Start each Day with a Small Delight

“Start each day with a small delight. A steaming mug of coffee with a hint of hazelnut, a chapter from your favourite book, ten minutes of meditation [or writing in your journal]. Having something to look forward to immediately after you get out of bed sets our mood and the tone for the whole day. Plus you’ll be less likely to hit that snooze button.”

~ source: http://www.busygirlblog.com/2012/04/five-tricks.html

Nutella Hazelnut Coffee

  • 8 – 10 oz hot, brewed coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. half and half
  • 2 Tbsp. Hazelnut coffee syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Nutella
  • Whipped Cream

Fill your favorite coffee mug ¾ full (about 8-10 oz.) of hot, freshly brewed coffee. Stir in the half & half, syrup and Nutella. If necessary, use a mini-whisk to thoroughly dissolve the Nutella. Top with whipped cream, and chocolate shavings as a garnish. Enjoy!

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Make a Decision of What you Want

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“Make a decision of what you want,
give your attention there,
find the feeling place of it
- and you’re there instantly.
There is no reason for you to suffer or
struggle your way to or through anything.”

~ Abraham-Hick

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It’s not just that Your Purpose is Joy, it is that You are Joy

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“You are joy, looking for a way to express.
It’s not just that your purpose is joy, it is that you are joy.
You are love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing.
Energy-frolicking and eager.
That’s who you are.
And so, if you’re always reaching for alignment with that,
you’re always on your path,
and your path will take you into all kinds of places.”

~ Abraham-Hicks

 Today’s Mantra: I am joy.

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April 14-15, 2014 – Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse: Opening the Doors for more Happiness in your Life

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“If this eclipse is not going to change something in your life that connects you to your higher purpose, then I’m not sure what will. … Allow yourself to be changed by what’s occurring, because you are going to a better place.” – Goddess Sonja Francis

A total lunar eclipse is set to sweep the skies on April 14-15 and turn the moon a glowing red. This eclipse will be the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 as well as the first in a lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in series.The lunar eclipse will begin at UTC time: April 15, 4:55 am – 10:36 am, (PDT time: April 14, 9:55 pm- April 15th 3:36 am) and will be visible in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the Pacific region. The other three eclipses in the “tetrad” will be in October 2014, April 2015 and September 2015. Griffith Observatory will stream the event live.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon align, causing the Earth’s shadow to fall on the moon, darkening it. The crimson color the moon takes on during an eclipse comes about because of the refraction of sunlight through the Earth’s atmosphere. This, incidentally, is the very same effect that causes sunsets to appear red.

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This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse brings Endings,
Making Way for Better Things to Come

“This lunar eclipse in Libra highlights every aspect of your relationships: Your relationship with yourself, your personal relationships and your business relationships.Eclipses usually indicate endings, sometimes without warning, but they make the way for you to create something better for the future.

Examine your relationships carefully:

  • Where are you making too many compromises?
  • Do you need to be more direct and not beat about the bush?
  • Are any of your relationships past their sell-by date?
  • How are you treating yourself? If you don’t treat yourself well, how can you expect to have good relationships with others?
  • Are you following your dreams or are you following someone else’s dream?

Losses in your life can often be turning points towards greater growth and fulfillment. Yes, we are under the influence of so many Cardinal planets which signify action and changes, so many of you are experiencing life-changing events. As painful as this can often be, keep in mind that this is going to open up new doors and opportunities for you and will lead to more happiness for you in the long run. “

Goddess Barbara Goldsmith 

Today’s Video: A Tetrad Of Lunar Eclipses Starts In April” by Space@NASA.
This is a very scientific and very nerdy video clip (3:34 min) but with interesting information and it explains well how the moon is going to turn red.

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sources:
http://yourastrologysigns.com/
http://rt.com/news/blood-moon-total-eclipse-585/ http://www.astrologercoach.com/blog/Weekly+Astrology+Forecasts.aspx
http://www.space.com/25462-total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-complete-coverage.html

 

 

 

 

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I Want to Live Simply

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“I want to live simply. I want to sit by the window when it rains and read books I’ll never be tested on. I want to paint because I want to, not because I’ve got something to prove. I want to listen to my body, fall asleep when the moon is high and wake up slowly, with no place to rush off to. I want not to be governed by money or clocks or any of the artificial restraints that humanity imposes on itself. I just want to be, boundless and infinite.”

