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The Flying Monkey November 19, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

2014-11-17 12-05-45_0022Once upon a place and time, a monkey flew through the jungle, clinging and swinging from vine to vine.

Ignorant of his true nature, he clung to the belief that he could fly only when swinging and clinging from one vine to the next.

He swung as he clung and clung as he swung.

Afraid to “let go.”

Until the day he woke up and remembered who he was.

No longer attached to the vines and entwined beliefs that had held him back, he found his wings and soared.

FlyLike a flying monkey, the Mind swings from thought to thought until we wake up and “let go.”

No longer attached to stories about the past or future fears, we fly through the Eternal Now.

And live happily ever after on a moment by moment basis.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Love and Gratitude November 11, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

IMGP1472aWhen life seems too iffy (and precarious) or I feel off balance (and out of sorts), the easiest way for me to move from shifting sands of doubt to being grounded in the Here and Now is to meditate on two words . . .

Love and Gratitude

In that space, I stop rowing and put down the oars.

Peace surfaces.
Life flows.

And I flow with it . . .

As the path unfolds before me.
Here, Now.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Loving What Is November 9, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

2014-11-22 12-34-09_0013Loving What Is by Byron Katie (2002) focuses on letting go of toxic thoughts that cause unnecessary suffering.

As we become aware of our “inner spin doctor” (who creates turmoil with stories based on lies and half truths), we learn to let go of the spin.

We begin to accept the “what is” as it is.

We let go of fears and doubts and allow peace to surface.

We stop resisting reality and learn to “go with the flow” of the present moment as the path unfolds before us.

Here, Now.

Aah . . . that’s better!

We carry around so many memories, intentions, and concepts in the pockets of the mind.  Keep emptying your pockets.  ~ Writing on Water, Mooji

Related post:  Pondering ~ Accepting What Is (Find Your Middle Ground)

A Test of the Emergency Humor Network November 3, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, People.

Test.  This is a test of the Emergency Humor Network.

 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


Say something funny. 


My sense of humor is MIA.

 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


This was only a test of the Emergency Humor Network.

If this had been an actual Emergency, you would have heard me howling and yowling through cyber space.

Again.  This was only a test.  

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Grumpy gus

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  5 Reasons to Stop Ignoring Negative Emotions (Think Simple Now)

LOLAPIMP October 29, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke.

Donald-Duck-LaughingSometimes I laugh so hard I can’t “contain” myself.

I’m laughing so hard that commencing Kegel maneuvers is beyond my ken.

Between gales of laughter, I just have to “let go” and “go with the flow.”



Let’s hope our Funny Bone Chakras NEVER dry up on us.

Life is better with laughter.

Aah . . . that’s better!

* LOLAPIMP = Laughing Out Loud And Peeing In My Pants

A Baker’s Dozen October 27, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, People.

Grumpy gus1. We each have the same number of choices to make each moment of each waking hour:  What to think about NOW . . . and NOW . . . and NOW . . . and NOW.

2.  If we think grateful, kind, compassionate thoughts, we are happier than when we think about all the reasons why we are disgruntled with the current state of affairs.  Don’t rush to take offense.

3.  There is no Universal Mandate for all.  We each need to be guided from within based on our values, our experiences, and our truths (which may change over time).

4. Embrace the present moment.  Release your grip on the past.  Keep moving forward. No thing’s meant to last.


5.  Attempting to satisfy Ego is futile ~ Ego is a mask; it can never be satisfied.  With no Ego, we ride the crest of the now . . . with bliss as our constant companion.  We desire only what we already possess.  Here.  Now.  Just Be.

6.  The BEST thing about not working ~> MORE time to do LESS.

7.  I limit my shopping frustration by limiting my shopping and NEVER going when I’m in a rush. Most weeks we shop only for groceries.  And cat treats.

8.  I’m OK with the idea that I am not going to change the world. Instead I try to make a difference in the lives of people I see every day.

9.  The pope’s decision to label someone a “saint” (or a “sinner”) has no impact on how I view the world ~> his decision is irrelevant since I can’t imagine using the Roman Catholic Church or its edicts as a yardstick for my life.

10.   If IT makes me feel GOOD now, IT is good for me NOW. This yardstick helps me enjoy things in moderation . . . because too much of any IT makes me feel bad NOW.

black-cat11.  Reading a cat’s mind is easy.  All you need is a Magic 8 Ball, Tarot cards, tea leaves, or a pair of dice.

It’s a crap shoot since cats are FICKLE.  And they use the same barometer I do: “If IT makes me feel GOOD now, IT is good for me NOW.”

12.  You can only reason with reason-able people.  Ego is not reason-able.  Neither is your cat.

13.  Quotes are like post-its for the mind ~ they help us remember the lessons we’ve learned.

Aah . . . that’s better!

How To Lose Weight FAST October 19, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Home & Garden, Humor, Sustainable Living.

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Next time you feel stressed, overweight, or sluggish, give Reverse Retail Therapy a try:

1. Fill a box with stuff you no longer need.

2. Donate it to a local thrift or consignment store.

3. There . . . you feel lighter already, don’t you?

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Aah . . . that’s better!

For more:  How To DeClutter (Think Simple Now) * Out of Sight is Not Out of Mind (Raptitude) * Everything You Own is a Relationship You’re In (Raptitude)

Be Right AND Be Happy October 1, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

The question “would you rather be right or happy?” implies that we can be one OR the other, but NOT both.

But what if they aren’t mutually exclusive objectives?

Little-Miss-BrainyThe left brain is concerned with judgment.  It looks at life through the FILTER of past experience.

And, like the Ego, it wants to be right . . . at any cost.

In contrast, the right brain is concerned with experiencing the moment . . . the only place happiness resides.

It grooves to tunes, savors food, and gets inspired by nature by staying in direct contact with the NOW.

Tigger-BouncingIt doesn’t evaluate, judge, or superimpose the past on the present.

It doesn’t worry about the future.

So, what happens when we move from left brain analysis to right brain experiential living?

We are happy being right ~> right here and now!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Going Wrong . . . Happily September 29, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.

santa on the beachIs it better to be “right” or “happy”?

Stated another way:

If a belief makes us happy, does it matter that it’s based on a mistaken assumption?

Let’s take a child’s naive faith in a divine, caring, paternalistic deity.

Or in Santa Claus, if you prefer.

Is that naive belief a “stepping stone” to greater understanding of the cosmos and the child’s place in it?

Or is it a crutch?

220px-EdisonDiscLabelBunkIf a child is happy believing in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy . . . should we burst his bubble?

Should we point out the fallacy of mistaken beliefs, even if it causes “happy idiots” to become “troubled existentialists”?

Is it better to be “right” or “happy”?

Stay tuned ~> maybe we don’t have to choose!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Life Is Like Playing Mario Brothers September 3, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness.

200px-March-hareIn Mario Brothers, as we move from “where we are” to “where we want to be,” we keep a look out for hidden clues and secret portals.

Each that we find reveals a short cut to success on our journey from Here to There.

We follow the path to see what waits around the next corner.

We keep following the trail of “breadcrumbs” and eventually arrive where we are meant to be . . .

At a tea party hosted by the March Hare and the Mad Hatter!

Aah . . . that’s better!

When you don’t know, go with the flow.  Have faith you’ll end up where you need to be when you need to be there.

Besides, let’s say you veer off course, how are you ever gonna know?


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