive — and smile-inducing — interview with comedian Yakov Smirnoff. According to Smirnoff, laughter is more than just a human response; it's a gauge of a happy relationship. In his interview with host Lisa Garr, he shares his story, his anecdotes, and his mission for spreading the gift of glee.

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The right inspirational quote can change your day. Instead of watching the negative news or a violent television movie or reading a murder mystery, go online to the various quotation sites and soak in the inspiration of the countless pearls of wisdom you will find.

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We're not sure if this inspirational story is true or not, however, it certainly demonstrates the quick wit and intelligence - never mind, wisdom - that was this most famous man of peace.

When Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, there was a professor, whose last name was Peters, who felt animosity for Gandhi, and because Gandhi never lowered his head towards him, their "arguments" were very common.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor, in his arrogance, said, "Mr Gandhi: you do not understand... a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat ", to which Gandhi replies, "You do not worry professor, I'll fly away ", and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, green with rage, decides to take revenge on the next test, but Gandhi responds brilliantly to all questions. Then, Mr. Peters asked him the following question, "Mr Gandhi, if you are walking down the street and find a package, and within it there is a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money; which one will you take?"

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, "the one with the money, of course".

Mr. Peters, smiling, said, "I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don't you think?"

"Each one takes what one doesn't have", responded Gandhi indifferently.

Mr. Peters, already hysterical, later writes on Gandhi's exam sheet the word "idiot" and gives it to Gandhi. Gandhi takes the exam sheet and sits down. A few minutes later, Gandhi goes to the professor and says, "Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade."

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Each September 21, the world celebrates Peace Day. This year's theme is Education for Peace and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered this statement: "On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."

In celebration of the International Day of Peace we share this inspirational video created by 10 Million Clicks For Peace co-founder, Rick Beneteau, and supporter, Paul Sutherland.


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Watch in amazement as animal communicator, Anna Breytenbach, who has dedicated her life to what she calls "interspecies communication", transforms a deadly snarling leopard into a relaxed content cat. Otherwise known as the amazing story of how leopard Diabolo became Spirit.


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In a world that is slowly awakening, we are being guided more than ever to trust our instinct or more accurately, to trust our intuition. How many times in your life have you decided not to do something your heart felt was the right choice but logic, or your head, stopped you? You might have regretted making such choices. Many of us need to learn how to trust our 'gut' and allow intuition to guide our lives. Today we add to the subject of teaching children life skills a lesson, in the form of a motivational children's song, called Listen to Your Heart, written by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, and Larry Thompson in 1991. Please play this inspirational kids song for your children or grandchildren and sing along with the lyrics below!





Listen to Your Heart


Every morning you start your day
By listening to things other people say
"Eat your breakfast, brush your teeth,
Bundle up warm, wear a scarf underneath
Hurry up, hurry up, you'll be late for school
Cross the road carefully" They're all good rules


But there's one good rule you must not forget
Listen to your heart it's the best rule yet
Listen in the day, listen in the night
When you listen to your heart, your heart is always right


Listen up good when the teacher says
Tomorrow is the day of your final history test
So study hard, study hard, study tonight
You might say "yuk" but your heart will know it's right
Your heart knows what's right


So open your books when you get home from school
Listen to your heart it's the very best rule
Listen in the day, listen in the night
When you listen to your heart, your heart is always right


And every night before you go to bed
Listen to your heart as it's talkin' to your head
Listen real close, listen very carefully
Cuz your heart will help you be the best that you can be


Listen, listen to your heart
It knows you best, it knows who you are
Listen in the day, listen in the night
When you listen your heart is always right
Listen, listen to your heart
It knows you best, it knows who you are
Listen in the day, listen in the night
When you listen to your heart, your heart is always right
When you listen your heart is always right


© 1991 Rick Beneteau/Larry Thompson
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Enjoy today’s inspirational quote... a little Irish wisdom:

Silence is the fence around the haggard where wisdom is stacked. 

~Irish wisdom

"Well, you look about the kind of angel I'd get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren't you? What happened to your wings?"

Who can forget that famous movie line from the downtrodden George in the perrenial Christmas favorite, It's a Wonderful Life?

Directed by Frank Capra (nickname Capra-corn, for the Hollywood fluff he was criticized as creating) in 1946 and starring the convincingly vulnerable Jimmy Stewart, many feel this classic is the most inspirational movie ever made. And with good reason.

It's a Wonderful Life posterRife with the core values of life - compassion, selflessness and self-worth - and hinged upon an angel earning his wings by showing the film's protaganist, George Bailey (Stewart), the error of his ways, this beautifully shot classic earnestly aims for no other place than the heart.

Starting at the opening scenes of his pending suicide at a bridge, the film flashes back through George's life from saving the life of his brother who had fallen through a hole in the ice after a sledding incident costing him the hearing in one ear, through his intervening to prevent a shopkeeper from innocently poisoning a child, and, then his refusal to sell his father's unprofitable savings and loan company to Bedford Fall's dominant financeer, Henry Potter (Lionel Barrymore). We quickly learn George wants to help everybody, and does, and his principle-driven life and altruism dictates, at least is his own mind, that he is fated to never become successful.

Temporarily in charge of the family business until his brother, Harry (Todd Karns), returns home after being away for a number of years, George learns Harry will not be assuming leadership of the family business. Desperately wanting to leave his hometown and therefore his dismal future behind, George finally settles into a conventional life falling in love with, and marrying Mary (Donna Reed), an attractive yet unremarkable woman from town. More of the kindness and compassion of Bailey shines through as he eeks out a meagre living over the years supporting a loving home and the couple's four children.

Potter despises George for his selflessness and is hell bent on driving him out of business. An error on the books made by George's Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell), leaves the S & L on the brink of collapse and we witness a huge swallowing of pride as George begs Henry for a temporary loan. Scoffed at and booted out of Potter's office, we watch George uncharacteristically lash out at his family and head out in a blizzard back to the bridge only to meet up again with his angel.

Clarence then shows our hero what life-would-have-been-like-without-George. Among other things, Harry would have died as a child and never been a war hero. Bedford Falls would have been renamed Pottersville. Mary would have remained a spinster librarian, unhappy at best. At this heart-opening moment, George races home, revitalized, to find the townpeople he had helped so much over his lifetime had come together to now help him, pooling the money to take care of the debt.

We all have our angels (inner voices) and we'd all be a lot happier if we just listened to them as George eventually did.

No greater inspirational family film will ever be made. Gather the family and watch It's a Wonderful Life, simply, because it's wonderful!

Inspirational movie review by Rick Beneteau

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The following motivational story about Itzhak Perlman by inspirational author, Steve Goodier,  inspires us to 'make music' with whatever we have left. Enjoy!

On Nov. 18, 1995, violinist Itzhak Perlman, performed a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Stricken with polio as a child, Perlman painfully walked with the aid of two crutches to a chair in the middle of the stage. He carefully laid the crutches on the floor, loosened the clasps of his leg braces, extended one leg forward and the other underneath his chair, picked up his instrument and nodded to the conductor to begin.

But something went wrong. After only seconds of playing, one of the strings on his violin broke. The snap was a gunfire reverberating in the auditorium. The audience immediately knew what happened and fully expected the concert to be suspended until another string or even another instrument could be found.

But Perlman surprised them. He quietly composed himself, closed his eyes and then signaled the conductor to begin again. The orchestra resumed where they had left off and Perlman played -- on three strings. He played with passion and power. All the time he worked out new fingering in his mind to compensate for the missing string. A work that few people could play well on four strings Perlman accomplished on three.

When he finished, an awesome silence hung in the room. And then as one, the crowd rose to their feet and cheered wildly. Applause burst forth from every corner of the auditorium as fans showed deep appreciation for his talent and his courage.

Perlman smiled and wiped the sweat from this brow. Then he raised his bow to quiet the crowd and said, not boastfully, but in a quiet, pensive, reverent tone, "You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left."

Perlman should know. Polio left him with less stamina than he had before, yet he went on. Playing a concert on three strings is not unlike his philosophy of life -- he persevered with what he had left and still made music.

And isn't that true with us? Our task is to find out how much music we can still make with what we have left. How much good we can still do. How much joy we can still share. For I'm convinced that the world, more than ever, needs the music only you and I can make.

And if it takes extra courage to make the music, many will applaud your effort. For some people have lost more than others, and these brave souls inspire the rest of us to greater heights.

So I want to ask, "How much music can you make with what you have left?"

©Steve Goodier







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James A. Michener was a prolific author of over 40 books including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner in 1948 for Tales of the South Pacific. Known for meticulous research, other famous book titles include Hawaii, The Drifters, Centennial, The Source, The Fires of Spring, Chesapeake, Caribbean, Caravans, Alaska, Texas, and Poland. After earning his master's degree from Colorado State Teachers College he traveled and studied in Europe for two years before returning to become a high school English teacher. He was called to active duty during World War II in the United States Navy and served as a naval historian in the South Pacific. This experience served as the inspiration for his award winning book, Tales of the South Pacific. The Library at The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Coloradois named The James Michener Library in his honour and in 2008, the United States Postal Service honored him with a 59¢ Distinguished Americans series postage stamp.  Enjoy today's success quotation by James A. Michener

~James A. Michener

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James Allen, English author of As a Man Thinketh, was a pioneer in personal development and one of the most influential philosophers of self-help. Forced to find work at age fifteen after his father was murdered in New York after trying to find work in America, Allen worked as a private secretary and stationer in several British manufacturing firms. In this industry he found his platform for sharing his spiritual and social interests. He published his first book of many books, From Poverty to Power and began to publish his own spiritual magazine, The Light of Reason, later retitled The Epoch. As a Man Thinketh was his third and most famous book which was influenced by the biblical quote, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." He went on to write many more books and after his death in 1912, his wife was quoted as saying,"He never wrote theories, or for the sake of writing; but he wrote when he had a message, and it became a message only when he had lived it out in his own life, and knew that it was good. Thus he wrote facts, which he had proven by practice." Enjoy today's success quotation by James Allen:

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts inevitably bring about right results.

~James Allen

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Known best for his New York Times #1 best-seller, The Celestine Prophecy (sold over 20 million copies having been translated into 34 languages spending 3 years on the NY Times Best Seller list), James Redfield studied the Eastern philosophies of Taoism and Zen as a young man before earning a Master's degree in counseling spending more than 15 years as a therapist to abused adolescents. In his subsequent non-fiction book, The Celestine Vision: Living the New Spiritual Awareness, he wrote about the "emerging spirituality". In 2002, Redfield collaborated with author Michael Murphy and filmmaker Sylvia Timbers on the novel, God and the Evolving Universe, which was made into the film, The Celestine Prophecy, with Redfield acting as the co-writer of the screenplay. James and his wife, Salle, founded the Global Prayer Project and his newest book, The Twelfth Insight: The Hour of Decision, was published in 2011. Enjoy today's spiritual quotation by James Redfield:

When a person gets clarity about why they're here on the planet...that's when the synchronicity takes off.

~James Redfield

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Jasmuheen:

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.

~Jasmuheen


"And I just curdled with jealousy that year, until I hatched my devious plan."

From the Ted.com website: What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” -- that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.

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Regarded as one of the most luminary visionaries of our time, Jean Houston has authored 26 books including Jump Time, A Passion for the Possible, Search for the Beloved, Life Force, The Possible Human, Public Like a Frog, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story, and Manual of the Peacemaker. Blending history, culture, new science, spirituality and human development into her teachings, she is noted for her inspiring and humorous keynote speeches. She served in an advisory capacity to President and Mrs. Clinton, assisting Mrs. Clinton in her writing of the book, It Takes A Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, and, earlier on, worked with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt developing strategies to introduce international awareness and United Nations work to young people. As one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement, Dr. Houston has passionately worked in over 100 countries the past 45 years on programs to bring cultural and social development. Most notable is her work with the United Nations Development Program instituing a community-leadership training program that she developed. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, a Ph.D. in psychology from the Union Graduate School and a Ph.D. in religion from the Graduate Theological Foundation as well as many honorary doctorate degrees. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Jean Houston:

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.

~Jean Houston

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Many people consider Jim Rohn to be the top motivational speaker of all time. His four questions, Why? Why not? Why not you? and Why not now?, became the foundation of his 37-year career speaking to 5,000 audiences and 3 million people worldwide. He authored 17 different books and audio and video programs covering topics such as sales and entrepreneurial skills, leadership, sales and marketing, success and personal development. In 2002, Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, had the honor of interviewing Jim, and that special interview was included in his top-selling, ground breaking eBook package, Success: A Spiritual Matter. This legendary business leader passed in December of 2009 and his work will live on in the hearts and minds of millions of entrepreneurs. Enjoy today's success quotation by Jim Rohn:

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

~Jim Rohn

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "A smile from the soul  will light up the world!". In this inspirational story, motivational author Steve Goodier suggests we can make ourselves smile and light up our own world. Enjoy!

A humorous story has it that many generations ago, a soldier was sentenced to be flogged. As if something hilarious were about to happen, he chuckled as they led him away and laughed uproariously throughout the whipping.

When the painful punishment finally ended, the officer in charge demanded, "What's so funny about a flogging? I don't think it's a joke."

"Why, the joke's on you," smiled the soldier. "I'm the wrong man!"

Of course, no one would really laugh through a flogging, even if one were to see a humorous side to the situation. But isn't it true that there just might be a funny side to almost anything you and I are experiencing? Do you look for that funny side?

Comedian Jimmy Durante was known for his prominent nose. He once said, "It dawned on me that as long as I could laugh, I was safe from the world; and I have learned since that laughter keeps me safe from myself, too. All of us have schnozzles that are ridiculous in one way or another; if not in our faces, then in our characters, minds or habits. When we admit our schnozzles, instead of defending them, we begin to laugh and the world laughs with us."

Sounds like a secret to happiness!

©Steve Goodier







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Today's inspirational quote by John C. Maxwell simply reminds us that we live only once and to invest the time we have in a way that makes a difference:

The truth is that you can spend your life any way you want...but you can spend it only once. 

~John C. Maxwell


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John Harricharan is a dear friend of Modern Day Mastery and a revered spiritual teacher to tens of thousands of people seeking spiritual guidance worldwide. Author of the best-seller, When You Can Walk on Water Take the Boat, this intuitive expert authored the powerful E-book, The Power Pause, and has shared the stage with people like spiritual icon, Deepak Chopra, bestselling author of On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Og Mandino, Gerald Jampolsky, Foster Hibbard, Eric Butterworth and former U.S. Surgean General, C. Everet Koop.

Yes, the world does speak to us in thunder tones of truth. Listen and learn and life becomes more peaceful and joyous. Listen and learn and life becomes more peaceful and joyous.

~John Harricharan

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American journalist John Homer Miller, a former government official, is a senior correspondent for CBS News reporting for "CBS This Morning"and "60 Minutes." He is best known when as an ABC News reporter, he interviewed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1998. His journalistic awards include two Peabody Awards, a DuPont-Columbia Award, and nine Emmy Awards.

Circumstances and situations do color life but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be.

~John Homer Miller

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John Maxwell is an evangelical New York Times Best Seller Christian author of more than 60 books including The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. He received his Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary serving as a pastor in Indiana, Ohio, California, and Florida including preaching at the famous Crystal Cathedral, the church of Maxwell's mentor, Robert H. Schuller. He also founded INJOY, Maximum Impact, ISS and EQUIP, an international leadership development organization involving leaders from more than 80 countries. Maxwell speaks regularly to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders and organizations such as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by John Maxwell:

Those who add to us, draw us to them. Those who subtract, cause us to withdraw.

~John Maxwell


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As we enter into the heart of holiday season, the importance of family is on our minds. December's feature film is a wonderful example of the lasting bond between family members.

From writer/director John Ward (who also wrote and directed Circle favorite I AM) comes Heart of the Country, a timeless tale of healing, love and eventual redemption. With her husband jailed for Wall Street fraud, Faith (country music star Jana Kramer) must leave behind her luxurious New York life and return home to North Carolina and to the widower father (the incomparable Gerald McRaney) and dutiful older sister she left behind. Reunited, they work through buried emotions and learn to be a family again. This touching family film reminds us that a broken heart is sometimes best mended by the one who loved us first.



This month's selections are rounded out with an exclusive — and smile-inducing — interview with comedian Yakov Smirnoff. According to Smirnoff, laughter is more than just a human response; it's a gauge of a happy relationship. In his interview with host Lisa Garr, he shares his story, his anecdotes, and his mission for spreading the gift of glee.

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From the YouTube.com site: On Saturday, 7 December 2013, Woolworths had planned a performance at our Parkview store in Pretoria to support our Operation Smile Christmas campaign. The Soweto Gospel Choir's planned a rendition of James Brown's I Feel Good. But, after Madiba's (Nelson Mandela) passing the choir decided on a tribute instead. They chose Johnny Clegg's Asimbonanga.


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Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A founding member of Cambridge Zen Center, his studies with Buddhist teachers and practice of yoga coupled with his knowledge of western science led to a stress reduction technique to help people cope with anxiety, pain and illness called mindfulness meditation. He has authored Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Jon Kabat Zinn:

Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice.

~Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Best known for his inspirational quote, follow your bliss, Joseph Campbell was an American author and lecturer who, as a child, was fascinated with Native American culture, especially Native American mythology. After graduating from Dartmouth College where he studied biology and mathematics, and, Columbia University where medieval literature was his focus, Campbell traveled to Europe with his family where he met spiritual teacher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, on the return voyage. A lifelong student of mythology, he became friends with John Steinbeck and was heavily influenced by anthropologist Leo Frobenius and his disciple, Adolf Ellegard Jensen, as well as the psychological work of Abraham Maslow and Stanislav Grof. In 1956, after returning from a trip to India, he began writing his magnum opus, The Masks of God, which explored the myths of the world's cultures over thousands of years. Prior to his death in 1983, Campbell completed filming the series of interviews with Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth. Enjoy today's spiritual quotation from Joseph Campbell:

If you really want to help this world, what you will have to do is teach how to live in it.

~Joseph Campbell

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The dictionary definition of journey is: passage or progress from one stage to another: ie, the journey to success. Life is a journey as we progress through various stages and evolve over time. We are all on different paths, paths that we design, paths that we veer off of to blaze new trails, and the only way to make the most of our lives is to discover how to find joy in our journey. How do we do that? When one discovers their REAL passions and then, their REAL life purpose, and begin down a path of putting that purpose to work in the world, to serve their fellow man, it brings joy to your life - true, unbridled joy and lasting fulfillment. If you asked any of the world-changing people you admire what brings most joy to their lives each would tell you that it is their Life Mission to make a difference in the world. In the program, Modern Day Mastery, we take students on a life-changing journey to not only discovering their real passions and their life purpose but defining and executing their Life Mission.  Think about today's graphic quotation of mastery and ask yourself, What road do I want to build?

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Joy

Enjoy today's spiritual quote by Marianne Williamson:

Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.

~Marianne Williamson



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Former wife of one of the most famous movie directors, Martin Scorsese, Julia Cameron is probably best known for her book, The Artist's Way. Born in 1948, she has written non-fiction works, short stories, and essays, as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays. She also taught filmmaking, creative unblocking, and writing at The Smithsonian, Esalen, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, the New York Open Center and was writer in residence for film at Northwestern University. Her website offers a video course based on The Artist's Way. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Julia Cameron:

The creative process is a process of surrender...not control.

~Julia Cameron


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Lebanese artist, author and poet, Khalil Gibran, often spelled Kahlil Gibran, is said to be the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. Born in 1883 into a Maronite Catholic family in northern Lebanon, his family emigrated to the United States after his father was imprisoned for embezzlement. Khalil received spotty formal education but was visited by priests who taught him about the Bible, as well as the Arabic and Syriac languages. His first book, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1918, was The Madman, and his 1923 book, The Prophet, gained popularity during the 1930's and enjoyed a resurgence during the 1960's counterculture. He was active in the New York Pen League, also known as the "immigrant poets" alongside important Lebanese-American authors such as Ameen Rihani, Elia Abu Madi and Mikhail Naimy. After his passing in 1931, memorials were erected in Washington D.C. and Boston MS, and The Gibran Museum in Bsharri, Lebanon is Gibran's final resting place. Today, Khalil Gibran quotes enjoy massive popularity on the Internet. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Khalil Gibran:

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

~Khalil Gibran

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"...raise your hand if you've experienced relatively little stress. Anyone?"

From the Ted.com website: Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

The Ted.com transcript of Kelly McGonigal's Ted Talk appears below the video.



I have a confession to make, but first, I want you to make a little confession to me. In the past year, I want you to just raise your hand if you've experienced relatively little stress. Anyone?

How about a moderate amount of stress?

Who has experienced a lot of stress? Yeah. Me too.

But that is not my confession. My confession is this: I am a health psychologist, and my mission is to help people be happier and healthier. But I fear that something I've been teaching for the last 10 years is doing more harm than good, and it has to do with stress. For years I've been telling people, stress makes you sick. It increases the risk of everything from the common cold to cardiovascular disease. Basically, I've turned stress into the enemy. But I have changed my mind about stress, and today, I want to change yours.

Let me start with the study that made me rethink my whole approach to stress. This study tracked 30,000 adults in the United States for eight years, and they started by asking people, "How much stress have you experienced in the last year?" They also asked, "Do you believe that stress is harmful for your health?" And then they used public death records to find out who died.

Okay. Some bad news first. People who experienced a lot of stress in the previous year had a 43 percent increased risk of dying. But that was only true for the people who also believed that stress is harmful for your health. (Laughter) People who experienced a lot of stress but did not view stress as harmful were no more likely to die. In fact, they had the lowest risk of dying of anyone in the study, including people who had relatively little stress.

Now the researchers estimated that over the eight years they were tracking deaths, 182,000 Americans died prematurely, not from stress, but from the belief that stress is bad for you. (Laughter) That is over 20,000 deaths a year. Now, if that estimate is correct, that would make believing stress is bad for you the 15th largest cause of death in the United States last year, killing more people than skin cancer, HIV/AIDS and homicide.

You can see why this study freaked me out. Here I've been spending so much energy telling people stress is bad for your health.

So this study got me wondering: Can changing how you think about stress make you healthier? And here the science says yes. When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body's response to stress.

Now to explain how this works, I want you all to pretend that you are participants in a study designed to stress you out. It's called the social stress test. You come into the laboratory, and you're told you have to give a five-minute impromptu speech on your personal weaknesses to a panel of expert evaluators sitting right in front of you, and to make sure you feel the pressure, there are bright lights and a camera in your face, kind of like this. And the evaluators have been trained to give you discouraging, non-verbal feedback like this.

Now that you're sufficiently demoralized, time for part two: a math test. And unbeknownst to you, the experimenter has been trained to harass you during it. Now we're going to all do this together. It's going to be fun. For me.

Okay. I want you all to count backwards from 996 in increments of seven. You're going to do this out loud as fast as you can, starting with 996. Go! Audience: (Counting) Go faster. Faster please. You're going too slow. Stop. Stop, stop, stop. That guy made a mistake. We are going to have to start all over again. (Laughter) You're not very good at this, are you? Okay, so you get the idea. Now, if you were actually in this study, you'd probably be a little stressed out. Your heart might be pounding, you might be breathing faster, maybe breaking out into a sweat. And normally, we interpret these physical changes as anxiety or signs that we aren't coping very well with the pressure.

But what if you viewed them instead as signs that your body was energized, was preparing you to meet this challenge? Now that is exactly what participants were told in a study conducted at Harvard University. Before they went through the social stress test, they were taught to rethink their stress response as helpful. That pounding heart is preparing you for action. If you're breathing faster, it's no problem. It's getting more oxygen to your brain. And participants who learned to view the stress response as helpful for their performance, well, they were less stressed out, less anxious, more confident, but the most fascinating finding to me was how their physical stress response changed. Now, in a typical stress response, your heart rate goes up, and your blood vessels constrict like this. And this is one of the reasons that chronic stress is sometimes associated with cardiovascular disease. It's not really healthy to be in this state all the time. But in the study, when participants viewed their stress response as helpful, their blood vessels stayed relaxed like this. Their heart was still pounding, but this is a much healthier cardiovascular profile. It actually looks a lot like what happens in moments of joy and courage. Over a lifetime of stressful experiences, this one biological change could be the difference between a stress-induced heart attack at age 50 and living well into your 90s. And this is really what the new science of stress reveals, that how you think about stress matters.

So my goal as a health psychologist has changed. I no longer want to get rid of your stress. I want to make you better at stress. And we just did a little intervention. If you raised your hand and said you'd had a lot of stress in the last year, we could have saved your life, because hopefully the next time your heart is pounding from stress, you're going to remember this talk and you're going to think to yourself, this is my body helping me rise to this challenge. And when you view stress in that way, your body believes you, and your stress response becomes healthier.

Now I said I have over a decade of demonizing stress to redeem myself from, so we are going to do one more intervention. I want to tell you about one of the most under-appreciated aspects of the stress response, and the idea is this: Stress makes you social.

To understand this side of stress, we need to talk about a hormone, oxytocin, and I know oxytocin has already gotten as much hype as a hormone can get. It even has its own cute nickname, the cuddle hormone, because it's released when you hug someone. But this is a very small part of what oxytocin is involved in. Oxytocin is a neuro-hormone. It fine-tunes your brain's social instincts. It primes you to do things that strengthen close relationships. Oxytocin makes you crave physical contact with your friends and family. It enhances your empathy. It even makes you more willing to help and support the people you care about. Some people have even suggested we should snort oxytocin to become more compassionate and caring. But here's what most people don't understand about oxytocin. It's a stress hormone. Your pituitary gland pumps this stuff out as part of the stress response. It's as much a part of your stress response as the adrenaline that makes your heart pound. And when oxytocin is released in the stress response, it is motivating you to seek support. Your biological stress response is nudging you to tell someone how you feel instead of bottling it up. Your stress response wants to make sure you notice when someone else in your life is struggling so that you can support each other. When life is difficult, your stress response wants you to be surrounded by people who care about you.

