This past week, I’ve listened as various friends wrestle with feeling “not enough”, “too vulnerable”, “unhappy with their current stage in life”. I understand the emotions behind this. My advice to them, and to everyone else is always the same. Grow the good. Allow gratitude to take over your heart–gratitude for all that you *do* have. What you focus on grows, so if you continue to focus on all that you do not have, feel that you are not, the grey in your day…then you will always have, be, seem not enough to yourself. *That* is what you will project to the world.
In my own life, I turn my mind off and live through my senses. Not my thoughts which are fickle, nor my emotions which are uncontrollable, but through my senses which allow me to experience the moment exactly as it is. My senses allow me to see, hear, feel, taste, smell what is truly there in the moment, not what I wish was there, but what is there. My senses allow me to live mindfully present in the moment.
I challenge you to look into your life and be *thankful* for all that you do have. The past almost two weeks, I have been quite ill–an upper respiratory infection, a raging fever, whooping cough and laryngitis, and the flu on top of it all. As a healer, I understand the mind/body connection so I went about addressing that. However, there were still days I felt truly miserable. My children had a few issues they were dealing with, my friends had challenges, my bank account didn’t seem adequate….however…I turned it around, each and every day. I celebrated being sick because my body was preventing me from going down the wrong path–not necessarily a bad path, but not the right path. I began each day listing all that I do have. Even with minimal resources, I was able to loan a friend money, and to prepare dinner for another friend who was feeling displaced. While I was sick. I didn’t concentrate on the litany of blah blah blah’s…but rather gave thanks for all of the good…
I told one friend, I woke with a grateful heart and decided to make a day of praise. I began with my shower, and praise for the steaming hot water, each and every product that I used (because my products enliven my senses), for my body and each part the water streamed over. Yes, it was a long shower. And that was only the beginning. each and every moment after was followed with praise. I felt the abundance around me, appreciated the beauty of my ‘backyard’, made a delicious breakfast for my children….on and on…and I created something new. I cleaned something that had been dirty for a while and allowed the Energy from that to ricochet throughout each area of my life….The sun came out after 9 straight days of June gloom (heavy fog that just settles into the harbor). I took that as a sign that I was on the right path.
Look into your life, exactly as it is. What do you have to celebrate??? Take that and give praise for it. Gladly. Throw a party to celebrate all that you are, all that you have in this very moment, exactly as it is. Let God/the Universe work magic in your clean, empty spaces….Revel in the process. If you have $15, buy a movie ticket and surprise the mom of a little family waiting in line. If you have a friend, write them a note thanking them for how they have impacted your life in a positive way. If you have an extra 30 minutes lend it to someone who feels they have no time. Celebrate, and invite us all to celebrate with you!
The following video is a snippet of a speech by Nick Vujicic Life Without Limbs. He lives locally, and speaks at my church. Each time I see him in person, I smile– for he is true joy personified. He truly loves life, exactly as it is, exactly as he is. This video came through my email on my day of praise….Talk about Divine timing! May you allow his story to inspire *you* to celebrate….
I have added a new feature to my blog…the joy filled thought of the day. Each day will contain a new thought…Let’s grow joy together, one moment at a time:)