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The Elephant and the Ant [V20, #05]

The Elephant and the Ant [V20, #05]

The Elephant and the Ant by Leslie Sann Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. ~Wayne Dyer Insanity is holding onto thinking that doesn’t match reality. Then we argue with reality because it doesn’t...

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Problems are Good for You [V20, #04]

Problems are Good for You [V20, #04]

Problems are Good for You by Leslie Sann You are here to solve problems from a loving consciousness. ~John-Roger The above quote landed in my inbox and I wondered, can life be that simple? In hindsight, I see my life has been a series of problems that I, based on...

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Crunchy [V20, #03]

Crunchy [V20, #03]

Crunchy by Leslie Sann I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton Life IS upsetting and that is a GOOD thing. How else can we grow and expand? When the snake is shedding its skin I...

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Breathing Into Peace [V20, #02]

Breathing Into Peace [V20, #02]

Breathing Into Peace by Leslie Sann I keep trying to catch up with my breath while my breath patiently waits for me to slow down. ~ Martha Ringer Conscious breathing is a powerful, soothing influence. We use the breath to call ourselves present into peace. Calming...

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Willingness [V20, #01]

Willingness [V20, #01]

Willingness by Leslie Sann Willingness opens the door to all life's possibilities.~ Byron Katie Here we are at the beginning of the year — an arbitrary measuring device. How do we make good use of it? What do you want to create this coming year? Big things? Little...

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Sour Milk [V19, #21]

Sour Milk [V19, #21]

Sour Milk by Leslie Sann Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.~ Raymond Lindquist​ Have you ever gone through your fridge? Opened a container and found it moldy and stinky? Disgusting yourself with what you were holding onto? Shocked at seeing what you've...

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Author Author! [V19, 20]

Author Author! [V19, 20]

Author, Author! by Leslie Sann Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. ~ Parker J. Palmer Tis' the season when I begin to reflect on the year that is coming to a close, aiming to harvest the blessings of what...

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Gratitude [V19, #19]

Gratitude [V19, #19]

Gratitude by Leslie Sann Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie Gratitude is a Power Tool that fuels my life. I can...

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UP or Down? [V19, #18]

UP or Down? [V19, #18]

UP or Down? by Leslie Sann Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.~ Anthony J. D'Angelo Imagine up waking up tomorrow morning with the opportunity to choose if you want to go UP or DOWN today. Would you choose: DOWN into...

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Freedom and Joy [V19, #17]

Freedom and Joy [V19, #17]

Freedom and Joy by Leslie Sann We have no choice, we must all die. How we live, however, is entirely of our choosing.~ Simon Sinek I am in the kitchen making breakfast. I notice there is a part of me that getting grumpy about the attention it requires for me to...

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And the Frog Jumps [V19, #16]

And the Frog Jumps [V19, #16]

Freedom and Joy by Leslie Sann Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully;do it any way you have to, but do it.~Steve Chandler Imagine this. There is a giant-sized bull frog sitting on a lily pad in the middle of a pond. He decides to jump off. How many frogs remain...

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Just Because Kindness, [V19, #15]

Just Because Kindness, [V19, #15]

Just Because Kindness by Leslie Sann My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.  ~ The Daili Lama I’m on my way to NY. Well, I’m getting on the plane. As I’m walking to my seat I see a zaftig (full, round) woman with her baby asleep on her chest. They are in...

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More Wonderful? [V19, #14]

More Wonderful? [V19, #14]

More Wonderful? by Leslie Sann Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.  ~ Rumi I’ve been working with a client assisting her to release a long standing position of...

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Easter Eggs [V19, #13]

Easter Eggs [V19, #13]

Easter Eggsby Leslie SannAsk, and it will be given to you;seek, and you will find;knock, and it will be opened to you.~ Matthew 7:7Life is a journey filled with treasures and abundance. The key is choosing where to focus. It's that simple.Consider this:...

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Happy for Happy [V19, #12]

Happy for Happy [V19, #12]

Happy for Happyby Leslie SannJoy is God's calling card and laughter is God's voice. ~Unknown (at least to me:-)​​​I'm happy. And I'm happy that I am happy. And then you know what happens, I'm happy that I'm happy that I'm happy and on it goes until I...

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Giving from Abundance [V19, #11]

Giving from Abundance [V19, #11]

Giving from Abundance?by Leslie SannNo one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ~ Charles DickensI did it again. I donated blood. I’ve been giving every 2 months since I became a regular donor in 2017 after the Houston and Florida...

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Say Yes! [V19, #10]

Say Yes! [V19, #10]

Say Yes! by Leslie Sann Say yes.  ~ Frankie Bergstein Play a game with me. Say yes to whatever is going on in the moment. See what happens inside of you. Yes to this traffic. Yes to looking on the scale and seeing the number is higher than last check in....

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Be In Joy [V19, #09]

Be In Joy [V19, #09]

Be in Joy by Leslie Sann One joy shatters a hundred sorrows. ~ Chinese Proverb I woke up out of a dream in the night to write something down that, at that moment, I thought was important and wanted to remember. In the morning I read the note. It said,...

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Empty Next [V19, #08]

Empty Next [V19, #08]

Empty Next by Leslie Sann There is a beautiful tension in all creation between letting go and forming, the pushing and pulling of color and sound and everything imaginable.Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. ~ Janet Morgan I was writing to a client...

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Are You Willing to Endure? [V19, #07]

Are You Willing to Endure? [V19, #07]

Are You Willing to Endure? by Leslie Sann Peace is the willingness to endure the unendurable. A client was telling me about the week she had. Whenever a client gives me a report, I look to serve them in seeing how the week, indeed, was a blessing. How did...

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Go Joy Yourself  [V19, #06]

Go Joy Yourself [V19, #06]

Go Joy Yourself  by Leslie Sann Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your...

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Fit In or Lift Up? [V19, #05]

Fit In or Lift Up? [V19, #05]

Fit In or Lift Up? by Leslie Sann You must give some time to your fellow men. Even it if it is a little thing, do something for others – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. ~ Albert Schweitzer In my life I have had the...

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Where Is There No Hot or Cold? [V19, #04]

Where Is There No Hot or Cold? [V19, #04]

Where Is There No Hot or Cold? by Leslie Sann Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we'd all have frozen to death. ~ Mark Twain Zen Koan: Q: What can be done about the extremes of weather, the hot and cold? A: If you are so concerned, why don’t you go...

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Doing Does It, [V19, #03]

Doing Does It, [V19, #03]

Doing Does Itby Leslie SannThere is only one way to bring in the new. You must make room for it. ~ Neale Donald WalschI continue the seeming never-ending process of decluttering my house. Not because my house is a mess, or I am a possible contender for the...

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Are You Willing? [V19, #02]

Are You Willing? [V19, #02]

Are You Willing? by Leslie Sann Willingness opens the door to all life's possibilities.  ~ Byron Katie Here we are at the beginning of the year. An arbitrary measuring device that we make good use of it. What do you want to create this coming year? Big things? Little...

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Life is a Classroom [V19, #01]

Life is a Classroom [V19, #01]

Life is a Classroom by Leslie Sann In any situation you can be the best student possible.  ~ John Morton The start of the year is a great time to set intentions for the next twelve months. One way to do this is to review the past year. Your own experience is the...

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