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The Cat & The Caterpillar January 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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When I got to the fork, I saw a giant mushroom.  On it perched a Hookah Smoking Caterpillar.

“Hmm . . . curious and curiouser.”

From a floating smile, the Cheshire Cat emerged.

I asked the Cat and the Caterpillar, “Which way should I go?”

The Cat just grinned.

With that, the Caterpillar sat and started to chat, rather randomly at first and then with increasing clarity and wisdom:

Happiness is not waiting for us at the end of the road ~ it’s found here and now, by enjoying each step along the way!

“A good traveler has no set plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

I decided I was already exactly where I needed to be . . . so I sat to chat.

With the Cat and the Caterpillar.

And that was that.

I never reached the bend in the road.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Settling Into Unsettling Feelings September 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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A few days ago, some unsettling feelings were creating inner tension.

I settled into them and watched as they floated away.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Feelings without Grasping or Aversion (A Buddhist’s Journey)

Objection! Hearsay. August 29, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.
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Through direct personal experience, we can come to know/ sense a higher power . . .  something outside us that’s also within us . . . a part of the whole.

But it’s somewhat impossible to PROVE the existence of that inner power to others unless (a) they’re willing to rely on hearsay, or (b) they experience it for themselves.

God dwells with me as me.

God is the breath within the breath.

Look deep.  The answers lie within.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Clear, Calm, and Focused December 8, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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The Why:

The How:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation

Living Carefree November 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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This video has been my meditation companion for the past few days.

It’s a terrific antidote to Pointlessly Pondering Poisonous Politics:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Sitting In Meditative Silence September 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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When I sit in meditative silence, my mind sometimes views that as an opportunity to race about like a road runner on a super-charged pogo-stick.

Some mornings I encourage it to “settle down.”

Other times I just watch with amused detachment.

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s Next? August 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Peace in knowing . . . and in not knowing

Always prepared . . . to be unprepared

Reveling in the mystery
Surrounded by uncertainty
In a vast field of possibility

What’s next?

Who knows?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Prana Flows & Flows July 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Taking time to breathe
Balancing effort and ease
Prana flows and flows

Aah . . . that’s better!

Headache Relief August 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Headaches are HORRID. I can’t seem to accomplish anything when my head is pounding.  If you need help ridding your head of unwanted tenants, consider meditation.

At worst, it will be an inexpensive experiment.

The more “antsy” your mind . . . the greater the benefit you may receive from calming it with breathing & meditation practice.

The next time you feel a headache coming on, take 10 minutes out to practice this short meditation to head off the pain:

Find a Relaxing Posture. …
Breathe Deeply. …
Mentally Scan Your Skull for Points of Tension. …
Scan Downward Through the Rest of Your Body. …
Calm Your Mind by Focusing on the Sound of Your Breath.

From: Meditation for Headache Relief  | HuffPost

Too complicated?   Just close your eyes and B~R~E~A~T~H~E!

Or give a listen to a moving piece of music and go with the flow:

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Distracted? This Might Be Why . . . March 13, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Are finding it harder to stay focused on one thing at a time?

This could be why:

Your Smartphone Might Be Dumbing Down Your Brain!

Every time you switch tasks, your brain needs a moment or two to find its bearings. And the more you engage in rapid task-shuffling, the harder it becomes for you to ignore distractions and stay focused, he says. That could be because media multitasking may weaken your brain’s anterior cingulate cortex, a region involved in high-level information and emotion processing, according to research from University College London.

Your brain may also suffer from a lack of downtime—those small breaks, like waiting in line at the grocery store, when we all used to daydream instead of staring at our phones.

Want to counter-balance the impact technology may be having on your ability to concentrate?

Check out this article:

Brain Health: Stay Focused & Eliminate Distractions (Time)

Aah . . . that’s better!