Archive | October, 2014

Why People Stand Outside in Line on Thanksgiving (ART-All Real Things)

I went to bed sad the night before thanksgiving one year.   Iʼm single and my 16 year old son was going with his dad for the day. I imagined showing up alone, at this big family event with married happy people and their children. A friend of mine suggested that I bring a camera more »

Do Less?!? The Fourth Zen Happiness Habit ( Come and See)

    “Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify!” ~ Henry David Thoreau I always look for inspirational images for these posts and these time, I could not find many  that just said “Do Less.” It was always, Less is More. ( aka do less, so you can do more) But in this more »

One At A Time ( How To Raise Nine Children, Happily)

“What saves a man is to take one step. Then another step. It is always the same step, But you have to take it” Antoine St Exubery   All nine of us showed up for my nephew’s wedding in Florida this weekend. I asked a few of my siblings to tell me tales about our more »

Leading Others With Loving Kindness ( Jesse Shows Me The Way)

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” —Lao Tzu I arrived at the airport early this morning and found myself alongside a teenage girl, with her father standing on the other side of the line for security. more »

Words Matter: Right Speech

Words Matter. “What is the most destructive organ in the human body? What is the most helpful organ in the human body?” Answer: “The tongue (along with the lips, lungs, teeth and vocal chords)” I find it helpful  to ask myself this question before I speak: Are these words as beautiful, necessary, and effective as silence? more »

Zen Happiness Habit Number 3- Do it Completely (Don’t Stop in the Middle)

Procrastination is Opportunity’s Assassin Victor Klam The Third happiness Habit – Do It Completely Finish sweeping the floor, slowly, before you fold the laundry. Fold the laundry, carefully, before you return the client’s phone call. Hang up the phone, mindfully, before you start to write the rough draft. As I write my daily blog post, talk more »

Believe In Them, Until You Believe in You

“Believe in them until you believe in you”-Nancy May In preparation for the writing of My Wish, I interviewed Nancy May,  a dear friend of Bhante Sujatha’s.   Years ago, Nancy walked away from the corporate life to become herself.  Now she is a yoga instructor who leads meditation and yoga retreats  all over the world. more »

Tonglen: Breathe it All In. Love it All Out.

  “Whether this meditation really helps others or not, it gives me peace of mind. Then I can be more effective, and the benefit is immense.” Dalai Lama   In this quote, the Dalai Lama is referring to the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Tonglen, In Tonglen, you breathe in the suffering of another, and breathe out more »

Remembering Milly

    “Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart.   I can tell you that the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is-“Jim Carrey Hollyhocks. My mom loved them. They grew on the more »

Listening To Shame ( the sloth land of the soul)

This is so deep and true.  Ms. Brown is a gift to all of us who struggle with shame and vulnerability  ( aka ALL of us!:)

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