On Happiness, Change, Miracles...And You

Sep 20, 2008 by Luann Robinson Hull
“When you spend your time trying to fill a leaky barrel, you neglect the methods and above all the ways of being that will allow you to find happiness within yourself.” –Matthieu Ricard (2006, Happiness)

Is it possible that the formula for how to be happy “within yourself” has always been available to you? And that this is so because you came from a place where harmony and joy are the exclusive states of being? Though, since you are curious by nature, perhaps you deliberately decided to develop a sort of amnesia regarding your true origins—thereby trying to fill several “leaky barrels” before beginning to remember the true source of your bliss and delight. And in keeping with your sense of...

Obtaining True Happiness: Letting Go of Attachments & Inexhaustible Desires

Jun 20, 2008 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings…

The purpose of our first six weekly gems, (taken directly from the material in Happily Ever After…Right Now) has been to encourage you to continue to explore new ways of framing your thoughts around how to take charge of your life, your relationships, and your state of well being and joy…and to provide a foundation for your ongoing exploration of what it takes to make you truly happy….

Over the next six weeks we will focus directly on the topic of happiness…this mysterious, yet evasive quality that each and every human in existence hopes to experience...on a full time basis. Saint Augustine writes, in The Happy Life, “…the desire for happiness is essential to man [woman]. It is the motivator of...

Learning To Stay

Apr 13, 2008 by Luann Robinson Hull
Jeremy Madden, a columnist from The Aspen Daily News, wrote an interesting article today about our mutual home town, entitled, Dear Mother Earth: I give up.

On April 10, 2008, the temperatures are not supposed to rise above 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It is mid afternoon and as I gaze outside into the mountain landscape, all I see is white, sprinkled with some occasional brown (not from the earth, mind you, but from the trees rooted there, which are supposed to be turning green by now). The sky is white, the ground is white-even my patio with an abandoned looking Weber grill-is white. My faithful and true thermometer, having survived the most brutal winter in my six year history here, threatens to...

Sudden Passing

Mar 20, 2008 by Luann Robinson Hull
Dear Friends,

Today is the Spring Equinox and the eve of the full moon. Hallelujah! I am excited to come out of hibernation and begin communicating regularly with you again. It has been a while since we last connected. Many interesting and dramatic changes have occurred in my life since I began writing to you nearly two years ago. Throughout the scope of that time, I have continued to enjoy incredible, amazing, and serendipitous experiences, replete with all of the joy and pain that inevitably accompanies those. I have been to the heights and fallen to the very depths of my being as I open to the possibilities with which I am repeatedly gifted while attempting to open and awaken my heart and mind. (Admittedly, this exercise is done sometimes with valor, often with clumsiness, and...

Sudden Passing

Mar 20, 2008 by Luann Robinson Hull
Today is the Spring Equinox and the eve of the full moon. Hallelujah! I am excited to come out of hibernation and begin communicating regularly with you again. It has been a while since we last connected. Many interesting and dramatic changes have occurred in my life since I began writing to you nearly two years ago. Throughout the scope of that time, I have continued to enjoy incredible, amazing, and serendipitous experiences, replete with all of the joy and pain that inevitably accompanies those. I have been to the heights and fallen to the very depths of my being as I open to the possibilities with which I am repeatedly gifted while attempting to open and awaken my heart and mind. (Admittedly, this exercise is done sometimes with valor, often with clumsiness, and frequently...

On Happiness and the Holidays

Dec 09, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Often during this time of year, I am reminded of Christmases past during which my best friend, Darlene, and I spent many hours cranking up our funding requests for a local foster children's organization. I will never forget what she once wrote in a letter requesting help back in 1981. "Christmas is a time when abundance rejoices and want is keenly felt." It was a sobering statement, and inspired me to take a personal inventory. What more might I do to help others in that "want is keenly felt," state, and how could I offer my support in a way of meeting them where they were without trying to fix them or make things better? How could I just join them, while offering my love and concern?

