Friday, March 30, 2018

Sanctuary

Oracle of the Unicorns by Cordelia Francesca Brabbs

Sometimes I need a break from the world. Even life. This is especially important to do after I've spent a lot of time socializing. I'm an introvert and extended periods with others exhausts me. But it's also necessary because we are constantly being bombarded by bad news on a daily basis. Everywhere you turn there's some bad/crazy/scary/stupid shit going on. It's enough to drive you mad. So sometimes - many times - I need to shut down, tune out and concentrate on more pleasant things in order to maintain my sanity.

I reach for my sanctuary, which can include one of many things like reading, sketching, cooking, listening to music, cycling, baking, walking, photography and gardening. Just to name a few. And when I'm feeling exceptionally unbalanced, I take a little time to be still and meditate. I envision myself in one of these settings: 1) walking along a sandy beach listening to the sounds of the ocean or 2) standing on top of a mountain with a infinite view of nature. Both scenes are very beautiful and calming and rejuvenating. They are where I go when I need peace.

Do you need time alone? What helps you relax?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Walking

Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette

One of my favourite ways to get rid of stress, the clutter in my mind and negative energy is to walk. I find it healing and empowering and invigorating, especially when I’m surrounded by nature, and particularly so when I’m near water. When I’m not balanced or when my brain is whirring, I suspend my thinking and step outside, breathe in the air and go for a long, healing stroll.

My love for walking has been a part of me my whole life. It’s something that I shared with my father. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who enjoyed walking as much as he did. He did it daily; miles and miles worth. And it showed by how physically strong he was. His legs were muscular; more so than mine have ever been or ever will be. Even at 77, the age he passed away, he had rock hard calves. Whenever we walked together, despite the fact that he was decades older than me, there were times when I struggled to keep up with his swift pace. And he’d lovingly tease me about it, of course.

My father was the one that introduced the love of walking to me when I was two. My mother thought I might be too young for extensive walks. But not my father. According to him, as long as I was able to keep my balance and move forward, I was ready to tag along with him on some of his beloved strolls. Turned out he was right. He took me along, now and then, and we walked for blocks, side by side. I never tired during any of these gratifying journeys we shared, and not once did I ask to be picked up and carried. I was determined. And his heart swelled with pride.

My father is no longer in this world but my love for walking lives on. Whether it’s for 15 minutes or 2 hours, I leave my struggles at home when I step outside and go for a walk. I breathe, I walk. I walk, I breathe. And I return home completely refreshed.

How about you? Do you enjoy walking? How do you de-stress?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Mindfulness

For those who participated, how did you do with last week's mindfulness exercise to make an effort to smile?

For an entire week I paid attention to my facial expressions and when I caught myself frowning or displaying a negative emotion, I smiled. When I felt less than happy, I smiled. When I was upset or stressed or agitated, I smiled. And when I caught a reflection of myself and my face seemed too serious, I smiled. It was not easy to remember to do this but it did accomplish something. Every time I smiled, I felt better on the inside. It's hard to feel negative when you are smiling.

Here is this week's mindfulness exercise:



I hope you give it a try. Happy Monday, to all!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gossip

Crazy Sexy Love Notes by Kris Carr

People gossip because they want to feel superior when they feel jealous or insecure. They also gossip when they are bored but can't generate interesting discussions that share knowledge and ideas. Sometimes it's because they want to belong to a group and to be accepted, so they go along with that maliciousness at the expense of someone else's reputation or feelings. It's also a way to seek attention, although it's temporary at best since gossipers aren't very popular and they certainly can't be trusted.

Gossip is not the same as having a natural curiosity about people, especially in your community. Learning about people and discussing their talents and contributions is not gossip. But spreading rumours and making offensive, judgmental and derogatory comments is.

I don't do gossip. It is mean-spirited and insensitive conversation. It can involve betraying confidences and spreading nasty and oftentimes false information that can be hurtful and painful. And if I'm the listener of gossip today, I can be the subject of gossip tomorrow. Because a gossiper has no filter. If they gossip about someone to you, they'll gossip about you to someone else.


I grew up in a community where gossip was a sport. There were people, mostly women, who blatantly pressed their noses against window panes to watch as you walked down the street. They were especially interested in teenage girls who were expected to be 'ladies' (it was a patriarchal environment). Because if one of them did something that invited scandal, it made for a juicy story and had tongues wagging. These openly boorish bullies had nothing better to do with their time than create and supply gossip.

The malicious stories traveled at the speed of light and would become more and more distorted as they went from ear to ear. And what was even more troubling than these uncouth people was the number of followers they had. A gossiper cannot exist without listeners. And there were many of those around. Their purpose? To shame you, and even better, to shame your entire family. There were individuals who literally spent their time passing along gossip for no other reason than to disrupt people's lives. They derived some sick pleasure out of that.

