Sunday, July 29, 2018

Surround yourself with Happiness

Not sure how to bring happiness in your life?

Well, firstly, I believe we are born to be happy - and as such we then can extend our love to serve the world - lifting and supporting others.

I look around my home and I would say, yes, everything in my view brings me happiness, my books, a bracelet a friend gave me, our granddaughter's puzzle, fuzzy slippers which I wear to the hot tub, my hubby on his computer in the kitchen (I'm on my chrome book in the living room).

I have mentioned things - however I feel the life of these things, the actions of them, the being in relationship with them.

For example, books bring happiness for me; well because they are filled with words, images which spark ideas, which ignites the desire for me to share = happiness

How do you surround yourself with happiness? 

Look around from where you are right now, can you sense your happiness?

If you have something in your world, within view and it doesn't spark a twinge of joy, happiness or love -- perhaps it's time for it to be shared with someone else, let it move on, or maybe you need to shift in some way?

This may have been about 'things' - however, in our world, 'things' can and often do bring an experience, a feeling, if they do not - they are simply things. 

Surround yourself with happiness.

Have fun!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Get Dressed. Show Up

Get dressed.

Show up.

For the past two weeks I have been involved in self experiment of sorts; getting dressed.

Now, don't get me wrong, I get dressed most days.  In the recent past, there were days pajamas were the attire for the whole day. Pajama day.  Easy, relaxing and comfy.

These days, I'm on a bit of a roll with changing my habits.  I have been working with myself to change the way I move in the world, and it occurred to me getting dressed first thing may be an easy change to do.

I thought it would be uncomfortable and I wouldn't like it. Since I love quiet reflective mornings I figured my pajamas were the perfect costume for this.

I was mistaken. Being ready to create the day is more in my style it seems.

It has been very easy in fact - getting up and getting dressed right away has lead me to more productive days.

As I consider - it's possibly because I get up, get dressed and begin - the day has started - and since I am already dressed, there is one less thing to do in my day.

I have been getting up, getting dressed and showing up for myself earlier - and this has enhanced the quality of my day immensely.

What is one small change you could do to enhance the quality of your day?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Wonderful words from John O'Donohue

This morning I am moved by these words:

"There are no manuals for the construction of the individual you would like to become. You are the only one who can decide this and take up the lifetime of work that it demands. This is such a wonderful privilege and such an exciting adventure. To grow into the person that your deepest longing desires is a great blessing. If you can find a creative harmony between your soul and your life, you will have found something infinitely precious. You may not be able to much about the great problems of the world or change the situation you are in, but if you can awaken the eternal beauty and light of your soul, then you will bring light where you go. The gift of life is given to us for ourselves and also to bring peace, courage and compassion to others."

John O'Donohue
Eternal Echos - Exploring our Hunger to Belong
Bottom paragraph - page 146

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This is a timeless piece written for those who struggle with the 'shoulds' of who they need to be. It comes down to the essence of ourselves, the self only you and your angels know who you are - and our job as humans is reveal this light of our beings.  We are here to create harmony between our souls and our lives.

This is our gift to the world - to do what brings light and love to us - and as an extension, to others.

How lucky are we to be in this time in history - where being ourselves is the way, you may have seen this mantra "you do you" - I see this so often.

What does this mean for you?  You do You.  -- I may rephase this to You BE You.

Be You.

Light up your life in such a way you bring peace, courage and compassion to others.

Love to you 💖


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Words



This morning I was reading from John O'Donohue's book - Eternal Echoes

This passage caught my mind from Wittgenstein: 'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world' 

Wow

I have always been drawn to words, the power they hold in them.  The Bible say, in the beginning was the word...

The wonderful and brilliant Maya Angelou said words have power, they are things, they get into you, be careful of the words you use.

The word. The creator of worlds

What words are you using to create your life. Begin today, begin now, pay attention are they power filled and present?

Imagine, the quality of your life is impacted by the quality of your words, by the ability to speak your world into being, create your world by using powerful words of choice.

The beautiful words have moved me again John O'Donohue -  "Words become the mirrors of reality"

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Dreamy Intangibles

My work can feel like wading through dreamy intangibles

And yet, being happy, feeling powerful in your life, creating a life filled with joy will have real practical results.

Don't most of us say about our kids, friends, and/or family; "I just want them to be happy"
This includes you.

Well, I want you to be happy.
You rock your world when you're happy.

Step into the dreamy intangibles

*This was originally posted on my FB page on July 17 2018 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Four Agreements - Re Visited


As soon as I posted the blog yesterday, I immediately my mind went to one of The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. My mind went to the 2nd agreement -  


Don't take anything personally

Here is the 2nd agreement: 


2. Don't take anything personally. The first agreement suggests that we avoid treating others hurtfully. The second agreement provides us with a way of dealing with potentially hurtful treatment from others. Because each person sees the world in a unique way, the way that others treat us says as much about them as it does about us. To not take anything personally is to acknowledge the unique identities of other people. We respect their subjective realities, realizing that their views do not necessarily describe us accurately.

In reference to yesterday's post - while this doesn't diminish my part in the relationship, this agreement means, everyone in the relationship has their own idea of what has happened, based on their own world views. 

1. Be impeccable with your word. 
2. Don't take anything personally. 
3. Don't make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.

I think I am going to re read this book - and re familiarize myself with these agreements. 

Enjoy 💜

The Four Agreements Book (Amazon.ca - affiliate link)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Each Encounter is a Gift

In the past, I have, and maybe you have been the subject of name calling in hurtful exchanges.
On more than one occasion, it was suggested to me, because I was 'supposedly so loving and enlightened' their behaviour was acceptable and I was simply expected to forgive and carry on.

I did forgive.

I also carried on, while maintaining personal boundaries.

However, in recent days things have been niggling at me, and it occurred to me, because people perceive me as enlightened and loving, it may give them permission to say things bluntly to me, with the intent of being hurtful.

I do consider myself loving and I do have moments of what I say is enlightenment and a deep understanding of myself.

What I also am, is human; a spiritual being, having this human experience.
I am being human. 

Which means the power of their words, and the hurt filled intensity can sting and temporarily blind my heart.

When people say things to purposely hurt or to get a rise from me and it pushes an emotional button; I examine it.

Is it true?
Where am I like this?
Will I own this part of me?
Shall I modify how I am, who I am?

A Course in Miracles says, everyone comes into your life for a reason, we meet no one by accident.

Each encounter is a gift.

There are moments in which another brings with them a mirror for me to see myself in reflection, and/or they may bring a lesson which seems to be on a repeat loop. There is always a gift.

From my encounters? 

The gift keeps on giving. As evidence by their recent creep back into my thoughts and awareness. 
Maybe I didn't speak up enough, maybe I needed to say more, maybe my silence is enough? I examine these questions.

I am not alone in the idea of forgiveness and gratefulness as a way to be in relationship with others, it is widely held belief and life system for many.

I am grateful for the continued opportunity to forgive myself and others as I move along my life.
It's the only path to a free heart.

Really.
💜

I begin. Again.

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