Holiday Reflections/New Year Ponderings

Jan 15, 2010 by Luann Robinson Hull
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...

On Optimism & Happiness

May 11, 2009 by Luann Robinson Hull
“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...

Amazing Grace & Loving To The Core

Mar 27, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
I recently attended a Judy Collins concert and was completely inspired by her beauty, loving presence, and amazing grace. She was so totally herself—age, talent, wisdom and all. At one point she forgot a verse or two, and instead of making a fuss, she went right on as if it was supposed to be that way. Of course, the song seemed somehow better because of her ease and comfort with imperfection. She was so completely self-accepting and loving to the core—a beautiful example indeed of Amazing Grace, her final piece, sung unaccompanied. With hair like spun silk and a voice that resembled a harp, she seemed like an angel in our midst. And it was certainly grace that gifted me...

Heaven Here Now

Jan 23, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Today, I was invited to a discussion on the topic of Heaven and found the dialogue to be thought provoking. The focus of the talk appeared to be centered on what to do here in this realm, fraught with difficulty, despair and considerable challenge, in order to get there, presumably another realm, seen as a far better and more desirable place to be. And, of course, the primary purpose in such a paradigm is to concentrate on preparing for the next stop, which can only be accessed after physical death.

While the belief that Heaven is the reward if we just keep plugging away at “being good” is encouraging, such thinking definitely takes us out of the moment. And if we...

The Secret Power of Thought & Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Welcome to our four part series of inspirations devoted to miracles of the mind and the incredible power behind thought and feeling. Join Luann in the exciting weeks ahead as she discusses how: YOUR MIND IS A POWERFUL TOOL.

“ …Everything can be taken from a man [woman] but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”—Victor Frankl, concentration camp survivor (Man’s search for Meaning).

Frankl endured years of unconscionable horror in Nazi concentration camps, and lived to share his findings from a most remarkable experiment: That one could maintain sanity, human dignity, and ultimately life itself, no matter what the external circumstances, by exercising freedom of mind...

Reflections on Peace

Oct 17, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings to my dear friends and family,

Over the past few weeks we have been focusing on the subject of peace and how to create more feelings of harmony, not only in our own lives, but in the lives of everyone we touch. Starting with the week of September 11, 2006, we launched this series of discussions by noticing how we might offer peace to another in some way, every day, making note of any internal conflict, which could interrupt the intent. And then being sure to pay attention on how pivoting toward peace, rather than reacting with some less favorable emotion, could end up serving us every bit as much, if not more than the person, group, etc., for whom...

Finding Gratitude

Sep 29, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and welcome to our dialogue on peace.

Last week we talked about the inner wars…or the internal conflict in which we can be tempted to engage when we go against ourselves. We were invited to take a look at how we could stand back and watch those little wars within, rather than participate in them, and then notice how we might be able to bring in more harmonious thoughts, eventually moving back to peace.

One way to shift from what is going wrong (in your mind), to what is going right, is to find a way to have gratitude for something in your life. You could start with being grateful for your ability to see the words or images on this...

Being Right Here

Sep 01, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull

Last week we visited Rumi’s beautiful poem, The Guest House (for review, click here). What he seems to be saying is “welcome all guests (feelings, situations, etc.)” who come to your house (or to you), regardless of how you may perceive them to be at the time.

When we find ourselves unhappy with certain circumstances in our lives and feel that we would rather be “over there” than “right here,” it may be useful to examine what it is we think we would gain by changing places.

Maybe you would like more money, a different job, an improved relationship (or a new one). Perhaps you want to be younger, slimmer, or healthier…all reasonable desires. Good. There is nothing wrong with having a...

The Guest House

Aug 24, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings! Welcome to The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. —Rumi (Coleman Barks, 1995, Harper Collins, pp. 109)

Can you relate to Rumi’s words? Have you ever been able to make meaning out of a temporary “depression...