Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself."

- Paramahansa Yogananda

Reminding myself of this…to be present and trust that everything will be ok, even during our toughest times.

Daily practice...

For 21 days, I participated in an online guided meditation with Deepak Chopra, and it was such a wonderful, centering way to start each day.  In effort to remember some of what I've learned, I thought I'd share here…perhaps you, too, will find some of these mantras helpful if you choose to use them.

Deepak says that contentment is the source of true happiness.  He shared that life requires no struggle, fear or resistance; you only need to be.  And to become enlightened, you stop running all the time and you begin to walk…and once you're walking you slow down and stop.  Once you stop, you see who you really are.  

The journey of meditation is a process of relaxing and letting go (and, for most, it takes a lot of practice, but it is well worth the time).  Below are several Sanskrit Mantras that may help take you there.  Choose one, get comfy (sitting on the floor, your couch, upright in your bed), turn on relaxing music if you'd like, close your eyes, breathe slowly and deeply…and silently repeat the mantra, over and over to yourself and let your mind take you away…even as little as 5 minutes a day can provide significant life-changing benefits.  And remember - it's ok if your mind wanders (it will…), but when you realize it, just bring yourself back to your breath and the mantra.  Be patient with yourself.  I usually have to do this almost a dozen times through my 20-min meditations!

Sanskrit Mantra (in bold):
Rabhasa Hum - I am pure delight (my happiness shines everywhere)
Ravaye Hum - I am the light of radiance (my happiness energizes and inspires me)
Karuna Hum - I am compassion (I radiate sympathy and acceptance)
Seva Hum - I am service (my soul expands when I help others)
Prasada Hum - I am devine grace
Shanti Vira - I radiate devine blessings (I am a calming presence)
Purnamindam - I feel fulfilled (I walk in the light of my fulfillment)

In addition, I've also included (below) two 30 minute guided meditations that I have found very helpful during the last few months, as I've continued to explore the power that it has to help heal us, and open us… (thank you Aunt Mary!)

Asking for Nothing and Receiving Everything

Heal Thyself

I hope you enjoy...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happiness is good friends, long beach days, naked sandy babies and casual pizza parties… perfect summer day.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

courtesy of Instragram post by the lovely Krissy Engle @englekrissy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

…and more...

I found these pics on my iPad, from a few years ago…apparently my style hasn't evolved much since…but I love that, to me, these interiors are still fresh and not dated…could be in today's design mags, if I didn't know better :)

Cozy kitchen & banquette

Old & new again...

the perfect bathroom.  done.

white. dark.  chandelier.  beautiful.

beautiful blue door!!!!

love this even though it's not necessarily what i would do in my house...eclectic & interesting yet simple

love everything…inspiration for home office

More inspiration...

Sweet & happy kitchen - old meets new

Is this for real?!  Amazing laundry room...

Laundry and storage

Monday, August 25, 2014

All dressed up in white...

As I continue to plan for our "someday" house, I've recently become much more active on Pinterest, Houzz, BHG, Coastal Living and Lonny…not to mention numerous design blogs…and one thing is always clear about my style - I LOVE LOVE LOVE white.  White walls.  White sheets.  White couches (crazy with an almost 2-year old but, hey, I still love 'em!).  White kitchens.  White bathrooms.  Fresh, clean, bright, happy white.  All with pops of color to add life and character….especially blue, greens and yellows, to bring in the beach that is so close yet sometimes seems so far, along with a touch of our travels abroad.  

As you can see below, I'm a bit conflicted with styles I love, between an eclectic/layered/relaxed style to a more preppy/traditional look…but I do my best to incorporate a little of both into our living space.  I just go with what I like and hope it all comes together, naturally… :)

Dream kitchen…including banquette for casual, cozy dining...and the huge windows

Someday I will have a blue door.

Love.  Everything.

This is just a fun, happy place…I'd do a different color bar stool but still love

Obsessed with old-meets-new…this cabinet is fab

Looks like the bedroom of someone well-traveled.  Love.

Perfect spot to enjoy some tea and blog… :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I just read this, and thought I'd pass along…

Whenever you have insomnia...

"Instead of counting sheep, count your blessings."

Taking a moment to be grateful, everyday, seems like such a blissful way to fall deeply into a peaceful slumber :)


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I just came across this…it's a photo from our honeymoon that Matt had oh-so-creatively (and sweetly!) "written" on…makes me smile :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

So, this is just a re-post of something I wrote a couple years ago…but I continue to be reminded of how fortunate I am to have such kind and genuine people in my life, and I wanted to again share my thoughts about those who are closest and dearest to me.  This still stands so true.

The Beauty of an Old Soul

Growing up, we've all heard the term "old soul." I had never really found myself using it to describe anyone, though, until I met my husband 12 years ago. For the first time, I could truly identify with the words and what they meant. It quickly became clear and is always how I first describe him...for he is, without a doubt, an old, wise soul who has lived many, many lives. While it was after meeting my husband that I first recognized the meaning of this, he was not the first old soul who had been part of my life...he was just the one who made me aware.

I'm not about to launch into religious or spiritual blabber...but it just seems that lately, more than ever before, it's become so clear that there are those who are born with an energy and wisdom from a time before. I, unfortunately, am not one of them. I am full of all things that I believe a "young soul" is guilty of - dramatic, hyper-sensative, and always on a quest to be a better person and more effectively communicate with those around me, just to name a few!

I truly believe that, if you're very lucky, you are connected with people who have lived an enriched existence - they have an understanding of "who they are" at a young age, and they can see situations from all sides, not just their own. They know when to speak, or when to say nothing at all. They are peaceful, gentle and very thoughtful about all that they do. Old souls see the "big picture" and often have the ability to be present more than the rest of us. They articulate themselves in a calm and effective manner, they do not judge or criticise, and are never hot-tempered. They are not insecure and accept all, or most, of who they are - thankful for all they have.

These people are gems. They are our mentors. They are here to help put a mirror in front of the rest of us so we become aware of how to become a better continue the cycle of learning from our mistakes, and developing into stronger, wiser souls. 

I believe many of us encounter very few old souls in our life. We need to embrace those who create positive energy in our lives. I know I'm incredibly fortunate, for I have, without consciously knowing, surrounded myself with teachers of life. It is because of these people that I'm constantly on a quest to learn, grow and give back. 

I've never been particularly religious, but one thing I know from my interactions with others over 34 years...we come back after it all ends. Not as ourselves, and possibly not even in a human form...but I truly believe that some people are born wiser and more thoughtful than others. And I count my blessings that I know so many of those beautiful souls.

Bali, courtesy of Taryn Kent Photography