Overcoming difficulties

Angels and Grace

Nov 21, 2018 by Luann Robinson Hull
Yesterday I started out having what I judged to be a ‘bad day.’ I’d had dental surgery the day before and upon arising, it felt like things were going south in my mouth. Unable to ignore the repeated throbbing in my jaw, I made an appointment with the dentist (not the surgeon who’d performed the procedure). Turns out that dentist is the sweetest (as dentists go). He poked and prodded and took pictures and finally came up with a simple solution to help ease the pain, following which things began to improve. And, he didn’t charge me a dime.

Dealing with Agnes

Sep 10, 2018 by Luann Robinson Hull
Dear Friends,

These are interesting times—no doubt about it… lots of drama and darkness in high places, and it’s so easy to get all swept up.  Whether it’s Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Blitzer or Colbert, discussions in the media are often about what went wrong on any given day and who is to blame. Much less fashionable are talking points on what actually might work to support the greater good, regardless of political persuasion. And speaking of what might work to support the greater good, I’ve been thinking about that topic for a while now. I even wrote a book about starting a new love story on planet earth. A pretty lofty goal, I know. But, even so, what’s stopping us?

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...

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,...

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...

Love is Enough

Dec 19, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and Glorious holiday wishes to all!

In contemplating all that accompanies this time of year, I was reminded of a beautiful quote that I saw on the wall in a business I used to frequent while living in Kansas. I had not committed the quote to memory but thought I had it stored in my old computer, which I resurrected from the closet. After putting this antiquated piece of equipment back together, I proudly plugged it in only to discover a blank screen on the monitor. What to do? I wanted to share this quote and to remember it for myself. I decided to pick up the phone and call Individually Yours in Wichita, Kansas.

If only I had acted on my...

Coming To Peace

Jul 27, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
During the past few weeks, we have been taking a deeper look at the condition of happiness, and how we can come to experience that state of being in more regular doses…eventually, all of the time… no matter what. We have used the advice of some wise teachers, who tell us that much of what causes our misery is directly related to our perception in any given situation. And, that in order to avoid suffering, we have to keep digging for the truth. What is really going on here? (It’s possible that we can be carried away by either bliss, or disaster. Our minds are subject to massive error depending on a multitude of factors, starting with our emotional state...

Learning To Stay

Jul 14, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and welcome to our ongoing dialogue on how to make happiness a priority in your life… right now.

“[Sometimes] we feel that there is a large problem and we have to fix it. [Instead,] stop. Do something unfamiliar. Do anything besides rushing off in the same old direction, up to the same old tricks.”—Pema Chodron

Last week we began our discussion by looking back at our lives to times of difficulty, and then noticing the successes, which followed. We challenged ourselves to review how we had actually used loss as a launch pad for success, even if we hadn’t been fully aware at the time of what had facilitated our process of transcendence.

Ultimately, each of us has an innate awareness that...

Looking At Loss as a Launch Pad

Jul 06, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and welcome to this week’s discussion on choosing to be happy.

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness…welcome and entertain them all… Each one may be preparing you for a new delight…”—Rumi

Most of you have experienced a significant loss in one form or another. At the time of that loss, no doubt you suffered anguish and misery. You thought those feelings would endure…maybe even indefinitely. More than likely in your most intense moments of suffering, it would have been difficult to embrace Rumi’s words (“welcome and entertain them all…”).You might have struggled to access the still place within that would have served to be your source of strength and...

Transcending The Difficulties of Life

Jun 29, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings to all and welcome to this ongoing discussion on the subject of happiness!

Last week we challenged ourselves to begin observing the constant mind chatter, which if left unattended, will like a whirlpool, swirl us into a spin of looking, seeking, wanting and desiring something to make “it” or us happy. “If I could only be out of debt, have the perfect partner (or tweak the one I have into perfection) lose weight, be taller, younger, wiser, richer…then I would be happy. Or, maybe if I continue attempting to attain these things…even if I can’t be happy now, maybe I will be happy some time in the future. We also challenged ourselves to let go of even one little attachment...