It shouldn’t be a surprise that you can find joy in life by doing the things you love. Doing the things you love cultivates joy and happiness in our lives.
Balance in your daily living can lead to more joy and bliss in your life. Finding daily balance in your life can be achieved by learning about and using a wellness wheel. You might be wondering what a wellness wheel is and how knowing about it can help you live more blissfully. Several years ago, I made the conscious decision that I wanted to start focusing on what was working in my life and do more of it and the wellness wheel helped.
A mother’s life can be full of bliss. All mothers share many of the same events in life. The difference, for some, is the attitude in which motherhood is approached. For some, the sound of a baby’s cry, a toddler’s whining or a teenager’s grumbling is difficult and frustrating. But for others, the baby’s cry is a sign they need you, the toddler’s whine is a sign of growth and the teenager’s grumbling is a time to teach. You can find bliss in your life as a mother by learning from each of these five stages of your child’s life.
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Do you savor your solitude? Can you recall the last time you intentionally sought out an opportunity to be alone? What does solitude mean to you?
Solitude simply means seclusion, quiet, and privacy. Some find solitude undesirable and even depressing. Others view it as an opportunity to reflect and discover spiritual enlightenment. Putting a positive spin on solitude creates an invitation for us to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Solitude is a call to action to simply spend quiet time away from the commotion of places and people abuzz. It is an opportunity for deep reflection about your self, happiness, purpose and contribution in this world.
Be mindful of the very moment you are living. Start exactly this second. You don’t wait . . . ~ Alexandra Stoddard
Are you paying attention? When you drive your car, are you on autopilot or on alert? When you are in conversation, are you engaging with the other or thinking of something else?
As I was sitting in the backyard of a dear friend, taking in the scenic backdrop of rolling hills, sprawling green trees, magnificent limestone cliffs, and a serene lake, my mind harkened back to a trip I took to Los Colinas De Cuncumen. Just thinking about it fills me with joy. This was a place absent of technology and social fanfare. It was a place where peace and serenity embraced me the moment I arrived and, quite frankly, it is still with me today. It was an opportunity for me to reflect on the core of who I was as a human being. Many questions arose during my time there, but the one that continues to surface is, where does your mind go?
Mastering love and happiness is life’s greatest legacy to human race. Unless we uncover the secret to love and happiness, success is nothing but just an objective desire and achievement. ~ Unknown
What is love? What is happiness? Have you ever said to yourself or others, “I just want find love and be happy?”
My closest family members, best friends and I say, “I love you” to each other from time to time. But, what does love really mean? I occasionally ask my friends, “Are you happy?” and they tend to say, “yes.” Yet, what does happiness really mean?
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person. ~ Albert Einstein
What does mastering your life really mean? It means visualizing the life you want, mapping it out, and taking intentional steps to create it. I often ask people: what are your interests? What do want out of your career? Where would you like to retire? What brings you joy? Most people respond, “I really don’t know.” More often than not they are struggling emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The prevailing desire is for inner calm, peace and focus.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul~Democritus
On the backdrop of the scenic Lake Louise, I want to share a reflection about the “soul.”
What is the “soul?”
This question is not about religion. It is about discovering the depths of who you are beyond what you can physically see. This is an age old question that still mystifies us today. Greek philosopher, Aristotle defined it as the psyche and Plato believed it was how we controlled our behavior. Contemporary thinkers offer variations of the same which tend to return to the essence of a person. For example:
What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? ~ George Eliot, Adam Bede
On the backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean ocean, I want to share a reflection on relationships. The popularized tagline of Disneyland is “The Happiest Place On Earth.” For many Disneyland may very well be, but, consider something much deeper like the space between you and another, especially close relationships. Eric Weiner, the author of the book The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, observed, “the happiest places on earth are not internal ones. They are not geographical ones. It’s the places between us and the closer they are the more at ease we are the happier they tend to be.”
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