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Be Choosy: Thoughts are Like Music. Listen to the Stuff You Like.

A wise person once said to me that listening to negative thoughts all day is like having the world’s largest CD collection (or I guess nowadays we would say “The world’s largest iTunes library) and all day choosing to listen to the music you hate the most. The music that depresses you. The music that […]

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Be Delighted: A Moment of Sheer Yumminess!

This is my Reverb10 response the following questions: From Tracey Clarke: Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. (Okay, technically this isn’t a shot […]

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Be Amazed: No Moment is Every Truly Ordinary!

Today’s post is inspired by Brené Brown’s reverb10 prompt: “Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?” (There is a) statement from the book of Ecclesiastes “There is nothing new under the sun.” And I disagree with that statement! I would say […]

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How To Be Joyful: Don’t wipe that dumb grin off your face

I can often be spotted driving along in my minivan, all alone, grinning to myself. Sometimes I think for all the world I look as if I don’t have a brain in my head.  But isn’t that interesting? Why is it that when we see someone smiling “for no reason at all” we assume that […]

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How to be Present to Beauty: A Memory

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.  A moment alone.   I longed for the kind of happiness that a little self-imposed solitude might bring.  And I had it all set up just as I had envisioned it:  A cup of tea in my hands. A novel (enthusiastically recommended by a friend) sitting temptingly […]

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How To Be Real: Be Present to Life’s Sweetness

I have a bad habit of knitting my brow when I am lost in thought.   One day, a few years ago, I was sitting and watching my son playing Legos in the living room.  I was gazing absently at his play, but my mind was lost in some tangled problem I was trying to […]

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How To Be Realistic: Don’t just see the big picture. See the small picture, too.

Sometimes when we lose perspective, we are encouraged by friends and family to look at the “big picture”.  And of course there are times when we really need to “zoom out” and see that the problems we are having — problems that appear to be so enormous and threatening — are in the larger scheme […]

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How To Be Grateful: Play “The Gratitude Game”!

Head funk.  Ugh. We all get it.  That nasty swirl of negative, obsessive thoughts. It’s like looking at the world through dense smog. It’s oppressive, unhealthy, and can make your inner world feel downright uninhabitable. Fortunately though, there’s a cure.  And that cure is gratitude.  And even more good fortune: we can touch the energy […]

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How To Be Playful: Try this easy “To Be List” Game!

As any teacher of young children will attest to, the fastest way to teach is through play.  It’s fun.  It’s motivating.  And when the game is over children are amazed that they have grown in knowledge and skill.  Surprise! You thought you were just having fun, but it turns out you were learning! Well, the […]

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How to Be Amazed: Seeing the wonder in small things

Wonder is all around us.  When we were children, we saw it everywhere we looked.  Everything was new, fresh, amazing. We grabbed the closest adult to show them these small miracles we saw in the world, from the brilliant yellow dandelions spouting through the grass, to the shape-shifting of a summer cloud.  As adults, we […]

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