When basic becomes complicated, Simplify!!


Einstein said many things, but one of his most profound quotes was “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it to yourself”. 

In this crazy tech driven society of ours people seem to have forgotten that life is meant to be about simplicity. Sunsets and Sunrises, rainbows, walking the dog, the simple tasks of life. In the excellent book about human nature; Selfish, Scared and Stupid by Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan: SSS article. they wrote a cheat sheet to keep it simple, here it is:

Make it Simple Shortcuts

  1. We are already ridiculously busy and overloaded with information, so make things easy to digest and simple to action.
  2. If you make our lives more complicated, we will simply ignore you.
  3. We have more options than we need, so make yours simpler to understand.
  4. If you can’t fit it onto a  post-it or explain it to a six year old, it needs simplifying.
  5. Identify the most basic need or value you need to satisfy and start there.
  6. Information curators are the new power brokers.

Bruce Lee hits the nail squarely on the head: If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. So what has society thought about simplicity over the generations, let’s have a look:

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1. How  many of these don’t you do because of the complications you have made them mean, change to the simplicity of this list.

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2. Two and a half thousand years ago Confucius gave the world this piece of advice, do you think we listened. Get out your Iphone and ask a friend: Simple Life.

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3. And from the great series Mad Men, Don Draper offers an advertising executive’s cut at simplicity.

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4. My friends daughter Natalie is a minimalist. Here’s some information about it if you don’t know what it is:Minimalism.

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5. Never thought I would see the day I would quote Adolf Hitler, but unfortunately he has a point that politicians have been using for centuries.

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6. I have to admit that there are complicated things on the planet. Those formulas we see written on those board in films need mathematicians to make them, simply, understandable: Welcome to my Complicated Life.

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7. More wisdom from the curly haired one, an example: Steve Jobs and the IPhone, remember the original bricks that were the mobile phone.

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8. The process of existing on this planet between sunrise and sunset , what happened?: Sunrise, Sunset.

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9. When I was leaving my unit this morning, I noticed the many things I had lying around I have not used in months, time for a clean out.

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10. Like this a lot. I must admit when I think of simple that less comes to mind: Clarity.

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11. I was surprised Google Images brought up this reference to Bali under make it simple quotes, but then again I have not been there, all my friends who have would probably say it makes perfect sense.

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12. It’s in the making of it that the simplicity gets in: Cheap Thrills. 

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13. What do you want to be when you grow up? Where does all that other shit come from.

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14. And when your life is simplified here is one of the greatest and simplest gifts you can give another: Come up and see me, make me Smile.

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15. Yes I am of that age where I recognise pictures that are no longer used but where a  lot simpler.

A typical supermarket in the modern world holds more than 47,000 products on its shelves. Only 30 years ago , that number was closer to 9,000. Some toothpaste companies produce over 50 products, more than the number of teeth we have in our mouth.

A great definition of simplicity is given by Jonathan Ive, Apples head of design: “True simplicity is derived from so much more than the absence of clutter and ornamentation. It’s about bringing order to complexity”.

The music today is a 70’s classic, a mini doco, some pop divas, a musical classic and an alternative anthem to a simple life, Enjoy.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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A Hero’s Guidepost – Stay Open to Mystery!!


Some more brilliant words from Lissa Rankin as I work my way through her excellent book the Anatomy of A Calling: The Website.

Its easy to think we can understand the world and how it works. But then if things happen that we can’t explain, it can lead to discomfort, disorientation and even denial. When something happens that disrupts your story of how the world works, be curious. Don’t worry too much about explaining your experience. The need to know arises from the mind, which can’t begin to fathom what your heart knows is possible. What if “How”and “Why” were not the most important questions, the ones that actually help us live?. When you’re willing to stop being an expert on life, you open yourself to magic. You let life be the teacher and humble yourself as the perpetual student. That’s when the real fun begins.”

So those signs you receive in your life, do you take notice of them or do you know that it just wouldn’t work out. Lets look at some signs sayings, there are some great ones:

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1. The best job I ever had in my career as editor of a national Community Development journal called Community Quarterly would have never happened if I had ignored the poorly handwritten flier – volunteers wanted in St Kilda that day in the library.

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2. This is why The Universe has your Back by Gabby Bernstein is another of my favourite books, great training in listening for the signs, she also does a quote card pack: Manifesto.

