In today’s world of stress and hurry, doubt and worry, it is sometimes difficult to find the balance we need to keep our body, mind, and spirit healthy in order to find joy, purpose and spiritual connection.

It not only requires proper nutrition for our bodies, but we also need to nurture our spirit and focus on positive energy and thought processes.  Ten tools that will help us do this are as follows:

1. Meditate

Meditation is calming and provides peace and tranquility. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. You may want to try different techniques till you find what works best for you. You may listen to audio recordings, music, chant, or it may mean just sitting quietly.   Put aside at least fifteen minutes a day to meditate.  Most answers you are looking for come from the silence.

2. Connect with nature

Spend time outdoors, go for walks and get in touch with nature.  Listen to the birds, breathe in the fresh air, stop and smell the roses, or play in the snow and appreciate all the beauty mother earth has to offer.

3. Do things you enjoy

Have bubble baths by candlelight; Read positive inspirational books, Through Thorns I Thrive is a good one, (wink wink, smile, smile); there are literally thousands out there.  Watch an inspiring movie, (non-violent!) Listen to beautiful soothing music that moves you. Sing at the top of your lungs;  dance like no one is watching;  watch children play, listen to their laughter; go to a spiritual retreat; play games with your family--anything to have fun, laugh!

4. Start a Gratitude Journal

What you focus on grows stronger as that is where the energy goes.  If you are always focusing on the negative and what is not good in your life you will attract more of it to you.  Focus on the positive by doing a gratitude journal.  Each night before going to bed, write down things that have happened throughout your day that you are grateful for. 

It can be anything from, I am thankful for the sunshine; I am thankful for my warm bed and food on my table.  There are many things to be thankful for.  You will notice big changes even after thirty days.  Try it! This will be one of the most important things you can do to start living a more positive and fulfilling life.

5. Affirmations

Say affirmations.  You can record yourself saying them and listen to them every day.  Some examples are; I am a total success, things always go my way in life, all of my efforts bring rich rewards, I set high goals for myself which I am able to attain, I am a warm and friendly person and people are naturally drawn to me, people seek me out to do business with me, I feel positive at all times and people respond to me in a positive way.

6. Surround yourself with positive people.

Attending personal development seminars is a great way to rejuvenate.   Not only do you learn something new, but you get to hang out with positive, like-minded people and meet new friends along the way.  Avoid hanging out with Negative Nelly.  If you must be around negative people, limit your time with them as much as possible.

7. Create a Vision Board

Another very helpful tool is a Vision Board.  Seeing pictures of your heart’s desires helps you to hold the vision in your mind.  When the vision is in your mind, it manifests into your life.  Thoughts become things! This can be done a number of ways. Cut photos of the things you want in your life from magazines, newspapers, or the get them from the Internet and paste them onto a bulletin board or poster board.  Put it somewhere where you will be able to see it everyday.  Put it on a wall in front of you, beside your desk and look at it daily.  You can also make a movie that contains visions of your heart’s desires, watch it on a regular basis so your visions will be locked in your mind’s eye and always be present.  If you hold your vision, it will soon manifest into your desires.

8. Write down your goals and ideal life

Write out what your ideal life looks like.  For every facet of your life; relationships, career, financial, health, environment, etc. write out what that will look like if money and time were of no significance, and then keep those visions in your head and focus your energy towards them.

9.  Eat a healthy diet

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit.  Choose lean proteins such as chicken, beef, eggs, and fish.  Eliminate sugar and processed foods.  If it is white or comes in a box do not eat it.  Check labels.  Many foods you think are healthy are full of sugar.

10.  Exercise

Move your body.  Not only does it help with stress, it fills it with nourishing oxygen and allows more flexibility.   Start small by going for short walks.  Set goals each week to go a little further.  Do what you enjoy doing, walking, cycling, yoga, anything to get your body moving.  Exercise also provides feel good endorphins to your brain.

