Dalai Lama on Living Life NOW! Ideas to Change Your Life.

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Most of us put off living in the present moment and are always working toward a goal.  While it is good to think of the future and prepare for it, far too many of us are driven by it,  and are missing out on life right now.  As the Dalai Lama so appropriately states, “he lives as if we are never going to die, and  then die having never really lived”.  I think this is something we need to consider as our children grow up before our eyes, our parents move from the happy early retirement years, into assisted living facilities or long term care.  Where did the time go?  While we were busy making plans, life happened and we look back and scratch our heads and wonder where it all went.  It is important to take time to be present so we don’t miss out on our lives.   Here are 5 ideas to help you do that:

1. Carve out family time, or time just for you. Make it a daily habit to nourish your soul and that of your loved ones.

2. Put the phone down for an hour a day and don’t look at it.

3.. Practice mindfulness. While you are in a moment, really BE in the moment. Focus on the here and now.

4. Make one day a NO TV day.  Use this time to re-connect with people you’ve lost touch with, or simply read a good book, or pick up that hobby you’ve neglected. Spend more time out doors, where our spirits are re-charged.Dalia lama Plain Picture

5.. Practice deep breathing to calm your racing mind.  Close your eyes and just breathe in to a 7 count and out to a 10 count. Repeat.

Remember life is what we make it!  Let’s make this next moment really count!

Are You Living Your Best Possible Life? How to Know and How to Do!

Are you are living your best life possible? How do you know when you are operating at a high frequency? Check out this list of 12 things to see if you are operating at a high level of vibrational frequency:

  1. You crave high energy points (mountains, forests, ocean) and seek them out regularly.
  2. You find it hard to relate to negative people, and you avoid them whenever possible.High Frequency
  3. You are spending less time watching tv (especially the news)
  4. You’re overall mood is happy, serene, and calm.
  5. You have frequent moments of intense gratitude.
  6. Things are working in your life, you are manifesting the things you want easily.
  7. You are healthy and illness free, your body feels good.
  8. You are excited to wake up in the morning, and feel well rested.
  9. Your relationships with others are very positive and giving.
  10. Your finances are in order
  11. Your job is going well, you are handling stressful events with seeming ease.
  12. Drama is no longer a part of your relationships.

If you can relate to those 12 things, congratulations!                                                   Here are some suggestions if you would like to raise your vibration:

  • Set up a daily routine of reflection (prayer), and meditation.
  • Spend more time in nature.
  • Take care of yourself. Sleep, diet, and exercise are important. Avoid processed foods and get more fresh air.Awaken Spirit Within SJ
  • Take a yoga class and learn how to meditate!
  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Spend more time around positive people.
  • Shut off the TV.
  • Be of service to others

Please feel free to comment your thoughts. I am always interested in hearing where you are on your Soul Journey.

Are You a “Normal Drinker?”

What is a normal drinker? Well, when I drink iced tea, soda, or water,  I think I know. I sip it, and it usually lasts a long time.   I don’t constantly reach for the glass, and I don’t obsess over how much is in the glass. It just is. Sometime I have 2 glasses, sometimes just one. Never really think about it.   It stuck me the other day,  that this is normal drinking!  I used to drink alcohol, until I finally gave it up as it was so apparent  I was NOT a normal drinker when it came to alcohol.  As a matter of fact, I am quite the opposite.  I never could figure out how anyone could just sip a vodka and tonic, or a glass of wine, and make it last so long. Or how anyone would drink only 1 beer and say they were done, not liking the feeling. For you see,  normal drinkers can take it or leave it.  Normal drinkers can stop at a certain point.    If you have little or no control over how much alcohol you drink once you start, or if you find yourself obsessing about it in any way,  (when you can start, if you have enough), you might not be a normal drinker.

FREEIf you have ever suffered consequences from your drinking, or have sworn it off for good, only to be back drinking again in no time,  you might not be a normal drinker.  If you have ever counted your drinks, or tried to control your drinking, you might not be a normal drinker.  I know I wasn’t, and when I finally really accepted that, I made the life changing decision to stop drinking all together.

