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Hi Guys it’s your Irish Mammy here with a wish for you on this holiday Monday.

IMG_2977May you experience gentle comfort and love this day.

It is my special wish that the words I have written over these last two years, have enhanced feelings of refreshment and inspiration, even though I know not why.

Note to self.

Have a great Monday you guys

Hugs and Love,

Mt

 

Inspirational Irish Blessings

 

Day 18: The Inward Journey: Turning your Life Around

IMG_0380We have arrived. We are Home. We are choosing to see life differently.

We now understand how progressive muscle relaxation, silence, meditation, mindfulness and gratitude changes everything in every aspect of our lives.

We are turning away from the negative ‘Back Noise’ that we spoke of on Day 1 of our Inward Journey towards the Real Me.

Choosing to be grateful means that we are paying attention to what is good and right, and ignoring what is not. Maintaining positive feelings towards self and the world in which we live allows us to become grateful of, and enthusiastic for, life. The root of the word enthusiasm is entheos which means ‘God Within’. Following the path of gratitude automatically broadens the state of mind into the realm of spirituality, which allows us to become aware of the power of Divine Transformational Love which lies dormant until awoken within the heart of every one of us.

When this awakening occurs perception changes: What previously appeared ordinary now becomes special. Attention shifts; things previously not observed will be seen with a sense of gratitude. Nothing seems accidental. Everything has a purpose, and that purpose is to foster spiritual growth. When we begin to see from this new perspective, our interaction with the world in which we live is energized. We will see the same news on the television; the same assistants will help us in the shops; the same person will deliver the post, but we will see it in a totally new light. Our appreciation of people and the work they do will change. Nothing will be ordinary any longer, although we still pay the bills, go to the shops, and spend time with  friends and family. Life becomes the most important thing to us. Everything we say, you will say is for Life. Everything we do, you do, we will do for Life and that Life is a manifestation of God’s Glory.  Marianne Williamson in her book ‘A Return to Love: Reflections of the Principles of A course in Miracles’  stresses that we are all born to ‘Manifest the Glory’ of God, a point so glowing emphasized  by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 Inaugural speech.

Born to Manifest the Glory

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that

other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

Give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.

Such beautiful words can only be spoken by a person who has ‘ come home’ and is living with their true selves the  ‘Real Me’ .

Such a person has cast of the shadow of Black Noise to let the brilliant light of Grace and Love shine .

Note to self

So that is it my friends. This is all I have to say about The Inward Journey in search of the ‘Real Me’ for now. Thank you so much for traveling with me. For all your likes, comments and awards. I really appreciate it.

Thank you so much Enlightened Angelshttps://scalesimple.wordpress.com.

My miraculous search continues.  I still have many question but few answers at this point in time, so I am going to take a break and when the time is right I will return.

In the meantime, the lighter aspect of my blog the Irish Mammy is in flying form.

I might even give her a separate platform as you guys seem to like it so much and to be very honest with you I absolutely LOVE writing it and what a start to a week!!

 Early rising at 6am!

So until next Monday,

Have a great week you guys,

Love and hugs

Mt

Good morning all from your Irish Mammy, with a question for you as the dawn is breaking on this October morning. If you could speak to your younger self right now, what would you say?

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Have you ever thought what it would be like to meet  the younger you?

Based on your experience of life so far what advice- if any, would you give?

Its just a thought to get you started on a Monday morning and it is a great conversation piece for that early morning cuppa!!

Note to self 

MOMM

I would love to hear your comments on this fascinating subject.

And as for me well …I am going to refrain for now.

I wait to hear what you have to say.

Have a great week you guys.

Hugs and love

Mt 

Day 17: Smile: The Inward Journey to the Real You is almost completed.

IMG_1011 In the last post-Day 15, Patricia generously shared her Gratitude Awareness Diary with us. It gave insight into her personality. If you read her memoirs with a negative eye you would see many mistakes, but remember like you, she was told to neither stop, think nor worry about spelling and grammar. This is a great way to get in touch with feelings. Once you stop and start to think about what you are writing the old critical ego gets going and the Real You gets lost in translation. Interestingly enough when Patricia found herself slipping back into negative beliefs, she relaxed and went with it, gently, compassionately and with humour, saying ‘Stop Patricia.’When I asked how she found this exercise, she stated that it suited her quirky sense of humour and fun- thanks Patricia.

Today, I would like to share another gratitude awareness technique which I have found extremely helpful over the years. Simply put affirmations work. So what is an affirmation? Well, an affirmation is a declaration of intent — it is a testimony to how we wish to think and feel. It is a positive ‘I am’ statement, such as:-‘I am loved’ or ‘there is goodness in me and all around me’.

