Thursday, September 16, 2010

mind power

Experience is neither good nor bad, but perception makes it so. -Shakespeare

Do we speak things into existence? Do we rule our own destiny? According to Chris Patton, the author of Zen and the Art of Happiness, our perception and reaction to any given situation creates our reality. By viewing a seemingly bad situation as a blessing, one speaks the blessing into existence. Though we may not initially understand the reason things happen, moving forward with a positive attitude will allow positive things to manifest. Our minds are powerful, and when used to their potential, can help us live full, purposeful lives.

Next time you find your strength and patience being challenged, ask yourself if your reaction will prevent things from becoming more negative. We often find ourselves frustrated, our minds cluttered with thoughts and concerns. Recognize your power to change things. Find a quiet place to sit alone, and evaluate the circumstances. Reflect on what you have learned from the experience, and how it may be beneficial to you. It’s okay if you do not reach a resolution at that moment. Just continue to move forward with confidence that the benefit will be revealed.

Dwelling on negative thoughts and experiences allows emotions to surface, clouding our judgment and making it difficult to move forward. Focus on the present moment, evaluate the situation, and decide what steps to take to make improvements.

Our mental programming tells us that situations are “good” or “bad,” and we must reset our thinking, and recognize the power we have to create our reality.

Monday, September 13, 2010

healing waters

The soft, floral scent of chamomile steaming from a cup of tea and the healing touch of hands massaging your tired shoulders, offer rewards that can be sensual and therapeutic. Busy lives and full schedules often make it difficult for us to fully take in these sensory experiences.

Simple and relaxing, a hot bath is an inexpensive luxury with a long list of health benefits. In addition to cleansing, a hot bath can also relieve pain, reduce stress and detoxify. Hydrotherapy, the practice of using water to prevent and heal many health problems, has been around for centureis. Since the human body is made up of over 70% water, taking a moment to acknowledge your personal connection with water can open you up to it's amazing ability to revive and heal.

Next time you soak in a soothing tub of hot water, take time to live in every moment, paying close attention to every detail. Listen to the sound the faucet makes as you turn it, let the water flow, and feel the water with your hands to test the temperature. As you slowly immerse yourself, feet first, into the relaxing tub of of water, lean back, take a few deep breaths and close your eyes.