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Celebrate Life! – Positive Reflection Of The Week

Life Should Be Celebrated, Just As It Is! – An Article by Shahwana

Have we ever thought of celebrating life? As it is? The lessons that we have learnt through the good steps we took, and the ones we messed up? Have we reflected on our life and thought about how we want to mould our tomorrow, which we take for granted, thinking it will be there? Many times, we just let the day slide as it is, we don’t acknowledge what we have learnt over the years, through the experience life offered us.

Celebrate the failures as well, as it’s what made you smart, remember from that fall, you learnt precious life lessons. Having Dinner with your family, is a celebration, how many get to do this? Listen to your children laugh and play, celebrate, as soon they will grow up & you will miss that time. Do one thing daily, just for ‘you’, celebrate that ‘me time’. Learn a skill, enjoy that time you have taken to just learn a skill, no matter how trivial it is. “…play is useful. It exercises our bodies and our minds in the most profound and useful ways. Play is virtuous now. It is its own reward.” Says Chris Crowley in Younger Next Year.”

Many people keep the celebration at pause, you know why? Because they have such limiting thoughts stopping that joy, thoughts like:
I first heard the expression: “garbage in, garbage out” in reference to computer programs, but it applies to life as well.

Repeating “garbage” thoughts over and over, always leads to “garbage” results in your actions and even your body.

Here are some “garbage” thoughts to avoid:
“I can’t wait until retirement. Then I’ll really enjoy life.”

“Once I get this project finished, I’ll be able to spend more time enjoying my family.”

“Money issues are putting stress on our relationship.”

“As soon as I lose some weight, I’ll get out and enjoy life more.”

“When I get this book project out of the way, I can finally do what I want to do.”

“If only I had more money, I could enjoy life more”

“I can’t wait until the weekend. Then I’ll have a lot more time for me.”

Do you know your tomorrow? Is it a guaranteed one? Repeating “As soon as I…” statements is a sure-fire way to miss out on life. You might as well be saying, “I am not happy, therefore I will never be happy.” Little joys in life should be celebrated, as life is a series of happy moments, and happiness is a celebration of life and a celebration of being alive. Happiness is not something which can be postponed for enjoyment later. How true! Life can be lived only one day at a time. Human nature being what it is, we fret over the past and worry about the future … Yet in the process, we miss out on today’s gift.

“Welcome small joys in life, smile, breathe and go slowly” says Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. This sutra for daily living talks about the need to embrace daily joys in life. The wise monk further says, “Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”

The Zen precept of mindfulness—the awareness of the present moment—is essential to find joy in the present. To find joy in the smallest of things, it is essential to decide what is important to us. It could be the company of loved ones, it could be a vocation or a hobby, it could lie in achieving an ambition.
Once it is clear as to what is important to us, we can simply declutter our life, getting rid of all of what is not important. It could be as simple as decluttering the house. Once we simplify our life, we make room for more joy in our life.

“Keep creating: the world yearns to celebrate your next masterpiece.” ― Ken Poirot

“Be the celebrators, celebrate! Already there is too much—the flowers have bloomed, the birds are singing, the sun is there in the sky—celebrate it! You are breathing, and you are alive, and you have consciousness, celebrate it!” ― Osho, Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within

“We might not be the ones to change the world. We might not belong to the few that “put a ding in the universe.” We might not be something the whole world would celebrate. But… In the little corners that we live; in the lives that we’ve played a part in, we should be nothing but unforgettable.”
Nesta Jojoe Erskine, Unforgettable: Living a Life That Matters

“Celebrate the varied splendour in this world and remind yourself that it can also be found in you.”
Dr Salma Farook, What Your Soul Already Knows

“It’s another day, and I’m alive and so are you. Isn’t that wonderful?” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

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Shahwana Khanam – Pranic Healer

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