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Learn To Be Still February 25, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.

You thought you could find happiness
Just over that green hill
You thought you would be satisfied
But you never will . . .

Learn to be still

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1. shannon sullivan - February 25, 2012

Your posts always arrive at the most appropriate times … I keep looking for the other side of the hill and find another hill that looks like the one before … 🙂

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

That is exactly what happens.
We say things like, I’ll be happy when . . .

I find an agent -> find a publisher -> see my book in print -> etc.
I lose 10 pounds -> find a significant other -> get married

We keep shifting our wants, desires, and goals to the next horizon and the next and the next . . . postponing our happiness in the process.

Once we learn to be still, we are happy.
Right here and now.

2. granny1947 - February 25, 2012

My word…talk about coincidence…my cousin phoned me this morning…The Eagles are coming out here in April…I thought he was talking about a cricket team!!!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

That’s hysterical, Granny ~ the Eagles would be a terrific moniker for a cricket team.

The Eagles have some wonderful songs . . . but this is probably my all time favorite. So full of wisdom.

3. sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 25, 2012

Right here. Right now. Yes.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

That’s right! 😉

No need to wait until your house sells, or you move, or the weather warms up, or . . . anything else. Just Be Happy!

4. suzicate - February 25, 2012

Love this song! Learning to be still is hard for some but so worth the peace it brings.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

When we learn to be still . . . our thoughts slow down . . . peace resurfaces . . . and we realize that happiness is an INSIDE JOB.

Aah . . . that’s better!

5. Pocket Perspectives - February 25, 2012

yes, happiness is an inside job…and not just over that green hill….the Eagles got it right!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

The more we look “out there” for our heart’s desire . . . the more unsatisfied we become. Look deep, the laughter lies within!

6. Andra Watkins - February 25, 2012

I don’t think I could be still in Monument Valley. I would have to hike all over the place, but my mind would be still….. 🙂

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

I agree! We went for a walk tonight along the Manatee River at De Soto National Memorial . . . we let our feet do the walking while our mind rested into the stillness.

7. sufilight - February 25, 2012

Nancy, this post totally resonates with me. Looking “out there” for fulfillment will keep us on a never ending chase after happiness. Sharing this in my FB page “Love is the Answer!”

Thanks for linking my blog entry. 🙂

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Thanks, Marie! I joined your FB page yesterday. I didn’t realize you had one until then.

I know that every time I convinced myself that “happiness” lay around the next bend or on the “next horizon” . . . when I got “there” I found a new horizon beckoning.

Now I’ve realized that we find happiness in the journey . . . or it eludes us completely.

sufilight - February 25, 2012

Yes, I noticed you joined, thanks! 🙂

8. barb19 - February 25, 2012

Live in the moment – that’s what matters.
Great lyrics in the video Nancy, thanks for sharing.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Thanks, Barb! This is my favorite Eagles song, but I hadn’t heard it in ages until E! shared it yesterday. Wise lyrics and beautiful images.

9. eof737 - February 26, 2012

Isn’t that the best? I’ve always loved The Eagles and finding this one was such a gem… Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

nrhatch - February 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing it, E! Great song. Perfect lyrics to remind us to Be Here . . . Now.

10. Maria - February 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing this! So beautiful! I also love the Eagles.

nrhatch - February 26, 2012

Hi Maria! Thanks for stopping by.

It’s a great song . . . with lyrics that remind us that we don’t need to keep marching for the next horizon. We can learn to be still.

11. Tilly Bud - March 1, 2012

I have never mastered the art of being still.

nrhatch - March 1, 2012

That’s too bad . . . it’s the best way I’ve found to connect to the source, recharge my batteries, and keep my desires in check so that I’m not endlessly chasing after the “next best thing” and the next and the next and the next.

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