Some tips of what I like to do

What do I mean by Spiritually Infused?

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What a wonderful life it is to live when you have it Spiritually Infused!

What do I mean by “Spiritually Infused“?

When you are connecting with Spirit (God, The Universe, Source, whoever it is who YOU worship) and really allowing that energy to boost whatever it is that you’re doing during the day.

It’s so much fun to be able to talk to Spirit and get SPECIFIC information …

It can truly change your life!

Some of the things that I use to support me in my Spiritually Infused Life are: Crystals, Essential Oils and Spiritual Books. (Click here for more information about the Essential Oils that are ESSENTIAL in my life)

If you have any questions about how to go deeper with your connection to Spirit I’d be happy to answer them!

Love and Blessings,

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What are you doing
for YOU today?

Remember to take time for self care.

I love taking a bath with a quarter cup of sea salt and a quarter cup of baking
soda – it really clears away the cords of attachments that we pick up whenever we interact with others.

What do you love to do for self care?

I’m trying to remain steady and at ease

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Today, I decided to sit outside and meditate.

I came outside, got my music on and set my timer for 12 minutes.

You’d think 12 minutes would be easy enough to do, right?

I’m trying to remain steady and at ease …

Meditation IS really difficult when there’s a lot going on.

I totally understand that meditation is difficult, especially when you’re going through difficult times.

And yet, that is when we need it the most!

Do the best you can and persevere …

I, ultimately, had to stop after 8 minutes. (Click here to see why today’s attempt was so challenging)

At least I got a few minutes to let go and think about the wonderful things in my life.

Love and Blessings,

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I want to help you connect with yourself … with your peace and happiness that is within!

 

 

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Meditation is truly one of the most rewarding and life changing activities that you can explore and ultimately use to expand your life experience.

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If you’ve never tried meditating, I can’t recommend it enough! The lasting effects on your personal well being are just so massive, and this is something you can do in your own home – without spending a dime or even going out of your way to prepare or set up.

Meditation encompasses a rather large portion of different, more specific practices, but at its root, meditating is about relaxation, controlling your mind and body, and clearing away the cluttered thoughts that cause so much tension in all of our lives.

And people have long understood the benefits that meditation can bring in terms of an overall sense of calm, better sleep, relieving physical tension in the body, and a lasting sense of peace – but studies have shown that meditation actually helps the brain reduce stress reactions and increases brain activity in areas associated with compassion, self-awareness, and happiness!

Meditating even one single time makes these positive effects all the more apparent – the good vibes and calm sensations stick with you throughout the day, and as it becomes a part of your normal routine, these feelings of calm acceptance and harmony with the world around you only last longer.

The same sensations of relaxation and oneness actually prime our brains for increased empathy, which means we have an easier time connecting with others (another important element of happiness). Not only does this happen in the first few minutes after meditating, regular meditation can also change your brain chemistry in a long-term way, rewiring your brain for increased happiness!

You don’t even have to take my word for it. Try it out and see!

There are plenty of great meditation aids available out there, that will walk you through steps to relaxation and controlled breathing, and once you’ve got a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to do it all on your own.

Just give it a shot, and I promise that you’ll immediately see the benefits!

Don’t Give Away Your Power

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You’re your own person, right? Everything you say, do, feel, or think – it’s all going on with you and no one else. No matter how we might be influenced, our experiences and actions are not shared with others.

When you really think about it, everything that goes on inside our heads is untouched territory – as individuals, we are the only people who have any say about what goes on in there. At first thought, this might feel a little isolating, but instead, let this realization make you feel empowered! You’re in control! At the end of the day, you’re running the show, no matter what anyone else has to say about it.

And with this in mind, here’s a tip to help you maintain your happiness and optimism, regardless of what anyone else has to say about it:

Don’t give away your power to control your actions and emotions.

If something stressful happens, or someone tries to put you down, don’t give away your power!

If someone makes a snide remark, intentionally (or accidentally) does something that upsets you, or tries directly to make you feel bad, that is ON THEM. If you let these kinds of things get under your skin and dictate your reactions, your mood, etc., you have given away your power to control your own happiness.

Since you are your own master, shouldn’t that mean that you get to choose whether or not you let something upset you?

If someone’s foolish actions are starting to bother you, remember the role that your own choices play before you get upset. You have to acknowledge their behavior, and choose to let it affect the mood that you have control over.

