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INSPIRE: v. activate, animate, arouse, awaken, egg on, encourage, energise, enthuse, fire, galvanise, influence, inspirit, instigate, kindle, motivate, prompt, provoke, quicken, reassure, set off, spark off, spur, stir, support.

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Don’t you want more inspiration in your life?

More energy, more fire, more spark, more support…well maybe some of the quotes and articles that I’ve assembled here will be the inspiration you’ve been looking for…a spark to rekindle the aliveness in your life…celebrate with me all the wisdom and beautiful words written by generations of amazing people – amazing people like you and me



Our deepest fear Marianne Williamson
Wast Water Sally Forman
The time will come Derek Wallcott
I will not live an unlived life Dawna Markova
The Ted Williams Villanelle Wendy Cope
The summit Renee Daumal
Wage Peace Mary Oliver
Circle of tears and laughter Tony Barton
Gunthorpe Hall Tony Barton


You are brilliant and the Earth is hiring Paul Hawken
Instructions for Life in the new millennium Dalai Lama
Five Conversations on the Frontiers of Leadership David Whyte
On Leadership Tony Barton
Towards the Transformation Age Journal of World Futures
The Green Room Helen Simpson



There are numerous books that I could recommend - those featured here are the ones that have inspired me in some way along my own journey - to wherever it is I am now!

And I've included my own book called 'Silent Weekend' because it too was an inspiration for me, both the writing of it and the experience that created it.

You can't buy it in the shops mainly due to the fact that it's never been published!

Click here to read "Silent Weekend"


So here they are - my top ten inspirational books of all time!

Synchronicity Joseph Jaworski
The Zahir Paulo Coelho
The Diamond Cutter Geshe Michael Roach
It's not about the Bike Lance Armstrong
Crossing the Unknown Sea David Whyte
Ancient Wisdom, Modern World Dalai Lama
Conversations with God Neale Donald Walsch
Simplicity Edward de Bono
The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle
Silent Weekend Tony Barton



Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

by Marianne Williamson




The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine.Give bread.Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

by Derek Wallcott




I will not live an unlived life.
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes
a wing, a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me
as seed goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.

by Dawna Markova




Don't let anybody mess with your swing.
Watch the ball and do your thing.
This is the moment. Here's your chance.
Don't let anybody mess with your swing.
It's time to shine. You're in the ring.
Step forward, adopt a winning stance,
Watch the ball and do your thing,
And while that ball is taking wing,
Run, without a backward glance,
Don't let anybody mess with your swing.
Don't let envious bastards bring
You down. Ignore the sneers, the can'ts.
Watch the ball and do your thing.
Sing out, if you want to sing.
Jump up, when you long to dance.
Don't let anybody mess with your swing.
Enjoy your talents. Have your fling.
The seasons change. The years advance.
Watch the ball and do your thing,
And don't let anybody mess with your swing.

by Wendy Cope



You cannot stay on the summit forever,
You have to come down again . . .
So why bother in the first place?
Just this: What is above knows what is below,
But what is below does not know what is above.
One climbs, one sees. One descends,
One sees no longer but one has seen.
There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions
By the memory of what one saw higher up.
When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.

by Rene Daumal




May we wage peace with our breath.
Breathe in firefighters and rubble...Breathe out whole buildings and flocks of birds.
Breathe in terrorists...Breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion...Breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen...Breathe out lifelong friendship intact.

May we wage peace with our listening.
Hearing sirens, let us pray aloud.
Remember our tools, flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.
Make soup. Play music.
Learn the word for thank you in three languages.
Learn to knit and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries.
Imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty or the gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.

Wage peace.

Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Don't wait another minute.

by Mary Oliver




So beautiful
To see and be seen
So tender
To hold and be held
So sweet
To cry tears of pure joy
So magical
To turn tears into laughter
So blessed
To know this is true

So special
To share these moments
So sad
To see your tears fall
So happy
To see mine fall too
So strong
To stand up and be counted
So exhilarating
To know this is true

So scared
To be naked before you
So humbled
To be allowed in
So proud
To know you
So alive
To the sound of our hearts
So powerful
To know this is true

Inspired by the pure magic of
The Mother Tree, San Francisco
by Tony Barton – October 28 2003




The sun shines clear fresh morning light
Breathing deep on the grass scented air
As the sun salutation unravels our bodies
At the start of a beautiful day at Gunthorpe Hall

I relax my entire body, my entire body is relaxed
I lay motionless in mind and body as my spirit soars
Into the clear morning sky as the geese fly over in salute
To the heart of a beautiful day at Gunthorpe Hall

Blindfold, I release into the moment and trust
My new friends to guide me gently into new sensations
Of being - so long lost in life’s blind alleys
Just a part of a beautiful day at Gunthorpe Hall

Falteringly and frightened
I stumble as the tears blind my eyes in realisation
That the shelter can no longer stem the storm
As I bleed on this beautiful day at Gunthorpe Hall

Gasping in amazement – fresh energy, new blood flowing
Pumping possibilities through the dry river bed
As waters gush in torrents of breathless wonderment
Of a new life on this beautiful day at Gunthorpe Hall

by Tony Barton
Inspired by an amazing few days in July 2000


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