Sweetness and light,
love is always there
In terms of bright and
we can always choose to center ourselves
Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame. ~Henry David Thoreau
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
What is possible on any given day?
What is possible without limitations
in any preconceived way?
The gift we humans have been given is freedom:
Free to make choices,
Freedom of thought…
For most of us, freedom to visit and live wherever we want
and do whatever we want (providing we are not breaking a crime…)
No need to put ourselves in confining boxes of over comfort and malaise
or masks that cover up our true identities.
Closed doors can swing wide open and
wise words can be said from a place of integrity and honesty
rather than stifled and pushed down to an abyss of regret-
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings
WHAT IS POSSIBLE?
Louise Hay in her book, Heal Your Body, says that anxiety comes from not trusting the flow and the process of life. The affirmation she suggests we use to heal anxiety is:
” I love and approve of myself and I trust the process of life. I am safe”.
God speaks to us about anxiety in the book of Matthew: “Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air : they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘ What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day”.
Source: The Reader’s Digest Bible, Pages 526-527
An affirmation from Sue Patton Thoele’s The Woman’s Book of Courage P. 71:
I am in charge of my mind.
I choose to think healing, loving,
and thankful thoughts.
I have the power to create peaceful thoughts
even in stressful situations.
May you find peace and have a blessed day this Labor Day, my friends.
Debra : )
“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep” ~ Dale Carnegie
We can use our journals in a variety of ways: recording life events, recording dreams, writing down things we are thankful for, writing down our worries, a spiritual/prayer journal, and we can do exercises that are designed to get our minds doing “busy” work so that we can get sleepy again.
If you are being challenged with insomnia, the last thing you want to do is stress about the fact that you are not sleeping. If you have tried various things in your bed such as tension , breathing, visualization, and meditation exercises and you are still awake- I recommend getting up. You will only grow more frustrated as you lie there awake and watch the clock’s time move minute by minute….
Get up with your journal, with enough light to write but make it a soft light. Make yourself that cup of warm milk or herbal tea and relax….I am not going to suggest you think too hard about anything now. The writing exercises I am going to offer are “busy” exercises to get your mind occupied and doing something besides worrying about the fact that you are not sleeping.
You can try:
My “C” Poem
Crazy for you I am
Cute you are
Couple we are
Have fun with your journal. You can be as creative or mundane as you want.
Debra : )
A fresh new day to do with as you please…the possibilities…
Whatever your plans for the day, enjoy!
Debra : )
Tonight as we settle into the evening, instead of counting sheep, let us count the many blessings in our lives.
During your waking hours during the day, you can develop the wonderful habit of noticing all the beauty in this world. We are all so blessed in many ways. Each day truly is a gift.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Then you may drift off to sleep feeling thankful for your life and looking forward to another day tomorrow to discover new blessings and things of beauty.
(Source: Emerson quote discovered in this month’s issue of Creative Thought magazine)
The Gift of Peace
Far above the earth he soars,
circling the clear sky,
flying over forests dim,
peering in shadows,
seeking far and wide his children,
to give them peace.
Nancy Van Laan, from In a Circle Long Ago
Upon a June Day the grass said to the shadow of an elm tree, “You move to right and left over-often,
and you disturb my peace.”
And the shadow answered and said, “Not I, not I. Look skyward. There is a tree that moves in the wind to the east
and to the west between the sun and the earth.”
And the grass looked up, and for the first time beheld the tree. And it said in its heart,
“Why, behold, there is a larger grass than myself.”
And the grass was silent.
-Kahlil Gibran, from The Wanderer
Both passages found in the Book Of Love A Treasury By The Greatest Of Virtues
Edited, with commentary, by Andrew M. Greeley and Mary G. Durkin
Famous advice, (author unknown): “At night, I give up all my worries and fears to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.”
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking bout you and watching everything that concerns you.
1 Peter 5:7 TLB (from believe you can the power of a positive attitude by John Mason)
What makes you happy? Get out your journal and write down as many things as you can that make you smile, your heart sing, make you want to thank God that you are alive! Do it now.
How are we spending our days?
Do we find time to do things that we enjoy, that challenge us, that promote connecting with others? For many years I was a stay at home mom. Although raising young children is rewarding it can be lonely and isolating (at the time I was living in Seattle and the climate probably didn’t help). I think I experienced some of my worst anxiety during those years. I would get myself out by working out at the gym, having lunch with friends, doing playgroups with other moms, joining a bunco group, becoming a Girl Scout leader etc.
We humans need: social interaction, mental stimulation, projects- things to do! We need a sense of purpose.
I think people who are alone a lot may be particularly prone to depression, anxiety, and insomnia. This group may include: stay at home moms, self employed people, any one who works from the home, retired folks, the elderly.
I would encourage anyone who is alone a lot during the day to get out and connect with others, start a project, a new hobby, join a club of some kind, do volunteer work- stay busy.
Then, at bedtime, your mind will think “time for a rest. I have put in a full day.” Good night!
A good night’s sleep is such a gift. I wish for all of us: a calm, peaceful mind and blessed sleep.