A while back, I somehow found this site www.tut.com. I don’t remember exactly how I found it, but I’m glad I did. I signed up for their “Notes from the Universe” and started getting these happy little notes in my inbox. Here are a few samples of what I get:

It’s not the day you have to manage, but the moment.  It’s not the dragon you have to slay, but the fear.
And it’s not the path you have to know, but the destination.
What a relief, huh?
-The Universe

Love every moment; nothing can make you less.

All that you need to have all that you want, will be provided, as if by magic, once you know what you want and do something about it every day.
No matter what,
-The Universe

They are not always all fantastic, but it’s nice to have a little booster now and then in your inbox. Eerily enough, sometimes these little tidbits of advice and little gems coincidentally align with things that are happening in my life at the time. Sometimes reading them helps me look at a situation in a different way. In any case, it’s a neat little thing that I thought I’d share. There are other cool resources on the website, and I’m sure it’s not all for everyone… but the Notes from the Universe are my favoutire.

And with no segway at all…

I was thinking about this morning while walking the dog (apparently I do a lot of thinking while on my morning walk). I was walking along, looking at the cars race by me. I could feel the sun on my skin, and a small breeze blowing over me. I could smell fresh cut grass (and garbage) in the air. Then I sort of slowed down my thought process a little. I stopped the chatter that was going on inside my head (thinking about what to take to work for lunch, remembering that I have to run some errands later, deciding on what to do for dinner, reminding myself to do that thing at work first thing). I even stopped walking. And I focused my attention on those basic feelings. I FELT the sun on my skin. I SMELLED the air. I FELT the breeze.

Every day I’m constantly rushing through things and, while I DO feel these things, I DO taste my food, I DO have happy moments, they are glossed over. So this morning as I stopped dead in my tracks – I remembered to stop and smell the roses. It’s as simple as just slowing things down, and enjoying that fact that you are ALIVE. It’s as simple as slowing your mind-chatter down and feeling how that delicious fruit or coffee or lunch feels on your tongue, and the tastes that are brought to your senses. Everyday experiences can be so wonderful…

I encourage everyone to stop and smell the roses (or feel the sunshine, or taste your raisins, or just slow down the racing highway that is your mind… ) and enjoy life!

Incidentally, I LOVE the smell of roses… absolutely beautiful.