Take Joy In Life

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Do you walk fast and let your mind ruminate about your worries and problems, or do you take your time and actually see your surroundings? Do you see the lovely different colours (That’s right, colour not color. I’m in Canada WordPress) of the leaves on the trees or on the ground? Do you hear the wind shake the branches on the trees? Do you hear the rustle of leaves on the ground or crunching underfoot? Do you hear nearby dogs barking? Kids playing? Cars driving by on an unseen street? Birds chirping?

Taking joy in life means also being able to actually see the world around you. Taking the time to notice the little things. After Halloween how many people still have decorations up? Who leaves their outdoor Christmas lights up year round? Those things aren’t really important but if you’re not noticing stuff like that then you’re probably walking around in a fog.  And that means you miss out on all Kinds of things.

Life is an every day occurrence. It’s happening Right Now. Not yesterday and not tomorrow. Right now. Memories are getting made right now. Good times are happening right now.

Don’t look back on the past and remember memories fondly, wishing you could go back there. That means you gave up control of your life and you’re not really living anymore.
Your life NOW should be as great as any moment in your past. If not, then Do Something About It! Take back control of your life and start doing things you enjoy. This is Your life. All yours. No one else’s.

If you’re reading a book you aren’t enjoying, and you don’t have to read it…. then stop! If your food could use a little more flavour (yup, still in Canada) then stop eating it and go add more spice! If it’s raining and you love the rain then grab an umbrella and go walk in the rain! If you have rubber boots on then jump in some puddles! (Or if you have spare shoes at home and are close enough then jump in anyway). If you’re walking down the street and listening to music, then dance to it :-D Don’t look to see if anyone sees you…who cares?

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You don’t have to be a ‘responsible adult’ ALL the time. That’s no fun! And life is Meant to be fun!

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There’s one thing that enables almost Everything I’ve talked about so far. That is…

MEDITATION

I never knew much about meditation and thought of it as a hippy or monk thing. I now realize how very wrong I was!

…You’re lying in bed or on the couch. You’re So comfortable! Just about to nod off, feeling so relaxed. Your mind is quieting down. Ever done this? Of course you have! Every single day. How else do you fall asleep? If you’ve never meditated, well then You, my friend, sort-of already do ;-)

Meditation is being still, being calm, and letting All thoughts go from your mind. Thoughts are like pesky children who like to keep coming back. Close the door and keep them in the other room. If they open the door then Lock it. One way to practice being thought free is to have a focal point, something to look at. Think only of that thing. When random thoughts come along, like floating helium balloons, push them along. Every balloon that comes your way, just push it along. With time and practice you’ll get better and better at this and will experience fewer and fewer balloons.

Candle flame is a good focal point, since it’s hypnotizing.

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The Benefits to emptying your mind? I used to think it was bad to ‘not have a thought in my head’ as if that signified stupidity. But when lying down for the night I could never get my damn brain to shut up and just let me sleep! All through high school I’d lie in bed for an hour before my brain would give me reprieve – even though I had a set bedtime. As well as my sleeping problem I had poor control over my emotions or temper. I reacted to absolutely Everything.

When you are able to empty your mind you gain control over your thoughts and emotions. You are able to act, not react. You have control over your life. And meditating helps you see with clarity; you can see solutions to problems you’re currently dealing with, or see which decision you should make. You are also able to control negative thoughts, when they pop into your mind you can just pop them back out. Kind of like pushing that balloon along.

Meditation puts you in a state of balance and being balanced gives you optimum health, more happiness, better brain function (proven by studies), makes you more productive (you’re able to focus); enhances your life and career. There is No drug that can do all that!

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