Trauma Can Make Us Sick: How I Found a Key to Healing

“Our bodies contain our histories—every chapter, line, and verse of every event and relationship in our lives.” ~Caroline Myss   I could hear my teacher talking, but I wasn’t listening. Staring at the math homework in front of me, I couldn’t get the sound of my heartbeat out of my head. Two times two equals, thump thump, equals thump thump, four. The more I focused on my heartbeat, the louder it became. I could even feel beating in my chest. Noticing the clock, I had ten more minutes before my mom would meet me in the school office. We had a meeting scheduled with the school nurse. I dreaded it. Was I in trouble? If so, then why was I meeting the nurse and not the principal? Besides, I was an A+ student. I never got in trouble. At the sound of the bell, I made my way reluctantly to the office. As planned, Mom was there. The school nurse, a small woman with a huge smile, met the both of us. “Come in,” she said, as she motioned in the direction of her door. I looked over at my mom and she looked at me, shrugging her shoulders. We were both clueless about the purpose of this meeting. “Uh huh,” clearing her throat, Nurse Smith broke the ice… “Let’s get to it. Casey, you are too thin. It concerns me.” Looking at my mom, she said, “Mom, do you know why Casey is losing so much weight?” My mom quickly described our diet and how she prepared meals for me, “balanced and complete.” “Is Casey seeing a doctor?” Nurse Smith followed up. My mom, in an agitated voice said, “When necessary we go to our family physician.” Looking at me intently, Nurse Smith patted me on the shoulder, “Okay, Casey, you eat more of your mom’s good cooking and get some weight on you. I don’t want to see you back in my office until you fill out a bit.” This was one of many incidents where people, including professionals, noticed something physical about me, made assumptions, but never asked me about my experience. No one asked me about my perceptions of my weight. Did I notice changes in the way my pants fit? Did I notice changes in my desire to eat? Instead, a band-aid approach—eat my mom’s great food—was recommended, and I was sent on my way. It was assumed that if I ate more, my weight would increase. Was eating more also the solution for my fast heartbeat? Apparently not. Months later, during a physical education drill, my teacher confirmed my rapid heartbeat. My teacher was not only concerned, but I was banned from taking physical education classes until my heartbeat was “normal.” Saddened that I couldn’t take a class that I really enjoyed, no one, including my physicians, offered me any solutions. After wearing heart monitors and complying with many tests, I was diagnosed with tachycardia. This is a medical [...]

2020-03-24T12:02:47-07:00 By |

4 Secret Tools to Help You Cultivate Calm

In a world of chaos and confusion, cultivating calm comes from our own efforts. With the hustle and bustle of these fast-moving modern times, finding peace and quiet seems near impossible. We have hurdles and hardships, but that doesn’t mean a place of calm isn’t possible. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated, it’s important to calm down before things get out of hand. From my own experiences, I know that if I don’t take that important “me time” to decompress, I’ll wind up frantic and frazzled. No matter how much is on my plate, I carve out time for calm in order to center myself and create a harmonious balance that gets me through even the most challenging moments. My secrets? They’re pretty simple. It’s not rocket science or anything time consuming, expensive, or elaborate. These go-to calm-me-down techniques always help me chill out and concentrate. I can relax, recharge, and get that sense of renewal that keeps me from losing my cool.   Mellow Music I have a special playlist I put on when I need to take things down a notch. Smooth R&B, old-school love songs, delicate instrumentals, and pared down acoustic versions of my favorite songs are easy to listen to and put me in a mellow mindset. I love upbeat music too, but I play those songs when I need some pep, like during my intense workouts. When it’s time for low-key listening, I’d rather feel the music than get on my feet and dance. When I’m in bed or resting on the couch and I’m not in a music mood, I play sounds of nature or listen to a book on tape. I can zone out and forget about the world for a while.   Meditation Mode Meditating is so healing. I try to practice as much as possible, even if I can only spend a few minutes here and there to do so. I focus on my breathing and posture, as well as loosening my tight muscles and built-up tension. There’s no formal way to meditate – you can sit quietly in a dim room, follow the instructions of an expert on video, or find an in-person “guru” to guide you. The most important thing is to get in touch with your inner peace as you learn how to cope effectively with outside noise and nonsense. After each meditation session, I always feel like a new person. I’m more patient and positive.   Incense Aromas I’m a big fan of burning incense, not only for the aromatic elements, but for the calming properties. I have a huge collection with nearly every scent I can think of. My favorite sandalwood, with its woodsy waft that permeates the air with warmth. It makes my home feel cozy and I never get tired of the smell. I often burn incense while meditating, making the experience even more soothing for my soul. If you’re not into burning incense, try home fragrance oils. They [...]

