The Art of Serenity

With a historical structure such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, its beauty and splendor is hard to miss in either photos or in person.  Through its French Gothic architectural design, its rich history of nobles, saints and leaders that have stepped inside the cathedral to its important role as a spiritual home to the French people  and to all the millions of visitors who come annually to visit, this cathedral represents something that transcends time. This massive structure is the proud symbol of Paris. With the devastating fire on April 15th that caused damage to the spire and oak roof (Wikipedia), the cathedrals’ beauty and splendor was in dire danger.  In the past, the cathedral had survived fires and gone through many renovations, yet it managed to stand tall and remain beautiful. This recent fire will only be a blemish that may leave a scar in the future but it is a scar that will not hinder the cathedral’s magnificent beauty and spiritual appeal. Plans of rebuilding the cathedral has already been initiated without delay.  In the minds of the French, Notre-Dame de Paris will be rebuilt and made even more beautiful than before. Hope is the cornerstone for rebuilding.

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Like the Cathedral of Notre Dame, we each are gifted with qualities that breathe beauty and splendor.  There are things in our journey in life that will bring on destruction and fires but how we manage to keep calm and serene is the key to coming out of difficult times with a new face lift and renewed body and mind.  Each of us have a past and history that has molded us to who we are but learning to let our beauty and splendor shine makes us a masterpiece in spite of what of how good or bad or history may be. Learning the Art of Serenity can connect us to our core being and propel us to move forward to take action to rebuild and not sit and sulk at our circumstance.  When we are calm and at peace with ourselves and the situation, it is then we can begin to make peace with others. The Art of Serenity gives birth to words of life by fueling our mind with thoughts that will build us up.

Practice the Art of Serenity by meditating in prayers everyday and train your mind to shut distractions.  Keep your breathing controlled and steady and stay connected to your core by staying focused not on the unknown future or the past but on the present.  Learn to accept unknowns and mysteries of life without always having a definite answer to them. The Art of Serenity is a lost Art in our modern culture because the demand for speed and immediate gratification has taken over.  We need to reclaim this lost Art of serenity so our culture can once again see beauty, splendor and compassion in everything, just like what the historical and spiritual monument of Notre-Dame Cathedral de Paris means to the generations past, present and future.

You cannot perceive beauty, but with a serene mind.

Henry David Thoreau

Wanting to practice the Art of Serenity in your life, start with a quiet space to refocus your mind and spirit.  Create this space by adorning stones that speak words of life, such as “peace”, “be still”, “joy”, “believe”, “hope”, and “faith”. They will be a reminder to you daily to slow down and reflect on life’s mystery and beauty.

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Do you know what Season you are in?

Just like the lyrics of the song made famous way back in 1965 by The Byrds titled “Turn, turn, turn”, it sings about how there is a time for everything.  A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to uproot. Though this song hit national popularity well over 50 years ago, its’ lyrics still holds true in today’s time.  If we take a look closer at the lyrics and its meaning, we can begin to understand and accept circumstances in our lives and why things happen.

Wellness starts by understanding and accepting that everything has its time and place.  If we can let go of our control over every detail of our lives, we can begin to see the beauty that really exist in the world.  It is when we lose something of value or let it go, we see signs of hope and beauty starting to manifest itself in our surroundings and the people we encounter.  If we cannot do this then, we will always be chasing after the “why” and never be satisfied with the answer we are given.

Examine what season you are in.  Is it a time to build out something new, a time to toss out what is not working, a time to mourn what you have lost or time to rejoice and give thanks.  With every circumstance there is a season of reason behind it. Whatever season you may be in, remember to Eat, Drink, and be Merry, life is more than just the sum of our experiences and circumstances but something greater and beyond us.  Keeping this in perspective will create a sense of calm and peace that will add to your mind and body’s well-being.


For those in a Season of searching, embracing, or planting, here are a few time pieces that will capture the moment and let friends and families see beauty that is in your life.

Spring Is Officially Here

If you are resident of California, Spring has brought about some April showers in May but thanks to those rain falls in the past weeks, it brings host to a surge of wildflowers blooming in the hills of Lake Elsinore in Riverside County.  This Super bloom is the first sign that Spring is here and is also the arrival of the March equinox on March 20th, both the length of day and night are the same (www.almanac.com). Along with these two events, many Americans are preparing for Easter with fasting and prayers. Homes are getting a thorough spring cleaning and tidying up.  Our hearts and spirit are also getting a thorough purification and cleansing. It the time to get rid of the clutter and negative things that are holding us back and reflect on the natural beauty and wonders that occurs in our lives.  Take a look outside and see, smell and notice all the flowers in bloom, the warm sunlight that lights up the sky and the onset of life in everything that is living. During this season, let yourself be engulfed in thankfulness, knowing that there is Hope after every rain storm.


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If you are planning a trip out to see the Super bloom, it is a great idea to pack a light lunch and set out to have a picnic while you are out there. Gather with friends and families and enjoy the beautiful scenery while it lasts.  For those who are not able to make it out this way west to California, head out to your nearest botanical garden and see all the blooms that are taking place locally.


Tips & Ideas
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CARRY IT ALL
STAY HYDRATED

DRESS COMFORTABLY

Are you singing the blues lately?

The Winter Blues may be hitting many of us these last few months.  You may be feeling under the weather, lethargic, tired and maybe downright lazy at times and not very social.  What is behind this Winter Blues that most of us experience right after the holidays and in the beginning of the year and how to combat it head on.  When the season changes, it is colder outside and there is less sunlight exposure throughout the day, we may experience some form of loss of motivation and have noticed we are not quite ourselves.  Much of the causes remains unknown, but factors such as less sunlight can reduce Serotonin levels in our brain- “Mayo Clinic” (“known as the happy hormone) which may make us more prone to a lower level of energy and motivation level.  The first thing to do is to get some regular exercise or body movement going. Next is to fill your body with natural sources of Serotonin such as eggs, cheese, nuts and seeds -”Healthline”. A big factor that will help restore your body and mind to a an optimal level is by doing a little inner “Reflection” and outward “Gratitude” giving.  Find a quiet spot or time in your day where you can shut out all the noise and just reflect on the goodness of your life and how you have been blessed so far with friends, family, work or just the gift of life. Take a few minutes to really reflect on these aspects of your life and a smile will surely surface. Once you feel the joy, it is a great time to put these joyous feeling into action by “Gratitude” giving.  Pass on the baton of that joyous feeling by lending your time or giving help to someone who may just need a little pick me up. By passing on the baton of “Gratitude” giving you will ignite your very own Serotonin levels naturally, without medicating yourself with over the counter drugs or trendy diets or health supplements. Do this inner “Reflection” and “Gratitude” giving for 40 days and your sense of well-being will be renewed.  No more singing the Winter Blues.



Here’s something that will ignite joy and gratitude to your day.

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Keeping a journal for daily “Reflection” lets you have quiet time to introspect and reflect on your blessings each day.