Law of Success: The Untold Secrets

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Happiness Before Success

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Many of us chase Success in order to become happy and fulfilled. The formula that was taught by schools, parents, the company we work for, or society says ‘If you work hard, you will be successful and then you will be happy.’ Almost two decades of research indicates this isn’t true.

Putting on a happy face is not what we are talking about here. Happiness is “learning how to cultivate the mindset and behaviors that have been proven to fuel greater success and fulfillment. It is a work ethic.” (Shawn Achor in The Happiness Advantage) Imagine! Happiness being a work ethic!

Not only does being happy improve relationships, performance, your health, and enables you to live longer, but it causes success and achievement. You’ve heard of the flight or fight response. Positive Psychology research has found that happiness has an evolutionary contribution that is called “Broaden and Build” (instead of shrink, freeze or flee). When our mindset or mood is positive we are more motivated, more creative, smarter, and more successful.

Negative emotions narrow our options and actions. Positive emotions opens us up to possibilities, allows us to think more creatively, become more motivated, and open to new ideas. “They help us build more intellectual, social, and physical resources we can rely on in the future (Achor).” Not only can we think better, we can also see more!!!!! We can physically see more, process more visual stimulation, and actually expand our peripheral vision when we have a positive mindset, or a burst of positive emotion. This is powerful data! I’ve been saying on this blog that scarcity consciousness contracts and optimism and thriving helps us expand. Now data shows that it actually does exactly that.

A couple of examples. Students who were told to think of the happiest days of their lives just before an exam out performed those people who didn’t think positive thoughts. A study using experienced doctors looking at descriptions of symptoms were able to get to an accurate diagnosis twice as fast as the control group. The thing that made them happy? They were given a piece of candy for no reason (but did not eat it) just before starting their analysis.

Guess what else it does? Positive emotions help undo stress and anxiety! This allows us to improve our focus, and function at a higher ability. If you are needing to perform for example on a presentation thinking of successful times that you have already presented, or imagining your presentation going well, or watching a video that uplifts you or gives you a smile, will allow you to make a better presentation.

When we give ourselves quick positive boosts, we can function better in the moment. When we do this over time, we raise our baseline of happiness. What we want to do is develop a list of activities, thoughts that can give us a quick boost, or remember times that makes us smile. A short humorous video clip, listening to a favorite song, petting your dog, having a quick conversation with a friend, cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, are things you might do to lift your spirits and give yourself an enormous boost in performance.

Shawn Achor gives a list of suggested things to do which give us a quick boost of positive emotions which can help us change and lift our mindset. Over time, if we do this, we raise our happiness set point.

  1. Meditate
  2. Find Something to Look forward to. (Put something on your calendar that you can have the pleasure of anticipating.
  3. Commit Conscious Acts of Kindness (giving to friends and or strangers decreases stress and raises your mood)
  4. Put things in your surroundings that bring you pleasure – like pictures of family near your computer at work.
  5. Spending time outside improves your mood, improves working memory, and broadens your thinking.
  6. Perhaps watching less TV, especially violent media. Psychologists have found that people who watch less TV are more accurate judges of risks and rewards, because they are less likely to see sensationalized or one-sided sources of information.
  7. Exercise. One study show that 3 groups of depressed people were studied. One was given antidepressants, and the second group was asked to exercise 45 minutes 3 times a week, and the third was a combination of both. All 3 groups showed similar improvements after 4 months. After 6 months, of the medication alone group, 38% had relapsed back into depression. The exercise only group only had a relapse factor of 9%. Exercise any way you want, because it gives you a long lasting effect.
  8. Go to activities like concerts, group dinners out or spend money on someone else.
  9. Exercise a Signature Strength. We are all good at a number of things. Whenever we do the things that we are good at, we experience a boost of positivity. You can take a survey at www.viasurvey.org to find out what your top five strengths are. The 24 character strengths that are assessed are the ones most contributing to human flourishing.
  10. While Achor did not list this, two posts ago, I listed writing into your book of positive aspects as something to do at the beginning of each day. Today, I am amending that to make a list of recent things that have made your smile or feel really good. And keep adding to it, because when you are not happy, you will not remember these things.

My friend Nisha told me today that our brains are wired to loop again and again with a playlist of how to stay safe (from our survival training of watch out for bears, lions, and tigers, or falling off cliffs). Smiles, and positive thoughts don’t make that playlist. That is why we have to consciously choose to reach for better feeling thoughts and experiences. I am hunching that this is what Dr. Achor meant when he suggest happiness is a work ethic.

So I was feeling down when I started reading The Happiness Advantage, and was so refreshed to read about the research that shows how remarkably reaching for a better feeling thought, a better feeling experience helps us to be successful in our lives, in our relationships, in our work, in our performance, in our earning ability. Being conscious about where we are emotionally pays great dividends.

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LIFE IS GOOD

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

 

If there has been a focus in this blog during the last ten years, it has been “How can I live my life sublimely, in my greatest self, aligned and tuned in?  That is what I have concluded from my life experience. To be happy, to be full of well-being, to act in the world in an inspired way, to be successful, whole, healthy and wise; then there was a state of being that I aspired to.  I have spent an entire life trying to find the way to move out of my painful patterns of reaction, into a mode where I choose who I am, rather than be the Reaction to my Outward Environment.

