Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 24, 2011

Inspirational Quote of the Week

“Why waste your life dreaming of another one?” – Anonymous

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Would you say vulnerability is a negative?

If someone was to tell you that vulnerability is one of the main components in people that believe that they are worthy of living a joyful life, would you believe them? Well, prominent research professor and storyteller Brene Brown’s life changing journey brought her face to face with the truth of vulnerability. And found it to be imperative to happiness.

Here in her humorous TED talk, she describes her path to realization that a happy life is the love child of believing in self-worthiness and the ability to stand in a place of vulnerability…

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 19, 2011

Inspiring Photo of the Week

Reaching Towards Life

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 18, 2011

Celebrating the Festival of Colors to Inspire Global Joy

I love color. Happy colors like yellow and orange bring an uplifting feeling just by their presence…blue: calming, brown: grounding, red: loving…each color in the spectrum a beautiful visual of a loving relationship between light and reflection.

So, in gratitude for the pleasure of color, I would like to extend a “Happy Holi” to all!

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is celebrated this year from March 19th to the 20th. A religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus all over India since ancient times, it is celebrated over two days and is the most important holiday in India after Diwali (the Festival of Lights). The celebration is held at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which usually falls in the later part of February or March in the Gregorian Calendar.

The festival of Holi is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Srilanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and countries with large Indic diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, the UK, the USA, the Republic of Mauritius, and the Republic of the Fiji Islands. In fact, this beautiful celebration is considered a national holiday in Nepal, despite one’s religion, because of the magnitude of positivity it creates.

 

Seriously…how can you frown when you are covered in rainbows?

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 17, 2011

Affirmation of the Week

I am a beautiful being of light.

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 16, 2011

The Makings of a Hero

What makes a person a hero?

Is it a person that invokes change in society? Is it someone¬† — an animal even — who puts their own life on the line for someone else?¬† Or is a hero found in the strength of a cancer survivor?

I believe that a hero takes on the face of each and every one of us; a side to every human that will show itself if put in the right circumstances. For example, it is safe to say there are many heroes in Japan walking amongst the destruction right now.

When I asked some friends of mine their thoughts, I found their answers inspiring, uplifting, and humorous…

Ms. Stone: Heroes are people who give of themselves in times of others’ needs, without asking or thinking of themselves. Small scale or big scale – its hard to be completely selfless and risk yourself to help another human. You don’t have to be a fireman (bless you all!), you can be a regular human with a heroic heart!!!!

Mr. Montgomery: French roll, ham, salami…:) Really I believe there are millions of heroes among us, it’s just that most (99.9%) are never put the test.

Ms.Taylor: Being brave and willing to risk your life for others you may or may not know. I consider myself 3/4 hero.

Mr. Schectman: Contrary to popular belief, they don’t have to have a cape.

Ms. Shipley: I believe heroes are those that stand up for what they believe in and take a risk to do what they believe in when the majority in comparison would choose to “swim with the tide”!

Ms. Kirkbride: One who speaks up for someone who cannot do it for themselves!

Mr. Lunde: Just looked up “hero” on Dictionary.com – there was a picture of Greg Mortenson (3 Cups of Tea)… building schools for kids (especially girls) in parts of the world where they had never been given the opportunity to learn.

Here’s the definition of a hero in the mind of an expert…

It is safe to say that heroes are a varied breed, and when the moment of bravery takes over, it isn’t always in the flash, or even when you might expect it.

Here are five of my favorite real-time heroes:

1. The engineers of Japan that saved millions of lives.

2. The global non-profit The Water School and their efficient and simple solution to providing millions with clean drinking water.

3. Kiva, a collaborative website that brings investors of all sizes together to create opportunity through small micro-loans to cash-poor people around the world.

4. Those healing from life-altering dis-ease or injury, and the people that support them.

5. SkiDUCK and their work on bringing financially-poor children into the mountains to ski and snowboard. Their work has allowed hundreds of youth access a connection to the environment that may change their lives for the better forever.

What’s your idea of hero? Have you seen one lately?

To help participate in supporting Japan during this devastating time, please check out this soothing and healing mantra created by Kuan Yin for the people of Japan and for Mother Earth…

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 12, 2011

Inspiring Photo of the Week

Crazy Colors of Love

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 11, 2011

Positive Energy for Japan

It is in moments of natural destruction that we are reminded that borders are nothing more than a man-made line of difference. In reality we are all the same, we are all on the same path. We feel, on an internal level, the devastation that others are experiencing in the wake of an earthquake or tsunami…especially when it is with such magnitude as what the Japanese suffered yesterday.

May we all send them loving and positive energy. In global love and light. Our love and support are with you.

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 10, 2011

Inspirational Quote of the Week

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to where it leads.”

Erica Jong

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