“Feel your life while you are in it” – quotes that make it on the fridge

i-want-to-feel-my-life-while-i-am-in-itWhen the soul speaks…

I’ve been a fan of Meryl Streep for a very long time. I like her as an actress – but I also like her as a person. Not that she and I have heart-to heart chats… or any kind of chats… (I wish!). But what transpires of her personality from her movies, interviews and other appearances makes me think and feel that she’s a mensch (“The Apartment” anyone?).

Inc. Magazine has published an article on 17 Meryl Streep quotes to inspire success and happiness.

Here’s a preview:

“I want to feel my life while I am in it.”

Meryl Streep

The other favorite:

“Don’t give up or give in in the face of patronizing ridicule, amused disdain, or being ignored.”

Read the article on Inc. Magazine’s website.

Feel good,

Christine

Remarkable, wonderful STABILITY and its guaranteed path to happiness

acrobats-78047_1920For most of my adult life I’ve had the impression that my inner life was a yo-yo. It started at some point around puberty. But it lasted a while…

I also had the impression that the wild mood swings I suffered came and went like the weather – on a whim of their own, upon which I did not have much control.

Of course, when I was in a “down spiral”, I struggled hard to get back up. Sometimes that struggle included beating up on myself for allowing myself to get so low.

By the way, do you notice the madness in this kind of thinking? On the one hand, I had the impression that my wild mood swings and changes in emotions had control over me. On the other hand, I beat myself over ALLOWING myself to go there… as if I actually HAD control over my feelings… Such is the landscape of inner war, of inner criticism and of inner instability.

In a country, economic stability is vital. It is also understood that things fluctuate. The point is to make the fluctuations small and manageable. Yes, there is a degree of control. A high one.

In the flight of birds and other air-borne critters, the stability achieved by their two (or more) wings allows them to soar. Again, two sides. Working in harmony.

In a relationship, stability looks like respect, trust and a solid foundation for a life together.

In a garden, stability comes through consistent work – the pulling of the weeds, the watering, the shading…

Whenever we think of happiness, we have the impression that it has to be off the walls, spectacular and glitzy.

Stability isn’t glitzy. But it makes everything grow – and thrive. It is not glitzy in the same way that breathing isn’t either.

Stability is the path to happiness – and it IS happiness itself.

Sometimes we mix up stability with boredom. They are certainly not one and the same. Stability is somewhat predictable, yes – but, to stick with the breathing example, you really want it to be.

Also, it takes great wisdom to know when and how to go back to the center.

So look at your life and see where it is stable. Appreciate this great blessing.

If things are not going as you want them to, in some ways, think of how you can create some stability there – emotional or otherwise. Perhaps you can come to peace with something – that’s stability.Just one example.

Stability is in the parent showing up every single day. It is in unwavering love for someone or something. It is in the changing of the seasons. It lives in the eyes of a devoted dog – and in the deliciousness of doing something, over and over again, knowing that it will always make you feel good. Over and over again.

Constantly yours,

Christine

“The Happiness Switch” – featured with an author interview

the-happiness-switch-1My book, “The Happiness Switch“, has been featured on a very interesting blog:

“A blog about creativity,designs, books, music and poetry. An experiment with spirituality through the shadows of my mind…”

Shashi, the writer of the blog, is the CEO & Partner at ICUBE Projects. He is also a speaker and a Haiku poet.He is the author of “Songs of the Mist“.

The feature of my book is part of a new initiative that Shashi calls “Spotlight”: he is showcasing new and independent authors, through an interview that he conducts – on a book the author submits but also much more.

The selection process is quite thorough. Shashi asks writers to fill out a questionnaire – and then answer a few, quite detailed (and very interesting) questions about their writing philosophy, their motivations and other details related to the writing life.

I had no idea that he was actually going to make the answers a part of the Spotlight Feature so I answered the questions in a casual tone and without worrying about “being read”.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy it.

SPOTLIGHT: ‘The Happiness Switch’ by Christine Ellis

 

Lavender lemonade may just be the key to happiness. Who knew?!

lemonade jar with lime and minth

lemonade jar with lime and minthToday I came across an interesting piece of information. I was researching the word “happiness” on several websites, to see what kind of information people are interested in when they look for this online.

As it turns out, one of the most shared and liked articles on the Internet on the subject of happiness is about… (drumroll!) lemonade.

This is not the “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” kind of lemonade. It is the lavender type.

(I have never added anything other than honey or sugar in our lemonade so this is an interesting idea to begin with).

The article details the benefits of lavender and its essential oils in relieving depression, improve insomnia, reduce labor pains (I wish I’d known that 2 years ago!), diminish headaches and a host of other issues.

Smelling lavender might just be one of the keys to happiness. The Internet certainly seems to think so. Well, mostly Facebook really, where the article received about 2 million shares (according to www.buzzsumo.com). Google+ is a bit more skeptical (about 500 shares) and LinkedIn is downright indifferent (88 only).

All in all, it is certainly worth a try. I might just add a few drops of lavender in our lemonade the next time we make some.

C.M.

You don’t need to work at being worthy. You were born worthy.

baby sleeping worthy you were born worthy

baby sleeping worthy you were born worthyLook at this baby. What does she need to do in order to be worthy of love, happiness and all the goodness in the world?

That’s right, nothing. And neither do you.

You don’t need to work at being worthy. You were born worthy.

The more we remember and know that, the better we feel.

The better we feel, the better we are.

The better we are, the better we do.

C.M.