Michele Hartley

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How to Break Bad Habits Fast – Five Easy Steps to Quitting any Bad Habit

Bad habits can be hard to break simply because they are what they are – habits.  I want to break all my bad habits so did some research and found a sure way to break bad habits fast.  Using these steps to stop bad habits, I quit smoking in just two weeks. These steps to stop bad habits actually work. We have all tried to quit whatever bad habits we have, whether it is nail biting, drinking, smoking, overeating, watching too much television, taking drugs, overdoing anything, procrastinating.

Naturally, some habits are tiny and may be inconsequential to others while other habits turn into serious addictions that can result in illness and death.  Your bad habits may not be as bad as mine or vice versa, but if a habit is bad, it is worth getting rid of.  I have used these five steps to stop several bad habits from smoking to procrastination.  They worked for me and I am a highly addictive person, so it is likely they can work for you too.

Brain Facts & Mind Expanding Videos

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.  There are some great documentaries and videos on the brain and mind that can help you learn about some of the mysteries of the mind.  I have compiled a few here that are enlightening and interesting.  If you have ever wondered about the power or workings of the brain here are 25 interesting facts about the brain.

  1. 25% of the body’s cholesterol resides within the brain. Cholesterol is an integral part of every brain cell. Without adequate cholesterol, brain cells die.
  2. A piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses all communicating with each other.
  3. All brain cells are not alike. There are as many as 10,000 specific types of neurons in the brain.
  4. Although pain is processed in your brain, your brain has no pain receptors and feels no pain. This explains how brain surgery can be performed while the patient is awake with no pain or discomfort.
  5. Babies have big heads to hold rapidly growing brains. A 2-year-old’s brain is 80% of adult size.
  6. Brain information moves at an impressive 260 miles per hour. This is faster than Formula 1 race cars which top out at 240 mph.
  7. Having high total cholesterol is not bad for your brain. In fact it actually reduces your risk of dementia.
  8. Each neuron connects with, on average, 40,000 synapses.
  9. There are approximately 400 miles of blood vessels in the brain
  10. Memories are shockingly unreliable. Emotions, motivation, cues, context and frequency of use can all affect how accurately you remember something.
  1. Memory is more of an activity than a place. Any given memory is deconstructed and distributed in different parts of the brain. Then, for the memory to be recalled, it gets reconstructed from the individual fragments.
  2. More than 100,000 chemicals reactions take place in your brain every second.
  3. Multitasking makes you less productive. Your brain jumps between tasks resulting in decreases in attention span, learning, performance, and short-term memory.
  4. Neanderthal brains were 10% larger than our homo sapiens brains.
  5. No one knows for sure, but the latest estimate is that our brains contain roughly 86 billion brain cells.
  6. Only 5 minutes without oxygen can cause brain damage.
  7. Over 140 proteins in the brain are negatively impacted by exposure to electromagnetic frequencies — the kind emitted by your cell phone, electronics, and other electrical devices.
  8. The average brain has around 50,000 thoughts per day and 70% of them are believed to be negative.
  9. The brain in your head isn’t your only brain. There’s a “second brain” in your intestines that contains 100,000 neurons. Gut bacteria are responsible for making over 30 neurotransmitters including the “happy” molecule serotonin.
  10. The human brain is not solid. It’s soft and squishy similar to the consistency of soft tofu or soft gelatin. And it’s very fragile.
  11. The typical brain is about 2% of a body’s weight but uses 20% of its total energy and oxygen intake.
  12. There is no such thing as a left-brain or right-brain personality type. We are not left-brained or right-brained; we are “whole brained.”
  13. 95% of decisions take place in the subconscious mind.
  14. Your brain is 73% water. It takes only 2% dehydration to affect your attention, memory and other cognitive skills.
  15. Your brain’s storage capacity is considered virtually unlimited. It doesn’t get “used up” like RAM in your computer.

The brain is truly amazing – just think about it. 🙂 I’ve assembled several brain expanding or mind blowing videos that you can see below. Enjoy!

Top 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.  Personally, I have decided to dispense with any worries that I cannot do anything about.  The senselessness of worrying about things you cannot change should not be rocket science.  Life is too short to spend it worrying, so I decided to compile a few quotes on worrying here, for my benefit and yours.

