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Book Giveaway: Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

Chicken Soup for the SoulUpdate: The winners for this giveaway have already been chosen. The winners:

If you enjoy touching, uplifting stories, you’ve likely stumbled upon the Chicken Soup for the Soul series at one time or another.

What started with one book two decades ago has expanded to more than 200 titles, providing motivation and inspiration to millions of people of all ages, from all over the world.

The newly released 20th anniversary edition includes all of the original stories from the first book and 20 new ones from writers including Deepak Chopra, Dr. Mehmet Oz, don Miguel Ruiz—and me!

When publisher Heidi Krupp-Lisiten contacted me with this opportunity, I was honored and beyond excited. And now I’m excited to share it with you.

The Giveaway

To enter to win 1 of 5 free books:

  • Leave a comment on this post sharing the most inspiring thing you’ve heard lately. It can be a quote, something a loved one said to you, something you saw on TV or heard in a song—anything you found inspiring.
  • For an extra chance to win, tweet: Giveaway: Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition – RT & comment on the @tinybuddha post to win! http://bit.ly/18GFU0F

You can enter until midnight PST on Friday, August 23rd.

Learn more about Chicken Soup for the Soul, the 20th Anniversary Edition, on Amazon.

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She is the author of the Tiny Wisdom eBook series (which includes one free eBook) and Tiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself. She's also the co-founder of the eCourse Recreate Your Life Story: Change the Script and Be the HeroFollow @tinybuddha for inspiring posts and wisdom quotes.

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  • Andrei

    I met a girl with a tattoo that was saying: “Dum spiro spero” which in latin means “While I still breath, I hope”. I found this quote extremely inspiring :D

  • HaveLipsWillSmile

    The most inspiring thing I have heard was today, right here on this website. It was that instead of comparing myself to others, compare myself to myself, but how I used to be. This will help me see how much I have grown and changed. It’s unfair to compare ourselves to other people because EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT. It is that simple.
    K
    x

  • Pescacebes

    “Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” ~William Durant. I think that this sentence reminds us to live happily in the present.

  • Kelly Davenport

    The most inspiring thing I’ve heard lately is the song “Holes” by Passenger. It discuss two scenarios where life became difficult, but the individuals persevere. My favorite part says, “Well sometimes you can’t change and you can’t choose
    And sometimes it seems you gain less than you lose
    Now we’ve got holes in our hearts, yeah we’ve got holes in our lives
    Well we’ve got holes, we’ve got holes but we carry on.” It just reminds me that no matter what diffcults I face I will carry on.

  • Esha

    The most inspiring thing I experienced lately has been my own sudden inspiration to get a tattoo with the words ‘I am love’ on my wrist or somewhere on my arm. I was so damn excited about this! :) I had wanted a tattoo since a long time but also wanted some really lovely Truth to be etched on my body. When I got the idea of getting a ‘I am love’ tattoo, my quest just felt over. Now, I use this phrase during my meditations and also repeat it throughout the day and it just grounds me and brings me back home- to love and to peace.
    Wishing u all the very same :D
    Esha

  • Karen

    The most inspiring thing I heard recently was “Thank you” from an Italian customer I helped at work. I was absolutely thrilled because 1) Noones ever bought me flowers before so…. 2) ‘Someone to buy me flowers’ was on a little list I’ve been keeping of things I’m hoping to attract in my life 3) It happened in front of my manager… 4) she was just absolutely lovely! :) and I wasn’t expecting it at all!

  • Melinda

    Most inspiring things I’ve heard lately was during a conversation with my therapist yesterday. We were talking about spirituality, letting go and personal philosophies. He commented that every time we meet I’ve gone through visible changes involving concepts of self-esteem, love, relationships, and understanding my purpose in the universe. He mentioned that a possible direction for me was the “freedom from the self.” It was moving to hear this at the time. I had to put down a beloved pet the day before and had been thinking about how finite our time and energy on this planet really is. Everyone has goals, aspirations, some more idealized than others. We also tend to let ourselves get in our way. “Freedom from the self” to me means having the strength to let go and be who you are truly meant to be. To be fluid and open-minded, to not be attached to the outcomes of hard work (or at all) and to become the realized kind of energy and being you want to see in the world.

