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I aspire to make someone smile everyday!

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Limited Edition Reproduction of Stupa Artwork by Jack Niland
Shambhala Sun Subscription
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Sounds True audio download of Pema Chödrön's True Happiness
Tsa Tsa - Miniature Stupa
Made of plaster just like the ones being put inside of the stupa, along with your aspirations and other precious objects. Considered the most sacred and powerful aspect of a stupa and will be blessed by a Tibetan Lama.
Tsa Tsa,
Smile at Fear by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche,
and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Book
Featured Aspirations
  • I aspire to work hard & have fun in service to all sentient beings & our planet.

    It's a wonderful life, and there's no greater joy for any of us than using whatever our talents are to alleviate suffering.

    As Ginsberg said, "To ease the pain of living / Everything else, drunken dumbshow."

    Waylon Lewis
    Founder, Elephant Journal
  • I would like to live the rest of my life in such a way that it would enhance the lives of others, all others, other animals, trees, even the planet Earth Herself and in doing so catch the attention of Lord Krishna and be able to get to know Him better.

    Sharon Gannon
    Cofounder Jivamukti Yoga
  • May my actions be grounded in love for myself and all beings, and help cultivate peace.

    Sharon Salzberg
    Teacher, NY Times Best Selling Author & Cofounder of Insight Meditation Society
  • I aspire to remain in service to God, this planet, and each other in the name of peace, freedom, equality and love. I aspire to be fearless, shamelessly outspoken, and stay, every day, every moment, in infinite gratitude for the Mystery, the beauty, the humanity, the fragility, the perfect imperfection, of it all.

    Seane Corn
    Yoga Teacher, Activist and Co-Founder: Off the Mat, Into the World®
  • I aspire to read more poetry, to sing it in my sleep, to share it when I can.

    Gregory Maguire
    Author of many best selling books, such as Wicked and most recently Out of Oz
  • I aspire to take responsibility for the energy I bring to any circumstance and I aspire to always lead with love.

    Jill Bolte Taylor
    Neuroanatomist and author of My Stroke of Insight
  • We aspire to live spontaneously, free of wanting things to be different to how they are.

    Ed and Deb Shapiro
    authors of Be The Change
  • I aspire to live in a world where there are more school gardens than McDonalds franchises, where it's easier to feed our kids fruit than froot loops, and where we experience our profound connection to each other and the land through sharing work and sharing food.

    Josh Viertel
    President, Slow Food USA
  • I aspire to take on everything that this world has to offer and give everything it has yet to see, to work my hardest so that when you find my body at rest without its last breath you can bury me in the earth and let the state of the world be my only epitaph.

    Joshua Onysko
    Founder and CEO, Pangea Organics
  • I aspire to neither lead nor follow, but to simply meet whatever comes to me with firm feet, clear eyes and an open heart.

    Cyndi Lee
    Founder, OM yoga
  • May I and all human beings be liberated from narrow views of self, may we fully open our hearts to each other and to this world, and may we live from our deepest nature as love and wisdom. And may humanity learn to honor and protect this beautiful earth as our home, that life may continue to thrive and evolve on this planet.

    John Welwood
    Psychotherapist, teacher, and writer
  • My aspiration is to create the conditions for world peace in my lifetime, and to do so by creating the conditions for inner peace, inner happiness and compassion worldwide.

    Chade-Meng Tan (陳一鳴)
    Mindfulness Teacher at Google
  • I wish for the abolition of nuclear power and weapons.

    Joanna Macy
    Eco-philosopher
  • My aspiration is a nuclear, drone-free world, that takes care of its denizens and inspires artistic creativity in all directions of space.

