Purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka…no for real. For serious I’m just kidding, but today is one meant for purification. How does one purify their surroundings? You can do it a few ways…by cleaning your closet, taking a shower with the intention to cleanse your spirit, throw out broken items, delete old mean texts, delete mean old friends, just move on. Breathe in the goodness, exhale the bulls*t.
Being present in the theme for day 6. It’s one that I struggle with a lot. I think many people can relate, being actually present is too freaking difficult, especially if you constantly have a chattery mind. It’s easy to get swept up in our cell phones, social media, television, Netflix and just your average procrastination. What sucks is I’ve worked really hard to diminish my dependency on my phone when I’m around company. So far it’s been great, but sometimes I notice my company not doing the same. Which is a bit saddening, but that’s how things work now. With time and patience it’s definitely a possibly to jump the hurdle of forgetting the present and being actually present, but it’s worth it. Like Kanye said “my presence is a present” and that goes for how we treat our own present. It’s a gift and before we know it, poof, it’ll pass us by. So pay attention!
Following yesterdays post about the New Year and me taking on the first 12 days to ensure I have a year full of love, prosperity, and joy! Today’s theme is Love. Now when I say love, I’m not talking about loving another person, family, or friends, although all of that is important, I’m talking about self love. This is something that has been really important to me. Working on self love. I think everyone could use a lil loving…of themselves that is.
Love is a funny thing because everyone has a different definition of what love is. This is why it’s so important to start understanding how you interpret love. Do you define it through gifts, affirmations, gestures, affection etc? All of those are valid and true to whichever works for you. I’m bit on self talk and being more compassionate with myself. I noticed, I treat everyone else with such patience and understanding, but I don’t do the same with myself. Why?
To treat this, I took time today to meditate, do some yoga, and started a conversation with myself. I suggest we all start carving out 20 minutes of our day to just be with ourselves. Start asking yourself How can I be more loving today? Then see what comes to you. It could be as simple as allowing yourself to take a nap. Or reaching out to your cousin and just letting them know you love them. Or simply holding the door for someone. Who knows? Your inner being does. Why not spend some time with yourself and treating yourself to some good loving. Bath time anyone?
I’d like to discuss peace on a deeper level. Currently we’re living in an era where a lot of people feel unsafe. We see images on our screens that evoke feelings of insecurity, anger, hate, and despair. It almost feels as though there is electricity permeating through the air. It’s difficult to focus, feel good, or get to a place of happiness. Anxiety and stress are king and queen, with that comes the attitude of hopelessness.
So how do we overcome these feelings of despair. When so many are suffering around the world and even in our own home. What can one find? In order to survive, for self preservation, I suggest taking extreme care of self. Look inward and ask yourself “what can I do to find peace?” Trust me, you’ll get your answer, but only if you’re willing to listen. For some its mediation, yoga, running, deep conversation, walking their dog, petting their cat more, finding moments of laughter and really embracing that sensation. It all helps and can ease the pain in big ways, if we appreciate how these little actions, in fact help us.
When I gazed upon this beautiful piece of work by British graffist Shok-1 titled “Masterpeace”, it made me reflect on the current state of affairs. I was really drawn to this image because, one I love blue and secondly, the details for the x-ray hand are impressive. I’d also like to point out that the artist could not have chosen a better background color. With all that I’ve said about finding inner contentment, blue is one color that can aid with all of that. Blue evokes a sense of calm and helps ease feelings of anxiety, it’s tranquil. Simply splendid, Shok-1’s “Masterpeace” wall is honestly a masterpiece.
Wanna know more about Shok-1? Peep the links below:
Website – store.shok1.com
Instagram – @shok_1
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