Posted in Karma, Kindness

Acts Of Kindness Benefit Everyone

Do you really want to be happy? 

Everyone says yes, but the gateway to happiness makes some of us feel overwhelmed. The gateway to happiness, is giving to others. 

Some of us may feel that, if we give too much, our generosity, we will be taken advantage of by others. This is true, and a few very selfish individuals can possibly perceive your good intentions as a weakness. The opposite is actually true as empathy and understanding make you strong.

However, people who seek to take advantage of your kindness are in the minority. Gandhi said “We must be the change, we wish to see in the world.” Think about it, change has to start somewhere, so why not let it start with you and me, today?

You can donate anything randomly, without seeking reward, and anonymously, without telling anyone. This is good for you, the universe, and those who benefit from your acts of kindness. Every time you give, you will receive – even, if you are not looking for a reward.

Why not try and see what happens? What some call, “karma,” the law of cause and effect. It works like this: For every action, there is an equal reaction. Let’s make sure the reactions to our actions are good ones.

Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in the USA said, “All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”

Share everything and you will achieve a legacy of kindness. Share nothing and people will do their best, to forget you. When my life is over I will only leave memories, in the minds of others, and I want them all to be great ones.

So, how much should you give? Here are some examples of things you can give on a daily basis that are entirely FREE!

  • Heart felt, kind words
  • A positive note
  • A thank you card
  • A flower or a beautiful bouquet
Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

As you can see, these types of gifts won’t leave you poor. What will happen as a result of this kindness is that most people will naturally, return kindness back to you.

You should also take the time to be polite to all of the people who perform services for you, every day. Many people do not bother to say hello or thank you to the maid, janitor, security guard, parking attendant, or service clerk. Once you do, you may even learn their name, and you would be surprised how many of them will go out of their way to give you good service, just by addressing them by their first name.
If you establish sincerity and trust where ever you go, you will bring value. It is really that simple. As Princess Diana said, “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Inhale. Exhale.

Violet Buddha

Posted in Meditation, Self Care, Yoga

5 Important Tips for Yoga Success

Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment

Matthieu Ricard

Yoga has been proven to relieve stress by using exercises, in the form of poses, to unify the mind, body, and spirit. If you are a newbie to yoga, expect a little bit of a learning curve to get used to the positions and their names.  It takes consistent practice to find your groove and be able to follow along with the other yogis comfortably – this is absolutely normal. Before you start, do a little homework to ensure that your yoga lifestyle begins with success!

1. Talk to your doctor

Explain what type of yoga poses you would like to practice. Show your doctor pictures of the poses for illustration. Your doctor may rule out specific poses if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, a history of retinal detachment, or heart disease. Make sure you follow your doctors recommendations.

2. Search Yoga Studios

Find a yoga class that best fits your abilities. Talk to prospective teachers, and decide whether of not you can handle a program before you sign up. Its very important to take it one step at a time. Try a few beginner classes before you attempt more vigerous classes. Dont move ahead too quickly. Allow your body to adjust to your exercises.

3. Body Talk

Listen to your body and be aware of your physical abilities. You don’t want to hurt yourself. Make sure the instructor understands your level of experience and any limitations you may have. Dont allow anyone to push you ahead too quickly. Remember, this is supposed to be fun and relaxing.

4. Yoga Buddy

Find a friend to take the class with you. It’s nice to practice alongside someone you are comfortable with and it will help reduce injuries. It’s also a great way to keep up your enthusiasm and interest. You will make other connections with your fellow yogis and teacher but I find the bring a friend approach will help you stay accountable while you are setting up your routine.

5. Snacktime

Eat lightly before practice. Wait at least two hours after meals before yoga class or practice. An empty stomach is best, but don’t let yourself get too hungry to think. You won’t be able to focus on the poses or enjoy yourself during the relaxation or meditation portions.

If you need more guidance then consider private lessons to start. You can book one-on-one sessions with a teacher in your area and have the focused support to design the right poses and sequences for your yoga goals. You can always take group lessons or practice at home after you’ve had private lessons and learned the basics. There are so many books, programs on YouTube, and DVDs available to help you get started. Search for the best products on the Internet and be sure to read reviews. Talk to others for recommendations.

