The Way This Cat Begs For Food Would Make Any Owner Succumb

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
The Way This Cat Begs For Food Would Make Any Owner Succumb
Oliver Twist’s got nothing on this kitty.

When it comes time for breakfast, this cat has got a particularly adorable way for catching its owner’s attention. Skip to 1:17 to see the cuteness ensue, full-throttle.

“Please sir, I want some more!

The Alphabet of Happiness: ‘N’
Happiness can be found through many doors, and one of the most powerful is through being in the NOW. The invitation is to get beneath the surface static to be present for the essence of who you are. In my Alphabet of Happiness, I explore the various facets of happiness, one letter at a time. Step in and discover new ways to access the happiness that is within.

NOW:
“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living … Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” — Eckhart Tolle

What would happen if you could fully inhabit the present moment? What if your thoughts could focus on what is actually happening right now? What if you could observe your actions/reactions instead of being rerouted by them to some familiar perspective that may lock you in place?

Too often our minds are either focused on past dramas and stories, or traveling somewhere into the future. The past can color our present like a veil, which obscures the light. The future may hold the dream of something better or reflect a world of worry, depending on where your thoughts like to play. If you can be fully aware of what you are feeling, observe it as if you were watching a play, and accept that awareness, then even painful feelings like fear can dissolve. Fear cannot coexist with being in the now. As you feel the fear and observe that you are feeling it, that helps removes the charge. That emotion, which was acting as a warning signal, gradually loses its hold and dominance. This creates new room within you, which can now be filled with an ease and peace that are deeply real.

Instead of the mind-chatter that identifies you with a prickly past, or projects you into a questionable future, you can connect with your true essence, which lives beyond time and circumstances. In the end, the now is all we really have. Fill yours with acceptance, self-compassion and love. You will be amazed at how your inner resources grow stronger and how, just beneath the surface, peace and joy are waiting to remind you that this is the truth of who you are.

Nature:
“If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature’s way.” — Aristotle

Nature holds the secrets to the universe. What is the force that grows a seed into a full-blown tree? How does one season move into the next? How does the whisper of wind become the gale of a tornado, then just as suddenly as it comes, it is gone. There is power, majesty and an order far beyond our understanding embedded in every aspect of nature.

As we take the time to study the intricacies of the natural world, from the varied shades in a leaf to the myriad patterns of a snowflake, each one exquisitely unique, we discover that there is beauty around us in each moment. It’s everywhere: the tree outside your window, the changing shades of the sky, the park on a Sunday afternoon — make time to notice.

We are part of nature, and as returning to it is like returning home, it calms us, soothes us and grounds us to remember at a level of essence who we really are. The challenge and the opportunity is to flow with nature, be aligned with it and take care of this living pulsing source of life itself.

Novelty:
“Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind.” — Shelby Foote

Curiosity, novelty, the appreciation of discovering something new fuels the mind and ignites the heart. When things become too routine, it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of the familiar. Challenge yourself, try something new that is calling you to stretch beyond your comfort zone. Whether it’s a new food, a new travel destination, a new job or a new friend, it is a message from your inner compass telling you that you are ready for your world to open.

Don’t be surprised if it may bring up fears or raise doubts. This is often part of it. Rather than bury your fear of change, embrace it, feel it and then watch it dissipate. You are moving from your mind’s habits of thinking into the authenticity of experience. By expanding, you resonate with the part of you that yearns to feel alive and connect with your passions. You are making the choice not to remain as you are, but to evolve into who you were born to be.

What helps you access happiness? Is it through nature, novelty or being in the NOW? Explore how this is a skill that can be learned, at Project Happiness.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Keep Stillness Inside of You
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. — Deepak Chopra

Calm and stillness is the sacred space within us. Once we are in touch with it, we become very relaxed and peaceful, yet dynamically aware. The more we inhabit this space, the less inclined we will be to give up the space to judgments, fears, or negative beliefs and habits. I am presently in the process of selling my home of 20 years, so believe me, I’m also writing these words to empower my own calm and stillness.

When we are still, and accept what is, we are more able to make sound decisions and judgments. This is an essential cornerstone to a lifetime of powerful behavior that ultimately will lead to manifesting infinite possibilities. I believe that calm and stillness are the most important markers because they serve as a foundation for the remaining steps I will introduce in following blogs.

Calm is the universal state of fulfillment, the result produced by being present in the moment. It is a result of the interaction between what we think, feel, say, and do.

Discovering the Calm and Stillness

I came of age as part of the Woodstock generation and the Age of Aquarius, seeking a new way of life and looking for fulfillment and meaning. At age 19, I was thumbing through a book on Buddhism, entitled Be Here Now (Ram Dass, 1973). Reading this book would forever change the way I thought about life. It showed me how to begin to find freedom and peace daily within myself. This book pointed out how to use negative or difficult situations as a path to freedom and enlightenment. It demonstrated ways to let go of suffering, which is caused by holding on to attachments, desires, the past, and wants. For me, a valuable interpretation of Ram Dass’s message was to find the flow of life and follow it — not resist it.

I was not fully aware of how this profound classic would blaze a new spiritual trail that would shape and awaken not only my own consciousness, but the consciousness of a new generation. This book taught me to strive to be fully present in my life, and maintain that focus.

When we resist life, there is something for negativity to latch on to. But if you just accept it and let it flow, it will go right past you. If you resist life, you get stuck. This “find the flow, and follow it” is a lesson I have never forgotten. Trust me, it is not always easy, but it is fulfilling when I achieve it! Recognizing this universal truth was a relief to me, and began to form the context for how I have lived my life from that point forward, up to the present. In downsizing my home and opening myself up to what may be next, throughout this next month, I will read and re-read this article. When you are truly in the flow, you don’t need to push or exert great effort to make things happen.

Healthy Living Guidance (Saskia Roell)

What is the most important area in your life to let go, so you can get in the flow?
What signal are you sending out to the Universe?
Does it match your goals?
Observe your beliefs this week. What moves you into the flow?
Be creative: dance, sing, hug, kiss, and get out of your mind!
Move your body and shake your Soul. I’ll do the same! (even from my wheelchair.)

With love and freedom,
Linda

I would love to hear from you so please do leave a comment below; or drop me an email at lnobletopf@comcast.net; or visit my Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/WheelchairWisdom

COMING SOON! Wheelchair Wisdom is now with the publisher! Look for it soon in both e-book and paper versions.

Contact Linda as a life coach for practical counseling. Visit www.wheelchairwisdom.com for more information and a link to my Facebook page.

To book Linda for a speaking engagement, please contact BigSpeak at 805-965-1400.

If you want more information on how you can apply this kind of reframing to your life around illness or any adversity and apply a few simple steps that may wind up transforming your life, please find Linda’s book, You Are Not Your Illness: Seven Principles for Meeting the Challenge on Amazon.com.

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