  • ria

    Hi! I am Ria and I’m Filipino. Today we celebrate the death anniversary of our modern day hero Ninoy Aquino. After years in exile, he was assassinated while going down on a plane here in the Philippines. This quote of his inspires me the most – “If it’s my fate to die by an assassin’s bullet, so be it. But I cannot be petrified by inaction or fear of assassination and therefore stay in a corner. I have to suffer with my people. I have to lead them because of the responsibility given to me by our people.” Amidst the threat of death, he went back to be with his people and to fight what is right. This paved the way for the infamous people power or EDSA revolution here in the Philippines in 1986. A truly exceptional man whose courage, wisdom and life are worth sharing to the whole world :)

  • Aleydis Haubrich

    For me it has to be something I heard Nigella Lawson say in one of her programs. I’m on the first vacation in years and keep worrying and feeling guilty about spending so much money on myself, on pleasure, while I should be enjoying the gorgeous sunsets at the Croatian coastline. Everytime these worries enter my mind I try to remind myself of what Nigella said: “I don’t have any guilty pleasures because I don’t think pleasure is something you ever should feel guilty about.”

  • Pavithra

    The most inspiring thing i have heard recently is that “Let love be love itself, don’t tamper it by giving names to it”

  • Jehan T. Gestaツ

    Just the other day, I took a little book from my husband’s bookshelf and used it to kill a fly. I didn’t think of it much but when I looked at the title of the book (How to Live Life Content, Blessed and Worry-Free by Eduardo O. Roberto), I immediately sat down and read it. Who wouldn’t want that life, I thought to myself. It was 24 little pages of salvation. I cried in the middle of every page and I was so inspired, I wanted to share it with friends immediately.

    After I read it, I realized that I used it to swat a fly. I literally judged the book by it’s cover. Little did I know that this dirty, cheap/free, seemingly useless book will give way to my salvation and possibly others after me.

    God works in mysterious ways!

  • Padmini

    What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
    Quote credited to Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • http://UberQuality.com/ Jim Krenz

    The most inspiring thing I have heard lately is this quote from Mike Dooley: “Usually, the best way to find the yellow brick road of your life, is to start out on the dusty, dirt one.”

  • Arti

    You are special

    YES YOU…

    …the one reading this…

  • Kitty

    “it always seems impossible until it’s done” – nelson mandela

    inspiring quote – helping me through my domestic violence court dates. what a mess a life can become. but every battle gets me closer to winning the war.

  • Angi

    The most inspiring thing I’ve heard lately is: “The more one judges, the less one loves.” said by Honore de Balzac. :* Thank you for the chance to win the book! <3

  • Peggy Pj Johnson

    Is that all that God ask of us is that we love Him body mind and soul, with all that we are think we are, and all the we do.

  • charmynne olivar

    I think these inspiring words or quote that I chose to post here is just right on time after I read the link that my friend gave me for the Book Giveaway: Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

    this is a daily devotion application that I subscribed in my facebook account. And it says:

    “Your heart is your compass. Set a course in the direction that your heart commands and it will lead the way to God. Follow it, and you will always be on the correct path in life.”

    For me this really inspires me since I want to do something for my professional growth and for my family and I know it’s gonna be a tough battle but I know I can do it with the the Lord’s guidance. And yes I know that is what my heart’s desire but it’s the Lord’s decision that I will still follow because I know he only wants what’s the best for me.

    Thank you for the chance to win the book. ^-^

  • Regina

    The moment you say yes to acting on your desire is the real beginning. ~ Danielle LaPorte

  • Julie

    This is the most important thing I’ve learned. It’s a great quote.

    I know people who feel like they’ve wasted years of their lives because of poor choices. They spent years in a relationship that was toxic, years with an addiction, years at a job where they weren’t fulfilled. But you have to realize, nothing you have been through is ever wasted. Your past experiences, good and bad have deposited something on the inside of you. Those challenges have sharpened you to help make you who you are today. When the enemy brings hardship into your life, God has a way of taking that experience and turning it around for your advantage. You may think you’ve hit a dead end, but if you’ll stay in faith, you will see God begin to open up a new route. He’ll put the right people in your path, the right opportunities, the right circumstances to move you forward toward your God-given destiny.

