Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success & Happiness

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Listened to in over 50 countries with 5+ million downloads, the Inspirational Living podcast offers motivational broadcasts for the mind, body, and spirit. If you want to find a free online life coach, look no further than the most inspirational authors of the past. Each podcast is edited & adapted from the books and essays of classic inspirational writers, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Helen Keller, Booker T. Washington, James Allen, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Orison Swett Marden, Neville Goddard, and Frederick Douglass, as well as self-development authors who have largely been lost to history but deserve to be re-discovered again and enjoyed. Subscribe to our inspirational podcast to receive new free podcasts every week. Live up to the potential of your highest self. Support us on Patreon for full transcripts and access to the series Our Sunday Talks: https://www.patreon.com/inspirationalpodcasts


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Rejuvenate Yourself | The Power of Silence

Listen to episode 355 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Rejuvenate Yourself | The Power of Silence. Edited and adapted from Growth in Silence, the Undertone of Life by Susanna Cocroft. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today with a special announcement. Thanks to the generosity of our patrons, my daily video series 30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life is being made available to everyone on our YouTube Channel. This series was previously only for our patrons, but the feedback from them has been that it should be made available to everyone. So to view this daily motivational video series, subscribe to our YouTube Channel at LivingHour.org/youtube. To become a patron yourself, visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Growth in Silence, the Undertone of Life by Susanna Cocroft, published in 1917. What a breeze of pure exhilaration there is when we open the eastern windows of the morning to the new day! The new day! Its surface is unruffled! Yesterday has gone into the west — only the thoughts of that day which make for eternity have been traced upon its pages. The mantle of rest and silence has tenderly covered it, while the night has borne it hours away! The soft night wind has lulled it to dreamless, lasting sleep. Leave it in peace — today, tomorrow are before us. With the dew of morning, all vegetation drinks in new life, new growth. The buds fill the air with fragrance. The birds nigh burst their throats in the ecstasy of a new song. Life is swelling, pulsing, from every crack and crevice. Mental forces adjust themselves under the cover of the night, and thoughts (that in the evening were confused) by morning are clear and unruffled, ready for a fresh beginning. Do not stir up the contention of yesterday — carve the future on the clear surface of today. Have you awoken solitary and downcast, heavy hearted, with drooping shoulders, clouded face, and careworn brow — a discordant note, out of harmony with the song of the universe? Well, then lift your chest, head, and eyes — fill the lungs to overflowing with pure fresh air. Then be passive — listen.

03.21.2019

The Art of Happiness | Contentment & Joy

Listen to episode 354 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Happiness. Edited and adapted from the book Happiness by Hugh Black. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. The topic of today’s reading is the art of happiness. To explore additional advice (beyond our podcast) on how to achieve lasting happiness in your life, check out Blinkist, the knowledge-boosting app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. Two very good books on happiness that you can find on Blinkist are The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor and The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the book “Happiness” by Hugh Black, published in 1911. There is an art of happiness, which is like the art of living. No list of rules can cover all the ground — for life does not go in straight lines, and never runs exactly according to schedule. There is also the personal equation, the peculiar angle from which each person looks at life. Now, it’s true that no art can be taught beyond certain broad principles and general rules. The rest has to come through constant practice and through the enrichment of the mind, aided by inspiration and example and a little counsel. It’s also true that some get more from teaching than others — though all can get something, if only through the opportunity to reconsider methods and examine results. Everyone will probably acknowledge that they have not completely mastered the art of happiness, and that they might have made more of their lives if they had known better. So, with that in mind, there are some general rules I’d like to lay down, each of which will apply to many people, though (of course) not to all.

03.19.2019

Understanding the Great Secret of Life and Work

Listen to episode 353 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Understanding the Great Secret of Life. Edited and adapted from a lecture by Swami Vivekananda. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: If we examine our own lives, we find that the greatest cause of sorrow is this: we take up something and put our whole energy on it — perhaps it is a failure, and yet we cannot give it up. We know that it is hurting us, that any further clinging to it is simply bringing misery on us. Still, we cannot tear ourselves away from it. The bee came to sip the honey, but its feet stuck to the honey-pot and it could not get away. Again and again, we are finding ourselves in that state. That is the whole secret of existence. Why are we here? We came here to sip the honey, and we find our hands and feet sticking to it. We are caught, though we came to catch. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life. We are being worked upon by other minds, and we are always struggling to work on other minds. We want to enjoy the pleasures of life; and they eat into our vitals. We want to get everything from nature, but we find in the long run that nature takes everything from us, depletes us, and casts us aside. That is the one cause of misery: we are attached, we are being caught. Thus we must work constantly; work, but be not attached; be not caught. Reserve unto yourself the power of detaching yourself from everything, however beloved, however much the soul might yearn for it, however great the pangs of misery you feel if you were going to leave it; still, reserve the power of leaving it whenever you want.

03.14.2019

Guardian Angels, Fairies & A Love That Lifts Us Up

Listen to episode 352 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Guardian Angels, Fairies & A Love That Lifts All. Edited and adapted from Little Builders by Dorothy Grenside. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patrons Mariama Alice Sheriff and Elaine Estenson. If you would like to give back to this podcast and financially support the work I do, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Little Builders by Dorothy Grenside, published in 1916. When those we love have laid aside their earthly coats and are what the world calls "dead," we speak of them as Angels, yet they were Angels just as much before. It was only that we could not see the shining of their Spirits, because an earthly coat lay in between. I want you always to remember to look inside the coat until you see the Angel's Light within, for an angel is only someone who is learning to bring God's message to others. Each Angel, in turn, is helped by others who are nearer to God, and they as well are guided by a Greater One above. There is no one, however frail or full of failure (no one however strong and pure of heart) who has no Guardian Angel to shelter them with wings of love. I think that if two people love, it is because their Angels have seen and loved each other first, and that a picture of their love reflects within the hearts of the children whom they guard. So, if you quarrel with the one you love, I fear you raise a veil of mist between these two Angels' faces. Mist: grey mist of quarreling and hate! Blow it away with a tender breath of Love and let the Sunlight of the Angels’ Joy be yours. Just as an Angel guards each one of us with loving, watchful care, so I think that a little spirit watches over every flower and tree — one who grieves when the flower is trampled on, or when the tree is rooted from the ground. I fancy that these little guardians paint each petal of a rose; perhaps they lays their color in the heart at eventide, and leave it through the summer night, until the tender dew washes the rosy stain throughout the opened petals.

03.12.2019

Thoroughness: The Key to Success in Business & Life

Listen to episode 351 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Thoroughness: The Key to Success in Life. Edited and adapted from The Mastery of Destiny by James Allen. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To celebrate the approach of Springtime, the season of rebirth, I have partnered up with Fiverr.com to offer a special deal on our inspirational e-books. That includes Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons, Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons, and Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth. Right now you can get all three of these e-books together in one package for only $10. And for an extra $5 you can also get our MAJESTY meditation program. To take advantage of this special deal, go to LivingHour.org/ten. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the Mastery of Destiny by James Allen, published in 1909. THOROUGHNESS consists in doing little things as though they were the greatest things in the world. That the little things of life are of primary importance, is a truth not generally understood. And the thought that little things can be neglected and thrown aside is at the root of that lack of thoroughness which is so common and results in imperfect work and unhappy lives. When you understand that the great things of the world, and of life, consist of a combination of small things, and that without this aggregation of small things the great things would be nonexistent, then you begin to pay careful attention to those things which you formerly regarded as insignificant. You thus acquire the quality of thoroughness, and become a person of usefulness and influence — for the possession or non-possession of this one quality may mean all the difference between a life of peace and power, and one of misery and weakness. Every employer knows how comparatively rare this quality is — how difficult it is to find people who will put thought and energy into their work, and do it completely and satisfactorily. Bad workmanship abounds. Skill and excellence are acquired by few. Thoughtlessness, carelessness, and laziness are such common vices that it shouldn’t appear strange that, in spite of "social reform," the ranks of the unemployed continue to swell — for those who skirt their work today will, another day (in an hour of deep necessity) look and ask for work in vain.

03.07.2019

The Power of Purpose and Joy of Accomplishment

Listen to episode 349 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Inspiration for Perfect Poise & Personal Honor. Edited and adapted from The Mastery of Destiny by James Allen. Be sure to visit today's sponsor Audible for the most inspiring minds, the most compelling stories. The best place to listen to audiobooks. Get started with a 30-day trial when you go to Audible.com/inspirational. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Concentration is power. But dispersion is weakness. Destruction is a scattering, while preservation is a uniting process. Things are useful and thoughts are powerful to the degree that their parts are strongly and intelligently concentrated. Having a purpose is to have a highly concentrated thought. All the mental energies are directed to the attainment of an object, and obstacles which intervene between the thinker and the object are, one after another, broken down and overcome. Purpose is the keystone in the temple of achievement. It binds and holds together in a complete whole that which would otherwise lie scattered and useless. Empty whims, ephemeral fancies, vague desires, and half-hearted resolutions have no place in purpose. In the sustained determination to accomplish, there is an invincible power which swallows up all inferior considerations and marches direct to victory. All successful men and women are people of purpose. They hold fast to an idea, a project, a plan, and will not let it go. They cherish it, brood upon it, tend and develop it. And when assailed by difficulties, they refuse to be beguiled into surrender. Indeed, the intensity of the purpose increases with the growing magnitude of the obstacles encountered.

