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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

August 10, 2023

The focus for today is:

I choose to live out the best version of who I am.

Today's inspiration was written by Mara Branscombe:

As we have all experienced, life brings initiations: wounds, shame, blame, addictions, traumas, attachments, breakups, celebrations, breakthroughs, breakdowns; the list goes on.

While we can’t control what happens to us in life, we can control how we respond.

By activating steady, mind- and heart-fueled practices to awaken to the present moment, we open the channels to align and live out the best versions of who we are.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Living Wild, Loving Free: The Practice of Compassion and Unshakeable Self-Love
     Written by Mara Branscombe.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of, wishing you a day of living out the best version of who you are (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
If we choose to be honest with ourselves, and of course we should, we all have various versions of ourselves. Sometimes we are loving and kind, at other times we might be resentful and spiteful. Other times we are generous, and other days, well we are not. The empowering thing to realize is that we can choose which "persona" we will express and live at every moment. And when we fail to be the best version of ourselves, we can just pick ourselves up, and make a new choice.

Our focus for today: I choose to live out the best version of who I am.

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Ritual as Remedy: Embodied Practices for Soul Care
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About the Author

photo of Mara Branscombe, author of Ritual as RemedyMara Branscombe is a yoga and meditation teacher, writer, mother, artist, ceremonialist, and spirit coach, who finds great joy in leading others along the path of self-transformation. She is passionate about weaving the art of mindfulness, self-care, mind-body practices, and earth-based rituals into her offerings. 

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