Ten Blessings of the Week

ten blessingThis week has been a week of school holidays and my boys have been happy to stay home, and catch up on their favourite TV programmes and games. The only thing we have done is a trip to the Movies to see the picture Oz. It has been a relaxing and easy week, with lots of time at home.

My ten blessings for the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am blessed for the fresh air that blows through my windows on the lovely Autumn days.
  2. I am blessed for long walks around the lake with my boys and little fluffy dog.
  3. I am blessed for the variety of weather from the grey rainy days to sunny blue sky days.
  4. I am blessed for easily falling to sleep and sleeping soundly in my comfy bed.
  5. I am blessed for being able to curl up in a comfy chair and watch a movie
  6. I am blessed for finding an easy simple meditation to do, one that I used to do many years ago and can now do it again.
  7. I am blessed for being so abundant that I can go to the movies with my son’s and enjoy an afternoon out.
  8. I am blessed that my parents are so generous and are looking after my boys so I can go to work.
  9. I am so blessed to be able to go to an education workshop, that I thought I missed out on. It was a surprise to get the email saying I had successfully enrolled in the course. I thought I missed out because it said the course was full.
  10. I am blessed for air-dried clothes and linen from the clothes  line. It always smells and feels good after the clothes and linen have been dried by the wind.

So many lovely blessings have occurred over my week.  Having an attitude of gratitude really makes a difference.  What were your ten blessings for your week or even day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

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Easy Meditation Exercise

 

 

 

 

My little Buddha

My little Buddha

Today I have chosen an easy meditation from Thich Nhat Hanh from an old favourite book of mine, Peace Is Every Step. It has been many years since I have picked up this book. However recently I have heard lots of people mention it. Then I thought it is time to read it again. I have recently been trying to find a lot of joy from the outside world, this book has reminded me to look within and simply enjoy being in this world. A favourite an easy meditation that can be done anywhere is this following one:

Breathing in, I calm my body.

Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment,

I Know this is a wonderful moment!

(Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step, pg. 10)

Wishing you wonderful moments throughout your day!

This is the month of April and I am pleased to be doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge!

 

 

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Journal Writing

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Today is Yoga Tuesday so I thought I would write about an act of self-care. As part of my self-care ritual I like to Journal, it is my daily dose of me time.

 

First thing in the morning before rushing around getting the children ready for school, I like to start the day by taking some time out for me.  Life can be so busy, busy, and so fast paced. I like to start my day slowly and calmly. In the morning I like to sit down and do some journaling. It helps to clear my mind, explore questions, dream, and some times just think. It always helps me start my day off right and with some sort of plan about what I intend to do. The method I use is Morning Pages, a journaling tool created by Julia Cameron in her book the Artist’s Way. I mostly do journaling in the morning, however if for some reason if I miss a morning, I simply do it in the afternoon or evening. It has become a daily ritual for me.

Artists Way

“Show up at the page. Use the page to rest, to dream, to try.” ( Julia Cameron)

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has a great tool in it called Morning Pages. This tool is aimed at helping the individual to find their creativity, and finding your own inspiration.   This tool requires the individual to get up each morning and do three pages of free flow writing, or stream of consciousness writing. It other words you just write down what ever is in your head for three pages. A mind dump. It is like a writing meditation. It does not need to make sense, and it not intended to be read. It is basically just turning up to the page and putting something on it. It is a great tool for clearing the head and starting the day with focus. She also talks about recognizing when your inner Censor, the inner Censor is the one that says negative and critical things about you, the one that says ” that work is not good enough” or ” who would want to read what you have to write.” As Julia says it is important to remember that the inner Censor’s negative opinions are not true, they are just an opinion. It also helps to picture your Censor, the below image is what mine looks like, when I think about that image it is hard to take her serious.  When the negative opinions come up, just think of your inner sensor, now it is just an opinion and move on. This assist to quieten the voice of the Censor. I think this actually works. I am now more aware when my inner Censor is talking and can be kinder to myself.

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Sometimes I will use my Morning Pages to explore different issues, in other words I journal my way to solutions. Journaling is also a great way to do reflective learning. It has often allowed me to learn from life events, learn about my strengths and weakness and identify skills and knowledge I  have or need to learn. It is not all serious, a lot of time I have a lot of fun with my Morning Pages, and write very silly things, write about what I love about life, or simply just let my imagination go off on its own little trip. That is the beautiful thing about Morning Pages, there are no rules you just write. So each day that is what I do, I just write.

Do you journal? What style of journaling do you do? If you have any comments about journaling. I would love to read about them. There are so many ways to do journaling.

An All Sorts Day!

Little Miss Popularity saying walk me! Walk me!

Another wonderful day out here in suburban Melbourne, gorgeous sunny weather today, even got my jumper off. I guess today was just an all sorts day. Running around after my son’s, of to my body balance class, filling out paper work and even finding some time to walk the dog. Yes Little Miss Popularity loves her walks, she see’s her lead and runs to the front door. Ofcourse I look forward to the day when she walks straight, she tends to prefer  zig zag walking. They say pets are you good for your wellbeing! Mine tries her best to encourage me to walk, so she is encouraging me to be a happier master.

I really love the body balance class lets me stretch out all my stress and then finish off with some guided relaxation. I think it is important for me to manage my stress levels in my life. There are always going to be stressful times in my life, that is normal. I would prefer the majority of my days to be stress free. Life is so fast and has a tendency to get very busy, so it takes so effort to control my stress levels.

The spring weather did get me thinking about how active I am, yes I go to my gym classes(only the fun and relaxing ones) however I haven’t been doing a lot of walking. So I dug through my sock draw and found my pedometer. It is time to start walking. I find walking quiet relaxing and it is also good exercise. I also think I want a little more of it into my life now that we are going into the summer months. Although it still feels like winter most of the time,still waiting for a lot more of those sunny days. Found a good web site under recommended links about walking and will be aiming for a minimum of 10,000  steps.

Had to come outside to write, too noisy inside with TV’s blaring away in two room vibrating noise throughout the house. I can not think with all that noise. So I have come outside to hear the humming of the birds and the distant noise of traffic.

Have a great day.