Melody Beattie says, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” And I couldn’t agree more. True gratitude is an overall appreciation for what is (and isn’t). It is the fundamental practice that allows us to create space in our lives for contentment, peace, joy, love and equanimity (mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation).
Suffering stems from the denial of “what is.” Resisting what is will not change it. In fact, it seems to bring us more of what we do not want. Byron Katie said, “Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”
There is something inherently scary about the “unknown.” We all flock towards safety and comfort. But the thing about life is that there is little certainty, and though we think we are in control, it’s really an illusion. We have no control of anything outside of ourselves. But we have total control of our own choices and state of being. If we want to cultivate inner peace and contentment, it’s imperative that we practice having trust and faith in the Divine plan and order of things, knowing we are safe and supported by life fully.
We’ve all been told “be kind,” or “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” but what you may not know is that studies have found that practicing random acts of kindness is like nourishment it improves creativity, growth and overall health. Also, it was found that most of us are more likely to act kind towards a stranger than those we see everyday. Ouch!
There are two things in life that drive most of what we do and say: fear and love. While we often confuse the two emotions as we are faced with decision-making and forming thought processes, it is imperative to understand the difference and how the events in our life show up as a result of our original intentions.
When we come into life we experience what is called “contrast.” Contrast is simply “differences.” We may call things good or bad, but really they just exist and have no positive or negative conotations; they just are as they are – neutral. Therefore, we make everything subjective and we decide if it is pleasing to us or not. We also determine when we are open to receiving something new in our life.
There are a variety of basic laws of the universe that apply to each and every one of us. Understanding and implementing these can greatly enhance our lives.
The Crown Chakra is the seventh Chakra and connects us with the Universe and Source of All-There-Is. The Crown Chakra is located at the crown – the center of the very top – of the head. The Crown Chakra is the meeting place of the finite and infinite, your body and ego meet your Soul.
REIKI NEWS & REVIEW: By Columnist Camille Lucy – Certified Holistic Health Coach & Reiki Practitioner: We all have chakras or energy centers in our body. In Sanskrit, Chakra means a wheel or disk. Chakras are “wheels” or vortexes of swirling energy throughout our body. We have 7 main Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown. The […]
The fifth Charka, the Throat Chakra, is commonly known as the “voice of the body.” It is located in the center of the throat and neck, and is the place where energy from the other chakras can be expressed. The Throat Chakra is responsible for communication, self expression, creativity and judgment…