03.05.2019

Inspiration for Perfect Poise and Personal Honor

Listen to episode 348 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Inspiration for Perfect Poise & Personal Honor. Edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. For inspirational t-shirts and gifts, be sure to check out our website BookofZen.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby, published in 1917. BALANCE is necessary in all things. Nature demands and preserves an equilibrium. Get out of balance and you are in danger of a fall. A well-ordered and successful life consists of being able to preserve your poise, and keep it in tune and harmony with nature. Confusion is caused by a loss of mental balance, and failure comes to a life that is not well poised. It is amusing to see so much energy wasted upon things over which we have no control, like complaining about the weather. “This is the hottest day ever” is hurled at you again and again on a summer morning by some fuming, fussy neurotic — when a glance at the thermometer would convince anyone that the temperature is pretty normal. “I am dead tired, utterly worn out, worked to death,'' is said repeatedly, day after day, by people who are perfectly normal in every way except for a lack of poise. Haste, extravagant statements, fussing and fuming, does nothing but burn up your gasoline. You stand still all the time, but your engine is running at top speed. An engine needs a governor. Without it, the engine’s value is nil. Instead of serving us, it destroys. The same is true of life. Lack of poise, lack of perfect control of our emotions, lack of order and equanimity, and life becomes chaos. Nothing is accomplished. All the energy and efforts needed in climbing, in making the grades, are burned up while we stand still.

02.28.2019

Motivation for Self-Confidence | Be Confident in Yourself

Listen to episode 347 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Motivation for Self-Confidence | Success Can Be Yours. Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. The topic of today’s reading is the importance of having confidence in yourself. To explore additional advice on how to build self-confidence, check out Blinkist, the knowledge-boosting app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. Two excellent books on self-confidence that you can find on Blinkist are The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, and The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden. Right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby, published in 1917. Faith in one's abilities has removed mountains. But lack of such faith fills one's life with swamps of despondency. You cannot climb successfully unless you have unbounded confidence in your ability to reach the top. Life is one constant succession of suggestions, and it bends in accordance with the trend of those suggestions. Self-confidence is an auto-suggestion that you have the ability to win, that your ship is sturdy enough to weather the storm, that your motor is strong enough to climb the hill. If you lack this requisite to success, you might just as well get on a sidetrack and content yourself with watching others pass by — for lack of confidence is deadly to success in life. Self-confidence is termed nerve by some. “That guy or gal has the nerve to win” is frequently said about someone who dares opposition, who defies oppression, who challenges obstacles; but self-confidence is the better term. It simply means that you have faith in your undertaking and confidence in your ability to win.

02.26.2019

Motivation in Rhyme | Inspiration to Get Up and Try!

Listen to episode 346 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Motivation in Rhyme | Inspiration to Get Up and Try!. Edited and adapted from Up and Doing by C.P. McDonald. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, please help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episodes on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Up and Doing by C. P. McDonald, published in 1918. WAKE UP! Dismiss the notion that you're defeated before you’ve hardly gotten into the scrap. Stand on the hill to which you’ve retreated, and plan the contours of your business map. Reorganize your forces for a rally. You too can do what others have done. Let perseverance guide you from the valley, until the game worth winning has been won. Shake off the dreams that have you shackled, the dreams that have kept you from doing things. Assail the jobs you’ve left untackled, and earn the joy that honest effort brings. You've got to sweat and swelter in the doing, if you expect to achieve and produce. You won’t accomplish anything pursuing the cheater's attitude of "Oh, what's the use!" Forget the grumbling and the grunting — the whimpering, the whining, and the rest. The one who wins Success by bunting has a chuckle, smirk, and chortle on their chest. Get out into the open — quit the woods. Today, and not tomorrow, is the right time to wake up — buckle down — produce the goods. WHAT are you waiting for? Why not go after the prizes you think you're entitled to get? Nothing is gained without tears and laughter. And ease is the offspring of labor and sweat. Make up your mind that merely waiting’s a blunder — that action is what the world calls for today. Roll up your sleeves and go at it like thunder, and stake yourself to a claim that will pay.

02.21.2019

The Building Blocks of Courage, Strength & Bravery

Listen to episode 345 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Building Blocks of Courage, Strength & Bravery. Edited and adapted from Little Builders by Dorothy Grenside. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today by thanking our newest patrons, Daisy Ortiz and Ramon Untalan. If you would like to give back to our podcast, and become a monthly patron, you can do so for as little as $1 a month. To learn more, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Little Builders by Dorothy Grenside, published in 1916. Whether you are weak, healthy, or strong, depends much upon the kind of thoughts that you allow to rest within your mind. "Thought grows by Thought." Remember that, and you will understand that the way to be healthy and brave is to think of Health and Bravery, and the way to be weak and unhealthy is to fear that weakness and sickness may come to you. So learn to put every fear of pain or weakness right away from you. If you are weary from the heat and disinclined to work, don't think to yourself, "Oh, how hot it is! — I can’t work anymore;” for such a thought will make your body all the weaker. If you are tired with a long day's work, turn the thought of weariness out of your mind and say to yourself: "My Body is made of Strength, For My Spirit is Strong," and you will be filled with a wave of strength, and weariness will leave you. When you were a child, you may have been afraid to enter a room that was dark, or sometimes perhaps you woke in the night trembling at shadows across the room. As an adult, you now have different dark fears. But if you remember that "as you thinketh, so you are," and that if you think bravely your body will answer and become built upon solid lines of Courage, no Fear or Cowardice can or will rest within you.

02.19.2019

Lifelong Learning: A Course in Character Building

Listen to episode 344 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Lifelong Learning: A Course in Character Building. Edited and adapted from Levels of Living by Henry Frederick Cope. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today by announcing a new t-shirt and gift line that I’ve developed called Creed of the Dauntless. The first design is now on sale, featuring a great, motivational quote from Hellen Keller. To see the first t-shirt offering, please visit LivingHour.org/believe. If you order within the next 2 days, you’ll get $6 off the retail price. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Levels of Living (Essays on Everyday Ideals) by Henry Frederick Cope, published in 1908. With all our learning, the greatest lesson before us is this one: living right —finding our full heritage and filling our places as men and women in the world. If our systems of education fail to teach us how to live, they fail altogether. The great need of our day is that we shall train the conscience to right moral judgment, that we shall educate all for the business of living, and that we shall so educate all that we shall not only have a generation of bright, smart, money-making people, but that we may have joyful, upright, hardworking, service-minded women and men. There is little likelihood that our country will fail for lack of business ability. The danger is that we shall fail at the point of character; that we shall fail where failure is fatal to every other kind of success. This is the crucial point. We would do well to perfect the plans by which we teach citizens the encyclopedia of their bodies, their nation, the world and its history. We should recognize that we must learn to live as truly as we must learn to read, and that the culture of the soul must profit by the wondrous strides that all educational science has made; that all our efforts to produce character must be so wisely directed that we shall secure the best and most enduring results. One message comes from the lips of every seer, from every page of history. It is that the citizen or nation alone is wise (alone finds enduring life) who sets before commercial supremacy, political power, or fame the learning of the glory of character, the beauty of practical morality. The person who is wise and rich in the things within, possesses a wealth that lies beyond corruption, and their days know no end.

02.14.2019

Spiritual Inspiration | Creating a Work that Endures

Listen to episode 343 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Spiritual Inspiration | Creating a Work that Endures. Edited and adapted from Levels of Living by Henry Frederick Cope. Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To get fireside chat versions of our podcast, subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Visit LivingHour.org/youtube. Today’s talk was edited and adapted from Levels of Living (Essays on Everyday Ideals) by Henry Frederick Cope, published in 1908. In our age of things, we easily forget how large is the place of the ideal and the spiritual. Ever estimating our assets in the concrete, we fail to recognize that our real wealth lies in thoughts and abstract things. The permanent possessions of humanity are spiritual. Not acres nor armies, not banks nor business make a nation, but mighty, compelling ideals and traditions. Jesus, Buddha, Shakespeare, Browning, Emerson left no goods and chattel, no bonds and mortgages. They left inspirations; they bequeathed ideals. Living first for the soul, their souls survive and remain to us all. The truly great who still stand after the test of the years are those who have lived for the spirit. This is as true of the worker and the warrior as of the philosopher and poet. All were inspired by glowing visions. They set their affections on things above the trifles for which we struggle and spend ourselves. They lived for glories that are to us invisible; therefore their names endure. The great undertakings of our own day are possible only under spiritual inspiration. No rewards of money alone can induce someone to steadfastly conduct affairs of great import and enterprise. They are buoyed up by a great hope. Often the very greatness of the task and the sense of serving great ends carries them on. Always they see the worth in the ideal rather than the wage. We must learn to measure life with the sense of the infinite. We must not think that a person has failed because they have not left money and treasure behind. We must cease to think that we can tell whether work is high or lowly by the size of the wage. We need eyes to see the glory of the least act in the light of the glowing motive.

02.12.2019

Sex, Virtue & Problem Solving | Divine Sexuality

Listen to episode 342 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Sex, Virtue & Problem Solving | Divine Sexuality. Edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you have benefited from our podcast and would like to support us with a one-time donation, you’re financial support will help ensure our podcast stays freely online for years to come. To make a donation, please visit LivingHour.org/donate. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. So, have you got a problem? That's good! Why? Because repeated victories over your problems are the rungs on your ladder of success. With each victory you grow in wisdom, stature, and experience. You become a better, bigger, more successful person each time you meet a problem, and tackle and conquer it with a positive mental attitude. Stop and think about it for a moment. Do you know of a single instance where any real achievement was made in your life, or in the life of any person in history, that was not due to a problem with which the individual was faced? Everyone has problems. That’s because you and everything in the universe are in a constant process of change. Change is an inexorable natural law. What is important for you to know is this: that your success or failure to meet the challenges of change are dependent upon your mental attitude. You can direct your thoughts and control your emotions, and thus regulate your attitude. You can choose whether your attitude will be positive or negative. You can decide whether you will affect, use, control, or harmonize with the changes in yourself and your environment. You can ordain your own destiny. When you meet the challenges of change with a positive mindset, you can intelligently solve each problem with which you are confronted. How do you meet a problem with positivity? Well, if you know and believe the first principal element of a positive mindset: That God is always a good God — then you can effectively use the following formula to meet your problems, regardless of how perplexing they may be....

