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Broadening Our Outlook

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It seems like there is some pretty significant turmoil in the world–people having trouble getting along–from the personal to the global level. Women want one thing in a relationship–men want another. The Republicans have a position–and so do the Democrats. As humans, we just plain struggle to get past our own stubborn stand on things–our feelings of righteous indignation. Why is it so hard for us to move into states of compassion and empathy for the other guy/gal? Why does our positionality laced with its fears and insecurities, so often have a stronger voice than a compassionate, loving heart?

I am no newcomer to the planet and I have been studying human behavior for over twenty-five years. I gotta tell ya, people. I am pretty frustrated. Why aren’t we making more progress? When I take off my rose colored glasses and really look at the state of humanity, I definitely see the deep threads of evil sprinkled everywhere. None of us is immune from it-both from exhibiting it ourselves and also being the unhappy recipients. We are all capable of demonstrating the most heinous deeds of hatred just the same as we can choose to offer acts of compassion from an open, magnanimous, and loving heart.  The following quote from Carl Gustov Jung, the famous Swiss Psychiatrist, who introduced spirituality and consciousness to western psychology states:

“All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble…They can never be solved, but only outgrown. This outgrowing proved on further investigation to require a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest appeared on the (persons) horizon, and through this broadening of his or her outlook the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms but faded when confronted with a new and stronger life urge.”Carl Jung

Do we really want to continue letting the challenges of life, the triggers that dig into the ditches of our heads, get the best of us? Or do we want to transcend the tendency to be driven by these unconscious patterns? I believe we each have the ability to reboot our brains and change the age-old propensity to react from fear and “urgency.” And it takes self love, courage and commitment to make those changes.

Please join Jessica Jacobson, ABT, and me this coming November 9-10 in examining the possibilities for emphasizing that “stronger life urge” in an immersion in Carbondale, CO. We will enjoy this time well-spent… together.  Jessica and I will apply our combined wisdom to support you as you strengthen your emotional intelligence and expand fully into “a new level of consciousness.” And this is where the seemingly “insoluble problems” of life will fade and eventually disappear. Show yourself how valuable you are. Treat yourself to this and join us!

Believing in you and us!

Love,

Luann


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Have a Little Tenderness

If you choose to have a little tenderness toward yourself, or self-love, it can be the Launch Pad to happiness in life and in love.

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HAVE A LITTLE TENDERNESS WITH SELF-LOVE: THE LAUNCH PAD

The journey of loving and being loved requires making a lifelong commitment to self-love and self-respect. Admit to yourself that you have made mistakes, celebrate your willingness to learn from these errors, and honor your desire to discover and develop your dreams. Be as tender, patient, compassionate, and kind to yourself as you would be to an aging, beloved elder or a tiny, helpless newborn. Learn to love who you are without exceptions. Regard your mistakes as opportunities (I know it sounds cliched, but it really is the only decent way to live). Remember that you have strength and stamina. Don’t allow the pitfalls to throw you off the path. Avoid putting too much emphasis on perceived shortcomings or attributes. If you wallow in either one too long, you will miss the guideposts that have the potential to broaden your exploration. Above all, have a grateful heart for every single event, person, place, or circumstance that has brought you to this very moment.

Love,

Luann

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NEXT WEEK!
I’ll Be in Boulder, CO on April 11th — I’d love for you to join me…

I’m pleased to be teaching a workshop called Conscious Leadership in Healthcare: How Caring for Others Begins With Emotional Intelligence and Self-Care with my friend and colleague Tara Sheahan,  who co-founded the Conscious Global Leadership Institute with me. You can find details on the class being offered by the Watson Caring Science Institute & International Caring Consortium here, if you’re interested to learn more: http://watsoncaringscience.org/event-registration/?ee=1.

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I’m thrilled to be published on the Huffington Post! I would love for you to take a look at my first post there, and if you’re inclined, it would be wonderful if you would click the Facebook “like” for the article, and write a comment. Click here to go to that article. Thanks so much!

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Excerpts from page 255-256 of my book, “Happily Ever After Right Now… Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!”

GRATITUDE: 

I want to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Cindy and all of those on my wonderful “Happily” team who make these posts (as well as the emails and social media) possible, and make them come together in a beautiful way!  Without their dedication and help, I wouldn’t be here “blogging” or sharing information with you electronically!  I would still be writing on my yellow tablets!

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Peace Is the Way

The way to peace is to notice that peace is the way (Chopra, 2005).

Peace Is the Way

And this way to peace is quite simple, although it can seem otherwise. You do not have to make the experience of accessing peace difficult or tedious. Your consciousness is already ripe for a shift to take place in you — one where (when complete) you will always be operating from this peace of yours, which has heretofore seemed so cleverly to evade you. How do I know about this ripened state that is unfolding in you? Because you would not be attracted to this material if you weren’t ready for change.

