Archive for October, 2012

Lessons on Gratitude Learned on a Long Plane Flight

October 31st, 2012 by Laura Longley

To get from Seattle to Edinburgh I had to take two plane flights. The first was from Seattle to Amsterdam. This flight is about ten hours long. When I checked in online prior to leaving for the airport, I was given an opportunity to upgrade to a better economy class seat, one with more legroom…

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Edinburgh Day 1 : Trust and Faith

October 30th, 2012 by Laura Longley

I arrived at the airport in Edinburgh about 14 hours ago, at 10 AM local time. I easily made my way by taxi to the flat where I had rented a room, and met the flat owner, Eva. Eva is a transplant from Malaga in Spain. She’s been living in Edinburgh for 16 years. When…

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Laura’s Spiritual Journey to Scotland:The Grand Adventure Begins!

October 29th, 2012 by Laura Longley

I leave this afternoon to begin my spiritual journey in Scotland. This all began as an inspiration a little over three months ago. I felt called to leave my home in Seattle, where I’ve lived all my life, and move somewhere else. The somewhere else that came to me was Edinburgh, Scotland. After much thrashing…

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It’s Okay to be “Selfish” Your Authenticity is a Gift to the World

October 15th, 2012 by Laura Longley

I have been feeling selfish and self-centered lately. It’s all about me, me, me. Our culture pays lip service to those who are selfless, and beats up those who are selfish – even as they reward them with high salaries, endorsement payments, and more. As the daughter of a narcissist, I am probably even more…

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Just Do It! How Completing Old Tasks Makes Space for Happiness

October 9th, 2012 by Laura Longley

This summer I cleaned out my basement, something I had been meaning to do for many years. I couldn’t believe how much lighter and freer – and happier – I felt when all that old junk was gone. The next step was to perform the same process on the rest of the house. Unfortunately I…

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I Don’t Need to Know Why – And Neither Do You

October 5th, 2012 by Laura Longley

Recently I had an experience where I knew I was called to do something, but I really had no idea why other than that the thought of it made me feel happy. I had been feeling the calling for about a year, and had tried to pursue it in various ways, but it never seemed…

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Slow Down! Adults at Play!

October 3rd, 2012 by Laura Longley

We hear all the time these adages like “stop and smell the roses” and “be in the present moment.” And it’s true that we need to slow down and just be in order to experience happiness. The other day, I got a powerful insight into how, as much as I believe in the value of…

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