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Dalai Llama“At a fundamental level, as human beings, we are all the same; each one of us aspires to happiness and each one of us does not wish to suffer.”  – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Llama of Tibet

There have been moments of profound happiness in my life. Just thinking about them creates a warm glow in my heart. I can feel myself smiling, and if someone were to walk in the room right now, they’d see me and smile, too. Happiness is catching.

But what really strikes me about the Dalai Llama is his ability to continually aspire to a state of happiness in spite of everything he has gone through. He has known great suffering, has lived with the physical experience of human nature at its worst, yet he is unshaken in his belief that we are all meant to be happy.

The Dalai Llama teaches that happiness is achieved by choosing not to suffer. Choosing not to suffer is achieved by training our minds. The Dalai Llama has mastered the ability to choose happiness over suffering, but he would be the first to tell you that it doesn’t happen overnight. We can start with simple, everyday experiences. For example, I can stand impatiently in a long line at the store, or I can stand there thankful for the extra time it gives me to relax. Training ourselves to perpetually seek that silver lining can prepare us to find strength and acceptance in situations that are not so easy. It takes practice.

In my last blog, I wrote about the impact our positive or negative words can have on others, including water and plants. Choosing happiness is ultimately about how we direct such words to ourselves. We can make ourselves wilt or grow with the power of our own thoughts, regardless of the situation. It’s all in how we tell ourselves to think about it. Definitely not easy to do, but Quintessence Creations was founded with the idea that we can help people on their path to healing and happiness. Sometimes that lovely image, or inspirational saying, or peaceful scent, can remind us of those warm, glowing moments in our hearts.

With sincere wishes for your happiness,

Nancy

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Amid Hummers Night Dream Eye Catcher Home Decor

Amid Hummers Night Dream Eye Catcher Home Decor

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies.” At least, that’s how J.M. Barrie told it in a chapter about Peter Pan in his novel The Little White Bird. (Thank you, Wikipedia!)

I was thinking about woodland faeries today, laughing and tossing tiny snowballs at their woodland creature friends as they peek out from their hibernation burrows. I can imagine those wee folk being a bit restless this time of year while flora and fauna are sleeping.

I know how they feel. Much as I love the mystery and beauty of silver-white winters, I also miss my walks in sun-warmed nature, smelling the fresh spring-green earth. I would so enjoy seeing a toadstool faery ring again, and to quietly watch my woodland animal neighbors at play.

But, it is winter’s turn right now, so the best I can do is bring the faeries in to play. How? Simple – invite them with their own images. A lovely tile here, a pretty figurine there – and my home is as sweetly welcoming as wild strawberries. Sure, the mischievous imps will likely hide my car keys or make socks go missing out of the dryer, but I haven’t the heart to let them tease a rabbit or squirrel out of much-needed rest. Besides, when I see them out of the corner of my eye, I feel my own million-piece bubbles of baby-laughter well up inside me. I deserve a little woodland faery play-time, too.

Enjoy!

Nancy

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New Years Recipe

Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.

You’re bound to have a Happy New Year.

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