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
~ Leo F. Buscaglia

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
~ Swedish Proverb

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”
~ E. Joseph Cossman

“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
~ Elbert Hubbard

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
~ George F. Burns

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
~ Arthur Somers Roche

“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”
~ Dean Smith

“When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come.”
~ Joseph Joubert

“That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.”
~ Cullen Hightower

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”
~ Erma Bombeck

“There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.”
~ Harold Stephen

“People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching a cold.”
~ John Jay Chapman

“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.”
~ Nelson DeMille

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.”
~ Robert Frost

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
~ John Newton

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“I never worry about action, but only about inaction.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”
~ Robert Eliot

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.”
~ John Lubbock

“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.”
~ Mary Hemingway

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. “~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama XIV

“Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not. ” ~ Ana Monnar

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. ”
~ Mark Twain

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. ”
~ Dale Carnegie

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. ”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“Worry is a misuse of the imagination. ”
~ Dan Zadra

“You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time. ”
~ Pat Schroeder

“Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist. ”
~ Edgar Watson Howe

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. ”
~ Michel de Montaigne

“I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor. “Never worry about your heart ’til it stops beating.” ”
~ E.B. White

“Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow. ”
~ Philip Gulley

“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due. ”
~ William Ralph Inge

“It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down. ”
~ George MacDonald

“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff. ”
~ Robert Eliot

“When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come. ” ~ Joseph Joubert

“We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies. ”
~ Etty Hillesum

“How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. ”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work. ”
~ John Lubbock

“Worry ducks when purpose flies overhead. ”
~ Terri Guillemets

The Art of 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.  Some of us are blessed with a lot of friends and some with very few.  It is not the quantity that counts, it is the quality.

Good friends are born from common interests, common values, and a commitment to one another.  A history together makes a big difference but it can often dry up, you have that original burst of enthusiasm when you reconnect, and then realize that what you had before is gone.  On the other hand,  you might find that the roots of those old friendships go deeper than you thought.

True friends are committed to your happiness and success as you are to theirs.  They will tell you the truth even if you do not like it and will not ask you to place your friendship before your principles.  Friends should be a good influence, encouraging you to live up to your full potential. Relationships are an important factor in happiness and friends play a major role in personal happiness.  Aristotle said there are three types of friendships:

  • Utility friendships where each person benefits in some way from the other
  • Pleasure friendships, based on personalities, fun, and common interests
  • Virtuous or Goodness friendships based on admiration, shared values, and striving together for the greater good

Not surprisingly, virtue-based friendships last the longest and bring the most happiness to those in the relationship.  If you want to find happiness, find friends that share your values, who support you, and make you feel good. There are some key elements to maintaining friendships that are good to remember:

  1. Don’t take your friends for granted. Be grateful for them and let them know how much you appreciate them.
  2. Don’t judge, don’t criticize unless you can provide positive criticism, and don’t talk about your friends behind their backs.
  3. Revel in your friends’ successes and support them when they are struggling.
  4. Don’t let small disagreements fester. Don’t be petty.  Be compassionate and forgiving.
  5. Be there when your friends need you.
  6. Don’t make it all about you. Friendship is a mutual affair, make sure there is a nice balance of give and take in the relationship.
  7. Be your own best friend, never take advantage of a friendship or let your friends take advantage of you.
  8. Keep in touch regardless of distances that may separate you.
  9. Respect your friends’ confidences and beliefs.
  10. Be your own best friend.

I cannot stress the importance of being your own best friend first – if you love yourself and are your own best friend, you will be a much better friend to others.  If you want to deepen you friendships and develop new ones, focus on your own personality traits and what you can give to the relationship.  Friendships take work and require that you be:

  1. Accepting
  2. Compassionate
  3. Dependable
  4. Empathetic
  5. Good Listener
  6. Honest
  7. Loving
  8. Loyal
  9. Non-Judgemental
  10. Open
  11. Perceptive
  12. Positive
  13. Respectful
  14. Self-Confident
  15. Supportive
  16. Trustworthy

There is no doubt that friendships are a blessing and also no doubt that they do require work.  They need to be nurtured and appreciated.  No man is an island and good friendships are an integral and beautiful part of the fabric of our lives.  Cherish your friendships and be open to new ones.  The more you live in a state of love for yourself and others, the happier you will be.