2020-10-08T17:47:34-07:00 By |

The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

“At the end of life, our questions are very simple: Did I live fully? Did I love well?” ~Jack Kornfield   When I was seven years old, I almost died. My family and I were at Central Station in Sydney, Australia to celebrate the last steam train to ever depart the station. It was about eight at night, and I remember it so clearly. The train was stationary at the platform, about to depart. I heard the whistle from the engine as the wheels started to chug and move ever so slowly. My older brother and I were excited, and we decided that it would be a great idea to race the train. We told mum and dad, and they mentioned that they would meet us at the car outside afterward. The train started picking up some speed, so my brother and I started to jog beside it. Before we knew it, we were running. Shortly after that, we were sprinting. I remember ever so clearly watching the train as I was running along the platform. The carriages were a dark brown wooden color, and some of the windows were open. I remember one of the doors at the end of a carriage clanging open and shut with each jolt of the train. Then, I was out. The next thing I knew, I was huddled up in a crouched position with the wheels of the train literally centimeters from my face. I noticed that I was leaning hard against something firm. Then I realized it was the platform. I had somehow fallen in the gap between the platform and the train. I thought to myself, “How did I end up here?” The wheels continued to roll past me, and I could feel the breeze like it was trying to suck me in. I crouched there, staring at the end of the train, waiting for it to finally pass me by. After what seemed to be an eternity, the train finally moved past me and I was left there, crouching in the open with everything around me starting to go quiet. I quickly stood up and turned to the platform to see an older lady sitting on a bench, hands cupped around her mouth and eyes wide open. She was completely in shock. Before I knew it, my brother was with me and he pulled me up from the tracks onto the platform. He put his arm around me as started to move hastily back to my parents. However, he quickly removed his arm from around me and I noticed it had blood all over it. I realized I was bleeding heavily from the head. My parents were back at the car, and as we raced toward them they looked a little confused, not sure why I was crying and why my brother looked shocked. My brother started speaking really fast: “We were racing the train, and I was ahead of Brendan. I was getting toward [...]

2020-03-24T11:58:02-07:00 By |

4 Things You Can Do Now to Feel Happy

Mindfulness is our awareness of ourselves and our surroundings. Starting from within and working outward, the more conscious we are of our spirit and soul, the better people we become. I’m a big believer in practicing mindfulness, and I do it every day, sometimes multiple times throughout the day. When I’m tuned into my deep thoughts and can clear my head of needless noise and chaos, I’m a better mother, partner, friend, and acquaintance. It gives me peace and pleasure to be my best self, and that means staying true to my beliefs, treating others with kindness and compassion, and knowing that I’m valuable. Not sure what to do to be more mindful? Here’s what I do daily to reach my self-prescribed quota of mindfulness. Even when I’m busy, I manage to squeeze in something. It’s just as important as my other to-dos, so I try not to miss my chance to better myself. The rewards I’ve reaped over the years have been well worth every instance.   Meditate Meditation is perfect for reducing stress and giving my mind a chance to sort things out and find solutions. Sometimes I let my brain go “blank,” and just exist. I find a dim quiet place to be alone where I can breathe deeply, connect with my body, and decompress. I finish the session with a nice stretch and a renewed sense of self.   Journaling I keep a journal in my nightstand so I can jot down what’s on my mind first thing in the morning and right before I fall asleep. I find that these are the hours when I have plenty to put to paper, and if I don’t get it out, I tend to forget what I was thinking. These journal entries can be emotional, inspirational, something work-related, a way to vent, and so on. If I write something down before blurting it out, I’m usually more controlled and coherent. Sometimes just writing is enough, and I keep my entries all to myself.   Affirmations If we’re not our own biggest fans, then how can we expect others to hold us in high regards? Even when I’m feeling down or things didn’t pan out as expected, I remind myself that I’m worthy and wonderful. I’m a loving mother, a faithful partner, and a devoted friend. I’m beautiful inside and out, and my actions are always geared towards the greater good. I even praise myself when I’ve eaten healthfully, exercised, and cleaned the house. I smile when I look in the mirror and appreciate the fine lines that show my strengths and struggles. Loving myself is the best gift I can get.   Learning Be like a sponge and soak up something new every day. Read whatever you can get your hands on, watch the news, talk to people outside your immediate circle, and be open to different opinions. If you have the time or inclination, take a course in something you’ve been interested [...]