Last night I remembered a beautiful moment in my life when that fullness of being, that connection with Life happened and it was magical.  I was 26 or so, attending a Sid Simon workshop on Values Clarification (which was really a personal growth workshop – but for me, it was spiritual). We continually affirmed each other.  We were constantly in pairs, looking into each other’s eyes for 2 minutes, answering the question that Sid asked us to speak about, and then with loving humor, we would feed back to that person something we absolutely adored about them (just from that 2 minute interaction).  It was profound for the young woman I was who was so starved for positive feedback.

On the last night (a Thursday) we had a talent show which lasted until 3:00 am. At 4:00 am we all loaded into cars and drove out to Miami Beach to watch the sun rise.

I think the sun rose for the  majestic first in my life metaphorically.  As I sat on my meditation bench, full from the experience with 40 – 50 people appreciating each other, I watched the sky lighten.  I was so full.  My heart soared. My spirit was peaceful.  As the sun began to sliver above the horizon, my soul began to sing. I moved into the most profound connection that I have ever experienced.  My cells sang with exuberant joy.  I was completely a part of all that is. I was the sky, I was the moon, I was the water, I was the sand. I was the wave, I was the ginormous awareness bigger than a personal self could ever be.  I wept with joy. I was called to celebrate this incredible beautiful experience we call life by dancing with arms raised into the water.

That time felt endless. There was no time. There was no space, there was only joyous communion.

There is so much more to this story.  Miraculous things happened which I will save for another time.

Today, I am sitting in a study, writing, looking out onto the beautiful world, just having returned from an incredible event in Nanaimo Canada called The Science and Spirituality Conference.  From Wednesday June 13 till Wednesday June 20, I travelled and soaked up the human wisdom that some people I greatly admire have generated from their life’s work; Gregg Braden, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Lynne McTaggart, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and Lee Carroll.  I feel today as I felt that gorgeous Friday morning in Miami. Truly blissful, connected to Oneness.

Together 1500 people along with the staff and the presenters, created a field of connection and possibility that has allowed me to feel like dancing with joy, as I did in the Atlantic waters. Now some 40 years+ I am bathing in the waters of my soul while living next to and visiting the waters of the Pacific.

I have aspired to a State of Being where my personal self is aligned with my Source Self.  I am feeling as though I have asked and asked and asked, and finally the universe has given me far more than I ever could have anticipated.

The three months leading up to the conference helped me anchor my intention.  It also allowed some deep processes that cleared the obstructions that kept me mired in reaction.  Unpleasant they were, but I embrace them so excitedly because they freed me to go to the conference free of expectation, free of trying to get what I needed, free from trying to take what I wanted out of desperation, and move to a state of appreciation of myself for going, appreciation for the staff for creating this miraculous event, and the appreciation of and wonder of that many people coming together of like mind.

I feel as though I have circled again into that state of bliss and oneness that led to miracles.  But the state of Being In Oneness is so compelling, that I am so happy to just be here in this moment, in this time, still connected to that incredible field of Quantum Possibility, the Divine, the Matrix, Source, none of which really names even closely what the experience is.

How powerful.  We are living in such wonderful times.  They can be uncomfortable, but such a huge state of shift is happening.  And we are a part of it. LIFE IS GOOD!

What an amazing journey life is!  I feel like I have spent all my life coming to this point in the here in now, where I finally can be the me that I came here to be.  I stand on the cusp of a fascinating birthday – one which I have faced in the past with quite a bit of trepidation.

Now, I am so excited to see what the next 30 or 40 years brings.  Thank you for joining this journey with me.

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Gifts of Adversity

Tuesday, July 08th, 2014

To receive the gifts of adversity, we need to turn our way of looking at the difficult situation completely upside down. Having a disease, or a severe health problem, or being limited in money, or stuck in a job you don’t like may in fact be a huge gift in disguise.

My daughter taught me this recently. She had been agonizing about the health of her horse who would get better and then another issue would emerge. After a couple of years of helping this horse and not being able to ride him, she finally had to draw a line in the sand and begin to contemplate putting the horse down. She couldn’t imagine anyone else being willing to own that horse because it was un-rideable. This severely limited her options.

Finally turning to her own inner guidance, she imagined what the horse might want for its life. Then she went to visit the horse and meditated while she was in the horse’s presence. Here’s what she learned.

1. When you look through the eyes of Source, things look very different. The horse had come into her life to help her heal a number of traumas around animals. The horse did not want to be ridden because it had such trauma around being ridden that it would rather not live than constantly be facing pain and terror.

2. We live in the context of the web of all life. We are never separate from the interconnection, no matter how alone we feel. After meditating with the horse, she realized how profoundly the horse had helped her heal and so she started researching online and found resources where horses were used for healing people in a number of settings. She had never heard about horses being utilized that way. When she connected with one of those people in that profession, they became quite interested in acquiring her horse.

3. Amazing and magical things happen when you let go your old perceptions and turn your beliefs upside down. All kind of new possibilities can flow in after you let go scarcity and contracted old ways of thinking. She literally saw 7 other horses who were in worse shape be adopted by concerned animal lovers. Hers did not get adopted until she was able to come into a whole new understanding of her relationship with her horse (and she is a conscious, ethical, concerned animal owner).

