On Becoming Fearless - Arianna Huffington

Free 21 Day Course on Becoming Fearless with Arrianna Huffington (Founder, Huffington Post)  Each day their will be a short talk about a subject aimed at helping you to become fearless, followed by a short 5 minute guided meditation which will relax you and help you to integrate the day’s thought into you consciousness.  It’s free at:

http://www.mentorschannel.com/AriannaHuffington/OnBecomingFearless/LandingPage/885/?aff_id=1014&off_id=40


I Digress

When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY my home was the place to hang out.  My mom was a school teacher in some of the worst neighborhoods in Brooklyn.  I don’t know how she did it because she was young and pretty and she must have had […]


Motivational Video for Warriors!

“It aint about how hared you can get hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep getting back up.”

“Get up, but don’t ever give up”

“We can stay here and get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight out way back into the light. We can clime out of hell, one inch at a time” “The inches that you need are all around you.”

“To cry to give up; cry to keep going!” Don’t cry to quit. You already in pain. You already hurt. Go out and get a reward for it!”

“Cause everyday is a new day; every moment is a new moment!”

“Now, what are you going to do?”

“Now I’m going to show you how great I am!”

Limits, just like fears are often an illusion.


I’m Still Standing

Tonight I had to write down a brief account of the last ten years of my life.  I cannot publish what I wrote at this time.  It is truly tragic.  In order to not sink into the depths of despair I must remember that there were some really good and […]


Exercise for Self Love and Healing the Heart

“Connecting With and Healing Your Heart (Heart Meditation)” – a video by Teal Scott

is a short yet effective way to get in touch with your deeper self by connecting with your heart and offering your self the care, love, and gratitude that heals and strengthens you.

  • If you are a mother or any other type of caregiver then this exercise is for you.
  • If you are the type of person constantly puts the needs of others before your own then this video exercise is for you.
  • If you have been unhappy with your mood, your energy level, or your level of functioning, then this exercise can help.
  • If you have been stressed out or consumed by fearful or worrisome thoughts then this video is for you.


Brother David Steindl-Rast

David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful

Brother David says “If you want to be happy, be grateful” and then he tells us how: STOP-LOOK-GO!

“Every moment is a new gift, over and over again, and if you miss the opportunity of this moment, another moment is given to us, and another moment. We can avail ourselves of this opportunity, or we can miss it, and if we avail ourselves of the opportunity, it is the key to happiness. Behold the master key to our happiness in our own hands. Moment by moment…
Does that mean that we can be grateful for everything? Certainly not. We cannot be grateful for violence, for war, for oppression, for exploitation. On the personal level, we cannot be grateful for the loss of a friend, for unfaithfulness, for bereavement. But I didn’t say we can be grateful for everything. I said we can be grateful in every given moment for the opportunity, and even when we are confronted with something that is terribly difficult, we can rise to this occasion and respond to the opportunity that is given to us. It isn’t as bad as it might seem. Actually, when you look at it and experience it, you find that most of the time, what is given to us is opportunity to enjoy, and we only miss it because we are rushing through life and we are not stopping to see the opportunity.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be cleaning you out 
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent 
as a guide from the beyond.

~ Rumi

Rumi

Louie Schwartzberg

Some people live in an world of nostalgia: ‘things were much better back then.’  And others focus on what they perceive was wrongs done to them. They hang on to resentment for years.

Holding a grudge takes energy.  With attention or energy locked up in the past you don’t have any left over to take care of the present.

When I’m focused on one magical moment of nature everything else disappears.  I notice my heart begins to open up.  My energy soars and I feel light, optimistic, and grateful.

Each day is a precious blessing to be enjoyed.

We always have a choice.

When we find ourselves in a place doing something that makes us unhappy, we have options.  We can remove ourselves from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.  I have the ultimate power over my life provided I follow my heart.

Stay present, in this moment all is well.  Stay focused. There’s enough Divine plan working through all of us.

