I'm Joseph Bernard, Ph.D. My work is guiding and encouraging you to live with purpose, to set a course towards a greater realization of what is possible for your life, and to expand your opportunities for greater happiness, peace, and love. As you grow it benefits humanity and makes you an active participant in making a positive difference in the world. 

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You Can Feel Good About Yourself

How are you doing today? I hope your answer is that you are doing well and that you feel good. I wanted to write today about some ways you can positively affect how you feel inside. You really do have control over your inner space so why not be happy and optimistic about your day and your life. Take these following ideas and experiment with them and see if the don’t brighten your day.

Accept Yourself – I write about self-acceptance regularly because many people do not accept who they are. This is simply a learned bias against yourself. Please make a commitment to stop judging yourself so harshly and replace those critical ways with love. Love yourself as you are now in this moment. Whatever resistance you have to loving yourself is old beliefs or programming you can change starting today. Accepting who you are in this moment is the starting point. Sure we all need to grow but growth goes best when you can love yourself as you are and then seek to be more of who you want to be.

Listen Inward – there is much going on inside of you. You have 10’s of thousands of thoughts and many emotions all flowing through you in a day. It is tough to keep up with all of this. Learn to pay attention to how you feel. Hear the voice of intuition or inner guidance that wants to show you the way. Also listen to the call of purpose and what your truth and guiding values are. Taking time each day to listen inward will provide you much feedback about how to shape your day and life into a masterpiece. You create your experience of the world from inside of you. Become good at letting your emotions, your intuitions, you truths guide you. Be careful of your reactions, your limiting beliefs, your inner critic because they are not taking you higher. Spend time each day getting to know your inner landscape and become an interior designer of harmony, balance and joy.

Feel Deserving and Grateful – not matter what thoughts say “no”, you do deserve the best in all parts of your life. Any thoughts of not deserving are learned limitations and need to be changed. You are an amazing human being in the midst of discovering all that you are and can be. Be grateful for your heart that loves and want to love more. Be grateful for your health of body, mind, and spirit. Be grateful for each breath you are given to explore even more of life and all the treasures of wonder, beauty and joy you can find. Be full of your greatness and live into a life that is meant to be celebrated, enjoyed, and played with.

If you play with, explore and practice these ideas you will find an inner harmony that feels great and you will create a life that you will be grateful to live in. That life is available now.

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. Buddha

For me, giving thanks is a sign of appreciation and gratitude that also brings about a deep sense of peace. Wally Amos

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves. Rollo May


What Would You Do To Bring Peace To The World?

What would you do to bring peace to the world? This is a question I want to put out to all those who read my blog. I think it is a very important and timely question. It seems to me that every citizen of the world needs answer this question and do what they have to do to bring peace.

Peace will come about when we no longer elect people who do not value human life; starting a war shows a total lack of caring about human life. Peace will come when we no longer allow arrogance and ego to be driving forces in leadership; war is always about ego and arrogance. Peace will come when we find peace within ourselves. Peace will come when we take back the government from corporations that benefit from war. Peace will come when our hearts guide us not our fears. Peace is possible when the citizens are conscious and aware and look out for the good of all.

What would you do to bring peace to the world? Can you do that now? If not, are you willing to do something soon?

As you can see from my last blog, Take Yourself Higher, I have made a commitment to myself and to the planet that I will do everything I can to spread peace, love and consciousness. Peace begins inside and that is why I offer a free Guide To Inner Peace here at my blog. The guide uses the best ideas for finding peace inside from 30 years of counseling and coaching people through difficult times and in pursuit of a better and more successful life.

The spreading of Peace, Love and Consciousness are what my work is about. Let me talk here about the importance of love and compassion in the world. There frankly is no more powerful antidote to fear then love. Love is the capacity in each of us to be caring and concerned for ourselves and others. Love is the source of all compassion and understanding. Love is the greatest problem solver of human kind. When you engage your heart, you activate your highest human capabilities. The great spiritual teaching of the world all agree that love is the highest human expression. Love really and truly can resolve any issues inside, in your family, in the country and in the world. Love is stronger then fear, then any terrorist, then any corrupt government or organization. Love is the answer to resolving all of our conflicts.

Now I want to say a few words about consciousness. Consciousness is defined in a number of ways. Here is my take on it from the perspective of the human potential. Consciousness is the innate capacity of every human being to be awake and aware; to live in harmony with the natural world; to expand beyond individual awareness and need and to be inclusive of the greater good of all living things; to be in union with the collective wisdom of the human knowing; and to be at one with whatever greater wisdom and source that exists. Consciousness is now, open, expansive, inclusive, compassionate, creative and wise.

Now that you see what I am up to, would you like to help?

Personal Request

I am now leaving my part–time job, and until now my primary income source, to bring all my focus to my purpose to promote peace through consciousness, compassion and connection. That is my mission and I have two vehicles for that started. This blog about peace, purpose, love and consciousness and my peace company called Peace Together. Either place you can show your support.

You can buy our positive messages for peace t-shirts which are organic and sweat shop free at www.peace-together.com

You can purchase my e-books and Success workbooks which represent the very best ideas I know on each topic I have written about. They are locate to the right of this post.

You can also donate to my efforts which come from my heart, my resourceful and peaceful mind, from the consciousness I have been blessed to have discovered and explored and from my spirit which is full of passion and aliveness. See the donation section under navigation on the right column of this blog. Other suggestions welcomed

Thank you for your support in whatever way you give it. Thank you for working for peace and making a difference. Thank you for being awake, for having an open heart and mind, for caring enough to take positive action toward realizing your highest purpose. Together we will make peace possible.


