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V is for Visualize January 25, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Magick & Mystery.
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Close your eyes.
Visualize.

Mickey-SurferVisualize the life you want to live AS IF you’re already living it.

* See yourself hitting a hole-in-one.

* Feel yourself balancing on a paddleboard, wind in your ears.

* Picture yourself at your healthiest & happiest.

Creating new synapses helps prune away the “dead wood” that weighs us down.

No longer choked by weeds, our lives burst into bloom.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

On a related note:  How to Become a Luckier Person Overnight (Raptitude)

Playing Tug-Of-War with Elephants January 19, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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2015-03-04 14-23-45_0027Having had more than a few “dark days” when my sense of humor was MIA, I’ve learned to stop wrestling with thoughts that threaten to drown me in the abyss.

Instead of playing a losing game of tug-of-war with elephants, I “let go” of my end of the rope and walk away.

Trusting the Universe to unfold as it should until I am once again ready to steer into the wind.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”  ~ Henry Ward Beecher

The Ephemeral Grin of the Cheshire Cat January 7, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, People.
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220px-AdvertYoungsTheHatterVictorianEraBridgeportCTI enjoy being around people who are vibrant, upbeat, and happy.

Who look at the positives at least as long as the negatives.

Who can engage in intelligent conversation.

And silly banter.

In the same laugh-riddled breath.

Without getting tangled up in pointless linguistic briars.

Who don’t stress and obsess about this, that, and the other thing.

Or even nothing at all.

* Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused. ~  Unknown

Cheshire_Cat_TennielI tend to avoid those who choose to play the part of “perpetual victim.”

Without ever attempting to stand on their own four feet.

Or who try to manipulate me with strategic weapons (e.g., guilt, fear, carrots, or compliments).

While wearing insincere grins.

As ephemeral as that worn by the Cheshire Cat.

Before it vanished into thin air.

* Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. ~ Alexander Pope

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Unblocked Mind January 5, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Donald-DuckaWhen we are imprisoned by stale thoughts and emotions, we are not free.

When we are blocked by fear, guilt, anger, resentment, etc., we are not free.

But we are both jailer and jailed.

We hold the keys.

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We can choose to “let go” of anything that no longer serves us whenever it suits us.

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

The unblocked mind is free to flow like a river, the wind, a breath, or a cloud with no hesitation.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu

The unblocked mind hears the heart when it whispers . . . Just Flow.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

A Few For “The Bucket” December 31, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Magick & Mystery.
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I crossed a few items off my Bucket List in 2015.  And not just mundane stuff, like traipsing through IKEA for the first (and last) time . . . real stuff which gave us a chance to explore new-to-us vistas, venues, and adventures.

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At the Florida Railroad Museum, we went on a train ride . . . to nowhere.  In a vintage rail car.

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We chose to sit in the AIR-CONDITIONED lounge car for the hour long trip from Here to There and back again.

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As the journey unfolded, we noticed an “elephant graveyard” filled with side cars that had been side-lined.

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We toured the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa where Teddy Roosevelt stayed with some of his rough riders at the turn of the last century.

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We wandered around Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island the day before the Gasparilla Inn and Golf Course opened for seasonal snowbirds.

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The greens (and blues) invited us to linger longer.

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This mission’s shady courtyard invited us in.

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On our way home, we stumbled across the Hatch Gallery in Placida.

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And another charming cottage gallery in Placida . . . which gave me an idea for Halloween (see below).

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But before we get there . . .

Did you hear the one about the pirate, the cat, and the vulture?

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Me neither!  I always thought pirates preferred parrots the way gentlemen prefer blondes!

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Well, if pirates can reject standard stereotypes, so can I!  So I dyed my hair purple for Halloween.

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So what if it looked more mauve than purple . . . I didn’t want to stop traffic!

Let’s see . . . what else?  Oh, yeah . . . I won a Hula Hoop Contest.

My secret weapon?  No other contestants!

And I went snow tubing.  In flip flops!  At a Taste of Chanukah.

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After sliding down the slippery slope of snow and landing in a slush pit at the bottom, I refueled by noshing on potato knish and latkes.

Woot!  Woot!

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We joined a Full Moon Meditation on the beach to create positive intentions and to release bad habits . . . by setting fire to them!

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It’s working!  Now I always know what to do . . . except when I don’t.

Aah . . . that’s better!

May the Season’s Best Be Yours! December 25, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Less IS More.
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Aah . . . that’s better!

Hop On The Bus, Gus! December 1, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Happiness, Humor, People.
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J.K. Rowling gave a commencement speech at Harvard one year.

In that speech she said, “You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity.”

I agree with her . . . and with Oprah.

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Island Trolley by Barbara Hines ~ Anna Maria Island Art

The Flying Monkey November 19, 2015

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

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