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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

September 18, 2023

The focus for today is:

"Is how I am thinking and feeling 
 contributing to suffering or to freedom?" 

Today's inspiration was written by Ruth King:

Without wise awareness—an awareness that nothing in life is personal, permanent, or perfect—habitual patterns that are often harmful rule our lives. But if we practice stilling ourselves and being in the present moment without preferences, we can recognize the impact that the right now is having on us. 

There is no greater healing or liberation than to, in this potent pause, ask and have answered, “Is how I am thinking and feeling contributing to suffering or to freedom?”

This reflection can allow us to see more clearly our own reflection and that of the world, as we are one with all that surrounds us. With such clarity, we can do what must be done on both an individual and a collective level with empathy and understanding. 

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     A Journey From Rage to Mindfulness
     Written by Ruth King.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of being aware of your thoughts and feelings (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
 Our thoughts color our experiences and our interpretation of the world around us. Our greatest power is the power of choosing or rejecting certain thoughts and feelings.

Our focus for today: "Is how I am thinking and feeling contributing to suffering or to freedom?"

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Book by this Author: Mindful of Race

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out 
by Ruth King.

book cover of: Mindful of Race by Ruth King.Drawing on her expertise as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, Ruth King helps readers of all backgrounds examine with fresh eyes the complexity of racial identity and the dynamics of oppression.

Ruth offers guided instructions on how to work with our own role in the story of race and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care to come to a place of greater clarity and compassion.

Click here for for info or to order this book.

About The Author

photo of Ruth KingRuth King is the founder of the Mindful of Race Institute. She is a professionally trained psychologist and organizational development consultant, and a celebrated author, educator, and meditation teacher.

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