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Finding Closure and Embracing New Beginnings There has to be endings to create new beginnings. An old year ends and a New Year begins, full of promises of change and new experiences. Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” wrote: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at […] The post How to Find Closure and Embrace New Beginnings appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
Finding Closure and Embracing New Beginnings
There has to be endings to create new beginnings. An old year ends and a New Year begins, full of promises of change and new experiences. Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” wrote: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”
It’s a great way to look at endings in our lives. Some endings, such as the death of a loved one, will leave you sad, but if you can accept it as an entire host of good memories and eventually go on with what the new beginnings have in store for you, you’ll live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Each step in your life is necessary for you to continue growing. The end of high school or college signifies the beginning of an adult lifestyle and possibly a career that you’ve studied for.
Every New Year is an opportunity for you to sit down and figure out what you want to do differently this year that will make you a better and happier person. Do you want to lose weight, quit smoking, move on to another job? Now is the time to rethink and reset your goals and make the necessary changes in your life.
An ending can only come when you let go of thinking about them.
When negative things get to be beyond your control, you’ve got to distance yourself and begin to make a space for the positive. Otherwise, it will interfere with the future you want to have and keep you from making the changes you need to make.
Get a grip on the reality of endings.
You don’t have to like all of them, but you do need to accept the reality of what they are. If you don’t learn to accept endings to allow for new beginnings, you could simply give up and that would mean unhappiness and a lifetime of regrets.
Think about things in a new way.
You may think of yourself as “set in your ways,” about certain things, but you have the right to change your mind if something occurs (such as more knowledge) to tilt your thinking another way. Sometimes it helps to gain a fresh perspective on life and let go of old beliefs.
Remember, if you don’t take chances, change isn’t possible. You can hold on to the good things in your life, but if a new idea triggers excitement and fulfillment in your life, try it. If you don’t, you may regret it.
Adjust Your Sails to the Future
“When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails,” is a quote from inspirational writer, H. Jackson Brown, Jr, is one that has depth and meaning if there are things going on in your life that you can’t control.
The only things you can change are those which you have control over. Therefore, you need to find a way to get on with your life (adjust your sails) and look to the future rather than spending more time on what’s not working.
If a sailor knows a storm is coming from a certain direction, he or she will adjust the sails and let the wind blow them in the opposite direction. Remaining on the same course might mean being caught up in a disaster that could sink the boat.
It’s the same with your life. Continuing on a course where disaster is looming and just waiting to take you down might make it impossible for you to ever get out of the “storm,” and head on to safe passage.
It may be difficult to change a course that you’ve been on for a long time. That route is familiar and even though filled with turmoil, it can be strangely comfortable.
Taking an unknown course of action may be scary, but necessary.
If you’re to get on with your life and take action to make changes that will bring you success and happiness.
The first thing you must do to rid yourself of fear for the uncharted course is to stop worrying. Practice replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and soon it will become automatic.
Mentally prepare yourself by gathering knowledge about your new course of action.
Visualize yourself in your new role in the future. You may still run into situations you’re unprepared for – and you may make some wrong decisions on the path – but, perseverance will get you through the dark and stormy times and guide you to safety.
Next, remove the negative elements from your life. It may be difficult, because some of the negative elements might be friends, family and others, but it’s a necessary action that must happen before you can get through the present storm in your life.
Set goals, take action on them and stay the course. You’ll soon realize your dreams and desires for the future.
In today’s fast paced world, it is not uncommon for people to find themselves in positions of dealing with pain. If this is you, especially if it is nagging or chronic, you may be hoping to avoid taking medication but still want relief. Or maybe you would like to save money without resorting to chemical […] The post How to Control Pain Naturally (+ 8 Acupressure Points for Migraines) appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
In today’s fast paced world, it is not uncommon for people to find themselves in positions of dealing with pain. If this is you, especially if it is nagging or chronic, you may be hoping to avoid taking medication but still want relief. Or maybe you would like to save money without resorting to chemical means. There are many non-medical, sometimes inexpensive ways to find help.
Book Yourself in for a Massage
A good massage can help relax muscles, which relieves tension. Massage therapists specialize in pain-relieving tissue manipulation that can bring great relief. Massage therapists may also recommend supplements and dietary changes.
Pay a Visit to Your Chiropractor
A good chiropractor can make you wonder where he or she has been all your life. Chiropractics realign the joints, especially the spine. When the spine is out of line, the other joints get out of line as well. Muscles tighten to compensate for the misalignment, pulling tighter and creating knots and cramps.
