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5 Easy Ways To Make Yourself Miserable July 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Joke, People.
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Don’t worry . . . misery can be attained with these 5 easy tips and techniques!

1.  Cling to Entitlement.  Life owes YOU.

2.  It’s ALL personal.  Ignore nothing and always assume malicious intent.

3.  Focus on problems.  Keep track of all your problems and constantly review them.

4.  Magnify.  Don’t cheat yourself out of misery by maintaining perspective.  All that negativity will eventually become your reality.

5.   Just say “No Thanks” to Gratitude.  Focus on all the ways life disappoints you and keep them in the forefront of your mind.  Discount anything that is going well in your life.

And remember . . . Misery LOVES company.

The more you share yours with others . . . the more you’ll wind up having!

Relax, Unwind, Take Five . . . Or Six July 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Silence . . .

the most soothing sound in the world.

Serenity . . .

the most peaceful place on the planet.

Tranquility . . .

is always yours for the asking.

Peace . . .

is one breath, one thought, one step away.

Relax . . .

let the past go . . .  just for NOW.

The better you understand yourself, the easier life becomes.

True power and wisdom flow from within.

Just Let Go July 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness, People.
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Letting go of everything outside your control . . .

Frees up the energy you need to become the best “you” that you can be.

Letting go of responsibility for the actions of others . . .

Allows them to follow their own path and make their own mistakes.

Letting go . . .

Gives you permission to mind your own business, without judging and criticising others.

Letting Go . . . a concept worth hanging onto.

The Wonder of Words July 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Happiness, Humor, People.
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Writers capture the world’s magic in words.  There is nothing so liberating as being able to play with words until the world seems “right again.”

Writing is passion in action.  It’s as much a part of living as breathing.  ♥ ♥ ♥

And I’m not the only writer to think so.

Here’s a wonderful video about writers and their love affair with words . . .

I breathe to stay alive . . . I write to feel alive. ♥ ♥ ♥

How about you???

Kindness Echoes July 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.
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Kindness creates joy in the giver and the receiver . . .

Creating ripples on the water and echoes through the canyons.

Happiness is not waiting for us at the end of the road.

It’s found here and now, by enjoying each step along the way!  ♥ ♥ ♥

We cannot change the world . . . but we can inspire the world to change.

Quote:  When the power of love overcomes the love of power . . . the world will know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix

Would You Like To Swing On A Star? July 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Music & Dance.
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Here’s a favorite inspirational song from my childhood.

One that reminds me that we create our own reality, by the thoughts we think.

Listen as Bing Crosby reminds us that we can be better than we are . . .

We could be swinging on a star! 

 

Tigger or Eeyore . . . It’s Your Call July 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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Why is it that some people (like The Miracle Man) bounce, even after crashing an airplane and being told they will never walk or breathe on their own again,while others  collapse into a puddle of tears by something as insignificant as an unkind word from a complete stranger?

Why are some people the architects of their future, while others remain the prisoners of their past?

Perspective.

Our thoughts create our reality.  Our thoughts become self-fulfilling prophecies

If we don’t learn to control our thoughts . . . we are controlled by them.

The Miracle Man chose to ignore all the people who claimed to be “helping” him face “reality.” 

He ignored his doctors and refused to be “realistic.”

* He envisioned him himself breathing on his own and that “dream” came true ~ even though he did not have a diaphragm to breathe with!

* He envisioned walking out of the hospital on his own and that “dream” came true ~ becoming a medical miracle with every step he took.

We are the ones who decide whether we want to bounce through life like Tigger or collapse into a puddle of nothingness like Eeyore.

Our perception of each situation we encounter, rather than the situation itself, determines how we respond to the challenges and obstacles in our path.

How you CHOOSE to relate to the issue IS the issue.  It’s your call!

Reclaim Your Peace of Mind July 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Depressing thoughts take us to dark places.

During meditation, we learn to observe our thoughts (both uplifting and downward spiraling) from a detached perspective.

We realize that we are not our thoughts. 

We see that when we are sad and feeling hope*less there is no benefit to be derived from continuing to think, analyze, and discuss how we are feeling.

If we want to reclaim our peace of mind, we need to stop thinking, stop analyzing, and stop discussing. 

We need to press the {{PAUSE}} button on the remote.

Instead of continuing to think, analyze, and discuss, we train ourselves to turn off our thoughts and give ourselves a chance to “regroup.”

We distract ourselves with uplifting music, a funny film, a project (like painting the living room), or a walking meditation.

We learn to STOP thinking.

Later, is soon enough to analyze why our thoughts spiraled out of control.

The Serenity Principle, an excellent book by Joseph V. Bailey, a practicing psychologist, addresses:

(1) how we ALLOW our thoughts to spiral out of control 

(2) how we can re-train ourselves to use our thoughts more beneficially

The Serenity Principle is not based on spiritual or religious practices, and it’s simple to apply in the real world. 

Of course, like anything worth learning, it takes practice.  Lots and lots of practice!

It’s hard work to re-train and re-wire the brain after years of allowing it to call the shots. 

But it’s worth it . . . after all, your freedom is at stake.

Welcome back to the land of the living!

Inspiration for this post:  Nobody Knows (The Only Cin)