Quotes- For Inspiration (some of my favorites)

Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem. -Stephen Cope Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.-John Homer Miller

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. -Rumi 

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. -Marcus Aurelius

Every waking moment we talk to ourselves about the things we experience. Our self-talk, the thoughts we communicate to ourselves, in turn control the way we feel and act. -John Lembo

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings. -Rumi

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.-Voltaire

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau

Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.-Albert Einstein

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.-Henry Ward Beecher

Many believe that self-help and self-improvement is about rags to riches, failure to success, and so forth, when indeed it is the beginning of a journey into self-discovery. Inside every human being is an eternal truth and a life purpose. Using our mind power is simply starting the engine on that journey of self-discovery and highest self-actualization.-Eldon Taylor

The ability to change your life comes from the power of love in your heart. Love connects you to other people’s emotions. It’s the ultimate source of emotional fuel, so plug into it! -Peggy McColl

There is nothing like a dream to create the future. -Victor Hugo

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. -Dale Carnegie

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.-George Bernard Shaw

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. -Mother Teresa

The most powerful force on earth is love. -Nelson Rockefeller

All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.-Walt Disney

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. -Goethe

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love -Rumi

Nothing happens, and nothing happens, and then everything happens. -Fay Weldon

We do not do what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are – that is the fact. -Jean Paul Sartre

All the windows of my heart I open to the day. -John Greenleaf Whittier

May you live all the days of your life. -Jonathan Swift

Now is the time to get drunk!  To stop being the martyred slaves of time, to get absolutely drunk – on wine, poetry, or on virtue, as you please. -Charles Baudelaire

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. -Buddha

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. -Saint Augustine

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu

And then the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin

Before everything else getting ready is the secret to success. -Henry Ford

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? -Rumi

Youth is a circumstance you can’t do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.-Frank Lloyd Wright 

People want you to be happy. Don’t keep serving them your pain. -Rumi

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will. -George Bernard Shaw

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. -Richard Bach

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The entrance to the door of the sanctuary, is inside of you… -Rumi

We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne -Marcus Aurelius

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. -Marcus Aurelius

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot.-Eleanor Roosevelt 

Love is how it feels to recognize our essential unity. Awakening to oneness is the experience of Big Love. Knowing you are one with all, you find yourself in love with all. -Timothy Freke

The sun shines down, and its image reflects in a thousand different pots filled with water. The reflections are many, but they are each reflecting the same sun. Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people. -Ammachi

Be content to seem what you really are. -Marcus Aurelius

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight -Marcus Aurelius

Peace of mind is not a goal I need to achieve. It’s a place inside I never want to leave. Close my eyes, I still my thoughts and then I say I will choose to live in peace today.-Robert Alan

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others. – Peace Pilgrim

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.-Rumi

It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It’s simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality. -Erich Schiffman

Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like. -Ethan Walker III

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live. -Marcus Aurelius 

All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world. -Robin Sharma

Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth. -Buddha

Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. -Eckhart Tolle

Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path…exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love. -Caroline Adams

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself.Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise. -Marcus Aurelius

Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig. -Marcus Aurelius

Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered. -Osho

What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water—the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being. -Ganga White

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt

If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy? -Thomas Lovell Beddoes 

True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life. -Craig Hamilton

Do your practice and all is coming. -Sri K Patthabi Jois

A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness. -Albert Einstein

Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice. -Upanishads

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. -Thich Nhat Hạnh

Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun. B.K. S Iyengar

Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward. -Micheline Berry

Habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing . . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way, we check out of the present, out of happiness itself. -Alex Levin

Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability do not exist. We are collaborators in creation. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. -George Bernard Shaw 

The meaning of Life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.-Pablo Picasso

Live in this moment – this is life. May you be happy, may you be healthy, May your heart be full of peace. Namaste

Love, Goldi

Dan Coyle – Somethings Changed – A Candid Interview

Dan Coyle – Something\’s Changed – Link to You Tube Video

Dan Coyle is a nationally touring musician…, something changed inside of me as I watched Dan’s candid video, and then listened to his honest and sincere responses to my questions – his passion and inspiring story blew me away.

Dan was born and raised in a blue collar household near Buffalo New York. He felt from an early age that he was suppose to be on a path, he just didn’t know what it was.  Dan often felt like an outsider in his own town, their were terrific people there, he said, he just didn’t feel like he fit.  Sometimes Dan escaped this world,  with written words in one form or another. It was his way of expressing himself, while still keeping it to himself, and would later use this talent to write his songs. Dan was the first person in his family to go to College, and it was there that he quickly found the theater community, and where he picked up his first guitar. He found his voice, as he taught himself to play, listening to the Beatles, while creating his own unique and authentic sound. It came easy to him – he had found the path that he needed to take.

After graduation in 2004 he moved to Chicago, and in 2006, after a lot of hard work, the doors started swinging open for him. He had two studio cds and toured across the country, but as the opportunities popped up, Dan told me, so did the fear.  He heard all the voices of people telling him, all the reasons why things wouldn’t work.  Trying to please everyone, and not pleasing himself. It became a really hard time in his life, so he took time off to figure things out, to get himself settled down and thinking clearly.  That experience he felt made him more introspective, and I believe was the final piece that gives him the truth to his voice, and his depth today.