2020-10-15T18:53:21-07:00 By |

3 Simple Ways to Be Happier in 2020

“Hold up your cup here is some positive tea that I want to pour out for you.”    Are you happy? You deserve to be happy. Not just any kind of happy, but genuinely happy. Yet, how can you be happy during something like the COVID-19 pandemic? How can you even think about happiness and peace during these times? You might think it is difficult and impossible, and that a life of happiness and peace in 2020 requires specific happenings. This is not so. There is no perfect time or right time. Every day you deserve to feel like you’re excited to be alive. I'm not looking over the fact that most of us have heard the voice of "2020" whisper things like:   “You won't achieve happiness.” "Life won't give you what you want." "From now on this is how it will always be." However, you can choose to not allow 2020 to defeat you. You can choose to still act on your dream. Why? Because NO YEAR and NO ONE can overrule your decision to live a blissful life. “No human on earth has power over you; you are the driver of your own life; don't give up your driver's seat.”-Lyoshi Esters   You deserve to feel good about your life. You deserve to look forward to the future with a hopeful mindset instead of a fearful one. So, what’s my goal? It is to motivate you to FIGHT for your RIGHT to be HAPPY.   Here are 3 simple ways to live a happier life in 2020.   1. Be a doer The doers are the ones that take it from the mind and into real life. They aren’t afraid to just do it and make their happiness a reality. When life is beating you down, get up, fight back, be a doer. Don’t just accept your outcomes. Don’t be submissive. Be active, a doer. Give your fears and stress the boot and power through like a Dodge Challenger vehicle. Your happiness is on the other side!   2. Practice mindfulness Do you ever notice how one negative thought can send us into a place of distress, fear, shame or sadness? Practicing mindfulness can help us to identify and disengage these thoughts, moving our attention back to the present moment with thoughts that support us. Mindfulness has been shown to help us be less affected by stress, more relaxed and more productive. For the next 15 days, choose one of these activities to focus on each day. Walking the dog for 15 minutes (Listen to your breathing, listen to your footsteps, and let your dog walk you safely around the park.) Taking a shower (Listen to the sound of the water as it relaxes your brain, take this moment and allow your thoughts and feelings to be washed away.) Soothing Music (Permit yourself to only listen to the music, without constantly checking your email or searching google or social media on your [...]

2020-10-08T15:05:34-07:00 By |

12 Powerful Gratitude Practices That Bring Joy

Learn How Practicing Gratitude Improves Your Life “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~A. A. Milne Gratitude didn’t come naturally to me. If there had been a championship for complaining, I would have been a serious contender. For years I felt entitled to everything, including the kindness of others. This didn’t make me very happy, since it was always easy to find something or someone to complain about. The more critical I grew, the less appealing life seemed and the worse I got on with others. The weather seemed awful, supermarket queues too slow, bosses too unappreciative, children too rowdy and messy, winters too cold, summers too hot, health too unsatisfactory, work too stressful, prices too high, quality too low, TV too boring, politicians too self-serving, traffic too slow, drivers too inconsiderate, and so on. If I had continued living like that, I might have ended up complaining that water was too wet and the sky too blue. Fortunately, I came across countless research studies about gratitude. How it reduced anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion, and even suicidal thoughts, while boosting happiness and satisfaction with life. How it lowered blood pressure, boosted immunity, and encouraged healthy habits while improving sleep. Research even suggested that gratitude improved the quality of romance and marriage! Now that seemed like an irresistible offer. I started collecting practical tips for living in a more grateful way, and started trying them out. Warning: these ways of practicing gratitude could seriously damage your unhappiness!   1. Tell your partner exactly how a recent episode made you love them even more. Be very specific and detailed. For example, “I love that you thought about what I would really like for our anniversary, and that you made all the bookings because you know it takes me ages to pick a hotel.” It doesn’t have to be in connection with an annual event, such as an anniversary. It could be something as small as the way they hug you to cheer you up when they see that you’ve had a hard day. But tell them exactly what it is you loved about that, and why. This detailed expression of gratitude signals your responsiveness to your partner. It tends to make them more responsive too. Romance thrives on mutual responsiveness.   2. If your relationship is going through a rough patch, imagine the disappearance of your partner. This is counter-intuitive, but it makes you more grateful for all that is good in the relationship. People who suddenly lost their partner often tell of how relatively insignificant their petty disagreements now seem. They often say they would give anything to have their loved one back. If I even think about trying this, it immediately makes me way more grateful for my partner. It makes me realize how lucky I am.   3. Look beyond a gift. Think consciously about the trouble that somebody took [...]

