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There is more to life than increasing its speed. — Mahatma Ghandi

I have taken some time to slow down lately – sort of.  I have so many projects that are going on that blogging has had to take a second seat.

I was thinking this morning about my past studies and whether or not I will be returning any time soon and although I would really like to return to my studies regularly – I don’t think this is the right time for me to do so.  I know that I am learning and I did choose to take the slow road for a while.  I would rather slow things down even a little more once my current list of projects are up and running on their own so that I can enjoy more fun things for a little while.

I learned while I was re-reading some of my lessons that if I slow down I can actually receive even more from whatever I am doing because I am giving more of my attention to that one thing.  So focus or concentration combined with a goal gives more depth and yields something even greater than expected.

In the midst of all that is going on, I have been able to take time for myself to do my exercises and continue practice I think this has helped me focus more and more and be at peace with myself more as each day goes on.  On the couple of days when I was not able to take my morning time and practice – things got off to a little bit of a rough start!  And that is its own lesson!

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I often hear people say that someone or something makes them happy.  And, when I hear them say that I wonder – if you didn’t have these things in your life would you be happy?  Are you happy in yourself, by yourself, with yourself? I remember going through life looking for the “next” — the next thing that would give me my shot of happiness.   I guess it is our conditioning that doesn’t allow some of us to realize permanent satisfaction or anything close to happiness.   We are always looking for the next thing which provides us with a shot of temporary happiness.  Maybe it’s partly the consumerism in our society or maybe it’s just that somewhere along the way we got caught up and forgot what is really important in life.   It took me a long time to learn how to just be with myself and be happy.  Happy because I just choose to be happy.  I think peace with myself came before actual happiness and maybe that’s another story.

I am happy because I feel like I am learning from my experiences.  I am happy because I am enjoying the learning process.  I am happy because I am me.  I am happy because I am.

Are you happy?  Why?

I sing this to my little boy, maybe you remember it ….  If you’re happy and you know it – clap your hands!  If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands! If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it … if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” — Dalai Lama

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It hit me last night, I was playing with my little boy and he was giggling away and in that moment I knew all was perfect in my world.  I thought to myself .. this is how it feels when I know that I am going to receive the best things in life, this is when I know beyond a shadow of doubt that life is perfect just as it is.  I am infinitely grateful for all the times when I hear him laugh.  That laugh symbolizes hope, love, giving, receiving, gratitude, healing, and peace.  And probably for everyone else the laugh of a child symbolizes something significant also.  Maybe you can pause today and think of when you last heard a child laugh and bring that feeling into yourself and try to pass it along to someone else.

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