    A Stupa wakes the world up to itself. It is an Archive of our psyche, our imagination, an inscription of creativity and humanity. It is a memory bank and also a kind of enlightened "time bomb" that may set off dharma activity in further and future galaxies. Consciousness exists on many levels, and we are reminded of this by an architecture that reflects the wisdom mind. Let's help create a world, a universe, without war and cruelty and torture and greed. Vow to help all sentient beings as well as ourselves. And the non-human ones — all that crawl, breathe and swim. It's a vow to sanity. I hope we can participate in the creation of this next Stupa with expansive poetry and music and scintillating images, a poeisis of our speech, body and mind.

    Anne Waldman
    Co-founder (with Allen Ginsberg) of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University
    Distinguished Professor of Poetics, NU
    Chancellor, The Academy of American Poets
  • my aspirations.......

    that we may all

    realize the inter-connection of all beings through the greatest love
    in our hearts,
    hold no grudges,
    be open to offering our services to others in need,
    be smiling, willing and grateful
    feel joy in this and every moment
    feel sadness
    find our true humility
    share our happiness
    discover our basic goodness

    KiKi SoSo

    Michael Doucet
    Musician
  • I aspire to help all beings recognize their inherent goodness.

    Susan Piver
    Author, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
  • Offering this body, this heart, this mind to the ending of suffering,
    may all beings be free from suffering, from want, from greed, from hunger, from hatred and fear;
    may all beings awaken to who they truly are, seeing that we are not separate from any being or thing;
    may we all come home to our true nature, the natural and boundless heart.

    Roshi Joan Halifax
    Founding Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
  • I vow daily to further the cause of peace in the world: to look within and unlock my own obstructions to compassion so that in each encounter, whether it is personal or professional, I can be appropriate and skillfully kind.

    Laura Simms
    Storyteller, Recording Artist, Teacher, Writer and Humanitarian
  • Jim Lord
    Author What Kind of World Do You Want?
  • I aspire to soar higher, inspire, retire and expire.

    David Nichtern
    Musician and Composer

Gathering 100,000 of our best intentions and radiating them to the world.

