Look For Messages

message in a bottle

A message can come in an unexpected way,

like a note in a bottle washing ashore one day.

 Though it may not sound practical but who is to say,

that a message in a bottle isn’t headed your way!

Until that day arrives, the card above should suffice,

for delivering a great affirmation, that is positive and nice!

– Cathie Barash

Have a great weekend everybody!

Compare Yourself to Yourself

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Too often, we compare ourselves to others who seem to be more joyful, talented, or enlightened than we are, rather than celebrating ourselves, and how far we’ve come in our own life.

Even if we do appreciate our journey, and all that we’ve gained so far, it can seem to pale in comparison to someone else who is getting more accolades or attention for their position in life.

It is at these times that we need to remember to compare ourselves to ourselves, and revel in the progress we’ve made, the challenges we’ve overcome, and the help we’ve provided to others.

By honoring the changes, wisdom or growth we’ve experienced thus far, we are better able to notice, and appreciate the positive contributions we make in our world, even if we aren’t famous around the world.

We do not have to be a renowned professional in order to add value to the sphere around us. However, we do need to rejoice in our individuality, and enjoy the skills that we have been blessed with.

For instance, many of us are innately wonderful teachers, homemakers, photographers, artists, parents and communicators. Our originality is needed, and we shouldn’t mistakenly believe that anyone can do what we do, just because it comes naturally to us. We are one of a kind.

So, rather than discounting or comparing ourselves to someone else, it is important to see our natural abilities as specially designed for a purpose beyond our imaginings, and allow them their full expression. After all, it would be pretty boring if all the flowers in a garden looked the same or we were all alike.

What quality about yourself do you enjoy?

 

 

Make May Meditation Month

meditation monthA while ago, I had written a mindfulness mantra, and the meditation process listed below. Many reported that they found both to be very helpful. Meditation is also discussed on Day 4 of my 21 Day personal development guide.

No better time than the present to get started or recharge the habit. Candles and soft music are optional but are wonderful accompaniments!

Enjoy!

  • Find a quiet and peaceful place where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.
  • Breathe in good thoughts, soothing images, and peaceful outcomes.
  • Breathe out tension, stress, anxiety and fear.
  • Select a positive statement or series of statements such as, “I love my life,” “All is well,” or “Everything works out for my highest good.”
  • Introduce those affirmations while you visualize a ball of light entering the top of your head and traveling down to the tips of your toes, spreading a healing energy throughout your body.
  • Repeat this as many times as you need to clear away any unhelpful thoughts, or projections that cause an internal disturbance.

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Mindfulness Mantra

I am generous, I am kind,

and in complete control of my mind.

When negative thoughts try to lead me astray,

I focus on blessings I live with each day.

So grateful for choices, love, joy, and peace,

through prayer and meditation, these can only increase.

— Cathie Barash

What positive words, mantras or practices work best for you?

 

Believe in the Power of Magic

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When we think of magic, what often comes to mind is a master magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat or other tricks on stage. However, the magic I am referring to is the “meaningful coincidences” or synchronicity that happens in life, where unrelated events occur that seem to be importantly linked, yet have no apparent underlying connection.

For example, in my book, I relay a story about a woman who met her future husband, by spilling the contents of her purse on the ground, after running into him on her way out of a New York City salon in tears. She had just received a terrible haircut, and poor treatment by the highly regarded stylist, and he happened to be perfectly placed for their encounter at just the right time.

Or, we may have less epic life changing events, such as when we suddenly start thinking about someone we haven’t seen in a long time, and they call us ‘out of the blue’ or we run into them somewhere we don’t usually go.

In retrospect, we can probably reflect on many situations, where if any of the events that occurred had not happened the way they did, we may not have met our current partner, have the career we value today, or any other number of life circumstances we enjoy.

Anything that positively lines up, can be considered a matter of ‘luck’ or ‘being at the right place at the right time’ but either way it’s magic when it happens!

What magical “coincidences” have you encountered?

 

Get Inspired

surround yourself with those who love you

I recently shared this quote on my Facebook page, and like so many others, this one gets to the heart of things in a few words.

It’s actually wonderful to see so many people posting, and sharing all kinds of heartfelt phrases, and expressions on their sites to inspire those who visit.

The topic of why people are so drawn to quotes was recently discussed on Super Soul Sunday with Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, and the story behind the movie of the same name.

She says, “We’re hungry for consolation, we’re hungry for inspiration and the truth. And what a quote does is it delivers in a very concise, powerful form that little jolt of that thing you needed to hear, that thing you forgot, the thing you knew, the thing you didn’t quite understand that’s now been articulated.”

Well said.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

 

Acknowledge Someone Today

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It is easy to get busy or forget to acknowledge important people in our lives. It isn’t that they aren’t thought about or cared for very deeply but time has a way of slipping by, and sometimes our thoughts don’t get verbally transmitted.

However, today can be the day we look around and take the time to appreciate and thank those who add meaning to our life.

To that end, I would like to acknowledge those who participated in the recent giveaway, and to all those who have entered kind thoughts to this blog over the years.

Sometimes the smallest of acts, or briefest of words, can have the greatest impact.

Special congratulations to Susan Shane for winning the drawing!!!

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Continue to Learn

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The process of learning can be exciting, and challenging at the same time. It is usually more comfortable to stay with what is known to us, and not risk the feelings of discomfort that accompany any new undertaking.

However, as we know from past educational experiences, the newness eventually wears off while the gifts that come from expanding ourselves are a great long lasting result of our efforts.

That being said, through a series of recent conversations, I decided to expand my world, and venture into the world of Facebook which for many has been a regular part of their communication systems for years.

I look forward to visiting these additional communities while keeping with WordPress as well.

Hope to see you on both!

What new things are you learning?