2020-10-01T20:01:54-07:00 By |

My 3 Secrets to Staying Happy

As the COVID crisis continues, life as we once knew it has shifted significantly. After the initial shock, we have somewhat settled into this “new normal,” but that doesn’t mean we are overjoyed or even OK with it. That said, it is up to us to find our happiness from within and pull positivity from our support systems and surroundings. The little things that make us smile make all the difference, giving us good reason to wake up each day filled with appreciation for what we have and what lies ahead. Here is how I stay happy, even when life throws us curveballs…like COVID. Even when I am feeling blue, I find reason to look on the bright side of any situation.   An Attitude of Gratitude I consciously practice gratitude for all the beautiful blessings in my life. My family, loved ones, friends, health, and good fortune make me feel lucky to be alive, and I never take that for granted. I wake up with a roof over my head, there is nourishing food in the refrigerator, and I have a career that lets me be creative as I contribute to society. I realize I am blessed, and love to give back, pay it forward, and live in the present. I strive for more out of life, but I am satisfied with what I already have. I don’t seek perfection, but positive experiences that enrich my life. Remaining thankful comes easily, effortlessly, and enjoyably.   Love and Laughter I surround myself with positive energy…  an uplifting family, a loving fiancé, and trustworthy friends.  The people I spend time with are spiritual and sensitive, and I know I can count on them to stand by me through whatever life may present – the highs, lows, and in-betweens. Naturally, it’s my pleasure to return the gesture, and I’d give any one of them the shirt off my back. It is this type of loyalty and love that warms my heart and fills me with contentment. When I am with my loved ones, we are endlessly elated as we share stories and strengthen our bonds. Sometimes things get serious, but we keep it real and find plenty of opportunities to goof around and giggle. Laughter is like medicine, reducing stress and relieving tension. I count on this “remedy” to keep me healthy and happy.   Finding Purpose We have all been put on this planet for a reason, and our value is immeasurable. We are unique as individuals but one in the same when it comes to our collective impact and its importance. Realize your purpose and prevail. Whether it’s being a parent, saving lives, or simply making someone smile. I whisper affirmations to myself in the mirror and have faith in my fortitude. No matter what I set my mind to, I know I can succeed, especially when success comes from having the courage to commit in the first place. Accept your limitations, but look at [...]

2020-10-02T17:12:52-07:00 By |

4 Ways to Become More Optimistic (When Everything Around You Isn’t)

This world right now is a very uncertain one. The COVID crisis has made our lifestyles very unstable and caused the job market to be in a state of constant change. Negativity is consumed and advertised everywhere you look. It is hard to feel like the world has a chance of becoming a better place. Even though I am writing this about our current situation, the above statements could be written about any year. There will always be negativity, the economy will always feel rocky, and it will always feel like the world is getting worse. It can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Despite the uncertainty of today’s world, you can still be optimistic about life. This doesn’t mean you should just ignore bad things and pretend they didn’t happen – it means you can choose to change your mindset about everything. Here are four ways you can become optimistic about yourself and the world you live in.   Cut Down on Using Social Media Social Media is simultaneously one of the best and worst inventions in modern history. It has allowed us to become connected with others despite distances. It allows us to develop relationships with people that, 60 years ago, we would not have had access to. Social Media is also a lightning rod for negativity and bad feelings. It is a place where people yell at each other for unimportant topics, which leads to anger, which leads to more yelling. The first step in becoming more optimistic is by limiting your social media use. You don’t have to completely get rid of it but decreasing the amount of time you spend on social media will increase your mental health. You may not realize it, but every minute you scroll through friends and strangers arguing with each other is a minute that your brain is absorbing negative thoughts. When you stop spending time on social media, you start spending time developing real connections with people (phone calls, texts, or even Zoom calls). These relationships are better for your health and help you become more optimistic about life.   Stop Watching So Much News I bet after reading #2, you are thinking “But how will I know what’s going on?!” I am not saying you should ignore all news media, but have you ever sat down and thought about the stories news outlets cover? Scandals Crimes Rage Watching these types of stories over and over can make you feel negative and even apathetic to the world. If all you see is negativity (and that’s what the news primarily covers, because it gets attention), then you won’t see a reason to be optimistic. When is the last time you saw a news station cover only positive/” feel good” stories? When’s the last time you watched a news show and thought “Wow, I feel much better.”? To become more optimistic, you have to stop flooding your brain with negativity. Instead of watching the [...]

