Years ago I went through a time period when I was feeling sad and I wasn’t sure where it was coming from. It had happened gradually without my realizing what was going on. My days felt hard and my heart was heavy.
And then, one evening I was sitting on my couch watching TV and began to cry. I realized this was becoming a pattern and that is when it hit me. I cried when I watched the animal rescue show every evening that featured starving, abused animals in desperate situations.
My choice of “entertainment” was impacting how I felt in a big way.
There are many ways that our small choices can influence our moods, feelings, and level of hope about the world. In many cases the descent into negativity happens so gradually we are not even aware of it.
Taking the following steps will help you reset your life and start to feel positive again:
For some reason, this week I feel called to repost this story from October 2011. My sweet cat Smoky has since passed on, but I will never forget our experience with the love balloon.
For my recent graduation from the Spiritual Psychology program at the University of Santa Monica, my dear friends Patricia and Kaleo gave me two balloons. One of them said, “congratulations”, and the other had hearts on it. I took the balloons home, where they floated up to the ceiling.
The balloons stayed by the living room window for several days and then I noticed the one with hearts was missing. While the congratulations balloon has never moved, the heart balloon began to explore my two story home.
One morning, I woke up feeling compelled to write a loving email letter to someone in my family who was facing a challenge. After finishing it, I sat in my desk chair enjoying the feeling of love I had for that person. When I looked over my shoulder, I discovered the heart balloon had come up behind me, as if to inspire or share in the love.
I renamed it the Love Balloon and over the next few days watched it travel from room to room as if spreading love throughout my home. One afternoon it centered itself in my bedroom window and seemed to be beaming love out to the world.
The Love Balloon is coming to the end of its life now and has made a new connection. It chose to spend its last hours above my cat, Smoky’s food bowl and they seem to have formed quite a bond.
I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Love Balloon. Think what you want. Believe what you want. But, for me, it’s been a beautiful reminder of the importance of sharing love with the world.
We are happiest when our lives are in alignment with our core values. Living in a way that reflects what is most meaningful to us, allows us to feel more peaceful, grounded, and fullfilled. Anything that conflicts with our values will create more stress and dissonance in our lives. Continue reading
Simple living gets a bad rap. It can bring up images of living in a cabin in the woods with one plate, one fork, and having to raise your own food. Or, a house that is cold, colorless, empty, and devoid of personality. And, what about those old, worn, and frumpy thrift store clothes you will have to wear?
The truth is living a simple life is not about that at all. Continue reading
Every day is a gift. A blank slate to write on. The choices you make in the first moments after awakening can impact your energy, effectiveness, and mood for the entire day. I am a big fan of morning practices and encourage you to create one of your own. Here are some fun ideas: Continue reading