A Cup & Coffee
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Cassandra Carlopio
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This story reminds us of whats important in life.
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Michelle
The Essence
You can still be happy when without the fancy stuff, as long as you’ve got the essence of life. That’s what we’re all looking for in the end anyways.
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Appreciate the reminder
Focusing on what is import implies that you know what’s important. I need to identify that first. What is my coffee? What is my cup? I’ll work to identify first and then focus more on the coffee than the cup.
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Mari :)
My cup is fine
Últimamente he estado comparando mi cuerpo al de otras personas, he estado comparando mis habilidades, mi personalidad solo para verme lo malo, en lo que podría mejorar y concluir que los demás son mejores que yo. He estado viendo el "vaso" de los demás y menospreciando el mío. Esta meditación me dejar ver que quizás lo más importante no es comparar nuestros vasos sino disfrutar este vehículo que poseemos que nos permite experimentar la vida y saborearla.
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Devereaux
Great reminder..
It's not the fancy cars, big house that make us happy... It's the essence.... The cup of coffee with all our favorite flavors that's brewed just right that we most enjoy! A great analogy to remember!
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Sally
Nice to be reminded
I really liked this story It is a nice reminder that it’s what is inside of us that matters, not our “packaging” This is something we all need to remember in this world today.
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Linda
A cup and coffee
This reminded me of my nephew who went off to Johns Hopkins University to get his education. He came home without a degree and his father was disappointed and his mother was worried. I visited with him a few months ago and was delighted to see he is happy in his job teaching gymnastics to kids.
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Mary
A reminder of the small things that matter most
I felt the extended appreciation and joy that a food services server showed while providing the services. They displayed the order with eye-pleasing satisfaction. The small things in the presentation represented their personality as going the extra distance in their career choice. Sometimes in life, we overlook the small things that matter most just to impress with bigger and brighter things; while all the time it starts with knowing how well you communicate with people by Giving to others what you expect to receive back in Life.
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Mary
Peace in the head
It took several times for me to focus and listen to the tape before I found a peaceful place in my mind. I then realized that I had a lot of clustering thoughts that was blocking me from getting to my secret place. I had to acknowledge the present embodiment with a Thank You; regardless if it was good or bad. That when I was able to go to that safe place in the sky swinging on a swing over an ocean. The sound and smell of the rushing waves gave me a sense of peace in my mind and I was able to relax and let go of all the clustering thoughts and distractions. It always aha moment when I am in my secret place of comfort in a mindset of peacefulness.
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Kate
Simple truth about life
Is that the material things you have are just things. It’s what YOU bring that matters.
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Katey
It’s What’s Inside the Cup that Counts
The things in life that look the best-like the newest car, the most expensive house, the best clothes mean nothing when compared to the things in life that really matter. The lavish “cups” aka the tangible items that we (or at least I) want in my life and envy in others, are not the things that will make me happy or fulfilled. The things that matter the most can’t be bought or shown. Inner happiness, family and friends, self-assurance, peace of mind, etc. I need to remember these things when I’m forgetting how blessed I am and how much I have to be happy with myself
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Teagyn
Realization / (if your worried about school)
I learned that it doesn’t matter what grade you get on a test or the life that your creating for yourself. What matters is that the life you have created for yourself makes you happy. Life is short so what’s the point if you don’t enjoy what you where given
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Anna
Material things
Life isn’t about material things and I already knew that but sometimes I get so caught up in wanting these things just to impress others. So i need to stop spending time focusing on material things in my life.
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Tammy
A cup and coffee
What a wonderful short story reminding us that our joy and happiness lies within ourselves and not in the things we have.
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Siouxpergirl
Cup Vs Coffee
Very interesting reminder of what to focus on in life. Put me into even deeper thought...
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Judith
Reflexión on materialism and envy
To look beyond my worries and enjoy my “coffee” life, I shouldn’t compare nyself since my story is different, unique, my own!
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Ryan
The Important Things
I learned that you should appreciate the positivity in your life and not look at the negative mindset you choose to create in your head.
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Struggling
I like the concept behind this - don’t stress about the cup which doesn’t impact the coffee, but enjoy what is inside - the coffee. I’m hung up on whether a job is part of the coffee or part of the cup. On the one hand, the job could impact the experience of life (i.e. alter the flavor of the coffee just like milk does), or you could choose to have the same outlook on life no matter what your job is, then it becomes part of the cup. This has not helped relax me. If anything, it’s put my mind into overdrive trying to figure it out.
