Opportunities for Mindfulness

Opportunities for Mindfulness The world was so beautiful when regarded like this, without searching, so simply, in such a childlike way. Moons and stars were beautiful, beautiful were bank and stream, forest and rocks, goat and gold-bug, flower and butterfly. So lovely, so delightful to go through the world this way, so like a child, […]

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Self-Compassion “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.”                                                                                                                                     –Buddha Since I started this retirement journey […]

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Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.                                                                                                                                     –Victor Hugo Women “of a certain age” may remember a song […]

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Shoshin: A Beginner’s Mind

(Photo used with permission by Dave McLellan) Shoshin:  A Beginner’s Mind If your mind is empty, it is ready for anything.  In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities;  in the expert’s mind there are few.                                       […]

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Everyday Mindfulness

Photo used with permission by Alcophotos Everyday Mindfulness “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”                                                                                                         Thich Nhat Hanh As I’ve noted before, mindfulness is a personal journey and some practices may resonate with us more than others. That’s certainly […]

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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After Some people ask the secret of our long marriage.  We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week.  A little candlelight dinner, soft music, and dancing.  She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. Henny Youngman  The other day Jim asked me if I would like to go with him to his […]

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Mindfulness vs. Concentration

Mindfulness vs Concentration “Let the past be content with itself, for man needs forgetfulness as well as memory”  ― James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales Focus, Focus, Focus I am absolutely convinced that my cell phone has feet!  Because, every time I look for it, it is hiding in a new place.  When Jim called my number this […]

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Forgive and Let Go of Suffering

Forgive and Let Go of Suffering “If someone has abused you, beat you, robbed you, abandon your thoughts of anger. Soon you will die. Life is too short to live with hatred.”                                                                                                                                                  The Buddha Like almost everyone, I have relationships that have ended badly.  I recognize that as humans, we can and do feel […]

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Friendship “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson I had interactions with two good […]

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I Miss The 1960s!

I Miss the 1960s! “If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” ― John Lennon One of my favorite TV shows is Sunday Morning on CBS.  This week’s show included a video of The Beatles’ 1960s […]

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