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.

Louise Hay on Loving Yourself to Ageless Health

 

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A renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated world wide for teaching—-by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think.  Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group.

Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, giving back and moving ahead—these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity.  At 88, she continues to travel for business and pleasure, embracing vital, joy-filled days with a thankful smile.  Her new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, co-authored with Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, explains how she’s taking all she knows to the next level.

Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible?

Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want.  A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love.  It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself.  What we give out we get back, so it all starts with us.  Remember, no matter what the problem is, there is only one answer: loving yourself.  Start with small steps and be gentle.  If you start there, magical things will happen.

How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7?

Practice, practice, practice!  Slowly, bit-by-bit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself.  Loving affirmations and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life.  It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult.  If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

What are some key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being?

Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot.  Say yes to life and the magic it brings.  I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that is realizing that I don’t need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather.

A third of our life is spent eating, and it’s essential that we know the best way to do this.  Start your day with water and an act of self-love.  Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body.  Poop every day, figuratively and literally.  Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom.  Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good.

Also, go on a media diet.  Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are.  Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

The core belief founding your lifework is that every thought we have is creating our future.  Is scientific research now supporting that?

When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that.  I particularly love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs.

I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating self-love and personal affirmations.  They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses.  It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

What is your secret to aging gracefully through the years?

It’s simple.  It’s about getting your thoughts and food right and having fun along the way.  If you are thinking positive thoughts but feeding yourself processed, unnatural or sugary foods, you are sending yourself mixed messages.  Feed yourself nourishing food and think loving thoughts.  Any time you don’t know what else to do, focus on love.  Loving yourself makes you feel good, and good health comes from feeling good.

Article by S. Alison Chabonais, national content editor for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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!

 

 

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Each Blessing Counts, So Embrace Every Gift

In counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts.  Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays–the workers that helped construct and keep up the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace.  Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks.  Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful.

As the Buddhist monk THich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the universe.  When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways.

Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.”  We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople.  We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity.  Our morning spiritual practice is the gift of generations of teachers and writers that observed the truth and shared what they learned.  It feels good to be bowled over by each moment of grace and the simplest act of kindness.

Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view–with its self-centered expectations and demands–to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness.  This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience.  Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated.  It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given.

It helps to stay aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love.  As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”  So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated.

We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe.  The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.”

I felt inspired by this article today and wanted to share it with my friends.  May we remember to be grateful, because life is truly a gift.

Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (MindfulnessYoga.net).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gandhi: The Ultimate Minimilast

 

 

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“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.”~Mohandas Gandhi

Political and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi practiced total simplicity and minimalism, leaving and admirable legacy of how to live.  Born into a prosperous family, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing and studied law at University College, London, in England.  When he left Earth, he had fewer than 10 possessions.

In contrast, most of us tend to spend a lot of time and energy accumulating and looking after possessions; by having less, life naturally becomes simpler.  We can take up author Dave Bruno’s The 100 Thing Challenge and start cutting down to bare basics by recycling, refusing to accept more stuff and giving away or selling unwanted possessions.

Accumulate little.  Gandhi believed in possessing only the clothes, sandals, watch and spectacles he wore and some cooking and eating utensils.  He would give away or auction any gift he received.

Eat simple food.  Gandhi never had a problem being overweight.  He followed a strict vegetarian diet and often cooked his own simple, locally produced foods.  He ate from a small bowl, a reminder to eat moderately and mindfully, often accompanied by prayers.

Dress simply.  Gandhi wore simple clothes, often just a wraparound cloth, for modesty and comfort.  A simple hairstyle can shorten daily grooming.  Gandhi shaved off his hair.

Lead a simple, stress-free life.  Gandhi meditated daily and spent hours in reflection and prayer.  Though he was a revered world leader, he led a simple life with few distractions and commitments and would interrupt political meetings to play with children.  Gandhi insisted on doing his own simple tasks.  He advocated self-sufficiency and simple work.

Let your life be your message.   A prolific, concise writer and powerful speaker in public; in private, Gandhi spoke quietly and only when necessary.  He preferred to let his life talk to him.

By living a simple life, Gandhi was able to devote himself to his chosen higher purpose and focus on his commitment to his people and the world.  Accordingly, consistent focus determines anyone’s success and the potential for leaving one’s own inspiring legacy.

 

Arvind Devalia is the author of the bestselling Get the Life You Love, and inspirational coach and prolific blogger.  

Connect at ArvindDevalia.com/blog.