it has been said that gratitude can actually make us live longer. what is gratitude? i believe gratitude is all about being thankful, being appreciative of what you have, living in the moment, it’s a shift in mentality when times are tough. an example being say you miss the bus, there is still something to be grateful for – the fact that there are buses to transport you around, the fact that you’re able to walk and get to the bus – this shift in mentality is a release from the victim role. gratitude ensures a healthy state of mind, radiant positivity. there are many ways to cultivate gratitude
– waking up every morning and asking yourself what are you thankful for?
– grateful and positive affirmations
– a gratitude jar, have an empty jar and put notes inside of what you are grateful for each day
– showing gratitude to our loved ones and society through kind gestures
Smile: if you can’t lift the corners, let the middle sag
Smiling is incredibly infectious; a simple gesture which spreads love and positivity. It brings warmth and joy to all around us including strangers. Spread positivity through your smile! It’s difficult to be sad when you’re smiling. Smile at strangers on the train. Smile at strangers on the street. Even if it doesn’t bring positivity to another’s day at the very least it does to yours! 🙂
mirrors are fascinating objects, showing a reflection of whom you are, to see yourself physically. the idea of mirroring is also symmetrically, and often the truth. from what i have experienced and found is that the people around us can be mirrors of ourselves, or in a certain aspect reflect elements of us within them – universal things: emotions; feelings; pain, love, joy, happiness, sadness… yesterday i was caught in a mirror moment, a moment of truth. I was advising a friend on their absent partner and they were making up so many excuses for them i found myself having a bitter taste in my mouth, my blood was boiling, they could feel my shifting negative energy, i caught myself in her, a mirror for it was what i was doing to someone else, making so many excuses for them when really there were too many moments. catching yourself in the mirror or elements in another person can be scary but what we can gain is great insight, a bird’s eye holistic view of what is going on. it is said the greatest relationship is with a mirror of yourself, essentially yourself but there is belief of twin flames whom are the other half of your soul, your mirror, an thus an awakening begins. mirrors can also prompt analysis, reflection of physicality and mind. sometimes i look in the mirror and think is that really me? sometimes i get so caught up in my mind i forget my physical and the mirror acts as a gateway to reconnect those spheres of myself. mirrors also enable one to see what’s behind, sometimes a glimpse into the past… present … future … have you caught yourself in a mirror lately?
Expectation is the root of all heartache – Shakespeare
Shakespeare said it perfectly himself and that is why it is best to have no expectations. No expectations means no attachment, living in the moment enabling us to be free of emotional value attached to an expectation leading to greater joy within.
there is something so beautiful about the warmth of the radiating sun – it’s love, nutrition and unceasingly burning. i used to be afraid of the sun i would slather u[ in sunscreen but not anymore with the various debates at to whether sunscreen can actually cause cancer due to harsh chemicals so i have been going without sun and i love it. the warmth on your skin, there’s something so joyful and loving about the sun and although i live in an urban jungle i open my window and blinds every morning to allow the sun in, absorb the sun when walking and make a conscious effort to seek the sun. a beautiful quote i remember about sunlight:
People are like sunlight. You can feel their warmth, and their glow, but you can’t hold them in your hand and keep them with you forever. People chose to stay. But a choice is made more meaningful when it is made despite so many other options.
when we are offended, it is our ego in control. yesterday i asked my friend a question to which she replied ‘calm down’ which led to me being utterly offended for her assumption i was out of control, acting irrational. a pet peeve of mine is when people tell people to ‘calm down’ when they have not done anything major unless they are raging off their heads or shouting. when i told her this offended me she proceeded to say ‘wow’ further irritating and enraging my ego for her sarcastic response, nothing sets me off more then stupid sarcasm. i have come to realise this is my ego acting in full response. being offended is being in my ego state placing myself in a disempowering victim role giving the ‘offender’ more power. whatever i do or say i know how i feel and how i am acting out of it. other people can think whatever they want as long as i know my true heart and intention. and if that is the case there is no way to be offended. next time this happens i have learnt a lesson. to breathe. live in the moment. accept my irritation but let it go. do not act out of it. i am in control.
trust. trust in the universe that it will not give you anything that you cannot handle. trust in the universe that it will give you what you want if it is meant to be. trust in others. trust in your instinct. trust.
dreams have always fascinated me from a young age. In high school I even did a major project on it for my final year. they’re a strange reality a fusion of fantasy and reality, blurring the lines of what is real and what is not. often they hold symbolic and unconscious thoughts within. sometimes the more obscure dreams are hard to find meaning within. sometimes our worst fears are played out before our eyes and felt with yet sometimes our greatest desires come to life. the perception of time is warped and is no longer linear as we seem to play it out in our human time realities.
Abraham Hicks teaches dreams are manifestations of your vibration, whatever energy you are giving out is being received and indicated within your dreams.
Others believe that dreams are an alternate timeline, a parallel timeline and sometimes they bleed through into your reality, it’s quite fascinating.
I think it’s important to use dreams a guideline for understanding how we feel in the present and perhaps a glimpse into our future selves.Then comes various forms of dreaming whether it be daydreams or lucid dreaming which I have yet to truly experience but I am scared my consciousness may not be able to return to my body and am probably not ready for such an eye opening experience.
to be free. free from troubles. free from worries. free from the mind.