A chiropractor will relax the muscles and realign the spine. Chiropractics can relieve joint pain, headaches, and backaches. Most chiropractors also treat conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Your chiropractor will probably recommend supplements and dietary changes that can help you as well. In addition, he or she may give you special stretches and exercises to do to keep your pain at bay.
Move and Stretch Your Body… Gently
It’s no surprise that movement methods such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and general stretching are helpful in reducing pain. They relax muscle tension, increase circulation, and help align the body. Be sure to incorporate some breath work to help move through any discomfort – but be sure not to push yourself or overdo it.
Alternate Between Hot and Cold
Applying alternating hot and cold packs can help you find some relief. The heat increases circulation to the area and encourages muscle relaxation. The cold reduces inflammation and swelling. You can buy such packs commercially, or make your own with two tube socks filled with rice and tied shut. Put one in the freezer and microwave the other. Then use alternately.
Identify the Cause
Keep a journal of your pain experience. In this journal, write down a daily record of everything you eat, what you do physically (Did you sit in a recliner for a long time? Or in a desk chair? Did you lie down or do a lot of standing that day?), and when you feel more or less pain. This will help you look for patterns.
Perhaps you get headaches from a food allergy you didn’t know you had, or maybe the way you sit at your computer is causing neck or shoulder pain. The journal can help you identify these possible causal factors.
Be Sure You are Getting Regular Exercise
It’s remarkable what just getting the body moving can do for pain. Water aerobics, swimming, walking, and other regular exercise can greatly increase circulation, promote healthy joints and bones, and loosen muscles. Avoid exercises that involve a lot of twisting, contortions, or joint stress (such as running on pavement).
Try Acupuncture and Acupressure
These natural pain relief treatments work by targeting “energy centers” or channels in the body. When these channels are opened through acupuncture or acupressure, the theory is that the energy will flow freely and pain will be reduced. Acupuncture and acupressure may actually stimulate the body’s natural pain-fighting chemicals and promote circulation.
If your pain is very persistent, you might want to see a specialist. There are pain management specialists who do not use drugs or medications.
Eight Important Points For Acupressure Migraine Control
When it comes to headaches and pain, there is nothing that is quite as bad as the pain associated with a migraine. A migraine can creep up on you without any warning and interfere with your day. The pain that most people feel is described as intolerable, throbbing, excruciating, and soul-destroying, and the worst part is that many painkillers and medicines have little to no effect on them.
Luckily, migraines respond quite well to more homeopathic remedies, such as the use of acupressure points, which are located in places all over the body. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, except there are no needles. It is a quick and effective way to relieve the pain of a migraine and even eradicate it completely.
In this infographic below, you will discover the best acupressure points that you can use to help stop your migraine in its tracks. These are designed to help you discreetly yet effectively treat yourself wherever you may be, and all by placing firm and steady pressure on various individual points. Thirty seconds to a minute are typically sufficient to completely eliminate a migraine.
Top 8 Valuable Acupressure Points for Painful Migraines
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As I write this, it is the start of a new calendar year. I must admit that I am not one for making new year’s resolutions, as I believe the deep of winter is a time to rest and gather resources. And in that way, gathering resources is what is necessary for planting seeds […] The post 8 Great Tips on Making Life Changes appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
As I write this, it is the start of a new calendar year. I must admit that I am not one for making new year’s resolutions, as I believe the deep of winter is a time to rest and gather resources. And in that way, gathering resources is what is necessary for planting seeds that you wish to see come to fruition! This is a great time to start making plans for any life changes. Whether you are looking to start a new job or simply desire some gentle change in your life, here are some tips to help you consider where you may wish to place your focus:
Try to Imagine What Your Life Will Be Like: The first tip is to try and imagine what your new start is going to look like. Some people already have an idea while others never thought about it before because they believed it would never happen. This brings us to the next tip.
You Must Believe in the Change:
Without a belief that a change is possible, you will find it very difficult to get to that place. You will also offer up every imaginable excuse as to why it cannot happen and put up mental roadblocks. When you do believe, you will start to look for ways to make the change.
Gather Support from Your Friends and Family:
Having the support of those around you is going to go a long way in helping you start a new life. When you gain the support of your friends and family, they will help you do what is necessary to get you there.
Perhaps You Need Support with Some Funding:
It is easier than ever to obtain funding these days. You can hit up your friends and family or you can sponsor fundraisers. Crowdfunding is a great resource for people to get funding for just about any purpose.
