Getting Over Life’s Doubts

In the past week I had been experiencing intense doubts about myself, my life, my abilities, my purpose, my choices, my religion and my goals. A momentary combustion occurred and I had what I deem a quarter life crisis one week after I turned the ripe age of 25.

We all experience this at some time in our lives. We all wonder where our life is heading and if we are going in the right direction. We all consider if we had taken a different route how our lives would now be more fulfilling and more successful. We all question our skills and ask if we are good enough, if we are good enough to believe in ourselves and if we really do have something valuable to offer the world.

In these times, we can remember that there are people who need help, there are people all around us who need uplifting, supporting and comforting. Through our own doubts and fears, if we can gather the courage to focus not on our own conflict of the heart but on the needs of others then truly we will be lost in a good work. Maybe in reality this is only escape and distraction from our personal turmoil but when this emotional chaos hits what better way to expand our energies than by looking outside of ourselves?

Take a look around. Begin with simple gestures. Send kind messages. Offer honest compliments. Take part in community service. Buy a Big Issue. Share the skills that you have. Volunteer abroad. Strive to become more patient and loving. Talk to a stranger. Share inspiring media. Develop a new talent that will benefit others.

Each day as we wake and rise we have this gift of life, we have a new opportunity to create our life as we want it to be, to decide where we will put our energy.

Rob Bell Quote

  • Begin whatever you’re doing by remembering that you are here and you have been given a gift.’

Ask yourself these questions:

  • ‘How am I going to respond to this life I have been given?
  • ‘What am I going to do with it?’
  • “What am I going to make here?’
  • ‘What new and good thing is going to come out of this experience?’
  • ‘What kind of life am I creating?’

(Rob Bell. How to be Here, A Guide to a Life worth Living)

*If you’re feeling brave, feel free to comment your answers

Why I want to serve a Mission

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Last April I was baptised. I was introduced to the church through meeting missionaries on the street. A month after my baptism I pondered on serving a mission myself; I deeply desired to change lives in the same miraculous way as all of those who had taught me. The missionaries taught me about the scriptures and the gospel, about the commandments and the organisation of the church, but most importantly they taught me how I was loved. They showed me that I was cared for, that I was not alone, that difficult times were to make me stronger, that I was understood, that I had a purpose, and like every other person on this earth, they showed me that I was special.

With them I felt the greatest joys, shared my deepest sadness, and grew to love a God who had always been beside me. Through them, God loved me. Through them, God touched my heart. Through them, God filled me and He filled my life with an unchanging peace, a purity, and a divine intervention.

My dark wounds have been made light and my burdens have been made easier to carry. Maybe this sounds crazy; to devote 18 months to spreading the word of the gospel in a country I don’t yet know. It can be anywhere in the world. This time last year my motivation to work, to wake up in the morning, to smile, was the hope that someday soon I could travel somewhere beautiful again. But when I travelled before, in all of the excitement, self-discovery and exploration of foreign lands, I needed greater purpose. It was not enough to be helping small communities to live environmentally friendly and though I adored their simple, authentic cultures I could not refrain from questioning the deeper significance and finding none. They were just living, and I was just living. I wanted more. I wanted to get to the root, to the beginning, to the foundation of creation, to my exact natural being. Something has changed within me, and I want to inspire that change in others whether it’s related to religion or not. It doesn’t matter if people don’t accept my religion or if they don’t want to talk about God; it matters only that they know they are loved. That’s the reason I will serve a mission…to love the people who need loving, who have been hurt, wounded, broken-hearted, lonely, and lost so I can remind them that they have a purpose too.

{thank you: http://wind-rose-grace.tumblr.com/ -for the quote}

 

Improve Organ Function and Well-Being

 

 

 

Ancient literature going back 2,500 years depict images of exercises similar to Qigong postures but it’s also considered to be over 6,000 years old. It’s a strongly established method originating from China that uses a gentle combination of breathing, stretching and meditating for easing muscle tension, relieving stress, generating flexibility, cultivating energy, and increasing balance in specific organs relevant to each position.

From a literal standpoint, the word “Qi” is the Chinese word for “vital energy”. Qi is the animating force that moves through our body and soul and gives us not only life but consciousness. The concept of a living energy can be found in every culture and is known by names such as Prana (India), Ruach (Israel), Aenema (Ancient Greece), Holy Spirit (Christianity), and The Force (Star Wars).