Okay, so how is knowing this side of stress going to make you healthier? Well, oxytocin doesn't only act on your brain. It also acts on your body, and one of its main roles in your body is to protect your cardiovascular system from the effects of stress. It's a natural anti-inflammatory. It also helps your blood vessels stay relaxed during stress. But my favorite effect on the body is actually on the heart. Your heart has receptors for this hormone, and oxytocin helps heart cells regenerate and heal from any stress-induced damage. This stress hormone strengthens your heart, and the cool thing is that all of these physical benefits of oxytocin are enhanced by social contact and social support, so when you reach out to others under stress, either to seek support or to help someone else, you release more of this hormone, your stress response becomes healthier, and you actually recover faster from stress. I find this amazing, that your stress response has a built-in mechanism for stress resilience, and that mechanism is human connection.

I want to finish by telling you about one more study. And listen up, because this study could also save a life. This study tracked about 1,000 adults in the United States, and they ranged in age from 34 to 93, and they started the study by asking, "How much stress have you experienced in the last year?" They also asked, "How much time have you spent helping out friends, neighbors, people in your community?" And then they used public records for the next five years to find out who died.

Okay, so the bad news first: For every major stressful life experience, like financial difficulties or family crisis, that increased the risk of dying by 30 percent. But -- and I hope you are expecting a but by now -- but that wasn't true for everyone. People who spent time caring for others showed absolutely no stress-related increase in dying. Zero. Caring created resilience. And so we see once again that the harmful effects of stress on your health are not inevitable. How you think and how you act can transform your experience of stress. When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience. Now I wouldn't necessarily ask for more stressful experiences in my life, but this science has given me a whole new appreciation for stress. Stress gives us access to our hearts. The compassionate heart that finds joy and meaning in connecting with others, and yes, your pounding physical heart, working so hard to give you strength and energy, and when you choose to view stress in this way, you're not just getting better at stress, you're actually making a pretty profound statement. You're saying that you can trust yourself to handle life's challenges, and you're remembering that you don't have to face them alone.

Thank you.

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Adopted as an infant through Catholic Charities of Alexandria, make-up guru Kevyn Aucoin realized he was gay at a very early age. He would practise applying make up on his sister photographing the results with a Polaroid camera — a habit he maintained throughout his career. Teased in grade school, after bullying incidents in high school, he dropped out to attend beauty school as a student but ended up teaching the class. He eventually moved to New York where he was discovered by Vogue, shooting nine covers in a row as well as seven Cosmopolitan covers. At 31, Revlon hired Kevyn Aucoin as Creative Director for their Ultima II line of cosmetics. He became one of the best-paid celebrity make-up artists in history responsible for Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscar night make-up and was Oprah Winfrey and Cindy Crawford's favorite make-up artist. A firm believer that beauty comes from within, he launched his own makeup brand, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, in 2001. The next year Kevyn Aucoin passed from complications stemming from a metabolic disorder. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Kevin Aucoin:

Today I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul.

~Kevyn Aucoin

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Lebanese artist, author and poet, Khalil Gibran, often spelled Kahlil Gibran, is said to be the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. Born in 1883 into a Maronite Catholic family in northern Lebanon, his family emigrated to the United States after his father was imprisoned for embezzlement. Khalil received spotty formal education but was visited by priests who taught him about the Bible, as well as the Arabic and Syriac languages. His first book, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1918, was The Madman, and his 1923 book, The Prophet, gained popularity during the 1930's and enjoyed a resurgence during the 1960's counterculture. He was active in the New York Pen League, also known as the "immigrant poets" alongside important Lebanese-American authors such as Ameen Rihani, Elia Abu Madi and Mikhail Naimy. After his passing in 1931, memorials were erected in Washington D.C. and Boston MS, and The Gibran Museum in Bsharri, Lebanon is Gibran's final resting place. Today, Khalil Gibran quotes enjoy massive popularity on the Internet. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Khalil Gibran:

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

~Khalil Gibran

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 6th century BCE Chinese philosopher and author of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, is considered by many to be the founder of Taoism. Variations of his name are Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Laocius, where "lao" means "venerable" and "tzu" means "master". Said to be a contemporary of Confucius, scholars disagree widely as to whether he even existed (belieivng the writing of the Tao Te Ching was the work of many writers using Lao Tzu as a pen name) but one account has it he was a scholar and worked as the Keeper of the Archives for the Royal Court of Zhou. Regardless of his historical existence, the mystical writings of Lao Tzu have inspired millions. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Lao Tzu:

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don't have time’, is like saying, ‘I don't want to.’

~Lao Tzu

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How many times have you heard the saying, laughter is the best medicine? It has been scientifically proven that laughter is good for our health but is it also a path to world peace?  Watch this happy, short inspirational video created by Randy Sandknop and decide for yourself. Above all, have a laugh on us!:-)


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From Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau:

Appearing in Internet newsletters, blog posts and in print books over the years, I've had hundreds of people tell me in one way or another, how "The Legacy You Leave" has made a positive impact in their lives. Recently set to video by Paul Sutherland, the audio version was what attracted my partner in www. ModernDayMastery.com to want to work with me, in 2005. In 2006, Julian Kalmar and I founded the humanitarian organization, 10 Million Clicks For Peace, endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield and Arun Gandhi, among many other world renowned dignitaries. It is only 177 words, delivered in my own voice and asks, "what legacy will you leave"?

This inspirational video was born of an audio script I wrote in 1999 while thinking about my father who passed fours years earlier. Percy Beneteau led a life of humanitarian service and was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope John II in 1994 for service to humanity and the church. Recently set to video by Paul Sutherland "The Legacy You Leave" now serves as my personal mantra underpinning everything I do. Hopefully, it might influence your personal mantra.

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Known as Dr. Love, Felice Leonardo Buscaglia, or Leo Buscaglia, is a well-known personal development expert known for his quotes and as a motivational speaker. As a professor at UCLA, he gained notoriety for his course, Love 1A, and then his best-selling book called LOVE. His PBS public lectures were the top earners for the network and five of his books appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers List simultaneously. He was named Professor at Large at the University of Southern California. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation:

Life is uncharted territory. It reveals it's story one moment at a time.

~Leo Buscaglia

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Leo Jozef Suenens served as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel from 1961 to 1979, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1962. He was a leading voice at the Second Vatican Council and advocated aggiornamento in the Church. After his father passed he lived with his mother in the rectory of his priest-uncle and entered the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome studying at Saint Mary's Institute eventually obtaining a doctorate in theology and in philosophy. After being ordained into the priesthood by Cardinal Jozef-Ernest van Roey, Suenens served as a professor at Saint Mary's Institute and then taught moral philosophy and pedagogy at the Minor Seminary of Mechelen. On a list of 30 hostages who were to be executed by the Nazis, the Allied liberation of Belgium saved him from execution. In 1945, Suenens he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Mechelen and Titular Bishop of Isinda and was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 1963 papal conclave which selected Pope Paul VI. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Leo Jozef Suenens:

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.

~Leon J. Suenes

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Internationally renowned, Canadian Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen, has been inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada. Perhaps best known for a song that he struggled with writing for years having written 80 some verses before deciding on the version of "Hallelujah" that first appeared on his Various Positions album in 1984, the song has since been covered by hundreds of recording artists and has become one of the most recorded songs in American music history. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Leonard Cohen:

If you don't become the ocean...you'll be seasick every day!

~Leonard Cohen

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Mislabeled as a slow learner damaging his self-esteem in school, Leslie C. "Les" Brown has become one of the world's top motivational speakers. Adopted by a low-income single woman in Florida, the themes of his passionate speeches, which he often delivers to Fortune 500 companies, center on rising above mediocrity to realize the full potential we all can achieve. Starting in local public radio as a smooth-talking morning DJ he won a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives serving three terms. After leaving public service he started a career in television, eventually hosting his own The Les Brown Show in 1993, and wrote the best-selling books, Live Your Dreams and It's Not Over Until You Win. Enjoy today's success quotation by Les Brown:

If you take responsibility for yourself, you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.

~Les Brown

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it "Every word you speak and indeed, every thought you have must make better the silence which they fill."  In this TMI (too much information) world it is easy to get caught up and become overwhelmed with stress. This inspirational article by motivational author, Steve Goodier, might just serve to have you think about how to offer more light, and less noise to the world. Enjoy!

A great story from one of America's greatest story-tellers, Abraham Lincoln, was related by the president during those anxious days of the American Civil War. A delegation of well-meaning patriots tried to impress upon the president the gravity of the war. They implied that his administration was neither as wise nor good as it ought to be. He listened carefully, then responded with a memorable anecdote.

He told them that he once had a neighbor who found himself in a tight situation. He was traveling home one dark and rainy night. There were few bridges in the country and he came to a stream that he would have to ford. But because of the darkness and the rain, he couldn't see well enough to know just where to cross.

Lightning flashed and he saw his way for the briefest moment. But the man was perplexed because there seemed to be more thunder than lightning. He was convinced that every lightning flash was followed by several loud peals of thunder. The poor man just stood at the edge of the stream in his confusion about how to proceed. He finally prayed, "O Lord, if it is just the same to you, give me more light and less noise."

The delegation clearly got the point that the president needed more solutions and less complaining - more light and less noise.

Some people are more like light and others are more like noise.

Some people shed light on solutions. Others only make a din about the way things are.

Some people help us to see the situation more clearly. Others just sound off about who's to blame.

Some people show a better way. Others only clamor about the present course of action.

Some people offer to help. Others just wail about the problem.

The sun rises every morning and sheds light -- vanquishing the night's darkness. The rooster also rises every morning... and makes noise -- neither shedding light nor dispelling the darkness.

What could your work environment, your family or your life be like if everyone were like the sun rather than the rooster? What if we all decided to contribute to the light?

©Steve Goodier







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When we awaken to what we were born to do in this life, everything magically changes. We are joyous, we are energetic and we feel a sense of fulfillment that remains entrenched for the rest of our lives. The spiritual teachings of Modern Day Mastery take students through a unique passion and purpose discovery process culminating in the implementation of a life destiny, or what we call, a life mission. Most people will never awaken to arrive at this amazing point which is exactly why we created our deeply spiritual journey. Seriously consider today's spiritual wisdom by Osho:-)

Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny--he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally--you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.

~Osho

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A popular quotation often attributed to Plato has it, "Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle". No question, life has challenges, and everyone IS fighting a daily battle. Many of us do not credit ourselves with the courage it takes to make the most of every day. It's time we should. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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If you've been wondering about what your mission on earth really is... and how to live a purpose driven life... but you feel SO alone and isolated, read this inspirational article:


How many times in your life have you felt at odds with the world? You know, that you are somehow different from, and seem to view the world differently, than everyone else around you?


Specifically, you’ve always believed the potential for a different world – a kinder and more beautiful world with almost childlike wonder - knowing deep inside you have a role to play in its transformation. You might not know exactly what that looks like but just the “knowing” that you were put on this planet to do greater things is “gnawing” at your soul. In other words, you know you have a large legacy to leave the world and no clue where or how to begin!


Your reality though is that most of your friends and co-workers don’t “get you” and neither might your own family. And while everyone else around you seems content living their daily eat-work-sleep routines, you are restless and often feel alone.


Let me ask you this then: how many times has this feeling of being at odds with the world stopped you from finding out what that great thing you were born to do really is, sadly blocking you from actually doing it?


I know in my deepest heart you can relate to everything I just wrote. You wouldn’t be reading an article like this if you didn’t know there was a higher purpose for my life. You might be well on your way to discovering your purpose driven life - and what a beautiful journey that can be - but my intention is to have you start to look beyond that discovery to see what lies over the horizon.


And what lies over the horizon is nothing other than bringing your true Life Purpose forth into the world. It’s called your Life Mission.


Let’s get back to the conventional world for just a moment.


There’s much buzz about balance in today’s fast-paced, too-much-information world. You no doubt receive reams of self-help email about putting your compartmentalized life back into balance. While what amounts to re-organizing the hours of your day and week to pay attention to each compartment of your conventional life, it does little to allow you to step up to discover your great gift to the world and be a leader in what I call the new world transformation. In fact, it prevents you from doing so!


I bet if I asked you to start writing a list of people, both past and present, who are having or have had a major impact inspiring and changing the world, people like Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus, Mother Teresa, Michelangelo and perhaps Bono, Barack Obama and Oprah would appear on your list. There will be many others but the point is if you examine their lives, and more importantly, their Life Missions, you will come to the conclusion that they live their lives extremely OUT OF BALANCE as the self-help world would have you believe! Their total focus, their selfless dedication, their unending commitment, their tireless work schedule – in other words, their Life Mission IS their balance!


I had a very eye-opening experience a few months ago while I was editing a Modern Day Mastery class video listening to my partner Julian speak about The Stance of Love. My huge AHA came when I realized that most everything I did in my adult life – from operating a drycleaning business, to writing/producing/promoting music and deserving talent, to working on charity projects, to helping people build their online businesses, to co-founding 10 Million Clicks For Peace and now, especially with Modern Day Mastery – there was always a full-bore, purpose-and-love-driven mission (a Life Mission if you will, as imperfect as that might have been at any given time) at the core that put me out of conventional balance and at odds with most of the people I was close to in my life. Suddenly it became crystal clear to me where I was operating from and why so many relationships in my life had suffered as a result!  Until this light-bulb moment, I only considered myself as they did… odd:-)


We are all Masters-in-Training and those of us blessed to have a Life Mission as the focus of our lives need to be out of conventional balance to be in true balance with our Life Mission. That is worth repeating…


We are all Masters-in-Training and those of us blessed to have a Life Mission as the focus of our lives need to be out of conventional balance to be in true balance with our Life Mission.


The world needs us to be! And I don’t mean to say that we need to remain at a distance, or even lose relationships with those we love, but we will need to change the nature of our relationships in most cases. We will need to be able to convey to our loved ones that we now possess that most precious gift any person could ever be blessed with - a true Life Mission. That our lives now stand for something greater than us. That we are full-focus, full-force committed to our Life Mission and the betterment of humankind. That we will continue to love and honor those in our lives but in a new, different way.


What you’ve just read, and hopefully absorbed, is a practical look at starting down the path of a life of Conscious Mastery. There is much more involved in this grand transformational journey like learning the amazing ability to connect with Higher Guidance, however, most people will never arrive at the start of the path until they recognize and acknowledge they are different. That they were born to do so much more than what they are doing now. That they truly desire more meaning and greater happiness in their lives. And, so much more fulfillment!


One must live a truly unconventional life in order to live an extraordinary life!


So, consider the following:


If you feel at odds with the world, and friends and family don’t “get you”, be OK with that. It really IS a good thing!


Use your oddity as fuel for the fire of discovering your Passions and true Life Purpose, and ultimately your Life Mission.


Be fully prepared to live the rest of your life out of balance with the conventional world and in-balance with your world.


Seek out and surround yourself with those who are on the same path but still love those who are not, for they may someday join you.


Neale Donald Walsch said this:
A true Master is not the one with the most students, but one who creates the most Masters.”


©2013 Rick Beneteau

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If there's a singular thing the Modern Day Mastery program is all about, it's Love. Not the "I love you but I don't like you" kind of romantic love people misunderstand the word love to mean but where we see and do all things with Love. It is only when we live in a state of Love that we can live a life of  meaning and service to our fellow man. Enjoy today's spiritual quotation by David R. Hawkins.

Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.

~David R. Hawkins

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Jim Rohn:

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

~Jim Rohn


The dictionary defines purpose as: the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. Using that definition of purpose in our lives, the questions become: Why am I here? What was I born to do? What great thing in life could I accomplish? We all ask ourselves these questions and the sad thing is very, very few of us put enough effort forth to discover the answers. Sadly, most of us will lie on our deathbeds asking ourselves if our life even mattered. Discovering one's life purpose will probably be the most important discovery ever made in our lives and the sole reason the program, Modern Day Mastery, was created. Think about today's graphic quotation of mastery and ask yourself, What is My Life Purpose?

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Do you know someone who seems to have given up on living a fulfilled life? They may feel that life has passed them by and it's too late to start contributing their gifts to the world. Motivational author, Steve Goodier, reminds us that it's never too late to make a difference and in fact, as we grow older, it may be easier for us to do so: 

"Grandpa," a young girl asked, "were you in the ark with Noah?"

"Certainly not, my dear," Grandpa replied in astonishment.

"Then," the puzzled child continued, "why weren't you drowned?"

Maybe he seemed older than Noah to her, but seniors may be finally getting respect they rightfully deserve. Hugh Downs reported that when senior adults are properly motivated, their intelligence does not wane. In fact, the ability to organize thinking may increase as folks age. Many people in their 50's, 60's and even 70's can go through college with greater efficiency than at 18.

Adults over 70 years of age have contributed richly and in varied ways.

- Emmanuel Kant wrote his finest philosophical works at age 74.

- Verdi at 80 produced "Falstaff" and at 85, "Ave Maria."

- Goethe was 80 when he completed "Faust."

- Tennyson was 80 when he wrote "Crossing the Bar."

- Michelangelo completed his greatest work at 87.

- At 90, Justice Holmes was still writing brilliant American Supreme Court opinions.

And then there's George Dawson. George learned to read at age 98. (He was forced to quit school when he was a small child in order to help support his family.) "I got tired of writing my name with an 'X,'" he said. Four years later, at age 102, he wrote his autobiography, LIFE IS SO GOOD, published by Random House.

Dreams are renewable. They need not expire like an over-due library book. No matter our age, we can breathe new life into old dreams. I believe that the best age is the age you are, but something even better awaits just ahead for those with the courage to dream and to act.

Are you renewing your dreams?

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The following motivational story by inspirational author, Steve Goodier,  tells us how important living a life of integrity really is. Enjoy!

Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers. "So," he said, "I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe."

The lawyers squirmed as he continued. "You, Attorney Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, Attorney Campos, gave me $10,000."

The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out some cash. Handing it to Mr. Leon, he said, "Now then, I'm returning $5,000 and we're going to decide this case solely on its merits."

Where is a person of character when you need one?

A whole and healthy life -- a life of character -- is cultivated on the inside. It has little to do with outward appearances, or even reputations. It's an inside job!

It is groomed from within. It grows from seeds of good decisions. Like always choosing to do the right thing, even when you're alone. Or standing up for what is good and decent, even if you run the risk of criticism.

A life of character is sometimes difficult to grow. But what else can you accomplish as worthwhile?

There is no work you'll ever complete;
no project you'll ever attempt;
no skill you'll ever master;
no book you'll ever write;
no race you'll ever run;
no sculpture you'll ever create;
no task you'll ever perform;
no structure you'll ever build;
nothing you'll ever do --

more important than the life you shape one day at a time.

Nurture your life on the inside and you'll never be disappointed with the fruit it bears.

©Steve Goodier







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This powerful quotation by one of the world's top spiritual teachers pretty much sums up the mission of Modern Day Mastery. We are all capable of living a life of mastery... just few people realize this. When we do though, life becomes magical as we live each day coming from a place of pure love helping to lift the world to a higher place. A student of ours, upon graduating from our program, said these words to everyone on a teleconference call, "My whole perspective has changed... I've finally woken up... my life has incredibly more meaning... I wake up every morning and I feel excited... my life's got meaning, it's got depth, it's got passion, it's got excitement... it's so profound, it's amazing, it's like a miracle... it's affecting everyone around me, I can see it... there are times I am so excited... I can't even sleep!" Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Neale Donald Walsch:

A true Master is not the one with the most students, but one who creates the most Masters.

~Neale Donald Walsch

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, states in one of his personal quotations, "Life makes you walk that delicate balance between Making It Happen and Letting It Happen." One of the great joys of life is simply living in the now, just allowing life to unfold.So many of us lose out on the real joy of life because we get caught up in the belief that we are supposed to be something and rigidly stick to the rules we create in order to be that something. Motivational author Steve Goodier gives us great insight into what we think we are in this inspirational article:

The Houston Post carried an article about a man the Dutch police arrested in the town of Rosendaal. They found him in possession of 186 false papers, including 29 Nigerian passports, 30 British passports, 74 Dutch work permits, 12 British driving licenses, 18 birth or death certificates, 2 British student cards, an international driving license and 20 forged checks. They said that the man had not yet been conclusively identified!

A humorist said, "I go to this doctor and pay him 75 dollars an hour, and all he does is ask me the same question my father used to ask me all the time: 'Who do you think you are, anyway?'" Not a bad question, actually.

I think I spent the first 20 or 30 years of my life wondering who I really was. I thought I'd never know what to study in school and I was sure I'd never figure out what kind of person I might be happy spending my life with. Then, just when I thought I knew myself fairly well, I changed! And through the years I changed again. And again! It seems like I've always been up against the question, "Who do you think you are?"

I appreciate Benjamin Kubelski's story. In 1902, his father gave him a violin for his eighth birthday. It cost $50, a small fortune in those days, and especially for a recently immigrated Russian family.

Benjamin did well and was playing concerts as a teenager. At age 18 he teamed up with a woman pianist as a musical team in Vaudeville.

But he suspected the violin did not satisfy his heart's desire. Then one night, Benjamin impulsively decided to tell the audience about a funny incident that had happened during the day. He later said, "The audience laughed and the sound intoxicated me. That laughter ended my days as a musician." And it began his life career as the comedian Jack Benny.

He found who he was and everything fit into place. He knew that if he followed his heart's desire, he would end up all right.

You and I may never know ourselves conclusively. But listen to your heart. Listen for that still, small voice within and make up your mind to follow. I don't know where you will end up, but it will be all right.

©Steve Goodier

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From the YouTube.com site re: TEDx Austin event: In a time when beauty is defined by supermodels, success is defined by wealth, and fame is deified by how many followers you have on social media, Lizzie Velasquez asks the question how do you define yourself? Once labeled, "The Worlds Ugliest Woman," Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness.


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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, says "Our shoulders are never so narrow that we cannot carry the weight of our own world." There is no choice in our lives that we experience loss but have you ever noticed - really noticed - that when we do something wonderful comes to us to take it's place? Enjoy today's mastery quote!

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Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without the timeless wisdom of  Christ, Buddha and Rumi? Or the classic beauty of Mozart and Michelangelo, or the inventive genius of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein? The one thing all these world changers had in common is dreaming. They dreamed at night and dreamed during the day and dreamed all throughout their lives. A world without dreamers is certainly not a world we would want to live in. Read this inspiring article by mind mastery expert, Lucy Lopez, several times and learn the most important lesson you need to learn:

I cannot say for certain if other animals dream although I have observed episodes of activity involving eye movement, twitching and vocalization while my dog is ‘asleep’. But one thing I am absolutely certain about is that we humans do dream.

It would seem as if most of our dreaming happens while we are asleep but I am sure you’ve had ‘dreams’ while you were fully awake as I have. At school, we might have been scolded for ‘day dreaming’ so that we’ve entered adulthood with negative associations around dreaming.

‘Get real!’ we frequently admonish ourselves (and other dreamers). Or what about our frequent fallback plan: ‘Okay, we've had our weekend/lunchtime/after dinner escape, now it’s time to get back to the real world’.

And yet, dear friend, what would this world have been like if not for our dreams and especially the dreams of those who dared to pursue them? Would we have airplanes and motorcars? Toasters and high rise buildings? Circuses and extreme sport? Internet and electricity? Underground transport and deep sea diving? Nail polish and ice cream? Roads and walking trails through some of the most exquisite and otherwise inaccessible forests and mountains?

Where would we be without phones, smart or otherwise? And how about cameras and music systems and movies and theatre? And books???? Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

What makes one dream more likely to manifest than another? The dream or the dreamer? I bet you know the answer to that question!

Today, as on many other days, I’m sitting here in my courtyard typing my thoughts inches away from the glorious sunlight that floods my little garden while feasting on the green and gold before me. My dog, Bonnie, has chosen to sun bathe in our garden on this most perfect of winter days, one of several that Brisbane is so richly blessed with!

I am filled with a sense of gratitude – enjoyment – and awe that life can be and really is so easy, if only we’d let it be! If only we’d dream and then step out of the way. If only we’d ‘go with the flow’ of the transcendent, the all-knowing, the all-powerful, the all-possible force of life, which is love!

But we complicate things. We insist on struggling. We believe in the need for suffering and pain. We claim that there is no gain without pain. We remain in self-imposed exile from the kingdom of god, from the only heaven that is here and now and not in some unforeseeable future. And we keep wanting more because we believe we are less. Always less and never enough.

My dearest, most beautiful being, there is only one lesson that we all need to learn. The lesson of SELF-REALIZATION. But let me explain what I mean by ‘lesson’. It is an awakening to, an opening of that which we truly are.

You and I have taken on a human form. No, not in a way that we may consciously remember but through the formless expression of our creative nature which is love.

That’s right. At our core, the very essence of who and what we are is LOVE. And love is complete. In Buddhism, our essential nature is described as UNSURPASSABLE, INCORRUPTIBLE and UNENHANCEABLE. In other words, we cannot be more, we cannot be destroyed or damaged and we cannot be improved or enhanced.

How does that feel to you, my dearest divine being? Strange? Absurd? Meaningless? In your dreams???

But you are! I am! We are!

If tomorrow you had a fall, suffered a concussion and lost your memory, would it be true to say that you as you are today never existed? Was it a strange, absurd, meaningless, in-your-dreams illusion? How would you account for the you that you’ve become? Where did that you come from? Would you deny the existence of the you of today because you can no longer remember it?

