I’m Thankful To Be Alive

“There is always, always something to be thankful for”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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I’m unbelievably grateful for so much this year. All those incredible people who take time out of their lives to help me and make room for me in theirs. Over the years, you start to realize who really is important in your life and who’s just there for the hell of it. I’ve had so many people in my life because that’s just how it turned out — it was nothing special. But in time you soon realize who’s meant to stay in your heart and who really wants to be there.

My friends are very limited, especially over the past year my friend rate has decreased dramatically. It’s upsetting, but at the same time it’s a great wake up call to see who really is there for you. Do you really want friends just to have around who don’t consider you as important to them as much as they’re important to you? It’s not worth it. But you will have those couple of people who love you unconditionally and will always have a place for you in their heart. I’m so grateful for them and the bond we share.

My family is so wonderful. I may have a very small family, but we’re very close and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. All the laughs, smiles, arguments, dinners, game nights, etc. have always brought us even closer and that’s how a family should be. Not perfect, but perfect for you.

I’m incredibly lucky and grateful to have such a supportive boyfriend. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him and I’m eternally grateful for him. I couldn’t imagine my life with anybody else. We just click in a way that makes sense to us and that’s so important to have with a best friend and soul mate for life.

I’m also thankful for my new job that is absolutely perfect for me at the moment, my house I live in, the food I eat, and my changing outlook on life. Growing up, you don’t realize much that everything I’ve listed on this post can be nonexistent. We’re very lucky to have what we have and to deal with what we do have, even if we don’t think it’s as good as we want it to be. Life changes every day. We change every day. It’s just so important to be thankful each and every day rather than once a year. We all complain about the bad things in life (job, economy, the country, the world, etc.) but we never really focus on the good aspects of life. There’s good in every single day, our minds just choose not to focus on them as much as the bad aspects.

It’s time for me — and hopefully time for you — to change the outlook on life to a positive one because life’s too short and there is so much good in the world that we’re not realizing. Let go of the negative. Run away from it. And welcome and surround yourself with the positive and watch your life change for the better.

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Gratitude Is My Prayer

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Too many times we live with anger, worry, depression and anxiety and not enough happiness, gratefulness, positivity and calmness. If you think about it, we’re actually very greedy people. That’s how it is with both nature and nurture. We live in a society where we WANT WANT WANT instead of NEED NEED NEED. It’s a bad habit we’ve grown up with but it’s time to learn to be more selfless and giving instead of selfish and wanting. I believe if we do tackle the habit of greed and selfishness, there will be more peace in the world.

We all just go about our day in routine like it’s nothing special. We don’t stop and think about what we’re doing or pay attention to the sensations we’re supposed to feel. Especially if we’re working — wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, relax for some time, sleep, and repeat. It’s draining the life out of us slowly. I’ll admit there are some people out there who do like routine, and even I do to a certain point, but we need to feel alive.

There are specific things we can do to help. Wake up, put that beautiful smile on your face and say, “Today’s going to be a wonderful day!”, meditate and/or do some yoga to rejuvenate yourself, and then go to work. Even before that — while you’re in the shower, feel the warm or hot water hitting your body and think about how it makes you feel. Enjoy those little moments — the texture and how hard the water is massaging your skin. While you’re driving to work, pay attention to how you feel and the world around you. We’re all in a hypnosis when we’re driving to each of our destinations, especially when it becomes a repetitive drive. Take it all in and enjoy it for once. When you’re eating your food, pay attention to the taste of your food. Not only will you enjoy each bite more, you’ll be eating more slowly which can help your metabolism regarding weight loss. Food really does taste wonderful, anyone can agree, so do your mind and body a favor and just appreciate what you’re eating.

These are just a few different ways to help you enjoy your day and to help you get through your day even though you feel like you’re stuck or drained. Really just cherish everything because, I know it’s cliche but, there are so many other people out there who have so much less than you do and would give anything to be in your shoes.

Live in the moment. Laugh every day. Love with all your heart. 🙂

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Who Am I?

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”  – Buddha

I started a new meditation challenge this morning. After just one morning, I can already feel a calmness inside of me. My mind is calm rather than crowded with thoughts.The meditation challenge I’m participating in is called Oprah and Deepak: 21-Day Meditation Challenge, which you can use that link to register for free. I recommend it with everything in me. I’ve participated in their previous meditation challenge and it was simply wonderful, to say the least.

Who are you? Of course you’re so-and-so, but who are you? It’s so much deeper than just your name and what you do. It’s a question we don’t ask ourselves enough. What were we put on this Earth to do? There’s a purpose for every person, no matter who they are. Delve inside your mind and let it come to you. It’s not an easy task so ask yourself everyday the question, “Who am I?”.

The best part of meditation is when you reach that point of bliss. That moment where you’re sitting and your thumb is touching one of your fingers (whichever hand position you prefer) and then all of sudden, it all goes numb. You suddenly can’t feel your fingers touching even though they are. Your body is so still, yet not too stiff. Your breathing is consistent and you’re focused on the present moment. What’s happening right now. We’re all so focused on different parts of our lives rather than the present moment. Even I find myself thinking about the future, worrying that it might not turn out the way I’ve planned. Or I’m thinking about the past and how I should have reacted or what I should have said. That’s the great thing about meditation — it helps you forget about the past and the future and it helps you focus on the present moment, because that’s really all that is important right now. When we focus on the present moment we have less worry, anxiety, depression, and sadness and we have more happiness, calmness, and peace in our lives.

The 21-Day Meditation Challenge has helped transform my life. I urge each and every one of you to at least try it out. Each meditation is only 20 minutes. Even if you’re rushing in the morning, set your alarm just 20 minutes earlier. You won’t regret it — in fact, you’ll soon start to find your day less hectic and overwhelming. So just click the link above and register for free. Today was the first day the challenge started, but each of the challenges stay up for 5 days, so you can start tomorrow morning and you’ll be just fine.

Breathe. Love. Just Be.

Namaste                                                                          Image