Relax and just be

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

~Oscar Wilde

“When we are at peace with our own nature we never need to pretend to be more or less than we are. Self-righteousness is an expression of inner uncertainty. Arrogance expresses a fear of inadequacy. When confronted with our inabilities, we can either learn something new about ourselves, or we can deny, distort, and pretend. We are pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. We fit perfectly, exactly as we are, into the space that has been prepared for us. Any smaller or any larger space will not do. The picture of life would not be complete if any one of us were different than we are at this time, in this moment. It is a peculiar perfection.”
~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
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Make happiness a habit

“Few things are more revolutionary than finding true happiness in a suffering world.” ~Marianne Williamson

“If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.” ~Joel Osteen

“The world’s wisdom traditions all point inward, stating that there is a level of the mind that serves as the source of happiness. When a person locates this core self, there is peace and silence. One feels safe and cared for. Love and bliss are available as normal aspects of life, not as intermittent experiences that arrive randomly.”

~Deepak Chopra [read more of article at Oprah.com]

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Composure is attainable, and from this calm place, happiness blossoms. Breathe. Relax. Soften. Accept what is, knowing there is a much larger picture of the story than we can ever understand. Being happy is not only a choice; it is a type of loving shield. It gives us strength in troubled times and allows us to offer gentleness and smiles to others. To feel happiness and smile at others is not naiveté; it’s a kind of superpower. It kick-starts the ripples of kindness and offers hope for our worried world. ~Namaste
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A quiet path

“Wind in the trees, thunder, flowing water, falling leaves, rain, animal voices, birdsong – we live amid a teeming polyphony of natural sounds.

Add to these the sounds of human activity, from soft footsteps to pneumatic drills, from muted conversation to pounding trains, from jetting fountains to jet planes.

Then, we have the articulate, measured, imagined sounds of art – all the many kinds of music, which so specifically and directly convey the spirit of a people.

Our world is permeated with sounds, some calming the heart and mind, some keeping us frenetic and on edge.”

Written by Thomas Moore, from his book “The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life”

Quiet is something I need like oxygen. It’s why I camp. I have to get away from the sounds of the city, of the suburbs. Out of earshot of the squealing tires and noisy buses, the wailing sirens and garbage trucks, the roaring broken mufflers and low-frequency stereos at top volume, rattling my windows. These frenetic urban noises are why I need to go hiking and camping on a regular basis. I need to get away to a calming forest path.

Ahh. . . peace and quiet.

At the campground the most persistent sounds beyond the chickadees are the scolding chirps of squirrels and raspy caws of ravens. Crunching gravel beneath my feet as I follow a path to the creek. Water splashes over the rocks. Flames crackle softly in the fire pit. Breezes sing through the tall trees. These are sounds that refresh me deeply, and bring me back to life. This is why I camp. A retreat under the silent stars, immersing myself in the sounds of nature. Time spent amidst nature’s natural noises helps me hear happier thoughts. I wish for you a soothing walk on a quiet path. Namaste.
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 © Gina 2017 Professions For Peace. [Pinterest images]

Difficult roads

“Many people fail to take action because they’re afraid to fail. Successful people on the other hand realize that failure is an important part of the learning process. They know that failure is just a way we learn by trial and error.” ~Jack Canfield, The Success Principles

Give with joy

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“The greatest joy comes from giving and serving. That’s much better than the discomfort and distress of focusing exclusively on yourself and what’s in it for you. When you make the shift to supporting others in your life, without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find comfort and joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.” ~Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Uniquely you

“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”

~Lao Tzu

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

~Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

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Live brightly

“Let everything we do and say be an expression of the beauty in our heart, always based on love.”
~Don Miguel Ruiz

Live brightly. Be who you are. Who you really are. With all your wrinkles and warts. All your cuteness and kindness. You are enough. Just relax and be you. Your light shines brighter as you become more authentic. One cannot help but be original as we share our own journey. Namaste. ~Gina
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“The important virtues are only learned with much repetition. Their importance is revealed again and again in obvious and then gradually subtler ways. Some of the deepest virtues, like patience and temperance, perseverance and compassion, take a lifetime to assimilate. So relax. The journey is meant to be a gradual unfolding.”
~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

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