Christmas is a time, to celebrate with family and express love uniquely. Originating in religion, Christmas is now celebrated by many people who don’t necessarily hold the same beliefs, but do cherish similar values. It’s a time of gratitude and celebrating love, family and the miracle of existence.

 

Spirituality differs from religion, in that it’s more of an individual journey of questioning and a building of personal beliefs. Where as religions are more established and has a guiding path, and set beliefs already in place.

 

This time of year especially presents a lovely, colourful invitation for each of us to look within and delve into our own spiritual or religious beliefs and appreciate with open hearts. Begin by identifying the wonders of life that you may associate with your spirituality or faith. For example: the humbling sensation of gazing at a full moon, or sensing that you are contributing to something larger than yourself in your day to day tasks, or noticing the connection you have with others, simply because we walk the same Earth; or how about when things seem to magically fall into place, the right time, right place scenarios.

 

Ask yourself “What is Spirituality or Faith to me?”

Then take some time to explore your connection with whatever that is. Some ideas that may help to inspire your thoughts to flow freely are to have a walk in nature, allowing for curiosity to grow as you look upon the lights and the snow covered branches. Perhaps sitting with loved ones, appreciating who they are, and what they mean to you. You may wish to share with others, or attend a service that fills you with love and gratitude, there are many ways to inspire, and connect with your spirituality or faith.

 

Take the time to ponder the big questions, and bask in your own connection and participation in the splendor of this life and world that we share.

 

Alyssa Huntley

Coaching For Life Column

Lindsay Daily Post

Printed Dec 3 2010

 

 

 

Lust For Life

August 6, 2010

Live in harmony with your passions, and get in touch with what you need to feel more fulfilled than you ever though possible.

Have you fallen into a routine of the same old patterns? Feel like you are on a treadmill repeating the same things day after day? Are you looking to feel more excited about life again, and bring back the joys and wonderment of your younger days? Begin by adding in more of the things you love to do into your daily routine.

Start bit by bit designing your life around the things that you really enjoy that you’re not currently doing. Ask yourself; “What do my passions lead me to do?” and “How can I adjust my present situation to include more of my passions?” Once you identify what you may be missing from your life to feel satisfied, you naturally know where to begin making change. It appears really simplistic, but the basic fact is, that many of us over look this one little aspect…our own enjoyment in life. We fall into routine, and sometimes put our our own desires and dreams on the back burner, while we tend to work and other obligations, and after doing that for months/years at a time, one tends to feel a little lost or unfulfilled. Break out of the same old routine and add some fun back into your life. Try this next exercise…

Bring back your “joie de vivre” by creating a list of ways you can treat yourself well. On the list include, the people you enjoy spending time with, and who treat you well, places where you feel happy, peaceful, excited and/or satisfied, and goals that you wish to achieve. Post this list by your calendar or on the fridge where you’ll see it often and remind you. Making a list will help you to be true to yourself, so that you’ll know what you love to do, and can do more of it, and let go of the other stuff that is unfulfilling.

After finding great ways to can treat yourself well and incorporating them into your daily life, identify the things that are upsetting to you, such as illnesses, fears, shame, guilt, hurt, negative people, stress…etc., and create a second list. Beside each of the upsets, figure out what would make you feel better, safer, calmer, happier, healthier and more peaceful. Then, next time one of these upsets occur, mentally remind yourself that you have the resources internally and externally to make you feel more at ease, and put to work your positive responses. Once you know how to conquer upsets, you can actively begin seeking out the people and places that support you, knowing that it will help you to feel better.

As you take more care of yourself, and begin doing what you truly enjoy, and what matters to you most, you’ll find yourself with a natural energy that will get you excited about life, and make everyday living easier and much more fun filled.

Your Own Personal Life Coach:

This week choose two activities to do for yourself, that will help you feel fulfilled.

Mark what it is, and when you will do it on your calendar.

Try it out and see how you feel.

Coaching for Life – Alyssa Huntley –

Aug. 6th 2010

Lindsay Daily Post