Five thoughts to keep us centered:
1. We are doing our best. God, our families, our employers, can not ask any more of us.
2. If a project or just life in general seems too big and overwhelming at times, remember: baby steps, small bites, at our ease..
we can handle anything.
3. We are safe.
4. We are loved.
5. We are strong.
Have a blessed day,
When one door closes, another opens
For many of us who work a 9-5, Monday through Friday work week, Sunday night is always a bit of a transition. We are in a weekend mindset,enjoying our day of rest. We know when we wake up we will have have to get into our work routine. The change can be quite jarring at times! (hence, the Monday morning blues for some folks).
In many ways, I feel as though this particular Sunday night is a great transition night and I would like to share with you why:
1. My family left our Black Mountain,North Carolina vacation home early this morning (a crisp 60 degrees) and arrived this afternoon to our North Florida home (a humid 90 degrees) There is a nice breeze however…
2. I am a school teacher and have enjoyed the last two months off from working in the classroom. Tomorrow I return to work.
3. Since the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London on July 27th, my family along with the whole world has been captivated by these games and the achievements of all of the young athletes from all places on the globe. Tonight with the closing ceremonies, the wonderful spectacle will all come to an end (at least until the Winter Olympics begin on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia).
Whenever I find myself in a period of transition, I find it very helpful to get out my writing journal and set out some intentions for the next chapter…
For this Sunday night, a special night of transition, I offer these four intentions. These are what I am putting in my journal. As always, feel free to write your own…
Tonight, I Am setting these intentions…
1. For the whole world to be inspired by these young athletes and may we all join together in this universal spirit of peace and cooperation.
2. I Am setting an intention for the coming new school year for children to arrive in their classrooms on the first day of school with bellies full of healthy breakfasts, backpacks full of pencils, folders, and paper ready to be used, and minds and hearts open and eager to learn.
3. May I as a teacher continue to learn how to meet the needs of my students.
4. May I as a writer continue to reach out and help others to be happy and sleep peacefully at night. This website, The Warm Milk Journal, has become quite the adventure of a lifetime. I am so honored and touched by all of your comments and support these last two and a half years. May we continue to learn together, laugh together, and be there during the tough times as well.
As the sun goes down and you get closer to bedtime tonight… here are five thoughts to think of when you are ready for the lights to be off and your head to hit the pillow…
I Am safe
All is as it should be
I Am loved
I Am supported
Life works with me
I am safe
I am loved
If I ever doubt myself, may I be reminded that I Am enough. I am doing my best.
Each day is a gift and my life is unfolding just as it should be.
I focus on what I want and remain thankful for what I do have.
This afternoon when you take a little break; whether it’s tea, a coffee break, a walk, or a nap…..
Here are some words to savor (from one of my favorite authors: Marc Allen from The Millionaire Course)
Keep focusing on the fullness of your life:
Keep remembering your dreams, your strengths,
your unique talents and skills.
Be absolutely, uniquely, fully yourself
and you have everything you need
to create the life of your dreams.
Have a blessed day,
In today’s fast world it is easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. Technology has changed so much in recent years and there is so much information coming at us all the time. There is no physical or healthy way to keep up or consume it all.
Where I am going with this? The more we find and develop our own voice, the less dependent we will be on others. We will be more confident in our own ideas and not rely on the advice of loved ones, friends, and said “experts” out there.
Many of us have issues of anxiety, shyness, insecurity, etc. It is all the more important to find and use our voices.
As a child and young adult I suffered from a lot of strep throat infections. Louise Hay, in her book, Heal Your Body, describes our throat as the “avenue of expression. Channel of creativity” She says that if we are experiencing a sore throat we have an “inability to speak up for one’s self.” We may also have “stifled anger, stifled creativity, or a refusal to change”.
The affirmations used to treat sore throats:
“It’s okay to make noise. I express myself freely and joyously. I speak up for myself with ease. I express my creativity. I am willing to change.
“I open my heart and sing the joys of love”
I just love those affirmations and have them written in my journal.
What are some ways that you can more freely express yourself, assert yourself, be creative, and more flexible? What does it mean to you to open one’s heart and sing the joys of love?
I invite you to ask yourself these questions. This would be an excellent journal writing session.
I will stop here for now. In our next post, we will talk about some ideas that have surfaced about finding our own voice…
Have a blessed day,
Sitting up straight, with journal close at hand, close your eyes for a moment…
When you are ready to, open your eyes and write a list of affirmative declarations in response to this question:
Who are you? Make it in present tense and own your declaration!
Do it NOW!
My journal entry this evening would look like this:
Five Intentions for the new day:
I will see the love in others
I will know that I am bigger than my circumstances
I will focus on the love within myself
I will find one thing to release
I will laugh today.
What intentions will you set for the day?