4. You turn your perspective around by asking these questions. How would Source see this situation? What if you embraced this difficulty and asked what gifts you have received in this life as a result of having this problem?

5. When you look for the gifts, you find them. Three days ago I was very frustrated by the medical options facing me regarding my health. My daughter challenged me to do what she had done. Look through the health issue through the eyes of Source and look for the gifts. I took the her challenge and began looking for the gifts. My daughter and I left MN when my finances were really smarting, and my health had deteriorated.

As a result we have moved to an area of the country that I had wanted to explore. I retired early from my occupation, and began writing about things I really cared about. Because of my health issues and finances, I settled in this state and had to look at alternative ways to support myself. While I was still ill, I took a caretaking position on a farm and met one of my closest friends here. She introduced me to other friends, and through her I found my way into a choir that I love, into a city that I love, into a community that I love, and she has taken me through a huge set of adventures enjoying the wide outdoors through her naturalist eyes.

She took me to the island that I now want to move to, and gave me the mug that says “Dwell in the Realm of Possibility.”

So in the weirdest and oddest twists of events, my money scarcity and health problem evoked a whole new life with new friends which I adore. I am happier now than I have ever been.

6. When we receive the gifts with gratitude that adversity brings, perhaps we are close to learning the lessons that the adversity provides and we may be able to graduate and move onto the next stage of growth. With looking at my health issue as an opportunity for transformation from my higher Self, I no longer feel so angry and antagonistic about my colitis. With the release of those feelings of victimization, then new possibilities are beginning to emerge. As a result of the research I did before seeing my doctor, I was knowledgeable enough to say no, I don’t want cortizones, no I don’t want immunosuppressants, what else can we consider? I was able to ask about 2 other drugs. She was able to give me some strong alternatives. (The drug I had been using was creating major side effects).

She had already worked with me as I had changed my diet (letting go wheat and dairy). Now as a result of my research, I have other alternative ways to reduce inflammation and look forward to a time when I may become drug free.

7. What if when I have symptoms in the future I cradle my abdomen and say “Thank you body, for being the instrument through which I have received the life of my dreams?” This puts me into a completely different relationship with my body, my finances, and my disease. Instead of circumstances which I feel at the mercy of, or need to push against; I cradle with gratitude and acceptance and grace, my infirmity. Now that is a mind bender. And maybe I won’t need the condition any longer for my growth, and I can move forward. Life is full of infinite possibilities. It could happen.

May you discover the wonder of the gifts you have received through these difficult times.

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To Flow or Not to Flow; That Is the Question

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

There is a parable that has served me whenever I am transitioning into something big. It goes like this.

    Along the bottom of a great crystal river lived a village of creatures who clung to the rocks and twigs to hold against the current. The water flowed with great ferocity. Tightly the creatures gripped their river bottom to hold against the flow.

Eventually one creature said, this current seems to know where it is going. I am tempted to let follow this movement. The other villagers cried, “no, no, you will be dashed and bashed against the rocks.  The only way to survive is hang on here forever.” And so the creature stayed for a while longer, struggling to control his grip against the powerful flow.

One day, in a depressed, fatigued moment, he said “if this is all there is then I choose to let go and at least die in the adventure. All I know is clinging, and gripping and resisting the momentum of this terrible current and it is not enough.” In one breath, he pried his fingers from his small rock. Immediately he was taken, rolled, and tumbled into many obstacles becoming bruised. And for many long moments, he thought ‘what have I done?’

Sweeping around the curve in the river, he became aware that he was aloft in the clear waters. Below him were other villages of creatures who noticed him, and cried “look there is one like us who flies!”

And he pondered his long life of clinging, and his life now of flying, and he was glad.

This parable from Richard Bach’s book Illusions inspired me as I moved, left a long relationship, changed jobs and cities when I was young and lived in Florida. Shall I cling to the old, or let go into the flow of the unknown and see what it reveals? That choice to let go of a life where I was not truly happy, allowed me to move into a life that held more fulfillment.

I left my profession as a private investigator and repossessor, collection agency manager, and went back to college, finished my undergrad work, worked in the Career Office of Eckerd College, and fell in love with Academia, small private schools and the community that worked together to support the education of young people. That move allowed me to also study Humanistic Psychology (which was a forerunner of transpersonal psychology), to practice Tai Chi at dawn along the bay seawall, immersed in salt air, and pelican cries as we watched the sun rise. My roommate was studying Psychosynthesis in her Master’s program, and I began my long term love affair with Roberto Assagioli and Carl Jung.

Deeply part of that three years was Rolphing and attending Laws of Life classes, Shusta, the Kaballah, Dream Analysis, Huna, Astrology, and exposure to other ancient wisdoms and esoteric philosophies such as Theosophy, taught or offered in the bookstore of The Temple of the Living God, my spiritual home.

It was the most fertile period of my life, for it held the seeds of all that I pursued for the rest of my life.

Had I held tight to what I knew at the bottom of the river as it pressed forward, I would lack so much depth and breadth.

Richard Bach’s metaphor continued(s) to help me remember the possibility of flow. With each shift of life, there would come a time, when I would become clutching and rigid again, holding to what I knew, rather than experience that majesty of drifting in the flow. And by now, I knew that to let go meant some mighty bumps and bruises before I was swept into the flow of the current.

