Ten beautiful things I heard/read this week (8/10/12)

1. From Michael Singer’s book, The Untethered Soul - Regardless of your philosophical beliefs, the fact remains that you were born and you are going to die. During the time in between, you get to choose whether or not you want to enjoy the experience. Events don’t determine whether or not you’re going to be happy. They’re just events. You determine whether or not you’re going to be happy.

2.  My friend Lara, while visiting her in Detroit on Monday – “We got tickets behind home plate for the Tigers/Yankees game!” (I took this picture of Derek Jeter – I’m a Chicago fan, but come on, it’s Derek Jeter).

3. Skylar, showing me she can buckle her own seatbelt, “Camryn learned me how to do this.”

4. Thich Nhat Hahn’s Facebook page, Do not fight against pain; do not fight against irritation or jealousy. Embrace them with great tenderness, as though you were embracing a little baby. Your anger is yourself, and you should not be violent toward it. The same thing goes for all your emotions.

5. Jane Fonda on OWN’s Master Class – "When you're little, you adopt survival mechanisms - but then, they last too long. They last beyond their useable time and become impediments to growth."

6. Will Ferrell in this week's Rolling StoneWe’re currently banging out the script for the Anchorman sequel – Paul  Rudd and Steve Carell have commitments through, like, January, so we’ll start at some point after then.

7. At the end of a really hot yoga class on Tuesday, “And now lay back for savasana…”
8. From The Daily Love email - Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the options and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering. ~ don Miguel Ruiz, from his best-seller "The Four Agreements"
9. A lovely note from a Zen Parenting Radio listener in Canada – My business was born quite organically about 2 years ago a little after my daughter was born. While I worked, in my ears, there was often you and Todd. Some days your words stayed with me for hours…others they helped me take a conscious breath when I most needed one. And often, they simply shed light on the obvious, on what’s real, what’s important – thank you.

10. Yesterday, driving with the windows down and the music loud, the girls and I singing loudly with Taylor Swift – “Don’t you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine, and life makes love look hard.  The stakes are high, the waters rough, but this love is ours...”


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