Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Health and Well Being’ Category

Day 137

Affirmation:

I only make choices that are beneficial to my life and support my well-being.

I only make choices that support my growth into a  more empowered and more authentic, loving human.


It is easy to get into the habit of making choices that do not serve one’s life or self.   That may be the habit of choosing an unhealthy relationship, choosing to be in situations which promote victimhood, or choosing to worry (which offers nothing positive to any experience).   Consciously choosing that which is physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy is always the right choice, for both the self and others.  Choosing to nourish the body with the healthiest possible food is choosing well-being.  Choosing to end or avoid engaging in toxic situations is choosing to support one’s growth.  Choosing to view oneself as worthy and valuable is choosing empowerment.  Choosing to feel compassion, tolerance, understanding and acceptance is choosing authenticity.   Choosing to have a positive attitude and positive thoughts is choosing to be a more positive, loving person.   Being conscious of what one is choosing – and whether or not the consequences of those choices  support well-being – is an important part of living a joyful, healthy, authentic life of love and truth.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Day 134

Affirmation:

I value nature.

I spend time engaging with the natural world.

I am part of the natural world, connected to all that exists within it.


Whether it’s in the backyard tending to a garden or flower bed, or on a hike in the mountains, taking the time to be immersed in natural surroundings connects us to our own natural presence on the planet.   We often forget that our bodily aspect is part of the natural world.  Our bodies are tuned in to the cycles of seasons, the rising and setting of the sun, and the lunar pull.  We are just as connected to the physical world as any other organic system.  We may not consciously feel that connection, but it exists whether we’re aware of it or not.   Immersed in nature, our nature connects even more deeply to its planetary home and co-habitants.  A walk in the park can be as nourishing to the spirit in the body, as a hug can be to the heart.

Read Full Post »

Day 128

Affirmation:

I am grateful for limitless possibilities.

I am grateful for opportunities to have all that is positive in my life.

I am blessed with a beautifully abundant and balanced life.

I have wealth and I am grateful.

I have a fulfilling purpose and I am grateful.

I have inner peace and I am grateful.

I have healthy relationships and I am grateful.

I have a healthy body and I am grateful.

I have a soul satisfying spiritual life and I am grateful.

I enjoy life’s pleasures and I am grateful.


Financial wealth, fulfilling purpose/work, inner peace, healthy relationships, physical health, connection to self and spirit, and time for fun and relaxation… These are seven fundamental components of an abundant and balanced life.   If asked, many people would likely say that at least one of these areas in their lives has been sacrificed for another.  Perhaps work that creates wealth has caused relationships to be shortchanged.  Or maybe a deeply spiritual life has been created at the expense of wealth.

So why do we give up one thing in order to have another?  Why don’t we strive to have it all?  Sadly, many of us – usually unconsciously – do not believe we’re worthy of “having it all” and without the belief in our worthiness we never will.  A good many more do not consciously believe it’s possible.  It’s an all too common misconception that only through sacrifice can we achieve our goals.  Of course if that were true no one would “have it all” and many do.  Remember, if but ONE PERSON can achieve something, then so can anyone, even you and I.  Still others feel selfish or self-centered just thinking about wanting to “have it all.”  Those are limiting beliefs planted in us by others and they need to be uprooted. No one needs to settle for three out of seven when seven of seven is possible,  and everyone has the same potential for that perfect seven.

Having It All

 

Read Full Post »

Day 126

Affirmation:

I cannot save the world.

I cannot save anyone.

I can love.  I can support.  I can empower.  But it is not my responsibility to save.


Caring and compassionate persons are often plagued with feelings of guilt, self-blame and self-loathing because they cannot save others from their pain or their own demise.   We should be offering our love and support, but with the firm awareness that it is not our responsibility to save anyone.   When we make another’s success or thriving our responsibility, we  weaken them.   Taking responsibility for others that is not ours to take, not only disempowers them, but it falsely and egoically, empowers us.   In other words, to do so is unhealthy for everyone.   What our loving, heart-centered selves can do is give others tools, knowledge and wisdom.  We can give them support and consolation.  We can give them love, as much as they will allow us to give.   We must always strive to empower others in their own choices and by affirming their responsibility for themselves.  It is so very hard not to want to save every suffering soul, but we only disempower them when we make it our responsibility to do so.

Read Full Post »

Day 125

Affirmation:

I celebrate life.

I celebrate the miracles, joys, successes, bounty, imperfection, health, love, triumph, growth, prosperity, support, opportunities and Presence, in my life.

I celebrate the big reveals in the small details.

I celebrate living.


