Day 81 - I woke a little late than expected today at 5:45am today. I think the house was so warm and cosy. My husband had started work earlier and noticed it was freezing outside and so had turned on the heaters. I had to find the motivation to move as quickly as I found myself physically feel like I could easily go back into sleep or I could fall into the snooze trap.
The snooze trap affects the rest of your day, I reminded myself. It in effect tells you that your not ready or willing to start the day and such changes your vibration of mindet to that.
I am ready I told myself today is a new day. To wake myself up I had a glass of cold water, walked around the house quietly just shaking my arms and legs (getting the blood pumping) before braving the winter layers of clothes just on top of gym gear, before stepping out to the garden to do my Sit Spot and Meditation. Only staying outside to do this for around 15 mins I came back inside feeling refreshed.
I pulled out my list of affirmations for the day and read them aloud. I looked over my vision board and smiled at all the progress been made in recent weeks and days to manifesting these visions into reality. I'll share more on that in a post soon.
Then on to exercise and off with the winter layers! Exercising inside at home today as kids are still asleep. Yoga is the choice of today. I spend 20 mins doing this following
This video I found on you tube is today's choice as found it quite simple to follow not being an experienced yoga student!
I then read for about 15 mins into my latest book 'perfectly yourself, 9 lessons for enduring happiness by Matthew Kelly and then journaled, just writing a few memories and insights from my Sit Spot and Meditation. What I had learnt from the yoga video and then checked over the plans for my day.
After all this was done I went back upstairs to shower get dressed for my day ahead and get the children up and ready for school.
Every day still brings surprise and enjoyment that I have this time to myself and for my own personal development regardless of what else the day may bring (expected or unexpected) or who I come into contact with and it is in this moment I remind myself again and again that I am truly grateful for having found the Miracle Morning routine and that I choose to get up and make it so. I am ALWAYS happy I did.
,When listening to the radio today , reading through social media posts and even whilst out an about in the community there seems to be a real buzz of hope. Whilst the world is changing at a fast pace and challenges becoming ever more apparent, my experiences today have been of one of people are pulling together with a firm foundation of hope. Hope is the opposite feeling to fear and so in having hope allows you you to remain on the positive side of well being.
I am blessed to have many positive influences in my life that will encourage hope rather than fear and I wish that for you all .
My thoughts on Hope. Hope can be described as the desire for something to happen and the belief and unwaivering faith that even though the path there cannot be seen it will be obtained.
Hope is however is in my opinion different to just being optimistic. For hope to be a real and separate experience. I do however acknowledge there does need to be a certain level of optimism involved. For if there is a conscious connection or thought that for that something to happen alone without hope or optimism it is really just an wish or a single lonely thought and if thought is known to happen for almost certainity it is instead really an expectation and no optimism or hope would be needed.
So I take hope as something different and possibly consider it can be both conscious and/or unconscious, something within us that allows us to feel and believe that with or without rationale and planning it can be obtained. This is what I am feeling from my community today.
If you think about its opposite feeling of fear , if you were to choose this mindset you could find an optimistic person to be fearful as easily as a hopeful person being pessimistic.
I think fear and hopelessness can entwine together if allowed for I do believe that there are no hopeless situations only times we feel hopeless or fearful. This is where I find flower essences can help, a healthy routine like the Miracle Morning and a supportive Community .
Every day is a new day of hope with an opportunity to share this yourself and all around you. Embrace today and shine your hope! With a big sprinkle of optimism.
Day 13 - I made a great decision earlier this year to book onto a spiritual retreat I had seen advertised for the autumn of this year. I work in holistic health care so I understand through my own experiences and clients how important it is to look after your whole self! But this decision was either guided or impulsive who knows. The itinerary at this point a little unknown but the venue looked beautiful on the coast of Cornwall, on a working farm inside a beautiful farm house. Described mini women's spiritual weekend retreat. ''On this magical weekend. As the nights draw in, spending time in circle with other like minded women. Journeying to our inner goddess for inspiration for the year to come ahead. Sharing, crafting and working with the mirror in nature we will travel to the place of stillness inside.'' Knowing the facilitator and trusting her (Ros Simons) and seeing a few people I know interested and many I didnt I decided just to book.
So last night I found myself here for the first evening with a group of ladies I did not know at all. This feels both nervous and exciting as somehow I know I have done the right thing.
Surround yourself with like minded people I can hear replayed in my mind, people who will inspire and encourage you. So here I am!
Today im up before my alarm but still later as I felt as part of the retreat was time to rest. It was 6:15am. I started my Miracle Morning routine , spending just 5 minutes on each area as I knew I had the whole weekend of personal development ahead.
Why might you ask then is this blog post titled Community and what relevance does it have?
Well lets look look at the word community. The English dictionary describes the word community as 'a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.' This leads me to think on this more and it's something we discussed yesterday. Have we lost the sense of community in modern at life, even if we live in a community? For nowhere above does it say anything of friendship, security, cooperation, fulfilment, caring, respect , empowering, or inspiring.
Our lives can be so busy we can become quite disconnected to the world around us. This could possibly lead us to behave in a way that does not match our values, allows us to feel negative emotions, to fall ill or to struggle with achieving dreams.
How can the ideal community be found?
There are some simple steps we can all take in our lives to bring back the sense of community. One of those things is surrounding yourself by people who offer friendship,and security. Who are willing to work together, to help you reach your fulfilment, who are caring, respectful, empowering and inspiring. But importantly that you offer the same in return! Come from your heart, be honest and true.
Community can be found in many forms. I am very much part of a community whilst I am here this weekend, and this will evolve as the distance separates us but will still have that connection to each other. I can be part of community through my family when I return home , that can stretch to my wider family and friends, my neighbours and other people I come into contact with. It should include nature around us, the trees, earth, animals are all part of our community here on earth. It can also extend to be virtual community's like the Miracle Morning one or other social media groups.
But more than all of that you can make what community means through actions, this is the important part, more than the act of just being in a community.
I am sure as my day unfolds I will learn many lessons from all that is around me. The group of women I am with are all of the above and much more. An amazing tribe of people that have entered my life and that I will treasure. I will work hard on my relationships in all community's to improve not only my experience but others and create a better world.