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3. A place definitely not to look is in your head, when you feel that energy flowing through your body, follow it to its source.

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4. The cat is about to head off and find Aladdin’s Caves: Follow the Sun.

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5. You don’t only get one on life. My friend Thea writes a daily, 365 days a year book. Don’t hold on when you are meant to let go.

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6. We have all heard the classic joke about the man ignoring God’s messages. It may not always make sense, but we all know when our intuition is speaking to us loud and clear. Stop ignoring it: Intuition.

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7. A life without borders, what level of trust would that take where we could follow each and every sign.

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8. I have a friend who when she travels chooses to go the road less travelled, to follow the crooked roads. She sometimes gets lost, but  her adventures are of legend: True Colours.

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9. This is one sign we do not want in our relationships, practice telling your disempowered and empowered sacred love stories to each other.

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10. Replace tequila with your favourite drink, mines water: Tequila.

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11. I think this signs for me.

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12. I think the message here is to not give the wrong signs and actions out: Hit the Road Jack.

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13. Words do not get results, words with actions that follow do.

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14. And don’t forget to listen to the ones of Self-Love: That’s why You’re beautiful.

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15. And these are probably the most powerful signs we receive. I call it the person you would most like to ravish in your life. Thats my sacred love story about these signs in our life.

What mysteries have happened in your life, those people you thought about who SMS’d you a minute later. That dream you had years ago about the place you are now in and you  know that you have been there before, these are your signs to listen too and follow.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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Let not your Love become Attachment!!


A mission statement for a Blog by Lissa Rankin:

“We are committed to inviting you to explore your truth, knowing you are loved, safe and nurtured. We believe that true healing comes from loving and nurturing both ourselves and others as whole beings. When we own all the disparate parts of ourselves, we tap into the divine spark within us, allowing us to release limiting beliefs, overcoming fears, and enjoy our lives more fully. Once we are in touch with our own divinity – shedding our masks, revealing our authentic selves, and being accepted just as we are- we can see with “magical eyes,” gazing beyond the masks we tend to wear to see the unique and special humanity that lies within us all.

By engaging with our community, we hope you will feel inspired, get motivated to bring your authentic self out of the closet, and take steps that bring you closer to health, healing and inner peace. If you have lost your mojo and feel you have little to give, we welcome you with no expectations. If you have lots to give in service to those in need, we invite you to share your gifts. Chances are good you are all of the above – sometimes seeking, sometimes giving, always enough..

Regardless of where you are on your personal path of awakening, we welcome you. Let us bear witness to your journey, knowing that while each of us walk a unique path, we walk it in good company.”

Lissa’s book The Anatomy of A Calling The Website., is worth visiting at least yearly as it contains so many profound gems about being on purpose.

But first of all she suggests you need to give up attachment, what do we say about attachment across the airwaves and through time: Here is a selection I have chosen to illustrate it:

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1. This is one I have struggled with over time, that the answer lies within not externally. Working on it daily.

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2. Why do we become flustered when the world started operating in a different way to that we know it should be, this is what happens when we hold on too tight: Holding on to Broken Things.

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3. What did Buddha mean by this, much to ponder in 7 simple words.

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4. You can’t should’ve done something. Gold: It was a Good Day.

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5. The Inner Universe, that’s where the healing lives and lies.

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6.  When we stop waiting to reply and genuinely listen to others, Its amazing how many of our judgements slip away: Crippled Inside.

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7. How often do we battle with these thing in our lives – The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.

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8. Judgement often feels chaotic, It’s not your task, bring on the calm: A Thousand Years.

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9. Love me a few of Pema’s wise words, get her books , they are magic.

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10. Here’s a memory test: Out damn spot, think High School: Time to Let Go.

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11. Lots of practice here, heart and  mind, methinks.

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12. Do we have the courage to give up that which has become toxic for us, I did it with alcohol over 3 years ago, feel so much better: Don’t Stop Believing.

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13. Surfs UP, which are your favourite emotions to surf, which put you in danger. Perhaps it’s time to give up your attachment to those waves.

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14. This is the  one thing in life I wish for more than anything else, to fly unaided. I have not been willing to give up everything that weighs the possibility down: I’ll Fly Away.

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15. The field of all possibilities: Has anyone ever reached this blissful state, or would it be so scary that we would implode?

