Tuesday, September 13, 2016

As we were moving recently and I was busy packing boxes and purging all the stuff I had managed to collect, I walked through the garage and couldn't help but notice this butterfly on the floor. It seemed to be saying "Hello!, why don't you stop a sec and notice how spectacular I am?" And so I did just that. Of course I couldn't help myself as it literally stayed in that one spot showing off for me for at least 4 or 5 minutes much to my surprise. It would open it's wings, and then slowly close them, over and over. I then thanked him or her and said that I was indeed impressed as it flew off. It was a good reminder to just STOP for a moment and notice the beauty and life around me instead of running from here to there and feeling like it was never going to get done, because it does get done. Everything works out.... always!

How often in this busy world we live in, do we just stop and do nothing? If you are like most people, probably not often enough. We live in a culture of busy and we wear it as a badge of honor somehow and we say "I'm just too busy to _____" (do this thing I would love to do). We also may carry around old stories that just don't serve us well.  
As a young child I remember my loving, well meaning, very Catholic Grandma saying to me, "Idle hands are the devils workshop." Whoa!!! What. the. Helllll????!! It stuck with me and over the years that  quote would cross my mind and I would feel a mixture of guilt, discomfort, and disbelief. I am not certain of the gentleman who gave her those words of wisdom, yes it certainly had to be a man, either a priest or God himself, but whomever it was, let's just say there is a great big mountain of fear in that statement and it took years to sort all that out for myself. But that is another story for another time.

 May this beautiful butterfly be a reminder to you, as it was to me, to STOP, take a moment, and consciously do nothing but appreciate the beauty that is all around us! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Get Happy Now!

I just love knowing that we can choose in any moment how we want to live. I posted this today on Facebook. I know there will be some who find it frustrating, irritating, or just ridiculous. That is perfectly ok and understandable. We all know life isn't always, do back flips and jump for joy easy, and sometimes we find ourselves feeling negative emotion about life or a situation that it seems will never feel better. That is contrast and it is necessary in life. If we didn't know sad, we wouldn't know happy. It is kind of like if you get really sick and you feel like sh#t, and when you finally feel better it feels really, really good. And some may experience depression or have a situation that makes it harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so it is with great love that I share this post as an opportunity for hope even if things feel hopeless. It is what I have come to know and believe as I understand that everything is energy.

The beauty of understanding that we do have more control than we might believe, is that a shift in our thinking will change our energy, which will then change our outcomes, which will then elevate the level of happiness in our life experience, moment by moment, day by day. When you turn a negative thought into one that feels even a little bit better, and tell a better feeling story, you will start to feel the energy shift, and the mood lighten. It takes practice and intention. If you are up for it, set an intention, to pay attention to how you feel and care more about that than anything else, then notice how your life or mood feels lighter, even if only a little bit so.

 When thoughts and beliefs have, for a long time, been mostly focused on how difficult or awful things are, it takes more practice. It all comes down to belief. We are like magnets, and what we believe becomes our reality. It is a fundamental law of the universe. Beliefs are just thoughts that have been practiced for the longest. Consider practicing and shifting a belief you have held for long time, and notice what happens.

It is my intention that anyone who feels ready for more happiness and joy, will feel more hopeful, and perhaps want to try shifting their thoughts, little by little, even in the hardest of times.

May you feel Happy, Now!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016