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The primary focus of my website is developing a strong and healthy inner life, especially one that is based on Courage, Heart and Authenticity!

I explore this way of living, on my site, through a ton of free content: written posts and videos, inspirational quotes, book recommendations, and relaxation tips and resources. My hope is that this content will be a source of help and encouragement to both myself and others who are on a similar personal development journey!

You can learn more about my unique approach to personal development here and here.

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Inspiration

Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

I give this book 94 out of 100 stars!

Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, is truly a rare gem in the areas of personal and spiritual development. Part of the richness of this book lies in its detailed account of how we all unconsciously manufacture our own emotional, physical and psychological suffering. The other part of its richness lies in its practical suggestions for how to get yourself back on track so you can start experiencing less suffering and more presence and peace in life.

Some of the insights offered in this book include: that the present moment is all we ever have; that most of our decisions are based on unconscious desires, beliefs and thoughts; that human dysfunction is rooted in an addiction to thinking; and that everyone has the ability, at any moment, to reorient themselves towards presence and wholeness.

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Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

I give this book 94 out of 100 stars!

Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, is truly a rare gem in the areas of personal and spiritual development. Part of the richness of this book lies in its detailed account of how we all unconsciously manufacture our own emotional, physical and psychological suffering. The other part of its richness lies in its practical suggestions for how to get yourself back on track so you can start experiencing less suffering and more presence and peace in life.

Some of the insights offered in this book include: that the present moment is all we ever have; that most of our decisions are based on unconscious desires, beliefs and thoughts; that human dysfunction is rooted in an addiction to thinking; and that everyone has the ability, at any moment, to reorient themselves towards presence and wholeness.

Learn More

Relaxation

Video

This is a great two-hour long video from 321 Relaxing that features tropical island beach waves and the songs of various tropical birds. The waves are featured both visually and audibly, while the birds are featured only audibly through their singing.

In terms of natural relaxation, it doesn’t get any better than this. If you really focus on the sights and sounds, and allow your breathing to help ground you, you’ll begin to feel like you’re actually present at this tropical beach. Pure peace and calm! You can also use just the audio as background sounds to help you meditate or do a body scan. This is how I benefit most from this video.

Qoute

Many of us were taught that caring for ourselves is selfish & contrary to Love. But, the truth is that self-care is the very foundation & heart of love.

– Stephen Carter

Stephen on
Instagram

Instagram post 2110425389776939387_14202395928 Embracing Uncertainty in Daily Life Helps You Accept the Ultimate Uncertainty: Death. “If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.” – Eckhart Tolle

#Uncertainty #Uncertain #Trust #Surrender #Surrendering #TrustinHim #TrustTheProcess #TrustAndBelieve #TrustYourJourney #TrustinYou #iSurrender #SurrenderToLove #Surrendered #Acceptance #Accept #EmbraceUncertainty #Presence #PowerOfNow #SpiritualDevelopment #SpiritualGrowth #SpiritualJourney #MySpiritualJourney
Instagram post 2108932717522414580_14202395928 We can all benefit from the support and advice of other people. But, our journey towards goodness, truth and love is often a solitary one. 
And, that's ok because, while painful, this is completely within our capacity, with the aid of grace.

#PersonalDevelopment #PersonalDevelopmentCoach #LifeCoach #LifeCoaching #PersonalJourney #PersonalGrowthJourney #InnerLIfe #Love #LoveQuotes #LoveYourself #InnerStrength #InnerPeace #Inner #InnerWisdom #InnerKnowing #InnerGuidance #Intuition #TrustYourIntuition #FollowYourIntuition #InnerTruth #InnerFeelings #InnerBeing #Being #InnerWork #InnerJourney #InnerHealing
Instagram post 2106843429624334632_14202395928 With my second oldest son, just after cutting our lawn.

What a beautiful day! So glad to be living out in the country with my family after many years of being in the city!

#Photography #NaturePhotography #Nature #NatureLovers #Sky #Sky_Brilliance #Outdoors #Sunny #Lawnmower #LawnCare #FatherSon #DadSon #Dad #DadLife #DadLifeStyle #Family #FamilyTime #FatherSonTime #FatherSonTimes #Relaxation #FatherSonBonding #FatherHood #FatherHoodRocks #FatherhoodFriday #FridayMood #FridayVibes #FridayVibe #FamilyLife
Instagram post 2105391056217284269_14202395928 Many people today are on the ultimate search for happiness as their sole goal in life. This is understandable, since who doesn’t want to be happy. It's one of the best feelings there is.

Unfortunately, happiness is not obtained by seeking it as your ultimate end. Instead, it is experienced as a by-product of seeking something more important: a good and balanced life.

When you let go of your desire for happiness, and prioritize pursuing a good and balanced life (especially, a good and balanced inner life), happiness has a way of finding you.