And that is what we all do! Our ‘fall’ is not a physical fall but a fall in consciousness. And it is a fall that has not happened just once but happens again and again and again.

Every moment that we are not aware, that we are not present, we have fallen from awareness to ignorance – our self-punishing loss of memory. And yet, it is not MEMORY that we need but PRESENCE, MOMENT-TO-MOMENT PRESENCE!

In presence is awareness. In that awareness, we are returned to our natural state from our self-imposed exile.

But all this would be meaningless and absurd to you unless and until you allow yourself the freedom to experience it. And no, it does not require months or years in isolation in some remote, inaccessible retreat from ‘life’. Oh no!

It requires your very presence in life for there is nothing outside life! Life is all there is. And life unfolds every moment, every here, every now wherever you are!

I am here, right now, physically in my courtyard. I was in London this time last week and in Paris the day before, and in London 3 days before that and in Brisbane 2 weeks before that. And life was in all those places. I dreamed them, I dreamed of being there and I let go and allowed it to happen.

Did it mean that I didn't do anything to get from Brisbane to London to Paris and back to Brisbane? Of course not! I did book my flights, pack my bags, get on planes, get off planes and all the other things that happen when we travel.

But none of it would have happened if I hadn't dreamed or thought and enjoyed the thought of being in those places. None of it would have happened if I hadn't intended it even when I did not know how I was going to make it happen financially and logistically.

And so it has been true for all the world’s dreamers and especially those who dreamed large and magnificent! They couldn't and wouldn't have known the exact machination of the manifestation of their dream. But they were attentive to the prompts and nudges, the intuitive whispers in their hearts.

Did they abandon logic and conventional wisdom? Yes, often. Did they forgo reason? Sure. But only when these did not serve their inner wisdom, their divine logic and reason! When they did, they made full use of it! From Christ to Gandhi, Buddha to Einstein, Rumi to Michelangelo, Ford to Freud.

And that, my dear divine Being is what I am asking you to do! It is what I remind myself to do. Here it is in the simplest, briefest way:

Be present, be aware, be here, be now

Know yourself – that which is unsurpassable, incorruptible and unenhanceable

Follow the prompts and nudges of your true wisdom nature that speaks to you in the language of feelings

Submit reason, logic and conventional wisdom to the guidance of your inner wisdom which NEVER lies, misleads or confuses

Dream bigger and grander than you ever thought possible because you are naturally creative and imaginative

Give up all beliefs that demand struggle, pain and suffering

Remember and experience the deep, fathomless, endless, unconditional love that you truly are and so BE FREE!

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Lucy Lopez has walked away from a marriage, well-paid jobs, academic pursuits and the security of conventional wisdom, choosing instead to walk the road far less travelled where stories of ease, joy, peace and everyday adventure and synchronicities are imagined, told and lived! She is unstoppably dedicated to helping others find and walk the same road and does this through her on and off-line Workshops in Mind Mastery, Meditation and STINK! (Stop The Insanity Now Knower!). Take a walk with her at The Power of Your Stories and see how your life can change when your stories change!

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Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "If you have a song in you it's your duty to have the world hear it". In this inspirational article, motivational author Steve Goodier talks about how we can all contribute good things to the world. Enjoy!

I heard of a woman who operated a daycare for children from her home. As she transported children in her car one day, a fire truck zoomed by. The kids were thrilled to see a Dalmatian on the front seat.

They began a conversation about the duties of the "fire dog." One child suggested that they use the dog to keep the crowds back. Another said the Dalmatian is just for good luck. But young Jamie brought the argument to an end when he said, "They use the dog to find the hydrant!"

He reminds us that we all have useful abilities. Some of our skills are apparent. Some are hidden. Some can be improved with work. Some have yet to be developed. But all of us can contribute, and usually in more ways than we realize.

Football's William Floyd injured his knee halfway through his 1995 season with the San Francisco Forty-Niners. The gifted athlete could no longer do the one thing he believed he did best until his knee recovered. But he chose not to stay home. Nor did he lament his loss and allow negative feelings about his worthlessness to the team dominate his thinking. Instead, he stood on the sidelines at every workout so that he could inspire his teammates with enthusiasm and optimism. He still wanted to contribute -- if not on the field, then off of it.

For the remainder of the season he encouraged his team, both at practices and during every game. At the end of the year,  his teammates voted him the player "who best exemplifies inspirational and courageous play."

William Floyd more fully developed one of his greatest gifts -- an ability to encourage others. Ironically, this life-skill may yet prove to be more useful than even his athletic ability.

Madame Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (she won two), said this about giftedness: "Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."

You, too, are gifted for something. Discover it...develop it...do something beautiful with it. And you'll find your greatest happiness.

©Steve Goodier







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Maddy Dychtwald, who has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and TIME Magazine, works in the field of evolving demographic trends and focuses on the economic ascent of women, having written three books and spoken to over 300,000 people in various industries including health, energy, financial, marketing, non-profit, and education. Enjoy today's success quotation by Maddy Dychtwald:

Women are fueling a transformative shift that will revolutionize the working world for the better.

~Maddy Dychtwald

Question: Do you believe women will revolutionize the working world for the better?

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Born in 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Bapu), known more commonly as Mahatma Gandhi (often mispelled Ghandi), is probably the most famous peace maker in the world. He led India to independence from British rule by means of employing non-violent civil disobedience. Raised in the coastal community of Bania, this son of senior government official studied law in London, UK, and began fighting for the civil rights of Muslims and Hindu Indians in South Africa utilizing his new technique of non-violent civil disobedience. Upon returning home he organized peasants and religious organizations alike to protest excessive land taxation, opposing "communalism" and eventually came to leadership in the Indian National Congress in 1921. Although his main focus was achieving Swaraj — the independence of India from British domination, he also organized campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability and increasing economic self-reliance. Gandhi's assasination in 1948 led to the creation of Martyrs' Day in India. Every October 2 is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence. Enjoy today's spiritual quotation from Mahatma Gandhi:

Fearlessness is the first prerequisite to a spiritual life.

~Mahatma Gandhi

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We are all guilty to one degree or another of allowing external circumstances to take away our personal power. Being in charge of our feelings and emotions is one of the centerpieces of Modern Day Mastery and now read as motivational author, Steve Goodier, shares a simple 3-step method of managing our attitudes in this inspirational article: 

Have you heard of the A-B-C method of managing your attitude? It's simple and effective.

"A" stands for the "Activating Event." Let's say you get stuck in traffic. The traffic jam is the activating event.

"B" stands for your "Belief System." You believe that traffic is only getting worse and you'll have more and more days like this ahead.

"C" stands for the "Consequence of the Event." You become angry. You want to honk your horn. Your stomach is tied in knots and you bang the dashboard with your fist.

The problem is...most people jump directly from "A" to "C." They get stuck in traffic and become angry. They think the traffic jam made them upset. They don't realize that they didn't HAVE to get angry. They skipped an important step!

Let's try it again:

"A" - you get stuck in traffic.

"B" - you believe that you were given some unexpected and extra time to spend in solitude, to listen to a great tape or to plan your day.

"C" - the consequence is that you feel gratitude for the gift of time.

I have a friend who is fond of saying, "A traffic jam has no power to make us angry. It just stops our car." He is aware that between the activating event and the consequence is something that we control: our beliefs about what is happening.

The next time you have a problem -- at home or at work, big or small -- decide to manage your attitude toward it. Practice the A-B-C method. You probably can't change "A," the activating event. But try changing "B," your beliefs about the problem. When you change your beliefs, you also change "C," the consequences of the situation.

It's as simple as A-B-C. Manage your beliefs, and you'll manage to be a lot happier!

©Steve Goodier







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"This wasn't ignorance. It was willful blindness."

From the Ted.com website: Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up. (Filmed at TEDxDanubia).

The Ted.com transcript of Margaret Heffernan's Ted Talk appears below the video.



In the northwest corner of the United States, right up near the Canadian border, there's a little town called Libby, Montana, and it's surrounded by pine trees and lakes and just amazing wildlife and these enormous trees that scream up into the sky. And in there is a little town called Libby, which I visited, which feels kind of lonely, a little isolated.

And in Libby, Montana, there's a rather unusual woman named Gayla Benefield. She always felt a little bit of an outsider, although she's been there almost all her life, a woman of Russian extraction. She told me when she went to school, she was the only girl who ever chose to do mechanical drawing.

Later in life, she got a job going house to house reading utility meters -- gas meters, electricity meters. And she was doing the work in the middle of the day, and one thing particularly caught her notice, which was, in the middle of the day she met a lot of men who were at home, middle aged, late middle aged, and a lot of them seemed to be on oxygen tanks. It struck her as strange. Then, a few years later, her father died at the age of 59, five days before he was due to receive his pension. He'd been a miner. She thought he must just have been worn out by the work.

But then a few years later, her mother died, and that seemed stranger still, because her mother came from a long line of people who just seemed to live forever. In fact, Gayla's uncle is still alive to this day, and learning how to waltz. It didn't make sense that Gayla's mother should die so young. It was an anomaly, and she kept puzzling over anomalies. And as she did, other ones came to mind. She remembered, for example, when her mother had broken a leg and went into the hospital, and she had a lot of x-rays, and two of them were leg x-rays, which made sense, but six of them were chest x-rays, which didn't.

She puzzled and puzzled over every piece of her life and her parents' life, trying to understand what she was seeing.

She thought about her town. The town had a vermiculite mine in it. Vermiculite was used for soil conditioners, to make plants grow faster and better. Vermiculite was used to insulate lofts, huge amounts of it put under the roof to keep houses warm during the long Montana winters. Vermiculite was in the playground. It was in the football ground. It was in the skating rink. What she didn't learn until she started working this problem is vermiculite is a very toxic form of asbestos.

When she figured out the puzzle, she started telling everyone she could what had happened, what had been done to her parents and to the people that she saw on oxygen tanks at home in the afternoons. But she was really amazed. She thought, when everybody knows, they'll want to do something, but actually nobody wanted to know. In fact, she became so annoying as she kept insisting on telling this story to her neighbors, to her friends, to other people in the community, that eventually a bunch of them got together and they made a bumper sticker, which they proudly displayed on their cars, which said, "Yes, I'm from Libby, Montana, and no, I don't have asbestosis."

But Gayla didn't stop. She kept doing research. The advent of the Internet definitely helped her. She talked to anybody she could. She argued and argued, and finally she struck lucky when a researcher came through town studying the history of mines in the area, and she told him her story, and at first, of course, like everyone, he didn't believe her, but he went back to Seattle and he did his own research and he realized that she was right.

So now she had an ally. Nevertheless, people still didn't want to know. They said things like, "Well, if it were really dangerous, someone would have told us." "If that's really why everyone was dying, the doctors would have told us." Some of the guys used to very heavy jobs said, "I don't want to be a victim. I can't possibly be a victim, and anyway, every industry has its accidents."

But still Gayla went on, and finally she succeeded in getting a federal agency to come to town and to screen the inhabitants of the town -- 15,000 people -- and what they discovered was that the town had a mortality rate 80 times higher than anywhere in the United States. That was in 2002, and even at that moment, no one raised their hand to say, "Gayla, look in the playground where your grandchildren are playing. It's lined with vermiculite."

This wasn't ignorance. It was willful blindness. Willful blindness is a legal concept which means, if there's information that you could know and you should know but you somehow manage not to know, the law deems that you're willfully blind. You have chosen not to know. There's a lot of willful blindness around these days. You can see willful blindness in banks, when thousands of people sold mortgages to people who couldn't afford them. You could see them in banks when interest rates were manipulated and everyone around knew what was going on, but everyone studiously ignored it. You can see willful blindness in the Catholic Church, where decades of child abuse went ignored. You could see willful blindness in the run-up to the Iraq War. Willful blindness exists on epic scales like those, and it also exists on very small scales, in people's families, in people's homes and communities, and particularly in organizations and institutions. Companies that have been studied for willful blindness can be asked questions like, "Are there issues at work that people are afraid to raise?" And when academics have done studies like this of corporations in the United States, what they find is 85 percent of people say yes. Eighty-five percent of people know there's a problem, but they won't say anything. And when I duplicated the research in Europe, asking all the same questions, I found exactly the same number. Eighty-five percent. That's a lot of silence. It's a lot of blindness. And what's really interesting is that when I go to companies in Switzerland, they tell me, "This is a uniquely Swiss problem." And when I go to Germany, they say, "Oh yes, this is the German disease." And when I go to companies in England, they say, "Oh, yeah, the British are really bad at this." And the truth is, this is a human problem. We're all, under certain circumstances, willfully blind.

What the research shows is that some people are blind out of fear. They're afraid of retaliation. And some people are blind because they think, well, seeing anything is just futile. Nothing's ever going to change. If we make a protest, if we protest against the Iraq War, nothing changes, so why bother? Better not to see this stuff at all.

And the recurrent theme that I encounter all the time is people say, "Well, you know, the people who do see, they're whistleblowers, and we all know what happens to them." So there's this profound mythology around whistleblowers which says, first of all, they're all crazy. But what I've found going around the world and talking to whistleblowers is, actually, they're very loyal and quite often very conservative people. They're hugely dedicated to the institutions that they work for, and the reason that they speak up, the reason they insist on seeing, is because they care so much about the institution and want to keep it healthy.

And the other thing that people often say about whistleblowers is, "Well, there's no point, because you see what happens to them. They are crushed. Nobody would want to go through something like that." And yet, when I talk to whistleblowers, the recurrent tone that I hear is pride.

I think of Joe Darby. We all remember the photographs of Abu Ghraib, which so shocked the world and showed the kind of war that was being fought in Iraq. But I wonder who remembers Joe Darby, the very obedient, good soldier who found those photographs and handed them in. And he said, "You know, I'm not the kind of guy to rat people out, but some things just cross the line. Ignorance is bliss, they say, but you can't put up with things like this."

I talked to Steve Bolsin, a British doctor, who fought for five years to draw attention to a dangerous surgeon who was killing babies. And I asked him why he did it, and he said, "Well, it was really my daughter who prompted me to do it. She came up to me one night, and she just said, 'Dad, you can't let the kids die.'"

Or I think of Cynthia Thomas, a really loyal army daughter and army wife, who, as she saw her friends and relations coming back from the Iraq War, was so shocked by their mental condition and the refusal of the military to recognize and acknowledge post-traumatic stress syndrome that she set up a cafe in the middle of a military town to give them legal, psychological and medical assistance. And she said to me, she said, "You know, Margaret, I always used to say I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grow up. But I've found myself in this cause, and I'll never be the same."

We all enjoy so many freedoms today, hard-won freedoms: the freedom to write and publish without fear of censorship, a freedom that wasn't here the last time I came to Hungary; a freedom to vote, which women in particular had to fight so hard for; the freedom for people of different ethnicities and cultures and sexual orientation to live the way that they want. But freedom doesn't exist if you don't use it, and what whistleblowers do, and what people like Gayla Benefield do is they use the freedom that they have. And what they're very prepared to do is recognize that yes, this is going to be an argument, and yes I'm going to have a lot of rows with my neighbors and my colleagues and my friends, but I'm going to become very good at this conflict. I'm going to take on the naysayers, because they'll make my argument better and stronger. I can collaborate with my opponents to become better at what I do. These are people of immense persistence, incredible patience, and an absolute determination not to be blind and not to be silent.

When I went to Libby, Montana, I visited the asbestosis clinic that Gayla Benefield brought into being, a place where at first some of the people who wanted help and needed medical attention went in the back door because they didn't want to acknowledge that she'd been right. I sat in a diner, and I watched as trucks drove up and down the highway, carting away the earth out of gardens and replacing it with fresh, uncontaminated soil.

I took my 12-year-old daughter with me, because I really wanted her to meet Gayla.

And she said, "Why? What's the big deal?"

I said, "She's not a movie star, and she's not a celebrity, and she's not an expert, and Gayla's the first person who'd say she's not a saint. The really important thing about Gayla is she is ordinary. She's like you, and she's like me. She had freedom, and she was ready to use it."

Thank you very much.

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One of the most famous spiritual quotations is Marianne Williamson's  Our Deepest Fear. Interestingly, Marianne's famous quote is often attributed to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. This best-selling author, spiritual teacher and inspiration speaker has influenced millions appearing on television shows like Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose. Newsweek magazine poll named her one of the 50 most influential baby boomers. Her teachings are based largely on the universal spiritual themes in the self-study program, A Course in Miracles, and she is probably best known for her “Sister Giant" seminars and her book, Return to Love.  The full text of this powerful quotation is under the video.



Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
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Marina V

Marina V



This post first appeared in the 10 Million Clicks For Peace blog here.

We came across a very special recording artist a few weeks ago. Unknown to us but not to her legion of fans, Russian-born Marina V has been making a name for herself across the globe.  She describes herself in this way: “If the Beatles and Tori Amos had a child raised in Russia by Tchaikovsky, that would be me.”

The song we heard had a wonderful message so we decided to contact Marina and ask if she had a special song about peace and change that we could offer our readers. She responded with the song you're about to hear, in a video, simply called, "Hope." When you're done watching you can download a free copy of "Hope".

Check out Marina's website www.MarinaV.com, listen to her brilliant music and see the latest news.

Marina's biography appears below the video.



Russian-born singer/songwriter Marina V is a young and charismatic pop artist with an incredible life story and a “hauntingly beautiful” sound (L.A. Times).

Marina's music is "melodic and passionate" (The Washington Post), which, combined with her "voice of an angel" (The Prague Post) and her rich cultural background, makes this artist truly special.

“If the Beatles and Tori Amos had a child raised in Russia by Tchaikovsky, that would be me,” muses the piano-playing chanteuse, describing her musical influences.

Now a true California girl, the red-headed songstress grew up in the center of Moscow, blessed with a beautiful voice & long last name (Verenikina.)

Raised by a communist nuclear physicist father & a psychologist mother during the difficult times of the Soviet Union collapse, Marina attended a school of music every evening after regular school, and has written songs since early childhood.

When Marina turned 15, she won a prestigious scholarship and came to America, by herself. Somewhere between visa issues, crazy odd jobs, missing her family, playing ice hockey and attending University in Illinois, Marina began pursuing her musical dreams by touring and self-releasing her music, and, upon graduating from college, moved to Los Angeles.

Since then, Marina has blossomed into an international voice, relentlessly touring & performing at venues worldwide, ranging from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre & the American Embassy in Moscow to clubs from Paris to Sydney.  She's worked with legendary producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith), recorded at the home studio of Graham Nash and was interviewed by Senator Bill Bradley, who praised Marina for her work as a cultural ambassador.

Marina's songs have been heard by millions in films, ads such as PEPSI, video games and on TV, from NBC and CBS to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and National Geographic. She's written many songs for NBC's Days of Our Lives and even appeared singing on screen.

Marina's fans have been instrumental in Marina's success. In lieu of a record label, her fans have sponsored every one of Marina's albums. She raised $30,000 via marinav.com for her last album, MY STAR (produced by the renowned producer, Guy Erez (Gipsy Kings), which went on to win an award from Sir Bob Geldof for its first single, You Make Me Beautiful.

Supported by her loyal fans, Marina is getting more and more recognition each day. The environmentally-conscious self-described cultural ambassador is always on tour, connecting with her fans and inspiring people with her amazing music, unusual story & beautiful spirit.

She is getting ready to release her new album, INNER SUPERHERO. The second single, RUN, has already won an LA MUSIC CRITIC Award in early 2013.

Please visit www.MarinaV.com for latest news!

Canadian mythopoetic author, Marion Woodman, a widely read author on feminine psychology, is a Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. Known for shaking up the psychoanalytic world, she authored and co-authored many books including The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Repressed Feminine, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness and Bone: Dying into Life. A Maclean's article from 1996 stated her books were housed in the White House private library of First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton. A very revealing interview can be seen here. She referred to dreams as "the language of the soul." Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Marion Woodman:

It takes great courage to break with one's past history.

~Marion Woodman

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, one of the most recognized American authors, is best known for his iconic books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The latter has been referred to as the Great American Novel. His enlightening and humorous quotes are among the most popular quotes on the Internet. Born in Hannibal, Missouri, shortly after the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835, he was said to have predicted he would "go out with it too", and died the day following it's reappearance in 1910. Twain was highly paid for his writing during his lifetime investing in business interests but failed miserably declaring bankruptcy at one point. Known as an ardent supporter of abolition and emancipation, he said "Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation...not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also." Another famous American author, William Faulkner, called Twain, "the father of American literature." Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Mark Twain:

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

~Mark Twain

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Known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent conflict resolution, American clergyman and activist, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Baptist minister became a civil rights activist early on in his career and led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. Organizing nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, now famous for the brutal police response, he also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Recognized as one of the greatest orators in American history, King became the target of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's COINTELPRO where he was investigated for possible communist ties. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. After King's assassination, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. An official U.S. holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is observed each year on the third Monday of January.  Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...I would still plant my apple tree.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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We define Modern Day Mastery as the awakened control of one’s heart, mind, thoughts, feelings, and spirit, to accomplish a particular task or mission as part of a greater service.

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 I was a guest at a lakefront party a few weeks ago. Lake St. Clair to be exact, the big body of shallow water that straddles the Great Lakes’ Erie and Huron, yet has never been crowned as one of the five Great Lakes. Sitting under one of the two large tent structures that sheltered a huge hot tub, beer fridge and state-of-the-art BBQ among other beach party requisites, I thought the tied-back screen valances that rimmed the structures were evening defense for mosquito invasions. It seemed a little early in the season for those tiny tyrannical bloodsuckers but I left it at that.


What arrived a few hours later though was a scourge far worse than “skeeters”, one that I had long forgotten having moved away from this area several years ago. Against the backdrop of the beautiful orangey pink sinking sun I saw the first one. A miniature dragon as my childhood memory readily recalled. Soon the screens were undraped and before I knew it, we could hardly see the lake for the dense fog of menacing May Fly. In southern Ontario, we call them fish flies. For a brief moment I had my first of two Biblical tie-ins to this event, a visual of a locust plague descending on and devastating an unsuspecting farming community.


May Fly or fish flySee, fish flies swarm by the millions, or billions probably, this night completely obscuring what would have been a magnificent moonlit sky. They assault every source of light, matte roadways in a coating as slick as black ice, plaster every surface in sight with their long skinny bodies while crunching underfoot as if one is walking on popcorn. The putrid stench seems to remain in the nostrils long after their carcasses have been carted away in garbage bags that line every street within a mile of the water.


Now held hostage within the confines of the tents, one of the partygoers loudly exclaimed, in utter exasperation after passing through the tiny unprotected area that bridged the canvas enclosure and the house having had hundreds land upon her, “These (expletive) fish flies have NO (expletive) purpose!”


That’s when my second Bible tie-in revealed itself, this one the first line of Ecclesiastes 3-1:


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

The May Fly certainly has a purpose. Many in fact, as nature always has it. It serves as nutrient-rich food for walleye, bass and many other fish species as well as birds, spiders, other insects and amphibians. It is also an indicator of a healthy eco-system as this insect does not tolerate pollution. So when they amass for those three or four weeks every summer to fluster and infuriate, we can also choose to focus on simply being grateful for the validation that all is going pretty well in our environment.


But I ask, is the higher purpose of the 2,500 species that comprise the group of winged insects known as Palaeoptera, although pre-dating human existence by millions of years, and who live only one day – their season - and must during their 24-hour lifespan be hatched, mature, mate and then in turn lay eggs before their mission is over – just to serve to have us make the very most of every one day of our lives?


I mean, can you imagine the kind of life we would lead if we lived each day with the purpose of the May Fly?


Think about it the next time you let some innocent insects bug you:-)

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In honor of the life of celebrated poet and activist, Maya Angelou, who we've featured many times in our blogs, here is one of her most iconic poems, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. She passed yesterday at the age of 86, and her family issued this statement: "She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace."


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.


But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.


The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom


The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.


But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing


The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.


~Maya Angelou


How many times have you heard the saying, "out of the mouths of babes"? It is the children of this world who will rise to clean up the environment, feed the starving children, save endangered species and stop wars and violence. Check out this totally into-it youngster as she passionately sings along with Michael Jackson's Heal the World from the back seat of a car. The next time you see your child or grandchild tuning in to some music with a negative message, show them this inspiring video.


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Enjoy today's success quote by Michael Jordan:

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

~Michael Jordan


Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Michael Schrage:

Without the desire and ability to create new understandings, a relationship can't grow - it can only be maintained.

~Michael Schrage


During 2008 and 2009, 10 Million Clicks For Peace offered their free Inner Peace Program to it's members. This successful teleconference program offered a variety of methods you can use to achieve greater personal peace, reduce stress, and generally improve how you interact with the world. Many of the programs include a powerful peace meditation while others had a guest present an inspirational message to the listeners. In the event a guided meditation is featured please do not be doing such things as driving a car or operating machinery as a full eyes closed process is required.

Below is the audio from the May 12, 2009 Inner Peace program with personal development expert, Michelle Rosado. You can read more about Michelle below the play button.




 






Michelle Rosado is the co-founder of Rosado Companies, LLC and has created a dynamic enterprise that is devoted to empowering people from all walks of life. Over the past six years, Michelle has received the honor of being:- Featured on TV and radio networks such as CNN, NBC Nightly News, FOX and BBC named the “Woman of Empowerment” by the Washington Times- A recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from New York’s Madison’s Who’s Who- Named one of “Ten Intriguing Women to Follow on Twitter” by The Huffington Post writer, Sean GardnerFind out more about Michelle here.

