All posts filed under: Mindfulness

Easy Assembly (Part Two)

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creativity / Just for fun / Mindfulness / Motivation / Uncategorized

Well I completed one of the two bedside tables today! I wouldn’t say it was easy though. Lots of little challenges that caused me to sit and stare at the instructions for minutes at a time! It was good to do something with my  hands and to do something that needed attention to detail. I am usually  a “big picture” person and like others to look after the detail so this project was good for […]

How much time is there?

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Acceptance / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness

There are 168 hours in one week. Do you know what you do with them all? Does it match what you would like to be doing? Even when we can see a mismatch it is hard to change our habits. On another level, how much time do we have (in total)? Unless we have an appointment for voluntary euthanasia we would have to admit that we don’t know. We also don’t know how much time […]

The inner critic – an interesting twist

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Acceptance / bullying / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness / Self acceptance

No doubt you will know what I mean when I talk about my inner critic. It is that ever present voice in my head that tells me I should … do better say or not say something lose weight and exercise more work harder achieve more be happier help others more and so forth I am aware of my inner critic some of the time and at other times it has full rein. This is […]

The Flying Monkey

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Flow / Mindfulness

Originally posted on <a href="https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/the-flying-monkey">Spirit Lights The Way</a>: <br />Once upon a place and time, a monkey flew through the jungle, clinging and swinging from vine to vine. Ignorant of his true nature, he clung to the belief that he could fly only when swinging and clinging from one vine to the next. He swung as he clung and clung as he swung. Afraid to “let go.” Until the day he woke up and remembered who he…

Assertive or aggressive?

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Mindfulness / Wisdom

I have never been very good at dealing with conflict. I just don’t like it! Never-the-less, we are sometimes caught in situations where we either give in too easily on the one hand or, alternatively, get too angry.  I came across this little story recently and thought it was worth sharing (again) as I believe it provides an alternative to the extremes of not acting and reacting in a negative way. Once there was a […]

It will pass …

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emotions / I feel... / Mindfulness / Philosophy

In my life there are times when I experience intense emotions – sometimes good and sometimes not. I am sure we all do.  I have found that the secret to riding out these emotions is to try to remember the following: My emotions are not me – they are but a tool or instrument in my experience of life They will pass. Sometimes it feels like an eternity but just like the tides, my feelings […]

Legacy and Learning

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Acceptance / Mindfulness / Values

I love learning new things. My most recent ‘new thing’ is learning how to write feature articles. It is online learning through the Australian Writers Centre. It is a great course and I am getting a lot out of it. One exercise was to interview a fellow student and write a profile about them. I paired up with Miranda from Queensland and we agreed to a Skype interview. We stuck to the ten minutes recommended […]

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

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Acceptance / Friends and family / Mindfulness / Wisdom

I chose this question out of 48 Questions to Ask Your Kids by Erin Waters & Momastery (Momastery). It is a resource to “Unlock the hearts of your little ones using these keys to great family conversation”. I thought the questions could also double as interesting prompts for blog topics. Now, let me think about this important question for a minute or two … 1. My first wish is to ask for peace of mind. […]

The flow state

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Flow / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness / Wisdom

I am reading (still) Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly and published by Harper Perennial – first published in 1990. It is one of those books where I keep going “Aha!” as I discover the writer has put my jumbled thoughts into eloquent words that seem quite profound. It is not often I find a book that answers so many questions for me. I could not do it credit by trying […]

Being ‘in the flow’

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Flow / Gratitude / Health / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness / Wisdom

I recently discovered an interesting book titled Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It was first published in 1990 by Harper and Row. Here is a description of the book I copied from Amazon.com (where I purchased the book). Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, […]