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Inspirational Video: You Can Rise Above

posted by amcdaniel

Finding inspiration can be a very proactive endevor. But then sometimes inspiration won’t take any effort at all.

You Can Rise Above


Quotes from the Dalai Lama

posted by amcdaniel

Good Morning!

 Today I am sharing my favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama.  Sometimes just reading uplifiting words will make the whole day go smoother.

My goal is to read one of these quotes every morning before the bustle of the day begins.

1- Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

2- If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.


3- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

4- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

5- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

6- The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.

7- We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.

8- We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

9- Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.


10- If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.

11- If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.

12- Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.


13- We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.

14- Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.

15- As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.

16- To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.

17- There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.”
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.


18- The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.

19- A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.

20- In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.

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Yoga DVD Review

posted by amcdaniel

It is time to post my first yoga DVD review. I think you will enjoy this one.

AM and PM Yoga with Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden

I’ve been practicing with this DVD on and off for about 4 years. I picked up AM/PM Yoga at a Border’s book store, an impulse purchase. It sat on my shelf for a long time before I actually used it, but I am glad I started.

Length: Two 20 minute workouts, one for the morning and one for the evening.

My review: The PM Yoga portion has always been my favorite, it also feels slightly more advanced. The AM yoga program is excellent for those mornings when you have a hard time waking up or feel stiff. This is actually my favorite DVD in my home workout library, I always come back to it and highly recommend it for those new to yoga, injured, or who just need more relaxation in their life.


AM/PM Yoga

AM or PM, make time for your yoga practice.


What inspires you?

posted by amcdaniel

I came across this quote today and I thought I would share…

“Without inspiration our minds remain dormant.” -Anonymous

Remaining eternally optimistic and being around positive people inspires me to be the best version of myself.

What inspires you today or in general?

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