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 The "Morrie" in the movie Tuesdays with Morrie and the memoir by Mitch Albom, Morrie Schwartz, received his undergraduate degree from City College in New York, and earned his Masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago before writing three books on sociology, Letting Go: Morrie's Reflections on Living While Dying, Weisheit Des Lebens, and the popular, Morrie in His Own Words. Mitch Albom, one of his students, is the author of Have a Little Faith, For One More Day and the mega best-seller, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. After being diagnosed with ALS at the age of seventy-six, ABC-TV's "Nightline" host Ted Koppel flew to Boston for the first of three interviews with Morrie, which were among the highest rated ever for the show. Morrie Schwartz's final class with Mitch Albom was the week of his death. Morrie Schwartz wrote his own epitaph: "A Teacher to the Last." Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Morrie Schwartz:

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.

~Morrie Schwartz

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Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997), also referred to as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu and was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun. She founded the Missionaries of Charity which is made up of over 4,500 sisters in 133 countries. Their work consists of operating hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children's and family counseling programmes; orphanages; and schools.  In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified, the third step toward sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Many people consider Napoleon Hill as the grandfather of self-help and motivational thinking. His book, Think and Grow Rich, is considered by many to be the bible of personal success. Here, he simply lays out the simple Universal truth that we need to surround ourselves with like-minded, positive people - the kind that fortify our thinking and encourage us to build the life we desire. Enjoy today's success quotation by Napoleon Hill:

Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think and act on building the life you desire.

~Napoleon Hill

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Music is indeed the one true Universal language. Rich, poor, east, west, male, female, young, old... jazz, classical, country, pop, dance, worldbeat, rock... we all are affected by the transformative power of music.  Music can move our hearts. Music can move us to action.  Music can move mountains! Time for music to change the world! Check out this category often to hear some music that matters that might move you!


Click the little Play button below and sing along with the lyrics of I'm Makin' Changes, written by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, and Larry Thompson, and performed by Linda Willson Peleshok in 1993.

I'm Making Changes


I look around these streets and I don't like what I see
I know this never was the way the world was 'sposed to be
The answer seems so simple as I search inside my heart
Looking at your own life is the only place to start


I'm makin' changes for all the world to see
I'm makin' changes I'll be the best that I can be
I'm makin' changes all the ones that I need
I'm makin' changes and I'm starting with me


I asked myself when last I lent a friend a hand
And realized I've never once helped feed a hungry man
It's easier to say you care just cry a tear or two
The hardest thing's to start to make those changes within you


I'm makin' changes for all the world to see
I'm makin' changes I'll be the best that I can be
I'm makin' changes all the ones that I need
Im makin' changes and I'm starting with me


We can turn the hatred into sweet harmony
Silence every violence make love our melody


I'm makin' changes for all the world to see
I'm makin' changes I'll be the best that I can be
I'm makin' changes all the ones that I need
I'm makin' changes and I'm starting with me
We're makin' changes for all the world to see
We're makin' changes we'll be the best that we can be
We're makin' changes all the ones that we need
We're makin' changes changin' you and me


© 1993 Rick Beneteau/Larry Thompson
Lauric Songs BMI


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New Thought author, Napolean Hill, was a pioneer in the field of personal success. As one of the world's top success experts, his book, Think and Grow Rich, is widely regarded as the bible of success, selling over 20 million copies. His work examined the power of beliefs and the role beliefs play in success. Born in a one-room cabin near the Appalachian town of Pound, he started writing for a local newspaper at 13 and went on to become an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the 1930's. One of the world's top motivational quotes came from Hill's pen, "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Enjoy today's success quotation by Napolean Hill:

No man ever achieved worthwhile success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.

~Napoleon Hill

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Enjoy today's Modern Day Mastery success quote by Napoleon Hill:

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

~Napoleon Hill

National Geographic is responsible for creating some of the world's most inspirational videos and this one is no exception. It's a funny animal video called The Orangutan and the Hound and brings to mind the famous Rodney King quote, Can't we all just get along. It clearly demonstrates that if we lived our lives giving unconditionally and just having fun as these two animals do, this world would certainly be a better place. Educational videos such as these should be required viewing for all young students AND all officials negotiating peace agreements, wouldn't you say?


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Author of the popular spiritual book series, Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch worked as a radio station program director, newspaper managing editor and in marketing and public relations before becoming a best-selling author and one of the world's top spiritual teachers. He founded the spiritual movement, Humanity's Team, based on the concept of Oneness (we are all One) and is a keynote speaker at spiritual conferences. He also conducts spiritual retreats and has created a spiritual television channel, Conversation with God tv. Once homeless and destitute, his New York Times bestselling books have now been translated into 37 languages. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Neale Donald Walsch:

There is only one reason to do anything: as a statement to the Universe of Who You Are.

~Neale Donald Walsch

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I know it’s immediately obvious to you the absurdity of fighting a shadow. And yet, that’s what we do in life. Let me explain.

Have you ever felt the need to overcome your *laziness*, your *inertia*, your *lack of motivation”, your *guilt*, your *anger*, your *fear*, your *forgetfulness*, your *procrastination*…?

And yes, that is exactly what I’m suggesting – that all of these and the many other negative states or traits that we seek to overcome, to rid our lives of, are shadows. Meaning? They are not real. And that’s not the only similarity they share with shadows.

Like shadows, they are the result of light being blocked. In other words, when the natural qualities of Light or Love are blocked, that’s when we experience these negative states.

Instead of trying to fight these *empty* shadows, which is such an exhausting and pointless exercise, the enlightened thing to do would be to allow Light/Love to flow without resisting it.

Think about the way you typically deal with any of these *negative* or *unpleasant* or *disempowering* states or feelings. Perhaps you try to suppress them or avoid them or deny them or quickly mask them with other thoughts or activities.

None of these really work and certainly not in the long term. You cannot keep running away from yourself or distracting yourself or denying yourself forever. And the futility and insanity of this becomes obvious when you realize that what you’re running away from or suppressing or denying is not even real!

The only logical and, in the end, painless and liberating way to deal with anything unreal is to allow what is real. And what is real is Light or Love and all its qualities therein.

And the easiest way to do this is to allow those qualities to naturally arise within us using this 3-step Technique that I teach all my clients.

Now, before I explain the 3-step Technique, let me lay down a few simple...

GUIDELINES

• Be in touch with your feelings. Without being aware, you really have no idea what shadow you’re fighting or even the fact that you’re fighting!

• Being aware means being present. You need to be in touch with your feelings as you are experiencing them. Now, this can happen in 2 ways. You can either be aware of them as they arise in a given *real life* situation OR you can be aware of them as you retrospectively or prospectively bring up in your mind a specific situation either from the past or one you can see yourself in in the future. Until you become competent with the technique, it is probably going to be easier for you to use it in the latter scenario.

• When you become aware of the Shadow feeling, allow it to arise and express itself fully. You need to be aware of the entire spectrum of Light or Love that you are blocking in order to allow all of it. So, give yourself all the time you need.

• Do not assume you know how you are feeling. In other words, do not rely on old framings or labels of situations which are often inaccurate shortcuts or surface feelings that your fearful/conditioned mind will offer. Regard each experience as *new* and allow the shadow feelings to reveal themselves to you. Let me explain what I mean with

An example...

I’ve been writing. I come to a point where I’m not feeling good. I pause and check in with my feelings. I don’t ask questions like: Am I bored? Am I angry? Instead, I simply sit and wait for the shadow feelings to arise. I am feeling a general sense of unplesantness but I have no label, no name for it. I simply sit and let it continue to arise fully so that I can feel it fully. That’s all and that is what it is this time.

On a previous occasion, in a similar situation with writing, I felt an unpleasant feeling. When I allowed it to fully arise, I realized it was the feeling of *hard work*. It just felt hard, effortful. That was it that time. On another occasion, it will be different again.

The point to remember here is that each experience is to be treated as a unique and new one. Do not try to shortcut the process by using old labels, old responses or old descriptions to frame the shadow feelings. Doing that would be a pointless exercise. Instead, remain present to each unique experience in order to allow the unique part of the spectrum of Light/Love that you are blocking to flow through giving you exactly what you are missing in THIS specific moment.

Understand that...

En-LIGHT-enment is not a one-time event. It is a moment-to-moment event!

In the same way that you allow your shadow feelings to arise and reveal themselves fully, allow your Light/Love feelings to arise and reveal themselves fully also. Again, do not assume you know what you want to allow. It will be revealed to you from a deeper reality rather than from your conditioned mind. Again, it may not have a known label or name which is not important or necessary anyway. What is important and necessary is the FEELING itself.

In the case of my earlier example of feeling *hard work* or *effortful*, had I assumed that what I wanted to feel was *ease* or *effortless* (as my conditioned mind would have only too eagerly suggested), I would have ignored the deeper reality that was trying to reveal itself. On that particular occasion, it was actually the feeling of *freedom* that I was really wanting to feel and it was this quality of Light/Love that then came through in my writing!

At first, your habitual anxiety, impatience or frustration might get in the way of allowing you to allow your shadow feelings and your Light/Love feelings to arise freely and fully. Remind yourself that this is just your habitual, conditioned response and that if you act on it, nothing changes. (Remember, Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results). Give yourself the freedom to ‘NOT KNOW’! Give yourself the sumptuous experience of discovering something new and real! Give yourself the intoxicating thrill of feeling something different and responding differently! I promise you, these are experiences you will have!

OK, now that I’ve given you the Guidelines, here is the ultra-simple, 3-step Technique (sometimes I think I should give it a more fancy name – any suggestions?).

3-STEP TECHNIQUE to overcome any negative state, feeling or trait:

STEP 1: Ask: How am I feeling? (Let Shadow feelings arise fully following Guidelines)

STEP 2: Ask: How would I like to feel? (Let Light/Love feelings arise fully following Guidelines)

STEP 3: Intend and commit to: I ALLOW this feeling to guide me in my thoughts, words and actions.

Please do not be fooled by the simplicity of the Technique. It has the power to change your life dramatically, heal your relationships instantly, restore health even from chronic illness and shift deeply embedded and disempowering habits of thought, feeling and behavior instantly.

How do I know? Because it has done exactly this for me and when my clients have followed it correctly, they too have experienced amazing shifts.

I will say this though. My clients have also been through a Mentoring program with me where they have had the opportunity to learn and deeply understand the principles that underlie this Technique. You can find these principles in my FREE document, GET’s Timeless Truths Vol1 . You will also find them as daily Flashes of Enlightenment on my Facebook page :)

No longer fighting shadows!

Copyright © Lucy Lopez  All rights reserved.







Lucy Lopez helps people setting and achieve meaningful goals that serve their highest good in the key areas of Relationship, Life Purpose and Health. She does this by helping them identify and replace toxic beliefs that contradict the principle of Effortless = Enlightened Living. Get her FREE Workbook, My Personal Manifesto, in which she helps you connect with your boldest, truest, most liberating, thrilling and enlightened vision of yourself!

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Often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and was the first black South African to hold the office. Born to the Thembu royal family, he studied law at Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, and became involved in anti-colonial politics, joining the ANC and becoming a founding member of its Youth League. Rising to prominence in the ANC's 1952 Defiance Campaign, Mandela was elected President of the Transvaal ANC Branch and oversaw the 1955 Congress of the People. Arrested for seditious activities, he was prosecuted in the Treason Trial and found not guilty, he was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government serving 27 years in prison. International pressure resulted in his release from prison in 1990 when he became ANC President leading to negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multi-racial elections in 1994. Forming a Government of National Unity, Nelson established a new constitution and initiated the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses. Receiving over 250 awards including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, he is presently focused on the work of his Nelson Mandela Foundation addressing the issues of poverty and HIV/AIDS. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Nelson Mandela:

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

~Nelson Mandela

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34 Dares to Make 2013 Your Best year Ever! Here is a FREE new year gift from Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, that we would love to have you share with everyone you know:-)

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President of Columbia University, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and 1931 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nicholas M. Butler, was called "Nicholas Miraculous" by U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt. After earning his doctorate from Columbia College at age 20, he studied in Paris and Berlin becoming friends with future Secretary of State Elihu Root through which he met Roosevelt.  In 1902, he became President of Columbia University, a post he held for 43 years while co-founding the New York School for the Training of Teachers which later became affiliated with Columbia. Interestingly, as a member of the Pulitzer Prize board that selected Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls for it's 1941 prize, he convinced the board to reverse it's decision because he found the book offensive, and no novel received the prize that year. Enjoy today's success quotation by Nicholas M. Butler:

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.

~Nicholas M. Butler

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World peace advocate, Norman Cousins, began his literary career as a staffer on the New York Evening Post and rose to the position of managing editor. He promoted liberal causes such as nuclear disarmament and world peace through his writings. In 1945, he wrote he felt "the deepest guilt" over the dropping of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb and that editorial was later expanded into a book. In the 1960's he started the American-Soviet Dartmouth Conferences for peace process and served as chairman of the Committee for Sane Nuclear Policy, which warned that the world was bound for nuclear holocaust if the nuclear arms race was not halted. His continued work in this area, including writing several books on the subject, helped move forward the Soviet-American test ban treaty and Cousins was publicly thanked by President John F. Kennedy and Pope John XXIII. Among his many awards were a personal medallion by the Pope, the Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Award in 1963, the Family Man of the Year Award in 1968, the United Nations Peace Medal in 1971, and the Niwano Peace Prize in 1990.  Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Norman Cousins:

Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.

~Norman Cousins


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Norman Vincent Peale was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922 but changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in America in 1932 beginning a 52-year role as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan.
Peale started a radio program, "The Art of Living," in 1935, which lasted for 54 years, and published his most widely read book, "The Power of Positive Thinking" in 1952 staying on the New York Times bestseller list for 186 consecutive weeks.


Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.

~Norman Vincent Peale

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"When I was seven years old, I saw my first public execution, but I thought my life in North Korea was normal."

So many of us take freedom for granted. Listen to this inspirational story of a brave young woman's harrowing escape from North Korea.  The Ted.com transcript of her presentation appears below the video.



When I was little, I thought my country was the best on the planet, and I grew up singing a song called "Nothing To Envy." And I was very proud. In school, we spent a lot of time studying the history of Kim Il-Sung, but we never learned much about the outside world, except that America, South Korea, Japan are the enemies. Although I often wondered about the outside world, I thought I would spend my entire life in North Korea, until everything suddenly changed.

When I was seven years old, I saw my first public execution, but I thought my life in North Korea was normal. My family was not poor, and myself, I had never experienced hunger.

But one day, in 1995, my mom brought home a letter from a coworker's sister. It read, "When you read this, all five family members will not exist in this world, because we haven't eaten for the past two weeks. We are lying on the floor together, and our bodies are so weak we are ready to die."

I was so shocked. This was the first time I heard that people in my country were suffering. Soon after, when I was walking past a train station, I saw something terrible that I can't erase from my memory. A lifeless woman was lying on the ground, while an emaciated child in her arms just stared helplessly at his mother's face. But nobody helped them, because they were so focused on taking care of themselves and their families.

A huge famine in North Korea in the mid-1990s. Ultimately, more than a million North Koreans died during the famine, and many only survived by eating grass, bugs and tree bark. Power outages also became more and more frequent, so everything around me was completely dark at night except for the sea of lights in China, just across the river from my home. I always wondered why they had lights but we didn't. This is a satellite picture of  North Korea at night compared to neighbors.

This is the Amrok River, which serves as a part of the border between North Korea and China. As you can see, the river can be very narrow at certain points, allowing North Koreans to secretly cross. But many die. Sometimes, I saw dead bodies floating down the river. I can't reveal many details [about] how I left North Korea, but I only can say that during the ugly years of the famine I was sent to China to live with distant relatives. But I only thought that I would be separated from my family for a short time. I could have never imagined that it would take 14 years to live together.

In China, it was hard living as a young girl without my family. I had no idea what life was going to be like as a North Korean refugee, but I soon learned it's not only extremely difficult, it's also very dangerous, since North Korean refugees are considered in China as illegal migrants. So I was living in constant fear that my identity could be revealed, and I would be repatriated to a horrible fate back in North Korea.

One day, my worst nightmare came true, when I was caught by the Chinese police and brought to the police station for interrogation. Someone had accused me of being North Korean, so they tested my Chinese language abilities and asked me tons of questions. I was so scared, I thought my heart was going to explode. If anything seemed unnatural, I could be imprisoned and repatriated. I thought my life was over, but I managed to control all the emotions inside me and answer the questions. After they finished questioning me, one official said to another, "This was a false report. She's not North Korean." And they let me go. It was a miracle.

Some North Koreans in China seek asylum in foreign embassies, but many can be caught by the Chinese police and repatriated. These girls were so lucky. Even though they were caught, they were eventually released after heavy international pressure. These North Koreans were not so lucky. Every year, countless North Koreans are caught in China and repatriated to North Korea, where they can be tortured, imprisoned or publicly executed.

Even though I was really fortunate to get out, many other North Koreans have not been so lucky. It's tragic that North Koreans have to hide their identities and struggle so hard just to survive. Even after learning a new language and getting a job, their whole world can be turned upside down in an instant. That's why, after 10 years of hiding my identity, I decided to risk going to South Korea, and I started a new life yet again.

Settling down in South Korea was a lot more challenging than I had expected. English was so important in South Korea, so I had to start learning my third language. Also, I realized there was a wide gap between North and South. We are all Korean, but inside, we have become very different due to 67 years of division. I even went through an identity crisis. Am I South Korean or North Korean? Where am I from? Who am I? Suddenly, there was no country I could proudly call my own.

Even though adjusting to life in South Korea was not easy, I made a plan. I started studying for the university entrance exam.

Just as I was starting to get used to my new life, I received a shocking phone call. The North Korean authorities intercepted some money that I sent to my family, and, as a punishment, my family was going to be forcibly removed to a desolate location in the countryside. They had to get out quickly, so I started planning how to help them escape.

North Koreans have to travel incredible distances on the path to freedom. It's almost impossible to cross the border between North Korea and South Korea, so, ironically, I took a flight back to China and I headed toward the North Korean border. Since my family couldn't speak Chinese, I had to guide them, somehow, through more than 2,000 miles in China and then into Southeast Asia. The journey by bus took one week, and we were almost caught several times. One time, our bus was stopped and boarded by a Chinese police officer. He took everyone's I.D. cards, and he started asking them questions. Since my family couldn't understand Chinese, I thought my family was going to be arrested. As the Chinese officer approached my family, I impulsively stood up, and I told him that these are deaf and dumb people that I was chaperoning. He looked at me suspiciously, but luckily he believed me.

We made it all the way to the border of Laos, but I had to spend almost all my money to bribe the border guards in Laos. But even after we got past the border, my family was arrested and jailed for illegal border crossing. After I paid the fine and bribe, my family was released in one month, but soon after, my family was arrested and jailed again in the capital of Laos.

This was one of the lowest points in my life. I did everything to get my family to freedom, and we came so close, but my family was thrown in jail just a short distance from the South Korean embassy. I went back and forth between the immigration office and the police station, desperately trying to get my family out, but I didn't have enough money to pay a bribe or fine anymore. I lost all hope.

At that moment, I heard one man's voice ask me, "What's wrong?"

I was so surprised that a total stranger cared enough to ask. In my broken English, and with a dictionary, I explained the situation, and without hesitating, the man went to the ATM and he paid the rest of the money for my family and two other North Koreans to get out of jail.

I thanked him with all my heart, and I asked him, "Why are you helping me?"

"I'm not helping you," he said. "I'm helping the North Korean people."

I realized that this was a symbolic moment in my life. The kind stranger symbolized new hope for me and the North Korean people when we needed it most, and he showed me the kindness of strangers and the support of the international community are truly the rays of hope we North Korean people need.

Eventually, after our long journey, my family and I were reunited in South Korea, but getting to freedom is only half the battle. Many North Koreans are separated from their families, and when they arrive in a new country, they start with little or no money. So we can benefit from the international community for education, English language training, job training, and more. We can also act as a bridge between the people inside North Korea and the outside world, because many of us stay in contact with family members still inside, and we send information and money that is helping to change North Korea from inside.

I've been so lucky, received so much help and inspiration in my life, so I want to help give aspiring North Koreans a chance to prosper with international support. I'm confident that you will see more and more North Koreans succeeding all over the world, including the TED stage.

Thank you.

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Rumi:

Be notorious.

~Rumi


Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Orison Swett Marden:

Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.

~Orison Swett Marden


Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, had the privilege of hearing Og Mandino speak and meeting him in 1996 at a non-denominational church in Michigan where Marianne Williamson was a pastor. It was one of, if not the last public speech he gave before his passing. Having sold over 50 million books that have been translated into 25 languages, he is probably known best for his book, The Greatest Salesman in the World. After serving as a bombadier in World War II alongside actor Jimmy Stewart, Og started selling life insurance and also became an alcoholic, losing his marriage. At his lowest point, he picked up the book, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, by Napoleon Hill, which changed his life, and he evenutally began writing books being further influenced by self-help books written by W. Clement Stone and Emmet Fox as well as the Bible. As one of the world's most famous speakers, Og was eventually inducted into the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame. Enjoy today's success quotation by Og Mandino:

I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.

~Og Mandino

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If you're looking for the perfect online greeting card for a special friend, Modern Day Mastery co-founder Rick Beneteau's "My Prayer for You" might be a great alternative to the free greeting card sites you've been looking at. Rick's powerful words simply wish the best kind of life for those you want to bless with this powerfully inspirational message. If you find "My Prayer for You" the perfect message to send a special friend 'just because', click on the link at the bottom to download a printable PDF with our compliments.

My Prayer for You


I pray that…
... your eyes see goodness in all people and all things.
... you feel love toward every living creature.
... gratitude fills your heart and every thought and all your conversations.
... your positive attitude is infectious, even contagious.
... your smile makes happy all hearts surrounding you.
... your joyful spirit fills the emptiness of others.

I pray that…

... your words are kind and your actions kinder.
... compassion is at the core of all you do.
... seeds of forgiveness find fertile ground upon which to flower.
... your generosity touches not only those next to you but reaches beyond to those you may never meet.
... patience prevails.

I pray that…
... you are blessed with absolute clarity of mind, and precious purpose.
... the fuel of passion burns ever so brightly in every task you undertake.
... courage and caution strike an even more perfect balance in your life.
... integrity and excellence are at the forefront of all your works.
... humility becomes the foundation of your every accomplishment.
... you ask for, and receive the Divine Inspiration that is duly yours.

I pray that…
... the breezes of peace and serenity fill your sails for the remainder of your journey.
... the light that is You burns as an even brighter beacon to illuminate all that is right, and just.
... your heart and hands will always be busy building a better world.

May your body, spirit and soul ~ dance, laugh and sing!

©Rick Beneteau

Have you ever combed through online greeting cards looking for that perfect message for a loved one unable to find the perfect card?  Perhaps the next time you're looking for free greeting cards this inspirational poem from Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, might be just what you're looking for. If you find "If I Were" the perfect message for a loved one, click on the link at the bottom to download a printable PDF with our compliments.

If I were a mountain path, I’d be the trail you blaze.

If I were a valley, I’d be the fertile ground from which you could see the mountain top.

If I were a grain of sand, I’d lie in the footprint you left for others to follow.

If I were the sun, I’d be the glorious sunrise upon which you gaze.

If I were a tree, I’d bear delicious fruit on branches that would shade you on summer days.

If I were the moon, I’d be the light that illuminates your darkest night.

If I were a wave, I’d be the swell that lifts and propels the vessel you sail.

If I were the wind, I’d be the gust that firmly presses against your back.

If I were a flower, I’d be the bud that bursts into bloom before your eyes.

If I were a butterfly, my wings would light gracefully on your shoulder.

If I were a cloud, I’d lift a rainbow to fill your heart with joy.

If I were a song, I’d be a symphony that moves your soul like no music before.

If I were a thought, I’d be the happiest thought you’ll ever have.

If I were a wish, I’d be your fondest dream come true.

©Rick Beneteau

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If you're looking for a printable sympathy card Modern Day Mastery co-founder Rick Beneteau's "Legacy" might be a great alternative to the free greeting card sites you've been looking at. Rick's touching poem and inspirational video have comforted many families at their time of need over the years. If you find "The Legacy You Leave" the perfect message for a grieving friend, click on the link at the bottom to download a printable PDF with our compliments.

The Legacy You Leave


All You will leave behind for the world to remember is  Your Legacy, so ask yourself…

Will you have earned the respect of your peers and the admiration of your critics?

Will you have acted humbly at the peak of success and graceful in the face of defeat?

Will you have kept your childlike wonder and reveled in the beauty of the world and the small miracles that each day brought?

Will you be remembered for how often you laughed and brought smiles to the hearts of others?

Will small children and the elderly have been overjoyed to be around you?

Will others have trusted you with their inner most secrets?

Will you have forgiven and offered heartfelt apology?

Will you have looked for the very best, and done your utmost to build worth, in others?

Will you have fed a hungry child or clothed a naked man or given hope to a stranger in dire need?

Will you have left this world a better place by the life you have lived?

What Legacy will You Leave?

©Rick Beneteau

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"And I think, of those people who, for example, placed their savings with the very aptly named Mr. Madoff, who then made off with them, and I think of them, and I think, well, yes, too much trust."

From the Ted.com website: Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. That’s a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world … but, says philosopher Onora O’Neill, we don’t really understand what we're suggesting. She flips the question, showing us that our three most common ideas about trust are actually misdirected.

The Ted.com transcript of Onora O’Neill's Ted Talk appears below the video.



So I'm going to talk about trust, and I'm going to start by reminding you of the standard views that people have about trust. I think these are so commonplace, they've become clichés of our society. And I think there are three. One's a claim: there has been a great decline in trust, very widely believed. The second is an aim: we should have more trust. And the third is a task: we should rebuild trust.