Using these tools on a regular basis--and I recommend daily--will give you everything you need to feel joy and vitality, so that you can thrive and live a life that’s rosey!

Thrive On!
Carla


 
 
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After almost 11 years my brothers and sisters decided it was time to grant our dad his last wish of being spread on the mountain where we lived and grew up.  He loved his home in Whitecourt on the mountain.  He spent many days riding horseback through the trails and he especially loved the view when he made it to the top.  He also loved Tiger Lilies, especially the one's he saw growing wild on the trails where he would ride.  Birch trees were another favorite of his.  He loved them so much he planted one right outside the window of our home where he could see it as he sat in his favorite chair in the kitchen.
    On the morning of the day we were planning to spread his ashes I was very emotional and did a lot of reflecting and crying.  I missed him so and today I was feeling it more than other days.  I know without a doubt that he is still with us and I talk to him on many occasions.  On this day I wanted so much just to have a sign that he was still here and I kept asking him, Dad, show us a sign. 
    He wanted his ashes spread on top of the mountain that he loved.  We drove up to where we thought would be a good spot.  Once we parked our vehicles, we had to climb a steep hill to get to where we thought would be the perfect spot.  We walked a little ways on the trail and in a small clearing was one huge birch tree standing on its own.  Was this a sign? 
    We went about our ritual of everyone taking a turn to spread some ashes.  We then dug a hole to plant his urn  and a tiger lily so that we would have a marker to go visit if we wanted to.  There on the one loan birch tree was carved J L.  His name was Vernon John Lindgren, another sign?
    We saved a few ashes to spread down below as our mom wasn't able to climb the steep hill on the mountain, we looked for a spot to plant another lily, and there by the side of the road was another small birch tree growing amongst the other brush.  This indeed was another sign.
    The final one we received while we were up on top of that mountain, as soon as we spread all of his ashes, at the most perfect moment the sun peaked through the cloudy sky and shone brightly down smiling down on us and hugging us with its warmth.  Yes, it too was a sign. 
    This day was the most perfect way to pay tribute to our father.  We fulfilled his wishes by spreading his remains on the mountain he so loved with a beautiful view, by the trees he loved, and made a marker for him with the flowers he loved.  Having all of his children, and grandchildren and wife there to pay this tribute to him will stay in my heart for ever.  He has given us signs through out the years that he is still here with us and still loves us with all his heart, and he gave us plenty of signs that day.  Thank you Dad for the Signs!  Hope you enjoyed your ride and know you will love the view!

In loving memory,

Carla

 
 
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Canada is a wonderful place to live.  We have so much to be thankful for.  Many immigrants move here every year in search of a better life. 

We have the right to vote for the leaders of our country, provinces, and municipalities.  It is unfortunate that so few exercise this right.

We enjoy equal rights for men and woman.  In many countries this is not the case, woman and girls are mutilated, are not allowed out in public, do not have the opportunity to be educated, and are regarded as second class citizens.

We have freedom of speech and freedom to practice whatever religion we choose.

I am grateful to live in Canada and want to say a heart felt Thank You to all the men and woman who have served and died and fought for these freedoms. They come with a huge price, one we will never be able to repay.

Not only have many lives been sacrificed, but many came home injured, disabled, and permanently scarred.

The other day I saw a video on Facebook about a military dad who had just come home after being away for a very long time.  His daughter, who was about four years old, did not know it but he was waiting in her room to surprise her.  When she saw him she said nothing, only ran to her daddy and hugged him and would not let go for a very long time.  It made me realize that it is not only their lives that are sacrificed, but those of their family as well. 

These men and women are apart from their families and loved ones for months at a time, missing so much of their children’s lives.  The holidays and special occasions spent without them, the time their families spend waiting, wondering and hoping they are okay. 

To all of you I salute you and Thank you for sacrificing so much! 

May God Bless you and keep you safe!  I remember you, I honor you, and I thank you!

I w,
Carla