When asked about living his dream Dan modestly said, that he would say that he is one of the riches people he knows, not financially, but he definitely feels like he is living no one else’s dream.  He says that he truly believes that the only thing you can do for me is to make yourself happy, and the only thing I can do for you is to make myself happy.  Dan said that it may sounds selfish, but it’s really the most selfless act. We need to take the time and effort to make ourselves happy because that radiates out to people. When he does something now, he’s doing it for the right reasons, not blindly or mindlessly – it’s purposeful, and inspired.

I then asked, what would he tell someone that’s at a crossroad in life teetering between the safe choices, meaning the path that everyone tells you to take, and the path that feels right to you?  Dan laughed and said that he seemed to attract a lot of people who are at the crossroads of life, and then went on to say, if your at a crossroad then that means your standing still, but time isn’t.  So first you need to determine your world view.  Is your world friendly or hostile? You need to get this right.  With a friendly world view you’re going to radiate that feeling out-word, and people become coconspirators, and they help you in some way. Even if they are less than friendly, they are still helping you in someway. You get a refection of how your feeling inside. In a friendly world, you will also help others.

Most of us know very few things, and we don’t know what the future will bring. Everyone nods there head, like they understand, but very few people act like that, and live like that from day to day. Instead they take the dream that they have, and demean it. They focus on everything that could go wrong if they were to try it, when they don’t have any reason to know that things will go wrong. Very few people give equal time and energy to the thought of “what if everything were to go flawlessly” or “everything will work out just as it should” – how about that idea! How about following your dream, and following it, because it is your dream!

What I always keep going back to is,  the only thing I can do for you is to make myself happy, and only thing you can do for me is to make yourself happy. If your not doing that, you are holding humanity back. I firmly believe that, and the only way we are going to evolve in a meaningful way,  is for people to start listening to what it is that they truly want to do, because anyone who has that “knowing” and they don’t follow it – it’s wrong – to themselves, to their abilities, to everyone around them, and to humanity as a whole. They are holding back – like they have a fire that could burn at a 1000 degrees, but they don’t know what will happen, so they only live at about half. It’s the most hideous thing people can do. There are so many people who don’t know what they want to do and they search and they struggle to know. So if you are a person who knows, it’s up to you to own it, to pursue that dream. Because you don’t know how it will affect the world.  You need to fulfill it, and realize that your doubts and fears are your traitors. Find a prison cell to put them in, or find a way to get rid of those things that you’re afraid of, because someday we will look back at these things that we didn’t do.  I’m a firm believer that our fears of today will become out regrets of tomorrow. Stay in the presence of what you want to do, you will radiate enough positive energy that things will start to happen. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for the rest of us, because you need to fulfill your purpose. I think humanity has been held back enough by people who have felt a purpose or calling and turned their head the other way for whatever reason – you have to listen to your heart, you need to pursue your dream. I have a lot riding on convincing you of this, we all have a lot riding on convincing you of this.  Its the only way that this world will move on in a better way.

We have to remember that before anything was invented or achieved no one thought that it could be done. The airplane wasn’t invented by a group of people sitting around saying how it was impossible to fly. They said -how, is it possible. For whatever strange reason, they were compelled to find a way to fly people in the air from point A, to point B, safely. Think about what everyone must of said about that dream. Everyone must of thought that they were insane, but they had to say, I’m going to find a way to make it happen. For some strange reason they were compelled to figure that out. Thank God that they did! Your dreams are the same, even if you don’t think they affect someone else, or people, on a global scale – they do, its a domino effect… every thing you do, every kind word, or every time you inspire or make someone happy, it keeps going.  You don’t know who it inspired, and who they are going to inspire, that passes it on to someone else, every time you make someone happy you don’t know where that energy is going. Thats what I would tell someone at the crossroads…

Dan thanks me, for sending him the questions and listing to his 40 min audio response, and then tells me he appreciates me, all the while I’m sitting here in awe, listening with gratitude, and thanking him, for his inspiring story.

Dan begins his summer tour soon…For More of Dan Coyle – Links

Website: www.dancoyle.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dan_coyle

Facebook: http://bit.ly/dcXazX

Weekly Podcast: http://bit.ly/bxq1Zx

iTunes Digital Downloads: http://bit.ly/a8gfta

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!




Wanting us to create/live our “just right” lives…

Inspiration-follow your Dream

“A Dream is a beautiful vision that looks beyond what you can see,

Then lifts you and guides you and grows strong inside you to help you be all you can be…

A Dream is your door to tomorrow,

A secret reflection of you,

A threshold to a wonderful future where nothing’s too good to be true…

A Dream is a daring adventure, A journey to carry you far–

For when you hold a dream in your heart,

you surely can reach any star!”

Inspiration of Amanda Bradley

Love, Goldi

Goldilocks Blog

Having a perfect life in a perfect world…