Me in the Middle of Well Being and Positive Aging

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti ~

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The course I’m taking right now with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) with the University of Virginia has really given me the support I was looking for to apply the lessons I’ve learned over the years of my life.  Transcendence, Well Being and Positive Aging helps you to maintain a ‘transcendent mindset’.  This is something that becomes easier and clearer as we get older if we’re open to being in the moment and being mindful.  We’ve learned more about ourselves and are more willing to choose the behaviors that lead to our well being instead of being pushed and pulled by others and society’s expectations.  I’m finding it a refreshing validation of how to set my own healthy boundaries during these years of letting go and simplifying my life in order to meet the inevitable changes that come with aging.

“Buddhism asserts each of us are born with Buddhanature (something akin to the western concept of a soul, but more precisely a luminous expanse of awareness), an intrinsic state of wholeness that can be discovered and cultivated through meditation.”  

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Emergent Mind:  Each moment we are constructing our mind, feeding it perceptions, sensations and thoughts which coalesce into beliefs and reality pictures which in turn foster positive or negative feelings.

-Kindnessis a powerful reminder that behind all the negativity and malice, there lies goodnessthat has the powerto change the world.- (1)

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter J

My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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“Success is every minute you live.  It’s the process of living.  It’s stopping for the moments of beauty, of pleasure; the moments of peace.  Success is not a destination you ever reach.  Success is the quality of the Journey.”

~Jennifer James Ph.D.

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I remember when I first read this quote and for the first time thought about my life in terms of being a journey.  It helped me to let go and not worry so much about outcomes and more about observing myself in the present moment.  Where was I on this journey?  What steps could I take that would move me along on this journey?  Thinking of my life as a journey, and not a destination, helped me to look more within instead of seeking the answers from others.

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Website Strength

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Journey #2

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“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take.  The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.”

~ Hindu Proverb ~

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

****  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

Me in the Middle of #atozchallenge ~ Letter J

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My theme for the A to Z Blog Challenge  @AprilA2Z during the month of April is ~ My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

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“Success is every minute you live.  It’s the process of living.  It’s stopping for the moments of beauty, of pleasure; the moments of peace.  Success is not a destination you ever reach.  Success is the quality of the Journey.”

~Jennifer James Ph.D.

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I remember when I first read this and for the first time thought about my life in terms of being a journey.  It helped me to let go and not worry so much about outcomes and more about observing myself in the present moment.  Where was I on this journey?  What steps could I take that would move me along on this journey?  Thinking of my life as a journey, and not a destination, helped me to look more within instead of seeking the answers from others.

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Website Strength

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Journey #2

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“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take.  The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.”

~ Hindu Proverb ~

 

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The 2016 A to Z Challenge #atozchallenge@aprila2z  is 26 Days in April (No Sundays) of blogging using each letter of the alphabet as a prompt for each blog.  My theme for this Challenge is My Life is a Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned  
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Blogger users can also follow me at atozchallenge2016.blogspot.com

* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

What Makes a Marriage Successful? (And Why Divorce Does Not Mean Failure)

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(c) Mary Lou Q

Having gone through a divorce myself, I’ve often wondered why we look on staying married or getting a divorce as a defining success or failure in life.
As I’ve learned more about the person I was married to, it became clear that divorce was a blessing for me.


Some marriages that remain in tact can be abusive and the people inside them become “cell mates” instead of “soul mates”.
Another blogger opened up this discussion with a great post and I’m sharing it with you. ~ Mary Lou ~

(Be sure to click on “Original Post” to read full post!  Thanks!)

Lessons From the End of a Marriage

I’ve always found it funny/sad how we classify marital success purely by its duration. I mean, imagine if we applied this same metric to other areas of our lives –

She was a really great student – she was in school for fifty years!

He was an amazing dog, but he was a failure as a pet because he died before he turned ten.

It was a wonderful dinner. The service was so slow that the meal lasted for hours!

I’m afraid I have to give the book only one star because it ended.

Pretty crazy, huh?

So why do we then so easily apply this faulty logic to marriages? Classifying them as failures if they end and successes if they persist?

I think we all have seen (either from within or from the outside looking in), marriages that go the duration yet are filled with contempt, isolation and misery.

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