  • I aspire to be a role model towards the young ladies in this world. I want them to see that they should be fearless and shamelessly outspoken! I want them to care for each other and not be afraid to give back to others! Yesterday
  • I aspire to spread LOVE. 16 Dec
  • I aspire to sex 16 Dec
  • I aspire to be happy 13 Dec
  • I aspire I will be the best Christian example to every one i come in touch with. Merry Chrisrtmas. 11 Dec
  • I aspire to role model living an authentic, meaningful, connected, joyful and abundant life - and to help others find that for themselves, too. So that we may all live in greater physical, emotional and spiritual congruence, for the benefit of each one of us, and of our planet. 11 Dec
  • I aspire to be happy. 10 Dec
  • I aspire to do my utmost to eradicate stress in this world, through innovation, and providing support and guidance - as I believe 'no one is broken' and simply need the tools to help themselves - Gino Norris 8 Dec
  • I aspire to be happy 8 Dec
  • I aspire to be a dance teacher 7 Dec
  • I aspire to become everything I've ever dreamed of being. 5 Dec
  • I aspire find someone who makes me happy. 5 Dec
  • I aspire to help all the homeless people around the world and make a difference to their life . 5 Dec
  • I aspire to stop ebola !!!! 4 Dec
  • I aspire that criminals should not violate the right of someone else living. Introduce the death penalty in the U.K! 3 Dec
  • I aspire to be happy 1 Dec
  • I aspire to help everyone 1 Dec
  • I aspire to be best doctor in the world ! 22 Nov
  • I aspire to be the best doctor ever♡ 22 Nov
  • I aspire to be best engineer in the world 22 Nov
  • I aspire to be the best I can be. 21 Nov
  • I aspire to become a more assertive person. 21 Nov
  • I aspire to make someone smile everyday! 19 Nov
  • I aspire to be myself. It's hard to become the real YOU 'cause interruptions come and go unpredictable. We always want to be someone else. Just stop the habit. 18 Nov
  • I aspire to be a master of many skills 18 Nov
  • I aspire to live to the best of my ability 17 Nov
  • I aspire to be amazeballs 17 Nov
  • I aspire to be a loving person 17 Nov
  • I aspire to be the greatest I can be 17 Nov
  • I aspire to make a change in the world 17 Nov
  • I aspire to succeed in life 17 Nov
  • I aspire to end the killer disease Ebola 15 Nov
  • I aspire to love and to be loved 13 Nov
  • I aspire to follow my dreams. 12 Nov
  • I aspire is to be happy 12 Nov
  • I aspire to look back on my life and have no regrets. 11 Nov
  • I aspire to grow up to be of benefit for all sentient beings. I'm 70 but still working on it. 11 Nov
  • I aspire to be the most happiest being on earth 11 Nov
  • I aspire treat the people in my life with love, kindness, and compassion unconditionally. 10 Nov
  • I aspire be peace <3 10 Nov
  • I aspire to meet 1D 9 Nov
  • I aspire to being a better human being by showing more compassion, by being less critical and by caring for all living creatures in a more empathetic and helpful way. 8 Nov
  • I aspire to give people happiness in life. 8 Nov
  • I aspire to hold the happy moments in every breath I take, learn my life lessons in every tear drop, and travel every step my feet takes me. 7 Nov
  • I aspire to inspire other people to be the best they can be by being the best I can be 7 Nov
  • I aspire to be a nurse and to help people. 6 Nov
  • I aspire to be a model 5 Nov
  • I aspire 4 Nov
  • I aspire to be happy.. With every part of my life 3 Nov
  • I aspire to unapologeticly be myself 2 Nov
  • I aspire to affect someones life in a dramatically positive way and start a chain reaction of saviors 2 Nov
  • I aspire to develop a mind that cherishes others and not myself 1 Nov
  • I aspire to go through life happily. 28 Oct
  • I aspire to convince every human being on planet earth to buy ARTPOP on iTunes 25 Oct
  • I aspire to contribute positively towards health equity 19 Oct
  • I aspire To create Peace in every step ! 19 Oct
  • I aspire Become Mindfull 19 Oct
  • I aspire to be happy. What makes me happy? Family, friends, a joke, cool clean crisp sheets, a fall day, ease and surety. Knowing the world is right and nothing in it can bring me down. Things happen and sometimes you just cannot help it. But if you tend to yourself and don't get drawn into someone else's problems then the outcome can and will be happiness. 19 Oct
  • I aspire to spread the message that your personal story is worth telling! 18 Oct
  • I aspire to impact everyone in my presence. 16 Oct
  • I aspire to be a pilot. 16 Oct
