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My little niece, M, is adorable, but at the tender age of four, she is “always bored” and “really stressed!” Huh?

I keep telling her she is lucky as she is still a kid. So I taught her how to do deep breathing and to meditate when “stressed,” and to keep busy “playing” when bored.

I am grateful that I feel younger than a 4-year old? HaHa!

Why are kids today getting so easily bored and stressed?

20140818-124852.jpgI woke up to my favorite radio station playing “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias, and it was on. It is now my favorite song.

It makes me want to get up and dance. So I now have it as my new alarm song! What a way to wake up and start the morning! 😁

Link:
Official Bailando (English Version) video

20140817-121710.jpgDay 5 – Feeling Playful

Today’s quote is from George Bernard Shaw. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!”

Today’s centering thought is I am playful.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Lila Hum, which means “I am playful.”

From today’s message:
Today’s meditation connects us to the playful nature of our joyful self. Vedic wisdom tells us that all creation arises from Lila, or cosmic play. Expressing our playful nature is a valuable way to stay creative, receptive, and revitalized. When we have fun, we are dancing and singing along with the story of our life. We find our hearts, minds and bodies are lighter and happier. Play time not only makes us feel better, it spiritually rejuvenates us as well.”

The fifth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience is on being playful.

These days I do not have any problems being playful. It was always a part of me, and I chose to just be myself a long while ago.

There were moments in my life when I felt I had to stop letting that wonderful part of me out.

Climbing the ladder and being part of management–especially when I was the youngest in my team (the oldest team member started working for the company the year I was born) made me feel like I had to be serious all the time, and since work became my life for many, many years (not anymore, thank goodness), it meant I was serious all the time.

For me being serious all the time, and not allowing myself to be me, took its toll eventually.

I got severely burned out, I was having physical manifestation of illness and pain from stress, and I became increasingly unhappy.

When you become unhappy with your lot in life, it colors every part of your life–family, relationships, work, etc… You lose your perspectives. You forget what is truly important.

Oprah said, “your base level of happiness is determined by how you choose to view and experience your life. See and experience the world through the magical glasses of play and the world lights up.”

This is true. Perception plays a very important role. You can choose to see your glass as half full or half empty. You can make lemonade when life gives you lemons or dwell in the sourness of life. You can choose to feel lack or choose to feel blessed for what you already have. You, and only you, choose what your reality is.

Deepak shared that “there are moments when we feel trapped by things we must do, opinions we must hold, a path we must follow for fear of falling off of it. Because of fear, every day life feels anything but playful. Lila, the spirit of play, embraces joy, spontaneity and fun. In very practical terms, the happiest people make time every day for these things because play time, down time, and time out are important. They allow your brain to refresh itself, renew the spirit. Being too serious or heavy takes us away from our playful, joyful self. It also keeps your spirit from expanding.”

I choose to be my authentic self–whether people will like me or not. This means I allow playfulness to be a major part of me, because this life is a gift. I no longer want to take it for granted.

Every day, there is something for me to be thankful and grateful for!

Every day, there is something new to discover and to learn!

Every day is a miracle, and I feel blessed to have each day I am given in this world.

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image and course information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy
Day 2 – Feeling Inspired
Day 3 – Feeling Peace
Day 4 – Feeling Love

20140814-145551.jpgI am grateful for my last full day in Lily Dale, New York. I prayed and I played. I traipsed in the forest and meditated there. I chased after butterflies, dragonflies, black squirrels, lazy cats, writing on stones, and the elusive Bigfoot.

20140814-150443.jpgI shopped for quartz and some souvenirs, and lastly, prayed at the Healing Temple, where I also added ribbons for those I prayed for to the Prayer Tree.

20140814-150453.jpgIt got a little cold at night, so had (ahem…) cup o’noodles with a great view of the lake.

