Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Year's Meditation

It's almost 2016. While contemplating the end of the old year and the arrival of a new one, I came up with a meditation/visualization. Here it is: Pretend you are about to sell your home and move into a new one. Before you leave your old home, you walk through each room one last time. In each room, stop for a moment and reflect on the good, positive memories that were created in that room. Focus only on the positive memories... Leave the discordant memories behind. Savour the positive memories. Once you've gone through each and every room, once you've collected all the positive memories, take them with you as you walk through the front door. Close the door of the old year, don't look back. Walk through the threshold into the New Year filled with magic, wonder and unlimited possibilities. Happy New Year. Have a magical 2016. Love, Paula

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Season

I'm reposting this because I need to remember my own words and my own advise. I thought maybe some of you could use it too. Love, Paula

As I said in my last blog two weeks ago, "It's that time of year again".  Only this time I'm referring to the busyness of the season.  There's shopping, wrapping, meal planning, baking, Christmas cards, decorating, parties.  The list goes on and on.

As I'm writing this, my husband is at the gym.  I should be there too, but I have things I want to get done around the house.  Instead I decided to first take this time out to write and BREATHE.  I have to remind myself to do that.  I didn't last week.  That's why there was no blog.

The activities of the holiday season can be exciting and fun - especially if they're accomplished with love in your heart, not obligation.  That's how it should be.  Sometimes though, we get so wrapped up in things we perceive we have to do, that we feel overwhelmed and burdened, not joy filled.  When that happens, we have to just STOP EVERYTHING, take a moment to ourselves, breathe, and figure out what's really important... what's really necessary.  The people that love us don't want us to end up sick for the holidays because we worked so hard and didn't take care of ourselves.  I think the best gift we can give to our loved ones is for us to be healthy and  happy.

You know that "to do" list you have in your purse, "smart phone," table, desk, or where ever it might be?  Take it out RIGHT NOW and place yourself right at the very top of that list.  Carve out 10 minutes to an hour each day for yourself.  Read, relax. watch a movie, meditate, window shop, take a walk or do whatever else makes you happy and rejuvenates your spirit.  After that you'll be better able to tackle your "obligations" filled with peace, joy and love.  You'll be happier and so will everyone you come in contact with.  Give it a try so you and your loved ones
can enjoy a happy holiday season.

Love,  Paula