Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
Well, it is Thursday!
To live with passion, confront whatever blocks its expression.
Identify where in your life you lose vitality.
Maybe it is a job that sucks the life out of you.
Or a relationship where you feel like a ghost of your full self.
Maybe it is your eager and capable mind being put in dull circumstances.
Or the absence of goals you feel any passion for or having them but doing nothing about them.
Passion is in the risk.
In the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field.
You do not necessarily find your passions and then begin taking risks.
Rather, through risk-taking making decisions, putting yourself on the line; you discover and ignite your passions.
Risk, though, is utterly relative.
It is whatever scares you.
Start with what is closest to home.
Dan and I posted some ways which were practicing mindfulness, eating clean, moving your body, getting out into nature, laughing, detoxing from technology, practicing acts of kindness, and listening to relaxing music. Connect with a friend, sleep in, read a good book, do self-reflection exercises, decluttering, drink more water, and use essential oils.
Take a break from the kids and have a date night with your spouse or significant other.
This too will nourish your soul.
Let us be honest, as much as we love and cherish them, kids are stressful.
When we have had an exhausting day at work and all we want to do is relax when we get home, there they are.
And we chase them, read books, and help them care for themselves, but when the day is over, we are mentally and physically spent.
Sending the kids to their grandparents’ house for a night is a great way to relax and have some time for yourself or with your partner.
Also, do not worry about how young they are.
Studies show more and more that there is no harm in letting young children spend a night away from their parents.
As Dan and I have been sharing and continuing the book from last week, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding, until the end.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 3; INTUITION/SIX SENSE
SENSORY CREATIVITY/ CREATIVE SMELL-
Floral essential oils are extraordinary oils that have gentle but deep effects on moods.
Orange blossom: soft and bitter-sweet, is uplifting in acute emotional stress.
Rose: rich, sweet, and honeyed, soothes states of grief and emotional pain.
Jasmine: warm, musky, and richly sweet, eases anxiety and deeply held tensions in mind and body.
Fortunately, these very expensive essential oils are available from good suppliers as blends; a few pure drops diluted in jojoba can be obtained at a very reasonable cost.
Tomorrow, DEEP RELAXATION/SCENTED FLOWERS MEDITATION – TEN-MINUTE MEDITATION
As Dan and I start a new year; we will be posting daily 365 morning meditations for joyful days all year long.
The book is SUNRISE GRATITUDE by Emily Silva.
WE CAN ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING to be grateful for.
Think about the best thing that is happening right now.
No matter what is going wrong, find the positive and center your attention on it.
Life will throw wrenches in our plans; things will fall apart, and timing is not always on our side.
But there is always something to be grateful for, even if it is buried under all the challenges.
Find the joy in today and exude the joy it provides.
Feel deep gratitude and smile.
PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
Until Friday, if we resist our passions, it is more through weakness than from our strength.