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Staying in the Present Moment

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Whew, I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s mighty hard to stay in the present moment.  With all of life’s busyness, I think sometimes we get caught up in the hubbub of what needs to be done today and we let being present fall by the wayside.  Does this happen to you?

I know it happens to me.

Bills, appointments, responsibilities, paperwork and all the roles I play during day to day living sometimes have me running without a break to simply stop and smell the roses.  To be in the stillness of the moment, whether alone or with someone else.  To just feel the gift of being present.

Often, we live in a whirlwind where we scurry from moment to moment without hesitation when our lives are full and then we fall into our beds at night, exhausted from life in general.  It’s hard to find a few minutes of peace to go within the stillness of our hearts.  Meditation helps if we can find the time to still our minds for a respite, but more often than not, unless we are disciplined, other responsibilities take precedence.  But meditation doesn’t have to be a formal time set exercise.  It can simply be taking five minutes to really enjoy that cup of tea or coffee and relaxing our minds.  It can be taking a quiet walk outside and listening to the birds or feeling the earth under our feet.  It can be closing our eyes and enjoying the peaceful silence.  We can think positive thoughts, speak affirmations that work for us, pray or just be grateful for this moment in time.  I find that taking 10 minutes to simply free write helps me to clear the clutter from my brain which builds up after time.  Even writing my blog allows me to be still and get into that place of peace.

What helps you to find stillness in the present moment?

Today, try to carve out a few minutes of peace for yourself.  Breathe deeply, stay in the moment, be grateful for all that is in your life and be joyful for the blessings that you enjoy.  Give yourself the gift of presence, even for a few precious moments today.  You deserve the peace and tranquility that comes with it!

Shine On!

xo

 

Be the Observer In Your Own Life

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Observation, like meditation, takes practice.  It’s easy to be caught up in the chaotic routine of our own lives, enmeshed in emotions, ego and struggling with the ‘shoulds’ that we place in front of ourselves.  To sit quietly and reflect can be a tiresome task to some whose brains are routinely busy.  But all the same, it is a good practice to help in healing body, mind, heart and soul.  We are bombarded daily with reminders to exercise, to eat right and to get enough sleep.  But in our busy lives, we somehow forgo the benefits of quiet time and refuse to settle our minds to simply ‘be’ in the stillness for a few moments.  We feel that we don’t have enough time.  We delay the stillness for other tasks which we deem to be more important.

How do you define stillness?

For me, stillness is sanctuary.  It’s a few moments when I can simply be with myself, notice how I feel, and check with my body for any nervous energy which may signify something is off in my heart, mind, soul, or being.  Stillness is about appreciating the moment, keeping in mind how grateful I am for this day, for the connections I’ve made and for The Presents of Presence which I enjoy.  Stillness is observance of my attitude, my actions/inactions, my day, my dealings with others and my connections with myself and others during the day.  It is without judgment.  It is in truth for good or bad.  It is with acceptance for mistakes made and praise for what is.

There are 24 hours in a day, which for some is not enough for all the ‘shoulds’ that they have listed in their heads that need to be accomplished.  I understand work, children, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and taking care of everyone is important.  But what about you?  Taking care of you in the smallest ways is important as well.

Just as we squeeze in exercise, eating right and trying to sleep long enough, we need to squeeze in a few moments of peace in our busy worlds.  It may surprise you the amount of benefits we reap when we sow gratitude, stillness and connection to ourselves.

Do you take a few moments a day to connect with yourself?  How do you fit stillness into your day?

Shine On!

xo

Free Healing Transformation!

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Good morning!  I’m posting this free meditation invite as I’d love to connect with others who may be interested in doing this healing meditation for 21 days!  Let me know if you are doing it as well as I’d love to see how it transforms us all!  It’s free ~ come join me as we transform our health!

Shine On!

xo

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Meditate and journal with us each day on this journey toward the triad of whole wellness—body, mind, and spirit. Deepak and Oprah will be your personal guides, every day, as you embrace the vision of your best self, expand your understanding of your miraculous body, and achieve greater balance and wellbeing.

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Time

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Have you ever noticed how time can drag on when you watch the clock or how fast it can speed by when you’re busy and not thinking about it?  I think time goes by slowly when we awaken in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep.  Does this happen to you?  For me, there are nights when I wake up in the middle of the night and then I am kept up for hours by my busy mind.  I begin planning tomorrow’s to do list or I begin writing my blog in my head ~ but the worst one is if I hear a noise because then I lay awake debating whether I should go investigate!

Last night I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.  5 minutes to midnight and I had just woken up a few minutes beforehand.  I was tossing and turning trying to get back to sleep.  Now my busy brain turned to wondering who was outside.  I said a quick prayer of safety because it could simply be a neighbor coming home and I began breathing slowly, in and out, trying to concentrate so that I could fall back to sleep.  It worked because the next time I looked at the clock, it was 6am! 

Does this ever happen to you? 

What do you do? 

Do you get up and go to the kitchen to make a cup of warm milk? 

Do you read in hopes of getting sleepy again? 

Or do you turn on the television to watch something boring? 

I’ve tried all of the above, but breathing in and out in a measured fashion and quieting my mind works best for me.  I’d love for you to share if this happens to you and what you do about it!  I figure the more solutions we share, the longer our night’s sleep is tonight! 

Because TIME Is On My Side ~ a la The Rolling Stones

Enjoy a little official version of their song ~ Happy Saturday!

Sweet dreams my friends! 

