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Our Thought Filters June 11, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Cheshire_Cat_TennielBFF is on the back deck hosing off our air filter.

With each swipe of the hose, water washes away dirt, debris, and detritus leaving the filter as good as new.

If only we could clean our thought filters as easily . . . washing away all the preconceived notions, prejudices, and stale reactions that get in the way of perceiving the day as it is, instead of as we are.

Barn’s burnt down ~ now I can see the moon. ~ Masahide (1657-1723)

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Thanks, Val! June 8, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People.
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220px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_27Val wrote a beautiful post last week:

Is Your Soul Yearning For Less Drama

In it, she shares a number of heart-warming insights on drama, conflict, and the yearning for peace.

Rather than attempting to summarize her words here, I’ll let her post speak for itself, with the exception of these few lines:

* We are all human beings who want to be recognized, accepted, and loved.

* Where there is drama there cannot be true peace.

* To end conflict, we need to shift our perspective and our approach.

When we shift our focus, we reclaim our freedom to make conscious choices and become more fully who we were always meant to be.

On that note, I’ll point you to a few more of Val’s wise words:

Engage in the Life You Are Living

* We all yearn to be accepted and loved . . . just the way we are.

* Let our differences unite us.

If you’re in the market for a mindfulness mantra:

I bless you, I release you, I set you free
I allow you to be you and me to be me!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Exercise Rocks! June 4, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness.
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250px-Scottish_hammer_throw_illustrationExercise releases endorphins and elevates mood.

It improves our fitness and sense of well-being.

It makes us happy.

Exercise ups our energy level, increases our metabolism, and regulates our appetite.

It normalizes melatonin production and enhances the sleep cycle.

It resets the limbic system, and releases pent up stress and anxiety.

Even if we’re not tossing rocks, exercise rocks!

It’s the fountain of youth.

Get moving!

Aah . . . that’s better!

When We Blunder About May 18, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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237px-Kustodiev_Merchants_WifeFinish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aah . . . that’s better!

21 Ways To Improve Life Balance April 29, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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1.  Nurture your body, mind, and spirit.

2.  Exercise is the fountain of youth.  Regular exercise increases metabolism, regulates appetite, improves mood, enhances sleep, and increases energy.

Need some inspiration?  Check out the Fitness-Photo Challenge on As My Camera Sees It and join the 12-week Fitness Challenge.

3.  Get enough rest.  Go to bed and get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.  Take time each day to relax and unwind.

4.  Simplify and unclutter your life.  Less is more.

5.  “Just Say No” to volunteer requests that don’t fit into your schedule or will compromise your sanity.

You are not the general manager of the universe.  Delegate tasks to others.

6.  Slow down.  Allocate enough time for tasks.  Pace yourself.  Tackle major life  changes and challenging projects in “small bites.”  Don’t dump everything into your wheelbarrow at once.

7.  Get organized so everything has its place, with backups for emergencies ~ an extra car key in your wallet or an extra house key hidden in the garden.

8.  Separate idle worries from realistic concerns.  If a situation concerns you, consider what you can do to resolve it.  If you can’t do anything, let go of the churning anxiety.  Keep breathing.

9.  Take things one day at a time.  Don’t worry today about what might happen tomorrow.  If it never happens, you’ll have worried for nothing.  If it does happen, you’ll end up worrying twice.

Worrying is interest paid on a debt we may not owe.

10.  Live within your budget.  Don’t use credit cards for ordinary day-to-day purchases unless you pay off the bill each month.

11. Talk less, listen more.  Learning to K.Y.M.S. (Keep Your Mouth Shut) can prevent an enormous amount of hassle.

12. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.  Build a library of wonderful memories.

13.  Bring a book to read while waiting in line.  Listen to books on tape or uplifting music while driving.  Or use waiting time for mindful meditation or creative visualization.

Waiting time does not have to be wasted time.

14.  Write down thoughts and inspirations.  Keep a folder of favorite quotes on hand.  Make time every day for a few minutes of quiet reflection.

15.  Having problems?  Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until you’re in bed to worry about them.

16.  Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often just a smile away.

17. Laugh.  Laugh some more!

18.  Be mindful.  Use all five senses.  Notice the blue sky. Listen to uplifting music. Inhale pleasant scents, aromas, and fragrances.  Savor delicious tastes.  Give someone a hug.

19.  Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.  Sit on your ego.

20. Develop a forgiving attitude.  Be kind to unkind people; they need it the most.  Hanging on to anger and stale grievances doesn’t hurt them, it hurts you.

21. Be grateful for small blessings.  Before going to sleep, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.  When we look for the best in life, we see it.  Gratitude magnifies the good.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Simplify Your Life * Clearing Clutter * I Don’t Want Stuff Anymore, Only Things (Raptitude)

Simple Abundance April 22, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Ego concerns like fear, anger, and guilt get in the way of  our happiness.  We hang on to things for days that we should brush off in minutes.

When life hands you lemons, remember to spit out the seeds!

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Recognize the richness of your existence:  

* Riches are not from an abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind. ~ Mohammed

* How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. ~ Spanish Proverb

* What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner. ~ Colette

Aah . . . that’s better!

For a wonderful post on the power of breathing ~ Breathe Well and Be Well (Find Your Middle Ground)

Greetings From The Easter Bunny April 20, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Joke, Life Balance.
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May your day be filled with:

Happiness

Harmony

Tranquility

Prosperity

And a heaping helping of laughter!

Love,

The Easter Bunny

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
~ Chinese Proverb

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Happiness as a Hymn March 20, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Yesterday, I read an undated Philosophy paper my mother wrote years ago ~ probably in college but possibly later in life.

After addressing a number of different theories (Existentialism, Rationalism, Determinism, Intuition), she concluded with the following:

What are we trying to achieve?

Here, I believe with Plato and Aristotle that the highest good is the full development of our individual potentialities ~ and this is happiness, complete in itself, the intrinsic good.

The individual will know happiness as a state of being, not as a momentary pleasure, and it will be the hymn of his life to uplift him and to sing on into the lives of all who know him.

On these points, she agrees, also, with the Dalai Lama . . . we are here to be happy and to make others happy.

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Let that be the Coda to each of our lives.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” ~ Aristotle

Related posts:  Coaxing the Statue from the Stone * International Day of Happiness (Huffington Post) * International Happiness Day (T4D)

Pizza . . . Pick Up or Delivery? March 18, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Fun & Games, Happiness, Humor.
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Much of life is spent waiting in lines and sterile waiting rooms.

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To save waiting time, people often call ahead for pick up or delivery.  Some drive through the drive-through.

Not us.

We wait until we get to Oma’s Pizza to order a pie for take out.  Then we cross Gulf Drive and enjoy the view while “waiting” for our pizza to bake.

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Ever!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Playing The Blame Game March 16, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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Broccoli-Mocking-StewieIt’s a shame when we insist on playing the blame game, because we proclaim ourselves as “victims.”

Much better to see our part in the process and maintain our autonomy and freedom of choice.

When we control our thoughts, we control our life.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Owning Up (Suzicate) * How to Get Out of Prison (Gems of Delight)

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