2020-09-24T17:32:59-07:00 By |

How to Live a Life You Love (Even If Others Doubt You)

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien   I will always remember those words. I had just decided to ditch my old life. Instead of pursuing a cushy career as a lawyer, I wanted to create a business as a freelance writer because it felt like a fulfilling thing to do. “You’ll never make it work. You’ll regret your decision,” a loved one told me. Those words pushed my buttons. I felt scared. What if I would regret it? Was I stupid, even delusional, for thinking there was an alternative to living a pre-planned life with a secure nine-to-five and a mortgage? Maybe I did think too much of myself, my abilities, and my potential? Maybe I was setting myself up for disaster? How to Find the Courage to Live a Life You Love Doubt is everywhere, isn’t it? People around you expect you to live your life in a certain way. Go to a good school, get a job that pays a comfortable salary, buy a house… And if you don’t? If you break the norm and live life differently? Whether that’s driving around the country in an RV, becoming a full-time yoga teacher in the Himalayas, or starting a passion project… Let’s put it this way. You will see a lot of raised eyebrows and hear a lot of surprised questions and doubtful side-remarks. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Comments like: “Why would you want anything other than what you already have? Don’t be so ungrateful.” “There is no way that will work out.” “Are you sure this is the best thing to do? Wouldn’t it be better to just stick to where you are now and see how it pans out?” The problem with constantly being questioned by everyone around you? Well, let’s take me as an example. When I heard those doubtful words (and many like them), I took them to heart. I subconsciously started believing them and created what in psychology is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy. When you believe something about yourself, that influences what you do and, consequently, your results. For example, if you internalize what others say about your choices, you won’t believe you can succeed. And that means you won’t, because you’ll never even get started. But here is the good news: You can get past all that doubt. You can find the courage you have within you to not only take a step forward but also to live life fully without looking back. Here’s how:   1. Find positive examples around you. Think about someone who has succeeded at what you want to do—someone with a similar background, resources, skills, etc., or even fewer advantages. If they have succeeded, why couldn’t you? Let me tell you a secret (shh, no one else will know!): If someone else has done it, you likely can, too. I realized this early on. While, yes, the people around you might not understand how you [...]

2020-09-23T16:39:00-07:00 By |

Positive Thoughts Can Change Your Life – Here’s How!

Almost all of us want to expand our horizons and achieve our goals quickly. But it all starts with our thoughts. Negative thoughts limit our beliefs and restrict our potential. On the other hand, positive thoughts help expand it. You might have, at times, tried to transform things around you but did not get the results you expected. In this post, we discuss the basic things about positive thinking. We all see how the power of positive thoughts can change life and how you can start applying positive thinking in your daily life to see a difference.   The Power of Positive Thoughts Thinking positively does not mean you start living in a world of unicorns, ignoring the unpleasant events. Positive thoughts mean you respond to such situations in a positive way. When it comes to the manifestation of desires, our mind is the most powerful tool. It has a constant flow of thoughts. If most of these thoughts are negative, it implies that our outlook towards life is not optimistic. If a majority of our thoughts are positive, it means we are optimistic. Recent studies suggest that people should have positive thoughts and emotions. This not only makes them feel good but also transforms their lives for better. It also helps them move forward on the path towards good health, longevity and success. The power of positive thoughts is remarkable. It is true that your mind can transform your world. Happy people always think of what they want and how they can achieve it. This way, their positive attitude changes their entire life. Talking about your desires and dreams gives you a control over your life. When you think about something that makes you happy, you develop a feeling of general well-being. This way, you develop a positive attitude.   How To Develop Optimism? According to psychologists, healthy and happy people have a special characteristic that makes their lives better than others. The quality is optimism! And the good news is that you can learn to be optimistic. It is possible to learn thinking positively by adopting an optimistic mindset. The law of cause and effect works in this world. If you behave like other happy people, you also start feeling healthy and happy. If you follow people with a positive attitude, you get similar experiences and get the same results. Optimists are different from other average people as they have different ways to deal with the world. The first thing that sets them apart is focusing on what they desire and looking for ways to achieve it. Their minds are clear about their aspirations and they have confidence about accomplishing them. Another thing that defines optimists is looking for the good in every situation. Even when situations go wrong, they don’t criticize them. Instead, they say ‘This is good!’ and start looking for something good in the situation. If you try to find something good in a situation or person, you will succeed [...]

