You came into this world with a big inhale and you will leave with one final exhale. How you breathe in between is an important factor in your longevity. Deep, conscious breathing creates presence and expands your life force.
“The secret to longevity is to keep breathing.” ~ Sophie Tucker
Trees provide oxygen for us to breathe.They are firmly rooted in the earth while reaching upwards towards the heavens. You can increase your longevity by breathing deeply, getting grounded, and raising your consciousness. Spend more time in nature to increase longevity.
Are you wasting or maximizing your time? Imagine getting to the end of your life and being able to say that you valued your time on earth so much that you didn't waste a minute of it worrying about the future, regretting the past or complaining in the present.
The first step to living longer is to be aware of how well you're doing when it comes to taking care of yourself. When...
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Genuine caring comes from a fully engaged heart. If your heart is not in it, care will be given out of guilt or obligation. Bring your loving attention to the object of your care and you'll be amazed by how much joy you feel.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~ Leo Buscaglia
It's easy to genuinely care for our furry friends. They put their whole heart into loving their human companions and they teach us how to live in the moment. Being fully present in return is an act of caring.
When you truly care about a project you will stay with it until completion. You'll find a way to overcome obstacles, and keep moving forward. This wholehearted approach guarantees that you will finish what you start.
A lack of care shows up as excuses, distraction, multitasking, apathy,...
Where your attention goes, energy flows. Pay more attention to the positive than the negative and you'll be in the natural flow of life. Notice the beauty that is right in front of your eyes and you'll be using your energy wisely.
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” ~ Mary Oliver
Mother Nature naturally draws our attention to her beauty. If you're too busy to notice, you're missing out on one of the greatest gifts of being human. All of your senses were designed to pay attention to the natural world.
Pay attention to your positive thoughts. What you focus on expands so put your attention on what you want to see more of in your life. When you pay attention to what you don't want, you're wasting energy on worry. Shift your attention to what you do want to make good use of your energy.
Give your body the attention it deserves. Aches and pains, fatigue and burnout, are some of the ways your body communicates....
Everything is energy, including you. Your energy cannot be destroyed but it can be drained. To own your energy you need to spread your wings and not allow anyone to put mud on them.
Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. ~ Joel Osteen
When you allow little things to take your energy you're getting caught up in the limited perspective of your small ego. Switch to the unlimited perspective of your soul and you won't sweat the small stuff.
You are surrounded by an energy field that extends an arms length around your body. Negative energy can puncture your aura causing your life force to leak out. Do your best to keep your distance from negativity. If you need to mend your aura spend time alone in nature or meditate.
Drama can drain your energy....
Your purpose is like a sunken treasure waiting to be found. It creates a longing in your soul, restlessness in your heart, and inspiration from your spirit. This treasure is the gift you are meant to share with the world.
“The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” ―Thomas Carlyle
Do what makes you come alive and you will be living on purpose. It's simply a combination of loving yourself and being of service to others. When you act out of love, kindness, empathy, and compassion, you're on the right track to fulfilling your life's purpose. Find a problem you genuinely care about and come up with a solution.
Your purpose is less about what you're doing in the world and more about who you're being. That means that the doing needs to come out of your being. Be true to your values and there will be more purpose in what you choose to do with your time.
We all have the shared purpose of elevating our consciousness. It's easy to get...
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The outer world is a reflection of your inner world. When you're being true to your authentic self the world looks bright and beautiful. Being true to your conditioned self dulls that beauty. Be true to your soul and your ego will adapt.
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~ William Shakespeare
Being true to your soul will lead you to your highest potential. Your soul holds the dreams for your life. When you awaken your dreams your higher self will make good on your intentions.
The ego is who you think you are; your soul is who you really are. Your conditioned self needs your loyalty to be in charge of your life. When you decide to be more loyal to your soul than your ego, your life will take on new meaning.
You'll know that your ego is in control when you're preoccupied with past and future thinking. Your soul guides you to live in the present...
Boundaries are less about excluding others and more about including yourself. Healthy relationships thrive on healthy boundaries. Even though spiritually we're all one, physically we need to honor our personal preferences.
“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.” ~ Brené Brown
Choose to be around people who empower and energize you. Healthy boundaries need to be set with people who bring you down or drain your energy. You will have to learn how to say no to stop giving your power and energy away.
It's up to the one who sets the boundary to keep it in place. If someone crosses a boundary you may have to reset that boundary in such a way that it won't be crossed again. For example, if you don't like the way someone is treating you and you let them know it will no longer be tolerated, you have to be willing to back that up by walking away if...
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Just like the the sun shines its light through the atmosphere and illuminates everything it touches, your spirit can shine through your body and radiate your unique brilliance. When you let your light shine you free your spirit.
“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.”
~ Marianne Williamson
A free spirit is someone who shines their light at all times, not just when it's convenient. A free spirit is in the flow of life and...
There is an edge between the ordinary fear-based world and the extraordinary love-centered world. When you're on the edge considering the call to adventure you can either answer the call or refuse it. The choice is yours.
“There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you’re on the wrong wall.” ~ Joseph Campbell
Your ego may refuse the call to adventure because the path appears too difficult and the final destination seems unreachable. If you've always played it safe or done what was expected of you, your calling will require an essential shift in consciousness from fear to love. Trust your soul to guide you on the path of love to fulfill your destiny.
It's helpful to know that refusing the call is a stage of the hero's journey that leads to meeting a mentor. If you were heading out into unknown territory to embark on a great adventure and you knew nothing about where you were going, you might...
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