Now it’s time to grab your mat and a towel and get the most out of your yoga journey.

Inhale. Exhale.

Violet Buddha

Posted in Meditation, Stress Reduction, Yoga

Can Yoga Help you Sleep?

“Sleep is the best meditation.“

Dalai Lama
Take action to create a sleep routine!

Many people believe that yoga is all about experiencing alignment of mind, body, and soul. The majority of yoga teachers would agree that apart from providing relaxation and serenity.  Yoga is about the limitless ability of a person to control and unite with their inner self. With this in mind, more and more people with high-stress levels, mental health challenges, and insomnia are turning to yoga in order to alleviate some if not all of their symptoms.  Most yogis believe that in one way or another, the ancient discipline makes it possible for the breath, the mind, and the senses to merge in creating balance.

The Yoga/Sleep Connection

More and more people are practicing yoga so that they can get better sleep. Other reasons why many people practice yoga is because they can explore the limitless possibilities of yoga types to find the right. They can also explore yoga into its depths as a meditative practice, as a spiritual discipline or use its philosophies as an exercise to be fit and healthy.

Yogis agree that the potential benefits of yoga may include the increase of strength and flexibility, creation of balance as well as the improvement of breathing and overall posture. On the spiritual aspect, yoga can serve as an exercise that can help you soothe your nerves, calm your mind while increasing your focal and concentration skills.

Before starting your yoga practice, please schedule an appointment with your Doctor. A check-up is important for you to discuss with your physician the advantages and disadvantages of yoga in your overall health and well being.

If you are aiming to get better sleep through your yoga practice, please make sure they listen to your needs, discuss your physical and emotional limitations, and guide you to the best type of yoga for you to practice. Ensure that you begin with the basic yoga poses then slowly advance to the more challenging positions. Now go get some gear: clothes, a colorful mat, foam blocks, and a yoga pillow so you can catch some much needed ZZZ’s!

Inhale. Exhale.

Violet Buddha

Posted in Uncategorized

Sunshine Blogger Award

As a new blogger, I am so excited to have been nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award. I am determined to stay health and share what I’ve learned over the past year to increase mental health awareness and end the stigma💜

The Rules

This is really quite simple: first, I thank the person that nominated me, and then I nominate and pass on the award to 11 bloggers that I consider fit the criteria. This is a fantastic way that we recognise bloggers who may otherwise fly under the radar, unnoticed.

Additionally, the person that nominated me has given me 11 questions to answer, which I will do below. I will then come up with 11 questions that those nominated by me are to complete and post when they nominate their bloggers!

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.

2. List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site

3. Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions.

4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

5. Notify the nominees about their nominations

Gratitude & Appreciation

I want to acknowledge and say a big thank you to Beth for considering and nominating me for this award! I hope you will check out her blog and share with others one of her posts that inspires you.

1. Beth Gray, https://twitter.com/beth18g you can see her nomination & response here: https://panutopia.blog/2019/10/14/sunshine-bloggers-award/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

The Questions:

1. When did you start blogging? 💜In the summer of 2019.

2. What is your writing inspiration? 💜My experiences with seasonal affective disorder and anxiety led me to learn more about self care, yoga and meditation.

3. If you had one wish, what would it be? 💜 I would wish that everyone a “a person” to go to on their difficult days.

4. Are you a full-time writer/blogger? No. I blog as a hobby and to spread positivity into the universe.

5. What is your favourite music? 💜 Country – you cant beat the emotions that come from a country artist like @BradPaisley

6. If you could travel in a time machine where would you go? 💜I wouldn’t go too far…only back a few decades to the 80’s so I could rock some tight jeans, side bangs and listen to Glass Tiger.

7. Would you ever bungee-jump or sky-dive? 💜 No Way!! Too much adrenaline required!

8. Name your favourite dessert. 💜 Hands down creme brûlée

9. In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a friend/relative, watch a movie, or read? 💜 I would choose to curl up on the couch in my PJs with some hot chocolate to watch a romantic comedy.

