The true meaning of the holidays is one of joy, love, peace, and happiness. Cultivate a child-like awe and appreciation and have a joyous holiday! Here’s a call to shift gears and reclaim what should be a time of appreciation, excitement, joy, and peace. Make up your mind that this is going to be your happiest holiday season ever. Your decision to emphasize the positive can reclaim a season that is supposed to bring out the best in us, rather than becoming a stressful time. The truth is that this time of year offers us a wonderful opportunity to rekindle the spirit of love and living life to the fullest. Here are a few tips to remind yourself.
- I’ll let the holidays flow, rather than trying to make them fit into a fixed schedule.
- I’ll remember that people are more important than things.
- I’ll relax my expectations for myself and others this year.
- I’m going to live in the present moment and enjoy each activity for itself instead of always thinking about what is ahead of me.
- I’m going to approach the holidays with a sense of joyful anticipation and wonder, just like I did when I was a child.
This life is a miracle, each and every particle of it, and the holiday season is a celebration of the miraculousness of it all. Merry Christmas from my home to yours……. Share the joy of the love that fills your heart.
We all get caught up in our lives, glancing quickly at people, situations, opportunities and even ourselves skipping along on our path. If we can find a way to take the time, and look a little closer, we might develop a better understanding our ourselves, the world we are living in and the people that surround us. Instead of jumping to conclusions or making assumptions about what you see, look a little closer. Assume nothing, be courageous enough to ask. It’s easy to assume, and with this mindset, we learn nothing new. As you begin to look closer, you will find that your curiosity will become hungry and you will want to dig a little deeper, learn more, wonder more and appreciate more. This simple intention to look closer expands our minds, opens our hearts and makes life so much richer. See how I changed my life, read my story, simply click on the image…
Developing an appreciative state of mind is a powerful way to boost your vibration and the beginning of allowing more abundance into your life. One of my favorite methods is one that it is highly recommended by Jerry and Esther Hicks called “Rampage of Appreciation”. I like to use this method when I feel myself falling into a slump, the why me feeling. Basically you start picking out things in your immediate surroundings to appreciate. In doing so the first thing that begins to happen is your mind shifts from, what I call the dirty thinking”, essentially thoughts that don’t serve you to thoughts of appreciation. Here are a few examples: “That’s a lovely coat she’s wearing, I had such great service at dinner last night, I am so blessed to be able to come home and have a few moments to relax, I am truly lucky, I have a car, a home, family”. The more you focus on appreciating various things around you, the more things you will notice to appreciate; and the negative things will fade away. This is a wonderful habit to cultivate and when you shift from negative to positive you will even notice your energy level increasing. What about the really dark days though when you just can’t seem to pull yourself out of that slump? These are some things I do when I got a real bad case of the blues:
- Solitude – I like to be by myself, put on some meditational music and simply close my eyes and concentrate on my breath. It relaxes me and allows me to let go of the anxiety, anger, fear or whatever it is that has created this turmoil for me. The breathing will clear your mind, relax your muscles and fill you with vitality. Breath is life! Breathe deeply and feel appreciation for being alive.
- Yoga/Stretching – Just some simple restorative yoga stretches will distract your mind and allow your body to release any tension it may hold. As you stretch, feel your entire torso lengthening and loosening. Appreciate the flexibility and resiliency of your body.
- Accept What Is – We all have situations and conditions in our lives that we don’t have control over and certainly don’t appreciate, but we do have some that you can appreciate. Pick one thing you love and appreciate and focus your thoughts there. Is it your spouse, sibling, pet, neighbor? What makes you feel good when you think about it? Focus your energy there and allow the joy to embody you.
- Affirm That Better Things Are Coming – When you are dealing with a situation that feels unchangeable, know that is anything but true. With a simple shift in your attitude you can change everything. Rather than spending your time affirming what is bad, start affirming what is good. Something that you are looking forward to, a birthday, a dinner party, shopping spree, anything but the fact that you have a situation there is not a solution to at the present moment. It will resolve itself one way or another, so there is no need to make yourself miserable over it.
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So on those dreary days, pull out your tools and create that appreciative state of mind and simply enjoy your day.
Have you gotten into the habit of complaining?
The Teachings of Pema Chodron: To Be Satisfied In The Present Moment
BEING satisfied with what we already have is a magical golden key to being alive in a full, unrestricted, and inspired way. One of the major obstacles to what is traditionally called enlightenment is resentment, feeling cheated, holding a grudge about who you are, where you are, what you are. This is why we talk so much about making friends with ourselves, because, for some reason or other, we don’t feel that kind of satisfaction in a full and complete way. Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. Our wisdom is all mixed up with what we call our neurosis. Our brilliance, our juiciness, our spiciness, is all mixed up with our craziness and our confusion, and therefore it doesn’t do any good to try to get rid of our so-called negative aspects, because in that process we also get rid of our basic wonderfulness. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves.
In closing, remember Joy is the Simplest form of Gratitude and we have the ability to show our gratitude by appreciating everything we have in this moment. Below is some work of Pema Chodron to help you in your Journey and inspirational jewelry, simply click on the image and explore. Enjoy your Journey and remember to Smile your day will be Brighter… Darlene ♥
Pandora Love & Appreciation
Joy Is The Simplest Form of Gratitude
Gratitude Affirmation Necklace