Suffering

On Connecting

May 08, 2013 by Luann Robinson Hull
Many of the great philosophers say that the core of all suffering is rooted in the belief of a self separate from others and from God (or your version of what created you). If this is indeed so, it seems especially odd to me how we humans frequently sabotage our chances for connection with people and the world around us by our own behaviors and attitudes.

I am currently visiting NYC where it appears that this “separation syndrome” is alive and well. Roughly two million people live in Manhattan, and on top of that around 16 million come and go to and from the city each day. Of this demographic many ride the subway on which I have recently had occasion...

Catch Yourself Being Queenly (or Kingly)

Apr 22, 2013 by Luann Robinson Hull
Recall the moments when you've stepped fully into your Magnificence. It may have been the first time you addressed your parents from a powerful place as an adult, or when you performed beyond your expectations in a leadership role. Maybe it was in attaining some cherished goal or winning an award. Perhaps you are becoming more authentic in your relationships, feeling comfortable identifying and expressing your truth. If you are willing, capture your victories in writing and read them often. What are your most Magnificent qualities?

Have you ever gone beyond your comfort zone in pursuit of your passions?

What goals have you accomplished?

In what ways do you deserve praise?

What is it about you that is strikingly grand or impressive -- exceptionally fine? Use this process as an...

Letting Go

Letting Go
Mar 25, 2013 by Luann Robinson Hull
The act of letting go is unequivocally the most effective means to end suffering. It provides the ultimate relief from all of life's challenges -- although often is the most difficult behavior to put into practice. And yet the process of letting go is absolutely natural. We let go of our mother's womb when we are born into this world. When we become mothers ourselves, we are definitely ready to let go of our bulging bellies and aching backs at the end of nine months. Our toddlers leap from our laps and go off to pre-school. We heave a sigh of relief in one breath and catch ourselves choking on tears in another. When our children leave home for the...

The Payoff

The Payoff
Oct 08, 2012 by Luann Robinson Hull
"Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, and the cup he brings forth, though it burns your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears." -- Kahlil Gibran (1951, p. 51) The Prophet Image credit: Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet" on Facebook  How did we get to be such drudges -- such slaves? Cultural stories steadily seep into our psyche like a leaky faucet that never gets fixed. Then, our conditioning ensconces them...

Autumnal Equinox ~ On Balancing Happiness

Apr 29, 2012 by Luann Robinson Hull
originally posted on website October 13, 2011

Dear Friends,

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,...

Spring Clearing ~ Resurrecting Love, Peace and Hope

Apr 29, 2012 by Luann Robinson Hull
originally posted on website April 25, 2011

“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake; a sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world”—Emmet Fox

Dear Friends,

Regardless of your political, religious, or spiritual persuasion, you may agree as you...

On Hummingbirds And Happiness

Apr 29, 2012 by Luann Robinson Hull
originally posted on website June 14, 2010

"The goodness of a thing lies in its awareness and realization of its specific nature." - Aristotle

Dear Friends,

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...

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,...

On Hummingbirds and Happiness

Jun 14, 2010 by Luann Robinson Hull
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...

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...

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
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...

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...

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...

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...

How To Eliminate Suffering For Good

Mar 13, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Perhaps Shakespeare’s beautiful words, which were sent out last week, can provide us with some clues:

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. Oh no! It is an ever fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love is not Time’s fool It alters not with brief hours and weeks But it bears it out even to the edge of doom.”—William Shakespeare

Someone logged into our forum and offered her thoughts, which echo my own: Without a solid foundation of self-love, it is impossible to maintain the “fixed mark” of love that Shakespeare...

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...

Transforming the Habit of Fear into Genius

Nov 07, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“Despite our overt resolve, we are still creatures of habit. Resolve is activated by self-confidence, which in turn depends on the self image we have.”—Stephen Batchelor

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” –John Wolfgang Von Goethe

“And so it goes, and so it goes, and you’re the only one who knows.”—Billy Joel

If you are a living, breathing creature reading the words on this page, you have the ability in this moment to distinguish the difference between what causes you to suffer and what brings you joy and happiness. There isn’t another human on the planet that can do it for you. No guru, teacher, workshop, or class has the answers. It is only you who knows....