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20140811-230051.jpgDay 19 – Living In Joy

Thought for the day: I awaken in joy and go to sleep in peace

Daily Quote:
Life is more beautiful with a little madness in it. So never be absolutely wise. A little foolishness gives salt to wisdom. A little foolishness gives humor, humbleness. A really wise person is also a fool.” ~Osho

Today’s message from Osho is about living in joy.

Osho said that you can’t have happiness without unhappiness too. There is always the balance. One cannot exist without the other.

So instead, he advises to cultivate joy–which could only be attained from within, as it is a spiritual dimension.

Being in Lily Dale, with the woods, the lake, and a beach all around it, you can’t help being one with nature. With the meditations and training, I have been able to go even deeper in meditation, which resulted in even more joy in my life and the most peace I have ever known with myself. So much so, I don’t want to leave. 😁

Where else but a spiritual place could you find so much, and keep you fully connected most, if not, all the time. So I now understand this course about what it means to be full of joy.

Being joyful is accepting yourself, loving yourself, and loving and living your authenticity. When you are at peace with yourself, you will attain more joy.

To get there, you have to do some work–but the hard part really is the allowing. That you allow yourself to… love yourself. Then meditation will bring you even closer to your most beautiful Spirit, aka your Higher Self or your Inner Guide–which will bring you inner peace.

Excerpt from the course
Live in joy… Live in your own innermost nature, with absolute acceptance of whosoever you are. Live in joy, in love… One who lives in joy naturally lives in love. Love is the fragrance of the flower of joy.”

(Disclaimer: All images and meditations are from Osho’s 21-day meditation series by Mentors Channel.)

Related Links:
Osho: A Course In Meditation, 21 Day Workout For Your Consciousness (visit to register, it’s free).

Mentors Channel

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1: Strength Through Devotion
Day 2: Meditations on Love and Relationship
Day 3: Meditations On Anger
Day 4: The Art of Living in Balance
Day 5: Love and Meditation go Hand in Hand
Day 6: Living Dangerously
Day 7: Watching The Mind
Day 8: It Needs Intelligence To Be Happy
Day 9: The Integration Of Body, Mind and Soul
Day 10: How To Slow Down
Day 11: Everybody Is Creative
Day 12: Intuition – Tuition From Within
Day 13: Meditation And Conditioning
Day 14: How to Drop Judging People
Day 15: The Art Of Listening
Day 16 – Relaxation Through Awareness
Day 17 – Accepting Every Part Of Me
Day 18 – Sex, Love And Meditation

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I was grateful to celebrate another year of my life! It started wonderfully (courtesy of my letter of forgiveness to myself), so I awoke with a great sense of inner peace.

I was thankful for all the birthday wishes, and even some serenades!

I had taken a few hours off from work and visited the hospital where I had a good 1:1 conversation with Auntie J, and we gave Uncle M acupressure and reflexology massage. While I was working on his left hand, he moved it, and even the nurse was surprised and happy to see that. Each day, Uncle seems to be getting better and better!

I even had a chat with a friend on the way home (on speaker) whom I haven’t connected with in months.

I met up with some friends who treated me like a princess and gave me some awesome gifts. In San Francisco, we ate delicious Peruvian-style food and we shared four different slices of pies for dessert.

It was a fabulous day!

[The image above was of the front part of a birthday card given to me. The inside greeting states “May all your dreams take flight this year!” 2014 is going to be the best year ever so I hope all my dreams come true too!]

(For 2/11/14)

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I am grateful for the gift of prayer. I am thankful for the gift of comfort and inner peace prayer gives to me, especially during such trying times for the family.

clearheartLast night, I was helping someone who was in very much emotional pain. The kind that impinged on her self-worth… the kind where all hurts converged and they weighed her down to the bottom of the sea of despair.

While during this painful episode, she did some things that I would call self-sabotage, and wanted to continue to make more like decisions. Those would eventually hurt her even more.

I understand how she felt. I’ve been there before, many times, but here are some things I’ve asked her to do and some things I’ve learned to do to help myself:

1. Remember someone important

You.

We are so much more than what we have experienced thus far. We are worthy of love, blessings, and miracles. We must remember how important we are.

We must remember that only we can love ourselves that way we need to be loved.  We need to love ourselves so much that no one can take that away from us or allow ourselves to give our self-worth and our self-love away.  We can love others so much more, if we have loads of it inside.

If you can’t remember, go to #2…

2. Reach out to someone

Reach out to someone who care about you.  Someone who can tell you the truth to your face when you need to hear it, but can listen and be compassionate, when you need that more.  They will help you remember #1.

3. Do something good for yourself

We need to do things on a regular basis that make us feel good like reading, laughing, cooking, writing, journaling, meditating, running, walking, singing, whatever they may be… We need to do something loving for ourselves, especially when we are in pain.

4.  Don’t make any decisions (especially rash ones) while emotional

We can be our own worse enemies when we are hurt. We can get in the way of our own happiness or do self-sabotaging things. If we decide when we are emotionally in pain, we might make decisions that can hurt us in the end or we will regret.  Wait… Sleep on it.  Wait until you have a clear heart.

5.  Enact a “Feel Good” day

This day (and it could be a few hours) is an uninterrupted “me” time.  Schedule these days as you need them.  These “Feel Good” days are days when you do everything you enjoy and love, unplugged or not.  (You can expand it to be “Feel Good Us” day or “Feel Good Family” day too)

I am grateful to be of help to someone dear last night. I am grateful to share some techniques that may be helpful to you or someone you know, in whole or in part.