Life is not always easy but it always holds something to cherish, to honour and to celebrate.  It may be storming but outside birds still sing.   Find a reason to celebrate.  Look around the world and see the goodness, the glory and the greatness!  Look in the mirror and see the smile, the wisdom and the potential!    Rejoice in the monumental small details, the clean water, the gentle hug, the bee that dances from flower to flower.   Celebrate good times, past, present, and future.   Celebrate the Divine and Sacred gift of existence!   Find a reason, any or none at all, but CELEBRATE!

And if my passionate words aren’t enough…. listen and just try not to dance!  Celebrate!

Read Full Post »

Day 124

Affirmation:

Today I will make time to experience the wonders of the physical world.

I will deliberately pay attention to the wonders all around me.

I will look,

I will SEE,

and I will be in AWE.


In the United States the interstate highway maximum design speed in rural areas is 75 mph.   Speeds on a single-track country road in the United Kingdom can be as high as 60 mph (97 km/h).   On Italy’s Autostrade, speeds can reach 150 km/h.   Bicyclists average 12-22 mph.  Joggers average 4-7 mph.  Even the average walking speed is 3.1 miles per hour.  How much do we actually see at any of those speeds?  Consider all the wonders that are missed because we are moving too fast to see that odd little bug toodling across the pavement, or the rabbit scurrying under the bushes, or the water droplet precariously perched for its descent on the edge of a blade of grass?  As children we didn’t just look at nature, we SAW it, but as adults we have places to go and things to do and speeds to keep, much to our detriment.  Seeing the wonder of nature keeps us humble, connected and centered in the mystery.  Take time to go out in the world for the sole purpose of witnessing the wonder.  Don’t just walk, kneel, reach and SEE.  If you don’t remember how, take a child along and follow their lead!

Read Full Post »

Day 122

Affirmation:

I move through the world with fluidity and flow.

I use my power to softly carve a path through my experiences.

I recognize the value of soft power.


Some of the greatest and most powerful forces of nature achieve their potential purposefully but are themselves soft forces.  Water, fire and air are each soft, pliable, unfixed, fluid and flowing, yet each is capable of creating great change.  Water can shape granite, fire can transform oak into ash, and air can turn farmland to wasteland.   Using our power softly is one of the most efficient and effective uses of human potential as well.

By asserting our will, desire and determination with soft power, we avoid the wasted energy of forcefulness.  Force nearly always meets with resistance, while soft power generates a yielding response.  We are using our power softly when we ask instead of demanding, when we coordinate instead of subordinating and when we whisper encouragement instead of shouting expectations.

There was once a woman who was picking low fruit from a large tree.  A ripe and ready, unblemished piece of fruit clung to a branch just beyond her grasp.  She stretched and strained to take the prized fruit, but to no avail.  She jumped and tried to grab.  She missed.  She jumped again, and again, and again, trying each time to jump higher.  She was only able to touch her fingertips to the splendor.  The woman was becoming tired from exerting so much energy and was no closer to taking the fruit from the tree.  Suddenly she noticed the breeze that had been blowing all morning.  She exhaled deeply, let her shoulders drop and reached up without strain.  She waited patiently.  Then, like magic, it happened.  Her waiting hand took the fruit the tree was generously giving her as it was bent gently downward by the breeze.

When trying to take the fruit, the woman was employing hard power, which had proved unproductive and tiring, but as soon as she employed soft power, the tree yielded the fruit to her.  Life is like the tree – we can either approach it using our power forcefully or we can work with it, using our power softly, efficiently and effectively.

Read Full Post »

Day 118

Affirmation:

I am a light in the world.

I am a beacon for someone.

I presence in life is infinitely important.

I do not exist so that I can matter, I matter because I exist.


None of us ever truly know the impact we make on the world and others while we’re in it.   We may feel like bit players in a big production, someone whose part could be filled by just about anyone.  We’re wrong.  We may feel like we’ve never made a difference in the world.  We have.  Often we don’t know how far our light has shone or whose path we’ve illuminated.  We tend to need to see the product of our efforts before we will believe we’ve created a result.    And most of the time we never know who we’ve helped.  Most of the time, we don’t know how important we are in the world.

You have no way of knowing that the fight you broke up on the playground kept one little kid from turning into a bully.   You don’t realize that the girl you talked to at the doctor’s office left her abusive boyfriend because of something you said.  You’ll never see that the old man you helped yesterday has a new lease on life today because he again believes that people are good.  You don’t know how the dominoes of your good deeds and kind acts have fallen.  What matters is that each of us believe that we make a difference just by being here, that – in more small ways than big –  we matter.  That we are – each and every one of us – a light in the world for someone to travel by.

