StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Accept Things As They Are

 

May you be with yourself exactly as you are in each moment.

May you understand the roots of your feelings.

May your weekend be blessed with loving kindness, happiness, and cheerful thoughts.

May you accept things as they are.

 

Dear readers,

Here’s a funny one to help you remember today’s blessings:

Accepting Things As They Are = ATATA!

By the way, “accepting things as they are” doesn’t mean that you give up on your visions and do nothing… Rather, it means that even while you are working towards your goals, you can relax and be okay with What Is happening right now… You can find small ways to Happy Up each day, even if you are currently having a difficult time.

Cheers to a weekend of Atata! 🙂

With much love,
Teja

 

Photo by Morais on Unsplash.

 

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Do You Want to Be Happy?

“A strong determination to be happy will help you. Do not wait for circumstances to change, thinking falsely that in them lies the trouble. Do not make unhappiness a chronic habit, thereby affecting yourself and your associates. It is blessedness for yourself and others if you are happy. If you possess happiness you possess everything; to be happy is to be in tune with God. That power to be happy comes through meditation.”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

 

Dear readers,

If you have been following my blog for a while, then you know that I am all about helping the human species to elevate to healthier and happier vibrations. I believe that being happy is very important, and many of the world’s spiritual teachers also place great emphasis on the importance of being happy…

So, you can imagine my surprise when recently, on two separate occasions, two different males in my inner circle expressed that they do not value happiness as a goal in life. One said to me, “Hmm, I’m not so much concerned with “happiness”.” So I asked what he is concerned with, and he replied, “Excellent question.” The other fellow told me, “I don’t want to be happy – I want to be productive.”

It’s always an interesting, juicy moment when one of our cherished assumptions is challenged! There I was assuming that everyone wants to be happy!

Do you want to be happy?

If you do want to be happy, then you might enjoy reading my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life… available now on Lulu and Amazon!

By the way, this new book is not about the fruit, but I selected the oranges photo for this post because it feels so warm and happy to me. 🙂

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering!
May All Beings Be Happy (even if they don’t want to be)!!! 🙂

With lots of love and happy vibes,
Teja

 

Oranges photo* by Pauline Bernfeld on Unsplash.

* If you are viewing this post in an email, simply click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can view the happy oranges! 🙂

 

Two Simple Healing Practices

“There are many refreshing and healing elements in nature around us and in us… get in touch with these healing elements to get the nourishment and healing you need… nourish yourself with joy and happiness so then you are able to help people around you.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, in a video in which he answers a question from his one million Facebook friends: “How can I fight the injustices of this world without being consumed with anger, bitterness, outrage, and resentment?”

Here are two simple ways to practice getting in touch with the healing elements around you and in you ~

~ Each time you see simple beauty, think to yourself, “There are refreshing and healing elements all around me and inside me.” ~ For example, each time I see the sunlight on the fresh green leaves outside our bathroom window, I am reminded of the refreshing and healing elements that are available all the time.

~ When you drink water, use your pure drinking water as a bell of mindfulness. Let the water be a refreshing and healing element that you bring into your body as you sip it throughout the day.

I hope this post was helpful to you!

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo by John Jennings on Unsplash.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Enjoy Practicing Mindfulness

 

May you notice the beauty around you and within you.

May you be nourished by mindful breathing and smiling.

May your weekend be blessed with many little happinesses.

May you enjoy practicing mindfulness.

 

Dear readers, these blessings were inspired by the mindfulness teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is 93 years old today!

Happy Birthday, Thich Nhat Hanh!

Love to All Beings!
Teja

 

Photo by Anita Austvika on Unsplash.

Transforming Negative Thoughts

How often do you catch yourself having negative thoughts? Do you ever feel like you are caught in a desperation spin?

In order to stop the spin and master your mind, the first step is identifying the repetitive negative thoughts so that you can re-write them in the positive. Re-writing is a method of re-framing which can help you to powerfully transform your negative thoughts.

After writing down your repetitive negative thoughts, re-write each one in the positive, using as many of the same words as possible. For example, if you often think, “This is terrible,” you could re-write that thought in the positive as “This is temporary.” Another example is re-writing the thought, “I’ve got to get out of here,” in the positive as “I’ve got to relax here.”

Using as many of the same words as possible makes it easier for you to remember to think the new thoughts, because the grooves of the old thoughts are already so established in your mind. If you only change one word, and it begins with the same letter as the old word, that makes the process almost effortless for you…

Once you have re-written the repetitive negative thoughts as positive statements, take out a separate sheet of paper or note card, and write at the top, “To master my mind, practice this new train of thoughts,” and then list only the positive statements on that paper or card.

Read your list of new positive thoughts out loud several times each day, and practice thinking your new thoughts throughout your daily life.

I hope this tool for transforming negative thoughts is helpful to you!

Thank you for reading the StarFire Teja Blog!
This post is my 200th post here in 2019!

 

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

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