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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/31/15

We are finishing chapters,
turning over new leaves, 
getting on with life. Our souls 
suffer when we are at a standstill.
     ~adapted, Paulo Coelho

As good as things were,
or as bad as things were,
are how much better they 
can be if we allow the 
natural, forward motion of life.

"Let us not look back in anger, 
nor forward in fear, 
but around in awareness."
     ~ James Thurber 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Quotes and health tip of the day... 12/30/15

"If we started in 1960, and we said that as productivity goes up, then the minimum wage is going to go up the same. If that were the case, the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour ... So my question is, what happened to the other $14.75?" ~ Elizabeth Warren

"Follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you'll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business." ~ Elizabeth Warren

"I believe the playing field is rigged. Evidence of that is everywhere. Now I've been in the Senate for nearly a year and believe as strongly as ever that the system is rigged for powerful interests and against working families." ~ Elizabeth Warren

Health Tip:
Super Herb: Comfrey
"Once the blood is affected by ingesting this food, the whole body benefits, even to the tiniest hair, the most remote cell, the tips of the nails, the cells of the brain, the marrow of the bones. According to Hughes, every part of the body functions better as a result of regular consumption of comfrey, and the body as a whole, is more resistant to the attacks of disease and ageing." ~ Andrew Hughes,
via, http://www.herbsarespecial.com.au/free-herb-information/comfrey.html

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/29/15

“What matters in life is not what happens 
to you but what you remember 
and how you remember it.” 
     ~ Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“Many people lose the small joys 
in the hope for the big happiness.” 
     ~ Pearl S. Buck

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
     ~ Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Monday, December 28, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/28/15

The more problems I solve
the more alive I feel.

Then there are days when we
just need solitude, to stop thinking,
enjoying, living. To just lie in the
grass and look at the clouds.
     ~adapted, Jack Kerouac

Be in love with your life.
Every minute of it.
     ~adapted, Jack Kerouac

Friday, December 25, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/25/15

Being charitable.
Awareness of all we have.
Wanting the best for the world.
Sharing our blessings.
This is the true energy of Christmas.

Not just Christmas, 
but each and every day,
we are all on the road 
to home, to whole.

Christmas reminds us of the 
guiding light that is always there
whenever we choose to look up.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/24/15

Blessed is the season which engages 
the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
     ~Hamilton Wright Mabie 

Our many different cultures notwithstanding, 
there's something about the holidays 
that makes the planet communal.
     ~ Marlo Thomas

May peace be your gift this Christmas Eve
and your blessing all year through.
     ~adapted, Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/23/15

Love is available to those 
willing to be brave in weakness.
     ~adapted, Waylon Lewis

Breathe, pause, feel your humanity.
It's soft but strong, too.
     ~adapted, Sakyong Mipham

Life becomes easier when you learn
to accept an apology you never got.
     ~ Robert Brault

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/22/15

Winter Solstice:

A time of endings,
and a time for beginnings.
Wrap things up,
and plan for the new.

A reminder that hope springs eternal
in the hearts of men, and the
pendulum always swings.

This is the time to plan for Spring!

This Winter Solstice, 
may the beauty of your darkness 
shine as bright as 
the promise of your light.
     ~ Monika Carless


Monday, December 21, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/21/15

We walk around with a negative attitude and 
we're just naturally going to bring trouble 
and hard times down on ourselves.
     ~adapted, Charles de Lint 

Inside us lies every possibility that is available 
to a sentient being. Every darkness, every light. 
It is the choices we make that decide 
who or what we will be.
     ~ Charles de Lint 

Everything is the way it is because 
we've all agreed that's the way it is.
     ~ Charles de Lint 

Belief determines.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/18/15

If we let go of how we think things should be,
we make room for the unimaginable.
    ~adapted, Zen Moments

Dwell as near as possible to the
channel in which your life flows.
     ~ Henry David Thoreau

Observe the direct connection between
practicing trust and the serendipitous
events that follow.
     ~ Alan Cohen

