Though we sadly lost self-help guru and bestselling author Wayne Dyer in August, his inspiring quotes will live on forever. Here are a few of my favorites, which speak to his empathy, persistence and peaceful nature:
“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”
On being critical:
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
On living the life you always wanted:
“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”
On keeping the peace:
“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”
On starting anew:
“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life.’”
On following your passions:
“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
On never giving up:
“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you see obstacles.”
Do you have a favorite Wayne Dyer quote? Share it here!
I got to pet a super soft koala bear for the first time this week while visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia. This trip Down Under—seeing the native wildlife, helping shelter cats and teaching Reiki classes—has allowed me the opportunity to slow down a little and reflect on the vital role animals have played in my career and life. I’m so grateful for all of the lessons they’ve taught me through the years, and all of the heartful connections I’ve been able to make. So as my Aussie trip winds down, I’m reminded of my favorite, most inspiring quotes about animals. I’ve always loved the sentiments behind these 12 quotations (do they make you smile, too?):
“Cats are angels with fur.” – Sark
Forbes recently did an article on the seven scientifically proven benefits of gratitude—among them, feeling healthier, a boost in self-esteem and sleeping better. I know for myself, I’ve tried to live more mindfully and cultivate more gratitude in my life ever since fighting breast cancer, twice. But because living mindfully and embracing gratitude into our everyday lives doesn’t always happen seamlessly, here are six tips that really work for me:
1. Set your intention—choose gratitude. Because we have good days and not-so-good days, gratitude must be a choice. Make a point daily to acknowledge all that you are grateful for. Focus on the things you do have and that are going right. There is always something, even if it’s small. When the hard times come (and they will), this important life skill can help you cope.
2. Watch this TED Talk on nature’s boundless beauty and the importance of being grateful every day. This wonderful lecture, featuring cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg’s beautiful images and wise words, is absolutely inspiring and riveting. I especially love this part, where the narrator says: “You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day; it’s the one day that is given to you, today. It’s given to you; it’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”
3. Remember and hold close your favorite heartful quotes on gratitude. Here are a few of mine:
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” –Karl Barth
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” –Aesop
“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” –Thich Nhat Hanh
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” –Epicurus
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” –Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden
4. Help animals. Volunteering at a rescue will always help to inspire gratitude. First, it redirects your focus from “me” toward a sentient being in need of love and care. Second, spending time with gentle creatures naturally just opens your heart, which will help you to see things in a more positive light. And third, helping an animal that is sick, neglected or homeless can remind you to feel grateful for the basics we often take for granted: food, shelter, our health.
5. Start a gratitude journal. Or, if you already have one, commit to writing in it regularly. Your gratitude journal then becomes a lifeline you can cling to again and again when you need to remember all the abundances in your life you may otherwise have forgotten.
6. Practice patience. Yes, it’s annoying that you’re running late and the woman in front of you in line at the market has 20 coupons and is writing a check (if only she could find her checkbook). Or perhaps it’s a person driving too slow in front of you. Identify your hot buttons and next time, instead of reacting impatiently (or steaming on the inside), be mindful. Breathe, step back and use those precious extra moments to see the big picture. Count your blessings and revel in the beautiful gift that is right now.
What are you grateful for today?
I absolutely love it when celebrities speak out about animal rights and causes; their fame allows them to bring crucial attention to important issues. It would be amazing to meet each of the following famous actors (and one supermodel, one hip-hop mogul and one singer/songwriter) and thank them personally for supporting the animals of this planet. To brighten your day (and warm your heart), here are some inspiring quotes about animals from our favorite celebrities:
“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” —Johnny Depp
“You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.” —Betty White
Do you ever feel that living a truly mindful life, each and every day, is a struggle? I hate to admit it, but I do! Sometimes the stresses of daily life weigh me down … and I forget just how important it is to live each day for today. (Animals are masters of living mindfully!) But then, just when it seems I’ve lost that all-important connection my inner state of peace, I read a beautiful, inspiring quote and it helps to pick me up again. Here are 10 of my favorites that I’d like to share with you:
1. On finding beauty in the present moment:
“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
2. The importance of meditation:
“Meditation can reintroduce you to the part that’s been missing.” ~Russell Simmons
3. On seeing things as they really are:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” ~William Blake
4. Remembering that every day is a gift:
“In today’s rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being.” ~Eckhart Tolle
5. Don’t carry the world on your shoulders:
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
6. We should be living peaceful, not chaotic, lives:
“No price is too great to pay for inner peace.” ~Sri Chinmoy
7. The secret to finding happiness:
“Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy.” ~Deepak Chopra
8. Remembering that every journey starts with one (sometimes tiny!) step forward:
“The future is always beginning now.” ~Mark Strand
9. On remembering what’s most important in life:
“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” ~Maya Angelou
10. The importance of letting go:
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell
What are your favorite quotes? Please share them in the “comments” section below!