On Hummingbirds and Happiness

The last time we connected in January it seemed it could be a long winter's journey into spring. Now, suddenly it is June when the days extend endlessly into dusk and dawn starts to light up the sky just a few hours after midnight. About the time I find the lengthy winters in Colorado intolerable, summer boldly announces itself. And to me, the hummingbird (appropriately named for its captivating hum) is the official ambassador of the season. They have a magical way of ushering in the warm, sunny days, and bear a stunning resemblance to Peter Pan's Tinkerbelle (if you are inclined to use your imagination).

While observing these fascinating creatures over the past several years, I have noticed that it seems...

Holiday Reflections/New Year Ponderings

Dear Friends,

Yes, the holidays can be stressful, yes our emphasis on materialism as a culture is reflected in the season, and yes it is a time when “abundance rejoices, and want is keenly felt (David Rolph,1981).” Though most would have to agree - it is also a time when kindness and compassion can be more plentiful - when we take a moment to write a card, send a gift, or share a thought with someone we might otherwise forget - when we offer love more openly and with greater benevolence. And if we are really on top of our game, we remember to thank the garbage collector with some cookies, the mailman with a cup of hot chocolate, and the UPS delivery...

Thoughts On Letting Go of Summer...and other things

The coveted warm and sunny summer days are definitely numbered. Soon the first alpine snowfall will usher in a tapestry of fall color and inevitably, winter will follow. Already, there are numerous signs of change-shorter days, longer nights-bears roaming freely everywhere here in the high country as they scavenge for food in preparation for a long winters nap. I want to cling to summer. I know. You are not supposed to cling to things. Believe me, I have been working on learning how to let go for most of my adult existence (which, incidentally, is now far longer than the rest of my life). I know by heart how it goes. If I cling, I will suffer. It doesn't matter. As I witness the amber glow beginning to highlight...

On Optimism & Happiness

“The desire for happiness is essential to man. It is the motivator of all our acts. The most venerable, clearly understood, enlightened, and reliable constant in the world, is not only do we want to be happy, but that we want only to be so.” ~ Matthieu Ricard, author of “Happiness”

Dear Friends,

I recently had the pleasure of viewing Michael J. Fox’s television version of “Adventures of an Incurable Optimist,” adapted from his book. As I am sure most of you may know the perky, upbeat actor, famous for his role in the movie “Back to the Future,” was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly twenty years ago. Despite the challenges of living with an incurable, disabling illness for most of his...

Heroism and the Heart - A Valentine Message

Regardless of our political, philosophical or religious beliefs—it would be difficult for any of us to deny that change is upon us. Everywhere we look from the personal to the global climate, we are witnessing unprecedented events and circumstances. And while the current prevailing media’s take on it all seems saturated with gloom and doom, there are many of us who believe this to be a time for inventive optimism and unparalleled opportunity.

In 1980, nearly thirty years ago, Marilyn Ferguson wrote a pivotal book entitled The Aquarian Conspiracy. In the manuscript she demonstrates uncanny foresight as she predicts many of the circumstances in which we are currently living. Having read this material some twenty-five years since its publication, I am...

On Happiness, Change, Miracles...And You

“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

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

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

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

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

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

Envision and Create Your Dreams!

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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...