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Don’t Worry, Be Happy July 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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Think back over your life:  how much time have you wasted worrying about things that never came to pass?

* Someone’s a few minutes late coming home . . . OMG!  They’re DEAD! 

* You had difficulty taking a test . . . OMG!  I”m going to flunk out of school and spend the rest of my life begging on a street corner.

* Someone laughs at your innocent faux pas . . . OMG!  Everyone is laughing at me.  I’ll never be able to live this down.

If we do not control our thoughts, our thoughts control us.

Worry is the interest paid on a debt we may not owe.

In a similar vein, despair is hidden arrogance:  “I have seen the future and it does not work.”

Instead of letting your mind run away with the spoon, while the cow jumps over the moon, take Bobby McFerrin’s advice, Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

When we stop analyzing and worrying about anything and everything (and, sometimes, even nothing), life gets easier.  A quiet mind, like the surface of a still pond, provides a more accurate reflection. 

Mountains become boulders.  Boulders become rocks.  Rocks become stones.  Stones become pebbles.  And pebbles become nothing more than dust in the wind.

Try spiritual practice and see for yourself. ~ The Buddha

Embraced By The Light July 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Magick & Mystery.
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150px-Carlo_Crivelli_052In Embraced by the Light, the author Betty J. Eadie recounts a fascinating  life after death experience.

After dying in the hospital following an operation, Betty travels to heaven, meets Jesus, and feels spectacular.

Then, the “powers that be” tell her it isn’t her time to die.  Not inclined to leave heaven to return to earth, she begs to stay.

In order to persuade her to go back, they show her an overview of her life which reveals why she was born . . . and what she still needs to accomplish to complete her work on earth.

After seeing her life story, she reluctantly agrees to return to earth to complete her mission.

After being revived in the hospital, she remembers everything about the experience . . . except her purpose for being here in the first place.

That part has been erased.

Why?

Our purpose is to discover our purpose and pursue it with passion.

* * * * *

A fellow writer once recounted a dream.  In the dream, he had completed a novel he’d been struggling with for years.

Just as he started to read what he had written, he woke up.

Dismayed that he couldn’t remember the subject matter of the completed novel, he shared the dream with others, including me:

Perhaps the dream was not intended to reveal what you are supposed to write about.   Maybe the dream was only intended to motivate you to keep writing . . . revealing that one day you would complete the book if you wrote without getting distracted.

The Universe is full of mystery and magic which reveals itself on a need-to-know basis . . . one moment at a time.

Join Green Business Network July 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, People, Sustainable Living.
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Green Consumers are a driving force in the marketplace today.  They are creating a new economy based on justice and sustainability.

These consumers put $230 billion dollars into the economy each year ~ and those numbers are growing.

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To tap into the growing market of Green Consumers, businesses need to understand the labels, numbers, trends, and values unique to these socially responsible shoppers.

Green America will help your business Go Green and Grow Green by connecting it to the Green Marketplace.

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Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Gg July 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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Gifts

Monday, Monday . . . a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year. Another chance to get it right.

Enjoy this moment, it won’t last. 
The future soon will be the past.
The day quickly becomes the night. 
Fill each moment with delight.

After enlightenment, the laundry. 

In the silence of not doing, we begin to know what we feel.

When we meditate the world recedes and we hold infinity in our grasp.

Our unique points of view are a gift.

Embrace ALL with Joy . . . Anything can be a Gift of Gold in Disguise. 

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

Betrayal by others is a gift which allows us to grow in forgiveness.  We betray ourselves by hanging on to every slight, real and imagined.

Glory

Our glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  ~ Nelson Mandela

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. – Moliere

Excellence doesn’t require perfection. ~ Henry James

Our infinite worth lies beyond all labels.

If you’re gonna dream . . . dream BIG!

When you stop trying to impress others, you will discover your infinite worth.

You will recognize your path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need ~ Jerry Gillies

Passion makes it happen!   Just start, and the way will appear.

Go With The Flow

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. ~ Alexander Pope

Be flexible.  Let go and go with the flow.

The easiest way to transform the world is to change your perspective.

Master your thoughts . . . master your life.

Want to feel younger, happier, and healthier???  Change Your Attitude.

When we hang on too tightly to what isn’t working, we lose the opportunity to gain that which is worth having.

Whether viewed as “good” or “bad” at the time it happened, with enough perspective, “It’s all good.”

Souls don’t break . . . they bounce!

Life is good, except for the bad bits (which, in hindsight, often become good bits, too). 

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~ Teddy Roosevelt

Embrace all with joy.  Relinquish all with joy.

God

The more you focus on viewing others with love, kindness, compassion, and acceptance, the more your view and God’s view will merge.

God has no religion. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

God requires no synagogue, except in the heart. ~ Hasidic saying

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. ~ Lenny Bruce

Going to church is against my religion. ♥ ♥ ♥ ~ J.F.

I’m giving up Catholicism for Lent.

Nirvana is another word for God. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

God is the breath inside the breath.  ~ Kabir

Even in the stillness, the cosmos swirls. Even when silence reigns, we hear its heartbeat.

God exists only where man lets him in. ~ Hasidic saying

Stir up the gift of God which is in thee. ~ 2 Timothy 1:5

God believes in you, right now, as you are.

God is with you always.

Enthusiasm = inspired by God  . . .  Inspiration = in Spirit

Let go, and let God. ~ Contemporary Lexicon

No God, no peace.  Know God, know peace. ~ Contemporary Lexicon

God loves us as and where we are. ~ Biblical Teaching

God doesn’t make junk.

Gratitude

It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. ~ Anonymous

Think about the good that surrounds you, right here, right now.  Gratitude magnifies happiness.

Celebrate your progress.  Sometimes half of success is simply noticing it.   

Every moment is a celebration, a miracle, a mystery.

Find pleasure in things others take for granted.

Count your joys instead of your woes.  Count your friends instead of your foes. ~ Irish Proverb

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

Recognize the richness of your existence.  Develop an attitude of gratitude.

Count your blessings. ~  Adage

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