Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness is now available! 😊 This soulful collection contains one inspiring story for each day of the year from over 250 authors, and I’m beyond grateful to be part of it! Please enjoy my personal contributions, Grand Rapids of Love and Public Display of Affection! Click HERE to order. ❤️
I am beyond excited to be a contributing author in 365 Moments of Grace, a special book with one inspiring true-life story for each day of the year. My personal pieces include The Illusion of Control and Unimaginable Grace. I hope each reader of the 365 Series will be inspired and encouraged to share their own unique story. Every journey matters. Grace beautifully guides. Thank you ALL for your love and encouragement through this writing venture! ❤️ Click HERE to order.
I’ve also contributed to the latest 365 Series book, 365 Life Shifts: Pivotal Moments that Changed Everything. Please enjoy my personal stories, The Door Knocker and Savasana Shifts. Say “YES” to the still, small voice inside.❤️ Beyond grateful for the continued love and support! 🙏🏻 Click HERE to order.
Making A Difference: The Power of One ❤️
October 8, 2015 by NamasteAZ
Written by Heather Wiest, LCSW, RYT® 500
Inspired by her teacher and mentor, Annie Carpenter
WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU?
Let’s journey together through a motivating meditation… Take a few deep, centering breaths… Now, reflect upon your ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YEARS and think of your FAVORITE TEACHER. Notice who comes to mind first. Visualize this special person. Did they have a unique voice, smell, distinguishing feature or mannerism? What did they say or do that was memorable and inspiring? How did you feel in their presence? What qualities did/do you respect about this teacher?
And now, fast forward into your HIGH SCHOOL YEARS and choose one YOUTH LEADER, COACH, COUNSELOR or TEACHER who positively influenced your life path. Visualize this individual: their smile, their gaze, their listening ear. What did they say or do that was motivating and encouraging? How did you feel in their presence? What qualities did/do you respect about this leader?
Now dwell upon a CURRENT MENTOR, COACH, TEACHER who challenges and lovingly spurs you on to the next level. Visualize their whole being, their essence—body, mind and spirit. What do they say and do that is heart-felt and wise? How do you feel in their presence? What qualities do you treasure about this respected guide?
Encompass now these three influential people. Are there any common themes or threads in your teachers, coaches, and mentors? Can you choose ONE QUALITY, ONE WORD that describes them all? Notice what arises first.
Looking at your own life, does this ONE QUALITY, ONE WORD represent you and how you desire to inspire and influence others?
WHO DO YOU INSPIRE?
How do others feel in your presence? What do you say and do that is motivating and memorable? Allow yourself to smile in gratitude and joy for those who have inspired you and for those you inspire.
Never underestimate the POWER OF ONE. ONE PERSON. ONE SMILE. ONE WORD. ONE CHALLENGE. ONE INSPIRATION.
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” ❤️ ~ Dan Rather
Who am I here to love and serve? How do I love and serve?
What is shifting, changing and evolving? What is my unique contribution? How do I want to make a difference?
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ❤️ ~ Mahatma Gandhi