Category Archives: spiritual

Listen to your body

Listen to your body
It knows more than you think
Listen to your body
It guides your intuition
Listen to your body
It follows basic instincts
Listen to your body
It is the sixth sense
Listen to your body
It craves what is missing
Listen to your body
It will steer you to balance
Listen to your body
It is your temple
Listen to your body

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No time to meditate? Quick tip on how to unwind…

Besides checking in with yourself periodically and making sure you are breathing right (deep, slow inhalations), there are a lot of quick little things you can do to relax and de-stress.

If you don’t have time for a bath with candles, bath salts, and incense, you can easily make an adjustments and create a similar effect in your 10-minute shower session! Instead of fluorescent lights, light a candle. Plug the shower and instill a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender, mint or eucalyptus into the tub. The scent will vaporize while you shower. Voila – you can now enjoy a spiritual aromatherapy shower session, with no extra time needed. Just take as long as you would a regular shower, and enjoy the experience. Trust me, making these little adjustments will make a big difference in how you feel during and after the shower. Try it out and see for yourself.

Shower happy!

No excuses

I didn’t post last night. I am in the process of moving into a  new place, and just got internet today! So no more excuses from now on. And in general, no more excuses, period. If a person does something, there must be a reason at that time and those circumstances for that particular action. Whether it is an irrefutable extreme situation, or maybe just a gut feeling, there is a reason for everything. And though it may seem like a mistake at the time, it may actually be a blessing in disguise that we may never realize. For it is always the road not taken that seems more glorious. So instead of questioning and worrying, a little faith in ourselves and intuition goes a long way. Trust that everything is meant to be, and it will work out in the end.

Of course, it is always easier said than done, and always easier to see from someone else’s shoes. It is always easier to give advice than to take your own advice. But we must try to be our own adviser, and learn to follow your own words. If we don’t practice what we preach, how can we expect others to? Actions speak louder than words, and the best way to lead is by example. We can only prove the value of our words by living up to them in our own behavior.

Happiness

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Happiness. That thing we all strive for, the end goal to live, what we wish each other on birthdays and holidays. But what is the definition, really?

Wikipedia defines it as “a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” But the concept of happiness has a lot of connotations depending on the context, and can mean different things to different people. Some view it as an emotional “high” or intense feeling of pleasure, that can only be achieved from time to time (some attempt to hold on to it longer by recreating it via drugs/behavior). Others view it as a long-term state of being, that which gives us a deep satisfaction with the way we have led our lives.

I read somewhere that happiness is a general state of mind, that will more or less stay the same throughout a person’s lifetime. Sure, levels will fluctuate during periods of intense joy, or horrible tragedy – but, on average, every person will have a certain homeostatic happiness level. Some people are depressed even though all objective characteristics are favorable. Others may suffer from being crippled and still maintain a positive outlook and happiness level. I forgot the source of this theory, but this article has some really good explanations and pointers as well.

Happiness is different for everyone. Happiness is seeing someone you love smile. Happiness is feeling lucky to be exactly where you are. Happiness is feeling comfortable to be in your skin, and reluctant to give it up for anything. Happiness is dancing in the rain. Happiness is laughing your heart out. Happiness is realizing you can snooze for an extra 10 minutes today. Happiness is going to sleep and waking up next to someone you love. Happiness is having support when you need it most. Happiness is feeling like you are constantly moving forward and progressing in life. Happiness is being grateful for what you have while striving to become a better version of yourself. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

John Lennon once said, “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life” (GoodReads).

It’s OK to say “No”

We’ve all seen the movie “The Yes Man.” Or at least have heard about it or seen commercials. The point is, good things happen when you open yourself up to receiving all things the universe has to offer, and saying “yes” to absolutely every opportunity, even if it seems wacky. In fact, the wacky ones may pay off in the end, according to the movie.

While the “yes” concept is alluring and all’s well that ends well….well, it may be wise to set limits in real life. Knowing when to say “no” is an equally important aspect of the self-awareness process. “No” is a rejection of something that has no room in your life, so that you can make space for the things that truly resonate with you as an individual.

Oftentimes, we say “yes” to things in the hopes of pleasing those that are making offers to us. But this kind of thinking is sure to end up not pleasing anyone. If our heart is truly not into it, then we are not doing either party any favors. Respect one another and be honest and truthful about your values. This will allow us a fair chance at recognizing whether we share the same interests and place us on a path to either deepening our connection, or heading our separate ways. In any case, it will be better than attempting to fake like-mindedness and forge something that will not benefit either person.

There is a saying that has been going around the web recently, “Today is the day to let go of the things that no longer serve me.” We need to be able to recognize when we have gotten to a place where we are comfortable and happy, and not force a good thing to turn bad.