back: Sarah B, Cat, Jill, Dawn Marie, Sue; middle: Christine, Lupe, Lisa, Pamela, Sarah J; front: Cindy

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The purpose of Keystone Women's Circle is to unite, support and promote women business owners. A keystone is the stone in an arch that binds all others in place. In a circle of stones, every stone is a keystone. We believe that together we can create a foundation, not of brick and mortar, but of relationships and mutual support, enabling all of us to prosper.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Just Another Thursday in Paradise

Sarah J had me paint this quote on the wall of her yoga room:

"Make each moment an occasion to be deeply, happily at peace." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Simple, but profound. 

Want it worded in Christian?

Jesus said "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you", and his sidekick John used a word that has been translated as "repent", but apparently modern linguists say it also translates as "change your mind."

"Change your mind, for the Kingdom of Heaven is within you." (GB)

Whatever spiritual tradition you follow, the great teachers have all said the same thing:  Happiness is an inside job.  So, when life's challenges start mounding up, I find it useful to remember both those phrases, and then try something called an afformation, which is a question, instead of an affirmation, which is a statement.

Instead of trying to convince yourself with the affirmation "I am deliriously happy", when someone has just delivered you a truckload of bovine byproduct, try saying "Why am I so happy?"  You can try to think up an answer if you want, but I think it's best to just keep repeating the question and letting it percolate.  What happens is your subconscious is designed to make whatever you say be true.  If you keep asking "Why am I so happy?", that little workhorse inside of you will do everything it can to answer the question, and pretty soon you'll find yourself whistling away in a garden of well-fertilized flowers.

Be happy!

Dawn-Marie, "Artist in Wonderland" at on over to see one of my favorite pieces of art on this week's post, and keep an eye on this page for some serious silliness coming in a couple of weeks.

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