Guess what today is? It’s the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!
I am glad to leave the cold and the snow of winter behind, although according to the weather forecast, winter still has a grip on the region where I live. Even so, spring is officially here today at 12:15pm EDT in the USA.
Here are 6 + 1 quotes to help us celebrate. Enjoy!
The year’s at the spring And day’s at the morn; Morning’s at seven; The hillside’s dew-pearled; The lark’s on the wing; The snail’s on the thorn; God’s in His Heaven– All’s right with the world!
No winter last forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland
Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” ~Robin Williams
Sunshine is the best medicine.~Unknown
Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be. ~Unknown
If winter comes, can spring be far behind? ~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Does the grouch get richer quicker than the friendly sort of man? Can the grumbler labor better than the cheerful fellow can? Is the mean and churlish neighbor any cleverer than the one Who shouts a glad “good morning,” and then smiling passes on?
Just stop and think about it. Have you ever known or seen A mean man who succeeded, just because he was so mean? When you find a grouch with honors and with money in his pouch, You can bet he didn’t win them just because he was a grouch.
Oh, you’ll not be any poorer if you smile along your way, And your lot will not be harder for the kindly things you say. Don’t imagine you are wasting time for others that you spend: You can rise to wealth and glory and still pause to be a friend.
It’s the best gift and the most reliable and powerful booster you have available to you. Even if you have only 15 minutes a day to do it, I encourage you do follow through on this. Guard this time, mark it as sacred, and don’t let any one or any thing divert you from it.
If you follow through with this daily practice, you will “find” your soul and that it’s been there all along, ever so patiently waiting for you.
The unshakable foundation of a soul-prospering life is built by being deeply connected with your inner self, your true self. Through this connection, you clearly hear the Still Small Voice.
Here are a few quotes to ponder:
Build your inner environment. Practice silence. I remember the wonderful discipline of the great ones. When we used to talk and chatter, they would say: ‘Go back into you inner castle.’ It was very hard to comprehend then, but now I understand the way of peace. ~Paramahansa Yogananda
The quieter you become the more you are able to hear. ~Rumi
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Listen to your heart for guidance and be guided by its message of comfort or discomfort. Your heart is the junction point between your mind and your body. If the choice feels comfortable in your body, move into it with confidence. If the choice feels uncomfortable, pause and see the consequences of your action with your inner vision. Honoring the guidance that is provided by your body’s intelligence will help you make the most evolutionary choices for yourself and those in your life. — Deepak Chopra
Solitude is not an absence of energy or action, as some believe, but is rather a boon of wild provisions transmitted to us from the soul. In ancient times, purposeful solitude was both palliative and preventative. It was used to heal fatigue and to prevent weariness. It was also used as an oracle, as a way of listening to the inner self to solicit advice and guidance otherwise impossible to hear in the din of daily life. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. – Lao Tzu
Take time today for stillness and quiet. Just be. Listen.
Make a pact with yourself that you will take time–5 minutes is a great baby step–every day to listen, to just be with yourself in quiet solitude.
What if you discover you don’t really trust yourself, at least not when it comes to crafting your soul-prospering life. What do you do then?
Just like many other skills and habits, you can learn to trust yourself.
It’s all about what you do, your follow-through.
For instance, if you’re self-trust is shaky because you aren’t sure you have what it takes–after all, your Vision is BIG (this is a very good thing, and it’s also a very good thing if your Vision is “small”; size does NOT matter in this case!). The solution is to break the steps you need to take into small bits and pieces then make a plan for regularly and consistently working on them.
Also, remember to reach out for help when you need it. That help can take the form of mentors, coaches, teachers, trusted friends and loved ones; it can be taking classes, attending workshops, and carving out regular time for practicing and refining your new skills.
What if you find you’re having trouble taking the first step, no matter how small it is? You make plans and promises, lay out schedules and deadlines, and may have a reward set up for the little successes along the way. But yet, you don’t begin or you make a weak start and then either give up or become distracted with the this’s and that’s of Life.
Your self-trust is shaky because you break your promises to yourself. You can’t trust yourself to do what you say you’ll do and to see it through to the finish.
No worries–you aren’t doomed to a life of disappointment and of ‘less than’.
It’s all about smallness, slowness, and steadiness.
Learn to trust yourself by starting with something small, such as making your bed every morning or putting your dirty clothes into the hamper each day rather than strewing them across your bedroom. Choose ONE THING. And when deciding how and when you’ll do it, KEEP IT SIMPLE!!
The best reward you can give yourself is being mindful as you’re doing that task and feeling the pleasure and satisfaction of doing it, even if you aren’t doing it well or perfectly, just the fact that you’re doing it is justification enough to feel the pleasure and satisfaction.
Then, when the small simple task is complete, take a moment to feel the pleasure and satisfaction of having followed through to completion. Forget about the judgment of whether or not the result was done to perfection, because the whole point is that you chose a task and you completed it.
Following through on small simple tasks and enjoying the pleasure and satisfaction that you feel are the building blocks of strong self-trust.
Keep taking these steps and you’ll find your confidence and self-trust increasing and you can then take on a little larger project.
Small, slow, and steady wins every single time!
You CAN do this, I KNOW you can!
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