75 Questions: Day 25

incongruent

There are 75 days before the start of a new Gregorian calendar year. So, for the next 50 days (Monday – Sunday) the blog postings will ask you one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, or it may tickle you.  It’s about you. The whole thrust of the 75 questions is to prompt a reaction and honest answer to the probe.

The direct intent of the 75 questions is to capture change. The questions are to be a catalyst for inner change that leaves you feeling more dynamic, congruent, powerful, intrigued, and authentic. When these salient emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Post your answers, you will get a response to your replies and we will use these 75 questions to lift life as the year 2017 begins.

Question 25: What incongruities are in your life?

75 Questions: Day 23

 

There are 75 days before the start of a new Gregorian calendar year. So, for the next 52 days (Monday – Sunday) the blog postings will ask you one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, or it may tickle you.  It’s about the real in you. The whole thrust of the 75 questions is to prompt a reaction and honest answer to the probe.

The overall intent of the 75 questions is to capture change. The questions are to be a catalyst for inner change that leaves you feeling more dynamic, powerful, intrigued, and authentic. When these salient emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Post your answers, you will get a response to your replies and we will use these 75 questions to lift life as the year 2017 begins.

Question 23: What must you forget?

75 Questions: Day 19

Can you believe it.

There are 75 days before the start of a new Gregorian calendar year. So, for the next 56 days (Monday – Sunday) the blog postings will ask you one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, or it may tickle you.  I promise not to spook you. The whole thrust of the 75 questions is to prompt a reaction and honest answer to the probe.

The clear intent of the 75 questions is to capture change. The questions are to be a catalyst for inner change that leaves you feeling more dynamic, powerful, intrigued, and authentic. When these salient emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Post your answers, you will get a response to your replies and we will use these 75 questions to lift life as the year 2017 begins.

Question 19:  How are you serving?

75 Questions: Day 12

There are 75 days before the start of a new Gregorian calendar year. So, for the next 64 days (Monday – Sunday) the blog postings will ask one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, or it may tickle you. The whole thrust of the 75 questions is to prompt a reaction and honest answer to the probe.breath-quote

Vicki Corona

The fundamental intent of the 75 questions is to capture change.  Each question should inspire inner change that leaves you feeling more dynamic, powerful, intrigued, and authentic. When these emotions are gradually opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Post your answers, you will get a response to your replies and we will use these 75 questions to lift life as the year 2017 begins.

What takes your breath away?

Quote found in “Tahitian Choreographies” by Vicki Corona

Happiness Heals Hearts

Daniel Skye has it right.  He just wants you to smile.

Happiness is about smiling, making your life better.  Happiness heals hearts.  When you are happy, your heart beats stronger and you have a little more pep in your step. You want to twirl, skip and share your smile.

Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, a renowned dentist, wrote this excerpt from a post for Dr. Oz:

“The smile is the window to the soul; it puts us at ease when we see people smile. Freely offered, no means of expression has the ability to make a complete stranger feel better or more compelled to return the favor. Smiles know no language barriers, no demarcations of race, gender, or class. It’s the one thing that is truly universal among humans. In any social interaction, professional or personal, people will intuitively gravitate towards those of us who smile.”

It’s true. Happiness portrayed  through a smile makes you feel better and by its intrinsic nature makes others feel better too.  In turn, your heart heals.  A happy life and a healthy heart go hand-in-hand.

Smile

Practice smiling this week, starting today.

Smile while you walk. Smile at work. Smile during dinner. Smile at school. Smile as you talk. Smile when you explore.  Smile at the market. Smile as you dance. Smile while you garden. Smile because you want to.

How do you feel when you smile?

Tell us your all about your smile experiences. What reaction do you get? Post how you felt when you smiled. Go out and smile.  Smile happy. Smile, heal your heart. Smile.

Hearts

Smile from the heart

 

 

One Thing You Must Do

You have heard the old line, “The only thing I have to do is pay taxes and die.” Wrong, the one thing you must do is LIVE…. Death and taxes will take care of themselves. Just live.

Psychologist, Dr. Henry Cloud, in his sensible book, 9 Things You Simply Must Do to succeed in Love and Life, categorizes nine life skills that are vital to living well. I understand and agree with them all, BUT in a nutshell what Dr. Cloud is really advising readers to do is live and live YOUR life well.

From the case studies documented in the book, many of his clients and a myriad of other people who are stressed, depressed, and need to give negativity a rest are in the spiral of malcontent because they lack the courage to truly live.

My advice: Be selfish, Make changes in your life that best for YOU!

