I tried something new this morning. I spent a few minutes stretching and taking a few deep breaths, then I sat quietly to think about what I wanted for today. I set intentions.
Peace, harmony, and happiness were the first words to enter my mind. I dove a little deeper and thought about how I could apply these to the things on my agenda.
I thought about which things I absolutely want to get done, like returning my library books and doing a load of laundry. Regardless of what else happens, those two things will reduce some of the clutter around me and increase a peaceful feeling in my home.
When I go to help an acquaintance with a web page later this morning, I want to be fully present and truly connect with her. Strengthening relationships will bring more harmony and increase my own happiness.
Along the same lines, when my husband's day started with a "something's broken" phone call at 7 a.m. (a peril of owning your own business), he was obviously feeling a lot of stress. Not fun, especially first thing in the morning. I am a sponge and tend to soak up whatever energy is around me, good or bad, so this rough start had the potential to spiral out of control.
But as I sat there setting my intentions for the day I decided to imagine a bubble around me that gently deflects negativity away from me. A calmer frame of mind on my part seemed like it would help my husband the most. At the very least, adding more stress from me certainly wouldn't help him in any way.
After setting these intentions I headed off to the shower where an answer suddenly presented itself to me for Jamie's Wishcasting Wednesday question. I had thought about it for the last few days and kept coming up with "no, that's not quite it" feelings.
This week Jamie asked, "What do you wish to say yes to?" I know now. Resolution. Not in the New Year's resolution kind of way. In the resolving problems kind of way.
I'm ready to say yes to resolving the things big and small that cause me stress. I'm ready to resolve past problems, broken objects, and the cramped feeling in my house. Yes. It's time for resolution.
As I write this I already have the laundry going, a gentle snow is falling outside my window, and I am burning a candle that my friend sent me for Christmas. As if the universe has already answered my intentions, when I took the candle ("grace" by Philosophy) out of it's box, I found this message on the side:
how you climb up the mountain is just as important as how you get down the mountain. and, so it is with life, which for many of us becomes one big gigantic test followed by one big gigantic lesson. in the end, it all comes down to one word. grace. it's how you accept winning and losing, good luck and bad luck, the darkness and the light.
Peace. Harmony. Happiness. Resolution. Grace. Those are big messages. Today should be an interesting day.