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Every day is a new beginning

Wake up!  Appreciate what makes you feel good!Are you aware of how you approach the precious moments when you wake up?

Let’s make an assessment.

  • Do you check your body to see if you still have that ache in your leg, or a cold?
  • Do you rehash an argument you had the day before with a friend?
  • Do you begin to worry again over your finances?
  • Do you start to plan and then fret over the project that is still unfinished?
  • Do you check the latest news headlines?
  • Can you think of other worrisome thoughts that greet you each day?

These may not be thoughts that are the best for starting your day.  There is little happiness in any of these concerns, wouldn’t you agree?

Each day offers a clean slate into the happy life you seek.  You can seize this opportunity by guiding your thoughts towards what feels good.

You can begin a little ritual upon waking up.  Become aware of how good your body feels wrapped in your cozy blankets.  Enjoy the good feeling of your pillows.  Feel the wonder of just waking up!  Yesterday’s burdens can wait.  This is a time for you to enjoy life. These are the precious moments of the day. Remember, pursuit of happiness?  If not now, when?  Here’s what we can do each day.

Upon waiting up, take advantage of the safety of the moment.  Approach these moments with the good feelings that make you smile inside.  These few moments upon waking are yours.  These moments are your key to a happier day.

On those days when you wake up and find you are still locked into yesterday’s concerns, stop the thoughts by changing your actions.  Get up when you are lost in the same worrisome thoughts. Begin an action that makes you feel better.  Here are some ideas.

  1. Just go back to sleep and reset.
  2. Get up.  Look in the bathroom mirror and give yourself that knowing smile.  –You know, the smile, that remembers how cute or clever or funny or bright or awesome you are.
  3. Listen to a motivational talk on-line as you get ready for the day.  (There are countless tapes available.)
  4. Listen to your favorite upbeat music.
  5. Look out the window and let yourself enjoy nature
  6. Write a list of activities that would be fun right now if you were someone else

Most of all, find actions that feel good. Allow yourself to be happy first, every day upon awaking, no matter what.  Be committed to how you feel.  Appreciate what feels good for a few moments every day before you take on any responsibilities.  Make a habit of this:  Wake up!  Appreciate what makes you feel good!

This simple change in how you begin your day, promises to allow  new opportunities to unfold during the day.  You control the amount of improvement in your life.  Opening up the happiness valve at the on-start of day, supports your plans to achieve during the day:   to complete your project, heal your illness, complete your project with more ease, to make the world a better place.

Wake up!  Appreciate what makes you feel good! That’s good advice because it works!  If you know someone who is struggling through their days, please share this article with them and we’ll both make a happier world.

 

Accepting the situation in front of you, changes everything!

There are many opportunities to change unhappy situations around us.  I guess we just don’t know that we have that power!

Somehow we have come to believe that the only way to change a situation is to fight against it.  It appears that when bad things happen, we spend the majority of time talking about it and shaking our heads in confusion.  We talk and read about things we don’t like and we are confused how these things continue to escalate.

This happens with world current events and it happens in our world.  Situations present themselves to us; we may not be aware that it is our response to the situation that holds more of the same or changes everything.

I am speaking about situations that are within your present moment awareness.  If you think about it, there are millions, no billions, no an infinite amount of situations taking place at any moment.  You are aware of only one of these situations at a time.

Interesting perception! Only the situations that are within your awareness are the situations you believe as true.  But to another person, even a person in the same room, this very situation that holds all of your attention may not even exist in their world.

So what is it about situations that have the power to enthrall us or crumble our confidence?  What really are situations?  What part of a situation is an illusion? How can situations change in time? Where are we, anyway?

More interesting questions! Here are my answers for now.  We may be amazing beings who are able to create situational moments that are so detailed they can fool even ourselves.  We create these situations to objectify our thoughts.  We can expand as we see what we want and what we don’t want, and even what we want to explore further.

This type of perspective can be very helpful in changing situations that are unpleasant to us.  We now have a way to move on to the next lesson when we accept the situation in front of us.  We don’t have to respond to it or necessarily suffer from it.  The suffering may be coming from an illusion we desire to experience.  Why would you want to suffer, you ask?

I do not know.  I do know, however, that if I don’t want to suffer, and I believe I do not need to suffer, I will begin to live a completely different life.  It may seem like a miracle.  It may seem like a brand new door appears from nowhere, and opens up a new reality.  It has the power to surprise and delight me.