If You are Yearning for a Career Change:
Maybe your career isn’t what you hoped and you want a new start. To determine what you want to do, what do you think about when you are distracted? If you continually go to the same idea, this could be a great place to start. Even if it’s a hobby, don’t let that prevent you from pursuing it. The internet has made it quite easy to turn hobbies into businesses.
Try Your Hand at a New Hobby:
Try something you’ve never tried before. Get outside your comfort zone by doing something that you never imagined you would try. For instance, maybe you have always thought it would be cool to play piano or write a song for your kids. The process that you will go through to learn these new skills will give you a new self-identity and can boost your self-esteem.
Expand Your Horizons by Traveling or Moving to a New Country:
This is an extreme way to go about a fresh start. People who do it often never look back. Living in another country where the culture is drastically different from yours is a wonderful way to see how others live and gives you a whole new perspective on life.
Buy/Rent an RV and Travel with Friends or Family:
You can choose to do this in your own country or in any other country depending on the local laws of those countries. If you come up with some kind of theme for your trip, you may find that others will more easily support it with funding, etc., or you could write a book about the theme.
Want some further inspiration? Here is a list of some wonderful books for you to browse through:
- Fresh Start: The New You Begins Today:
- Fresh Start: The Step-By-Step Journey to Rebuild and Renew Your Life:
- The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Fresh: How to Leave Financial Hardships Behind and Take Control of Your Financial Life:
- The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life:
We’ve all made choices that we regret now and again. This is an inevitable part of daily life, and it’s a huge aspect to how we learn and grow. Our mistakes ultimately help us to understand more deeply who we are, and they help us to carve out our personal boundaries. It’s […] The post 10 Tips on Moving Beyond Poor Decisions appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
We’ve all made choices that we regret now and again. This is an inevitable part of daily life, and it’s a huge aspect to how we learn and grow. Our mistakes ultimately help us to understand more deeply who we are, and they help us to carve out our personal boundaries.
It’s not always easy to see that our mistakes and poor choices can be helpful to us though, especially when we are right in the thick of it all. If we could always benefit equally from our good decisions and poor decisions, life would be easy peasy, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, our natural instincts make it challenging to benefit from poor choices. We become upset, distract ourselves, withdraw, feel embarrassed, or give up altogether.
Just tonight, my daughter received a tough lesson in making poor choices. On her favorite online game, she traded an item with someone that she believed wanted to trade her back for an item of equal value. Just prior to this ‘trade’, I had been hinting to her to remember that not everyone online is who they say to be.
I did not know that she was about to make this trade, but something was telling me to give her a firm reminder to be cautious on online games. Imagine how incredibly upset she was with herself when she found the other player to have logged out immediately after she gave over her game item. It took her awhile to calm down, and of course, she was mainly upset with herself.
As I consoled her, I shared with her some of my blogging experiences. There have been many times where I have been writing an article, only to be near the finish and have the entire article vanish. There have also been plenty of times where I have been learning about doing some coding in my site, only to find that I made a major mistake and now need to find someone to help me fix it. Lo and behold, many times I have been pleasantly surprised with the outcome of the corrected mistake. I reminded my daughter that she may be surprised to find new and better things about her favorite game that she will enjoy.
They say that the more mistakes you make, the more successful you become. That might be true, but you must deal with your bad decisions effectively before you can move forward. There’s a process to making the most of your poor decisions.
When you can benefit from poor choices, there are no poor choices.
Take responsibility for your decision. You were part of the problem. There’s no getting around it. The only way out, is through. Taking responsibility allows you to retain some semblance of control of the situation. And once you are back to a place of clarity and calm, you can begin to take the necessary corrective action.
Stay present with what has happened. It’s easy to let your mind run wild after making a poor choice. There’s nothing to see there. It’s hard to stay in the present moment when things are going wrong all around you. Allowing your mind to wander is just a form of distraction. Pay attention to what is happening right now, so that you don’t give your power away.
Talk it out with a friend, family member, or trusted colleague. If you can’t let go of your mistake, spend some time talking with a loyal friend. An outsider to the situation often has a more calm and reasonable viewpoint. Go for a walk to clear the air with someone you trust, or pick up the phone and give someone a call.
Learn the lesson you are being gifted with. Every bad decision has a lesson to teach. Of course, it can be painful to examine your poor choices. Do you know what’s even more painful? Making the same mistake again. Take a little time to figure out what you can learn from the situation.
Move onwards and upwards. Try not to allow yourself to sit in the whirling thoughts and emotions. There’s nothing to be gained by dwelling on your mistakes. A poor decision that you’ve never made before isn’t a bad thing. It’s simply a part of life.