So I decided early on that I would never be that type of person. I would never inflict that type of pain on someone else. And I've walked that path ever since. There are many other, more interesting and positive things to discuss when we are in the company of others.

I invite you to share your thoughts on this.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Resentment

The Power of Surrender Cards by Judith Orloff

Are you angry and resentful?
Are you holding a grudge?
Are you unable to let go and move on?

We've all been hurt, betrayed or disappointed by someone at some point in our lives. That's inevitable. But no matter if it's the first time or the umpteenth time, it is painful. And that pain often leads to anger and resentment. Those are perfectly normal feelings that fit the circumstances. We feel rage within us, lick our wounds and even wallow in self pity for awhile. It's only when those feelings stay with us for an extended period of time, sometimes permanently, that it becomes a problem.

When we harbour anger and resentment towards those that hurt us, we are giving them control over us. By not letting go and moving on, we are allowing our betrayers to continue to victimize us, which robs us of the happiness we desire and deserve. In addition, no matter how much we fret and fume, those who hurt us are not losing any sleep over it. We are suffering alone.

For me, forgiveness is not about accepting wrongful words or deeds. It is about setting myself free by discarding negative thoughts. It is about letting go and concentrating on better, more joyful things. It is about releasing whatever doesn't serve me. It is about taking back my power and living in the light.

Betrayal is never justified and we're certainly entitled to be angry when someone wrongs us, but those negative emotions feed into our energy and suck the very life out of us. And I'm not willing to live that way. I choose to dispose of that toxicity. I choose to move forward.

Today's Mantra:

I embrace what is.
I walk away from what doesn't serve me
I invest my energy in love and contentment.

What are your thoughts?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mindfulness

A few days ago I picked up these cards:

Mindfulness On The Go by Jan Chozen Bays, MD.
Each card offers a meditative exercise that helps foster mindful awareness. And all these simple exercises can be practiced anywhere, even on the go.

I will be incorporating these cards into my weekly routine and every Monday I will share the card I select to encourage you to join me.

On the front of the card you'll find the description of the task and on the back you see what experiences and insights other people have had in trying it. It is suggested that you read only the front to begin with and read the flip side later in the week so it doesn't affect how you approach the exercise. This is what I'll be doing but you should do whatever works best for you.

The first image displayed is the front of the card and the second one is the back. Now let's get started.

This week's exercise:

Exercise (front of card)

Back of card (you can return later in the week to read this)

Simple enough. Here we go...

Happy Monday to all! Don't forget to smile.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Appreciation

Well-Being Cards by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks
 

It is cold outside today. Winter seems really long this year, which has become rather tiring. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring but for now we have snow and frigid weather. Normally I would be a little irritated but there is so much sunshine outside my window that I can't help but feel a tremendous amount of appreciation for this day. So I'll dream about spring knowing it's on its way and appreciate this cold but gloriously sunny day.

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spruce Up Your Nest

Crazy Sexy Love Notes by Kris Carr 


I spent the week cleaning our home, and although physically I was tired, mentally and emotionally I felt energized. There's something so satisfying about a clean and organized home. It does wonders for the psyche.

This time of year I also get the itch to gather up items and donate them. As a minimalist, this comes easily to me. When I remove clutter, I feel lighter and more motivated.

But cleaning my physical environment is not the only spring cleaning I aim to do. Purging negative thoughts and cleaning up whatever is weighing me down is also on the menu. Because getting rid of the cobwebs on the inside gives me a chance to take stock of who I am and to redefine myself. It liberates my very soul.

This week's focus was to let go of whatever no longer serves me.

How about you? Do you do any type of spring cleaning?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Procrastination

Wisdom For Healing by Caroline Myss


I'll admit that I can be a bit of a procrastinator in some areas of my life. Sometimes it's simply because I can't make a decision when I get to a fork in the road. Do I go this way or that way? Do I do this or that? When I'm in a situation where there are too many options, or in a situation where more than one choice is appealing, I can end up going around in circles. And I wait rather than take action. What exactly am I waiting for? That's the million dollar question.

Thankfully, I eventually choose and move forward. And wonder why I didn't take action sooner! Today I will take action throughout the day. Hopefully 😊

How about you? Do you take action?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Signs and Omens

Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer

Signs and omens present themselves throughout our lives. They can appear through many sources like dreams, synchronicity, nature, sounds, daily life, scents and through animals. And they work together with our intuition to let us know that these encounters hold a significant message for us.

One of my most recent encounters was in early January when the sky above our home filled with crows circling round and round. A few days later we had to put our cat to sleep. These animal messengers had come for her; to comfort her and help guide her into the spirit world.

