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Do Not Take Life’s Experiences Too Seriously

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Do not take life’s experiences too seriously.  Above all, do not let them hurt you, for in reality they are nothing but dream experiences…  If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them a part of yourself.  Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

 

Paramahansa Yogananda is one of my all time favorite teachers in life.  He truly has taught me to live life as if I am acting on a stage.  For this, I hold great gratitude to him.  Each day, life can feel very serious as though this moment and today are all that really matter.  But like most experiences in life, if you look back on a day that seemed to be your all time worst, today in retrospect it may feel far less significant.  Another thought that crosses my mind frequently is how important it is for me to step out of my life and to look at things from an aerial view, from a bigger picture.  Most times, the things that seem so important on the ground hold very little importance when I look at their overall relevance.

So the lesson for me is to take things easy, to take things as they come.  I am committed to learning, to go with the flow and to allow my life to unfold as though I were an actor on the stage.

Maureen Simon

Meditation and Inner Reflection ~Our True Guides in a Fast Paced World?

 

I have had to find ways to stay grounded and open to innovation, peace and the quality of good living that I so value. After two very fast paced years I must now in retrospect acknowledge that my time spent in the quiet mornings in contemplation, meditation and inner reflection have not only been my life savers for creating inner peace but my well spring for creative ideas. This reflective time has been the place where I receive powerful ideas and guidance that leads to inspiration.

 

Contemplation, meditation and inner reflection have actually become essential to me daily as I have been stopping and listening most mornings in quiet- to hear what is most important and what signs thoughts or repeated patterns are occurring.  I now realize how this guidance and information would go right by me if I did not stop to listen and assimilate. I can now see what a huge price we pay in this world when this time is not taken – for each of us personally and for us collectively on the planet. Taking time to relax and listen- I believe—is where we gain and access so much rich knowledge and wisdom. Imagine if everyone stopped and listened each day! I wonder how our world would be different.

 

In the past five years-I have noticed how evolved we have become in the areas of thinking and analyzing – as we live in the fast paced information age. Our minds have adapted to these great skills as a way of receiving information for the guidance we turn to make so many of the decisions in our daily lives. But these are only part of the tools and resources we need to be referencing if we desire to live the amazing, intuitive and guided lives that I believe we are meant to live.

 

So how do we turn from relying often solely on our minds to now incorporate other essential informers?

 

Try a few out in your early morning and throughout the day. Here are some of my daily friendly reliables:

  •  In the morning create a peaceful place to sit- contemplate –gather yourself- a place to -be present.
  • Build time into the morning to sit still- learn a practice to support you. (I find Andrew Harvey’s Book-The Direct Path- a fountain of inspiration and resources for stilling the mind and looking more reflectively at life).
  • Sit
  • Breath
  • Contemplate
  • Make time to include some contact with nature each day.
  • Experience the light, joy and peace throughout the day- some days we actually have to keep an eye out for it!
  • Notice when you are rushing… breath – slow down in that very moment.
  • Value the time you make for you – as a precious gift to and for yourself!
  • Be conscious of how you best create quiet in your life — Go with what works and do more of it!
  • Clarity- notice if things are clearer in your life. Are you seeing things differently? Getting more information?

 

Please do share with me any changes that you may be experiencing in your life. Just two days of being “tuned in“ should yield results!

 

Enjoy!

 

Maureen Simon

Change Is Possible

Change Is Possible

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“What must underlie successful epidemics, in the end, is a bedrock belief that change is possible, that people can radically transform their behavior or beliefs in the face of the right kind of impetus.  This, too, contradicts some of the most ingrained assumptions we hold about ourselves and each other.  We like to think of ourselves as autonomous and inner-directed, that who we are and how we act is something permanently set by our genes and our temperament….To look closely at complex behaviors like smoking or suicide or crime is to appreciate how suggestible we are in the face of what we see and hear, and how acutely sensitive we are to even the smallest details of everyday life.  That’s why social change is so volatile and so often inexplicable, because it is the nature of all of us to be volatile and inexplicable.”

Malcolm Gladwell  “The Tipping Point”
Malcolm is great and right.

Change is totally doable..  Believe it!  Experience it! Go for it!

Maureen

Stretching Our Minds

Stretching Our Minds

“A mind once stretched by a great idea or new understanding will never fully return to its original dimensions.”

William James

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Life is always in motion.  You can never really go back.  Great ideas provide us with the inspiration and innovation that change and add to the quality of our lives.  Stretch your mind today.  Think of a new idea or a new way of doing something.  Notice how this slight change provides a new ripple across your life and affects many other things.
Maureen Simon

 

Divine Destiny? – What’s Yours?

