InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: April 19-20-21, 2024
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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

April 19-20-21, 2024

The focus for today (and the weekend) is:

I recognize the signs that I am getting caught up in ego
and immediately turn the mind to peace.

Today's inspiration was written by Hugh and Gayle Prather:

Awakening is a matter of persistence and starting over. Awakening is also a present, not a future, state. Anyone who is peaceful, happy, and loving in the present is awake in the present.

To reach a prolonged awakened state requires a speedup of focus corrections. It must become like breathing. The ego presents; the peaceful mind says, No, thanks. The ego presents; the peaceful mind says, No, thanks. And over and over again.

It all boils down to, first, recognizing the signs that we are getting caught up in the world and, second, immediately turning the mind to peace. And we do this without condemnation of ourselves or anyone else.


Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Turning the Mind to Peace
     Written by Hugh and Gayle Prather.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of turning your mind to peace (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
Peace is a choice. We choose peace, or we choose ego and turmoil... meaning anger, pride, condemnation, retribution, judgment, resentment, blame, etc. etc. Years ago I decided that nothing (no thing) was worth my inner peace. I can't say that I remember 100% of the time to choose peace, but as with so many things, we get better at it with practice.

Our focus for today and the weekend: I recognize the signs that I am getting caught up in ego and immediately turn the mind to peace.

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RELATED BOOK: Gently Down This Dream

Gently Down This Dream: Notes on My Sudden Departure 
by Hugh and Gayle Prather.

Gently Down This Dream is a book for those who are tired of striving and suffering and want to awaken to the peace and love that are within us all.

When bestselling author Hugh Prather completed this book in 2010, he gave it to his wife and writing partner, Gayle, to shape and edit. He died the next day. The book’s essays, poems, and aphorisms are bravely self-revelatory, relentlessly compassionate, and born out of a lifetime of contemplative practice and counseling work.

The Prathers’ authentic humor, comfort, and spiritual insights are perfect for the divisive times we live in, offering a way through what can often seem the prison of the self, a reliable means for navigating a world that sometimes feels out of control, and a path to love.

Click here for more info and/or to order this paperback book. Also available as a Kindle edition.

About the Authors

photo of Hugh and Gayle PratherIn 1970, Hugh Prather turned his diary into a self-help guide called Notes to Myself, which went on to sell nearly 8 million copies worldwide. His work inspired thousands of people to become diarists and start examining their own lives.

Hugh and his wife, Gayle Prather, later cowrote a series of advice books for couples. Hugh died in 2010 at age 72.