Recently, I returned...

Time for Change

Nov 30, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull

Envision and Create Your Dreams!

Oct 02, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
What would you be doing this year if you could be living a life without any limitations?

Where would you go if you could travel any place in the world, all expenses paid?

Who would be your companion/s on the journey?

If you could have the job of your dreams (or I prefer to call it “creative expression”) what would that look like?

Where would you live if you could inhabit any place on the planet?

How would you design your ideal home?

What is your idea of the perfect relationship?

What is your ultimate best weight, fitness level, and state of health and well being?

If you could devote a full year to enhancing your spiritual life, how would you create, deepen, and continue the journey?

If you...

Happiness, The Brain & Consciousness

Sep 26, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and welcome to our discussion on Happiness, the Brain, and Consciousness.

Our Happily team has been focusing on the development of Conscious Conversation Circles™ www.cccircles.com over the past several months. These circles are gatherings of people who come together on a regular basis for the purpose of sharing their individual and combined wisdom to support conscious living - which includes manifesting lives of happiness, health, prosperity, and peace.

Included among the many gifts of these gatherings has been a connection with Julia Desmond, who has been sharing the “Oneness Blessing (deeksha)” with our Aspen circle, as well as providing it to groups of her own. Julia has been through the 21 day process that enables her to transfer this intelligent energy,...

Reflections and Progress

Sep 06, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Over the past several weeks we have discussed the topic of happiness and what it truly means to be happy. We have talked about how to use loss as a launch pad, alchemizing the lead of our challenges into the gold of our existence. We have reviewed ways to shift our perceptions and to look for some potential pearls in whatever state of temporary peril we may be feeling.

We have also delved into the idea of personality patterns and how those influence our lives. Some of us have practiced the ancient ritual of Ho’oponopono, which involves asking to be healed yourself, of any quality that you resist in another. By doing this we can humbly recognize that we have the...

Conscious Conversations

Jul 31, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
We recently completed our third gathering of Conscious Conversations™ in Aspen , Colorado and I am delighted to report that the groups are sprouting in other areas and gaining momentum. What are they: Gatherings of people who meet regularly to support each other in conscious living both practically and philosophically. The Goal: to combine our strengths in achieving an optimal state of personal and collective growth.

The discussions continue to be both thought provoking and inspiring. Among some of the topics mentioned in last week’s Aspen group was a dialogue on how to really make progress with some of the sobering issues currently facing us both individually and globally. The following interpretation of Thomas Hartman's message in The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, was discussed: “If you don’t raise consciousness by...

You Are Invited

Jun 05, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
It is with great delight that I extend an invitation - a call for submissions - to all of you to share your inspirations with our list of readers this summer. The Happily team is busy planning and developing some exciting new projects and products, and so our gem will go out monthly instead of weekly starting now and extending throughout September. However, we are open to maintaining our weekly mailings, should we receive articles and inspirations from you that we all agree would be helpful and appropriate to publish for the benefit of our readers. We have been writing to you now for some 54 weeks (Christmas and Easter excluded), so we decided it was time to give you...

Attracting What You Want By Being Who You Are

May 29, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
The town in which I am currently a resident will soon be having a mayoral election. Of course, the ideal circumstance for any such “race” is to be able to select from a group of people, who have integrity, character, and a desire to serve for the highest good of all. And, this being the case wouldn’t choosing a candidate simply be a matter of selecting the one with the values that most represent and resonate with your own?

An advertisement in the local paper today regarding the upcoming election caught my attention. It appeared that the mayoral candidate, who had placed the ad was attempting to attract votes by demonstrating his character, accomplishments, and how because of his experience and...