    Today, don’t focus on what’s happened in your past, focus on what God will do in your future. He wants to restore your soul and revive your dreams. Keep believing, keep expecting, keep hoping because God has a new route for your future!

    Below is the link to it.

    http://spiritualinspiration.tumblr.com/post/42444247245/i-know-people-who-feel-like-theyve-wasted-years

  • joychristin

    I love the song “Same Sex”…the one lyric..”I can’t change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to” is on replay in my heart and mind. I have always been full of love and light and have been fascinated with and tapped into energy movement. My family criticized me and that became my norm; but I still loved nature and energy and continued to be the light in the room. I became so used to what I heard, I couldn’t see my own light for so many years…even when I could see it so naturally and readily in others. Only recently may I see it, and now I have built a business sharing what I have learned and my family still doesn’t approve. I know it’s a different message than the song, but I think the feel of wanting to be loved, just for being, is the same. This line has inspired me to keep stretching and growing and healing, knowing I am living my heart-truth.

  • lv2terp

    Hi Lori, how exciting that you have a excerpt in the 20th Anniversary Edition, that is really exciting! :) Actually the most recent inspiring thing I read recently was in a post i just read…was great! “Instead, with my castle-of-blocks leveled by crisis, I was suddenly free to build an entirely new castle.” …I LOVE this perspective and analogy! :)

  • Lindz1984

    “This too shall pass”. This simple quote that has given me strength over the past few months to endure the many emotions while moving on from the loss of our unborn child.

  • Crabs

    The most inspiring thing I have read lately is the statement ‘Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind’. This statement is so very true for the people who really care are there for me and it gives me a sense of peace to be myself with them always.

  • Teddi Sherrer Floyd

    Thank you for all that you do! Rays of sunshine you spread across the Earth are inspiring.

  • Lindsy Fish

    “You don’t need to hire a Paralegal. I will help you. For free.”

    I have been having a hard go with my landlord lately, and combined with a recent diagnosis of PTSD and GAD, I have not been dealing well with it. I’m having a hard go with life in general right now, and I’m unemployed and Unemployment isn’t much to live on.

    I had the last straw today. I posted on FB how I should just hire a Paralegal to deal with this because I can’t. I’m a Paralegal myself, and this is just too much for me. A friend of mine is a lawyer. She could use the business, because, well, all lawyers could in our city. Those words are particularly inspiring to me because this is what I want the legal profession to be. It should be people helping people, and resources should exist for people who cannot afford it and are stuck. They don’t often exist. This is why I feel it is so important for Lawyers/Paralegals to say those words to as many people as they are able to. I didn’t go into this for a Bentley. I went into this to help people. It is so inspiring to know that others feel the same way and that we can make a difference, one person at a time.

  • taracheree

    I recently read a blog about how to better deal with anxiety for some peace of mind. There was a mantra by the author that read : What I run from must chase me.

  • Caitlan Bell

    The most inspiring thing I have heard lately was in a yoga class where we focused on the Root Chakra. The teacher read a passage from Anodea Judith’s Eastern Body, Western Mind describing affirmations associated with this Chakra. “I love my body! I trust my body’s wisdom! It is safe for me to be here! I have a right to be here! The earth supports my needs!” I appreciate this bit of wisdom from the Root Chakra that reminded me of the strength it takes to stay grounded. Namaste!

  • joni

    “If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”
    It really puts things in perspective… rather than dwelling on past negative emotions, this thought helps focussing on the growth that was achieved by dealing with those. And as for future experiences, it helps with facing new challenges with a more balanced mind.

  • Jodi

    It was an article that discussed the importance of the small things of parenting- reading books, talking, playing games, etc.

  • Warren Cassell Jr.

    This really made me be more conscious of nature and what it has to teach. “If a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.”

