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A Quick Quiz March 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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What iconic landmark springs to mind when someone says:

“Architecturally and culturally speaking, it’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

C’mon.  Give it a go!

What world famous building or structure is worthy to be referred to as “Miami’s Eiffel Tower”?

It’s famous.
World famous.

It’s iconic.
It’s a landmark.

It’s located in Miami.

C’mon.
This should be the easiest quiz ever!

Then again, maybe, just maybe, the description threw you off.

Maybe the structure in question is NONE of those things.

Here it is . . .

aerial view of Miami Marine Stadium

Do you recognize it?

Would you describe it by saying:

“Architecturally and culturally speaking, it’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

No?
Neither would I.

Maybe the inflated description used by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to describe Miami’s Marine Stadium is just ridiculous hyperbole used in an attempt to elevate the mundane to the magical.

Why do people use such ridiculous hyperbole?

To gain airspace?
To get people to tune in and listen?

To raise money for “good causes”?
To assuage low self-esteem?

More to the point ~> how can we make them stop?

I know!  Maybe we need to get better at tuning them out.

Mais oui!
Exactement!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Miami Marine Stadium’s History and Planned Restoration

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3-Minute Mindfulness February 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Want to learn how to “keep calm and carry on” when life tosses you a curve ball?

David (at Raptitude) is offering a free mindfulness course with 5 simple lessons:

It will teach you:

  • What mindfulness actually is
  • Three ways you can practice it anytime, anywhere
  • Why you might want to do that

Your homework is literally one minute a day. 

Got that?  Five quick lessons in five days.

Interested?

Sign up HERE by providing your e-mail address.  The lessons will arrive in your e-mail box at no charge.

At the conclusion of the course, you’ll get information on signing up for Camp Calm (David’s 30 day meditation course), along with other tips and techniques to reinforce your new mindfulness practice.

There is NO obligation to enroll in Camp Calm.  Per David:  “If you just want to do the mini-course and leave it at that—no worries, and no hard feelings.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  A Simple Trick For Becoming A Calmer Person (Raptitude)

 

 

Three Zebras and an Ass February 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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IMGP2754bThree zebras wandered a dirt road enjoying the day, convivial conversation alternating with companionable silence.

An enormous ass ambled over to them and began to bray.  Loudly.

The ass, delighted to have an audience for his grievances, complained about the weather, the surface of the road, the cost of carrots, his mother-in-law’s tongue, the state of the barn . . .

As the ass dumped his ponderous pile of dung at the zebras’ hooves, the zebras did their best to cheer him up.

To no avail.

No matter what the zebras said, the ass insisted that HIS view of the world was the right view of the world.

Zion smiled, “At times, we must choose between being right and being happy.”

“Poppycock!  I’m happy BECAUSE I’m right!  It just annoys me when people are rude and don’t apologize for being boorish.  Why just the other day . . .  ”

With that, the ass launched another stale tale.

Ziggy grinned, “We see the world behind our eyes.”

The ass snorted, “What utter nonsense!  I see things exactly as they are.”

Zodiac pricked up his ears, “I expect you’re right . . . most asses do see things exactly as they are.”

Satisfied, the ass ambled off in search of another audience.  As soon as he was out of sight, the zebras burst into fits of convulsive laughter.

“What an ass!”

zebras

Aah . . . that’s better!

Time Flies! February 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Times Flies!

Lucky for you . . . you’re the pilot!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Mindful Eating February 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Mindfulness.
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Mindfulness can carry over to what and how we eat . . . with good results.

By paying attention, we tend to stop when we are satisfied rather than waiting until we are stuffed.  We do a better job chewing and tasting our foods which gives our stomach time to tell the brain, “yup, we’re good.”

When we are paying attention to the choices we make, we tend to make better nutritional choices.  We eat more fruits and veggies and cut back on sugar, salt, additives, GMO’s, fast foods, junk foods, etc.

And our bodies thank us.

We feel younger, more energetic, and we may even drop a few pounds.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

The Inner Path to Peace January 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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As we travel the spiritual path, we learn to listen to the still, silent guidance of Spirit (the true self), while tuning out the angry, confused voice of Ego (the false self).

We begin to see and accept ourselves as we really are, beneath the layers of social conditioning and familial expectations.

We realize we don’t need anyone’s approval, permission, understanding, or blessing to accept ourselves as we are in this moment.

We stop judging ourselves and others . . . and begin to accept life as it is.

We realize that critical analysis, intellectual egoism, and negativity suffuse our inner light and hold us back.

