Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
When you express gratitude for the smallest things, even when it is a struggle for you, the universe will bring you more things to be grateful for. Here are some things I love about my life in India: the freedom expressed through colours on bodies and houses. The lack of boundaries. The sharing of food and personal space. The way that all the travellers fit together—I can enter a cafe and sit with anyone I chose, we will talk about spirituality, eat of one another’s plate, bare souls, and hug each other goodbye. The way in which everyone is united by Shiva. The lack of judgement. I have overcome so many fears here about my mind, about people and social interactions, about my body. Peace wills you and leads you back to your heart. So much yoga. So much dancing. So much music! The blackouts. Bucket bathing. Bugs. The fearsome, meditative mountains. And the fact that while I was sitting here searching for more gratitude my neighbour handed me a piece of fresh rock melon. Plant your shanti tree. Start with just three things and watch it grow!
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A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!