Category Archives: happiness

Listening to Bees

When I first approach the trees, I don’t see many bees around them. But the longer I watch quietly, the more bees I see. Soon, I’m amazed by how many there are. I think all life is like those bees. If we take the time to observe quietly, we will be thrilled by how much there is to see, hear, touch, taste and feel. Continue reading

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You May Be Privileged

You may be privileged
If animals and plants
Give you their bodies
Each day, to feed your body. Continue reading

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Beyond Gratitude

Sometimes a feeling comes
Beyond gratitude. Blown away
Overwhelmed by the bounty I’ve been given
Without guilt for those who do not have
In delight, like a saint on the street Continue reading

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How One Good Deed Led To Six More

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  Edith Wharton Continue reading

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Living in Crisis Time

For billions of people in the world, the crisis is not new and will not go away when the shutdowns are lifted or COVID is cured. The pandemic is just making existing challenges more intense. But we are here; the time is now, and the old ways can’t go on. Can we change ourselves and make the new ones better? Continue reading

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Behold!

Without our beholding it, beauty might not exist at all. Appreciating beauty is part of creating it. Continue reading

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When Mental Illness is Environmental

Self-compassion might come from realizing how our behaviors and emotions are shaped by our environment and our past environments. Continue reading

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A Lesson from Roses

Do we only get what we work for? Really, isn’t the world always giving us stuff? I mean, the Sun never stops giving. Neither does Earth. See the gifts in life. Continue reading

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The Joy Within

Each of us has this stream of joy within us. It may be bricked in and covered over with layers of grief, pain, fear, or anger. It may be curtained off by thoughts, entertainment, things we want to do or have to do. Still, it’s always there and can’t be destroyed, because it comes from the life force itself. Continue reading

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5 Times U Don’t Have to Help

I am learning that many times people would be better off if I didn’t try to please them or help. I’m sharing five of these behaviors, because you might do them too. Continue reading

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