“Am I flowing, or clutching the river bottom?” became a question I would ask as my life would continue in a cycle. Many times, I found I was clutching the river bottom.

Richard Bach became one of my internal mentors as I read Bridge Across Forever, and One. I had begun writing in my late teens. His storytelling imparts great wisdom in a compelling way. I wanted to model myself after he and his wife. I was fascinated with his way of living, perhaps in a trailer with books overflowing both sides of his bed, living with the love of his life, trying to save a forest of trees. Then later he moved from Oregon to the San Juan Islands. As I read his story, I felt those islands call to me.

It is only now in hindsight that I see the deep desire that was covered by the strong belief I could never do it. The belief was so strong that I never held living in the San Juans as a goal. Besides, I was married, had small children and lived in Minnesota when I first heard the siren call of the islands.

When I hit the stall last year, I was confused and concerned. I couldn’t lift out of it. My continued use of Psychosynthesis techniques and philosophy over my lifetime suggested that I trust the process. That I trust my process. When one is down, it is much harder to hold to higher levels of understanding, because we have shrunk in awareness, and our capacity to problem solve shrinks.

All I could do is continue to ask the question “what is going on?” When I received no answers, I had to surrender to the process. Yes, I had gotten sick, yes, my dearest brother had almost died and it terrified me, yes, I got into a brouhaha with my closest friend, and we weren’t speaking. Yes, I got into another challenging situation with the community in which I lived. Even collectively, there wasn’t a good enough reason to have taken my urge to write. I have been through many adversities. This time, I dithered. I lost some hope and eventually began to be resigned to where I was emotionally.

However I was asking for help from the universal managers, and any non-human helper that would listen.

Then my roommate brought home this exercise that she had done that had shifted her perspective immensely about someone who had done her great harm with intention. When I saw her attitude had changed in one hour from using a process called NeuroMastery, I wanted to take that class. You can read more about that story by reading Transformation is at hand.

I felt inspired at a time when little had been interesting. I followed that inspiration to act. I signed up for the class. Amazing things happened.

My daughter signed up as well. Between the exercises that I was doing every day, I realized that I had shut off a part of me. One of my dearestly held qualities is that of aliveness. Would you believe that there are a lot of places where aliveness is not treasured. Bringing the fullness of me to many situations where I live was breaking some norms. Others saw it as too emotional, too loud, to consuming, too much.

I had slowly been conforming to what others would prefer from me at cost to myself, and it had all happened under the surface without my awareness. When I realized what I had done (others did not do it to me, I had done it to myself), I had a huge aha. Immediately followed the strong decision that I was not going to give up my aliveness for anything or anyone.

As I shared this with my daughter, she said “Mom. When I saw you three months ago, I was appalled. I didn’t recognize you. You had resigned yourself to getting older and living as you were currently. I didn’t see any dreams or enthusiam for which you are know.” Resignation! As she said it, the truth of that statement resonated inside. The truth was I couldn’t even find any dreams to have. Two major ahas, back to back. They energized me. The decision to embrace my aliveness filled me with resolution.

I had been thinking I would live in this community for the rest of my life, because I love it here. But what to do with the variance between the norms of being business-like, without passion at meetings, and the exuberance I share at the top of my lungs? For the first time, I considered the possibility of living somewhere else.

Now here is how I experience my decisions about identity and where I live. It was like having little latches inside, where as I committed to living in this community, a part of me “latched” into the reality of living here, in this community and in this town. Not too dissimilar from grasping the bottom rocks of the river. Which begs the question, of “how do I live in commitment, but not in rigidity, or resignation?” But that is for another entry.

Simultaneously, the community choir that has brought me such joy changed directors. It was great at first, then later, as the concert approached we got more and more tense about our ability to perform, because we were singing incredibly difficult pieces. I don’t normally go around getting mad at stuff, but I got mad at my director and my section. I noticed that my mad was disproportionate to what stimulated them. I was reacting like crazy. To the point where another latch that I had made to this community because of the choir was unlocked. I grumbled “Choir is about singing, having joy, and this is no longer fun, just hard work.” I was mad enough, and committed enough to having joy in my life, that I wouldn’t waste time in an activity that did not give back to me in fulfillment and joy.

When I moved in with my roommate two years ago, I was in bliss because I lived with someone of like mindedness and we care about each other. When she lost her job last October pushing her into retirement far earlier that she considered, suddenly there were two adults home all day long. I noticed that I was getting cranky about not having enough space in my room. Circumstances had suddenly invited me to consider living alone. The third latch was loosened.

These synchronicities were not brought about me consciously. But there was a deeper process at work behind the scenes.

And it was at this point that I made a pivotal choice. Instead of cancelling my trip to the San Juan Islands, I would go. I was pretty grumpy, energized, and not sure where all the movement was going. There was a lot of bruising. And then when I arrived and stepped off the ferry, I felt my world sync and morph as I began to “Dwell in Possibilities“.

Every time I go to the islands, I remember my journeys through Richard Bach’s world. I don’t know where he lives now, but I think it is still in the San Juan Islands. These islands call to me. I go out to the park, and look over the waters to the mountains rising on Lummi, Orcas, Guemes and other islands.
Every time I head downtown, I crest a large hill and there before me is the Bay and the waters shimmering in the sunlight, or even fog, and my heart leaps.

