Finding Inspiration

Life is full of things to inspire us. Whether it is children making beautiful music with instruments made out of things thrown in the landfill, a man who makes art by balancing rocks, someone who can fly kites as if they were birds soaring together on the wind, or anything else that you find inspirational, pay attention to it and allow it to fill you with its energy.

Unfortunately, our news media bombards us with bad news. Stories about evil, violence, destruction, poverty, and death are much more prominent in the media than stories that uplift us. For that reason, we must each constantly seek our own source of inspiration.

Luckily, there is much to inspire us. I saw a story about a handicapped lion who has a dachshund for his best friend that inspired me. The  dachshund had sensed that the lion was handicapped, and spent time comforting it. And now the lion, who weighs about 500 pounds cuddles with the 8 pound dachshund.

There are stories about people who find someone’s wallet or purse, and return it without taking anything. My own grandmother, who was poor herself, kept the back door of her small house in a small Kansas town unlocked, so anyone who was hungry could get something to eat. Whatever she had she would share with others. She never had a lot – no steaks, no shrimp, no caviar, no fancy food at all. She might have a pot of beans, or perhaps some chicken and noodles, but whatever she had she would share with others.

Her compassion and kindness is an inspiration to me to this day. She passed in 1990, but I think of her every day. When she died, over 300 people attended her funeral. This was in a town of only about 1500 people.

I find stories of kindness, generosity, compassion, and sharing with others to be extremely inspirational and uplifting. Pay more attention to those kinds of stories then to the poisonous stories the news throws at you every night.

Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

There is an orchestra in an impoverished town in Paraguay where most of the instruments are fashioned from garbage and thrown away trash from the landfill. The young people who play in this orchestra are incredibly talented, and grateful for the chance to make beautiful music.

They don’t stop and complain about the fact that their instruments are made from trash. Instead they elevate the quality of the music they make with their homemade instruments. I find them to be very inspirational.

It reminds me that as a new year is beginning again, we need to approach our lives with creativity and possibility rather than negativity and complaining. The old adage “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is never more true than with this orchestra. These kids are proof positive that anything is possible, as long as you have a dream and you point your life towards it.

Beauty an inspiration exist everywhere. Even in the slums and landfills of Paraguay where no one has anything. Their orchestra will be touring in the future, and a documentary is being made about them. Watch this wonderful video and be inspired to yourself.

Text Copyright © 2012 by Victoria Young

Incredible Kites

There is a man named Ray Bethell in Vancouver, Canada, who flies kites with more skill than anyone I have ever seen. He is in his 80s, and his skin is old and weathered from spending so much time in the sun.  And when he flies his kites, it is as if a beautiful visual symphony is playing.

He reminds us that we are not limited in any way. We can soar in the skies. We can feel the joy of freedom and weightlessness lift us up. I have watched this at least a dozen times, and every time I feel inspired.

Watch this video and feel your heart soar with the kites. Feel your energy dance and fly.

Text Copyright © 2012 by Victoria Young

Uplifting Music

When one thinks of an orchestra, you think of many different instruments. Percussion, woodwinds, string instruments, horns, etc. There is a band local to me, called the Boulder Bassoon Band. Their music is true to their name. A bunch of people playing bass in rooms, and making beautiful music.

There is also a very interesting orchestra in Great Britain. They are the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. It is astonishing how they are able to create full orchestral pieces using only ukuleles.

Ukuleles bring to mind Hawaiian music, hula dancers, and perhaps some casual music. Who knew they could be so orchestral? I put this video in to show the actual scope of what is possible with a tiny instrument that has only four strings. I hope you enjoy this video and become inspired by people who took a look at the ukulele and imagined all of its possibilities. We should do the same thing with every aspect of our lives. Look for the possibilities, even if they are not obvious.

Text copyright © 2012 by Victoria Young

Forgiveness Moves Us Forward

Forgiveness is an important building block for us to make progress in our lives. When I hear someone say “I can forgive but I’ll never forget,” I don’t believe they have really forgiven. The “I’ll never forget” part often means that a person is still hanging on to a grudge. If that person is still hanging onto a grudge, then that person has not truly forgiven.

One of my very favorite quotes all time came from Swami Muktananda. He said, “You have to keep forgiving until you realize there was nothing to forgive.” This is such a powerful statement when you think of what it really means. If you believe like I do, that we create our own reality, and the law of attraction is one of those ways in which we create it, then you understand that any perceived “wrong” done by another is something you attracted and created in your life. Why should you be angry and unforgiving of someone you attracted into your life?

I know this is a hard concept to accept, as we can perceive many terrible “wrongs” that we think other people are doing. I myself tend to get wrapped up in stories about things like animal cruelty, child molesting, rape, murder, etc. Even though I know that people attract all of those things to themselves, I still at times feel the injustice of it all. That’s because I get caught up in the notion that there is a certain way things are supposed to be.

It would be nice if we could all live in a world where everybody treats each other with compassion and kindness, with love and respect, and honoring the source within us all. But, obviously there are many people who seem to be incapable of doing such things.

My ex-husband left me for another woman in 2007. For a while, I played the role of victim and felt very negative feelings toward my ex-husband and his lover. But I finally realized I had attracted the situation into my life so that I would end a marriage that was not giving me any moral support at all. Then I understood that all of the hurt I went through was because I would not have had the nerve to end my unhappy relationship myself because of fear. I was afraid of being alone. I have a neuromuscular disease which makes it hard for me to do certain things and I was afraid of being alone without any help. (Though the fact is that my ex-husband was rarely around, and when he was he was not willing to help me very much at all.)

I was also afraid of not having enough money to survive. Clearly, I was not trusting Source to deliver a replacement for my husband’s paycheck. When I am being lucid, I know that my husband’s paycheck was not my real source of support. My real source of support is Source.

The relationship needed a drastic jolt in order for it to end. I realize now that my ex-husband’s relationship with the other woman allowed me to get out of an unhappy relationship. I have forgiven them both and I have moved on. In fact I have realized that there’s nothing to forgive.

Yes, I went through some difficult times at first. I had not lived alone for so long, that I had to learn how to do that again. I had to face some fears, and I had to know that Source has my back.

I found a very nice video on YouTube about the importance of forgiveness and how it lets us release the past that is often holding us back from making progress in our lives. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Text Copyright © 2011 by Victoria Young