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Watch Out! Mental Habits Can Take Away the Joy of a New Pursuit

Morning Light

Morning Light

I’m participating in Susannah Conway’s August Break photo adventure for the first time this year, and posting my images on Facebook.

I know nothing about photography.  I don’t own an expensive camera, just my hand-me-down iPhone.  When I take a picture, I go by my gut.  I’m slowly learning what I think makes a good photograph and about my own own mental obsessions at the same time.

I’m struck by how much my mood changes with each successive prompt.  Any new pursuit, it appears, provides a premium opportunity to understand and work with your own mind.

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21 Joyful Quotes to Light Up Your Heart

Joyful Quotes | Happiness Quotes

We could all feel more joy.  Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we did?

But the problem is we don’t pay attention to joy. We’re so dedicated to worry, fear, self-doubt, anger, impatience, or another wayward emotion that joy takes a backseat.
Please consider breaking-up with these troublesome emotional patterns.  Instead, make a commitment to joy.

Use these joy quotes like a tonic.  Choose one a day.  Tape it to your mirror, stick it on your computer screen, or clip it to your daily planner.  Read it often and tap into joy.  Smile for no reason.  Laugh out loud.  Enjoy the beauty you notice in each moment.

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Self-Mastery: The Key to Peace, Happiness, & Freedom

Joyful Wisdom Letter - Lotus

Many of my readers tell me they feel stressed by their own mental patterns like perfectionism, worry, and self-doubt and emotional states like anger, fear, and guilt.   As a result, they often feel stirred up or they shut down as a survival mechanism.

When thoughts and emotions have you by the throat, you’re not just stressed. Happiness also seems as elusive as a beautiful butterfly winging its way through the sky.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.  What’s the solution?  Self-mastery.

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Want A Simple Formula for Joy?

A Simple Formula for Joy

What exactly is joy?

Is joy an unexpected, momentary experience?

Or, can joy be cultivated and become an ongoing way of being?

Questions about joy have been floating around my mind since I received an Akashic Recording Reading from Heather Gray.

In case, you’re not familiar with the Akashic Records, Heather describes them as

“…a soul-level dimension of consciousness that contains a vibrational record of every individual’s soul and its journey.”

So when you access the records, via an intuitive, you can gain insight, direction, and healing tailor-made for you.

I’ve enjoyed intuitive readings periodically for a good part of my adult life.  The information I receive in this manner invariably clarifies, affirms, and encourages my own soul urgings.   And sometimes that’s exactly what I need to actualize the next step on my life path.


During the reading, I asked Heather multiple questions, including  “How I can best use the later years of my life?”   She (and the records) surprised me by responding with the suggestion of enjoyment rather than a specific preoccupation.  My “task” according to the records is to enjoy these years.  That means to relax and play, show up with love and light, let go of the “shoulds,” and avoid pushing to make things happen.

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33 Happy Movies to Light Up Your Heart

33 Happy Movies

Seeing The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Still Alice in swift succession left me emotionally exhausted from all the pain and suffering I took in.  I’m a highly sensitive person.  The ambiance of a movie can linger in my mind and heart for days.

These dramatic stories are extremely important.  They tell the truth and remind us of the suffering in our world.  They offer us an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to practice compassion.  They remind us to do whatever we can to alleviate suffering – large or small acts all make a difference.

At the same time, I don’t think it’s good to constantly dwell on suffering.  Doing so will only bring you down and could eventually effect your health too.

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Good Links for a Happy Life: From Loss to Freedom

Winter Landscape

Welcome to my monthly (or so) collection of exceptional posts from around the web, a good book or two, and practical resources to help you live the best possible life.  Enjoy!

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