Hello my sweet sweet friends. Hello anyone who is new reading my blog, hello all who love reading my blog and are returning for another inspiring post. How has everyone’s week been so far? Mine hasn’t been so bad. I have a sick little boy, and we still have our winter weather, but other than that, things are going really well. So we have talked about the mind and the body, and today we are going to talk about the last part of this series…the soul.
I’m going to be real with you all, this part was really hard for me. I just was not sure what I wanted to say about your soul…so it took me until today to write this last part of the series. But I’m going to share my top 3 ways to make quiet time for your soul. Hopefully as you all read this, you can look at your life and maybe deciding whether you need to make time to quiet your soul.
1) Journal or bible journaling-I have this journaling bible. I got it off amazon about a few months ago. At first it was just something that I liked because it was new and I thought it was cool but then it started changing me. It was like this light turned on in my soul and I just started craving it. I wanted to take my colored pencils, my highlighters, my stickers, all of my craft supplies and create a picture of the scriptures I read.
As I started to do this, I noticed how much I loved it and needed it in my life. I would sit down after my son went to school or when he went to bed, put on some music, and light a candle and I would spend quite time not only with God but also with my soul. Going back to my childhood years and being creative while also emerging myself in the word.
Now maybe you feel this isn’t for you and that’s ok. The point of this story is that you need to fill your soul with what makes you happy. Journaling works the same way as does studying the Bible.
2) Meditate-I have talked about mediation before on my blog but again this is a great way to have quiet time with your soul. It’s a way to remove the distractions from your mind for a few minutes and focus on the now.
3) Read– reading is great for the soul. It just takes your mind and soul to a different place and you don’t have to think about any problems or concerns you have. You can read, go into another world and educate your soul.
Now I can’t tell you what will make your soul happy, that is something you need to find and discover on your own. You will know what that something is, because you will crave it and you will feel happy when you do it.
I hope this made sense and that this series made you think. I also hope that you find what makes your soul leap, shine,sparkle….happy.
So those are my top 3 ways to make quiet time for your soul. In the comments below, what are ways that you make quiet time for your soul?
Hello my sweet friends. Last week we talked about your body and how it’s important to keep it healthy. Our bodies are what we live in, and unless you are a cat, you only have one life which means you only have one body. We talked about different ways you can keep your body healthy. This week we are going to talk about our minds. As you all know, you kind of need your minds/brains…right? I mean you are supposed to use your mind or your brain your entire life; from the time you get school age, to well the time you really don’t need to use it any more. Our minds are a crucial part of our bodies, so it only makes sense to make sure that it is healthy, so that you can do all that you need to do. Today we are going to talk about 3 main ways that you can keep your mind healthy. Keep in mind, these are my thoughts, if you have any other thoughts on this; please share in the comments below.
3 tips to keep your mind healthy
Think positive. Positivity can really change the way you look at life. I know people don’t believe this, but it is true. When I am having a bad day, if I look at something with a positive outlook, it helps me see things clearer and it makes me feel better. It gives me hope in a way…and in some instances; I think that if you have hope, it can really help you stay sain. It is like if you are in the hospital for cancer, if someone tells you that it will be ok or that you are going to live to see your children get married or your children have children, it gives you that bit of hope that maybe you needed. Its helping you think positive even though you are going through a horrible and painful time in your life.
Get rid of the negatives’ around you. This goes with the first tip, you need to get rid of the negative people or things that are making you sad, however you also should embrace the negative people around you. (I will write another post about this) Having negative people or things around you can bring your mood down, and if you are in pain or in a hospital with an illness or you are recovering from something, you don’t need people telling you that it will never get better or this is your life so get used to it or whatever. You want people to bring you up and make you feel like you can get through anything. Another way to do this is to go through your social media and delete the negative people or send them a message about how you are feeling that way they know.
Read a positive book and soak it in. Reading can really help your mind. It can one: make you smarter, but also make your mind relax and be at peace. Being sucked into a good book, whether fiction or nonfiction is just a great thing to be in. Grab a snack and a drink, set the mood and read. People don’t need to know why you are doing it or why you’re reading the book you chose, you just need to realize that it’s ok.
Your mind is so important and when you realize how important, then you can start to see what you need to do to keep it healthy.
Challenge for this week:
Pick an activity, that can be good for your mind. Maybe it’s journaling, reading, meditating, doing yoga, sending a positive message to 1 person each day next week,etc…whatever you choose…do it for that whole week. See if your mind is relaxed, renewed…when the week is over…reflect…ask your friends and family if they saw a difference in you…have you seen a difference in yourself? Is your mind…less cluttered and more clear?