  • Carolina Zanelli

    “You don’t need to know everything to start doing something”. I wrote this while telling someone the story of how I overcame anxiety, left academia, quit my job and started my own business!

  • John

    Something an old friend use to say in the morning before he began football practice everyday as a reminder…

    “It’s a Grateful Day!”

    Sure is… thanks!

  • Simon

    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – Dr Howard Thurman.
    I think this is a great quote to help you be the person you are meant to be and get back in touch with your soul if you are struggling to find it down the back of the sofa.

  • jyothsna

    the most inspiring thing i’ve read recently was the quote from dharma comics… “sometimes, you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down..”
    i was having a downtime lately.. i failed in my exam, i had this friend whom i liked but he never acknowledged my feelings for him., but used to talk to me everyday…. he moved on and got engaged last month and since then, stopped talking to me totally.. lesson i learnt was people treat me the way i show them that i can b treated…
    but i took the leap…… i changed my house, stopped calling him…. got a new job.. preparing for the next time… planning to give my 100% to my preparation.. again..

  • Molly Hartley

    The most inspiring thing I have heard lately comes from a person I randomly became friends with on face book a couple days ago. I must have accidently sent a friend request while perusing my favorite spiritual sites and reading peoples comments. Anyways we all know these things aren’t mistakes. Part of her most recent status is about giving…. “Love is an energy. Love cannot be anyhow given. Love is emotion and it is literally the Life Force of a person. Energy must not be wasted. Energy must be used wisely and as efficiently as possible. Energy must be used in circulation then can multiply and have more to give or use”. As I went to leave this comment I noticed that this woman (whom I have never met and lives on the other side of the country) commented right below me! Hopefully she doesn’t mind that I am quoting her status. I just find it so heart warming, comforting and magical that there are people out there who thing along the same lines I do. People who I have never met before. I have been a fan of the Chicken soup books since I was in Elementary school and never realized what a big part they would play in my life today. I feel so much gratitude at the connection I feel to the universe. It grows more and more with time… as do I.

  • Sue

    My oldest, bestest friend has Motor Neurone Disease. She inspires me every time I see her because of her positive approach and complete acceptance of her own situation. I’m convinced this is why she has survived with the illness for 4 years after being given an initial prognosis of 14 months. She uses an iPad with a speech application and recently organised another event to raise money to provide iPads and apps to other people with MND. She is now up to 5 iPads and is determined to plan future events.

  • Carrie Trivino

    What a wonderful series and they thought of everyone. One of the first self-help books I picked up that led to more. People say, “knowledge is power” and I say, “understanding is liberating.”

  • B_Schuessler

    I’ve been working on my own happiness project lately and the most inspiring thing I learned today is, “You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.” – Author Unknown

  • Shirley

    Most inspiring “Learn to let go”: We all are living on borrowed time and struggling and suffering is part of being human, but not part of being alive and happy. When you begin to let go of desires for objects, or loved ones who have left you, your struggle and pain will greatly diminish. Letting go allows you to move onward. It allows you to have inner peace.

  • Simone

    I had a yoga teacher once give a class and said this Mantra through out the whole class . THERE IS NO EXPIRATION DATE TO YOUR DREAMS!! NEVER STOP BELIEVING, NEVER GIVE UP!

  • frai

    The cure for everything is salt water :tears, sweat and the sea ;) Tears heal my heart, sweat heals my body and the sea, I think it heals my very soul!! I go on living and I don’t think there’s anything more inspiring than that ^^

  • Mrs Hughes

    I would love a cook book because during my family two holiday i want to try out new reciepes so i can then take them to work..where i cook for about a dozen homeless and vulnerable adults. Thank you ;)

  • Sharonda

    The most inspiring thing I heard lately was actually on yesterday’s email, ”
    “Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.” ~Unknown”. This quote is inspiring because I was stressed out recently and when I read this, I felt the post was specifically for me. It made me realize that I have to have bad days in order to better myself as a person and I have to stop allowing my past to make me an angry person now in the present.