02.07.2019

Success, Failure & The Law of Habit | A New Mindset

Listen to episode 341 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Success, Failure & The Law of Habit. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. The topic of today’s podcast is on the importance of success habits. To go beyond today’s podcast for further listening or reading on habit building, check out Blinkist, the knowledge-boosting app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. Two great books on habit building that you can find on Blinkist are Mini Habits by Stephen Guise and The 7 Habits of High Effective People by Stephen Covey. Right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to https://blinkist.com/living to start your free 7 day trial. Today’s reading has been edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major, published in 1920. THE world lives, moves, and has its being in obedience to established and unchanging law. The human individual (physically, mentally, and emotionally) is also subject to law. If you understand and work with the law, you are master of your life. If you are ignorant of the law, and so fail to live in harmony with it, you will suffer. The laws of life cannot be changed. They are beneficial if used, and harmful if disobeyed. For example, there is a natural law that electricity will kill you if it enters your body in sufficient quantity. However, this does not prevent us from gaining all the benefits of the use of electricity, such as light, heat, and locomotion. Water will drown us, but it will also help to sustain life. Fire destroys, but under our control it warms and serves us. The laws under which these things work must be understood and obeyed. Then that which would otherwise prove harmful becomes a blessing....

02.05.2019

The Best Wisdom of Aristotle | Philosophers & Philosophy

Listen to episode 340 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Best of Aristotle | Philosophers & Philosophy. Edited and adapted from the works of Aristotle. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, you can help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episode on Facebook or Twitter, or by simply mentioning us to a friend. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the works of Aristotle. “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives — and choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” “Anybody can become angry — that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power, and it is not easy.” “Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.” “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” “The one who overcomes their desires is braver than the one who conquers their enemies, for the hardest victory is over oneself.” “To write well, express yourself like the common folk, but think like the wise individual.” “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” “A friend to all is a friend to none.”

01.31.2019

Mastering Your Fate & Destiny | Life Lessons

Listen to episode 339 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Mastering Your Fate & Destiny | Life Lessons. Edited and adapted from The Book of Business by Elbert Hubbard. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get thought-provoking gifts, t-shirts, iPhone cases, and more by visiting our sister website BookofZen.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Book of Business by Elbert Hubbard, published in 1913. The driving theme of Ecclesiastes is moderation. Buddha proclaimed that the greatest word in any language is "equanimity." William Morris said that the finest blessing of life was systematic, useful work. Saint Paul declared that the greatest thing in life was love. Moderation, equanimity, work and love — you need no other physician. The individual who has achieved success is the one who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. The secret of success is this: There is no secret of success. Keep your chin up and your head high. We are gods in a chrysalis. Success is a result of mental attitude, and the right mental attitude will bring success in everything you undertake. In fact, there is no such thing as failure, except to those who accept and believe in failure. Failure! There is no such word in all the bright lexicon of speech, unless you yourself have written it there. A great success is made up of an aggregation of little ones. These finally form a whole. The person who fills a position of honor and trust has first filled many smaller positions of trust. The leader who oversees ten thousand has had the charge of many small squads. And before that leader had charge of a small squad, they had charge of themselves. The one who does their work so well that they need no supervision has already succeeded. And the acknowledgment of their success is sure to follow in the form of a promotion. The world wants its work done. And civilization is simply a search for men and women who can do things. Success is the most natural thing in the world. The worker who does not succeed has placed themselves in opposition to the laws of the universe. The world needs you — it wants what you produce. You can serve it, and if you will, it will reward you richly. By doing your work, you are moving along the line of least resistance — it is a form of self-protection. You need what others have to give — they need you.

01.29.2019

The Way of Happiness | How to Prosper in Life

Listen to episode 338 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Way of Happiness | How to Prosper. Edited and adapted from Creed of the Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the kind financial support of listeners like you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Creed of the Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney, published in 1930. Those who have learned the way of happiness do not wear a mask of happiness. Those who are truly happy are happy from the very center of their being. Their happiness is implanted so deeply within them that it cannot be affected or moved. The power of the mystic shows us the virtue of detaching from outer things. We look upon the face of the mystic and silently ask, "Wherein lies your power?" A silent answer then comes to us: "Knowledge that people and things have no power. Knowledge that God within me is omnipotent." Constant happiness is not fickle or temperamental. When a person learns the secret of happiness, the secret is theirs for all time. They are happy not only when there is nothing to make them unhappy; they are happy not only when they think that no one is thinking, speaking, or acting against them. They are constantly happy. Their happiness endures and endures, regardless of external things and conditions. The way of happiness is the way of God — the way of light, peace, love, and health. The way may seem hidden at times, but as we brush our dark thoughts aside, the path is revealed to us. It is the road of joy. Somehow, we seem to feel closer to God when we’re happy. The reason for this is that our close relation to God has made us happy. As we draw close to the Spirit within us, we draw further and further away from the things of the world that appeared to have the power to disturb us. This gives us a clue to happiness.

01.24.2019

The Mantra of Success: Endurance + Imagination

Listen to episode 337 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Mantra of Success: Endurance + Imagination. Edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to patron Karen Lambert for reaching out to me with her kind feedback, as well as our newest patron CP Jois. If you aren’t aware of it, I’ve just begun a brand new project on our YouTube Channel — that is: video readings of some of the world’s greatest short poems. To subscribe to our YouTube Channel, please visit LivingHour.org/youtube. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby, published in 1917. Success in life depends largely on endurance. And endurance is dependent upon a sound body and a determined will. There are many flabby wills housed in a physically sound body. When this happens, there is little endurance; and, as a consequence, there is not much hill climbing for the individual. By inheritance, human beings are lazy. Not many generations ago our ancestry worked only enough to obtain the necessary food to sustain life and an occasional fig leaf for a dress suit. Then the press of circumstances made it an imperative that we get out and hustle. But the cell life of today still harkens back to the cell life of its yesterdays, and most of us like to hunt the shady side of the street and loaf along. The will is the Captain of the Soul. Without it, we have no place in civilization. It takes a strong will to drive the human machine up the hot and dusty grades. Experience teaches us that the value of a machine rests upon the stability, the accuracy, and the endurance of its motor. Beautiful upholstery, silver trimmings, and noiseless rubber tires amount to nothing unless you have a motor that will run — one that’s as sound as the heart of an oak that has defied the storms for, lo, these many years. So it is with you and I. We must have the will to do — else our good looks, our fine manners, our kindness of heart, and our good intentions will avail us nothing. Your muscles may be as strong as Hercules and your limbs as powerful as Achilles, but they are of no avail in the race of life unless they are driven by the motive power of an unconquerable, untiring will.

01.22.2019

Charisma: How to Create a Powerful Personality

Listen to episode 336 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Charisma: How to Create a Powerful Personality. Edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you’ve already broken those New Year’s resolutions, I’ve got a fix for a brighter 2019. Get my new daily video series 30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life delivered every day right to your smart phone. This new motivational series is one of the benefits you get by becoming our podcast patron at the $3 a month level or above. Learn more by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox, published in 1920. I once went to see a famous speaker deliver a talk. After it was over, I thought to myself, "That man has the most striking personality." Then I asked myself what that really meant. "What is a striking personality?" And the following thoughts came to my mind: "Someone who is kind, courageous, diplomatic, bold, honest, enthusiastic — someone who seems to possess an unconquerable will." These qualities which I’ve named are positive qualities. Therefore, a striking personality is produced by developing the positive qualities and eliminating the negative ones. Each positive quality has for its opposite a negative quality, just as light has darkness; heat — cold; good— bad; honesty — dishonesty; courage — fear, etc. If you wish to have magnificent personality, begin to live positive qualities. Say: "I can, I will, and I must," where previously you said "I can't". Do that and at the end of the year you will be doing things with ease which it was absolutely impossible for you to do at the start. Remember that as surely as the sun shines, you possess these positive qualities — although they may be covered up and almost hidden by the mountain of negative thoughts which you’ve permitted to pile up. Go prospecting for the nuggets of gold which lie hidden in your own life, waiting to be liberated from the weight of the melancholy boulders that have been permitted to accumulate. It takes desire, it takes faith, it takes confidence to eliminate the debris. But it can be done.

01.17.2019

Motivation: The Secret of Getting Things Done

Listen to episode 335 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Secret of Getting Things Done. Edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. During my holiday break, I had a long 18 hour plane flight to endure. But not one to let time go to waste, I took advantage of that international flight to boost my knowledge with some condensed books from Blinkist. If you aren’t familiar with Blinkist, it’s a popular self-development app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. A couple books that I particularly enjoyed listening to on my long flight were Start with Why by Simon Sinek and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. You can listen to them too, because right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Today I would like to share with you the secret of getting things done. You also will learn a self-motivator that is so powerful it will subconsciously force you to action, for it is in reality a self-starter. Yet you can use it at will. And when you do, you will overcome procrastination and inertia. If you are someone who does things you actually don't want to do, or if you don't do the things that you do want to do, then today’s talk is for you. Those who achieve greatness employ this secret of getting things done. So, what is this great secret? Simply this: DO IT NOW! As long as you live, never say to yourself, "DO IT NOW!" unless you follow through with the action. Whenever you want to do something and “DO IT NOW!” flashes from your subconscious to your conscious mind, immediately take action.

