Make today special in whatever way means something to you.
YOLO! ( you only live once )
I have a book recommendation for any speed addict out there. The world’s speed is now faster than our DNA can catch up. This causes many problems, mostly because we are on speed dial almost all the time. Tempo Giusto means the right speed.
Carl Honore is the author of In Praise of Slowness (2004) and has researched the Slow Movement. In his book, he delivers information to the reader in a relatable way. It’s not about going fast all the time, nor is it about going slow all the time. As I’ve talked about in the blog before, it’s all about the balance in life. I highly recommend this book. Stay healthy!
And if you’re just not quite ready to slow down enough read his book, here’s a link to his website.
http://www.carlhonore.com|In Praise of Slow
and if you need even more quick information, ( boy you really need to read his book) here’s a youtube/tedtalk. It’s 19 minutes, hope you can take the time.
Extraordinary and powerful moments get all the discussion and limelight. They’re important and unforgettable. Please remember that the small moments have their place, especially because they may make us happier and often bring joy, hopefully everyday, if we are mindful and pay attention.
Here are some examples for which we sometimes forget to be grateful: if you have other examples please leave a comment so that other readers may benefit from your experiences.
Laughing so hard your cheeks hurt.
A hot shower and running water.
Taking a drive on a tree lined road or a seaside road.
Hearing your favorite song. Having hearing that works to hear that favorite song.
Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
Chocolate in any form.
A bubble bath.
The beach and eyes that work to see that beach.
Finding cash in your pocket you forgot you had.
Laughing at yourself.
Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
Having someone give you a compliment.
Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep, especially when it’s raining or snowing outside.
Playing with a pet.
Road trips with friends or alone, some of my best times have been long drives alone.
Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
Eating warm chocolate chip cookies with a tall glass of milk from grass-fed cows.
Seeing smiles and hearing laughter.
Holding hands with someone you care about.
Watching the expression someone’s face as they open a much-desired present from you.
Watching the sunrise or sunset. Having eyes that work to see it.
Getting out of bed every morning and being thankful for another beautiful day.
I just wanted to pass this along. Right now Hay House is having the 2015 World Summit. This is a free online 20 day pass to lectures from world renown authors and teachers. These include Dr. Christian Northrup, Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Esther Hicks and many newcomers.
UCLA Science lab reports we have 60-80,000 thoughts a day!! Listening to this Summit will help more of those thoughts stay positive.
Check it out at http://www.hayhouse.com
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is famous. There are many interpretations, just do a google search on his name and you’ll find many. The theory is …the lowest level, once met, builds on the next highest level and so on until self-actualization is reached.
Psychologist Marie-Louise Von Franz ( who worked closely with Carl Jung ) notes intuitive people are often completely taken over by experiences of the senses, such as food, alcohol, music, art. They may lose all common sense over them but are very intuitive about them. Many times, intuitives see beyond the surface to the meaning of these experiences.
Here are 10 things that people in touch with their intuition do differently:
They listen to that inner voice.
They take time for solitude.
They practice mindfulness.
They observe everything.
They listen to their bodies.
They learn to tune into their bodies and heed their “gut feelings.”Our gut feelings are called gut feelings for a reason: emotion and intuition are very much rooted in the “second brain” in the gut. Most people have heard of serotonin, one of the “feel good” hormones in our brain. It’s what some antidepressants work on. We all have serotonin. Did you know there is actually more serotonin located in your gut than in your brain?
They connect deeply with others.
They pay attention to their dreams.
They enjoy plenty of down time.
They mindfully let go of negative emotions.
More from Carl Jung:
We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born.
I have a really important book to suggest. This is a national best seller and is titled
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You (1996) by Elaine Aron, PhD.
Yes, it’s an older publication but I’m telling you it’s eye opening and life changing for many. Even if you don’t score as a HSP, this book will help those of you who have a HSP in your life. These people are so often misunderstood by themselves and others.
Here is the self-test in the book. If you answer yes to 12 or more of the questions below, please take a look at this wonderful book.
I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment. T or F
Other people’s moods affect me. T or F
I tend to be very sensitive to pain. T or F
I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation. T or F
I am sensitive to the effects of caffeine. T or F
I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, course fabrics, or sirens. T or F
I have a rich, complex inner life. T or F
I am made uncomfortable by loud noises. T or F
I am deeply moved by the arts or music. T or F
I am conscientious. T or F
I startle easily. T or F
I get rattled when I have a lot to do in short amount of time. T or F
When people are uncomfortable in a physical environment I tend to know what needs to be done to make it more comfortable ( like change lighting or move seating ). T or F
I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once. T or F
I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things. T or F
I make it a point to avoid violent movies or TV shows. T or F
I become overstimulated when a lot is going on around me. T or F
Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me, disrupting my mood or concentration. T or F
Changes in my life shake me up. T or F
I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, sounds, tastes. T or F
I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations. T or F
When I must compete or be observed while performing a task ( public speaking for example), I become nervous and do much worse than I would otherwise. T or F
When I was a child, my parents or teachers saw me as sensitive or shy. T or F
Here is Elaine Aron’s bio and website:
Dr. Aron earned her M.A. from York University in Toronto in clinical psychology and her Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute in clinical depth psychology as well as interning at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco. Besides beginning the study of the innate temperament trait of high sensitivity in 1991, she, along with her husband Dr. Arthur Aron, are two of the leading scientists studying the psychology of love and close relationships. They are also pioneers in studying both sensitivity and love using functional magnetic resonance imaging. She maintains a small psychotherapy practice in Mill Valley, CA.