Instead of endless debate about the minutiae of life, we learn to let go of the Ego’s need for constant analysis,  evaluation, and approval.

We open our eyes and see the biased, subjective, and misleading nature of Ego’s judgments and interpretations which result from looking at life events through the dirty lens of past experience.

Once we see that the meaning we assign to events varies from moment to moment, as a reflection of our unique experiences in life, we stop wrestling with intellectual quandaries from the past, and immerse ourselves in living life in the present.

We realize that we need not change the world . . . just our perspective, our frame of reference.

We look within for guidance, rather than using others as our moral compass.  Using Spirit as an internal reference point, we begin to see things as they are.

We begin to see our unity with others, and learn how to transform the world from within.  We send out Good Vibrations, using smiles and laughter instead of words.

We no longer insist that others accept our view of the world, or demand that they follow our lead.

Happily engaged in the present moment, we focus on our interests, and allow others to stay or drift away, guided by their own preferences.

We develop our generosity of spirit, and act to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of others by helping them see how they add to their own suffering by hanging on to slights, real and imagined.

Donald-DirectorWe take offense less often, realizing that the opinions of others are biased and limited in perspective.

Rather than absorbing the impedimenta of daily life  into our being, we easily maneuver around the pebbles in our path.

We stop living for the moment, and start living in the moment, where happiness resides.

Whether we are chopping wood or carrying water, we embrace the moment at hand. We absorb into our being that which resonates, leaving the rest behind.

We enter the flow of life and find inner peace at last.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Hocus Pocus . . . Lost My Focus! January 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Mindfulness.
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While wandering around Toon Lagoon, we bumped into Hildegarde who had bumped into a light pole after what must have been a rather bumpy ride.

Hocus Pocus . . . she musta lost her focus!

And so did this pilot!

He going to need a good stiff drink after that landing!

Looks like he’s come to the right place!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. January 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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At the end of one year and the beginning of the next, I review and evaluate what’s “working” and what’s not “earning its keep.”

This year, I realized that my record-keeping has gotten out of hand.

I track too many things in too many different places.

On a regular basis, I’m juggling and updating a To Do list, a Calendar of Events, Travel ideas, Recipes and Meal Plans, a Grocery List, Villa & Auto (repairs and maintenance), Gifts, Charitable Donations, Medical, E-mails, Photos, Notes, Gratitude Basket, Net Worth, Budget/Expenses, Investment Holdings, Taxes, Insurance,  Blog Ideas, Photo Albums, Etc..

It’s too much.

Less is more.

It’s time to re-evaluate the value of each.

Simplify.  Simplify.  Simplify.

Aah . . . that’s better!

New Year’s Resolutions January 1, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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A recent issue of Lifestyles After 50 focused on resolutions for the New Year.  Here’s a quick summary of a few Lifestyle Changes that pay HUGE dividends.

*Increase your consumption of plant-based meals to improve your health and the health of the planet.

“One study showed that 20 servings of vegetables produce fewer greenhouse grass emissions than one serving of beef.”  

And vegetarian diets are budget friendly too!  Plus they reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and autoimmune conditions.  If you need ideas, click on Vegetarian Recipes in the drop down menu to the right.

*Cut back on your salt consumption.  Salt looms large in processed foods, including ketchup, soy sauce, canned soups and sauces, crackers, cereal, bread, pancake mix.  Read labels at the grocery store to check the sodium content.  Cooking from scratch at home allows us to monitor what goes into our food and goes a LONG way to keeping our sodium (and caloric) consumption in check.  And beware when eating out . . . most restaurants are a bit too friendly with the salt shaker!

*If health is a priority, set aside time to exercise.  Every day!  Walking, Dancing, Biking, Swimming, and Tennis are all excellent ways to increase endurance and improve cardiovascular health.  Resistance and strength training builds muscles and healthy connective tissue.  Balance exercises help prevent falls & improve posture.  Tai Chi and Yoga are excellent for improving balance.

Walking on land or in the shallow end of a pool increase lower body strength, decreasing the risk of falls.  Stretching exercises (including yoga and pilates) will improve joint mobility and freedom of movement.  Keep moving!

*And while you’re at it ~> keep breathing!

Meditation is a great stress reducer which improves our immune function AND our mental health and outlook on life.  Soon, you’ll find yourself smiling at things that used to annoy . . . OR for no reason at all.

*Declutter!  When it comes to “stuff” . . . less is more!  If you decide to pare your possessions, take it one drawer or closet at a time.  Stop when you have “just enough.”

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