Archive For May 24, 2016

The Muses in Your Life

The Muses in Your Life

In Greek Mythology, the nine muses are goddesses that rule over the arts and sciences, and are said to bestow inspiration on the subject of their domain. They were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, song-lyrics, and myths that were related orally for centuries in ancient cultures.

I think that the muses still have much to teach us about finding meaning and inspiration in our day-to-day lives.

So, for today’s newsletter, I’m going to introduce you to each of the nine muses and point out the place in your life they can offer their inspiration!

Calliope the Muse of Epic Poetry

    Calliope can help us find inspiration to create the stories we live by. Calliope is the chief of all muses and this makes sense. How we engage with our world is determined by the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Calliope can help you write your story, and she’ll help you find meaning in it, too.
    Question to ask yourself: If I could create the story that I want to live by, what would it be?

Clio the Muse of History

    Clio’s name is derived from the Greek root κλέω – meaning “to recount,” “to make famous,” or “to celebrate.” She is known as the “proclaimer, glorifier and celebrator of history, great deeds and accomplishments.” Clio can remind us to learn from the past. Yet, she can also remind us to write the past in a way that serves our present.
    Question to ask yourself: How can I remember the past in a way that reveals the fullness of my present potential?

Euterpe the Muse of Music

    Euterpe is also known as “the Giver of Delight.” She reminds us to recognize the music and melody of our everyday life. Through Euterpe we see that the commonplace has a beauty and an inspiration to it.
    Question to ask yourself: Are your daily rhythms inspiring or are you allowing yourself to be inspired by your daily rhythms?

Erato the Muse of Lyric Poetry

    In a famous Greek hymn to the muses, it is Erato that charms the sight. Erato reminds us of how important passion and love are to an inspired and meaningful life. Many of us yearn for passion, but are reticent to weave passion and love into our lives.
    Question to ask yourself: Are you letting yourself fall in love each and every day? Are you nurturing your passions?

Melpomene the Muse of Tragedy

    Melpomene’s name was derived from the Greek verb melpô meaning “to celebrate with dance and song.” Melpomene helps us see that our pain in life opens us to our true potential and a sense of life’s deeper significance. It’s not just the happy moments that create a sense of meaning and fulfillment. Our struggles and tragedies profoundly shape how we know ourselves and what we come to value in our lives.
    Question to ask yourself: Have you embraced tragedy as a necessary part of life? Are you expanding or contracting as a result of the pains you experience?

Polyhymnia the Muse of Sacred Hymns and Agriculture

    Polyhymnia helps us see the deeper meaning in nature and the natural world. The truth is that the world around you is constantly communicating with you, so it might be time to open your ears and listen.
    Question to ask yourself: Have I stopped to listen to what my environment is telling me?

Terpsichore the Muse of Dance

    Terpsichore reminds us to dance with life – to bring flow and grace to our life experiences so that we can enjoy more of what life has to offer.
    Question to ask yourself: Are you flexible in your approach to life?

Thalia the Muse of Comedy

    Thalia teaches us the humor in “it all.” All wisdom contains some humor. And, for our lives to have meaning, we benefit from seeing the humor in our experience.
    Question to ask yourself: Do you remember to laugh every day at the wonder and weirdness of life?

Urania the Muse of Astronomy

    Urania is often associated with Universal Love and the Holy Spirit. She imparts the insight that life is bigger than we can ever understand. Yet the quest for understanding can bring us great meaning.
    Question to ask yourself: What is the spiritual foundation of my life?

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Find What You Love! (And Do More Of It)

Find What You Love! (And Do More Of It)

Living your purpose is the key to your fulfillment. When you embrace your life purpose, you commit your effort to what you’re best able to do. And this has infinite positive outcomes.

Living your life purpose blossoms a sense of wellness throughout your entire life. You experience true harmony because you’re not emotionally invested in any particular outcome and so you’re better able to make lemonade when life gives you lemons.

Each and every one of us wrestles with a nagging sense of unfulfillment until we understand that it’s in our power to create our happiness and to live our passion.

For example, if I believe my actions and interactions make no impact, then I’ll have a negative perception of my life inside and outside of my workplace. Or, if I perceive myself as a victim in all circumstances ― and feel as though the world sets me up to knock me down ― I will shy away from circumstances that might prove my belief otherwise. Instead, I’ll likely create situations that prove I’m at the world’s mercy. This perspective will leave me blaming others, feeling resentful and stuck.

On the other hand, if I believe that my actions have the potential to make a positive impact, then I’ll feel more positive about my life, more excited by my choices, and – ultimately – more fulfilled and satisfied. Moreover, if I see a situation that is dangerous, negative, or hurtful, I’ll feel it’s possible for me to take action towards a positive outcome. This creates a virtuous cycle. Over time, I’ll see the net effect of my positive actions and will likely find it easier to face challenging circumstances in a positive way. This makes a profound difference in my life and the lives of others.

So, what does this cycle of positive action have to do with Life Purpose? Well, in order to move toward your life purpose, you need to feel as though what you’re doing makes a difference. Otherwise, there is no reason to bother.

Whatever it is that you feel passionately about, you can do it! In fact, you were meant to do it.

Think about yourself in the terms used by Alan Watts: “You are the perfect expression of the universe exactly where you are in this moment.” Or, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify of that particular ray.

Since my work is all about helping people achieve a feeling of success and fulfillment in their lives, I’ve made a list of fundamental questions that will help you identify your life purpose! This list will give you a good sense of where to focus your energy as you take your first bold steps towards the life of your dreams.


    1. Figure out what you love. People are happier when they know what they love.

    2. Do it often. Doing what you love makes you feel more fulfilled.

    3. Remove things from your life that are mediocre, beige, flat or merely being tolerated. You only have so much time attention and energy don’t waste it on what does not matter.


    1. Know what is important to you.

    2. Know why it is important to you.

    3. Because, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” F. Roosevelt


    1. Learn to be good to others and do it as much as possible.

    2. Learn to be good to yourself and do it as much as possible.

    3. Go out of your way everyday to do something especially nice for a total stranger.


    1. Pay attention to all the wonderful things that are a part of your life, both large and small.

    2. Thank people for what they bring to your life.

    3. Learn to find gratitude even for the things and people that are difficult.


    1. Take a few moments every day to sit quietly.

    2. Keep a journal.

    3. Learn to listen fully to what someone is saying. Really take it in before responding.


    1. Make a list of everyone in your life that you have an unresolved issue with and find a way to resolve it within yourself and if possible with them.

    2. Forgive yourself.

    3. Make it a practice to forgive others as quickly as possible.


    1. Make time to be creative in ways that please you the most.

    2. Laugh as much as possible.

    3. Remember that your life is what you dream it to be.

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