I don’t claim to know all the answers by any stretch of the imagination. I have been a seeker all my life. When I was a little girl my father nicknamed me “Twenty Questions” which was the title of a popular TV show. Because Dad couldn’t answer all my questions I spent a lot of time searching for answers. Luckily, my seeking and searching led me to wonderful and diversified wisdom from great books and teachers. Wisdom that has guided my life in amazing ways – wisdom that I will happily share with you in the weeks and months to come.
Life is complex and we are not living through the easiest times right now. It is my greatest wish that the Mindful Moments articles will help you to find peace, joy and ease in the midst of the life’s uncertainties.
From my heart to yours,Â Brenda Strausz
New Year’s Reflections
“Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” Thich Nhat Hanh
This New Year’s like so many others, I have made a list of lofty resolutions. And every year I am mad at myself for not keeping up with my vows to exercise vigorously daily, eat only 1,000 healthy calories daily and re-organize and declutter my whole house.Â This year I had decided not to make any resolutions. And then I had an experience in Trader Joe’s where I let a little old lady go ahead me in line. Her sweet smile and look of appreciation made me realize that all I really wanted in 2011 was to bring more peace and love into the world.
It is with pleasure that I present my resolutions for 2011. I hope they inspire you!
I STRIVE TO:
Become peaceful within myself.
Be kind and gentle with myself.
Engage in daily practices that nurture my body, mind and soul.
Look for ways to bring more loving-kindness to all my daily interactions.
Let people know how much they mean to me.
Be present in each moment.
Hug a lot.
Laugh a lot.
Appreciate everything I have, no matter how small.
Let go of old hurts and resentments.
Choose my words carefully.
Realize that we are not separate…what affects you, affects me.
See the divine in everyone.
Choose to let go of things I cannot change.
Be a love finder rather than a fault finder.
Pray for peace.
I hope that 2011 is an amazing year for you and your family. Remember to see every day as an adventure in loving and giving and you will be blessed with peace.
Brenda Strausz is a holistic psychotherapist who practices in the Metro Detroit area. She specializes in blending traditional and alternative techniques to help you to live with more peace, joy and freedom. She can be contacted through her website at: http://www.brendastrausz.com/You_Can_Heal_Your_Life.html or firstname.lastname@example.org