Take Yourself Higher

This statement came to me loud and clear on my run this morning. I am an ever-expanding force for peace, love and consciousness on the planet. Right away the energy and flow of my run grew stronger. I felt in my mind and heart that this is a great statement of purpose for me. I love it when the message from my inner knowing or a Higher Source is so clear. Now the challenge is living up to it.

So here is what I plan to do and I invite you to join me. Each day I am going to take this statement and make in my intention to live my purpose. I ask you too to have a purpose statement and each day make it your intention to live your purpose. Living my purpose means I am putting my attention on and taking action toward realizing this expanding force for peace, love and consciousness in me. To do this successfully will take courage and determination. This is not about ego, this journey of purpose is about realizing the potential in me and about making a positive contribution to the world.

I challenge myself to be bold in my purpose, to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone, and to be my best in the pursuit of my highest realization. I expect nothing less from you, nor should you.

Get clear what you statement of intention is, be the energy of purpose
• Affirm your intention every day, feel it, see it, hear it, sense it
• Listen inward to your intuition, be open to guidance from the universe, it will be there
• Take focused and passionate action that feels right and is full of heart
• Continue forward step-by-step, course correcting as needed, be unstoppable
• Go until you find yourself fully living your mission, being on purpose
• Celebrate and feel the gratitude for all the successes along the way
• Enjoy living your potential and making a positive difference in the world

Feel the joy and satisfaction of creating an incredible life for yourself and for being a positive addition to the world. When you leave the world better than it was, there is reason to celebrate your life.


The Courage To Be Your Own Hero

I was thinking about the courage it takes to trust in yourself; to live according to your values; to follow your inner guidance; to live your purpose fully; and to let your heart show you the way. I write about these qualities of trust, values, intuition, purpose and heart in my writing all the time. Yet I sometimes don’t acknowledge the courage and inner strength it takes to live according to what you and I know is right.

There are many forces inside and around you and I that try to get us to be different than we are. There is self-doubt and the limited thinking you and I picked up as children. Most of us did not have the benefit of ideas that were supportive to our uniqueness. Instead we were taught by adults and our peers to do what was acceptable, to fit in and to act like we are suppose to act. In each of us is a powerful need for approval that drive us to do what is expected by those around us and to often ignore our inner sense of how to be. The societal forces today, to be and act in accordance to what is acceptable, are as strong as ever.

How did you set yourself free of being in compliance with what others expect and have the courage to follow your own path of unique expression? Compliance is a word that I hear often in my work with companies. It is word that means doing what you are suppose to do according to the rules. “Get in line and quit acting out,” is the phrase that comes to mind. Oops I think that set off in me my post-traumatic response to twelve years of Catholic schools. All of a sudden I found myself wanting to rant about all the rules I got as a kid; and all the rules companies try to use to control their employees; and the government and all it’s rules to control for supposed protection against terrorist and to limit those who would have opposing viewpoints.

I am back now from my societal rant. The truth is that there are many challenges you and I face when we choose to live according to what is right for us. To live in alignment with who you are at the deepest level is simply amazing. When you and I can follow our hearts guidance and be in compassion in the world, we live a powerful life. When we can live according to our values, we feel empowered. When we follow the path of our purpose, we live with courage and force. When we actually learn to trust and live by our inner guidance, we set ourselves free to live and extraordinary life.

You are courageous if you travel the path of full self-expression, of realizing the potential and possibilities in you. That journey is a Hero’s Journey. You have this hero’s journey in your cells and your consciousness. The world will be much better off if you listen to and follow you life’s purpose. You have a mission, if you choose to accept it, you can transform yourself and the world. Please step into your heart and go forward with courage and determination as if the whole planet is waiting for your realization. IT IS. 


It's Pat On The Back Time

Today I have passed a milestone here at the Explore Life Journal. I have now written 150 entries and I have to take a moment to celebrate. Yeah!!! Yahoo!!! Hurray!!! YES!!! Celebrating your and my successes is a very good thing to do. What have you been up to lately? What have you been successful at? What do you feel good about?

Let’s make today a day where you acknowledge something(s) you have done well lately. Let me give you a hand at remembering your successes. Are you a loving spouse or parent? Have you been taking good care of your body lately? Have you listened compassionately to someone in need? Have you set goals you accomplished? Do you listen to your own needs and act accordingly? Have you taken a break when you needed it? Have you reached out to help others? Have you focused your attitude in positive and productive ways? Are you performing at work in ways that feel good to you? Are you following your purpose? Are you nurturing your spirit?

There are many ways each day that you and I are successful. We tend to focus more on what you and I haven’t done then on what we accomplished. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to acknowledge your successes. Give yourself a pat on the back and say NICE JOB for all that you completed. Recognizing your successes helps shrink the inner critic and lets you feel better about your life. The person hardest on you is you. So Lighten Up and put the emphasis on what you do well. This acknowledging way of respect for self and your efforts is a much more joyous way to live your life. Try it out and see what I mean.

If you are a parent, a spouse, and employee or employer, a student, a friend, volunteer, an active citizen, or whatever fills your day than you have in each day done many things that can make a difference to yourself and those around you. Please remember that you have much more to offer than you ever realize. This giving that you do unconsciously is amazing and mostly unacknowledged by you.

I hope there have been some reminders here that brought further awareness to all the positive things you have been up to lately. Please show respect for who you are by taking moments here and there to congratulate yourself for what you do and all those you touch in some way throughout your days.

There are many people out there who are grateful for who you are. Keep following your hearts instincts because you giving enriches the world. Thank you.

Yeah!!! Yahoo!!! Hurray!!! YES!!!  to you.