Love – The Reality Under Our Nose

“Get real.”  “It’s time for you to face reality.”  “Stare reality in the face.”

OK.  ……….but, which reality?

There is no need to spend our time together reviewing the typical realities we experience each day…..you know –  the routine tasks of life, the problems, the financial, health, relationship realities (most of which are viewed as negative).  We are all very familiar with this view.

What if, right under our nose, there is a reality just as real (and more stable) than the typical one we experience each day –  a reality that leads us to the quality of life we are searching for:  A “Come to the Edge Today” reality.

Let’s look at the reality that Jesus, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr. and other “greats” focused upon.  What was it they knew?   What caused them to live the kind of lives they did?  Clearly, they saw and claimed something different, something more.

Whereas, the typical human mind’s focal point is the mole hill (problems, the certainty of knowing how something will unfold, judgments about another, etc.), these “greats” saw the mountain.

What, then is this mountain standing in plain view for all to see?  It is the ever present, power and energy of Love.  It is what binds everything together and makes it Whole.  It is the “stuff” we are made of.  It is the energy that creates worlds – unending, ever present, ever flowing Love.   Always available and desiring to be used, we often don’t see it.  We are trained to use another lens.  These “greats” focused on Love; they knew the mole hills of life (we call them mountains) were temporary at best, and ultimately led to the experience of the true reality – Love.

At this point, I invite you take some time to absorb these life-changing words!  The word ‘Love’ has been so watered down and tainted that millions of us have missed its power and pervasiveness.  So, I repeat:  What is this mountain standing in plain view for all to see and use?    It is what binds everything together and makes it Whole.  It is the “stuff” we are made of.  It is the energy that creates worlds – unending, ever present, ever flowing.  Love’s power and presence in our lives is THE reality of realities!  The rest is just a mole hill.

Mother Theresa knew this underlying reality – this pervasive, all-encompassing Love.  She prayed it, studied it and committed to using it, allowing It to flow from her and to her.  She professed it and lived it.  Perhaps this is why so many of us respect and admire her.  Her life story was much more than tending to the poor (millions of people tend to the poor too).  The difference:  She Knew and Lived this Love and professed it with all her Being.  It is this that we admire.

Can I show you a pathway to experiencing this reality of Love?  No, because each of our paths is unique.  I can say, however that this amazing reality of Love is in you and through you right now – this moment.  All you need do is let go of the “what is” lens and allow yourself to begin using the lens of Love.  It may seem impractical, irresponsible and odd at first, but once you form the habit of  viewing your life through the lens of  Love, you will experience an aliveness never before experienced.  You will feel the energy of the universe creating life with you and through you! You will experience, among other things, that which we are all striving to remember, the worthiness of who we already are.

Love is the stream which carries us.  Love is the blanket surrounding us.  Love is the connection joining us.   It is more than just a comforting phrase or gesture.  Love IS life.  It is who we are.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Begin the habit of seeing through the lens of Love by first noticing what you are seeing using your current lens.  Notice your thoughts. Example:  “I noticed just now that after looking at my bank account, I became angry and fearful of the small balance”.  Or, “I feel angry after noticing that I am the only one in my family suffering from poor health.  I got stuck with a ‘lemon’.”  As you notice this, begin creating a new habit using your Love lens.  Notice (not judge), then gently replace with 1.  Something to be thankful for in this moment (it can be anything large or small.  Choose something that you genuinely feel gratitude for  2.  Allow yourself to breathe and be filled with Love.  Send Love, through you, to that thought.  3.  Repeat this prayer:  “I am now, at this moment, consenting to seeing through the lens of Love.  I am allowing the power of Love to flow through me and to me.  I am grateful for seeing it more and more each day.”

This is a habit.  Be patient.  Be persistent.  Be committed.  Be expectant!

“Love is the most powerful energy in the universe – it’s ok to experience it and use it” –Joan Kappes

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“Life and Change” Quotes (Pt 2) Inspiration For Our Journey

Welcome to Part 2:  “Life and Change” Quotes – Inspiration For Our Journey!

I received such positive feedback from Part 1 of ‘Life and Change’ Quotes – Inspiration for our Journey, I thought I’d share even more of these inspirational gems – what I call “food for the heart”.  Following are 49 additional quotes about Change and Life.  Use those that inspire you.  Allow them to touch you and support you as you live your life at “The Edge”!