Candle-flame-2u4k1dogdur5pg9spa3ymi

Read Full Post »

cropped-cropped-blogheader.jpg

365 Days of Inspiration –  Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness

—————————–

Read Full Post »

Day 117

Affirmation:

My spiritual path is my own and of my own choosing.

Wherever I am is where I am meant to be.

I am open to changing directions if it will bring me closer to my authentic nature.


The journey of inner spiritual growth is a distinctly personal one.  There is no one right way.  What works for one may not work for another.  Even individually, a path that has been helpful for a time may start to feel constrictive and ill-fitting, and need to be abandoned.  Just as we outgrow clothes and need new ones, sometimes we must seek a new path, one that allows for continued expansion.  Many of us are seekers whose spiritual weight goes up and down like a yo-yo requiring frequent navigational shifts.  While some have a certain discipline and fidelity that allows them to stay with the same practice for their entire lives, many of us are of the clothes-changing type.  Both can be equally beneficial and it is crucial to honor one’s uniquely individual needs and allow oneself the freedom to change course if change is beneficial.

Read Full Post »

Day 115

Affirmation:

I am good enough.

I am smart enough.

I am attractive enough.

I am strong enough.

I am capable enough.

I am lovable enough.

I am worthy enough.

I am EVERYTHING enough!


With conscious awareness, we can catch ourselves having self-critical thoughts.  Sometimes the words are so deep within our minds they come through like a bully’s taunting whisper, other times they’re intimidatingly loud and clear, and sometimes they’re vocalized aloud.  We need to pay attention to these I’m-not-good-enough thoughts.  From the rather mild, “I can’t believe he really loves me,” and “That’s just too good to be true,” to the outright self-abusive thoughts like, “What an idiot I am,” and “Why am I always so stupid?” these words keep us small and wounded.  We learned how to communicate with ourselves from those outside of us – usually parental figures and other caregivers – but as adults we are now parents to ourselves.  We are now the sources of our own loving acceptance.  Conscious self-parenting means we can love and nurture ourselves even and especially when we make mistakes, cause accidents, don’t know something, are wrong or act in any other humbly human way.  Conscious self-parenting means we speak to ourselves with the same loving and compassionate and patient speech we would use when parenting anyone. When we recognize that the inner critic / inner parent is reprimanding and belittling us we can counter each critique with a resounding, “I AM ENOUGH!” because we are.  We are good enough.  We are smart enough.  We are attractive enough.  We are strong enough.  We are capable enough.  We are lovable enough.  We are worthy enough.  We are EVERYTHING enough.

Read Full Post »

Day 114

Affirmation:

I bless this day.

I bless myself and my life.

I bless those I know and their lives.

I bless those I have never met and their lives.

I bless those who suffer and are in pain.

I bless the planet and all upon her.


Anyone can offer blessings.  To bless someone is to consecrate and invoke divine care for them.  Think of it as wrapping them in a warm, safe, spiritual blanket.  The gift of blessing is one of the simplest gifts we can offer another or ourselves.  When we sincerely bless we offer healing, loving energy that is in alignment with the Divine.  Today is a good day to create a habit of blessing those we come in contact with, think of, and observe.  When we see children waiting for the bus we can bless them with joy and learning.  When we pass construction workers in the median we can bless them with safety.  When  our thoughts turn to someone in pain we can bless them with healing.  The energy of blessing is beneficial not just for humans but for the planet and all living things.  When we sincerely bless ourselves we create an energetic shift that opens our hearts and allows healing, well-being, and self-love.   In fact we cannot bless others with sincere positive loving thoughts without uplifting ourselves.

Louis Weldon Hawkins – A Prayer to God

Read Full Post »

Day 113

Affirmation:

I make mistakes, but I am perfect.

I disappoint others, but I am perfect.

I have much to learn, but I am perfect.

I fall short of my own expectations, but I am perfect.


Part of authentic living is accepting that perfection does not exist if by perfection we mean being talented, successful, or good at everything we do. Perfection does not exist if by perfection we mean being strong and victorious in every effort. Perfection does not exist if by perfection we mean never being wrong, without knowledge, or mistaken. Perfection can only exist within an individual if we define it as – how well we live ourselves.  Perfection is being ourselves honestly and with integrity.  Of course to be perfect at being ourselves we must accept that we are.

Read Full Post »

Day 112

Affirmation:

I am courageous.

I have a fearless heart.

I am courageous in love; I have a fearless heart.

I am courageous in life; I have a fearless heart.

I am courageous and I have a fearless heart.