01.15.2019

The Best of Plato | Inspirational Philosophy | Quotes

Listen to episode 334 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Best of Plato | Inspirational Philosophy. Edited and adapted from the works of Plato. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patrons John Lynem, Ken Ferrell, and Rauno Roosilill. Coming up next Monday, I will be starting our new 2019 patron series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life,” a daily video series where I get your day started with a motivational message from the classic inspirational authors that we feature on this podcast. To become our monthly patron and gain access to this new series, visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the Greek philosopher Plato. “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” “Wise people speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men and women are afraid of the light.” “No matter how hard you fight the darkness, every light casts a shadow, and the closer you get to the light, the darker that shadow becomes.” “The price good people pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil politicians.” “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to education by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of their own genius.” “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” “Courage is knowing what not to fear….Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”

01.10.2019

Ushering in a New Year of Happiness & Sunlight

Listen to episode 333 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Ushering in a New Year of Happiness & Sunshine. Edited and adapted from Nuggets of New Thought by William Walker Atkinson. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Our holiday break is almost over, so today will be the last re-broadcast from the patron series Our Sunday Talks. I’ll be delivering a brand new podcast on Thursday. Coming up on Monday, our new daily video series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life” will begin. Get access to this series by becoming our patron for as little as $3 a month. Learn more at: LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Nuggets of New Thought by William Walker Atkinson, published in 1902. There is plenty of sunshine in life, if you only look for it. And there is plenty of shadow in life, if you only look for it. But in the things that seem all shadow to others, you will find the sunshine if you but train yourself to always look for it. It is true that what may seem bright sunshine to you, others will find nothing but shade — for they are afflicted with a mental cataract that shuts out all the rays of the sunshine of life. But when you learn to love the sunshine and look forward to seeing it always, you seem to draw it to you. The Law of Attraction brings to you your share of the sunshine with which the world is plentifully supplied. But, if you fall into the habit of looking for and expecting the shadow, the shadow will always be found. It is astonishing what a change of Mental Attitude will make. Change your Mental Attitude, and the whole world seems to change. It is like taking off the dark glasses that have caused the world to seem gloomy, and seeing the brightness and colors of the world. Many of you have been making dark dungeons of your minds. You have steadily shut out the sun, and your minds have become musty, damp and mildewed. Across the floor crawl noxious creatures. The slimy form of Fear drags itself slowly along, leaving its track behind. The hideous shape of Jealousy eyes you from one corner — a creature of darkness. The venomous reptile Hate shows its fangs. The vampire Worry flits across the chamber. Fearful shapes are there glowering in the darkness — frightful forms crouch in corners and recesses. All is gloom, darkness, horror. A fit breeding place for the foul creatures who fear the light — a fit nursery for monsters. Look within the dark chambers of your mind — see what it really is — see what it generates. Look within — look within.

01.08.2019

Make Every Moment Count | Unexpected Farewells

Listen to episode 332 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Make Every Moment Count | Unexpected Farewells. Edited an adapted from Week-day Religion by James Russell Miller. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you are looking to reboot your life in 2019 for greater success, health, and happiness, our MAJESTY meditation program can help. Visit LivingHour.org/majesty and get 30% off with the coupon code: inspiration. Today’s reading was edited an adapted from Week-day Religion by James Russell Miller, published in 1880. Every hour there are partings, thought to be only temporary, which prove to be forever. One morning a young man bade his wife and child good-bye and went out to his work. There was an accident on the street, and before midday his lifeless body was borne back to his home. It was a terrible shock, but there was one sweet comfort that came with wondrous power to the crushed heart of the young wife. The last hour they had spent together had been one of peculiar tenderness. Not a word had been spoken by either that she could wish had not been spoken. She had not dreamed, at the time, that it would be their last conversation. And yet there was nothing in it that left one painful recollection, now that she should meet her husband no more. Through all the following years of loneliness and widowhood, the memory of that last parting was an abiding joy in her life, like a fragrant perfume or a bright lamp of holy peace. Life is very critical. Any word may be our last. Any farewell, even amid glee and merriment, may be forever. If this truth were but burned into our consciousness, if it ruled as a deep conviction, and had real power in our lives, would it not give a new meaning to all our human relationships? Would it not make us far more tender than we sometime are? Would it not oftentimes put a rein upon our rash and impetuous speech? Would we carry in our hearts the miserable suspicions and jealousies that now so often embitter the fountains of our loves? Would we be so impatient of the faults of others? Would we allow trivial misunderstandings to build up strong walls between us and those whom we ought to hold very close to us? Would we keep alive petty quarrels year after year? Would we pass neighbors or old friends on the street without recognition because of some real or fancied slight, some wounding of pride or some supposed injury?

01.03.2019

Why Success Means Taking the Hard Road | Motivation

Listen to episode 331 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Success Means Traveling the Hard Road. Edited and adapted from Volume VI of Harper's Monthly. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Happy New Year and welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Keep yourself inspired and motivated in 2019 by becoming our patron today. For only $3 month you’ll gain access to our upcoming daily video series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life”, as well as full access to our podcast transcripts, delivered right to your smartphone. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading is another episode from our patron-only series Our Sunday Talks, which was edited and adapted from Volume VI of Harper's Monthly, published in 1852. There is an aim which all Nature seeks. The flower that opens from the bud (the light that breaks the cloud into a thousand forms of beauty) is calmly striving to assume the perfect glory of its power. And the child, whose proud laugh heralds the mastery of a new lesson, unconsciously develops the same life-impulse, so as  to prove the power it has felt as its own. This is the real goal of life shining dimly from afar — for our fullest power has never yet been attained. It is a treasure which must be sought (its extent and distance being unknown). No person can tell what they can do, or suffer, until they have tried. Their path of action broadens out before them. And, while that path appears, there is power to traverse it. It is like the fabled hill of Genius that ever presents a loftier elevation above the one attained. It is like the glory of the stars which shine by borrowed light — each seeming source a tributary to one more distant, until the view is lost to us. We only know there must be a life-giving center. And to the steady mind, though the goal of life be dim and distant, its light is fixed and certain — while all lesser aims are but reflections of this glory in myriad-descending shades, which must be passed, one by one, as the steps of the ladder on which we mount to Heaven. People have an unfortunate predilection to pervert whatever God throws in their way to aid them, and thus turn good to evil. The minor hopes which spur us to action are mistaken for the final one. And we often look no higher than some mediocre wish, allowing that to rule us which should have been our servant. From this false view (in turn) rises little exertion, for it is impossible for us to believe in something better. We all aim at self-control and independence while in the shadow of a power which controls us, whispering to ourselves, "Thus far shalt thou go, and no farther." But how apt is self-indulgence to suit this limit to its own measure, and suffer veneration and doubt to overgrow and suppress the rising hope of independent thought.

01.01.2019

A Life Worthwhile Pt. 2 | Inspiring Graduation Speeches

Listen to episode 330 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: A Life Worthwhile Pt.2 | Inspiring Graduation Speeches. Edited and adapted from “What is Worth While?” by Anna Robertson Brown. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today’s reading is a continuation of our last podcast, which was edited and adapted from What is Worth While by Anna Robertson Brown, and an episode from Our Sunday Talks, a series we offer exclusively to our patrons. Learn how you can become a patron by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Pretense, worry, discontent, and self-seeking — these are the things that we may let go. Now, what are the things in life that are worthwhile? — that we should lay hold of, keep, guard, and use? It is worthwhile to be wise in the use of time. In the eternal life there is no waste of years. It is with time that we purchase every- thing that life has of good. It is by the wise use of time that we make ourselves competent for eternity. The most reckless spendthrift in the world is the one who squanders time. Money lost may be regained, friendships broken may be renewed, houses and lands may be sold or buried or burnt, but then may be bought or gained or built again. But what power can restore the moment that has passed, the day whose sun has set, the year that has gone? It awes me when I think of it, that there was a time when you and I were not — when the cycles of eternity swept onward and the stars turned in their courses without the sight or sound of humankind. But now there can never come a time when you and I shall not be. The vast gift of eternity has been laid in your hands and mine — an eternity not wholly to come, but one which is even now here. Shall we not use its hours aright? The question of life is not, “How much time have we?” — for in each day, each of us has exactly the same amount: we have "all there is." The question is, “What shall we do with it?” Shall we let this priceless gift slip away from us in haphazard deeds, or shall we adopt some plan of saving, and of systematic doing, in our lives? What shall this plan be? How shall we determine what things are worth giving time to? Let us think about this question.

12.27.2018

A Life Worthwhile | Commencement Addresses by Women

Listen to episode 329 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: A Life Worthwhile | Commencement Speeches by Women. Edited and adapted from “What is Worth While?” by Anna Robertson Brown. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Wishing all of you a happy and joyful Christmas day. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from “What is Worth While?” by Anna Robertson Brown, published in 1893. We only have one life to live! We all want to do our best with it. We all want to make the most of it. How can we best get hold of it? How can we accomplish the most with the energies and powers at our command? What is worthwhile? We all ask ourselves this question. It is especially common upon graduating from university. But our first years out of college are apt to be anxious, unsatisfactory, disappointing. Time slips away in further preparation, in experiment, in useless or misdirected efforts. The world does not prove to be the same that it seemed to be in the quiet college surroundings. Duty is not so clear as then, nor work so well-defined. Life is harder to handle than we thought. One finds that theories fail, and yet one has not had positive experience enough to know just where the difficulty lies. It is of a few simple things that "my own life has proved true" that I shall speak with you today. Life is large. We cannot possibly grasp the whole of it in the few years that we have to live. What is vital? What is essential? What may we profitably let go? Let us ask ourselves these questions. To begin with, what may we let go? Who shall say? By what standard shall we measure? By what authority decide? Each of us must answer that question for ourselves. But when I look about for an answer, I find only one that satisfies me. It is this: We may let go of all things which we cannot carry into the eternal life.