I think that the claim, the aim and the task are all misconceived. So what I'm going to try to tell you today is a different story about a claim, an aim and a task which I think give one quite a lot better purchase on the matter.

First the claim: Why do people think trust has declined? And if I really think about it on the basis of my own evidence, I don't know the answer. I'm inclined to think it may have declined in some activities or some institutions and it might have grown in others. I don't have an overview. But, of course, I can look at the opinion polls, and the opinion polls are supposedly the source of a belief that trust has declined. When you actually look at opinion polls across time, there's not much evidence for that. That's to say, the people who were mistrusted 20 years ago, principally journalists and politicians, are still mistrusted. And the people who were highly trusted 20 years ago are still rather highly trusted: judges, nurses. The rest of us are in between, and by the way, the average person in the street is almost exactly midway. But is that good evidence? What opinion polls record is, of course, opinions. What else can they record? So they're looking at the generic attitudes that people report when you ask them certain questions. Do you trust politicians? Do you trust teachers?

Now if somebody said to you, "Do you trust green grocers? Do you trust fishmongers? Do you trust elementary school teachers?" you would probably begin by saying, "To do what?" And that would be a perfectly sensible response. And you might say, when you understood the answer to that, "Well, I trust some of them, but not others." That's a perfectly rational thing. In short, in our real lives, we seek to place trust in a differentiated way. We don't make an assumption that the level of trust that we will have in every instance of a certain type of official or office-holder or type of person is going to be uniform. I might, for example, say that I certainly trust a certain elementary school teacher I know to teach the reception class to read, but in no way to drive the school minibus. I might, after all, know that she wasn't a good driver. I might trust my most loquacious friend to keep a conversation going but not -- but perhaps not to keep a secret. Simple.

So if we've got those evidence in our ordinary lives of the way that trust is differentiated, why do we sort of drop all that intelligence when we think about trust more abstractly? I think the polls are very bad guides to the level of trust that actually exists, because they try to obliterate the good judgment that goes into placing trust.

Secondly, what about the aim? The aim is to have more trust. Well frankly, I think that's a stupid aim. It's not what I would aim at. I would aim to have more trust in the trustworthy but not in the untrustworthy. In fact, I aim positively to try not to trust the untrustworthy. And I think, of those people who, for example, placed their savings with the very aptly named Mr. Madoff, who then made off with them, and I think of them, and I think, well, yes, too much trust. More trust is not an intelligent aim in this life. Intelligently placed and intelligently refused trust is the proper aim. Well once one says that, one says, yeah, okay, that means that what matters in the first place is not trust but trustworthiness. It's judging how trustworthy people are in particular respects.

And I think that judgment requires us to look at three things. Are they competent? Are they honest? Are they reliable? And if we find that a person is competent in the relevant matters, and reliable and honest, we'll have a pretty good reason to trust them, because they'll be trustworthy. But if, on the other hand, they're unreliable, we might not. I have friends who are competent and honest, but I would not trust them to post a letter, because they're forgetful. I have friends who are very confident they can do certain things, but I realize that they overestimate their own competence. And I'm very glad to say, I don't think I have many friends who are competent and reliable but extremely dishonest. (Laughter) If so, I haven't yet spotted it.

But that's what we're looking for: trustworthiness before trust. Trust is the response. Trustworthiness is what we have to judge. And, of course, it's difficult. Across the last few decades, we've tried to construct systems of accountability for all sorts of institutions and professionals and officials and so on that will make it easier for us to judge their trustworthiness. A lot of these systems have the converse effect. They don't work as they're supposed to. I remember I was talking with a midwife who said, "Well, you see, the problem is it takes longer to do the paperwork than to deliver the baby." And all over our public life, our institutional life, we find that problem, that the system of accountability that is meant to secure trustworthiness and evidence of trustworthiness is actually doing the opposite. It is distracting people who have to do difficult tasks, like midwives, from doing them by requiring them to tick the boxes, as we say. You can all give your own examples there.

So so much for the aim. The aim, I think, is more trustworthiness, and that is going to be different if we are trying to be trustworthy and communicate our trustworthiness to other people, and if we are trying to judge whether other people or office-holders or politicians are trustworthy. It's not easy. It is judgment, and simple reaction, attitudes, don't do adequately here.

Now thirdly, the task. Calling the task rebuilding trust, I think, also gets things backwards. It suggests that you and I should rebuild trust. Well, we can do that for ourselves. We can rebuild a bit of trustworthiness. We can do it two people together trying to improve trust. But trust, in the end, is distinctive because it's given by other people. You can't rebuild what other people give you. You have to give them the basis for giving you their trust. So you have to, I think, be trustworthy. And that, of course, is because you can't fool all of the people all of the time, usually. But you also have to provide usable evidence that you are trustworthy. How to do it? Well every day, all over the place, it's being done by ordinary people, by officials, by institutions, quite effectively. Let me give you a simple commercial example. The shop where I buy my socks says I may take them back, and they don't ask any questions. They take them back and give me the money or give me the pair of socks of the color I wanted. That's super. I trust them because they have made themselves vulnerable to me. I think there's a big lesson in that. If you make yourself vulnerable to the other party, then that is very good evidence that you are trustworthy and you have confidence in what you are saying. So in the end, I think what we are aiming for is not very difficult to discern. It is relationships in which people are trustworthy and can judge when and how the other person is trustworthy.

So the moral of all this is, we need to think much less about trust, let alone about attitudes of trust detected or mis-detected by opinion polls, much more about being trustworthy, and how you give people adequate, useful and simple evidence that you're trustworthy.

Thanks.

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One of Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau's most popular quotes about fear is "Fear is the cancer of the human spirit." Indeed, the power of  fear is a show stopper and undoubtedly the foremost reason most people leave this life without achieving the great works they could have created. The quote author in this inspirational post, American media mogul, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, Oprah Gail Winfrey is the quintessental example of someone who fearlessly walked their talk on the road to impacting countless millions around the world. Born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother, Oprah experienced considerable hardship during her childhood becoming pregnant (she was raped) at 14 only to lose her son in infancy. Not allowing this unfortunate start to life to hold her back she slowly rose through the ranks of radio and television until The Oprah Winfrey Show ultimately reinvented talk show television with a focus on self-improvement, self-help and spirituality. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Oprah Winfrey:

Whatever you fear most has no power. It is your fear that has the power.

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~Oprah Winfrey

American spiritual, New Thought Movement author, Orison Swett Marden, while holding a degree in medicine from Harvard, started his career as a hotel owner. Raised in many homes after his mother died at an early age, he developed an interest in self-help after reading a book by Scottish author Samuel Smiles. After losing the hotels he purchased due to financial challenges, he started writing down his philosophical ideas, with the goal of inspiring others as he had been inspired by Samuel Smiles. Also influenced by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Orison wrote his first manuscript while living above a livery stable and while dining one evening in a nearby cafe, the stable burned to the ground and his 1000-page work was lost. He re-wrote the book and “Pushing to the Front” became the biggest classic in the history of personal development books at that time. It's said that people like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and J.P. Morgan were inspired by the book. Marden went on to write more than twenty other inspirational books.  Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Orison Swett Marden:

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.

~Orison Swett Marden


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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Oscar Wilde:

Life is too important to talk about it seriously.

~Oscar Wilde


Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Osho:

One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don't leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.

~Osho

"Stern, if this factory ever produces a shell that can actually be fired, I'll be very unhappy."

Dark. Horrifying. Inspiring. True.

Schindler's List  movie review

The Holocaust is one of the largest stains on humanity. Steven Speilberg's Schindler's List has done what no movie maker or documentary filmmaker has done to date. He not only brought the Holocaust into your living room... he transports you to the very heart of the Holocaust.

Although visually stunning in lavish black & white, Schindler's List is anything but pretty. In my opinion though, it's one of the most inspirational films ever made.

Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a slick wartime profiteer who curries favor with the up and coming Nazi regime, the film dwells on his relationships with Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), the memorable Jewish accountant for Schindler's factory who serves as the seed for his boss' humanitarian transformation by movies end, and, sadistic, alcoholic Commandant, Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), who for sport, shoots the Jewish workers from the balcony of the labor camp he oversees.

Schindler fills his pots and pans factory with unpaid workers from the Nazi-created, Jewish-filled Krakow ghetto. For Oskar this means profit. For Stern and his Jewish community this means a get-out-of-jail card from the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp and hopefully, survival. Later, when Schindler begins witnessing cruel treatment of the workers in his factory, now converted to a munitions plant, his conscious starts kicking in (aided by the non-stop nudging of Stern) and he begins hiring more Polish Jews, bribing Nazi leaders to keep Jews on his employee lists and out of the camps.

By the time the Allies are closing in there is full-fledged negotiation with  Goeth to buy as many Jews as Schindler's money would allow and get them to safety.

An especially touching scene is when Oskar, near the end of the film and near tears, passionately says to Stern:

"This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people."

Now sobbing, he exclaims:

"This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern. For this. I could have gotten one more person... and I didn't! And I... I didn't"!

As Oskar had bribed and manipulated upstart Nazi's to make a blood fortune from war, he uses his same cunning tactics spending that fortune putting 1,100 Polish Jews on Schindler's list saving them from certain death. The closing scenes are of the descendants of Schindler Jews today.

Schindler's List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture and Best Director for Spielberg.

This classic is not for the faint of heart but Schindler's List will open your heart.

Inspirational movie review by Rick Beneteau







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Enjoy today's spiritual quote by P.D. Ouspensky:

It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.

~P.D. Ouspensky


Pablo Neruda, pen name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician, Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, was called "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language" by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. His collections include Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. He served as a senator for the Chilean Communist Party and after an arrest warrant was issued in 1948 when Communism in Chile was outlawed he fled to Argentina. Pable was awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 and he was awarded the prestigious Golden Wreath Award the next year. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation, a powerful piece of life wisdom:

A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn't play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.

~Pablo Neruda

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Enjoy today's success quote by Pablo Picasso:

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

~Pablo Picasso


Enjoy today's spiritual quote by Paramahansa Yogananda:

You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God's creative principle works in you.

~Paramahansa Yogananda


Brazilian novelist, Paulo Coelho, is one of the world's most read authors. He immersed from a mental instiutution in his youth, being placed there by his parents after expressing a strong desire to break from traditional thinking and a traditional career path, to first pursue a musical path, collaborating with Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Raul Seixas, and then authoring over 40 books. His most popular book, The Alchemist, has gone on to sell more than 65 million copies and has been translated into 71 languages becoming the most translated book in history. Paulo founded the Paulo Coelho Institute in 1996, which provides aid to children and elderly people with financial problems and was named a Messenger of Peace to the UN.   Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by Paulo Coelho:

Remember: Life is short, there is no time to leave important words unsaid.

~Paulo Coelho

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"Are you saying you'll flunk us if we don't change the world?"

Many movie reviews of Pay It Forward crticize the 2000 film as being too syrupy and sentimental. The way I see it, better today's young folk watch an inspirational movie like this than the latest violent video game.

Based on a popular novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the story begins when a hard-nosed reporter (Jay Mohr), about to lose his job, receives an unexpected favor from a wealthy person and learns of a movement called Pay It Forward where individuals do favors for others expecting nothing in return other than requesting the recipient does the same for three other people.

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Enter one of Hollywood's finest actors, Kevin Spacey, who plays the teacher, Eugene Simonet, in whose class student Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment), comes up with that world-changing idea. He visualizes what the world would be like if everyone paid it forward. Can you imagine that?

The story deepens when we find the concept affecting the lives of Eugene, whose face is disfigured, and Trevor's mother, Arlene (Helen Hunt), a self-destructive cocktail waitress in an abusive relationship with Trevor's father, played by Jon Bon Jovi. Even Arlene's homeless mother (Angie Dickinson) is touched by her grandson's inspirational idea. The cast of Pay It Forward is, to say the least, exemplary.

On the personal side, I had the pleasure of co-teaching my grandson's grade 5 class a few years ago, taking an afternoon to discuss the subject of paying it forward. The class started with a story I told about two young boys I introduced to the pay-it-forward concept (you can read about that here). The teacher then played critical scenes of the Pay It Forward movie which led to a class discussion on the topic. The students were thrilled to recount ways in which they helped family, friends and strangers in the past but they were less thrilled when they were handed an out-of-school assignment where they had to go out into the community and pay it forward chronicling their stories. The beautiful thing was this teacher told me a few years later that students from that class were still coming up to him to tell their latest pay it forward story:-)

Too syrupy and sentimental? I don't think so!

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If you're looking for the perfect free printable online card for a loved one, Modern Day Mastery co-founder Rick Beneteau's The Richest Soul might be a great alternative to the free greeting card sites you've been searching through. Rick's inspirational poem about gratitude has inspired thousands over the years and may just be the kind of motivational message someone in your life needs. Please click on the link at the bottom to download a printable PDF with our compliments.

The Richest Soul


He set out on a journey
To find the richest soul
To ask of them one question
How did they become so

He'd yearned for fame and riches
Throughout his pauper life
Obsessed to learn the secret
To end the years of strife

The night he left he kissed his bride
And squeezed his children's hands
Vowing he'd return the richest
Soul in all the land

But fruitless months turned into years
As he traveled far and wide
At every mansion and castle gate
He was abruptly turned aside

Discouraged and dejected
He finally turned towards home
To find famine claimed his family
Their names now etched in stone

He fell upon their gravesite
With a silent, tearful plea
And was answered that the richest soul
Had all the time been he

©Rick Beneteau

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While the media makes much of the tensions in the Middle East between the Palestinians and the Jews, there sits a Peace School in Jerusalem. All one has to do is watch this inspirational video to realize it simply doesn't have to be this way. Modern Day Mastery founders, Julian Kalmar and Rick Beneteau, founded the humanitarian organization, 10 Million Clicks For Peace, based on the premise we are all much more alike than different, and one of Rick's personal quotations has it, "The more childlike we are the more we can change the world"!

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Known for walking over 25,000 miles on her peace pilgrimage, iconic spiritual teacher Peace Pilgrim continues to influence the cause of world peace long after her passing in 1981. Her book, "Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words" has sold over 400,000 copies and 1,500,000 copies of her booklet, 'Steps Toward Inner Peace" have been distributed.

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Enjoy today's spiritual quote by Pema Chodron:

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.

~Pema Chodron


The words in the below graphic quotation were spoken by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, as part of the eulogy he delivered in honor of his father, Percy J. Beneteau, in front of hundreds of his dad's music friends, service club friends and family in 1996 during the dedication service that was held to celebrate the lifelong music scholarship in his name at the University of Windsor. A full transcript of the eulogy can be downloaded here, however, the point of Rick's talk was that when we love what we do we cannot help but do it with Love and Joy, and we make a truly measurable difference in the world. This service was graced with the performances of many of Windsor and Detroit's classical musicians in celebration of a great man's legacy. In 1994, Pope John Paul II presented Percy with the highest civilian award the Vatican gives, The Benemerenti Medal.

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What would the perfect day in your life would look like? Would it be a day with no traffic snarls, a boss in a good mood, closing a big deal and watching a favorite movie before reitirng, or, would it look something like what Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has written for today's quotation of mastery?

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Most of us will leave this life without claiming our birthright - discovering our personal power. The essence of Modern Day Mastery is that we indeed claim our personal power in such a way as we teach others to do the same and together, we set out on personal missions to change the world.  Does today's spiritual wisdom by Carlos Castaneda make sense to you?

Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word is enough to change the course of our lives. If we don't, the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and that revelation won't make a damn bit of difference. Do you know that at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know you can use that eternity, if you so desire? Do you know that you can extend yourself forever in any direction and use it to take the totality of yourself forever in any direction? Do you know that one moment can be eternity? If you had enough personal power, my words alone would serve as a means to round up the totality of yourself and get to the crucial part of it out of the boundaries in which it is contained.

~Carlos Castaneda

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One of the questions we seem to ask ourselves often is "how do I find success?" Many people measure success by the size of their home or make of their car or how many diplomas hang on their wall. Other define success in terms of career advancement. Here's a wonderful perspective on success by motivational author, Steve Goodier:

Rabbi Harold Kushner tells a wonderful story about a bright young man who was a sophomore Stanford pre-med student. To reward him for having done so well in school, his parents gave him a trip to Asia for the summer.

While there he met a guru who said to him, "Don't you see how you are poisoning your soul with this success-oriented way of life? Your idea of happiness is to stay up all night studying for an exam so you can get a better grade than your best friend. Your idea of a good marriage is not to find the woman who will make you whole, but to win the girl that everyone else wants."

"That's not how people are supposed to live," the sage admonished. "Give it up; come join us in an atmosphere where we all share and love each other."

The young man had completed four years at a competitive high school to get into Stanford, plus two years of pre-med courses at the university. He was ripe for this sort of approach. He called his parents from Tokyo and told them he would not be coming home. He was dropping out of school to live in an ashram (a spiritual retreat).

Six months later, his parents got a letter from him:

"Dear Mom and Dad,

I know you weren't happy with the decision I made last summer, but I want to tell you how happy it has made me. For the first time in my life, I am at peace. Here there is no competing, no hustling, no trying to get ahead of anyone else. Here we are all equal, and we all share. This way of life is so much in harmony with the inner essence of my soul that in only six months I've become the number two disciple in the entire ashram, and I think I can be number one by June!"

It's not always about achievement -- doing more and doing it better than anyone else. In our highly-competetive world, it is good to remember that success actually begins with doing the RIGHT thing. Miss that, and nothing else matters.

One man put it like this: "I spent my life frantically climbing the ladder of success. When I got to the top I realized it was leaning against the wrong building." Even if he got to the top first, it made no difference. There is no merit in being first to arrive at the wrong place.

Do you know what one difference between efficient and effective is? One who is efficient does the thing in the best possible way; one who is effective does the best possible thing. More important than efficiency is effectiveness. More important than climbing high on the ladder is climbing the right ladder.

Blessed are those who accomplish...the right thing. Blessed are those who scale the mountain and, whether or not they even make it to the top, they know they chose the right path. These people will have found success.

©Steve Goodier







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Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and business author, Peter Drucker, is one of the best-known and most influential thinkers and writers on the subject of business management theory and practice. He was known for his many accurate predictions of 20th century major developments including privatization and decentralization; the rise of Japan to an economic world power; the decisive importance of marketing; and the emergence of the information society. Peter became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1943 and started a distinguished career as a teacher, first as a professor of politics and philosophy at Bennington College and then at New York University as a professor of management. Two prestigious institutions bear his name: The Drucker Institute and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, both housed at Claremont Graduate University. Enjoy today's success quotation by Peter Drucker:

Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.

~Peter Drucker

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Most people would be shocked if they truly understood how powerful our thoughts are, how our thoughts direct our lives and that we direct our thoughts.  Our beliefs, our experiences, our results and ultimately our level of peace and happiness can be radically changed - for the better - by changing our thoughts and thinking. Enjoy this personal development article by top spiritual teacher and great friend of Modern Day Mastery, Peter Shepherd.

Your every thought and word is contributing to your life experience. Your thoughts produce your emotions that, in turn, result in how you feel about a particular event occurring in your life. This is why two people can look at the exact same event and have opposite feelings about it. You are creating your own subjective reality, moment by moment, with the thoughts you choose to think and what you say, both to yourself and others. And through the power of Spirit your subjective reality impinges on the physical reality.

It isn't so much a 'magical' process as a way of being that is quite foreign to most people. The average guy just does not realize that he can change his actions, feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and identity. Instead they are perceived as the result of influences upon him, so he feels molded and in effect, with few choices. Life just happens to him, and it's all other people's fault. The truth - that he is responsible for the quality of his life - is, in that context, a revelation. Because if he's responsible, then he can change things around.

This is the reason Trans4mind exists - to help people in the process of improving their lives. All the products we recommend support an improved ability to manifest your dreams - to take your life to a new conscious level.

Current events have demonstrated a tremendous desire on the behalf of perhaps the majority of people in the world for peace in their lives. They are no longer satisfied with the mentality of political conflict, which endangers economic progress and human rights and freedoms. But most importantly, I feel that many people are now aware that if we want peace in the world, first we need to make peace with our own lives. It's human nature that needs to change, and we are capable of making such a transformation.

Our experience in the world reflects our inner state - yes, this is a kind of magic, but that is the reality, the world is miraculous. I have seen so much evidence of this when I - or a student or client - have made a genuine shift in our belief system that resolves an inner conflict, then very soon our real-world circumstances change accordingly. We mirror our internal state - our resistance/fear and acceptance/love - in our personal life experience. As a group we mirror our consciousness in world events. It is our personal responsibility to become aware of our contribution to the group consciousness, to help create a world with more opportunities for ourselves and our loved ones - which ultimately means for everyone.

So what wars do we wage inside? The purposes and goals that we hold dearly - some we may have brought into this life or felt most strongly as a child or young person - are often compromised in the face of problems that we discover in trying to achieve them, and we may forget about them (actually suppress them) and opt for safer solutions. Playing the safe game is a sad conflict with the game we really (still) want to play. We have become someone else, a substitute for our true self. Reinforcing this position are the attachments we have come to cling on to, the fears we may have of losing control of our safe space, the resistance we feel against elements of change, and the judgments we make that prevent acceptance of what is.

Before we can contribute through our consciousness toward peace in the world, we need to make peace with ourselves. Before we can love others unconditionally, we need to be able to genuinely love ourselves. Before we can forgive and cease making judgments of others, we need to learn how to forgive ourselves and warmly accept ourselves just as we are.

Self-forgiveness recaptures the energy that you were giving away in guilt and resistance against the past. It frees you to be yourself again - a new, happier and wiser you.

If we can forgive ourselves, then we can more easily forgive others. If we don't feel able to forgive others, then we clearly haven't learned to love ourselves. And the irony is, when we do truly love ourselves, we and others will not even need any forgiveness because we are able to accept the past, present, and future as it is, without judgment. Our creation. Discrimination - of good/bad, right/wrong, ugly/beautiful - is not part of the vocabulary of love.

I feel a positive approach is the way to go. An approach to life empowered by the love that is the nature of our being, and is effective in creating peace and happiness. The alternative - applying resistance, judgment, antagonism and hatred - is to be ruled by fear, which is to deny one's essence, and has the effect of empowering that which one opposes.

To better our position, to be able to open up our space and express our true desires, we first need to come to terms with our situation. Our true nature is an expression of love and that is the quality that we need first to rediscover in our consciousness.

Remember, there's no beauty that you could perceive or create if it weren't already within you.
© Peter Shepherd

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From the YouTube site: "Planet Earth" is a 2006 television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. After I watched all 11 episodes, I tried to compress all the beautiful images in one video. That's how I came up with this marvelous 13 minutes. If you really like this I suggest you to watch the whole documentary because at the end of each fifty-minute episode, a ten-minute featurette takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the series.


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Enjoy today's success quote by Maya Angelou quotation:

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

~Maya Angelou


We define Modern Day Mastery as the awakened control of one’s heart, mind, thoughts, feelings, and spirit, to accomplish a particular task or mission as part of a greater service. This 15 year-old quotation from Rick Beneteau alludes to the power each one of us has in making a great difference in the life of a single person and therefore, in the world.

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Have you ever stopped to think that every great work of art, or awesome feat of engineering or mindbending invention started as a single thought in the mind of a single person? A simple, ordinary thought. The difference between the Henry Ford's, Frank Lloyd Wright's and Thomas Edison's of this world, and most of us, is they recognized the power of a single thought and were convinced beyond belief that they could, in fact, make the ordinary, extraordinary. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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The following story about Benjamin Franklin by motivational author, Steve Goodier,  is testament to the single greatest power we possess - the power of choice. Learn how a man who couldn't keep friends morphed into one of the most influential figures in history in this inspirational article: 

"Becoming aware of my character defects leads me naturally to the next step of blaming my parents," one woman quips.

Benjamin Franklin didn't feel that way. Becoming aware of his character defects led him to something quite remarkable. He exercised what author J. Martin Kohe calls YOUR GREATEST POWER -- your power to choose.

Franklin noticed that he had difficulty getting along with people. He tended to argue too much. He had trouble making and keeping friends. So he made a choice. He chose to examine his own personality and make a list of what he considered undesirable personality traits. (It's not known if other people helped him make this list.)

It was New Year's Day. Franklin finished his list of personality traits he wanted to change. He identified 13 character flaws and determined to work on each one for a week. He did this for an entire year and finally checked each trait off his list.

Benjamin Franklin developed one of the finest personalities in America. People looked up to him and admired him. When the colonies needed help from France, they sent Franklin. The French liked him and gave him what he wanted.

Suppose Franklin had chosen to go through life without using his greatest power -- his power to choose. Suppose he reasoned that there was really nothing he could do about himself. Would France have supported the colonies? The history of the world may have been significantly different.

One good wish changes nothing. But one good decision changes everything. Your power to choose, to make a good decision, spells the difference between wishing and making those wishes come true.

Do you need to excercise your greatest power? Your power to choose can never be taken from you. It can be neglected. It can be ignored. But if used, it can make all the difference. Use your greatest power and, whether or not you change history, you will certainly change your future.

©Steve Goodier







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Today's quotation of mastery makes a compellingl statement about the power of the mind. Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has a personal quotation that says, "The most sacred place in the world is your mind. Guard it ferociously". It's no secret that after the book and movie, The Secret, the Law of Attraction became it's own cottage industry with the appearance of all kinds of experts on the Law of Attraction with their own secret to The Secret, however, the one truth in this Universal Law is that what we think about we attract into our lives. So, what you are experiencing right now is the direct result of what you have been thinking. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery.

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 A few days ago we posted an inspirational song about forgiveness. The concept of forgiveness in our lives is powerful to say the least, especially when we learn how to forgive ourselves. Enjoy this inspiring article about forgiveness by Steve Goodier:

In his tape Living Faith (Random House Audio Books, 1996), President Jimmy Carter shares that forgiveness is fundamental to his life. He says that without the knowledge that he can be forgiven, it would be impossible for him to face his own shortcomings. This even includes forgiveness of himself.

