~ By Eva A, Lang
be the best person you can be –
to yourself and to others.
Ask yourself: “Am I creating joy?”
Find ways to put others first,
make their day brighter
and treat them as if it was the last day
you see them.
Every difficult situation in life
carries potential value –
then begin looking for it.
The more you get lost
in something bigger than yourself,
the more energy you will create,
feel and share.
Keep shining brightly,
“Think of bad thoughts as a river of tiny ships passing, let the ships pass that will not nourish your soul.” ~ E.Lang
All relationships carry influence on our relationships with those closest to us.
Whoa…did I just use the “R” word?
This time, peeps, it’s about other types of relationships as you might expect. In this post, I will touch on many of our “other” relationships that have a connection with our more/most intimate relationships such as our significant other, family and friends.
Heather Moody, our Environmental Science teacher at Siena Heights University told us once that with every choice we make in life, we experience unexpected connections and sometimes even unintended consequences. Even though she was referring to the environment and our practices, this can easily translate to our lives.
In this post, I will touch on our relationships to things, our bodies, change and our minds.
…Relationships to things
Every morning upon waking, we share a relationship with our alarm clocks. We set them, depend on them, maintain them and sometimes threaten them. Some of us even blame and abuse them. Our relationship with time management can be quite challenging, especially for those that are extremely creative. Distraction is wonderfully welcome to our souls yet disrupting to our schedules.
Of course there are different types of distractions, those in which family or friends ask for help and those in which our soul is screaming for attention. Other things in our lives are our computers, pens, plates, food, our clothes and our cars to name a few. Think about how you relate to all of these things throughout your every day and practice awareness on your thoughts. Weed out the negativity, frustration and disappointment and seek instead thankfulness and gratitude.
…Relationships to our bodies
After several decades of carrying our bodies around, eventually our bodies respond to how we relate to it and with A.G.E. aka age, our bodies change as they begin to have different needs.
What? Wait – all the while we’re taking care of our kids, our bills, our appointments, etc. now, our bodies are beginning to communicate more to us, so does that mean that we’ve been denying that it’s talking to us all along? Yes. We’ve been ignoring, dealing with and pushing our body cries under a rug (at least some of us), so don’t ignore what your body is telling you, because believe me, it’s not recommended to wait for it to SCREAM.
Life is life a garden, practice planting good seeds through investing in good thoughts. Pull your weeds regularly. ~ E. Lang
Relationships to Change and practicing Mindfulness
Changes are always certain as long as life exists
” All things take place by change from how they are to make new and everything that exists is in a manner the seed of which will be. Pain is not evil, it is human and necessary. Enjoy life by joining one good thing to another and try not to leave even the smallest intervals between.”
Change is clearly one of the most challenging obstructions in our lives. Each and every time a change happens, all things move. With changes in life we are thrown off our tracks and must relearn, regroup, reflect and regather ourselves. As long as ones perspective stays positive and faithful that there will indeed be value in terms of learning and progress, lessons will be learned and wisdom will be gained. During the process, we try to fight without reason, until we learn. When we learn a new life lesson, it can be quite amazing, almost magical because then we grow stronger, start fresh and try harder to be a better version of ourselves.
Healing from Change
As I find, the most important things in life are the simplest: Faith in God, spending quality time with family and friends, self-care, healthy rituals and regular routines that encourage our best self to thrive. When we finish a chapter, we must begin again. In order to begin again, we need to evaluate our current situation, adjust and get back to the basics: when you are stressed: Be grateful for God, family and healthy habits!
Breathe: be aware of your breaths as your chest rises and falls. Take deep breaths and hold it for a count of ten, then slowly and controlled, let it go out again. Be grateful for the air we breathe!
Eat: be aware of what you eat, our modern diet has changed drastically and more and more people suffer from celiac disease, allergies and food sensitivities. As you are putting foods in your mouth notice the textures and tastes of these foods, eat slowly and controlled. Allow yourself ample time to eat. Be grateful for food!
“Our body is like a garden, only put good foods in it to nourish and cultivate good bacteria, practice to be mindful of what you think, eat and do, and do it all with love and gratefulness.” ~ E. Lang
The age of Mindfulness didn’t just get here by surprise, nor did it pop out of a cracker jack box, we’ve been going against nature in our way of life in a gradual but steady and exponential way in the culture we live in. Other cultures have been practicing mindfulness for centuries. The closer we are to nature, the closer we are to our true selves. All the while we are trying to keep up, keep going and improve our lives, the improvement starts with us and us alone and always needs to come from within our core. Faith, hope and love carry a deep connection for this to happen and are necessary. Peace happens when we are one.
“A separation from nature is a separation from ourselves.” ~ E. Lang
Be grateful for Life and celebrate your blessings!