“Gong” is the Chinese word for “work” or “skill”. So the word “Qigong” can be translated as “the skill of vital energy”.”

This is a short exercise of 20 minutes and even if done only once you will feel immediate benefits. It provides a great sense of inner peace, a clearing of the mind that alleviates mental strain and I recommend trying it out every morning, every other morning, one evening a week, or whenever it suits you.

(Reference: http://www.qigongevolution.com/QigongHistory.html)

5 Words, write a Story

My sister and I strolled through Rochester High Street before we walked laughing into the crepe cafe, an aroma of sweet melted chocolate drifted through the air as we found our booth tucked away. We sat there drinking hot chocolate, sharing some of our latest poems. My inspiration had felt stumped, motivation to write had dwindled. What was there to write about? There was nothing exciting happening; my senses were not being elated; romanticism had evaporated; it was only a dull world I could now see.

Then I remembered an activity a friend had introduced to me whilst we sat in a cafe on a hot summer’s day.

We gave each other 5 words and with these five words we had to write a short story as fast as possible.

This is what happened:

Story Skye:

ANGEL MOUNTAINS SNOW AMAZEMENT SPARKLE

One day an angel appeared in front of a young girl called Kizzy! She was hiking up high in the mountains, and the lights she saw made her look up in amazement. The angel gave off an amazing heat which made the snow melt beneath Kizzy’s feet. The angel didn’t say much but the look in her eyes made Kizzy know and feel that everything was going to be okay! And with a flutter of her wings and an epic sparkle, she was gone, and Kizzy was alone on the mountain.

Story Kizzy:

FLOWERS PANCAKES RAINBOWS UNICORNS LIGHT

In a distant land far, far away from the earth, far from this universe and anything we know to be true, is a planet inhabited by wild unicorns. They leap and gallop and spend their days helping people. Rainbows shine through the sky from their planet and they fly along the beams to land on the earth. Their light makes them so bright they are invisible to the human eye, only their myth lives on to tell the tales of their mysticism but no-one believes they are real. The unicorns fly here and there doing good deeds for people. On their planet there is an abundance of beautiful, exotic, colourful flowers more glorious than anything you’ve seen before. One day a unicorn named Skye saw a young girl making pancakes on her own. The young girl wished for friends to share them with, for laughter, and for happiness, so the unicorn Skye built a rainbow and travelled down to the earth. She transformed into a girl and went to this young girl’s house with a bunch of these wonderful flowers. Together they made the sweetest pancakes, laughed, danced, and joked until the sun set across the houses.

Try it some time 🙂

An Empowering way to Respond to Hurtful People

http://www.handsfreemama.com/2016/11/15/an-empowering-way-to-respond-to-hurtful-people/

This article helps to view a new perspective on situations when people are hurtful towards you or others. By no means does it excuse their behaviour, but it understands their behaviour and values every person as a teacher in the process of life to assist our growth. As Rachel Macy Stafford says, loving words and actions encourage us to fulfil our potential but hurtful words and actions can also motivate personal improvements when we learn from others what not to do in a non-judgemental way.

Our Lives are Governed by Divine Timing

Tomorrow I had planned to go to Ramsgate for a bbq and fun on the beach with friends. A friend’s mother was going to be driving us over and giving us a life back. Today I received a message saying their car was out of MOT so they could not drive there and although it is only a couple of hours train ride away I have not the funds for the journey.

I had been exchanging messages with a friend I had met last year on the train. Trains were delayed and we connected through our love for travel, our misplacement in the world, our confusion with closed people who didn’t care for community, and our fond ways with words. She invited me to stay at her place in a town close to Ramsgate this same week. But I could not get there and I could not get to the bbq. Out of nowhere, my sister is going to this same town with her friends to stay for the exact night of this bbq. And so it has worked out that I am able to travel to this place, to go to the bbq and the beach, to stay with my friend, to explore, to connect with a human being who I share deep similarities with and to have a ride home the next day.

This is just a representation of the way the universe works. That everything has purpose, each event happens for a reason, and you will be taken to where ever you are supposed to be because it is all in the plan. When things fall apart, there is something else coming together. When it seems that you are discouraged and disheartened and all of those little things are going wrong, the pieces will come back together. You are always in the right place at the right time for whatever it is you need at that time and you just have to keep going. Keep moving forward and the answers will arrive in their own divine timing exactly when you are ready.