Making A Mindset of Success

May 22, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
“The cosmic engine is started but man/woman guides it in his/her own life.”—Jean Houston, Ph.D

“…mind healing is a result of the constructive use of mental law, which the world is gradually beginning to understand. Since we are thinking beings and cannot stop thinking, and since Creative Mind receives our thought and cannot stop creating, It must always be creating something for us. What It will make depends wholly upon what we are thinking, and what we shall attract will depend upon that on which our thoughts dwell.”—Ernest Holmes, Visionary (Science of Mind, 1998, Putnam, pp.294)

I was reminded of some extraordinary examples of the effects of putting our thoughts toward the positive while recently having an inspirational discussion with Travis Greenlee,...

Giving & Abundance

May 15, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
It is late. I just reached my second travel destination in a week. Upon my arrival, I received an email from my son, with whom I just spent my birthday and Mother’s Day. He has been recovering from surgery and below, writes some amazing words of wisdom, which I wanted to share with all of you, related to what abundance really is.

“What I was able to experience for myself with you being here was the essence of love and giving. I had many ideas in my head about what I wanted to give you for your b-day and Mother's Day. And I have to admit that it was very challenging for me not being able to move about physically and...

Peacefully Negotiating These Times

May 08, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Not long after 9-1-1 many teachers and leaders sent beautiful messages out to the world. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ (author of Women Who Run With the Wolves) was among one of my favorites.

She stated, “My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times…In any dark hour the tendency is to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong in an un-mended world. Do not focus on that…”

Yes. And so what would help us to shift our attention away from what would appear to be a world that has really going out of whack? Since 9/11 it seems that the madness persists, threatening to continue veering us off in the wrong direction—the heinous crimes, the endless disparities between the...

Conscious Conversations

May 01, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Seven years ago this fall I had the rare and unusual privilege of taking a course entitled The Re-Invention of Work from Margaret Wheatley, Ph.D and world renowned Leadership and Organizational Development expert. During the class we were taught to think “outside of the box” exploring new insights, and possibilities for our respective careers with the following in mind: “[Challenges] that seem impossible to [resolve] with one paradigm may be easily solved with a different one." www.margaretwheatley.com

One of her parting statements to us was, “Have as many conversations as you possibly can about what matters to you. Do this in circles—then connect the circles. And oh, one more thing—if it doesn’t feel a bit strange, you definitely aren’t doing it.” This...

All Your Past Except Its Beauty is Gone

Apr 24, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
An area of ongoing challenge for me is avoiding the trap of being hung up on the past—things I have done, mistakes I have made—the why-oh why-did-I-do-that routine. Even though I have been on a spiritual path for more years than I can remember, I still occasionally get stuck in the dead-end-shame-game. Why didn’t I pay attention? Why didn’t I stop? Why didn’t I go?

I was recently going through some old files and came across this quote from the Course in Miracles, which for those of you who may not be familiar with the text, has been described as a course in mind training, the foundation for which is embracing love and letting go of fear. I have been studying...

Transitions, Transformation and Transcendence

Apr 10, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
It is fascinating to observe nature during this miraculous time of spring and re-birth. Buds that promise life are emerging from lifeless trees, mother robins nurture the nests that will produce new flight, and flowers are popping up out of nowhere, providing the long awaited color and fragrance of spring. And then there is the birth of a butterfly…

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.”—Richard Bach, American author

The gestation period for this miraculous event from beginning to end, is approximately two weeks (Kathleen Pearce, Beautiful Painted Ladies). A female butterfly lays her egg, which contains a tiny caterpillar that immediately begins to grow. Following a steady diet of leaves and greens, the caterpillar...

Loving The Great Goodbye

Apr 03, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
I once attended a powerful retreat facilitated by the extraordinary poet, David Whyte, who wrote The Heart Aroused. He was certainly successful in arousing my heart that particular weekend—probably one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met, and was most definitely someone to whom I never wanted to say good bye…

The Buddhists believe that the root cause of suffering comes from our attachments and that surrender (a constant flow of loving and letting go) is the only way to experience peace and well being. Now this philosophy seems pretty much in alignment with my observations.

In my years of research, study, and exploration, everything seems to point to one conclusion (both in my own life and those of others)—that...