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Wake-up, Nobody does it better than YOU!

The origin of your joy, happiness, and self-worth comes from your relationship with yourself.
Everything outside of you will have short-lived effects on your moods, lives, and well-being.

The most significant relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself. Put that loving energy into yourself.

Being everything to everyone is impossible. No matter what you do, there will always be someone who thinks differently. So follow your intuition, follow your heart, because you know the answer and you know what is best for you. And you know who has your back. YOU!

You are born a warrior; your heart is the sword that is always there to protect you. Awareness is the weapon of choice, and your armor is your genuine intention. That is why it is so important to wear yourself well.

Each day set an intention to honor yourself, be a loving presence, that is your best defense against anything or anyone who is not coming from love. Just be love

Tip: Notice if you are slouching. Shift into an open-hearted, uplifted posture. Feel the difference.

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Blinded by the Light, saved by the Shadow

Accepting ourselves means embracing our inner darkness which allows us the ability to find our balance versus living to deny the shadow aspects of ourselves, which only creates disharmony and chaos in our lives and throws us overboard.

When we acknowledge the dark side within we can take responsibility for ourselves and know ourselves more and maybe a little at a time we come out of hiding.

By being honest with ourselves, owning the shadow self, it reminds us of our humanness and our ability to face these feelings, habits, behaviors that come and go; as they are a part of life, our constant evolution.

To experience what it is to embrace Self-love is, to be brave when the darkness comes, and it will. Like a moon lite night, many things are exposed that are otherwise blinded by the light. That is the perfect time for restoration, change and seeking a deeper meaning into the human underworld of emotions that are hidden.

“I take charge of my life and turn up the intensity of goodness. I set my dials on harmony, balance, abundance, perfect health, loving relationships, fantastic opportunities, and everything else that my heart desires. I follow my guidance and keep my arms open to receive.”~Doreen Virtue

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Who is minding the mind?
Our minds have a mind of their own at times. It is only when we become aware of our thinking that we are able to adjust where they go. We can never stop them, our thoughts are our constant companion.
We spin thoughts like yarn without even questioning them; do we know the thought we are thinking to be true? Is that particular thought ABSOLUTELY true? Byron Katie coined that phrase, and it really is a great question to ask ourselves when we are struggling with becoming a slave to the thought or if we are the master of our thinking.
We trust our thoughts most of the time, or we allow our thoughts to tell us stories that might not be true. The problem can arise if we believe all of them, and this can cause us to be a slave and suffer much stress and rob us of the present moment and sometimes our sense of self.
Your mind is powerful. When you invest your time and energy in asking inquiring questions about your thoughts, then they are the seeds that will start to grow and give you the life you want.
“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.”
― Byron Katie, Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

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“You may be Right!”

Mindfulness, how do we achieve it, after all, aren’t we thinking all day long, are we not aware of our minds and our thoughts? NO, our minds are constantly streaming incoming events all day long and most of them we are NOT aware of. Autopilot can be a fantastic feature, but also a dangerous one too, especially if we are reacting first.

Let us awaken to not only being aware but being aware of the awareness.

Let’s practice being aware of what flies out of our mouths, what flows into our minds and what cultivates our hearts. Most of us tend to react to life instead of taking it in first and then possibly respond. Sometimes the only response needed is; “You may be right”. We are all in this together, like it or not! Dolby Dharma

“I continue to cultivate loving connections, being compassionate and kind whenever people, myself included, choose to speak negative words, for we all do from time to time. We are positively connected in this negativity thing, and everything else. Let compassion, kindness, and love unite us all. So, it is!” ~Tiny Buddha

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“A ‘Beary’ Merry Blessing.”
 
Day Seventeen of the Self-love 31-day 5-minute challenge: Blessings
 

Today I invite you to feel how truly blessed you are, just look around you and feel your heart expand knowing that life can be hard at times, but life is great most of the time, there are so many reasons to count blessings; Begin as soon as you wake up!

Blessings come wrapped in the ordinary and unordinary circumstances. Just go out in nature today and feel life, look around you and know that every tree is full of angels. The sun lights the earth and radiates blessings all day long. The full moon bathes us in magical energy and illumination. The birds sing mantras to keep us awake to the miracles in life. Nothing more beautiful than the flight of a bird soaring above.

Hidden beauty is waiting in the unknown, we don’t always see it, or feel it, it is just there protecting us, guiding us throughout our days.

Blessings are not religious, blessings are our birthright magic, we were born into blessings. Take moments throughout the day and bring yourself back to you; close our eyes, embrace your breath, open your hearts and believe in the blessings and miracles that surround you everywhere, receive them and acknowledge life’s gifts.

Today as we gather around our families and friends, or even if we are alone, look around and within, breathe in love for this moment, nothing more. We all have something that creates that inward feeling of gratitude. Live in the now, wake-up and feel yourself come alive and know you are blessed! Dolby Dharma

The Mantra: I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams. I trust Blessings are doing beautiful things in my life even when I can’t see them.

“This new day has greeted us with no rules; unlimited opportunity. Do not dilute the power of this new day with the hardship of yesterday. Greet this day the way it has greeted you; with open arms and endless possibility.” ~~Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist. He calls anger a “habit energy.” A quick reaction to a situation or an event can trigger a response of anger. Just drive in your car and see how fast anger shows up, and how you respond. Zero to bitch happens to me sometimes, and when I become aware of that moment, I see myself, my behavior, not so much the other guy.

We need all our emotions to guide us and inform us about what is going on within and around us. Without this compass, we would be void of expressions and emotions.

Often we beat ourselves up with our emotions, naming them, and shaming ourselves with negative self-talk and expressing them upon ourselves and others.

Our emotional habits offer us opportunity to see ourselves deeply if we are willing to take a look with a compassionate heart. To understand that all our emotions are a part of knowing ourselves more and others too.

Most often the emotional triggers are deeply rooted in some storyline that we believe to be true about ourselves and the outside world.

Next time you feel anger towards yourself, someone, something or a situation, ‘pause’ if possible; that can be possible when you are aware that anger controls you in a lot of situations.

Anger is always pointing towards something about ourselves. It is an opportunity to see where we get hung up. It is a chance to react differently, to give yourself compassion and understanding.

Anger won’t go away; it is a necessary emotional component of our humanness, it sets our personal boundaries, it wakes us up, and it comes and goes. With awareness, we can become unstuck in our ingrained habit of reactions and learn to express ourselves in a much kinder way. Karla McLaren says, when we channel emotional energy mindfully, it restores our boundaries and sense of honor. When mismanaged it dishonors all you are in contact with including yourself.

If you want to get in touch with what your feelings are trying to tell you, Karla McLaren wrote a fantastic, insightful book, ‘The Language of Emotions.’

Practice peace even in a moment of anger! Dolby Dharma

“When you say something unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

 

 

 

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