January 1, 2020
Word For The Day - Relax
- make or become less tense or anxious
- rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious
- cause (a limb or muscle) to become less rigid
- make (something) less firm or tight
-make (a rule or restriction) less strict while not abolishing it
Oxford English Dictionary
What comes to mind when you hear or think about the word "relax"? Perhaps your mind drifts to thoughts about vacation and a sandy white beach with palm trees framing your view of tranquil ocean waves. Perhaps you find yourself thinking about this word when things get stressful and overwhelming.
There are many different ways to relax without escaping to a remote tropical island. Examples of relaxing activities might include:
- a brisk walk
- an herbal/mineral salt bath
- listening to music in front of a roaring fire
- reading a book
- walking your dog
- working in the garden
What would you add to the list?
January 2, 2020
Quotes By Dr. Wayne Dyer
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
"Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life."
"Conflict cannot survive without your participation."
"To be more childlike, you don't have to give up being an adult. The fully integrated person is capable of being both an adult and a child simultaneously. Recapture the childlike feelings of wide-eyed excitement, spontaneous appreciation, cutting loose, and being full of awe and wonder at this magnificent universe."
January 3, 2020
Quotes by Maya Angelou
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
January 4, 2020
Quotes by Mother Teresa
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
January 5, 2020
Quotes by Nelson Mandela
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
January 6, 2020
What you practice - you remember.
Consider today - what are your daily habits and behaviors?
Do you get angry every time you come up to a red light?
Try a different response.
See the difference that it makes in your body when you respond in a different way.
Start small. You have options.
January 7, 2020
Respond rather than react.
Notice your reactions to daily situations.
Be the quiet observer of your own life.
See what you notice.
Notice what you learn.
January 8, 2020
"You can't go back and change the beginning,
but you can start where you are and change the ending."
- C.S. Lewis
Every day is a new beginning.
A new opportunity.
Start where you are.
One foot in front of the other.
If you feel the fear - notice and acknowledge its presence - then send it on its way.
Keep moving forward.
You CAN do this.
You are stronger than you think.
You really are.
January 9, 2020
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
- Dawna Markova
January 10, 2020
Quotes by Aristotle
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it."
"What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do."
"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal."
January 11, 2020
Quotes by Marcus Aurelius
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
"We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne."
"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."
"Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish."
January 12, 2020
"I found that my point of view was not unique. In varying settings and under different forms, I discovered that many women and men, too, were grappling with essentially the same questions as I, and were hungry to discuss and argue and hammer out possible answers. Even those whose lives had appeared to be ticking imperturbably under their smiling clock-faces, were often trying, like me, to evolve another rhythm with more creative pauses in it, more adjustment to their individual needs, and new and more alive relationships to themselves as well as others."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1955
January 13, 2020
"When we are very little, we learn how to feel about ourselves and about life by the reactions of the adults around us. It is the way we learn what to think about ourselves and about our world. Now, if you lived with people who were very unhappy, frightened, guilty, or angry, then you learned a lot of negative things about yourself and about your world. "I never do anything right." "It's my fault." "If I get angry, I'm a bad person." Beliefs like this create a frustrating life."
- Louise L. Hay, 1999
January 14, 2020
Quotes by Oscar Wilde
"To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance."
"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing."
January 15, 2020
Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
"Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals."
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
January 16, 2020
The 5 Principles of Reiki - Just For Today
Just for today . . .
I let go of anger
I let go of worry
I am filled with gratitude
I commit to my work
I am kind to others
January 17, 2020
"We can only be what we give ourselves the power to be."
- Navajo Proverb
January 18, 2020
"Some days, doing "the best we can" may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn't perfect - on any front - and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else."
- Fred Rogers
January 19, 2020
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
- Theodore Roosevelt
January 20, 2020
“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.”
– Thích Nhất Hạnh
January 21, 2020
Word For The Day - Listen
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”
- Ernest Hemingway
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand;
they listen with the intent to reply.”
- Stephen R. Covey
January 22, 2020
Word For The Day - Love
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
- Elbert Hubbard
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
- Lao Tzu
“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”
- Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
- Robert Fulghum, True Love
January 23, 2020
Word For The Day - Care
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
- Leo F. Buscaglia
January 24, 2020
Word For The Day - Normal
“Normal" is just a setting on your dryer.”
- Patsy Clairmont
January 25, 2020
Word For The Day - Compassion
"The most powerful force in the world that
can change the lives of millions of people is compassion."
- Steven Aitchison
January 26, 2020
Word For The Day - Authenticity
We learn so many things throughout our life, but often, we find that we haven't learned how to be authentic. As little children, we learn to walk and talk. Run and play. We learn to listen and talk when we raise our hand in school. We learn the rules and sometimes - many times - the rules shut down our authenticity. We lose our voice. We lose our inner truth of who we are as an individual. We don't listen to our truth. Sometimes we cannot even hear our own truth. We don't speak our truth. We don't live our truth. So for today, we choose the word "authenticity" as a focus word. A word to examine and reconsider its meaning. What does it mean to you?
January 27, 2020
Word For the Day - Breathe
The gift of being able to breathe. Today, we choose the word "breathe" and with special attention and gratitude for the ability to breathe oxygen into our lungs.
January 28, 2020
Word For The Day - Map
Today we choose the word "map".
What map helps you negotiate the twists, turns, hills and valleys of your life journey?
Are there friends, family or mentors that help you when you hit roadblocks?
How do you manage the changes that need to be made when your map isn't very clear?
Today, may your life map be clear and if you aren't sure which way to go, may you meet someone who has learned how to be a good map reader. Someone willing to sit with you and help you chart the directions you desire to travel.
January 29, 2020
Word For The Day - Rest
As you focus on the word "rest" today, consider what it means to you. Words have power and what we believe about them shapes our daily life more than we realize. Consider these questions as you think about this word.
1. Do I take time to rest when I am tired?
2. What do I actually do when I rest?
3. Am I able to calm my mind when I rest?
4. Does my heart and breath slow when I rest?
5. Do I feel refreshed after I take time to rest?
Today, may you find time to listen to your mind, body and spirit and rest when needed.
January 30, 2020
Word For The Day - Be
Today, as you focus closely on the two letters that make up the word "be", consider what the word means to you. Think of the frequent sentences you hear it in. Is it a powerful word? Here are some sample sentences. Notice the emotions that come to mind.
I am free to be.
Be true to yourself.
Don't be late.
Be kind to yourself.
January 31, 2020
Word For The Day - Explore
On this last day of January, we choose the word "explore".
May your day be filled with wonder as you explore the world today.
Perhaps your exploration path is short and to a place you go each day.
For many of us, that means our place of employment.
Today, may you see with different eyes and hear with different ears.
Eyes that look beyond what you typically see each and every day.
Ears that sense the emotion behind the words.
Perhaps you notice another person struggling.
Lend a hand.
Share a smile.
If you are the person facing challenges, may a kind soul cross your path today.
May your heart feel kindness, compassion and care.