Half-Way Through 2019: Goals Review Time!

Hello Dear Readers!

Can you even believe that we are already half-way through this year? And how is it going with the goals you set for 2019?

On January 1st, I set these goals for the New Year:

To be Happy, Healthy, Holy, Hopeful, and Helpful.

I actually did not try to make them all begin with the letter “H”… Those goals just came to me spontaneously, in that order, and they all just happened to begin with H… So here is my check-in about how my goals are going:

Happy: As the image with this post says, “I ❤ Happiness.” Years ago I bought a bunch of organic bananas that had a little oval sticker with that quote. I still have that tiny sticker, but it is too small to photograph, so I made this image… I recently suggested to WordPress that they include the featured photo in the emails, but since that isn’t happening yet, I’m attaching the image here again for those who are viewing this post by email…

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Anyhow, I would say that overall I am feeling much happier in 2019. It is a choice to be happy, and I definitely choose happiness… AND I do practices to keep happy-ing up, and when those practices are effective I write about them in blog posts and books to help you happy up also!

Healthy: Well, physically I look very healthy, and I do eat an organic, whole foods plant-based, gluten-free diet, as well as exercise and take care of my health on all levels… AND, for decades I have dealt with many strange ailments and aches and pains that come and go and move around. My symptoms lately seem like perhaps a Fibromyalgia flare-up, so soon I will be finding a new doctor to get evaluated… Thankfully, all of the practices that I do to happy up also help me to manage my emotional reactions to not feeling well physically. And, fortunately I have good days as well as bad days, so I am very grateful for the good days!

Holy: For many years on my spiritual journey, I straddled two worlds… In one world I wanted to be a nun, and in the other world I wanted to find prince charming. (Please read my favorite blog post ever about how I no longer have that desire for a partner: “Into the Fire.”) Now that I am just living in the one world as a nun, married to God and the Spiritual Life, I am relieved to no longer be searching for an earthly guy… AND, I’m still learning a lot about desires and attachments in the earthly realm! Just because I freed myself of one desire, did not mean that I freed myself of all desires! So even though I am doing many daily spiritual practices, I would not describe myself as being entirely pure and holy. I am doing my best and I am always challenging myself to grow more!

Hopeful: Recently I discovered a new hero, Thich Nhat Hanh, and I read his awesome book, Peace is Every Step, which I will be reviewing in a blog post soon. In that book he talks about how hope is necessary when we are having a hard time because it helps us to get through the difficulties… but then once we get through the challenges, hope is not enough for true happiness, because hope is for the future, whereas happiness is to be found in the present moment. That really resonated as truth for me, and I reflected on how I had set “Hopeful” as one of my 2019 goals because I was still living in what I call my decade of hardships (which began in March, 2009)… And so the first few months of 2019 I was struggling to keep hope alive in my mind and heart… But thankfully, in the past few months there has been a shift into feeling hopeful most of the time… So I think I can check this one off, and move on to living in the happy present moment!

Helpful: Due to the health issues mentioned above, I am not able to do all that I would like to do in terms of helping others… But, I am proud to say that this year I trained with a local hospice and I have been going out to visit with dying patients and their families. And I have been posting helpful blog articles… And I am getting ready to publish my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life. (For more information, please read “Double Coffee Days Ahead.”)… So, I am being helpful in the ways that I can…

Thank you for reading my 2019 Goals Review!

How about you… How is it going with your goals for the year?

 

Happy Half-Way Through 2019 to Everyone!

