Thursday, June 30, 2011

tao Te Ching ~ Verse 8

Highest good is like water. It benefits the ten thousand things without striving. It settles in places that people avoid and so is like Tao.

In choosing your home, look to the land. In preparing the mind, go deep. In associating with others, value gentleness. In speaking, exhibit good faith. In governing, provide good order. In the conduct of business, be competent. In action, be timely.

When there is no strife, there is nothing to be undone.

Mary Jane

Monday, June 27, 2011

Words of Wisdom~


Tao Te Ching

If you offer music and food
Strangers may stop with you;
But if you accord with the Way
All the people of the world will keep you
In safety, health, community, and peace.

The Way lacks art and flavour;
It can neither be seen nor heard,
But its benefit cannot be exhausted.

Tao Te Ching ~

Have a peaceful day - Mary Jane -

Friday, June 24, 2011

#7 ~ Simplicity

The Art of Simplicity

Perfection is not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. As Bruce Lee once said “the height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.” True mastery of our lives is realizing the simple joys of life, removing distractions and clutter from our lives.

Action: The art of simplicity is knowing what to take away. Recognize when you are spending time on unimportant things, then shift your focus to important things.


“I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short.”
– Blaise Pascal

May your day be filled with simple pleasure~Mary Jane -

Thursday, June 23, 2011

7 Lessons from the Greatest Minds ~#6 Appreciation & Gratitude

Appreciation and Gratitude

How many times do we count our misfortunes rather than our blessings? When we take time to open our eyes to the miracle of life we can see the many gifts that have been given to us. Remembering all the beautiful aspects of life and all the reasons you are blessed can immediately shift our mood. We can move from sorrow and despair to appreciation and hope.

Action: Each time you find yourself complaining about something, re-direct your focus to something you are grateful for. Make a habit of transforming your awareness of troubles into an awareness of abundance.


“So much has been given to me, I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.”
– Helen Keller

May you see all your blessings today and be grateful for them ~ Mary Jane

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

7 lessons from the greatest Minds ~ #5 ~ Self Acceptance

Self Acceptance:

When we stop trying to be what we are not, we realize our authenticity. Before we had knowledge, we were completely authentic. We learn to use knowledge to measure and judge, which is a powerful tool we have as humans. However we create an image of perfection in our mind of what we should be, but are not. We confuse knowledge for nature. We believe in the lie of our imperfection. When we realize this we can reclaim the truth of our perfection and live in love and acceptance.

Action: Make a commitment to never go against yourself. Practice non-judgment of self and others.


“If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” – Jesus


Mary Jane -

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

7 Lessons from World's Greatest Minds ~ #4


Happiness comes from an inner peace, understanding and acceptance of life; a perspective of truth that opens your eyes to the beauty of life all around us. Happiness cannot be achieved by external status, it must be an internal state that we realize when we see our innate perfection.

Action: Realize that happiness is a choice. In every decision you make ask yourself “how can I respond to make myself happy and fulfilled?”


“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”
– Benjamin Franklin

May you be happy today and everyday!

Mary Jane

Monday, June 20, 2011

Intention & Desire

Lesson #3 ~ Intention & Desire

Our thoughts determine our reality. When we stop thinking about what we don’t want and begin thinking about what we do want, our lives begin to transform. Instead of working against our desires and intentions, we move into alignment with them.

Action: Create a list of your intentions and desires. Wherever you go, take this list with you. Read it when you wake up and before you go to sleep.

Quote: All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”- Guatama Buddha

Thursday, June 16, 2011

7 Lessons From The Greatest Minds

Lesson # 2 - Overcoming Fear

They say the best way to learn something is to dive right into it. Be prepared tofail but this is how we learn. Only those who are asleep make no mistakes. If we stay aligned to truth then fear will have no choice but to fade away.

“It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy your day~

Namaste - Mary Jane

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Realizing Your Dreams~

In order for us to achieve our dreams we need to know what they are. Writing down exactly what it is that you would like to achieve in life is a great starting point. Then try breaking it down into smaller parts or something you can do each day to bring yourself closer to your dream. Visualizing it coming to fruition is a wonderful step in the direction.. Create a vision board or whatever motivates you to move towards it.

The quote below is so profound written by Lawrence J. Peter

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
– Lawrence J. Peter

So what will you do today to move you one step closer to realizing your dream?

Namaste ~ Mary Jane ~

Monday, June 13, 2011

Wisdom of the Sages~

Confucius ~ Ancient Chinese philosopher and major contributor to the Book of Changes or I Ching. This is a sage that speaks volumes to me especially with my connection to feng shui. Here are a few enlightening quotes from him and gift to us.
Wisdom & Quotes

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in getting up every time we do."

Wisdom & Quotes

"Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses."

Wisdom & Quotes

"Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart."

Wisdom & Quotes

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."

Wisdom & Quotes

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

Wisdom & Quotes

"Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star."

Wisdom & Quotes

Mary Jane ~

Friday, June 10, 2011

Quotes From the Mahatma

Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony"

"I want freedom for the full expression of my personality."

"In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth."

"Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress."

These are wonderful quotes to repeat a few times today...Have a great day~


Mary Jane

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Socrates is unique in the world of philosophy. He did not teach his own ideas and beliefs to his followers. Through his method he acted as a catalyst for others to search and find the truth for themselves. He did not teach a theory, but he lived his philosophy, remained firm to his beliefs and set an example that greatly influenced the future generations of philosophers and seekers of truth.

The key is to seek the truth from within ~
Mary Jane

Socrates ~ Quote of the day:

"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be."

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pope Gregory I

John Calvin (1509-1564) called Pope Gregory I "the last good pope". Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. What matters is that there are sufficient reasons for anyone to see him as an outstanding personality.

Better known as Gregory the Great, he was the first pope that came from a monastic background, completely devoted to spiritual work while renouncing any worldly pursuits.

taking the papcy in 590, a time of famine and strife for Rome, Pope Gregory made sure those who were suffering received food and shelter offered by the Church. At that time the church owned a vast amount of farmland that produced various goods for profit. Instead, Gregory the Great gave the goods to the poor and hungry. Even those who lived in wealthy homes but were still in need, he personally cooked and prepared foods for them and had them delivered as gifts as to save them from embarrassment (charity).

It was the chose of the people to turn to the papacy government rather than Constantinople.

What acts of charity or good deed can you offer today? I donated a jeep load of clothing, kitchenware and other odds and ends to a local nonprofit organization and some old cell phones at a drop off center to be refurbished for the needy.

Mary Jane ~

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Jules Verne ~ The Father of Science Fiction

Jules Verne is the third most translated novelist of all time, right after Disney Productions and Agatha Christie. Thinking of Jules Verne the most common associations are fantasy, science fiction and life-changing adventure.

This is a man who began studying law after his father but was called to be a writer. he was referred to as a prophet as many of his works predicted future inventions. Some of those are the television, automobiles, air conditioning, submarines, helicopters and jukeboxes.

Inspiring Quotes by Jules Verne ~

"Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth."

"Travel enables us to enrich our lives with new experiences, to enjoy and to be educated, to learn respect for foreign cultures, to establish friendships, and above all to contribute to international cooperation and peace throughout the world."

Follow you inspiration today and see where it leads you~ Namaste - Mary Jane

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