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  1. I wrote about this this morning ~

    It’s called “Loving Life” and I am doing that right now!!!

  2. Thank you for this. I’ve been reading things along this line so much lately, but I really do need that constant reminder. I feel like I’m almost there!

  3. Nice, Courtney! Some of us learn this while we’re young. Some learn it when we’re older. Some of us knew it, but put it off and that’s just plain dumb. There are different names or labels that people give this concept – I call it “living free.” I may be one of the dumb ones who knew it but put it off – but now I focus on it and write about it. Like you, I hope we can help as many others to grasp this life changing concept and see the “light” Now, where did I put my spoon full of oil.

    • Courtney Carver

      Ed so true! I think we inherently know how to be happy but get too consumed with other “stuff” and lose sight of what is most important.

  4. Po Bronson’s book is one of my favorites; as I purge my books, it will stay. The other evening, I watched the film version of “Peaceful Warrior;” will now read the book. What I am practicing from that film are lines toward the end:
    “Where are you?”
    “Here.”
    “What time is it?”
    “Now.”
    Mindfulness neatly, functionally wrapped as a mantra. Thanks for reinforcing that happiness is part of our journey, not the destination.
    Thanks for my blog review – changes have been made for the better due to your assessment.

  5. The world is very good at putting obstacles in front of your “personal treasure.”

    Is it all just persistence and trust?

    Sometimes, it’s so hard.

  6. I just finished reading The Alchemist and I loved this excerpt. It really puts a lot of things in perspective.

  7. Bethany

    I like the part about rainbows shooting out of my pockets. haha

    Love your blog!

  8. I LOVE The Alchemist. I read it once every year or two and always learn more with each read.

  9. beautiful post. i wanna read the amchemist again. read it so long ago when i wasnt aware of minamilism. with this awareness would love to re-read the book. enjoyed reading this post a lot. thank you

  10. This is so profound. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  11. Courtney Carver

    A great friend just emailed this:

    I, too, believe that no matter your circumstance, you can choose to be happy in the moment, and once you do, happiness has a way of finding you and manifesting in everything around you.

    Your post reminded me of something: I have a favorite horoscope from 2008 taped to my fridge that I read whenever I feel I am losing sight of things. Sounds cheesy (a horoscope?), but read it and you will see what I mean:

    LEO
    “Picture a full-grown lion with a thin two-foot-long string tied around one of its back legs. The other end of the string is tethered to a short wooden stake lodged in the dirt. The lion seems to think it’s held captive, and never tries to escape. It’s restless and frustrated, periodically emitting a doleful sound that’s both a pained growl and a mournful whine. I want you to think of this scene at least once a month, Leo. Each time, ask yourself, ‘Am I this lion?’ Make sure you always know that you can snap the string with ease and bound away to freedom.”

    It was like a light bulb went off when I read this (and the lights turn on every time I re-read it). It paints such a visual, powerful picture for me of a massive lion tied down by a dinky little string… “Make sure you always know that you can snap the string with ease and bound away to freedom.”

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  14. sean

    Courtney, I think this may open a door to a room you have not examined:

    The palace and all the beauties within it are the omens that the king (who is the universe) wants Santiago to pay attention to while on his journey.

    The oil drops on the spoon are is goal (reach his treasure).

    He must continuously align his goal with the omens

  15. sean

    Courtney, I think this may open a door to a room you have not examined:

    The palace and all the beauties within it are the omens that the king (who is the universe) wants Santiago to pay attention to while on his journey.

    The oil dropped spoon is Santiago’s goal (reach his treasure).

    He must continuously align his goal with the omens.

    I say this because the king tells the story just after he tells Santiago of the omens he must follow.

    Cheers!

    • sean

      If you imagine a goal in your life – the universe will place the resources you need in front of you to succeed. You must pay attention to these resources and use them. Nothing is impossible – Quantum Physics has proven this (i.e. – an electron can be in two places at the same time). The universe will bend to your goal. U have to work hard everyday to reach it, but the universe will give you everything you need. No if ands or buts about it. Einstein has proven this with E = MC(squared).

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