Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Monday, July 14, 2014

Metaphormosis -- Change Your Metaphor, Change Your Life: Ellen Waterston...

Published on Jun 20, 2014

Literary muse Waterston brings a powerful voice to arts and humanities in Central Oregon. An award-winning author and poet, she teaches and inspires emerging writers of all ages. As founder and former director of the local nonprofit The Nature of Words, she has opened hearts and minds through creative writing classes and an annual literary festival. Waterston is now the founder and president of The Writing Ranch in Bend where she leads retreats and workshops for fiction writers and poets from around the world.

You Can Change and Stay Changed | John Strasser

Published on Jul 14, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What does it take to change and stay changed? Can life really be easy? John Strasser shares his unconventional approach to living.

As a Columbia University graduate student and former homeless addict, John Strasser personally understands change. After a multitude of tragedies, including the death of both his parents, John lived in and out of jails, mental institutions, and homeless shelters, until finding recovery at the Salvation Army. In 2012, Strasser earned a BA in Religion from the University of South Florida, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Strasser won numerous scholarships in his time at USF, and was awarded one of the University's highest honors: The Golden Bull award. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Adopt The Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarian Ideal 

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. 

- Albert Einstein

The Vegetarian Diet Pyramid

The Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust has come up with a vegetarian food pyramid called the Traditional Healthy Vegetarian Diet Pyramidsee graphics below:


Vegetarian Food Pyramid – Live Longer

According to different data around the world, vegetarians have the lowest rates of chronic diseases and the highest adult life expectancy. This is very good news and perhaps these facts will make you consider switching to a vegetarian diet.

Vegetarian Diet – Flavor Rich

You might wonder how you can produce delicious flavors without meat. If you use different spices, herbs, vegetable oils and cheese you might be amazed with the results. With the right combination, you can create very tasty meals. The main concern with a vegetarian diet is to get enough of all the essential nutrients that your body needs. By combining a variety of grains and vegetables, you can ensure a diet rich in nutrients with all the nine essential amino acids in adequate amounts. But before changing your diet, please consult your doctor.

Einstein Quote

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A buncha people on Facebook think Steven Spielberg killed a real triceratops

"Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.” ~Einstein
Words mean nothing if actions show the complete opposite.

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  1. US Government Sends Draft Notices to 14,000 Men Born in the 1800s

Robert Sylwester

Throughout his academic career and other works, Sylwester has focused on improving educators' personal understanding of brain systems and processes, and on providing them with simple explanations and metaphors that can be utilized to increase their students' understanding. Sylwester believes that teachers understand their curriculum best when they can effectively teach it, so encouraging an effective curriculum about brain organization can enhance both the teachers' and students' understanding of our brain. Issues that confront society involve cognitive processes, so including brain organization in school curriculum is arguably worthwhile.


Carl Jung:

All true things must change,and only that which changes remains true. 
- Carl Jung

Albert Einstein and Rabindrath Tagore

Two of the great Truth Seekers.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Plan Ahead

5 P's: Proper preparation prevents poor performance.

If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

Plan your work, work your plan.

Change is both a constant and an illusion

 plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (“the more it changes, the more it's the same thing”).

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The key to transforming yourself -- Robert Greene

Published on Oct 23, 2013

Why do we fixate on the things we
can see immediately when we crave change? In this passionate talk Robert
Greene shares the key to transforming ourselves and also talks about
his own personal transformation and his path to becoming a bestselling

About Robert Greene

Robert Greene is the
internationally best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of
Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War and The 50th Law (with rapper 50
Cent). His books have been translated into 17 languages. He has worked
in New York as an editor and writer at several magazines; and in
Hollywood as a story developer and writer. He has lived in Brixton,
Paris, and Barcelona; speaks several languages and worked as a

He tweets as @RobertGreene

Friday, March 21, 2014

Progress is impossible without change

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who
cannot change their minds, cannot change anything."
— George Bernard Shaw: Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Quotes and Poster Art

Purposeful Path

Photo: The halfway point in any fundraising campaign is pivotal and we are almost there.  With another $1,580 we will reach that important marker in our year-end appeal.  Can you make a contribution to help us reach this goal?  We would be so appreciative.

Anyone who makes a contribution of any amount will receive a free digital copy of our revised New Year's Naikan booklet -- a truly unique collection of reflections to help make the New Year's transition as meaningful as possible. 

We call our work "a natural approach to mental wellness".  If it is "natural", why do we need to study and practice it?  Because we have forgotten some of what we once knew. Because coping well with the ups and downs of life is not at all easy. Because we have been misguided and confused. Because much of what we naturally do requires effort and practice if we are to do it well. Please help us to continue sharing this profoundly empowering material with the world.

Our sincere appreciation to those who have already supported our year-end campaign. Your New Year's booklet will be sent out on Monday.  

May we all fall in love with life again in the new year. May we look for win/win solutions and live as though our days were numbered.

