Archive | December 2016

Let Nature Restore You

beach-therapy

As the holiday season comes to a close, many of us may feel the need for some rest and relaxation from the busyness we just experienced. Sometimes the best cure for regaining our peace is found in nature itself.

For me, taking long walks on the beach, watching a sunset, or starring at the stars can instantly provide a therapeutic alteration to my state of mind.

There is something undeniably beautiful, powerful, and spiritual about the exterior gifts from nature, that can elicit such a peaceful, contemplative effect on our internal environment as well.

One cannot underestimate the importance of introspection on a regular basis, as it has a profound impact on the way we think, act, and operate in our relationships.

Therefore, the more we make room in our lives for stillness and reducing the noise level around us, the more we are able to hear the messages from within us.

Unfortunately, the busyness in our lives can pull us away from noticing the lovely settings which surround us, and allow them to fade away unnoticed into the background of each day. This lack of connection can prevent us from the serenity we long to experience.

boogie-board

Fortunately, it is never too late to begin focusing on all the beauty around us, and reap the benefits of its rehabilitating power.

What nurtures you?

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Get Cozy

lovely-cup

Pretty much the first thing that comes to mind for feeling cozy in the holiday season (beyond the warmth of family and friends) is a good pair of pajamas.

Many of us can remember receiving a new pair of jammies each Christmas and lounging around in them most of the day unwrapping and enjoying our new presents. Or, having a pajama party!

pajama-party

It doesn’t have to be a holiday to create a cozy life inside and out.

What warms your heart?

Spread Good Cheer

like-myself

In the spirit of gift giving time, the lyrics below by Karen Drucker & Karen Taylor-Good seemed appropriate.

A daily dose of positive declarations, not only benefits us with good feelings, but spreads contagious good cheer to all we come in contact with.

Good reminder to affirm that our presence is a present to ourselves and others!

What optimistic mantra helps you feel good?

 

I am a gift, no matter what age,

no matter how I look,

there’s beauty in each stage.

I am a gift, and I promise every day,

when I look in the mirror I’ll say, “I am a gift.

I am a gift; I’ve loved really well,

and every year I’ve lived has a different tale to tell.

I’ve made mistakes, have some regrets.

But I promise I’ll never forget I am a gift.

There may be times when I forget the truth about me.

When it seems time and youth are just marching on without me.

That’s when I might need you to find me,

and ever so gently remind me that

I am a gift, a precious child.

I’m put here on this earth but only for a while.

So I make this vow and I say it with love,

“I am perfect and whole and enough, and I am a gift.”