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Ability Quotes – Use Your Abilities

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.  There are literally hundreds of abilities, talents and skills and we all have at least a few of them.

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability he has. ~ Confucius

To be granted some kind of usable talent and to be able to use it to the fullest extent of which you are capable this, to me, is a kind of joy that is almost unequaled. ~ Lawrence Welk

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. ~ John Wooden

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes

The most interesting income you will receive from doing good work is the increased ability to do better work. ~ F.D. Van Amburgh

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our strengths are our tools, our personal reality. Our weaknesses are only what we are not. ~ Joe Batten

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~  John Wooden

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. ~ A.N. Whitehead

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts. ~ Booker T. Washington

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~ Helen Keller

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ~ Lou Holtz

The maturing of any complex talent requires a happy combination of motivation, character, and opportunity. Most talent remains undeveloped. ~ John Gardner

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. ~ Abraham Maslow

Do a common thing in an uncommon way. ~  Booker T. Washington

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to. ~ George Herbert Allen

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. ~ Roy L. Smith

For better or worse, you must play your own instrument in the orchestra of life. ~  Dale Carnegie

It isn’t bragging if you can do it. ~ Dizzy Dean

Ambition may have to advertise, but ability advertises itself. ~ F.D. Van Amburgh

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. ~ Victor Hugo

Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they’re willing to spend on it. ~ Dr. Joyce

No one rises to low expectations. ~ Les Brown

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. if I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.  On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito. ~ Unknown

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste. ~ Lucille Bal

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. ~ Liane Cardes

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test. ~ Elbert Hubbard

It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude. ~ Zig Ziglar

Ability is of little account without opportunity. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we’ve been given. ~ Mary Lou Retton

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. ~ Mother Teresa

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. ~ Unknown

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks. ~ Helen Keller

If you possess marked ability, it will show in your work. Capable people do not need to talk about themselves. Make your service so good that it will be your press agent. ~ F.D. Van Amburgh

Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours. ~ Richard Bach

It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you use that makes a difference. ~  Zig Ziglar

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts. ~ John Wooden

Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. ~ Dolly Parton

My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. ~ Cicero

Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do. ~ Amelia Earhart

Contrary as it may seem, most people have more ability for their work than they have ambition to do it. ~ F.D. Van Amburgh

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. ~ Duke Ellington

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us. ~ George Eliot

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. ~ John Ruskin

Alas for those who never sing, but die with all their music in them. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

No talent can survive the blight of neglect. ~ Edgar A. Whitney

They are able because they think they are able. ~ Virgil

The real tragedy of life is not in being limited to one talent, but in the failure to use the one talent. ~ Edgar W. Work

Just do what you do best. ~ Red Auerbach

Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study. ~ Francis Bacon

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. ~ Stevie Wonder

Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. ~ Baltasar Gracian

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. ~  Zig Ziglar

Ability is a poor man’s wealth. ~ M. Wren

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Stop Worrying With These Easy Tips

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.  If you start thinking about the worst that could happen, you are bound to come up with worst case scenarios that create their own worries. If you can’t do anything about it, if you have no control over it, throw out the worry.  Don’t waste any more time on it.  If you can’t control it you have no right to worry about it!

  1. Worrying is not a virtue, it doesn’t make me a better or more caring person.
  2. I only have the right to worry about things over which I have control.
  3. If I have control over something, I have the right to change it.
  4. If I have a worry I can change, I have the responsibility to either change it or decide that it isn’t worth the effort to change.
  5. If a problem isn’t worth the effort to change, it isn’t worth worrying about.
  6. If a problem deserves changing and I can change it, I need to determine what the solution to the problem is.
  7. If the solution is in my power to accomplish, I need to solve the problem.
  8. If the solution is not in my power, then it is not my problem and I don’t have the right to that worry.
  9. I cannot worry about things in the past. Unless I can rectify or change something that happened, I have no right to worry about it.
  10. I can only worry about things in the future if I have control over them.
  11. If I have control over something, I don’t need to worry about it, I only need to exercise my control, come up with a solution and work the solution.
  12. If the solution to my problem does not work, I can only worry about my problems insofar as I can come up with another solution. If there is no solution, I have no right to worry.
  13. I have the right to do things that are productive, to keep myself busy and engaged in productive and positive activities and to stop worrying.
  14. I do not have the right to devote time that could be productive to worrying about things I cannot control or change
  15. I have the right to share my worries, to speak about them with friends and families.
  16. If I am afraid to share my worries with others, I have no right to keep those worries.

