How to Keep a Joy Journal

Journal A journal is a way to keep a record of something that is important to us.  It records our thoughts about a particular topic, and our topic is JOY.  I kept one for a long time, and now I think it would be fun if you kept one too.  There is no better way in the world to have a visual of our daily blessings and all the little miracles that happen. Joy Journal Our Joy Journal keeps a record of the small joys of life just as surely as it records the major joys and accomplishments.  In fact,…

Building Our Inner Resources

Enrich YOUR life one step at a time. “People Tested” suggestions that help us build and strengthen our existing inner resources: · Determine what you require to cultivate your inner oasis.  What fills up your empty spaces?  What feelings, activities, and people support feelings of joy and peace?  Are you most relaxed in the mountains, at the shore, in the wide-open fields, or in the middle of a bustling city?  How do you recharge your mind, body and spirit when you are tired?  Do you need quiet and contemplative rest (introvert) or do you recharge in a noisy group of…

The Tao of Living in Balance

Tao is defined as Truth or the Way of Balance “On the tightrope of life, only one thing allows us to move forward, and that one thing is balance. Without balance we fall into chaos, we fall behind, we miss out on what true choices we have in life. Balance is achieved through awareness. Awareness of what we have on our plate. What is working and what is not. What feels good and what doesn’t. Where we are and where we want to be. With awareness, we have choice, the freedom to choose, free will. It is choice that gives…

What to Look for in a Path or Route When Starting Your Meditative Walking

Mindfulness is a life-style, not an activity. I always tell people they can do meditative walking anywhere: walking up and down the hall in your house, going to the end of the driveway to get the mail, walking into and around the grocery store, walking to lunch, walking on an indoor track or on a lovely trail in a wooded area. It makes no difference in our overall outcome. Walking meditation is a silent art form. Talking to our walking buddy or talking on the cell phone are off limits. I like to be in places that create a peaceful…

Directives for Walking Meditation

1.  Create an intention for the walk.  The various intentions I created for my walks are similar to these: ·   To feel content and at peace at the completion of the walk ·   To feel more deeply connected to myself and to my Creator ·   To experience a peaceful flow of energy during the walk ·   To embrace and honor nature and her healing qualities   ·   To softly increase my physical endurance 2.   Stand quietly in Wu Chi (emptiness) at the beginning of the walk.  We stand in this way until we feel grounded and connected to self and nature.  To do this, we stand with…