A Guiding Word?

HRW_SFSC_orangeAs I write now, I am listening to the album, Feeling Good Today. Snatam Kaur and her children’s choir are delightfully singing a song named I am Blessed. I sing along and welcome the magical and peaceful tone these lyrics call into my day…

Today, the sun has risen and with it, I welcome the start of a new day. I intend to notice the gifts this day brings.  May I remember to breathe deeply and occupy the present moment with awareness.  With this new day comes a clean slate, if I choose to think of it that way. Yesterday has passed. Today is new. Tomorrow isn’t promised.  When and if tomorrow comes, it will then be my today to create.  Instead of longing and running to the future, I intend to anchor in this day as much as I can remember.

Years ago, I read the book If Not Now, When? by Reverend Wayne Muller. In his thoughtful book he suggests that it is useful to think that today might be the last day on the planet, why not live as though it is?  Be thoughtful, generous and kind.  Have no regrets.  Anchor into living today.  I have brought these ideas into many of my days and the influence has been profound.  When I live a new day as though it could be my last, I find I am more present, loving and kind both to myself and those around me. 

If you are reading this, you are blessed.  You likely have plenty to eat, clothes on your back with much more in the closet, and a nice warm bed in a nice warm house.  Not everyone is so blessed.  It could do us all some good to remember that.

SOUL-FULL Self Care:  Choose a word that reflects your gratitude for yet another day, gratitude for your blessings, and gratitude for your life. Choose a word that will inspire you and guide you to live your day with purpose, like it’s your last day on earth. Let this word become your Blessed Word of the Day: blessed, peace, ease, friendship, love, caring, generosity… you get the idea.  If it helps you to remember, write it down; write it on your calendar, leave a note on your bathroom mirror, set it as the background on your phone, do whatever you need to remind yourself of your Blessed Word of the Day.

I’d love to hear what you do for SOUL-FULL Self-Care…Namaste…

 

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