Think about it… when these things are stripped away from your identity: upbringing, beliefs, thoughts, fears, character, medication, education, knowledge, skills, abilities, job, make-up, hair coloring, implants, tattoos, piercings, contacts, glasses, clothing, jewelry, accessories, possessions, etc., what is remaining? THE REAL YOU!
I love this quote from Canadian author, Danielle LaPorte: “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”
When growing up, my parents taught me that if I never wasted, I would never be in the want. Last month, I celebrated Easter at my house, and I bought a bag of my favorite jelly beans. Well… in this bag of jelly beans, there is a flavor called green apple. This is the one flavor that I do not like at all. Keeping in mind what my parents taught me, I would always eat the green apple ones, even though I would choke on the taste. I’ve got to tell you… this time, I couldn’t bring myself to eat them. I finally made an adult decision to just throw them away and never eat them again! It is liberating to know, I will no longer be eating green apple jelly beans! My life is so much better now lol!
Everyone is dealing with difficulties in their lives, so the least we can do is show some compassion toward others. We must override the ego and be aware of our immediate thoughts about that person or their situation. It doesn’t take much to uplift someone when you know they are in need of encouragement. Sending an inspirational card or message, attending a funeral, visiting someone in the hospital or nursing home are all signs of compassion. When you can actually relate to how the other person is feeling and what they are experiencing, you tend to have more compassion and empathy toward other people. If you want to be a more compassionate person, start with self-compassion and self-love. Rather than judging yourself harshly, practice self-compassion to change any behavior you want to change. Loving kindness and compassion toward yourself and others go a long way.
The Dalai Lama stated, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Essential oils are extremely popular these days. There is an oil available for just about every health issue out there. Many people are skeptical of what these oils can do. For the last several years, I have come to realize that medication can help in one area but harm another. Did you ever watch a commercial for medication and afterwards all the possible side effects are identified? The list goes on and on. I will do whatever I can to avoid taking medication (because of side effects and also addiction). Of course, any serious health issue must be addressed immediately by a medical professional. I am now learning about pure and natural essential oils, and I’ve started using them. I don’t know if it’s me and my belief in them (placebo effect) or if they really do work. I guess it’s all what you believe. I can honestly say, I believe they really do work for me. A few minor issues I’ve been experiencing lately have actually improved. I must say, I am feeling pretty good right now! I am always looking for natural ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Meditation (#1), exercise (walking for me), yoga (men can do this too :), a positive mindset, repeating affirmations, a healthy diet, lots of water and good rest, and giving up coffee, tea, and soda have all greatly improved my health, physically and mentally.