London – a poem by William Blake

I wander through each chartered street,

Near where the chartered Thames does flow,

And mark in every face I meet marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,

In every infant’s cry of fear, in every voice, in every ban,

The mind-forged manacles I hear how the chimney-sweeper’s cry

Every black’ning church appeals,

And the hapless soldier’s sigh runs in blood down palace walls.

But most through midnight streets

I hear how the youthful harlot’s curse

Blasts the new-born infant’s tear,

And blights with plagues the marriage hearse.

Courage by Robert Biswar-Diener

Courage contains two primary internal elements: the willingness to act and the ability to control fear.

When you can successfully curb your fears and boost your ability to take action, you are better able to live a full and virtuous life.

You are more likely to face challenges with grace, connect with and inspire others, and be a force for good.

Taken from: The Courage Quotient: How Science Can Make You Braver

Ancestral Cleansing – Robert Moss

We need to consider ancestral cleansing.

If we’re willing to clear our energy fields of the ancestral energies we don’t want,

then we are ready to do something really interesting and beautiful which is to claim a

connection with the wisdom of the kinds of ancestors we do want to be in contact with.

But we can’t do this until we’ve cleaned out the lower stuff that is hindering us.

Be Gentle With Yourself by Kent Nerburn

Remember to be gentle with yourself and others.

We are all children of chance, and none can say while some fields will blossom, and others lay brown beneath the August sun.

Care for those around you.

Look past your differences.

Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices in life no more easily made.

And give.

Give in any way you can, of whatever you possess.

To give is to love.

To withhold is to wither.

Care less for your harvest than how it is shared, and your life will have meaning, and your heart will have peace.

We Are Born To Fight by Sri Krishna

We are born to fight, there is no choice in the matter.

Our every desire must bring us into conflict.

But we can choose how and whom we will fight.

We can turn our anger against others, or we can turn it against what is selfish and angry in ourselves.

We can use our hands to strike at others or to wipe tears away.

The People Who Love Me – Brene Brown

The people who love me, the people I really depend on, were never the critics who were pointing at me while I stumbled.

They weren’t in the bleachers at all. They were with me in the arena. Fighting for me and with me.

Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.

The people who love me and will be there regardless of the outcome are within arm’s reach.

This realization has changed everything.


Galileo Galilei

Galileo was one of the first modern scientists, because he used the experimental method to find out how the world worked.

Rather than trying to decide whether or not his ideas lined up with philosophy, Galileo made theories about the world and then tested them through doing experiments.

Measure what is measurable,’ he once said, ‘and if something cannot be measured, figure out how it can be.

Taken from: The Story of the World Vol. II

Cultivate Gratitude by Robert Emmans

Taken from Gratitude Works

When people regularly cultivate gratitude, they experience a multitude of psychological, physical, interpersonal, and spiritual benefits.

Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health and satisfaction with life of any personality trait—more so than even optimism, hope, or compassion.

Grateful people experience higher levels of positive emotions such as joy, enthusiasm, love, happiness, and optimism, and gratitude as a discipline protects us from the destructive impulses of envy, resentment, greed, and bitterness.

People who experience gratitude can cope more effectively with everyday stress, show increased resilience in the face of trauma-induced stress, recover more quickly from illness, and enjoy more robust physical health.

Many of these effects are quantifiable.

Consider these eye-popping statistics. People are 25 percent happier if they keep gratitude journals, sleep one-half hour more per evening, and exercise 33 percent more each week compared to persons who are not keeping these journals. …

Experiencing gratitude leads to increased feelings of connectedness, improved relationships, and even altruism.

We have also found that when people experience gratitude, they feel more loving, more forgiving, and closer to God.

Love – by Emmet Fox

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;

No disease that enough love will not heal;

No door that enough love will not open;

No gulf that enough love will not bridge;

No wall that enough love will not throw down;

No sin that enough love will not redeem.

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble,

How hopeless the outlook,

How muddled the tangle,

How great the mistake;

A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.

If only you could love enough,

you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.

Sometimes – David Whyte

Sometimes
if you move carefully
through the forest

breathing
like the ones
in the old stories

who could cross
a shimmering bed of dry leaves
without a sound, 

you come
to a place
whose only task

is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests

conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,
and

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,

questions
that can make
or unmake
a life,

questions
that have patiently
waited for you,

questions
that have no right
to go away.