Category Archive: Relationships

Happiness Doesn’t Come with a Dollar Sign

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Did you know that one of the many downsides of pursuing happiness is that people who think it is rooted in financial success may end up worse off than when they started?

Individuality and Compassionate Connection

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Time and conscious experience of spaciousness give us perspective, an opportunity to become observers of our “self”. We tend to think to think our self is unchanging despite the fact that change is… Continue reading

The Five Agreements and Netiquette

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In The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz reveals everything we do is based on agreements and provides and inspirational code for living an authentic life. In The Fifth Agreement Ruiz teaches how to discern… Continue reading

Friends and Lovers

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Ask almost anyone what the ingredients for a happy enduring relationship are and they will put romantic love at the top of the list.  Along with it will come a laundry list of… Continue reading

Homemade Greeting Cards

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Have you ever tried making your own greetings cards? I’ve been making homemade greeting cards for years and each year I rise to the challenge to try new materials and new styles of… Continue reading

Practice Gratitude and Experience Joy

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I’ve been feeling so good about the way I’ve been taking care of my business and by that I mean my health and happiness.  That’s not to say that making a living isn’t… Continue reading

Heart Rose Meditation Redux

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It’s a year since the loss of my brother and my friend. When loving-kindness practice matures compassion deepens. This article contains some inspiring quotations and a very simple and beautiful loving kindness meditation… Continue reading

Mentoring is Making a Difference

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Every one of us is able  to contribute and make a difference to the people in our world in our own unique way. How we define success is up to the individual. Whether… Continue reading

Half the truth is no truth at all

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Here’s a brief gardening analogy I will use to introduce what I’m about to share with my readers. If we recognize that positively focused people are like fertilizer and rain that helps us… Continue reading

Children Do What They See Done

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Nature is the overbearing factor in our behavior but nurture also has a role that cannot be neglected. Early exposure to violence, combined with poverty and abuse can shape our attitudes and behavior… Continue reading

Life Lessons: Aparigraha (non-grasping)

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I am as far as one can get from being an urban yoga practitioner. My husband and I choose to live a life of voluntary simplicity in a semi remote location. We waste… Continue reading

Favorite Valentine’s Day Song 2013

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My husband and I are baby boomers who  were young teens when rock and roll was loud and proud. Without doubt we liked rock music but we also liked Bob Dylan and other… Continue reading

A Difficult Week in Review

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Last week was typical week for me.  I was busy and productive and though I had to deal with several difficult people I was happy. I have resolved not to shun the so-called… Continue reading

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

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Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to… Continue reading

Shop Local this Holiday Season

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Local business people and charities make a significant positive contribution to the quality of life in our communities all year round. Shopping local is the first step towards ensuring community success and security in a competitive global market and I’m shopping local. How about you?

An Attitude of Gratitude

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My program of retaining an attitude of gratitude and enjoying my life every day is going well. I’m living mindfully in the moment and taking small steps to encourage myself to celebrate life. My… Continue reading

Time Keeps on Ticking into the Future

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Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. Our attitudes to time and the way we use it, reveals much about our… Continue reading

Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom: Letting Go, Moving On, and Growing

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College and school teach many things. While primary schools is very much about learning facts and figures, college is more about learning who you are and what you’re passionate about. A lot of… Continue reading

Learn to Include More Humour in your Life

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Learning to include more humour in your life can have a significant effect on your overall health. Being able to see the funny side of things can produce general health benefits, and can… Continue reading

Entanglement and its Antidote, Detachment

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Our ability to enjoy our lives and relationships reflect our habits — habits that reflect our personal history, family and cultural traditions and our entanglements. Family background plays a key role in shaping… Continue reading

Super Moon Moments and Memories

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Supermoons occur when the moon’s closest approach to the Earth coincides with a full moon, an event known as perigee. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is about 383,000 kilometres… Continue reading

Flowers, Impermanence and the Grief Cycle

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The death of a loved one is a painful event. The loss of a loved one  means the world as we knew it has changed and those changes require that we in turn… Continue reading

Spring is Cherry Blossom Time

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The cherry blossom season from March to mid-April is a relatively short and brilliantly beautiful beginning of  spring.  Cherry blossoms are the quintessential expression of Mono no aware. It’s the Japanese aesthetic concept… Continue reading

Quiet and society’s extroversion bias

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I just finished reading a powerful book, Quiet by Susan Cain.This book spoke to me because I am an introvert and I’ve always been under pressure to become someone I’m not. The book… Continue reading