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Walter J
☕️
I enjoy these stories and know stories are an excellent way for us to learn. Jesus used stories & parables to get his important points across to his audiences. So I learned that: While the cup may not physically make the coffee taste any better, it may enhance the flavor emotionally by our really liking the cup & thus we may think it actually tastes better (our mind’s emotions are That powerful!) My travel mug certainly keeps my coffee hotter longer than a regular mug & thus I am able to enjoy it longer. So after awhile my hot travel mug coffee Will actually taste better than my lukewarm regular mug coffee. (The one case where the mug can physically make a difference) But i believe it is How you Make the coffee that really determines how good it will taste. The more Care & Love you put into making it the better it will taste, regardless of what brand of bean! ❤️☮️🍀
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Randy
Stressed
I know that about material things but I have a family business that requires heavy work. I tell my family this needs to be done and it doesn’t get done so I end up doing it. Now my back needs surgery. I could leave but now what?
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Matthew
Strong message!
A great lesson in this story, and one i’d do well to take to heart! Even though I dream of a better life, full of better things for myself and my loved ones, I can’t deny the blessed miracle that I AM still here! Alive! Blessed beyond all measure to still be with my beautiful wife and children! I cannot deny that I feel miserable and like I have failed my family, when we struggle sometimes just to put a meal on the table, but God does sustain! We have maintained a roof over our heads, and no one has starved to death...yet (though, if you listen to the complaints of the 10-year-old-daughter...🤣)
♥️
Coffee
I learnt that you should always look inside something or someone instead of judging them on the outside
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Rylie
The cup
I learned that it doesn’t matter what you have it matters how you live you life weather you have that object or not.
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Will
Truth
This was a great reminder that life is not about material things. It’s about what is inside and who we surround ourselves with!
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Robert
Be thankful
I must understand to be happy is to be thankful for what you have no matter how small and not be concerned what others have.
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Louis
It’s the Coffee Not the Cup
Good story that tells an important principle about our goals and endeavors. It’s easy for us to focus on the containers we are vying for when what we really want is what’s in the cup or container.
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Amanda
Coffee
It is true. Never thought of it that way tbh. Life simplified I guess
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Limonie
True to yourself
I learned that we shouldn’t need other things to change the way we look/are to make others happy. If they don’t like you for who you are, then you don’t need them in your life. Be true to yourself and don’t change or hide yourself to please others.
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shelby
Coffee
I learned that self worth is not measured in money But in confidence
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Summer
I’m enlightened
The story touched a heart string and made me think. I feel more relaxed after listening to the story and have a little bit of a better view
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Aurora
Life
I have to focus on things in life that really matters and i have to be greatful what i’ve learned and what i have right now.
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Alessa
Third seesion
I learned that it doesn’t matter what you look like, how expensive/cheap you dress or how you present yourself . It’s the true you that’s inside that is important and that carries quality and what defines you
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Christa
I noticed that internalizing the message of this story caused me to be more stressed.
I learned that it would be better if I could turn of the inner monologue.
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Julie
Cup of coffee
The details around me don’t have to be perfect; I can stay quality coffee inside of me and stay at peace regardless of all the details.
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Tom
Cup & Coffee
I reaffirmed my belief that you don’t need all the bells and whistles. All that material stuff isn’t what fills your life or brings you happiness, you yourself do that
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Mae
Cup of coffee
I learned that you can still enjoy the coffee without the most expensive, fancy cup. This story really benefited me, and taught me I need to focus on happiness, not money.
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Lacey
Inspiration
I felt/learned that it’s what’s inside that counts and matters most.
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Kristin
Now I’m Awake
The simple and free things from life are the most important. Family, health, happiness, love, friendships can’t be purchased and will never have a price tag!
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Suanne
A Beautiful Metaphor for Life
A Cup and A Coffee The cup signifies our wants; the coffee, our needs. No matter how luxurious the cup holding the coffee is, at the end of the day, what we really need is just the coffee. The cup, no matter how luxurious and decorated, only holds one pragmatic function: To hold the coffee. This sweet story also reminds me that at the end of the day, happiness is about our attitude to life, not the circumstances in which we are in.
