Words that Inspire During Times of Stress

Just like most of humanity, my response varies on different days depending on what I am experiencing, where I am and what I am doing.  My goal is to stay centered and balanced, but sometimes I choose to employ my self-care skills to help me through a rough patch of emotion. Once I realize my emotions are not going away easily, I take action.  The first thing I usually do is quiet my mind using breathing.  I love the 10 breath qi gong (page 42 Pathways to Wholeness) …taking ten breaths and then repeating until my body responds with comforting…

Breathe, Imagine, Relax

Breathe, Imagine, Relax Meditation (1/17/11) Download Breathing is so important! It is life flowing through us. This particular imagery is a combination of guided imagery and progressive relaxation. It is easy to do and very refreshing. General Directions: Inhale from your abdomen. Hold the breath for a beat. As you exhale, experience yourself relaxing. 1. Take a nice naturally deep breath, breathing from you lower abdomen….hold the breath…as you exhale….relax your feet, ankles, toes, the arches of your feet. 2. Breathe from your abdomen….hold….as you exhale…relax your calves, knees, and thighs. 3. Breathe….hold….exhale….relax your pelvis, abdomen, stomach. 4. Breathe….hold….relax your…

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world…

I have loved this song for years, so why not share it with you? I get my CD out every now and then.  It is a collection of songs about love and peace in the world, and it lifts my spirits, I feel hopeful, loving, sentimental.  The song, What a Wonderful World, has been playing over and over several times each day as I drive to and from work.  I feel very connected to life and love when I really listen to the lyrics.  Makes me think of babies, puppies, newlyweds and all other sweet scenes of life.  I sing…

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…