Tag Archive | Love

Let Nature Restore You

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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.

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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?

Get Cozy

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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!

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

What warms your heart?

Embrace the Truth

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In recent weeks, I’ve come across several different websites that were talking about author Glennon Doyle Melton, who wrote the newest Oprah Book Club selection, Love Warrior.

In learning more about her, I found her to be refreshingly honest and wise, as demonstrated in her interview on Super Soul Sunday. In the snippet from the show, she discusses the “I’m fine” response.

We may indeed be fine today, but we might also be scared or hurt or confused on other days. I’m sure many of us can relate to feeling one way on the inside, and ‘acting’ quite differently on the outside by saying all the right things.

There does seem to be a common indoctrination to truth telling, that rewards all our positive feelings and gives less approval to the painful ones.

However, embracing the truth about our internal world, and sharing it with those we trust, is a healthy step to growth and transformation.

Are you able to accept your true feelings, or do you judge yourself for being less than fine?

 

 

Cherish All Gifts

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We all like to give and receive gifts.

Sometimes, as the giver, we have to hunt high and low, to find that perfect item for the special person, and occasion we are celebrating.

Often though, the best gifts are the ones we don’t buy but the ones we personally create.

For example, years ago, I had heard about a mother named Charlene Costanzo who had written down 12 loving messages for her two daughters as a personal gift of life lessons, and to describe the gifts we are born with.

Later, she would turn it into a book called The Twelve Gifts of Birth, so that others could enjoy them as well.

Below are the twelve gifts she wrote about, which we are all blessed with at birth, and can enjoy for a lifetime.

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What is the best gift you’ve received?

Make the Shift

 

In a beautifully inspiring and uplifting film entitled The Shift, best-selling author Wayne Dyer, along with actress Portia de Rossi and others, explores the journey to finding meaning and purpose in our lives.

This powerful movie, and the book by the same name, discusses a shifting away from the dictates of our ego which focuses on achievement and accumulation; to focusing more on serving and giving back.

This process is effectively illustrated throughout the course of the film, as we observe the following scenarios:

  1. An overachieving businessman who has forgotten what love means.
  2. A mother of two young children nurturing everyone but herself.
  3. A film director trying to make a name for himself that will make him worthy in his own eyes.

Through their struggles, we witness a turning point in each of their lives, which ultimately leads them to experiencing a deep sense of personal satisfaction and fulfillment.

They experience a shift in their thinking and priorities about what really matters in life, and teaches us how to find the path to our greatest joy as well.

Action Step:

Watch this movie when you get a chance. In the meantime, enjoy the scenery and soundtrack from the film shown above.