Just wanted to share this lovely video with you from our first snow of the year. I looked out this Sunday morning and a huge flock of geese had just landed to rest and feed. They were just here for a few minutes and off they went again on their journey. It was lovely.  I hope you enjoy it.

Morning Ritual:

Would you like to create more joy in your life?  Start with a journal and each morning and jot down all the things you are grateful for.  These could be just small and simple things like “the way my cat purs each morning when I wake up.”  Then if possible take a few minutes to go out into nature and just be present. Spend a few moments totally aware of everything around you and just be silent.  We don’t do this very often do we?  I have a hot tub and go out into nature every morning and every evening.  Taking short walks or bike rides and just letting your mind wander can be fabulous.

A friend of mine suggested that for the soul to be healthy, we need 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of focus and 8 hours of allowing the mind to wander.  Isn’t this a wonderful idea?  She is from Europe, and I know they have a much more relaxing lifestyle.  I met her on a two week trip to Brazil which was a real luxury to me.  Many of the folks on this retreat were headed out for more “holiday” time. One woman from Sweden says that she get six weeks and it’s mandatory to take it.  They believe it encourages good work/life balance. We should think about this in our culture!

Evening Ritual:

Then each evening before you go to bed, bring out your journal and look at what you wrote and make some comments about your successes and celebrations.  So often, we only focus on the negative things that have happened to us or what we don’t have.  Remember, the Universe doesn’t know the difference when we are sending out negative energy or positive energy…it just reacts be sending back what we are focusing on.

Exercise: 

So start to notice your thoughts, energy and words as well as how you are feeling in your body.  If you are feeling a lot of stress in your shoulders or a tightness in your stomach, just take a short time out and take a few long breaths. Close your eyes and allow your body to be washed with golden energy and allow the negative energy to just slip right out of your feet into the ground.

Now think about something that you are very grateful for and put a smile on your face.  Remember in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” where the guru tells Julia Roberts to “Smile from her liver” when she is meditating?  Try smiling and taking these tiny little “time outs” regularly during the next few weeks and see how much more effortless and joyful your days become.

I hope you are enjoying this fabulous holiday season and being kind to yourself. Let me know how this works for you by posting your comments below!

Happy Holidays!

Katana Abbott, CFP, CSA
Founder and CEO
Midlife Millionaire Mentor