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Ripples #1019: Loving Stillness.

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Ripples #1019: Loving Stillness.
Dec 3, 2018

PEBBLE
Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace.
-E’yen A. Gardner, shared by Petra in Ft. Myers, FL

BOULDER
I am finding the antidote to overwhelm not by completing more or by doing less but by falling in love with stillness.
-Leah Pearlman, shared by Pidge in Pacifica, CA

PONDER
I’ve reached the end of a long and in certain ways difficult and in other ways delightful year: I’ve mostly recovered from a couple of health challenges; managed the process of selling my condo and transitioned to living with Jamie in our new house; I’ve wrapped up the last of my speaking engagements; and I’ve been touching base with the groups I’ll fire up early in 2019 so see if they need anything before the holidays.

And now: it is time for me to rest.

I’ve cleared my schedule, set up my vacation messages for email and voicemail, and picked out some books and puzzles and other activities to help me wind down. Most importantly, I’m going to make time for stillness. I’ve learned before that carving out this time at the end of the year allows me to reset my mind, body, and spirit.

Fear not, hardy ripplers: I have been working double time the last few weeks so I could queue an ample supply of weekly Ripples emails as well as the daily splashes that I post on social media (if you’re not familiar, you can enjoy these by connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn).

I know this is a hectic time of year for various reasons. Still, I hope you can find at least a few moments stillness in the coming weeks!

Oh, and Happy Hanukkah!

Peace,
Paul
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Ripples #946: Springs of Solitude.

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Ripples #946: Springs of Solitude.
July 10, 2017

PEBBLE
Certain springs are tapped only when you’re alone.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, shared by Pete in Ouray, CO

BOULDER
Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better.
-Sarah Ban Breathnach, shared by Robin in Madison, WI

PONDER
I love the fullness of my life. When I’m on the road, I love all the travel and the opportunities to spend time with an interesting mix of people at various stages of life. When I’m home, I love being surrounded by a rich circle of friends and a sweet fella who helps me savor my down time.

Still, I’ve learned that part of being really effective in my roles as a speaker, friend, neighbor, and boyfriend is building in time for solitude. I make an effort to carve out a few minutes each day and a few hours each week for quiet time, and a few times of year I build in a longer stretch of solitude.

I’m about to head offline and out of sight for a period of solitude; I’m looking forward to relaxing and reflexing, just like I’ll look forward to returning in a few weeks, ready to embrace the people and the adventures that I know will be waiting for me.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
p.s. Don’t fret–you’ll still get your weekly splashes of inspiration! I worked extra hard over the past few weeks to pull together a few extra issues of Ripples. They are all queued up and ready to zoom out each Monday until I’m back in action!… Read More!

Ripples #842: Accepting Solitude.

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Ripples #842: Accepting Solitude.
July 13, 2015

PEBBLE
I still love to love my friends,
but I punctuate those moments with solitude.
-Stephanie Klein, shared by Pete in Sedona, AZ

BOULDER
One who will not accept solitude, stillness and quiet recurring moments…is caught up in the wilderness of addictions; far removed from an original state of being and awareness. This is “dis-ease”.
-T.F. Hodge, shared by Alisha in Denver, CO

PONDER
By the time you’re reading this, I will have logged out of Facebook, activated the email vacation reply, and begun a long, slow exhale towards a state of stillness so I can enjoy some quiet time before my fall craziness commences.

Don’t worry about missing your weekly splash of inspiration because I have your back: Ripples are queued for the next few weeks AND I made sure there are a gaggle of daily quotes all lined up to shoot out from the Facebook Page* and via @UnleashRipples on Twitter*. (Hopefully you know you can also choose to get them as a daily text? If not, scroll down to the “daily splash” info on our website* for details!).

While I’m offline for a bit, I invite you to join me in accepting solitude in your life. Perhaps an extended retreat would not work in your life right now, but you might be surprised at just how restorative even a few minutes of quiet and calm can be on your outlook and your productivity. Whether it is a walk in nature, a drive in the country, or snuggling up with a book or a journal, some time away might be just what your mind, body, and spirit need!

Take good care, fellow ripplers, and I’ll be back soon!

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. Here are links to the sites I mentioned above:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRipplesGuy
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnleashRipples
Website: http://UnleashRipples.com… Read More!

Ripples #758: Sacred Idleness.

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Ripples #758: Sacred Idleness.
For our tribe of busy people who believe in
unleashing Ripples of compassion & kindness: uRock!
2 Dec 2013

PEBBLE:
Work is not always required…
there is such a thing as sacred idleness,
the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.
–George MacDonald

BOULDER:
In the attitude of silence
the soul finds the path
in a clearer light,
and what is elusive and deceptive
resolves itself into crystal clearness.
Our life is a long and
arduous quest after Truth.
-Mahatma Gandhi

PONDER:
Now that the winter holidays are fully activated, this becomes for many a time of joy AND joyous insanity:  end of the semester exams for some, end of year work stuff for others, and the traveling and packing and parties and ooh just lots of STUFF to get done.

I hope you can create some precious moments to pause, catch your breath, and just rest a bit amidst all the madness.

Peace,
Paul
P.S.  Many of you know I slow down for a few weeks of rest and restoration at the end of the year.  I have queued up Ripples to send out during the next few Mondays, and I promise to return soon with a renewed spirit.… Read More!