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Ema
People often focus so much on what’s outside that they forget to focus on what’s really important.
I learned to focus more on people’s minds then on their image.
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Caitlyn
I'm a mountain?
well...yup...this did help me sleep but I dont like sitting in one place so I decided to lay down instead
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Cyndee
Mind changing...
As I listened to this story I started to think about the quality of my life and what I can do to make it happier, more fulfilling and rewarding. It’s easy to come up with solutions but more difficult and challenging to actually make it happen. But, I think a good challenge would do me good and give me something positive to focus on. Part of archiving a better quality of life would involve making sacrifices and giving up some good things and situations so it’s important that I’m careful. Thanks Aura for this mind changing story 🙏
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Laura
Life like coffee
I liked this story a lot. Gives for a great meditation subject. Focus on what really matters; the coffee-life. So simple yet we can lose sight of this easily. Great story and great reminder to where to keep the focus.
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Sam
Half full
What a great way to visualize life. That’s why I usually look for the hand made rustic mugs lol😜
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Jovana
Eye opening
i have never thought about life like a cup of coffee. putting this in perspective really helps me understand hoe to find real happiness in life. that the outcome in how my life is, doesnt determine my happiness.
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Sharmain
Mentor
I need to have a good mentor like the one in the story haha.
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Susan
A Cup & Coffe
What a beautiful lesson.... Do what makes you happy! The material things do not make you happy but a slave to more material things
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Tiffany
I need more coffee
Coffee symbolizes time with my daughter. Right now I am fighting with everything I have to get more time with her. She deserves it. I want her to know that I want her to be in my life. Sometimes kids think parents abandoned them during divorce. I want my daughter to know that I did not choose something other than her.
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Morgan
Perfect!
This wonderfully summarizes my view on life and not that you were being naïve but that choosing to see the world through like rose colored glasses but knowing that there’s bad out there but choosing to not let it affect you and choosing to only let the good
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MICHÆL HART
A Cup & Coffee
This was the most exquisite and Wisest of all the stories I’ve heard so far. I was in Disneyland management and landed my position very young. Funny enough, I completely bought the Great American Myth: Power, position, title; money, house, cars, toys, et al., were all I thought that “really” mattered. Yet I learned the hard way that what is truly important is not all the fru-fru we are brainwashed into thinking are all important; that the unimportant and tangible is all that mattered; what a very pretty hook I chose to bite on! What matters is not what seems so seductive, so absolutely perfect and what turns others pea-green with envy. Rather, it is accepting what seems less than desirable and imperfect. Moreover, not even a very much-desires spot in the soulless and rapacious “Happiest Place on Earth” (so it’s called) will actually make one HAPPY, which •IS• THE REALITY of what life’s needs to be all about. I often reflect upon all the suffering I chose to take, rather than focus on drinking from reality and thus strive for what would actually make me happy.
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MICHÆL HART
The Cups & Coffee
I learned that having a position that most would say is everything, at quite literally “The Happiest Place on Earth” (Disneyland) and then long suffering for all the perfect looking fru-fru, is not at all what could make me happy. Moreover, it was inside me all the time; I never knew it. Nonetheless, I still needed the right tools to achieve happiness, then simply grab it with both hands. Thank God, I did just that.
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Krystan
I love coffee...
I love my life right now, things aren’t perfect. Some things need to change. But I love coffee so I’m going to learn to enjoy the coffee no matter what cup it is in!
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Melissa
Listen to your body
Today I learned that I need to listen to my body to feel good.
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Melissa
Listen to your body
Today I learned that I need to listen to my body to feel good.
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Melissa
Listen to your body
Today I learned that I need to listen to my body to feel good.
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Alessandre
enjoy life
I shouldn't focus on other's success but rather my own and enjoy my journey getting there
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tatiana
the bigger picture
i learned that i should learn to focus more on the positive things in my life rather than the negative things that are causing me to feel anything but happy.
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Jackson
My Feelings
I feel like this was a good way to think about my personal life and really take into consideration on what things are positively going on in my life rather then always constantly worrying about something
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Caroline
I noticed
I noticed that I preferred more of a focus on the breath for relaxation, but I did like the moral of this particular story.