We are surrounded by an intelligent field of energy, and the more open we are open to receiving, the more alert we'll be to the messages that the universe offers us. Messages that help us along our journey.

Do you notice signs and omens?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Today


I hope you will, too.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Fear

Crazy Sexy Love Notes by Kris Carr

We all have fears and sometimes it's those fears that grip the steering wheel of our life, dictating our actions, spinning us out of control. But what would it be like if we invited our fears over for a cup of tea (or any drink of choice) and sat down with them? What would we discover if we allowed our fears to speak? What would they tell us? What would we tell them? Could we be friends? Could we work out a solution together? Would coming face to face with them help us overcome them?

In order to have a healthy dialogue, we must be open to listening to whatever our fears will tell us and resist the urge to criticize, judge, censor or condemn them. By giving them our full and undivided attention, by stopping ourselves from debating with them, and by facing them gently, lovingly and openly, we will learn to understand them and even embrace them. They are, after all, a part of us. And when we have an honest dialogue with our fears, we just might realize that they're not as intimidating as we thought they were.

So when you're in a peaceful state and feeling safe, send out that invitation. And get ready for a very interesting and empowering conversation.


Peace, love, joy to all of you!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Complaining

Wisdom For Healing by Caroline Myss


Aren't we all guilty of this at some point or another? I know I am. I'm not a chronic complainer but there are periods when I get caught up in this cycle. And it's exhausting. It dampens my mood and upsets my day.

Today I will focus on this lesson. And if I catch myself getting ready to complain, I'll practice gratitude for all the blessings in my life and look at things from a positive perspective.

How about you?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Practice What You Preach

The Journey Within by Radhanath Swami


Do you practice what you preach?
Do you behave as you would have others behave?
Does your behaviour match your words?

Sometimes we talk and talk and talk and can't hear our own words, thus our behaviour is completely misaligned from the words we speak. There are many reasons for this, one of them being lack of self-awareness. If our outer self has not developed a relationship with our inner self, the two operate independently, and what we do and what we say contradict each other.

Over the course of my life, I have dedicated a significant amount of time focusing on familiarizing my internal self with my outer self to walk this journey as 'one' individual. And because we change as we get older, it is an ongoing and oftentimes challenging exercise. But one that is necessary if I want my actions to reflect my words. My spirituality is one of the most important elements in helping me along this journey. A journey that I hope will help me reach a high level of consciousness as I strive to make positive changes in this world.

How about you?

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Wishing Well

The Enchanted Map by Colette Baron-Reid


What are your dreams?
What goals are you working on?
Are you where you want to be in life?
Have you changed direction?


My life didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned it but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes I changed direction, sometimes a goal I set out to achieve didn't appeal to me anymore and sometimes I discovered that life doesn't always deliver what I want. I learned as time goes on that I must be open to infinite possibilities and willing to embrace changes that are more beneficial to me. In other words, what I needed was sometimes more important to my health and well-being than what I wanted.

However, setting goals is important. It gives us something to focus on, a soul purpose and hope for the future. As long as we don't become obsessed with them and as long as we remain flexible enough to revise them if necessary, it's all good.

So go ahead, drop a coin into the well, make your wishes known, release them into the universe and have faith. Take the necessary steps toward your goals and allow your higher self, spirit and the universe to guide you. And don't forget to enjoy the journey!

Share your thoughts.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Go With The Flow

The Power of Surrender Cards by Judith Orloff

Sometimes I'm impatient. Sometimes I want what I want when I want it. Sometimes tomorrow is too long to wait. Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself.

And sometimes I realize that this moment is all that exists and all that matters, so why not simply go with the flow.

Today is one of those 'sometimes' where I will 'Surrender to Effortlessness' and live in the moment.

How about you?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Nature

The Spirit Messages by John Holland

The earthy smell, a blue sky, the unfurling of a flower, fluffy clouds, a blade of grass springing up in a field, a bird’s nest, the stars at night, waves crashing against the rocks, the wind blowing through the trees, the sounds of the ocean, a scurrying chipmunk, majestic mountains, tranquil rivers, birds soaring, sandy beaches, turquoise water, fireflies... We tend to forget how insanely beautiful and amazing and humbling this planet we live on is.

Nothing compares to being outdoors surrounded by all that nature has to offer, witnessing the simple but sensational pleasures Mother Earth gifts us. I yearn for these things. That is where I am happiest. At peace. Whenever I connect with nature, I rejoice. My soul is alive.

Winters in Canada can be very long, and the lack of greenery and the limited connection with the outdoors has a negative impact on me. But it’s March now and winter is coming to an end, which means I'll be able to spend longer periods of time outside in the near future. I am greatly anticipating reconnecting with the great outdoors. Nature is not just a place that I visit. It is home.

What are your thoughts on nature?