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+ Does that thought spark joy?

[ Posted on 03.27.2017 ]

I love purging my possessions from time to time. In fact, I’ve made it part of my daily routine to reconsider many items in my path. Do I really want that cookbook I’ve never made one recipe from? What about those mugs I never use? And what even is that thing on the shelf? Yard sale! A couple of years ago a friend of mine quoted me just one line from Marie Kondo’s  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. She suggests holding an object and asking, “Does it spark joy?” It’s amazing how just one sentence can resonate so profoundly. It’s now my mantra as I walk through my house. I’m not the only one who loves purging this way. It’s not surprising that Marie Kondo has become the rock star of decluttering and organizing. It feels so good to clear out the…

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+ Am I responsible for what happens in the world?

[ Posted on 02.22.2017 ]

In The Valkyries, Paolo Coelho says: We are responsible for everything that happens in this world. We are the warriors of the light. With the strength of our love and of our will, we can change our destiny, as well as the destiny of others. As I read this, I thought about what it means to be responsible for everything that happens in the world. Knowing that we are responsible is not a condemnation, nor is it an accolade. It is an acknowledgement that we are all connected and that our thoughts and actions have meaning in the world beyond the minute space that we occupy. Just reading that statement: “We are responsible for everything that happens in this world” opens up a channel of communication and connection. All of a sudden, my personal space opens up and beams out to the world. What I do and don’t do. What I say…

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+ What is love?

[ Posted on 02.14.2017 ]

Enjoy this classic from Bruce M. Di Marsico on the kind of love we dream about. “To love is to be happy and do what you want. Be with.  Don’t be with. Smile.  Don’t smile. Be loving.  Don’t be loving. Be affectionate.  Don’t be affectionate. Give or say what you want. Take or ask for what you want. Do your own thing. If the one you love gets unhappy, it’s not because you are not loving them enough.  Their happiness does not depend on you.  If you find you want them to be happy, it is because you want it.  It’s not because you are a loving person or feel the need to prove to them that you are loving. You are loving if you are happy.  You will be loving if you are not afraid.” Read more

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+ What is the one truth of your happiness?

[ Posted on 01.30.2017 ]

“The Upanishads say ‘Ekam sat, vipraha bahudha vadanti,’ meaning ‘Truth is one. Seers express it in many ways.’ (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda). As I was reading this today I thought, we all express the truth of our happiness in many ways, but the truth of happiness is one truth.  The expressions of happiness may be our definition of what it is and where it comes from. For one, the truth of happiness may lie in the well-being of family; for another, in the acquisition of wealth; for others, in having good health, a good place to live, friends to count on; for others, in communion with God, living in union with nature; being connected to others. For some, simply the absence of unhappiness in all its forms. Or the expressions of happiness may be in the feelings associated with it: peace, joy, being okay, exuberance, love…

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Unhappiness is believing that something is necessary, something has to be, should be, ought to be, o…

Unhappiness is believing that something is necessary, something has to be, should be, ought to be, or must be other than what it is.

[ Bruce Di Marsico ]