Be Kind to Yourself

Be kind to yourself especially during the holidays

The holidays are such a joyous time. They can also be such a stressful time for so many of us. I had a great Thanksgiving weekend. I also had moments where I questioned myself and what I was trying to do with my life. It sounds dramatic and it was to some extent, but this is a common problem that so many of us have.

How Morning Mantras Can Change Your Life

Say a mantra each morning to transform your day

For the last few weeks I’ve been trying to remember to say my morning mantra as soon as I wake up. Sometimes I remember immediately after my eyes open. Sometimes it comes to me as I’m meditating, an hour or so after I wake up. It’s not the time that I say the mantra that’s necessarily important, but that I remember to say it at some point during each day. It does help if it happens to be in the morning, however. I’ve found that this mantra can really set the tone for the rest of my day.

New Beginnings

How to being a new life through prayer and gratitude.

Today is the start of a new beginning. A new me. A me who is truly happy with simply being. I’ve started to understand that what I need and want in life can be found internally and not externally.

From this moment on I live in truth and love and light. I see all situations through love’s lens. I love deeply and unconditionally. To make the world a truly better place through bettering myself is my ultimate goal.

The Magic of 33 – My Jesus Year Birthday

Turning 33 has spiritual significance

Today I turn 33. In general, this year doesn’t hold much significance to the outside world, but to me, I know that this next year of life is going to be a special one. I started Googling whether 33 had any significance spiritually. I discovered that 33 was how old Jesus was when he was crucified and many refer to 33 as a “Jesus year birthday”. There are also a number of other spiritual and religious significances related to the number 33.

Why is it so Hard to Change Behavior?

Accept what you can't change

I started listening to Eckhart Tolle’s Gateways to Now. It’s a book about learning to live in the present moment instead of living in the past or the future, which I and most of us are guilty of doing. In the book Eckhart discusses three ways to live in the present moment, one of which is through the gateway of acceptance.

Accepting whatever may or may not be in front of us in the present moment. Although I wholeheartedly agree with this principle, it’s still so hard for me to grasp and execute. I don’t feel “right” or “myself” simply being. I always have to be doing something, planning something, or making something happen.

Faith, Spirituality and Religion

I didn’t grow up religious. I also didn’t have much spirituality in my life. We had attended church for a while when I was young. I explored religion as a teenager and young adult. However, I never felt like I could completely identify as a religious person. Probably because I could not wrap my head around the fact that there were only two sides of the world that you could be a part of — the believers or the non-believers. You could be a completely decent human being. However, if you did not believe in the one true God, you were going to Hell.