Ripples #737: The Achievement of Solitude.

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Ripples #737: The Achievement of Solitude.
For our tribe of busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
8 July 2013

PEBBLE:
The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass
of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds.
-Thomas Merton

BOULDER:
Being solitary is being alone well:
being alone luxuriously immersed
in doings of your own choice,
aware of the fullness of your own presence
rather than of the absence of others.
Because solitude is an achievement.
-Alice Koller

PONDER:
I have slipped into the altitude of the Colorado Rockies to recover from my spring adventures and prepare for the craziness of the fall. I’ll have Ripples queued up for you to receive while I’m away, and I promise to return soon with a replenished spirit.

In the meantime, I invite you to carve out a few minutes in your schedule this week to enjoy some solitude of your own; it so often improves my enjoyment and effectiveness of work and life and I feel certain it could help you, too.

Peace 2u!
Paul,
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Ripples #654: Solitude.

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Ripples #654: Solitude.
For our tribe of 29,909 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
12/06/2011

PEBBLE:
In solitude we give passionate attention
to our lives, to our memories,
to the details around us.
-Virginia Woolf, submitted by Lin in Bloomington, IL

BOULDER:

Dear Paul,
Last year, an issue of Ripples
inspired me to “spend time in silence,”
so I took my first solo vacation ever.
I’m proud of myself for spending time alone
with just me, my thoughts and feelings.
I enjoyed having the time to listen
as my heart and soul spoke to me.

I came back a different person;
not dramatically different,
but peaceably different.
I didn’t resolve all my questions
and problems while on the beach,
but I found inspiration,
I found a unique freedom,
and I found that I like me.

I think everyone should take
at least one trip alone!

Happy Holidays, and Happy Living,
-Cindy in Cincinnati, OH
(shared with permission)

PONDER:
I know that the holidays are, for many people, a time to spend with family and friends which can be both delightful and dizzying. I hope you can plan some pockets of solitude to relax and refocus. If things are really crazy, take Cindy’s advice and plan a solo adventure of your own early in the new year!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples #585: Silence.

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Ripples #585: Silence.
For 25,867 busy people who make time for kindness.

PEBBLE: True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what
sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. -William Penn, submitted
by Lois B., Calumet MI

BOULDER: In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But
then from our very silence is born something that draws us into deeper
silence. May God give you an experience of this “something” that is born of
silence. -Issac of Nineveh, 7th c. Syrian monk, submitted by Maggie J.,
Newburg OR

PONDER: Shhhhhhhh. I dare you to find some time and some place to be
silent for longer than usual. A few moments, a few minutes, a few hours.
Listen to your heart, listen to your soul, and most importantly: listen to
the silence to see what it sounds like and how it speaks to you. Shhhhhhh.

Peace,
Paul
August 9, 2010… Read More!

Ripples v11.50: Solitude!

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Ripples v11.50: Solitude!
21 Dec 2009
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 24,064
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities

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PEBBLE
Loneliness is the poverty of self.
Solitude is the richness of self.
-May Sarton, submitted by Stella R., Groton MA

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BOULDER
Language has created
the word loneliness
to express the pain
of being alone,
and the word solitude
to express the glory of being alone.
-Paul Tillich, submitted by Carol L. N., LaCrosse WI

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PONDER
As the year winds down and many of us begin to gather our friends and/or
family together to celebrate the holidays, be sure to find some precious
time alone to relax, reflect, and rejoice. It is easy to forget that solo
time can balance as well as enrich the time you spend with others.

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v10.48: Sweet Aloneness!

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Ripples v10.48: Sweet Aloneness! (Dec 1, 2008)
The Ripples Project is our tribe of 21,318
who believe small actions create big possibilities.

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PEBBLE
Be able to be alone.
Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
-Sir Thomas Browne, submitted by Dottie J., Cincinnati OH

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BOULDER
Sometimes it takes darkness and
the sweet confinement of your aloneness
to learn anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
-David Whyte, submitted by Karen H., Sheboygan WI

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PONDER
As I prepare to disappear into the mountains for my annual retreat, I invite you to join me in spirit: find a few precious moments in your schedule and seek a quiet spot away from your crazy life to sit, ponder, breathe and be. It will help us return to life refreshed and ready for some exciting new possibilities for this evolving tribe of Ripplers….details early in 2009!

Peace,
Paul
p.s. I have queued up Ripples for a few weeks, so you will still receive your weekly splash while I am on retreat!… Read More!

Ripples v10.25: Stepping Back!

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Ripples v10.25: Stepping Back!
June 23, 2008: a free weekly splash to 20,070 subscribers
from Paul & The Ripples Project

__PEBBLE _________________________________

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
-Ovid, submitted by Lin H., Bloomington IL

__BOULDER _________________________________

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
-Lao-tzu (from a translation by Stephen Mitchell), submitted by Tiffany T., from Madison, WI

__PONDER _________________________________

I am STEPPING BACK from work and life and Ripples for a few days of rest in one of my favorite spots on the planet (I have attached a photo to give you a hint…more next week). I hope you can find some time to do the same: whether it is a few days, a few hours, or even a few precious minutes away from your job and your chores and your crazyfun life. Step back, and then rush back in!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

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