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/17/15

Just remember one thing, 
life is not coming at you.
It’s coming from you.
     ~adapted, Jason Mraz

Let go the thoughts
that do not make you strong.
     ~adapted, Jason Mraz

“You win some, you learn some.”
     ~ Jason Mraz

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/16/15

“Whenever serious and competent people 
need to get things done in the real world, 
all considerations of tradition and protocol 
fly out the window.” 
     ~ Neal Stephenson

“They knew many things but had no idea why. 
And strangely this made them more, 
rather than less, certain that they were right.”
     ~ Neal Stephenson

“See, the world is full of things 
more powerful than us. 
But if you know how to catch a ride, 
you can go places.” 
     ~ Neal Stephenson

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/15/15

Constantly analyzing a problem stresses your body 
and your inner systems target a problem, not a solution.  
     ~Ivan Kelly

When you're more relaxed and attentive, the occasions 
that call for action become more obvious. 
     ~ Zen Moments

A flower never worries about blooming. 
It just opens up to the light. 
     ~ Doreen Virtue

Monday, December 14, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/14/15

We do the world a disservice 
by lining up with its pain.
Emotionally celebrate the good 
in lieu of protesting the bad.

“Have the stubbornness to accept gladness
in the ruthless furnace of the world.”
     ~ Jack Gilbert

“We must risk delight.”
     ~ Jack Gilbert

Friday, December 11, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/11/15

“The assumption that animals are without rights 
and the illusion that our treatment of them 
has no moral significance is a positively 
outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. 
Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
     ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Humans see what they want to see.” 
     ~ Rick Riordan

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/10/15

“For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life 
are contained in the microcosm of the family, 
that personal relationships prefigure all else, 
the work of Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature.”
     ~ Anna Quindlen 

“Perhaps only when we've made our peace 
with our own selves can we really be 
the kind of friends who listen, advise, 
but don't judge…”
     ~ Anna Quindlen

“Together in our house, in the firelight, 
we are the world made small.” 
     ~ Jennifer Donnelly


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/9/15

Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere.
     ~ Orhan Pamuk

More and more I've become convinced 
the great treasure to possess is the unknown. 
     ~ adapted, P.L. Travers

Life is so crazy... and exactly right.
     ~ Blake Shelton

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/8/15

There are worlds beyond worlds 
and times beyond times, 
all of them true, all of them real, 
and all of them (as children know) 
penetrating each other.
     ~ P. L. Travers

The same substance composes us--
the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, 
the bird, the beast, the star--
we are all one... 
     ~ P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins 

I am grateful that the questions go on and on.
     ~ P.L. Travers  #Adventure 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/7/15

When you fight something, you're tied to it forever. 
As long as you're fighting it, you're giving it power. 
     ~ Anthony de Mello  (via Zen Moments)

There's no greater illness than negativity. 
It spreads through every cell of your body 
and is highly contagious. Love cures it.
     ~  Shekhar Kapur 

Now, think of the happiest things. 
It's the same as having wings! 
     ~ Peter Pan (Via, Alana Jayze)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/4/15

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were 
evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, 
and it were necessary only to separate them 
from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line 
dividing good and evil cuts through 
the heart of every human being. 
And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” 
     ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"It is thought and feeling 
which guides the universe, not deeds." 
     ~ Edgar Cayce

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/3/15

Every moment of one's existence one is growing 
into more or retreating into less.  One is always 
living a little more or dying a little bit.
     ~ Norman Mailer (via, Chloe Carlson)

As with so many things, I've come to realize 
that choice is often involved: 
a choice about whether to stay in our comfort zone, 
including one about self-image, or to venture 
beyond all of that into fresh frontiers of the self.
     ~ Chloe Carlson

“If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.” 
     ~ Toni Morrison

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Quotes of the day... 12/2/15

A man is not rightly conditioned until 
he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; 
and happiness, health, and prosperity 
are the result of a harmonious adjustment 
of the inner with the outer of the man 
with his surroundings.
     ~ James Allan