As I gaze across the expanse of water, my energy flows, lifts, and expands. What would it be like to live closer?

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Dwell in Possibility

Monday, June 09th, 2014

The San Juan Islands have called to me for more than 25 years. So much so, that here in the last third of my life, I have migrated to the Pacific Northwest. My favorite spots on the mainland are always where I can see the water and the islands.

Two months ago, my naturalist friend invited me to go with her and her daughter to visit an island I had not seen. I said yes. As the time to visit approached, I began to second think myself. I was very busy preparing for a choral concert. Many of my clients had requested my time. I was tired. I had too much to do. I wasn’t feeling well. I almost cancelled. Why would I tell you this? Because the decision to go was important. I almost overrode myself, and easily could have, because I have a huge internal responsibility carrier.

In the end, I was miffed at some things, and I just said to myself. “I have never had this opportunity to go. I want to go. I am going.” That decision changed my life.

Travel in the San Juans requires using ferries. When I walked onto the ferry, it was raining in Anacortes. When I walked off on Orcas, it was sunny and blue skies. For the hour or so on the ferry, you watch the seagulls, the seascape reflecting a huge sky, and are charmed by sailboats, and kayaks, and possibly a whale. It is one of my most loved activities, standing forward in the salt air, watching this pristine world go by. It just soothes my soul.

Orcas the island has mountains and forests, and lots of coast, as three fjord-like bays push themselves up from the bottom of the island. The Pacific Northwest has some of the cleanest water and air that can be found in the US. Waters come barreling down from the glaciers and snow covered Cascade Mountains, through the salmon filled rivers into the Salish Sea. The peoples of this area want to protect their beautiful habitats.

Yes, I love this area. I love the people here who love their wildlife and spawning grounds. In the islands, people grow huge organic gardens surrounded by 8 feet fences so not to provide a continuing brunch to the native deer. When I ride by the farms or the forests or beaches clogged with driftwood, my heart just brims with fulfillment.

And so it was that I woke the next morning, went for a walk with my jasmine tea, and looked west over the marina and tiny island outside of Deer Harbor. My friend worked on a watercolor painting before we headed to our afternoon adventure of driving to the top of Mount Constitution, the highest lookout in the San Juan Islands. As we stepped into the car, she handed me a brand new mug asking “Can you use this?” Scribed on a pink bank of color were the words from Emily Dickinson “Dwell in Possibility.”

A shiver went through me. “Absolutely I can use this,” I answered. And I did. For the next two days, I contemplated the notion of dwelling in possibilities. “What would it be like to live in an environment like this? How did I feel when I contemplated such a possibility? What would it be like to have my children visit me in such a setting? What kind of views would I enjoy with my morning tea? What would it be like to live where cell phone coverage is spotty? Which did I prefer, a water view, or a valley view?”

As I drifted through the bliss of the next two days, we went to Lopez Island where the best Ice Cream in the world is made, and you can sit in the ferry line and buy a pint from the truck ahead of you at island prices.

In my imagination, I tried on many places to live; farms, resorts at the coastal edge, forest cabins, single storied charmers in the village of Eastsound, and a fifty feet sailing yacht at Rosario Resort. It was like going clothes shopping, but much more satisfying. I didn’t engage the part of my mind that says, ‘you don’t have the money for a fifty foot sailboat, or traveling regularly by float plane.’

The days were full of my just enjoying where I was, and saying many ‘what ifs?’ It helped that I wasn’t the driver, I just sat back and enjoyed wherever our car meandered. Around every turn was another unexpected treat.

I sent my inner censor on vacation, while I smelled the colors of sea and sky, and sipped forest paths, drank sunsets and savored the taste of ‘dwelling in possibilities.’ The power of such a feast for the senses, was that I was surrounded by the ‘what is’ of island sights and smells. I haven’t felt that much joy and serenity in a long while. Curiously, I never asked the question as I considered possibilities ‘what would it be like to live here?’ That was just further than my imagination could stretch.

So I pondered and poked and stayed with the pure bliss of the experience of standing on various islands, enjoying flights of fancy inspired by a young woman whose writings did not become famous until after her death. Another of her quotes has always been a favorite.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words—and never stops at all.”
—Emily Dickinson

Perhaps affected by the transcendalists of her time, she lets the spirit of nature soar through her words.

As I reflect on my experience those three days in the islands, I remember how affected I was by the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Trine, Henry David Thoreau; transcendentalists, who believed that there is more than what we know that transcends our senses. We come to this knowing through our imagination and intuition and therefore can trust ourselves to be our own authority about what is right for us. Perhaps that is what Thoreau meant about our following a different drummer.

Dwelling in possibilites for three days, set the stage for a whole new adventure.

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How To Earn Money Online In Pakistan?  StreetBuzz

These are some of the ways to earn money online in Pakistan that could also help prospective employees to make the best use of their skills.



'I made over £3,000 in a year from mystery-shopping and survey apps'  MoneySavingExpert

A mobile-toting MoneySaver made over £3,000 last year using various survey and mystery-shopping apps on his phone – and he's given his tips to help you ...



