Winter Solstice: Welcoming Light and Love into our Lives

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by Luzia Light

The other day I read a quote and don’t remember it exactly but the sentiment was: ‘Life is too short to do things you don’t like doing.’ Amen to that. Winter Solstice is a perfect time for letting go of unwanted things in your life. Out with the old, in with the new. I also came across some of Gabrielle Bernstein’s work lately and she emphasizes that we all need to replace fear with love, and that this seemingly simple act will basically solve all our problems. Sounds about right.

So, now that the darkest nights are behind us and light is entering our days again more and more, let’s let go of our fears, our fear-based behaviours, our fear-based old habits, our fear-based holding on to possessions, maybe even relationships, and turn towards the light, towards love and see what awaits there. Where do we need to make changes and shift things? A fear-based behaviour could be holding on to a job you don’t really like out of fear that you can’t pay your bills. Is it time to find a better solution? A better suited job? Work that you actually love? If your work is based on love, not fear, you’ll be on the path to happiness.

Ask yourself: If I chose love, what would be different? Just for today (or this week) go through your day thinking about love, then whatever you do, see, hear, say, hold in your hands or are asked to do etc., think about if this is something that is based in love or fear – or anything other than love, leaning towards fear: anger, frustration, resentment, boredom, despair, desperation, jealousy, depression, anxiety etc. Become aware of when you don’t feel good and see if you can choose love and do something differently. If I choose love, then what will happen? What would be different?

If I choose to love myself, do I still want to eat that second donut? If I choose love, do I still walk past that homeless person on the street without wishing him well; maybe just mentally sending him blessings? If I choose love, do I still wear those old ‘good enough’ clothes or wear something beautiful that makes me feel radiant and confident? If I choose love, do I scold my kids for their mistakes or be compassionate and patient instead? If I choose love, do I spent money on something I don’t’ really need or put it in my savings account until I have enough for a soul-nurturing vacation?

If you fear that you don’t have money to pay your bills (or buy Christmas presents!), infuse your thoughts with love by saying to yourself “I love money”. If you fear that you will never lose weight or you’re afraid to get sick, say to yourself “I love my body.” If you are looking for your soul mate and fear that you will never find him or her, fill your heart with love by thinking “I love my soul mate.”

Making significant changes in your life is not about depriving yourself but about adding love to your life. The only thing you will be depriving yourself of is fear. Changing your life is about choosing love in every area of your life. Out with the old fears and in with new love, more love. What your life needs now is love, sweet love.

Today’s Mantra:  I choose love instead of fear.

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Today’s Video: What the World Needs Now is Love – Dionne Warwick

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The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

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The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

by Luzia Light

  1. Relaxing. Relax, Restore, Rejuvenate, Revive. Sleep, nap, meditate, lounge around in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and a frivolous magazine.
  1. Taking Me Time. Doing only what you absolutely love to do all day long, as often as you can. You may or may not be productive, but you’ll be happy. When your happy, wonderful things begin to happen to you without you doing anything.
  1. Il Dolce Far Niente – The pleasure of doing absolutely nothing. Just nothing, not reading, not internet surfing, not checking your phone or emails, not eating or drinking anything, not waiting for anything, just doing nothing but being here right now in the moment. You are here.
  1. Stopping to Smell the Roses – and the coffee and watching the sun rise and reading a book, and stopping to live a little …. or a lot. Feeling the sun and the wind on your face and smelling the fresh air. Awaken to your senses. Breathe deeply. Feel alive.
  1. Hugging. Cuddling with your children or your lover or your pets. Have blankets and pillows near by, listen to low-key music. Feel the love and the warmth.
  1. Eating and drinking. Sitting down and taking your time to really enjoy a meal. Order some wine with lunch. Have dessert. Leisurely savour your food. Cook a meal and share it with someone you love. Eat and drink slowly and mindfully. Be present, in the moment. Taste the textures, the sweetness, the variety of spices.
  1. Enjoying art in its many forms. Looking at paintings in a gallery, listening to music at concert, reading poetry, admiring a landscape or cloud formation in nature, appreciating beautiful architecture and design. Being surrounded by beauty and harmony.

The 8th Habit:

  1. Laughing. “Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny.” ~ Joan Rivers

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Today’s Mantra: It’s okay to be ineffective and unproductive. It’s okay to accomplish nothing. It’s all right.

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Today’s Video: Alan Watts – The Beauty of Nothingness

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The Simplicity Guide to the Holidays

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Easy Holiday Decorating

• strings of white lights create a magical festive look anywhere. Try your entrance way, window frames, mirrors, houseplants or try spelling LOVE or PEACE with your lights or hang them in a shape of a heart or star on the wall.

• Gather pine cones or chestnuts in the forest or park and display them in a bowl or vase.