Photo: Attention is a skill of great value, for it shapes the experience of our lives.  Once we become conscious of what we are paying attention to, we have the opportunity to direct our attention.  We can pay attention to our disappointment, or we can pay attention to a butterfly in the afternoon breeze.  We can pay attention to our anxiety, or we can pay attention to delicate flavor of our cup of tea.  

In the end -- of a moment, a day, a life -- it is our attention that offers us the experience of joy or sorrow, of worry or gratitude.  If you don't want to sink into a life of depression, anxiety, and complaint, learn to work with your attention.

A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness with Gregg Krech
Starts September 19th


Photo: What's the difference between what you say is important and what you do with your time?

Photo: Don't just stay busy.
You can stay busy with things all your life that will be meaningless when you are about to die.
Find something important -- something meaningful to do.
And do it today.  
For just 15 minutes.  Or even just 5 minutes.
Those few minutes may become a seed,
and blossom into something that you will be proud to leave
as your legacy to the world.

Photo: I'm excited about our annual Taking Action online course which starts on Wednesday (tomorrow).  It's amazing to see how much people can get done in 30 days when they have great tools, a supportive community and clear intention.  Please join us:
Photo: Taking Action Starts May 29th
- 30 days Distance Learning Course
- Online course with video, audio, discussion forum, readings, daily assignments
- Supportive community
- Conducted by Gregg Krech, author and leading authority in Japanese Psychology

Is there something in your life that needs to happen?
Register today (don't procrastinate, that's the problem)

Procrastinating to Get Things Done

Photo: We can't think our way to competence.
We have to practice.

Photo: Wandering without a plan can be amazing.  No agenda to consult,  goal to chase, plan to follow -- just intuition and whim at the helm.  Punctuating our busy days with mini breaks can make a huge difference in our stress level and our enjoyment of life.

But living every day without a sense of purpose can be altogether different.  Rather than enjoying our explorations, we may feel lost and confused about what to do with our time.  We can become stressed and fatigued without an inner compass to guide us.  

The Living on Purpose program begins on Thursday, Jan. 9th.  For 30 days we will explore the question of purpose together, not from an objective perspective but from a very personal one.  Each day you will have an opportunity to examine this issue for yourself, through daily exercises, readings and online discussions.  

Join our global classroom as we each explore how we want to spend our 30,000 days.  Call us if you have any questions -- 1-800-950-6034.

Photo: Many of us look forward to the fresh-startness quality of the new year.  We can feel inspired and hopeful by the clean slate of the next 12 months. Whether we rally around well thought-out resolutions and goals, or just turn our minds and hearts in a positive direction, the new year can help us to make some positive changes.

But ending the year on a positive note can be the first step toward a good new year.  What steps will help you to wrap up 2013 in a satisfying way?  Greetings, surprises, and kind gestures of all sorts lift the spirits and set a friendly and upbeat tone for the transition. And charitable giving is often done during the very final days of the year as well. 

With only two days left in the year, we hope that you will make time to contribute to the organizations that you value.  The ToDo Institute has been promoting an empowering approach to mental wellness for over 20 years. If you have found value in our work, please support our efforts with a tax-deductible contribution today.  Thank you! 

With warmest new year wishes from the ToDo Team!

Photo: Look not at the faults of others,
at what they have done
or left undone;
rather, look at what you
yourself have done 
or left undone.
[verse 50]
Buddhist Dhammapada

photo credit Samuele Storari

Photo: In ordinary life we hardly realize
that we receive a great deal more
than we give, and that it is
only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
It is very easy to overestimate
the importance of our own achievements
in comparison with what we owe others.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In ordinary life we hardly realize
that we receive a great deal more
than we give, and that it is
only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
It is very easy to overestimate
the importance of our own achievements
in comparison with what we owe others.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 Photo: Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
-Henry David Thoreau
 “If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”
― Thomas Merton
Photo: “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” 

– James Baraz”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the thing you didn’t do then by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
- Mark Twain
Photo: “Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”
― Louis L'Amour
Photo: Taking Risks

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the thing you didn’t do then by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
- Mark Twain

As we get older, we’re less inclined to take risks. We tend to play it safe. But Mark Twain nudges us towards our dreams. Consider this: If you don’t do something, you’re left only with a collection of thoughts and feelings –regret, speculation about what might have happened, etc. . . If you do take action, you end up with a real life experience. That experience, in all likelihood, will include an assortment of joys and sorrows. But it’s real life. So when we move forward and take action we trade a basket of feelings and thoughts fora real life experience. Which will it be?
 Photo: A leading educator in Morita Therapy offers a
month-long distance learning program to help you overcome procrastination and get
things done. This program can help you to take action and move forward in the real world.
Register today! 
Program starts Wednesday May 26th.

Is Life Getting in your Way?

Gregg Krech, an author and leading authority on Japanese Psychology,