If we were to embark on a road trip, there are certain precautions we will probably take. We will service our vehicle, check that our tyres are in good condition, and fill up our tank with gas. Similarly, life is like a 24 hour road trip and how we prepare for the journey determines the kind of experience we will have along the way. Our emotional state of mind plays a major role in the process. Achieving emotional peace and stability is the ideal state to maximise our life experience. So how do we get there?
Start your day with stretches, and deep breathing. You may experience dizziness as you break up stored emotional energy in the upper chest. After 30 minutes of stretching and deep breathing, you should have achieved an emotional orgasmic climax, not sexual in nature, but just as effective, resulting in inner peace.
To test your emotional state, intertwine your fingers, and lift your hands above your head and take a deep breath. If you feel emotional discomfort, repeat the process, you will eventually achieve a secured peaceful state of mind.
Sometimes when I awaken, an old friend would pop into my mind. Sometimes that friend is deceased. I would stand still and reflect on the good times and the meaningful love that person brought into my life.
Memories of times spent with loved ones are healing in nature and manifest themselves into powerful experiences in the moment.
Not all beautiful memories have to be of the deceased. Sometimes just watching my daughter seeing how she has grown and remembering her through the stages of infancy, toddler, child, and adulthood fills me up with awe and excitement.
I want to give her as much space as is needed for her to grow. At the same time, I want to give her as much guidance as possible in our conversations without being overbearing. I would state clearly the consequences that may evolve from certain thoughts and actions then trust that she gets the message and is smart enough to embrace it.
Today is a good day to love, cherish and reminiscent over the special people who have molded your life.
24 hours ago, I adopted a 24 hour approach to life pushing to accomplish my goals with the mentality that 24 hours is all I have left. The result was amazing. I advanced a script I’ve been working on to a point where even though I didn’t finish it, I’m at a better place than I was months ago.
We tend to take life for granted, assuming that we have a full lifespan guaranteed to us. I’ve erased those ideas from my mind turning my focus on putting my house in order with the 24 hours that is available to me. Much of my morning is spent on healing my emotional state of mind. It means dropping everything that angered me. It means spending more time basking in the kindness and gratitude I received from others. I can pull from my resources of kindness I received from years ago. Kindness like the landlord who gave me mangoes and bananas as a gift while we were facing a potential eviction when I was 8 years old. Or the kindness I received from a co-worker who gave me rides after work when I didn’t have a car even as she was battling with depressions of her own. It’s funny how the bad things we encounter in life disappear and how the good things remain.
As I use part of my 24 hours to reflect on loved ones and friends, I can feel the tightness within me unwinding. It means if this is my last 24 hour, at least I have prepared my body and spirit to accept it the way I want it to be and that is peacefully, for love is a mighty healer.
What if you had 24 hours to discover God? As I took my morning walk through the natural wooded park, the question crossed my mind. I pondered a bit and decided to give it a try. Could God be in the bushes or hiding in the petals of the blossoming weeds? I stood for a moment and focused on the intricate beauty of the weeds.
Still not sure that I found God, I turned my attention to the breath of morning in fresh air. I clutched on to each breath hoping that God would pop through my nostrils. It felt great, but I still wasn’t convinced. I closed my eyes and felt the warmth of the morning rays of sunlight reflecting an orange glow on my pupils. This must be God I thought as gripped my eyes tightly shut basking and soaking up the sunlight.
What was I to say to those creeping disturbing thoughts that have caused me so much stress in my lifetime? “Not today,” I shouted. “I have no time for sadness. I only have time for joy.” What do I do with the people in my life that angered me? Suddenly, those things seemed unimportant, and compromise, forgiveness, and respect ushered in a new wave of love that broke the wrath of anger and welcomed the broken chains of freedom.
What about those goals I’ve procrastinated on? I jumped into action with a purpose short on time trying to finish what I’ve started.
But what if I was given another 24 hours to discover God wouldn’t my previous 24 hours have been well spent? Think about it as you start your day and make full use of each moment.