The worry that cannot be spoken, that cannot be shared, turns to guilt, or even greater worries and fears.  The worry that cannot be given up turns to sickness, depression, and other nasty things that create even more worries and fears.  If you are unwilling to share your worries with someone else because you are embarrassed or uncomfortable about sharing your worries, then it stands to reason that you should probably dispense with the worry.  If it is too embarrassing to talk about, then it is not worth holding onto.

As I was growing up my mother used to tell me, “Idle hands are the devil’s playground,” and she would give me some task to do so I would stop moping or pouting.  Keeping busy may be an antidote to worrying.  If you are busy doing something your focus is on the task at home and it is difficult to concentrate on two things at once.  The problem with busying yourself is that the minute you stop busying yourself you start worrying again unless you are willing to truly let go of your worries.

One of the basic tenets of the Law of Attraction is that you are what you think.  If you are what you think and what you think about is all your worries, oops, that really sucks.  You don’t want to be a train wreck, do you?  So stop worrying.  Now you are probably worrying about worrying.  It is a vicious cycle.  But no worries… 🙂  You can overcome worrying too much by keeping the above principles in mind.  Live in the moment, enjoy life and “don’t worry, be happy”.

10 Reasons Perfectionism Sucks

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ~ Salvador Dali

Being a perfectionist is a curse. It doesn’t do you any good. I promise.And I should know. Being a perfectionist has been the reason for my successes and my failures, but I think if I were to tally them up, perfectionism has led to more failures than successes. The bad news is perfectionism may be genetic, an article in the Wall Street Journal, Inside the Minds of the Perfectionists – WSJ.com, says that scientists now believe that genetic factors, more than anything else, influence whether or not you are a perfectionist.

“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.”-Winston Churchill

It makes sense to me. I have a daughter who is cursed with it, has been since she was tiny. I have always been cursed with it. I used to be proud of it. But now, from the vantage point of more years of experience than I want to admit to, I have to say that perfectionism has hindered me more than it has helped. I only have to look at all the projects I have discarded because they didn’t meet my own standards, which I always set high enough to give me an excuse to give up.

Ten Reasons Perfectionism Sucks

  1. Nobody is perfect
  2. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder
  3. Perfectionism is an excuse for not finishing things
  4. Perfectionism is an excuse for not taking risks
  5. Perfectionism leads to ulcers
  6. Perfectionism is immobilizing
  7. Perfectionism is self-abuse
  8. Perfectionists are never content
  9. Perfectionism never got nobody nothing
  10. Perfection is an illusion

Doing things well is wonderful and important but setting unrealistic expectations and expecting that things always be perfect can be a trap.  Bottom line, nobody and nothing is perfect and when we expect that our own work, children, spouses, and pets be perfect we are setting ourselves up for failure.  Likewise, when we demand perfection of ourselves it can create more of a hindrance than a help.  Do what you love, enjoy yourself and don’t worry if what you do lives up to some arbitrary set of standards.

Perfect the art of non-perfection and you will find peace, happiness, and success.  Embrace your flaws and you can conquer the world.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes-Beautiful Mindfulness

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.  He has effectively combined the teachings of early Buddhism, Yogacara, Zen and modern mindfulness practices to create programs and write books that touch on the core elements of living a life of harmony and peace.  I have incorporated some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s quotes here that show just a little of his wisdom and might provide you with some inspiration.  To learn more about Thich Nhat Hanh, you can visit his Facebook page or Plum Village, his mindfulness center in the France.

Thich Nhat Hanh has written several books on all aspects of peace, harmony, meditation, mindfulness, love and life, if you would like to explore his writings further, a good starting point might be to read some of his books.

THICH NHAT HANH QUOTES

A human being is like a television set with millions of channels…. We cannot let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to recover our own sovereignty.

An oak tree is an oak tree. That is all it has to do. If an oak tree is less than an oak tree, then we are all in trouble.

Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.