Your wealth is hiding under the very thing 
you are afraid to do. It’s time to 
face your fears and take action. 
Expect Miracles.
     ~ Joe Vitale

Investing in yourself is the best 
investment you will ever make. 
It will not only improve your life, 
it will improve the lives of all those around you.
     ~ Robin S. Sharma

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/30/15

We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, 
in the courage that drives one person 
to stand up for another.
     ~ Veronica Roth 

Everything we do or say 
has the potential to affect the whole. 
Imagine how powerful that is! 
     ~ Leon Brown

Wise are those who see beautiful
things in humble places.
     ~ adapted, Leon Brown

Monday, November 30, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/30/15

When you want to attract something into your life, 
make sure your actions don’t contradict your desires.
     ~ Rhonda Byrne

Remember that your thoughts 
are the primary cause of everything.
     ~ Rhonda Byrne 

If you are feeling good , it is because 
you are thinking good thoughts.
     ~ Rhonda Byrne 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/27/15

Your body is like a dog; it never holds a grudge 
and will rally at the first signal 
that you're about to take care of it.
     ~adapted, Mike Dooley

Like with any good relationship, 
the body can be nurtured 
with communication, 
appreciation, and enjoyment.
     ~adapted, Mike Dooley

Listen to your body.
Make your body part of 
the decisions you make for it.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/26/15

“Gratitude can transform 
common days into thanksgivings... 
and change ordinary 
opportunities into blessings.”
     ~ William Arthur Ward 

“I awoke this morning with devout 
thanksgiving for my friends, 
the old and the new.”
     ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“I am grateful for what I am and have. 
My thanksgiving is perpetual.” 
     ~ Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/25/15

What seems insignificant when you have it,
is important when you need it.
     ~ Franz Grillparzer

We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
     ~ Thornton Wilder

I'm thankful for every moment.
     ~ Al Green 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/24/15

I have lived my life according to this principle: 
If I'm afraid of it, then I must do it.
     ~ Erica Jong

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength 
in the service of my vision, then it becomes 
less and less important whether I am afraid.
     ~ Audre Lorde 

Bravery is moving.
Bravery is joy.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/23/15

To keep the body in good health is a duty...
otherwise we shall not be able to keep
our mind strong and clear.
     ~ Buddha

Your energy frequency and health
are influenced by your 
thoughts, words, and lifestyle.
     ~adapted, Doreen Virtue

Making friends with yourself
is the first step to taking care of yourself.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Imagine!

And so, those who are mostly observers 
thrive in good times but suffer in bad times 
because what they are observing is already vibrating, 
and as they observe it, they include it 
in their vibrational countenance, 
and as they include it, the Universe 
accepts that as their point of attraction - 
and gives them more of the essence of it. 
So, for an observer, 
the better it gets, the betters it gets,
 or the worse it gets, the worse it gets. 
However one who is a visionary thrives in ALL times.
     ~ Esther Hicks

Friday, November 20, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/20/15

Who sees all beings in his own Self, 
and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear. 
     ~ Upanishads

Knowledge, wisdom, and truth are in 
a constant state of revision and expansion. 
Beware of resting on your laurels.

“This human experience is a canvas
for each individual to paint.”
     ~ Daniel Kennon

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/19/15

“You can't help getting older,
but you don't have to get old.”
     ~ George Burns

“When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.”
     ~ George Burns

“The secret of a good sermon is to have
a good beginning and a good ending;
and to have the two as close together as possible.”
     ~ George Burns 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/18/15

“It is not violence that best overcomes hate -- 
nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.”

     ~ Charlotte Brontë

There is nothing to be gained from
‘nursing animosity or registering wrongs’.
It will only delay the process of change.

