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The Heart of the Matter August 31, 2014

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Listen to your heart, it’s calling to you.
Be guided by the heart in all you do.

To handle yourself, use your head.  To handle others, use your heart. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

LOVE is such a big word . . . it really should have more letters! ~ Kobi Yamada

You have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you. ~ Ruth Smeltzer

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused. ~  Unknown

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

The first duty of love is to listen. ~ Paul Tillich

If you can’t be with the one you love, dive headfirst into a box of chocolate!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Greetings From The Easter Bunny April 20, 2014

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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!

A Double “A Ha!” Moment February 23, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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Mickey-OKYears ago, I cracked open a fortune cookie and pulled out a fortune:

“You will live a happy and peaceful life.”

Yes! 

I taped it to the top of my alarm clock where I would see it each morning as I smacked the Snooze Button into submission at the false start to another “peaceful day.”

Flash forward more than a dozen years . . .

This week, as I pondered the goal-setting advice in Do It!  Let’s Get Off Our Buts by Peter McWilliams, I had an epiphany ~ a double “a ha!” moment:

1.   I want a happy and peaceful life.  Contrary to evidence to the contrary, my desire for peace and quiet reflection is NOT holding me back from achieving my Dream(s) . . . my desire for peace IS my Dream!

2.  I am living my Dream.  When I act as captain of my ship, I am happy, peaceful, calm, relaxed, here, now, etc.  My life has balance.  It is only when I allow others to “steer my ship” that the waters get a bit choppy.

As I skimmed through exercises, advice, and a plethora of great quotes, I found this nugget on p. 457 of Do It!  Let’s Get Off Our Buts:

To fulfill our Dream, we need only examine our life and do two things:

1.  More of what works.
2.  Less of what doesn’t.

Exactly!

So, I’ve decided to “clear the decks.”  Anything that “doesn’t work” will be tossed overboard. Excepting the cat, of course.  Unnecessary ballast drags us down faster than a bloated anchor no matter how much wind fills our sails.   We travel best when we travel light.  

Once the extraneous has been cleared away, I’ll load the hull with more of what “does work” ~ laughter, joy, peace, calm awareness, compassion, kindness, exercise (walking, biking, swimming), inspirational books & movies (and blogs!), good food, chocolate, music, writing, simplicity, time for reflection and meditation, and anything else that sparks an interest.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Lack of motivation (to “get off our buts”) may stem from fear, guilt, anger, unworthiness, laziness, etc.  Or our lack of motivation might mean we are content where and how and who we are.

Eat when hungry, sleep when tired . . . move when restless.

Related Post:  Is It Really Important? (Awakening to Awareness)

A Moment of Mindfulness December 15, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Happiness.
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Breath
Clarity
Delight
Enjoyment
Focus
Gratitude
Happiness
Inspiration
Jubilation
Kindness
Laughter
Mystery
Now, Here
Obstacles
Peace
Quietude
Respite
Serenity
Tranquility
Understanding
Variety
Wonder
Xanadu
You
Zen

Aah . . . that’s better!

Photo Credit:  taken by my dad while stationed in Korea in 1946-47

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I’m hosting Haiku Monday this week ~ enter at Haiku Monday ~ (A Twist of) Fate.  Challenge closes tomorrow at Midnight Pacific Time.

The Prayer of St. Francis November 3, 2013

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Make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love

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Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope

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Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy

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Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love

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For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life

~ St. Francis

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Aah . . . that’s better!

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.” ~ Eleanora Duse

Less Stress, More Joy October 24, 2013

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One of my priorities is to retain peace of mind and contentment when faced with challenges, obstacles, and S~T~R~E~S~S.

Even if it means walking out of a Lecture Gone Wrong.

Once we learn the underlying principles, we are able to tap the infinite source of peace, gratitude and love even in the midst of the stormiest seas.

Instead of floundering on the surface, tossed around by relentless waves, we dive deep and float, buoyed by gentle undulating currents of joy and harmony.

S~T~R~E~S~S disappears as soon as we remember to Let IT Go.

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Instead of battling the waves crashing over our heads at the surface, we go within . . . and float.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related Posts:  10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn (my fave -> #6) * Swimming Beneath The Current

Nisargidatta Maharaj October 16, 2013

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A few quotes from Nisargidatta Maharaj (April 17, 1897 – September 8, 1981), an Indian Spiritual Teacher and Philosopher:

* “The world is the abode of desires and fears.  You cannot find peace in it.  For peace, you must go beyond the world.”

* “A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness effect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part.”

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* “You say you want to pacify your mind.  Is he, who wants to pacify the mind, himself peaceful?”

* “A man who moves with the earth will necessarily experience days and nights. He who stays with the sun will know no darkness. My world is not yours. As I see it, you all are on a stage performing. There is no reality about your comings and goings. And your problems are so unreal!”

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* “In my world, nothing ever goes wrong.”

* “The greatest guru is your inner self. Truly he is the supreme teacher. He alone can take you to your goal and he alone meets you at the end of the road. Confide in him and you need no outer guru.”

* “There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.”

* “Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own. Just stop running away by running after. Stand still, be quiet.”

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* “Fear and greed cause the misuse of the mind. The right use of mind is in the service of love, of life, of truth, of beauty.”

* “When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two.”

* “For me the moment of death will be a moment of jubilation, not of fear. I cried when I was born and I shall die laughing.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts and quotes:  Sunday Stillness (Joss) * WP Daily Prompt ~ Person X Day!

Pools of Sadness April 16, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Life Lessons, Mindfulness, Poetry.
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Life is filled with pools
of sadness ~ those we love and
lose, we miss and mourn

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Senseless killings make
no sense ~ logic stalls when faced
with insanity

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The human race will
never win a marathon
against crazed madmen

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When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

~ Jimi Hendrix

Aah . . . that’s better!

Cultivate A Peaceful Mind February 17, 2013

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Cultivate a peaceful mind.

Visualize yourself filled with joy, light, and love.
Find things to laugh and smile about.

You cannot transform negative situations into positive ones if you see them as negative and react to them with negative emotions.

To attract positives to you . . . you must vibrate at a positive level.
You must feel yourself filled with light, love, and laughter.

It doesn’t matter WHAT you think about . . . what matters is how you FEEL as you think it.

You attract positives when you feel positive vibrations swirling through you.

Mickey-OKMeditate.
Be at peace.

Don’t worry.
Be happy.

Aah . . . that’s better!

You, Yourself January 4, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.  ~ Buddha

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. ~ St. Francis de Sales

Allow peace to surface.  Circulate happiness, curiosity, creativity.  Share what you’ve learned.  Live on the razor’s edge of the now ~ awake, aware, alert, present.  Reclaim your passion.  Savor the silence.  Let go of stale thinking.  Choose your response. 

Be here now.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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