Thursday, January 1, 2009

Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World

Any kind of expectation creates a problem.
We should accept, but not expect.
Whatever comes, accept it.
Whatever goes, accept it.

The immediate benefit is that
your mind is always peaceful.

~Sri Swami Satchidananda

Of Note: New Year's resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. Lots of times we pick something on which to work like weight loss or exercise. These effect the physical plane and are to be commended. Another approach might be to pick something that effects the mental plane like the thought above. Doing so could be magical and a life more full of peace might be ours come January 1, 2010. Of course, what is ours touches the whole world. So in our small way, we would have contributed to ringing in a more peaceful world in 2009.

Today's Weather Report: Cloudy but not so cold with temperatures in the teens. Jim is seen above retrieving wood this morning to fill our fireplace after filling the outside boiler. As it bobbed down the road, his orange cap was the only spot of bright color in the whole landscape.

News You Can Use Snippet: It has been scientifically proven that if we smile, we feel happier. The act of smiling creates an uplifted feeling even if that was not the intention. So it might be worthwhile to paint on a smile even when it feels like a fake. Apparently, our brain doesn't know the difference, and it may make us feel better without spending a dime. Taking a minute and doing this before rising in the morning might make a difference in the whole day.

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