4 great tips to make money online with the help of social media  Social Barrel

It takes an idea, a plan, and dedication, and you too can have a subscription box *service*. 4 great tips to make money online with the help of social media.



5 Key Tips for Making Money Online  SavingAdvice.com

Making money online is more than just having an internet connection. Here are some important steps to take to ensure success.



21 Ways To Earn $100 Every Day Online  Forbes

Here are 21 ways you can start earning $100 a day taking advantage of online business.



101 Ways To Make More Money  Forbes

As the gig economy grows, so do opportunities for motivated people to make extra money. Here are 101 simple, actionable ways to explore. Whatever your ...



8 Ways to Make Money Online Without Quitting your Day Job  Entrepreneur

Want to make money online? Want to rake in millions almost effortlessly? Sure, most silver-tongued marketers might lead you to believe that the good life is just ...



How to Make Extra Money Online  Lifehacker

When I was a kid, I stumbled across this site called “AllAdvantage” that promised to give you cash for running an obnoxious banner ad at the top or bottom of ...



7 ways to make money fast, quick, and in a hurry  Ladders

Here are 7 legitimate ways to earn money, launch a business online, and even build some mostly passive income in no time!



Britain's popular digital bank Monzo doubles valuation to $2.5 billion  CNBC

U.K. online bank Monzo raised $144 million in a *fresh* round of funding led by the U.S. start-up accelerator Y Combinator.



Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra, explained  The Verge

Is it even a cryptocurrency? Is it using the blockchain? Do those things even matter? What will the IRS do? And what does Starbucks have to do with any of this?



You Need To Teach Your Kids About Money If You Want Them To Avoid Costly Mistakes  Forbes

Growing up, I was failed by the public school system that didn't teach me anything about money or investing. I was lucky to learn it on my own and then go on to ...



2 Ways to Make Money Online This Month  Entrepreneur

You don't have to be a superstar entrepreneur to get a corporate writing gig.



Woman Died While Performing 'Dangerous' Sex Acts Online For Money  International Business Times

A coroner ruled Wednesday that Hope Barden, 21, suffocated to death when she strangled herself during the act for a man online.



76 legit ways to make money on the side this year  Ladders

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to make money on the side this year, they're all legit. Here are 76 ways you can do it.



Earning $50K While Biking Across the US and Europe  Outside

How to quit your job and start bikepacking around the world.



How to Earn Money Online  WTOP

How to Earn Money Online on WTOP | The jobs available for people looking to make money online run the gamut. On the internet, you can seek everything from ...



How Everyone Can Find A Way To Make Money Online  FinSMEs

A lot of people earn a living working online. There are plenty of ways to achieve financial independence with just a laptop and an internet connection. The most ...



Side Hustles and Ways to Make Money at Home  The Cut

More than half of millennials are figuring out how to make money at home by embracing a side hustle. Here are 25 of them to try out.



10 Websites to Earn Money Online  WTOP

10 Websites to Earn Money Online on WTOP | Whether you want to launch a side gig to generate regular part-time income or you're looking for some quick extra ...



How to Make Money Online: 25 Examples and Ideas  TheStreet.com

Even if you are stuck at home (or unable to travel for work), there are countless ways to make money online. TheStreet explores ways to make some cash on the ...



How To Make Money Online In 2019  Times Square Chronicles

Everyone dreams of making money on the internet nowadays and well, that's because people now know that the internet has a lot to offer them and just with the ...



7 Summer Energy-Saving Strategies  U.S. News & World Report

Everyone wants to cool down during the hot, 90-degree days of summer, but air conditioning can be costly and consume a lot of energy. Fortunately, there are ...



4 Proven Ways to Make Money Online  AllBusiness.com

If you want to make money online, here are four great ways to start your own online business.



My Top 5 Ways Of Making Money Online  Thrive Global

One of the great things to do is having the skill of making money online. Making money online in this context has no correlation with any form of illegal activity ...



What Are The Best Ways To Make Money From Home  Demotix.com

We are going to tell you the best ways to make money from home. In this article, we will post the best jobs that you can work from home that are also fully.



15 Best Side Hustles - How to Make Money on the Side  WomansDay.com

If you're looking to earn a little extra spending money, there's something for every schedule and skill set these days. Whether you've got a full-time job or just ...



Simple Ways To Make Money Online  MinuteHack

We could all do with a helping hand when it comes to our finances from time to time. However, if you are working for an employer and earn a set salary, how can ...



GOP to launch new fundraising site as Dems crush the online money game  POLITICO

Republicans are set to launch a long-awaited, much-delayed online fundraising platform on Monday, a move aimed at closing Democrats' massive small-donor ...



Tatiana Kukanova - Easy Ways For Everyone to Make Money Online  South Florida Reporter

Would you like to know how to make some money online? For many people, they believe that this is something which they are not capable of, or that they lack ...



13 Passive Income Streams To Create In 2019  Forbes

Whether you want passive income to supplement your workplace earnings, or to add more revenue to your business you certainly have a lot of options. Try some ...



How to Make Money Online for beginners  TWCN Tech News

Here are some practical ways to make money online for free, instantly, fast & without paying anything or investment. This post for beginners lists all the ways to ...



How to make money fast in Red Dead Online  GamesRadar

Seek your fortune in the multiplayer Old West by finding out how to make money fast in Red Dead Online.



