Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Release Your Burdens

The load can be heavy at times. Your head and heart can become weighted by fears, concerns, worries and challenges, especially during these uncertain days of Coronavirus. 

It's no wonder that when we feel down, our shoulders slump and our eyes are downcast.

Take a deep breath, shake the tension out of your body, lift your arms outward and smile. 

You are loved. Feel the energy of that love as if it is a big hug enveloping you. Feel the rays of hope warming every aspect of your being. Feel assured that better days will come.

Today, this week: Release your burdens. Lift those things that no longer serve you from your shoulders. Allow them to float away. Know that you are loved. Know that better days will come.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Look to Nature for Nurture

So much in life is bright and beautiful, just as the season of spring shows us through nature’s magnificent palette. The loveliness found in a spring day refreshes and renews.

Look to nature for nurture. Get outside. Breathe in the spring air. Watch the loveliness of the season unfold around you. Then, carry that beauty of spring with you in your heart.

When you fill your mind and heart with spring-like thoughts and feelings of the bright and beautiful, you invite them to feed your spirit and positively affect your mood and outlook.

When you choose to experience the bright and beautiful in your day, your eyes will begin to focus on those moments more and more until they naturally become what you view.

Today, this week: Enjoy these lovely spring days and carry them in your heart.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: See the Beauty

The experiences of our lives have a tendency to set the lens through which we see others and view future experiences.

What if we shed those preset lenses for just today and chose to see everything and everyone from a new perspective?

Try this experiment: See the unique beauty in everyone you meet and everything you encounter. Come from a place of openness. Come from a place of kindness. Come from a place of patience. Come from a place of compassion. Come from a place of respect.

At the end of the day, consider what you learned from your experiment. Then, give it a try again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.

Today, this week: Focus on the beauty in everyone and everything you encounter.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Spring in Your Step

For some of us, winter has taken its own sweet time to exit so that spring can walk through the door. Long, dark nights and cold temperatures, laced with a stiff wind, can wear on even the most resilient soul.

Spring comes along to remind us of renewal, the return of light, a time of birth and growth when everything springs back to life.

As you experience the vernal equinox  and the first official day of spring later this week, how do you plan to celebrate this change of seasons and the welcoming of a greening and growing time in nature and in your own life?

Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Live in This Moment.

We hang onto them as if they were among our most prized possessions. We keep a firm grip on them so we can draw upon them throughout our waking—and especially our nighttime—hours. They are our worries, fears and regrets.

When we give them our attention and energy, our fears and worries become bigger, darker and more foreboding and our regrets feel more disappointing, especially in those middle-of-the-night hours when all seems darker, bigger and scarier.

Turn those worries, fears and regrets around and scoot them out the door. Let them float away with the wind. Fill those empty spaces instead with gratitude. Focus on the blessings of this moment, and your worries and fears won’t find room to come back.

Today, this week: Live in this moment. Focus on Now.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Rest. Renew. Recharge.

March is here -- that glorious month that heralds the beginning of spring. It’s easy now to begin filling your calendar with commitments, celebrations and activities. It’s easy to feel as if you’re running yourself ragged.

There is a gift, however, that you can give yourself, wrapped in a pretty spring bow. Give yourself time to refill your spiritual well and recharge your battery. You are more productive when you engage in self-care.

Spring is a season of renewal. Take a cue from nature.

Each day, make room in your busyness to take care of you. Read a chapter in a book. Take a walk. Listen to some good music. Write in a journal. Spend time outdoors. Close your eyes and meditate. Take a cat nap.

Today, this week: Rest. Renew. Recharge.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Love Works

In a world that often seems to be filled with fear, worry, division and differences, love is the answer. Love works. Love is the greatest gift that we can give each other.

Love builds bridges, offers compassion, displays kindness, shows patience, is gracious, is generous, values others. When unsure just what to do or say, come from a place of love.

Today, this week: Spread love. Love works.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Be Kind. Be Loving.

You hold tremendous power -- more power than you realize.

