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Calm Self-Awareness May 27, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Many folks think that MORE achievement will bring them MORE money to buy MORE things which they believe will bring them MORE happiness.

Often they are disappointed as they tick the boxes and find that they are MORE stressed and LESS happy.

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Be honest with yourself. The world is not honest with you. The world loves hypocrisy. When you are honest with yourself you find the road to inner peace.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

When we’re tapped into our authentic self / our inner artist, we’re in tune with a “higher vibration” that allows life to flow.

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Remaining mindful of our thoughts (to make sure they don’t lead us down the wrong road) pays dividends ~> think of all the time and energy we save by not driving around endless loops, taking divergent detours, and/or getting stuck watching tedious replays.

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Calm self-awareness allows the Tao to surface and illuminate our journey as the path unfolds before us.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Related Post:  Be Honest With Yourself (The Middle Ground)


1. Val Boyko - May 27, 2015

Honestly, this looks like a fun exhibit 🙂
Thank you for the link … and a perspective that woke me up this morning!

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

Morning, Val! The exhibit (Zoominations at Lowry Park Zoo) added a colorful whimsy to our visit.

To see the lights at night:

Val Boyko - May 27, 2015

It certainly does!

2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - May 27, 2015

I love those peacocks!! What a beautiful experience!

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

Glad the peacocks don’t seem too cocky ~ that can be a real turn off! Much better to radiate calm self awareness. :mrgreen:

I plan to share some more photos from Zoominations soon . . . the elephants were gorgeous.

3. Pix Under the Oaks - May 27, 2015

Very interesting. I have watched the videeohhh twice. I have things to say… 😉 Once again, I would like to be sitting on your back deck, walking down to the City Pier, or sitting in the AC on your couch. Have to wait till January… dang. Another good post, Nancy. I am pretty sure that “more” doesn’t make us happy and that there is really something to being honest with ourselves and finding “inner peace”… yep.

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

Morning, Pix! Right now, January seems a L~O~N~G way off. But I’m sure it’ll be here before we can blink 3x. Seems like I just packed away the Christmas decorations and now it’s JUNE!

Switching to an internal yardstick to measure our “success” allows us to flow more easily through life since we have only One Yardstick to use.

In contrast, if we use an external yardstick . . . whose do we choose?

Pix Under the Oaks - May 27, 2015

Agreed on the internal yardstick!

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

So much easier than wandering about on the shifting sands of external expectations.

4. heart2heartrelationships.net - May 27, 2015

Reblogged this on Alicia Speaks and commented:
How Do You Define Success?

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

Here’s to following our heart!

heart2heartrelationships.net - May 28, 2015


5. jo(e) - May 27, 2015

Agreed! And I loved the video.

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

The School of Life has a number of excellent videos on youtube. Well worth watching.

6. Jill Weatherholt - May 27, 2015

I wish I were on that colorful path right now, Nancy. I loved the video.

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

We enjoyed Zoominations during the day ~ it looks even more “illuminating” at night.

Glad you enjoyed The School of Life video ~ I plan to go back and watch a few more.

7. L. Marie - May 27, 2015

What a colorful exhibit!
I really, really needed to see that video, Nancy. Oh my word. I’ve tired of stumbling around with “uh uh uh” whenever someone asks me what I do. As if that defined me. 😦

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

Exactly! When I stopped practicing law, I didn’t know how to respond to that question.

If who we are is what we do . . . who are we when we don’t?

8. Silver in the Barn - May 27, 2015

An excellent video, thank you, Nancy. Losers vs. Unfortunates particularly struck me. It is a double-edged sword to put forth the fable that we can do and be anything when, in fact, it’s not that easy. Many, many words of wisdom in this video. I hope it gets a lot of views.

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

Sometimes all we can do is play the hand we are dealt . . . even if the individual cards leave something to be desired.

9. brickhousechick - May 27, 2015

Yes, please! Yo quiero mas calm self-awareness! 🙂

nrhatch - May 27, 2015

It’s like carving a block of marble ~> the essential is revealed once the extraneous is chipped away.

As we look within, “calm” surfaces as “not calm” drifts away.

