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It’s A Fantastic Friday My Friends

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Here we are…..Friday!  The infamous day that starts the weekend for most of us hard working, dedicated humans.  Why is it that everyone gets especially excited when Friday comes rolling around?  Could it be that we can’t wait to dive in and enjoy the plans we made for the weekend?  Maybe it’s that special someone you just can’t wait to see and embrace each other’s unique and wonderful qualities.  Perhaps you get to see your children and share what they like to do, and it just so happens that you become a child yourself.

Yes, we can all say that Friday has been a kind of celebration day.  But why not look at every day as something to celebrate?  Every day we wake up is a precious gift.  The sun is shining, maybe the birds are serenading you a sweet melody.  Squirrels may be playing in the trees.  It’s the simple things that we sometimes forget to stop and take a moment to enjoy.

Whatever you plan to do this weekend, make it awesome!  Have fun, laugh out loud, get silly, love a lot and smile!!!!!  May this day and everyday bring you peace, love and happiness!

 

 

Love is…….

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Each Blessing Counts, So Embrace Every Gift

In counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts.  Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays–the workers that helped construct and keep up the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace.  Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks.  Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful.

As the Buddhist monk THich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the universe.  When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways.

Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.”  We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople.  We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity.  Our morning spiritual practice is the gift of generations of teachers and writers that observed the truth and shared what they learned.  It feels good to be bowled over by each moment of grace and the simplest act of kindness.

Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view–with its self-centered expectations and demands–to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness.  This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience.  Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated.  It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given.

It helps to stay aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love.  As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”  So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated.

We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe.  The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.”

I felt inspired by this article today and wanted to share it with my friends.  May we remember to be grateful, because life is truly a gift.

Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (MindfulnessYoga.net).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gandhi: The Ultimate Minimilast

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FIVE POWERFUL LESSONS

“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.”~Mohandas Gandhi

Political and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi practiced total simplicity and minimalism, leaving and admirable legacy of how to live.  Born into a prosperous family, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing and studied law at University College, London, in England.  When he left Earth, he had fewer than 10 possessions.

In contrast, most of us tend to spend a lot of time and energy accumulating and looking after possessions; by having less, life naturally becomes simpler.  We can take up author Dave Bruno’s The 100 Thing Challenge and start cutting down to bare basics by recycling, refusing to accept more stuff and giving away or selling unwanted possessions.

Accumulate little.  Gandhi believed in possessing only the clothes, sandals, watch and spectacles he wore and some cooking and eating utensils.  He would give away or auction any gift he received.

Eat simple food.  Gandhi never had a problem being overweight.  He followed a strict vegetarian diet and often cooked his own simple, locally produced foods.  He ate from a small bowl, a reminder to eat moderately and mindfully, often accompanied by prayers.

Dress simply.  Gandhi wore simple clothes, often just a wraparound cloth, for modesty and comfort.  A simple hairstyle can shorten daily grooming.  Gandhi shaved off his hair.

Lead a simple, stress-free life.  Gandhi meditated daily and spent hours in reflection and prayer.  Though he was a revered world leader, he led a simple life with few distractions and commitments and would interrupt political meetings to play with children.  Gandhi insisted on doing his own simple tasks.  He advocated self-sufficiency and simple work.

Let your life be your message.   A prolific, concise writer and powerful speaker in public; in private, Gandhi spoke quietly and only when necessary.  He preferred to let his life talk to him.

By living a simple life, Gandhi was able to devote himself to his chosen higher purpose and focus on his commitment to his people and the world.  Accordingly, consistent focus determines anyone’s success and the potential for leaving one’s own inspiring legacy.

 

Arvind Devalia is the author of the bestselling Get the Life You Love, and inspirational coach and prolific blogger.  

Connect at ArvindDevalia.com/blog.


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Let Love Be Love In Me

Open Up Life:

Softening your attitude opens your heart.

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Let Love Be Love In Me

“Commitment is inherent in any genuinely loving relationship. Anyone who is truly concerned for the spiritual growth of another knows, consciously or instinctively, that he or she can significantly foster that growth only through a relationship of constancy.”

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Enjoy the simple things in life.

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Open Up Life:

This is what I am doing today and for some time to come. May you all have peace, love and happiness! Tammy

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Enjoy the simple things in life.

 

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What Peace Means to Children

The World We All Need

by Kids for Peace

 

Peace is…                                                                                                                                                                                     

a wish that grows around the world

everyone feeling music in their hearts

everyone having someone to love

everyone knowing they are in

a safe place

everyone knowing they are beautiful

inside and out

singing together

making art and sharing it with others

growing a garden, planting a tree

protecting animals

getting Dorothy back home

everyone playing sports instead

of going to war

happiness for all, peace on Earth and

pizza for all people

being kissed goodnight

every child having a family

every child having a ball to play with

at least one hug a day

a warm bed to dream in

the angel in my heart

using your voice for good

treating others as you wish to be treated

sending all soldiers home to their families

people shaking hands

keeping our world safe

knowing anything is possible

having fun and being kind

helping people in need

everyone having an education

everyone having good food

goodness

laughter

love

meditating

nature

the beauty that surrounds the world

 

Kids for Peace Pledge

I pledge to use my words to speak

in a kind way.

I pledge to help others as I go

throughout my day.

I pledge to care for our Earth with

my healing heart and hands.

I pledge to respect people in each

and every land.

I pledge to join together as we unite

the big and small.

I pledge to do my part to create peace

for one and all.

 

Contributions are by children ages 5 to 11.  For more information, visit KidsForPeaceGlobal.org

In Honor of the International Day of Peace

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: SEPTEMBER 21.

Wanted to share this beautiful mediation from the 3Ho Foundation.  September 21st is the official day of International Peace, but why not live in peace everyday!  To view the meditation, please click on the link above.

Please share with your friends.  Thank you.

Peace and love to everyone,

Tammy

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