Happy-ing Up Does Not Mean Putting on a Fake Smiley Face

In March, 2009 I got very sick with pneumonia. That began ten years of many hardships: physically, financially, emotionally, and relationally. The last year of that decade, this past year, was the hardest of all. But somehow I managed to publish a book and begin writing this StarFire Teja Blog.

That “somehow” isn’t so mysterious or magical. I am able to carry on working on my mission to help elevate humanity because I do daily spiritual practices which strengthen me and help me to keep happy-ing up.

Happy-ing Up is not the same as putting on a fake smiley face. When you do practices to Happy Up, such as the ones I’ve suggested in previous* blog articles, you actually shift your state Up to a feeling of happiness. So it isn’t an act of “fake it till you make it,” but rather, it is an act of elevating yourself to a higher vibration in which you truly do feel happy.

Sometimes that happy state only lasts for a few minutes, and that is okay. Simply keep practicing and happy-ing yourself up again and again. I mean, what’s the alternative? You don’t want to stay stuck down in lower vibrations, do you? I certainly don’t, which is why I pray daily to stay elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations no matter how the body or mind feels in any given moment.

*Here are a few links to some previous tips I’ve shared for Happy-ing Up:

“StarFire Teja’s Three Super Simple Spiritual Practices”
“StarFire Teja’s Three Tips to Help You Gratitude Up”
“StarFire Teja’s Ten Tips for Happy-ing Up During the Wintertime Blues”

Do you do daily spiritual practices? I would love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please scroll down to where it says “Leave a Reply” and share your daily practices.

May All Beings Be Happy!

Monday Morning Musings on Grief

 

Some say that grief purifies the mind and the heart.

Did you know that emotional tears – tears of grief or tears of joy – are different than reflex tears? When you cry out of sadness, those tears contain a higher percentage of protein-based hormones than tears caused by irritants.

I say that if grief doesn’t take you down, then it will eventually take you Up. (And while allowing the sadness to flow through, it is helpful to do what you can to Gratitude Up and Happy Up. See my previous blog “StarFire Teja’s Three Tips to Help You Gratitude Up”)

What do you say?

 

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StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: Master of Your Destiny

 

May you align your will with the Divine Will and become the Master of your destiny!

May your weekend be blessed with just what you need to feel rejuvenated, balanced, and sparked with magic!

May all beings be free of suffering. May all beings be happy!

 

Lately I have seriously been questioning the phrase “Let Go and Let God.” How do we do that? How do we navigate this terrestrial terrain where Jesus said to “Be in the world but not of it.” How do we know when to act and when to wait? It seems that aligning our will with the Divine Will is a skill which is maybe different for each of us. Perhaps there is no rule book and we each have to figure this out as we go.

And yet, Sri Swami Sivananda said, “You are the Master of your destiny. God helps those who help themselves.” What do you think of that? Are you finding a good balance between your free will and God’s Will for you?

 

Dear readers, in the month of February I will be posting blog articles here on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Let’s all make this month a happy high vibe one!
Gratitude Up, Happy Up, Magic Up!!!

And…. please check out my new Author page on Amazon:
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image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

StarFire Teja’s Three Tips to Help You Gratitude Up

Do you practice gratitude? Did you know that gratitude is good for the immune system?

Are you feeling more hungry and more tired than usual? Perhaps the winter cold and dark is getting you down? If so, you can improve your mood and help your immune system through these tips to Gratitude Up:

1. Make gratitude lists on colorful pieces of paper. Write down every little thing you can think of. These can be big things like mountains and sunsets or very small things like cups of coffee and glowing candles. These things can include people, places, objects, and also unseen spiritual forces, like God or love of nature. Place these colorful lists where you will see them often, such as in your kitchen, bathroom, and car.

2. Pick a color and intend that every time you see that color you will think to yourself, “Gratitude Up” and then quickly think of at least three things you feel grateful for. For example, let’s say you picked the color red. As you go about your day, when you see a stop sign or some red flowers, think “Gratitude Up” and feel gratitude for at least three things.

3. In bed each night, remember at least three things from that day that you feel grateful for, and then pick a color and imagine those three things glowing in that color. If you are feeling some depression, imagining those items glowing in a bright golden yellow shade, like sunlight, can help you to happy up.

You may have noticed a theme here with the use of colors in these tips. That is because colors bring joy. Check out this uplifting and inspiring video about the joy of colors here: “How to Fill Your Life with Joy” with Ingrid Fetell Lee. (This is an excerpt from her longer TED Talk, “Where Joy Hides and How to Find It”)

I hope these tips help you to spark more joy in your life.
May you Gratitude Up and Happy Up!

May All Beings Be Happy!