2020-09-23T16:41:56-07:00 By |

The First Steps Toward Creating a Life You Love

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” ~Rob Hill Sr. The other day I had an interesting conversation with a friend, who asked me the question “Who is the happiest person you know?” Ask yourself this question now. It’s difficult to answer, isn’t it? There are certainly people around me who seem to be happy, but the happiest person I know? I couldn’t easily come up with an answer. The conversation with my friend proceeded with him saying, “You seem happy, but it’s so easy for you; you live in Cornwall by the sea, you work for yourself, and you have all the freedom in the world because you’re single.” It made me smile to think about how people perceive others’ lives. If you ask the next person they might say the absolute opposite: “It must be hard for you living so far away from anything, starting a heart-centered business from scratch with nothing. You must be so lonely being single and doing it all on your own.” And the truth is, all the above is true. I feel each and every variation of the above on occasions because I’m human! I think and dream just like a regular employed person, I love just like a married person, and feel and breathe just like a city dweller. We are all the same. But the conversation made me reflect on my own happiness. What does it mean to be happy? I feel the happiest I’ve ever been right now, whether I look at my life with glass-half-full or half-empty eyes. I asked myself why, and the only answer I could think of is, right now I feel authentic. I wake up each morning and my work feels like a joyful adventure, so I don’t have to drag myself through days, questioning the point of what I’m doing. Feeling complete deep down for the first time in my life soothes the loneliness of not being in a loving partnership right now, and walking the beach with my dog every morning watching the sunrise, instead of being on a packed London commuter train, makes my heart burst with happiness. This isn’t a recipe for happiness in any shape or form. These are just my things. My choices leading to the life I am creating for myself, from a place of authenticity. I have started to understand and accept that my life is up to me—my choices, my creation. The life I am living right now resulted from the choices I made before now, and yet they are no longer important; only the choices I make right now are. Right now I am free from the past but have a choice in creating my future. So often we look outward and feel trapped by things that aren’t real. For me it was my past, my CV, other people’s perceptions, my own fears, and those pesky little shoulds, from myself and others. Or we think that we’re slaves to the choices we made in the [...]

2020-09-22T16:24:54-07:00 By |

Hit The Reset

“Hold up your cup here is some positive tea that I want to pour out for you.” Some years ago, I was driving to an unfamiliar location. I put the address information into the Google navigation app on my phone and headed out in high confidence that I would get where I needed to go. But something unexpected happened. For some odd reason, the system I was depending on to give me direction failed. After a couple of U-turns and some very complicated directions from the computerized voice talking to me, I started feeling uncomfortable. I had the sense that something wasn’t right with the guidance I was receiving. I had that feeling inside that said, “You’re lost!” After a few moments of concern, I shut down the GPS app and restarted my phone. I thought to myself "maybe everything needed to be reset." For some reason, totally unknown to me, something was off in the GPS system, and resetting it was the cure. When I restarted the program, re-entered the address and began the navigation again, everything worked as it was supposed to. The reset got me back on track. It brought me out of being lost into a sure direction again. It's amazing! Where would we be without a reset feature? Have you ever thought while dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic crisis that maybe your life needs a reset right now? We need a reset button for life itself because we perpetually find ourselves all tied up in knots over some problem, or feeling entangled in situations that we have no control over. Many times in our life journey we get off track. Through the busyness of life, the influence of wrong thinking, wrong people, wrong priorities, or whatever, our internal sense of direction is confused. We end up wandering into territory we shouldn’t be in. We start listening to voices that misguide us. And before long, we have that sinking feeling that says, “You’re lost!” Some of us are lost because of the COVID-19 illness that has sadly taken so many lives. We don’t know how to be normal when an abnormal illness resides in our country. With so much uncertainty going on and injustice on the rise, we begin to take unpleasant thoughts seriously. Thoughts like, “That was a complete disaster,” “I’ll never amount to anything,” “People are idiots,” and “Things never work out,” often feel like the absolute truth- like depressing but important insights about the way things really are. It’s easy to forget that they’re just thoughts. To utter the words, “I think I need a reset,” can be scary. But what if… We do need a reset? I don’t know about you, but every now and again, I need a reset.   Here are three simple ways to hit the reset button on life!   Laughter “When you laugh, at that very moment your depression takes a back seat.” -Lyoshi Esters Sometimes, no matter how difficult life may [...]

2020-09-23T16:44:40-07:00 By |