Why is it difficult to detach from the beliefs and judgments that belittle  us? Perhaps as Craig Hamilton says in his Integral Enlightenment series ” The ego  as the part of you that has a need to see ourselves as a particular way” has a lot to do with it. Daily exercise in detaching what we know to be true sounds a great way to discover how to empower the purpose we were put on this planet for.

Namaste until next time , my dear friends.

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Note to Self, Let Shit Go!!


This is a beautiful sentence for the life altering book The Anatomy of a Calling: A Doctor’s Journey from the Head to the Heart and A Prescription for Finding your Life’s Purpose: It’s tricky to learn how to inhabit your brilliance- to let our lights shine unimpeded-without mistakenly letting it fuel the ego.

On the other hand what spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson writes in her book A Return to Love is true:

” Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened  about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine. we unconsciously give  other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

So how has the planet related to inhabiting our brilliance, let’s have a wee peek:

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1. If you have a belief in that everything is possible the chances you will come up with something new is higher.

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2. Because there is a brand new interpretation of it existing that did not before you took on the challenge: Amazing Grace.

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3. brilliant
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adjective
  1. (of light or colour) very bright.
    “brilliant sunshine illuminated the scene”
    synonyms: brightshiningblazingdazzlinglightMore

     
     
       

     

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4. I’ve got a soul kind of feeling, moving to the beat: Soul Kinda.

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5. Welcome to the human experience, that’s where life really lives.

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6. Some brilliant words from JFK about humanity: Teardrops.

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7. I hope they say Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included when they are talking about me.

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8. Aren’t we always feeling a little bit more brilliant on a sunny day: Ain’t Nobody.

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9. Is your life your favourite movie, what’s its name?

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10. I might do a blog soon using quotes when world leaders were respected for their wisdom not their stupidity: Back to Life.

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11. From one of the brilliant ones.

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12. Not in it’s flag, it’s army, it’s leaders, simply it’s people: Our House.

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13. The oldest comment, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived from 1749 to 1832, a great innings for the time. Brilliance does not mean that you will always spend time with others.

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14. Just couldn’t leave Oprah out, proof in the pudding: Sweet Dreams.

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15. Finally a quiz, one of the most brilliant human beings ever, who is he?

The key is to recognise that spiritual gifts , divine downloads, miracles, magic and brilliance are all the result of Consciousness streaming through us. Our egos don’t get to claim credit for any of it. But it is our responsibility to avoid blocking its expression through us,

Namaste until next time, my dear friends

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A Happy Heart makes the face Free!!


Danielle LaPorte says that when you are living from your joy and working for meaningfulness, you are:

A. WAY more healthy and effective

B. SO much more fun to be around (Hello love and magnetism)

C. MUCH more able to make a contribution to the world around you.

You can look at it this way, in epic proportions: The planet needs you to be working from your joy, Humanity depends on you doing what’s meaningful to you. The future of civilization is counting on your fulfilling. No pressure. Here’s the micro perspective: You deserve to be lit up by what you do in the world. it’s your life.

There has been much said about being free and clear in our lives, here’s my selection:

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1. Pharrell Williams sings of the right to be happy in our lives, here is his suggestion how to achieve that state.

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2. Which definition of free calls to you: Hello.

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3. I am designing a workshop called Sacred Love Stories that increases peoples abilities to tell those stories that we think of people  knew about us they would never talk to us again. 

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4. Ah, The French, they do great quotes and philosophy as well as movies in my humble opinion: Clear Conscience.

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5. Show the world what lives in your heart, you are worth it!!

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6. From the great bard Anonymous another beautiful ode to being free and clear: Temporary Life.

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7. Another favourite depiction of what Danielle is talking about!!

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8. Loved that film it’s a Beautiful Life: Beautiful Life.

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9. Do not get caught up in their maze of madness. Live in your own story – Beautiful Words.

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10. I am excited about Today, Yay: Friday.

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11. If you make no mistakes, are you officially alive?

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12. Try a little ….., not why me: Try Me.

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13. What is calling you, for me it is Love and Respect for All: Everyone Included.

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14. Uncle Jim gets to the point immediately, how do you get lit up in the world and is it a happening thing at the moment: Riptide.

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15. Not sure why I chose this one. We are all students and teachers, get out there and fulfill life.

So Danielle finishes with the idea here is to see what lights you up,  so that you can plan to fell-have-do and experience more of that in your  life, Ready, Steady, Go.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends around the world from Melbourne, Australia

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I am willing to witness my Fear!!