When you can learn to hold on to that power over your own moods and actions, you gain a new sense of calm. You start to understand that you can deal with a situation or respond to a problem without letting yourself get out of control, that recognizing something that could make you angry and getting angry are two very different things.

Holding onto this power over your own mood is essential living a happy life. There will always be stressful situations and people who bother you – that you cannot control – but you can control how you react to them. Don’t let outside forces strip you of your power to be happy – your happiness is up to you and you alone!

Everyone Has Stress

If we had to pinpoint the source of unhappiness, stress (in all its forms) would be a likely culprit. It comes from every possible angle, from work responsibility to romantic relationships, things beyond our control like weather and equipment malfunctions to anxieties and problems that are entirely self-generated. Stress is everywhere – it just comes in many, many forms.

Not only are there many types of stress, it also affects different people in different ways. Some people thrive on it, others buckle – and everything in between. It’s something we can relate to in others, but never quite fully understand because we all experience stress differently – and get stressed out by different things.

Stress doesn’t really go away with career success, money, family, healthy relationships, or any of the other stuff we seek out to build our happiness. It may change forms, but it will never truly go away.

Poverty is stressful, so is managing a massive and lucrative investment account. Loneliness can cause stress, so can navigating social circles or large families. Jobs of all kinds, mundane activities, huge existential questions, anxiety about the unknown, fear, physical injuries, illness – these are potentially stress inducing experiences that just about everyone has to face. There’s no getting around them.

So if there’s no escaping stress, what are we supposed to do?

The short answer: learn to deal with it.

Just as we all experience stress in different ways, and from sources unique to our own lives, we have to develop our own ways of coping with it. The most important thing to understand about this need to create your own path to stress relief is this: there are healthy ways and unhealthy ways to deal with stress, and you have to know the difference.

Turning to drugs, alcohol, binge eating, self-harm, lashing out at others, and other destructive behaviors are certainly the unhealthy route, and should be avoided – no matter how much better they may make you feel. Any relief gained in this way will be temporary, and likely lead to even more stresses in the future.

On the other side of the coin, there are plenty of healthy ways to relieve stress like yoga, meditation, exercise, music, a walk in nature, and a host of other nondestructive activities.

The point is to recognize that stress is just a part of life. You can develop your own ways of coping, and when the stressors start to pile up, you’ll have a way to handle it in a way that you know works for you.

I’d love to hear what you do to relieve stress. Leave me a comment below.

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Twice a day, five days a week – the commute to work day in and day out is something most us are all too familiar with, but did you know that it can actually have a direct effect on your happiness?

While traveling to and from a job is something of a necessary evil (we have to get to work somehow, right?), the further you have to go every day, the more apt it is to impact your happiness.

The problem comes from unpredictability. While we might be able to get used to other forms of daily drudgery (doing the dishes, for example), the fact that traffic, road conditions, and other delays/problems crop up with no rhyme or reason makes commuting all the more stressful.

The longer the trip, the higher the chances for something to put a wrench in your daily routine.

This unpredictability, combined with the absolute necessity of making the trip time and time again, creates the potential for all kinds of stressors – which you have to face over and over without knowing what to expect.

The resulting unhappiness can overshadow even the best job or nicest house, since those stressors are impacting happiness every single workday.

So, what’s the obvious solution?

Work closer to home, or move closer to work!

Cutting down on that commute time essentially reduces the chance that traffic, accidents, construction, idiot drivers, nasty weather, or any other road hazard will negatively affect your mood on any given day.

Now, I understand that the prospect of moving and/or changing jobs seems like a lot of trouble, but when you realize what a big influence a commute can have on your overall happiness… you just might adjust your priorities!

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Romantic relationships can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling things we ever experience, and they can also be some of the most painful, stressful, gut-wrenching experiences we ever endure. Human beings are terribly complex, with all of our hangups and emotional responses, our needs and wants, our selfishness…

There’s an awful lot going with every last one of us.

This stuff gets even muddier when we try to mix two people together. Suddenly, all of those shortcomings and personality traits have to coexist with another person – who is just as full of individuality as you are.

So how can you possibly make it work?

It’s simple really: if you want to be in a happy relationship, you have to be happy with YOU first.

Part of coming together and sharing yourself with another person is about what you can do to mutually improve each other’s lives. It’s about growing together and creating a sum that is greater than the parts. But if one (or both) of the people involved are unhappy with themselves, their station in life, their notion of self-worth, then the opposite is likely to happen, and people will drag each other down.

