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Friday, November 7, 2014

Quotes of the day... 11/7/14

In silence, we make room for the self-awareness 
to be in control of our actions, 
rather than under their control. 
The break from external voices 
puts us in tune to our inner voices – 
and it's those inner voices that drive our actions. 
Awareness leads to control. 
     ~ Thai Nguyen

Practice becoming an observer of your thoughts. 
The human will is strengthened 
whenever we choose not to respond 
to every actionable thought.
      ~ Thai Nguyen

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Intentional silence puts...

...us in a state of mental reflection and disengages our intellectual mind. At that point McGonigal says to ask yourself three questions:

"If anything were possible, what would I welcome or create in my life?"

"When I'm feeling most courageous and inspired, what do I have to offer?"

"When I'm honest about how I suffer, what do I want to make peace with?"
   
     ~adapted, Thai Nguyen

Quotes of the day... 11/6/14

As humans, it’s imperative to be extra mindful 
of our thoughts, deeds and actions, 
as they easily have an impact on 
the quality and depth of our lives 
now and in the future. 
     ~adapted, Liilamaya Liliana Galvis

Removing that critical mind 
allows the imagination and positive emotions 
to build a subconscious intention 
and add fuel to our goals. 
     ~ Thai Nguyen

We are all here to learn, one day at a time, 
one breath at a time, one mistake at a time. 
Enjoy change. 
     ~ Liilamaya Liliana Galvis

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bypassing Burnout

It's amazing how tuned out we become to the motor of the air-conditioner and refrigerator -- the sudden silence is a startling reprieve. Likewise, we become numb to the buzz of our technology saturated world.

Smartphone users check their device every 6.5 minutes, which works out to around 150 times a day. Silence is replaced with a cacophony of communication, and solitude is replaced with social media.

Indeed they're an endangered species: silence and solitude; yet great revelations and benefits are found in them. 

Too often, our culture assigns self-worth with productivity. Whether it's asking what your country can do for you, or what you can do for your country, the question remains -- what can be done? It's a one-way ticket to burnout.

Solitude allows for a break from the tyrant of productivity. And rather than being in opposition, doing nothing helps with doing much. Promega is a company with on-the-job "third spaces" where employees are able to take solitude breaks and meditate in natural light. The health benefits have resulted in improved productivity levels for the company. 

It will do the same for us!

Adapted, and excerpted from, 10 Important Reasons to Start Making Time for Silence, Rest, and Solitude ~ by Thai Nguyen, via Huffington Post

Quotes of the day... 11/5/14

Here’s to mistakes!
Mistakes teach us…

~ to  clarify what we really want and how we want to live
~ to accept ourselves, 
   and that we can be flawed and still be loved
~ to accept our fallibility and face our fear
~ to take responsibility, and about integrity

Mistakes allow us to inspire others!

~excerpted, adapted, Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D.
  Don't Fear Failure: Nine Powerful Lessons 
  We Can Learn From Our Mistakes, Huffington Post

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Heroes" ~ Alesso, featuring Tove Lo

I actually listened to the words of this song this morning,
and they're pretty cool :)

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

We go hideaway in daylight
We go undercover when under sun
Got a secret side in plain sight
Where the streets are empty
That’s where we run

Everyday people do
Everyday things but I
Can’t be one of them
I know you hear me now
We are a different kind
We can do anything

We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be

Anybody’s got the power
They don’t see it
‘Cos they don’t understand
Spin around and round for hours
You and me we got the world in our hands

Everyday people do
Everyday things but I
Can’t be one of them
I know you hear me now
We are a different kind
We can do anything

We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be

We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be

All we're looking for is love and a little light
Love and a little light
(we could be)
All we're looking for is love and a little light
Love and a little light

We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be

Quotes of the day... 11/4/14

There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. 
They'd be dead in two weeks.
     ~ William S. Burroughs

Dream long enough 
and dream hard enough
you will come to know
dreaming can make it so...
     ~ William S. Burroughs

In the magical universe there are no coincidences 
and there are no accidents. Nothing happens 
unless someone wills it to happen.
     ~ William S. Burroughs 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Quotes of the day... 11/3/14

You will see what you expect to see.
For it is human to do so.
     ~ Lisa Ard

Expectations are created from past experience.
This is dangerous. Past experience has no power
other than what we give it. 
The world is what we believe it to be. 
What are you believing?

The key to abundance is meeting limited
circumstances with unlimited thoughts.
     ~ Marianne Williamson

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Do these 5 things Before Bed and Wake Up Happier ~excerpted, Tammy T. Stone

1.    Say thank you and review the day.

2.    Create a sankalpa (affirmation, resolution)
       and recite it to yourself.

3.    Set an intention to remember your dreams.

4.    Breathe and scan your body.

5.    Give the world and yourself some love.