• Cut fir, spruce or cedar branches in the forest, park or your garden and place them in a vase with water. Hang some Christmas ornaments, If you bend a piece of wire or paper clip as a hook, you can hang anything sparkly on the branches (keys, buttons, earrings etc.)

• Tie cedar branches to your banister, cover the fire place mantel or place them around candle holders on your dinner table.

• Gather some small river rocks and place them on a plate around one or several pillar candles.

• Light candles all over your home. Take a tumbler or mason jar, cover bottom with cranberries or small rocks, add a short pillar candle or tea lights to create a magical sparkle.

• Get some blankets and throw them non-chalantly over a couch or an armchair for extra coziness.

• Replace white pillows, candles, table cloths with burgundy red or forest green. 

• Get a real spruce or fir Christmas tree in a plant pot and set it free in the spring. Plant it in your garden or a friend’s garden if you don’t have your own. Or keep it on the balcony until next holiday season. 

Delicious Non-Alcoholic Cocktails for the Holidays

Pink Grapefruit Margarita

2 tablespoons coloured sanding sugar
1 lime
6 teaspoons pomegranate syrup or grenadine
1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice

Place sanding sugar in a shallow dish or plate. Slice six thin rounds from the middle of lime; set aside. Rub lime wedge around rims of six glasses; dip each rim in sugar to coat. Pour 1 teaspoon pomegranate syrup into bottom of each glass. Place grapefruit juice and 2 cups ice cubes in a blender. Process on high speed until ice is crushed. Pour frozen mixture into glasses, and stir to combine with syrup. Garnish with reserved lime rounds, and serve immediately.

Pomegranate Soda

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
Club soda, for serving
Maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and juice; bring to a boil over high, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Reduce to a simmer; cook, without stirring, until mixture is syrupy, about 2 minutes. (To store, refrigerate syrup up to 1 week; adjust consistency with water, if necessary.) To serve: Fill 8 glasses with ice. Pour 2 tablespoons syrup in each glass, and top with club soda. Garnish with cherries, if desired.

Mulled Apple Cider

2 quarts apple cider (8 cups)
4 strips lemon zest
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole star anise (optional)
1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
1 teaspoon whole cloves

In a large saucepan, bring cider, lemon zest, and spices to a boil; cover, and remove from heat. Let steep at least 20 minutes (or up to 4 hours). Ladle carefully into mugs, leaving most of the solids behind. 

Easy Holiday Gift Giving

This year give the gift of wonderful life experiences, rather than things. You can always buy more things, but life experiences shared with the people you love create memories that last a life time. Consider gift cards or self made coupons for restaurant dinners, concerts, the theater, hockey games, weekend getaways etc.

Make a Holiday Kit
In a basket collect some or all of the following:

scented xmas candles
pine cones

walnuts, hazelnuts and a nutcracker
home-baked cookies
holiday napkins
holiday music – create your own collection
holiday mugs – fill with dark chocolates or cookies
hot chocolate ingredients: cocoa, sugar, vanilla, add the recipe
mulled wine or apple cider mix: cloves, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, star anise, lemon

3 – Step Holiday Dinner

Step 1: You bake the bird. The end.

Step 2: Ask all the guests to bring one bottle of wine and a dish. Assign the dishes you need: appetizers, gravy, stuffing, salad, dessert etc.

Step 3: Recite Mantra: “I choose to live in Easy World where everything is easy.” (~ Julia Rogers Hamrick)

Holiday Cards

Make your own holiday cards. Save a tree and go digital.

Internet search: Holiday Cards. Download. Add heartfelt holiday greetings and email to all the people in your life you love.

Take a picture of your beautiful family and pets and make that your e-card. Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Awesomeness

  1. Getting a Christmas card from someone you thought you lost touch with.
  1. Walking into a grocery store and seeing the first shipment of eggnog.
  1. When that kid crying in the mall isn’t your kid.
  1. The first big snowfall of the season.
  1. When strangers wish you happy holidays.
  1. The smell of a fresh Christmas tree.
  1. When construction cranes get Christmas lights on them.
  1. Staring into a fire.
  1. Ripping your present open like a wild animal.
  1. Staying in your pajamas all day.
  1. When your guests do the dishes even after you told them not to.
  1. Digging a hole in your mashed potatoes and filling it up with gravy.

from: ‘The Book of Holiday Awesome’ by Neil Pasricha

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Today’s Video: David Garrett – Christmas Lullaby

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It’s Soul Week

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by Luzia Light

“The only obligation, in any lifetime, is to be true to yourself.” – Richard Bach

Dedicate this week to your beautiful soul, or if you can’t dedicate the whole week, make it any part thereof; maybe the weekend, or an afternoon that you take off from work or an evening that you have to yourself because you canceled an unpleasant event you didn’t really have to go to. Take some time this week to connect and listen to your soul’s yearnings.

