Daily Kiss-spiration:: Free Yourself

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This a great quote by Joel Osteen to start the new year. Change your mindset of people pleasing. Free yourself from their opinions because what others think of you is none of your business.

Happy 2014!! 

Love and Light, Kristi

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Daily Kiss:: Awaken the Stillness Within

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. -~- Deepak Chopra

It’s a bias of our culture that stillness is regarded as lazy, as being stuck in inaction, as a negative.

It’s not. It’s an action, and a powerful one.

What’s more, it can change your day, and in doing so change your life.

You’re in the middle of a frazzled day, swamped by work and meetings and emails and interruptions, or hassled by kids and phone calls and errands and chores.

You pause. Stay still for a minute, and breathe. You close your eyes, and find a stillness within yourself. This stillness spreads to the rest of your body, and to your mind. It calms you, centers you, focuses you on what you’re doing right now, not on all you have to do and all that has happened.

The stillness becomes a transformative action.

Stillness can be a powerful answer to the noise of others. It can be a way to push back against the buzz of the world, to take control. It can remind you of what’s important.

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How to Practice
Stillness, oddly, doesn’t come naturally to many people. So practice.

1. Start your day in stillness. Whether it’s sitting with a cup of coffee as the world awakes, or sitting on a pillow and focusing on your breath, stillness is a powerful way to start your day. It sets the tone for things to come. Even 5-10 minutes is great.

2. Take regular stillness breaks. Every hour, set an alarm on your computer or phone to go off. Think of it as a bell that rings, reminding you to be still for a minute. During this minute, focus first on your breathing, to bring yourself into the present. Let the worries of the world around you melt away — all that is left is your breath. And then let your focus expand beyond your breath to your other senses, one at a time.

3. When chaos roars, pause. In the middle of a crisis or a noisy day, stop. Be still. Take a deep breath, and focus on that breath coming in, and going out. Find your inner stillness and then let your next action come from that stillness. Focus on that next action only.

Let stillness become your most powerful action. It could change your life.

  My  Stillness  Journey:: I was watching Oprah Sunday evening as she discussed some of her own life lessons with Facebook CEO and a small audience. She answered several questions and chatted it up about her journey. For whatever reason, when she spoke about stillness and finding that quiet time with yourself and God, the hairs on my arms stood at attention and I really listened. She explained that until you shut things around you down and get quiet that you will never really hear the voice of God and hear those little whispers that guide us. I took away a lot from that show and immediately started thinking of ways to begin a journey to add stillness into my life. I set aside quiet time on my calendar for 10 minutes twice a day. I’ve not heard the AHHHHHH HAAAAA’s yet but the peace that comes from it, the peace that makes it easier to deal with things that normally would distract me from my goals, they aren’t as loud.  

As fate would have it, I was skimming through blogs last evening and stumbled upon the post you just read by Leo Babauta. Isn’t it amazing how God puts things in front of us to continue us in the right way? Do you take time to be still? If not, will you?

“Through return to simple living comes control of desires. In control of desires Stillness is attained. In stillness the world is restored.” ~ Lao Tzu

When you don’t know what to do, get still. The answer will come. ~ Oprah

Starting today, take some time to be still. It’s  part of the journey. Enjoy it! ~ Kristi

Daily Kiss:: Purpose vs. Power. Which will you choose?

“Being successful and fulfilling your life’s purpose are not at all the same thing; You can reach all your personal goals, become a raving success by the worlds standard and still miss your purpose in this life.” ~ Rick Warren

What does this quote mean to you? What struck you the most when you read it?

Enjoy Your Journeys. — Kristi

Daily Kiss:: Stay True to You

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” One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am. ” ~ First Lady, Michele Obama

Enjoy Your Journeys, Kristi. =)

Daily Kiss:: Want a Happy Life?

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” A happy life is just a string of happy moments. But most people don’t allow the happy moment, because they’re so busy trying to get a happy life. ”   – Abraham-Hicks

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Daily Kiss:: Your makeup

“There is no such thing as a “self-made” man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”  - George Matthew Adams

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Daily Kiss:: Moving on to the Next

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” – Denis Waitley


My Take: If something bad happened or didn’t go as you had hoped, there is no magic wand to do it over. It happened, own it, forgive yourself and move on. I’m sure the lesson learned in it will reveal itself sooner or later but you can’t speed up that process by worrying.
Enjoy Your Journeys. ~Kristi

Daily Kiss:: It’s all in your hands

“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.” -Mark Victor Hansen

My Takeaway: Follow your own instincts over anyone else’s; loved ones and friends have good intentions but no one has a better connection to your destiny than you. Even if your hopes and dreams seem absurd, listen to your inner voice and get clarity for yourself. You are becoming your best self not your best everyone else.

~ Enjoying Your Journeys. ~ Kristi