Reading With A Purpose: By Diane Maietta

The Art of Inspiring

Cultivating the Mind of Inner Wisdom


“The quality of mercy is not strained.

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:

It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act 4, Sc.1

This is the age of cultivation…

Cultivating meaning and empowerment are the life-views and processes that write the discourse of our posts and podcasts here at PSTV and TVTY cast.

And all of us, altogether, we seek to find the inspirations of hopeful intentions all around us, every single day we are alive.  

Motivation and uplifting words are like vitamins for the body-building of the soul.

However, the intentions of this World are not an easy life, but rather a life filled with lessons, obstacles and stumbling blocks along the roads taken and not taken in the choices we make.

Photo by Bogomil Mihaylov

Photo by Bogomil Mihaylov

Joys and celebrations, indeed, but the ebb and flow are always there…the opportunities to grow stronger are energies that are alive within the small and big challenges and problems we are given to learn through.

Wisdom is not something that exists on the outside of you;

Wisdom is your education and revelation within.

Keep moving forward” are three words that were blessed upon me a few years ago from a friend since playful childhood while he battled vicious colon cancer for years. Eventually, it was time to go, and the silenced breath of life was peaceful upon him.

He was someone who spoke of great gratitude to be strong enough to testify to all the errors he made in his life.

He acknowledged that the confessions of how he hurt the ones he loved most, and the price he paid for those errors were his alone to bear and all he wanted in return was the strength and the gratitude to say, “thank you for this beautiful life I learned to be grateful for within my offenses and losses.  Teach me to earn forgiveness, receive forgiveness and inspire forgiveness in others.”

It was amazing to watch him always smiling despite the pain and the surgeries that diminished his physicality.  He was an inspiration of a spirit learning what it is to be human.

Keep moving forward are 3 little words of wisdom filled with positive motivation and love, and pro-creative seeds within me.

Photo by Kristine Weilert

Photo by Kristine Weilert

Indeed, just as Shakespeare’s quality of mercy, inspiration is a thing that is twice blest:

When one inspires positive motivation in another, seeds of harmony are planted within the soil of the mind.

When one receives the gifts of creative provocation, those seeds of compassion planted in the soil of the mind bloom.

This is Inspiration to me…all else (the nights of fervently writing poetry, the dreams of heavenly ghosts, the words of wisdom coming alive as guardians on my right and left…) is delicious icing on the “sweet cake” that is the seat of my soul.


If you lead another to find in themselves,

what in turn may you find within of your own Self?

Enrich the encouraging power that is You.

In helping another to grow and be wiser within their Self,

how much more may you grow in your own inner wisdom?


Cultivate your inner wisdom.  Inspiration is an artful energy—encourage it; enable it within you…find what feeds your soul and let it become the artist of what completes you within.  

What you look to find outside of your Self you must find within you first, for as Ralph Waldo Emerson knew, “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not”.  That is wisdom.

And finally, for today…

Nurture your mind with great thoughts”. – Benjamin Disraeli

Peace, Love and Om,

Diane