He relates that both he and his wife, Rosalynn, are "strong-willed" persons who find it difficult to admit being at fault.

One day, after a particularly disturbing argument, Carter decided that he would never let another day end with each of them angry with the other. So he went out to his wood shop and cut a thin piece of walnut, a little smaller than a bank check. On it, he carved the words, "Each evening forever this is good for an apology or forgiveness, as you desire." That evening, he gave the plaque to Rosalynn. He reports that, so far, he has been able to honor it each time Rosalyn has presented it to him.

With his plaque, Carter created a climate of forgiveness between the two of them. Without the knowledge that we will be forgiven, how quickly will we admit our own faults? And how can our closest relationships be healthy if we are each afraid to apologize or unwilling to accept an apology? A climate of forgiveness is a necessary part of happiness.

©Steve Goodier

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Henry David Thoreau:

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

~Henry David Thoreau



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If you're looking for a printable sympathy card Modern Day Mastery co-founder Rick Beneteau's "Legacy" might be a great alternative to the free greeting card sites you've been looking at. Rick's touching poem and inspirational video have comforted many families at their time of need over the years. If you find "The Legacy You Leave" the perfect message for a grieving friend, click on the link at the bottom to download a printable PDF with our compliments.

The Legacy You Leave


All You will leave behind for the world to remember is  Your Legacy, so ask yourself…

Will you have earned the respect of your peers and the admiration of your critics?

Will you have acted humbly at the peak of success and graceful in the face of defeat?

Will you have kept your childlike wonder and reveled in the beauty of the world and the small miracles that each day brought?

Will you be remembered for how often you laughed and brought smiles to the hearts of others?

Will small children and the elderly have been overjoyed to be around you?

Will others have trusted you with their inner most secrets?

Will you have forgiven and offered heartfelt apology?

Will you have looked for the very best, and done your utmost to build worth, in others?

Will you have fed a hungry child or clothed a naked man or given hope to a stranger in dire need?

Will you have left this world a better place by the life you have lived?

What Legacy will You Leave?

©Rick Beneteau

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Have you ever asked yourself the question, how do I solve a big problem in life? Problem solving is one of  the most important life skills we can learn, and mathematics aside, it's not something taught in school. Most of us are stopped cold in our tracks because the life-challenge we faced seemed just too big to overcome. Today's graphic quotation of Mastery is about believing that every obstacle we face, we can overcome. It's when we look at any obstacle as the entire mountain that we become overwhelmed and fail to realize we can begin to move it out of our way if we do it one stone at a time.  Read these empowering stories of students who overcame huge odds and then come back to reflect on the inspirational quotation below so that when you face your next big personal challenge you might choose to start picking up stones and moving forward rather than be frozen in fear staring at a seemingly insurmountable mountain.

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Today's spiritual quotation explains what happens when one discovers their real passions and true life purpose and decides to devote the rest of their lives to making a positive difference in the world. The spiritual teachings of Modern Day Mastery take students through a unique passion and purpose discovery process culminating in the implementation of a life mission. Our students feel exactly as today's spiritual wisdom by Albert Camus:-)

In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back.

~Albert Camus

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Richard Buckminster Fuller, nickname "Bucky", was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and is probably best known as a futurist. Authoring over 30 books,  his popular geodesic dome designs found their way into scientific nomenclature in carbon molecules known as fullerenes. He was expelled from Harvard after spending all his money partying but was later re-admitted and worked as a mechanic in a textile mill and in a meat packing plant in between school sessions. He later served in the U.S. Navy in World War I as a shipboard radio operator, as an editor of a publication, and as a crash rescue boat commander. After discharge, he worked again in the meat packing industry, gaining management experience, before founding the Stockade Building System with his father-in-law that produced light-weight, weatherproof and fireproof housing, however, the company failed. Married at the time, Fuller's daughter Alexandra died from complications from polio and spinal meningitis before her fourth birthday and blaming himself for her death his life spiralled downward from drinking and depression. A profound but undocumented experience has it while contemplating suicide while on a walk on the shore of Lake Michigan he was suspended into a sphere of white light when a voice told him: "From now on you need never await temporal attestation to your thought. You think the truth. You do not have the right to eliminate yourself. You do not belong to you. You belong to Universe. Your significance will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume that you are fulfilling your role if you apply yourself to converting your experiences to the highest advantage of others." Whether true or not, the rest of his life was devoted to serving humankind creating designs and inventions - mostly practical, inexpensive shelter and transportation - one of the most well-known being the Dymaxion car project. Bucky, regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the world, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Bucky Fuller:

The minute you choose to do what you really want to do it's a different kind of life.
~R. Buckminster Fuller

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 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Rabindranath Tagore, was the youngest son of a leader of the new religious sect at the time, Brahmo Samaj. He was mainly schooled at home and enjoyed early success as a writer in Bengal. His work quickly spread to the west where he lectured eventually becoming the voice of India's spiritual heritage. Although he considered himself a poet first and foremost, he also wrote musical dramas, dance dramas, essays of all types, travel diaries, and two autobiographies. Among his famous volumes of poetry are Manasi, Sonar Tari, Gitanjali and Balaka. A close friend of Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in 1915 but resigned the honour a few years later as a protest against British policies in India.  Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Rabindranath Tagore:

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

~Rabindranath Tagore

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"I'm an excellent driver."

Above all, 1988 Academy Award Best Picture Winner, Rain Man, is a movie about family values.

Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of autistic savant, Raymond (Rain Man) Babbitt. His understatedly brilliant performance, with little room for character evolvement due to his affliction, allowed a young Tom Cruise to shine as Charlie Babbitt, Raymond's high-strung, con-man car salesman brother in need of finding a fast $80,000.00 or losing his business over a bad deal.

Three million dollars has just been left to Raymond, in trust, in their father's will and Charlie, ignorant at this point of his brother's institutionalized existence, is incensed and hell-bent on gaining the hard-to-reach (and never to touch) Charlie's confidence (emphasis on con).  This leads the duo on an extended road trip after Charlie kidnaps Raymond from the institution landing them in Las Vegas. The siblings eventually grow closer as Cruise's character  softens as he uncovers the brilliance of his new-found family member. There's an especially touching scene of them dancing in their hotel room against the backdrop of the Las Vegas skyline.

They finally discover they not only love, but need eachother.

Some call Rain Man a comedy but this is a movie about family values.

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Enjoy today's inspirational quote by Rainer Maria Rilke:

The only journey is the one within.

~Rainer Maria Rilke


 The following quotation about raising children needs little introduction. Spiritual teacher, Kahlil Gibran, simply reminds us about our temporary role in the lives of children. Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by Kahlil Gibran:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday.


~Kahlil Gibran

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Transcendentalist movement leader, American essayist, lecturer, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson published dozens of essays and lectured at over 1,500 events throughout the United States. Eventually moving away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, Emerson began expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism. After a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. called it America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence".  his most famous essays were Nature, Self-Reliance, The Over-Soul, Circles, The Poet and Experience. He was said to be great friends with Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Always do what you are afraid to do.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It's certainly true that the rate of knowledge and information is increasing at an astounding rate. Some estimate that the doubling of knowledge, which once took centuries, is now doubling every 12 months, soon to be 12 hours! It is equally true that as the world grows to become more information-filled, we need to simplify our experience of it so that we can grow spiritually. Indeed, we now find ourselves in the Spiritual Age. Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by Jiddu Krishnamurti:-)

It is a great art to have an abundance of knowledge and experience - to know the richness of life, the beauty of existence, the struggles, the miseries, the laughter, the tears - and yet keep your mind very simple; and you can have a simple mind only when you know how to love.

~Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Enjoy today's success quote by Ray Goforth:

There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.

~Ray Goforth


"It's not so much, as so little as to do with what everything is."

From the Ted.com website: Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance. He creates unpredictably brilliant performances on the spot using his voice, looping pedals and his giant brain.

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Enjoy today's success quote by Dwayne Michael Carter:

Repetition is the father of learning, I repeat, repetition is the father of learning.

~Dwayne Michael Carter


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Do you think that animals don't "feel" emotions such as joy and playfulness? Watch as these retired cows, who were destined for the slaughterhouse because they could no longer give milk and  were saved by a very caring neighborhood, go to pasture for the first time after a long winter.


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We've all seen the moving videos of families being surprised by returning soldiers but we've never come across one with so many touching moments. Kleenex warning (suggest a full box).


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This powerful quotation by former Episcopal clergyman and author of the best-selling job-hunting book, What Color is Your Parachute?, Richard Nelson Bolles, lies at the very heart of Modern Day Mastery. We were all put on this planet to do something great - something to make this world a better place and few people sadly ever do anything about creating a life mission. Life transforms in the most magical way when one comes to the intersection in life that Richard describes and it's our mission to help others find theirs. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Richard Nelson Bolles:

Your mission in life is where your deep joy and the world’s deep hunger meet.

~Richard Nelson Bolles

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Enjoy today's spiritual quote by Richard Rose:

Those who worship through the various religions should not be criticized, but encouraged. In all religions rests a grain of truth for the masses. It is a form which the masses can comprehend, no matter how erroneous it may be. As long as those individuals attempt to live their religion, instead of a life of hypocrisy, they are seekers and we cannot look down our noses at them.

~Richard Rose


During 2008 and 2009, 10 Million Clicks For Peace offered their free Inner Peace Program to it's members. This successful teleconference program offered a variety of methods you can use to achieve greater personal peace, reduce stress, and generally improve how you interact with the world. Many of the programs include a powerful peace meditation while others had a guest present an inspirational message to the listeners. In the event a guided meditation is featured please do not be doing such things as driving a car or operating machinery as a full eyes closed process is required.

Below is the audio from the June 3rd, 2008 Inner Peace program with personal development expert, Rick Saruna. You can read more about Rick below the play button.




 






Rick Saruna owns and operates the Body & Mind Clinic in Windsor, Ontario, and is trained and certified in such disciplines and techniques as NLP, Advanced Hypnosis, Medical Hypnosis, Past Life Regression, Timeline Therapy, Energy Psychology, Emotion Freedom Technique, BSFF, Reiki, and Allergy Anecdotes. He is also a certified instructor of the late Jose Silva of Texas. Rick has created successful clinic programs combining these powerful techniques for stress relief, depression, anxiety, weight loss, sleep disorders, pain relief, smoking cessation, allergy release, self improvement and sports/career enhancement. http://www.stressfree.net


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This Robert Brault quote says a lot. How many times have you heard the adage, 'take time to stop and smell the roses'? This inspired piece of wisdom tells us why we must do this. Inner peace is in short supply in this fast paced world and our ability to find peace and joy in every moment is essential to our personal inner peace. So, with that in mind, enjoy today's inspirational quotation:

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

~Robert Brault

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Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, is one of the world's most famous authors and may be best known for his books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1850, a sick child, prone to coughs and fevers which would be a dominant feature in his life, the thin boy was considered eccentric and had a hard time fitting into school and was primarily taught by private tutors. He began dictating stories to his mother and nurse before learning to read at the late age of eight, entering the University of Edinburgh to study and follow the family business of engineering, but found no interest in the subject. Deciding to dedicate his life to writing, Stevenson then began his life of travels - to England, France, Belgium and eventually the United States - eventually returning to Europe before spending three years journeying in the Pacific and settling on Upolu, an island in Samoa where he passed at the age of 44. Loved by the Samoan people, he was buried at the place overlooking the sea and on his tombstone epigraph it's inscribed, "Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill." Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Robert Louis Stevenson:

Don't judge each day by the harvest that you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Canadian lawyer and best-selling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Saint, the SurferRobin Sharma,  offers us this very simple truth about life. We can sit back and just ask ourselves how can I make a difference in the world and then leave it at that because life is just too busy, or, we can choose to dig deep, discover our life purpose and then get on with making a positive impact. It's really that simple and exactly why we created the path known as Modern Day Mastery. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Robin Sharma:

Life is short and the time to walk out into the world and be your highest self is now.

~Robin Sharma

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To celebrate dads everywhere, Canadian airline company, West Jet, worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada to surprise a hardworking dad, Marc Grimard, with an early Father's Day gift by reuniting him with his sick child and family. Kleenex warning:-)


We have all gone through challenging times in our lives. Quite often these will be dark times when we might have felt that there was no way to get through to the other side, to the light. But guess what? Here we are reading this inspirational quote and thinking that well, heck, I have gotten through all the rough times, and I always will. Here's Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau's take on this.

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The world famous comedian who usually never utters a word,  Rowan Atkinson, entertains us with his 'air piano' performance of Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 in C minor. If this is your first time seeing "Mr. Bean" just click on this link and watch him in action in the full episode of his Christmas classic. See the question under the video:-)


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Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, more commonly known as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic regarded by many as the most popular poet in America. Written in Persian, his works have been translated into many of the world's languages and his wisdom can be found many of  the most popular spiritual quotations on the Internet today. Born to native Persian speaking parents in the village of Wakhsh, he lived most of his life under the Persianate Seljuq Sultanate of Rum, where he produced most of his works. Firmly believing in the application of music, dance and poetry to help focus people on the path to reaching God, and the practice of whirling Dervishes, or sacred dances, he encouraged Sama - a mystical journey of spiritual ascent through mind and love to the Perfect One - turning towards the truth, growing through love, abandoning the ego and finding the truth arriving at the Perfect. Enjoy today's spiritual wisdom from Rumi:

People of the world don't look at themselves, and so, they blame one another.

~Rumi

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Enjoy today's success quote by Ryan Blair:

Create experiences that leave you in awe, for these will be the highlights of your life.

~Ryan Blair


As one of the world's top spiritual teachers, Satya Narayan Goenka was a leading industrialist in Myanmar (Burma) after the Second World War before becoming a student of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. He teaches Vipassanā meditation, an experiential scientific practice, and has trained more than 800 assistant teachers. More than 100,000 people attend Goenka led Vipassana courses and S. N. Goenka has lectured worldwide including at the Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations in August, 2000. This video captures that inspirational speech from this revered spiritual leader.



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The title of this post could not be more accurate. There is no more poignant life-wisdom than what appears below so read as motivational author, Steve Goodier, recalls the advice of an unknown author so you too, can learn to live a fulfilled life: 

Advice comes in all shapes and sizes. For instance, someone gave the sage advice: "If you dance with a grizzly bear, you had better let him lead." I suppose it's good to know when to go along with some people.

Another wit advised, "Never accept a drink from a urologist."

Conrad Hilton, hotelier extraordinaire, was asked on national television if he had one vital bit of advice for listeners. "Please," he said, "place the curtain on the INSIDE of the tub."

It's been accurately said that there is a lot of advice available for nothing, and most of it is worth it. But here is sound guidance, from an unknown author, worth taking to heart:

"If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive; for that person has helped you learn about trust  and the importance of caution.

If someone loves you, love back unconditionally; that one is teaching you to love.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Talk to people that you have never talked to before -- and actually listen.

Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.

You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

Most importantly, if you love others, tell them, for you never know what may come tomorrow.

And learn a lesson in life each day you live."

Even some free advice can profit those who listen.

©Steve Goodier







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American actress and two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, Sally Margaret Field, is known for playing both comedic, "light" roles such as in Gidget, Smokey and the Bandit and The Flying Nun in her early days as well as more serious roles later on in her career in movies Norma Rae, Absence of Malice, Places in the Heart and Steel Magnolias. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's film, Lincoln. Also receiving three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, Sally Field has been an advocate for women's rights and an activist for gay rights. She was the recipient of the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award in 2012 and will always be remembered for her 2007 Emmy Award acceptance speech where she said: "If the mothers ruled the world, there would be no (expletive) wars." Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Sally Field:

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.

~Sally Field

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Watch this beautiful spiritual video of a Sanskrit hymn (Hindu prayer) for universal love, peace, prosperity and harmony for everyone irrespective of race and religion.


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The virtue of gratitude is quite simply the most powerful virtue. Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "If for one entire day all you did was be grateful, your life would miraculously change." The below quotation backs up this powerful sentiment. Enjoy this Thanksgiving quotation by Sarah Ban Breathnack.

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. 

~Sarah Ban Breathnack

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The science vs. spirituality debate (or, science vs. religion debate) has raged for centuries. It has left countless people asking the important question, "can science and spirituality co-exist?". Well,  this motivational article by inspirational author, Steve Goodier, demonstrates that they can, and must. Enjoy!

Not everyone has a good grip of science. But these children's scientific musings at least show humor and creativity!

To explain nuclear reactions, one child said, "When they broke open molecules, the found they were only stuffed with atoms. But when they broke open atoms, they found them stuffed with explosions."

Concerning astronomy, one child said, "Most books now say our sun  is a star. But it still knows how to change back into a sun in the day-time." And another said, "Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers."

"Vacuums are nothings," said a young physics student. "We only  mention them to let them know we know they're there."

"Evaporation gets blamed for a lot of things people forget to put the top on," one child observed.

"Rain is often known as soft water, oppositely known as hail," reported a budding meteorologist. Another added, "Thunder is a rich source of loudness."

Other children added these observations: "Isotherms and isobars are even more important than their names sound." And, "It is so hot in some places that the people there have to live in other places." And, "The wind is like the air, only pushier."

These children have a way to go in their quest for more  knowledge, but I applaud their efforts to learn more about the universe.

Unfortunately, the reputation of science suffers in some circles. There are those who feel that a scientific mindset and a spiritual outlook are contrary to one another. They believe that facts revealed by science contradict spiritual truths. Not so!

William Bragg, a pioneer in the field of X-ray crystallography, made the point quite succinctly. He was asked whether science and theology are opposed to one another. "Yes, but in the sense that my thumb and forefinger are opposed to one another -- between science and theology, we cannot grasp everything, but surely the combination
reveals more of the cosmic mystery than either can touch alone." They need each other.

If you love the universe -- if you love life, then learn about it. Learn about it from every place possible. Learn from science. Learn from the spiritual disciplines. Learn and keep an open mind, for that is the only way to truth. And the more you learn, the more you'll discover that there is nothing so enchanting or wondrous as this world in which we live!

©Steve Goodier







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You've heard the old adage, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? Definitely NOT true! We are never too old or too set in our ways or too anything to change. To change for the better! Allow the wisdom in this inspirational article by guest blogger, Steve Goodier, convince you that, as the title states, it's time to wake up!

Rich Johnson quips, "My mom always claimed to feel bad when a bird would slam head-first into our living room window. If she REALLY felt bad, though, she'd have moved the bird feeder outside."

We laugh, but what a great life lesson! If we feel badly enough about something, we will change it. If we feel badly enough about a behavior or an attitude, we will adopt a better behavior or a healthier attitude. We CAN change!

You remember Charles Dickens immortal story "A Christmas Carol." The miserly Scrooge grows increasingly unconcerned with others and isolated until, one night, he is invited by supernatural visitors to change. The "Ghost of Christmas Past" takes him by the hand and shows him how his life has unfolded and how his self-centered decisions have led him to his present unhappy state. The "Ghost of Christmas Present" takes the blindfolds off his narrow view of life so he can clearly see how he has insolated himself from the struggles of others. Finally, the "Ghost of Christmas Future" portrays to Scrooge what is likely to happen if he persists along his present course. It is an ugly sight.

Then...how does the story end? Scrooge WAKES UP! That's right -- he WAKES UP! When he awakens from his slumber he also awakens to the way things are. He wakes up and changes! We really CAN change.

The name of Scrooge should never be associated with a miserly person. That was the OLD Scrooge. But he woke up! He became generous and jovial. He realized that he could enjoy life. He discovered love -- by giving it away! Nobody "kept Christmas" like Scrooge, Dickens tells us.

And that's what change is -- waking up. Waking up to the fact the things really CAN be different! We CAN change.

I like this prayer "with a twist":

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change;
The courage to change the one I can;
And the wisdom to know that person is me."

©Steve Goodier

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 The late legenday Jim Rohn offered us this powerful piece of wisdom wrapped up in a beautiful wish for us all in this Season of Giving. 

I wish for you a life of wealth, health, and happiness; a life in which you give to yourself the gift of patience, the virtue of reason, the value of knowledge, and the influence of faith in your own ability to dream about and to achieve worthy rewards. 

~Jim Rohn

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It's ironic that we must study handbooks and pass rigorous written and practical exams in order to get a license to drive a car but no such education exists for bringing a child into this complicated world. This motivational article for parents by Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, sheds a little light on what it takes to build self-worth in children by instilling a sense of passion and purpose at an early age.

I wasn’t expecting a flood of tears to come gushing down my face, but I found it difficult to dam it up for almost the entire first half of the performance.

Witnessing one apple of my eye, my oldest daughter, performing on stage with my youngest grandson in The Nutcracker was almost too much to take in one sitting. But indeed I took it with great nostalgia and pride as Cameron played Fritz, the spoiled and rascally son of the governess, played by Sara. Rushing back were memories of delivering Sara to dance lessons, rehearsals, competitions, recitals, fundraising events and conventions, year after year, witnessing the progress as talent and geography expanded to include destinations like New York and Las Vegas.

Now, in this precious moment, a very similar road was being paved for and by Cameron, nine years old, with a dancing talent and passion even more profound than his mom. His large dance school, the one his mother attended, put a dance competition team together around the little guy three years ago. They dominate the competition in every city they compete in. And Sara couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities.

The Circle of Life!

Sitting next to me during this, in his mind at least, ordeal, being fidgety at best, was the “Phantom”, another shiny apple, my oldest grandson. It was the second or third time Corbin was carted along to watch his mom ‘n bro perform. What Cameron is to sensitive, artsy and creative, Corbin is to rough, tough and athletic. He was given this nickname by his football coach because in his first year of playing on the field, he became a very sleek and stealthy stalker of prey - whoever on the opposing team was carrying the football. His offense-disrupting tackle, assist and quarterback sac stats were fabulous for a freshman. After several years of trying out things like karate, golf, swimming, track and field and so on with little to no interest on Corbin’s part, he finally found a niche and his all-consuming passion.

I could only imagine where Mr. Beat ‘Em and Bang ‘Em was wishing he could be, while watching the twinkling of glittery costumes and shuffling of slippered feet tucked in unmanly tights. Zoning in on another about-to-be-tackled quarterback would surely be one of them.

On Sundays during football season, while not attending games in his hometown, I find myself feverishly flicking the remote control, rummaging through the sports channels trying to get caught up on football statistics so that Corb and I can jibber jabber about the latest, greatest gridiron stories. He leaves me in the dust with his profound knowledge of the game I’ve always thought of as the modern day version of the gladiators!

The point I am making with en face frères (opposite brothers), who by the way, love and support one another as best as young boys can, is that each of my grandsons has, at this early stage, discovered at least their prepubescent passion, and purpose. Grandfatherly biases aside, my prediction is that Cameron will continue to flourish in the arts and with the continued support of family, friends and his dance school, move forward with his profound love of dance which will eventually evolve into a career of either performing, choreography, teaching, or starting his own dance school. He loves it that much!

On the other limb of my tree in the orchard, we have been told by more than one coach, even opposing coaches, that at this early stage, Corbin fits the mold to become a professional football player, perhaps in the Canadian Football League, or better, the NFL. Many years of dedication and practice, fueled by his passion, success at high school and college ball, would be the blueprint for him to even qualify for those leagues of course, so, time will tell for both him and for Cameron.

Dear parent or person of influence in a child’s life,

Children who are left to watch television or play video games, or otherwise spend hour after precious hour each day doing mindless things will most likely carry those lazy habits into later life and join the majority of adult underachievers in this world. Be it dance, football, gymnastics, swimming or theatre, encouraging the child in your life to try out character-building activities will begin to build a foundation, or even be a prescription, for achievement and a fulfilled life. Your role is to be their role model and their cheerleader.

I swear Cameron danced down the birth canal and he started his passion quest early on, but it took the most of Corbin’s ten years and a lot of effort on his mom’s part to help him finally discover that football was something he could sink his teeth into. Even if that thing is not what the child wants to seriously pursue later in life, essential character-building virtues will have been instilled into their belief systems at such an important time in their lives. And years later, when raising their own children, they will pass on the priceless lesson.

Ahh, The Circle of Life!

It was Crosby, Stills and Nash that sang, “Teach, the children well.” Teach the children in your life to
get off the sideline and get into the game
™. They, and their children, will thank you later!

©Rick Beneteau

Updates:

Three years later, Cameron was chosen the Tremaine Dance 2011-2012 Junior Dancer of the Year in Orlando, Florida and won Junior National DUO/TRIO High Score at the same event in 2013. on August 15th, he is front and center performing in the opening ceremonies for the 2013 Children's Olympics being held in Windsor, Ontario.

Corbin enjoyed two more years excelling in PeeWee becoming captain of the defense and was scouted for this area's Ontario Varsity League (OVL) travel team, The Essex Ravens, his Bantam team making it all the way to the Conference finals. He now coaches his former PeeWee team, will play for the Ravens Jr. Varsity team next season as well as  for his high school team.

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Enjoy today's spiritual quote by Mahatma Gandhi:

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of  others.

~Mahatma Gandhi


Israeli entrepreneur, Shai Agassi, was named one of the top 20 Global Influentials for 2003 by CNN-Time Magazine and was included in TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people list. In 2010, Foreign Policy Magazine included the former CEO of Better Place and founder of TopTier Software on its annual list of the 100 most influential global thinkers. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Shai Agassi:

Once you have a Mission...you can't go back to a job.