  • Denise Dare

    I was listening to Mastin Kipp’s Love Uni-versity and he shared this powerful quote from Joseph Campbell:

    “Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”

    These words inspire me to continue living happy…that choosing joy for ourselves is the only way to uplift others.

    p.s. Lori, I am SO happy for you! What an honor to be included in this edition…super excited to read your words! :)

  • Jenna

    The words of Lao Tzu inspire me. The fact that he said these words hundreds of years ago and they are just as relevant today is incredible. This is one of my favorites because it tells us to stop comparing ourselves to others and to trust our intuition to be the person we are meant to be.

    Always we hope
    someone else has the answer
    some other place will be better,
    some other time it will all turn out.

    This is it.
    No one else has the answer
    no other place will be better,
    and it has already turned out.
    at the center of your being

    You have the answer,
    you know who you are
    and you know what you want.

    There is no need
    to run outside
    for better seeing.
    Nor to peer from a window.

    Rather abide at the center of your being;
    for the more you leave it, the less you learn.

    Search your heart and see
    the way to do
    is to be.
    — Lao Tzu

  • Dave Canter

    Success = fall down 7 times and get up 8 times. Never give up!

  • koalaty

    An amazing story that ties in the gift of cosmetic dentistry and the gifts of the everyday smile that adds confidence to anyone’s life.

  • Rob

    The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own ~Benjamin Disraeli & Faith is about taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase ~ Martin Luther King Jr these two quotes touch my very soul. i have heard about chicken soup for the soul but have never read it perhaps the time has never been right. Thank you Tiny Buddha for your wonderful site.

  • Kevin Kelly

    “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

  • Sharyn Holmes

    “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Henry Ellis

  • Atreau

    At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life.”

  • Eddie Sim

    Watched a documentary on kids with Tourette a neurological disease that affects their motor & speech abilities. When the disease strikes it may cause involuntary self harm & also harm to others. However, the love of their families is so inspiring despite their daily battles. The interviews on these young 1s showed they are just like any other kids. Their stories tell us life is imperfect, we shouldn’t fret over small stuff instead cherish what we got

    http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/related/aid/745/id/601715/n/Twitch-and-Shout

  • VanessaSF

    When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found. Sufi Proverb. <3

  • Cindy

    Failure’s pain subsides faster than the ache of regret.”

    “We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure – all your life.”

    - John W. Gardner, was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon

    I have been wrangling with decisions lately. More than anything, I do not want to reach the end with regrets. This spoke to me and is helping to lead me in my heart’s direction.

  • tatipp

    Life at its best…not just because of the people you have in your life, but because those people then become “family”. Funny that I heard it from a movie, but I took it at heart.

  • Jo

    My inspirational words are also from the song by passenger “life’s for the living, so live it. Or your better of dead” living with a chronic illness I feel I’ve lost the last 5years of my life just hibernating (bed ridden) but these words reminded me that although my health is limited I’m not dead yet so make the most of what you have, even if it doesn’t seem like much some days. I can’t physically participate in life most days but I can gain more wisdom and I’m taking it as time off from the fast paced world to become a better and spiritually evolved individual. :) thank you for spreading hope to people all over the world.

  • Lisa

    ” Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness” this quote really spoke to me

  • Torralba Ramil

    i like that for free..

  • Torralba Ramil

    thanks for invite me…

  • Ho Khinwai

    I’ve been an anxiety sufferer for almost a year now and one of the best things I’ve learned from reading many many self help books from the Secret to Napoleon Hill is to be grateful for everything that’s in your life right now, good or bad. When we embrace every aspect of our life in its entirety, we allow our truest self to come through through love, and that self knows of no pain and suffering. Gratitude shifts our énergies into a positive plane and opens us to miracles when we have the unwavering faith that life will turn out just beautifully. :)

  • Pamela

    The most inspiring thing I’ve seen is Talia Joy’s sister get her sister’s signature tattooed. It is amazing how Talia’s sister is trying to keep her sisters spirit alive. It is unfortunate that Talia had to pass away from such a terrible sickness, but the mark she has left in this world and the loving family she has is AMAZING.