12.25.2018

At the Feet of the Master | Jiddu Krishnamurti Inspiration

Listen to episode 328 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: At the Feet of the Master: Jiddu Krishnamurti. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today is another special episode from our patron-only series Our Sunday Talks, which has been edited and adapted from At the Feet of the Master by Jiddu Krishnamurti, published in 1910. In all the world, there are only two kinds of people — those who know, and those who do not know; and this knowledge is the thing which matters. What religion a person holds, to what race you belong — these things are not important. The really important thing is this knowledge — the knowledge of God's plan for us. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution. Once you have seen the truth of this, and really know it, you cannot help working for it, and making yourself one with it — because it is so glorious, so beautiful. And because you know it, you are on God's side, standing for good and resisting evil, working for evolution and not for selfishness. There are Six Points of Conduct which are specially required for those who are dedicated to the evolution of themselves and others: 1. Self-control as to the Mind. 2. Self-control in Action. 3. Tolerance. 4. Cheerfulness. 5. One-pointedness. 6. Confidence. Let us begin with Number 1. Self-control as to the Mind. This means control of temper, so that you may feel no anger or impatience; control of the mind itself, so that the thought may always be calm and unruffled; and (through the mind) of the nerves, so that they may be as little irritable as possible. This last part is difficult, because when you try to prepare yourself for the Path of evolution, you cannot help making your body more sensitive, so that its nerves are easily disturbed by a sound or a shock, and will feel any pressure acutely; but you must do your best.

12.20.2018

The Best of Rumi Poetry | The Wisdom of Love

Listen to episode 327 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Best of Rumi: The Wisdom of Love. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome the Inspirational Living podcast. We currently are on a holiday break, so today I’ll be sharing with you an episode of Our Sunday Talks, which is our patron-only series with 70 episodes. To gain access to all episodes, as well as our upcoming daily video series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life” please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the works of Rumi. Only the soul knows what love is. What matters is how quickly you do what your soul wants. My soul is racing ahead of me. It says, “The body is too slow for me – I am going.” There is some kiss we want with our whole lives: the touch of spirit on the body. Whatever you are seeking, is seeking you. What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout. There is nothing outside of yourself. Look within. Everything you want is there — you are that. Until you remain blind and deaf I will be invisible. Look for the answer inside your question. Eyes cannot see you. You are the source of sight. Whatever I was looking for was always you. Your calling my name is my reply. Your longing for me is my message to you. I see my beauty in you. I become a mirror that cannot close its eyes to your longing. Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is. Sit, be still, and listen. Hear the passage into silence and be that. You are the seeker, the goal, and seeking itself. Only from the heart can you touch the sky. There is a window from one Heart to another Heart. Purify your eyes, and see the pure world.  Your life will then fill with radiant forms. I am Lost in God and God is found in me. Your noise is my silence. At the end of my life (with just one breath left), if you come, I’ll sit up and sing. A lover wants only to be in love’s presence. The real beloved is that one who is unique, who is your beginning and your end.

12.18.2018

The Secret of a Great Life | Shifting Your Consciousness

Listen to episode 326 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Secret of the Great Life | Spiritual Consciousness. Edited and adapted from In the Light of the Spirit by Christian D. Larson. Spiritual Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’m going on holiday to visit family for the next three weeks, and will be unable to record new podcasts. But as a special gift to you, during this holiday period I’ll be sharing old episodes of Our Sunday Talks, which is a series that we offer exclusively to our patrons. Coming up in 2019, we will be starting a new patron series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life,” which will be a daily video series, where I deliver to you an inspiring message to get your day started. To become a patron and gain access to our special content for patrons, visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from In the Light of the Spirit by Christian D. Larson, published in 1916. When we examine our mode of living, we shall find that we dwell upon the spiritual side of life only on rare occasions. Most of the time we allow our consciousness to reside upon the personal or material side of life, and it will remain there for days, weeks, or months. We find that during this period our soul activity becomes passive, and consequently the personality does not have the benefit of that greater spiritual power which is necessary in order that we may meet and overcome every problem and condition in life. This being true, it is important that we learn to live, more and more, upon the spiritual side of consciousness, so that we may gain possession of a larger measure of this higher power, which alone can emancipate the personality and give higher wisdom to the mind and intellect. We are not here to drift with the stream or to fold our arms passively and say that we will let the best come to pass. The truth is, that if there be anything we want, we must work for it. If we wish to make life ideal, we must make it so ourselves. The things we desire do not come to us simply through mere passivity or expectation. We are living in an imperfect world, a world which is in the process of growth; therefore, we meet undeveloped conditions on every side. And if we remain in a passive condition, or simply drift with the stream, many of those undeveloped conditions will come into our own world — and not only disturb the order of our personal existence, but produce a great many adverse conditions, both within ourselves and in our environment. For this reason, we must make ourselves stronger than all those conditions; that is, we must rise above adversity both in wisdom and in power; and this is made possible only through the continuous expression of the soul.

12.13.2018

Harnessing the Spiritual Power of Love | Joan of Arc

Listen to episode 325 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Harnessing the Power of Love | Joan of Arc. Edited and adapted from Man Limitless by Floyd B. Wilson, published in 1905. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you would like to get a deep, restful sleep, with welcome dreams to solve problems and build a positive mindset, our sleep meditations can help. Backed by the sounds of oceans waves or a gentle rain, our sleep meditations include 50 life-changing affirmations. Learn more by visiting: LivingHour.org/sleep. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from: Man Limitless by Floyd B. Wilson, published in 1905. Love in one form or another is the motive power of the universe. It is the force that moves men, women, and nations toward advancement — for the achievement of ambitions, for the fulfillment of ideals. Love reaches beyond desire, and yet awakens desire. It blends intellect with aspiration (the mental with the spiritual) and gives the incentive to guard and prolong life, in order that we may grasp more of its hallowed and mystic meaning. It is universal, and found throughout nature. We see the plant sending its roots down to secure nourishment; and then, having converted this into sustenance, carry it upward to assist growth in the sunlight. It reaches, for it needs to give full expression to its development and beauty — seeming in its own mute way to enjoy itself most when demonstrating vigorous life. Is not this but a plant's expression of love — its silent purpose to attain its own end in the mystery of unfolding? In animal life, we note a broader development — one that extends to the protecting, caring, and helping of its own kind. It reaches out often to the weak and suffering through almost a human feeling; and, more than that, it recognizes the expression of love from others and rewards it by showing love in return. My purpose, however, deals with you and I, and whether we can learn something of the creative power of love and its part in helping us to attain our ideals, to uplift our spirit.

12.11.2018

The Enigma & Adventure of Life and Death

Listen to episode 324 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Adventure & Enigmas of Life and Death. Edited and adapted from The Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you or someone you know is having trouble with an addiction to cigarettes, alcohol, or heroin, our Break Free meditations can help. To learn more, please visit LivingHour.org/breakfree. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna, published in 1919. The world is full of enigmas, and one of the greatest is life. We know neither what it is nor what its purposes may be, and we are perplexed by the mysteries which it enfolds. But the mysteries, and the difficulties, and the hard problems which it presents should impel us to seek earnestly for their solution rather than drive us into a backwater of indolent apathy. Half of life's charm lies in its mysteries. If all the enigmas were removed it would be no more interesting than would be a game of chess in which every move is mapped out for the players before they sit down at the board. The existence of the human intellect demands the contemporaneous existence of mysteries — the knife needs the stone to sharpen it. It is a mighty task to run a Universe, and something far beyond the power of you and I. Most of us find the ordering of our own little portion of life a task more than sufficient for our talents. Let us leave the Universe to God — and seek instead the solution to our own problems. Right at our feet (if we will grope and look), we may find a clue. Sometimes the clue is fine as gossamer, and now and then we lose it in the tangled and intricate maze of circumstances. But if we can grasp it, and follow it, we shall find that it grows stronger before our eyes, until it becomes a cable strong enough to lift us out of the quagmire of doubt and set us with firm feet upon the high road to knowledge.

12.06.2018

The Mystery of Pain & Suffering | Is There a Loving God?

Listen to episode 323 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Mystery of Pain & Suffering | A Loving God? Edited and adapted from The Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Brought to you with the kind financial support of our patrons. If you would like to make a one-time donation to our podcast, please go to LivingHour.org/donate. To become a regular monthly patron for as little as 1 dollar a month, visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from the Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna, published in 1919. Everyone who has devoted a moment's thought to the problems of life must have reflected on the purpose of pain. To the superficial, it must seem a needless phenomenon, an experience calculated to increase the sum total of human misery, but altogether devoid of any beneficial qualities. To them it appears malevolent; an evil thing to be avoided at any cost; an invention of the devil. Such a view is directly opposed to the truth, for, as a matter of fact, the good qualities of pain more than outweigh the evil ones. Pain is a sentinel which guards the outposts of life for us, and without it the citadel would be more easily overthrown. It is one of the greatest helps to the physician in their work. The presence of pain, indicated by the sufferer, gives an immediate clue to the site of their trouble. The veterinarian whose patients cannot describe in articulate speech the locality or the nature of the distress they suffer, works at a disadvantage compared with the physician whose patients are human beings. The former must rely on the secondary phenomena of pain to guide them to the site of the mischief. The latter, by a few direct questions, can elicit from the patient not only the precise situation of their pain, but also some knowledge of its character and intensity. Pain is not malevolent but diagnostic, remedial, and frequently life-saving. It confers benefits upon the individual — and their sufferings, rightly read, may confer benefit upon a multitude. It is also disciplinary and educational. The first child that scorched a finger in the fire has passed into a proverb, and so achieved immortality.

12.04.2018

Exercises in Concentration | Developing the Mind

Listen to episode 322 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Exercises in Concentration | Developing the Mind. Edited and adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock. Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. One last reminder, the special holiday sale on our hardcover books ends on Friday. Order your copies today by vising our website: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock, published in 1916. The achievement of focusing the mind on one thing at a time involves not only the energy in striving to do that one thing, but also the ability to put aside other things to make a clear channel for the desired end. The power to focus attention has been the inseparable adjunct to all achievements in business, politics, art, literature, and science. Through this power, women and men of very ordinary ability have risen from poverty to great affluence. Concentration is a stepping stone to success in any endeavor, and it is a quality of mind which may be developed positively the same as any other mental ability. The value of concentration may be exemplified in the office of a modern business — where you have the constant tapping of keyboards, the ringing of telephones, the voices of employees, calls for interviews, and dozens of other distractions. Success depends upon our ability to concentrate on the business at hand and put aside the hundred and one things that constantly endeavor to prey upon our limited time. There is as much strain in resisting the non-essential in order to make room for the essential, as in accomplishing the essential object in view. Many fail, not because they are not able to do one thing well, but because they are unable to concentrate their energies on the one task, ever allowing other things to rob them of time and energy. Just as the rays of the sun may be focused on a small point by means of a lens and made to produce intense heat, it is also possible to focus the human energies on some object so that the resulting accomplishment will be astonishing, almost marvelous.