10. Who is your hero? 💜 My dad will always be my hero.

11. Three random facts. 💜I have 4 kids, I’m allergic to nuts and I am a bowling fiend.

My nominations:

I would like to nominate the following 1️⃣1️⃣ bloggers and their blogs:

1. Amanda Burnett: (http://itsamandaburnett.com)

2. Melissa Steginus: (http://melissasteginus.com)

3. Jen: (https://linktr.ee/Diffusingthetension)

4. Han: (https://twitter.com/SH_creativemess)

5. Soph: (http://www.girlvsworldblog.com)

6. Rhiannon (https://www.rhiannaolivia.com/on-wanting-an-uncomplicated-life/)

7. Hazel: (http://thepatchworkfox.com)

8. Lynn Crilly (http://www.lynncrilly.com)

9. Nicole: (https://www.ItsNicoleCarman.com)

10. Valerie: (https://valarieward.com/)

11. Sarah Fader: (http://www.sarahfader.com)

Getting to know these bloggers:

To help you get to know these bloggers, here are the 11 questions that I have for them:

1. What is your astrological sign?

2. Where was your last vacation?

3. What is your favourite quote?

4. What inspired you to become a blogger? 

5. How has blogging impacted your life?

6. Have you ever been nominated for and/or won other blogging awards?

7. Do you have a 9 to 5 job other than blogging?

8. Are you a night owl or an early bird? 

9. Which season do you look forward to the most?

10. What advice would you give your 18 year old self?

11. What is your go to comfort food?

Thanks again to Beth for her kind nomination! I hope you enjoy exploring these blogs and find value in these blog posts that are full of great ideas, information and tips to help us live our best life!

Inhale. Exhale.

Violet Buddha

Posted in Anxiety

5 Ways to Steer Clear of Seasonal Affective Disorder

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Prof. Albus Dumbledore – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

It’s officially the start of Fall and I am starting to feel the effects of my seasonal depression. For me, it starts in the mornings when my drive to work begins in darkness and occasionally allows be to see the sunrise. When the season changes, many people start to experience effects on their mood due less sunlight and more grey days. If you’re also in a climate that gets colder over the Fall and then gets major snowfall during the Winter months, your chances of being affected is further increased.

Although the true cause of seasonal depression has not yet been pinpointed, there are positive results from light therapy and a few adjustments to your daily routine. I’ve listed below some tips to lift you up and keep up those positive feelings.

Talk It Up

Stay in touch with your tribe.  Call your loved ones and talk to the people you care about the most.  Tell them how you are feeling and what you need as support.

Get Up and Go

Start being more active through daily outdoor exercises like walking, running, skiing or other winter activities.  If your not the outdoorsy type, then aim for a class at the local gym or check out yoga or swimming options in your area. Studies have shown that exercise has a positive effect on mood.

Face Your Fears

Whatever brings on your low mood, it’s important to address it instead of running away from the feelings which will just lower your mood even more. Facing something difficult will boost your self confidence, and enable you to take control of your moods.  Battling depression is a daily fight (and it is in no way easy) but you are the boss of your emotions – I know that taking small steps can lead to big gains.

Control Your Diet

One of my symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is that I have no appetite whatsoever.  It’s normal to feel no desire to eat when you struggle with depression. The key is to choose healthy snacks, like fruits and vegetables, eat in small amounts, several times a day and find healthy versions of your favourite comfort foods. What works for me is also to prepare meals in advance, stocking up my freezer with proteins and veggies, and have healthy snack foods in the fridge.

Routine is Key

Your body needs a regular schedule of sleep, wake/sleep times, and meal times. Sticking to a regular schedule has been shown to decrease stress levels and low moods.  If you divert from your routine, you may notice increased levels of sadness and a short fuse in everyday situations.

Share in the comments and support others in finding a routine that works for them!

These tips may not work for everyone so please reach out to a professional if you can’t handle things on our own.  Sometimes the right medication and a plan of attack for your mental health struggles will help battle the depression to provide you with a sense of normalcy all year long. Whatever your personal situation, remember that there are people available to support your through this difficult time.

Inhale. Exhale.

Violet Buddha