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Lara
Character
The story told me that it isn’t important what you look like. It’s only important what you look at the inside. I already knew this but it was nice to hear it again
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Rory
One Coffee Cup at a Time
I noticed how nonchalant I am when it comes to taking what I want, and this could be a great source of my feelings of inadequacy and unhappiness since it provokes envy. I should take situations one coffee at a time and make an effort to be grateful for the cup I receive.
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Avery
Comparing
I learned that the quality of the coffee isn’t changed by the mug you use, it has no effect on how it tastes. I’m learning to apply this to my day to day life
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Rachel
enjoy the coffee
i learned that you shouldn’t worry so much about the cup, that you don’t think to enjoy the coffee itself.
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Erin
A cup of coffie
I learned that it is very good if u r trying to get to sleep and it has a great moral. U should try it out.😜
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Alex
focus
man sollte sich manchmal eher klar machen, dass nicht das was man hat/braucht einen glücklich macht, sondern sich auf sich selbst konzentrieren. ,,Die Kaffetasse, egal wie schön sie aussieht und teuer sie ist, macht nicht die Qualität des Kaffees aus“
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Amy
basic
it doesn't matter. just live. basic functions is what matters.
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Victoria
enjoy life
it's not the vessel you're in, it's the quality within..............
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Victoria
enjoy life
it's not the vessel you're in, it's the quality within..............
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Kyrie
Cups and Coffee
Just as a porcelain cup won’t make the coffee in it taste any better, what you have on the outside (big house, luxury car, designer clothes) doesn’t make what’s inside any better (marital problems, anxiety, depression.) I need to focus more on making the coffee better and not worrying about the cup it’s in as much.
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Danny
Things
This session helped me realize that things are unimportant. It’s all about how happy you are.
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Tammy
cultivating joy
happiness for others can help grow your own joy and happiness.
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Katie-Claire
everyone is the same
in this meditation i came to learn that no matter where we are in life, our basic principles stay the same and we should be happy to have what we have and to have learned what we have learned.
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Olivia
Life
While the cup will not change the quality of the coffee it might change how the drinker feels about the coffee or other cups of coffee. If you are comfortable and happy with your choice in cups your coffee with probably taste better. Material things are not the most important things, but surround yourself with what makes you happy, whether that be a cozy plain cup the makes you feel warm inside or a crystal cup that makes you feel confident. If you do not like your choice of cup then you will spend the whole time worrying about that and pretty soon the coffee will be gone. Enjoy your life and the things in it, because before anything else, it is your life. Make it count.
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élodie
i learned that
being happy isn't when everything is perfect. it's when we don't care about the imperfections and we concentrate on the positive.
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Mackenzie
Coffee Lover
Being a coffee lover, this was interesting to me. I always choose the fun, flattering cups...from now on, I’ll focus on the coffee and not the cup.
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Jayden
Yes
this helped me see the true beauty in life. I told me to appreciate life no matter what.
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Nutella
Amazing
this helped me realize the beautiful things in life, and just realize, but it also made me enjoy it.
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Saliha
I realize that i felt refreshed after an aura moment and it helps me out of my constant tired state
I letande that it’s better to have this moments in the morning
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Ham
mm
there are things in my life that I want to change but I just have to move past thsm
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Ryan
What I felt
I felt so happy when I reflected over all the things that happened to me today. It was a reminder that I had a pretty good day even when the smallest things happened to me today.
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Summer
Impowering messages
I learned that listening to impowering messages and inspiring messgaes help me think ablut ehat i could change the bad in my life and make it good
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San
The Coffee Cup
I learned that the cup doesn’t affect the quality of the coffee. This means that our life isn’t affected by our jobs and what we buy. No. However, we choose to focus on the cup and compare what we have with others. This is what leads to stress. :))
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Zoey
This is amazing
This really was the perfect analogy for life. It’s about what’s on the inside that counts!
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Morgan
A cup of coffee
I learned that no matter what house you live in, no matter the money you have no matter what cup you have it still doesn’t change the quality of the coffee(life)
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Kiana
Bruh
I’m just trying to go to sleep ........................... ................. ( it said I had to write more lol it’s 12:26 am and I can’t sleep lol please help)
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Bella
A Cup & Coffee
I think I needed a reminder about what life is about. How you feel about life is up to you. It doesn’t matter if your the richest person alive or a homeless person; you can chose to be happy or unhappy either way. I may not be the most successful person in the world, but I am happy and that is all that matters.
