Thursday, December 11, 2014

An excerpt from Living La Vida Lymphoma (the book!)

Saturday, December 12

Just breathe

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, REJOICE, for your soul is alive!”
~Eleanora Duse

     With the holidays fast approaching and all of your personal deadlines weighing down on you in preparation, remember to take a moment to just sit and relax. This does not require a lot of time on your part.  
      If you live where winters are frigid, step outside and breathe in the icy, fresh air. Watch each breath escape into a puff of white. Picture your worries and fears vanishing with each exhalation.
     Maybe you live by a lake or ocean, envision your troubles washing out with each wave as it gently laps the shoreline. No matter where you reside, nature abounds.
     One of my favorite things to do when stuck in traffic is to watch birds on the telephone wires. It never ceases to amaze me how well they get along. A few fly away from the group, and then others come to replace the vacancy on the wires. There are never any squabbles, just acceptance of a place to sit and rest. I am awed by how they take off in flight together, swooping and soaring in formation. It lifts my spirit and makes me smile, and I’m thankful that I had a moment of escape from the ho-hum of everyday life.
     Before your feet hit the floor when you wake up in the morning, give a quick prayer of thanks for another beautiful day.
      Start a gratitude journal and list whatever you are thankful for each day. I try to list at least five things. There may be days when you may feel you are only thankful for the sun shining. That’s okay.
     We have to learn how to cherish the simple things in life. Things we might normally take for granted. Today, try to search for opportunities to touch your soul. Maybe make a list of things that make you happy and tuck it away so that you can pull it out whenever you need an attitude adjustment, or to add to it. Take the time to sit and be. You deserve it.

Affirmation:  I remember to breathe as I release old habits, and practice positive ones. 


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