The thanking corner: flowers in the morning and the daily moments of silence
What I've been up to: Painting, left-handing, websiting :-)
As the winter approaches and I spend more time indoors, I have returned to painting and specifically to using watercolors.
I find it very relaxing. I like producing a beautiful piece of art, but the pleasure I get from it is not so much the final result but the actual process of painting - such a great metaphor of "what matters is the journey, not the destination".
I am also learning to write with my left hand (I'm right-handed). Why? Well for starters I find it very practical (and very cool) to be able to write with both hands. But also, as I write with my left hand I activate parts of my right brain that had been dormant. And I'm having a lot of fun :-)
There have been many additions to The Benefits Of Positive Thinking this month: not only the contributions from many readers, but also I have created a new page called Positive Toys and another for give-aways: Positive Freebies.
I will keep on adding more resources to both pages - in the meantime, there is some good stuff in there, so make sure you visit :-)
The Positive News: Helpothers.org
Rather than bringing you a piece of news, this month I wanted to tell you about a cool web site I came across: helpothers.org.
Its main attractive for me are the stories submitted by people all over the world, telling acts of kindness - some of them so sweet that can make you love mankind in a blink. Besides, you've got a section for Kindness Ideas, from which you can get inspiration to perform acts of kindness.
Check it out! It's helpothers.org.
The Monthly Thought: 5 Things You Can Do To Move Into Bliss
This month I'm sharing with you a little list of five things you can do every day to experience more bliss in your life - ranging from practical stuff to subtle changes in your attitude that you can make right now.
Without delay, here is this list for your benefit:
1. Do it in advance. I know, I know, you're very busy and sometimes you just don't seem to have the time to "get to it", whatever "it" might be (swapping the season's clothes in your wardrobes, sending a parcel, a project at work, whatever).
Yet doing things in advance has a double benefit: you avoid the stress you have when you do it the last minute, and you get a sense of achievement and satisfaction with yourself.
So take your next available window of time to do that which you've been postponing... you'll be thankful you did!
2. Be flexible. Sometimes you plan your day to go in a certain way, and life throws things in which you hadn't planned for and that rock your schedule.
I have found that the more I cling to how I wanted things to go, the more frustration I experience; while when I go with the flow and give my full attention to whatever is going on, the more bliss I experience.
3. Live here, now. You've probably heard it, the Now is the only time that exists. So much time we spend worrying over future events or re-living past events in our head that we miss what's going on here, now.
Follow this link to discover practical techniques that help you to live in the present with ease.
4. Trust yourself. From the silly "Have I locked the door?" to believing you can deal with an important project at work or with difficult circumstances in your life, trust yourself.
You can. We really are capable of much more than we think. Listen to your inner gut, trust yourself and take a leap - this is just such a great opening to many aspects of yourself you didn't even know about.
Besides, if you choose to follow step 3 and live in the now, you will be paying full attention to what you are doing, which will eliminate many of the little moments in which you doubt yourself.
5. Practice gratitude. Sometimes, when I fall into negative thinking, I remind myself that I can choose to practice gratitude and thus change my mood (it always works).
Try it - whenever you feel bad, turn to expressing your gratitude for whatever you can find, and you will find yourself feeling good in minutes.
Follow Jual's A-Z gratitude list for great suggestions on what to be thankful for.
Take one of these suggestions per day and put it into practice - uplift yourself into Bliss! :-)
Inspiration From You: Jual's A-Z Gratitude List
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 many of you submitted great stories and tips, such as Blissmonger's resistance toy or Narin's moving story...
...but my favourite this month has to be Jual's A-Z gratitude list:
"Where Is My Gratitude?"
Thank you very much for your reply, for I am still learning this "gratitude stuff" I do feel myself getting better each day.
For example, I had trouble in finding "daily gratitude" till I found another Internet line, and it helped me out in a fun way to kind of finding my "gratitude" and this connection (WWW.GRATITUDECHALLENGE.COM) gave me an easy and fun way of gaining "gratitude" and that has helped me out in a big huge way, in return for their advice all they want me to do is pay it forward, and share it with others.
