Mindfulness Monday – Balance

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“Life is all about balance.
You don’t always need to be getting stuff done.
Stometimes it’s perfectly okay,
and absolutely necessary,
to shut down,
kick back,
and do nothing.”

~ Lori Deschene

 

“Balance is the key to everything.
What we do, think, say, eat, feel,
they all require awareness
and through this awareness
we can grow.”

~ Koi Fresco

 

*photo by w. holcombe, please do not use without permission.

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Mindfulness Monday – Giving

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“Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.”

~ Lao Tzu

 

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
When mindfulness embraces those we love,
they will bloom like flowers.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

*artwork created and owned by W. Holcombe, please do not use without permission.

Mindfulness Monday – 14th Dalai Lama

“There are only two days in the year
that nothing can be done.
One is called yesterday and the other
is called tomorrow,
so today is the right day
to love,
believe,
do,
and mostly live.”

~ His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

 

 

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear.
It is just like the days.
An old day passes,
a new day arrives.
The important thing
is to make it meaningful:
a meaningful friend –
or a meaningful day.”

~ His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

 

*photos by W. Holcombe. please do not copy without permission.

 

 

Thinkfulness Mondays (filling in for Wendy): thankfulness; appreciation; gratitude

Wendy chose the theme: thankfulness; appreciation and gratitude to highlight what a Mindfulness Turkey Day should be. Of thankfulness for what we have tangibly, but most importantly, for those intangibles: the fairy dust; the miracles; the possibilities; grounded in our moments; spreading hands and hearts. Appreciating the touch of a hand; a donation to a food bank; thankful for the moment with friends; aware of the needs of others; and appreciation on the need for us to help.

This Saturday is giving Saturday at my local library. I am thankful I am able to provide some tangible help: toys and books for children and clothes for their mothers.

Wendy has a nasty migraine making working on the computer right now feel deadly, so I stepped in to help – what are friends for? Please send her messages of support as she deals with yet another round of migraines, cluster headaches, vertigo, and back pain. She got so far, but needed to rest her eyes. I so understand, so here I am offering up quotes about thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude. But I would pose we should think of “thinkfulfness” – the ways in which our minds wrap their synapses around the mindfulness approach to living – including celebrations of ourselves, friends, families, and perhaps through donations, or volunteer work

So, I searched beyond my usual sorts of quotes (with Wendy’s assistance), and have more than Wendy’s usual three. These resonated with me in terms of thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude. A cornucopia, and over abundance of meditations on gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation.  I was unable to post Wendy’s lovely image; instead an unedited collage of my back yard.

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.“ G.K. Chesterton

“Every day, spread the magical stardust of thankfulness into your life.” Terri Guillemets

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Anon

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A. A. Milne

“Don’t cry because it’s over, be happy because it happened” Dr. Seuss

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” J F Kennedy

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”. Marcel Proust

“In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” Elizabeth Gilbert

“We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Cynthia Ozick

images are copyrighted to Lorraine; unable to upload Wendy’s marvelous images.

And to end on a musical note: a song discovered by a search that seems to fall within the theme of thankfulness.

Josh Grobin: Thankful

Somedays, we forget to look around us,
Somedays, we can’t see the joy that surrounds us,
So caught up inside ourselves,
We take when we should give,
So for tonight we pray for,
What we know can be,
And on this day we hope for,
What we still can’t see,
It’s up to us, to be the change,
And even though we all can still do more,
There’s so much to be thankful for,
Look beyond ourselves,
There’s so much sorrow,
It’s way to late to say, I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth,
It’s so long overdue,
So for tonight we pray for,
What we know can be,
And everyday, we hope for,
What we still can’t see,
It’s up to us, to be the change,
And even though we all can still do more,
There’s so much to be thankful for,
Even with our differences,
There is a place we’re all connected,
Each of us can find each others light,
So for tonight, we pray for
What we know can be,
And on this day, we hope for,
What we still can’t see,
It’s up to us, to be the change,
And even though this world needs so much more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Mindfulness Monday – Creativity

 

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“Creativity is the way
I share my soul with the world.”

~ Brene Brown

 

“Creativity is
intelligence having FUN!”

~ Albert Einstein

 

“In short,
a calm mind is
a creative mind.”

~ Russell Simmons

 

I’d like to thank my dear friend, Lorraine, from Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip, for taking the reigns last Monday and posting some great quotes for me, and on her birthday no less!  You are a true friend.  Happy birthday, a little late.

 

*artwork created on the Bamboo graphics pad  by W. Holcombe.  Please do not use or reproduce without permission.

Monday Quotes – Gifts

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Greetings! I am filling in for Wendy this Monday, and as it is my birthday, I thought I would use quotes about gifts. Not just the tangible, wrapped in fancy paper with ribbon and bow. But the intangible, the ephemeral, the ethereal gifts we can give ourselves every day.

“This life is your gift to yourself…Open it!” (anon)

“The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.” (Anthony J. D’Angelo)

“Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen.” (Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks)

image: Lorraine 2017. Please don’t use without permission. Thanks.

 

Kinda Mindfulness Monday Quotes – Halloween

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“He gathered the boy somewhat close
and thought,
Evil has only the power we give it.
I give you nothing.
I take back.
Starve.
Starve.
Starve.”

~ Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes

 

“If a man harbors any sort of fear,
it makes him landlord to a ghost.”

~ Lloyd Douglas

 

“Nature is a haunted house –
but Art –
is a house that tries to be haunted.”

~ Emily Dickinson

 

*photo of pumpkin and grasshopper by W. Holcombe.  please do not use without permission.