Link:
The Prayer Tree

(For 8/11/14)

20140812-160010.jpgDay 20 – Maturity the Responsibility of Being Oneself

Thought for the day: As I live more in the present, I am transform into my mature self

Daily Quote:
Everybody grows old, very few people grow up. Aging is one thing, growing up another. What is the meaning of growing up? Taking all the responsibility, good and bad — whatsoever happens to you, you are responsible for it.” ~Osho

Today’s message from Osho is about Spiritual maturity.

Excerpt from the course
Every child has to lose his innocence and regain it. Losing is only half of the process. Many have lost it, but very few have regained it. Maturity is a rebirth, a spiritual birth. You are born anew, you are a child again. With fresh eyes you start looking at existence. Maturity is coming. You are gaining your innocence again. Maturity is living in the present, fully alert and aware of all the beauty and the splendor of existence.”

When I was in Lily Dale, someone told me that I had a “purity about me,” and when I gave her a questioning look, she expounded that I had “an innocence surrounding me.” And it wasn’t because the minute I had my first break, I played in the swing set near the building I was studying at! HaHa!

To be honest, I didn’t realize how much my Inner Child wanted out! I was like a kid in a candy store in Lily Dale… Learning, discovering, trying to take pictures of black squirrels because I have never seen them before, or just plain exploring the woods as if I was entering another realm and wondering if I went further and further if I might see a Bigfoot! 😁

Osho’s message about “maturity” is not about growing older or becoming staid. It’s about recapturing our innocence and child-like awe and wonder–the kind that we were born with, before all the conditioning.

If you look at a baby, it is very hard not to smile when the baby does, right? They are still so very connected to God, Goddess, Spirit, Higher Power–whatever you call it. They are still attuned to love. All they know is giving love and receiving love. They are pure love.

Spiritual maturity is all about reclaiming that pure love innocence–and to have love as the primary force in which we think, act, speak, and live.

“How do I get that pure love innocence back?” Well, I’m glad you asked! 😁 LOL

This is how I have been doing it, and maybe you will find what will work for you by reading mine.

I have been going through a rebirth, brought on by my Spiritual path. I have worked very hard, and continue to work hard… on myself.

For over a year, I worked on meditation until I was able to put aside time daily, really looked at myself in the mirror, forgave myself, loved myself, and healed myself, because I want to be a better person, the inspired person, the Spiritual person. To me, this is a work in progress, because I want to improve each day.

With this “maturity” to regain our “innocence,” comes self-responsibility too. It means you own your stuff–what you do, say, think, etc. It means taking responsibility when you do or say something wrong.

In the course of the work on myself, I wrote out forgiveness letters to those who hurt me, but I also asked for forgiveness from those I hurt in the past. (If you are unable to ask for forgiveness in person, you can imagine them in front of you and say how and why you are sorry. You could also write a sincere forgiveness letter and burn to release it. Not only will you heal, you will heal the relationship with the other person, and you will change your perception.

Here are some links to help with forgiveness:

Forgiveness

Another Lesson In Forgiveness

Once you start doing this, start doing stuff you love. Let your Inner Child out to play. Get on a swing set, if you want to. Dance your heart out–in public or in private, or under the rain. Sing your favorite songs (even if you can’t carry a tune)–sing for yourself!

It’s playtime, Baby. Let your love take the lead and finally enjoy your life.

(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
Day 19 – Living In Joy

20140809-124127.jpgLily Dale is bringing out the Inner Child in me. It keeps wanting to play, enjoy, and discover!

I had to play in the swing and let the sun kiss me all over with its warmth!

20140726-092255.jpgDay 6 – Living Dangerously

Thought for the day: There is always enough time to play

Daily Quote:
When the seed becomes a sprout it is going into something unknown. When the sprout starts growing flowers it is again a movement into the unknown. And when the fragrance leaves the flowers — again, a quantum leap into the unknown. Life needs courage at each step.” ~Osho

Today’s message from Osho is about allowing yourself to live.