How do you experience Miracles? The more you choose gratitude, forgiveness and love, the more miracles you expect to experience in your life. A miracle can be a moment when you give up a resentment you have held on to with a sibling for years and years, or losing that jib free you up to follow your true calling. It’s like choosing fear over love, each time you do this you have performed a miracle for all the people involved.

How has society defined a miracle over time, here is the definition currently used

Miracle:
  1. an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.
    “the miracle of rising from the grave”
    synonyms: supernatural phenomenon, mysteryprodigysign

    “his first miracle was to turn water into wine”
    • a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences.
      “it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been killed”
    • an exceptional product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something.
      “a machine which was a miracle of design”
      synonyms: wondermarvelsensationphenomenon, astonishing feat, amazing achievement

      “Germany’s economic miracle”

       

    So what have people said over time about it, let’s have a look:

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    1. The first one sounds like the Just Do It mentality, the latter that you could live an extraordinary life, go Albert.

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    2. Mum Coach Mia Redrick puts it down to thoughts creating miracles. I think it also required body activation: You Sexy Thing.

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    3. You are nearly there, and baby it’s getting tough in the bleachers.

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    4. Another way of saying everything is a miracle or a gift from the curly haired wise man: Don’t Wait.

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    5. This type of love seems to be a miracle these days. Inhale it in!!

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    6. The possibility of magnificence, awaken your spirit to this and the miracle will flow in: So Much Magnificence.

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    7. Where is your change room? In your head or your heart.

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    8. Drink it in, Yes, this is true. So you have had at least one miracle occur in your life. Let’s get out there and create some others: Great Balls of Fire.

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    9. They say the way to enlightenment is to give up everything you know. This then allows for possibility to enter it.

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    10. Looking up who Rebecca West was I just had to include this quotes as well: People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.: Hard out Here.

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    11. Make this a real part of your day.

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    12. Looking for your miracles, remember to focus on your why as well: Start with Why.

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    13. I just loved this images, it needs no words to be miraculous.

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    14. The worlds greatest miracle: the birth of our offspring. 

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    15. They say there is an experiment that can be done that demonstrates people who have taken the same way to work for years do not notice over 50 percent of what they pass by. Time to see the miracles.

    Miracles are held to be humongous, and that is why people do not declare their lives as being so. I think it time to take on From Little Things, Big Things Grow.

    Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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Your Flaws are Perfect!!


“Through Prayer and Meditation I create a ripple effect of peace in the world” – Gabby Bernstein.

I remember what fun it was to skip stones in country dams when I was young. The ripple effect they made was amazing, it gave me and my friends much joy at the time. What actions do you take that create a ripple effect in the world? Remember, whatever action you take makes a ripple effect, so let’s make them great ones. I was surprised by how many different quotes there are on the effect, lets see what they are:

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1. His Holiness’s ripple effect is possibly the largest in the world. Loved by so many across the planet, when he speaks, billions listen and act.

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2. We need to realise that the casting of that stone do not just affect you, it causes many ripples in many lives: If You’re out there.

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3. Whatever version of God you subscribe to, they know you are part of the plan and are waiting for you to cast a stone and create your ripple effect.

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4. Martial Arts are based on this premise , very similar to the effect caused by your stone skipping across the lake of your life: Kung Fu Fighting.

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5. And it would be superb if all of our ripples where as beautiful as this image.

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6. In fact, every action does this. I think we forget sometimes: Actions speak louder than Words.

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7. Great set of ripples in my opinion.

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8. From little things big things grow, that’s what the ripples are about: From Little Things.

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9. What new idea will you drop in the pond of our Universe today?

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10. Not sure if this is Billy Cox, bassist in the Jimi Hendrix Experience or the motivational speaker with 15 million followers but I like spreading the ripple effect of kindness through the Universe: Lean on Me.

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11. Thats right, a lasting effect.

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12. And learn how to fly on the way down: Confident.

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13. Don’t cast it if you aren’t willing to back it up.

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14. And this answers what we should listen too when we are about to cause the ripples of our life: Try Everything.

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15. And the final comment by one of the largest ripple makers of this century, Elon Musk, Dream that your ripples to make a difference.

Writing these blogs is one of my stones cast in the water, from the statistics they make ripples all around the world.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends

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