08/20/2012 07:33 am ET Updated Oct 20, 2012

Be The Change Guide

The stress and strains of our always-connected lives can sometimes take us off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what works for others in the hopes that you can find out what works for yourself. Whether it's photos that relax you or make you smile, songs that bring you back to your heart, quotes or poems that balance you or meditative exercises that help de-stress you, we all have tricks that we use when we get bent out of shape. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and harmony.

As both of us have been meditating for many years it takes little effort for us to relax and chill out. But that doesn't mean that there aren't times when we do need to chill -- just because we meditate doesn't make us perfect!

We particularly love the recordings we have included here. We were involved in the recording of Awakening, on Nad Sundaram CD by Nestor Kornblum and Michele Avera, made in a fantastic dome sound chamber in the beautiful mountains of Southern Spain. In Awakening, Ed starts by wishing all beings be free from suffering, a sentiment that reminds us that we're not alone here, that we all interconnected. Legend Annie Lennox, who was featured in the London Olympics, sings I Saved The World Today, which enables us to go beyond our own needs or hurt and puts us in touch with our inner altruism. While John Lennon's classic, Imagine, stands on its own as an eternally heart felt expression of kindness and oneness.

We are both always moved by interspecies animal friendships, as they not only redefine any ideas we might have about how animals are meant to behave, but also make us realize that we can go beyond race, color, size, and any other discrimination, that we can love an enemy, that we can open our hearts to all those we might be having a hard time with, and dissolve barriers and separation.

We love the sea. We used to live very close to it in England and each day we would watch it's different moods, expressions, serenity, wildness and turbulence. It seemed to reflect all the moods we all go through, yet deep beneath the surface there is such calm and quiet, just as there is within ourselves when we look deeply.

The sayings we have included are written by ourselves for Orange/ French Telecom and Sprint cell phones. But even though we may have written them, they still have the power to transform and uplift us when we read them. They are eternal reminders that the way we approach life is a choice we each make in every minute.


Be The Change Guide

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