“We need a systematic approach to foster 
humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. 
If we start doing it now, there is hope 
that this century will be different 
from the previous one. 
It is in everybody’s interest. 
So let us work for peace 
within our families and society.”
    ~ Dalai Lama

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/17/15

Cognitive bias is the biggest 
self-imposed obstacle to progress, 
not only for oneself but in the end, 
for all mankind. 
     ~ Unknown

It is very difficult to understand 
what anybody else's experience is. 
There aren't enough words 
to really understand 
what anybody else is living.
     ~ Esther Hicks

I am bound, you are bound, 
to everyone on this planet 
by a trail of six people.
     ~ Eric Horvitz

Monday, November 16, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/16/15

It is the hallmark of any deep truth 
that its negation is also a deep truth. 
     ~ Niels Bohr 

Every great and deep difficulty 
bears in itself it’s own solution. 
It forces us to change our thinking 
in order to find it. 
     ~ Niels Bohr 

There is genius in the pause,
brilliance in silence.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/13/15

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. 
They live inside us. Don't let them win.”
     ~ Stephen King

The most important things lie too close 
to wherever your secret heart is buried, 
like landmarks to a treasure... 
The secret stays locked within 
not for want of a teller 
but for want of an understanding ear.
     ~ Stephen King

Remember, hope is a good thing, 
maybe the best of things, 
and no good thing ever dies.
     ~ Stephen King

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/12/15

The only thing that limits us
is our imagination.
     ~ Erik Johansson

I would rather have a mind 
opened by wonder 
than one closed by belief. 
     ~ Gerry Spence 

Everything you can imagine is real. 
     ~ Pablo Picasso 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/11/15

“When I take a break, even just a brief one, 
the creative energy flows in. Only then do I 
have anything of value to share with others. 
Once I recognized this, I stopped feeling guilty 
about taking time for myself.”
     ~ Holly Mosier

“Our culture encourages us to plan 
every moment and fill our schedules 
with one activity and obligation after the next, 
with no time to just be. 
But the human body and mind 
require downtime to rejuvenate. 
I have found my greatest moments 
of joy and peace just sitting in silence, 
and then I take that joy and peace 
with me out into the world.”
     ~ Holly Mosier

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I love driving to school while the sun is rising ♥


Quotes of the day... 11/10/15

"I'm happy. I can't figure it out.
What am I doing right?”
     ~ Charles M. Schulz

“Happiness is anyone
and anything that's loved by you.”
     ~ Charles M. Schulz

“Charlie Brown says that
we're put here on earth
to make ourselves happy 
and then pass it on to others."
"Is that why we're here?
I guess I'd better start doing a better job...
I'd hate to be shipped back!”
     ~adapted, Charles M. Schulz

Monday, November 9, 2015

Thumbs Up Google: Hedy Lemarr Tribute

What a woman! Thanks Google! 
Enjoy!



Huffington Post companion article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hedy-lamarr-google-doodle_56406302e4b0411d30718379

Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_Lamarr

Quotes of the day... 11/9/15

A man must learn to understand 
the motives of human beings, 
their illusions, and their sufferings. 
     ~ Albert Einstein 

What is altruism? It's the wish 
that others may be happy 
and find a cause of happiness.
     ~ Matthieu Ricard 

All is connected... 
no one thing can change by itself.
     ~ Paul Hawken 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sunrise over the marsh 11/6/15


Quotes of the day... 11/6/15

"You need bravery for compassion. 
In the picture of your soul, 
the bravery points are the most beautiful."
     ~ Amit Ray

“Courage is the most important 
of all the virtues because without courage, 
you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” 
     ~ Maya Angelou

"I have a theory that selfishness and bravery 
aren't all that different."  
     ~adapted, Veronica Roth

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/5/15

Start. Don’t look back. If at the end
it doesn’t meet your hopes, start again.
Now you know more about your hopes.
     ~ Roger Ebert

When you're young you don't realize
that at every age you are always
in the present, and in that sense no older.
    ~ Roger Ebert

Never lose the child like wonder. 
It’s just too important. 
It’s what drives us.
    ~ Randy Pausch

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/4/15

“I think you should be a child
for as long as you can.
I have been successful
for 74 years being able to do that.”
     ~ Bob Newhart

