I subscribe to a website called Daily OM which I find very inspiring. I like to share some of the articles on my site. Please enjoy.
We all have a story to tell, whether you publish it or keep it to yourself or family; allow yourself to be heard.
Everyone, at one time or another, has wanted to express his or her
story. Writing a memoir to read privately, share with family or friends,
or publish is an emotionally satisfying way to gain perspective on your
experiences while sharing your unique voice.
We've all experienced feelings and events in our lives that we are
longing to write down. Giving in to that urge can give you an outlet for
purging any frustration, anxiety, or long-dormant feelings. No one else
has to read it. You may even want to write your
story without reading it right away. Satisfying the need to tell your
story is not predicated upon your writing ability. It does, however,
take effort to write down the truth in detail. Your memories, captured
on paper as descriptive scenes, sights, sounds,
and scents, may at first seem disconnected or incomplete. But rest
assured that you possess the ability to shape your recollections into
Everyone wants to be heard. Reading your story to others can meet that
need. Writing your story can also help you understand your life
experiences. And when you finish writing, you may be surprised at what
you have accomplished. Your story can encompass as
much or as little of your life as you prefer. You may surprise yourself
with new insights, or you may find yourself exploring your roots, your
identity, and your future through your words. Allow your writing to
guide you and write as truthfully as possible.
Don't worry about what others will think of your personal journey, your
style of writing, or your words.
Research has shown that writing a personal narrative filled with
feelings and perceptions can create long-term health benefits. As you
write, remember to have compassion for yourself, particularly when
writing about traumatic events. If you are a young person,
you can add to your life story as you grow older. Your writing may help
family members know you better, or they may understand themselves more
through reading about your experiences. More importantly, you are
expressing yourself in a permanent way, giving
a gift to yourself, and letting your voice be heard.
Being a Strong Container
As a human being living on earth it is important to learn to ground yourself in relation to your earth mother.
We often hear people telling us to ground ourselves, but we may not be
sure what that means and how we might do it. Grounding ourselves is a
way of bringing ourselves literally back to earth. Some of us are more
prone than others to essentially leaving our bodies and not being firmly
rooted in our bodies. There’s nothing terribly wrong with this, but
while we are living on the earth plane it is best to stay grounded in
One of the easiest ways to ground ourselves is to bring our attention to
our breath as it enters and leaves our bodies. After about 10 breaths,
we will probably find that we feel much more connected to our physical
selves. We might then bring our awareness to the sensations in our
bodies, moving from our head down to our feet, exploring and inquiring.
Just a few minutes of this can bring us home to bodies and to the earth,
and this is what it means to ground ourselves.
We can go further by imagining that we have roots growing out of the
bottoms of our feet, connecting us to the earth. The roots flow with us
so we can we always move, but at the same time they keep us grounded. We
receive powerful energy from the earth just as we do from the forms of
energy we associate with the sky, and our body is a tool that brings
these two energies together in a sacred union. When we are grounded, we
essentially become a strong container in which our spirits can safely
and productively dwell. This is why grounding ourselves every day,
especially at the beginning of the day, is such a beneficial practice.
Fortunately, it’s as simple as bringing our conscious awareness to our bodies and the earth on which we walk.
When we begin to listen with our hearts rather than our heads, our whole world changes and becomes softer.
Most of us were born and raised in cultures that value the head over the
heart and, as a result, we place our own hearts below our heads in a
sort of inner hierarchy of which we may not be conscious. What this
means is that we tend to listen and respond from the neck up, often
leaving the rest of our bodies with little or no say in most matters.
This is a physical habit, which sometimes feels as ingrained as the way
we breathe or walk. However, with effort and awareness, we can shift the
energy into our hearts, listening and responding from this much deeper,
more resonant place.
The brain has a masterful way of imposing structure and order on the
world, creating divisions and categories, devising plans and strategies.
