Enjoy the Good Life

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Many of us love finding, and sharing great recipes.

This is especially true for those that contain extremely nourishing ingredients, and offer such delicious results, when the directions are followed as instructed.

Therefore, I’m passing along the delightful treat above for savoring today, and all through the year!

Enjoy!

 

Keep Acquiring Knowledge

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When I was a little girl, there was a word of the day section listed in our local newspaper. As a way of learning something new each day, my dad would quiz me about a given word, and make sure I understood its meaning. At the time, given my age, I would have rather spent all my time playing outside with the neighbor kids. However, I made sure to find the daily word before he would ask me about it because I wanted, and needed to be prepared.

Ironically, there is an uplifting publication called, “The Daily Word” which I read each day too which is filled with wonderful thoughts to meditate on, and expands awareness.

Who knows if those early days of word testing didn’t ignite my love of writing or the reason I love the game of scrabble or enjoy learning today?  We often hear that ‘knowledge is power,’ and expanding my vocabulary has been a wonderful advantage to me during my schooling years, and to this day.

The memory of that word game is a reminder to keep on learning in all areas of life, and not just recycle the same information.

What positive memories or practices did you get introduced to early in life that has shaped who you are today?

Action Step:

Keep the door open to your mind, and fill it with something fresh and new.

 

Don’t Rush It

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Recently, we took a few days away from our schedules, and went to the beach. During that time we weren’t rushing around or making tons of plans. We took one day at a time, and just relaxed. During those days of relaxation, it really brought awareness to all the rushing around we normally do in our regular routine.

The question that continues to come up these days is “What’s the rush?”

This has become an especially significant question as I contemplate a conversation we had with someone we met on vacation. She shared her experience of rushing around all her life in order to get to her retirement years, so she and her husband could finally relax.

Unfortunately, her husband passed away before they reached retirement, and now she is a widow which wasn’t part of her plans. She is now in the longed for time in her life but misses her husband terribly. Had she known it was going to be this way, she would have savored her days with him more during their time together, and not tried to rush her life along to the next stage.

It was a sobering conversation, and good reminder to not rush through our days but to relish them. It is great to have future goals, and plans but equally important to enjoy the trip along the way, with the people we value most.

Acton Step:

If you find yourself rushing around, and pining for a future time in your life, take a deep breath, and embrace this moment.

Celebrate Your Blessings

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Getting together with loved ones to celebrate birthdays, and other festive occasions is a wonderful gift to the soul. It often does more for our mental, emotional and spiritual state then many of the medical solutions available. The laughter, connection, and love are a healing combination on every level.

Recently, a friend threw a party for me, and the chemistry of all the guests who attended was perfect. I felt very blessed to be gifted with this wonderful get-together, and to see all the thoughtful effort that was put into making the event very special.

I was once again reminded how exceptionally wonderful our relationships can be, and how much there is to be thankful for in life.

Enjoy all the many reasons to say thank you, and celebrate!

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“Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way;
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day;
Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do,
For round about you there are men less fortunate than you.

Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom,
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom;
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet.

Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest you are,
How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall today and you with grief are sad;
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.”

–  Edgar Guest

 

Make a Personal Statement

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What’s in a name? Plenty!

Since everyone recognizes him or herself by name, it is important that the one we’ve been given be interpreted in a positive way.

One way to view our name, and expand upon it, is through the use of affirmative word association, where we can create our own personalized statement.

By using the letters from your first name, and matching them with uplifting words that begin with those same letters, we can give our name a whole new meaning.

So, for instance, if your name is Janet you could come up with following list of words:

                                                                           J = Joyful

                                                                           A = Awesome

                                                                           N = Nice

                                                                           E = Exceptional

                                                                           T = Thoughtful

By combining this list, your personalized declaration would be, “I AM joyful, awesome, nice, exceptional and thoughtful.”

Anything that follows, “I AM….” is very powerful, and especially effective when combined with our own name.

By using positive words to describe ourselves, and saying them as a daily mantra, we can celebrate ourselves in a whole new way!

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What does your name reveal?

Action Step:

Create a personalized statement as described above, and share it here if you’d like.

 

 

Create A Joyous Relationship

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For those of you who live in Arizona or planning to visit in September 2014, I hope you’ll join me for a four week relationship series entitled, Create A Joyous Relationship beginning on September 9th at A Mindfulness Life Center.

Loving ourselves is the key to relational fulfillment, and using my book, The Right Relationship Starts with You, along with material from Louise Hay, you’ll experience new insights, thoughts, and ideas for saying “yes” to yourself and creating more joyous connections as a result.

We will cover empowering topics such as:

• Making yourself a priority
• Attracting positive people
• Living more mindfully
• Claiming your personal power
• Developing a more balanced life
• Training your mind
• Setting personal boundaries
• Affirming your intentions

Register today to reserve your spot.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Blessings,

Cathie