“The ultimate act of bravery
does not take place on a battlefield.
It takes place in your heart,
when you have the courage
to honor your character, your intellect,
your inclinations and yes,
your soul by listening to its clean,
clear voice of direction instead of following
the muddied messages of a timid world.”
     ~ Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quotes of the day... 11/3/15

I've learned… that some stories don't have 
a clear beginning, middle, and end. 
Life is about not knowing, having to change, 
taking the moment and making the best of it, 
without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.
     ~adapted, Gilda Radner

Real security is the power
we build inside ourselves.
     ~adapted, Gilda Radner

The gift of life goes on when we keep alive
our spirit, our creativity, 
and our glorious uniqueness.
     ~adapted, Gilda Radner

Monday, November 2, 2015

♪ Dare to Move ♪ ~ Switchfoot

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone's here
Everyone's here
Everybody's watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next
What happens next

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before

Quotes of the day... 11/2/15

The mind that is not baffled is not employed. 
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
     ~ Wendell Berry 

You are meant to move forward 
in large, sweeping motions; and subtle, soft breaths.
     ~ Doreen Virtue 

May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. 
And out of that love, create a beautiful world.
     ~ Ray Bradbury

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Poem That Writes Herself, by Chloe Carlson of Sirena Tales

#Muse #Inspiration



she comes

to you in a dream, dripping

mystery as you sip your morning

mists, elegance rising

or she whispers playfully

when we brush

teeth, look the other way

sweeping the dust from our dulled

floor, and how she streams her radiance:

by chance, by synchronicity?

all I know is to embrace

the dance, creating

with this partner

her easeful grace draping

us in the dream

Silence Is Boring: Mindfulness for People who Love to Think

By Maggie McCraken, via Elephant Journal

I’m a thinker. I’ve always been a thinker. I think analytically (sometimes), philosophically (often), critically (probably too much) and emotionally (almost constantly).

I draw inspiration for my thoughts from all manner of things around me: people on the subway, lyrics blaring through my headphones, magazine covers assailing me with visual stimuli, screaming sirens and noisy horns. All of it is a source of inspiration for stories and new ideas, and I tend to think of that as a positive force in my life.

These things are creative stimuli, to be sure, but I probably only notice about 10 percent of them. The other 90 percent of the places, faces and sounds around me go unseen and unheard; I miss them while I’m attending to the thoughts I’ve already conceived.

The popular cure for the ever-humming mind is said to be mindfulness. Learn to live mindfully, they say, and you’ll reduce stress, boost your creativity, improve your focus, and appreciate your surroundings. That all sounds great, but as a writer by trade and a thinker by nature, I’ve always had my qualms with this idea. Why would I want to quiet my mind?

There’s a certain paradox with which creative types must contend: An ever-buzzing mind is conducive to a bank of new, fresh ideas. Still, it’s no secret that creative types are prone to all of the things mindfulness is said to treat, such as anxiety, depression, mental illness and addiction. A study led by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute confirmed that creative types are at a significantly higher risk for mental illness than the general population. Writers are particularly afflicted, being 121 percent more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than their non-creative peers.

A person who practices mindfulness is consciously aware of what’s going on around her. When she eats, she concentrates on the taste, appearance, smell and texture of her food—not an exciting lead for a new story. When she walks to work, she pays attention to the feeling of her feet upon the pavement. She notices passersby, she listens to the sounds of the city—she doesn’t ruminate on ideas. When she lies down to sleep, she observes her breath as it goes in and out. She doesn’t analyze the day’s events or think about how she could do better tomorrow. She doesn’t prepare speeches or write monologues in her head.

Stefano Bernardi described his experience with mindfulness in an article he wrote for Medium.

“I’ve always been used to have my mind race with ideas, thoughts, to read as much as possible on every subject, just trying to learn learn learn and then regurgitate everything back into idea form … I used to get my best ideas and thoughts under the shower, in those 10–15 minutes where you don’t have anything else to do than think.”