Do I Need Good Branding to Make Money Online?  Forbes

The branding style of any company is one unique marketing method that helps boost online sales. As the online market for various industries keeps on changing ...



This Ethereum Lottery Perfectly Explains How Facebook's Big Corporate Backers Will Profit from Crypto  CoinDesk

To understand how early investors in Facebook's new Libra blockchain will make money over time, it helps to dig into a new lottery going live on ethereum ...



Use our top money-making tips to give your parent bank balance a much-needed boost  The Sun

HAVING little ones can make a big dent in your bank balance. The cost of raising one child to the age of 21 is estimated to be £230,000 — so no wonder ...



Parents of YouTube child stars say safety protections would hurt kids’ earning power  MarketWatch

As YouTube weighs a massive restructure to protect children, creators worry about revenue.



10 Ways to Make Money Online You May Not Have Thought Of  Entrepreneur

The internet was made for profit, not just just memes and political discourse.



How much it would cost to get the internet without ads  Vox.com

A new bill would tell you how much the data you give away to companies like Google and Facebook is worth.



‘Secret’ Facebook groups offering tigers, cheetahs and deadly cobras for sale to the UK  The Sun

EXOTIC and endangered animals such as cheetahs, tigers, blank panthers and cobras are being sold to UK punters on secretive Facebook groups.



Cut-rate prices online means shoppers win, but local businesses lose  AZCentral.com

Wedding dresses with trains and lace sell online for under $300. Local bridal shop prices will stretch into four figures, surprising some shoppers.



I Survived An Eating Disorder and So Can You: With Limor Weinstein & Kelan Kline of the Savvy Couple  Thrive Global

Everyone has struggles in their life. I think making more awareness and having help readily available is the first answer. The second answer for individuals ...



What the Tech? Make money online  WRCB-TV

Just Google "how to make extra money" and see what you get. Millions of results. Most are scams, but you really can make money watching TV and playing ...



Can't wait for that delivery? Amazon, Rite Aid team up to make it easier to get packages  USA TODAY

Amazon shoppers can pick up their packages at more than one hundred Rite Aid stores, starting Thursday. The *service* will expand to more than 1500.



12 Ways You Can Absolutely Make Money Online  Forbes Now

For many people, making money online would be an absolute dream come true. If they could find a way to make money with a website or some other online ...



How to Make Money on YouTube, Because That's The Dream  WomansDay.com

If you've been wondering how to make money on YouTube, it's not as complicated as it seems. Here's everything you need to know from how to make a career ...



300M-user meme site Imgur raises $20M from Coil to pay creators  TechCrunch

Meme creators have never gotten their fair share. Remixed and reshared across the web, their jokes prop up social networks like Instagram and Twitter that pay ...



There's A New And Very Easy Way To Make Money On Red Dead Online  Esquire.com

There's been a lot of virtual blood spilt and a fair few frustrated Reddit posts angrily hammered out about the ongoing wrangling over Red Dead Online's updates ...



How to Make Money Working from Home in 2019  TheStreet.com

Working at home is an increasingly lucrative - and easy-to-do - career option. Here's how to take full advantage....FDX.



3 Online Business Owners Share the Worst Ways to Make Money Online  Student Loan Hero

Making money online is possible, but many money-making opportunities are a waste of time. In this article, three online business owners share their worst ...



9 Ways These People Make Money at Home With Nothing But Their Laptops  Entrepreneur

Here's how these individuals, including some who make more than six figures, earn their livings.



6 Ways to Identify Profitable Products and Make Money With Your Online Store  Entrepreneur

Here are some powerful tactics to build and grow a successful online shopping business.



How to make money from home – earn up to £1,000 without leaving your sofa  The Sun

Savvy bloggers have revealed their best tips on how you can earn some serious money without even leaving your home.



Can Democrats Win Back the Internet In the Age of Trump?  Vanity Fair

As the curtain rises on the 2020 election, Democrats are still clinging to the quaint notion that political discourse on the internet will fix itself, that facts and reason ...



How to Make Money in Red Dead Online - Red Dead Redemption 2 Wiki Guide  IGN

There are two types of currency in Red Dead Online: Cash and Gold. Even after the latest update, weapons, clothing, and horses are extremely pricey.



Red Dead Online money making - how to make money in Red Dead's multiplayer  Eurogamer.net

Red Dead Online money works a little differently to in standard single-player, or even its GTA Online counterpart. Instead of one type of cash, there are now two, ...



LIVE STREAM: Watch the Democratic Debate Online [JUNE 26]  Heavy.com

You can watch a live stream video of the first Democratic debate online here. The first set of candidates takes the stage on Wednesday.



Vimeo is thriving as the anti-YouTube. Here's the CEO's plan for the future  CNN

Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud really wants people to know that the online video company is no longer a competitor to YouTube.



Lunch at Barneys', breakfast at Tiffany's: Retailers are becoming restaurateurs to boost sales  CNBC

Later this year, a new restaurant will open inside the Barneys New York department store at Copley Place in Boston.



How to Make Money Traveling in 2019  TheStreet.com

Have you ever dreamed of making money as you travel the world? TheStreet shares 50 ways on how you can make money while traveling....EBAY.