Most of us are weary of being chained to the pain and pleasure cycle. Of course we believe our captor to be merciless at times. Actually, we have always had the power to release ourselves from this unfortunate pest. Remember our friend Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz? Three clicks of her ruby red slippers and, poof — she was home! Just like Dorothy, we already have the formula to be taken immediately “home” to peace. We don’t have to go looking for it. It’s just that our fear-based conditioning has made it seem so complicated. So having some version of the Good Witch around to jog our memory can be quite beneficial. If we pay attention, those people, situations, events, and circumstances, replete with their reminders, are showing up. And as they do, it helps to keep remembering that peace is the way — while we are shown the way to peace.

Look for those people, situations and circumstances, and allow them to help you find your way to peace. Oh, and don’t forget to be one of them!

Love,

Luann

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COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK:
I’ll Be in Boulder, CO on April 11th — I’d love for you to join me…

I’m pleased to be teaching a workshop called Conscious Leadership in Healthcare: How Caring for Others Begins With Emotional Intelligence and Self-Care with my friend and colleague Tara Sheahan,  who co-founded the Conscious Global Leadership Institute with me. You can find details on the class being offered by the Watson Caring Science Institute & International Caring Consortium here, if you’re interested to learn more: http://watsoncaringscience.org/event-registration/?ee=1.

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Join Me on the Huffington Post!

I’m thrilled to be published on the Huffington Post! I would love for you to take a look at my first post there, and if you’re inclined, it would be wonderful if you would click the Facebook “like” for the article, and write a comment. Click here to go to that article. Thanks so much!

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You can find the book “Happily Ever After Right Now. Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!” here.

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Excerpts from page 255-256 of my book, “Happily Ever After Right Now… Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!”

GRATITUDE: 

I want to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Cindy and all of those on my wonderful “Happily” team who make these posts (as well as the emails and social media) possible, and make them come together in a beautiful way!  Without their dedication and help, I wouldn’t be here “blogging” or sharing information with you electronically!  I would still be writing on my yellow tablets!

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Letting Go

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The act of letting go is unequivocally the most effective means to end suffering.

It provides the ultimate relief from all of life’s challenges — although often is the most difficult behavior to put into practice. And yet the process of letting go is absolutely natural. We let go of our mother’s womb when we are born into this world. When we become mothers ourselves, we are definitely ready to let go of our bulging bellies and aching backs at the end of nine months. Our toddlers leap from our laps and go off to pre-school. We heave a sigh of relief in one breath and catch ourselves choking on tears in another. When our children leave home for the first time, we will experience more of the same mixture of anguish and liberation, and when they marry or go off on their own, we will again revisit the paradoxical feeling that is triggered by the anticipation of good-bye. This cycle will occur over and over until one of us lets go of life itself.

There really is no alternative to saying good-bye to our children at some point (and ultimately everyone we come to know and love). When the time for farewell approaches, a part of us knows that we have an opportunity to open the door to other possibilities — even while the dread of departure lurks in the shadows. If we can just be aware that this feeling of doom is connected to a signal conditioned by our ancient past, we may be able to reason with it a little. No, this good-bye does not necessarily signify the end. In fact, it could actually mean the beginning of new adventures and discoveries for everyone involved. And even if it is the final farewell, we will be given the strength to deal with that too.

I believe wholeheartedly in our ability to be strong and rise up, regardless of the good-byes we face.

Love,

Luann

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Be sure to forward this to someone you love.

I’d love to hear from you about this article! Please post a comment or leave a reply here.

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COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK:
I’ll Be in Boulder, CO on April 11th — I’d love for you to join me…

I’m pleased to be teaching a workshop called Conscious Leadership in Healthcare: How Caring for Others Begins With Emotional Intelligence and Self-Care with my friend and colleague Tara Sheahan,  who co-founded the Conscious Global Leadership Institute with me. You can find details on the class being offered by the Watson Caring Science Institute & International Caring Consortium here, if you’re interested to learn more: http://watsoncaringscience.org/event-registration/?ee=1.

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Join Me on the Huffington Post!

I’m thrilled to be published on the Huffington Post! I would love for you to take a look at my first post there, and if you’re inclined, it would be wonderful if you would click the Facebook “like” for the article, and write a comment. Click here to go to that article. Thanks so much!

————–

You can find the book “Happily Ever After Right Now. Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!” here.

Register to receive my weekly gems via email by clicking HERE (you may unsubscribe at any time, and we never spam)

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Happily Ever After is now on Google Plus! Please add us!

Contact me by visiting my websites: Luann Robinson Hull and Happily Ever After Right Now

Excerpts from page 131-132 of my book, “Happily Ever After Right Now… Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!”

GRATITUDE: 

I want to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Cindy and all of those on my wonderful “Happily” team who make these posts (as well as the emails and social media) possible, and make them come together in a beautiful way!  Without their dedication and help, I wouldn’t be here “blogging” or sharing information with you electronically!  I would still be writing on my yellow tablets!

Image credit: http://realmoney.areavoices.com/2012/01/24/letting-go/