Excerpt from Evidence – by Mary Oliver

Excerpts from “Evidence”: “Beauty without purpose is beauty without virtue. But all beautiful things, inherently, have this function – to excite the viewers toward sublime thought. Glory to the world, that good teacher. Among the swans there is none called the least, or the greatest. I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing,…

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The Power of Our Words

Our words have power.  We create through our language.  Our thoughts create our words which in turn create our actions, character, and lives.  I have heard many different variations of the idea that our words have power, and never before have I understood this concept more than I do now. I teach yoga, and I’ve…

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Cultivate Your Creative [Populist]

Are you willing to be the deviant? I was happy to make Carl Nordgren’s lecture at my school yesterday.  The visiting professor of creative entrepreneurship at Duke University and self-proclaimed “Creative Populist” caught my attention. Nordren encouraged “kaleidoscopic thinking” – being willing to look at problems from every angle and explore relationships between pieces from…

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You Are Magnificent

The origin of the word encourage is “en-” “courage,” which means: “to cause (a person) to be in” [his] “heart.” Encouragement speaks through the outer and goes straight to the heart.  It is seeing that spark of truth within another that he does not – that perhaps has never been recognized or acknowledged.  When we…

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Viola Davis on Success & Finding Your Purpose

“I imagined that success would be more fulfilling.  I didn’t imagine it do be so isolating.  But it is because not everyone is for you…The disillusion is that all the things that defined success and could fill you up was defined by other people, not by yourself.  You have to stop and ask…what makes you…

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Burnt Sienna

If you’re like me, there are some things past that you wish others didn’t have to know about – that dusty box of mistakes and heartbreaks – memories stored away neatly and labeled: “Do not open.” I call that place my Burnt Sienna. I wish that place wasn’t in my Crayola box, but it is. …

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The Journey by Mary Oliver

One of my favorites: The Journey by Mary Oliver One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But…

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MLK Day 2012

I have a dream…that one day forgiveness, compassion, and Love will reign supreme. I have a dream that little girls and little boys believe their value lies in who they are and how they serve, and that they see their most precious treasures exist within their hearts. I have a dream that these same girls…

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On French Model Tara Lynn

What was your experience with “French model Tara Lynn”? When this woman caught my eye on Facebook yesterday I found myself gazing at her, and at first, I felt rather uncomfortable.  She seemed pretty but she was so big! My conditioned mind was immediately judgmental (aka fearful) of this model.  Yes, she had beautiful parts,…

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i choose…what I have chosen.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. …If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy. They just promised…

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