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Crossing “Feed Ego” Off Our To Do Lists January 6, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Life Lessons, Spirit & Ego.
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Once upon a time . . .

I wanted to be a FAMOUS Rock Star.
I wanted to have OODLES of money.
I wanted to write a BEST SELLING NOVEL.

Et cetera.  Et cetera.  Et cetera.

I wanted to DO SOMETHING so that I would BE SOMEONE.

Then I woke up to the realization that to BE SOMEONE, I don’t have to DO anything.  I just need to . . . BE ME.

Broccoli-Mocking-StewieWhen our motivation for action arises from a desire to Feed Ego with accolades, approval, acclaim, acknowledgment, applause, admiration, etc., etc., etc., we are always worried about falling short of the bar (or flat on our face).

We are concerned about what “they” think of us.  We act (and re-act) to protect Ego’s fragile reputation.

Only Ego doesn’t really exist.

Once we see that Ego is imaginary, ego-driven motivation (i.e., the desire to impress) and self-doubt fall by the wayside.

We become more confident in the steps we’re taking.

We no longer feel the need to reach a predetermined destination, so we’re not worried about falling short of the mark.  We stop looking over our shoulders to see who’s watching.  We no longer seek external validation that we’re doing “it” right ~ whatever “it” is.


Fear of failure dissipates because it no longer matters whether others are impressed with us or not.

Our locus of control shifts.
We reclaim our power.
We trust ourselves again.

Et cetera.  Et cetera.  Et cetera.

Aah . . . that’s better!

When we know WHO we are . . . we know HOW to live. ~ Goethe

Learn To Be Still February 25, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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You thought you could find happiness
Just over that green hill
You thought you would be satisfied
But you never will . . .

Learn to be still

Related posts:  Just Sit & Be Still (Mirth & Motivation) * Basic Peace and Love Work (Love is the Answer) * XI Ways to Look at the Moon (Turtle Memoirs)

At Times, I Am A Turtle January 8, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Amazing Animals, Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance.
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At times, I am a turtle . . . withdrawing into my protective shell, unwilling to stick my neck out. 

Skittish, I dive below the surface of the sea, unseen.

I float on currents, without charting a course. 

Content to just be. 
To dwell. 
To dream.

Sunlight enters the watery womb, gentle rays urging me to emerge and breathe.

Sense of humor, restored.

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~ Victor Hugo

For more cartoons by John Bell . . . The Bell Curve Cartoons.

Related posts:  Everyone Says I Love You (The Accidental Cootchie Mama) * Musings on Driving (Mirth & Motivation) * Swimming Beneath The Current * Currents of Satisfaction * Room to Breathe (Kate Shrewsday)

Follow Your Star November 16, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Lessons, Mindfulness, People.
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Simple pleasures are life’s treasures
As we journey on down the road
Pain and fear are heavy burdens
Why don’t you put down that load?

Hardship is inevitable; misery is optional.

We are here to find out who we are
Don’t be afraid to follow your star
Don’t put your dreams on hold
Follow your own road

Our purpose is to find our purpose, and then pursue it with passion.

In the stillness, your true self emerges
As others’ expectations are purged
You’ll start to see the best part of thee
Once you learn just to be

Claim what isn’t, as if it were, until it becomes.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Getting Your Feet Wet (Water Witch’s Daughter) * The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (Judith Baxter) * Whose Shoes Are They Anyway? * Stop Playing “Follow The Leader” * Life Is Not One-Size-Fits-All * Live Your Life

Spirit Just Smiles September 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Poetry, Spirituality & Faith.
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The roads are many
The destination is one
Spirit lights the way

We search for the truth
Hastening along our path
To learn who we are

Obstacles abound
Opportunities for growth
Spirit won’t falter

We are here to learn
It won’t always be pleasant
Just enlightening

Spirit perseveres
And starts all over again
Each time we fall short

Watch that monkey mind
Racing, racing, all the time
Sit still and just be

The inner critic
Passes judgment too quickly
Learn to ignore it

Accept the “what is”
Even amid pain and tears
Smiles release joy

The thinking brain frets
No snub or slight it forgets
Spirit just smiles

Aah . . . that’s better!

Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.

The Lotus Flower April 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Nature.
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Yesterday, we bought a painting of a Blue Lotus . . . gently unfolding.  We hung our purchase above the sofa as a reminder to stay in the moment and let the path unfold before us. 

This morning, inspired by the painting, I researched the Lotus Flower and its symbolism in the Buddhist religion and learned: 

The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, basking in the sunlight.

This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment. 

According to another scholar, “the heart of the being is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein, the lotus blossoms.”

Excerpts from: The Lotus Symbol in Buddhism.

The color of the lotus impacts the symbolism associated with it:

White Lotus:  A state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity.

Pink Lotus: The supreme lotus, reserved for the highest deity ~ the Great Buddha himself.

Red Lotus: The original nature and purity of the heart ~ the lotus of love, compassion, and passion.

Blue Lotus: The victory of Spirit over the senses ~ true inner wisdom and knowledge. 

Ahh . . . a Blue Lotus, symbolizing the victory of spirit over the senses . . . and the dawning of inner wisdom. 

What a wonderful symbol to have hanging in our living room. 

And, now, for a surprising twist to our tale ~ turns out the painting we purchased yesterday is an Agave Flower, not a Blue Lotus! 

The Agave Flower, a succulent, grows in the desert, not in the mud beneath ponds. 

And . . . it has thorns!

Rather than being dismayed by this turn of events, I’m delighted.

Not only will the new painting remind me to let life unfold . . . 

It will also remind me to bloom where I’m planted . . .

And embrace all with joy!   


Agave Flower by Jill Barton

M.E.D.I.T.A.T.I.O.N. March 7, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Meditation, Mindfulness, Poetry, Word Play.
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Mindful of the moment

Exploring the silent stillness

Discovering the timeless truths

In between passing thoughts

Touching the eternal present

Anchored in our breath

Time to just be.

Inspired we realize

Our thoughts mean nothing

Now is all there is.

Photo Credit ~ SoulDipper


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