Leo Tolstoy says, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, no one thinks of changing themselves.”

Change Yourself

As of today, right now – the one thing you must do is fearlessly create the change in your life that powers your soul. Select your passion, feel the excitement of choosing to live the life you want to live.

Do that one thing and be ecstatic about it.
Live your joy, that is the one thing you must to.

Kindess is Free

“Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.”
~Blaise Pascal

What are some of the kind words you will use today?

I offer these words to you:

  • You are joyous
  • You are noble
  • You are powerful
  • You are loved!

Make someone smile with your kind words-thank you.

Tell yourself these words today.

2014 Chinese New Year

福壽雙全 Fúshòushuāngquán – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”

                                           Google doodle for Chinese New Year

Greetings: 2014 Chinese New Year-the Year of the Horse. Celebrate  happiness, longevity, success, family and friends. The celebration lasts 15 days, each day symbolized with food, gift exchange, and cultural festivals.

Recent adaptations of the Chinese New Year -Nian- include the addition of the name “Spring Festival” as a modernized blend of the Gregorian calendar and ancient Chinese traditions.  The 15th day -last day – is commemorated with the Lantern Festival, a colorful culmination of celebration.

The Reunion Dinner

The biggest event of any Chinese New Year’s Eve is the Reunion Dinner,named as “Nian Ye Fan”. Fish is customary for this meal and it is customary to make dumplings (jiaozi, 餃子, jiǎozi) after dinner to eat around midnight. Dumplings symbolize wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese sycee After dinner, families go to local temples hours before the new year begins to pray for a prosperous new year by lighting the first incense of the year and return home to prepare for the new morning in a ritual called “opening the door of fortune” (kāicáimén, 開財門) that initiates the first day of the new year.

The First Day

The first day of Chinese New Year is a time to honor one’s elders and families visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended families, usually their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

The Lantern Festival

The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as Yuanxiao http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/Red_lanterns.JPGFestival/Yuánxiāojié (元宵節) or the Lantern Festival.   Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival, and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns.

Symbolism

Red is the predominant color used in New Year celebrations. Red is the emblem of joy, and this color also symbolizes virtue, truth and sincerity. For fifteen days, red dominates the color palate since red is universally power. The Chinese especially honor red with the power to ward off evil spirits and bad fortune. Often red envelopes of money are given as wishes for prosperity and engaged energy.

Wear red, celebrate with joyous happiness, pray for longevity.

May all of your day be new. Happy Chinese New Year!

(Tell us how you plan to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Feel free to share your joy).

Planget Quiet: Just for You

                                                                                                (photo credit: ocean/corbis)

It is time to relax, take a seat and remove the head mire in plangent quiet.

So often each day is full of frenetic movement,  help given without reserve, and mindless habits such that taking a rest is uncommon.  Yet, after exiting the womb, it is common for the baby to close their eyes and rest. Be like a baby for now; rest. Restore your mind and body.  Take a moment, right now, and relax and rest. Quiet, please.

Plangent quiet could be an oxymoron, a truly extreme juxtaposition of words. But, it this post, it is meant to remind you to relax in the place where you are right now. Delaying is not optional unless it  would thrust you into danger; then use caution but when you are safe, relax in the quiet. Injury to yourself or others is not the intent, but what is is the directive to safely take a moment to rest.

The adjective plangent means resounding loudly. Adding the word quiet to plangent implies a deliberate, resounding intention to be still and bask in the self-need for quiet for a moment. Take a few minutes then to kindle the spirit of hope, charity, love and passion-let it move into your being and cast out activity, worry, sadness, doubt, fear.

Be still, be quiet and contemplate you.

“The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” ~Carl G. Jung

Monday Miracle: BFF Yourself

Today, give yourself a HUGE hug.

BFF yourself, be your own best friend.  Often our altruism is directed outward towards others which leads you to forget to show the same kindness, happiness, joy to yourself. In order to balance your inner growth, you need to be your own best friend too. Take a moment to smile deep within in a knowing special way just for you. Then, allow your eyes to sparkle and feel that sparkle all the way to your toes. Next, inhale a deep breath of joy and feel the elixir flow through your nose into your lungs and let it coerce to every cell in your body. When you do, you are illuminating the whole earth.

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Each inner kindness you show to yourself as your own BFF, alters the atmosphere of the earth and moves humankind to a circle of unity. The one hug, smile or breath of joy and happiness that you share with yourself and others today will be a part of the ring of hope that miraculously heals the world.

I hug you too.

Send me a note telling me what you did today to BFF yourself.

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