Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Slow Down for the Holidays
The holidays are here and for certain you are running around without a moment to spare. Here are a few things to counteract the rushing:
1. Slow down.
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”
First, slow down. So that means SLOW DOWN with everything you do. Yes, that includes texting, talking, walking and anything else you engage in. The easiest way to do that is to slow down the breath. Focus on breathing through the belly. That's right, let the belly initiate the breath. Ever see a child sleeping? They know how to breath correctly so take a lesson from them.
When you slow things down you are able to hone in on the present moment and do just one thing at a time. This allows your mind and body to relax. The ah moment!
2. Appreciate the little things instead of focusing on perfection.
“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
Winnie the Pooh
Daily happiness is to a large part about appreciating the small things. If you just allow
yourself to be happy when accomplishing a big goal or when everything lines up just
perfectly then you are making life harder than it needs to be.
Instead, focus on appreciating things that you may take for granted. Think about the roof over your head, food in your pantry, and clothes on your back. Take a moment to really absorb how lucky you are to have these things as most do not have even the basics in life.
3. Give a bit of joy to someone else.
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of
thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
This may sound like an empty cliché but it sure works. One of the best ways to
become happier is simply to make others happier.
When you make someone else happy you can sense, see, feel and hear it. And that
happy feeling flows back to you.
And since the Law of Reciprocity is strong there is another upside. People will feel
like giving back to you. Or like paying it forward to someone else.
Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays - Happy New Year!
Body Space Alignment~
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Taking Care of YOU in the Flurry of the Holiday Season
In the flurry of the holiday season, waves of emotions may arise. Remember to breathe, let go and to meet all that arises with loving awareness. Easier said than done perhaps but here is a powerful concept to consider; Take One Minute for Yourself!
It is the self that we need to take care of because when we take good care of our "selves," we are healthier and happier and are more able to help other people.
How do you take care of you in one minute? Make a point several times a day to STOP and ask yourself this question: "Is there a way, right now, for me to take better care of myself? You have the answer within exactly how to nurture yourself but here are a few ideas to consider:
- Simplify your life
- Change your attitude
- Tap into the power of self observation through prayerful meditation
yourself as you would like others to treat you
- Encourage others to take better care of themselves
- Be loving
- Give yourself a daily hug
When every person in the world takes better care of themselves, everyone in the world will feel better taken care of and then we may finally begin to care more about each other.
Letting go of the old can be hurtful. It's like claws leaving a mark on your skin. It's real easy to put those old habits on...