10. NancyTex - May 27, 2015

As they say in fashion, less is more!

nrhatch - May 28, 2015

A favorite mantra of mine. In a world overflowing with choices and distractions, it’s nice to simplify and narrow the scope to those things which resonate.

11. Scaredy L. Marie | El Space–The Blog of L. Marie - May 28, 2015

[…] Don’t worry. I don’t do this in public much. But once again, a post at Nancy Hatch’s blog hit me where I live. It’s this one: https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/calm-self-awareness/ […]

nrhatch - May 28, 2015

Excellent post on Status Anxiety, Linda!

You nailed it ~ status anxiety is ubiquitous in today’s world. It impacts where we live, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and how we respond to the “what do you do?” question. People love to label us to determine which pigeon-hole to shove us in . . . as if we were a butterfly to pin to a specimen board.

But we are far more than what we do. No single question, occupation, or experience can encapsulate the totality of who we are. We defy categories.

Gandolf has the RIGHT idea!

L. Marie - May 28, 2015

He certainly does! Thanks again for this post!

nrhatch - May 28, 2015

And thank you for sharing!

12. Jacqueline King - May 28, 2015

Love the bright, colourful photos, Nancy! You’re so right ~ the trouble with always chasing after ‘more’ is that’s it becomes addictive and you can never have ‘enough’. The video is excellent ~ explains it all so clearly and directly. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

nrhatch - May 28, 2015

Morning Jacqueline! Once we lessen any “status anxiety” we feel, we begin to live life according to our terms ~> choosing to do and be what WE WANT instead of wasting time and energy worrying about what may or may not impress others.

It’s so liberating to let go of that constant craving for external accolades, applause, approval and acknowledgment.

13. Pix Under the Oaks - May 28, 2015

It is a powerful, thought provoking, soul searching post. I forgot to hit ‘like’ yesterday!

nrhatch - May 28, 2015

Zoom! Hope you had a great time in St. Louis.

We went and picked tomatoes (a bucket for $3!) at Hunsader Farms and stopped at the Shake Pit (first visit) for fries and chocolate/ vanilla swirl soft serve. A class of 3rd graders were there on a field trip. It was LOUD and FUN! Lots of laughter.

14. colonialist - May 28, 2015

Won calmness; won self-awareness; and won and won makes Tao! 🙂

nrhatch - May 28, 2015

Very punny, Col!

Grannymar - May 29, 2015

That Col, is a wizard with words!

nrhatch - May 29, 2015

A regular whiz kid.

15. Grannymar - May 29, 2015

Hard graft has been my life and and completing a tast was gain enough for me.

nrhatch - May 29, 2015

Glad ta hear it, GM! For me, it depends on the task and just how much hard work is involved. :mrgreen:

16. Tiny - May 29, 2015

It is so true that we can only see the path in front of us if we’re calm and aware. Too much of “stuff” tends to block the view 🙂

nrhatch - May 29, 2015

Yes! A still pond provides a more accurate reflection.

Tiny - May 29, 2015


17. beeblu - May 30, 2015

“We live in a world of snobs” – ain’t that the truth!

A lovely piece in the NYT on the small, happy life:


nrhatch - May 30, 2015

Wonderful article ~ here’s to a “small font” life! Thanks for the link, BB.

18. Three Well Beings - June 2, 2015

I think for some reason this is a message the universe is giving me today! Just an hour ago, at work, I was told that one of the executive directors in one department, someone who has had this job a long time, has stepped down to do something entirely creative and completely outside of the life he’s been living. It’s living an authentic, artist’s life, so to speak, and of course, everyone is shaking their heads instead of applauding! I think he should be an example. 🙂 I love, love, love those peacocks!

nrhatch - June 2, 2015

That’s awesome, Debra. So great that he is claiming the freedom to step outside the current parameters of his life to create something different.

I got a kick out of those peacocks ~> the “new” thing in lawn ornamentation! :mrgreen:

19. jannatwrites - August 17, 2015

I love those peacocks and would like them in my yard! Wise observations, you’ve made. More money doesn’t equate to more happiness. We only have one life, so we should be mindful of our choices

nrhatch - August 17, 2015

The island just south of us has a flock of peacocks and peahens (about 200) that roost in the trees and call loudly to each other.

Silk peacocks allow for “calm awareness.” :mrgreen:

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