 

 

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Some Favorite Books for Your Summer Reading List

Have you seen all the “book haul” channels on YouTube? Well, this is my mini book haul, with some of my favorite books… With each book is a link to a previous blog post as well as an Amazon link… Please note that if you purchase these books through the links in this post, I will gratefully receive small commissions…

~ Life Colors: What the Colors in Your Aura Reveal by Pamala Oslie
Blog post: “What Are Your Life Colors?
Amazon: Life Colors

~ Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain
Blog post: “Happy Up Your Life With Creative Visualization
Amazon: Creative Visualization

~ The Creative Visualization Workbook: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life, by Shakti Gawain
Blog post: “Happy Up Your Life With Creative Visualization
Amazon: The Creative Visualization Workbook

~ Staying Well With Guided Imagery: How to Harness the Power of Your Imagination for Health and Healing by Belleruth Naparstek
Blog post: “Staying Well With Guided Imagery
Amazon: Staying Well With Guided Imagery

~ Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century by Matthew Fox
Blog post: “Activate Your Greening Power with Hildegard of Bingen!
Amazon: Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times

~ Words at the Threshold: What We Say As We’re Nearing Death by Lisa Smartt
Blog post: “What Words Will You Say at the Threshold?
Amazon: Words at the Threshold

Dear readers I hope you enjoy these books.
Please share your experiences with me!

 

 

3 Ways to Calm Your Nervous System in Spring

When the Earth energies are revving up in Springtime, it is super important to keep calming your nervous system. In addition to the usual suggestions for healthy food, regular exercise, and good sleep, here are 3 daily practices you can do to help yourself feel calm and grounded in Spring:

1. Go barefoot outside ~ This is one that I am really going to try to do each and every day. Simply go outside barefoot for five minutes! Put your bare feet on grass or soil, not on concrete. Tune in, and see if you can feel any energies coming into the soles of your feet. If there is any sunshine, that is a bonus, but try to do this even if it’s raining (as long as it isn’t too cold).

2. Listen to something soothing ~ Lie on your back for 20-30 minutes and listen to peaceful music or a visualization with guided imagery. Have a listen to my free chakras meditation, and let me know how you like it.

3. Journal at bedtime ~ As per the usual suggestions, turn off your computer and phone at least an hour or two before bedtime. Yes, I know, we have all broken that rule once or twice (wink, wink). After turning off your devices, sit down with your journal or notebook and write for 10-15 minutes. This can help to settle you before bedtime.

I hope these practices are helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below, or send me a private message via the Contact form.

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How the Gratitude Vibration Brought a Happy Tablet

Are you feeling grateful today?

Here are some fun facts for you: gratitude not only helps your immune system to be healthier, but it also brings abundance into your life.

Recently I was working with increasing my gratitude, and I created a Gratitude~Up community page on this website. You are invited to visit the Gratitude~Up page anytime to post your gratitude lists. Sharing your gratitude gives it more power.

While I was working on my gratitude, one of my brothers offered to send me a tablet, which was like a miraculous answer to my prayers for more abundance coming into my life. You see, my old laptop no longer allows me to access sites like PayPal, so my options were becoming limited. But now, with my happy tablet, I am back in business, both literally and metaphorically! With the tablet I was able to take the fun photo* attached to this article, and also to create a Donate page on this site.

I can’t promise that you’ll receive a tablet if you increase your gratitude, but what I can tell you is this: when you are feeling grateful, that feeling state creates a powerful energy of gratitude, and that gratitude vibration opens your energy field to allow more abundance to flow into your life.

Please visit the Gratitude~Up page and share your gratitude list today!

May your happiness and abundance increase!

 

*If you are viewing this article in an email, simply click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog, where you can see the funny photo of me, that I took with my happy tablet!

**Update: since the photo is vertical, only the bottom half shows when you are clicked into the full article… technical difficulties, oh my! So here is the photo:

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New Page for You: Gratitude~Up

 

Dear readers,

I am super excited to share that I have just added this new page for you: Gratitude~Up.

It’s a community page, where you are invited to share your gratitude lists at anytime of the day or night. And you can share as often as you like!

Did you know that gratitude boosts your immune system? And feeling grateful can help you with emotional, physical, and mental pains…

So, please visit your new page and add your gratitude list: Gratitude~Up

Please also share this page with others, to help them Happy Up with gratitude also!

Thank you for following this blog…

I hope your days are happy!

With much love,
StarFire Teja