We all know the stress that comes with going to work. Even if you love your job and your coworkers, there moments when you are pushed to your limits. Instead of losing your cool, take a few minutes to find the peace you need to get through your day.
Meditation: Breathing in Peace
1. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight and upright with your legs relaxed.
2. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath.
3. Inhale and think “breathe in peace.”
4. Hold your breath for a moment.
5. Exhale and think “breathe out peace.”
6. Continue this pattern of breathing while allowing peace to permeate your body.
7. Now focus on feeling peace in your heart.
8. Finally, let your mind find peace.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies was Pinocchio. I loved seeing the story of a wooden boy who dared to dream. Sure, he went through some ups and downs but he never forgot his one true dream. Even when things looked bleak, he kept on believing that one day he’d be a real boy. I mean he was up against it, sold into puppet slavery, turned into a donkey and even swallowed by a whale. It took a tiny insect and the magnetic power of his wooden heart for his dream to finally come true. The beauty is, it DID!
As an adult, I often think about old Pinocchio, and how he never gave up on his dream. It’s only at this point in my life that I truly understand the concept of dreaming. Not dreaming in the sense of loose consciousness, but the actualization of true desire. You hear celebrities say being an actor, dancer, or musician was their dream. To relate, you must really understand the true yearning and desire to be, see, or have something you’ve always wanted. You must also know that you are worthy, and that no one has to give you permission to dream.
The mentality of defeat and failure is what often keeps us from believing we can have what we want. With the rise of manifesting concepts like The Secret, Law of Attraction, Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, and Clear Consciousness, the blue print to having what you want seems attainable. Unfortunately, many of us lack the motivation, or even the desire to go for what we want. We feel the agony of defeat before we even try.
To live the life you dream of, know what you want. Discover what you desire and fill your life with things that bring you joy. Remember the excitement you felt as a kid the night before Christmas? You could barely sleep because the excitement was both agonizing and exhilarating. That’s the feeling you want to invoke when you discover what your dreams are. Once you recognize that “thing” or those “things” that make you feel good, do more! Let each day be a new discovery of “The Night Before Christmas.”
Be Good. Do Good. Feel Good.
I’ve lived with depression for most of my life. It kicked into overdrive afterthe death of one of my dearest friends. My life went from coming together to completely falling apart in a matter of months. Shortly after my loss, I caught the flu from my mom while caring for her. I lost my car due to financial distress, and my income was basically non-existent. I felt like I was in a vortex of darkness and was slipping deeper and deeper each day. My thoughts were erratic and sometimes suicidal.
I was at the end of my rope and ready to try anything! I decided to try therapy. I needed to reclaim my sanity, my peace, and my life. After a few sessions, I started to feel a little more connected to life. I still felt disconnected from, myself, my goals, and my ability to dream.
About a month ago, my best friend casually says, “I have something for you.” She went on to say, “I bought if for myself, but I’m pretty happy. I think it was really meant for you.” I thought to myself, “Goodness! Is my unhappiness that obvious?” I reluctantly agreed to accept the mysterious gift. The gift I received was The Happiness Planner. Next to friendship, it has been one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received.
The pink cover glistened with gold lettering “The Happiness Planner”. Before even opening the book, just the thought of its possibilities excited me! I remember taking a deep breath, and thinking, “I have a lot of work cut out for me, but I’m ready.” At first glance, I was a little intimidated by the probing questionnaires. Questions like, “What makes you happy?” and “What makes you unhappy?” are things I never really thought about. You spend your life saying you want to be happy, but rarely ask yourself what makes you happy. After about a week of deep self-reflection, I felt like I was meeting myself for the first time. I had 100 days of self-discovery ahead of me, full of unlimited possibilities.
In the Happiness Planner, each week presents an opportunity to live with intention. Every day is a new chance to choose what inspires you and set goals accordingly. The applications of the book allowed me to become the organized person I always knew I was. I’m no longer trapped in the messy prison death grip depression had on me. In just a little over a month, I’ve maintained a clean environment, become prompt and aware of time. Also, I have never been so creative in my life.
I’m excited to see what the next 70 days have in store.