As long as you find something beautiful, good, and true to believe in and abide by, you have the equivalent of God in your life.

At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.

Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.

Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

Because you are alive, everything is possible.

Being rich is an obstacle to loving. When you are rich, you want to continue to be rich, and so you end up devoting all your time, all your energy, in your daily life to stay rich.

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.

Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.

Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.

Compassion is a verb.

Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.

Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.

Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred.

Earth will be safe when we feel in us enough safety.

Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.

Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.

Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge.

Happiness does not come from consumption of things.

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.

I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath.

I have lost my smile, but don’t worry. The dandelion has it.

I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.

I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight… I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence.

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.

If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.

If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.

If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.

If you love someone but rarely make available to him or her, that is not true love.

If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence

If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.

If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

If your love is only a will to possess, its not love

In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.

In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

In true love, you attain freedom.

It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.

It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.

It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind.

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.

Know that life can only be found in the present moment.

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.

Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.

Life is available only in the present moment.

Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.

Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.

May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.

My actions are my only true belongings.

My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.

Only the present moment contains life.

Our own life has to be our message.

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.

Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.

Smile, breathe and go slowly.

Sometimes it is better not to talk about art by using the word “art”. If we just act with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don’t have to talk about it at all.

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.

Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.

The fact is that when you make the other suffer, he will try to find relief by making you suffer more. The result is an escalation of suffering on both sides.

The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.

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

The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.

The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.

The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing to be happy.

The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.

The Three Kinds of Pride are: (1) thinking I am better than the other(s); (2) thinking I am worse than the other(s); and (3) thinking I am just as good as the other(s).

The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.

The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.

Those who are without compassion cannot see what is seen with the eyes of compassion.

To be beautiful means to be . You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept .

To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.

To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.

Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.

Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.

We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.

When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us.

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.

When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?

You are not an observer, you are a participant.

You have to learn how to help a wounded child while still practicing mindful breathing. You should not allow to get lost in action. Action should be meditation at the same time.

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.

Your true home is in the here and the now.

Kermit the Frog’s Rainbow Connection – Happy Songs

Sometimes you just need something to lift you up – to put you in one of those light-hearted moods that were the earmarks of childhood.  Nobody can do that better than Kermit the Frog and the words and music of Paul Williams’  The Rainbow Connection. I happen to be a big fan of Kermie and Paul Williams, who has earned my respect after I recently watched Paul Williams Still Alivewhich I found to be very inspirational in and of itself. Naturally the Rainbow Connection touches all of us in different ways, but one thing that can probably be be said about it almost universally is that it will lift your spirits.

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.

It is a matter of fact that, as humans, we all get caught up in negative thought cycles and must deal with stress on a daily basis.  Learning to look at ourselves and the world around us in a non-judgemental way can have a very positive impact on our lives. Mindfulness can help us respond to life’s issues in a calm manner that contributes to our mental and physical well-being.

It helps us recognise and distance ourselves from habitual emotional and physiological reactions to events and is scientifically proven to increase clarity and understanding.  Mindfulness is the art of being fully present in our lives and living in a state of gratitude and peace that contributes to happiness and health.

Through the practice of mindfulness, we become more aware of what we are thinking and doing and what is going on in body and mind.  Being one with your experiences and being aware of your own emotional triggers and automatic responses is key to increasing your vision and making wiser choices. There are thousands of publications that document the effectiveness of mindfulness in improving mental and physical health.

  • Recognise and eliminate or reduce habitual negative or self-defeating reactions
  • Respond better to difficult situations
  • Be more objective
  • Increase creativity
  • Achieve life balance

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.”  – Jon Kabot Zin

Through meditation practices, mindful movements, and conscious awareness, mindfulness helps reduce negative thought and behaviour patterns.  The more we practice, the more neuro-pathways we develop in the brain that enhance our lives in myriad ways. Mindfulness does not take that much work either.  It can be learned in a short period of time and when applied, makes a world of difference. Want to learn more about mindfulness or watch some great videos from mindfulness leaders? [Youtube_Channel_Gallery feed=”playlist” user=”PLQPYFjweVvMLJwceEx4c0qIUPyK7CmYd1″ key=”AIzaSyBoUWjFg32dNDxUGtZyQ20rY_OE-wjdLuI” maxitems=”16″ thumb_columns_ld=”2″ title=”1″]

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. It actually works. …

See Love

Love is all around us if, you simply open your heart, your eyes, your mind to all love’s possibilities.  Love is unlimited, both in object and manifestation.  It is only limited by your personal definition of it.  When you see love in the smallest and greatest of things, your world expands and your happiness grows greater.