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Walter J
Realizing...
It is about the peace inside us (The Peace that passes all understanding) that really counts, not what we look like or who we are or what we do...!! Powerfully simple but also a little scary. I need to remind myself of this more often! Thanks again Aura! ❤️☮️🍀
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Cherish
A Cup & Coffee
What a wonderful story! So many of us define our happiness by what careers we have, the size of our houses, the cars we own, on and on. But, as Cassandra says, those things are will not give us true happiness. True happiness comes from within us, inside of our souls. It is when we are truly happy, we are at peace. As with this story, the size or look of our cup doesn’t matter. Rather, it is the coffee that we need to nourish to truly enjoy! 😊
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Juan
A Cup & Coffee
I learned that life is simple and we making difficult, by overthinking and stressing little things.
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Joee
Quality of life
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Kenya
Didn’t think about it like that.
It was a good less but for me. I know I like pretty things, it just brings more enjoyment to simple things. Being the person I am the metaphor he uses isn’t for me because I am not a superficial person. Usually if I want something I will make it myself because it will bring me greater pleasure.
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Sandy
Coffee is like life
In this session coffee is Life. Everyone wants a grand life; the cup coffee goes in from cheap to expensive is like choosing how we want a home career car property (assets & luxurious materials). Realistically === coffee is coffee === Life is what we make of it The Prettiest, most expensive cup doesn’t change the coffee. Life is for some people a constant competition for attention and how to show the amount of income,,, like old times saying Rags to Riches.
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Meja
This is nice
I like it But still can’t sleep Still gotta write more xD
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Alex
Great lesson
A short great reminder of what is truly important. We get so lost in everything it’s easy to lose track of what keeps us grounded.
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Tayleigh
2
I just felt calm. The background music really kept me at easy and made me not focus on life itself.
Екатерина
Классно
Правда я все равно не могу уснуть, надеюсь на следующие ) Музыка на заднем плане очень помогает расслабиться))
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Mia
A cup and coffee
I learned that even if you have the worst things, or even if you have to build your own house out of trees you still have those things.
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AnniePie
A favorite of mine
But check on what’s important. Helpful when stressed or upset about current situation.
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Roz
I feel at peace
I have a voice and I don’t care what people I don’t care about think of me
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Darren
Selflessness
It doesn't matter what others have or how it's flashed, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. The thoughts and thing you have, no matter what it is, can make the shittiest things appear beautiful.
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Lisa
Fancy doesn’t mean fulfilled
I think back on some of my most happiest times in my life and what is often the most meaningful was not a nice house or car but the relationships and moments spent with people and places. The coffee not the cup!
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Bob
Life
Expensive cup is what we want for ourselves and having the good one does change the way we feel about ourselves and our life
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Ndi
Wake me Up
I felt awakened to the idea that it doesn’t matter what you have but what you hold. The quality of life is more about perception, the thought of your experiences than it is about what you physically see in others.
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Jennifer
Reflection
I considered how I have been fretting over what nice things I can have in my back garden when really I’m distracting from the work that has to be done first.
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Raimee
I have noticed that when I was listening to her speak a lot of my worries had started to fade.
I learned that the outside of what you are striving for doesn’t change the inside just because it seems to be better
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Mike
It's important to keep perspective
You can kick and scream and wail about being treated unfairly, but it's important to remember that how others treat you does not reflect your self worth or the quality of your life.
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dani
Enjoying the Coffee
I learned that no matter which “cup” we pour our “coffee” in, all we want to do is drink our “coffee”, so it doesn’t matter what our “cup” may look like.
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Drew
My takeaway
I learned that what others perceive of me or the things I have does not change the value I place on myself/that person or thing
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June
Inner being
Being beautiful on the outside doesn't mean the inside matches.
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Christy
Life is in the coffee
No matter what your circumstances are, you can choose to be happy. Life defines who you are The job, house, etc., she said do not define happiness and are like window dressing. Happiness is a conscious choice to be okay and content with what we have and not focus on what isn’t going perfectly.
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Caitlin
Cup comparison
I liked the part about how everyone looked at each other's cups (comparison). No one can see the coffee inside (someone's inner world and life). They only compare what's on the exterior.