The thanking corner: my camera and my home-made muesli
What I've been up to: Into alignment
By the time you're reading this I'll be spending a few days with my family in Seville, South Spain. This is a nice spring break, and I'm sure it will be fun - we'll be going to the beach over the weekend! :-)
Back in London, I have been taking advantage of the good weather by walking part of my journey home rather than using the underground. This has allowed me to keep on taking pictures of London, which will make nice memories some day.
It feels to me that at many levels most people I know have been allowing more beauty into their lives. The journey has turned smoother, and it feels that this is an indication of our going towards a more balanced version of ourselves.
Not by chance, I started attending sessions with a very skilled Alexander practitioner. I came across the Alexander technique a few years ago, but only in the past month to month and a half did I actually look for a practitioner to take sessions.
Veronica, my practitioner, works with subtle energies in the body to bring it back into alignment. I can certainly feel what happens in my body as she works on it, and I feel refreshed - and even taller - after the sessions. The balance in the body makes me feel also more grounded and focused. The Alexander technique is so for me!
Wishing that you enjoy this issue of the newsletter, and that you find yourself relaxed and enjoying life :-)
The Monthly Thought: The Game Of Life
I'm lately finding, through many different ways, that our actual life mission is to release all the resistance we carry.
See, I believe that Well-Being is our natural state. However, we resist our well-being, which is why we experience illness, confusion, despair.
Why do we resist our well-being? Well, if there was no darkness we wouldn't know the light. If there were no difficulties, we wouldn't know how great it feels to overcome them successfully.
This game of being alive would be really dull if everything was always good, from the moment you were born to the moment you die.
And just so that the game is actually interesting and worth playing, we have things like thoughts that tell us that we're not good enough, on some level.
You could think, 'Well, then that's the game: being alive, knowing that our natural state is well-being, yet accepting that we have to suffer.'
Actually, no, we don't 'have to' suffer... because we can let go of resistance and truly enjoy the experience of being alive, fulfilling all our desires, enjoying all that we want to enjoy.
And that, really, is the game of life.
How do you let go of resistance? You can do it in many ways...
...On a physical level, you can pay attention to your body. You can notice where your body is tightening, and you can relax your muscles. For instance, as you're reading this, are your shoulders pulled up? Is your neck stretched forward? How is your back feeling?
...On a mental level, you can become more disengaged from your own thoughts. Your thoughts are not 'you'; there is no reason why you would pay attention to one thought over another, other than the result you get from doing so is feeling good. So aim to be aware of what you're thinking about, and if it doesn't feel good, choose to focus on something else that does feel good.
...On a spiritual level, you can meditate. If you're new to meditating, just take a few minutes somewhere quiet and focus on your own breath. Feel it coming into your nose and out of it; notice the coolness when it comes in; make focusing on your breath your only task. Do this a few minutes every day - and you're in for pleasant surprises.
Of course, changes don't happen overnight - among another things, because the game is not 'getting there', but enjoying the developing of life while you get there, knowing that you will get there.
Breath in, breath out - relax - and enjoy how your life plays out! ;-)
Inspiration From You: "Health, friends, living in Canada"
Every month I receive emails from readers - some of them contain questions or comments, and some of them are contributions, such as a positive story, an article or a tip.
This month a lady from Canada (unfortunately she did not leave her name), shared this nice piece of gratitude:
"Health, friends, living in Canada"
"I live in the best country in the world, and I am so thankful that my parents came here to provide myself and my siblings with every possible opportunity to realize any and every dreams we have.
I am grateful that I am alive, that I have my health, and a loving and faithful husband, healthy and gentle children and a warm house and full fridge to share with my friends and family.
I am grateful I can see the sky, feel the sun, smell the flowers and walk my dog.
I am thankful for each breathe I take. Thanks for the opportunity to share."
You can read this piece of gratitude on its page at "Health, friends, living in Canada".
Thank you! :-)
The Positive Recommendation: "I feel unmotivated"
My friend Susan shared a link through her newsletter recently - and I just have to pass it along, because it's very cool: it's the web site "I feel unmotivated".
This web site gives you random pieces of motivation: videos, quotes, poems, posters... there is always a new motivator waiting for you - keep on clicking the button at the bottom of the page for the next motivator! Find it at "I feel unmotivated".
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... my camera. I have a handy camera that takes pictures, video and sound - and I carry it everywhere I go, because I love being able to take pictures of all those things that call my attention. I so enjoy capturing life in pics!
Thankful for... my home-made muesli. I make my own muesli, buying all ingredients separately and adding in what I want. The latest muesli I made has over 20 different ingredients, including fennel seeds and raw cocoa bits - and it's delicious! :-)
What are you thankful for? Share your gratitude on this page and read what others are thankful for!
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"Imagination is the true magic carpet."
-Norman Vincent Peale