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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!

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A Bit of This & That October 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, People, Travel & Leisure.
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For a terrific article on Friendship:

Friends are honest with each other: Friends will always tell you what you need to hear, not what you want them to say. There are plenty of people in the world who will flatter you for their own purposes, but only a real friend — or an enemy — will risk your anger by telling you the truth. And being a good person yourself, you should listen to your friends and welcome what they have to say.

How to be a Good Friend, According to Cicero (an Ancient Philosopher) (Time)

For an interesting article on Master Manipulators:

“People who are trying to manipulate others are trying to control others.”

There are many different forms of manipulation, ranging from a pushy salesperson to an emotionally abusive partner—and some behaviors are easier to spot than others.

Here, experts explain the telltale signs that you could be the subject of manipulation.

How to Tell If Someone Is Manipulating You—And What to Do About It (Time)

For a Bunch of Hot Air, here’s a video posted by my little bro after his recent trip to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, NM:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Strategic “Laziness” is a Good Thing! October 20, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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Next time you’re vegging out on the couch, or relaxing to the strains of Eine Klein Nachtmusik, or watching the clouds scuttle across the sky, reach around and give yourself a pat on the back . . . for being lazy!

That’s right.

Strategic “laziness” is a good thing!

Research shows that doing nothing can be just the boost you need to expand your creativity:

Laziness is a lost art. I don’t mean laziness in the sense of filling each moment with mindless distraction. I mean proper idleness, when we choose to do nothing. In a world of constant distraction, we rarely put our mental feet up. Instead, we spend our spare time bouncing between novel distractions — going from checking our email, to reading the news, to surfing Facebook, and so on — activities that often make us even more tired.

In any given moment, our attention is either focused or unfocused. Focus gets all the attention — it’s what lets us get work done, have meaningful conversations and move our lives forward. But as it turns out, research shows that unfocusing is just as powerful, albeit in different ways. While focusing makes us more productive, unfocusing makes us more creative.

Chances are you should be lazy more often. Whether it’s to give your brain a rest, dig up insightful ideas or plot future plans, sometimes the best way to make stuff happen is by doing nothing at all.

To read more:  Why Being Lazy is Actually Good For You (Time)

Aah . . . that’s better!

Well That Changes Everything! September 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Mindfulness, People, Spirit & Ego.
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It’s awesome when gifts reveal that the giver “gets us.”

Especially since, unlike numbers, we don’t always add up.

We are not always easy to figure out.

We are conundrums.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As it turns out, there’s a good reason for our internal inconsistencies.

On the one hand, we are the product of our experiences.

Every moment is a valuable link in an unbroken chain.

From first breath to last.

But . . .

Our memories are unreliable causing those “valuable links” to shift about like Hogwart’s staircases in an Escher print.

The “Real You” is a Myth.

A fabrication.

A self-styled creation.

An imaginary concoction cobbled together from snippets that may or may not be true.

“We constantly create false memories to help us achieve the identity we want.”

In short, we can’t rely on our memories to tell us who we are because the tangled collection of tangential and essential connections and choices that led to THIS door is mired in mystery.

So . . . where does that leave us?

Here.  Now.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  The “Real You” is a Myth (NeuroscienceNews.com)

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!

Providing Perspective August 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Life is not half bad.

Yes, I know that POTUS + Power are NOT perfect together.

And I know that wildfires are raging out of control, earthquakes are shaking things up in Indonesia, and global warming is wreaking havoc on the ice caps and glaciers (unless, of course, you are convinced that that’s all Fake News in which case God Bless You).

But I still say that “Life is not half bad.”

Why?

Because of what I just learned about the Black Plague.

A few facts (that may or may not be entirely accurate, but could be) excerpted from Philip Ziegler’s classic account of the Black Death, aptly entitled The Black Death . . . (as recounted by Bill Bryson in his humorous travelogue, aptly entitled Neither Here Nor There ~ Travels in Europe):

*Half the population of Florence Italy (roughly 100,000) lost their lives in just 4 months.

To put that in perspective, think about waking up 4 months from now (on New Years Day, say) to find one half of your street, neighborhood, town, or city dead.  As a doornail.  Like Marley of A Christmas Carol fame.

Not an auspicious start to the New Year, eh?

*Milan reacted to the news swiftly ~> families suspected of harboring a plague victim were walled up inside their homes.  Definitely a solution designed to add to the death toll.

As Bill Bryson put it:

“There’s nothing like reading about people being entombed alive to put your own problems in perspective.  I tend to think of life as bleak when I can’t find a parking space at the supermarket, but imagine what it must have been to be an Italian in the fourteenth century.  For a start, in 1345 it rained nonstop for six months, turning much of the country into a stagnant lake and making planting impossible.  The economy collapsed, banks went bust, and thousands died in the ensuing famines.  Two years later the country was rocked with terrible earthquakes ~ in Rome, Naples, Pisa, Padua, and Venice ~ which brought more death and chaos.  And then, just when people were surely thinking that things had to get better now, some anonymous sailor stepped ashore at Genoa and said, “You know, I don’t feel so hot,” and within days the great plague was beginning its long sweep across Europe.” (p.181-82)

Perspective is everything.

We are HERE and it is NOW.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Laughing Buddhas July 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.
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“There is nothing left to you at this moment but to have a good laugh.” ~ Zen Master

Aah . . . that’s better!

Space July 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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As we navigate through our days, our senses focus on things and our minds on thoughts.

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But we can switch our focus from things to the space between things.

Anywhere there are two or more things, we can begin to note the space between them ~ between sights, between sounds, between clouds, and between passing thoughts.

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Once you find the space, peer into it and see what emerges.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Fortune Telling July 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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“Never make predictions. Especially about the future.” ~ Casey Stengel

Stress is often a product of overactive imaginations overflowing with “what ifs?”

Instead of driving past our headlights, we can choose to rein in our thoughts and BE HERE NOW.

In the moment.

Instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

Aah . . . that’s better!