Gathering for a happy festivity with others of like mind and inclination to play music, dance and express oneself through costume can be wonderful ways to release tension and stress, part of creating a balanced life. Enjoy! However, this year I also invite you to deeply consider the restraint that precipitates the Mardi Gras celebration.
Most of us don’t even realize how “unaware” we are. We are too busy with the business of life. Whoever said we should “take time to smell the roses” offered sage advice. When was the last time you really did smell a rose?
I read recently that Oprah Winfrey begins her day in quiet, an opportunity to center herself and “order her day.” I like to do the same. It doesn’t take long, yet can make a huge difference to the way I approach my daily life.
“Breathing is one of the most important connections between your mind and your body,” … Just your focused awareness on the very thing that is as automatic to you as the beating of your heart. And, it can be done anywhere at any time.
So often we look at the necessary labors of life as a burden. Those “have to’s” we consider the bane of our existence … I want to propose that we try another approach: attend to such duties with openness and gentle attention.
I propose to you that the first and most important step to simplifying your life is not about decreasing or eliminating anything but instead about “noticing” and “allowing.”
Many of the prompts in my book, Your Journal Companion, can lead to great storytelling on paper as you allow yourself to write about the experiences that have shaped your life and hold meaning for you.
I think back over my life and try to remember any time of more than a few months, maybe a year at most, that I did not have a feline companion. Why, you may ask?
When a human being unconditionally offers love, nurturance, protection and acceptance, with patience and compassion, s/he is expressing the heart essence of motherhood.
Many of us don’t realize that encouraging our children to write can have far reaching effects in their academic, social and emotional lives.