After  many conversations with women — to get a better sense for what most of us need most today to be fulfilled, to contribute, to shine and  to make a difference in this world (which women really love to do)…it has become very clear to us that:

  • We all have a very special reason that we are here in this world
  • When we know this reason and incorporate it into our every day — our life comes alive and we contribute at a much higher level and are much happier doing so.
  • We  also become more excited about our life because it — all of a sudden has   a deeper meaning
  • We can measure our day and life against something greater than us and OUR needs (narcissism is becoming passé).
  • Life becomes VERY interesting.

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In the research for the book the ability for women to make a meaningful contribution to the world she lives in showed up consistently — as a high value for women. When we are giving, caring and overlooking the needs of “the whole”- all- we are most happy.

What is your Divine Destiny?

Happy Autumn!

Maureen Simon

Contemplation, Meditation and Inner Reflection ~ Our True Guides in a Fast Paced World?

 These past two years have been very active for me and in retrospect I have been looking at the  inner lifestyle supports that I have turned to that have helped  me to create and live so many  of my dreams as I have been designing and co-creating The Essential Feminine Company. (www.TheEssentialFeminine.com).

I have had to find ways to stay grounded and open to innovation, peace and the quality of good living that I so value. I have turned to Transcendental Meditation for over twenty years and suggest it as a way to gain deep inner peace. I have also suggested a nice meditation/ refection for any day you need to center yourself.

After two very fast paced years I must now in retrospect acknowledge that my time spent in the quiet mornings in contemplation, meditation and inner reflection have not only been my life savers for creating inner peace but my well spring for creative ideas. This reflective time has been the place where I receive powerful ideas and guidance that leads to inspiration.

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Contemplation, meditation and inner reflection have actually become essential to me daily as I have been stopping and listening most mornings in quiet- to hear what is most important and what signs thoughts or repeated patterns are occurring.  I now realize how this guidance and information would go right by me if I did not stop to listen and assimilate. I can now see what a huge price we pay in this world when this time is not taken – for each of us personally and for us collectively on the planet. Taking time to relax and listen- I believe—is where we gain and access so much rich knowledge and wisdom. Imagine if everyone stopped and listened each day! I wonder how our world would be different.

In the past five years-I have noticed how evolved we have become in the areas of thinking and analyzing – as we live in the fast paced information age. Our minds have adapted to these great skills as a way of receiving information for the guidance we turn to make so many of the decisions in our daily lives. But these are only part of the tools and resources we need to be referencing if we desire to live the amazing, intuitive and guided lives that I believe we are meant to live.

So how do we turn from relying often solely on our minds to now incorporate other essential informers? Try a few out in your early morning and throughout the day. Here are some of my daily friendly reliables:

  • In the morning create a peaceful place to sit – contemplate – gather yourself – a place to – be present.
  • Build time into the morning to sit still – learn a practice to support you. (I find Andrew Harvey’s Book “The Direct Path” a fountain of inspiration and resources for stilling the mind and looking more reflectively at life).
  • Sit
  • Breath
  • Contemplate
  • Make time to include some contact with nature each day.
  • Experience the light, joy and peace throughout the day – some days we actually have to keep an eye out for it!
  • Notice when you are rushing… breath – slow down in that very moment.
  • Value the time you make for you – as a precious gift to and for yourself!
  • Be conscious of how you best create quiet in your life – Go with what works and do more of it!
  • Clarity – notice if things are clearer in your life. Are you seeing things differently? Getting more information?

Please do share with me any changes that you may be experiencing in your life. Just two days of being “tuned in “should yield results!

Enjoy!

Maureen Simon

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There is Harmony In Autumn. Can You Feel It?

“There is a harmony
In autumn, and a luster in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley

Autumn for me is delicious–rustling leaves—extreme colors—crisp air –new apples and sweaters. The season arouses many senses and provides me-year after year- with an opportunity to start anew—to come alive –to re-ignite my life. I am so grateful for this time of year. Autumn for many marks a new beginning. Activities rekindle while the day darkens and shortens. This is a wonderful time of year to regroup as we sit three quarters the way through the year. Ask yourself what has your live experiences been so far this year? Could you consciously make change now that would improve your life? What does this change look like?

The autumn has an inner and outer perspective –we need to honor both. As new things ignite—classes, meetings and the like –we can enjoy this newness of the outer side of autumn. Also remember to look inward –read, contemplate have long restful baths- take time to feed your soul.

Autumn is delicious.  George Elliot agrees in his comment:

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns”.

 

Happy autumn!

Maureen Simon

 

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