Today’s leaping” exercise:  Purchase notecards (cut them in half for easier transport).  Read each inspirational quote once each day for 1 week.  Then, copy those that ring true for you.  Carry them with you.  Post them at home, at work, in the car, etc.  Read them at least 3 times each day for greater effect.

QUOTES ABOUT CHANGE

“I am where I am and it’s ok.” – Abraham-Hicks

“How to approach life change?  With gratitude, appreciation, expectation.” – Joan Kappes

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“Courage is not the absence of fear – it is inspiring others to move beyond it.” – Nelson Mandela

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future.  When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.” – Unknown

“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” – Jan Glidewell

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor:  Hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.” – Hafiz of Persia

“No matter where I go, the place is always called “here”. – Unknown

“Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock

“Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself…Nothing is impossible! – Norman Vincent Peale

“You are never alone or helpless.  The force that guides the stars guides you too.” – Shrii Anandamurt

“The more you loose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

“Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.” – Emerson

“What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment.” – Unknown

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin

“The journey is from here to here.  And the only time you can arrive is now.” – Leornard Jacobson

“The journey is the prize.  The destination – icing on the cake!” – Joan Kappes

“Just because you can’t see a tree growing, doesn’t mean it isn’t.” – Notes from The Universe

“Hear blessing dropping their blossoms around you.” – Rumi

 

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.  You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss

QUOTES ABOUT LIFE

“While eating your appetizer, don’t be concerned with dessert.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“When you stop waiting for things to happen, you notice that they already are.” – Colleen Zaruba

 

“I am worthy of this moment.  I am worthy of living the life of my dreams.” – Joan Kappes

“When you stop waiting for things to happen, you notice that they already are.” – Colleen Zaruba

“You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside.” – Alan Cohen

“Life is like riding a bicycle:  To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“You are more than you know.  Make it your life’s quest to experience your wisdom, your clarity, your worth, you love, your l-i-f-e.” – Joan Kappes

“You are a child of God, the Joy of heaven and the Hope of the universe.” – Kathleen Rossi

“Whoever travels without a guide, needs two hundred years for a two-day journey.” –Rumi

“As we appreciate life, we become more valuable…Both to ourselves and everyone around us.” – Pinar Akal

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

“Be happy for  this moment.  This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

“Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Cantor

“Listen to your life.  All moments are key moments.” – Frederick Buechner

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Emerson

“Seek to know the power that is within you.” – Joseph Campbell

“Be fully in the moment; open yourself to the powerful energies dancing around you.” – Unknown

“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” – Unknown

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The principle business of life is to enjoy it.” – Samuel Butler

 

“Tis better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else’s perfectly.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“You were born with wings.  Why prefer to crawl through life?”  – Rumi

“I took some time out for life.” – James L. Brooks

“The grass is not always greener on the other side.  It’s greener where you water it.” – Unknown

“Weekends don’t’ count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” – Bill Waterson

 

“Your life is too valuable to waste being distracted.” – Joel Osteen

“Listen to the Music of the Moment, people….Dance and Sing!” – Jason Mraz

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“Life and Change” Quotes (Pt 1) – Inspiration For Our Journey

For those of us living life at ‘The Edge’, this year is certainly unfolding as The Year of Change.  It is wonderful to share stories with so many who truly are creating and unfolding the life of their dreams!   Each day, hundreds and thousands of choices are made about whether to ‘go for it’ and create something new or to resist change just a little longer.

While this way of living is exciting, exhilarating, and amazing, facing the ‘great unknown’ can also be frightening.  For me, I want and need the wisdom of fellow journeyers as I venture forth creating the life of my dreams!  I now carry with me ‘inspirational guideposts’ – small note cards of quotes and affirmations from people I admire;  these words of wisdom and encouragement keep me focused and balanced on the “what” of my life, while learning to let go of the “hows”, allowing God/Source to manifest the dream.

Today, I want to share some of my favorite inspirations about Change and Life (Part 1 see below).  Enjoy them!  Use those that inspire you – allow them to touch you and support you on your path!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Purchase notecards (cut them in half for easier transport).  Read each inspirational quote once each day for 1 week.  Then, copy those that ring true for you.  Carry them with you.  Post them at home, at work, in the car, etc.  Read them at least 3 times each day for greater effect.

