What Lights Me Up? What Lights You Up?

IMG_4744Do you desire to get more satisfaction and peace from your everyday life?  Do you sometimes feel as if you are stuck in a rut?  If so, here is a little exercise to help you back on track.  A way to do more of what makes you feel good, so in the meantime (that place that requires work/duty) life is a bit lighter, easier. 

First, spend 5-10 minutes in quiet contemplation, mediation, or prayer.  This will help clear your mind so you can listen to your heart.  Then with paper and pen, begin writing 10 things that light you up.  Things that bring joy to your heart and a twinkle in your eye.  Do your best to cultivate some of these as you can, no pressure to do so.  Just pick one to delight yourself.

Much love to you, may we be lights in this world.

Here is my list, no particular order, because they are all important and available at different times.

  1. Walking in the woods, making trails
  2. Creating things to eat and drink in the kitchen
  3. Studying/learning new things, especially about plants and sacred things
  4. Music:  llistening and making it (piano and drum)
  5. Sewing (especially for someone whom I love)
  6. Water:  sswimming, walking near it, bathing, sitting on the shoreline, smelling it as it cascades over rocks
  7. Quiet time – alone time – writing time
  8. Candles
  9. Spending time with my husband and family, especially my grandchildren
  10. Dancing, oh the joy!  Especially spiritual dancing:  cconnecting, moving, expressing

Sleep Formula

The simple formula for a good night’s sleep:  

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Cool + Dark + Quiet2  = Good Sleep

The basic necessities of physical life are water and yes, air…but beyond that is sleep.  It is the reset function that allows you to gain or maintain homeostasis (balance).  This is essential for good health and vibrant energy.  It’s the missing link for many, so you are not alone.

 

For myself, C+D+Q2 works for consistent, quality sleep.  I have made it a choice and priority.  Just like the food choices I make, I look to the desired result for the motivation to develop habits that will be beneficial in my quest.  Are you motivated?  It does take repeated action and a desire to achieve the results, both are equally important.  So onward we go to the successful path of a sweet slumber.

Let’s breakdown the sleep formula. 

Cool.  Most find that a cool room in a cozy bed with blankets to be the ideal for great sleep. This is true for me.  Also, keep in mind that allowing your bed to be used only for sleep or for intimacy is helpful in training your body for quality sleep.  So cool, incorporates comfortable and intimate.

Dark.  Cover or remove the distracting lights of electronics.  Cover the windows with room darkening curtains or blinds will help also.  If you live in the woods as I do, then you don’t have to worry about glaring street lights, so drawing the shades is a choice. 

Quiet times two.  1.  A quiet space.   I often go to bed before my husband.  He is considerate and will use headphones so I don’t hear the tv in the other room or I tell him that I plan to use my ear buds (which I often do).   The ear buds serve two functions for me.  I listen to some meditative music or similar which offers sweet solace and leads us to number two.  2.   A quiet mind.  If you lay down and your mind just won’t switch off, there are a couple of things you can do.  One is to perform a brain dump on paper.  Just before laying down, write down the things that are on the top of your mind:  to do list for tomorrow, the worry over a previous conversation, up coming travel plans, etc.  Make it simple.  Then change directions and write a couple of thoughts/intentions you would like to happen, your dreams/aspirations.  Again, make it simple.  After that, climb into your cozy bed and listen to something quiet or inspiring.  Be sure to set a timer so it goes off in 15-30 minutes.  Anything sounds in your ears beyond that may wake you up.

Testimonial.  One of my most productive sleep habits is a regular bedtime.  When a regular bedtime occurs, your body prepares itself naturally for sleep and you don’t even have to look at the clock to know its sleep time.  I have found surpassing my normal bedtime,  usually results in a difficult time falling asleep.  I get my second wind and that carries me onward for a couple of more hours.  This is useful for the occasion that I would like to visit with loved ones, etc.  Even when I stay up later, I try to maintain the same wake up time.  This helps me sync for sleep the next night.  What about napping?  There is nothing wrong with napping.  Personally, I rarely need a nap, but when I do, I indulge.  Naps of a shorter duration are the best for me.  I have always thrived on a power nap of 15-20 minutes 

There you have it.  The makings of a good sleep routine.  It works, I can attest.

Sweet dreams!

A Better Way

Rose from MajorieIf I shall speak with every human and Angelic language and have no love in me, I shall be clanging brass or a noise-making cymbal.  And if I have prophecy, and I know all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith so that I may remove mountains, and I have no love in me, I would be nothing.  And if I should feed everything that I have to the poor, and if I hand over my body to be burned up* and I have no love in me, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient and sweet; love does not envy; love is not upset neither puffed up.  Love does not commit what is shameful, neither does it seek its own; it is not provoked, neither does it entertain evil thoughts, rejoices not in evil, but rejoices in the truth, Endures all things, believes all things, hopes all, bears all.

Love never fails; for prophecies shall cease, tongues shall be silenced and knowledge will be nothing;  For we know partially and we prophesy partially,  But when perfection shall come, then that which is partial shall be nothing.  When I was a child, I was speaking as a child, I was led as a child, I was thinking as a child, but when I became a man, I ceased these childish things.  Now we see as in a mirror, in an allegory, but then face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I shall know as I am known.  For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13    Translation:  Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Thanks to my friend, Marjorie for sending me this picture.   She took it last week, just after the first frost at her Georgian Bay ON home.  As she wrote me:  it’s beauty is still casting for me.    It reminds me of the love we share, although we have only met once.  It reminds me of the beauty of her heart and how we all have so much to give in so many ways.  Thank you my friend, for the love you share.