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Dive Deep July 21, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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ChessIt’s challenging to be around people (even those we adore), when they seek constant reassurance and admiration for each new handbag or pair of shoes.

Or desire that we mirror their shifting emotions (from glad to mad to sad).

Or ask that we validate their daily choice of books, sports, movies, or “must see TV.”

Mickey-Diver“And yet not choice but habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ~ William Wordsworth

Here’s to diving DEEP . . . far below the distracting currents!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Stuck in the Shallows (Find Your Middle Ground)

A Strand of Pearls July 13, 2015

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Frog-CircusSimple pleasures are life’s treasures.

As we commune with nature, laugh with friends, inhale fragrant aromas, or savor a good meal, we bring attention, focus, and awareness to the present moment.

We are present (here)
for the present (gift)
of the present (now)

That presence presents us with an immediate mood boost, a shot of instant gratification.

Chinaman-fishingAuthentic being
is revealed, floating in a
sea of contentment

Moments of presence, strung together like pearls, form a fulfilling life strand.

Be Here Now.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Instant Gratification or Fulfillment? (The Water Witch’s Daughter)

Giving Up The Ghost July 9, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Life Lessons, Mindfulness.
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As we let go of the unreal, the real is revealed.

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“I am that I am.”

Look deep, the answers lie within.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Living From The Core July 7, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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220px-TennieldumdeeLiving from the core, we let go of Ego’s incessant demands and desires for more, more, more.

We no longer look to Tweedle Dum or Tweedle Dee to bolster our false self with applause, accolades, approval, and acknowledgment.

After all . . . what do THEY know about who we are meant to be?

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As we reclaim our integrity, our wholeness, we notice increased harmony in what we think, what we say, and what we do:

* If animal rights matter to us, we adopt a vegetarian lifestyle to honor that value.

Even if Tweedle Dum thinks we’re being foolish.

* If sustainable living matters, we downsize and simplify to live in accordance with that value.

Even if Tweedle Dee looks down on us for downsizing.

Each step toward authenticity causes us to smile.  More and more often, we find ourselves thinking, “who I am is who I want to be.”

Unconcerned that Tweedle Dum and Dee disagree.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Your Life Is Your Message (Val)

What Do THEY Know? July 4, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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7dwarfsOnce we see that our thoughts and opinions are not “the truth” . . . we see that the thoughts and opinions of others are also not “the truth.”

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard

That realization allows us to let go of the constant craving for external applause, approval, accolades, and acknowledgment.

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. ~ Johannes Kepler

The-Pink-PantherAfter all . . . what do THEY know?

Some people like you, some people don’t. In the end you just have to be yourself. ~ Andres Iniesta

Happy Independence Day!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Late For A Date With Fate June 30, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Life Lessons, Poetry, Synchronicity & Mystery.
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We hear rumblings and rumors
A madman gunning for a village

We can save them
By sounding the alarm

We race
Quickening our pace

We can’t be late
For our date with fate

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In the dark woods
We stumble upon a babe
Lost and alone
Defensiveless

Do we stop and render aid
knowing the entire village will die
If we don’t sound the alarm?

Or do we race
Quickening our pace

Refusing to be late
For our date with fate?

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Do we ever know the full impact
of choices we make

Or are we consigned to stumbling
Amid the rumblings

Of a future we can’t quite see . . .

As the petals unfold and open
One by one by one

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Aah . . . that’s better!

That’s Just Ducky! June 2, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.
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Ego (the false self, the illusionist, the imposter, the story-teller) will do anything to keep us off balance.

It is always churning the waters.

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When we practice mindfulness, we no longer believe all the thoughts we think.

We let go of the notion that “I think IT, therefore IT is.”

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Instead, our authentic self  (the still silent observer) watches the ticker-tape parade of thoughts pop up in rapid-fire succession.

As our awareness increases, our aim improves.  We get better at shooting toxic thoughts down as soon as they pop up.

Instead of being thrown off balance by non-productive thoughts, we watch Ego’s ineffectual attempts to “stir the pot” with detached amusement.

We see that Ego is just a big fat QUACK!

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Once we “wake up,” the stormy seas left in Ego’s wake dissipate.

Instead of getting worked up over this, that, and the other thing (or even nothing at all), we mindfully manage our thoughts.

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I am not the thoughts I think.
My thoughts are not “me.”

I am the silent observer of thoughts that arise.
The detached witness.

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I can identify with the thoughts Ego tosses at me.
Or allow them to drift away.

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”What are you ~ a god, an angel, a saint?”

“No,” replied The Buddha, “I am A-W-A-K-E.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Calm Self-Awareness May 27, 2015

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

Why It’s Important NOT To Give A Shit! May 25, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Life Lessons, People.
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In the following clip, Carlin discusses the dissonance between who he thought he was and who he really was and how he shifted mid-career from someone who was on stage to entertain by pleasing people to someone who was on stage to share his honest thoughts with the world.

One reason people claim that there are “no mistakes in life, only lessons” is because (if we pay attention), everything teaches us something.  We are always evolving, shaped by our experiences with people, places, and things:

* We try X, it doesn’t resonate, so we cross X off the list b/c X is not what we are here for.

* We try Y, it fits likes a glove, so we keep doing Y, until we are prompted to move past Y and onto Z.

I suspect Carlin didn’t feel as much dissonance at the outset of his career.  But once he saw his peers (Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, Grace Slick) shrugging off the status quo, he knew he needed to head in the same direction.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The-Pink-Panther* He who trims himself to suit everyone else will soon whittle himself away. ~ Raymond Hull

* Trust yourself and you will know how to live. ~ Goethe

* You don’t need a permission slip to live your life.

* Be who you are and say what you mean, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

Related posts: Speak Your Truth Quietly & Clearly * Letting Ourselves Be Seen * Pretence Is It Needed? (Candid Impressions)

SILENCE! May 23, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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I enjoy silence.

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During the day, we don’t have the TV on or music playing.

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Instead, we listen to the whir of the ceiling fan, the ticking of the clock, the rustle of palm fronds, the quack of the duck, and . . .

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. . . the loud insistence of The Cat.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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