  • I aspire to gather smiles 14 Oct
  • I aspire to content with anything and everything. 13 Oct
  • I aspire fudidsdsjhcsduhcdsuchshcs 12 Oct
  • I aspire to help my family as much as possible, be a better person and don't take each day for granted. Try to live life to the full as best you can. 9 Oct
  • I aspire to be successful in life and to make my parents proud 8 Oct
  • I aspire to leave a footprint in the lives of those who know me that is celebrated when I am no longer here. 8 Oct
  • I aspire to spread the word of Jesus Christ 7 Oct
  • I aspire to live up to my potential. 7 Oct
  • I aspire to make a difference. 7 Oct
  • I aspire to become a successful business executive. 7 Oct
  • I aspire to look forward to every day. 6 Oct
  • I aspire to be at peace with myself 6 Oct
  • I aspire to have an impact on others. 6 Oct
  • I aspire to be a better mom than I was yesterday and an even better mom tomorrow...letting my kids know how much they are loved, how important they are and that they can do ANYTHING they set their mind to and put into action. 6 Oct
  • I aspire that love is ample for all the people in the world, regardless of their status or position in society! 5 Oct
  • I aspire to provide my children with resources to be successful. 3 Oct
  • I aspire to find a cure for Dravet Syndrome! 3 Oct
  • I aspire to see my child enjoy the success he deserves. 3 Oct
  • I aspire to live up to my potential in order to make the world a better place. 3 Oct
  • I aspire that everyone feels their worthiness 2 Oct
  • I aspire to be an international model. 1 Oct
  • I aspire to be a perfect writer ! 26 Sep
  • I aspire to be a good professor 26 Sep
  • I aspire to keep moving 24 Sep
  • I aspire that i should be able to help those who are in need. 24 Sep
  • I aspire to make a positive impact on the world by writing life changing books! 24 Sep
  • I aspire to read more than 100 book in a year 23 Sep
  • I aspire to be loved by the man I love and to live the life I want to have 22 Sep
  • I aspire to make a positive difference in the world; small or big, as long as it's a positive change, I want to make it. 19 Sep
  • I aspire to be someone better as each day goes by. 14 Sep
  • I aspire to spread happiness to the world. 14 Sep
  • I aspire peace, love, and happiness. 13 Sep
  • I aspire Jessica Ennis 10 Sep
  • I aspire to own a blue Dodge Viper with 2 white stripes down the middle 10 Sep
  • I aspire to healing in body mind and spirit, and complete wellbeing. 9 Sep
  • I aspire to be happy in life. 8 Sep
  • I aspire teacher 7 Sep
  • I aspire to learn to learn to be kind to myself 4 Sep
  • I aspire get fit 3 Sep
  • I aspire to sorrowless bliss and complete well-being. 3 Sep
  • I aspire to be rich , travel the world, have a happy family, and help the less fortunate....♥♡ 3 Sep
  • I aspire to be happy 2 Sep
  • I aspire to be #5000 1 Sep
  • I aspire to be positive 30 Aug
  • I aspire to be the youngest female to launch an IPO 28 Aug
  • I aspire that no one must suffer from hunger 27 Aug
  • I aspire change the world in a way that no one ever saw coming 27 Aug
  • I aspire to become a succesful prosecutor in the future 26 Aug
  • I aspire to find God, to trust and know the plans that he has for me. 26 Aug
  • I aspire to become an etrepreneur 25 Aug
  • I aspire to become an entrepreneur 25 Aug
  • I aspire to become a better human being every day. 24 Aug
  • I aspire mdfns 22 Aug
  • I aspire become the best english teacher ever. 20 Aug
  • my aspiration in life is to be happy. 18 Aug
  • I aspire bkbj 17 Aug
  • I aspire to be a doctor. 14 Aug
  • I aspire to make some one smile everyday!!! 11 Aug
  • I aspire to love with all my heart, despite the circumstances that may be. 10 Aug
  • I aspire to be a better person daily 8 Aug
  • I aspire that all people are happy and satisfied all the time. 8 Aug
  • I aspire TO BBE ABEETER PEROSON THAN DAY I WASH BEFORE 6 Aug
  • I aspire to be a better person than the day I was before 4 Aug
  • I aspire to be of benefit to others. 4 Aug
  • I aspire to become an officer 4 Aug
  • I aspire to be happy 30 Jul
  • I aspire to be a kinder father to my children 24 Jul
  • I aspire to LOVE fearlessly and honestly everyday <3 23 Jul
  • I aspire to write" The Book of Dreams" by 2015 23 Jul
  • I aspire that I will eat a chocolate cake in my next dream 22 Jul
  • I aspire to share my deepest soul and inner light with others - with bravery and compassion. 15 Jul
  • I aspire to the wisdom of the mother and father lineages. 11 Jul
  • I aspire to realize the path to freedom, and to communicate it to others. 11 Jul
