Posts by Michele Hartley

50 Patience Quotes

patience

Patience is a virtue, we hear it over and over again, but how do we exercise patience in our everyday lives?  It is easy to be inpatient – life moves at a lightening fast speed these days…or does it?  Patience can be learned by practicing mindfulness, gratitude, and acceptance. …

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Thich Nhat Hanh Books

Thich Nhat Hanh Books

This list of Thich Nhat Hahn books will give you plenty of reading material.  Thich Nhat Hahn is a prolific writer and well worth reading. His collection of works provides insights into all aspects of mindfulness, meditation, life, love, peace and harmony. 

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Healing Powers of Solitude and Alone Time

The Healing Power of Solitude

Often we think of solitude in conjunction with loneliness and sometimes it is true.  Too much time alone can indeed lead to a feeling of loneliness.  But there is beauty in solitude, being alone can be beautiful. Time alone can give you time to refresh and recharge your body and brain. …

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Stop Emotional Triggers from Stopping You

Emotional triggers play a significant role in our lives, in how we feel, how we respond, and ultimately in our successes or failures in life. Once you know what your triggers are, you can determine how you respond to them and understand your ingrained patterns and habits.…

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Motivate Yourself- Motivation Tips and Quotes

motivation tips

I often find it difficult to motivate myself but motivation is important and there are ways that you can motivate yourself to get things done – even things that you would rather not do.  The wonderful thing about motivation is that it is contagious. …

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What is Mindfulness?

what is mindfulness

Mindfulness is being aware, being in the moment, it is the practice of being still, appreciating the moment that is and the you that you are.  We often get too busy in our lives to appreciate the lttle things, losing sight of the present and not hearing what our bodies, souls, or minds are telling us.…

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90 Great Friendship Quotes

friendship quotes

We sometimes take our friendships for granted, these friendship quotes can help remind you of just how special your friendships are. Friendship is one of the most important parts of our lives – our friends are part of us, part of who we are and what we do.  …

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Love! Inspirational Quotes About Love

Quotes About Love

Love - we all want it - as much as we can get...The truth is that love is within us and around us and the more we love ourselves, the more we can love others.  These quotes on love are not only great for Valentine's Day but for the year round, whenever you want to expand your thoughts on love and what it means.

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Ability Quotes – Use Your Abilities

Abilities and Talents - Great Quotes

We all have unique abilities and talents.  Whether we decide to use our ability is another matter altogether.  Whether it is a natural ability or a learned one does not matter, how we use it does matter.  The sad thing is that just having a talent or ability does not make it valuable or useful. …

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Music Enhances Life and Love

Emotional and Mental Benefits of Music

Songs can touch your heart in many ways.  They can make you happy or sad.  They can energize you or calm you.  We all have special love songs that we share with those we love today and those we have loved.  …

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10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Attitude

We all need an attitude adjustment now and then – sometimes it may be as easy as changing your perspective or simply doing something fun but there are some very easy ways to change your attitude that can be incorporated into your daily routines.  …

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Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes-Beautiful Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hahn

This list of Thich Nhat Hanh quotes is just a taste of the wisdom and insight he has to offer.  Thich Nhat Hanh is on my list of people I would like to meet. Born in 1926, he is still is providing guidance and insights on meditation and  mindfulness and living a rich life grounded in peace and beauty to people worldwide. …

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The Art of Friendship

friendship

Friendship is one of the treasures in life.  We all need friends.  We need someone we can talk to, share things with, go places with, cry and laugh with. We all need a best friend, a circle of friends, we are all “people who need people” as the song says. …

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Social Media – Love it! Hate it!

Social Media - Pros and Cons

I am of mixed minds about social media. I love it – I depend on it – I communicate through it. I hate it when it takes people away from me but love it when it brings people closer. I hate it when someone is more engrossed in their phone than the people in the room.  …

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How to Make the Right Choices

Choices – we must all make countless choices each day from the time we get out of bed to the food we eat to what we will do with our lives. Making choices is not so difficult with the basics. You know what you like to eat and do on a daily basis – easy.…

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Top Worry Quotes

worry quotes

Sometimes a few worry quotes can help me gain a perspective on things.  Because I am a natural worrier, I have been told , “Don’t worry about it, things will work out,”  that I often think it should be a personal mantra. …

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Peace and Happiness

 

Gratitude, love, peace, and joy are the greatest gifts in the world. The sum total of these four things is success and happiness. It starts inside and blossoms the more we love and accept ourselves. – Michele Hartley

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The Power of Words – Choose Wisely!

Words have power – what you say, how you say it, makes a difference. Words can heal or hurt, they can inspire or discourage. Using the right words is an art. Think of words that have motivated you, things people have said that have spurred you to action or brought goosebumps to your arms.…

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Stop Negative Thinking With Eight Steps

Quit Thinking Negative Thoughts

How do you stop yourself from negative thinking?  Is it possible to change negative thoughts into positive thoughts?  Can you actually stop making negative statements either to yourself or others?  It is possible to stop the habit of negative thinking but it takes work. …

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Blueberry Girl – Prayer for Our Daughters

A lot of the greatest inspiration comes from the simplest stories, from childhood boks and stories, this short video by Neil Gaiman, is one such story. It is a beautiful reminder to all of us that have daughters or have ever been daughters, worth remembering and repeating.

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Lessons from Kindergarten

Kindergarten Lessons
Sometimes it’s good to remember those things we were taught as small children, they still hold true today!

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

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Meditation and Yoga Reshape Our Brains

Neuroscientist Sara Lazar’s brain scans show that yoga and meditation actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving  memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.

In the documentary, The Connection, Sara Lazar reports the following findings:

 We found differences in brain volume after eight weeks in five different regions in the brains of the two groups.

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Brain Facts & Mind Expanding Videos

brain facts

The brain is still pretty much a mystery to us all – how it works, the power it has, the ability to actually change your brain are all topics that are studied by scientists worldwide.  The mind and brain are fascinating subjects and learning how they work is the subject of countless studies.  …

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Stop Worrying With These Easy Tips

Worriers Bill of Rights

It is common advice to suggest that if you have worries, you should ask yourself “What is the worst that could happen?”  This may work for some, but I suggest that if you can’t do anything about it, simply stop worrying about it, ruminating over the worst that could happen might make it worse; it might give you even more to worry about. …

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7 Easy Problem Solving Steps That Work – Solve Problems Quick!

I struggle quite often with how to solve certain problems. Problem solving for me is not easy, I tend to run around in my head and generally spend way too much time trying to solve even the simplest of problems. Knowing that problem solving was taking up way too much time, I decided to implement a new problem solving strategy for myself – Seven simple problem solving steps, easy to do and clearly defined.…

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Gratitude Quotes to Inspire Gratefulness

gratitude and sunshine

We sometimes underestimate the power of gratitude.  Gratitude is not merely saying “thank you”; it is a state of being.  When you feel grateful, your spirits lift, your life is brighter, and you are happier.  There are hundreds of things to be grateful for each day, little things, big things, everyday events and life changing events. …

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How To Be Intriguing

I often feel quite uninteresting, sometimes to the point of being dull beyond belief.  I spend a lot of time writing, which, by its very nature, is alone time.  Then after I have written something, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make people interested in it. …

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