Remember: “Where a mind goes, a man follows” Proverbs 23:7
Hello my sweet sweet friends. This blog post was supposed to go up last week, but my son was really sick and then my husband and I got really sick, so today is the first day that I actually feel like I can write and post a blog post. So I’m sitting here on a Friday afternoon. I have my white Christmas lights on in my office, a wax warmer with an amazing smelling wax and some music. Today we are going to talk about ways to relax, or ways to your Zen. You know those days when you just need to sit back and relax, well here are 7 ideas or ways that you can do that…so if you want to read more…just look below….
Drink tea. I love drinking tea. There’s something so soothing about having hot tea, when you just need to relax. The process that you have to go through to make it…the picking out your favorite mug, picking out the tea you want to drink, putting water in it and just finding a cozy spot to sit and drinking it. This is what I love to do when I’m about to read a book or just relax with a great movie.
Utilize aroma therapy. These can be in a form of essential oils, wax warmer, candles or diffuser. Whatever you want to use to make your house or space smell amazing and feel cozy. Setting the mood can really help anyone relax and feel right at home.
Practice mindfulness. Now I talked about this before on my blog, but it’s important to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness as I have mentioned before is being in the moment. So go for a walk, without your electronics, without your phone and just take in the air. Take in the nature and just walk. Think about things, but be in the moment, because the moments that you are in, are the moments you will remember and cannot get back. Another way I love to practice mindfulness is by coloring. I just bought 3 adult coloring books and I can’t wait to use them. You don’t have to be a kid to do kid things, what’s important is being in the present moment and remembering why you are here on earth.
Explore music. I love music…and exploring new music, new bands, new artists…is amazing.
Practice deep breathing. So this can be hard for a lot of people, and I admit that I’m still learning to do this, but practicing deep breathing can be very beneficial and can calm you down. So something to try is to just take 1 minute and just do some deep breaths. And once you are comfortable with that, you can take that up to 2, 3, 4, or 5 minutes. Another way to do this is to meditate or do yoga.
Ok for all those girls out there…do a manicure or a pedicure. I love these. I get all my things together, grab a good chick movie and just sit and do my nails. It’s so soothing and just feels great in the end.
Positive thinking and Affirmation. This is something that I think people should do on a daily basis. You should always think positive and have an affirmation or a mantra that you say. My mantra is “she believed she could so she did,” and also “I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see.” I’ve talked a lot about these as well, but I live by these, and I love them. So I encourage you all to find a quote, an affirmation, a positive thinking saying that you either came up with on your own or found and remember it. It can really help your life.
Well, I hope that you all had an amazing week last week, and that this week is great for you as well. And something I wanted to say…Obviously with all the news and everything…be aware of what is going on, and maybe take this time to reflect on things that are happening in this world. So til next time.
I’m sorry for the lack of posts and for not responding to comments. I took a break so that I could get better and my family could get better and I could get sleep. I work outside of the home so I needed to get well rested and it’s been really hard. But while I wasn’t blogging, I was still writing up posts, and planning what I wanted to say and talk about on this blog. Please leave any topics you feel you want to read about. This has been a great break for reflecting and just getting through some personal, spiritual demons, I guess you could say.
Hello my sweet sweet friends. 2016 was a year full of sadness but also happiness. But one of the most important things for me was that it was about finding myself. Learning who I am has really changed the way I think about different things. Today I’m going to share 6 main things that 2016 taught me. If you wish to know…..
Stand up for yourself.
Happiness starts with you, not with someone else
Finding yourself is the best journey ever!
There may be bad days, but there is something positive in everyday
Putting your all in something you are passionate about…will pay off in the end
Have faith in God and let him lead your life, emotions, everything
This year has taught me to stand up for myself. Sometimes I can just let things go and be shy and not say what I’m really feeling, and that’s not good. So this year has taught me that I need to stand up for myself and not let people walk all over me. It’s a great feeling when you don’t let people walk all over you and you take pride in knowing who you are.
This year I learned that happiness starts with me…not with someone else. If I want to be happy, I have to do things that make me happy. Fake it til I make it. Learn what makes me happy and do it, and not care if others don’t like it. When I do things that make me happy, then I feel good about myself and things just turn out ok.
Finding myself was and still is an amazing journey. I took this whole year to find myself. Find out what makes me happy, what makes me sad, what I like, etc…and it and still is amazing. I’ve learned more about myself than I have my whole life, and I can’t wait to continue this journey in 2017. I’ve learned that other people’s opinions don’t matter. As long as you are happy, then that is what matters. The hard times I went through, the good times, were worth it and have made me a better person inside and out.
There may be bad times, but there is something positive in everyday. Things are going to happen, trials will come your way, but if you can say or write down one positive thing that happened that day, then you will see that there is a brighter side to the madness of your life. I’ve learned to just be grateful for one thing each day and by doing that, I’ve started to see that the sun will always through the clouds.
