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The Answers Lie Within January 3, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Poetry, Spirit & Ego.
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InfinityOur spirits enter the world, with knowledge of eternity
Knowing we are loved with absolute certainty
Our journey starts in innocence: no fear, shame, or guilt
Upon this pure foundation, our egos soon are built

The ego has a protective role to play
To guard us from harm as we proceed along the way
Out of the ego grows the need to achieve
We thirst for fame and fortune . . . or so we believe

Look deep, the answers lie within
The spark of divine spirit knows where we’ve been

AbstraktEventually, the giver is born
Wanting to give back, good deeds to perform

But soon even giving fails to satisfy
The seeker emerges to explore the inner cry

The seeker searches for the divine
And hears the inner spirit for the very first time

The voice of the spirit is silent, but real
And from its voice . . . we learn a great deal

Look deep, the answers lie within
The spark of divine spirit knows where we’ve been

abstract-green-n-blueThirsting to see God, the seeker soon sees
Spirit isn’t here or there, it’s universal energy
With this wisdom, the seer holds the grail
As the inner wizard appears without fail

Once the wizard appears, our spirits rest
Knowing they’ve completed their spiritual quest
As they bask in the full light of the sun
The unity is clear . . . God and Spirit are One

So, look deep, the answers lie within
The spark of divine spirit knows where we’ve been

complexLook deep, the answers lie within
We reach the beginning . . . in the end

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I wrote this song after watching Deepak Chopra address the spiritual stages we move through in life ~ first, developing an ego . . . and then letting it go.

Thought for the day:  “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through.”  ~ Anaïs Nin

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75 Waggish Ways to Waste Time January 3, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness.
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1. Watch the grass grow.
2. Skim stones across a pond.
3. Watch the clouds roll by.
4. Count the stars in the night sky.
5. Watch the tide, ebbing and flowing.
6. Blow bubbles.
7. Fly a kite.
8. Twiddle your thumbs.
9. Play hop-scotch.
10. Watch your toenails grow.
11. Listen to a cat purring.
12. Watch an ice cube melt.
13. Play Bejeweled Blitz.
14. Bemoan the passage of time.
15. Obsess about the past.
16. Worry about the future.
17. Watch golf, poker, or pool.
18. Memorize the phone book.
19. Strive for perfection in all things.
20. Alphabetize your canned goods.
21. Figure out how to please ALL of the people ALL of the time. 
22. Count the grains of sand on the beach.
23. Wait for someone else to fix your life or “save you.”
24. Watch “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.”
25. Calculate how long you’ve lived so far . . . in seconds.
26. Envision being an honest politician, like Abe Lincoln, in today’s world.
27. Figure out how to keep up with the Joneses.
28. Maintain an up-to-date list of your Top 100 Daily Annoyances.
29. Build a sandcastle.  Protect it from the incoming tide . . . forever.
30. Learn to pronounce the scary sounding ingredients in junk food.
31. Play dress up with your pets.
32. Figure out how many hours you had to work to buy the stuff you own.
33. Count the hairs on your dog’s head.
34. Take an imaginary trip around the world as your favorite Super-Hero.
35. Get out the Ouija board and have a chat with Edgar Cayce.
36. Shop until you drop.
37. Practice strutting your stuff, like Mick Jagger.
38. Rush to take offense at imagined slights.
39. Attempt to change things you cannot change.
40. Refuse to accept the inevitable.
41. Drink 100 bottles of beer.
42. Sing 100 bottles of beer on the wall.
43. Complain about health maladies to complete strangers.
44. Watch a candle flame flicker.
45. Try to eat just one Lays Potato Chip. Oops . . . try again.
46. Count the junk food products available in your supermarket.
47. Calculate how many calories you eat in a year.
48. Make a list of everyone who’s ever angered or annoyed you.
49. Figure out your laugh/frown ratio for the past month.
50. Recount non-sensical dreams to anyone who will listen.
51. Listen to idle gossip. Spread it around.  Be vicious.
52. Read every word in the New York Times Sunday Edition, backwards.
53. Re-live the worst day of your life, over and over, in excruciating detail.
54. Ride a never-ending see-saw of ups and downs.
55. Build a house of cards or domino trail. Knock it down.
56. Dive down the Blog Hole or Stumble on StumbleUpon.
57. Envision being a powerful wizard, like Dumbledore.
58. Make a list of everything that’s wrong with the world.
59. Make a list of everything that’s right with the world.
60. Pick a mistake you made.  Press {{Rewind}} and fix it.
61. Imagine yourself as a Super-Hero . . . taking a round-the-world trip.
62. Flush the toilet and calculate how long it takes to refill.
63. Build a giant snowman as tall as Hagrid . . . or King Kong.
64. Search Google for Quotes on Time or Time Travel.
65. List song titles mentioning Time (e.g., Time Passages, Time in a Bottle).
66. Build a scale model of the Empire State Building using toothpicks.
67. Get addicted to Reality TV, Facebook, or Solitaire.
68. List the names of everyone in your first grade class.
69. Skip rope, or Skip to the Loo, My Darling.
70. Stare at a blank wall.
71. Think up 75 Waggish Ways to Waste Time.
72. Envision infinity . . . and beyond.
73. Read Wasting Time for Dummies.
74. Calculate your lifetime batting average. Are you an MVP?
75. Write 1,001 MORE Ways to Waste Time.

Time is our most valuable and irreplaceable commodity ~ a bank account which mandates daily withdrawals, prohibits deposits, and pays dividends when we spend it wisely.

Thought to ponder:  If you’re enjoying yourself . . . is it wasted time?

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