Fear is an important part of the animal within us.  Fear is the necessary primal alert to a possible threat.  Without fear, early man would have likely never survived as a species.  We still need fear to alert us to threats, but instead of relying on fear to protect us solely from physical danger, we have adapted this response to every situation in our lives that might feel threatening, and in the modern world most of our threats are emotional.  We fear losing our selves to another, we fear losing our independence, we fear being controlled, we fear being hurt, we fear being abandoned, we fear being betrayed, we fear being happy, we fear change.  Many amazing and beautiful relationships have been missed out on or come to a sorry end because of fear.  By embracing our emotional fears and understanding how they attempt to protect us – with tactics like avoidance, defensiveness, detachment and aggression – we can begin to relinquish or move beyond them.  In fear our hearts never know the fullness of love and that is the great irony because our greatest fear is of being unloved but it is the fear itself that makes it so.  It takes daring and courage but only when our hearts are fearless are we truly open to loving and being loved.

Read Full Post »

Day 111

Affirmation:

I seek balance in my life.

I temper do-ing with be-ing.

I face my challenges head on.

I seek resolutions in relationship matters.


Being busy is a sometimes necessary part of living.  The art of busy-ness is an avoidance technique.  By keeping ourselves buried in work, errands, to-do lists, meetings, chores, and appointments, we conveniently avoid dealing with something in our lives that needs facing.  When couples in relationship begin having troubles, it’s sadly common for one or both to immerse themselves in busy-ness in order to avoid dealing with their problems.  Over time, those same two who once shared a balanced life will find themselves continually busied in their now very separate lives.  Individuals who are frightened by an inner need for change or don’t want to face a painful issue, will often throw themselves into busy-ness.  When we find ourselves always on the go, with never enough time, without social interaction or relationship connection, or with too much on our plates, it’s probably a good idea to stop and ask ourselves if we’re just very busy or using busy-ness as a way of avoiding something that should have our attention.

Read Full Post »

Day 109

Affirmation:

I act and speak from my loving heart.

I offer love.

I represent love.

I am loving in my thoughts toward others.


Along the path toward living consciously many become concerned with the ego and its influences.  We’re often guided to ask ourselves “Am I acting from my ego?”  It is a valid consideration but with so many different ideas of what ego actually is, how can anyone really know?  And even if we agree on the function of ego, repeatedly placing our focus on the Little Protector will keep us coming at ourselves from an unproductive place of criticism and judgment. It can be frustrating and deflating.  But it doesn’t have to be and it shouldn’t be.

Instead of asking “Am I responding from my ego?” or “Is this my ego talking?” we can ask ourselves, “Am I acting from love?” or “Is this my loving heart talking?”  We all know what is loving and what isn’t.  We all know if we’re reacting to something from love or not.  So let’s make it simple, let’s just shift the focus a bit, let’s make it about love.

Read Full Post »

Day 108

Affirmation:

I pray for those who suffer.

I offer positive thoughts of healing, courage, recovery, and strength to those in need.

I send the energy of love where it is needed.


It’s easy to watch the happenings of this world and feel pain for those in pain and to suffer along with those who suffer.   Empathy is a powerful connection.   A better connection is compassion.   Feeling miserable on behalf of others does nothing to improve their situation and can even add unhelpful energy where the opposite is needed.   As we watch the events of the world we can strive to keep our thoughts and emotions positive, uplifting, and beneficial.  We can send loving, healing, and productive, positive loving energy to those in need.  Doing so helps them while allowing us to remain in a healthy place too.

Read Full Post »

Day 107

Affirmation:

I value my emotional energy.

I use my emotional energy wisely.

I keep my attention on what is deserving of my concern.


It’s easy to make mountains out of molehills or get excited about something undeserving of any concern.  Little things can become big things very quickly if we let them.  It can be very healthy and balanced to consider a few points before becoming worked up over something.  Asking ourselves, “Does this have a lasting and negative affect on my life or another’s?” and “Does this hurt me or another?”  can put things back into proper perspective quickly.   Long lines, unwashed dishes, and dented fenders rarely change anyone’s life or cause pain.  If the matter doesn’t seriously impact anyone’s life, and causes no one harm, then there is a pretty good chance it’s not worth any expended energy.

imagesH4UK4VI2

Read Full Post »

Day 106

Affirmation:

I am still.

I am present.

I am free of internal clutter.

I am still.

I am present.

I am free of internal congestion.

I am still.

I am present.

I am free.