Our eyes are the windows to our soul. They see a lot of things and spends a lot of time interpreting them. Such a loathsome burden leaves us with heavy eyes and enormous stress. It was that predicament that led me to discover the magical wonders of walking with closed eyes.
It all started when my beautiful wife woke me up for one of our morning walks. We would go to our neighborhood park and walk for seven miles. On that particular morning, I had only gotten 4 hours sleep. There was no way I was going to make it. As we started walking, I came up with a great plan to walk with my eyes closed. “Are you out of your mind?” I heard the voice in my head echoed. “What if you walked in front of a car or fall into a manhole? Even worse, what if you walked into a barbed wire fence, or fell over a cliff, or stepped on a snake?”
To minimize my fear, I decided to take short strides and open my eyes intermittently to ensure that I’m walking in a straight line. Sure enough, I was drifting to the sidewalk. Then I figured out that my head was operating like a compass and I was following the direction of my head. I straightened my head in the direction I wanted to go, and it worked perfectly as when someone discovers the technique for riding a bicycle for the first time.
Once I was walking with my eyes closed, my fatigue disappeared, and I had a feeling of renewed energy that quickened my steps. With closed eyes, I was no longer trying to make sense of what’s happening on the outside. Instead, I turned my focus to what’s happening within. I felt total calm and peace within. I heard the chirping of the birds, the sound of the wind, and the rustling of the trees.
Time lost its relevance and replacing it was an awareness of my presence in the grand scheme of the universe basking in its warmth and comfort of the morning rays of sunlight. I covered my seven miles in a time frame significantly less than when my eyes were opened. I still opened my eyes intermittently but with practice, I covered a greater ground with my eyes closed.
These days, I look forward to my morning walks, eager to cover my 7 miles with the knowledge that time won’t be a factor in my quest as the entire experience is at my command. If you are highly stressed, I recommend practicing walking with closed eyes and you’ll discover a world of stress relief accomplished with little or no effort.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we wake up each morning to some level of stress that causes us discomfort. However, we don’t have to go through our day with the burden of carrying stress. Here are five simple routine exercises you can do that will combat stress and send you on a path in life, where you can breathe easier and feel a whole lot better.
Stretch: There is no better time to wake up in the morning and step outside into the freshness of the Spring air and start your day with some stretches. You can actually feel the stressed parts of your body unravelling as you breathe deeply and stretch.
Push : Push is an easy alternative to push ups. You can push against a steady wall or against your car. You can literally feel that exertion of energy revitalizing areas of your chest and there is nothing tedious about the process.
Sway: The simple process of lifting your hands above your head bringing them together and then gently swaying from side to side exposes the stressed areas of the body and breaks up the tension within.
Horizontal arms: When we stretch our hands horizontal, we are loosening up the tension in our lower back. When we breathe in the process of doing so, we are disseminating stress.
Heads High: When we lift our heads to the skies, we are loosening the grip of our stressful thoughts and clearing our mind to really absorb the present moment.
There you have it. Five easy tips to start a stress-free day and it can be done within 30 minutes.
Stop for a moment. Acknowledge where you are. Take a deep breath, then imagine right here, right now in this space, you are in Heaven. Imagine it to be everything you were told about this magical land of “milk and honey,” with rolling green pastures, mild radiating sunshine, cool brisk breeze. Smile as you take in the experience. Release the burden of your emotions as you no longer require them. Then ask yourself, “Do I need to die and go to such a place to experience it, if I can lay hear in my space and experience it mentally?”
The only thing hindering our heavenly experience is the things we allow to disturb our peace of mind. We have the power and authority o determine what we allow to disturb our mental peace and what course of action we take to regain it. If your space was a country, you will be the government that makes decisions to govern your peace. So who have you given that power to? Well, its time to return that power to you. It’s time to stop blaming others for what is lost. It’s time to rise up as the governance of your peace and make decisions that enhances your experience of peace while weeding out the elements that destroy it.