Putting your all in something will pay off in the end. This year I put my all in my blog and I love where it’s gone and where it is. I love sharing self care, self reflection posts and encouraging content because I feel that it can really help someone. I’m so grateful for the amazing comments I have been receiving and I do want to thank you all for making my blog amazing. You all are apart of it. Everyone who comments, who reads, who shares, who follows or whatever, is apart of this blog and I couldn’t thank you all enough. I love reading and replying to your comments and I can’t wait to see the growth in 2017.
Last I learned to continue to have faith in God and let him lead every part of my life. God is truly amazing, and by having faith, you can really see things happen in your life. My life verse is “I will walk by faith, even when I can not see.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
So that is what 2016 taught me and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.
Question of the week:
What is one thing 2016 taught you? Share in the comments below, and if you liked this, comment, share and follow to know when I post. Have a great week and New Years 🙂
P.S. For the new year, if you comment, like or follow, I will send you a free PDF challenge, that I created for 2017 for January. Just leave a comment with your email address if you would like to receive a free gift for the new year. It’s a self care challenge to get you started with the new year. 🙂
“People meditate to solve problems, people meditate to find closure, people meditate to fulfill their spiritual practice, but I meditate… so I can help find myself, so I can learn to love to be still and silent, so I can embrace my fears and overcome my worries… so I can become a better version of me, starting from the inside and going out.” Written by me (Marvina)
What is meditation?
According to Cambridge dictionary, meditation is: “the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed.” (University, 2016)
In my opinion, meditation is a state of being; being one with the present moment. For me, I use meditation to feel closer to the Lord. Meditation to me is a form of prayer, because you are sitting silent and just being in the present…if you can learn to be in the present… then you can learn to really see what you are supposed to see. So how do you meditate?
Keep reading to find out…..
The 2 main steps to meditation
1) The first step in meditation is being comfortable in (being.)
It seems like such a broad statement, but you have to be comfortable just being silent, especially if your mind is wondering or cluttered. You need to be comfortable just silencing your thoughts and letting your mind become at ease and at peace.
2) The second step is making the choice to do it.
You have to make the choice to do it. Anyone can meditate and you can meditate in many different ways, for example: using crystals, sitting, journaling, taking a walk and more, but you have to make the choice. Meditation is a practice. You won’t understand it over night, and you won’t get these (ah ha) moment over night either, but through time, you will learn more about yourself and be able to be ok just being. So then how do you start it?
So how do I do it?
You can meditate different ways as I’ve said above:
*You can take a walk and just listen to nature, pray or think
*You can sit quietly and journal whatever comes to mind
*You can use crystals
*Or you can sit in a spot with your legs crossed, and close your eyes and while you do all this…breathe slowly in an out and just be present. Don’t think of what someone else is doing, don’t think about what you have to do that day, just sit there in peace…but be in the moment.
* Some people like to use a guided meditation which really helps if you are beginner. You can find those all over… from your library to youtube.
How I meditate
The way that I meditate, is: I have a chair in my office, and I put on instrumental, very quiet, serene music like the ocean or nature or just some soft music without lyrics, I sit with my legs crossed in a way I feel comfortable, I close my eyes and I just breathe in and out… slowly. Sometimes I even journal while I meditate which can help too, but open your eyes to do this. This for me helps because I can really focus on quieting my mind in order to be at peace. There are verses in the bible that talk about hearing the lord in silence (Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Lamentations 3:28, Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God,) and many more.
I’m sure there are other versions of hearing the spirit or whatever you believe in, if you sit in silence. But just be in the moment and focus on yourself. You will be surprised at how calm and peaceful your mind can be once you let it relax and stop thinking of all the million things that are going on in your head. I find when I meditate, I have a better day, because I’m letting my mind be at peace.
Question of the week:
Have you ever meditated? If so…what is your favorite way? Share with us your answers in the comment section below…I look forward to learning how you meditate and if you don’t…will you start? Have an amazing day and rest of the week.
University, C. (2016). Meditation. Retrieved December 22, 2016, from dictionary cambridge: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/meditation
Hello my sweet sweet friends. I’m sitting at my computer right now, with a candle burning, and thought that I would do a post that people have been asking me to do.
Disclaimer: This is what I believe..I respect all beliefs and I don’t want any negative comments on here. If there are negative comments, I will delete them because my blog is to encourage people, not to spread negativity around. Thank you.
So if you would like to know more…keep reading……
As some of you may know, this year I took myself on a self awareness/self reflection journey. It has been amazing and I can’t wait to continue it into the year of 2017. In this time, I have learned a lot about myself, and one of them is about religion. Now I am a Christian, I have been my whole life etc. I’m currently 27 and just this year 2016, I have realized what I really believe in. This is what I believe…my own personal belief, not taken from my parents or friends….just me. One thing I have realized is that I’m more spiritual and faith based than religious. And you might ask: ok what does that mean?