It is always very amazing to me that when I am having a problem learning or understanding a soul or personal lesson that I encounter some sort of help! HaHa!

I have been working on how to live in this world without guarding and protecting myself all the time. Over the last few days, I started to feel myself close up regarding someone. I wanted to understand this person’s intentions toward me. In the process, I started to want to protect myself.

Osho’s course and meditation today is about taking down the armor! Isn’t it fitting?

“Living dangerously” is allowing yourself to open to all possibilities of life. If you don’t take risks, how can you know? If you protect yourself from life’s experiences, how can you grow?

The goal of life is to play in it. Don’t be afraid to live it as if it’s your last day.

You carry an armor around you. It is just an armor – it is not clinging to you. You are clinging to it, so when you become aware, you can simply drop it. The armor is dead. If you don’t carry it, it will disappear.” ~Osho

The course followed with a process of meditation to remove a layer of armor around yourself, but still feel safe and secure.

From the course:
Play should remain your life, your center of life. Work should be as a means towards play. Work in the office and work in the factory and work in the shop, but just to have time, opportunity, to play… Play means doing something for its own sake. To live dangerously means to live life as if each moment is its own end.”

(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

20140503-163558.jpgI was over at my Mom’s, after we visited my grandparent’s grave, for lunch. Mom decided to heat up a steamed bun (with Chinese sausage inside). When I first introduced that to her, I told her to wrap it in clear plastic wrap and with her crazy, strong microwave, heat it for no more than 30 seconds. I think she forgot…

When she opened the microwave, black smoke quickly filled her home. Mom had wrapped the steamed bun with paper towel (which burned), and from the look of it, she must have cooked it for at least 3 minutes!  I am grateful her house didn’t burn down.

Since I smelled like smoked, burnt food already, I decided not to join her and my little sister for an outing, and decided to play with food instead.  I am always happy to play with food. 😉

Here is a preview of what’s coming up at atidecrem.com!
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Disclaimer:
Munch Master image courtesy of Michael Maslin

20140111-205612.jpgFirstly, I am deeply grateful to Tina Pumfrey for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am very honored and very thankful for this award.  Wow!!  My “feel good” day yesterday became a “feel great” day!

I need some time to fully accept the award, so please bear with me. I hope to post the acceptance soon.

Tina is a singer, songwriter, musician, and teacher.  Musicians and Artists really have it hard, especially when they have full-time jobs.  They have to not only juggle their schedules, but also their finances just to do what they love.  I completely understand!  Please check out Tina Pumfrey’s Blog.

Today has been awesome thus far, even my drive up to San Francisco this morning to pick up my race packet with my good friend, Geri.  It’s been a long while since I’ve driven around San Francisco, but thankfully my friend knows the backstreets so I was able to navigate around crazy traffic, one way streets, and extremely steep hills (I have a manual transmission).

While waiting for her car to be fixed in another city and to pass time before heading to a party, we decided to go to Japan Town.  Japan Town in San Francisco is extremely fun to go to with all sorts of restaurants and stores.  Even at the $1.50 stores like Daiso and Ichiban Kan, you can find all sorts of life hack type products that will surprise you.  Let’s just say, we lost track of time!  HaHa!

We made it to the party after we picked up Geri‘s car.  I am lucky, through my friends, to meet people that are very interesting and kind, so my fish bowl is constantly growing. I met someone that may be able to help me with a product I am working on, and she has a nespresso machine that totally piqued my curiosity. I like cool gadgets and figuring out how they tick. She and her husband also had over a hundred different kinds of games (board games, card games, etc), and I learned how to play qwirkle. It’s a tile game that’s like an intuitive domino slash something else, I can’t describe.

I like playing new games, and learning new things, and I am grateful that I had an opportunity to play and learn a lot today.

Links:
Tina Pumfrey’s Blog
Tina’s Liebster Award Nomination Post

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