The thanking corner: the weekends to sleep in and the early mornings
What I've been up to: A new flow of life
Time since the last issue of "Dare To Play It Big" seems to have passed so quickly! I have been quite busy getting ready for spring - continuing growing plants and preparing the balcony for the summer, and doing some spring cleaning... You know, getting rid of old clothes, clearing out drawers and cupboards, and opening for a new flow of life.
This is a perfect time to do just that: updating ourselves :-) Renewing ourselves in the physical realm but also on the spiritual realm too, looking at our beliefs and ideas about life and adopting new beliefs that serve us better. One of the beliefs that may help you at this stage of life is that you can handle anything that comes into your life. Scroll down to the Thought of the Month to find out more.
I wish that your soul shines through in this coming month. In with the new!
The Positive News: Preserving the Brazilian Amazon
I came across this article which is a little insight into the work of Megaron Txucarramae, an indigenous leader who helps to preserve the Brazilian Amazon.
In this short article Megaron explains some of the threats that his land and his people suffer at present, and how the scenario of the forest around them has changed overtime.
Read the article at Conservation.org and follow the links within the text to find out more about the Brazilian Amazon and how we can contribute to preserve it.
The Monthly Thought: We can handle it
This month I want to share with you a perspective about difficult circumstances which can give us the spark we need to keep going with strength when things go tough.
It is my belief that we are only given what we can handle. In fact, we are only given what we can handle successfully.
You see, throughout life we acquire important qualities such as patience, compassion or understanding. As I see it, when we are faced with difficult circumstances we already have within us all that we need to meet our challenges successfully.
'Successfully' may mean different things depending on the circumstances. If, for instance, you had just been laid out, handling it successfully may mean finding another job as quickly as possible, or start up a business, or (perhaps most importantly) keep calm and trusting that you'll be fine no matter what happens while you deal with the financial side of things.
My friend Susan (author of "Winning the tomorrow game") wrote this to me:
"I thought of you and your determined 'I can handle this' when I read on a forum, "Remember that God never gives us more than we can handle–even when we think He maybe got us mixed up with someone else." I laughed at this, the recognition of the so-human doubt that shrinks us into questioning the greater wisdom of the Divine. Glad you knew to keep your energy on the faith-side of the equation."
I think it is easy for all of us to keep on the side of faith when we look at what our lives have been so far and we realize the little 'miracles' here and there. How you got out of a stressful situation, or how the help you needed came at the perfect time.
My point being: whenever you are faced with a challenge, remember that you can handle it. All that you need internally to handle it (serenity, love, faith, trust, whatever that may be) you already have. You have already lived the experiences you needed to acquire these tools. Your job is to allow them to come forward.
We are more powerful than we think. May the trust that you can handle whatever comes into your life be with you always.
The Positive Recommendation: Pachelbel's Canon in D
This month I would like to share with you a piece of classical music that always moves my heart: it's the Canon in D by Pachelbel.
You see, not only this is a very beautiful piece, but also I've got an emotional connection to it. This piece is played at the very beginning of a Spanish movie that won an Oscar in 1982, "Volver a empezar". The movie happens to be filmed in the city where I was born and lived for eighteen years, and tells the story of a successful man who returns to this city, his home town, when he discovers he doesn't have much more time alive.
Whether you can listen to Pachelbel's Canon with your full attention or you simply have it in the background while you do something else, let these five minutes of classical music fill your soul.
The Thanking Corner
I believe that being grateful for something is one of the most powerful tools to feel better immediately. Here are the two thanking bits of the month:
Thankful for... the weekends to sleep in. Serious! I’ve been really busy and I stretch my awake time as much as I can, resulting in an average of five hours of sleep daily during certain work weeks... so I really appreciate being able to sleep a bit longer over the weekends.
Thankful for... the early mornings. I tend to get up early when I can so that I can get some time to work on my own things, before heading for my day job. I really appreciate the early hours of the day, in which the air is fresh and there is a deep, calm silence, only broken by the birds in the trees nearby. Such a smooth way to start the day in London!
What are you thankful for? Send me an email trough the Contact Me form and let me know!
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