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Archive for April, 2013

Spring Meditation

After completing  Oprah and Depok Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge, a certain quote stood out in my mind’s eye and has stayed with me ever since.

“It’s been said in many healing traditions that the perfect medicine is often blooming right outside our front door. Everyday nature offers us its healing bounty, creating balance and cultivating greater harmony in our world. ” -Oprah & Depok Chopra

That snippet of their quote reverberated inside me, and echoes of the message still ring true. It even inspired a bit of poetry.

click here to read my poetry: Spring Meditation -on Yahoo! 

Happy Spring!!! words of wisdom and good life advice

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Sometimes we all need a little reminder to be more positive in our lives…how else can we expect to have light in our lives if we are always looking at the darkness?

 

 Here are Some Bits & Pieces of Good Advice I’ve found:

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Always think positive!

If you want to get somewhere, you have to know where you want to go. Then never, never, never give up.

The secret of life isn’t what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.

Self-trust is the first secret of success. So believe and trust yourself.

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.

How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself – so always think positively.

 One of my fave quotes:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,

gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;

it is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.

A Return to Love” – Marianne Williamson

Other great quotes:

That as we travel from the old to the new, perhaps we should worry less about choosing what is right and focus on choosing what we cherish.

– Susan Saltrick –

Success is the Journey, Not the Destination.

– author unknown –

On a Positive Note

On a positive note I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. I just did. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

Note: people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel…..:)

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.”  Age 6

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either.  Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.  Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom tells me to clean it.  Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.  Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me.  Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.  Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures.  Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there.  Age 29

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.  Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it.  Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make some one’s day by simply sending them a little note.  Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.  Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.  Age 47

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.  Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours.  Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.  Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.  Age 52

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.  Age 53

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.  Age 55

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.  Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.  Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.  Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.  Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.  But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.  Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.  Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer.  Age 72

I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles And to tell the truth, I’ve seen several.  Age 75

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.  Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love that human touch, holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  Age 85

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.  Age 92

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about.  Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

23 Things I Wish I Had Learned Earlier

1.  Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “Thank you,” though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent.

2.  Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are onstage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud.  Know who and where you are.

3.  Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.

4.  When baking, follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.

5.  Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

6.  Good sex should involve laughter.  Because it’s, you know, funny.

7.  You need only two tools.  WD-40 and duct tape.  If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40.  If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.

8.  If you tell a lie, don’t believe it deceives only the other person.

9.  The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: “I apologize,” and “You are right”.

10.  Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

11.  When you make a mistake, make amends immediately.  It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

12.  The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever gave me was “Go! You might meet somebody!”

13.  If he says that you are too good for him–believe him.

14.  I’ve learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, Will this matter one-year from now? How about one month?  One week? One day?

15.  At hard times I ask myself, “How do I feel?  What do I want?” I use it whenever I’m at loss for words or thoughts.

16.  Never pass up an opportunity to pee.

17.  If you woke up breathing, congratulations!  You have another chance!

18.  If you move far from your family when you’re young, consider choosing a career with an airline.  Your need to see your family will last a lifetime, as will your travel benefits.

19.  Living well really is the best revenge.  Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just proves that the other person was right about you.

20.  Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you are going to need them to empty your bed urinal and hold your hand.

21.  Work is good but it’s not that important.

22.  Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.

23.  And finally…Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to see beyond the—imperfections.

Remember, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY, GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.

 

Nepalese Good Luck Mantra

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs:

Respect for self

Respect for others, and

Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.

Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory Properties Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy

Essential oils really are little miracles in a bottle. Especially when you employ the use of therapeutic grade essential oils.

I had to reblog this great post  from holistichealthliving about anti-inflammatory, and analgesic essential oils, because it reminded me why I used many similar essential oils in my Natural Tiger Balm Recipe.

A Look At The Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory Properties Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy

“A look at the latest data uncovers a long list of abstracts where researchers have confirmed the anti-inflammatory effects of therapeutic essential oils. The oils used in therapies have been meticulously extracted to keep their medicinal potential. There’s a wide difference in aromatic oils in terms of their medicinal action, and one need to find therapeutic quality essential oils to realize this property.”

via A Look At The Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory Properties Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy.

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