Gratitude challenge wanted me to use the alphabet as a fun and quick format for making a list of the things for which you feel grateful. So here it goes...
Today I am so lovingly grateful and extremely thankful for the...
A= Air that I breath. All the beautiful people bringing me positive information like this.
B= Beauty I see in everyday things. Beautiful fresh bed and blankets that envelope me every night. Beautiful blessings.
C= Comfort from others, caring attitudes, cuddles. Computer.
D= Different and new exciting experiences everyday.
E= Educational learning I've been receiving from my computer course, and most of all from people like you. Entertainment, e.g. Stereo, T.V, D.V.Ds and Exciting moments.
F= Family and beautiful friends I got. Freedom. Fresh food and water. Fascinating, fantastic and fun experiences.
G= Glamorous life I live (even though its not, haha). My Grandson. Good feelings. Getting to places on time although I don't own a vehicle. Good everything!
H= Helpful people all over the world. Happy and exciting moments when I didn't expect it.
I= Information I've been receiving from the Internet and beautiful people like you, it's so mind blowing.
J= Just Juice!(haha). Just arriving on time for my daily activities.
K= Kisses from my loved ones.
L= Love I receive from my loved ones. Learning something new on a weekly basis. Lots of laughter.
M= My life here on earth! My blessings I receive daily. My money.
N= Nutritious tasty food. Night times. Not taking the small problems to heart.
O= Opening up new and positive paths for me.
P= Positive vibrations. Positive information I find in the Internet (like this). Positive feelings. Pleasant surprises!
Q= Quiet times (when I really need them). Quick challenging but easy rewarding tasks.
R= Realizing important things and real dreams.
S= Sky... Sun... Stars... Sea... Sunrises... Sunsets... Shining new life.
T= The time to think real situations through. Time shared with loved ones.
U= Unexpected help. Using the Internet to gather information like this one (inspiring). Unlimited help from the Universe. Uplift in my life.
V= Variety of information which enlightens me. Visits from loved ones. Visiting loved ones.
W= Waking up breathing and healthy greeting everyday with a smile and not a grumpy attitude,(sadly that's what I used to do).
X= Xmas Time, because that's when my family come together as one!
Y= You and all beautiful people out there who care for humanity.
Z= ZZZ ZZZ ZZZ (haha). Zealous people... Zephyr (a gentle breeeeezzzzzeeee)...
I found this hard to start with at first, but before I knew it, I just breeeezzzzeeedd through it, and guess what, that really was fun.
Thank you for your time and letting me share this with you Cristina. You really are an angel in disguise. Beautiful blessings to you, You go girl!
Please keep up your awesome 'mahi' up! (My native language for 'work') I'm a Maori, in my New Zealand.
You can read this great gratitude list on its page at "Where is my gratitude?"
Thanks, Jual! :-)
The Positive Recommendation:
7 Things My Dog Taught Me About Living Life
I am subscribed to a few positive newsletters, and one of them is Colin VanderMeulen's "Positive Attitude Tips". In his latest edition he included a link to a great article of his, 7 Things My Dog Taught Me About Living Life.
If you have a pet you may have already observed how great teachers they are on how to live life joyfully... Colin's article is fun and spot on - be sure to check it out!
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... flowers in the morning. As the winter comes to London, most of my plants loose their flowers or die if they are seasonal - yet stronger plants like the geraniums keep on blooming still now. Such a gorgeous note of color in the grey mornings!
Thankful for... the daily moments of silence. You see, London is a busy city and that means noise almost all the time. I love the moments of deep silence in the day - very late at night or very early in the morning mostly - I love the stillness that perspires through those moments.
What are you thankful for? Send me an email through the Contact Me form and let me know!
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"I think what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive. To have our life experiences on the purely physical plane have resonance within our inner-most being and reality. So we can actually feel the rapture of being alive. Follow your bliss."