When you open your eyes in the morning and see sunshine, it lifts your mood.  When you see love, it lifts your mood and energizes you.  Easy to say but how do we see the love around us and in us? 

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”~St. Teresa

Where is love?  Is it in your heart, in your mind, your body, and your soul?  Can you feel the love for others, for your mate, for your family, for strangers, for animals, for the earth?  Do you love a warm bath, a cup of coffee in the morning, a walk in the woods, a favorite food, a favorite place, a hobby, or even a job?

Love is there, for all of us to enjoy and it is one of the many things in life that is both wonderful and free. 

A BIT OF MUSICAL INSPIRATION

Without Music, Life Would Be a Mistake

Music is indeed one of the most beautiful things in life – no matter how young or old we are we all respond to music.  It doesn’t matter what the genre or style is – music evokes emotions, memories, thought, it can lift you up or bring you down.

Children respond to music from infancy, some say from in the womb.  Children move to the beat of the music, get excited or relaxed based on the music from the time they are born or perhaps before.

Music enhances learning and memory. Music is a great way to remember things from the ABCs to the Chemical tables.  The beat, the tune, the words make it much easier to learn facts and figures.

Music helps improve attention skills. Music is attention-getting, the right kind of music can affect people’s behaviour and increase their attention span.

Music appreciation is wired into our brains.  Humans respond to music, whether it is the beating of the drums or a Mozart concerto, we respond to music – it is primordial.

Music enhances social experiences. We bond through music, song and dance are part of every culture dating back as far as we can track human behaviour.  It is part of almost every celebration known to man.

Music is predictable and structured so our brains respond positively.  Our brains like predictability and structure so we respond positively to music.

Music evokes emotions. Music can tap into every emotion known to man, it can make us happy, sad, angry, loving – different music, different songs, evoke different emotions.

Music evokes memories.  Music is great for evoking memories and stimulating talk about those memories.

Our bodies react to music.  We naturally move to the rhythm of music, it stimulates and encourages exercise and movement. When a song really moves us, the heart actually can speed up or stress can be reduced having a positive effect on body and mind.

So start humming, turn up the tunes, listen to your old favorites and check out some new ones!

 

Serenity

 

“Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” ― Lao Tzu

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.  Here is a list of ten easy things to do to have a more positive attitude on a daily basis. [su_quote cite=”Winston Churchill”]Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.[/su_quote] …

10 Mini-Breaks to Refresh and Renew Your Work Day – Easy Workday Mini-Breaks

I have started using mini-breaks on a daily basis to avoid burn-out.  The idea of mini-breaks is not new, but I have a tendency to get caught up in writing or working on projects, so much so that sometimes I go for hours without leaving my computer.  You know the feeling, you are on deadline, you have a project that needs to get done, you are on a roll. Time flies, and before you know it, your foot is asleep, your back aches, your coffee is cold, and your butt is numb.  Mini-breaks are the answer.  If you work at home, as I do, it is easy to create tiny mini-breaks that are not only good for your mind, but good for your body. …

90 Great 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.  Countless books, songs, and poems have been written about friendship.   Dating back to the Bible, here are a few friendship quotes you might enjoy.

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“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” ~Muhammad Ali

“Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.” ~Dean Koontz

“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.” ~Alexander Dumas

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ~Helen Keller

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod- my shadow does that much better.” ~Plutarch

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” ~Alice Walker

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” ~David Tyson Gentry

“A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.” ~Arthur Brisbane

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. Even longer,’ Pooh answered.” ~A.A. Milne

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” ~Woodrow T. Wilson

“Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again.” ~John O’Donohue

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” ~John 15:15

“Friends are the family you choose.” ~Jess C. Scott

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” ~William Shakespeare

“We are all travelers in the desert of life and the best we can find in our journey is an honest friend.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ~Linda Grayson

“Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.” ~George Eliot

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” ~Oprah Winfrey

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” ~Aristotle

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first. When you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda

