Autumnal Equinox ~ On Balancing Happiness

Oct 13, 2011 by Luann Robinson Hull
It is only mid-October and already the snow has boldly announced itself in Colorado, tumbling through the clouds like flying saucers, these plate sized flakes have been falling for most of the day—in torrents. Tonight, the temperatures are predicted to plummet into the teens. The summer sun has exited the scene. And, once again, same as last year at this time, I am scratching my head. Why is it that I am I living in the upward regions of the Northern Hemisphere?

In Dan Buettner’s interesting book, Thrive, he shares his findings on the location of the world’s happiest regions, suggesting that countries near the Equator enjoying a “sun bonus” tend to be happier, regardless of their status or development. Mexico,...

Winter: A Happiness Experiment

Dec 10, 2010 by Luann Robinson Hull
“Happiness does not come automatically. It is not a gift that good fortune bestows upon us and a reversal of fortune takes back. It depends on us alone. One does not become happy overnight, but with patient labor, day after day. Happiness is constructed, and that requires effort and time. In order to become happy, we have to learn how to change ourselves”—Luca and Francesco Cavalli-Sforza

We last connected at the beginning of summer, which seemed to fly by in a blink. And now the mountain landscape outside my window is morphing from the last remnants of glorious amber-gold into a backdrop of white, white, and more white. For some reason I have settled in an alpine environment despite my lifelong...

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

Sep 08, 2009 by Luann Robinson Hull
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...

Heroism and the Heart - A Valentine Message

Feb 14, 2009 by Luann Robinson Hull
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

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...

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...

Expecting Great Things

Feb 27, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Several weeks ago, we talked about how our current brains were actually forming during a time of catastrophic conditions on planet earth. And so therefore, we humans have actually been trained for the catastrophe. Scanning for the worst is what has kept us from becoming extinct, and so that method of operating was quite effective during times of immense hardship and crude circumstances.

Now, ironically, the only thing that threatens our extinction is continuing to behave this way. If we keep looking for the worst case scenario and living as though we are separate from our brothers and sisters, as well as the earth that continues to support us, then aren’t we operating out of our fear for survival just like...

How To Really Be Free

Feb 20, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Recently I have had some experiences that have challenged my sense of freedom and peace. This all began a couple of weeks ago with a sidewalk rage incident…not road rage…sidewalk rage. I was merely walking along enjoying the day when a runner approached unexpectedly. I immediately noticed that she a strong resemblance to Madonna, and just as I glanced up to greet her, she proudly extended her middle finger upward without breaking her stride. Seconds earlier, I had been blissfully sauntering the streets enjoying a beautiful day. Clearly, we were in different worlds. She was concerned about interrupting her runner’s rhythm and I in my slow-paced-state-of-pleasure, was just enjoying the moment.

I was more than a little jarred by the incident and reacted. “Get over it,” I replied...

What's Your Dream?

Jan 16, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood….I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”—Martin Luther King, Jr., August, 28th, 1963

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was deeply inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful protests in India, which were influential in freeing nearly a fifth of the human race. And so, he used Gandhi’s approach of non-violence to begin a movement for eliminating racism (A Tribute to Martin...

The Hidden Source of Amazing Love

Nov 28, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“We are ultimately at home in the world not through dominating or explaining or appreciating, but through caring and being cared for.”—Milton Mayeroff, On Caring

“Every time the other person does something well, something in the direction of change and growth, we should congratulate her or him to show our approval. It is important to not take things for granted.”—Thich Naht Hahn, beloved philosopher and monk, from Teachings on Love

Most all of us want to love and be loved. And so in the beginning of any loving relationship, we feel exhilarated, exuberant, and even ecstatic. Love has potential here! I am gonna be happy! But as some of this early enthusiasm wanes, our interest may begin to waver a bit. It...

You Are Making a Difference

Oct 04, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Interesting time of the year… autumn. As I look out my window I can still see remnants of beautiful golden leaves adorning the hillside, while others have turned brown and are falling to the ground, ready to become the compost that will fertilize new growth in the spring.

As we notice the changes that are taking place in our lives, both individually and collectively, how can we join together to create a collective compost that can alchemize the past, building the foundation for a positive future?

The green leaves of spring will inevitably turn brown and fall to the ground. And then, the cycle will repeat itself. The leaves come, the leaves go. People come. People go. And you want to be...

Say Yes To Growth & See The Truth

Jun 06, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Choose to be Queen of your life and open the portals of possibility that await you. Yes, you will worry about the challenges and changes you will face as you expand and grow into your most magnificent nature...What if it doesn't work out? What if its too hard? What if I can't do it? Well...what if you can't? Just pick yourself up and start over...haven't you already done that a thousand times? If you can just allow yourself to be even a little bit vulnerable as you say yes to change you might just be surprised at how quickly your creative nature comes through... ever see a beautiful flower blooming right up through the tiniest crack in cement?

Go girl...and watch yourself bloom!!!

Celebrate! You are the only you there is!!!!!