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Discovering the Little Things That Make Us Happy

Rediscover the little things in life that make you happy, add a new little thing each day, and be prepared to shine. Life is full of little wonders that can make us happy. The sound of a baby's laughter, a good book, the comforting smell of a favorite old sweatshirt, and the warmth from a cup of hot tea are simple pleasures that can easily put smiles on our faces. These "little things" are easily accessible to us and can be sources for happiness. A key to finding them is taking the time to put those rose-colored glasses from childhood back on so you can easily access the joy in all the "little things" life has to offer. Finding a...

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Putting Power in Perspective

You create better energy when you are FOR something, rather than AGAINST something.As human beings, we cannot help but be subject to our preferences. However, we do have control over the manner in which these manifest themselves in our lives. Every value we hold dear is an expression of either support or opposition, and it is our perspective that determines whether we are for something or against it. As an example of a situation we are all familiar with at this time: We can direct our energy and intentions into activities that promote peace rather than using our resources to speak out in opposition of war. On the surface, these appear to be two interchangeable methods of expressing one virtue,...

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Co-Creating with Nature

BY MADISYN TAYLORTo co-create, we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect.Gardens offer us a perfect opportunity to reconnect to our true selves and remember our place in the natural world. Rather than approach our gardens as mere investments of energy, we can look at the entire process of gardening, from planting seeds to harvesting food, as a way of deepening our conscious relationship with the creative force of the universe. If we are willing to shift our intention from dominating, or at least directing nature, to co-creating with nature instead, we may discover a deep peace and renewed sense of wonder. To co-create we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect. As you create your...

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When Life Throws You a Curveball

BY MADISYN TAYLOR When the unexpected happens, you always have your inner core strength which cannot be taken from you.In life, we are always setting goals for ourselves and working to make them happen. This gives us focus and ensures that we use our time and energy efficiently and effectively. It also provides us with a sense of purpose and direction. We know where we are going and what we want to do. But quite often, due to forces outside our control, things do not go as we had planned--the flat tire on the way to the wedding, the unforeseen flu virus--and we have to adjust to a postponement or create a whole new set of circumstances. Even positive turns...

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