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Cultivate A Peaceful Mind February 17, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness.


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.

Be at peace.

Don’t worry.
Be happy.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. colonialist - February 17, 2013

Good advice. Not that I know how to meditate, but still. 🙂

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

Aah, it’s a habit worth cultivating ~ sit still, just be, focus on your breath. It bubbles with enthusiasm and overflows with bliss.

2. Tom (Aquatom1968) - February 17, 2013

Yes indeed like attracts like! I’ve always had a problem meditating myself, Nancy – my mind wanders – but I shall follow your suggestion to Colonialist above and see what happens.

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

When my mind won’t “settle down” . . . I give it something to visualize. It could be the ocean surf rolling onto the beach. Or the shape of the clouds in the sky. Or the flicker of a candle flame.

Other times, my mind is happy just to “idle” and focus on the sights, smells, sounds which abound all around.

Tom (Aquatom1968) - February 17, 2013

I can visualise all of those things with ease, Nancy, so I’ll bear this in mind also, for when I next try my hand at meditation!

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

Good Luck! Meditation is as easy as “doing nothing” . . . once you get the knack.

Tom (Aquatom1968) - February 17, 2013

Thanks! I’m good at doing nothing, so I’m halfway there already! 😀

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

You might find a good tip of two here:


3. seeker - February 17, 2013

And this is why I am attracted to your positive post. BTW, I have nominated you on Shine On Award. I did send you a pingback and it’s better to tell you in person. Please accept the award and let your positive energy shine on.

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

Got your pingback and have been around to read the post. Thanks, Seeker. 😀

4. Don - February 17, 2013

Way to go Nancy. Sound and down to earth.

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

Thanks. I shared this advice with a friend today and felt that it bore repeating here. 😀

Don - February 18, 2013

Glad you did

5. sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 17, 2013

I’m getting better at it Nancy! I am getting better at it. Yes I am. And I have been meditating but didn’t know it till I got the book you told me about last year.. 🙂

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

I expect that LOTS of people meditate in various ways without knowing that’s what they’re doing. It’s a great way to give the mind a needed break from the hectic pace of life.

6. Andra Watkins - February 17, 2013

Day by day, I’m so much better than I used to be.

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

Once we make the decision to be more mindful, our minds fall in line . . . and stop hogging the remote. 😀

7. shreejacob - February 17, 2013

What a timely post! I so needed this right now! Thank you 😀

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

Yay! Glad it seemed apropos.

8. cecilia - February 17, 2013

I am great at this, mainly because I have such a bad memory I forget when I am wound up and ease back into cheerful nothingness without even realising it,. Plus I have the most laid back life style you could get! have a lovely day Nancy.. c

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

I expect that your laid back life style stems from the fact that YOU aim your attention in the right direction at the right time and don’t beat yourself into a froth over this, that, and every other thing.

No oil for the stove? No problem.
No wood for the fire? No problem.
Peacock stealing the kitten’s fast food dinner? No problem.

I can hear others squawking and cock-a-doodle-doing like roosters over things that cause you barely a ripple.

Just one more reason why YOU ROCK! 😀

9. adeeyoyo - February 17, 2013

I try to do that too, but there are times when it is nigh impossible!

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

Yup. The more agitated the surface currents, the better it feels to dive beneath the waves . . . for a few moments at a time.

10. diannegray - February 17, 2013

This is beautiful, Nancy. I’ve been meditating for years and it’s well worth it! 😀

nrhatch - February 17, 2013

Thanks, Dianne. I agree . . . meditation gives a great return on investment.

11. ericjbaker - February 17, 2013

Meditation cuts into my complaining time.


nrhatch - February 17, 2013

True, but you’ll have less to complain about. So it’s a wash. :mrgreen:

12. viviankirkfield - February 17, 2013

I agree completely, Nancy. Thinking positively really does attract positive stuff…and the reverse is also true. We can easily get caught up in the moment when things don’t seem to be working out the way we thought they should. And that’s when it is even more important to be positive…and, as you always say, just breathe.:) Thanks for a wonderful post…at just the right time!

nrhatch - February 18, 2013

Meditation is an “everything to gain and nothing to lose” habit. I ALWAYS feel better after stilling any surface agitation.

13. spilledinkguy - February 18, 2013

I’ve been told there’s not a lot going on in/up there anyway, so I might as well fill it with ‘good stuff’, right?!

nrhatch - February 18, 2013

Precisely! :mrgreen:

14. jannatwrites - February 18, 2013

I don’t actually meditate, but I do try to hold the positive and lose the negative. Most of the time it works for me (maybe with some repetition :))

nrhatch - February 18, 2013

Maintaining the positive helps provide clarity of perspective . . . so much better than looking through DARK glasses.

15. kateshrewsday - February 18, 2013

Off to tattoo this one on my forehead, Nancy.

nrhatch - February 18, 2013

I’ve adopted as my most recent mantra: Maintain a calm and peaceful mind.

All else follows.

16. sufilight - February 18, 2013

Thank you for this reminder. I find we humans need to be reminded to stay focused on the positives. When I have had energy zapping challenges, I purposely watch inspirational videos or read inspiring blogs to lift me out of my negative focus.

nrhatch - February 18, 2013

I’ve distilled a book, Enlightened Journey, about Buddhist practice, down to its essence . . . maintain a calm and peaceful mind. No matter what.

No ifs, ands, or buts.

If we are able to maintain our equilibrium in the midst of life challenges, we are on our way!

Pocket Perspectives - February 22, 2013

I googled the book and author/teacher….many interesting teachings in his site. I’ve been taking several wonderful classes at a nearby Nyingma Center…with lots practice with joy, light, love…this week focusing on colors and beauty… it’s wonderful…and seems to magically quiet the mind.

nrhatch - February 22, 2013

That’s wonderful, Kathy . . . a quiet mind, like the surface of a still pond, provides a clearer reflection. _/!\_

17. Grannymar - February 20, 2013

‘If we are able to maintain our equilibrium in the midst of life challenges, we are on our way!’ I so agree with this.

When the chips are down, I sit and visualise myself walking along a beach with the sun on my back and the warm water lapping at my feet. In Ireland that is very much a pipe dream.

nrhatch - February 20, 2013

I love your visualization, Grannymar. I spent the tail end of the afternoon sitting in the sun. And smiling. 😀

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