~Shai Agassi

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 Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, or the Buddha, was the spiritual teacher upon whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He lived in the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills,and spread his influence primarily in northeastern India. Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one", and recent historians date his life between 563 BCE to 483 BCE. The central figure in Buddhism, the Budhha's life and teachings were recounted by his followers after his death and passed on by oral tradition with the first first writings coming some 400 years later. He was said to have been born into a royal Hindu family and brought up by his mother's younger sister destined to lead the life of a prince but left the sheltered confines of the palace to discover the suffering beyond it's walls. His long search for awakenment led to his discovery of the "Four Noble Truths", which are at the heart of Buddhist teaching. Through mastery of these truths, comes a state of supreme liberation, or Nirvana - the perfect peace of mind that's free from ignorance, greed and hatred. Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by the Budhha:

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – even if I have said it -unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

~Budhha

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From the www.TogetherWeCanChangeTheWorld.com website:

Together We Can Change the World, Inc (TWCCTW) played a major role in bringing over an African Youth Choir called SIFA. All of the children are AIDS orphans. The goal was to raise money for the children to take back to Uganda in order to finish building their orphanage and to build new homes for them to live in.

Their six month tour was a tremendous success. Everywhere they went people just fell in love with them. A very good friend of TWCCTW, Mark Shepard, wrote a song that describes the heart of what we do and why we built this company. Before the SIFA Choir left to go back to Uganda, we were able to get them and a young lady named Rilee O'Neill into a recording studio to lay down this song so it could get placed on an upcoming SIFA project and promoted by us.

TWCCTW continues to raise and donate funds to build orphanages and help abused children around the world. Our goal is to put millions of dollars into the hands of non-profit organizations of all kinds. This song speaks right to the heart of our message to people everywhere. You can become a part of this mission too. Please watch the entire video. Thank you.


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Watch as iconic actor,  Sir Anthony Hopkins, hears a waltz piece he wrote 50 years ago for the first time in his life. Played by Dutch violinist Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, Rieu named one of his albums after the song.


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Oh my, the power of a smile! Someone once said it takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three muscles to frown and regardless if that's true or not, it certainly makes the point that smiling is easy. Have you ever noticed in a crowd how many more people are frowning than smiling? Have you ever stopped to think about how those sad people need smiles? Do you know the benefits of smilingFor instance, have you ever noticed how good you feel when you smile? Try this smiling experiment the next time you're in a crowd of frowning faces: smile at them all! You'll notice most smiles will be returned and you know what? The smile you give may be the only smile they receive all day! Enjoy today's inspirational quotation about smiling from the Dalia Lama:

Nobody needs a smile more than the one that cannot smile to others.

~Dalai Lama

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Many of you will not know that 10 Million Clicks For Peace co-founder, Rick Beneteau, was a pioneer of entrepreneuring on the Internet, starting to make a living online in 1996. In fact, he was responsible for helping some of today's marquis marketers get their start. Today, he chimes in with his take on the current state of the Internet with a focus on social media in the form of an open letter.

Dear Social Media Friend,

In the span of a decade, we have lost the art of communication and the beauty of human connection. At least we’re well on the way to realizing that tragedy.

If you’re reading this you will probably have an army of new digital friends – perhaps thousands - who you now communicate with more frequently than the real friends you had ten years ago. You speak less and type more. Your mouth remains still while your thumbs get a real workout.

In the real world when we interact - in “real-time” conversation, facial expressions and body language - it’s authentic and even vulnerable, and our belief systems and real selves are revealed. In the digital world, we carefully craft our messages making sure just what we want revealed is written. And, we post only our best photos, those that have captured us in good moments or under the lights of a professional photographer. In the real world we are naked and our warts and wrinkles are not photoshopped out.

I’m not saying that we are becoming totally fake people. Just that we are losing much of our authentic selves in this wacky wired world. The more connected we are online the less connected we are to the real people in our lives, and ourselves.

Today, why not pick up the phone, knock on a door or start a conversation with the next person you see on the street? Get your face out of your phone and in front of a friend.

And for goodness sakes, give your thumbs a rest!

Just sayin’.

Rick Beneteau

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There is no accurate historical biography of Greek Athenian philosopher, Socrates, as his life was said to be depicted in highly-colored terms by his student Plato and in the plays of his contemporary, Aristophanes. Known mainly for his contributions to the fields of logic and ethics, Socrates philosophies heavily influenced modern day western philosophy. He was said to have been a stonemason and  challenged the moral values of Athenia until such time as he was put on trial and sentenced to death by drinking hemlock. Although his followers had apparently bribed officials so Socrates could escape, he refused and it has been claimed he said, "he believed he would be better off dead."  Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Socrates:

Let him who would move the world first move himself.

~Socrates

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Academy Award and Grammy Award winning Italian actress, Sophia Loren, is widely regarded as one of Hollywood's most elegant leading ladies. Born in 1934 as Sofia Scicolone in the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, she also won five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award and the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements for films that include: Houseboat (1958), El Cid (1961), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), Marriage Italian-Style (1964), and A Special Day (1977). Speaking to the fundamental role of motherhood, enjoy today's quote about family from Sophia Loren:

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.

~Sophia Loren

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Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author, Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, is considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. Writing critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology and philosophy of religion, he focused on Christian ethics stressing the importance of personal choice and commitment. Soren often criticized idealist philosophers of his time namely Emanuel Swedenborg, Georg Wilhelm, Friedrich Hegel, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling and Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel. He was overall critical of the practice of Christianity as a state religion. His books include De omnibus dubitandum est (Everything must be doubted), Either/Or, Two Edifying Discourses, Fear and Trembling, Repetition and Three Upbuilding Discourses.  Enjoy today's inspirational quotation from Soren Kieregaard:

Life has hidden forces which you can only discover by living.

~Soren Kierkegaard

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We've thought about this for quite awhile. With all the negative news and violent television shows and movies permeating our culture, we wanted to offer a really inspiring alternative! Sound good so far?

As the Universe would have it, a principle at Spiritual Cinema Circle contacted me a few weeks ago about not only their highly inspirational and spiritual movies but also their 24-hour Gaiam TV, and we decided to join forces! You have nothing to lose by activating your free trial and you can discover all the exciting details here

From here on in, we'll just post about the GREAT inspirational and spiritual movies available, and here's this month's offering...

Have You Ever Wondered How It All Began?



In the beginning...there was a pinpoint of energy that exploded in what scientists call The Big Bang.

Now, 14 billion years later, there are stars and planets and black holes and the vast variety of what we call life: from single-celled microbes to the sentient beings known as humans.


How did all of this happen? How did pure energy transform into stuff and life and us? Talk about big questions—that is what Journey of the Universe, the brilliant documentary by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker, asks:

What is the creative force that brought forth a trillion galaxies?

The result is a fascinating Journey through the cosmos, onto the surface of our small, blue planet, and into the heart of the human spirit.

Your host on this Journey is Brian Swimme, an engaging mathematical cosmologist and faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. The journey begins on the Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras. Swimme then expertly guides you on an exhilarating trek through time and space, sharing a wondrous view of cosmic evolution of immense creativity, connection, and interdependence of all things.

The film will leave you with a sense of wonder at the mystery, complexity and connectivity that permeates our beautiful blue planet as well as the entire universe. In short, you will see the world and “who you are in it” differently after spending time in Swimme’s enlightening company.

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Gaiam TV hosts the largest collection of conscious programming on the Internet! Choose from thousands of videos, from mindfulness teachings, to yoga and tai chi classes, to profound interviews with today’s leading luminaries, to movies that make a difference. All available to you 24/7 direct to your computer, device or Internet connected television.

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Enjoy today's spiritual humor quote courtesy of Modern Day Mastery:

My dream job would be driving the Karma Bus-)

Modern Day Mastery is ALL about Love. Not the "I like you but I don't love you" kind of love, but Love in a spiritual form most of us will never come to know... and Live. In this inspirational video from the TEDxNavigli event, founder of the Club of Budapest, integral philosopher and system theorist, Ervin Laszlo, gives a powerful talk about how important spiritual Love will be to saving our world.


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Spiritual Mastery, or, Conscious Mastery cannot be likened to any of the general personal-growth uses of the term 'mastery', like mastery of fears, mastery of finances, or mastery of relationships. Spiritual Mastery is based on a deep, profound connection to Source, or Higher Guidance, that still small voice that all great masters, past and present, connecting to so they could impart the deep wisdom that guided their lives resulting in influencing millions of people over the ages.

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Today's spiritual quotation pretty much sums up what Modern Day Mastery is  all about - the difference between knowing (or wanting to know) the spiritual path and actually walking that path. There are millions of people whose intentions and wishes for the world are sincere and beautiful but far, far fewer devote their lives to put their intentions to work making a difference in the world inspiring others to do the same. Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by Richard Rose:-)

A man who is sincere and makes philosophy his life's endeavor, will emanate that sincerity. A man who thinks it and lives it will touch the intuition of others.

~Richard Rose

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Enjoy today's spiritual quote by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.

~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


The Stand By Me video has been viewed nearly 52 million times making it one of the most popular videos on YouTube ever! No wonder, it encapsulates all that is needed to create change in the world.  Written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and inspired by the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me," with two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2–3, over 400 artists have recorded the song including Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Searchers, Billy Joe Royal, Otis Redding and John Lennon. Watch this inspirational video as musicians from all over the globe join in to perform this R&B classic.


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One of the focuses of Modern Day Mastery is teaching our students how to live in a state of love, or, as we say it, the Stance of Love. It is only when we see and do all things with love that we can truly do the spiritual work in the world we were all born to do. Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by Thich Nhat Hanh:-)

The Buddha's teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Have you ever wondered how ordinary people make impossible things happen? Read this inspirational article from Steve Goodier:


You may have heard the story about the world's most dedicated fisherman. He had out-fished his companion all morning long. They used the same live bait, the same equipment and fished together in the same mountain stream. But he had almost caught his limit of fish while his friend had yet to catch even one.

"What's your secret?" asked the friend. "I haven't even gotten a bite!"

The angler mumbled an unintelligible answer, causing his companion to ask again.

The successful fisherman emptied the contents of his mouth into a cupped hand and replied: "I said, 'You have to keep your worms warm.'"

That's commitment! But did you know there are at least three types of fishermen? First, there are those who fish only for sport. They usually "catch and release," quickly throwing their catch back into the water.

Then there are those who fish because they like the taste of fish. They are selective. They only keep those fish they will someday eat.

Finally, there are those who fish in order to eat. If they don't succeed in catching fish, they skip a meal. It is this group of people who are most likely to succeed, for they approach their task with earnest dedication.

Whether or not we fish or even eat fish, the lesson is the same. We are most likely to succeed at a particular endeavor if we approach it wholeheartedly. Especially if the task before us is difficult or there seems little likelihood of success. Whether we want to patch a relationship, build a new business, write that first novel, kick a drug habit, or go back to school, we must decide if our task is important enough to commit to it.  "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing," said Abraham Lincoln. For often, we will succeed only after we have fully resolved to do something.

The question we should ask ourselves is, "Just how much do I want this?" For not every job we do or task we attempt is worthy of complete dedication. We may choose to give lesser priorities less attention in order to give more of ourselves to those greater causes.

Other questions to ask are: "How will it affect me if I fail at this thing?" and "Am I willing to be fully committed in order to succeed?" For only in the dictionary does "success" come before "work."

Remember, when you are fully committed, the impossible can happen.

©Steve Goodier

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Although a promo video for GoPro cameras, watch as these two caring men on Hovercrafts step up to rescue three stranded deer unable to get up and walk on a frozen lake.


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Have you felt that no matter what you tried bad luck would just keep following you like your own shadow? That if it wasn't for bad luck you wouldn't have any luck at all? We have all felt like a victim of life at times but here's the interesting thing about luck: almost all the luck we experience in our lives we actually create. That's right, we attract almost all the good things and the bad things into our lives! When one starts believing in a success mindset and thinks success thoughts throughout the day they begin to attract good luck in bucketsful. Success thinking is not just about visualizing monetary success, it is about thinking positive success and gratitude thoughts in all areas of your life including health and relationships.  With that in mind, please enjoy today's graphic quote of mastery.

Graphic quotation on Mastery


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Do you know someone who seems to have a never-ending laundry list of problems always at the ready to freely share with you just how much they are suffering? If you think about it, more than one person comes to mind. If you think about it a little more, doesn't it seem some people love their problems, love their suffering. In fact, that becomes their indentity! Many respected experts and authors teach that suffering is necessary in our lives. We fully believe that in all cases, suffering is optional! Enjoy's today's spiritual wisdom by Byron Katie: You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer. ~Byron Katie

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If you’re like us, you would love to see more peace in our world. And we wouldn't be surprised if you have a strong desire to actively contribute to the creation of a more peaceful planet.

But the desire to create a world of peace–and the ability to make it so–are two very different things.

The "Dream" and the encouragement to "be the change" are potent starting points, but creating peace takes more than desire alone. We also need to take practical steps and actions if we want to create peace within ourselves–and in the world.

It can be hard to know which techniques will have the most impact and make the biggest positive peace-filled changes. If you ever wonder what you can do to bring more peace to your own life, your relationships, community, work–and into the world–I encourage you to join us for the Summer of Peace.

That's why we're so excited to let you know about the Summer of Peace –a FREE 3-month series of virtual and in-person events that will empower you to create peace from the inside out.

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The Summer of Peace features a diverse range of inspiring peace leaders, including Chief Phil Lane, Jr., Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Jody Williams, author of the Charter of Compassion Karen Armstrong, world-renowned social healer James O’Dea, youth peacebuilder Jamira Burley, singer and songwriter Deva Premal, international forgiveness expert Azim Khamisa, author of a new grand strategy for the U.S. Col. Mark Mykleby and many others.

Plus, when you register you’ll receive instant access to the media library from last year’s Summer of Peace, which mapped peace from the inner to the international. This inspirational content includes interviews with over 120 peacebuilders, including Arun Gandhi, Alice Walker, Jack Kornfield, Hollywood star Marilu Henner, NFL football coach Pete Carroll, spiritual leader Matthew Fox, Civil Rights activist Bernard Lafayette –to name a few.

The Summer of Peace Summer of Peace 2013 Virtual Summit and the 2012 media library are the most comprehensive audio library of peacebuilding resources ever assembled–and it’s all available to you for FREE!

You can listen to the Summer of Peace calls from the comfort of your home or office–and access to both the live calls and media library are completely complementary.

We hope you will  join us, and the tens of thousands of people from all over the globe for the Summer of Peace and help bring even more peace to this beautiful world.

Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk and disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna. Credited with not only reviving Hinduism in his native country of India but bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century, he played an important role in introducing the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. Vivekananda spoke widely about the tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe and is regarded as a patriotic saint in India where his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day. He also founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. Enjoy today's inspirational quotation by Swami Vivekananda:

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

~Swami Vivekananda

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There'd be little doubt in most people's minds that motivational speaker Tony Robbins is one of the most dynamic presenters in the world. Where he shines best is when he's recounting a story and in this inspitational video he recalls his lunch with none other than actor Sylvester Stallone and how this down-on-his-luck actor was at his wit's end, having to even sell his beloved dog in order to eat, while having his unsold movie script for Rocky in his hands. Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has a personal quotation that has it, "It's usuallly the last ounce of energy that tips the scales of success" and this rags-to-riches motivational story epitomizes that sentiment. Allow world famous motivator Tony Robbins to encourage you to greater heights!


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One of the most compelling Native American myths is the Tale of Two Wolves, an inspirational Cherokee story that has been passed on for generations. It has been nicely captured by two actors in this short inspirational video. The full text of "Tale of Two Wolves" appears below the video.



An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life . .

He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil---he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.

The other is good ---he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too."

They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win, Grandfather?"

The Elder simply replied, "The one you feed."

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For many people the Thanksgiving and Christmas season can be a time of personal struggle. This article by the highly acclaimed motivational author, Tama Kieves, first appeared in the 10 Million Clicks For Peace blog here, and if you're in any way subject to the holiday blahs, we're sure you'll find within Tama's sage advice a real pick-me-up!

Some of you may be celebrating this Thanksgiving with hugs, easy conversation, turkey and pumpkin pie. Yet some of you may feel stranded, like the marble that rolled away from the group, stuck with the dust bunnies in outer space or abandoned under the buffet. And some of you may feel stranded in broad daylight, surrounded by people, feeling invisible, or worse yet, as visible and broken as a car wreck on the side of the road, strangers gathering to gawk at the shattered glass.

For many, the holidays can bring up discomfort.

They can be some weird checkpoint in life--where you find yourself comparing your entire life to the fantasies you have in your head of how your cousin, neighbor, or sister-in-law is pulling it off. Let me tell you something, no one is pulling this off. No one is spared challenge or confusion in this life. Everyone, consciously or not, is seeking to find peace, comfort and communion with their own soul.

Anyway, I don't know about you, but in holidays past, I've had the feeling of standing in some bad, funky, psychodrama, and feeling as though my head is a big pink balloon floating away from my neck and onto the ceiling. And that's before I touched the alcohol.

There are those easy breezy questions people ask, stuffing celery sticks and chips into their mouth. "So what are you doing these days?" they ask.

And you stand there paralyzed, thinking to yourself, "Well, if I knew what I was doing, do you really think I'd have 200 self-help books, a peak performance coach, a therapist, a Vedic astrologer, and a medium?" Sometimes, I find myself itching to answer these questions with, "Could you be more specific? When you say, what are you doing these days, do you mean on the astral planes or do you mean in physical time?" Of course if you luck out, some celebrity may have died recently and you can pick apart their lives and spare your own.

So whatever your holiday experience might be, this Thanksgiving Day, I'm inviting you to my table. It's a table of soul, and it's big. It includes all of us, even those of you around the world, who don't celebrate this tradition. And wherever you are, you can practice being at our table.

Thanksgiving is about gratitude, and realizing the abundance that is present when you acknowledge it. I’d like you to acknowledge some often overlooked abundance—the richness you bring to your world, just by being yourself—and being true to your soul.

You touch more people than you know. You are a representative of light. When you align with yourself, there is a silent meteor shower of inspired blessing that takes place. Others in your life may not see it, but the truth is always felt.

If you're reading this newsletter, you're part of my harvest. I am so grateful for you, and everyone around this amazing globe who is walking a new path in the world, consciously exploring what life means to them, and choosing to live with more love and intention than they did before. It's a big table, I tell you, and there's a party going on.

Here's what goes on at the table of soul. You suspend self-judgment for a day, and consciously take in every act of courage, achievement, or shift within yourself this past year.

You bask in gratitude for your unique DNA, life preferences, circumstances, strengths and alternative abilities, including what you might call your “weaknesses.” It's not easy to be creating a joyful, passionate, and inspired life. (Though do keep in mind it’s even harder to be making choices that lead to an uninspired one.) So wherever you find yourself on that spectrum, please take a moment, if not many, to muster up some gratitude for your choices, lessons, and strength this year. Let's face it, it hasn't always been easy living in your own skin and daring to honor your instincts, but you're still trying. And that's everything.

Let me tell you, just a tiny bit of why I'm grateful for you.

I'm grateful to you for all those times you gave yourself another chance at new life, showed up at a workshop, a network meeting, a party, a blind date, or even another day, when the gray one inside mumbled or hissed, "I don't feel like it" or “I’m not like the others. I’m not good enough.” I'm grateful for the times you chose kindness over defensiveness, and the times you couldn't do it, but you wanted to. I'm grateful to you for exploring how to live your dreams, even when you're not sure what they are on some days-- or if you will ever find your own true place in the world. I am grateful to the part of you that knows you have a throne, a garden, or a stadium in the world, and knows you are here to make a difference, and that you embody a light like no other-- because you do.

I am grateful to you for the dignity it takes to own your values when you live in a culture that advertises the leg room of the interior of an SUV as “personal freedom,” and at the same time makes fun of meditation, spirituality, personal growth, and other vehicles to real freedom.

I am grateful to you for not giving up on your dreams even when they seem fragile or bruised, silly, or far-fetched, because everything that has ever changed the nature of the world began with something that was sideways and unpredictable. I am grateful to you for siding with the part of yourself that knows you have love and excellence and still believes, even if you haven't sold your novel yet, or filled your wellness coaching practice, because "the one who believes" is a conscious steward of your gifts, and is connected to the bigger truth which is still emerging.

I am most grateful to you, for every time you've put an arm around your own shoulders and said "Hey, it's going to be okay. You have aces in your hand you don't know about. You have another day. You have a loving God that loves you through and through and through, and you have me, and I'm going to try harder than ever before to be on your side more often."  I could go on…but you get the idea.

Remember to be grateful for other people, too.

They are making the best choices they know how, and sometimes they are frightened and covering it up with shopping or alcohol or bragging about their daughter. Use your ex-ray loving eyes, if you can, and look past their clever camouflage and beam some love into their tiny frightened hearts. You don't need them to respond. Just silently invite them to our table, because everybody is welcome here.

Pass the peas please.

And pass the peace.

Copyright © Tama Kieves  All rights reserved.







Tama J. Kieves is the bestselling author of THIS TIME I DANCE! Creating the Work You Love (How One Harvard Lawyer Left It All to Have It All!) and is a sought-after speaker and career coach who has helped thousands world-wide to discover and live their true work in the world. Visit her at www.ThisTimeIDance and sign up for free inspiration and support through her monthly e-newsletter or download her Free Transformational Report on “Finding Your Calling Now.”

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Wounda, a female chimpanzee, has been reintroduced in the wild on the island of Tchindzoulou after staying at Tchimpounga sanctuary where she was rescued by the Jane Goodall Institute in the Congo.


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It should be no secret that children do not learn how to live a happy life by being instructed but rather by their own experiences and by the examples set by those who influence them. One such teaching moment of Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, came at the onset of Christmas a few years ago when his grandsons came to visit. A powerful Henry Drummond quote has it, "Happiness consists in giving, and in serving others." With that in mind, read on....

It’s been a personal ritual for years. I’ve done it alone and kept it private… until now. Playing Santa around town for an afternoon has been my favorite day of the year. This year, the time had come to share the experience, for two reasons.

The first is that part of the work I do involves encouraging adults to instill better belief systems in children. Sounds like a corporate quality-control statement, but in essence, I’m striving to educate parents, and those adults who influence children, about planting the all-important seeds of self-worth and community service, at an early age. This has been a long-time mission of mine and sharing this story with you now, would help me in that regard.

The second reason is that I didn’t venture out alone on my annual errand this year … on purpose. Instead, I chose to have Corbin and Cameron, my two, fabulous, visiting grandsons tag along with me. See, an important part of what I want to help teach them, are the ways to serve and to give unconditionally, so they can start the process of paying forward, at the ages of 11 and 10. To be a part of my small Joyeux Noel excursion I believed, would give them an example of those things - at least ‘Papa’ style.

Adding joy to the occasion, my youngest daughter, Teri, would also be visiting and share this day with us.

December 22, 2010 will now be known in our family as the Nintendo Turkey-Run Day.

It started with an early December call to my local Children’s Aid Society. When she picked up the phone, Debra started our exchange the way our first meeting ended last year – she teared up, saying she had been fervently hoping I would call again this year. Last year, I delivered the CAS a boy’s flashy red bike. Debra had burst into tears when she came down to the lobby, realizing that she had the perfect child in mind, to find the bike under the tree on Christmas morning.

This year, I decided that instead of selecting a random present, hoping it would luckily “fit” a certain child, I would ask Debra to poll her case workers and identify a child who was having an especially tough time. She happily agreed.

A few days later, she left a voice mail that a young boy in their care, who was having an extremely challenging year, had put a blue Nintendo DS on his Santa wish list, for two years running, which the family could not afford. All his buddies had one. So that very day I bought the biggest, baddest, blue DS there was, in advance of Corb and Cam’s arrival, just in case the stores sold out.

My second call was to the downtown Salvation Army hostel. Last year, I hauled bags of turkeys and fixins up to their second-floor kitchen and dining area, where they serve 30 residents and 70 homeless men, a hearty festive meal on Christmas Eve. I pledged my delivery again this year, so they could plan the feast accordingly, but this time, the plan was to have the boys help me buy the groceries, with a little of their own spending money, and deliver, the food as well.

Their train arrived 40 minutes late. Flying into my arms as they disembarked, the usual drill when we reunite after months of missing each other, we were soon off to the grocery store. Teri and the DS gift were already in the car. What was especially wonderful is that, once Teri heard of my plans, she decided to participate by bringing her own, gently-used DS, to be an unexpected gift for another child at the CAS.

Before heading out of the parking lot, I had both my excited boys settle down, to listen to something Papa had to say. They were attentive as I explained that before going home, we were going to run some errands. “Special errands,” I told them. After outlining the three stops we were going to make, I asked them if they would help me buy the groceries. Instantly, Corbin pulled out the twenty dollar bill his mother had given him to safeguard on behalf of both brothers and excitedly said, “Papa, here!” With a warmed heart, knowing I wouldn’t let them spend the whole amount, I replied, “Let’s wait until we get to the grocery store.”

The aisles were expectedly crowded, as we wielded two carts towards the back of the store to load up one with five turkeys. Next, we wandered over to the bunkers in search of the frozen veggies the cooks at the SA prefer. Bags of string beans, peas and corn filled the bottom of the other cart. En route to topping off that cart, with cans of jellied cranberries and tomato juice, Corbin, always the comedian, as we were passing the canned beans picked up a tin of navy beans and asked, “Papa, what about a can of navy beans for the army?”

Speaking of which, after ringing up the two carts of groceries the cashier remarked that I must be “feeding an army". I replied, "Well, yes I am as a matter of fact." And when Corbin realized that I forgot to ask him to use his and his brother’s money, to help pay for some of the groceries, he again flashed the twenty in front of me. I told him we’d deal with it later. Later came sooner, as we passed a Salvation Army officer on the way out of the store. Corb grabbed my arm and told me he wanted to put the twenty dollar bill in the kettle – and he did!

