This Thanksgiving Allow Yourself to Be Grateful for Your Body

How often do you take the time to show gratitude to your body? That is our container for this wonderful journey here on Earth at this time. Take a few minutes to relax with Mark Ryan as he takes you on a peaceful guided meditation.

I hope you enjoyed this meditation. I’d love to hear your comments on it! Did it help?

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Be who you are

Have you ever changed who you were based upon someone else? And I’m not talking about the extreme end of that. You know the ones that change their whole lives around for another person? I just mean did you go along with some way of living or way of believing or way of doing that wasn’t authentic to yourself? We all do this. Some of us do it for short spans of time. Like as children with parents who have their own ideas of who and what we should be. Or a teacher that insisted on sticking us into some sort of box that never quite felt true to our core being. How about the pastor who insisted what was right or wrong? We’ve all dated or even married someone and followed along with their ways of life just because it was easier to ‘keep the peace’. We have all watched something take place and haven’t stood up for our beliefs. We’ve allowed this to go on in our lives. But why? What good comes from living a fake life? It doesn’t. You were born to be a specific being and you can be that person you know you were meant to be. How can you live your true authentic life? Just do it. Ha, sounds easy right? Wouldn’t everyone be their true selves if it were so easy? Of course we know it isn’t easy. Even the most enlightened peopl,e on and beyond this current life, have had to work on it. So let’s discuss this further so we can all get on a better path, closer to our truth.

What Makes You Come Alive?
Is it helping others? Is it being in nature? Is it being alone? Is it singing? Is it writing? Is it being active?
Write down several of your favorite things to do. Also write down things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet done for whatever reason. Write them down even if you have no idea how you will ever be able to do those things. Try to write at least 50 things. The things that truly make your heart soar!

What Does Your Ideal Day or Week Resemble?
Really think about this one. Write it out. Allow yourself to feel the feelings, see the vision, live that life. Add as many details as possible to make it more real to you.

How Can You Live That Life?
It might be that you are just going to stay true to who you are not make any drastic life changes. It might be that now you see a desire for a major shift in life. Perhaps a new career, a new location, traveling? Meeting new people, etc. Go with that. Be you. Explore. Learn. Live. Laugh. Love. Just Be.

What Is Holding You Back?
What are you afraid of? Work it out. Let it go. Find the positive. Go, do it!

So now, tell me, what will you be doing?

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The Danger of Comparing and Judging

Stop comparing yourself to others
Stop comparing yourself to others
We all judge to certain degrees. We judge those that we don’t approve of. We judge those that we think have more than they deserve. We compare ourselves to our friends, family & even our own children.

But what does one accomplish by judging and comparing? Nothing good. To be clear I’m not advocating that we forget to use discernment in life. Yes, I want you to judge the oncoming driver of the car straight ahead & adjust as needed. But no, I don’t want you to live each day comparing yourself to anyone other than yourself. Please do work to be better than you were yesterday. But not in comparison to others.

One major issue with judging is that no one really knows someone else’s true story. That happy family on your facebook wall is really dealing with an impending divorce because that ‘perfect husband’ has a drinking problem and gets violent. That single lady that travels the world and loves life is actually just escaping her misery from a failed marriage after they tried for years to have babies. That jerk that cut you off in traffic just received a phone call that his wife is in the ER and might not make it long enough for him to get there.

These are just examples of what might be going on with other people. And they may be true stories or fabrications but we don’t know now do we? We can’t assume that someone’s life is better than ours and we can’t assume that their life is worse. Why would you possibly want to live life in a constant state of comparison and judgment? I’m not saying it will be easy and you’ll have to work at it every day but if you just stop judging and wondering and simply focus on yourself, your family, your career, your spiritual, mental & physical self won’t you accomplish so much more and be so much happier for it?

Sure, learn from others but always make sure you know what you are actually learning. Take time to be with yourself or one with nature or in a religious setting if you choose. Find out who you are and what makes you happy and then go and do that. Just because the Jones’ next door appear to only be happy when they are entertaining and buying new things doesn’t mean that is the life for you. Perhaps you enjoy your quiet alone time. Or maybe you are happiest free and traveling the world alone. Don’t worry about what others seek for their happiness just learn to follow your passions, intuitions and ultimate happiness.

Be inspired by what could be but never dwell on it. Focus on what you want and so it will be!

“The grass is greener where you water it!”

Help others when you can, love, live & be happy!!!

