New beginnings

Spring has sprung and summer is heading our way.

It is the perfect time for renewing your spirit and taking on new adventures.

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Today, I’m hosting my first Wishful Thinking Women’s Meetup group on Long Island! It’s all about positivity and creating the lives we really want. My Wishful Thinking Women’s Meetup group in the Fort Myers, Florida area has 900+ members and has been going strong for 6 years this month! Fun to be starting and sharing “up north”; I can’t wait to meet everyone.

What new and exciting experiences and adventures do you have planned for the next few months?  How could you stretch yourself personally or professionally? What could you do to repair your spirit? Your Mind? Your heart? Your soul?

Find the new you this summer, or unearth the you, you used to be! Many of us spend more time planting our gardens and planning vacations than we do our lives! Who do you want to be? To feel? To experience?

This is the season for growth and renewal. Why not get in sync with nature by taking time in the next few days or week to reflect on what you truly want to bring into your life, and then begin planting the seeds of change.

Begin by asking yourself these three simple questions. Take the time to write down your answers (at least three sentences for each answer) and draw a picture or two about them. Use your answers to begin daydreaming forward:

  1. What do you want to see through your kitchen window?
  2. When your were a kid what was your favorite thing to do in the summer, why?
  3. What were your favorite books as a kid and as an adult, and why?

Bonus questions – Answering them can bring more happiness into your life and begin planting and sowing the seeds of change this summer – that’s a real bonus!  Go with your first answers.

  • What one thing can you do this week to bring some of the joy your memories and answers brought back to you?
  • How could you create new joy in your life this week?
  • How could you create more joy in the life of someone you care about?

 

You can do it!

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“Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again,”

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, today will be the shortest day of the year, which is known as the Winter Solstice. The sun will be directly overhead at “high noon,” but we will have the fewest hours of sunlight. Sound depressing? It doesn’t have to be!

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Set your phone today to 12:00 as a reminder to reflect at ‘high noon”.

The winter solstice is a great time to give yourself a mini-mental break by pausing for a moment to look up at the sky and send a heartfelt message to someone, who is near and dear to you.

A sincere and simple “I love you” or “Thank you for all you have done for me.” is guaranteed to send positive emotion producing hormones and neurochemicals racing through your brain. A few deeper thoughts and moments of joyful contemplation will spread their positive affects throughout your entire body.

If you extend your heartfelt thoughts to just 3 minutes of pleasant reverie and gratitude, the results can lift your mood for 6-8 hours.

If you later share your thoughts with the person your are thinking of, the good feelings they create for both of you, may last for days and even weeks.

And, if you are lucky enough to be out and about in nature, while sending your sweet thoughts, you may receive even greater physical and psychological rewards.

Pausing just long enough to truly absorb the sights, the scents and the scene around you can deepen and extend the beneficial and life enhancing responses to the sensations you are experiencing. You can become your own “breath of fresh air”.

heart-snow-1159461__180 Give yourself a very special winter solstice gift this holiday season – celebrating the moment, the goodness and the love in your life can make a world of difference in your mood and spirits in the busy days ahead.

Happy Solstice! Enjoy!

 

Go without knowing or expecting, and see what unfolds

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I recently spent a month at a monastery in central Florida. The weather and surroundings were absolutely perfect; I enjoyed the chilly mornings and soft northern-like summer evenings. Between my volunteer chores I had time for reflection as I strolled over gently rolling, lush, spring-green lawns, leading down to a dusty blue lake and as I sat in the sun or shade, depending on the time of day and the weather. While I was daydreaming one afternoon in a lovely little garden under a huge, old oak tree, a particular thought came to me and has kept me company ever since.

I believe that thoughts which survive a return to the “real” world are worth sharing. I think this one is particularly special because it connects me to others in a more compassionate way. I didn’t visit the monastery to find compassion or to figure anything out, or even to relax or renew, it was just something I had wanted to do for years. (Wishful thinking at work!) I had no expectations, which was all part of the adventure – go, without knowing or expecting, and see what unfolds. Follow your interests and see what happens. This is one of the thoughts that unfolded for me . . .

“Everyone is trying.”

Each of us in our own haphazard and sometimes confusing way is trying to be better personally or at something, or to work something out, or to make something better for someone else. We don’t always succeed, but for the most part everyone is trying.

On a good day, this thought is exciting and exhilarating – everyone is trying! It peaks my curiosity and expands my empathy. On a not-so-good day, it softens the edges of humanity and brings clarity or at least a bit of understanding or acceptance to the actions of others. Everyone is trying.

While my new-found realization might not seem particularly profound or dramatic, it delights me, and I’ve decided to keep it, to take it wherever I go, and to see what unfolds. I’m trusting that you will give me the benefit of any doubts you may have about its value, because, after all, I’m trying.

Enjoy your weekend, I hope you have a moment or two to let go, and see what unfolds.

Other Wishful Thinking Works posts you might enjoy . . .

The Art of Unfolding

What I learned from trees

Stories and Strengths

Words to Live By

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