  • Betts

    “Growth begins when we begin to accept our weaknesses.” -Jean Vanier

  • Kim

    “We accept the love we think we deserve.” from the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It’s not something new to my life as I read the book many years ago but more or less this post made me stop and remember how much I appreciate and relate to it.

  • Marjorie Roy

    One of the most inspiring things I have seen lately are people’s love for animals. People are finally looking at cats and dogs and living beings and not just pet for little time, but for a lifetime commitment. Concern over puppy mills and treating with respect all animals. They have feelings like us. I enjoy seeing that so many people have come to their rescue.

  • Dee

    I’ve been listening to a lot of Todd Rundgren’s songs. One is called “Compassion”-it really speaks to how no matter what we have in our lives, or don’t have-if we are not able to really put ourselves in another’s shoes and feel compassion, the rest is not worth much. The song is so beautifully done and moving that it has really triggered me when I am at my most reactive and feeling that angry or frustrated that someone is not meeting my needs (o perceived needs), or just doing something I immediately “judge,” to try to take a step back, breathe, and imagine what they are feeling, think about it, and this has helped (only sometimes) to not be so reactive immediately, and to not say things that I will regret. I have to say it’s a “practice,” and I’m so far from perfect at being able to do it, especially when I am at my most vulnerable or feeling very emotional. But I know that the song putting those thoughts in my head in an active way has helped. It also speaks about the singer needing compassion from others. I would add having compassion for yourself, which may be the hardest, I’m not sure.

  • azileea

    I’ve had anxiety and panic attacks for years. After a hard last year, when I could hardly go out of the house, I’m starting to feel better and I’m starting in a new job as a kindergarten teacher next week! I’ve been feeling very excited and inspired that I’m able to do this.

  • Winnie

    The song lyric “I’m alive but I don’t need a witness to know that I survived” by Jack’s Mannequin, “Swim”. We don’t need to justify our own happiness or gratitude to others if we don’t want to. Many of the small victories are achieved on our own. We should be proud of ourselves for being alive and having survived our own tragedies.

  • Bradley Peters

    So there are two miners in the tunnels. One gets tired and quits, but, his friend below him knows never to give up. The first miner missed the diamonds by three strokes of the pick axe, and the miner below, well he hit the big time, he hit his goals. – a story by Eric Thomas

  • Tricia

    Read a book by Nick Vujicic for kids. He told a story of a little girl he met. The girl paused when she saw that he has no arms and no legs. The reason she paused was to fold her arms behind her to hug him back and not because she was frightened of him. Such thoughtfulness at such a tender age! melted my heart.

  • Teri Roehl

    Your Life — Let us live as though there is a purpose, and go through each day joyously and with vigor, doing the task that is our task. For there is no alternative. This is the only road. Therefore it has to be the right road. Even if everything seems meaningless, nevertheless there must be some meaning beneath that meaningless: and even if we are no more able to see that meaning, it is better to go onwatrd then not to go onward. So Live, seek, learn and grow.

  • Guest

    live as if you’re a positive person
    live as if you’re a loving person
    live as if you’re a forgiving person
    live as if you’re a thankful person
    live as if you’re a tolerant person

  • charitha.vishvani

    I’m thankful for all the difficult people in my life.They’ve shown me exactly who i don’t want to be…

  • Pallavi

    “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain…” is an amazing line by Joseph Campbell that keeps on reverberating in my head. That for me is one of the most inspiring things I have come across lately. It simply goes back to the simple fact that our “locus of happiness” is within us. As a Sanskrit adage goes “Aham Brahmasmi”.
    Lots of love and light,
    Pallavi

  • omertoledano

    Saw a shirt on this guy that said “I am my own brand”. Indeed, something to think about. :-)

  • Vaishnav Ram Savarni K.R

    ” A job has to be done means, it has to be done.. Rest all are reasons”

  • Beachlover

    Some people come into your life as blessings, others come into your life as lessons.

