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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)

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!

From See To Shining See May 21, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Mindfulness, Nature, Word Play.
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Florida is not all blue skies and palm trees.

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We also enjoy pink spring blossoms.

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Framed by palm fronds.

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And budding families of Sandhill Cranes.

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Brilliant reds dot the landscape.

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While Great White Egrets patrol for lizards al fresco.

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Gardens may be a wild riot of competing colors.

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Or a single shade of shade-loving ground cover.

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That’s why I keep my eyes open when prowling from see to shining see!

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Here . . . see for yourself:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Relax . . . You’re On Island Time May 19, 2015

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

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Days filled with discovery and awe and magic.  Moments to just be, breathe, and soak it all in.

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Time to notice how palm fronds sway and seagulls hover.  Time to feel the dock sway beneath your feet.

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Time to share contagious laughter and infectious smiles.

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Time to wade in the water, stretch out on a secluded stretch of beach, or cool off with a dip in the pool.

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Time to stow the car and travel by bike or trolley or boat.

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Time to linger over coffee at sunrise or search the shore for shells.

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Time to make tracks in the sand.

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Time to gather poolside.

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And enjoy a refreshing adult beverage.

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Time to stroll and meander and inhale the sea breeze.

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Time to soak up the sun under cloudless blue skies.

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Time to open up to wonder.

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Time to paint a nature study or study a painting.

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Time to awaken your inner artist.

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Time to dine al fresco.

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Time to stretch out, relax . . . and feel right at home.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Creating A Zen Garden May 13, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Mindfulness, Nature.
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Ego’s appetite for accolades, approval, acclaim, acknowledgment, applause, admiration, etc., etc., etc., is insatiable.

The bigger it gets, the more often it asks to be fed.

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It is up to us to cut it down to size.

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Allowing the rest of the garden to emerge from shade to sunlight.

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TIP:  To remove tenacious roots, use a bulldozer.

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Once we evict overgrown and overblown tenants, we can replant.

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Mulching new blooms with care to prevent weeds from taking root.

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Buoyed by success, we expand our efforts to encompass other beds.

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Transforming a landscape of uncontrolled chaos into an oasis of peace.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Today Matters May 11, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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Eeyore-SittingToday matters.

Today’s experiences form the foundation for all our tomorrows.

A bucket is filled drop by drop.

That said, most of what we do today won’t matter one whit ten years from now.

Tigger-PogoEdges soften.
Mistakes recede.
Recollections cloud.
Pain fades.

Just be.

Just bounce.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  How to Make Bad Days Okay (Raptitude)

Talk About The Midnight Rambler May 7, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Mindfulness.
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StreetlightWhen mom moved in with my younger brother and his family, my techie sibling set up motion detectors, infared lights, and alarms to monitor mom’s nocturnal wanderings and midnight rambles.

If she walks from bedroom to bathroom and back, it doesn’t break the beam and no alarm sounds.

If she walks outside the expected trajectory, an alarm goes off and my brother heads down to investigate.

One week, the alarm went off in my brother’s bedroom at 1 am, 3 am, and midnight on two different nights:

* The first time she said she was going marketing with my brother’s wife.
* The second time she said she was heading out for a walk.
* The last time she said she got up to make coffee for my other brother (who was sound asleep . . . 2000 miles away).

Scruffy-CatEach time, my brother managed to direct mom back to bed . . . with only minimal disruption to the household’s beauty sleep.

Aah . . . that’s better!

TIP: Parents of teens (prone to wandering in the wee hours) might also find this type of technology useful.

Live, Love, Laugh, Learn April 21, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Tigger-Looking-At-His-TailAs we live, love, laugh, and learn, we evolve.

We transform from “who we are” to become more fully “who we want to be.”

We stop using an external yardstick to measure our “success.”  Instead we focus on the contentment, peace and happiness we feel within.

We let go of the need to impress others with fame, fortune, and other trappings (and traps) of material success.

