Mantra: I am grateful

I am grateful. Three words that have significant power and meaning. “I am grateful,” is my mantra for this month. After reflecting on my life and noticing that I complain more than I should, I felt that I should acknowledge the numerous reasons to be grateful. The most prominent reason to be grateful, is that we are human beings. As human beings, we have the ability to make choices, to use language, to feel, to eat – oh, how I enjoy eating good food – and many more unique qualities of being a human.

As Mark Nepo so eloquently states in The Book of Awakening, we are precious human beings, we are rare, and we are awake. Our consciousness could be inside an ant instead of inside a human body. Imagine how difficult that experience would be. Instead, we are conscious living souls inside a human body, and we must recognize this experience as a gift. Our lives are a gift, so why not live now? Nepo encourages us to ask what we need to know now, say what we feel now, and love what we love now. Life is short, we all know that. But, we do not always act as if we know the truth about our existence.

Mantra: I am hopeful

Happy New Year! As I embrace a new year, I was thinking about motivation, specifically motivation to leave a warm and comfortable bed in the morning. Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy sleeping and love getting extra minutes of sleep. As I continue on the journey towards living out my dreams, I sometimes find myself feeling…

My Adventures in London: Maximizing a 12-hour Layover

Layovers are common during air travel from one country to another. If possible, I select a flight that has a layover that enables me to explore a new city. If you want to venture out during a layover, which I highly recommend, you need at least eight hours. A five hour layover, may sound nice,…

Letting Go by Practicing Yoga

Yo•ga noun. A Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation. — Merriam Websters I started practicing yoga because I wanted to reduce stress, more importantly I read Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by…

Worship Wednesday

Wor•ship noun. The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity (a God or Goddess), an idol, or a sacred object. — Websters College Dictionary In the morning as I prepare for work I like to start my day with worship. I read The Daughters of the King daily devotional on my iPhone and do my best…