As A Man Thinketh

“Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves.”
~ James Allen ~

Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift.

The Book

As A Man ThinkethAs A Man Thinketh is a literary essay James Allen, published in 1902.

The title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (more at wikipedia)

The suggestion is to be sure of the motivation behind our actions.  I take this to heart when considering what business to align myself with.  Not only what the motivations of the business are, but my own motivation for involvement.

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Right Thinking
Who is James Allen?

James Allen (November 28, 1864 – 1912) was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His best known work, As a Man Thinketh, has been mass produced since its publication in 1902. It has been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors.

 Read more about James Allen at Wikipedia

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Climbing With Seneca

It’s a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” ~ Seneca

Quick quotes are used so often that I sometimes worry that we aren’t going any deeper than our initial impression of the idea presented.  It may be enough to glean that moment of inspiration, but often times I am left hungering for more.  A few minutes of audio gives me what I need with nearly no effort.  Presented for your philosophical pleasure today:

Brian Johnson’s Philosopher’s Notes have been one of the key tools in my own personal development and discovery of joy and gratitude in my life.  Click the banner below and check out his free audio samples – especially The Four Agreements – even if you have read it, being able to relive the key points in that book while you are driving to work is a great gift.

PhilosophersNotes - More Wisdom in Less Time

And if you are wondering who in the world this Seneca guy IS:

SenecaFrom Wikipedia:
“Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as  Seneca; ca. 4 BC – AD 65)
was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesmen, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature.  He was tutor and later advisor to the Emperor Nero.  While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may have been innocent.  His father was Seneca the Elder and his elder brother was Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus.”

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The Past Does Not Exist

All healing is release from the past.

Let’s take a running start at our day!  Here is what I watched this morning and it made me feel so good I want to share it with you.

The past does not exist.  The future is not yet.

Only right now is real.  If you are thinking about the future you are in the “not yet”.  If you are focusing on the past you are focusing on something that doesn’t exist.  The only thing that is real is right now in this exact moment.

The Universe always says YES!

If you want to suffer the Universe will give you the opportunity.If you want to experience love and abundance the Universe will give you the opportunity.

Your feelings are always true.  The reasons behind them may not be.

“It’s important to have an emotional crap.”

You have to let it out.  Don’t bottle up all the hurt and fear and become emotionally constipated.  Let it out and make room for the good stuff.  Just find someone who isn’t afraid to hold space while you let it out.

The juiciest bits this morning:

“A member of society is someone who on their own can come to all the wrong conclusions about everything.”

“Just because the vast majority of people don’t believe something does not mean that you aren’t right”

“Don’t ever forfeit what you know is true in your heart for what ‘the gang’ is saying.”

At one point in history everyone agreed to believe that the world was flat.  That didn’t make it true.  The world was round – the fact that they didn’t believe it didn’t make it false.

Remember today:

“The truth will always be something that you can do right now.”

All healing is release from the past.

The past is over.  It can touch me not.

Every moment is a new now.  Every new now is a moment of potential in which creation of the world that you want to live in is possible.  You are innocent NOW.  What you perceive in the past isn’t real.  It doesn’t exist.  Breathe into NOW and feel how CLEAN it is.

I share all this with you today because it is what I want to make sure that I remember.  Thank you for listening and sharing this moment with me.

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Adorable Cat Video (Due to Inclement Weather and Power Failure)

Seriously just looked up the word inclement.


adjective /inˈklemənt/

  1. (of the weather) Unpleasantly cold or wet

It so totally fits here.  Rather than cop out entirely I thought I would present you with this cat video.  I hear people on Facebook really dig this stuff.

Anyways – watching this video made me smile.  And it’s free.

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Silent Sunday: Surprise!



This is currently my three old daughter’s favorite word.  Most frequently I hear it at peak volume right beside my head around 5am.  Not so much fun.

Surprising people is a past time I see more among the young.  Our nineteen year old sailor girl is no different.  She was due to arrive next Friday, and instead showed up on the doorstep a week early.


We are all delighted that she is here, but I think we were also shell shocked for the first twelve hours.  We stumbled around trying to wrap our heads around the change in timing, mentally rearranging work schedules, and scrambling to assemble family and loved ones to see her.

When opportunity presents itself you must act quickly.  Make the most of what you have while you have it.  These moments come and go so quickly.  We’ve recovered and gotten on with celebrating our time with her.  It feels so good to have her home; to see her bright eyes and her smile in person.  We’ve hugged her so much I’m afraid she may be suffering internal damage.

We so infrequently get to have everyone in one place anymore.  When all the kids were still in school, before the scattering began, we hardly thought to get pictures of everyone together.  Now, when the opportunity presents itself, you have to leap from your seat and take advantage.


Bryan’s three daughters had scooted in around him and when I saw them there like that, all laughing and happy, I knew this was one of those moments.  I had one of those moments last summer when my son came home on leave.

The three oldest kids were all in one place for a minute – not much more.  This was right as the girls graduated and headed out on their individual adventures.  While my son is stationed just a day or so drive south of here – one daughter will be headed home from college in Minnesota soon, while the other prepares for her deployment to Africa next year.