I have found over the years that these positive statements  have helped me to create a stronger sense of who I really Am and if you practice them I know they will help you as well.

The fact that we are here, alive in this moment, is a miracle of nature. This gift of life appears to revolve around Love. We know this because the opposite is also true. Hate and war bring destruction and death.

Affirmations remind us of our true identity, which counter-acts the negative messages we give ourselves. To let go of fear, we have to let go of self-doubt; we must learn how to love ourselves. Affirmations help to do just that.

So let us begin and just like the Gratitude Awareness Diary, Affirmations only really work if you put time effort and care into their preparation and implementation.

The Preparation

  • Some people like to buy a pretty notebook and write down their affirmations, while others like to put a pebble in a jar every time they say their affirmation — an outward expression of an inner idea.
  • Meditate on your affirmation, by repeating it to yourself over and over and over again, hundreds of times a day.
  • Repeating affirmations imprints these intentions into the depths of the subconscious mind.

The Exercise

  • Begin the day by saying your affirmation. And repeat it silently to yourself as you go through your day.
  • For example, you could say: ‘I like myself, I love myself — there is goodness in me and all around me.’

Take your time and develop an affirmation that sits with you and as always, keep it positive and simple.

This topic is explained beautifully by many inspirational writers including Daily Affirmation by Susan Jeffers; Daily Affirmations & Positive Quotes by Louise M Hay; Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain; The Path to Love by Deepak Chopra and finally Everyday Wisdom by the wonderful Wayne Dyer

Note to self

The affirmations below are a sample of affirmation I have used over the years, and to which I try to adhere as best I can.

  • I promise to accept myself as I am, with all my differences, knowing that I am following my own path in life
  • I promise to savour this moment, knowing that it will pass my way just once. And if the moment is difficult for me, I promise to stay with it so that I can learn the lesson life is trying to teach me.
  • I promise to love all beings everywhere with all my heart and soul without reservation, remaining unconcerned whether they love me in return
  • I promise to give myself the space and time to relax, meditate and practice mindfulness so that I can open my life to hope and joy

Take your time and develop an affirmation that sits with you and as always keep it positive, meaningful and simple.

Have a great week you guys.

Hugs

MT

 

Good Morning All: It’s your Irish Mammy here wondering how are you are doing on this Bright October Monday Morning.

 

IMG_1608I was reading a book by Dr Frank Lipman called ‘Revive: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again. It is a powerful book full of inspirational ideas that would surely cheer you up if you have the time to read this Monday morning.

Instead, I am going to suggest that you to take a slow deep breath and inhale all the goodness of  life  into your being and expel any tension or stiffness that may be residing in the muscles and tissues of your body. Tentatively, allow your mind to consider  things you should to do but somehow never get round to. Then, instantly make a firm resolve to remove the word should from your vocabulary today.

As Dr Frank Lipman says ‘Don’t Should on yourself’ but rather ‘do something that you love instead’

Next, just for the moment think about what brings joy and laughter into your life. Keep it simple. Often the best things in life are free.

Here is a list of my favorite things, just to get you started:

  • Sharing time with family and friends
  • The sea especially on the wild and windy days
  • Sunsets
  • Good conversation over a decent cup of coffee
  • Singing and dancing with abandon
  • Meditation
  • Contemplation
  • Silence
  • Bubble baths with loads of bubbles
  • Looking at  daft and funny movie and laughing foolishly
  • Joining  in a spontaneous activity where everyone is out and about, just for the fun of it all
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • This blog!!

Note to self

MOMM

Writing out a list of joyful activities is a very interesting experiment. What I omitted and included  surprised me.  At your coffee break this morning take a few moments and jot down the first  happy thought  that comes into your head. I mean what about the Rugby Match last night? Anyway, try it out and see what makes you smile.  

Doing this exercise helped me to remember a fundamental truth. Joy is more a state of  ‘being’ than ‘having’.

My happiness is triggered by  singing and dancing. Recently I have joined a choir and I love it! Thanks Norman and Carol for sharing your wonderful gift of music. Choirs suit me as I love being part of a ‘fun activity’ that brings out the best in its members. John S Powell is right when he says ‘Happiness is an Inside Job’

Have a great week you guys.

Hugs

Mt

 

Day 16: The Inward Journey: Gratitude Awakens.

