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Musings on Life and Letting Go

“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”
― Lao TzuTao Te Ching

“Be one with the Tao. Act without forcing. Teach by showing. Things come, let them come. Things go, let them go. Give birth without possessing…” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

I have been going through some transitions in my life lately, which have been a little hard for me emotionally. My kids are moving on with their own lives, as they should naturally do. I am happy for them, but I feel sad at the same time as we have turned some corners here in our relationships, as we each go on with our separate lives, and I am trying to learn the skill of letting go. It is harder than it sounds, but I am working on it. It is definitely a “work in progress” but isn’t everything we do a “work in progress?” I take comfort in knowing that “nature never hurries, but accomplishes all things in due time.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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We Are a Living Message

Have you ever wondered while walking along a beach what unusual things you may find? Perhaps even a message in a bottle from long ago. While that would be pretty awesome, have you ever stopped to consider that you are “a message in a bottle” to everyone you know? Well we each are a living message to everyone around us. The real question is, what are we saying in this message?

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10 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Life!

All of us want to have happier and more satisfying life experiences. We would also like to avoid suffering as much as possible and be able to focus on enjoying life! Even so we often put our happiness on a future shelf, and focus on “the task at hand,” that we think we need to accomplish before we can enjoy the fruits of our labors.

If we were to stop and consider our lives realistically we would see that the only time we ever have is right now. We always live in the present moment. The past is a fading memory, and the future is a fluid concept that changes drastically from day-to-day, depending on the choices we make now in this present moment.

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The Importance of Listening

Isn’t it strange how we now have more communication devices than ever before in history, but we hardly communicate with each other in person any more? Everyone has their eyes glued to a computer screen, their phone or tablet now. I find it so very odd to see everyone on break at work, each one lost in their own shiny screen. We are all alone in a crowd of people. I really enjoy talking to people, and seeing their facial expressions, hearing the inflections of their tone of voice. It is so much better than a text! Don’t get me wrong, I do text and use electronics as much as everyone else does, but I miss the days when people really talked with one another more.

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How to Build Self Acceptance ~ for a Happy Life! :D

A large part of creating a successful and happy life experience comes from our own level of self acceptance. As Gautama Buddha once said, “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Continue reading “How to Build Self Acceptance ~ for a Happy Life! :D”

How to become more Understanding ~ and Increase Your Peace and Happiness!

9074I am reading the most wonderful book right now, “Living Buddha Living Christ” by one of my favorite authors, Thich Nhat Hanh. In this beautifully written book Thich Nhat Hanh eloquently compares and presents the teachings of both Buddha and Jesus Christ in very practical ways. He suggests using the concept of mindfulness to help us better understand each other. Buddhist concepts like mindfulness can be used within your own faith to help you grow in your understanding and tolerance of others who see things differently than yourself. Continue reading “How to become more Understanding ~ and Increase Your Peace and Happiness!”

The Inside Scoop – On Forgiveness Part 1

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There are many wonderful books that provide a wealth of information on the many benefits of forgiveness, two that I found especially helpful are Don Miguel Ruiz in “The Mastery of Love” and Gerald G. Jampolsky’s book “Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All.” I highly recommend both books. Until you have time to read them, I will endeavor to give you a helpful sample here in “The Inside Scoop on Forgiveness.” In part one we are going to consider why we need to forgive, and what  forgiveness really is. We will also consider what stops us from being able to forgive. In part two we will look at specific methods to help us to forgive. Continue reading “The Inside Scoop – On Forgiveness Part 1”

Practicing Compassion and Kindness for Yourself

“If you do not know how to take care of yourself, and the violence in you, then you will not be able to take care of others. You must have love and patience before you can truly listen to your partner or child. If you are irritated you cannot listen. You have to know how to breathe mindfully, embrace your irritation and transform it. Offer ONLY understanding and compassion to your partner or child – This is the true practice of love. ” Thich Nhat Hanh. Continue reading “Practicing Compassion and Kindness for Yourself”

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