“People say that motivation doesn’t last.  Neither does bathing – That’s why we recommend it daily” – Zig Ziglar

QUOTES ABOUT CHANGE

“Why not go out on a limb?  Isn’t that where the fruit is?” – Frank Scully

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein

Decide that change is a good thing” – Joan Kappes

“Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember, amateurs built the ark.  Professionals built the Titanic.” – Unknown

“You change your life by listening to your heart” – Joan Kappes

“Every day, do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow” – Doug Firebaugh

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person” – Unknown

“Stop giving your precious energy to things that make you feel bad.” – Louise Hay

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi

“With expansion, less is more.  Travel light, leave the baggage, and you too can explore the infinite.” – Colleen Zaruba

“Most of our assumptions have outlived their usefulness.” – Marshall McLuhan

“If you’re not living on The Edge, you’re taking up too much room.” – Bob Proctor

“It only takes one person to change your life – you.” – Ruth Casey

“I’m always doing things I cannot do.  That’s how I get to do them.” – Unknown

“Accept happiness when it crosses your way.  See how you enjoy every moment of your life.” – Unknown

“You are never alone or helpless.  The force that guides the stars guides you too.” – Shrii Anandamurt

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.’” – Unknown

“Moving into the next phase of your life is a lot like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let-go at some point in order to move forward.” – Unknown

“The journey is from here to here.  And the only time you can arrive is now.” – Leonard Jacobson

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“Treat every experience, good or bad, like a beautiful magic portal to creation.  Trust and step through.” – Colleen Zaruba

“Above all, be true to yourself and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” – Hardy D. Jackson

“We are here to change.  We are here to grow, develop and unfold.  We are progressive beings… we have infinite capacity.” – Michael Beckwith

“What are you accepting that would not be a part of your ideal day?” – Alan Cohen

“The difficulties of life do not keep you from greatness.  They show you to its door.” – Alan Cohen

“You bloom and kiss the sky every time you try something new.” – Colleen Zaruba

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” – Nelson Mandela

“I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley

“Don’t give up 5 minutes before the miracle…” – Unknown

“Getting better at surfing bigger waves means letting go of the board and trusting what’s beneath it.” – Colleen Zaruba

QUOTES ABOUT LIFE

“A kaleidoscope of creation is at your fingertips, waiting for you to play in the paint.  But it’s messy!  And fun.” –Colleen Zaruba

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Live with no regrets and love with no excuses.” – Paul Coelho

“Some say, live as if you will die tomorrow.  We say, live as if you were born today.” – Fayerie

“It’s time to start living the life you have imagined” – Henry James

“It’s those little moments that make life big.” – Pinar Akal

“Life is like sailing.  You can use any wind to go in any direction.” –Unknown

“Your life is Now.”

“Eternity does not start after you die; it begins when you really live.” – Alan Cohen

“Your life is a gift.  Relish it, celebrate it, explore, play and dance with it.” – Aine Belton

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

“It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life into God’s hands and leave them there.” –L.B. Cowman

“Remember, you are the key player in your life.” – Joan Kappes

“The truth is, you don’t HAVE a life, you ARE life.” – Eckhart Tolle

“You are more than you know.  Make it your life’s quest to experience your wisdom, your clarity, your worth, your love, your l-i-f-e.” – Joan Kappes

“Life is the ultimate gift.  It is presented to me daily, hourly, moment-by-moment.  Each day I am becoming more aware of this and am opening myself to receiving it.” – Joan Kappes

“You task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” –Rumi

“Life, like poker has an element of risk.  It shouldn’t be avoided.  It should be faced.” – Edward Norton

“There is always a reason to smile.”

“Deep inside all of us a huge potential beckons, waiting to open us to the joy, genius, freedom and Love within.” – Brandon Bays

“If you are focused on your passion, there is no “price to be paid” – Joan Kappes

“Lemme see- love, laughter, fun, hugs, smooches, love again, music, dancing, freedom, joy, passion…” – Josh Harcus

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” – Eckhart Tolle

“To give is to love and to love is to live!” – Pinar Akal

“Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.” – Japanese Proverb

“What your heart desires is not too good to be true.  It is good enough to be true.” – Alan Cohen

“I am where I am and it’s ok.” – Abraham

“Each day is a little life.” – Schopenhauer

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Mind talk vs Heart talk -It’s a ‘No-Brainer’

“Most people are so completely identified with the voice in the head – the incessant stream of involuntary and compulsive thinking and the emotions that accompany it – that we may describe them as being possessed by their mind.  As long as you are completely unaware of this, you take the thinker to be who you are.”  -Eckart Tolle (A New Earth, Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose)

Have you heard of the phrase “mind talk” or “monkey mind”?  It is used by us everyday or, more accurately, it uses us everyday.  I’m sure you recognize it – it’s the voice in our head that has an opinion about everything:

  • Judgment with an air of superiority:  “Right – like you’re going to succeed in that”
  • I am right/You are wrong: “You can’t do that.  I tried it before and it can’t be done”
  • Labeling:  “He is stupid.  She is a jerk.  That group is dangerous”
  • Resentment/Holding a grudge:  “She hurt me so badly – I will never forgive her”
  • Complaining:  “Why am I the one always stuck doing the chores?”
  • Justification:  “I am better than she is because…

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“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”                 –Albert Einstein    ________________________________________________

Yes, the mind IS a great gift to be used and I honestly believed that my thoughts were “me”.  I was shocked when I realized that I am not my thoughts.  The implications are enormous!

For instance, what if my mind/ego supported a falsehood that believes in separateness and protection, defensiveness and fear and the need to strengthen ‘self’ to the diminishment of the other?

What if my heart/soul, the larger part of Me contained the true “Me”?  What if we are all connected with each other through the great connection with God, with All-That-Is?  What if I am worthy because of it?  What if you are worthy too?  What if this is the Love I have been searching for?  What if Love and its powerful energy are found not in my mind, but in my heart/soul?

OK, then how does one learn to lead with the heart rather than reacting to all the mind chatter? As with anything, it is just a  habit and habits can be learned.

Today’s “leaping” exercises” Following are some practical tips for learning to quiet the mind talk and increase your heart talk:

  • Pay attention  to what you are thinking!  Notice your thoughts! Become aware of what you think!
    • Keep a notebook of the types of thoughts that run through your mind
    • Stop every 10 minutes or so and notice what has been on your mind
  • Breathe!  Stop what you are doing and focus on your breathing.
    • Listen without mind commentary
    • When you notice the commentary that inevitably follows, re-focus again on the listening
    • Practice, practice, practice!
    • Try it for 5 seconds and increase over time
    • Breathing is one of the best methods to slow down mind talk – quickly!
  • Listen and focus on the sounds of nature (try to keep “thoughts” out of it)
    • Listen without commentary
    • Practice, practice, practice!
    • Try it for 5 seconds and increase over time
  • Listen and focus on any “white noise” surrounding you (fans, computers, motors, etc)
    • Listen without commentary
    • Practice, practice, practice!
    • Try it for 5 seconds and increase over time
  • Learn to meditate
    • Practice!
    • This is one of the best ways to quiet your mind, allowing you to open to your heart’s messages
  • Literally give your attention to your heart area
    • Feel your heart beat
    • Learn to “sense” that portion of You
    • In time, listen for and “hear” the messages emanating from your heart area (they ARE there and you WILL hear them!)

It may surprise you what is going on!  Once you become aware of how your mind is interacting with You and once you become aware of  the wisdom pouring from your heart/soul, you will soon be leaping and soaring toward creating the life of your dreams!

Lovin’ listening to the heart talk –Joan Kappes

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Let Your Firework Shine!

Do you feel that spark within you?  It’s there, waiting to be ignited – by you!

What is it that is bursting to be born?  If you are reading this, NOW is your time to ignite that light and let it shine!

Declare your independence from unworthiness, fear and hesitation.  Declare that today you are allowing the real you to shine through!  Just begin.  No need to climb the mountain in one day, just begin the walk.  Today.

It’s your time!  Let it go!  Come on and experience who you really are!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Create your own  Independence Day ceremony!  Purchase a few firecrackers.  As you light each one, declare and celebrate the new part of you that is coming to birth.  (A few “oohs and ahhs” are appropriate here!)   If fireworks are not available, light a match for each new declaration!  Celebrate and “own the night like the Fourth of July”!

Cause “Baby, you’re a firework, come on show yourself what you’re worth…..”

Boom!  Boom!  Boom! –Joan Kappes

Special thanks to my daughter, Ellen for the inspiration of this Independence Day post.

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3 Easy Steps to Calm Yourself…

So here you are; you’ve “Come to The Edge” living your life with gratitude, joy and purpose, leaping and soaring with dreams as your wings.  Life is full and rich and fabulous – then BAM!  Something unexpected happens and you feel as though you just hit a brick wall.  You experience fear and panic (you know, those feelings that tell us we are on a path other than the one LIFE has led us to?)  You are at a loss as to how to calm down and refocus.

Here are 3 simple and VERY effective “Come to the Edge Today” tools for helping you to immediately regroup and refocus:

  1. Stop what you are doing
  2. Breathe slowly and deeply 3-5 times
  3. Repeat to yourself, “In this moment, I am ok.  In this moment, I am fine.  In this moment, all is well”.  Repeat, repeat, repeat until you feel yourself relaxing into this new reality.