Related Post:
To Have A Clear Heart
Lesson I Learned Yesterday

20140110-175028.jpgDo you experience days when you know you are about to burn out and on top of that, you are feeling under the weather, because your body hurts?  (Plus I really needed acupuncture and acupressure.)

I had a series of those days back to back this week. I kept thinking that it’s almost the end of the week and I could make it. I woke up today and realized, I couldn’t.  So I decided that I needed a “feel good” day, where all focus was on everything that made me feel good.

I am grateful for my “feel good” day.

20131231-183941.jpgAbout the same time last year, I was ringing in 2013 still very much in pain from a herniated disc. After two short medical leaves, many kinds of treatments and therapy, two MRI’s, and one surgery consult, I am closing 2013 pain free.

A lot happened to me in 2013, but what I will take with me are all the lessons and growth that taught me the deeper meaning of the following:

  • Self-love
  • Forgiveness
  • Inner Peace
  • Gratitude
  • Choice
  • Freedom
  • Trust
  • Healing

The last seven would have been a lot harder to learn and appreciate without the first, Self-Love, and all eight taught me the meaning of unconditional love, and how to give it to others, and also to myself.

Thank you for being with me through my short journey here with this blog, and for your love and support. Please join me as I continue to grow and live my life most fully.

Love,
Mercedita

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I started a gratitude jar last week. I wanted to do more to exercise my gratitude muscles.

It was so empty when I first started that I wanted to at least have it at 25% full. While I was writing out my gratitudes and adding them into the jar, I felt so at peace, joyful, and in a loving place. I started to constantly crave those feelings all the time.

Yesterday, as I was reading gratitude posts in WordPress, I came upon a post by Inspired Journeys referencing an article (link below) written by John Kralik whose life took a drastic downturn, but through gratitude, he not only found peace and was able to turn his life around, but he has helped countless others find the meaning of being grateful. It made me cry, but not in a bad way. Gratitude has a way of evoking deep heartfelt emotions in me.

In the article, John Kralik wrote a simple guide on how to write “thank you” notes, and they are:

1. Have a grateful heart.

“Try to say one true thing about why you appreciate the gift you were given. If there is still room in the short note, say one sincere thing about the person who gave it, and what that person means to you. Don’t forget to say the words “thank you.””

2. Recalling Turning Points

“After thanking all the people Emily Post recommends, I began to look beyond my immediate day-to-day circumstances for persons to whom I needed to write a thank-you note.”

3. The Basics: On Pen and Paper

“Handwrite your notes, in pen. Write neatly enough that someone else can read it. Perhaps because it is becoming somewhat of a lost art, handwritten notes feel special, and real, as if the person who wrote it is there with you.”

I have these personalized note cards that my good friend, G, makes (see her link below). She has gifted them to me for birthdays and I’ve also ordered customized ones for myself and others. I treasure them and use them for heartfelt thanks on special occasions. My friend, C, told me that he felt special receiving a handwritten “thank you” card. The last time I sent out handwritten notes were for Thanksgiving.

I am grateful for John Kralik’s article as it has encouraged me to start my very own set of 365 thank you notes.

Link:

John Kralik’s A Grateful Heart

The Benefits of Gratitude by Inspired Journeys

Tablit Designs for personalized cards

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I would like to take a moment to honor a great man, Nelson Mandela, who helped end apartheid and who devoted himself to promote/fight for human rights. What he has done will be remembered and I hope, honored always.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” — Nelson Mandela

Love is the greatest force there is. It is in love that we are created. It is in love that we see what is good in others.

Love can heal all wounds, and love through forgiveness can give us inner peace.

Love for ourselves will make us wiser and patient, and self-love will help us share our love with others.

This reminds me of a prayer in Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, Prayers: A Communion With Our Creator. The Prayer For Love ends like this:

“Today, Lord, help me to start my life over with the power of self-love. Help me to explore life, to take risks, and to love myself unconditionally. Let me open my heart to the love that is my birthright so that I can share my love wherever I go. Amen.”

I am grateful to all the Teachers and Visionaries like Nelson Mandela who bravely share their teachings and who fight to make positive changes for all.

Photo credit:
ABC News

Related post:
Forgiveness

NaBloPoMo November 2013

Searching

Searching
For the right words
To convey my
Gratitude

Searching
For the right outlet
To exclaim my
Joy

Searching
For the silence
To maintain my
Inner peace

Searching
For the darkness
To claim my
Sleep

Searching
For the dawn
To greet my
Day

20131102-090512.jpgPatience and I do not often get along. Like the cartoon above by Doug Savage, I often like things “now.”

Although we clash often, I am very grateful to Patience, when I am open to learning from her.

I am grateful when she slows me down so that I can pay attention and be present… so that I can savor each moment.

I am grateful when she reminds me (sometimes painfully) that complete healing is a slow process, not to be rushed. Just because I feel like everything is back to normal, I still need to be very gentle with my body.

I am grateful because some of my most beautiful memories come from slow, burning moments.

I am grateful to be reminded that inner peace and wisdom come from being patient, quiet, and eager to learn.

I still have a long way to go in learning fully from Patience, but hopefully, by appreciating the good she brings into my life, I can be better at being patient; although, this may be a lifelong study…

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