Before meeting with Debra, while waiting in the lobby, I explained the work the CAS did to the boys. Cameron then told me about a young girl he and his brother befriended, who was abused by her mother. The young woman is now under the care of the CAS in their city and spends a lot of time with the boys at their home. They were already doing the good work of the Universe!

Debra led us all into a meeting room where she explained her role in the organization and why we shouldn’t forget the children, especially at times like Christmas. To her utter surprise, we handed over not one, but two DS’s and for the third time since meeting her, she cried.

The Salvation Army was buzzing with activity when we arrived, but this time I had help lugging the bags upstairs. Paul, the director, was only too happy to see us and the women in the kitchen were bubbling over with gratitude. Later that day I received another thank-you – a Tweet from Paul.

When we finally arrived back home, I asked the boys to get a sheet of paper and tell a little story about what they had just done. I suggested writing about such things as what they did, why they did it, who it would make happy and how it made them feel.

Cameron wrote: “I did it because it would make the child’s Christmas and I’d help feed the men that hadn’t eaten all week and lived in cardboard boxes.”

Corbin wrote: “It’s going to make people feel like someone cares about them. It made me feel good, because I know I am doing a good thing.”

I am writing this the day after the Nintendo Turkey-Run, on December 23. I am driving Teri and the boys back to our hometown tomorrow, to celebrate Christmas with the entire family. On Christmas morning, I will awaken to the glee of my grandsons rifling through their gifts and the four of us will have a bit of a glow on, knowing that those few hours we played Santa, will have made the smiles of two children and 100 indigent men just a little brighter.

What I know for sure is that there's no greater feeling in the world than giving. My great hope is that this little tradition of mine, or something like it, continues and grows in the hearts and minds of two very special young men – Corbin and Cameron!

©Rick Beneteau

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If you ever wanted to find out the number one reason most people live an unremarkable life, you need look no further than the three sentences - Do it. Do it right. Do it right now. - offered in this motivational article by Steve Goodier: 

Here are three simple steps to make things happen in your life:

DO IT. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale put it like this: "Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all."

If you wait until you have all the facts or until you know how you will handle every possible challenge that comes along, you'll never get started. Begin somewhere. You can't accomplish anything until you begin. Do it.

DO IT RIGHT. One poet put it like this:
"If a task is once begun,
never leave until it's done.
Be the labor great or small,
do it well or not at all."

It's true: if you don't have time to do it right, when will you find time to do it over? Do it right.

DO IT RIGHT NOW. In the Spanish-American War, as the American soldiers were trying to capture San Juan Hill, they were thrown back again and again. The black powder ammunition they were using pinpointed their position for their enemies. As soldier after soldier toppled, the troops began to panic. Up rode Teddy Roosevelt, on a little horse named "Texas," urging his men on. Encouraged by his bravery in exposing himself to the whizzing bullets, the troops began to cheer their commander.

"Don't cheer, men," Roosevelt called out to them. "Fight! Now's the time to fight!"

There is a time to cheer. A time to reflect. A time to plan. A time to reminisce. But there is also a time to act. Those who accomplish anything worthwhile know that time is now.

Do it. Do it right. Do it right now. These are three simple steps to success.

©Steve Goodier







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From the YouTube site: The 2013 Templeton Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (a 10 Million Clicks For Peace endorser), speaks on the topic: "Who we are: Human uniqueness and the African spirit of Ubuntu."


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The following is a list of terms, keywords and phrases for spirituality and mastery for your reference.


channeling
spiritual wisdom
energy channeling
spiritual channeling
connecting with spiritual wisdom
spiritual channeling
channeling techniques
connecting with spirit
connecting to spirit
higher guidance
spiritual guidance
spiritual lessons
Law of Attraction
 LOA
Awaken
Beauty
beliefs
Believe
Bible
Buddhist
Creator
cultivation
development
Divine
Elevate
Enlightened

When we live in a state of gratitude it opens a door to receiving more to be grateful for. Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it, "Nothing else will add up in your blessings don't." The below quotation supports this piece of wisdom. Enjoy this Thanksgiving quotation by Sarah Ban Breathnack:

When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that is present... we experience heaven on earth. 

~Sarah Ban Breathnack

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The Beatles had it right - All You Need is Love. In 1994, Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, wrote a song called Love is Always the Answer, and it speaks to how we all feel at times and wonder what to do when life becomes overwhelming. When we learn that when we come from a place of Love we are always surrounded by Love. When we learn to Trust, trust that all is as all needs to be at this moment, we discover a sense of inner peace and calm, and our stress can disappear. Click the Play button below to listen to Rick's song. Lyrics appear below. Vocal by Joe Cardinal.




Love is Always the Answer


Do you ever just sit back and wonder
Why life seems to turn on a dime
How can the roads all go uphill
And get steeper the longer you climb
And sometimes you want
To give it all up


But love is always the answer
Trust the only true healing force
Just look around you and soon you'll discover
Love is what you're searching for


Too easy to turn from the daylight
And hide in the darkness of night
So simple to run from the struggle
Surrender and give up the fight
But I'll help you strive
To keep hope alive


Cause love is always the answer
Trust the only true healing force
Just look around you and soon you'll discover
Love is what you're searching for
And love will open the door


Love is always the answer
Trust the only true healing force
Just look around you and soon you'll discover
Love is what you're searching for
Love is always the answer
Trust the only true healing force
Just look around you and soon you'll discover
Love is what you're searching for


© 1994 Rick Beneteau Lauric Songs BMI


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"Always remember this Anna, there are no walls, no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind."

I vividly recall those words of Anne Frank's father being rivited to the family television set as a young child watching this iconic film and feeling the tensions build as a group of people hid from the bad guys (the German Gestapo). It was my first glimpse into World War II and it wouldn't be for years that I came to understand, or at least as much as anyone can understand, the horrors of the Holocaust.

Based on the now famous journal kept by a young teenager, and youngest sibling in a Jewish family in 1940's Amsterdam, 1959 Academy Award winner, The Diary of Anne Frank, is a testament to the human spirit and will to survive. Focusing mostly on Anne, whose inspirational wisdom culled from her diary now permeate the Internet, and her interactions with her patient, wise father, Otto Frank, the nearly 3-hour black and white film puts us right in the cramped attic space where eight Jews hide from the Nazis. Tip-toeing during the day to avoid detection, intricately detailed scenes keep us mesmerized as tension and anxiety builds within the small confines as the Nazis close in. Otto's sense of heroism and spirituality, and Anne's always-returning-to-optimism, act as glue for the former well-to-do residents.

Adeptly chronicled by director George Stevens, then new-to-the-screen Millie Perkins' portrayal of Anne falls short in some crtics's eyes (I tend to agree in my older age) but the remainder of the cast - namely Joseph Schildkraut (otto), Gusti Huber (Mrs. Frank), Lou Jacobi (Van Daan), Ed Wynn (Mr. Dussell) and Shelley Winters (who won Best Supporting Actress for her role) - give solid performances.

Betrayal eventually leads to the arrest and deportation of the Frank's and friends just shy of Anne's 15th birthday, and although beyond the scope of the film, all but Otto perish in the concentration camps. Anne Frank died of typhus fever in the Bergen-Belson concentration camp in March, 1945, shortly after her sister's death.

After the war, Otto Frank was quoted as saying, "When the Gestapo came in with their guns, that was the end of everything."

As it did for me, The Diary of Anne Frank served as an eye-opener to many, and watching it with your family will be time well spent.

Inspirational movie review by Rick Beneteau

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If you're looking for the perfect free printable online card for an entrepreneur, Modern Day Mastery co-founder Rick Beneteau's The Entrepreneurs Prayer might be a great alternative to the free greeting card sites you've been searching through. Rick's 15 year-old chart blends powerful business inspiration with Law of Attraction principles and has inspired countless entrepreneurs over the years. Please click on the link at the bottom to download a printable PDF with our compliments.

The Entrepreneur’s Prayer


As I awaken with the gift of yet another day and prepare for the tasks at hand, I offer up this most ardent prayer:

I pray for continued clarity of purpose so that I may hold my vision steady and keep my focus on the needs and success of others, which in turn shall bring me my success.

I pray for the wisdom to expect abundance in my life, that it surrounds me and is available for the taking and to be shameless and unapologetic upon its receipt, for I deserve abundance.

I pray for a cheerful countenance, be it clear or cloudy skies and that I may radiate and infect others with my positive attitude.

I pray for the trust of others that they may recognize my sincerity and true intentions so that we may move forward together.

I pray for the strength to fend off adversity and use my desire and determination as both weapon and shield.

I pray for the courage to carry forth my convictions during the battle of business and to resist temptation to a quicker monetary result when such temptation compromises these things for which I stand.

I pray that I may be used as a lightning rod to collect the amazing ideas already present in the universe and when blessed with such inspiration, that I may be able to apply my talents and abilities to turn the power of thought into measurable advancement of my goals.

I pray to retain my childhood wonder so that I can recognize and revel in the small miracles of each day that others may miss.

I pray for an infinite supply of self-confidence for it alone fortifies faith, strengthens my resolve and conquers the largest enemy I will ever face - fear.

I pray for a compassionate spirit and the patience to offer those who seek my advice and my help, my full and undivided attention.

I pray for good health and a feeling of well being, and the continued desire to improve those areas of my physical life I may be neglecting in the name of my spiritual and entrepreneurial advancement.

I pray that today is a day of excellence and at its conclusion I can acknowledge and be grateful for the forward motion I have made and the growth I have experienced.

I pray most of all for the understanding and support of those closest to my heart, my family, that they will equate what may seem like endless hours of apparent pre-occupation with affairs of business to what is at the very core of my being, that which drives me, for once I achieve what I have set out in its fullest, I will become that more complete being I strive to be.

It is for these things that I pray, for I am an entrepreneur.

©Rick Beneteau

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The inspirational article below, based on the senseless murder of a young man in 1995,  is testament to the fact there IS a better way for us to live in a violent world. Be inspired by the story of a man who lost a son to senseless violence and the grandfather of the man who took that life. You can check out how they now work together in the world-changing project known as The Forgiveness Project.

We live in a day of unrestrained violence. Children are snatched from homes or slain at school. Bombs and missiles are exploded in public places. There is war and there are rumors of war. No community, no race, no nation is immune to nor protected from a growing culture of violence. More than ever, we need to learn a different way, for the path we're following has led us into a dark and dangerous wilderness.

I like the way of Khamisa and Felix. One deadly evening in 1995, 14-year-old Tony Hicks shot and killed a 21-year-old college student and pizza deliveryman. Tony and several other gang members ordered pizza and, when it was delivered, Tony was told by his gang to shoot the young man who delivered the food, Tariq Khamisa.

Tariq's father Azim was enraged at the senseless killing. "There's something really wrong with a society where kids kill kids," he spat. He was angry at the kids, but he was even more upset with a culture that breeds so much violence.

Shortly after his son's death, Azim heard from a gentleman named Ples Felix. Ples was Tony Hick's grandfather. Azim invited Ples to his home and the two men shared their mutual grief and heartache. They also decided to do something. "I realized that change had to start with me." Azim reasoned. Therefore, though he may have wanted revenge, Azim Khamisa chose a different way to respond to his son's death.

Today, Azim Khamisa tours the United States with Ples Felix, the grandfather of his son's killer. The two men visit schools with a message of nonviolence. They tell the story of Tariq and Tony -- one child dead and the other in prison. And in a culture of violence, these two men of peace change lives -- by changing the minds and hearts of young people.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said that we do not start living until we can rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. If that is true, then these two men are helping the rest of us to truly live. They're showing us a better way. And if we listen and learn, we'll all be saved.

©Steve Goodier

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The Hopi Tribe is a sub-tribe of the Pueblo Indians of Arizona. The word Hopi means peaceful ones, or hopeful ones. The Hopi are sedentary farmers, mainly dependent on corn, beans, and squash. They also grow wheat, cotton, tobacco, and herd sheep. Each Hopi village is divided into clans and is governed by a chief, who is also the spiritual leader.

As with most Native American cultures, the women of the Hopi tribe took care of the home, raised the children and prepared meals. The men hunted, weaved and performed Hopi ceremonies. Known for their artwork, pottery and intricately woven rugs, the present day Hopi tribe is working hard to preserve their way of life in the southwestern United States. Enjoy today's spiritual quotation from The Hopi Native Elders:

The time of the Lone Wolf is over....gather yourselves. We are ones we have been waiting for.

~The Hopi Native Elders

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Whether you agree with every statement Carl Sagan makes or not, this insightful video really puts into perspective just how tiny we are in the bigger Universe. Watch in amazement as Carl narrates the story of The Pale Blue Dot.


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Do you ever feel you're too small to make a difference in the world? It's hard not to when we are bombarded by 24/7 news of war, violence, disease, starvation and natural disasters. Watch this inspirational short film as a cable repair technician fixes the problem with an elderly gentleman's television set in the National Film Board of Canada Cannes Short Film Corner entry, The Technican. Directed by Simon-Olivier Fecteau, a Canadian director, actor, producer and screenwriter who was nominated for two Genie Awards - Best Original Screenplay for Bluff and Best Live Action Short Drama for Les Derniers Jours.


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Theodore H. White, author of the book, In Search of History: A Personal Adventure, grew up in Boston's Jewish ghetto, and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard with a degree in Chinese history. He traveled to Chungking on an around-the-world fellowship and became an advisor to China's propaganda agency. After becoming a freelance reporter, he became friends with Henry R. Luce, the China-born founder and publisher of Time Magazine. White then became the China correspondent for Time during World War II, becoming dismayed at the rewriting of his articles due to censorship of the Nationalist government. After leaving Time Magazine after the war he returned home to write Thunder Out of China with Annalee Jacoby, which outlined the corruption of the Nationalist government and described the power of the rising Communist Party. In The Mountain Road, which was later turned into a movie starring James Stewart, he wrote about the retreat of a team of American troops in China in the face of a Japanese offensive.  Enjoy today's success quotation by Theodore H. White:

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.

~Theodore H. White

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Our fine, furry, four-legged therapy dog friends provide a valuable service to people in hospitals,  retirement and nursing homes, as well as in schools serving children with learning difficulties. You will also find these docile, affectionate animals in high-stress situations like earthquake, flood and tornado zones.  As you'll see in this inspirational video, they are well known for reducing stress and anxiety in palliative patients.

Allowing people unfamiliar to them to come into close physical contact, therapy dogs are much loved and admired for their friendliness, patience, gentleness and being at ease in all situations.

Watch a beautiful bond form between therapy dog, Baxter, and a palliative patient.

Caution: Kleenex warning

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Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author and poet, Thích Nhat Hanh, lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the south of France. An active spiritual teacher he travels the world giving lectures and hosting spiritual retreats and he coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term Vietnamese exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to to his homeland in 2005. He has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh may be best known for his activity in the peace movement promoting non-violent solutions to conflict. Enjoy today's spiritual quotation from Thích Nhat Hanh:

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thomas Alva Edison, is assuredly one of the world's most famous inventors. Among the most famous inventions in the world were his phonograph record player, the motion picture camera and a long-lasting light bulb. Referred to as "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and is credited with holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name including a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. His schooling lasted just three months after he was deemed to be unfit to learn and was home schooled by his mother, of whom he said, "My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint." Enjoy today's success quotation by Thomas Edison:

There ain't no rules around here. We're trying to accomplish something.

~Thomas Edison

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Victorian era Scottish philosopher, Thomas Carlyle, abandoned the idea of becoming a clergyman in favor of a life of writing. His first work, Sartor Resartus, achieved little success but its popularity developed over the years. It was published in book form in Boston 1836, with a preface by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it influenced the development of New England Transcendentalism. His three-volume work, The French Revolution: A History, was the primary source for the events of the French Revolution in Charles Dicken's novel, A Tale of Two Cities. His last major work was the six-volume, Frederick the Great, which took 13 years to complete. Enjoy today's success quotation by Thomas Carlyle:

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle.

~Thomas Carlyle

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When what we think, speak and do are in perfect alignment, life becomes peaceful. Our world becomes magical. Our spiritual power amplifies. No one knew this better than the person most people would immediately think of when someone mentions world peace. Mahatma Gandhi's powerful wisdom is even more meaningful today because of the complexity and noise of life.  We all need to still our minds and choose only those thoughts that serve us - positive, nuturing thoughts. Most of us cannot do this but when we change our thoughts and thinking amazing results occur. Enjoy today's spiritual quotation by Mahatma Gandhi:

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

~Mahatma Gandhi

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There is no better way for us here at Modern Day Mastery to extend our wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year than sharing this wonderful poem by the author of The Dash, Linda Ellis. Make it a stellar 2014!


Do you reflect upon the years gone by
as you prepare for yet one more,
with promises and resolutions
that you have made before?


Do memories of people and places
once as sharp as any knife
now blend in bits and pieces
in a kaleidoscope of life?


Do you squander precious minutes
seeking reasons why you're here,
contemplating your life's purpose
year after passing year?


Persuade yourself to understand,
it matters not the reason.
Your purpose is to seize the life
in every passing season!


Learn to see things differently.
Let your thoughts and actions change.
Allow your views of past and present
to slowly rearrange.


Let your spirit start anew;
become focused and aware
of the moments and the blessings
that surround you everywhere!


Do not permit past memories:
the where…the who…the how
to become more important
than the ones you’re making now.


Live life in person;
inhabit every day.
You may not like where you are now,
but you’re there anyway!


A lifetime is a puzzle,
every failure, each success
adds another jagged piece
to fit together with the rest.


To finish the picture
and view the masterpiece whole,
fill the time of your life
with your heart and your soul.


Acquaint yourself with your feelings
and heighten your senses.
Experience living.
Put down your defenses.


You don't have to know why
you are you, and I’m me.
Believe it is what it is
 and it’s how it should be.


You did not choose your date of birth,
nor do you know your last,
so live this gift that is your present,
before it becomes your past.


Linda Ellis, copyright 2011


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TMI

Modern Day Mastery co-founder, Rick Beneteau, has it "The heart is to the body as the family is to the soul."  In this TMI (too much information) world it is easy to get lost in the day to day grind just to survive, let alone thrive. This inspirational article by motivational author, Steve Goodier, might just serve to help you to rediscover just how important family can be in our lives. Enjoy!

One family subscribed to the notion that money really CAN buy happiness -- send the kids to summer camp! So they sent their son Joey away for the season. He was apparently as blissful about the arrangement as his parents, for after about three weeks, they finally received a postcard. Both parents huddled together to read it. After a moment, Joey's mother looked up and commented to her husband, "Well, it certainly is Joey."

The card read: "Dear Mom and Dad, they are making everyone write home. Love, Joey."

At times, families may need some space. They also need togetherness -- lots of it. And those of us who live in families realize that our family is far from perfect, even on the best of days. But perfection is not required for a strong family life.

What IS required, according to family expert Nick Stinnett (USA Today, 1-29-86) are three basics. "When you have a strong family life," he said, "you receive the message that you are loved, that you are cared for, that you are important. The positive intake of love and affection and respect...gives you inner resources to deal with life more successfully."

Love, affection and respect -- a dynamic trio in any strong family. Where there is love there is a place of safety and security. Where there is affection there is a place of warmth. And where there is respect there is a place where the mind and spirit can flourish.

Not all of us live in family groups. But we probably came from families and there just may be a family in our future.

Dr. Joyce Brothers has dedicated her life to marriage and family issues. She observes, "When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." That can be true in any family where you are loved, you are cared for and where you are made to feel important. Make this trio part of your family life and you truly will find happiness.

©Steve Goodier







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Born in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor whose best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Beloved and the Nobel Prize in 1993 as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Baptized with the name "Anthony" which led to her nickname, "Toni", Morrison received a B.A. in English entered from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in English from Cornell University. She became an English instructor at Texas Southern University then returned to Howard to teach English. She also taught at Yale University and Bard College and as an editor at Random House, edited books written by black authors Henry Dumas, Toni Cade Bambara, Angela Davis, and Gayl Jones. Enjoy today's quotation of mastery by Toni Morrison:

If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

~Toni Morrison

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"I have to tell you I'm both challenged and excited. My excitement is: I get a chance to give something back. My challenge is: the shortest seminar I usually do is 50 hours."

Known as much for his humor (and occasional cuss words) as his life-altering seminars, Tony Robbins enlightens us with the 6 human needs in this 2006 Ted Talks video. Noteworthy is the story near the end of this inspirational video and the high-fiving of Al Gore as he walks offstage.  The Ted.com transcript of Robbin's Ted Talk appears below the video.



Thank you. I have to tell you I'm both challenged and excited. My excitement is: I get a chance to give something back. My challenge is: the shortest seminar I usually do is 50 hours. (Laughter) I'm not exaggerating. I do weekends, and what I do -- I do even more than that, obviously, coach people -- but I'm into immersion. Because how did you learn language? You didn't learn it by just learning principles, you got in it and you did it so often that it became real.

And the bottom line of why I'm here, besides being a crazy mofo, is that I'm really in a position -- I'm not here to motivate you, obviously; you don't need that. And a lot of times that's what people think I do, and it's the furthest thing from it. What happens, though, is people say to me, "I don't need any motivation." And I say, "Well, that's interesting. That's not what I do." I'm the "Why" guy. I want to know why you do what you do.

What is your motive for action? What is it that drives you in your life today? Not 10 years ago. Or are you running the same pattern? Because I believe that the invisible force of internal drive, activated, is the most important thing in the world. I'm here because I believe emotion is the force of life. All of us here have great minds. You know? Most of us here have great minds, right? I don't know about another category, but we all know how to think. And with our minds we can rationalize anything. We can make anything happen. We can -- I agree with what was described a few days ago, about this idea that people work in their self-interest.

But we all know that that's bullshit at times. You don't work in your self-interest all the time, because when emotion comes into it, the wiring changes in the way it functions. And so it's wonderful for us to think intellectually about how the life of the world is, and especially those who are very smart -- we can play this game in our head. But I really want to know what's driving you.

And what I would like to maybe invite you to do by the end of this talk is explore where you are today, for two reasons. One: so that you can contribute more. And two: so that hopefully we can not just understand other people more, but maybe appreciate them more, and create the kinds of connections that can stop some of the challenges that we face in our society today. They're only going to get magnified by the very technology that's connecting us, because it's making us intersect. And that intersection doesn't always create the view of "everybody now understands everybody, and everybody appreciates everybody."

So, I've had an obsession basically for 30 years, and that obsession has been, "What makes the difference in the quality of peoples lives? What makes the difference in their performance?" Because that's what I got hired to do. I've got to produce the result now. That's what I've done for 30 years. I get the phone call when the athlete is burning down on national television, and they were ahead by five strokes and now they can't get back on the course. And I've got to do something right now to get the result or nothing matters. I get the phone call when the child is going commit suicide, and I've got to do something right now. And in 29 years -- I'm very grateful to tell you I've never lost one in 29 years. It doesn't mean I won't some day. But I haven't done it, and the reason is an understanding of these human needs that I want to talk to you about.

So, when I get those calls about performance, that's one thing. How do you make a change? But also, I'm looking to see what is it that's shaping that person's ability to contribute, to do something beyond themselves. So maybe the real question is, you know, I look at life and say, there's two master lessons. One is: there's the science of achievement, which almost everything that's run is mastered to an amazing extent. That's "How do you take the invisible and make it visible," right? How do you take what you're dreaming of and make it happen? Whether it be your business, your contribution to society, money -- whatever it is for you -- your body, your family.

But the other lesson of life that is rarely mastered is the art of fulfillment. Because science is easy, right? We know the rules. You write the code. You follow the -- and you get the results. Once you know the game you just, you know, you up the ante, don't you? But when it comes to fulfillment -- that's an art. And the reason is, it's about appreciation and it's about contribution. You can only feel so much by yourself. So, I've had an interesting laboratory to try to answer the question of the real question, which is what's the difference in somebody's life if you look at somebody like those people that you've given everything to? Like all the resources they say they need. You gave them not a 100-dollar computer; you gave them the best computer. You gave them love; you gave them joy. You were there to comfort them. And those people very often -- and you know some of them, I'm sure -- end up the rest of their life with all this love, education, money and background, spending their life going in and out of rehab. And then you meet people that have been through ultimate pain -- psychologically, sexually, spiritually, emotionally abused -- and not always, but often, they become some of the people that contribute the most to society.

So, the question we've got to ask ourselves really is, what is it? What is it that shapes us? And we live in a therapy culture. Most of us don't do that, but the culture's a therapy culture. And what I mean by that is the mindset that we are our past. And everybody in this room -- you wouldn't be in this room if you bought that theory -- but the -- most of society thinks biography is destiny. The past equals the future. And of course it does if you live there. But what people in this room know, and what we have to remind ourselves, though -- because you can know something intellectually, you can know what to do and then not use it, not apply it.

So really, we're going to remind ourselves that decision is the ultimate power. That's what it really is. Now, when you ask people, you know, have you failed to achieve something? How many have ever failed to achieve something significant in your life? Say, "Aye."

Audience: Aye.

TR: Thanks for the interaction on a high level there. (Laughter)

But if you ask people, why didn't you achieve something? Somebody who's working for you, you know, or a partner, or even yourself. When you fail to achieve a goal, what's the reason people say they fail to achieve? What do they tell you? Don't have the -- didn't know enough, didn't have the -- knowledge. Didn't have the -- money. Didn't have the -- time. Didn't have the -- technology. You know, I didn't have the right manager. Didn't have the ...

Al Gore: Supreme Court. (Laughter)

TR: And -- (Applause) and -- (Applause) -- what do all those, including the Supreme Court, have in