Category Archive: Peace and Contentment

Peace, Contentment, Inner Peace

Dec
19

7 Reasons to Practice Kindness

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.
-Peyton Conway March

To be kind and generous is not a sacrifice, it is a privilege. The gifts we give to others bring more joy and inspiration to ourselves than to the receiver. Here are 7 great reasons to practice kindness and generosity. In gratitude, we find true peace, contentment and satisfaction in life. Giving is an outward …

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Dec
14

Time Out

This is the fifth post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. Just sitting still in a chair for two minutes can turn a whole day around. Before witnessing the power of timeouts as a parent, I had no idea how powerful they are. As our son Tristen approached the …

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Dec
13

Laugh

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.
-Woody Allen

This is the fourth post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. When food tastes really good, laugh. Toddler’s don’t usually concern themselves with personal development, planning or working to improve their circumstances. They take things as they come. If the moment gives them pleasure, they smile and laugh. If …

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Dec
10

Bumps, Bruises and Happiness

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.
-Carlos Santana

Last month, I wrote about 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. I had so much fun with the post and genuinely learned so much in the process that this week, I would like to expand on some of of the points. Starting with the first one: Just because you bumped your head a few …

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Nov
05

Think Different

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed, say: “There is another way of looking at this.”
-A Course In Miracles

There are things that happen around us that automatically trigger a response of anger or stress. We believe our anger or annoyance is justified, and we will often talk with others to validate those feelings. In reality, unless you are being immediately attacked by a killer bear or a steel girder is about to fall …

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Oct
22

How to Maintain Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
-John F. Kennedy

Wildflowers in a meadow in the mountains of West Virginia. Last Friday’s Post, Instant Gratification that is Permanent and Free, talked about the benefits of gratitude and its obstacles. I wrote that, “Gratitude is the single key to peace of mind, contentment and satisfaction.” Here are a few ideas on how to make gratitude a …

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Oct
19

Instant Gratification that is Permanent and Free

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
-Thornton Wilder

Gratitude – Cliché or Real Power In the past, whenever the subject of gratitude would come up as a topic in a spiritual discussion, I would silently groan and think, “Not again.” But, it was always the case that by the end of the discussion, I was feeling blissful. At the time, I thought of …

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