…a 19th century american view of mindfulness…

There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hands. I love a broad margin to my life. Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sing around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller’s wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance. I realized what the Orientals mean by contemplation and the forsaking of works. For the most part, I minded not how the hours went. The day advanced as if to light some work of mine; it was morning, and lo, now it is evening, and nothing memorable is accomplished. Instead of singing like the birds, I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune. As the sparrow had its trill, sitting on the hickory before my door, so had I my chuckle or suppressed warble which he might hear out of my nest.

~ henry david thoreau, walden

we are ok, yeah we are alright…

what a wonderful way to start (or restart) your day! all these affirmations and truths…not to mention a great tune to have running through your head on this gorgeous spring like day:

created by the lovely mccabe…a sweet mermaid, self-taught artist, children’s superhero goddess from california (with long ties to OBX!). she’s running an ecourse to teach folks how to do kids art camps. check her out!

art camp e-course

thoughts on happiness…

Eastern thought…

All the suffering in the world comes from wanting happiness for oneself… All the happiness in the world comes from wanting happiness for others.

~ from a dharma talk by Sogyal Rinpoche

Western thought…
The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.

~ Byron Katie from Loving What Is


Science…

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2002-12-08-happy-main_x.htm

What makes YOU happy?