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Centering Your Self August 27, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness, Simplify Your Life.
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From Lao Tzu:

The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle:

Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses,
it swings from one desire to the next,
one conflict to the next,
one self-centered idea to the next.
If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life.

LE3502Let this monkey go.
Let the senses go.
Let desires go.
Let conflicts go.
Let ideas go.
Let the fiction of life and death go.
Just remain in the center, watching.

And then forget that you are there.

~ Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.)

Related: Quotes by Lao Tzo (Gaiam Life) * Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu

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Artwork: 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 paints. The result speaks for itself.

The 7 Wonders Of The World August 15, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness, Nature.
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If asked to list the 7 wonders of the world, most people would include at least a few of the following:

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1. Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. Great Wall of China
7. St. Peter’s Basilica

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On further reflection, perhaps we might revise the list to include:

IMGP1676a1.  Seeing

2.  Hearing

3.  Tasting

4.  Touching

5.  Smelling

6.  Laughing

7.  Loving

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Free of Charge! July 23, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Nature, Synchronicity & Mystery.
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IMGP1097bLike the sun, our inner spark never dies.

Sometimes we can’t sense the flame because it’s obscured by the “clouds and fog” of daily living.

Battered and bruised by a barrage of distractions, we become limp with nothing to fill our sails.

The whisper of the wind or the wash of waves on the sand may be all it takes for us to soar again.

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Nature recharges our batteries.

Free of charge!

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Even when we are grounded.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related: Keep Close to Nature’s Heart (Find Your Middle Ground)

Dive Deep July 21, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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ChessIt’s challenging to be around people (even those we adore), when they seek constant reassurance and admiration for each new handbag or pair of shoes.

Or desire that we mirror their shifting emotions (from glad to mad to sad).

Or ask that we validate their daily choice of books, sports, movies, or “must see TV.”

Mickey-Diver“And yet not choice but habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ~ William Wordsworth

Here’s to diving DEEP . . . far below the distracting currents!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Stuck in the Shallows (Find Your Middle Ground)

A Strand of Pearls July 13, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Frog-CircusSimple pleasures are life’s treasures.

As we commune with nature, laugh with friends, inhale fragrant aromas, or savor a good meal, we bring attention, focus, and awareness to the present moment.

We are present (here)
for the present (gift)
of the present (now)

That presence presents us with an immediate mood boost, a shot of instant gratification.

Chinaman-fishingAuthentic being
is revealed, floating in a
sea of contentment

Moments of presence, strung together like pearls, form a fulfilling life strand.

Be Here Now.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Instant Gratification or Fulfillment? (The Water Witch’s Daughter)

Giving Up The Ghost July 9, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Life Lessons, Mindfulness.
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As we let go of the unreal, the real is revealed.

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“I am that I am.”

Look deep, the answers lie within.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Living From The Core July 7, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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220px-TennieldumdeeLiving from the core, we let go of Ego’s incessant demands and desires for more, more, more.

We no longer look to Tweedle Dum or Tweedle Dee to bolster our false self with applause, accolades, approval, and acknowledgment.

After all . . . what do THEY know about who we are meant to be?

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As we reclaim our integrity, our wholeness, we notice increased harmony in what we think, what we say, and what we do:

* If animal rights matter to us, we adopt a vegetarian lifestyle to honor that value.

Even if Tweedle Dum thinks we’re being foolish.

* If sustainable living matters, we downsize and simplify to live in accordance with that value.

Even if Tweedle Dee looks down on us for downsizing.

Each step toward authenticity causes us to smile.  More and more often, we find ourselves thinking, “who I am is who I want to be.”

Unconcerned that Tweedle Dum and Dee disagree.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Your Life Is Your Message (Val)

What Do THEY Know? July 4, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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7dwarfsOnce we see that our thoughts and opinions are not “the truth” . . . we see that the thoughts and opinions of others are also not “the truth.”

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard

That realization allows us to let go of the constant craving for external applause, approval, accolades, and acknowledgment.

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. ~ Johannes Kepler

The-Pink-PantherAfter all . . . what do THEY know?

Some people like you, some people don’t. In the end you just have to be yourself. ~ Andres Iniesta

Happy Independence Day!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Sometimes We Just Know July 2, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Synchronicity & Mystery.
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complexSometimes we just know.

Calm certainty floods our being, instilling us with knowingness.

A sudden infusion of intuition wells up from a source far beyond the limits of our mind.

We don’t need to see the whole puzzle to know where this piece fits.

Mickey-OKWe just KNOW.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys. ~ Emma Bull

Related posts:  Inspiration ~ Truth (Find Your Middle Ground) * Winks, Whispers, and Nudges

Late For A Date With Fate June 30, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Life Lessons, Poetry, Synchronicity & Mystery.
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We hear rumblings and rumors
A madman gunning for a village

We can save them
By sounding the alarm

We race
Quickening our pace

We can’t be late
For our date with fate

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In the dark woods
We stumble upon a babe
Lost and alone
Defensiveless

Do we stop and render aid
knowing the entire village will die
If we don’t sound the alarm?

Or do we race
Quickening our pace

Refusing to be late
For our date with fate?

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Do we ever know the full impact
of choices we make

Or are we consigned to stumbling
Amid the rumblings

Of a future we can’t quite see . . .

As the petals unfold and open
One by one by one

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Aah . . . that’s better!

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