Sunday, July 22, 2018

Gratitude


What are you grateful for today?

On this cloudy Sunday I'm very grateful for the heavy rain that will be arriving soon. It has been very hot and dry for most of July, and a good downpour will be a real blessing.

I'm also grateful for how quiet it is in our home as I write this post. I think I will kick back, relax and just enjoy a peaceful Sunday.

Wishing you all a great day ahead!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Patience



“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

Are you always in a hurry?
Are you patient with yourself?
Are you patient with others?
Are you able to slow down and enjoy the present moment?

Patience is often compromised in this fast-paced world, yet it is an important contributor to our well-being. It moves us away from frustration and anger, and creates feelings of contentment and tranquility. It is a skill that needs to be cultivated and an exercise that needs to be performed daily.

I can't say I always master this skill but I do work hard on cultivating it. Most days I'm successful at it, and on the days I'm not, I work hard on finding my balance.

How about you?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Simplifying Your Life


What can I clear out of my life that will enrich and empower me?
What blocks me from simplifying my life?
What will my ultimate result be if I simplify my environment and activities?


I am a minimalist and clutter stresses me. I go through cleaning frenzies whenever the house begins to feel overloaded with what I consider "unnecessary items". I donate, recycle and toss out things regularly by asking myself:

Do I like it?
Do I need it?
Will I ever use it?

If the answer is no to any of these questions, out it goes. Every time something gets removed from our home, I feel happier, lighter, and freer. There is something quite liberating about an airy feel in the home. Not to mention how much easier it is to clean a clutter-free house!

But I don't only focus on material items; I also try to work on clearing mental and emotional clutter. I have a very active mind and I'm constantly reflecting on things. Sometimes a tad too much. There are periods where I think and feel so much that it feels like my brain is overheating. Abundant thoughts and feelings need an outlet and that's where my journal comes in handy. Nature, too. Jotting down whatever is floating around in my mind and whatever is plaguing me, or spending time outdoors surrounded by the beauty of nature helps free up mental space and gets rid of the emotional baggage.

Focusing on mindfulness and gratefulness, and de-cluttering whatever does not serve a purpose helps keep me balanced. It is an ongoing effort but one that is certainly well worth it.

Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mindfulness

Here is this week's mindfulness exercise:



Sunday, July 15, 2018

Take A Breather


I've always thought of Sunday as a day of rest. Maybe it's because all the jobs I've ever had have fallen within the Monday to Friday period. Old habits die hard. So today I will take it easy and just practice gratitude.

Wishing you all a beautiful day ahead.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mother Earth


“Our primeval Mother Earth is an organism that no science in the
world can rationalize. Everything on her that crawls and flies is dependent
upon Her, and all must hopelessly perish if that Earth dies that feeds us.”
- Victor Schauburger -


Can it ever be stressed enough about the importance of caring for our planet? About keeping it healthy and clean? About respecting all living beings on it? It seems that the human race has a hard time grasping this. Instead of being mindful and responsible stewards, we often take a careless and reckless approach towards the only home we have and its resources. We place profits and greed before the care and concern Mother Earth needs. This attitude is foolish and dangerous. And ultimately destructive.

Will we ever learn? Hopefully we will before it's too late.

"The trees are our lungs, the rivers our circulation, the air our breath, and the earth our body."
Deepak Chopra

Mother Earth is at our disposal to enjoy. Not to exploit or deplete or possess or dominate.

We must love, honour and respect her. And she will shower us with her beauty and abundance.

A peaceful day to all.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Empower Yourself



“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the
stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring
- these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
~John Burroughs ~

On this beautiful and sun-filled day, I will choose to adopt a very positive attitude. I will choose to be optimistic, to look on the bright side and to appreciate the simple but beautiful things in my life. And I will not waste a single moment worrying or complaining.

Today I choose to be happy.

How about you? What will you choose?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Mindfulness

Here is this week's mindfulness exercise:




"If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction."
-- Martin Kornfeld --

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Peace


Will we ever achieve world peace? I don't know. But I do like to think that we'll get there. That we can. Because I truly believe that there are far more good people in the world than bad, and together they are a force to be reckoned with, capable of achieving just about anything. Including bringing about world peace. It probably won't happen in my lifetime but I have faith in future generations. I have faith that they will bring about positive changes on this planet for all living beings.

Today, start with peace within yourself. Let go of negative emotions and release negative energy. Think positive and expect the best. And most importantly, stay away from drama and toxic people. They will only drag you down.

When you are peaceful within, you can bring peace to others.

Wishing you all a joyous...and peaceful... Sunday

Friday, July 6, 2018

Everyone's A Teacher

It may not always seem like they serve a purpose, but everyone has something to teach us, even the individuals that grind on our nerves. Some of the most toxic people I've run across in my life have brought along the greatest lessons. With some of them I've become better, stronger and more resilient. I've also learned to rise up, speak my truth and draw clear lines in the sand for personal boundaries.

So yes, even the a-holes serve a purpose.

What do you think?