Grateful

Bountiful

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful.  Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.” ~Mahatma Ghandi

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Blissful

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Ghandi

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Beauty

Beauty is not in the face, beauty is a light in the heart.

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An Endless Wave of Transformation

As I’m writing this post,  still can’t believe that it has been two years since I’ve even visited or checked on things here.  So amazing how quickly time can slip away and that it seems to move at a faster and faster clip, especially when your not paying attention.

There have been so many changes in my life that I don’t even know where to begin!  Trying to recall  my last published topic of discussion.  Believe it was a mixture of the transition into yoga teacher training and always having an attitude of gratitude.

Taking the step into yoga teacher training was by far one of the best decisions in my life as well as the most nourishing and beneficial for myself as a whole.  An opportunity to learn, grow and blossom.  To develop new friendships and gain new sisters.   Wow…. just realized that I received my yoga certification two years ago…. feels like only yesterday.

Since then my days have been filled with teaching, friendships, and just an overall enjoyment of life.  Was grateful to have another teacher training opportunity with Manju Jois, which again was an experience that will always resonate in my heart.  A week of learning, as well as understanding on a deeper level about yoga and how the body works.  A fun and exciting time to say the least.

On another note, I lost a dog to cancer which was one of the saddest days.  If anyone has dogs, they understand they are family and you build a bond with them.  They are loving, loyal, affectionate and can be characters at times.  When you loose an animal it’s like losing a member of your family.

It’s been an interesting journey and every day is a new experience.  I have learned to be grateful for every breath as well as each day that I can enjoy this life!  There are times when life isn’t full of sunshine and ice cream, but those are the days where you take a few extra breaths and say to yourself,  this will pass.  I have to admit, sometimes the rough days are the ones where the paper bag comes in handy, because I might hyperventilate.  (just kidding)

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May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure and divine light within you, guide your way on, now and always.

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Create and Attitude of Gratitude All Day Long

 

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The secret to happiness and finding the enduring joy we all seek is Thanksgiving-the simple act of continually giving thanks.  To realize wonderful positive outcomes, up to and including seeming miracles, do one thing:  Show gratitude all day long.  Seeing everything in a new light, through a refreshing prism of love and appreciation, imparts a deep inner well of peace, calm and joy, making us feel more alive.

We can feel that way every day, in every aspect of life, awaking each morning excited to create the day ahead and enthusiastic about each moment and then falling asleep at night embracing a profound feeling of gratitude for all the good we know and have.  Happiness is contagious and becomes an upward spiral of joy naturally shared with others.

Start today by launching a daily gratitude journal.  This single action, the simplest and quickest way to get results, will foster a habit geared to change everything forever.  It fills up our love tank, sparks success and benefits everyone.  To embrace better relationships, health, clarity, life and tangible and intangible wealth:

  • Set a daily time for journal writing.
  • Pick a handful of things that prompt gratitude that day.  Perhaps begin with people that support you in some way.  Everything counts, from expressions of beauty to basic conveniences.  Eventually the daily list will grow, generating the joy of gratitude at ever-higher levels.
  • It’s important to write with love and joy, because such feelings create your world.  Even if something’s a work in progress, like encouraging steps in a relationship, focus on what makes you feel good and want more of and you’ll start seeing more evidence of them.
  • Elaborate in detail about a particular thing that earns extra gratitude.  This carries more benefits from intense feelings than creating a list.  When we see how blessed we are with what we already have, it creates more of what we are grateful for, generating and endless cycle of gratitude.
  • Take notice of the surprises and little miracles that occur, and be sure to make note of them to evoke an even stronger level of awe, and gratitude.
Robert Emmons, Ph.D., of the University of California-Davis, a leading authority in researching the science of gratitude and its impact on well-being, instructs his study participants, “Be aware of your feelings and how you ‘relish’ and ‘savor’ this gift in your imagination.  Take the time to be especially aware of the depth of your gratitude.”  In other words, don’t hurry through this exercise like a to-do list.
An all- day-long attitude of gratitude ramps up our awareness of life’s pleasures.  It takes an already good life to a whole new zone of zest.
Article by Mary Lynn Ziemer- a master of Advanced Life Concepts, certified life and business coach, motivational speaker and author, with more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and corporate executive at two Fortune 100 companies.  Connect at LivingAJoyfulLifeNow.com

Here’s to a Happy Tuesday

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Good morning friends!  It’s an amazing universe of information-the internet.  Was looking for images and quotes to wish you all a Happy Tuesday and found this!  Couldn’t help to post because it is just unique and have to admit, pretty hilarious!  Dogs are amazing, but I’m pretty sure my dogs could never pull this off.  But possibly could be an interesting experiment….hmmmm.

So Happy Tuesday everyone and to all the doggies….continue to be awesome!

 

It’s My Four Year Anniversary

WordPress has just sent a notification to wish A Universal Life a Happy Anniversary!  I can’t believe it has been four years.  Time sure does fly when your having fun, getting inspired and just enjoying life.

