Holidays

Why do you celebrate the holidays? Generally speaking, most of us don’t think about why we do what we do, we just do it. We don’t want to be the odd man out so we do what everyone else does. We want to be accepted by society, and we want to follow tradition. Society and tradition make us feel like we’re connected, and that we belong to something. I’d like to go beyond what tradition and society tells us to do. I’d like to get to the root of why holidays are so important. Begin by asking yourself the question, “why do I celebrate the holidays?” Do your best to go to the root and answer the question honestly. Your answer can be anything, there’s not a right or wrong answer. Most likely you’ll find the root will have something to do with love and the need to be loved.

The Illusion

What is an illusion? By definition an illusion is a deception appearance or impression, a false idea or belief, a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted. What about an illusion in regards to your life? Have you ever thought of your life being an illusion? Most likely you would say “no of course not, my life is very real.” When speaking of illusion in regards to life, illusion doesn’t mean that your life is not real. It means that how you perceive your life is an illusion. It’s not to say that your home, car, job, or anything else is not real. Of course they are real, but your perception of what they are, or what they represent, is an illusion. A better way to describe what I mean is to think of your life as a movie, and you are an actor in the movie. You know the movie isn’t real, yet it can sometimes seem like it is. Especially when you feel an emotional reaction towards what’s happening in the movie. 

How Do You Stop Abuse?

How do you stop abuse? I’m referring to all forms of abuse, verbal, emotional, mental, and physical. Abuse to everything and everyone that inhabits the earth, including planet earth as well. When you want to put an end to anything, it’s important to go to the root. When you go to the root you will find the reason a situation is the way it is. At that point you can find a lasting remedy, then put an end to it once and for all. Wouldn’t it be amazing to find a lasting remedy to stop abuse? 

How to Transform Stress

Have you ever felt stressed, low energy or just plain off? I’m sure that’s a yes for everyone. It’s normal to feel that way every so often, but feeling that way consistently will take a toll on your body, your emotional well-being, and your overall energy. It will affect how you relate to people at work and in your personal life. Even though we all know this, we still continue to push ourselves day after day. Life can be stressful, yet you can make a change in howyou live your life. I’ll give you an example. Say you’ve decided to take a yoga class to help manage your stress. That’s perfect, unless while you’re taking your class you are thinking about all of the things you have to do after class, or what you need to be doing tomorrow. You may even be thinking about something from the past. Essentially your body is going through the motions of taking a yoga class, but your mind is distracted and not present. If your mind isn’t in the present moment your body will be stressed.

The Path to Love

Has your heart ever been hurt or broken? Almost everyone can answer yes to that question. Of course you know that a heart can’t really be broken, yet you can feel pain in the area of your heart when your feelings have been hurt. The funny thing is, it’s not actually your heart that causes you to feel that way. The part of your body that is connected to pain is your mind. More specifically, the patterns of your mind will be the root cause of your pain. Any kind of pain will be connected to your mind, never your heart.

Passion

Did you know there is a difference between true passion, and passion driven by pattern? They are actually extreme opposites. One gives you energy, while the other takes energy from you. True passion is connected to your heart. When you’re doing your true passion, you’ll feel a sense of comfort and peace. As a matter of fact, when you visualize yourself doing your true passion you will instantly feel calm and nurtured. True passion will also give you energy. This kind of passion is rooted in your heart.

You Have Two Choices

Did you know that you make 35,000 decisions in a day? How you make those decisions matters. You can make each decision from your heart or your mind. From a place of love (your heart) or fear (your mind). Often times we make decisions out of pattern, we do what we’ve done before because it’s easy and we don’t have to think about it. These kinds of decisions are made out of fear. Anything pattern related has to do with the mind (fear). You will always have two choices, love or fear. You get to choose how you make each of your 35,000 decisions every day. If you are deciding what to wear, or what to eat, you’ll always have the same two choices. If you’re making a decision about what route to take to work, or scheduling your day, you will have the same two choices. The same goes for decisions having to do with your career or relationships (friends, family, intimate, work). You can choose to make a decision out of love or you can choose to make a decision out of fear. Two very different forms of energy, with two very different results. Why does it matter how you make your decisions?

Time for Play

The energy for May is full of fun, excitement, and play. I’m referring to the kind of play that comes from your heart, true play. Play that comes from your heart has a pure quality to it. Think back to when you were a child. When you played you simply played to play, you didn’t think, “am I doing this right?” or, “how do I look, is someone watching me?” True play is about being in the moment without thoughts of the mind holding you back. When the mind is involved play can sometimes turn into a competition. The mind can also attach goals to play. When a goal is attached to play it means your mind is focused on the future, your mind isn’t in the present moment. Goals aren’t a bad thing, either is competition. When play is rooted in the mind it’s just a different kind of play.

Focus and Balance

Mercury has been in retrograde since March 22nd, it will go direct on April 15th. When mercury is in retrograde we can feel off and out of balance. During this time old patterns can surface, bringing up negative emotions like anger, sadness, depression, and loneliness. This is why I felt it was important to write about focus this month. If you’ve been feeling off and out of balance, having focus can change your whole way of being. Focus gives you direction and a path to follow. When your mind has something positive to focus on, you will feel better. Your thoughts will be positive and in the moment, and you will feel calm and relaxed. 

Feeling Positive

What does it take for you to feel positive? Is it working at a great job, or having an amazing relationship? Maybe it’s finding the perfect house, or buying the newest phone? Most of us feel positive when everything around us feels stable and life is going just how we think it should. When your life isn’t going as you think it should, your mind will begin to think negative thoughts. You might think to yourself, “What did I ever do to deserve this?”, or “Why is this happening to me?” Soon those negative thoughts will create negative feelings. That effect can spiral you into a negative way of being. If life isn’t going so well outside of you how can you feel positive on the inside? 

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