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Keep Calm . . . And Carry On September 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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When things are moving faster than desired . . .

Take a deep breath.

Relax the mind.

Allow calm to surface.

* * *

Contemplative quotes may also be an antidote to stress:

Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing. ~ Tilopa

Less is more. ~ Robert Browning

Life is a progress, and not a station. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

To begin, begin. ~ William Wordsworth

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. ~ African Proverb

Kites rise against, not with, the wind. ~ John Neal

Let reality be reality. ~ Lao Tzu

Forever is composed of nows. ~ Emily Dickinson

Have patience and endure. ~ Ovid

Everything suggests a beyond. ~ Isabella Bird

At the center of your being you have the answer. ~ Lao Tzu

Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Buddha

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. ~ Mark Twain

Turn your face to the sun and shadows fall behind you. ~ Maori Proverb

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Re-Mindfulness August 29, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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I sat down at my desk and realized that my engagement ring was NOT on my finger.

BFF and I scoured the place ~ looking in the lettuce I’d just washed and spun dry, sorting through the kitchen garbage (EWW!!!), checking the sink drains, walking around with flashlight to check the carpet, pulling apart the bed, checking around my desk, in the files I was working on, in my shoes.

Nothing.

We came up empty handed.

I went out on the deck for a break from the search.  A steady drizzle of rain re-minded me that I’d taken my poncho and an umbrella when we went for a walk.

When I put the poncho away, I used my left hand to shove the poncho back into my travel bag.  Hmm . . .

I went inside, grabbed the travel bag, took out the poncho, the umbrella, and . . . there!

Sitting on the bottom of the bag was my engagement ring ready to be reunited with my wedding band.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do You Agree with Max De Pree? August 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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“You cannot become what you want to be by remaining what you are.” ~ Max De Pree

He’s got a point.

Unless . . . who you already are is who you want to be.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more thoughts on Happiness:  TIME Guide to Happiness

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!

 

Mom’s Passing July 31, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Mom passed away this evening at age 87 after a recent and rapid decline.

Bill and I visited her at Doug & Joan’s house at the end of May.  At that time, she was still taking regular walks outside, taking her meals upstairs, and enjoying a pleasant flow to her days.

We had a wonderful visit.

The same held true when Betsy, Mike, and Sam visited at the beginning of June.

Since then, her energy levels declined at a rapid rate . . .

A week ago, Hospice let us know that the end was approaching and offered increased assistance to Joan with mom’s care since she could no longer eat, drink, or get out of bed.  Fortunately, mom remained comfortable (with pain medication) until she passed away earlier this evening.

Although we are saddened by her passing, we are at peace with the knowledge that she would not have wanted to linger in a semi-conscious state.

She only wanted to live while she could still “live it up” . . .

Plus, she missed my dad.

In a philosophy paper written in college, she summed up her life philosophy:

What are we trying to achieve?

Here, I believe with Plato and Aristotle that the highest good is the full development of our individual potentialities ~ and this is happiness, complete in itself, the intrinsic good.

The individual will know happiness as a state of being, not as a momentary pleasure; it will be the hymn of his life to uplift him and to sing on into the lives of all who know him.

On these points, she agrees, also, with the Dalai Lama . . . we are here to be happy and to make others happy.

Let that be the coda to each of our lives.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

A Monkey With A Megaphone July 25, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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David wrote another fabulous post ~ this one focused on desire:

Three Things We All Need to Know About Desire

My favorite takeaway from the post is the visual imagery David shared when he likened desire to a “monkey with a megaphone.”

Great depiction!

Desires arise constantly.

We can succumb to the monkey as it chatters on and on about its endless ticker tape of desires, much like a toddler in the grocery store check-out line . . .

OR we can train ourselves to filter the constant chattering and clamoring of our monkey minds and discern for ourselves which desires merit fulfillment.

And which should be left on the cutting room floor.

Mindful discernment is not easy, but it’s worth it. After all, our freedom is at stake!

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Power of Pen . . . and Paper! July 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Journaling on a daily basis helps boost creative thinking.

It allows us to access hidden recesses and expand the boundaries of our minds.

It promotes clarity and fosters insight as we allow our imagination to take flight.

It helps us to assign positive meaning to what life metes out.

It improves our ability to “think outside the box” and come up with creative solutions.

Judy Willis MD, a neurologist, and former classroom teacher explains, “The practice of writing can enhance the brain’s intake, processing, retaining, and retrieving of information… it promotes the brain’s attentive focus … boosts long-term memory, illuminates patterns, gives the brain time for reflection, and when well-guided, is a source of conceptual development and stimulus of the brain’s highest cognition.”

To read more about the benefits of this powerful practice:

The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Why Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds Recommend it)

Best of all, starting a morning journal practice is simple:

  1. Find a pen or pencil.
  2. Grab a notebook or sheet of paper.
  3. Write, draw, doodle, reflect, reminisce, explore, etc.

It’s your boat to float!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Success & Failure = Inside Jobs July 11, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Chasing Unicorns posted a thought-provoking “stolen quote” last week.

He lifted it (exercising due care) from  J. K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Address in 2008 when she reminded the graduates (and other attentive attendees) that we must decide for ourselves what constitutes “failure.”

She’s right.

It’s pointless to measure our success and failure using someone’s else’s yardstick.

No one else knows what we value the most.  They only know what they value most . . . since they are looking at the world through their eyes.

Some yardsticks measure power.  Others measure money or acclaim or fame.

For some, success lies in approval from others manifested in the form of awards and trophies, accolades and attention, and “likes” on social media.

They tend not to agree with the “less is more” philosophy.

Still others measure success by education or knowledge . . . or by the adrenaline rush of running the rapids or parachuting from a plane or wrestling an alligator.

My preferred yardstick is inner peace and happiness and contentment.

For years, I’ve measured success by how much I am “enjoying the journey” . . . without worrying about reaching some unseen and imaginary “Finish Line.”

If I am happy and peace-filled right here, right now ~> THAT’S SUCCESS!

Aah . . . that’s better!

On with the dance!  Let joy be unconfined. ~ Lord Byron

Drink It All In July 5, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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When we’re “lost in thought” we tend to “miss the moment.”

To be mindful OF the moment IN the moment, we have to stop thinking and start sensing . . .

We need to see, hear, smell, touch, and taste what’s going on around us.

We need to stop ruminating or the past and rehearsing the future if we want to experience the present and be present for the experience surrounding us right here, right now.

For more on this, read David’s post on Raptitude this week:

The Alternative to Thinking All the Time

Drink it all in!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Like A Kid In A Candy Store . . . June 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Mindfulness, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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While in Fort Collins, BFF and I paid a visit to Natural Alternatives for Health ~> my niece’s favorite pot dispensary.

I loved it!

The “ohm-budsmen” were friendly and knowledgeable.

The prices were reasonable.

The decor was cool.

The selection was great.

A fun vibe all the way around.

Two days later, my niece asked me to smoke some “Critical Mass” with her.

Did I inhale?

Let’s just say, I enjoyed that “Rocky Mountain Hike in Colorado.”

Aah . . . that’s better!