Red Dead Online guide: How to make easy money fast  Polygon

Here's a guide to making tons of money fast in the first couple hours of playing Red Dead Redemption 2's online component.



12 easy ways to make money in 2019 – Which? News  Which?

Whether you're already dreaming of a summer holiday or want to tackle your Christmas over-spending, now is a great time to start making some extra money.



How to make money online? 5 amazing ideas for you  Times Now

It is extremely difficult to juggle studies and part-time jobs which is why students look for the easiest and convenient ways to earn money.If you are looking for ...



Kroger Ups The Ante With 30-Minute Delivery Needed By No One Is Sure Who  Forbes

Now Kroger is working on a pilot to get select items to the doorsteps of online customers within that time frame.



5 Ways To Make Money Online In India  Goodreturns

Internet access and a digital device can open a world of opportunities for you. There are easy ways to make extra money online that do not require you to have a ...



GTA Online: How To Make Money Fast  GamesRadar

Cash really does make the world go round, especially in games, so finding ways to make money fast in GTA Online is really important. Of course, you could just ...



How to earn money online in Nigeria in 2019  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News ☆ Read to find out how to ☝ MAKE MONEY ONLINE ☝ in Nigeria! What are the best ways to earn money on the Internet without prior investments ...



How to make money online without paying anything?  Nigeria News NAIJ.com

Legit.ng News ☆ Are you looking for advice on ⭐ HOW TO MAKE MONEY ⭐ online? Want to make some extra cash? Find out genuine ways to make money ...



Red Dead Online: Fastest Money / Gold Making Method to Date  RockstarINTEL

You've probably seen clickbait like this all over YouTube, Twitter, etc. and we don't usually do money making guides but considering the prices of some of the ...



Schools to teach pupils about perils of fake news and catfishing  The Guardian

Guidance on teaching online safety in schools to make children more resilient to catfishing, fake news and other online harms has been announced by the ...





Candy Crush Developer Says 9.2 Million Users Play At Least 3 Hours a Day, But It's Totally Not Addictive  Gizmodo

Alex Dale, a senior executive at Candy Crush Saga developer King, told a UK House of Commons select committee that approximately 3.4 percent or 9.2 million ...



How to make quick money online in Nigeria  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News ☆ If you want to know how to ✌ MAKE QUICK MONEY ✌ online in Nigeria, this article is simply for you. Read and learn some of the fastest and ...



Meet The Former Uber Driver Helping People Make Money From Their Online Photos  Forbes

To online marketers *content* is king, but Matt Chlodnicki argues that's not strictly true. “*Content* that people like is king,” says the founder of photo contest platform ...



The 50 surprisingly easy ways to make money from home – from odd jobs to eBay  The Sun

IF you're struggling to make ends meet every month, you could give yourself an easy cash boost by making money without even leaving home. We've come up ...



A Proven 5-Step Process for Making Money Online With Blogging  Influencive

[playht_player width=”100%” height=”175″ voice=”Richard (en-US)”]. While it might seem like everyone is making money online, that simply isn't the truth.



5 Full-Time Jobs You Can Do to Make Money Online or From Home  Entrepreneur

We might not be multi-platinum hip-hop recording artists, but some of us can relate to Drake when he said, “I only love my bed and my mama, I'm sorry.” As much ...



7 Realistic Ways to Make Money Online  Entrepreneur

The internet offers many opportunities to generate passive income sufficient for you to quit the rat race.



Russian trolls who interfered in 2016 U.S. election also made ad money, report says  NBC News

WASHINGTON — The effort by a Russian internet deception factory to manipulate American public opinion during the 2016 election was better planned and ...



32 Proven Ways to Make Money Fast  Entrepreneur

In a bind? Need some fast cash? We're talking here about small bursts of capital, not millions of dollars -- enough to satisfy your monthly obligations or get that ...



Why You Don't Actually Need Money to Make Money  Entrepreneur

"It takes money to make money." It's a very frustrating phrase. Where am I supposed to get the money I need to make the money I need? Is there some sort of ...



7 Ways to Make Money Online and With Free Apps in 2018  U.S. News & World Report

From participating in focus groups to teaching English online to selling comic books, collecting extra money online is a cinch with the right websites and apps.



How to earn money online? Top 6 ways to make wealth through internet  Zee Business

The current generation is smartly using them as a great place to set up an income source. Not only part-time, but people are also earning huge amount of money ...



Lloyds becomes the first bank to sign up to 'Mental Health Accessible' standards  MoneySavingExpert

Lloyds Bank has become the first major organisation to sign up to the Mental Health Accessible standards, which have been created to make essential services ...



Millennials, watch out for online scams  Independent Online

Catering to our desire for instant gratification, recent technological advances have made our lives easier and more efficient.



Will There Be a 'How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)' Season 2?  Decider

Last month, I wrote about the rise of the Netflix mini-binge. Entertaining shows like Bonding, Ryan O'Connell's Special, and the sketch series I Think You Should ...



13 easy, legitimate ways to make extra money this month — that you probably haven't considered yet  Business Insider

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.*.



25 Easy Ways to Make Money With Your Phone  Student Loan Hero

Are you ready to make more money using your phone? Here are 25 ways your smartphone can help you take your earning power to the next level.


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