11.29.2018

Cultivating the Midas Touch | The Power to Win | Motivation

Listen to episode 321 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Cultivating the Midas Touch | The Power to Prevail. Edited and adapted from Mightier than Circumstance by Frank B. Whitney. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you would like to purchase one of our inspirational hardcover books for a 30% discount and get it in time for Christmas, be sure order by this Friday. All books include newly edited essays that I’ve read here on the podcast. Learn more by visiting: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Mightier than Circumstance by Frank B. Whitney, published in 1939. Do you know people who have the habit of succeeding in whatever they undertake? Don’t they seem to cultivate the habit of success, just as others seem to cultivate the habit of failure? And yet, have you ever thought of success as a habit that you can acquire? Well, you can. Each time you succeed, your success makes every subsequent achievement easier. You establish a process of mental activity that anticipates and assures success. Fear of failure is thus overcome, and confidence in success is established. Your mind thinks success, and you move toward success. The pioneer (no matter the field of endeavor) finds that each time they travel over a new path, their progress becomes easier. In the same way, every time you think of yourself as successful, the easier it is for you to succeed. Thinking the thought of success helps to weaken any thought of failure that may be lurking in your mind. When you cultivate a consciousness of success, and use it daily while engaged in your work, more and more success will come. Success eventually will become a habit. You will become so used to thinking success, and being successful, that you cannot fail — or if you do fail, it will be but a temporary learning experience. Many people need to cultivate a confidence in success. They need to feel (when they are inspired by the Spirit within them to do something) that they can accomplish it. They need to know that the very act of attempting to do what Spirit bids them to accomplish carries with it success.

11.27.2018

Inspiration for Aspiration & The Power of Being Grateful

Listen to episode 320 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Thanksgiving | The Power of Being Grateful. Edited and adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Wishing all of our listeners in the United States a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Taking time out to show gratitude for the blessings in our life is not only important on Thanksgiving, but all the year through. And, as for me, I’m grateful for all of you Today, I am going to replay one of my readings from the past year on the topic of gratitude and aspiration, which was edited and adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson, published in 1912. The attitude of aspiration causes us to think of the marvels that lie beyond present achievement, and thereby inspires the creation of great thoughts. There must be great thoughts before the mind can become great, and the mind must become great before great results can be secured. Aspiration concentrates attention upon superiority and therefore elevates all the qualities of the mind into that state. This being true, every effort in life should be directed towards those possibilities that lie beyond our present achievements, if we wish to cultivate and strengthen an attitude of aspiration. When we are simply ambitious, we proceed as we are and seek to make a mark for ourselves with what power we already possess; but when we are alive with the spirit of aspiration, we seek to make ourselves larger, more powerful, and far superior to what we are now, knowing that a great light cannot be hid, and that anyone with great power must invariably reach the goal they have in view. The ambitious mind seeks to make a small light shine far beyond its capacity, and through this effort finally wears itself out. The aspiring mind, however, seeks to make the light larger and larger, knowing that the larger the light becomes the further it will shine, and that no strenuous efforts will be required to push its powerful rays into effectiveness.

11.22.2018

The Smiling Heart | The Power of a Sunny Smile

Listen to episode 319 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Smiling Heart | The Power of a Smile. Edited and adapted from Creed of the Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get the very best essays from our podcast in 3 heirloom quality hardcover books, including our newest book Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth. Order now to get 30% off the retail price. Learn more at our website: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Creed of The Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney, published in 1931. Do you know those who smile at life? Have you wondered how they do it? Have you wanted to be one of them? How refreshing it is (after listening to those who believe that the world is growing worse) to find the person who rejoices to be alive! After seeing someone who thinks that the world owes them a living, how delightful to find the woman and man who seeks to contribute generously to the world's happiness! Those who frown at life believe that the persons, things, and events of life have the power to make them unhappy. They feel that the world is upon their shoulders and that its woes are depressing them. Their philosophy of life is very simple: the world is all wrong. However, those who smile at life see mirrored in the world the smile of their own contented hearts. Is it any wonder that they smile? The light within them shines to the very circumference of their world and makes it one of joy and brightness. Those who smile at life can rightly do so because they have mastered life. It no longer has power to defeat and crush them. It must dance at their bidding. It must sing its happiest song for them. It must yield its most coveted blessings. Smiling at life may be resolved into a sunny mental attitude. Can you smile mentally? Mental smiling is very simple. It consists merely in entertaining sunny thoughts. You cannot do this mental smiling very long without having your countenance and whole life wreathed in smiles. Your world will be alive with smiles and everyone who comes to you will greet you with a smile.

11.20.2018

Through the Looking Glass | Your World as a Mirror

Listen to episode 318 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Through the Looking Glass | The World as Mirror. Edited and adapted from The Palace of Mirrors and Other Essays by Joseph Frank Thompson. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. As I mentioned last week, we have just published our latest book: Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth. This is the final book in our trilogy, which began with Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons. While Evermore is available in a beautiful hardcover edition, you can also purchase it as an eBook. And for a limited time, you can do so for the special sale price of only $4.99 — which is 50% off the retail price at bookstores. To purchase you copy today, please visit our website: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Palace of Mirrors and Other Essays by Joseph Frank Thompson, published in 1911. The world is full of looking-glasses in which we behold our own reflection. Any given mirror may be cracked or otherwise defective (so that the image fails to do us justice), but, more or less, the thing reflected is the thing that is. The material world abounds in such mirrors. The summer rain is one thing to the farmer, whose heart glows with satisfaction at the thought of the crops that are being nourished, and quite another to the farmer’s children, who grumble their resentment toward the chores that interfere with their holiday. The falling snow does not look the same to the boys and girls who expect to go sledding, as it does to the homeless who do not know where they may find shelter for the night. To the thirsty traveler, the oasis in the desert, with its cluster of tiny palms and its lukewarm spring, seems fairer than the grandest of groves and the coolest of fountains do to the one who has no need of shade and drink. We have all observed how easily children obtain enjoyment from the most trivial circumstance when they are already in a happy mood — and how fruitless our own best efforts to entertain them are, when they do not wish to be entertained. It is the same with ourselves. We get from our surroundings the reflection of our mood. If it is one of discontent and fretfulness, the weather will always be too warm or too cold, and all the beauty of the sky and landscape will be as if it were not so. On the other hand, if our hearts are filled with hope and cheerfulness, we shall be sensitive to all the delights which nature offers to our senses. We shall be conscious of the grandeur of forests and mountains, the peacefulness of meadows, the fairness and fragrance of flowers, and the songs of birds and brooks — while the trifling discomforts, of which we should otherwise complain, will be only topics for jokes and laughter.

11.15.2018

Finding the Springs of Hope & Joy | Art, Artists & Poetry

Listen to episode 317 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Springs of Joy | Art, Artists & Poetry. Edited and adapted from The Springs of Joy by Robert F. Horton. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you are looking to buy a Christmas gift that will be treasured for years to come, and perhaps even passed down through generations, now is the time to purchase one (or all three) of our inspirational books of life lessons. Buy now and you can get 30% off the purchase price by using the coupon code LIVINGHOUR30. Learn more at our website InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Springs of Joy by Robert F. Horton, published in 1915. There is a higher truth. There is a realm of reality which is lifted above the things perceived by our senses and the experiences of human life. There is a joy and light and music in the waters, which do not rise within the city but come from the eternal hills beyond. It is that kind of everlasting joy which I would like to talk about today. It must be evident to everyone that we can only maintain joyfulness by living above the actual facts and events of human life. If we are immersed in them (completely immersed), there cannot be perpetual joy. There may be an occasional touch of pleasure. There may even sometimes be rich, transient delights. But human life is so constructed of cares and sufferings and sorrows that (if we are to live completely immersed within it) perpetual joy is impossible. Very few days can pass for any of us without cares and anxieties, even about the mere way in which we are to live. Complications of business; distractions; intrusions; the worries of the household; a thousand things come pressing in upon us every day and disturb our peace. The apprehension of the future, the anxiety for those we love, things which are perfectly natural and inevitable, will keep care always seated behind us. Therefore, it is evident that joy cannot be perpetual unless it is drawn from a source that is above care. Now, I hear someone saying, “How is it possible to rejoice if death comes, and those whom we love are taken from us? What possibility is there of joy? Joy cannot be lasting when disease and death are always within reach.” Well, with that being true, it must be perfectly evident that if joy is to be perpetual it must be derived from a source that is also entirely above both death and disease. But now I hear someone saying that there are also sorrows — sorrows often much keener than cares or physical pains or even bereavements. Sorrows enter into most human lives — hopeless, irreparable sorrows. We miss all we desired; we are disappointed in every plan and scheme; we feel the burden of all this unintelligible world; we listen to the low, sad music of humanity until it seems to move the soul to perpetual tears....