“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side. Our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” ~Ally Condie

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” ~Abraham Lincoln

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.” ~Shel Silverstein

“Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends.” ~Virginia Woolf

“Love is blind. Friendship closes its eyes.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” ~Dale Carnegie

“Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. but when thou art in, continue firm and and constant.” ~Samuel Butler

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“A friendship that can end never really began” ~Publilius Syrus

“The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” ~Henry Ford

“You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” ~Laurence J. Peter

“In prosperity our friends know us. In adversity we know our friends.” ~John Churton Collins

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship. It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ~Aristotle

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” ~Washington Irving

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” ~Elie Wiesel

“The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?” ~Eugene Kennedy

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

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.” ~Oscar Wilde

“The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” ~Ray Bradbury

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” ~Khalil Gibran

“Don’t walk behind me – I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me – I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ~Albert Camus

“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. A wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.” ~Buddha

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing”. –Baltazar Gracian

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. — Albert Camus

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson Gentry

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one. ― C.S. Lewis

“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.” – Alexander Dumas

“Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.” – Samuel Butler

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.” – Oscar Wilde

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” – Plutarch

“A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.” – Arthur Brisbane

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. ― Linda Grayson

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? – Abraham Lincoln

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

“It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” – Marlene Dietrich

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” – Octavia Butler

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” – Jon Katz

“The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.” – Robert Brault

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” – Washington Irving

“Friends are the family you choose – Jess C. Scott

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” – Ray Bradbury

“Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.” – Dean Koontz

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” – Charles Lamb

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A friendship that can end never really began – Publilius Syrus

“In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.” – John Churton Collins

“You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” – Laurence J. Peter

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”  –Dale Carnegie

“Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends.” – Virginia Woolf

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.” – Anna Cummins

55 Great Albert Einstein Quotes

Albert Einstein was arguably one of the most brilliant people in history. I am constantly amazed the more I learn about him. His life was incredible and his philosophies profound. Now that his theory of gravitation has been validated, he is once again in the news. Albert Einstein and his theories of relativity and quantum physics is celebrated the world over. Einstein, the scientist, is familiar to all; Einstein, the man, is less well-known.

The following list contains basic facts about Einstein’s life:

Albert Einstein was born in 1879 in Ulm, Germany, and was raised in Munich. A common — and incorrect — belief about Einstein is that he had a learning disability. In fact, he was a top student in grade school and in college. But he had a rebellious character and clashed with teachers and professors. He sometimes missed classes to study what he liked, and he ended up with some bad grades as a result.

Einstein originally wanted to become a mathematics and physics teacher but later changed his mind and wanted to be a university professor.

His first permanent job was as a clerk in a patent office in Bern, Switzerland. In one year, his miracle year of 1905, Einstein discovered the special theory of relativity, the E = mc2 equation, and the idea of the quantum. Einstein developed his special theory of relativity in five weeks. It took him four years to develop the general theory of relativity.

Einstein was married twice: first to his college girlfriend and classmate, Mileva Maric, and then to his cousin, Elsa Einstein. He had three children, all with Mileva. Their first child was a daughter, Lieserl, who was apparently given up for adoption. Their second child was Hans Albert, who became a professor of engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Their third child, Eduard, was extremely gifted but was institutionalized because of schizophrenia.

Einstein was a citizen of three countries. He was a German citizen by birth but gave up his citizenship in 1896 because he despised Germany’s militarism. He became a Swiss citizen in 1901.

In 1933, he moved to the United States to flee the Nazis, and he became a U.S. citizen in 1940.

In 1939, Einstein wrote a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, bringing to his attention the real possibility that the recent discovery of nuclear fission “would also lead to the construction of bombs.” He warned the president of the dangerous possibility that Nazi Germany might develop the bomb.

Einstein’s involvement with the bomb ended with this letter; he didn’t participate in its development.

Quantum theory started with the first paper of Einstein’s miracle year of 1905, but he always expressed doubts that quantum physics actually described the real world. “An inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing,” he wrote in 1926. In 1952, Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel after the death of the country’s first president. Einstein declined the offer. Einstein died in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 18, 1955.