#Happiness #HappinessQuotes #HappinessProject #Happinesss #happy #HappyQuotes #Happyness #HappyMe #HappyMommy #HappyDay #Peace #Peaceful #PeaceQuotes #SpiritualJourney #PersonalJourney #PersonalGrowth #Goodness #Good #GoodVibes #WednesdayWisdom #Wednesday #WednesdayMotivation #WednesdayVibes #Wisdom #WisdomQuote #SelfKnowledge
Instagram post 2102542831500307720_14202395928 The mind will try and convince you that your inner wounds prohibit you from being able to help other people. It’ll say: ‘you’re too broken to help others’ OR ‘you need to be completely healed first.’ This could not be further from the truth. 
When we humbly acknowledge and accept our wounds, and try to work towards their healing, we allow ourselves to be sources of healing to other people. And, this happens even before we are completely healed, or close to it. That’s because acknowledging, accepting, and working to heal our own wounds opens up a space within us where wisdom, peace, and love begin to grow and are naturally expressed to others. 
The reverse is also true. If we are blind to our wounds, and therefore do not acknowledge, accept or work on healing them, we become the worst influences on other people, whether we realize it or not. 
#HurtFeelings #Emotion #Emotions #EmotionalHealing #EmotionalIntelligence #EmotionalQuotes #WisdomQuotes #HealingQuotes #SpiritualHealing #HealingCoach #LifeHealing #CoachingLIfe #Perseverance #Courage #Heartfulness #Joy #Contentment #Care #Compassion #Empathy #Hope #HopeQuotes
Instagram post 2101741955533705367_14202395928 'Many of us were taught that caring for ourselves is selfish & contrary to love. But, the truth is that self-care is the very foundation & hear of love.' Many of us need to be constantly reminded of this.

#PersonalDevelopment #PersonalDevelopmentCoach #PersonalImprovement #PersonalGoals #LifeGoals #SelfHelpQuotes #PersonalDevelopmentQuotes #SelfCareQuotes #Wisdom #WisdomQuotes #Knowledge #SelfKnowledge #KnowledgeOfSelf #SelfHealing #PersonalInspiration
Instagram post 2100289106148722875_14202395928 If you’re experiencing any kind of physical limitation or sickness, or if you want to be prepared should you ever confront such a reality, then you might really benefit from watching this amazing documentary: HEAL.

HEAL documents some of the deficiencies of modern medicine and medical treatments, and juxtaposes these against the growing interest in, and reliance on, alternative forms of healing.

The alternative forms of healing that the film discusses all share a common strategy: looking deep within yourself and realigning your perceptions, thoughts, beliefs and daily practices with a renewed healing mindset and a healthier lifestyle.

#Heal #Healing #HealingEnergy #HealthyLIfestyles #HealthyLIfe #HealingJourney #PositiveVibes #PositiveThoughts #PositiveAffirmations #PositiveThinking #PositiveChange #PositiveChanges #SelfHealing #Documentary #DocumentaryFilm #Movies #MoviesToWatch #SelfCare #SelfHelp
Instagram post 2097452183411734271_14202395928 AUTHENTICITY!

One way to practice and grow in authenticity is by acknowledging and embracing unpleasant emotions. These kinds of emotions can include anger, sadness, hurt, confusion, and uncertainty – among many others.

When you have unpleasant emotions, try and recognize that as your reality at that particular moment. There is no way around it. If you acknowledge and accept this, then you’re being who you truly are then and there: a person temporarily experiencing unpleasant emotions. But, if you deny your emotional state, and try to avoid it, then you thereby become someone other than yourself.

And, remember, all you have to do is TRY! 
#Authentic #Authenticity #Genuine #RealDeal #BeYourself #BeYourselfQuotes #BeYou #BeYourBestSelf #BeYourBestYou #RealYou #TrueSelf #KnowThyself #KnowYourWorth #SelfKnowledge #KnowledgeOfSelf #ToThyOwnSelfBeTrue #BeTrue #BeAuthentic #BeReal #BeGenuine #SelfLove #SelfLoveQuotes

Stephen on
Instagram

Instagram post 2110425389776939387_14202395928 Embracing Uncertainty in Daily Life Helps You Accept the Ultimate Uncertainty: Death. “If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.” – Eckhart Tolle

#Uncertainty #Uncertain #Trust #Surrender #Surrendering #TrustinHim #TrustTheProcess #TrustAndBelieve #TrustYourJourney #TrustinYou #iSurrender #SurrenderToLove #Surrendered #Acceptance #Accept #EmbraceUncertainty #Presence #PowerOfNow #SpiritualDevelopment #SpiritualGrowth #SpiritualJourney #MySpiritualJourney
Instagram post 2108932717522414580_14202395928 We can all benefit from the support and advice of other people. But, our journey towards goodness, truth and love is often a solitary one. 
And, that's ok because, while painful, this is completely within our capacity, with the aid of grace.

#PersonalDevelopment #PersonalDevelopmentCoach #LifeCoach #LifeCoaching #PersonalJourney #PersonalGrowthJourney #InnerLIfe #Love #LoveQuotes #LoveYourself #InnerStrength #InnerPeace #Inner #InnerWisdom #InnerKnowing #InnerGuidance #Intuition #TrustYourIntuition #FollowYourIntuition #InnerTruth #InnerFeelings #InnerBeing #Being #InnerWork #InnerJourney #InnerHealing
Instagram post 2106843429624334632_14202395928 With my second oldest son, just after cutting our lawn.

