All posts filed under: Inspire Me

What To Do When The World Says No

The easiest option is of course to join in and say ‘no’ with them. To accept that you really aren’t that great and don’t deserve more. Of course you can’t have anything you want, I mean that’s ludicrous, it just doesn’t work like that. Go out, have that 2nd, 3rd, 4th beer or that double chocolate cookie and slip back into the hum drumness of everyday existence. I don’t believe it has to be like this. Most of us accept that a select few get to live their dreams. That they are blessed with luck and that things just come to them without much effort. We believe that we can’t really follow our dreams – whether it’s starting that pottery business; making toy airplanes, or opening a specialist sweet shop – these are just fantasies that can’t be realised in the ‘real world’. I think this is all bullsh*t. Excuse my French, but it had to be said. Perhaps the real issue is that most of us just aren’t prepared to put in the effort. To apply ourselves daily to achieving our dreams, however simple …

Slowly, Slowly…

Step by step. I placed one foot in front of the other, pressing gently into the wooden steps as I made my ascent. Up, up and further up I went, slowly, steadily, with ease and flow. Until soon these steps became somewhat effortless, as if I was floating up the mountain. This was my experience hiking up Shoushan 壽山 (Monkey Mountain) today; very unusual for me because usually I’m puffing and panting all the way to the top. So what was so special about today? I decided to take it slow. I wanted to see what it felt like to feel each step, and keep my awareness there in that moment. To my surprise, something magical happened. I hiked and hiked and didn’t have to stop once along the way. My heart rate stayed steady, I felt full of strength, like I could go on forever. I felt connected to my surroundings – the beautiful old trees, butterflies, and monkeys. Perhaps because today I actually took time to look around, instead of forging ahead. Everything seemed wondrous. When someone came past me, I felt myself wanting …

Why, Hello There…

As part of WordPress’s Blogging 101 challenge, we have to write a post about who we are and why we’re here. Ok, so Day 1 was 2 days ago, but here goes… Who Am I Really? I could start by telling you a list of things about me, like who I am and what I do in this world. But does any of that really matter? Instead, I’d like to tell you about what moves me. I’m inspired by beauty. It’s all around us, waiting to be seen. We just need to open our murky eyes, rub back the dirt, and look. Really look. I see it in people’s stolen smiles; I see it in trees, mountains, sunsets and cups of tea. Aaah… the beauty of it all. I’m inspired by travel, exploring unknown lands. Spending some time there, maybe a few years, and uncovering the essence of the place. Getting to know the people, the food, and the culture. It’s all very exciting. I’m moved by yoga. Everyday it gives back to me more and more. It teaches …

Outside, By Your Doorstep

well i’d like to think i’m the mess you’d wear with pride. like some empty dress on the bed you’ve layed out for tonight. maybe i’ll tell you sometime. time. sometime. and you were right. right. you were right. outside, by your doorstep in a worn out suit and tie. i’ll wait for you to come down. where you’ll find me. where we’ll shine. oh, – Band Of Horses (‘I Go To The Barn Because I Like The‘ lyrics)

The Time Is Now

Indeed a very special new moon arrives this Wednesday, 10 April 2013 (and not just because it’s my birthday… hehe). So, it’s in Aries the first sign of the zodiac and represents new beginnings, fast pace, enthusiasm and taking action. Astrologically, it’s the start of the new year. According to Susan Miller, “Aries is associated with all things new, and with forging a new path in unknown, untried territory. Aries is also a sign that excels with entrepreneurial enterprises, so you may be taking first steps to make your dream a reality.” And as an added punch, when the new moon enters Aries on Wednesday, it will be surrounded by a whopping 5 planets – the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Uranus! What does this mean for us? It begs us to look at our calling, our path, our passion. To connect with our personal goals and do something new. It’s about doing what feels individually right to you and not worrying about what others think you should go after (thanks to Uranus’s influence). Whats in …

Let’s Play

“If we see a child who is two or three, we find a free human. Why? Because this human does whatever he/she wants to do. The human is completely wild. Just like a flower, a tree, or an animal that has not been domesticated – wild! And if we observe two year olds, we find that most of the time these humans have a big smile on their face and they’re having fun. They are exploring the world. They are not afraid to play. They don’t worry about the past, don’t care about the future, and only live in the present moment. Very young children are not afraid to express what they feel. They are so loving that if they perceive love, they melt into love. They are not afraid to love at all. That is the description of a normal human being. Our normal human tendency is to enjoy life, to play, to explore, to be happy, and to love.” – don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements)

Just Do One Thing

(Art print by Kyle Andrews) “I just can’t meditate lately. I’m over thinking things and my mind is a mess,” I found myself saying to a friend (aka Jacob/healer/all-round-amazing person) yesterday. I know that what I really need to be doing is meditating so that I can quieten my mind but it’s just not happening for me lately. And trust me I have tried. I have this ever-increasing list of things that I want to do every day but just can’t seem to get to, including: – spend 40 minutes walking in nature (one day I’ll be running) – practice yoga – meditate for 15 minutes – spend time in rampages of appreciation and do focus wheels (Abraham Hicks) – blog – spend time visualising I want to do all of these things but in essence I’m actually doing nothing. And so as I was explaining this to my amazing friend Jacob, he reminded me to take things slow… slow… slow. One step at a time. And in his words of wisdom, he said, “For …

I Like You A Lot

“I really like you, Midori. A lot.” “How much is a lot?” “Like a spring bear,” I said. “A spring bear?” Midori looked up again. “What’s that all about? A spring bear.” “You’re walking through a field all by yourself one day in spring, and this sweet little bear cub with velvet fur and shiny little eyes comes walking along. And he says to you, “Hi, there, little lady. Want to tumble with me?’ So you and the bear cub spend the whole day in each other’s arms, tumbling down this clover-covered hill. Nice, huh?” “Yeah. Really nice.” “That’s how much I like you.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Be the campfire, not the forrest fire

Originally posted on Zoe Weil:
I’m traveling a lot this month, so please enjoy this repost from 11/17/10. There’s a metaphor I like to use when talking to fellow activists. I ask them to imagine two fires. The first is a campfire in an opening in the woods. The fire is warm and bright and draws people toward it. They are eager to find a place around the fire, and their beautiful faces glow in the reflected light. They feel good. There is nowhere they’d rather be. The second is a forest fire. It blazes hot and out of control, everyone – people and animals alike – flees. Each of us has a fire inside of us. It is the fire of our passions and our beliefs, and all of us who are activists know it well. It is the fire that spurs us to learn about what is happening on our planet — to people, animals, and the environment — and it is the fire that spurs us to action to solve the crises…

I love being an Aries…

…especially today! This is just the message I needed to hear, thank you Jonathan Cainer. Aries Horoscope: 3 January 2013 “Are you wrestling with a resolution? We need to be clear. What matters, this year, is not what you give up but what you take up. If you want to move something bad out of your life, bring something good into it. The good will help to push away the bad – or keep you further away from it! Focus on what is positive, constructive, inspiring and potentially life-changing in the nicest possible way. Then the other changes that need to be made will begin to happen naturally and automatically, as a side-effect of this.”

Find your ‘zero place’

“Be a fool in the Taoist sense, in the Zen sense. Don´t try to create a wall of knowledge around you. Whatsoever experience comes to you, let it happen, and then go on dropping it. Go on cleaning your mind continuously; go on dying to the past so you remain in the present, herenow, as if just born, just a babe.” – Osho Zen Tarot