Warm Loving thoughts for a cold winter evening:
Debra : )
To know something is more than memorizing mere facts.
To know something is to feel a certain truth about something in your heart.
In your gut.
What do you know? What is your truth? Ask your heart. Pray about it. Have your journal on your bedside so that you can write down any answers that come.
1. Candle Meditation
I like to do this one when I am in the bathtub or in my bedroom. Light a candle and dim the lights. Sit upright and with a soft gaze focus on the light of the flame.
Breathe. Keep gazing and don’t think about anything in particular. If you find your mind wanting to wander, breathe, and continue to focus on the flame.
2. Colors of the rainbow meditation
This is a great one to do if you don’t have much time. It is a very restorative practice. Sit in your relaxed position. Close your eyes. Breathe. Visualize one by one the colors of the rainbow and form an image of an object or scene that represents that color. For example, RED - a deep red rose or red delicouse apple… ORANGE- a slice of an orange or a bright marigold flower, YELLOW- a banana or daffodil flowers, GREEN- peas or a field of grass, BLUE- the color of the ocean in a tropical locale or the sky, indigo- inner layer of a fire flame, and violet- flowers or burgundy wine.
3. Listening To The Silence.
This meditation comes from Meditations with James Van Praagh:
The times just after waking or just before sleeping are times whenour minds are most susceptible to suggestion. This is a good meditation to do just before going to sleep. Be sure to sit up straight. Have your journal nearby. As you inhale imagine the oxygen molecules entering your body with their healing energy. As you exhale, release all of the stagnant energy that you have accumulated during the day.
As you sit, focus on your breathing. Write down any thoughts that come to mind. If a person comes to mind write his or her name. When no thoughts come, enjoy the silence. When a thought arises, jot it down.
When you have finished review what you have written and compare your words from when you started the exercise to what you wrote at the end. By the end of your meditation your mind may have been clear and uncluttered enough to give you some important insight about something or ideas that you can follow through with.
I use this type of exercise when I am in need of guidance or clarity about something. I believe our intuitionor inner voice has much wisdom if we can be still and quiet long enough to listen.
4. A simple meditation from the joy of meditation by Jack and Corneila Addington:
Meditate on the thought: ” I love the life of God within me”.
Sometimes we just get in a worrying state of mind. It can keep us from being productive during the day. It can cause us to lose sleep at night. This is when a “worry journal” can be useful. We’ve talked about this idea before. The idea is to give your “monkey” mind time to release whatever is currently bothering it. You can even have a set time to write your worries down.
If it is late at night and your worries are keeping you from sleeping, you can get up and write in your journal. Get it down on paper. You may find it gives you some relief to write down “worst case scenarios” and possible solutions. We often build up “problems” in our mind. Writing things down may give you some perspective and help you realize that it is not as bad as you were thinking it to be.
Another idea would be to not write in a journal but just on a piece of paper. Write down all your worries and junk that is upsetting your peace- then crumple the paper up or you can rip it up and throw it away or burn it- whatever would help you to release it.
Releasing your worries will help bring you back to balance so that you can get to sleep or get to the task of living again.
Debra : )
When I get in one of my funky down moods (which does happen from time to time), one of the quickest ways I get myself out of it is to think about things in my life that I am thankful for. It gives me a different perspective. Self pitying is a weak and not very constructive way to spend one’s time. Focusing on gratitude and our blessings, however, is quite empowering.
Writing gratitude entries in our journal is a great way to start or end the day. For years I have owned a neat little book called The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It’s a simple book, really. There are a few inspirational quotes in it and basically some lines to write down a few things that we are thankful for every day of the year. I don’t do it everyday since I have other journals that I write in, but when I think to I will turn to whatever day it happens to be and write the year and a few of my current blessings. I have had this Abundance journal since 1997 so it is a fun record of my life for the past 13 years.
What are you thankful for? What we focus on grows and what we appreciate appreciates.
Have a splendid day!
Debra : )
Like most of us, I can get myself very busy: doing my job as a teacher, taking care of home and family, working out, and working on various projects such as The Warm Milk Journal. I do a lot of reading and reflecting on what I want for my life. There is something to be said for having goals and setting a course for the direction we want our lives to take. But I think it is also important to enjoy the ride, so to speak. I have to remind myself of this from time to time when my ambitious energy is going full throttle and I feel myself burning out a bit.
For this morning, simple thoughts on simple things:
If I were to make that list of life’s simple pleasures right now it would look something like this:
I could really go on and on… The point here is that we have such rich lives and I think it is all of these little “simple” things that woven together make up the rich tapestry of our days. We don’t have to wait to make that mlilion dollars or find the perfect house or mate. or lose those ten pounds… We are rich already.
Have a splendidly simple day.
Debra : )
A new journal! It is a beautiful little notebook with colorful flowers on the cover. She brought this to me on the bed this morning just as I had published the previous post about journal writing. How cool is that?! : )
One of my favorite little books that I have owned for years is Heal Your Body by Louise Hay. In this book she lists many physical conditions that people have, the underlying mental causes for them, and then offers an affirmation to say and focus on to heal the condition.For our purposes here at the Warm Milk Journal I would like to share with you what she has to say about anxiety and insomnia.
Anxiety: Results from not trusting the flow and the process of life.
Affirmation for anxiety: I love and approve of myself and I trust the process of life. I am safe.
Insomnia: Results from fear. Not trusting the process of life. Guilt.
Affirmation for insomnia: I lovingly release the day and slip into peaceful sleep, knowing tomorrow will take care of itself.
Try writing these affirmations down in your journal. Close your eyes and meditate on them.
Sometimes doing something kind of mentally challenging will get our minds off our insomnia and back into slumberland.
In your journals, pick a letter of the alphabet and list as many words as you can that start with that letter.
Keep going until you are tapped out and then start a list with another letter. Sooner or later, your mind will grow tired.
Have fun, and good night.
Having a sense of purpose galvanizes our energy. It puts a certain spring in our step. When we are focused on achieving something that we value and perceive as worthwhile we feel better about ourselves and hopefully as a result will sleep better at night.
Our purpose might involve our jobs, a business, a hobby, volunteer work, a project, or any goal we want to achieve. Whatever it is it is best if it is something we are really interested in and have passion for. Then, take those baby steps, and plunge in! Stay focused. Don’t quit. Stay with it.
Use your journals to brainstorm some ideas.