Entries by igniteus

Helping Us Realize Untapped Possibility

Watching and being with Benjamin Zander in his Ted talk is nothing short of a delight. He is simply someone who immediately engages his audience. He has this to say about being a visionary leader: “It is one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the […]

You Can Create a Positive Ripple Effect

An inspiring talk by about an average person making a difference. May you find the courage and audacity to connect with and soften those around you. Now imagine taking it step further, and like Mary Anderson, making it a habit.

The Secret of Windsurfing

A few years ago we were in Hawaii watching a group of young men windsurfing. It was wonderful to see how they attacked the huge waves, jumping or crashing through them for a thrilling ride. They seemed to fly, hitting the waves, apparently without ever falling down. This amazed us. Most of the windsurfers we […]

Let It Be

A friend sent this to me, it’s Paul McCartney talking about an meaningful, pivotal experience, from a book called “The Right Words at the Right Time.” I was going through a really difficult time around the autumn of 1968. It was late in the Beatles’ career and we had begun making a new album, a […]

You Have Within You the Fuel to Thrive and Flourish

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson studies the science of happiness. Negative emotions, she says, are necessary for us to flourish, and positive emotions are by nature subtle and fleeting; the secret is not to deny their transience but to find ways to increase their quantity. Rather than trying to eliminate negativity, she recommends we balance negative feelings […]

Take a Moment…

You have to slow down to enjoy this video made by Rishi Kaneria starring stuntman Dante Ha. I love art that pulls your attention into the moment and the unseen world revealed by slow motion.

What Is Important To You?

A few weeks ago I posted how reflecting on our mortality can be a useful tool for coming into this-now-moment. Now is the only space that’s real…now is the one area we truly have to work with…now is where life is happening. New Orleans’s artist Candy Chang is on to a similar theme with this […]

Wake Up to What’s Trivial and Let It Go

We’ve all heard this before in different forms…about letting go of the small stuff. Let me say it another way. If in a moment of real honesty, you realize that what you are brewing on is insignificant, then it’s time to take a deep breath and forgive those individuals or circumstances that aren’t meeting your […]

Vulnerability Is Beautiful

Vulnerability is how we connect with one another and go deeper. Vulnerability can be counterintuitive sometimes but it’s the way the wise and self-accepting communicate. May you have the courage to be vulnerable and may your vulnerability set you free. Vulnerable Is Beautiful from Rachael Maddox on Vimeo.