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9 Simple Acts…

13 June 2012

Good morning gorgeous, shining, dear ones! Isn’t today just a beautiful day? The song birds are singing, the sun is shining, and even the trees seem to be smiling.

So many of my friends ask me how I manage to stay in a positive mood in this hectic and “oh-my-god!” type of society that we most live in.

Now, of course I get frustrated, and angry, and sometimes just want to scream, but its mostly my awareness of these emotions and why I truly feel them that allows these boggy energies to lift and float away. And don’t get me wrong, we NEED these feelings too. They are not “good” nor “bad” feelings. They are all a beautiful and necessary rainbow that makes us living, breathing, and FEELING people. So, if you need to scream, scream. If you need to cry, sweet ones, cry. But remember there is a light in you that is able to shine through any ordeal with poise, respect, and self-love.

So here are my tips for living a happier, shinier, You. I hope you can incorporate some of these into your daily Life, and may you be blessed!

Sunshine & Songbird blessings,

-D.

1. Drink but Hydrate!
Green Teas & Water! Just do it. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I go for is either my tea kettle or my pitcher of iced sun tea in the fridge. If you aren’t a big tea drinker, you havn’t tried. There are so many different flavour combinations constantly being created. Expand your palate and drink something that isn’t just going to inebriate or jitter you up. Our bodies are 75-80% water. So detox your body and try drinking natural fruit & herb flavoured waters. Curious? Try making them at home. 🙂 It’s simple, and yummy, and smells DIVINE.

2. Eat Whole Foods as much as possible. Fresh! Crisp! Luscious! Mmm…
You truly are what you eat. If you eat more consciously, and or locally all the better your mood will be. It’s all about making that little bit of difference in your community and world. Cleanse yourself. Our bodies are not designed to process all these fast foods that yes, are pretty convenient (and I do get tempted every now and again and give in…but then I feel my body rejecting it after so long, so when I do I LIMIT myself to just a few hand fulls of “tasty” fries).
;-p

3. Switch your perspective.
Happy living is simple: change your point of view! Turn off the depressing daily news! Have you ever wondered where all the good news is being televised? In countries where murder, rape, and other violence is minimal. Isn’t that an interesting correlation? Hmm… ;-p
Subscribe to: http://happynews.com/.

4. Love Thyself.
Love yourself, through and through. Something so simple, but very few people actually love themselves. So I just want to say: You are beautiful, you are cherished, and you are Loved. Love the body you are in, and learn to be okay with it in whatever shape you may be in. Yes it is good to improve and have a healthy body. But don’t stress over a few pounds. Make it your top priority to make yourself happy, and don’t depend or expect others to do so. There is a Buddhist saying: “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person will not be found: You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection.” So dear sweet hearts, Love, and Live, and Love Thyself. ❤

5. Be conscious of your CHOICES.
They are yours to make, so own them. If they do not reflect your and your Soul. Then they probably are not the right decisions for you. That guilt is there for a reason, so do the right thing for you. And remember, your decisions ripple outward and touch untold and countless people, animals, plant life and waters. So, how do you make better choices? Start by thinking about the future, and how your actions affect it. Recycle, re-purpose, and restore your Life!

6. No more plastics!
Yes, ever since I eliminated plastics from my life, I am much more happy, and ties into the whole “Being conscious of my choices.” So, no more plastic water bottles for me. No more plastic bags. Tote bags are not only more attractive, you’ve never heard of an animal dying because they were choking and sufficating on plastic.  And also, bottled water can be more hazardous than plain tap water, and it’s FREE! Hehe, isn’t that just nice? 🙂 Invest in reusable glass water bottles or how about this re-purpose glass Snapple bottles, or Mason jars even. Be creative! 🙂

7. Take Mindful Silences & Meditate.
Sometimes in this busy world, with all the noise, noise, noise you just need to sit down and “OM-out.” Now, there are many forms of meditation. And I offer many in my daily affirmation emails that I send to my friends and family. It isn’t always all about being a monk, sitting on a pillow with your legs in Indian-style. It can also be about just taking a moment. Being silent. Tuning out the rest of the world, and going deep within yourself. It’s these peaceful self-moments that are oh-so vital to keeping your wits about you. So take an extra few minutes a day, perhaps you can take better use of that lunch break at work. Sit, relax, breathe, and just BE. Your mind can wonder, so don’t berate yourself, and remember Love thyself. If a worry creeps up, acknowledge it, and then let it float away. For every bad thought they may pop up, think of something that makes you smile. 🙂

8. Be creative!
Sometimes you just need an outlet. Whether it’s cooking, snapping pictures, painting, drawing, knitting or journaling. Try to do something creative everyday. Respect every “flaw” that you may think you are making. Try to not judge your work too poorly. Rejoice in the imperfections. As Leonard Cohen says, “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

9. Get outside!
Being in nature can be so peaceful! Whether you just take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass, go for walks in the woods, swim in a nearby waterfall, or sit in a park: Observe the natural world around you. Smell the aroma of flowers, herbs and trees. See the whimsy of a butterfly flittering around you. Feel the sun warm your soul! 🙂

Namaste, dear sweet ones.

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