When I made the decision to stop drinking, I took it seriously and quickly found I needed help.  I was so willing to learn, that I  took suggestions and listened to those people who had been where I was.  I learned about the disease of alcoholism and found out that I am not a weak willed person,  it’s just that my body does not process alcohol like it should.  I am powerless over alcohol,  and  despite my best efforts,  once I start drinking alcohol, I have no control over how much I will drink.  Another key thing I learned is that no matter how hard I try to use my self-will, I am powerless when it comes to alcohol.  I need  help to stay abstinent.

My biggest source of strength has come from my Higher Power,  that I am in contact with on an ongoing basis.   I also get support from other people in recovery, and practice a program of recovery.  My obsession to drink was lifted rather quickly,  and I have to say that having this obsession lifted from me is the greatest thing that ever happened.  I no longer crave nor obsess over drinking!  Today I have a life beyond my wildest dreams, and I am no longer a slave to alcohol.   Now I have a better understanding of what a “normal drinker” feels like…it’s just alcohol I cannot drink…and there are plenty of other choices out there!  Please feel free to send me a question or comment on this post.  By using the form below to contact me, your identity and comments go directly to me, and it will stay confidential.  I would love to hear from you.

How to Obtain and Maintain Spiritual Fitness in a Topsy-Turvy World

Many of us are very aware of physical fitness to keep our bodies in good health, but what about Spiritual Fitness to keep our inner spirit or our soul in good health? In today’s hectic paced world, this can be more challenging than ever. But there is hope. Here are 9 simple concepts you can incorporate into your life to help increase your Spiritual Fitness.

  1. Tap into a Higher Power. People that are spiritually fit recognize that they are not the “be-all-end-all. They have a Higher Power in their lives that provides infinite strength and wisdom. They work daily to establish and maintain contact with their Higher Power through things such as prayer and meditation.
  2. Cultivate Positive Daily Habits. People that are spiritually fit do things daily to help them maintain balance in their lives. Practice yoga, get outdoors in nature, and spend less time in front of the computer and television.
  3. Surround Yourself with Positive People. Happy, soulful people prefer to spend time with other happy, soulful people. Despite our situation (work or family) we can still actively chose who we want to spend the most time with. The more uplifting and positive people around you, the better things will seem and it will begin to rub off on you.  o-MEDITATION-facebook
  4. Self-Pity Needs to Go. We all feel down on occasion, but Spiritually Fit people, do not stay down for long. Self-pity is selfish and self-absorbed behavior and it needs to go. By helping others, being a good friend, practicing random acts of kindness, we not only lift our own spirits, we help the world become a better place.
  5. Live in Gratitude. When you are grateful for what you have, you are happier and more positive about your life, and this will continue to feed on itself. Start by keeping a gratitude journal. By writing down things we are grateful for daily, it begins to become second nature to see the good in our life.
  6. Self Care is Not Selfish. Carve out time each day for you, even if it is just some alone time to read, meditate, or soak in a tub.   Schedule massages, or pedicures. Go to a yoga class, or a weekend retreat. By taking care of yourself you make yourself more available for others.
  7. Stay present, practice mindfulness. If you spend a lot of time dwelling in the past, or planning out the future, happiness will always elude you. Work to re-train your mind to stay present and focused on what is going on right around you. Yoga and meditation are wonderful ways to practice mindfulness and staying present.meditation_a_way_of_life__by_spidermancrd-d49vs3l
  8. Live “As If”.  This one involves our self-talk and believing that we are what we aspire to be. Begin to send out positive messages to the universe so positive comes back to you. Begin to tell yourself you ARE wealthy, you ARE healthy, you ARE successful and watch what happens.
  9. Guard your Serenity. It’s hard to maintain spiritual fitness if you are bombarded by negative messages. Start by turning off the television and instead pick up a good book or get outside. Find quiet time, nourish your surrounds, by taking care of your sacred space (your home).

These are just a few ideas to help you get started on your journey to Spiritual Fitness, as you continue to grow, more will be revealed!  If you have other suggestions for us, please feel free to leave a comment below. We learn and grow from each other!