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Thought for the Day: Change

“To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable” – Helen Keller (1880-1968) –

Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Wikipedia

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

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Aloha, Renée

Flowers from Joy R. & Dawn – Mahalo 🙂

 

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Thoughts for the Day: Democracy

[America] is really where the experiment is unfolding.  This is really where the races confront one another, where the classes, where the genders, where even the sexual orientations confront one another.  This is the real laboratory of democracy”

– Leonard Cohen

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Sign at the “Concert for our Lives – Maui”

And –

“After baseball, America’s favorite pastime may be the process of reinventing itself, continuously redefining its identity and searching for its soul”

– Brenda Payton

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High school student demanding change- “March for our Lives” – Maui

And –

“We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don’t understand how incredibly vulnerable it is”

-Niall Ferguson

There is much to be done wherever you are.

 

Aloha, Renée

Quotations from The Sun, Issue 493, January 2017, p. 48.

Thought for the Day: Time for Friends

“[T]he Count had opted for the life of the purposefully unrushed. Not only was he disinclined to race toward some appointed hour—disdaining even to wear a watch—he took the greatest satisfaction when assuring a friend that a worldly matter could wait in favor of a leisurely lunch or a stroll along the embankment. . . .

When all was said and done, the endeavors that most modern men saw as urgent (such as appointments with bankers and the catching of trains), probably could have waited, while those they deemed frivolous (such as cups of tea and friendly chats) had deserved their immediate attention” (391).

From: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (I recommend this well-written novel)

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Go to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430012-a-gentleman-in-moscow

Take time for a friend today – and make time for a good book too.  Fulfilling these two resolutions each day will likely result in a wonderful 2018.

Happy New Year.

Aloha, Renée

Thought for the Day: “Seize the moments”

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved!

That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.

It is the one thing we are interested in here.” 

From War and Peace

–Leo Tolstoy

Enjoy your day wherever you are.  Aloha, Renée

 

Thought for the Day: If we kept in mind . .

“If we kept in mind that we will soon inevitably die, our lives would be completely different.

If a person knows that he will die in a half hour, he certainly will not bother doing trivial, stupid, or, especially, bad things during this half hour.

Perhaps you have half a century before you die—what makes this any different from a half hour?”

– quotation from Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910

Image from: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Leo_Tolstoy#/media/File:Ilya_Efimovich_Repin_(1844-1930)_-_Portrait_of_Leo_Tolstoy_(1887).jpgand

Aloha, Renée

Thought for the Day: To Judge

“To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself.”

From  The Bali Advertiser, Nov. 2017, p. 29.

Although it’s much easier to see the light within some people than in others, let’s look for it within every person.

Aloha, Renée

Photo banner from <https://www.bustle.com/p/these-boston-free-speech-resistance-photos-drown-out-the-hate-77675

 

Thought for the Day: Break Old Conditioning

“There are three ways,” says Deepak Chopra, “to break down old conditioning:

— reflection, contemplation, and meditation.  Their power increases in that order. . . .

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Reflection–taking a second look at old habits, beliefs, and assumptions.

Contemplation–focusing on a thought or image until it expands as far as it can.

Meditation–finding the level of the mind that isn’t conditioned.

From: Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, p. 59-60.

 

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Meditating can elevate us out of old, negative patterns.

Take the time.  Do it.

Aloha, Renée

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Ganesha – Balinese Hindu – remover of obstacles.

Photos in Bali by RR

Thought for the Day: Adjust

“You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”

From: The Bali Advertiser,  October 2017, p. 26.

Photo:  Lilikoi/passion fruit flowers in Bali – by RR

Thought for the Day: Success

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”

From: The Bali Advertiser, October 2017, p. 24.

On the steps to Penestanan, Bali (at step 50 of 95 or 106 depending on where you are going) – photo by RR

Thought for the Day: Grateful?

“If you are sitting here reading this,” says the literature at Soma CafĂ© in Ubud, Bali,  “you are amongst the most fortunate people in the world.”

But wherever you are, “Reminding ourselves daily of all the things that we are grateful for, large and small is a beautiful way to live.  The more grateful we are, the more blessings we are open to receiving.

As Dr. Masuru Emoto has scientifically proven through his book Messages in Water, water (and food containing water) carries the energy that is put into it.

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Ice crystals from the various energies – from Dr. Emoto’s book.

From:  <https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004V3WPUA/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1&gt;

Similarly, you can feel the positive energies of some people while others emit negative feelings.  Even if you doubt Dr. Emoto’s findings, personal gratitude opens you to see more blessings.

 

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Grain in Ubud rice field – the rice farmer adds to our vitality.

The Soma CafĂ© says, “We invite you to try blessing your food, giving thanks to mother earth, all the people that were a part of growing and preparing it, asking that your body receives the ultimate nourishment and that the food fuels you to live your purpose and walk in peace.  Try eating slowly & mindfully, chewing completely & taking a moment to breathe between bites. . .”  Enjoy – and be grateful.

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A Soma Café delight

From: https://www.facebook.com/Soma-Cafe-Ubud-A-cafe-shop-community-gathering-space-in-Ubud-1122035555640

What are you grateful for today?

Aloha, Renée

 

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