  • I aspire to liberate all beings from suffering. 11 Jul
  • I aspire to create an enlightened society. 11 Jul
  • Though I live in the slime and muck of the dark age, I still aspire to see your face. 11 Jul
  • I aspire to live in the challenge. 11 Jul
  • I aspire to my mother,father and teacher 10 Jul
  • I aspire become the become a better and updated version of me every day. I aspire to continue to find out more about myself. 7 Jul
  • I aspire to live mindfully, with compassion, courage and fearlessness. 6 Jul
  • I aspire Jaqueline Wilson 3 Jul
  • I aspire to live by the secret 2 Jul
  • I aspire to be a role model for all men, particularly men of color, that they may walk in love, practice compassion and recognize Basic Goodness in all. 2 Jul
  • I aspire to be an amazing woman for those who matter to me 2 Jul
  • I aspire to make you smile everyday of my life. 1 Jul
  • I aspire to become a volunteer in my community. 27 Jun
  • I aspire to be happy 22 Jun
  • I aspire to help someone everyday. 19 Jun
  • I aspire to maintain peace within my household. 17 Jun
  • I aspire to constantly be open 16 Jun
  • I aspire to help women whom are in need around the world 15 Jun
  • I aspire to become the best english teacher ever. 13 Jun
  • I aspire to be a good role model for my younger siblings 10 Jun
  • I aspire to re-discover my connection to my local community. 9 Jun
  • What are your strengths and Development areas 7 Jun
  • List Your Significant Achievements 7 Jun
  • List Your Significant Achievements 7 Jun
  • I aspire to be more encouraging, friendly, and uplifting to myself and others. 7 Jun
  • I aspire to not leap to anger at the moment I fell upset but rather breath and be mindful that my anger hurts others. And has proven to be of no benefit. 6 Jun
  • I aspire to be less obsessive. 3 Jun
  • I aspire to love myself, live in the moment and let miracles happen. 31 May
  • I aspire to make a positive and motivating effect on everyone I meet on a daily basis. 30 May
  • I aspire to be more mindful of my speech. 27 May
  • I aspire to always be helpful, good-natured, and kind. 27 May
  • I aspire to learn a little bit about everything on earth! 27 May
  • I aspire to live a meaningful life with no regrets and to have positive influence to people :) I aspire to be my own boss. 26 May
  • I aspire to live compassionately, creatively, and conscientiously 14 May
  • I aspire to be the my best possible self in this lifetime and to radiate peace, love and happiness to all I cross paths with. 12 May
  • I aspire engineer 29 Apr
  • I aspire, peace within and surrounding my life. 25 Apr
  • I aspire to be happy 25 Apr
  • where have you come from 24 Apr
  • I aspire TO CREATE JOY 22 Apr
  • I aspire to become famous fitness model, A Stock market Analyst and to become rich(1,000,000$) in 2 years 16 Apr
  • I aspire to be open hearted to all 15 Apr
  • I aspire to find a better understanding of my motivations with regard to the impact my actions will have on my loved ones and all beings. 1 Apr
  • I aspire to give deprived kids a better chance at life 25 Mar
  • I aspire to create art without judgment. 24 Mar
  • For the benefit of all kind mother sentient beings, I aspire to cause the teachings of the Lake Born Lotus to flourish until all beings become Buddha!!! 23 Mar
  • I aspire to become a better person regardless of what people think. 20 Mar
  • I aspire to sow the seed of love in each and every heart 19 Mar
  • I aspire to be generous to others 19 Mar
  • I aspire to be kind to everyone. 16 Mar
  • I aspire to do more circumambulations in order to transform this planet of momentary suffering into a pure buddha land 14 Mar
  • I aspire to become good man with joy 13 Mar
  • I aspire to become rich 11 Mar
  • I aspire Significant Achievements 8 Mar
  • I aspire to bring a change in society 4 Mar
  • I aspire to help heal the wounded, in body, speech, and mind. 27 Feb
  • I aspire that health and happiness remains with my neighbors, family, and friends. 25 Feb
  • I aspire tourism sector 23 Feb
  • I aspire to have be forward of yes? 19 Feb
  • I aspire ..nm.m. 17 Feb
  • I aspire to be humble and welcoming and affirming and self sustaining and an inspiring and encouraging mother. 13 Feb
  • I aspire to bring more joy to the world by taking actions to create joy in my everyday life. 12 Feb
  • I aspire to make someone laugh out loud. 12 Feb
  • I aspire to make someone laugh. 12 Feb
  • I aspire to stay healthy. 12 Feb
  • I aspire reach my personal goals. 12 Feb
1/31/2012