Stay grateful.  The Living Universe is offering its gifts to you day by day, moment to moment.  And as you move through your day be mindful of your thoughts.  Should the slightest doubt arise, stop what you’re doing, take a breath, and take a brief time to say: ‘I give thanks to the Living Universe by focusing on my passion and sharing it with the world.’

~ Louie Schwartzberg


Alexander Technique for Well-Being

Today I will describe an incredibly simple and effective technique that once learned can be effectively used to stop a panic attack dead in its tracks.  If you take just a few minutes each day to practice this technique then your body will be under less tension and your mind […]


When I Have a Bad Day

I did not know whether to call this “When I Have a Bad Day” or “When You Have a Bad Day”, but the title I chose to use  tells you something.  If you are where I was then you may feel that every day is a bad day.  Indeed, for many years of my life, just about every day was a bad day.  But now the title is “When I Have a Bad Day”, which infers that I must be having good days and it does.  I have gone from “bad life” to “better life”.  I have gone from “bad life” to “bad days”.  I prayed to God for an end to my pain and suffering and I was answered.  I am grateful for God’s answer to my plea.  But I want more good days and I expect more good days.

Today was not a good day.  Despite major improvements in my biochemistry and spiritual well-being, I am still in a life of strife.  And strife seems to stick to me like flies to flypaper.  Life has not been kind to me.  I am immensely grateful for health and well-being of my wife and children.  There are many millions of people out there who are living through so much poverty, violence, and physical diseases that I am sparred from enduring.  But I still have situations that are not wrapped up.  I still have a lot to improve upon in my life.  I am still under duress mostly due to external factors as opposed to constant depression.  But I do get depressed on bad days.  And that depression seems to run straight toward the worst mental place to go.  Luckily, it abates.  Yours will abate too.

I do not dwell upon the notion of future bad days, but I do expect to have them, like all people do.  But because I have Depression I have to take proactive action.  I have to be prepared for bad days so I can try to prevent them from becoming torturous days. And I can’t always avoid that either.  In Recovery International one of the spottings says “Expect frustration and disappointment every minute of the day and you won’t be disappointed.”  Another one is: “I have the ability to withstand torture.”  It’s true!  We all do.  Read Man’s Search for Meaning and you will see. It’s not a feel good book.  I will go into Victor Frankl‘s Logotherapy in another post on a better day.  There is much to be learned from it.

In the meantime take a look at this video:


Gratitude, Love, Music, and Praise

I had some rough days last week.  Something was out of whack.  How’s that for a scientific explanation?  Actually I had missed a couple of days of meditation, and had a very small amount of wine on New Year’s eve.  So there you have it. Currently I have some crappy […]


Inspirational Video – P&G Olympic Sponsor Commercial

I just saw this video (P&G Olympic Sponsor Spot) that I found very inspiring and very comforting.  So I had to jump out of bed to post it.

When we were children we took a lot of hard knocks, but we didn’t see it that way.  We never felt that the world was against us way back then when we were around age 5 or less.  We never said to ourselves, “Why is this happening to me?  Why am I falling down?  Why am I getting hurt?”  It was just part of the process.  It was part of the fun.  It was just part of the game.  Life was the game.  And life still is the game.  We’ve just forgotten that it’s a game.

The falls, the bruises, the injuries, the “failures” – none of that bothered us.  We didn’t care what anyone else thought of us.  We were just living – really living!

Right now, let`s remind ourselves that the child within each of us still lives and still wants to play!  “We take our own dear selves too seriously” (RI)  Let’s get back in the game!


You Can Break Depression!

I am here to tell you that you can break depression!  You can break that depressed  state that you have been stuck in for days, weeks, months, and even years!  You can be bright again!  You can be happy again!  You can be productive again!  You can have a successful […]


Thoughts About New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve can be one of the toughest nights of the year for people with Depression, but it doesn’t have to be.  It is all a matter of what you choose to focus on.  I know that this simple statement sounds trite, and I am aware that for most […]