How To Move From Negativity To A Life Of Peaceful Strength

There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it.-Thich Nhat Hanh via Blog Beau Monde

"There are many ways to calm a negative energy without
suppressing or fighting it; you recognize it, you smile to it, you...

...invite something nicer to come up and replace it;

There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it.-Thich Nhat Hanh via Blog Beau Monde

...you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music,
you go somewhere in nature,
or you do some walking meditation."
~Thich Nhat Hanh 

You get to choose which path you take in life, and how you travel that path.
If you choose to see it all as a mud-covered, rocky hill... it will be so.

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." -Carlos Castaneda via blog-beau-monde
"The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same."
~Carlos Castaneda, from Journey to Ixtlan

Conversely, if you choose to see your journey as one of constant adventure,
full of delights to enjoy and challenges to be overcome, with an
abundance of beauty and wonder along the way,
then that that will be your reality.

Are you willing to do the work to make it happen?
Because it does take some effort, strength of mind and a bit of time.
But isn't that worth your happiness and peace of heart and mind?

I beleive you'll find it absolutely is worth it.
And as Casteneda quite astutely said, the amount of work is the same.
// Choose wisely. //

For more mindful thoughts on creating your own personal postive change,
you may find the posts below helpful to you while on the journey:

Coming Into The Now


9 Simple Ways to Get Rid of a Negative Mindset 


Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength


Remember to take good care of yourself, my friends,
and as always...

live beautifully,
xo♥
stephanie-


4 comments

  1. Inspiring thoughts. Thank you. I hope you are well.

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  2. Great to hear from you, MikeB! You're most welcome,so happy to know they inspired you, too. I'm very well, thanks. Sending wishes to you for the same, along with many blessings! Enjoy that last weeks of Summer!

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  3. Thank you, Stephanie! I re-read this post just now. My body is not feeling right these past couple of days, and because of recent circumstances I am worried. So reading the Thich Nhat Hanh quote again was helpful. In the morning, I will try to put his ideas into to practice to take my mind off my health worries. Thank you for posting this. I hope you are doing well and that your business is thriving.

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  4. I re-read the Thich Nhat Hanh quote soon after I awoke this morning, and the following little poem came to me quickly. As I wrote it I realized what it means to "stop and smell the roses" -- to take time to be calm and to enjoy the beauty of life.

    The morning's here and bright with bluest sky,
    And so today, I'll not let it go by
    Without my putting feet outside to dream
    And meditate as I walk with a stream
    Of gratitude for beauty in my mind
    That focuses on what my eye does find.

    So I think I will do a walking meditation later today.

    Have a wonderful day, Stephanie.

    By the way, I have begun giving some of my books away to people who I think might like to have them. I have read and enjoyed many books from cover to cover, and I have perused other books (such as collections of quotations and poetry anthologies), and it is time to let other people enjoy them. Stephanie, you use so many uplifting quotations in your blog, so perhaps you might like to have my copy of "Good Advice: More than 2,000 apt quotations to help you live your life" by William Safire and Leonard Safir. If you would like to have it, I will be happy to mail it to you. Just let me know if you want it. Even if you do not find any quotes that are useful for yoru blog, it is fun leafing throught the book to read what others have said.

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