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Choose Happiness

06/06/2017

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

A definition of happiness:

“Happiness is the process

of creating and experiencing

good feelings, in your body and mind,

moment by moment by moment.”

~Michael Neal, Feel Happy Now

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A definition of joy:

“Joy is the emotion evoked by

well-being or by the prospect of

possessing what one desires.

Delight is the expression or

exhibition of such an emotion.”

~Dr. Christiane Northrup, The Power of Joy

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“Many events will transpire in which your conditioned response is to feel bad. Be aware of these outer incidents, and say the five magic words: I want to feel good. In that precise moment, ask yourself if feeling bad is going to make the situation any better. You’ll discover that the only thing feeling bad accomplishes in response to outer situations is to plummet you into anxiety, despair, depression, and of course, stress. Instead, ask yourself in that moment what thought you can have that will make you feel good.”

“I assure you that your decision to feel good is a way of connecting to Spirit. It isn’t an indifferent response to events. By feeling good, you become an instrument of peace, and it’s through this channel that you eradicate problems. By feeling bad, you stay in the energy field that creates resistance to positive change; and experience a stressful, anxious state as a by-product.”

~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention (from Chapter 11: It Is My Intention to Live a Stress-Free, Tranquil Life)
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Images not mine. From Pinterest without link to sources. Top quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

Believe in Us

05/20/2017

“You must not lose faith in humanity.

Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,

the ocean does not become dirty.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

“The world is in a critical phase because we are.

The world is in a massive shift because we are.

The world still has a chance for survival,

both in spite of us and because of us.”

~Marianne Williamson, Illuminata (pub. 1994)

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[Images are not mine; from Pinterest/Tumblr without links to original source.]

Blossoming

05/07/2017

“There is so much love in your heart that you could heal the entire planet. But just for now let us use this love to heal you. Feel a warmth beginning to glow in your heart center, a softness, a gentleness. Let this feeling begin to change the way you think and talk about yourself.” ~Louise Hay

The snow has melted, the ground has thawed, and everything is bursting into growth as the hours of daylight lengthen. Roses, trees, shrubs, perennials… tenacious plants that return year after year as the earth swings closer to the sun for its summer vacation. Whether rainy or sunny, spring is when I spend every extra moment I have outside in my gardens. If it’s too wet, I will be moving rocks or building something. Planning and moving forward.

In spite of my powerful enthusiasm, spring helps teach me patience, over and over and over again. Every year as my gardens wake up and I get excited about what is coming and what will be, I’m the student once again, learning to be patient. When I find myself wishing that a plant or an area of my garden were better or different, I feel a kind voice in my heart telling me to ‘have patience’. These patient plants remind me that I am growing, all the time, even if only in my understanding of how to make mistakes. I’m blossoming the best I can in any given moment with the resources I have right now. Just like you, and every other living being.

Taking a restful moment to pause from the spring work, I breathe deeply and smile. I can feel it: I’m blossoming. I am growing better with each forward step and each weed pulled. I am becoming clearer and closer to my vision of the garden, and the life, that I really want. Truly, patience is a virtue. Namaste.

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Images not mine; from Pinterest and Tumblr without links. Please notify me of source; I’ll update to include.

Love and Service

04/04/2017

“The motive of the Higher Self is always love and service.” ~Joan Borysenko, Pocketful of Miracles

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Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’ to serve. You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve…

“You only need a heart full of grace,

a soul generated by love.”

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MLK from his sermon ‘The Drum Major Instinct’ [source]

Relax and just be

03/28/2017

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

~Oscar Wilde

“When we are at peace with our own nature we never need to pretend to be more or less than we are. Self-righteousness is an expression of inner uncertainty. Arrogance expresses a fear of inadequacy. When confronted with our inabilities, we can either learn something new about ourselves, or we can deny, distort, and pretend. We are pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. We fit perfectly, exactly as we are, into the space that has been prepared for us. Any smaller or any larger space will not do. The picture of life would not be complete if any one of us were different than we are at this time, in this moment. It is a peculiar perfection.”
~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
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[Images from Pinterest without sources; please notify me of any source]

“Few things are more revolutionary than finding true happiness in a suffering world.” ~Marianne Williamson

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“If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.” ~Joel Osteen

“The world’s wisdom traditions all point inward, stating that there is a level of the mind that serves as the source of happiness. When a person locates this core self, there is peace and silence. One feels safe and cared for. Love and bliss are available as normal aspects of life, not as intermittent experiences that arrive randomly.”

~Deepak Chopra [read more of article at Oprah.com]

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Composure is attainable, and from this calm place, happiness blossoms. Breathe. Relax. Soften. Accept what is, knowing there is a much larger picture of the story than we can ever understand. Being happy is not only a choice; it is a type of loving shield. It gives us strength in troubled times and allows us to offer gentleness and smiles to others. To feel happiness and smile at others is not naiveté; it’s a kind of superpower. It kick-starts the ripples of kindness and offers hope for our worried world. Namaste. Gina

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