Before Alice got to Wonderland!!


I’m reading Tools of Titans , an amazing resource book by Tim Ferriss. He suggests you read only the bits that hit home to you. It’s broken up in three parts: Healthy , Wealthy and Wise. I had to stop reading the healthy bit because it became way too confronting for the physical state I am in at the moment.

So I flipped to the wealthy section and the page opened on big Tony, Tony Robbins, he of the just say YES and finish my sentences for me. Each person is asked Is there a quote that guides your Life? Tony’s answer was “It’s a belief: Life is happening for us, not to us. It’s our job to find out where the benefit is. If we do, Life is magnificent.

After my experiences with NLP I have a dislike for some of Tony’s methods so this may explain why I misread it as Life is Happening to Us, so this is what we will discuss roday:

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1. I went dancing to Sweat Your Prayers on Sunday for the first time in a long time. I ran into my friend Jane. There was this incredibly sensual young woman with her, I kept thinking I know you, turns out it was Jane’s daughter Caitlin who I had spent a weekend sharing our souls together at a retreat late last year. We chatted like we had been apart 5 minutes.

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2. Denis Kimbro deals with the question as to why black Americans, who are considered wealthy by 90% of the worlds population, struggle on a day to day basis, his premise is that their reaction to life dis-empowers them: Not Afraid.

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3. From one of the world’s great philosophers, Ms. Unknown comes this classic that point to where we must first work on our life, Within.

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4. In this I want it right now world we often forget this and manage to stuff quite a few things up: Hakuna Matata.

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5. Things happens, they become events in  our lives. Then stressors enter the Universe, they are called our reactions, choose wisely.

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6. The meat and potatoes way of saying it: It’s my Life.

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7. Supposed to be versus how it actually is , gives us access to Life is happening for us.

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8. You have a roof over your head, money in your purse and food to eat, for a huge percentage of the planet that is equivalent to joy: Brene on Joy.

 

9. My take at it: It’s up to us, because we can, It’s our time.

 

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10. Are they still there, the one’s who are: they are the keepers: True Colours.

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11. Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included.

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12. What if everything that happens for us is to teach us a lesson, and our job is to get them as soon as we can: What about Us.

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13. Just to make sure you get the hint!!

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14. And remember the mirror practice so you know who needs to hear this message: Change Your Life.

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15. And from the creator of http://www.thework.com, Byron Katie, a final reminder that life happens for us. It’s up to us how that occurs.

Tony also mentions that a way to improve your life is to ask great questions that empower you because then your life is happening for you because you are the driving force.

Music this week comes from Eminem, Bon Jovi, Pink, Casey Chambers, Hakuna Matata and some wisdom from Brene Brown. I think its time for Youtube Red, can’t stomach the Macca and Coke ads, apologies in advance.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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Your path is Beautiful and Crooked!!


Paulo Coelho wrote: One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Do it now.

Many of us put our happiness and dreams on hold for another day, when the truth is life is happening right now. If you want to make positive changes, today is the day. I love Joseph Campbell’s Follow your Bliss journey, It isn’t all about wonders, it also includes the dark side and what it takes to get through it to attain the bliss in your life.

So There are a lot of Joseph’s quotes in today’s list but that’s not a bad thing:

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1. If you are stuck in a pile of to do lists to fulfill that one dream you chances of missing that door that opened to that magnificent opportunity is high, do not become stuck.

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2. They say only 20% of people get to stage 8: Wake Me Up.

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3. Walls lock you out, doors are what creates your life when you have the guts to open them.

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4. Known as the journey of the hero, leads for an extraordinary life: Journey of a Hero.

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5. What you seek is on the other side, take the steps and enter with courage!!

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6. Go and do that!!: Turn Me On!!

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7. You know when you decided to turn right and bumped into your life partner, that’s the path.

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8. Garbologist, writer, life coach, parent – It doesn’t really matter: Try Everything.

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9. Your bliss never loses you, It’s just waiting in the shadows for you to locate it.

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10. When I saw her, I forgot to Inhale: Happy.

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11. My friend Emeli from Collective Potential calls it your purpose. When it occurs, your bliss guides you to it and  your life is never the same again.

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12. There may only be a little bit, but its an ongoing practice. The more you practice it, the  more joy will surface: Joy.

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13. No matter what people tell you about what you are doing that is making you happy, It’s your bliss not there’s.

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14. Share your message, don’t write wwrite: One last Song.

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15. Bliss to me is giving the stars to those we love.

What is another word for bliss?

What’s another word for bliss? Here’s a list of synonyms for this word.
delight, enjoyment, euphoria, happiness, harmony, joy, paradise, pleasure, beatitude, blessedness, cool, ecstasy, felicity, gladness, heaven, rapture, gone
The music includes an hour  of Pharrell Williams amazing 24 hour video of people dancing to Happy, it is very uplifting and the African women singing Joy is beautiful.
Namaste until next time my dear friends:
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delight, enjoyment, euphoria, happiness, harmony, joy, paradise, pleasure, beatitude, blessedness, cool, ecstasy, felicity, gladness, heaven, rapture, gone

Face your Fears, and Wipe your Tears!!


