Happiness: a gentle reminder

For you and me, as we sometimes need to bring things back into perspective. Events, people, work, seasonal disorders, stress, many things outside of our control can actually feel as though they have full control on our well-being, our happiness. So today I would like to remember a few things so that you and me can see things differently.

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling” as Margaret Lee Runbeck puts it so simply. What it means is that the questions of when, who, what and how are irrelevant. Going away on vacation may make you feel better, but it will only be temporary. This person you are so excited to see or meet may make you feel alive and joyful, but what if they are gone, will you still be happy?

You are and will always be the key to your own happiness. Many try to grab on to outside things, people and moments, remembering, hoping, wishing that things will be different. Only by understanding that happiness is a state of being, something that is nurtured inside and by each one of us, can we be truly happy.

New memories, tangible moments are happening right now as you read this. Bring back the importance and the magic of being with your friends, your family, walking outside on a warm sunny day, hearing beautiful music, watching inspiring movies. Cherish this life, every moment of it. Breathe. Love. Laugh. Dance. Sing. Be happy and be thankful for those who make it so. I thank you.

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Being grateful

With the traditional Thanksgiving long weekend approaching, I am left to think about how most of us celebrate this event without actually giving it the sense it deserves anymore. This is the busiest time of the year for farmers in Canada as they harvest the last fruits and vegetables from their lands and as they prepare for the next season.

Thanksgiving has many origins. It is a celebration of the Earth, an occasion for communities to get together and rejoice after much hard work. This is a time to share and to be grateful. Interestingly, it seems that the origins of the first Thanksgiving in Canada dates back to the 1500. Martin Frobisher, an explorer who had tried to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean, proposed a Thanksgiving celebration for his safe return home from the unsuccessful search. In 1578, he held a formal ceremony in Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving the long journey.

Earlier this year, I published a post on Gratitude through which I shared Njari Jonhson’s own poetic take (click here). There, she tells us to be thankful and to notice the simple things in our lives for which we should be grateful. Thinking about this coming weekend, I am suggesting we bring a grateful awareness into our lives today.

Let’s think about what we are be grateful for. Perhaps we may wish to acknowledge a loving relationship, a special person in our life, a friend, another sentient being, our family. Do other people care for you and do things for you? Does someone listen and support you? What about things that we often take for granted like our health, our ability to taste food, to hear music and to see the beauty of a sunset? Or maybe we are grateful for a talent we have or for the job we have.

The truth is, we have so much to be grateful for. And so, let’s take this opportunity to bring this feeling of gratitude in our daily lives. Think about two or three things you are really grateful for. And then, when you have a hard time and that things are not going well, think about those. While doing yoga and holding a hard posture, smile in thinking that you have the time, the health, the physical capacity and an environment that is permissive to this practice. At work when things get really busy and you have to make more changes to a document you’ve already edited five times: breathe! Then take a quick moment to acknowledge your awesome boss or your great colleagues, to remember why you are working here in the first place or see how this job allows you to do other things you enjoy.

In the end, it is all a matter of perspective. Sincere thoughts, compassion, patience, perseverance and truth in your words and actions will always bring you more to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Gratitude ~ by N.Jonhson

This text was written by Njari Jonhson. I chose to publish her post on gratitude because she writes it so simply and beautifully. Her deep connection and sensitivity to life is felt through her poems but she also writes about her travels and food. You can read more on her blog at http://siannaphey.wordpress.com/.

Gratitude  is

Thankfulness

Counting your blessings

Acknowledging all you receive

Noticing simple pleasures

Being aware of how much you have been given

Changing focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is present

Be grateful for what you have and where you are now

All you have is All you need – right now!

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We are like a magnet, what you feel, be it love, fear, hurt, happiness, anger, resistance, joy etc, you are creating a force that attracts and draws you to events, circumstances and conditions in line with what you are feeling. In other words, our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, which include affirmations attract vibrationally what they are sending. When you sincerely express gratitude you draw to you more of what you are expressing gratitude for – your energy becomes harmonious and accepting – and it puts you in a resonance optimal for attracting those energies. When you resist, and not expressing gratitude, you attract that which you are not wanting – the polar opposite.

You choose your emotions and thoughts in every moment. So,choose to focus on thoughts of gratitude and you will in turn train your emotions and mind to respond with gratitude, and draw more abundance and things to be grateful for.”

Thank you for letting me share your inspiring words Njari.

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