Posts Tagged With: acceptance
“Today I am so grateful that God knows my heart. Others may misunderstand my good intentions, judge my words or deeds, find fault, or blame what they do not understand. But God knows my heart. He knows I am learning, trying, endeavoring, to be all He created me to be.”
~ Lori Nawyn, The Gratitude Journal Project
This sweet image and wise saying by the talented
Lori Nawyn lifts my heart and brightens my day.
May it uplift your heart as well. Blessings. Gina
Just as Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors discovers in the movie Groundhog Day, let us remember that happiness is an inside job. For whatever reason this rude, unkind man has been gifted with a repeating day that will not release him until he learns to love his life. Even his striving to ‘get the girl’ must be released and replaced with his development of a love affair with his own life. It is through acceptance, growing, and caring for others that he, and each of us, finds genuine happiness.
May we all discover the beauty amidst the imperfections, the joy amongst the hurts, and the abundant bliss waiting to be noticed within the ordinary every day life we live. Let’s open up to the miracle and learn to love our life, today, just the way it is. May this day, and every day, be as a celebration in our hearts.
The Secret To Loving Your Beautiful, Imperfect Life
by Kate Bratskeir
“Bliss, instead, relies on just one individual: You.
Bliss isn’t a matter of perceiving your life as utopia. ‘We can’t be Pollyannaish,’ [he] says. ‘In our lives, things always go wrong. None of us have perfect lives.’ The wonder of bliss, however, is that it prevents the inevitable things that do go wrong from devastating us. When we tap into bliss, ‘things really can shift.’
To activate the transformational principles of bliss, you have to make tapping into your bliss a daily practice. But this isn’t as daunting as it seems. ‘None of this is very hard to do, you just have to do a little bit every day and you can make tremendous progress very quickly,’ the teacher encourages. You have control of your thoughts, and there are a few tried and true techniques to guide these thoughts toward bliss.” ~ source: Huffington Post
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” ~ Corrie Ten Boom
Matthew 6:34 ESV: Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
[Unlinked images sourced off Google.com]
Waking up cheerfully doesn’t just spontaneously happen. It’s a habit to be developed. As we work at it, waking up with feelings of gratitude becomes easier. After years of practice it has become quite natural for me, but I can always continue to hone my skills.
Gratitude is the first and foremost way to greet your day. As soon as you wake up. Every day.
I find this comes more easily if I fall asleep thinking of all my blessings. And not only thinking about them but really feeling gratitude. Feeling a glow in my heart with deep and powerful thanks to God for this life I love so much.
We often unconsciously wake up with the residual effects of what we fell asleep musing over so let’s endeavor to add joy to our mornings by falling asleep with thoughts and feelings that uplift us, rather than listing what we have to do tomorrow or things that went wrong. Let’s all eliminate mental lists from our bedtime thinking!
Embrace optimistic thoughts as soon as you wake up, for these will help set the tone for the brightest and most productive of days. Let’s celebrate this day!
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
PSALM 106:1-2 ESV ~ Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, or declare all his praise?
“Sunrise is a wonderful time to arise, for the sun, the dew and the birds are awakening with us. This is a time to open ourselves to the pulse of creation. Greet the day with thanksgiving for another opportunity. It is never too late to have the life you were born to enjoy. No matter the circumstance. No matter the obstacles that confront you. Give thanks for the chance to begin anew.”
~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
“Pay attention to your senses, everything you’re seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and maybe even tasting, and see how many things you can find to feel grateful for. This is a powerful way to shift your mood and open to the flow of abundance that always surrounds you.” ~Deepak Chopra
Great wood signs! ETSY SHOP Owner Tess Angeline – RescuedandRepurposed
Gorgeous ceramic signs! ETSY SHOP Owner Malena Bisanti-Wall – mbwstudio
Today’s images are from these two talented artists ~ click names/images to visit
Please do your own reviews before purchasing ~ I am simply celebrating them
“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book
“Now that your eyes are open, make the sun jealous with your burning passion to start the day. Make the sun jealous or stay in bed.” ~ Malak El Halabi
“The first few moments of the day are some of the most important as they can determine the mood for the rest of the day.”
~ Daniel Willey
“Open your eyes! The world is still intact; it is as pristine as it was on the first day, as fresh as milk!” ~ Paul Claudel
“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” ~ Meister Eckhart
PSALM 5:3-4 NIV ~ In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
PSALM 30:5 ESV ~ Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
Morning Has Broken, performed by Cat Stevens
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world
Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world
“Morning Has Broken” is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It was written by English author Eleanor Farjeon and is set to a traditional Gaelic tune. Writing credit for “Morning Has Broken” has occasionally been erroneously attributed to Cat Stevens, who popularized the song in the early ‘70’s. The familiar piano arrangement on Stevens’ recording was performed by Rick Wakeman, a classically trained keyboardist known for his tenures in the English progressive rock band Yes. (source)
My warmest gratitude to Fiona Child for ladybug image (click image for her link) and the unknown makers of the randomly Google-sourced mug image and the purple flower field image.
Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative.
IDENTIFYING NEGATIVE THINKING
Not sure if your self-talk is positive or negative? Here are some forms of negative self-talk:
Filtering: You magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all of the positive ones. For example, say you had a great day at work. You completed your tasks ahead of time and were complimented for doing a speedy and thorough job. But you forgot one minor step. That evening, you focus only on your oversight and forget about the compliments you received.
Personalizing: When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself. For example, you hear that an evening out with friends is canceled, and you assume that the change in plans is because no one wanted to be around you.
Catastrophizing: You automatically anticipate the worst. The drive-through coffee shop gets your order wrong and you automatically think that the rest of your day will be a disaster.
Polarizing: You see things only as either good or bad, black or white. There is no middle ground. You feel that you have to be perfect or that you’re a total failure.
FOCUSING ON POSITIVE THINKING
You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. The process is simple, but it does take time and practice — you’re creating a new habit, after all. Here are some ways to think and behave in a more positive and optimistic way:
Identify areas to change: If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you typically think negatively about, whether it’s work, your daily commute or a relationship, for example. You can start small by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way.
Check yourself: Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
Be open to humor: Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
Follow a healthy lifestyle: Exercise at least three times a week to positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn to manage stress.
Surround yourself with positive people: Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
Practice positive self-talk: Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you.
Practicing positive self-talk will improve your outlook. When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you’re able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way.
Excerpt from MayoClinic.com. With gratitude to the makers of these randomly sourced images.
There’s an oval table mirror standing on my desk next to my monitor. It was originally placed so I could see the door at my back for good Feng Shui but it has taken on an additional purpose. I’ve found myself checking my reflection on a regular basis and noticing how a smile on my face not only reflects a pleasant mood but also fosters it.
Months ago, during an especially difficult time, I’d catch my reflection frowning or having an expression displaying inner hurt. I would gaze at my reflection, realizing I hadn’t noticed I was frowning. I’d choose to be gentle with myself, acknowledging the inner pain occurring, and then I’d soften my face. I could literally watch my emotions change as I let go of the hurt I was holding, and melt into gentleness. Gentleness with myself… my situation… my process. Taking a deep breath, I consciously release tension in my back and shoulders and look at my reflection with kind eyes.
Using this desktop mirror as an exercise to monitor my feelings has provided me with a source of great growth. By becoming aware of the expression of hurt on my face I was able to move through the pain of my heartache, heal more quickly, and let it go. Checking my countenance in the mirror helps me remember to smile… to be gentle. When we consciously soften our face and our features, even with the slightest of smiles, our heart and mood cannot help but follow.
The interactions with my mirror are always changing as my moods change through the weeks and months, but it is always enlightening. This reflection of my face has become a monitoring device, like a kind friend who tells you the truth. And the lesson I have learned the most deeply, so far, is that softening my features as I release previously unknown tension actually helps lighten my mood. It’s a validating lesson to that wise adage of ‘fake it ‘til you make it’. This mirror-practice has helped me internalize that wisdom even more as I experience how softening my face with a smile actually brightens my mood.
This is a process I warmly encourage you to try out for yourself. Place a desktop mirror next to your computer monitor. Rather than avoiding mirrors as I used to, or only quickly glancing in them to ensure there’s nothing in our teeth, let’s take a moment to look deeply into our lovely eyes and really see our own reflection. And then soften your features. Think of something nice. See what it looks like when a kindness makes you ‘melt’. You can actually see the transformation.
While I am still working on doing actual affirmations in the mirror, or saying things aloud to myself, I feel like this is a step I can honestly manage and maintain. Having this mirror here I can conveniently look at my face, my eyes and myself with kindness. And even without saying words aloud, I can feel the meaning of the sentiment, “I like you.” And what a powerfully healing sentiment that is!
Excerpt from Finding Your Way Home, © 1998 Melody Beattie
“Take a minute. Change your perspective, your mind, and the content of your life. See God, Jesus, Mary, Buddha, or Muhammad touching your shoulder and saying aloud: “You’re valuable and important, and you’re on this planet for a reason.” Then commit to remembering and carrying out the special mission your soul came here to do.
You’re a child of the light. Feeling blessed and protected is beyond words, but words are an important part of the blessing. Tell yourself you’re safe. Move through life with ease. Remember how blessed your soul is. Ask for a blessing whenever you can, and bless everyone you meet.”
~ Melody Lynn Beattie
[My heartfelt gratitude to the creators of these lovely images randomly sourced off the Web]
Life is a Mirror, so let’s smile at ourselves when we look in the mirror. It makes a difference!
With deep gratitude to the makers of these randomly sourced images off the Web.
As I continue to investigate the healing effects of building our self-worth, I am rediscovering the works of art and wisdom shared from Karen Salmansohn. Here are a couple more treasures from her, with abundant gratitude for the healing light she sends out into the world. May we take these words to heart.
Marianne Williamson has written that loving ourselves isn’t selfish; it’s humble. To think that we are not worthy of our own love is to forget that we are a child of God. This isn’t suggesting we’re not flawed, but rather that we offer love to ourselves while we are learning better, while we are improving. We can decide to love our self right now, right here. Just the way we are.
There are goals I’m striving for and ways I’m inspired to keep learning. And there are times I fall down and feel too hurt to get back up. But I always do, because I know every wound carves me into a larger being, a wiser heart, a deeper spirit.
The life-long, on-going process of ‘growing up’ keeps me wildly interested in life. Our world is fascinating, terrific, terrible, upsetting, awe-inspiring and heart-breakingly beautiful. Life is incredible, all of it, and accepting and loving ourselves helps celebrate that!
Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others…
Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion. - Margo Anand
Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life. - Ellen Sue Stern
You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing. - Ram Dass
It’s not your job to like me… it’s MINE! - Byron Katie
Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world. - Marianne Williamson
(As always, my gratitude to the creators of these images, randomly sourced off the Internet)
Sadi, a 13th Century Persian poet, advised “If thou of fortune be bereft, And in thy store there be but left, Two loaves, sell one and with the dole, Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.”
Being in the presence of beauty, keeping our spirits lifted, and enjoying some recreation are all just as important as accomplishing mundane, necessary tasks. All the achievements in the material world are meaningless if your heart is empty.
To love yourself is to give your soul the nourishment it needs.
Just as water rises no higher than itself, so too can the love of others enter our hearts only to the level of love we have for ourselves. Let’s remember this and be aware of our self-talk, and cease speaking unkindly about ourselves or others. By finding things to praise, we are building the way up to stronger self worth, for ourselves and for others. We’re all worth it!
With gratitude to the makers of the first randomly sourced images. Last image: Warmest gratitude to the lovely and wise blogger Pat Cegan at Source Of Inspiration.
Fractures well cured make us more strong.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee
Surmounted difficulties not only teach but hearten us in our future struggles. ~ James Sharp
A wise man adapts to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. ~ Chinese Proverb
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor humans perfected without trials. ~ Danish Proverb
Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a [courageous] heart. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All sunshine makes the desert. ~ Arabian Proverb
Man was made for Joy and Woe,
And when this we rightly know,
Through the world we safely go;
Joy and Woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
~ William Blake
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. It is in the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed.
~ Helen Keller
My gratitude to the makers of these posters from Google images, especially randigfine.com