Think of All the People You’d Meet If…

“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn’t life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don’t they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you’d meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to – like talking to dogs. ” -Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief. 

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I love Halloween. I love the way people interact a little more and are a little less inhibited when they get to dress up as someone else. It is a great time to dare yourself to be who you want to be, whether it is a super-hero or a cartoon, villain or reality star, every character has something to offer. What can you take away from the pretend? Stretch your imagination. Be a little more playful, daring, or push out your chest and roll back your shoulders as you try extreme confidence on for size just like Superman/woman. Play around with all the attributes you have always wanted to cultivate in yourself.  Today you get to be anyone you want to be, what will this teach you about yourself?

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What Can A Cough Teach You About You?

Apples, cinnamon spices, pumpkins, temperate weather, and fall colors. Who doesn’t love this time of year?  Have you noticed any changes within yourself recently?

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Fall, similar to spring, brings change with it. It is a time to harvest your efforts of the summer and clear away finished projects and to open yourself up to inner wisdom. Take time for contemplation, writing, reading and increased nurturing. As the nights become longer than the days it is a time to go within. It is a time to reflect on our old patterns and habits and to leave the ones not serving us behind.

When we are imbalanced, during the fall and into the winter we may begin to cough and catch colds. We may have too much mucus, our bodies and minds may be sluggish in this imbalance. Among other things, this can come from eating too much dairy, alcohol, sugar, and/or processed foods over the summer.  Coughing is a way of opening up the lungs and expelling the unwanted. On a symbolic level coughing may represent a resistance to expel anything not wanted including communication, emotions, or an unwelcome change.  It is especially important to take deep breaths this season. Reflect on your state of mind and any symptoms you are experiencing. Your body has much to teach you.

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What if You Don’t Know What to Do?

When we know what to do, at least we know what actions to take, even if we aren’t taking them (that is another issue). However, when we don’t know what to do we float in indecision and can become paralyzed in this place and forget to move forward due to fear of making the wrong choice. Not making a choice, is a choice. If you don’t know what to do, try something. Just pick an option and go for it, at least you will have movement in your life and learn something. If it turns out to be the wrong thing, at least now you can cross an option off the list and continue to move forward with another option.

I love this lesson from Danielle LaPorte, lose the phrase “I don’t know.” It isn’t empowering, it doesn’t feel good to say or think about, and it accomplishes nothing. Instead say and think “I’ll figure it out.” It feels better to say and implies forward motion in life. Things are working out, you’re figuring it out. Watch one of my favorite videos of hers below to get fired up and ready to take action!

“Don’t let perfection become procrastination” -Danielle LaPorte

Your Happiness Project

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama
Research has shown that human being are poor predictors of what will actually make them happy. We are motivated by the way we think a certain accomplishment, thing, or achievement will make us feel. We want a pair of new shoes because they will make us feel pretty, we want to lose weight because it will make us feel lighter and healthier, we want success because it will make us feel proud. We want and we want, because we want to feel good. However, those things only lead us temporarily feeling good, we have to do a little more work if we want to feel good all the time and it has nothing to do with anything on the outside. You are going to have to look at yourself, the way you think, and your chosen actions.
How can you start your own happiness project?
1. Decide today to choose to feel happier.
2. Take action with this choice by including one thing everyday that you like to do.
3. Let go of the excuses that get in the way of 1 and 2.
Plan for happiness. Include things in your day that make you happy.  Focus on things each day that you can be happy about. It could be looking forward to curling up with a good book, the best cup of tea or coffee, a really good cocktail, a favorite meal, coming home to a loved one, a gift you can’t wait to give to a friend, or a really good hug. Make a list of all the things you really love, the things you really enjoy, and include them in your life. Do not put things off until tomorrow. Book your vacation, buy yourself fresh flowers (because YOU are worth it), make time for play, include things in your surroundings that make you smile.
Synonyms for happiness include pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, cheerfulness, merriment, gaiety, joy, glee, delight, lightheartedness, well-being, enjoyment, exuberance, ecstasy, jubilation, bliss, euphoria, and elation.
I know you want more of those things in your life. We all do.

Make yourself happy, and do it NOW.

This is a picture of a picture, I keep it on my phone because I can't help but smile every time I look at it.

This is a picture of a picture, I keep it on my phone because I can’t help but smile every time I look at it.

Breathe In, Breath Out, Let Go!

“Let go of the old world and the new one will grow around you like a new skin.” – Paul Williams

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Fall is a time for letting go. In Eastern Medicine, it is correlated with the lung and the large intestine, both organs of purification and elimination. You take in that which benefits you, and eliminate that which no longer serves. Take deeps breaths this season and let go with each exhalation. Poor breathing robs you of energy and negatively affects mental alertness. Deep breathing detoxifies the body, releases toxins, massages the organs, strengthens the immune system, and relieves tension. Practice deep abdominal breathing at least three times a day.

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Choose what nourishes you, extract what you need, and eliminate waste so you can grow properly. You want to generate evolution and change. It is important both physically and mentally. Take in foods, beverages, thoughts, and ideas that will make you feel good. Eliminate toxic foods and thinking. Discover how good you can feel when you do just these simple things.

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ” Albert Camus