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Write down 10 things you wish you could do today.  Do not include things you should do… Only include things you want to do…

Do 1 of the 10 things and write down or ponder how it felt to indulge in one of your wishes…

Feel free to comment on the task… 🙂

I just visited a friend’s blog who is living out her passion!!! What a wonderful way to spend your energy… Doing something you love…

www.saralattisstone.com

What’s your passion? What do you love to do? How did you find it?

Well let me just tell you I am excited… I feel like I had a productive week and well we should all celebrate our wins big or small…

For one thing… if we talk about positive change in our lives then we feel energized… motivated… excited…

So I’ve decided to make Fridays… SHARE YOUR WINS…

Everybody is invited to post a win, achievement, or positive action which they would like to receive acknowledgement for!

I’ll start… 🙂

I’ve nursed my feverish son to health with the least amount of medicine necessary to keep the fever from going too high!

I’ve networked, picked a schedule for social networking sites and well stood my ground by saying no without feeling guilty when I felt like my family was more  important…

Even the little things are WINS… Wins are gains or changes which move us towards happiness…  Everybody has different wins… don’t be afraid to share…

“Love the Life you life…”

And in the words of my colleague…

“Life is a gift, untie the knot”

Buddha: Consider others as yourself.

Jesus: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Hello…

It’s been a little while… I’ve been doing some pretty intense changes in my life and moving towards happiness! It feels great! I feel wonderful, stable, and alive…

So in the past year or so I’ve been reading many many books including spiritual, religious, and self-help books and I’ve come to the realization that I am a practicing Catholic who seems to understand basic Buddhist ideas…
In one of the many books I’ve read by Thich Naht Nahn, Thay (as he is known) states that you shall not abandon your maternal church. He goes on to explain that Christians and Buddhists have many things in common and/or similar beliefs so why not incorporate some of the Buddhist teachings into our spirituality.

It sounded interesting and possible at the time… so then I chose to read “Living Buddha, Living Christ” to understand more about the similarities and differences between Christians and Buddhists.

I was very surprised to see the connection between Christianity and Buddhism.

It actually confirmed my suspicion that many religions have similar ideals or beliefs that are expressed in different ways.

Once again, I felt drawn to Buddhism and felt comfortable with the connections and/or different terminology expressed between Christianity and Buddhism.

In fact I prefer to think of negative energy rather than sin, evil, or the devil… I love the idea of positive energy, the Holy Spirit, enlightenment, Jesus…

After this, we took a family vacation to Thailand… where the majority of the population practice Buddhism. It was fascinating to see how much reverence and honor Buddhist Thais exhibited in their Temples.

I felt at awe and at peace when I encountered Buddhist monks and entered the Buddhist Temples.

It was as if a I felt a positive energy, a love, a newfound peace while paying my respects to Buddha at a Buddhist Temple.

The same positive energy, love, and newfound peace I felt 10 years ago when I visited the Vatican…

The same positive energy, love, and newfound peace I’ve always felt when I’ve entered any Catholic Church to pray for that matter…

I’ve even been able to find it during Savasana after I practice yoga…

So now I am reading a book called “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama himself… I love the book… I am only in Part 2 of the book and still have to finish reading… but as I finished reading Part 1 it occurred to me…

Can a practicing Catholic practice Buddhism at the same time?

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

-Albert Schweitzer

Here I am thinking about how my life has changed in the past year!   One year… that’s such a short time for such big changes occurred in my life and my wellbeing!

I feel great!  I feel happy!  I feel in control!  I feel like I am creating the life I desire to live!  I am on the path to my true heart’s desire!

How wonderful is that?

I can honestly say that I am grateful for everything and everyone I encounter in my life at this time.  I have been grateful for the rain, my family, my home, and my teachers!

Looking back and reflecting I’ve come to realize that changing your attitude about life and your experiences really does make a difference in the unfolding of your life!

The more grateful you become through your journey of self discovery; the more comfortable you feel in your own skin!
The more affirmations you give yourself; the more wonderful things begin to happen!  All you have to do is ask, intend, or wish!

You see last year I was very unhappy.  I was sad.  I cried uncontrollably with strangers I didn’t even know.  I was out of my element.  I was out of control.  All this made the rest of my family unstable and unhappy as well.

I began seeing a therapist who helped me through a crisis of depression and supported me through my self discovery and exploration.  She helped me realize that some of my emotions weren’t really my emotions.  They were emotions that were handed down to me from others.

As I began to re-learn how to say no and honor my desires, I began to grow in all areas of my life.  I began to understand where these emotions were from and how to deal with them on a level I was comfortable.

My attitude began to change.  My life began to change.  Miracles, blessings, desires, and wishes have all begun to come true.

It took hard work and determination.  I had to go against the grain; against my habits.  It was well worth it!

Some things I have done to help myself along:

1. Pray everyday (not just sometimes)

2. Be grateful everday (not just when I remember to)

3. Say “Thank you” (even if its to my husband for taking out the trash or to my son for following directions)

4. Meditation

5. Time for nuturing myself (a SELF playdate: no friends or loved ones invited)

6. I engaged in DEEP LISTENING (really concentrate on the conversations I have with others)

7. I practice loving speech (work in progress!)

8.  Avoid negative energy, triangulation (in other words: gossip)

9.  Remove my self from uncomfortable situations or places.

10. Eat healthy and exercise (increase veggies, decrease meats, increase organic and natural foods)

11. Practice yoga, Reiki, and other forms of relaxation, stress-reduction, and natural healing!

I am grateful to all my teachers, guides, angels, and supportive high energy people who have cheered me along.  I am able to really listen to my higher self and trust in my higher self to guide me to my true heart’s desire.

It’s a blessing to have experienced such pain; without that experience I would not have known what happiness is!
Love and Light… Peace and Love…

Positive Energy sent to all those who read my blog!