What Friends Are For

Our October get-together is dedicated to friendship.

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“Find for yourself a teacher, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge everyone favorably” (Ethics of Our Fathers, 1:6)

To discover the magical powers of friendship, please join us tomorrow.

Remote access requisites will be given in a separate post.

You can always reach me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com and by Skype at drdolly613.

Happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

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Explore Yourself

Isn’t it fortunate that we did our “August in September” get-together, since September is a Self-care Awareness month! As all 28 of you, Beautiful People, who joined us by remote access, have experienced, this is exactly what we did; we engaged in self-exploration.

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It isn’t always easy to talk about ourselves, so to make it easier, we had a “cheat sheet” called Just Be You.

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Watch the video to follow our explorations. Hopefully, it will inspire and motivate you to engage in your own self-awareness discovery process.

It is a rather long video, not broken into segments, as I usually do, so you might want to take a break or two and read a beautiful post by a great blogger Kamal.

https://boundlessblessingsblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/salt-v-s-rice/

Due to Sukkoth holiday, we’ll have our next get-together in the beginning of October. Stay tuned for further announcements and don’t forget to do your homework: use the chart above to become aware of these qualities that you already possess and actively seek a joyful state by using them to benefit others.

You can always reach me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com

and by Skype at drdolly613.

Recipe for Deconstructed Honey Cake is found here.

Have a sweet, healthy, and happy year!

Remember: happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

The Best of Times

Far from quoting Charles Dickens, Beautiful People, I am declaring, together with the Tony Award winning cast of La Cage Aux Folles, that “the best of times is now!”

To experience the best of times and practice to bring them into your “now,” join us tomorrow night at our August-in-September Lasting Joy Club get-together.

  • Where: Chabad of South Beach, 320 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, Fl 33139.
  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Remote access information:

Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/942109381

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (669) 224-3319

Access Code: 942-109-381

More phone numbers:

  • Australia: +61 2 9091 7603
  • Austria: +43 1 2060 92964
  • Belgium: +32 28 93 7002
  • Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373
  • Denmark: +45 32 72 03 69
  • Finland: +358 923 17 0556
  • France: +33 170 950 590
  • Germany: +49 692 5736 7300
  • Ireland: +353 15 360 756
  • Italy: +39 0 230 57 81 80
  • Netherlands: +31 207 941 375
  • New Zealand: +64 9 282 9510
  • Norway: +47 21 93 37 37
  • Spain: +34 932 75 1230
  • Sweden: +46 853 527 818
  • Switzerland: +41 225 4599 60
  • United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:    https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

If you want to create a delicious Deconstructed Honey Cake in a wine glass together with us, you will need:

  • 1 slice of pound cake or any not overly moist cake
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 cup of any fruit and berries of your choice, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream ( we will use non-dairy)
  • 1 apple wedge
  • Optional crushed walnuts

Remember your homework, Beautiful People: recall times when you were joyful and allow those feelings of “Inner Joy” to flow from your head to your toes.

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Take it from a certified Potter-head: when we do things together, magic happens!

Reach out to me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com and by Skype at drdolly613.

See you tomorrow, and don’t forget that

happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

A Bit Bizarre

If you were wondering, Beautiful People, what happened to our last Tuesday of August get-together, King Arthur has an answer for you, or, rather, the incomparable Sir Richard Burton playing the lead in Camelot.

Yes, I know “it sounds a bit bizarre,” but to accommodate some Lasting Joy club members, we have made “summer linger till September.” I hope it does not inconvenience the rest of you, Beautiful People!

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As you see, we are still meeting on my home ground, South Beach. A great big THANK YOU goes to Batya Galloni Brud for designing our flyers and sharing them on social media! Requisits for remote access will be posted closer to the event, as usual.

Meanwhile, I received quite a few comments about last month theme “First Love Yourself.” Isn’t it not only “a bit bizarre,” but also quite a bit egocentric? One of the most used and misused Shakespeare quotes is To thine own self be true.  However, as it often happens, this is not the end of the sentence! Here is a bit of wisdom Polonius imparts to Hamlet in Act 1 of the tragedy:

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It follows, then, that first we have to learn to be mindful of our own qualities and explore our own hearts and souls. As a talented poet and a dear blogo-friend Chuck remarked,

If you know yourself

You will know the truth you need

and know it’s enough

You can enjoy Chuck’s poetry at    https://poetscornerblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/haiku-if-you-know-yourself/.