Take what you’ve learned and add it to your pool of wisdom. How can you prevent a similar occurrence in the future? Did you put yourself into a situation where no good option existed? Or did you merely make the wrong call?
Remember all of the good things that you have in your life. Whatever it may be that you have lost or let go of, remember that the sun will rise and set again tomorrow. As human beings, we are continually rebirthing and reinventing ourselves. Remind yourself of the wonderful things you have, and all of the things that bring you joy.
Remember that your next good decision will feel completely amazing. A vacation only feels good because you contrast it with work. Spend six months in a Florida condo and see how excited you still are. Everything reaches an eventual plateau. As time goes on, you will find that any poor decisions make your good decisions that much more enjoyable.
Forgive yourself – yes, you deserve it. Everyone makes more than a few mistakes. It’s an impossible fate to escape. Accept the consequences of your choice, try to embrace any changes and move forward. It’s impossible to always make perfect decisions. What is the definition or perfect, anyway? We can be so incredibly hard on ourselves, and it’s just not worth it.
Remember that you are not your decisions, and your decisions don’t own you. You are separate and apart from the choices you make. Bad choices don’t make you bad any more than good decisions make you good. Don’t let your decisions – or anyone else’s decisions – define you.
You can make the choice to benefit from all your previous bad choices right now.
Here’s an exercise for you. Make a list of every poor decision you’ve ever made. What are the lessons you feel you have learned? Remember to take pause and feel into past scenarios rather than reacting. See if you are still holding on to any negative emotions, and if you are, do what you can to heal these emotions and any lingering beliefs that do not serve you.
These tips will hopefully help you to gain some deeper insight, and move on. May you move forward with clarity of mind and self-love in your heart.
Have you decided to start blogging? That’s wonderful news! People choose to blog and write for all sorts of reasons. No matter your reason, it’s important to choose a blogging niche that suits your passions. Writing in any niche can be more challenging when you don’t like what you’re doing. But when you love what […] The post How to Choose a Blogging Niche That Sparks Your Passion appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
Have you decided to start blogging? That’s wonderful news! People choose to blog and write for all sorts of reasons. No matter your reason, it’s important to choose a blogging niche that suits your passions. Writing in any niche can be more challenging when you don’t like what you’re doing.
But when you love what you’re doing, you wake up in the mornings with the energy and the enthusiasm to get to creative work. Take a few minutes and consider which niches might fit with your creativity and passions. If you’re not quite sure what your passions are, imagine you have a whole day to yourself. What do you spend it doing?
Would you spend it perfecting new recipes, or preparing food for the week with your kids? Exploring your city or town, maybe spending time in nature? Writing book or movie reviews? If you’re still having trouble, look at your existing hobbies. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What do you spend your money on? What are your go to activities that really bring you joy?
Begin reading and researching. Fully immerse yourself in your chosen blogging niche.
Sign up for every email list that you can. It pays off in big ways to know the current issues and events in your niche, while keeping your own interest peaked. Spend time browsing other blogs – both of experts and amateurs alike. Search blog directories for your category by going to a search engine and typing in “blog directories.” Then choose a blog directory and browse it by category.
By now, you probably have a list of potential niches just waiting for you to navigate and explore. If so, it’s time to consider trimming that list. Par it down to your top three. These three should be your main choices – the niches you have the most interest in, the ones that get your creative juices flowing.
Once you know which niche is right for you, take a minute and ask yourself, “What’s not being covered? What topics and questions have I personally sought out and were difficult to find? Which audiences are being ignored? Who are the blogging influencers on the horizon and how will they bring more expansion to the niche?”
But Danielle, how will I possibly find the time to start blogging and make this all happen?
That’s a great question! I’m glad you asked! How many times have we all said, “If only I had more time then I could get more done in my creative projects?” The solution is not getting more time – at the end of the day, we all have the same amount of time granted to us. The key is to manage the time we do have and make it work more effectively for us.
Even if you think you don’t have time to take on anything else, you might be surprised to discover how much time you’re actually wasting during the day. (I can point my finger here in the direction of some social media outlets!) The truth is, you can start a blog whether you hold down a full time job or not. You might want to check out my post on staying focused on your own creative projects.
Sometimes when it comes to starting a blog, many people have the mental picture that it’s all or nothing – that in order to be their own boss, they have to take the plunge, quit their day job and put all of their effort into building their presence online.