Shine On!

xo

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http://determined34.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/daily-prompt-the-clock-digital-awakenings/

http://edwardhotspur.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/slam-a-daily-prompt-post/

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/tick-tock/

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Free Chopra Creating Abundance and Musings from Misifusa

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Day 1 ~ “Today, I behold all the abundance that surrounds me.”
Day 2 ~ “I create my personal abundance from an infinite source.”
With Hurricane Sandy having blown through my life, 3 surgeries thus far and another coming up in December, plus my Dad’s passing and being responsible for closing out an almost 50 year law practice by myself…I’ve been a bit overwhelmed these days…and now there’s a Nor’Easter (another bad storm) on its way, ready to hit tomorrow.  UGH!  Double UGH!
So I am giving myself a pass today because I didn’t send this particular post out last week when I had planned to do it.  Without power, there wasn’t much I could do about it!  Perhaps there’s a reason for it…at least that’s the thought that I’m comforting myself with right now.
All is quiet in my home this morning.  I awoke with a migraine (darn weather changes) and still, I wanted to use the stillness and freshness of the morning to enjoy the meditations that Deepak Chopra has so generously given to all.  Today is Day 2 so I was behind already, but I am happy to report that I am all caught up.  Like one of my sons in school, I feel that relief that my homework is done for the day and I can move on.
But something interesting happened today when I did the 2 meditations.  I realized how stressed I am these days, how I’ve allowed my body to be encased in a hard pressured stressed feeling that is so tightly bound inside of me that I didn’t even realize that it existed.  It had become my normal after so much stress in my life.  And I can assure you, I am stressed with all of the responsibilities which have fallen onto my shoulders.  I am in charge of everything and everyone right now ~ dealing with a body which is enduring more than its share of surgeries and traumas.  I just keep pushing through to the next event, the next task and I’m not taking care of me.  I’m too wrapped up in what has to be done, wishing I could skirt some of the mess and just be taken care of instead of taking care of it all.
There’s food to be bought because of the power outage for 6 days, we lost everything in the refrigerators/freezers.  With the looming storm, I need to make sure that I replenish (but not too much) supplies.  Then there’s the fact that Mom hasn’t been to her house in a week so I need to drive her there to make sure that things are ok, plus I believe she wants some new clothes having only packed for a few days.  Boys still don’t have school and there’s the added burden of how to drive about 45 minutes away when there are still trees down, power out and gas rationing going on (which today’s not my day to fill up so I have to be careful).
I could go on and on and rehash all that is on my plate these days, but instead, I’ll leave you with what I learned.  I am planting the seeds of abundance in my life through Deepak’s meditations.  I am determined to unleash the synchronicity of blessings which are infinite and given to all.
I am blessed I know…but I am tired.  I long to rest, to quit worrying and to just ‘be’ at peace.  Perhaps with the start of the morning meditations, I can accomplish my goal.  I am handing it all over to God/Universe/Infinite Spirit…I am letting go of my control and just allowing life to be.
Hugs to all of you…
Enjoy Deepak’s gift!
xo

A New Dawn

Good Morning to YOU!  I awoke early this morning and I have truly enjoyed such a delightful few hours that I don’t care that I’ve not had much sleep as they were so wonderful to experience that I am feeling even more blessed than usual.  In the quiet of the very early morning (think 3am!) I began my day today, enjoying a fresh cup of my favorite  Breakfast Blend (best price I’ve found thus far so thought I’d share), flanked by ‘the girls’ (our 2 cats) and the peaceful quiet of the early morning.

I am excited because things are starting to roll for me again…I can see the new dawn and a new beginning for me.  I am feeling a new-found energy which I had lost and I think that the taking care of me which I have been deliberately planning is beginning to work its magic!  Yesterday,  I met with my friend KAngel who in her infinite and patient wisdom helped me to re-see my vision that I had formed awhile ago.  I am excitedly working on something new which I’ll unveil soon ~ and KAngel’s been a big part of it.

But since I had so much me time that I hadn’t planned on, I thought I’d just peruse a few blogs this morning that I follow and what a beautiful gift this morning’s array of blog posts was!  In fact, some of them were a few days old and then as I went through the archives, I dug deeper into a few that I hadn’t seen before and the next thing I knew, it was 6am and time to awaken the troops!

Ahh…but I received so many gifts this morning that I thought I’d reblog a couple of them.  This is a first for me so I’m not quite sure if I am doing it right, but here goes!

From Lead.Learn.Live

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I ended up bookmarking the site www.calm.com and enjoying a bit of the other scenes as well…what a magnificent way to enjoy my coffee this morning!

Thanks for the inspiration of song choice from sunday-songbird-5 which is from Andrea Kelly (sorry, I wanted to put in the lyrics!)

All to the tunes of

I wish you a beautiful day as well!

Enjoy!

xo

Face the Sun!

Strength. Turn your face to the sun and shadows fall behind you.

Many of us have had tough times.  By a certain age, most of us have endured moments or longer of hard times and with that, have some experience in disappointment, sadness, fear, loss and such.  What I find most interesting though is how some people have endured hardships and yet they don’t allow those moments to define them.

Having been dealt the hand of breast cancer at age 34, I have experienced sadness, fear, loss and disappointment among other things…but that’s not to say that I haven’t been able to enjoy every sunrise, every cloud formation, every season and the precious moments of spontaneous hugs from my sons and family.   I’ve seen the darkness and I’ve seen the light.  Perhaps you feel that it’s not easy living on the roller coaster of life, a sentiment which I understand.  However, what brings me comfort is that with every nightfall, I know that in a few hours, there’s a sunrise waiting for me and it’s that sunrise I choose to concentrate on and ‘turn my face to’ everyday.  I feel grateful that I am here to experience it all ~ for without having experienced the darkness, how would we ever know how spectacular the sunrise is?

You own the power to choose everyday how you are going to face the day…

Turn your face to the sun and shadows fall behind you.

You’ll be glad you did!

xo