If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” : Martin Luther King

There’s something precious and unique about each and everyone of us. We are all worthy human beings; we are all smart and capable of achieving many inspiring and wonderful acts. You came here to perform a very important role, and who you are matters.

The world needs all of us, so let’s have a look at what  we have said over the generations about living a  life that matters:

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1. Looking for someone else to provide this within you heart will not work if you are not there as well.

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2. Jon Freeman studies split second social perception – how we use facial cues to categorize other people into social groups and perceive their personality traits and emotion. This makes is so important that we have a  healthy self image as in these days of this style of perception we don’t get much time from others: You matter to Me.

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3. Remember, it’s not what people say, it’s in their actions.

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4. In the end it’s what you think about yourself that counts. What others thinks is their personal perception: Perfect.

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5. We don’t tend to remember the church or the valley we walked through, It’s the people we were with that counts.

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6. My friend Emeli rescued a woman from an abusive situation because she cared, she met her on the side of the road when she had given up. Where in you life have you done something similar by caring, giving a shit: Chasing Cars.

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7. Giving for giving sake, what would you do in life that you don’t need to be paid for.

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8. If we only remembered these deep lessons we read in the books of our younger years. Dr Seuss provided one here: Need you Now.

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9. The way through those experiences is not to wish they would go away, It is to enter them and accept they happened and have the control they have over you lessen.

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10. When you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and say, I’m allowed and I matter: Welcome Back.

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11. Another piece to this puzzle is why are you who you are, what do you jump out of bed in the morning for. If you get a chance watch Simon Sinek’s brilliant TED talk on the subject of Why.

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12. Over our lives people move in and out of them, don’t stay too long if you are no longer a match: Time to Leave.

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13. William James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labeled him the “Father of American psychology”.

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14. Simple Acts of Kindness: Good People.

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15. And a final message from the lorax – care a whole awful lot, you matter.

We all have something to contribute to life. If we cling to our fears and doubts our part of the puzzle will never be complete. Remember look in the mirror – I’m Allowed and what I do matters.

The Music – Bruno Mars doing a kids song, Jack Johnson classic Good People and a Pink number.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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I will walk by Faith!!


I am revisiting 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy – An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy by Luminita D. Saviuc, AKA The Purpose Fairy: Here’s the list. I opened the book to the section on Chapter 7 – Give up complaining: I thought for a moment about turning to another page but realised that this was meant to be the subject of todays blog, to have some faith in life. Luminita likes quotes, as I do and here is the one that opens the chapter:

People who never achieve happiness are the ones who complain

whenever they’re awake, and whenever they’re asleep.

they are thinking about that to complain about tomorrow – Adam Zimbler

So how do tyou say don’t complain 15 different ways – let’s have a look:

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1. My friends and I tried this for 30 days once, the furtherest anyone made it was 5 days, and they were probably lying.

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2. We are the creators of our lives, when we are complaining about it, not many candles burning: Candlelight.

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3. Warm Fuzzy Feeling, reminds me of lolly gobble bliss bombs, an Australian snack food released in the seventies. Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs were known for their colourful packaging, which featured surreal psychedelic artwork, reminiscent of Peter Max, Robert Crumb or The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.

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4. I would love the time back from the things I have complained about in my life that truthfully I could not change: Changes. 

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5. You love, You appreciate, that makes you smile , That ……….

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6. There are people we remember because they did things to make wrongs right: Martin, Nelson, Malala: Join them or become quiet: Try Everything.

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7. Is cursing showing you have a lesser use of your total vocabulary, I think so in this situation.

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8. My Essence for this quarter in my year long Activation program is Acceptance, if happiness is thrown in I will be stoked: Happy.

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9. Katrina Mayer earned a doctorate in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. She is a writer, motivational speaker, corporate executive, and an ordained interfaith minister. The author of The Mustard Seed Way,she lives on the north shore of Long Island, New York.

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10. The spirits have spoken: new world paradigm – a transformed world: Yesterday.
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11. They say we choose when we decide to become a human being. Why do so many people forget the total gift this is?
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12. Mathematically, the 80/20 rule is roughly followed by a power law distribution (also known as a Pareto distribution) for a particular set of parameters, and many natural phenomena have been shown empirically to exhibit such a distribution: Tim Ferriss 80/20 principle.
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13. Robin Sharma, The Monk who sold his Ferrari points to one solution, don’t sleep as long , you have 24 hours in the day the same as everybody else, use it so it works.
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14. As a proofreader I can’t believe it when people misspell words and actually print things, is that a complaint: Don’t Speak.
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15. The last time you will ever use these words or thoughts.
If you took one-tenth of the energy you put into complaining
and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised
by how well things can work out… Complaining does not work
as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Anytime we 
spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals.
And it won’t make us happier – Randy Pausch
The music today – Bollywood, Bowie, That Happy Song, a chat from Tim Ferriss, and a few pop divas, enjoy.
Namaste until next time, my dear friends
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You’re not a jar of Nutella


What am I writing about with a title like that? It’s a feisty one. I recieved Danielle LaPortes Free and Clear process – It’s about what are you going to stop doing, I write something everyday in my 2017 Desire Map Daily Planner and it is not that easy some days ten months in. I spoke to my Activation  buddy heather about who stated, why would you do that, I think that if you want new stuff/time in your life that you have to remove old stuff to get the space for the new stuff, lot’s of stuff, huh.

