VitaSoul – HH The Dalai Lama

“We can make this a more peaceful century if we cherish non-violence and concern for others’ well-being. It is possible. If the individual is happier, his or her family is happier; if families are happy, neighbourhoods and nations will be happy. By transforming ourselves we can change our human way of life and make this a century of compassion.”


Thankful Thursday – Things Moms Want Their Daughters To Know

Simple words of wisdom from Mothers to their young daughters, but really they could apply to anyone. What do you wish you were told when you were growing up? What secret to life do you wish you had learned early on? For me, it is to be fearless and not afraid to fail; those words would have come in handy. Here are the tips shared by these Mothers in this short clip.

  1. Be confident in your body
  2. Don’t be afraid to fail
  3. Be a powerful woman
  4. Fill your life with love

Share your words of wisdom in the comments section below. Stay Awesome and Enjoy!

Thankful Thursday – My New Life Philosophy

The little girl dressed for school gets me crying all the time.

I didn’t want to introduce this video because it requires no words. Yes, it is an insurance commercial but it is a damn good one that shares a very important message; one that should become my new life philosophy. Just one man made a direct difference in the lives of four people, a dog, butterfly, and plant. Through simple actions of kindness he changed a little piece of his world and made it more beautiful. Plus, through his actions others became kinder…the Woman food vendor who gave some extra food to one of her customers. The kindness expanded becoming a sort of kindness squared.

I am loving this video and its great example of how we can all live a more fulfilling and wholehearted life. Grateful and Enjoy!

TED Talk Tuesday – The Skill of Self Confidence: Dr. Ivan Joseph at TEDxRyersonU

An amazing talk with great points on how to build self-confidence. As the soccer coach of a nationally recognized college team, Dr. Ivan Joseph has some good ideas on how to build a persons self-esteem. Although the list is short and looks easy, the simplest things always seem to be the hardest. But there is great news, confidence is skill so it can be learned and eventually mastered.

How to build self-confidence:

1) Repetition and Persistence

2) Change the negative self-talk

3) Get away from the people who will tear you down

4) Build confidence in others – catch them when they are good

TED Talk Tuesday – Pico Iyer: Where is home?

Thoughtful and philosophical, Pico Iyer challenges us to think of the relationship between movement and stillness. As an accomplished travel writer, Iyer has been to many different places and his constant movement has caused him to question the concept of home. With an ever evolving world the question of “where is home?” is poignant and timely.  In the end, Iyer reveals his understanding of home as being a place for stillness, quiet, calm, and self-discovery.

And for more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil than, you could say, with a piece of soul. If somebody suddenly asks me, “Where’s your home?” I think about my sweetheart or my closest friends or the songs that travel with me wherever I happen to be.

The number of people living in countries not their own now comes to 220 million, and that’s an almost unimaginable number, but it means that if you took the whole population of Canada and the whole population of Australia and then the whole population of Australia again and the whole population of Canada again and doubled that number, you would still have fewer people than belong to this great floating tribe. And the number of us who live outside the old nation-state categories is increasing so quickly, by 64 million just in the last 12 years, that soon there will be more of us than there are Americans. Already, we represent the fifth-largest nation on Earth. And in fact, in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, the average resident today is what used to be called a foreigner, somebody born in a very different country.

And I’ve always felt that the beauty of being surrounded by the foreign is that it slaps you awake. You can’t take anything for granted. Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love,because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked “on.” Suddenly you’re alert to the secret patterns of the world. The real voyage of discovery, as Marcel Proust famously said, consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes. And of course, once you have new eyes, even the old sights, even your home become something different.

And I began to think that really, movement was only as good as the sense of stillness that you could bring to it to put it into perspective.

And I began to think that something in me had really been crying out for stillness, but of course I couldn’t hear it because I was running around so much. I was like some crazy guy who puts on a blindfold and then complains that he can’t see a thing. And I thought back to that wonderful phrase I had learned as a boy from Seneca, in which he says, “That man is poor not who has little but who hankers after more.”

And, of course, I’m not suggesting that anybody here go into a monastery. That’s not the point. But I do think it’s only by stopping movement that you can see where to go. And it’s only by stepping out of your life and the world that you can see what you most deeply care about and find a home.

Movement is a fantastic privilege, and it allows us to do so much that our grandparentscould never have dreamed of doing. But movement, ultimately, only has a meaning if you have a home to go back to. And home, in the end, is of course not just the place where you sleep. It’s the place where you stand.


Thankful Thursday – What does Love look like to YOU?

“What does love look like to you?” Another great project from SoulPancake. This heartwarming project asks people to submit their ideas of love, what love looks like to them, and there are some amazing submissions. What are we grateful for, a power greater than gravity…love.