Inner peace and joy are spiritual gifts. The gifts of Spirit enter the heart when we make the choices we need to make to be available to them. What are these choices?
Peace and joy exist in this present moment - not in the past or future. If you are in your left-brain ego programmed mind - your wounded self - you are likely thinking about the past or the future with a desire to have control over something. The moment you are out of the moment with a desire to control, you cut off ...Read the rest of this entry »
These are two very powerful tools for self-improvement, but how
can you use them in harmony? For example: Self-analysis and
meditation cannot be performed at the same time. After all,
multi-tasking runs contrary to what meditation is all about.
So where do we start? Self-analysis will give many of your
meditations purpose. The purpose of self-analysis is to
objectively look inward, constructively, without judgment or
regret, and to find solutions to ongoing problems.
There is an instinctive ...Read the rest of this entry »
The exhausting quest for inner peace AARP has a terrific magazine with the largest circulation in the world. I was delighted to read a travelogue by Melina Bellows in the March & April 2008 issue. Ms. Bellows, employed fulltime and the mother of two children under four, is offered a five-day jaunt to an Ayurvedic spa in India called Ananda. She accepts. Dr. Sree Sreedharan, a Vedanta disciple, gives her a private lesson at one point during her stay. In a personal encounter, her burning ...Read the rest of this entry »
Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) often feel like
they are running behind schedule, and just don't have the time
get everything done. As a result, many ADDers end up sacrificing
their own self-care in order to scratch off items on their to-do
lists. Those who skimp on self-care, however, will find
themselves slowed down in the end. It's nearly impossible to be
an effective parent, spouse, friend, or worker when you are not
operating at your best. And you can't be at your best when ...Read the rest of this entry »
Need more self-esteem? - I thought so.
Just about all of us would like to see some degree of
improvement in the way we perceive ourselves. If only there was
a magic pill that would make us feel bold, smart, rich,
beautiful, and cute all at the same time. Yet, this priceless
treasure called self-esteem seems to be elusive and volatile.
To make matters worse, everybody else seems to have it in
abundance ' so why can't I just grab a big junk of it and hold
on to it, at least until I have ...Read the rest of this entry »
Feeling good about yourself enables you to easily treat others
well. Practicing the following seven tips will bring more
happiness and joy into your life.
1. GIFT OF ACCEPTANCE. Show those around you that they are loved
for what they are, not for what they do or even how much they
try to please you. Acceptance builds self-esteem in both you and
others. Offer guidance if asked and continually foster
independence. Help others find happiness in their own way and
you'll find that your level of joy ...Read the rest of this entry »
You may not even realise that stress is taking a toll on you
every day and if you don't get a handle on it, you are in big
There are a huge number of factors that lead to elevated stress
levels, including seventy hour work weeks, crazy commutes,
Motorway gridlock, unnecessary queues, unpaid bills, endless
family demands, too much to do and too little time.
There are some pretty powerful resources that you can put to
work to help you combat stress. You'll probably be amazed at ...Read the rest of this entry »
I voluntarily teach relaxation by the bed side for heart,stroke
and cancer patients in the hospital
I thought it might be interesting to address the 7 Myths of
relaxation through the eyes of the patients.
Myth #1 If you slow down and relax nothing gets done.
Having a major health challenge allows you to appreciate the
joys of slowing down.
Myth #2 I don't know how to relax.
The patients in the hospital learn the relaxation process faster
than all my other clients.I guess their mind is not ...Read the rest of this entry »
We all get to a stage where we've just had it. We need a break.
Well if a holiday is out of the question, try these relaxation
techniques to revitalize your body and mind.
Meditation Join a local meditation group or buy one of the many
instructional CD's on the market. Be sure to meditate in an
environment which is comfortable and with minimal noise and
distractions. You may find yourself falling asleep the first few
times you try this but it is a great way of relaxing and also
provides you ...Read the rest of this entry »
Stress is more than just unpleasant. It's dangerous. Try these
relaxation techniques today, and use them whenever you feel that
tension coming on.
1. Leave the room. This really helps if the things stressing
you out are in the room or related to it. Just get out for a
2. Take five deep breaths through your nose. Close your eyes
and pay attention only to your breathing while doing this. This
is like a mini-meditation.
3. Take a hot shower. The hot water relaxes your muscles, ...Read the rest of this entry »
In the northern area of the coastline of the Costa Blanca in Spain is a city called Denia. This area hosts weather that is mostly the same as that in the other regions of the Costa Blanca, which is long hot summers and mild winters, with little rain. Basically you're looking at about three hundred and twenty days of sunshine every year. Not bad ha? There are two airports that the city is located in between, therefore you can fly into either Valencia airport or the more popular Alicante ...Read the rest of this entry »
Vacation time draws near as you want to spend time at a resort or traveling to the different places of interest. The choices are diverse and you might want to make the most out of your vacation time. The thing is--how can you do so?
Many vacations have turned out to be disasters because of improper planning. Here are some tips that you should consider before going out on a vacation.
Formulate Your Budget Just because you're away from home doesn't mean you can't budget! Sure, vacation time is ...Read the rest of this entry »
Big or little, voiced or silent, major upsets or minor irritations... Have you ever noticed how much time and mental energy you spend complaining? Or how tense and uncomfortable it leaves you feeling? Complain long enough and you can end up feeling cynical and resigned to the fact that things will never change.
WHY DO WE COMPLAIN?
We are taught at a very young age that there are right and wrong ways to do things, and good and bad ways to act. So, when something happens, our ...Read the rest of this entry »
I would like to show you that worry and stress does affect your
life, and by being able to understand how to eliminate these
areas will allow you to find inner peace.
There are innumerable sources of stress and worry in life and
these areas can not be controlled, however what we can control
is our reaction to these areas. Unfortunately, we probably spend
more time worrying or being stressed out then we should.
As human beings we need to be able to gain insight and have an
understanding on ...Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever considered sewing a handbag as an act of
meditation or as a way to get in touch with your self and reduce
stress? Let's look at the process In order to see the connection
to inner peace.
To make a handbag, the sewer needs to focus on the immediate '
you need to be precise and concentrate on what you are doing at
the present moment. There are no distractions tolerated and your
mind calms because it is focused ' the breathing evens out into
a regular rhythm. The previous stress you ...Read the rest of this entry »
The road to inner peace is not found on any map or in any
self-help book. Books can help guide you, but they can only
point you in a direction, you have to find the actual path for
There are universal road signs and guideposts that help you to
know when you are near, and when you have found the path,
The first sign you might encounter is when you are not upset by
something that would have upset you before. The phrase, "don't
sweat the small stuff" is getting to be cliché, ...Read the rest of this entry »