  • Lindsay

    The most inspiring thing I’ve heard lately came not from a book, song, or other person, but from within my own very being. This past year has been the most challenging of my life. I have been struggling to overcome an onset of depression, anxiety and a mysterious illness that has all but taken over my life. Doctors were of little help, claiming there was nothing wrong with me and brushing off my list of symptoms. I knew that I was not well and refused to let my health continue to deteriorate or be pushed aside – I wanted my life back, to be a happy and healthy young adult again. Now after many months of suffering and trying everything I personally could to uncover the root cause, I am finally on the brink of figuring everything all out – turns out I have a parasitic infection throughout my entire body! Now I’m finally on the correct path to getting better and I am feeling much improved with every passing day. The inspiring moment I’m speaking of came to me inwardly- I’ve become much more in touch with my inner awareness throughout all of these months, trying to be in tune with what my body has needed to heal. I received an knowingness that I am meant to be a healer, that this was an experience I had to go through in order to understand that. I am now devoting myself to learning all there is about holistic nutrition and medicine, and am planning to use this experience to someday help heal others battling their own health struggles. I am so grateful for all I have gone through, even the really nasty difficult parts – because now I know what I here for am on this earth to do! :)

  • JulieTaeko (妙子)

    The most inspiring thing I’ve read in Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham. He expresses the point: meditation and chanting are about being proactive and happy where you are right now in this moment!

  • Bobbi Hartung

    I always find this quote inspiring “More than anything, I want to trust a journey that I don’t understand.”

  • Jennifer Haveman

    I get nuggets of wisdom from each post but this quote was most inspiring for this week:
    “If you persistently seek validation from others, you will inadvertently invalidate your own self-worth.” ~Dodins

  • tinoy

    Be in control of your thoughts , do not be controlled by them

  • Dawn

    a six year old girl who jumped in to try and save her mother from a mugger. that’s courage and unconditional love!

  • tinoy

    You must do that which will be appreciated….. but only because you want to…

  • Ardiva40

    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then we will know peace.”
    -Jimi Hendrix

  • Tricia Covarrubias

    Chicken Soup is for Everybody’s Soul!!

  • http://hope-for-mental-illness.tumblr.com/ Mel

    The most inspiring things I’ve heard lately is the quote: “Take chances, take a lot of them. Because honestly, no matter where you end up and with whom, it always ends up just the way it should be. Your mistakes make you who you are. You learn and grow with each choice you make. Everything is worth it. Say how you feel, always. Be you, and be okay with it.”

  • P3Racing

    I have never read the book Chicken Soup for the Soul
    , but I should. Inspiring note: “The worst thing about being lied to is simply knowing you weren’t worth the truth.” – Unknown…

  • Caitlin Anne

    The quote that I found most inspiring is: “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” —Buddha .. Especially since I am looking to transfer to a 4yr college, I have been in a debate of where to go (and where or not to go out of state). This quote really made me think. Where do I really want to be? And does moving far away really the answer when I have my heart here?

  • Tim

    There are two quotes that stick out in my mind. The first is a quote I saw on the wall of an Amish shop near my house. It was something like this, “Things work out the best for those who make the best of the way things work out.” I don’t know where it came from originally but it sounds Amish and Buddhist at the same time. The wholesome lives that the Amish live and the fact that they have philosophies like this to live by was inspiring to me. The second quote I saw when I was in the Peace Corps in Honduras. I lived in a tiny adobe house, a bedroom and an extra room. There was no electricity and I spent a lot of time on my own, as you can imagine. Someone had written on the wall with what I think was charcoal, “El hombre es el arquitecto de su propio destino.” Man is the architect of his own destiny.

  • tanvi

    The most inspiring thing i heard recently was on the power of thoughts. It is thoughts that make ones destiny, it is up to us on what kind of thought we want to create. The power to choose resests with us- Bhramakumari sister Shivani

  • kittymomma 108

    Service to others is the rent you pay for your space on earth…
    I heard this from one of the other volunteers at Seal Beach Animal Care Center, a No Kill shelter, for cats and dogs where I volunteer. It is a passion to provide service to these precious animals who did not ask to be born and did not ask to be abandoned by unthinking, cruel humans. Making sure they are sheltered from the weather, fed nutritious food, given needed medical care, and opportunities to play until they find their forever home is a small price to pay…consider adopting a shelter animal…adopt, don’t shop!