 

100K thanks to Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti yoga who has joined 100,000 aspirations as an inspired supporter!

"I would like to live the rest of my life in such a way that it would enhance the lives of others, all others, other animals, trees, even the planet Earth Herself and in doing so catch the attention of Lord Krishna and be able to get to know Him better."

Keep Aspiring

1/11/2012

100K thanks to Gregory Maguire, author of many best selling books, such as Wicked and most recently Out of Oz, who has joined 100,000 aspirations as an inspired supporter.

"I aspire to read more poetry, to sing it in my sleep, to share it when I can"

 

 

1/6/2012

 

‎"I find that asking myself “What’s not wrong?” has the effect of instantly shifting my mindset, bringing me right back to a positive view, and softening fear…and from there, opening me up to answers we didn’t expect to the problems at hand."

Sally Schneider, creator of ‘the improvised life’

Keep Aspiring!
12/28/2011

Inspired supporter (and friend) Susan Piver on feeling our way to our resolutions/aspirations for the new year...

http://www.susanpiver.com/wordpress/2011/12/20/new-years-resolutions-2/

Keep Aspiring!

12/23/2011

Teacher Chuck Whetsell offers tips on dancing with our aspirations throughout the day.

Keep Aspiring!

12/21/2011

Shambhala Publications joins our community of generous sponsors and is offering a 25% discount to anyone who contributes $25 or more to the 100,000 aspirations project to build a stupa - a monument to peace in Vermont. We'll email the coupon code.

http://www.shambhala.com/

A big thank you to Shambhala Publications and Keep Aspiring!

 

12/16/2011

From a short interview (more to come!) with our inspired supporters, Ed and Deb Shapiro, authors of Be the Change...on the 100,000 Aspirations project:

‎"A message that is so meaningful is needed for this screwed up world. Like ripples in a pond, just put out the ripples, put out the message, wish all beings are happy and free from suffering, and then let it all take it’s own course." 

Keep Aspiring!

12/15/2011

Thanks to a donation from our wonderful media partner elephantjournal.com, 100,000 Aspirations now has a aspiration banner on each Ele page. Thank you!

Keep Aspiring!

12/15/2011

Calling all videos! Top 5 video aspirations with the most Likes by New Years receive Pema Chodron's "True Happiness" audio download from our sponsor Sounds True. See our Video Aspiration Blog for the details.

For hilarious (and helpful) video tips, see Kate Bartolotta's "How to make a video aspiration in 108 easy takes"

Also not to be missed, our media partner Elephant Journal's own Waylon Lewis's video aspiration out-takes.

Keep Aspiring!

12/6/2011

Karmê Chöling - the Shambhala retreat center in Vermont where the stupa, the monument to peace - is being built is in the NYTimes: Solo Retreats for Urban Professionals. Keep Aspiring!

What is a Stupa?

Stupas are sacred monuments to peace, tolerance and compassion that are at the heart of the Buddhist tradition.

Donate

Make the stupa a reality by contributing and choose one of the gifts below in appreciation.

Donate Now

Limited Edition Reproduction of Stupa Artwork by Jack Niland
Shambhala Sun Subscription
USA only
Sounds True audio download of Pema Chödrön's True Happiness
Tsa Tsa - Miniature Stupa
Made of plaster just like the ones being put inside of the stupa, along with your aspirations and other precious objects. Considered the most sacred and powerful aspect of a stupa and will be blessed by a Tibetan Lama.
Tsa Tsa,
Smile at Fear by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche,
and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Book

100000aspirations.org is a project of Karmê Chöling, a retreat center in Northern Vermont offering contemplative practices and disciplines to promote peace, wisdom and compassion in the world.

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