blogging, Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday Reflections – Happiness

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." --Nathaniel Hawthorne Photo by Ahmed Aqtai on Pexels.com Appreciate life even when it's not ideal. Happiness is not the fulfillment of what we wish for, but an appreciation for what we… Continue reading Sunday Reflections – Happiness

National garden Japan
blogging, Mental Health

Communicating by Listening to What Other

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”Ernest Hemingway A study showed that 70% of our waking hours are spent in communication with others, in some form, with almost half of that time taken up in listening. Reading, talking and writing were way down on the list. So given that we spend so much… Continue reading Communicating by Listening to What Other

Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Meditation

Sometimes the Universe sends you just what you need to hear in an unexpected moment. I hope these words will be as meaningful for you, today, as they were for me. May I be peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit. May I be safe and free from injury. May I be free from… Continue reading Meditation

Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday Reflections

Richness has nothing to do with money, but rather a cool mind, free of tension and anxiety.. Unknown I heard these salient words at my exercise class last week and I thought how true they were. I am sorry I do not have the original source, and this time, Google could not help identify it.… Continue reading Sunday Reflections

Mental Health, Motivational

Minding our Minds through Mindfulness

"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." -John Milton Mindfulness We hear it all the time. Mindfulness. The advice to practise mindfulness as a way to deal with troublesome thoughts. Why does Mindfulness help? It’s impossible to stay strong when you’re rehashing something… Continue reading Minding our Minds through Mindfulness

blogging, Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Gratitude Finding Three Things

It is fairly well recognized that counting your blessings, as opposed to your burdens can have a huge impact on your psychological health. Studies have demonstrated that showing gratitude for even the most basic things can have reduce depression and increase contentment. How to Find Gratitude in life? Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It… Continue reading Gratitude Finding Three Things

Where am I
blogging, Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Thoughts

Photo by jasmin chew on Pexels.com “How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give… Continue reading Thoughts

Mental Health, Motivational

What We Can and Cannot Change

Do you ever think about what you want to happen in a forthcoming situation? Or does worry get in the way and you tend to focus on what you don't want to happen? The Ego and Finding Fault It seems our ego focuses naturally on the negative aspects, due to an outdated evolutionary adaptation and… Continue reading What We Can and Cannot Change

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Australia, Community, Mental Health

I was only just saying….

Sometimes a word or two can spark an outrage or can offer comfort. Other times words might even be prophetic. Unfortunately, it seems the later is the case. I write about Australia's Covid-free bubble and cautioned that we shouldn't become too complacent and forget hygiene measures. At New Year's Eve, I noticed people were fast… Continue reading I was only just saying….

flowers
blogging, Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

A New Year and Dealing with Intense Emotions

Christmas time may be a source of stress or joy. Compounding those yuletide stresses, the Covid pandemic continues to rage, so there was little cause for joy in many parts of the world. Marlene inspired me to think of the year's outcomes in terms of 'gifts,' some good and of course, some bad. We'd do… Continue reading A New Year and Dealing with Intense Emotions

Mental Health, Motivational

Free to Change Ourselves

An ever so slight adaptation of a quote from William James. When things are grim for Christmas in your part of the world, it may help to ponder an old Norwegian saying: "behind those those dark clouds, the sky is always blue". The old Norwegians did not have an easy life through the long, harsh,… Continue reading Free to Change Ourselves

morning at the beach in Australia
blogging, History & Traditions, Mental Health, Motivational

Sunday Sayings – Emotionally-Driven Thoughts

We spend a lot of time in our own headspace, either at work or at home relaxing. In lockdown, some of us might be alone with our emotional thoughts, much more than we have ever experienced before. This level of introspection, or mulling over problems, can get to a person, especially if they are a… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – Emotionally-Driven Thoughts

blogging, Mental Health

Kurt Vonnegut

"When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favourite subject? And I told him, no… Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut