Quote: Buddha- “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
It is Christmas time and I want to give you each a present. It is not something you have to unwrap, but it is something that while very simple can have a huge impact.
Last night I was at a Christmas party and I was talking with the Owner of my husband’s company and he mentioned how the one simple thing people can do is to live in the present moment. We talked about how hard that is to do with past hurts and with thoughts of the future, but I love that at Christmas time I can bring thoughts of the present moment to you.
I know many of you will be around family this holiday season and it can bring up so many different feelings and emotions. If you let it, past hurts, past anger and past resentment can affect your time with the people you love. So much from the past shapes your present interactions so try to let go of the past, start fresh and just enjoy the moments as they come. Instead of adding another layer to the pain and hurt, come with a clean slate and see where the moment takes you. With no attachment to the past, the present can really be enjoyable.
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As my birthday approaches and as I get older, I am faced with the normal changes we all see and feel in our bodies and appearance. I want to age gracefully, but I feel bombarded with media messaging about looking younger, so it is definitely hard to do. I would love nothing more than to allow nature to take its course and be open for the changes as they come, but when I see women my same age that get numerous procedures done to look younger, it is hard not to compare….
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Ezine # 25
Are you a victim?
Quote: Orison Sweet Marden- ” A strong successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires.”
Many of us may know people or some of us may even be the people that go through life as a victim. Everything that happens is never our fault and things just keep happening to us. We believe that something outside of us controls what happens and we blame someone else for everything. If everything that happens to me is someone else’s fault, then I don’t have to accept responsibility for anything and I can hold someone else accountable. I don’t ever have to look inside and face things that may be hard to address. By blaming others, it is taking the easy way out. To face trials and tribulations head on and to find the lesson in each thing that happens is much more challenging.
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Quote: by Eli Khamarov “The best things in life are unexpected- because there were no expectations.”
Expectations are something we create in our mind that allow us to hope or anticipate what will happen in the future. Of course expectations can be very beneficial, but there are times when they can hamper us as well. When expectations don’t allow us to focus on what is happening in the present moment or when we set unrealistic expectations, they can cause frustration or anger. Looking forward to something with anticipation and having unrealistic or unmet expectations are two completely different things.
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