October 25, 2014

Let go of “right” or “wrong” and go with your gut

Artist and author Toni Carmine Salerno writes:

Ultimately there are no right or wrong decisions, only different experiences.

These words take some pressure off those of us who tend to worry about whether we’re making the “right” choice about how to proceed in whatever life circumstances we’re facing.

Ultimately, every choice you make is the right one, because every experience you encounter holds value. The key, I think, is to let your intuition be your guide: if your intuition (a.k.a. gut instinct, subconscious mind, higher self, etc.) keeps poking you to do a certain thing or move in a certain direction, listen! Do that thing your intuition urges, even if the idea seems crazy or risky to your rational mind and/or the people around you.

The heart holds much truth. In the last few years, I have discovered that listening to my heart’s urgings (no matter how ridiculous or frightening they may at first seem) actually brings resolution to some of the fractious or troublesome pieces of my life. Acting on these urges isn’t always easy, and the outcome may not always be what I’d hoped for, but the process enables me to either embrace something new or let go of something old (often something that’s been dogging me for a long time). I loose my mind of the anxiety associated with “should I / shouldn’t I / what if?” and I’m able to move forward lighter, freer, contented — and proud of myself for taking control of my life. A very empowering and totally worthwhile experience. :-)

October 22, 2014

Believe only five percent of what your mind tells you (about you)

Thought for the day, courtesy of Don Miguel Ruiz, author of the book The Four Agreements:

Ninety-five percent of the beliefs we have stored in our minds are nothing but lies, and we suffer because we believe all those lies.

Let’s counter some of those lies right now: You are beautiful. You are strong. You are worth it. You are important to the world, and you have so many special and unique talents and perspectives to share with it. You do matter. Say it again: You do matter. A lot.

 

October 17, 2014

Observed on the street: You are here

Here was a great place to be at the moment I was there. Anyone know where this is?

You Are Here

 

October 15, 2014

You are my rhapsody

A great song lyric from Alberta-born jazz pianist and singer Beth Arrison:

Baby you are my rhapsody, and I’ll treat you like wine.

Find someone to say it to.

October 14, 2014

Stop, and immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience

Thought for the day, courtesy of artist and author Frederick Franck:

In this twentieth century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf, is an unforgettable experience.

At least one time this week, give yourself an unforgettable experience.

October 13, 2014

Life is like a camera . . .

Anonymous and random thought for the moment:

Life is like a camera . . .
focus on what’s important,
capture the good times,
develop from the negatives,
and, if things don’t work out,
take another shot.

October 11, 2014

A question about happiness

Thought for the day:

If you don’t feel grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

(From a public-participation art display at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia, September 2014)

All the ingredients for a happy life already exist within you — even if you have to rummage around in your deepest, darkest corners to find them. :-)

October 10, 2014

As with books, so with life

Courtesy of Tim Parks in his book Teach Us to Sit Still:

With books . . . , the best experiences are not when you find what you were looking for, but when something quite different finds you, takes you by surprise, shifts your taste to new territory. . . . It’s only stories that gather the world up in unexpected ways.

October 8, 2014

Observed on the street: It’s all about balance

“It’s all about balance.” I saw this scene at English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia:

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What’s true in making balanced-rock sculptures is also true in life.

Balance is an art. Achieving balance requires patience and perseverance and a willingness to try and try again, even when things come tumbling down. Balance is a gift to enjoy while you have it. Balance is a mysterious and elusive force — one that often seems to defy the laws of the world around you. Balance (when you find it, or it finds you) makes everything around you beautiful.

October 1, 2014

A big perspective on baking and life

Here’s a little mind bender, courtesy of astrophysicist Carl Sagan:

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, first you must create the universe.

There is so much natural energy encircling us, quietly supporting us in everything we do. Much of it — air, water, natural resources, photosynthesis, soil chemistry, weather, etc. — we take for granted.

Today, give a little thanks to the universe that surrounds us and supports us.

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