11.13.2018

The Success Principles | What You Need to Succeed

Listen to episode 316 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Success Principles | What You Need to Succeed. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I have some important news to announce today. Our new hardcover book Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth is now available for purchase. This is the final installment in our trilogy of “Life Lesson” books, which also includes Evergreen and Everest. To get a 30% discount on all of our books, simply use the coupon code: LIVINGHOUR30. When typing the coupon LIVINGHOUR30 be sure to use all CAPS—that is, all capital letters. To buy your copies today, visit: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Thank you. Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox, published in 1905. I WISH that every person might cultivate in their lives an invincible determination to do and to be. Why shouldn't everyone be a magnificent success? Why shouldn't people discover their great possibilities, and a magnificent personality which can grow and blossom like a beautiful flower? Why shouldn't people take up the study of enthusiasm and make good will, progress, and enterprise part of their law of life? This great world is big enough, and good enough, and grand enough for every man and woman to succeed in. And it is possible for every person on earth to rise higher and higher in the scale of life until this earth is a perfect paradise. Think of the desire we may cultivate, and the inspiration which could be ours if we would but appropriate the enthusiasm, the courage, the energy, and the zeal that the great people of every age have left as a blessed heritage to humankind. Think of the glory of putting heart and soul, and inspiration and zeal, into your work, and making it the pride of your life and the admiration of the world. It's the only way a person can reach their potential, and obtain the blessings that follow. It's the only natural way to live. Think of what it all means! Not simply that you will profit from your work (success means vastly more than profit). It will mean that you have conquered, and have achieved your place in the world. It will mean a greater personality, a greater usefulness, the realization of your hopes, and a heritage you can leave to the world which will encourage future generations of women and men.

11.08.2018

Getting Started Upon the Road to Success | Careers

Listen to episode 315 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Getting Started Upon the Road to Success. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Don’t forget that our podcast is also available on YouTube. To subscribe to our YouTube Channel, visit LivingHour.org/youtube. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox. When one thinks of the thousands who have succeeded without even a ghost of a chance, we in this glorious age of progress ought to feel ashamed. My friend, are you discouraged? Do you think your lot is hard? — that times are not like they used to be, or that you have no chance? Let me urge you to stand up in the strength of your own vitality, and resolve with all the power in your being that there will be one more light, one more guide-post, one more successful life; that, if someone has to fail, that someone shall not be you. There isn't a profession that hasn’t been glorified by someone who at first was no greater than you. I care not what your occupation may be, you can make such a start, and follow that start with such a future, and such a life, that you will have immortalized your name, and made for yourself a monument that will reach the sky. Don't wait until you are a Napoleon before you begin. You might as well wait until you become a skillful swimmer before going into the water. It's waiting to do something great, or waiting to make up your mind, or waiting to get good and ready, that finds people getting old without a purpose. All the magnificent conflicts, defeats and victories, and nearly all the preparation, come after the start. The start is the supreme moment — the supreme test of strength. Thousands are standing on the bank shivering instead of jumping in and becoming warm by their own activity in the water. Thousands never start because they are afraid they can’t make a go of it. Thousands more never start because they don't see ahead to the reward. And thousands never start because they think they haven’t been offered enough for their services. One reason is as bad as another. What difference does it make to the dead person whether they were killed intentionally or by accident? What difference does it make why one doesn't start if they never do? Are you disheartened? Are you afraid to make a start for fear that you will fail, and your subsequent condition be worse than your first? Such feelings are common to all successful women and men, for they have all had their misgivings at times. But every person has success within themselves, and to start is to win half the battle. A start toward usefulness is a start that no one has ever yet made in vain. Every person and every genius in all history started before they could actually do the thing. We learn by doing, and we learn in no other way.

11.06.2018

The Religion of Every Day Life | Attaining Harmony

Listen to episode 314 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Religion of Every Day Life. Edited and adapted from The Will to be Well by Charles Brodie Patterson. Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today by thanking our two newest patrons, Glenn Webb and Gretchen Elizabeth. I’d also like to thank those of you who have reached out to me recently to let me know the positive impact that this podcast has had on your life. If you would like to contact me, you can always do so by sending an email to living (at) livinghour (dot) org. Or you could leave a review at the iTunes Store or Google Play, and I’ll be sure to read it there. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Will to be Well by Charles Brodie Patterson, published in 1906. To live naturally in any age means to adjust yourself naturally to your environment, and to the requirements of your being. When we live naturally, we live harmoniously. Unnaturalness in any degree creates discord. But God lives in every life — lives fully, unfailingly, despite apparent setbacks. Nothing can really separate us from God. And by God I mean the great Universal Life that is in us, through us, and above us — the Universal Love that floods our being whenever we are open to it. We are living in a world where a constant readjustment is required. The demands of today are inadequate for tomorrow. It is through meeting new difficulties that we develop new powers — through overcoming that we grow strong. It is only through the facing and fighting of perplexities and troubles that we come to know life as it really is — that we truly learn the lessons of life. Each encounter awakens fresh powers of adjustment or resistance — for even resistance has its place at certain times. Everything indeed has its place: the so-called "evil" — the shadows, as well as the good — and the light. There are times when effort — real struggle — is required, and other times when we find genuine good in giving ourselves up to the current. There is a time, too, for serious consideration of the vital things of life — a time to ask ourselves honestly if we are in a right relationship with things and people — with our daily environment. This adjustment to things and people is the true religion of life. Harmonious adjustment is, indeed, all there is in life.

11.01.2018

Wisdom & Destiny | Maurice Maeterlinck | Inspiration

Listen to episode 313 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Wisdom & Destiny. Edited and adapted from Wisdom & Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. For unique fashion and gifts, don’t forget to check out our website BookofZen.com. Each item includes one of my original sayings inside zen enso circle, and all sales go to support this podcast. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Wisdom & Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck, published in 1906. In every age there should be some people who dare to speak, and to think, and to act as though all people were happy — for otherwise, when the day comes for destiny to throw open to all people the garden of the promised land, what happiness shall the others find there, what justice, what beauty or love? It may be urged, it is true, that it is best, first of all, to consider our most pressing needs, yet this is not always wisest. It is often better to seek, from the start, that which is highest. When the flood waters threaten the home of a farmer in Holland, there is a pressing need to safeguard one’s own cattle and grain; but the wisest farmer races to the top of the dyke, summoning all neighbors, and thus meet the flood, and do battle. Humanity up to now has been like an invalid tossing and turning on a couch in search of rest. And yet words of genuine consolation have come only from those who spoke as though humanity were freed from all pain. For, as we all were created for health, so were we created for happiness; and to speak of humanity’s misery only (though that misery be everywhere and seem everlasting) is only to say words that fall lightly and soon are forgotten. Why not speak as though humankind were always on the eve of a great certitude, of a great joy? By doing so, we are led by our finest instincts, though we never may live to behold the long-wished-for tomorrow. It is well to believe, that we need but a little more thought; a little more courage, love, and devotion to life; a little more eagerness; and one day the portals of joy and of truth will be flung wide open. Let us hope that one day all people will be happy and wise. And though this day may never dawn, to have hoped for it cannot be wrong. Regardless of what may come, it is helpful to speak of happiness to those who are perpetually gloomy — so at least they may learn what happiness means.

10.30.2018

The Leadership Challenge | How to Be a Leader

Listen to episode 312 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Leadership Challenge | How to Be a Leader. Edited and adapted from Leadership by George H. Knox. Take advantage of Blinkist's 7 day free trial for our listeners by visiting: http://www.blinkist.com/living Motivational Podcast Excerpt: More men and women should place upon their heads a crown of leadership that will inspire to the impossible. However, that is a headgear that doesn't stay on by itself. If you can reach the sublime heights of leadership, you can wear the crown with ease, but if you shrink from the task before you, it will become a burden that will crush you to the earth. Leadership is a magic word — a marvelous attainment — but the price you pay for it is tremendous. The splendid thing about it is that the more you pay the more you get. The more you give in, the more you have left. Pay but a small price, and the returns are meagre, but pay the supreme price of leadership, and your reward is genius and immortality. When a person aspires to leadership, you need to forget some things. You should forget those who envy you, those who would pull you down and trample you under their feet, thereby hoping to gain a foothold for themselves. You must forget that there is such a thing as loafing or lounging or wasting time. If a person has a life of ease, they can have nothing else. If you have this, you can't have that. You must pay the price of being thorough; of being a master of time, of method, and of concentration. Never, on penalty of your crown of leadership, get to the position where you think you don't need further preparation. Cease to prepare, and you cease to grow. Cease to grow, and you begin to dwindle. When you cease to be better, you cease to be good. You become but a weed in the garden of prosperity. You must cultivate nerve and enthusiasm and concentration, and a great faith, and a great zeal that passeth understanding. You must cultivate patience and then more patience. Not the patience that idly waits, but the patience that knows that when the best that can be done has been done, if the result doesn't come today, it will tomorrow.

10.25.2018

Making the Most Out of Life | Motivational Self-Help Talks

Listen to episode 311 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Making the Most Out of Life. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Have you ever wanted to read the inspirational material that I deliver to you each week? Well, you can get access to the transcripts of our entire archive of over 300 podcasts by becoming our patron today. You’ll also get your very own private podcast feed, with every transcript delivered right to your phone. You can gain access for as little as $3 a month. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox, published in 1905. What is nerve? Nerve is that which enables a person to hang on and either lose everything or win out. It is undertaking more than ordinary things. It is taking big risks on one's own ability. It is holding the fort against all-comers. It is doing the thing which the ordinary person thinks is impossible. It is setting your standard twice as high as your colleagues would set it for you, and then reaching it. It is burning your bridges behind you and staking your all on your own endeavor. It is taking chances that are not chances — to ordinary people the risk would be enormous, but the man and woman of nerve is not even taking chances because they know they can carry the thing through and do not allow themselves to become side-tracked, or even annoyed by the people who say it can't be done. Nerve consists not only in undertaking a hard task, but in everlastingly and unflinchingly standing by your work when your friends have given up in despair. That is the truest test of nerve. It is nerve that gives us our airplanes and Atlantic cables below the ocean. It is nerve that belts our continents with railroads and enables entrepreneurs to build up enterprises that astonish the world. Nerve is that which enables one to calmly and unflinchingly face an unpleasant task, or a seemingly unendurable condition, when duty requires it. Don't jump to the conclusion that people are trying to cheat you. It is all right to be businesslike; you must be. But it is all wrong to be unbusinesslike. It is all wrong to tie your business up in such a way that you have to depend either upon the honesty or the judgment of someone else to enable you to succeed in fulfilling your promises.