Seeking Happiness: Focus on Relationships

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The Oxford Happiness Inventory and a battery of personality measures were completed by 171 subjects. The results showed predicted positive correlations for happiness with satisfaction with life, self-esteem, and sociability and negative correlations… Continue reading

Deeper Relationships

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As Winter Solstice approached I carefully considered what I wanted to leave behind and what I want to achieve in 2012.  In 2011 I was able to achieve my health and wellness goals.… Continue reading

Live in Joy, Peace and Love

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Compassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a… Continue reading

The Season of Good Cheer

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The seasons go by so quickly. It’s winter and four gale force wind storms took out the power lines this month. We even had snow.  Aside from being wet, which is guaranteed, who… Continue reading

At the Crossroads

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Forever Four

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My friend Zeenat of Positive Provocations has just celebrated her birthday by embracing the child within her. She’s determined to be forever four and I’m joining her. I choose also to shed the… Continue reading

Summer was Super

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Despite the fact the weather was a few degrees cooler than expected August weather did not disappoint. We had a fabulous month with friends making sweet memories.

Friends come and friends go

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A friend can be someone with whom you are so close with that you share a bond, a bond you may expect to last lifetime.  Friends can be trusted to speak the truth.… Continue reading

Butterflies and Life Transformations

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This week I visited my friend in her garden. There we spoke of the many transformative changes in our lives and in the world around us, as we watched butterflies and hummingbirds lighting… Continue reading

A Bleak February

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Skeletal trees silhouetted against a gray sky scratch the windows as the wind shrills.  The grass and ground below are so saturated that the squelching sound is audible when trod upon.  Dripping downspouts… Continue reading

Simple Pleasures: Making Music

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I was raised in the backcountry  in a family that encouraged vocalization, musicality and improvization.  No one was left out.  Everyone old or young was encouraged to vocalize in any way they wanted… Continue reading

Childlike wonder and wisdom

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Some artists spend their careers trying to recapture the sense of wonder and imagination they had as children.  I was reminded of that this summer while I sketched and watched my friends kids… Continue reading

Balanced living: Vacations are a necessity

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One of the main reasons to take a vacation is to get some rest and recharge.  On vacation people tend to pack in more hours of sleep and exercise, as well as spend… Continue reading

Celebrities: Love ‘em or hate ‘em

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The mind-boggling “celebrities – love em – hate em” behavior that afflicts so many idle and easily preoccupied people is the subject of this post.  For the record I don’t “hate” celebrities nor… Continue reading

Yoga, Aging, Intimacy & Sexuality

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Touching is a vital human need and an essential ingredient for healthy relationships. Studies have shown that without touching, many animals – including humans – will die in childhood. Being caressed also lowers… Continue reading

Love is a Rose

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It was an overcast, cool and breezy morning when Mr T took me out walking today. I have been trying to further the time and distance I established in my spring conditioning program… Continue reading

On Awareness, Gratitude and Conscious Living

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Next to love which incorporates it, gratitude, which is firmly rooted in vulnerability and humility, is the most powerful and empowering emotion we can manifest.

Life Is Like A Cup of Coffee

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Together we can inspire 1,000,000 people with this video – please share it with the people you care about! This video from http://www.Spiritual-Short-Stories.com combines beautiful pictures, inspiring music, and a touching story to… Continue reading

Tony Robbins: Invisible Forces that Motivate

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In this TED talk video Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions.

Kwanza: 5 Simple Rules for Happiness

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Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of African Studies at California State University, Long Beach, author and scholar-activist, who stresses the indispensable need to preserve, continually revitalize and promote African American culture.

Take Good Care During the Holidays

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Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.

Men, women, sexuality and jealousy

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The evolutionary view of jealousy is that men are particularly concerned with a mate’s sexual infidelity, and women are particularly concerned with a mate’s emotional infidelity.

A time to mourn?

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Time is the here and the now moment and it’s my experience that the passage of time does not heal all wounds.

A Lovely Award

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I’d like to spread the love to these terrific bloggers whose blogs are new additions to my reading list. Please take part in the meme and please also visit each others’ blogs.

Paternalism, marriage, monogamy aren’t natural

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Marriages based on couples falling in love and voluntarily choosing to be bound to one another is not an ancient tradition. It’s relatively new. Yet, religious radicals proclaim that monogamy and marriage are species norms and part of a noble tradition. No so.

Loons in the Moonlight

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Late one night a young brave was awakened by the sound of a hauntingly beautiful voice. The enchanting voice called and the brave followed the sound to the banks of the lake.