Where’s the Inner Peace Button?

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People do many things to make themselves feel better; for instance, shopping, eating, drinking, or binge watching Making a Murderer. The act of consoling oneself comes in many forms, most being self-destructive.  I’m guilty of all of the above.  It takes an especially strong and confident person to view setbacks as temporary. These people have inner peace.

Unfortunately, finding inner peace is easier said than done. Humans weren’t created with a “reset” button, or, what I would call, an Inner Peace Button.  The trick is to find that elusive high of happiness more often and making it last.

Swami Satchidananda said, “Nothing can bring you lasting happiness and inner peace . . . for you have it already if you just quiet down your mind and body enough to experience it.”  Swami Satchidananda was a spiritual leader from India who brought awareness of various yoga practices to the west.  His real name is really long, but just picture an Indian fellow with white hair and a really long white beard dressed in a wizard outfit, and that’s him.

Satchidananda” is defined as.

Sat means Existence or Truth. Chid is the expression, knowledge, of it. Ananda is the Bliss you get out of it. So Truth, Knowledge, Bliss is what we mean by the word Satchidananda. In a way, the meaning could be compared to the Holy Trinity.

Some Catholics may not like the comparison to the Holy Trinity, but I understand this simple explanation more than I have ever understood anything in church.  The first time I heard the word “Ananda” and learned the meaning, I loved it.  I even want to tattoo it on my body hoping it will be my “reset” button.  The only thing holding me back is the Catholic guilt of skipping the first two steps.  When I figure out how to simply achieve Ananda, I will post my tips.

In the meantime, stopping to reflect using meditation, yoga, or maybe punching yourself in the face a few times, will take your mind off of your troubles and quiet your mind.  I wish you all the peace in the world.  Happy hunting.

Carpe Diem and Anada

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Styles of the Winter Olympics 2018!

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I love Under Armor, but if they start designing shorts similar to the US Women’s Speed Skaters uniform, I’m out!

 

US speed skaters

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are quite the pair, and Tara is as cute as a button! But when Johnny insists on wearing clothes and a hair piece that my grandmother likes, it ruined the experience for me.  At least during the Kentucky Derby he will be wearing a hat …

Winter Olympics - Celebrity Appearances

 

 

Then we have the wardrobe malfunction from the French ice dancer skater figure person.  I have to say, I was impressed with how well she kept her composure, AND it earned her a silver medal! (No picture here, we have all seen it 500 times!)

 

 

 

There were so many other exciting and fun things happening at the Olympics, but none more exciting than the announcer, Leigh Diffey, for the bobsled, skeleton and luge.  This guy really got excited!  Diffey is an American-Australian who usually calls auto racing events, so you would need a guy like him to make it exciting.  Diffey

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike the monotone voice of Bode Miller for the downhill competitions.  What a snooze fest.   Thankfully, we now return you to regular programming.

Carpe Diem!