For many years I felt that if it weren’t for bad luck then I would have no luck at all. These past few months have shown me that it has nothing to do with luck, but my thoughts and attitude towards those things that are challenging.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.-Buddha
I’ve always been intrigued by a higher power; I believe part of that higher power is within ourselves. There are many people who live life with a negative outlook and what I have observed is that these people don’t know what true happiness feels like. It makes my heart heavy that someone can go through life in such a way.
I have had my fair share of ups and downs this past year along with some pretty low moments. What makes the lows different than negative thoughts is how I handle the low. I used to shut down and close my mind and heart to those around me. I felt guilty putting my low moments onto another person. What I have learned is that it is okay to lean on others when I am not feeling whole. The catch is not to rely on another person to make me whole again, that is my responsibility.
One of my favorite things to do when I’m struggling is to step outside barefoot. My feet are very sensitive so feeling the warmth of the earth radiate through me has the greatest impact on my mental well-being. I am a fire sign so it’s no surprise that I need the heat and warmth and I radiate just as much, if not more, than I take in.
When I can’t be outside I peek out of my windows trying to absorb the sunshine. Mind over matter right? I love doing this on the cold snowy mornings when the air is biting, those are the mornings the sun shines the brightest. It is also during the winter months when the moon is just as radiant as the sun. Sitting in the middle of my bed, curtains pushed back, just entranced by the moonlight.
I find myself doing these things more and more lately. Especially when the world is so heavy with sorrow, taking back those moments of alone time and reconnecting within myself is so enriching.