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What happens when a homeless man named Danny interrupts Carlos Whittaker

I happened upon this video today and thought it was happiness worthy. Do you think so too? Feel free to share it with your friends as well.

Also check out an update article from Carlos’s website:
http://ragamuffinsoul.com/2013/11/update-on-danny-my-homeless-friend/

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Seven Ways to Increase Your Happiness and Contentment in 2014

  1. Set a goal for yourself this year that you know you can achieve, but will still challenge you.  When you meet a goal you set for yourself, you feel such a sense of achievement.  If it’s not a challenge to you though, that sense of achievement will be much less.  If it’s too hard for you, you might give up before even getting started.  The ideal goal is one you have to work to achieve, but not so much that you are intimidated.

2.  Let go of a goal that isn’t something that you really want, but have been holding onto for awhile now.  Think about something that you have been saying for maybe years now that you are working on, but your heart isn’t in it.  It is constantly hanging over your head and might make you feel guilty for not having achieved it yet.  Maybe it’s going back to school, studying for a certification, learning a new skill, etc.  It could be anything, but if you have been working on it for awhile and haven’t made any progress, think if this is something that your heart is really in.  If it’s not, letting go of that goal will be a huge relief and increase your happiness in 2014.  It will be a huge weight off your shoulders that you might not even realize is there.

3.  Do something fun everyday.  I recently found an app called “1 second Everyday.”  You take a video everyday and choose a one second clip to have as your clip of the day.  At the end of the year you will have a vision of each day of your life to re-watch.  The creator of the app said it significantly increased his fun in life because he sought out things to do each day that would be memorable to record.  Things he normally would have passed up on he took the time to do and record.  He has done this for two years now and with this app we can take part too.

4.  Create a budget and stick to it. Imagine a life without financial stress.  In 2010, I made a New Years Resolution to follow Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.  It was life changing. I learned the power of having a budget and paying off any debt you might have.  I had always thought a budget would feel limiting.  However, what I found is quite the opposite. Each month you budget a certain amount for a variety of categories.  As long as you still have money left in that particular category for the month, you can buy without guilt.  You always know how much money you have and can live a full life without stressing about if you can afford it. You always know where you stand.  Plus it helps you pay off any debt you have so later you can have more money to do what you want with.  The snowball method of paying of debt is quite powerful and if you fully commit, you can pay off debt faster than you ever imagined.  The key is having the budget.

5.  Learn something new.  Think about how excited a child gets when they learn how to do something new.  They are so thrilled and proud of themselves.  They want to do it over and over and show it off to others.  You don’t have to lose this as an adult.  Think of something you would like to learn, a new language, how to cook, how to garden, how to sew, how to paint a room, etc.  There are endless options.  Think of what you would like and learn it.  You could combine this with number 1 and set a goal of learning something new.  Just don’t make it ambiguous.  Determine exactly what you want to learn before you set the goal.

6.  Simplify your life.  Only keep things in your life that are meaningful to you.  This is in terms of possessions, activities, and maybe even people.  Be mindful during the day.  Stay focused on the present.  This is easier to do when a million things that you really don’t need or want don’t surround you.  Don’t overschedule yourself or your family.  Take time to really enjoy what you are doing, not thinking about where you have to go next.

7.  Decide this is the year to be happy.  No one or nothing can make you happy.  You get to make that decision for yourself.  Don’t trick yourself into thinking “I will be happy when ­­…”.  That might give you a short boost, but you will go back to your previous happiness set point pretty quickly.  Live in the present, practice gratitude, and find ways to have fun no matter what is going on in your life.

 

Here’s to the best year of your life!  It’s up to you. 

 

Written by Kimberly Taliaferro

I have written 2 e-books on healthy living.

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Kim Taliaferro

Kim has been a frequent contributor here at JoinHappiness.com.

Kimberly Taliaferro lives in Jacksonville Beach, FL with her husband Mark and 2 adorable dogs, Lucy and Charlie.

I have always enjoyed writing since I was a little girl. I have dabbled in blogging on and off over the years. I have thought many times about writing a book, but decided to jump in full force this year after learning about self publishing. I love researching and sharing my knowledge with my readers.

I am very passionate about green living. I am a firm believer in taking care of the only body you will get. I love doing yoga, eating organically, walking on the beach with my pups, going to Disney World and enjoying being alive. We get one life and we need to live every day to the fullest. I hope I can encourage my readers to do the same thing.

Kim Taliaferro

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It is easy to be happy