By accepting the situation in front of you, by keeping your heart open with optimism and love, great things can emerge.  Think about it.  You have  probably already experienced moments of exhilaration at one time or another.  Can you remember a lovely situation that completely embraced you?  You may have sustained the experienced the happy situation for hours, even days.  Then, you become a little uneasy and questioned whether this kind of well-being was a bit naive  You may have closed the door and entered another irritating situation that felt more familiar.   But it was miserable.  Hopefully, this article will open more doors to happy situations.  The first step is to allow or accept the door as it presents itself.  There is paradise on earth.  It is up to us to find and allow it through trial and error.

The sooner you realize your inner power to create your reality, the sooner you will be able to break the cycle of pain and suffering.  I welcome your thoughts on this topic.  Life can be just as amazing as us!  It is up to us!

Peace!  My upcoming blog hopefully can give some practical ways to change your situations through acceptance.  I look forward to seeing what will come out of these fingers!  Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

 

Each of us can do our part to get rid of semi-automatic assault guns

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This is my contribution.  I am writing to those who, like me,  are not particularly inclined to speak up politically to deaf ears.

I am proposing very elementary first steps in bringing a change to the presence of semi-automatic assault rifles.  Perhaps they have already been addressed.  But they are important enough to me to chance repetition.

Arguments with the NRA or the current government electorate appears to be ineffectual.  I live a peaceful life.  But even I feel I must try to do something about people being shot randomly while going about their peaceful and productive lives.

It now is perfectly clear to me that what is referred to as assault rifles are designed to kill people in large numbers.  Peaceful people don’t really think about guns, especially rapid firing guns.  Perhaps we can remain peaceful, and yet create a non-governmental solution to the challenge of non-peaceful people taking our lives prematurely.

ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE, without even leaving our homes:

  1. Retailers:  Discontinue selling semi-automatic assault rifles and any other guns that can produce rapid fire on groups of people.  Do this today.
  2. Consumers:  Discontinue to shop in stores where these assault rifles are sold, including gun shows, to encourage the elimination of this inventory. Do this today.
    1. Use social media.  Visit these stores’ pages and continue to comment your encouragement to discontinue selling assault rifles and empty your inventory responsibly.
    2. Become familiar with gun show conventions.  A simple google search will uncover a world that most of us are unfamiliar with.  Encourage the dis-allowing of assault weapons inventory at conventions.
  3. Manufacturers:  If you must make assault rifles for armed forces, stop making financial  gains by selling to the public for sport.  Keep assault rifles out of the hands of civilians and peace officers.
    1. Use social medial.  Visit these manufacturers on-line and continue to encourage manufacturers to open their minds to the well-being of ordinary people.
  4. People who already own these assault weapons:  please oversee the destruction of these weapons.  These are not sport weapons.  The risk of owning these assault weapons (getting into the wrong hands for mass murder) far exceed the benefits of having fun. 
  5. Everything is possible in love. As you write and talk with people, stay within the power of love.

I realize that fear is a self-created emotion that causes some to defend illusionary enemies.  Until we can get rid of this fear, let us take defensive assault weapons out of the equation. Let us do this first in the market place. I hope these comments are helpful.  Please do what inspires you to bring about a more peaceful world within you.

Dear Students Returning To School Today

Here it is, the first day back to school today.  I remember the new outfit, the anticipation.

I also remember the uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach at the unknown events that might occur in a world I was not creating but was expected to fit into.  It was a bit scary.  Okay, sometimes it was a lot scary.  A lot of the time I shrank down inside myself and watched the clock.  It was not until I found something within the school day that interested me that I could survive.  Sometimes a drama club or an art class or finding some activity that was meaningful to me, made me feel more at ease.

At any rate, know it isn’t easy to meld into a bigger pot of people apart from your family.  Hold on to the fact that you will have a home to return to at the end of the day.  Try not to blame your family for all the bad things that happened during the day.  Instead, examine what part you played in experiencing these irritating things to happen during the day.  Think of ways you could change your actions and reactions that might change the way things are happier tomorrow.  The most important thing is for you to create situations that make you happy.  You can do this!  Talk with your family and friends about school, but know in the end you have to make choices that are good for you to succeed.  Keep looking for the treasures that are hidden just for you within the school day.  And, if you still cannot find them, talk to your parents and let them know you need help in fitting in.  You may need to talk to them more than once, so don’t give up.  Keep talking until you feel comfortable at school!

One last thought.  In a way, going to school is preparation for going to work in the future.  Most likely you will be required to work in order to contribute to your family’s needs.  You may as well find solutions now for your uneasiness.  It will make a big difference to your life when you are older. Take a deep breath, or several breaths during the day and find your treasures hidden within your day.

I salute you who are returning today.  I wish you well. Trust in your reactions and be kind to yourself as you venture out into the world outside of your family!