Stay in your lane, guard your peace turning every moment into a glimpse of your heavenly experience.
J Howell brings us his follow up to the power R&B ballad “Talk,” with another sultry performance of “My Everything.” Bringing back the memories of “When Will I See You Again” by legendary Babyface, J Howell keeps it simple on “My Everything” focusing instead on his raw powerful vocal performance. With a very unique arrangement that is effective in bringing across the raw emotions of the song, all that’s left is for J. Howell to croon his vocals in all the right places of our hearts. There isn’t a distinctive chorus that is memorable in “My Everything” and that’s one of the things that make it special as it doesn’t need it. What is working beautifully is the flow of the song and absorbing the ranges in the vocals. Coming from a place of deep peace and devotion, “My Everything” should make its debut on the Adult R&B Charts. We’ll be keeping this potential hit on replay and falling in love with it over and over again.
J Howell is a superstar on the rise. With every new hit song, we find ourselves silently trying to figure out, “Who is J. Howell, this mystery artist with the Grammy winning potential magical voice?” I don’t think we’ll have to wait much longer to find out as the hits keep on coming. If you’re looking for J. Howell’s music, you can find his latest fantastic production in the album “RedRoom.”
The greatest obstacle to achieving success is our mindset.
When we envision our goal, the most important thing we can do is align our mindset with our vision. From then on, screen out any negative voices that are not aligned with our vision. Once we’ve whole-heartedly believe it, it will find a way to manifest itself.
Be careful with what you believe. It doesn’t matter how deep the pit you’ve dug yourself into, a simple change in your mindset will start the turnaround process. It entails consistency. You can’t tell yourself you are great today, while tomorrow you are saying that you are dumb.
Just for today, create the mindset that you want from life. Believe it, embrace it, and stand in your greatness. Surround yourself with people who see you as great as your vision. Success will come.
Written by Ricardo Williams
Author of “Unchained Mind.” Now available on Amazon.
I hate when people send a video without explaining the content. Is it a virus? Is it a bomb? What am I looking for? Some of the thoughts going around my head. It turns out that it is a lame video that they are excited about. Are they that busy that they could send a video but couldn’t find the time to explain its contents? Who are these people?
I hate that Messenger has no sense of time and comes with a loud ping whenever it announces a message. 4 in the morning, the time when sleep is at its finest hour, Messenger announces the arrival of a message with a loud PING. Is it a family emergency? Did someone get killed? Oh no, its an inspirational piece from a daring friend or relative telling you that God loves you and not only that, He is THINKING OF YOU.
I hate that Messenger puts you on someone’s instant post and everything thing that person does come up on your message. Now I’m forced to sit there and watch everything a person does for the rest of their lives. What a slow and painful way to die.
I hate when my friends send me a message to say look out for viruses and don’t open any messages from Messenger. Well, guess what, I JUST DID. What’s wrong with these people?
I hate messages that start with Hi. Some of the biggest schemers found out that its the best way to scheme someone and they use it all the time.
I hate people who somehow believe that in this complicated world of dating that they can find their true love on Messenger and no only that, they convinced themselves that I am their true love. Well, guess what, YOU ARE WACKO. You are the reason relationships fail.
I hate people who tell you sad stories on Messenger. What am I supposed to do with your sad story? Sit there and grieve while you ride off in the sunset without the deposited excrement that you dump on me?
I hate fundraisers that start on Messengers. It’s like I’m cornered. There is no way out of it other than to say “HELL NO,” only to find yourself alienated by people who cared about you.
I hate people who dump their Sunday Service on my Messenger. Let me put it this way nicely, it wasn’t by accident that I didn’t show up at your church. Trust me, if it was that important I would have been there. I don’t normally miss funerals. STOP IT.
And the 10th reason I hate Messenger is because of people who sends me a Messenger and tells me I should get out of Messenger because they are selling my information. Guess what, one year later, they are still on Messenger sending out other alarming messages. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
NB. If you are easily offended, you shouldn’t be reading this. Oops. It’s too late. My bad.