10.23.2018

Overcoming Your Only Enemy | Self-Empowerment

Listen to episode 310 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Your Only Enemy. Edited and adapted from Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Let us help you achieve a deep, inspirational sleep with our new sleep meditations, each of which includes 50 transformational affirmations over a background of either ocean waves or gentle rain. Learn more by visiting LivingHour.org/sleep. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Self-Investment, by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1911. We can make our minds art galleries of beauty or chambers of horror. We can furnish them with anything we please. We think in mental images. They always precede the physical realities. Our mental pictures are copied into life, etched upon our character. Our whole physical economy is constantly translating these images, these mental pictures, into our lives. A thousand times better to allow thieves into your home and steal your most valuable treasures, to rob you of money or property, than to allow the enemies of your success and happiness — discordant thoughts, disease thoughts, morbid thoughts, jealous thoughts — to enter your mind and steal your comfort, rob you of that peace and serenity without which life is a living tomb. Whatever you do or do not do for a living, resolve that no morbid, discordant, sick thoughts shall get access to your mind. Everything depends upon keeping your mental faculties clear and clean. Keep the holy shrine of your mind, God’s temple, pure and free from all your thought enemies. A discordant thought, a morbid mood, when once harbored, breeds more discordant thoughts and more gloom. The moment you harbor the one or the other it will begin to multiply a thousandfold, and grow more formidable. Do not have anything to do with discord or the offspring of morbid moods. They spoil everything they touch. They leave their wretched impression on everything. They rob one of hope, happiness, and efficiency. Tear down all the dark pictures from your mind, all the black images. Dispel them. They only mean mischief, failure, paralysis of ambition, and the death of hope. We must stand on guard at the door of our thoughts; keep out all the enemies of our happiness and achievement. We have no real enemies except those which live in our own minds, which are generated by our own passion, prejudice, and selfishness.

10.18.2018

Self-Reliance: The Key to Self Respect | Personal Growth

Listen to episode 309 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self-Reliance: The Key to Self-Respect. Edited and adapted from Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, you’ll love our book Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons, available in beautiful heirloom hardcover. Learn more by visiting InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1911. The average person is capable of independence and self-reliance, yet comparatively few people ever develop their ability to stand alone. It is so much easier to lean, to trail, to follow somebody else, to let others do the thinking and the planning and the work. One of the worst faults of the typical person is that (if they do not possess commanding talents in some particular direction) they usually do not think it worthwhile to make the most of what they have. Do not think that, just because you are not a born leader, you are a born follower. A lack of great commanding qualities of leadership is no reason why you should not cultivate what you have. We never know what resources or possibilities of strength are ours until we put our powers to the test. Many a person has proved themselves a great leader who did not seem to be so naturally — who showed at first very little evidence of self-reliance. Leaders do not copy. They do not reflect the opinion of the majority. They think. They create. They make their own program and carry it out. How few people stand for anything in particular! The majority are merely so many individuals in the census; they help make a little larger crowd; but how few of us stand above or beyond our fellow citizens and are self-sufficient! Almost everybody you see is leaning on something or somebody. Some lean on their money, some on their friends; some depend upon their clothes, their pedigree, their social standing; but how seldom do we see someone who stands fair and square on their own feet; who goes through life on their own merits, and is self-reliant and resourceful. In later life we never quite forgive those who have allowed us to lean upon them, for we know that it has deprived us of our birthright. A child is not satisfied when a parent shows them how to do a certain thing. But watch the joy on a child’s face when by actually doing it they have conquered the thing themselves. This new sense of conquest is an added power that has increased their self-confidence and self-respect.

10.16.2018

Just Be Glad | Life is a Song | Christian D. Larson

Listen to episode 308 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Just Be Glad | Life is a Song. Edited and adapted from Just Be Glad by Christian D. Larson. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Christian D. Larson’s book “Just Be Glad,” a book which I also read a different selection from in last week’s episode of Our Sunday Talks. So, if you enjoy today’s reading and would like to hear more from Christian D. Larson, become our patron for as little as $3 a month to gain access to the Our Sunday Talk series. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Whether you believe that life was made for happiness or that happiness was made for life, matters not. The fact remains that they alone can live the most and enjoy the best who take for their motto — just be glad. Whatever comes, or whatever may fail to come, this one thing you should always remember — just be glad. Though every mind in the world may give darkness, continue to give your light; and though all may be lost, so there seems nothing more to give, forget not to give happiness. The one great thing to do under every circumstance and in the midst of every event is this — just be glad. Wherever you may be, add sunshine. Whatever your position may be, be also a human sunbeam. What a difference there is when the sunbeam comes in; therefore why should your sunbeam remain without? There is a sunbeam in every heart. Why hide it at any time? Does not the world need your smile? Is not everybody made happier and better when in the presence of a radiant countenance? Do we ever forget the face that shines as the sun? And does not such a memory continue to give us strength and inspiration all through the turnings and complexities of life? We are not here to give sadness, but joy. We were not made to hide our souls in a dark thunder cloud, but to let the spirit shine in all its splendor and beauty. We are made to make life an endless song, and the sweet refrain of that beautiful song is — just be glad. When things go wrong, just be glad. It is sunshine that brings forth the flowers from the cold and soggy earth. It is light-heartedness that lifts the burdens of life. It is the smile of human sweetness that dispels the chilly night of isolation and brings friendship and love to the bosom of the yearning soul.

10.11.2018

The Law of Giving First | Success Talks | Inspiring You

Listen to episode 307 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Law of Giving & Receiving | It Works. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, please help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episodes on Facebook or Twitter. A positive review at the iTunes store or Google Play would also be much appreciated. Thank you. Today’s reading is a continuation of last week’s reading on How to Transform Your Life, and has been edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting, published in 1934. There's a lot of talk these days about the power of thought, and some people are disposed to sneer at it. But there's more in it than these persons suppose, and they suffer because they don't realize its power. Consider this, can you do anything without first thinking about it? Is any discovery or invention, any work of art or book, any newspaper or tool, any manufacturing or any crime, any deed (good or bad) ever performed without some one's first thinking about it? In other words, everything that you do is first an idea in your mind. That is where it is first "created." If you want to make a chair, or a plan, or a sailboat, or a printing press, or a bomb, or a broom, it must first take shape in your mind, as an idea. As a matter of fact, the idea of a thing is the real creation of it. The physical putting it together afterward is a mere copy of the idea in your mind. We are accustomed to think that a certain amount of time and energy is required to make the visible copy of the idea — the visible chair, or plow, or broom. But the more perfectly we think it out (that is, create it as a complete idea in mind), the more quickly and perfectly we can create it in visible form. And as we think it out better and better, we find that we require less and less time to make the visible thing, and less and less energy. Newly invented machines, for instance, are usually crude, cumbersome, heavy, and require a lot of power to operate them. But as they are perfected (that is, as they are thought out) they become lighter, simpler, more efficient, are operated by less power, and do their work more quickly. During this process, the time always comes when the thing that once took a long period and much labor to make is made at a speed so high that the production is in some cases almost instantaneous. If, when we began making this thing, we had understood all the laws of its making, we could have made it instantaneously without going through the process of learning how. But that would have been a miracle! Exactly.

10.09.2018

The Law of Giving & Receiving | It Works

Listen to episode 307 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Law of Giving & Receiving | It Works. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, please help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episodes on Facebook or Twitter. A positive review at the iTunes store or Google Play would also be much appreciated. Thank you. Today’s reading is a continuation of last week’s reading on How to Transform Your Life, and has been edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting, published in 1934. There's a lot of talk these days about the power of thought, and some people are disposed to sneer at it. But there's more in it than these persons suppose, and they suffer because they don't realize its power. Consider this, can you do anything without first thinking about it? Is any discovery or invention, any work of art or book, any newspaper or tool, any manufacturing or any crime, any deed (good or bad) ever performed without some one's first thinking about it? In other words, everything that you do is first an idea in your mind. That is where it is first "created." If you want to make a chair, or a plan, or a sailboat, or a printing press, or a bomb, or a broom, it must first take shape in your mind, as an idea. As a matter of fact, the idea of a thing is the real creation of it. The physical putting it together afterward is a mere copy of the idea in your mind. We are accustomed to think that a certain amount of time and energy is required to make the visible copy of the idea — the visible chair, or plow, or broom. But the more perfectly we think it out (that is, create it as a complete idea in mind), the more quickly and perfectly we can create it in visible form. And as we think it out better and better, we find that we require less and less time to make the visible thing, and less and less energy. Newly invented machines, for instance, are usually crude, cumbersome, heavy, and require a lot of power to operate them. But as they are perfected (that is, as they are thought out) they become lighter, simpler, more efficient, are operated by less power, and do their work more quickly. During this process, the time always comes when the thing that once took a long period and much labor to make is made at a speed so high that the production is in some cases almost instantaneous. If, when we began making this thing, we had understood all the laws of its making, we could have made it instantaneously without going through the process of learning how. But that would have been a miracle! Exactly.

10.09.2018

The Dalai Lama on Life, Religion & Education | Inspiration

Listen to episode 306 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Dalai Lama on Life, Religion, and Education. Tibetan Buddhism. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the kind financial support of our patrons. Learn how you can support our work, and gain access to full transcripts, by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the writings and talks of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. “Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” “Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.” “Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.” “We can never obtain peace in the outer world, until we make peace with ourselves.” “There is a saying in Tibet: ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’” “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” “No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”  “To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive, and persevere, and never give up.” “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.” “The true hero is one who conquers their own anger and hatred…..In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.”

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