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Slow Down You're Here

Feel Like the Notorious Roadrunner – Beep Beep?

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Do you find yourself wishing your days would hurry up? If so, I invite you to SLOW DOWN and savor “Tortoise Time”…

Slowing down is a conscious choice, and not always an easy one, but it leads to a greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness.

— Leo Babuta
ZenHabits.net

Last night was a weekday evening.  Yet, despite workdays and schooldays to come, eleven of us gathered to celebrate the birthday of one among us.  And, miracles of miracles, the evening marched by in slow time – we chatted, sipped some wine, kibitzed over the readiness of the Bar-B-Q, assembled a humongous variety of delicious potluck and simply relaxed in the good company of family and friends. Slow time was good time for us that evening.

Today I rushed to return home from a meeting and ran right into the oxymoron of rush hour traffic. Slow time that didn’t, in any way, offer the same pleasures of Continue reading » Feel Like the Notorious Roadrunner – Beep Beep?

Road meditation

Mindfulness

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Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.

— Mother Teresa

I have a hard time staying in the present moment.  Maybe, you do too.  For me, this is a problem partially because the more distracted I am the less conscious I am about what’s going on in my life.  About a week and a half ago, I misplaced my rosary.  I had found it years ago and always carried it when I traveled and lately had been carrying it in my pocket to remind me of who I wanted to be.  If I unconsciously put my hand in my shorts/jeans/slacks pocket, it broke my attention to what was going on and reminded me that I had a responsibility to be a loving person – in a Christian sense.  There were times when my Continue reading » Mindfulness

Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival

How to Nourish Your Soul

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Make room for joy!

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Today I enjoyed a soul-nourishing trek to the Laguna Beach summer art frenzy – it’s something I try to do every year but sometimes I get too busy and miss-out… BTW, if you’re in the vicinity and you want to see this year’s galleries – hurry, no time to lose, they close on 8/31/12.

The Laguna Beach visitors’ list of things-to-do includes three Continue reading » How to Nourish Your Soul

I pushed a button

Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?

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If someone or something pushes your buttons – what happens next?

Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

— Viktor E. Frankl

Some folks, especially those closest to us, know exactly what they can do to get us to react – they know just which buttons will push us over the edge.  In situations like that, do you often snap?  If so, your Continue reading » Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?

Whenever and Wherever I Am…

whenever wherever photo fix2370493169_3938abfddfWhat unacknowledged blessings and beauties are right before your eyes?

What is the good of our stars and trees, our sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?

— E. M. Forster

It was only yesterday that I once again rejoiced over my working-from-home status. And yet today I’ve had a change of heart.  Let me explain…

Yesterday…

You see, yesterday I went for an early (very early) morning walk.  And while an endless straggle of “let’s get this over with” exercisers numbly plodded by, I was quietly mesmerized by the landscape, the burbling of a nearby fountain, the ringed ripples rolling ’cross the lake, the twisted beauty of the peeled Eucalyptus bark.  And I reveled in the simple luxury of being able to linger along the path instead of feeling hemmed in by the commuter schedule I used to endure.

All in all, my wandering walk was an uplifting beginning to a busy, working-from-home day, a lovely interlude I would have missed had I been among the commuter crowd.  Our blogging friend, Sarah of CowsFromMyWindow.com says it so intriguingly: Continue reading » Whenever and Wherever I Am…

Cup o’ Inspiration

cup with steam swirl

Take a short break and consider the following:

“To achieve greatness… start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

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