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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!

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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!

To Wax . . . Or Not To Wax? June 14, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Mindfulness, Nature, People.
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I just read a fascinating article on body hair . . .

And how we are doing more and more to have less and less.

But the article addresses the larger issue of how we conform to the norm even when what is considered “normal” is not:

That we have to do more work to create “normalcy” or “nature” is obvious. If we are to banish hair from our bodies, we need more shaving, plucking, waxing and lasering. (Meanwhile, when it comes to our heads, our hair must be abundant, and we dye, style, weave, extend and implant in our quest for luscious locks.) This level of “de-fluffing” is demanding, constant, repeated almost daily. Yet that it is demanding — and just how demanding it is — is little recognized. Instead, it is normalized.

As the hairless body becomes the only acceptable body, a dramatic shift happens. De-fluffing stops being a beauty practice, and becomes redefined as a hygiene practice, as part of so-called “routine” maintenance. Hair removal becomes something we have to do, a requirement. It is not an option to refuse — like teeth-cleaning, but without any of the health benefits. Beauty practices are indulgent and optional; hygiene practices are necessary and required. You don’t have to do a beauty practice; you do have to do something that is required to meet minimum standards, just to be normal. Once the shift to routine is complete, the fact that this is a demanding beauty practice becomes invisible.

To read more:  Body Hair is Natural.  Society Thinking Otherwise is Dangerous.

To conform to the norm, or not?  THAT is the question!

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Secret to Happiness is . . . Unhappiness! June 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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For evolutionary reasons, our brains refuse to dwell on incoming data that remains the same.

Instead, it focuses on change and contrast as it constantly monitors the world for intel.

We become acclimated to the sights, smells, and sounds around us.

Neurons that send repeat “texts” (about the clock ticking, the smell of breakfast, or the touch of our clothes against our arms) start to be ignored or blocked.

The brain essentially says, “I heard you the first time.  Tell me something I don’t know.”

Thought of in this light, unhappiness can be viewed as a palate cleanser . . . an amuse-bouche . . . designed to allow us to appreciate happiness anew the next time it appears at our door.

This, of course, is a simplistic explanation of the science behind our senses.

And our sense of humor.

To read more:  The Function of Discontent

Aah . . . that’s better!

Why Childhood Memories Are MIA June 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature, People.
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Researchers are beginning to understand why few of our childhood memories survive the passage into adulthood.

As children, we are able to make memories, but the circuitry of our brain continues to undergo construction through our teens . . . writing over some memories and erasing the circuitry needed to access other memories.

In short, we need to forget in order to grow.

To read more:  This Is Where Your Childhood Memories Went

And: Why You Can’t Remember Being A Baby

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“Perhaps the biggest mystery is not why we can’t remember our childhood – but whether we can believe any of our memories at all.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Changing Our Mind May 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Our “mindset” is a constant filter through which we perceive each and every experience.

Over time, we can shift our perspective by being “open minded” (or “maybe” minded) when exposed to opposing views and viewpoints.

In short, we can literally “change our mind” about religion, politics, fashion, food, TV shows, etc.

It’s like mixing water and wine:

I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas. They’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.

~ Emily Bronte, English Novelist

Aah . . . that’s better!

That’s It! May 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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Another nugget from Nuggets of Gold:

That’s how I felt the other day as I read the Christmas Wish I wrote at age 9:

That’s it!

I am here to enhance happiness!

How awesome is that?

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Tao of Pooh April 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature.
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Joy Roses shared this nugget on Nuggets of Gold:

As I pondered the image, these thoughts came to mind:

All things must pass.

Let go and go with the flow.

Every drop is part of the whole.

Water flows over and around obstacles in its path.

You can never step into the same river twice.

What thoughts came to you as you watched the river run?

Aah . . . that’s wisdom!

Let Billow Your Sails April 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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For much of my life, my actions were governed by consensus.

My desire to be accepted allowed others to manipulate me through fear and guilt.

Instead of acting in conformity with my values, I complied with the wishes and expectations of others to avoid their disapproval.

As I grew older, and perhaps a bit wiser, I realized that I did not need a permission slip to live my life.

I decided that I no longer wished to be manipulated by public opinion.

I gave myself the freedom to be exactly who I wanted to be without first taking a poll.

A few acquaintances resented my increased personal autonomy since my decisions no longer required input or approval from them.

They tried to convince me that I was being selfish for living life according to my own rules, and tried to make me feel guilty about not doing what they wanted me to do.  They urged me to get back in line.

I ignored them.

Instead of conforming to their expectations, I used an internal compass to guide my actions, and followed my own road in the direction of my dreams.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote:  Why do we put off living the way we want to live, as if we have all the time in the world?  ~ Barbara de Angelis

Friday the 13th . . . Again! April 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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The scariest thing about Friday the 13th for me is the words used to describe phobias attached to it.  Words like:

Friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga-triska-ideka-phobia) ~ how would you like to get stuck with that tongue-twister in the Scripps Spelling Bee?

Wikipedia ~ Friday the 13th (Free Use)

What about paraskevidekatriaphobia  (Para-skevi-deka-tria-phobia)?

By the time you spit out that monster, it’s Saturday the 14th.

I also love Black Cats.  We rescued a solid black kitten once.  We called him Buddha.  Not because of his color . . . because of his big fat Buddha Belly.

And his serene nature.   He held our hearts in steady gaze . . .

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Happy Friday the 13th!  Be well and mindful as you move through your day.  Namaste! _/!\_