SOULUTIONS
Find Soulutions to your life’s challenges! Take some time to sit down with a pen and notebook and ask your soul for “soulutions” to the challenges you are currently facing. Start with the 4 main life categories:

Love
Money
Career
Health

If you are still and listen to your soul, what does s/he have to say? What are your soul’s soulutions?

SOUL HABITS
What unhealthy habits do you just know you have to let go off? And what healthy habits would be nurturing your soul on a daily basis? Maybe taking time to go for a 20 minute walk in the park? Maybe adding more vegetables to your meals? Maybe going to bed earlier so you get your 7-8 hours of sleep? What new habits would be in alignment with your soul?

SOUL MATES
Soul mates are not necessarily the people you marry, but can also be wonderful relationships with friends, family members or neighbours. Let your soul decide who s/he wants to hang out with this week. If your soul had words, what would s/he say? Who does your soul really want to spend some time with? Who is your soul sister or brother?

SOUL SEARCHING
Immerse yourself in some soul searching. Meditate, go somewhere to a cafe and journal, go to a bookstore or library and find a book that deeply resonates with your soul. Let your soul pick out a book for you. Get some magical card deck, like angel cards or a tarot deck and let your soul choose the cards that reflect what is really going on deep inside of you. Get to know your self. Go on an inner journey.

SOUL NURTURING ACTIVITIES
Simply ask your soul: What is it you want to do or experience this week? See what comes up. Here are some ideas for activities your soul may enjoy:

Do a Braindump! Take a piece of paper or notebook and start writing away. Don’t hold back. Write down absolutely everything that is on your mind. From things to do to people you’re upset with, anything that is floating around in your precious brain ….There, that’s better!

Forgive someone. Try the ho’onopono method of simply saying in your mind: “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” It’s very healing and will soothe your soul. Check out this link that tells Joe Vitale’s story of how he discovered ho’onopono.

Love yourself. Forgive yourself for your mistakes and give yourself a pat on the shoulder. You’re doing okay! You are enough. You have enough. You do enough.

Start a Self-Care Fund – Save money in a jar to buy yourself a treat every once in a while, like a manicure or a restaurant dinner etc.

Sleep in. Take naps.

Have a massage, mani/pedi, facial

Go where there is music and listen to a live band or go dancing.

Enjoy a walk in your town’s art gallery or museum.

Go for a walk in nature. Enjoy the sun, wind, fresh air. Just breathe really deeply.

Have wonderful, rejuvenating, fun and soulful week!

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Today’s Video: Who Will Save Your Soul – by Goddess Jewel

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Create your own Path towards Happiness

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“If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness. Don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again, I promise.”

- ‘Gilmore Girls’

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How to Connect with your Inner Power

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by Luzia Light

“Power means to me: standing strongly in your own center and living from your heart.” – SARK

Purpose
What do you like to do for fun? What activities fill you with joy and excitement? What comes naturally? Who do you admire and why? Live your life purposefully and know that to just be is enough. You are enough. You are here on this planet and that is plenty of purpose already.

Pursuit of Happiness
“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” – Stacey Charter

Personal Fulfillment
“I have seen business moguls achieve their ultimate goals but still live in frustration, worry, and fear. What’s preventing these successful people from being happy? The answer is they have focused only on achievement and not fulfillment. Extraordinary accomplishment does not guarantee extraordinary joy, happiness, love, and a sense of meaning. These two skill sets feed off each other, and make me believe that success without fulfillment is failure. Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”  – Tony Robbins

Positivity
Use positive affirmations. Don’t focus on what you don’t want. Stop complaining. Focus instead on what you do want: money, health, a fabulous career and lots of love. Be open and receptive to answers and solutions. Get yourself in a happy place and watch everything in your life fall into place.

Peace
Cultivate inner and outer peace. Meditate every day to find your own inner peace and serenity. Let go of resistance and anxiety. Know that you are divinely taken care of.

Presence
Live in the moment. Be mindful. Don’t dread the future, dont’ repeat the past. Have integrity, walk your talk.

Passion
Do what you love as often as you possibly can. Always tune into your gut feeling. If it feels good, then it’s the right thing to do. Consistently ask yourself: What feels good? What do I want? What do I really want? What makes me feel alive?