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I am always humbled when it comes to writing about gratitude as there are so many good books out there on this subject. I remember being given a beautiful pink hardback book for my birthday many years ago. It was called ‘Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy’ by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I loved it. Instantly, I started the exercises with abandon and quickly found that my life had become easier and less stressful.I never got to meet Sarah in person but her written word changed my life , just as I hope this blog will change yours as I encourage you to start with  A Gratitude Awareness Diary ,if only for a week or so. Watch and see what happens. I promise you will start to feel better so much so that gratitude awareness become part of your day.

First let me explain what I mean by A Gratitude Awareness Diary.

A gratitude awareness diary is a daily record of everything good in your life. When you write about what is good in your life your mind will have to acknowledge that there is in fact much in this life to be grateful for. To live, to breath, to see, to hear, touch, and taste. When you open your eyes to really look and your ears to really listen this beautiful planet in which you live will reveal it-self to you.

The Preparation.

Setting time aside for preparation of your Diary will turn it into a celebration, marking a new beginning. Often the best plan goes to waste because it never gets past the thinking stage. The first thing you will need to acquire is a diary. In your quest for the nicest diary you can find, observe the fabric and design of the cover, as well as the texture of the paper. Remember that one of the most important lessons in gratitude is accepting and savouring the smallest details of life.

Before you begin, decide when you are going to write in this diary. Allotting some time each day to write in your journal is setting a routine in place for your practice of gratitude. Find a time that suits best and stick to it. This is the first basic step of journal keeping.

The Exercise

When you start writing in you gratitude journal, don’t stop — keep your hand moving. Motion prevents you from getting stuck and slipping back into negativity. Write about whatever it is that makes you feel happy. You can start by writing down your name. My name is … and it stands for…. Or write about some other topic that interests you, reflecting on your personal development and growth. It is important not to stop to think, cross out or worry about spelling or writing, as that will tap into the logical, critical part of your brain, which will provide you with too many contradictions to what is written. First thoughts can be inspirational. The present is imbued with abundant life force. It is alive and pulsating with rhythm.

Allow yourself to become absorbed in your creation. This helps you to remain in the present moment and prevents you from thinking about the past. If you find yourself slipping back into misery, relax and go with that negativity, but view it gently and with compassion. Start writing about something you have learned through this experience.

When you participate in the Gratitude Awareness Diary you are choosing to see life differently. When we choose to be grateful, we are paying attention to what is good and right, and ignoring what is not. We do not necessarily need something for which to be grateful — only the desire to feel grateful.

You can start by thinking of things for which you are thankful, and eventually you will learn how to live and enjoy the moment. Living in the now provides you with the opportunity to experience in a real way the wonder of every living moment.

Note to Self

MOMM

A friend of mine, whom I will refer to as Patricia, kept a Gratitude Awareness Diary and I have included part of it, for your perusal. Before participating in this ‘exercise’ my friend  assumed that the grouchy’ next- door neighbour was avoiding her, but when she observe him through the transformed eyes of compassion, love and gratitude she observed that he was an incredibly shy man who wanted to get to know her better.

Patricia’s, Gratitude Awareness Diary.

DATE 10th August. 2014.

Hello there diary,

Today is my Birthday……I am 36 years old and for some strange reason I feel great. Normally, this isn’t such a great day for me …well not since my twenty fifth birthday party anyway, when I fell off the chair in the restaurant and pulled the tablecloth off in the process. Looking back now I can observe the funny side of it, especially when that gorgeous Italian waiter fell on top of me, if only I had laughed about it instead of running off home…..what a waste …a well such is life….maybe we would have got married, had loads of kids and we would both be ….but stop Patricia if you did that then you would have never met Harry next door….WHAT A DREAM GUY and to think …..He has been living next door for two years and we never even spoke until recently. And how soft and ‘chocolatey’ his voice is and the way his eyes twinkle when he smiles. Honestly girl, you sound like a kid in love, what’s wrong with you.

Stop Patricia, you are in love not just with the guy next door, but with life. Well maybe a little with him ….but hey he is a boy and I’m a girl, were both single and it’s a free country, right….what the hell it could be fun and even if…..

Stop Patricia, yea I know live for the moment and enjoy.

Speaking of enjoyment it’s a beautiful wet windy day outside and I am going out right now to splash in the puddles.

Thank God for that big coat Mum bought me. It’s funny it’s been sitting in the wardrobe for years and I never had the opportunity to wear it

Mightn’t wear it to the office, but it’s great in the wind and rain.

 

So until tomorrow diary keep me posted on the good stuff and nudge me awake when I forget what life is really about.

Love you and Me Lots,

Patricia.

P.S. Have a great day

Final Note to Self

Interesting Huh!

Enjoy your day

Back on Monday with The Irish Mammy’s positive vibe!

Have a great week you guys

 Hugs

Mt

 

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