Monday, March 18, 2013

Insightful + Inspiring Tidbits Gleaned...

This past weekend, I enjoyed something I haven't for quite some time: a slow, relaxed pace of existence.  One of this past weekend's little luxuries was to catch up on some reading (yum!).  I finished the final chapters of Chris Guillebeau's The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, polished off chapter two of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, and began reading Linda Carroll's Remember Who You Are: Seven Stages on a Woman's Journey of Spirit.

My reading is done in an effort to feed my mind and spirit--and to enhance the quality of my life--as a result of what I glean.  I wanted to share a few of the many inspirations and insights I gained as a result of this weekend's read-fest (smile):

From The $100 Startup...

"Good things happen to those who hustle." --Anais Nin (p. 147)

"Try new things and see what happens." (p. 193)

"Nothing will work unless you do." --Maya Angelou (p. 229)

"Don't waste your time living someone else's life." (p. 259)

From The Artist's Way...

"Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance." (p. 42)

"Be particularly alert to any suggestion that you have become selfish or different.
(These are red-alert words for us.  They are attempts to leverage us back into
our old ways for the sake os someone else's comfort, not our own)." (p. 43)

"Give yourself the gift of faith. Trust that you are on the right track. You are." (p. 44)

From Remember Who You Are...

"To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else." --Emily Dickinson
(p. 11)

"There is a Native American folktale that claims each person is born into this world 
with a special song that is his or hers alone." (p. 13)

"Our breath provides an index of how comfortable we are in the moment. 
When we are afraid, we tighten our bodies and breathe faster; when relaxed,
we soften and breathe slowly." (p. 25)

What have you read recently that inspired or enlightened you? Would love to hear about it!

Joy, peace and happiest of Mondays to you!  T.