In many ways, we have our brains to thank for our survival on this
planet. However, as is so clear at this time, we also need the wisdom of
our hearts if we wish to continue surviving in a viable way. When we
listen from our heart, the logical grid of the brain tends to soften and
melt, which enables us to perceive the interconnectedness beneath the
divisions and categories we use to organize the world. We begin to
understand that just as the heart underlies the brain, this
interconnectedness underlies everything.
Many agree that this is the most important work we can do at this time
in history, and there are many practices at our disposal. For a simple
start, try sitting with a friend and asking him to tell you about his
life at this moment. For 10 minutes or more, try to listen without
responding verbally, offering suggestions, or brainstorming solutions.
Instead, breathe into your heart and your belly, listening and feeling
instead of thinking. When you do this, you may find that it's much more
difficult to offer advice and much easier to identify with the feelings
your friend is sharing. You may also find that your friend opens up
more, goes deeper, and feels he has really been heard. If you also feel
great warmth and compassion, almost as if you are seeing your friend for
the first time, then you will know that you have begun to tap the power
of listening with your heart.
Be Happy Every Single Day
Discover something daily that makes you happy and become witness to your life transforming.
Our lives are rich with potential sources of happiness, but sometimes we
become victims of negative thinking because we believe that focusing on
all that has gone wrong will provide us with the motivation we need to
face the challenges of survival. When we choose to focus on what makes
us happy, however, a shift occurs in the fabric of our existence.
Finding something to be happy about every single day can help this shift
take place. The vantage points from which we view the world are brought
into balance, and we can see that being alive truly is a gift to be
savoured. There is always something we can be happy about—it is simply up
to us to identify it.
On one day, we may find happiness in a momentous, life-changing event
such as a marriage or the birth of a child. On another day, the
happiness we experience may be a product of our appreciation of a
particularly well-brewed cup of a tea or the way the sun shines on a
leaf. If we discover that we literally cannot call to mind a single
joyful element of existence, we should examine the cause of the blockage
standing between us and experiencing happiness. Keeping a happiness
journal is a wonderful way to catalogue the happiness unfolding all around
us so that joy has myriad opportunities to manifest itself in our
lives. Writing about the emotions we experience while contemplating joy
may give us insight into the factors compelling us to resist it.
Happiness may not always come easily into your life. You have likely
been conditioned to believe that the proper response to unmet
expectations is one of sadness, anger, guilt, or fear. To make joy a
fixture in your existence, you must first accept that it is within your
power to choose happiness over unhappiness every single day. Then, each
time you discover some new source of happiness, the notion that the
world is a happy place will find its way more deeply into your heart. On
this day, find one thing to be happy about and let it fill your heart.
One Day at a Time
Taking one step at a time makes life much easier to navigate rather than always looking at the big picture.
The years of our life do not arrive all at once; they greet us day by
day. With the descent of each setting sun, we are able to rest our heads
and let the world take care of itself for a while. We may rest assured
throughout the night, knowing that the dawn will bring with it a chance
to meet our lives anew, donning fresh perspectives and dream-inspired
hopes. The hours that follow, before we return to sleep once more, are
for us to decide how we want to live and learn, laugh and grow. Our
lives are sweeter and more manageable because we must experience them
this way: one day at a time.
Imagine the future stretching out before you and try to notice if you
feel any tension or overwhelm at the prospect of the journey still to
come. Perhaps you have recently made a lifestyle change, like beginning a
new diet or quitting smoking, and the idea of continuing this healthy
new behaviour for years seems daunting. Maybe you have started a new job
or are newly married and can feel an undercurrent of anxiety about your
ability to succeed. If you can shift your focus from what may happen
years down the line and return it to the day that is before you right
now, you may find a measure of calm and renewed confidence in your
capabilities. You may also discover an inner faith that the future will
take care of itself.
The way we show up for our lives today and tomorrow has an enormous
affect on who we will be and what we will be experiencing years from
now. If we can remain fully engaged in the day at hand, enjoying all it
has to offer and putting our energy into making the most of it, we will
find that we are perfectly ready and capable to handle any future when