Slow and Steady

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I couldn’t sleep last night. I was up thinking about a number of things I could never change but haunt me just the same. I love to choose a mantra every morning that I repeat to myself throughout the day whenever when my mind starts to travel in a direction that leaves me astray. Today, it sounds like this.

Don’t miss today by thinking about yesterday or tomorrow. Be here now in this moment. Reliving something will not change it and worrying about something that might happen will not prevent it. Breathe and take it one moment at a time. 

So that is my advice today. Slow and steady, focused and strong. Happy Friday!

Only Love Today

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I read an article recently where the writer challenged the readers to follow these simple words. Only love today. That will be my mantra as I pick and choose what I will hold onto and what I will let blow right through. These are some steps you can take today to turn this concept into reality.

1) Don’t join any argument you are invited to. Simply move on and spend your time on something worthwhile.

2) Pass over negative comments and posts on social media and limit the time you spend there.

3) Just for today,turn off the news.

4) Think of at least one thing you can do today to make a positive difference for each person in your house.

5) Speak and think only loving thoughts. Keep the rest to yourself.

6) Look for flowers, not the weeds. It’s easy to notice things that are wrong about people, today look for the things that are right.

7) Repeat this mantra at least once an hour.

8) Believe that your attitude and behavior can change the world for the better.

9) Don’t react. Use your head and respond respectfully.

10) Be patient with yourself. Change doesn’t come overnight. 

Only love today and that includes how you think about and treat yourself.

Who’s in? Be the change.

Walk Away

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The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become~Unknown

My mantra and reminder for today is simple. If someone is a loaded gun, don’t engage. For your own well being and your own safety, do whatever it takes to walk away. You can’t have a war with only one side fighting so wave your white flag and crawl if you must but get out of there as quick as you can. People will taunt and poke to get your attention but the real power lies in the choice to not respond. It certainly isn’t easy but with mindful practice you can live a more peaceful life. Why not start today?

Leave It Behind

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Today’s mantra: I will not remain stuck on the things I cannot change.

It’s a tough practice to tackle but sometimes it’s better not to give the things that make you crazy more time and attention than necessary. Sometimes it feels good to complain because that is the only thing we can actually do about something. Negative talk attracts negative thinking that only leaves you feeling frustrated and lousy at the end of the day. So how do we get past those things that drive a nail through the middle of our forehead? I have no idea but I am trying to figure it out. It seems much healthier to give something trying a little side glance than it does to pick it up and carry it around all day. Today, when you see it there and you’re walking by, just kick it out of your way.

At The End Of The Day…

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Why do Monday’s feel like the start of a marathon? I always feel a great sense of accomplishment when I can end a Monday in peace truly believing that the rest of the week will really turn out okay. That overwhelming feeling at the start of the day is just my silly mind playing its normal tricks. My new mantra: I will do everything I am capable of doing without sacrificing my sanity, myself or my sense of peace. Those three things far outweigh any task that will remain unfinished.

Morning Mantra

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Today I will accept my life just the way it is. I will trust that every challenge and every triumph will lead me to a better place. I will focus on the open doors and stop knocking on the ones that are closed. I will spend my energy laughing and loving instead of incessantly worrying about the things, no matter how hard I try, are simply never going to change. I will trust that there is a bigger plan and I will have confidence that right now, right here is where I am supposed to be. I welcome new perspectives and letting go of old beliefs and finding the silver lining in every cloud. I will remember that even on the stormiest days, the sun is still there waiting to be seen.

May today bring you peace and contentment. May you find joy in the little things and find gratitude with every step you take. Enjoy your weekend. Make it a good one.

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My Monday mantra: Today I will tackle one thing at a time and keep my focus on what I am doing.

I am trying my best to apply the brakes to my overactive mind. Instead of continually jumping ahead and making an intimidating to do list, I Will keep my focus on one and only one thing until it is complete. Sure, there is a little ghost haunting my mind but I don’t need to turn it into a ferocious monster. Halloween is over and it’s time to get through the day smarter and with less stress.

What do you do to make your day as easy as possible?

Today

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Today is a clean slate. When we leave yesterday behind and we allow tomorrow to begin tomorrow, today offers so much hope. Today is whatever you want it to be. The question is, what do you want it to be? 

My mantra for today: Today I will be still. I will allow the things I cannot change to flow through so they do not cling to me. I will make a choice to let them go and trust that everything is okay the way it is in this moment.

When the World Leaks In…

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As I woke up to complete chaos, I pondered, how in the world do I keep the crazy going on all around me outside of me? How do I remain in a state of inner peace when I am being shot in the head by gigantic spitballs by the enormous straws aimed directly for me surrounding me from every angle? It has been a question I have not been able to find an answer to, at least if I am being honest. Sure I go to yoga and I meditate and I blog and take time for myself but time has made me a much weaker target. I used to be really strong, able to let most things roll off my back, but now I am weak. As much as I hate to admit it, I can feel the foundation crumbling under my feet. How can I remain grounded when the ground is breaking up from underneath me? There must be a hole in me someplace where the outer world leaks directly into my inner world. That place that was once safe and private has become exposed to the toxic stress of the outside world. And how does it make me feel? Sick and toxic on the inside too. 

My mantra for today:

As I breathe in and out, I am reminded to let everything pass through me. I will not hold onto my breath or anything else I am faced with today. I am strong and this moment will be much different from the next one. Breathe and let it go with each breath.