The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. Beautifully simple, yet not so easy, words to live by. I was introduced to these four guidelines many years ago for a happy, healthy life and reflect on them often. I especially like #3. What do you think- helpful or not?
1. Be Impeccable with Your Word: Speak with integrity and say only what you mean. Avoid gossip and using speech to put yourself or others down.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally: Other’s actions and words are a projection of their own inner landscape. Nothing other’s do is because of you.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions: We never really know what is going on in someone else’s life and we are not mind readers. Be brave enough to ask questions and communicate clearly with others to avoid misunderstandings and drama.
4. Always Do Your Best: Our best can change from moment to moment. The idea is to do your best under any given circumstance and to avoid negative self judgement and regret.
Mandalas are not only beautiful, they are sacred geometrical images that have the power to focus our minds. As we create or just gaze at a mandala, effortlessly we come into a state of meditation. Who doesn’t need more effortless meditation? I do, hence this addition to my living room wall.
Maybe a mandala does not match your home décor. No problem! Mandalas exist in the world all around us. Anything that has a center point and radiates inside and out is a mandala. Flowers, fruits, seashells, the eyes of your loved ones. That’s right! You CAN come into a state of effortless meditation while eating your orange at lunch or gazing into your defiant 13 year old’s eyes.
Look around your everyday life for the beauty that is always there waiting for you to notice it. Allow the mandalas that you come in contact with to elevate your mind and to remind you of your very essence and deep connection to the universe. All of that in my teenagers eyes, you’re asking doubtfully? Give it a try and allow yourself to be amazed!
Help often comes to us in unexpected forms. My favorite furry gardening assistant loves to help me keep my plants hydrated in the Summer. I promise no photographer/husbands were soaked in the making of the picture to the left
Do you need some help this summer? Although this season is fun filled with activities that we enjoy, summer can also bring some challenges. Did you know that acupuncture can help in many ways? Below are just a few. It can address:
1. Summer allergy symptoms
2.Rosacea and other inflammatory skin conditions often made worse by heat and humidity
3. Migraine headaches
4.Stress and anxiety related to busy summer schedules and travel plans
5. Jet lag
6. Relief from muscle strains and sprains
The list goes on and on. Have questions? Get in touch and have a happy, healthy summer!