Here at The Warm Milk Journal our tag line is to offer:
Peace of mind one night at a time.
Without peace, we are not going to sleep well, perform well at our jobs, get along with our families, be a good friend, or have a very happy marriage. Without peace and the calm mind that comes with it we will not experience optimal health or life experience.
An anxious fidgety mind is only going to create chaos and fear, not the stuff of our mission which is:
To live a well balanced, rewarding life of our dreams by day and sleep restfully at night.
Tonight or in the morning I invite you to write in your journals. Explore what peace means to you.
On the top of your page you can write:
I Am peace when…
Then just write and see what comes out. Then go about your day and notice when you are experiencing peace (or perhaps also notice when you are not).
I will start my entry here and then it will be your turn.
I Am peace when:
1. I am enjoying my jazz music at night while writing or cooking.
2. Teaching my students
3. Laughing and interacting with my husband and daughter.
4. Cuddling with my cat, Mew.
5. Riding my bike in my beautiful neighborhood.
6. Taking a walk on the beach.
7. Chalk up the challenges of the day as just that and release them (knowing I did my best with the day I had)
8. I feel carefree and not worrying about the future or fretting about the past or resenting somebody or something now. Hmm…
I will stop, for it is your turn!
The Corridor: A visualization to relax you and get you to sleep….
Close your eyes and see yourself standing at one end of a long corridor.
Visualize the word “calm” appearing simply in front of you.
With your mind, send the word calm floating down the corridor.
Do not follow it. Just keep watching it float away, down the corridor…
Source: How To Meditate by Paul Roland
When your heart is skipping a beat,
When your stomach is doing flip flops,
When you are not sleeping well at night,
When you are alone and it is quiet,
When you are outdoors and hear the sounds of wildlife,
When you are meditating and praying,
When your children are demanding your attention,
When your partner is talking,
When something jarring and unexpected happens (such as a car accident, illness, job loss, etc. )
When you are given a compliment,
When you hear music on the radio or in your mind,
When you hear laughter,
When your cat purrs at your side or on your lap,
Life is happening all around you.
close at hand.
I am thankful for this day.
It was a good day.
The evening beckons with it’s dimming light,
calm and quiet,
and opportunity to relax and renew.
Nighttime, I am all yours.
Do with me as you may.
I release my blessed day and surrender
to the peace of the night.
To live a well balanced life by day and sleep restfully at night, it is certainly preferable to live and do the things that put us at our ease (calm, centered, joyful, healthy etc) rather than ones that cause dis-ease (anxiety, insomnia, stress, health challenges, etc.)
Here are some ideas to put you at-ease:
1. Just be. That’s it.
2. You are enough, just as you are.
3. When things bother you, let them go as quickly as possible. Tomorrow, next week, or next year will it matter at all?
4. Please yourself and God. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.
5. Doing your best does not mean having to be perfect.
6. Do what makes you giddy.
7. Do things for no other reason but you want to.
8. Think of all the good you do. This world and the people you touch on a daily basis would not be the same without YOU.
9. If you are making “mistakes” and “bad decisions” that is fantastic- you are acting and doing things that are bringing you closer to success.
10. Take care of yourself. The world will not stop turning on its axis if you permit yourself to unplug and recharge a bit (that hot bath and romance novel awaits).
In peace (and I’m taking a hot bubble bath as soon as I post this!),
At the end of a busy day, home at last. Calm.
A television turned off. Calm.
Harmony in the home. Calm.
Love, respect, and peace among family members. Calm.
Being centered. Calm.
Eating a healthy meal. Calm.
Inspired, and calm.
A walk, Calm
Gentle yoga stretches. Calm.
Writing in your journal. Calm.
Herbal tea, warm milk, or a nice glass of wine. Calm.
Beautiful classical or jazz music. Calm.
Laughter, and then- calm.
Times of solitude. Calm.
The Sabbath. Calm.
A sit down meal at the table with loved ones. Calm.
Knowing you did your best on this day. Calm.
Creativity nurtured. Calm.
Relationships nurtured. Calm.
Great passionate sex, and then- calm.
No worries. Calm.
Good health. Calm.
Going to bed tonight feeling thankful for this day and looking forward to tomorrow. Calm.
Comfortable sheets, blankets, bed, pillow. Calm.
Comfortable with oneself. Calm.
A mind at peace. Calm.
A body comfortable in its own skin. Calm.
Knowing you are enough. Calm.
You are loved. Calm.
You are safe. Calm.
All is well and as it should be. Calm.
A meditation for you tonight:
Get in a relaxed position either sitting or lying down. Concentrate on your breathing. Clear your mind. Allow the day to drift away. You are relaxed.
Meditate on God or your idea of divine spirit. Repeat one word over and over again as you think of God. Depending on your faith it could be God, Jesus, Adonai, the Universe, etc.
As you breathe in and think of God think of how much you are loved. You have your faith. You are strong. There is nothing to be afraid of. You are taken care of. You have everything you need.
Continue to breathe in silence for a while. Give yourself a hug and squeeze muscles and relax them. Loving energy will flow into your body after this meditation. Enjoy the rest of your evening with the knowledge that God’s love fills the channels of your body and spirit.
Debra : )
In the peace of a calm and quiet space all things are possible. The body is calm. The mind is calm. The soul is soothed and nourished. In noisy chaos that is just not the case. The body is stressed. The mind is agitated. The soul feels depleted.
What can you do to get more calm in your day?
In calm and peace,
In search of that perfect mellow place. You know the one- the place where you are calm and all is right with the world. You feel peace. You wouldn’t want to be anybody else because you love your life and the person you are becoming (I use the word “becoming” because we continue to grow every day).
Here are some ideas to get you and keep you in your perfect mellow place:
Debra : )
People need order. With order, there is serenity and peace. There is a sense of security and clarity. When there is clutter and chaos, our brains don’t function as well. We get irritable and feel stressed.
What is one thing you can do today to create more order in your life? Organize your desk at work? Thin out a closet or drawer? Delete the emails in you inbox? You do have control of your life. You do not need to feel overwhelmed. Take one little action step a day and you will begin to feel more calm and confident knowing you are the one in charge.
Get out your journal and write down a few ideas. Commit to doing one idea a day. Go to sleep peacefully tonight with the knowledge that you are taking steps to create more order in your life.
(Source for bible verse quote: May June issue of Daily Word)