Many thanks and gratitude to all my friends, followers and visitors here in the WordPress community.  A big THANK YOU to WordPress for all you do and for your continued generosity.

May you all have a wonderful day filled with peace, love and bliss!

Thankful for Ultimate Gifts

Good morning friends, neighbors, followers!  Happy Sunday!  I had the chance to see a movie called “The Ultimate Gift” which was not only an inspiration, but came with a message.  Throughout the movie was a list of “ultimate gifts” that when you read them, you may not see some of them as such, but if you really think about it, they can be.

1.  The Gift of Work–  See your job as more than just a way to pay your bills.  Whatever work you are doing, be thankful and know that you are helping someone or a group of someone’s in a bigger way than you could possibly imagine.

2.  The Gift of Money–  This is a reminder of the famous saying:  “It is better to give than to receive”  Now, I’m not talking about giving the gift of money to receive it back, that’s not the reason to give at all.   We all have love and compassion which resides in our heart and we have the opportunity to share our blessings with someone who is not so fortunate.  Maybe it’s a certain someone who is close to you that is behind on their rent or just needs a little extra money to pay a bill.  Whatever the circumstance may be, sharing is caring.  When you perform random acts of kindness, you will see how the universe opens up to you.

3.  The Gift of Friends-  “A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” ~Elbert Hubbard

A true friend is hard to find.

That’s why when you come across one; you should hold onto them and cherish the joy that friendship brings. Friends help you be honest with yourself and they keep you from doing things that you might regret.

They are confidants, counselors and coaches. Friends helps you be you without apology.

4.  The Gift of Learning-  Learn to learn.  There is so much information available on this planet and there is never too much you can learn.  Maybe take some time to learn a new language or learn about different cultures.  The possibilities of the mind are endless.

5.  The Gift of Problems-  You don’t begin to live until you’ve lost everything.  Try not to see your problems as a failure or that you have been defeated.  Instead look at them as an experience and what may be coming to you as a connection to something that will be beneficial for you and your life journey.

6.  The Gift of Family-  Spending time with family is a blessing.  But maybe for some of us, being around our family is not our cup of tea.  Yes, it’s possible that some members of our family can be a little difficult to be around or that we just don’t see eye to eye on some things.  However much we may dislike our family at times, they are still our FAMILY and that in itself is a precious gift.  Take time to be with family, because life is short and that little effort that you make means more than you could ever realize.

7.  The Gift of Laughter-  See life as joyous.  Laughter is the best medicine, no matter who you are.  Did you know that it takes more muscles to frown than smile?  So, we should be smiling and laughing a lot!  Besides that, laughing is just plain fun!  So, go ahead….live, love and laugh, laugh, laugh!!!!

8.  The Gift of Dreams-  We are all free to dream.  What was your dream when you were a child?  Did you want to be a prima ballerina, a fireman, the president?  What about as an adult?  What is your dream?  Have you made that dream/dreams reality?  What is your life-long dream?

9.  The Gift of Giving-  Being generous is one of the greatest gifts.  Giving is an act of kindness.  It doesn’t have to necessarily be in the form of money, it could be clothes, food, your time.  Giving someone a HUG!!!!

10.  The Gift of Gratitude-  Learn to be thankful for what you have.  You might not have that shiny new car or that big house you always wanted or millions of dollars in the bank.  Don’t focus on the things you don’t have, be grateful for those things that you do.  Little things mean a lot.

11.  The Gift of A Day-  What would you do with your last day on Earth?  Cherish every day and take those extra moments to look around and enjoy the outdoors, a friend, your husband/wife, your mom/dad, your kids.

12.  The Gift of Love-  Love unconditionally.  We are on this planet to love each other, no matter what color we are, what religion, male, female.  We are all one!  Love as much as you can because that is the biggest gift of all!

 

 

It’s A Fantastic Friday My Friends

 

Here we are…..Friday!  The infamous day that starts the weekend for most of us hard working, dedicated humans.  Why is it that everyone gets especially excited when Friday comes rolling around?  Could it be that we can’t wait to dive in and enjoy the plans we made for the weekend?  Maybe it’s that special someone you just can’t wait to see and embrace each other’s unique and wonderful qualities.  Perhaps you get to see your children and share what they like to do, and it just so happens that you become a child yourself.

Yes, we can all say that Friday has been a kind of celebration day.  But why not look at every day as something to celebrate?  Every day we wake up is a precious gift.  The sun is shining, maybe the birds are serenading you a sweet melody.  Squirrels may be playing in the trees.  It’s the simple things that we sometimes forget to stop and take a moment to enjoy.

Whatever you plan to do this weekend, make it awesome!  Have fun, laugh out loud, get silly, love a lot and smile!!!!!  May this day and everyday bring you peace, love and happiness!

 

 

Love is…….