Archive for the ‘Spirit’ Category

Laugh a little, laugh a lot

December 15, 2008

Living in a world that is too fast paced, we find ourselves moving to the beat, we’re caught up in the rat race; not knowing where we got on and exactly how to get off.
Not sure why I began to pay attention to this, but over the past three months or so, I found myself paying attention to the faces of people – most of the faces I see carry no smile or pleasantness. Why? Why the “oh so serious, sad, stressed, deep in thought look?” Is life that bad for a large percentage of this planet that we’ve either forgotten how to relax and let our faces reflect how we feel, or is it simply that what we see on our faces, is a true reflection of how we feel inside?

Could it be that the busyness of our lives have stolen the joy and peace we need to lead healthy, joyful lives? Or could it be that we have fewer things to smile or laugh about? When was the last time we walked about with a pleasant relaxed look on our faces, just because? Laughing yoga and laughing clubs are on the increase, because a majority of adults do not laugh enough.

A recent survey states that children laugh on average 417 times a day, compared to adults who only laugh about 17 times a week! How about taking a page from the books of kids and make the decision to do ourselves a great favor and laugh a little…heck, laugh a lot, and as we do we’ll find that the muscles in our faces will relax and when we make eye contact with another face, we’ll realized that the kind gesture is returned, and we’ll find ourselves smiling back at the face, and suddenly realized that hey, that face is ours.

If you fall into the category of not laughing enough or have a not so pleasant look on your face, take this challenge, and do this exercise – crack a smile at yourself in the mirror, do some facial exercises and make the conscious decision that you will project a pleasant facial expression and remember to laugh a little, laugh a lot!

Don’t lose your shine

December 10, 2008

One day for no particular reason I found myself paying close attention to my place of dwelling. It is a six-year-old condo with a fresh contemporary look and feel. However, though it is still fairly new, and I’ve no pets or kids running around, I noticed that the walls have lost their shine; certain features and fixtures now have a dull look to them.
After making this observation I realized that as it is with lifeless things, so it is at times with humans.
Some of us are convinced that as we age in years, we tend to lose our shine, our edge, our sharpness and I must disagree. Well, we lose our shine as we age because we do so by choice. We think that way, because we buy into the norm, the stasis quo and that has a mental affect on how we think, dress and act.
You don’t need to lose your shine at all, nada, never, no way!
So, how do we as aging adults maintain our shine and keep shining? Let’s begin with the mind – we have to reprogram and reinstall the right thoughts about how we think and see ourselves. For one thing, we need to stop using our age as an excuse to avoid doing certain things. The truth is, when we challenge our minds we become mentally energized and fresh ideas with positive affirmation rises and grow strong within us. Then there’s the obvious overflow, which is portrayed in how we speak, act and carry ourselves.
Then there the physical aspect – get moving, commit to and actively get involved in some form of physical activity for about 30-45 min a day. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
And finally there’s the spiritual part to balance out keeping and maintaining your shine. Spend at least 15-20 min a day meditating, and make the decision to live a forgiving, thankful and giving life. With those components actively present in your daily life, you’ll never lose your shine!

Faith is a beautiful thing

December 2, 2008

I was surfing through the channels one night and landed upon a drama series; didn’t even catch the name of the show but was taken in by this one particular clip/scene “a young man was seeking his community votes for cause, and they basically wanted to know why they should give him their support. He took them to his home and on every mirror in his home had this word posted to it “Faith”. Questions were obviously raised as to why this word was posted to his mirror, and his story went something like this. “My dad raised me to believe that as long as you have breath, that you are empowered to have faith. Faith in yourself to reach your potential and every time you look in the mirror and see that word, you’re looking at yourself and see Faith”

The lesson I took away from this is simple – faith is a living thing and in the same way we’re all equally given 24 hours a day, we’re all given the same measure of faith. Faith keeps us going when things get rough! Why are the faith of some stronger than others? Exercise! If we choose to exercise our faith, it will grow and if we choose not to, it remains weak. Some could argue that they don’t have faith, but we all operate in faith every day even if we don’t acknowledge it as faith. Daily task like sitting, turning on the tap, investing, moving, reaching for a dream, to accomplish a goal takes faith.

Faith according to the Bible comes from hearing and doing – so what are you tuning your ears to hear? and what actions are you taking? Reminds me of the decision I made two days ago – to stop reading the newspaper; filled with way too many sad, negative news and not enough uplifting ones. Why? Because I noticed that there was a drop of my mental state after reading the newspaper, so why subject myself to things that are not uplifting?

The point I want to make regarding faith that when it’s put to work becomes a beautiful thing. It gives you a lift, it elevates your mental state to a higher plane that causes you to raise yourself up, and declare “yes, I can”. So make the decision today to strengthen your faith by exercising it, put it to work, by building yourself up, and weed out the things and people around you that are pulling you down.

Faith is a beautiful thing when activated!