What a beautiful day! So glad to be living out in the country with my family after many years of being in the city!

#Photography #NaturePhotography #Nature #NatureLovers #Sky #Sky_Brilliance #Outdoors #Sunny #Lawnmower #LawnCare #FatherSon #DadSon #Dad #DadLife #DadLifeStyle #Family #FamilyTime #FatherSonTime #FatherSonTimes #Relaxation #FatherSonBonding #FatherHood #FatherHoodRocks #FatherhoodFriday #FridayMood #FridayVibes #FridayVibe #FamilyLife
Instagram post 2105391056217284269_14202395928 Many people today are on the ultimate search for happiness as their sole goal in life. This is understandable, since who doesn’t want to be happy. It's one of the best feelings there is.

Unfortunately, happiness is not obtained by seeking it as your ultimate end. Instead, it is experienced as a by-product of seeking something more important: a good and balanced life.

When you let go of your desire for happiness, and prioritize pursuing a good and balanced life (especially, a good and balanced inner life), happiness has a way of finding you.

#Happiness #HappinessQuotes #HappinessProject #Happinesss #happy #HappyQuotes #Happyness #HappyMe #HappyMommy #HappyDay #Peace #Peaceful #PeaceQuotes #SpiritualJourney #PersonalJourney #PersonalGrowth #Goodness #Good #GoodVibes #WednesdayWisdom #Wednesday #WednesdayMotivation #WednesdayVibes #Wisdom #WisdomQuote #SelfKnowledge
Instagram post 2102542831500307720_14202395928 The mind will try and convince you that your inner wounds prohibit you from being able to help other people. It’ll say: ‘you’re too broken to help others’ OR ‘you need to be completely healed first.’ This could not be further from the truth. 
When we humbly acknowledge and accept our wounds, and try to work towards their healing, we allow ourselves to be sources of healing to other people. And, this happens even before we are completely healed, or close to it. That’s because acknowledging, accepting, and working to heal our own wounds opens up a space within us where wisdom, peace, and love begin to grow and are naturally expressed to others. 
The reverse is also true. If we are blind to our wounds, and therefore do not acknowledge, accept or work on healing them, we become the worst influences on other people, whether we realize it or not. 
#HurtFeelings #Emotion #Emotions #EmotionalHealing #EmotionalIntelligence #EmotionalQuotes #WisdomQuotes #HealingQuotes #SpiritualHealing #HealingCoach #LifeHealing #CoachingLIfe #Perseverance #Courage #Heartfulness #Joy #Contentment #Care #Compassion #Empathy #Hope #HopeQuotes
Instagram post 2101741955533705367_14202395928 'Many of us were taught that caring for ourselves is selfish & contrary to love. But, the truth is that self-care is the very foundation & hear of love.' Many of us need to be constantly reminded of this.

#PersonalDevelopment #PersonalDevelopmentCoach #PersonalImprovement #PersonalGoals #LifeGoals #SelfHelpQuotes #PersonalDevelopmentQuotes #SelfCareQuotes #Wisdom #WisdomQuotes #Knowledge #SelfKnowledge #KnowledgeOfSelf #SelfHealing #PersonalInspiration
Instagram post 2100289106148722875_14202395928 If you’re experiencing any kind of physical limitation or sickness, or if you want to be prepared should you ever confront such a reality, then you might really benefit from watching this amazing documentary: HEAL.

HEAL documents some of the deficiencies of modern medicine and medical treatments, and juxtaposes these against the growing interest in, and reliance on, alternative forms of healing.

The alternative forms of healing that the film discusses all share a common strategy: looking deep within yourself and realigning your perceptions, thoughts, beliefs and daily practices with a renewed healing mindset and a healthier lifestyle.

#Heal #Healing #HealingEnergy #HealthyLIfestyles #HealthyLIfe #HealingJourney #PositiveVibes #PositiveThoughts #PositiveAffirmations #PositiveThinking #PositiveChange #PositiveChanges #SelfHealing #Documentary #DocumentaryFilm #Movies #MoviesToWatch #SelfCare #SelfHelp
Instagram post 2097452183411734271_14202395928 AUTHENTICITY!

One way to practice and grow in authenticity is by acknowledging and embracing unpleasant emotions. These kinds of emotions can include anger, sadness, hurt, confusion, and uncertainty – among many others.

When you have unpleasant emotions, try and recognize that as your reality at that particular moment. There is no way around it. If you acknowledge and accept this, then you’re being who you truly are then and there: a person temporarily experiencing unpleasant emotions. But, if you deny your emotional state, and try to avoid it, then you thereby become someone other than yourself.

And, remember, all you have to do is TRY! 
#Authentic #Authenticity #Genuine #RealDeal #BeYourself #BeYourselfQuotes #BeYou #BeYourBestSelf #BeYourBestYou #RealYou #TrueSelf #KnowThyself #KnowYourWorth #SelfKnowledge #KnowledgeOfSelf #ToThyOwnSelfBeTrue #BeTrue #BeAuthentic #BeReal #BeGenuine #SelfLove #SelfLoveQuotes