~ unknown author

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21 Tips to Stress Less and Feel Underwhelmed

Canoe on Lake, Bow Lake, Alberta, Canada

by Luzia Light

1. Say No when you need to.

2. What is important to you? Do more of that.

3. Make a list of what needs to be done, then do one thing at a time.

4. Call a friend and meet him/her for a walk or coffee or both. Talking and walking is excellent therapy.

5. Surround yourself with reminders of what you love. Framed photos, mementos, special jewellery, posters, flyers, lists, affirmations on post-it notes, favourite music, candles, river rocks from your last vacation, etc.

6. What do you like to do for fun? Make time for that.

7. Go to bed earlier. zzzzzzz.

8. De-clutter your life. Get rid of things, situations, people who don’t nourish your soul. Make room for the life you love!

9. Practice compassion – for yourself and others. Forgive, forget, let go!

10. End the day well. Create an end of the day ritual that is relaxing, comforting and fun.

11. Do one thing now you’ve been putting off.

12. Take time for yourself. Schedule time everyday for yourself and plan something you really love to do, maybe it’s doing nothing or maybe it’s spending time reading, knitting or running. Know what makes you happy, what comforts you and nourishes your soul and make time for that.

13. Write it down: What exactly is stressing you out? Make a list. Then brainstorm ideas to eliminate your stress factors.

14. Meditate. Ask questions in your mind and be open to receiving divine inspiration. You can simply ask: What do I need to know today? Then listen for insights.

15. Do a coffee or tea meditation. Simply sit down in your favourite chair when you have some alone time, maybe very early in the morning before everyone else is getting up. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Then just sit for 20 minutes and do absolutely nothing. Just let your mind think whatever it wants to think, let your thoughts flow by. Release your worries, let go of everything that doesn’t feel good.

16. Listen to relaxing music. Like this video below with music by Andreas Vollenweider playing the electric harp. Magical! Or cruise on youtube for relaxation music you really dig. Listen, close your eyes, take a deep breath and let all your stress and worries wash away.

17. See the bigger picture. Whatever it is that is stressing you out today, will this matter a week from now? A month? A year? If it’s something you can’t really control, chant this mantra: “It is what it is.” or: “This, too, shall pass.”

18. Organize your office. Back up your computer files. Make copies of important papers. Throw out paperwork that’s obsolete. Empty your inbox on the computer and on your desk.

19. Organize your finances. 1. Find out where you stand financially. 2.Draw up a budget. 3. Pay off your debt. 4. Use your credit wisely. 5. Start saving. click here for more tips 

20. Get away from it all. Plan a weekend getaway to take a step back from the chaos and stress in your life. It’s your personal ‘time out’. Removing yourself from a situation might be all you need to center yourself again and be able to handle all of your challenges with renewed energy and enthusiasm when you get back.

21. Take a look at the picture above and imagine yourself standing there. I am naming this picture: “What was I worried about again?”

Today’s Video: Behind the Gardens/Behind the Wall/Under the Tree – Andreas Vollenweider

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10 Ways to Help you Stop Negative Thoughts

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by Luzia Light 

“If you’re not thinking a negative thought, then your vibration will raise to its natural positive place.” ~ Abraham-Hicks

I love this quote by Abraham. It rings so true. Isn’t it amazing that in order to live a happy life, you don’t even have to actively do anything, nothing! All you need to do is stop the negative thinking. Not that this is an easy task, not at all, but it’s still not doing something, it’s the absence of doing something. It’s a bad habit you need to eliminate. It doesn’t take any time to do, it frees up more time to think productive, positive thoughts instead. Also consider this: negative thoughts only feel bad because they are not in alignment with who you really are. They really are just road signs to let you know: Wrong way! Adjust course! So, how do we adjust the course? How can we stop our negative thoughts? Here are some ideas.

10 Ways to Help you Stop Negative Thoughts

1. Go to Pinterest and create a folder and name it something like ‘things that make me happy’ or ‘things that I love’ and then go to the “Everything” section of Pinterest, look for things you love and start pinning. Or think of things you love, then type them in the search box and pin away. If you don’t like Pinterest, get some old magazines and look for images that make you happy and create a collage or a ‘Happiness Book’.

2. Write a list right now of everything that is working in your life, of things you like just the way they are, of things you don’t want to change.

3. Think of 100 things, people, situations, memories, foods, drinks etc. you are grateful for. Write a list or just count them with a friend, your spouse or your kids (or someone else’s kids – kids are good that!).

4. Display beautiful artwork. Go through your home and check all of the pictures you have hanging on the walls. How do they make you feel? Make sure you only hang photos, paintings and prints that reflect the vision you have for your life. Display photos of happy vacations and all the people in the life that you love. Frame a favourite quote or affirmation. Doing this will ensure you think happy thoughts at least when you look at your art.

5. Watch a happy movie. That most likely will be a comedy, but documentaries count if the subject matter is positive and happy. No bittersweet romance movies! The rule is, there are no dead bodies in this movie anywhere (with the possible exception of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, somehow they made death seem like a natural and kind of comical part of life!)

6. Cut off your negative thoughts mid-sentence. Whenever you hear yourself think or say something negative, cut off your thought mid-sentence and replace it with the opposite. So, if you start to think: O, God, I hate my job and don’t want to go to work today’, cut it off and say or think instead: ‘ O, God, I love my job and can’t wait to get to work today. Wonderful things will happen.’ Even if the opposite may not be the truth, if you keep doing this, your vibration will shift tremendously and your life can’t help but bring you wonderful things. I did this once for a whole month, it was hard work, really, but my life changed 180 degrees, by the end of the month I had a great job, a cute boyfriend, I had made new friends, and I felt really happy for the first time in a long time. Give this a try!

7. Just for today, I will not worry. Worries are a major part of negative thinking. Lists of worries can be literally endless. No matter how great your life is, you can always find something to worry about, it’s amazing isn’t it? Like, What if my car breaks down today? What if I get this horrible disease that’s been going around? What if breathing gives me cancer? What if my child gets hurt? What if I never lose weight? What if I get stuck in this elevator and have no food or water for hours? What if….. it’s endless, really. So, just stop it! Worries give you something to do, but they do nothing for you. Whenever you begin a worry thought, say: “That’s a story that doesn’t need to happen.” or “Delete! Delete!” or “Don’t go there, ____ (insert your name)”.

8. Your body has the amazing ability to heal itself. If you have any recurring negative thoughts about your health – as most people do, I’m sure – say or think this affirmation: “My body has the amazing ability to heal itself.” This is not a wishful thinking affirmation, it is the honest-to-goodness truth!

9. Turn off the news. Watching news on television or online can really change your mood for the worse. News are almost always bad and film footage is almost always sensationalized and dramatized. They’re like mini-horror movies that you watch every day just before you go to sleep. A good alternative might be to either read a newspaper or listen to the news on the radio, that way you can remain more emotionally detached. It really makes a big difference. Or counteract the bad news by subscribing to a good news website (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/good-news). Talking about cancer and the destruction of the environment only creates frustration and anxiety. I wish the world would talk more about solutions, like new healing methods and alternative energy resources. That would create positive thinking!

10. Let go and let God/Goddess/AllThatIs. When you feel overwhelmed with everything that is going wrong in your life right now, stop trying to figure it out all by yourself. Ask for divine help and guidance. Trust that you are taken care of. When you let go of the resistance – which could be thoughts like: I don’t deserve help. I’m not worthy. etc. – and believe that God/Goddess/AllThatIs is Love and therefore doesn’t judge you ever and will never join you in your effort to create a negative self-image, then you will remember your connection to the divine and begin to heal and feel great again. Release your negative ego and embrace your inner light. Let your inner light expand out into your entire life!

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