Practical Intuition
“When you have a decision to make and want to use your intuition, try this exercise: Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and, if possible, get into a calm, peaceful place. Remain quiet as you allow yourself to feel your physical body. [If there is any tension or discomfort] just notice it without trying to change it or make it go away. Place your hand over your heart. Bring to mind someone or something that you love. Listen to the wisdom of your heart. What is it saying about this situation or decision? Observe your thoughts rather than debating or analyzing them. Trust that you are receiving wise guidance from your intuition. Your answer may simply be to wait, to act or to gather more information. When you feel ready open your eyes. Is there anything you feel prompted to do right now? If so, do it. If not, stay centered. Intuitive information often comes when you least expect it! You might feel guided to pick up a specific book and find your answer there. You might turn on the radio at just the right time and hear an interview that addresses your concerns. The Universe has all sorts of amazing ways to guide you. Be patient and trust that all that you need is being provided.” – Lynn A. Robinson

Pause
To find your power you need to stop from hurrying and rushing and stand still sometime. Just be with yourself. Enjoy some alone time. Go within. Breathe deeply. Feel the connection to the life energy that is all around you and that you are part of.

Party
Celebrate your life. Have fun, savour the happy moments, be grateful for all the good in your life. Acknowledge how awesome it is to be alive. Celebrate with the people you love. Dance, sing, eat, drink, be merry.

Personal Power
Stand in your power. Do not be a victim, choose instead to acknowledge your divine heritage and that the Universe always has your back.

Power of Love
“Faith is power. It keeps you from sinking into victim consciousness and lifts you to positivity, which attracts more positive outcomes. Your faith in love doesn’t determine love’s power but it does determine whether or not you will experience that power.” – Marianne Williamson

Planning your Life
You are the creator of your life. You may feel like a helpless victim at times, but you have a lot more power over your life then you may realize. If you have health issues, live a healthier lifestyle. Make a plan. What would that look like for you? Trust that your body can heal itself. If you have money issues, keep track of your income and expenses. Make a plan. Ask a financial advisor, open a savings account and name it ‘Financial Freedom’. Go back to school and get a better job. There are always solutions. If you have issues with love relationships, love yourself first. Be good to yourself. Treat yourself like you want others to treat you. If you are caring and kind to yourself, you will attract people who will treat you in the same way. To find love, love yourself first. Design your life how YOU want it to be to the best of your abilities. Take a first step. You’ve got the Power!

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Create an Organization Station in your Home

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by Luzia Light

Dedicate a space somewhere in your home to capture the bits and pieces of life that are happening right now and can’t be filed away just yet. It’s a revolving display of miscellaneous documentation, a communication center for the goings on of life. Dedicate a wall or a corner by your entrance or in the kitchen of your home or any other place you pass by often. An organization station is really great for big families, but even if you live by yourself, it creates a lot of simplicity in your life to have all of the important information and notes displayed in just one place and not in little pieces of paper all over your home, in cupboards and bags and notebooks. This is is one place where you find anything important that’s relevant in your life right now. It helps you to clear your head and find inner peace and calm. Just say ‘Om’.

Things you may want to display in your Organization Station:

- place a little table, a desk, shelf or simply use an area of your kitchen counter

- hang a pin board, a chalkboard or magnet board or all three

- display a beautiful wall calendar

- have two trays: an in basket for works in progress and an out basket for filing.

- place a small box or something similar for your mail

- a container, glass, vase, jar or can for pens, sharpies and felt pens in various colours.

- dedicate a drawer or small box, container or mason jar for scissors, glue stick and scotch tape.

- have stapler and hole punch handy

- a big binder to collect important papers, with colour dividers to separate all the areas of your busy life: current financial papers, to do school projects, car insurance renewal, bills, etc., anything that still needs to be addressed and can’t be filed away yet.

- an exit drawer! This is can be an actual drawer or simply a box or basket where you collect everything that needs to leave the house, like library books, purchased items you need to return to the store, items to be donated to charity, things you borrowed from your neighbours or friends etc.

- other items you may want to keep handy: index cards, sticky notes, paperclips

- tray or hooks for keys

- hooks for bags or backpacks

- hooks for masking or washi tape

- cell phone chargers

- a hanging file basket for coupons, gift cards or take out menus

- hang clip boards on the wall to display weekly planners, charts, school schedules, your weekly meal schedule, daily today list etc.

Things you may want to display on your memo boards or hanging file baskets: 

- important telephone numbers

- party invitations

- receipts for items needing to be returned

- bills to be paid

- application forms to be filled out

- due date slips for library books

- appointment note cards (dentist etc.)

- a list of current issues to tackle

- a “one list”, a list of absolutely everything that you want to buy or do at some point in your life, this could include items on your ‘bucket list’ like travel to Paris for your wedding anniversary, or swim with dolphins in Hawaii etc.

- family chores

- grocery shopping list

- a weekly (or monthly) cleaning schedule

- a list of things that need to be repaired

Paint the wall a funky colour, or cover it in fabric or corkboard. Add framed photos and inspirational quotes. Be creative! Have fun!

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