So I put stop doing things quotes in google images and from the result there is not a lot of focus on this over time, there were about thirty versions of three quotes, lets see if you can guess which ones they were of the following fifteen I have chosen:

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1. What in you life do you do because you have always done it? When did people stop appreciating you for it. Over to you, you know what to do.

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2. I was watching two young children filling in time the other night, they are definitely as far away from death as one could be moment to moment: Raise your Glass.

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3. You don’t have to stop doing those things that touch you in your heart and soul, they are special.

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4. A suggestion for things you should stop doing, if they are not in your present presence, it’s time to say ta ta: Rolling in the Deep.

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5. And these are the things you definitely should not stop.

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6. I like the name of the webpage – The possibiltyoftoday.com and the message to stop reacting to things you have no control over: Island in the Sun.

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7. Why do we need to create space? This quote points to exactly why.

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8. Wise words from Tom. And it has to be my favourite Tom Waits tune: Heart Attack and Vine.

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9. We all don’t have to save the world with the things we do. But I love how Mother Teresa suggests we do it.

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10. Word: Try Everything.

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11. And then again there are these things we could easily stop doing, or is it that easy?

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12. I don’t know what to say about this, many will disagree: Loyalty

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13. If you are struggling with things you could stop doing, here’s a few ideas.

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14. Permanent people, how many are there in your life: A Permanent Hug from You.

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15. Thomas could be one of several people, he may even be from the 15th century, but its a bit hard to tell. So never ever ever stop doing this.

Danielle finishes her free and clear sheet with the words Tell yourself that you will Love and Protect yourself at all times. And….stop it , Thankyou Danielle.

The music is heavily leaning towards pop divas, but there is a classic Tom Waits track and a oh so cute number that has only had 13,000 hits on Youtube.

Namaste until next time my dear friends.

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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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Sunset is still my favourite Colour!!


There is a poem towards the back of The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss called the Slow Dance written by child psychologist David L. Weatherford, it goes like this:

The Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down, Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short. The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask: How are you? Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in bed

With the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short. The music won’t last.

Ever told your child, We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste, not seen their sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time to call and say, “Hi”?

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short. The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere, You miss half the fun of getting there

When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race. Do take it slower.

Hear the music Before the song is over.

Timothy talks about busyness being one of the major causes of stress and the enemy of the new rich, the four hour week workers whose lives are about living for fulfilling their dreams, dancing through life. So I have chosen some dancing quotes to look at hearing the music before the song is over:

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1. I hear their reply when I ask, How are you because my heart is open from the dance of life.

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2. Don’t let those hundred chores that need to be done in your head forget how much you and your friends would dance to the music and the not music when you were little: Safety Dance.

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3. We have all met that person who makes us break our rules, often more than one on our lifetimes.

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4. Not sure what the difference is, they say perfectionism is its own worst enemy: Let’s Dance.

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5. I like doing it with another soul so all that exists are our two hearts beating as one.

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6. I love this image of the dog leaping in pure ecstasy, who gives a fuck how it looks if it fully expressed: Dancing Fool.

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7. Always remember what had you take up the dance in the first place, the joy and freedom.

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8. Before enlightenment, take one step then another.  After enlightenment and success, take one step and then another: How Far I’ll Go.

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9. To me, dancing is about the expressive bits, not the steps that make it up.

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10. My 90 year old mother said to me she would like me to lose some weight. I am 63 and over 100 kg again, and yes, I am a dancer: Better when I am Dancing.

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11. I just took part in Dancing Freedom’s 21 day dancing challenge. You got sent 10 to 20 minutes music to dance to everyday. The  only space I really have in my flat is the kitchen and the back yard.

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12. I dance on dance floors where speech is not optional, we are there to dance, we are all quiet: Can’t stop this Feeling.

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13. Not the slow dance, these times are special.

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14. Don’t mess with a dancer, we are tough as nails and sweet and kind all in one: Shake It Off.

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15. And this is what the poem is about, the Heart.

Doing the slow dance is like turning off the noise. Surprisingly the world doesn’t end and you end up being liberated in a way few people ever know. During this time follow the koan – If you don’t have attention, you don’t have time.

Namaste until next time my dear friends:

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