As important as having simplicity in our personal spaces can be, transformative even, having it within ourselves is crucial. Simplifying one’s inner world is about finding stillness in the mind by eliminating the mental clutter, the extraneous thoughts that fill our waking lives with incessant chatter.  Meditation and yoga are helpful, losing oneself in a meditative act like painting or listening to music can also help quiet the mind.  Simplifying the inner world means pausing to be physically and mentally present in the moment.  It means physically leaving one location (like work) and taking our whole self (thoughts included) with us, not being mentally other than where our body is.  It means not living in yesterday nor worrying about tomorrow.  It means refusing to engage in the drama of others’ lives or allowing it to be part of ours. That may mean not tuning in to the news every day. It might mean choosing to watch television shows that promote well-being and inner peace instead of those that promote tension and discord. Simplifying the inner world means letting go of emotions and beliefs that don’t serve one’s life and well-being.  It means opening the closet of the heart and getting rid of what no longer fits, what never belonged to us in the first place, and what was given to us that we don’t want.  Simplifying internally means getting back to the basics of who we are and what we’re about.  It’s about finding that place within where love and hope and faith and happiness and peace have permanent residence.  It means embracing our feelings without judging ourselves for having them.  It means letting joy be joy and sorrow be sorrow.  Simplifying the inner world is about creating a quieter mind, an engaged sense of being, and a peaceful heart.

Read Full Post »

Day 105

Affirmation:

I live simply.

I live with what I need, love, and has meaning for me.

I keep my personal space free of excess and clutter.

Simplicity in my outer world supports simplicity in my inner world.


Simplicity.  The word itself invokes tranquility, harmony, and ease.  The dictionary defines simplicity as a quality of being uncomplicated, lacking pretense or excessive ornamentation, and freedom from difficulty or effort.  Sounds like heaven.  Perhaps that’s because simplicity is harmonious with the Sacred and Dharma.  Simplifying the outer world and personal space is about creating an external environment that contains what is meaningful to us and has a purpose for us while letting go of what does not, thereby enhancing our alignment with our authentic natures.  Simplifying one’s outer world doesn’t mean taking a vow of poverty or discarding all worldly possessions, not by a long shot. It does mean not being defined by one’s things, not finding self-worth in belongings, not having an attachment to possessions, and not having for the sake of having.  Simplicity in our environments also frees us of unnecessary distractions, tension and clutter while additionally freeing up our time and money, producing calm, and increasing productivity.

Read Full Post »

Day 104

Affirmation:

I pay attention to my thoughts and feelings about my personal environment.

I embrace my feelings about my outer space is an indicator of the deeper needs within my internal space.


Our outer worlds are reflections of our inner worlds. If we pay attention to how we feel about the space we’re living in we can get a good idea of what our souls are craving. Have you ever had an out-of-nowhere, sudden desire to change the color of your walls, move the furniture, or redecorate from scratch?  It’s likely that the desire for external change was a response to a deeper desire for change from within.  In the same way, if you’ve ever walked into your home or work space and suddenly been unable to stand the clutter, there’s a good chance that your soul and spirit were calling for order and simplicity in your life as a whole. A sudden need for color or plants and flowers in the home may be a deeper need to feel awakened, alive and vibrant.  An urge to clean every corner could be a deeper need to do some inner housekeeping.  A desire to throw away all excess might be an internal need to be free of chaos, turmoil and drama. Consider urges to change your outer world as glimpses into your inner world and its fundamental needs.

Read Full Post »

Day 103

Affirmation:

I appreciate my true friend as a beautiful gift in my life.

I am grateful to know there is one person in the world I can count on.

I never take this friendship for granted.


It is not the number of people we know that counts, but who we can count on.  Anyone who can say that they have but ONE true friend has a precious gift.  Ah but the world likes us to think that more is better, even in friendships.  Emails and social media reinforce the idea that we need to have A LOT of friends or…  Or what?   It only takes one friend to save a life.  It only takes one friend to help another back to their feet.  It only takes one friend to get a laugh, catch a tear, or lend an ear…or a shoulder…or a hand.   One.  Let’s be grateful today for our true friends, whatever their number.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

Relationship Reinvented

Reinvent your innocence to Reinvent your Relationships... Love Deeply

~ ღ ~***WegoAstrology.Com***~ ღ ~

***Astrology & Tarot Predictions***

clearskies, bluewater

Insights, reflections and creative imaginings for our awakening world

The Silent Life Coach

Support for those on a conscious journey back to love.

The Better Man Project ™

a journey into the depths

Waking Spirals

Let's explore, the universe is within

Eduspire

Redefining and transforming education.

Love Out Loud

A blog about love, writing and other simple joys.

Step Lightly

Purposefully contribute to the world, while enjoying all life has to offer.

365 Days of Inspiration

Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness

%d bloggers like this: