Simplify your day. Make a conscious effort not to plan too many things, finish one task before you move on to the other, and be in the moment.
Make Nutrition a Priority. Make sure to feed and nourish yourself with good foods for your particular body and its needs. The gut is the fuel for our entire engine and if that is not working properly neither can you.
Sleep Well. Lower your lights and turn off your devices at a certain time every night. Find what works for you in terms of letting go. If there is a ritual you would like to add such as a hot bath, a soothing shower, or perhaps meditation for a sense of closure on your day it is important to do so.
Notice Your Thoughts. The reality is that there will always be stressful situations, however it is within our control to be able to vary our response to such outside factors. We can either add intensity to them or in turn reduce there effects. Remember that the degree of stress is a perception and that everything is temporary.
These are paraphrased suggestions by Dr. Pratima Raichur with a few additional thoughts.
“Thinking of each individual friendship as its own love story can help us evaluate our own needs and behaviour.” -Philip Ellis
It’s always important to take a step back and reflect, no matter what the situation, friendship, or circumstance. -tM
The more mature I get in age, the more I feel like this.
I apologize less for my opinions, I too am taking up my rightful space, knowing and owning the fact that I am the boss of me, and no one else. Other’s opinions, judgements, and the casting of stones, mean very little to me these days. I have now weathered half of my life and it has taken me this long to feel somewhat liberated.
I know people say aging is not for the faint of heart, although for now (as I suppose I am still on the younger side of aging) I am enjoying the internal growth process and the celebrating of its liberties.
And trust me, there is nothing as liberating as celebrating your own self governance. -tM
What does your Sunday morning ceremonial observance look like?
There are no religious observances of any kind here, however I definitely hold sacred to my Sunday morning rituals. They ground me, put me at ease, and sometimes even in a contemplative state of mind. Most Sunday’s are spent in solitude. Just me, my music, coffee, some reading material, coupled with a few hours of kick back on the sofa staring at the sky, watching the birds take flight.
It’s a meditation of sorts, one with my eyes open. -tM
There is this sacred conversation that happens between the soul and the music being played.
Music heard so deeply, that it is not heard at all, but you become the music.
You cannot touch it, yet with precision you converse with its beat.
And when it leaves you, it changes you.
It always changes you. -tM
There is something to be said about embracing, or at the very least accepting every season for what it is. Finding beauty in those moments, after a storm, during a heat wave, in the middle of a downpour, or on a windy day reminds one to take pause. Look around, grab your lovers hand and take it slow. Because taking it slow, is sexy. -tM
“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” – Rumi
There is only so much that we can control. I have learned to stop forcing things. Often times we just need to find the patience to wait. -tM
Philip Dixon’s Moroccan inspired home in Venice Beach is a space that feels tranquil and inviting. A home, in my opinion should be a place where you can decompress, let go, shut out the world, and replenish your mind, body, and soul. This particular design and open concept of home is well balanced in function and form, taking full advantage of the California climate and finding inspiration in the boho vibe of living near a beach. -tM
In light of a conversation I had last night about the importance of time spent with oneself, I woke up this morning even more appreciative of what that time spent in solitude with the self has allowed me to become.
I am thankful for the strength that my alone time has helped me grow, for the wisdom it has imparted on me, and for the life and grace that continuously get replenished in that space. Being with myself is my safe haven in a world that is sometimes just too much. I am a much better human (soul) when I move at a slower pace, slow is not lazy, for me it is sexy, and also necessary for my solitary self to be able to fully engage in this thing called life. -tM
I would have not fared well during the Louis XIV times. I find anything busier then above to be clutter. Less is more. Just like with clothing, it highlights the bones and beauty of the space or in the case of dress, the person.
The closer to the basics I get, the more content and fulfilled I am. -tM
If you live your own truth with clarity of of mind, how wrong can any decision really be? In this contrived world, the one BEST thing we can be is ourselves. Be true to yourself, and to others, life will reward you. Wellness starts from within.
If you are able to believe in a higher source of power, with faith being at the core of that trust, then why not believe in yourself? There is evidence of your existence, and the proof also lies in your very ability to have moved through life thus far, so why not believe in your own potential? -tM
Just as I gravitate toward simplicity when it comes to my wardrobe, I too am drawn to the less is more concept when it comes to the design of my space, and in particular the design of the washroom. I want the space to feel like and be just as naked as I am, free of clutter making room for the letting go of whatever I am carrying in mind, on body, or that is spiritually weighing me down.
It’s a place where I connect to myself, quietly, or sometimes in song, opening myself up to letting the water soften me, making me flexible once again. -tM
By going inward, sitting with your pain, you gain self-awareness, and strength, great great strength. The journey is ours to take, for ourselves, our children, our partners in life, for all of humanity. -tM
Water is one of my healing life lines. There is nothing that a shower cannot ease. The minute I close that door and turn on the faucets time stands still. The water can go in any direction, and it reminds me that so can I. -tM
Sometimes this is how I feel. Knowing when to let go is important, even if you are left there standing alone. -tM
I have never understood this chase for meaning, this chase for origin, this need for assurance for our very existence. Why not give meaning and purpose to the present moment, whatever that may be. Perhaps there is no meaning, just being. Perhaps that is the greatest secret of life after all. -tM
Sometimes movement doesn’t require you to take large leaps of faith, or to forge ahead at full speed. Sometimes sitting in silence is movement, an inward progression.
Recently I have been practising patience and allowing the space for life to move around and through me. While practising patience I am also respectfully moving at the pace that feels right for me. Sometimes slowing down in life makes for more meaningful action. -tM