If you’ve ever been in a relationship with an unhappy person you know this is true. Unhappy people (though it isn’t necessarily their fault) probably won’t want to seek out new experiences to share, or be supportive when you need it most, or even be able to enjoy your company because of the shroud they live beneath.

To be able to contribute the happiness of another person, you first have to be able to own your own happiness. If you aren’t happy with your body or personality, how will you feel about another person being attracted to it? Will you even be able to believe the compliments they give you?

I’m not suggesting that you have to be perfect, or that you need to exorcise all of your demons before you even think about a relationship. I’m saying that if you want to find joy with another person, you first have to know how to find joy on your own – or at least be on the lookout.

Positivity tends to breed positivity, and vice versa. A person with an optimistic worldview is going to help others, support others, and look to the world with open arms. People struggling with unhappiness, however, tend to close themselves off, to feel distrusting of the world, to find the bad in everything. Which seems like a more capable partner?

Happiness doesn’t come from other people. It has to start within first, and only when that inner happiness begins to grow, can we effectively share it with someone else.

Even if you’re already in a relationship, look to build your own happiness first. The happier you are as an individual, the greater your contributions will be to the relationship. Problems are easier to solve, setbacks are less stressful, and you’ll both be able to lift each other up, not drag each other down.

I’ve put together twelve tips for putting the “HAPPY” back into Your “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” after the loss of a loved one. Check out my ELEVENTH tip on how to get your endorphins going and get a little pep back in your step.

 

Living a Life of Enchantment

This past week my husband, David, and I stayed two nights in Sedona, Arizona. I had never been to Sedona before and was completely blown away by the beauty, magnificence and especially by the power that exuded from the stunning red rocks that surrounded the town.

What made the stay even lovelier was the fact that we lodged at the Enchantment Resort. Check out the view from the pool, absolutely spectacular!

Besides having breathtaking scenery the Enchantment Resort was a wonderland of spiritual activities. Throughout the day they offered a variety of free events that you could participate in which included a morning intention ritual in the Crystal Grotto, an evening guided mediation, a Vortex lecture and walk as well as guided hiking tours to connect you to the earth. I found the staff and the entire facility to be warm, and welcoming. While I sat at the pool enjoying the views and the serenity, I could hear notes from a Native American flute wafting through the air. Apparently one of the locals likes to hike up to the Kachina Woman Vortex to play his flute for all to enjoy.

David and I signed up for the hiking tour, which was from 9 – 11:30am. Our guide, Jamie picked us up, along with three other charming guests, and drove us into town to a parking lot for one of the local plumbers. Apparently there are trailheads all throughout the town. We were a bit skeptical at first, but after about two minutes of walking on the trail we never saw any sign of town for the next 2.5 hours.  The hike was life affirming and not just because of the scenery and the wildlife we saw, which included a Peregrine falcon and the scat from a bobcat, but because of the amazing conversation I had with Jamie.

Jamie grew up in Flagstaff, not far from Sedona, and she followed her parent’s direction and advice by graduating college and then receiving her master’s degree in education. However after she completed her studies she felt she had “done her duty” and that it was time to follow her true desires and passions. She is now leading hikes and as I understand it she is in charge of two departments at The Enchantment Resort. What I loved about her story is that she said with great enthusiasm, “I love my job! Even though a lot of my friends think I’m nuts, I don’t care, because I’m so happy!” Every six months she gets 3 weeks off, so she travels the world. She just returned from New Zealand and cant wait to go back.

Well, all I can say is that Jamie’s story is a perfect example of the Art of Living Happy! It was so exciting to bear witness to another person living the life of their dreams.

My question to you – are you an example of the Art of Living Happy? If you are living a happy life share what you are doing and why you love it so much. If you aren’t living a happy life, tell me why and what you wish you were doing. Maybe we can figure out how to help you achieve your goal! Either way leave a comment and let’s start the conversation.

Love and Blessings,
~Lisa

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I would be honored if you would leave me some feedback as to what is happening in your life – what is going right and what could be improved. I’m always looking for ways to help people live happier lives, and I’ve found the best way to do that is to just ask. To leave a message on this post click on the {comments} word below and an area will open up for you to write your information. If you feel more comfortable sending me a direct email, go to the “Contact Me” tab at the top of this post and I will personally read and respond to your email. Ultimately if I receive several similar comments I’ll create a video or a program to help you overcome this issue. This is what I call co-creating. Bottom line, help me, help you. Sending LOVE and BLESSINGS to YOU!!! ~Lisa