Next Tuesday, we will practice mindful exploration of ourselves, starting with this checklist:

Just be you

You’ll be surprised how many of these you possess! And if you think you don’t – not yet, mind you! – here is another bit of wisdom from yet another wonderful blogger, or rather a team called Lemonade Pink:

To sweeten the new beginning, and to bring us into the spirit of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, we will be making Deconstructed Honey Cakes (list of ingredients will be posted closer to the event).

Are you doing your homework, Beautiful People? Remember to recall times when you were joyful and allow those feelings of “Inner Joy” to flow from your head to your toes.

You can always reach me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com and by Skype at drdolly613.

Remember: happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

We Can Fly!

Caling all supermen, superwomen, and generally, all super-people! I got news for you: I believe you can fly.
First Love YourselfAt our July get-together, we have practiced learning to F.L.Y.  This is what you do:

Breathe slowly and deeply. Repeat:
 I unconditionally love myself, even though I am not perfect.
 I love myself, even though I have faults and limitations.
 I love myself, even though I make mistakes and errors.
 I love myself, even though I feel envious.
 I love myself, even though I lose my temper.
 I love myself, even though I overeat.
 I love myself, even though I don’t utilize my time in the best and wisest ways.

 (Zelig Pliskin, Life Is Now)

We had 22 Beautiful People joining us by remote access – wow! Thank you for staying up due to time difference and participating! If you were unable to attend in real time, here are the videos:

As always, we have also created scrumptious desserts – individual no-bake Mojito Verrines in wine glasses. You can watch them being made in the next video. Full recipe is posted here.

Your homework for next month is to recall times when you were joyful. Allow those feelings of “Inner Joy” to flow from your head to your toes. Let my dear friend Alex Fox help you!

You can always talk to me privately via e-mail drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com or by Skype drdolly613. Your comments are also greatly appreciated!

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Remember: Happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

 

 

Magic Happened Again!

We love magic, and it keeps happening right here, at the Lasting Joy Club! It had happened to us here, and it has just happened again! At our last get-together, one of our club members shared a difficult situation. She needed help with it, and we jumped right in and brainstormed together. You can follow this discussion here.
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What are friends for? To lend a hand, or a brain, if needed, and make magic happen. Here is Miriam with her service dog, now perfectly legitimate and allowed to reside in her building.
Here is your remote access information for tomorrow night, Beautiful People:
Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Tuesday, July 31, 7:00 PM EST
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/124817581

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
More phone numbers
Australia: +61 2 9087 3604
Austria: +43 7 2081 5427
Belgium: +32 28 93 7018
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391
Denmark: +45 32 72 03 82
Finland: +358 923 17 0568
France: +33 170 950 594
Germany: +49 691 7489 928
Ireland: +353 15 360 728
Italy: +39 0 247 92 13 01
Netherlands: +31 207 941 377
New Zealand: +64 9 280 6302
Norway: +47 21 93 37 51
Spain: +34 932 75 2004
Sweden: +46 853 527 827
Switzerland: +41 225 4599 78
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5028

Whether you join us by computer or dial in by phone, it is completely free of charge.

Access Code: 124-817-581

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

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Join us, and let’s make more magic – let’s all grow together! Remember:
you deserve happiness
Please talk to me by e-mail drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com or by Skype Drdolly613.

Do You Love You?

Here is an incredible concept for you, Beautiful People: “When people have unconditional love for their own essence, they will be kind, and generous, and compassionate” (Rabbi Zelig Pliskin in “Life Is Now”).
But I am not perfect, and neither are you, and neither is anyone else, and it’s OK, because…
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if you love yourself, even though you are not perfect, then you will love other “non-perfects” the way they are.

Tomorrow, at our July Lasting Joy Club get-together, we will practice a step-by-step technique designed to help us grow into self-love.
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Your homework was to think of something you can do for self-improvement and picture yourself actually doing it. We are excited to share these experiences!
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As always, we will also be making an exciting dessert, a No-bake Mojito Cake Verrine.
If you are joining us by remote access,you will need:
– Graham crackers or any bisquits
– Real or non-dairy cream cheese
– Real or non-dairy sour cream or youghurt
– Sugar or substitute
– Real or non-dairy whipped cream
– A nice bunch of fresh mint
– Limes
Remote access information is coming up in a separate e-mail. Meanwhile, Beautiful People,
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Do get in touch by e-mail drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com or by Skype drdolly613.
See you tomorrow, and remember:
Happiness is a choice; choose to be happy today!