 

 

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”~Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”~Albert Einstein

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”~Albert Einstein

“I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details.”~Albert Einstein

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”~Albert Einstein

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”~Albert Einstein

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”~Albert Einstein

“A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.”~Albert Einstein

“I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.”~Albert Einstein

“God is subtle but he is not malicious.”~Albert Einstein

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”~Albert Einstein

“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”~Albert Einstein

“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”~Albert Einstein

“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”~Albert Einstein

“Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”~Albert Einstein

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”~Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.”~Albert Einstein

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”~Albert Einstein

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”~Albert Einstein

“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.”~Albert Einstein

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”~Albert Einstein

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”~Albert Einstein

“God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.”~Albert Einstein

“The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.”~Albert Einstein

“Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”~Albert Einstein

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”~Albert Einstein

“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”~Albert Einstein

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”~Albert Einstein

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”~Albert Einstein

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”~Albert Einstein

“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”~Albert Einstein

“Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.”~Albert Einstein

“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x, y is play, and z is keeping your mouth shut.”~Albert Einstein

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the the universe.”~Albert Einstein

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”~Albert Einstein

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”~Albert Einstein

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”~Albert Einstein

“In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.”~Albert Einstein

“The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.”~Albert Einstein

“Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.”~Albert Einstein

“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!”~Albert Einstein

“No, this trick won’t work…How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?”~Albert Einstein

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”~Albert Einstein

“Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.”~Albert Einstein

“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”~Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”~Albert Einstein

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”~Albert Einstein

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties, no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”~Albert Einstein

“The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.”~Albert Einstein

“Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”~Albert Einstein

“You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.”~Albert Einstein

“One had to cram all this stuff into one’s mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.”~Albert Einstein

“…one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one’s own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.”~Albert Einstein

“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is, I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”~Albert Einstein

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”~Albert Einstein

 

Stop Negative Thinking With Eight Steps

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.  Using the Eight Steps to Stop Negative Thinking, you can do it.  It is easy to beat yourself up, sometimes it becomes a habit, a reflex, getting up in the morning, looking in the mirror, saying something negative to yourself. Perhaps you feel guilty about something, inadequate in some way, perhaps you feel insecure in the way others feel about you.  Negative thoughts and emotions are often rooted in the past and very much ingrained, but they can and do come up on a daily basis based on situations we are confronted with. …

Music Enhances Life and Love

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.  Music talks to us, the lyrics and melody can express for us feelings that perhaps we cannot express as well ourselves. Listening to music can improve moods and verbal IQ, treat heart disease and stress, stimulate activity, thoughts and emotions, and aid in communication.  Music can evoke feelings of love, spirituality, happiness, sadness, tenderness, and joy.  It can provide solace in times of sorrow and company in times of solitude.  Sometimes it can even be orgasmic.

  1. Born to Dance – Music affects even infants as they move to the beat of the music and dancing releases endorphins and other feel-good chemicals in your body as well as providing a valid form of exercise.
  2. Improve your Brain – Studies have shown that certain music stimulates the brain, for example, listening to Mozart and other classical composers improved the test averages of students taking college entrance exams. Musical training also enhances verbal skills and visual abilities.
  3. Be more Colourful – Music evokes colours in our minds – embrace the colour of music
  4. Feel the Music – Certain music has strong experiential effects on people that are emotionally open to new experiences, to the extent that it can actually make us laugh, cry, feel chills, breath more deeply or move in different ways.
  5. Sing out Loud – Singing is good for you, whether you do it in the shower or on a stage, whether you are tone-deaf or pitch-perfect. It is a valid release for emotions both negative and positive and can increase cognitive memory skills.  Singing with others increases interaction, satisfaction, and happiness in relationships bringing people closer together.
  6. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Upbeat music makes us happier, participating in the music, knowing the words, dancing, singing along, immersing ourselves in it, can give us the power to be happier.
  7. Don’t Stress Out – Listening to music can reduce stress and anxiety and lower blood pressure!
  8. Sing the Blues – Sad music helps us deal with negative and positive emotions, it provides a mechanism for emotional release that provides some cognitive distance as well as helping resolve issues that we may not otherwise be able to voice.
  9. If You Just Smile – Facial expressions change when people are listening to music, your face projects the mood of the music you are listening to as do the faces of others. It can lift peoples’ moods and increase empathy and social awareness

LISTEN TO THE LOVE

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