Why do these work so well?

  1. Because they are simple and easy to use
  2. They allow your body to relax (breathing calms the mind and the body immediately)  and your mind to refocus (remember, the mind can hold only one thought at a time)
  3. Consistently using these affirmations, you will prove to your mind that they are “true”, believable and trustworthy, thus allowing your mind and your body to relax in this “knowing”.

You may be saying, “I just experienced this terrible (fill in the blank) – how can everything be fine?”  Let’s look at this from a “Now- moment” point of view.  “Now” means THIS moment ONLY.  Not the next moment, nor the moment after that, nor does it mean projecting thoughts into the future or the past.

Let’s discover the power of this new view of reality – Today’s “leaping” exercise:  For several minutes, ponder and “poke around” this idea: “In this very moment (the ‘Now’ moment), everything IS ok.  In this ‘Now’ moment, everything IS fine.  In this ‘Now’ moment, all IS well.”  Verbalize it out loud or in your mind.  Feel its truth.  Repeat.

Practice this daily so that when you do feel anxious or panicky you can easily call upon this effective tool and experience its immediate ‘relief results’.  Ask yourself daily,  “In THIS moment, am I ok?  In THIS moment, am I fine?  In THIS moment, is everything well?”  (Remember, we’re talking present-moment time.)

Very soon, you will come to experience and “know” that you are ok,  you are loved, you are safe.   Well-Being is yours – moment by moment.

Be here ‘Now’ – be someplace else later – Joan Kappes

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Experience These Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer!

I live in Minnesota – yes, a cold and wintry state.  We northern climate folks savor our 90 “holy days” commonly known as June, July and August.  Thankfully, These “holy days” have finally arrived so it’s time to experience their gifts:  The earthy smell of unfrozen ground (yes, dirt!), the beauty of color (especially green), the sweet fragrance of flowers, the sound of water lapping onto the dock, the birds song greeting each new day, children screaming with delight splashing in their tiny swimming pools, the smell of a barbeque on a Summer’s evening – all these, and more are what we dream of during the colder, slower paced months of winter.  While each season shares its beauty, it is the energy and aliveness of Summer that we cherish so dearly.

As the delights of Summer’s sights, sounds, smells, tastes and experiences are upon us, I offer these moments of reflection as a “Come to the Edge Today” reminder to TAKE THE LEAP and experience the lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer…NOW!

Take a leap! Experience something you’ve never tried before.   Allow yourself to wear a new Summer style!  Get a sassy new haircut (don’t worry – it will grow back if you don’t like it!).   Try a summer activity you’ve never experienced before (parasailing anyone?)  Get up early;  listen to the birds welcome the day.   Try planting new varieties of flowers or vegetables.   Walk an extra mile (or block).  Go to a local baseball game just for the fun of it.  Give yourself the pleasure of reading books and magazines on a hot Summer afternoon!  Sit beside a lake or river to just listen and watch (leave your ipod at home).  Take that long awaited trip touring the U.S.!  Invite neighbors over for a “just-because-it’s-Summer barbeque”!  And if you have accrued vacation time – Use It!

A “Come to the Edge” Summer is more about attitude and willingness to ‘let loose a little’ than it is about what you do or how much time you have to do it in.  For example:  Let’s say you have one hour before you begin a weekend shift at work.  You could moan about the fact that you have to work all weekend, and essentially waste away that hour OR you could declare your own one hour Summer holiday!  Here’s how that scenario could be transformed into a magical experience:  Instead of moaning, you head outside, grab your favorite lawn chair and soak your feet in a bucket of cold, soothing water.   While sipping a cold lemonade, you eagerly read a chapter from your favorite Summer book!  As a finale, you gently close your eyes for 15 minutes basking in the warmth of the sun as it shines lovingly upon your face.  You “get lost” in the pleasure and relaxation of the moment and emerge relaxed and refreshed…all in just 60 minutes!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Declare your own one hour holiday!  Create a magical hour!  Emerge relaxed and refreshed!  Repeat daily for 90 days!

Commit to really l-i-v-i-n-g these 90 days!

Allow yourself to slow down and enjoy the lazy, hazy crazy days of Summer!

Your best “lived” Summer is waiting for you – Joan Kappes

 

Photos courtesy of TinyPic / Video – Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer by Nat King Cole courtesy of YouTube

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