I suppose when there are so many children – six among the blended family that we have created over our years of child rearing – it does become difficult to get them all in one place.  I captured five of them in one place last December.


Including the oldest of the bunch in a group photo has consistently eluded me.  I had an opportunity that I missed at Christmas.  In what must have been some crazy cosmic alignment of the planets I had all six of these beautiful creatures under my roof for a short time on Christmas Day.  The house was so full and we were having so much fun that somehow I just never thought to take a picture.

I hope it wasn’t the last time that will happen.  As military life keeps some of them at opposite ends of the planet, and others have work and family obligations and begin sharing their time with close relationships and other families – I know that these opportunities will become more rare from now on.

As annoying as I may be with my camera sometimes – I know that I’ll cherish these photos forever.

I think someday they will, too.

That’s it for Silent Sunday, where I just can’t seem to shut up most weeks.  I suppose if it were bothersome you wouldn’t be here, though.  Cherish every moment with your precious loved ones – parents, children, partners, and friends.  These moments – however mundane – they just never come again.

Thanks for listening.  It means the world to me.

Sasha Lynn

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Sustainable Saturday: Keyhole Gardens

We were thrown for a loop today when one of our kiddos who has been out of state decided to surprise us by showing up for her visit a week early.

We were so over-joyed to see her that we pretty much dropped every project and all the work that was planned for today to spend time with her.  I’m sure that you can understand that.

So here I am.  It’s late Saturday night.  My belly is full of good food and my heart is full of warm fuzzies.  Still, I don’t want to miss an opportunity to bring you something interesting.

A friend showed me a new type of garden bed – a keyhole garden – that she’s discovered – and I’m hoping it only takes me a moment to throw this post together and share it with you.

Keyhole GardenFrom Keyhole Gardening: Unlocking the secrets of drought-hardy gardens

From reading this article I think Eastern Colorado must bear a strong resemblance to a Texas  drought.  Out here on the plains scorching sunlight is plentiful, rain is scarce, and fifty mile an hour winds are more of a rule than a suggestion.  The keyhole garden idea presented here looks like it may be right up our alley.  There are simple directions at the link above for making your own keyhole garden.

Toodling around on YouTube I found this funny video about making a keyhole garden from the Send-A-Cow people.

And then this less funny but more informative video from the Send-A-Cow people.

It’s no great secret that I love to garden.  I’m putting together the plans to get my garden established right now, and I’m looking at incorporating a couple of these beds.  On top of looking incredibly practical for this arid region I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

That’s all for Sustainable Saturday.  Maybe next week I’ll get some pictures posted of the yard before we really begin.  It’ll be fun to track the progress.  Let me know what you think about keyhole gardens and if you have any thoughts about sustainable gardening.  I’d love to hear from you.

Sasha Lynn

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Fit Friday: Before You Stretch Again

photo taken from source article

This rumor has been circulating for some time now.  I’ve heard little snippets here and there that the rule our P.E. teachers, coaches, and parents worked so hard to ingrain in us when we were young and athletic may have actually been holding us back.


We were told that in order to enhance our performance and prevent injury we needed to make sure that our muscles were warmed up before we worked out.  Research is now proving that exactly the opposite may be true.

The numbers, especially for competitive athletes, are sobering. According to their calculations, static stretching reduces strength in the stretched muscles by almost 5.5 percent, with the impact increasing in people who hold individual stretches for 90 seconds or more. While the effect is reduced somewhat when people’s stretches last less than 45 seconds, stretched muscles are, in general, substantially less strong.

They also are less powerful, with power being a measure of the muscle’s ability to produce force during contractions,

( click here for complete article )

My first thought was that perhaps this was the secret that the Chinese were using when they beat everyone’s pants off at the Olympics.  Everyone else was accusing them of performance enhancing drugs.  The truth was probably that they just knew better than to twist themselves into pretzels right before trying to achieve the pinnacle of physical performance.

Just why stretching hampers performance is not fully understood, although the authors of both of the new studies write that they suspect the problem is in part that stretching does exactly what we expect it to do. It loosens muscles and their accompanying tendons. But in the process, it makes them less able to store energy and spring into action, like lax elastic waistbands in old shorts, which I’m certain have added significantly to the pokiness of some of my past race times by requiring me manually to hold up the garment.

( click here for complete article )

Yoga must be the exception to this rule.  I assure you the Yoginis I know bear no resemblance to the aging elastic waistband of my running shorts.  Of course, Yoga as a practice is much more than mere stretching.  I would still like to see this study in relation to Yoga as a sport.  Then again, if Yoga is a sport in itself it follows that perhaps practicing one sport directly before another would diminish your capacity to perform.

I was also thinking in more figurative terms.  When acting a scene – sometimes the first take is the best, and subsequent takes can grow stale.  Is it perhaps along the same lines?  Could it be that rehearsing our muscles creates a stale performance in a similar way?

As usual, the truth probably resides somewhere in the middle.  I know that my Achilles tendon requires some gentle stretching in the morning before I can even walk downstairs.  It certainly enhances my performance.  I might jump farther without it once, but if it ruptured I would never jump again.

That’s it for Fit Friday!

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“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath
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