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We no longer barter our time for $’s at the expense of our values.

We stop accumulating clutter and refuse to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.

We begin to see that less is more.  We lessen our attachment to stuff and clear our lives of the extraneous to make room for the essential.

We strive to live with integrity, honesty, and authenticity.  We sense increasing harmony in what we think, what we say, and what we do.

Broccoli-Mocking-StewieWe stop defending our reputation.  What they think of us is none of our business.

We let go of anger and resentment and learn to forgive ourselves and others.  We stop stewing in our own juices over perceived transgressions.

We begin to see the innocence in acts and omissions.  Instead of rushing to judgment, we advocate on behalf of others.

We envision best case scenarios instead of assuming the worst.

We develop an attitude of gratitude as we engage in simple pleasures.  We let go of greed.

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Through mindfulness and meditation, we cultivate peace of mind and compassion.

Unwilling to create unnecessary suffering, we enjoy more meatless meals ~ a win for us, the animals, and our precious planet.

We revel in mystery and synchronicity.  We trust intuition, knowing it surfaces from the wisdom within.

We share what we learn, often offering a different perspective.

Mickey-DiverWe flow with life instead of exhausting ourselves by struggling against the current.

We accept the “what is” as it is ~ here, now. We don’t dwell on a past we can’t change or a future that may never arrive at our door.

And when inevitable waves toss us around, we use our sense of humor as an approved flotation device.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Like a water-wheel, filling and emptying its buckets over and over as it turns, we empty out who we were, to become more fully who we are. If we hang on to Ego concerns, our buckets do not empty . . .  leaving less room for growth.

Related post:  Want to Succeed?  Let Go.  (Think Simple Now)

Synchronicity x 3! April 13, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Mindfulness, Synchronicity & Mystery.
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Mickey-SurfingThree times in three days, synchronicity has whispered at my door:

(1) On Thursday, in her comment on A Quagmire of Obtuse Construction, Barbara (Silver in the Barn) mentioned The Elements of Style. 

That night, the Final Jeopardy answer was . . . The Elements of Style.

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(2) On Friday, I watched Annie (2014) for the first time.

What an adorable attitude <~ Annie’s . . . not Ms. Hannigan’s.

That night, as I resumed my bedtime reading of A Woman’s Place, the author mentioned Annie:

Still I wondered whether Kikit was in bed and what babies were sleeping with her and if she was singing them to sleep in her child-sweet soprano ~ my little Annie, singing her favorite, “Tomorrow,” pretending that I was listening and beaming with pride. ~ p. 176

The Universe’s orchestration made me grin.

I just happened to stumble into the only mention of Annie in the 405-page book on the very night I watched Annie . . . for the first time ever.

Perfect timing!  Especially since I only managed to read 10 pages that night before turning out the light.

(3) On Saturday, I added Annie (1982) (with Carol Burnett) and Annie (1999) (with Kathy Bates) to my Netflix queue.  Ever helpful, Netflix tossed out a suggestion ~> Black Narcissus (1947).  Glancing at the synopsis, I ignored the suggestion.

Maybe I shouldn’t have.

On Sunday, while scrolling through TV channels at lunch, I saw Black Narcissus being aired on PBS.

Maybe the Universe is trying to tell me something?  Let’s hope it’s NOT whispering, “Get thee to a nunnery!”

Aah . . . that’s better! 

RX For Happiness April 4, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Life Lessons, Mindfulness.
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Robert Louis Stevenson penned this prescription for happiness:

Tree-Frog-PerchedMake up your mind to be happy.
Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

Make the best of your circumstances.
No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life.

The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Frog-CircusYou can’t please everybody.
Don’t let criticism worry you.

Don’t let your neighbor set your standards.
Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.

Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than the actual ones.

Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges.

Tree-Frog-PerchedaDon’t hold post-mortems.  Don’t spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes.  Don’t be one who never gets over things.

Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.

Aah . . . that’s better!

And for an extra dose of Happy:

 

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