You have the capacity to fill the world with your love, kindness, and compassion. That's right -- to fill the world! 

As that good energy goes out into the universe, it gets passed on and on and on.

Be kind. Be compassionate. Be loving. 

Today, this week: Let your thoughts, words and actions be expressions of love and kindness. 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Sparkle and Light

Light is incrementally returning to us, minute by minute, after several months of darkness. 

Even in the darkness around us, each one of us has the opportunity to radiate light. That may be through a kind word to someone, smiling to a stranger, contributing to a charitable cause, being compassionate to your neighbor.

You may also bring light to your surroundings through your creativity and positive energy, lifting the spirits of others while doing good work.

The energy you expend will come back to you. When you're kind, kindness comes back to you. When you exude joy, joy comes back to you. Use your good energy to attract positivity back to you.

Today, this week: Think about the many ways in which you are overflowing with the sparkle and light of creativity and positive energy. Bring light to darkness.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Listen to Your Heart

We look for signals all around us -- something we read, something someone says -- but you hold a tremendous source of wisdom deep inside of you, accessible to you at any time. Some may call it the voice of God or Spirit, while others may call it the force of guardian angels, while even others call it simply Intuition.

Access that wisdom as you make decisions, both large and small. That wisdom rarely screams in your ear, however. Instead, it's subtle, quiet, a whisper, almost nothing more than a nudge. 

Pay attention to those nudges and tap into the wisdom that will never let you down.

Today, this week: Listen carefully to the subtle messages of your heart. It always gives you clear direction.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Stand Up, Stand Out

It’s sometimes awkward to be who we are—who we really are.

We might not want others to see our real selves for fear that they won’t like what they see. We might lack confidence in who we are and what we have to offer. We might want to just blend in with the crowd.

Embrace who you are—each unique aspect of you! You are here for a purpose! Stand up, stand out and stand alone, if necessary.

Know that it’s okay to stand out in the crowd.  It’s more than okay. It’s something to celebrate!

Release your fears and limitations. Live your values and use your voice for the good and true.

Be confident. Be glad that you are who you are. Be your beautiful, unique self!

Today, this week: Be you, the real you. Stand up. Stand out.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Nurture Yourself in Nature

There's nothing like the majesty of nature to alter your perspective about life. Breathing in fresh air, gazing at the endless sky, experiencing the sun and the breeze on your uplifted face and feeling a part of something greater than yourself are just some of the many gifts that come from being outdoors.

It's winter. If you live in a place that experiences cold and snow at this time of year, bundle up, put on your boots, your hat and your gloves, and get outside for a bit. Allow the wisdom of nature to speak in your ear. Allow that wisdom to center you and give you peace.

Today, this week, make time for being outdoors. Let nature speak to your heart.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Worry and Stress Float Away

During January, many of us often talk about losing the weight we gained during the last month's holidays, parties and festivities. All of those goodies tasted great at the time, but now it's time to engage in some healthy habits once again.

We often carry around with us other types of weight, as well -- worries, fears, regrets and stresses that gradually mount onto our backs, causing us to feel heavy with burdens.

Find healthy ways to release those burdens by breathing in peaceful thoughts, making yourself a priority and talking your stresses over with someone you trust -- a friend, clergy, therapist -- who can help you work through them.

Today, this week, focus on releasing the weight of your worries, fears, regrets and stress.  Find healthy ways to set those burdens free. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: I'm Bright! I'm Strong!

We human beings have a tendency to focus on our shortcomings and to name them in our heads -- often: I'm not brave enough. I'm not smart enough. I'm not talented enough. I'm not tall enough. I'm not old enough. I'm not young enough. I'm not thin enough. I can't, I can't, I'm not, I'm not.

Don't listen to those negative thoughts. Shoo them away and don't give them space in your head any longer.

Instead, fill your head with affirming thoughts. Start by naming one thing that you like about yourself. Now name another. Then another. And another. 

You are a gifted being. Celebrate who you are and where you are right now.

Today, this week, say these words to yourself: I am strong! I am bright! I am right where I’m supposed to be!