If you have a day job that pays the bills and provides you with health benefits, keep the job while you work on launching and growing your blog part time. You can get up an hour earlier in the mornings to work on it if you have to. As with any creative endeavor, you must carve out some time in your day – maybe it’s only one or two days a week to begin with. It really doesn’t matter how often. It’s sort of like going to the gym – it doesn’t matter how often you go, it’s what you do when you’re there.
Is there anything you feel you can even temporarily give up, that takes up even one hour of your day?
Start a journal if you feel that may help you begin to log where your hours go. Perhaps – like me – you wait until the later hours when the kids are asleep and the house is quiet. I personally find that I work better in the dark and quiet, but it took a bit of practice and application to discover this about myself when it comes to writing. I wrote a post here about how to use journaling for deeper self-understanding.
As you keep at it, you will begin to discover what is working for you and what isn’t.
You will begin to understand through trial and error, what topics suit you best and are most comfortable to explore and write about. You will also discover which social media platforms suit you best. It is truly only through practice that you will discover what your perfect niche is, and how it is best supported in the online world with the cleanest efficiency. It’s not so much about finding the time as it is taking the time and if you’ve always wanted to start your own blog, there’s no better time than this moment!
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One of the best ways of getting children to eat healthier is by having them help grow their own vegetables. Children are much more likely to eat what they have had a hand in growing than trying to force them at the dinner. There are other benefits of gardening in early childhood, and it has […] The post The Top 6 Vegetables to Grow with Your Kids appeared first on Mindful Mystic...
One of the best ways of getting children to eat healthier is by having them help grow their own vegetables. Children are much more likely to eat what they have had a hand in growing than trying to force them at the dinner.
There are other benefits of gardening in early childhood, and it has been shown to improve a child’s sleep patterns and eyesight along with lowering their stress levels and improving their performance at school.
Generally speaking after watching children running around in the garden, they do become worn out and more relaxed. There is also the added benefits of the Vitamin D they will receive from being in the sunlight. This helps to fend off asthma and helps their bones to grow.
To make sure your kids do not become disheartened while helping in the garden. You have to choose the right vegetables for them, and these should be easy to plant and to grow. To make it even easier, you can start off with small vegetable gardens, or they can begin growing veg in containers.
Here are the top five vegetables for your kids to grow:
We all know most cherry tomatoes never make it to the kitchen. If your children are growing tomatoes and have a nibble as they pick them, that is a good thing. These tiny juicy delights come in many varieties with one of the most popular being Sun Gold. This is ideal for children to grow as it produces many fruits and can grow in less than perfect conditions.
Pumpkins are a part of the winter squash family, and although they do not have the same eat in the garden appeal. They can be ideal for children to grow as they are naturally attracted to them. Small children become amazed at the large leaves, and the color is changing. Pumpkins urge children to thump them as they are growing and to listen to the dull thud they make.
Kids growing potatoes is not that special, it is the harvesting part they love the most. When they get to pull on the leaves, and they rummage around as if they are searching for hidden treasure. To grow these is easy, all your children have to do is place seed potatoes around 4 inches deep in the moist soil and then cover in a mound.
You tend to find children who do not like cucumber love pickles, while the ones who are not keen on pickles love the fresh juiciness of cucumber straight from the vines.
Cucumbers are generally grown for either pickling or eating and have different varieties for each. That being said, it is possible to grow one type and pickle this to go along with your lunch.
Cucumbers are suitable for children to grow, Yet they are climbing plants and have to be supported. This helps your children to look at, and solve problems of where they are able and unable to plant.
Bush type peas are easy to grow as they can get away with less support than the larger varieties. When planting, the seeds are a decent size for small children to hold. Once grown and your children begin to pick the peas, they can eat them as they are as they require no peeling.
Support wise they can grow over anything that is pushed into the soil around their base. When it comes to harvesting, your children only have to steady the vine with one hand and pull at the peas with the other.
Once the peas have germinated, they will be ready for harvesting in around two to three months.
Your children can happily grow strawberries in pots, yet they do spread in the next growing season. If you have space, and you are wondering , you can set aside a section just for your strawberry plants to thrive. Out of all the veggies being grown, these are more than likely the favorite one as they are sweet and juicy when ready to pick.
All of these vegetables vary enough for them not to be similar for your kids to grow. They also give a wide range of different vitamins and nutrients once your children sample what they have produced. Even if your children do not eat all of what they have grown, the fact they are outside in the fresh air will do them nothing but good.
Once all of your children’s vegetables are at the stage they are ready to harvest, your child’s interest will pick up from the times they have been waiting.
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