Bernardi says that in training his mind to consciously observe his surroundings during the majority of his day, he became stressed. Constant brain activity had been a source of creativity, a spark of inspiration for new ideas—and without it, he was left feeling empty.

“The creativity that is generated by just thinking, and reading, and thinking, and trying to see how what you read can apply to other parts of your life, now just got completely lost. This led to a very stressful state, which was made even more stressful by the fact that I did not know what I was stressing about!”

Bernardi’s allegory resonates strongly with me. For those of us who love to think, mindfulness can be, well, boring. More than once, I’ve had the thought: Why would I want to stop my free-range thinking? Thinking is fun! My ability to think is my strongest attribute, why would I want to turn it off?

A huge part of living mindfully is knowing when to let your mind roam, and when to focus. I will never attempt to commute in a state of mindful awareness. I relish that time on the train, when I can be alone in a crowd, listening to my music or writing in my notebook, building upon the thoughts that have come and gone throughout the day. I will never be mindful when I’m on a run. Daydreaming while running is one of life’s greatest pleasures (and probably the reason I don’t view exercise as a chore).

At times, though, I have a toxic relationship with thinking. Like most creative types, I am prone to thinking too much. This can, and has, led to exaggerated emotional responses, depression and anxiety, and ideas and concepts I’ve valued for more than their proven worth.

There are times when it’s necessary to focus our minds for the sake of our mental health, and this is when mindfulness is helpful for the creative personality. When I’m having a conversation, savoring a delicious meal, drinking a glass of wine, or trying to fall asleep, mindfulness is necessary. In those situations, I need to savor the moment so that I don’t become disengaged, overeat, binge drink, or suffer from insomnia—all things I’m prone to do.

Mindful living doesn’t require constant observation, just as creative thinking doesn’t require constant introspection.

A well-trained mind (which is strengthened through regular meditation) can toggle between observation and activity, thereby harnessing its power to create. For me, this happy medium is where the inherent value of mindfulness lies: in its ability to optimize the hours we spend in thought, and to give us perspective when it’s time to observe.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Quotes of the day... 10/30/15

“You know, you can steel your heart 
against any kind of trouble, any kind of horror. 
But the simple act of kindness 
from a complete stranger will unstitch you.” 
     ~ Chris Abani

“What I've come to learn is that the world 
is never saved in grand messianic gestures, 
but in the simple accumulation of gentle, 
soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.”
     ~ Chris Abani

“The only way out of the 
labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
     ~ John Green

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Quotes of the day... 10/29/15

“When we are securely rooted 
in personal intimacy with the source of life, 
it will be possible to remain flexible 
without being relativistic, 
convinced without being rigid, 
willing to confront without being offensive, 
gentle and forgiving without being soft, 
and true witnesses without being manipulative.”
     ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

“A waiting person is a patient person. 
The word patience means 
the willingness to “be” where we are 
and live the moment out to the full 
in the belief that something hidden there 
will manifest itself to us.” 
     ~adapted, Henri J.M. Nouwen

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Quotes of the day... 10/28/15

“Your life is over when you stop living it.” 
     ~ Roger Ebert, Life Itself

In every human society at all times 
and at all levels, the curious
are at the leading edge. 
     ~ Roger Ebert

You think you know it, 
but you always find out new stuff.
     ~ Gene Siskel

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quotes of the day... 10/27/15

I believe that if, according to our abilities, 
we have done something 
to make others a little happier, 
and something to make ourselves a little happier, 
that is about the best we can do. 
To make others less happy is a crime. 
To make ourselves unhappy 
is where all crime starts. 
We must try to contribute joy to the world. 
That is true no matter what our problems, 
our health, our circumstances. We must try.
     ~ Roger Ebert

I began to realize that I had tended 
to avoid some people because of 
my instant conclusions about who they were 
and what they would have to say. 
I discovered that everyone, 
speaking honestly and openly, 
had important things to tell me.
     ~ Roger Ebert