Well, I believe in God, I believe he had a son who came to this earth and died on the cross for our sins. I believe we all are sinners and that our sins can be taken away by repenting and asking God for forgiveness. But going off from that, I also believe that faith has a huge part in believing that there is a God or a high power…however it is that you choose to think of it. One of my life verses is 2 Corinthians 5:7 which says “I will walk by faith, even when I can not see.” This verse has meant so much to me and has played a huge part in my life as I have gotten older. I have gone through so much where I have needed faith in order to get through it. I’ve needed to believe that God has a bigger plan for whatever has happened. When I feel I have no idea what to do, I turn to God, and I turn to faith…I remember that faith can move mountains…Matthew 17:20 basically says “that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, then you will tell this mountain to move, and it will move.” In this specific verse, Jesus was trying to get the people to understand that you need to have faith in order to really believe that something can happen. “For nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:37. So for me, I really believe that faith can truly make a huge difference in your life. I’ve noticed it so much in my life, and that is the core of my belief. So then you might add…ok well what do you mean by spiritual?
I do yoga, and I practice meditation. No where in the bible, as far as I know…it talks about yoga or meditation. For me, yoga and meditation are a way to really focus into mindfulness
I have really bad anxiety especially driving, so for me it helps to calm my mind and my body so that I can do what I need to do for that day. So all of this goes together for me because, I’m nurturing my soul with my faith in God, i’m nurturing my mind by practicing meditation and i’m nurturing my body by practicing yoga. This for me is a spiritual practice; I do this most days…I work nights so I do this once I get home and settled…so I get up/home and get coffee, do my devotions, and prayer for that day to nurture my soul, I then meditate to nurture my mind and I then do a 5-10 minute yoga flow to nurture my body. So this my spiritual practice and what I believe.
If you like this, comment, share and follow…and let me know if you would like to see more posts like this. I respect all beliefs, so if you belief something different, it’s ok with me…you do you 🙂
I encourage you all to explore what you believe whether that be in crystals or reincarnation or God or whatever…explore for yourself…by yourself…not for others or because of what someone else believes or because of the way you were brought up. You are an individual and you are allowed to believe or practice whatever you feel comfortable with…and that I feel is so beautiful and precious about religion or spirituality…there’s no right or wrong way…there’s just you and your belief and what you need to nurture your soul, mind and body. No one can take that away from you no matter how hard they try.
Hello my sweet sweet friends. Hope you all are doing well on this gorgeous day wherever you are in the world. Where I live, there is snow on the ground, so it’s pretty cold, but pretty. We all get into ruts sometimes. We feel uninspired, we feel lost and just no motivation to do anything. I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to feel that way and that there are ways to help you get out of that…so if you want to know how to get out of your rut…
Tip # 1: Change your perspective.
-Sometimes we get in our head that we can only think one way. That we shouldn’t have an opinion, that life should be black and white. So not true! Changing the way you think about things, having a different opinion than you used or even forming some sort of spiritual ritual can help you see things in a different light. Life is not black and white and it can take time to see that, but by changing the way you view things, it can help you understand everything so much better.
Tip # 2: Change your space
-This is self explanatory but go change your environment. Go shopping and pick out new pillows, furniture or just really small decorative items to make the space feel different. Rearrange the furniture and have a special spot where it’s just yours. Whatever you do, change it and see how much of a difference that can make.
Tip # 3: Be honest with yourself
-This is a hard one and one you may not want to do, but is necessary. If you are in a rut, write down and figure what happened to the fire in you. Did you get out of a bad relationship, are their personal things in your life that are just dragging your mood down, do you feel you never have time for yourself, etc. Really think about it and then come up with solutions on what you can do to fix it. If you do this, I promise you, it will make a world of difference in your every day life.
Tip # 4: Stop thinking and start doing
-Don’t think so much about what it is you want to do. Just go out and do it. If you want to write an ebook or a short story, don’t wait for others to tell you to do it, just do it. If you want to go for your dream job, go for it. You don’t need to wait for people to tell you to do something that you want to do. If you do that, you will never do it, and you will have regrets later.
Tip # 5: Get inspired
-Ok so personal story, I have been trying to figure out how to take better photos. I found this amazing app, tried it and I love it. It inspired me to take photos and hopefully be able to upload them on to here. So go adventuring and get inspired. Get your fire back and you will feel happier.
Tip # 6: Never Give UP!
-No matter what you do to get out of your rut, never give up. You will get out of it if you put the work into it and it’s important to you. Never let others bring you down and tell you that you can’t do something…because they are wrong!
Question of the day:
If you try any of these let me know if they have worked. Also..in the comments below, what are ways that you get out of your Ruts? Til next time 🙂