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Thursday, October 1, 2015

#ThursdayThoughts: Present Peace & Joy

Good Morning and Welcome to the first Thursday Thoughts of October 2015!

I'm sure you get tired of me saying this, but.... Where has this year gone?!

Seems impossible to be in October already. Alas, time marches on and as a rule, we march on with it.

The question is, do we do so enjoying peace in the present moment or with fear, worry and regret?

While talking with my daughter the other day I told her a simple truth I am still learning....

The more we practice peace, the more peaceful we and the circumstances around us become....

We tend to get ruffled less quickly and we bounce back more easily.

I believe this same principle applies to experiencing joy in the present moment.

I know, I know, easier said than done.

Or is it?

Here are a few ideas to help you (and myself) strive for and hopefully, (eventually) walk in present joy and peace....

*Stop often throughout your day and ask yourself: What Am I Thinking?
It is a proven fact that our thoughts have (or create) an energy frequency which can result in positive or negative feelings and emotions. If you find yourself worrying about the future or reminiscing and regretting something in the past, you are robbing yourself of present peace and joy. If you make a habit of asking yourself often "what am I thinking" you can then refocus your thoughts in a more positive, peaceful, happy direction.

Now you may wonder how to go about doing this especially if you work outside of your home. How about every time the phone rings, between customers, or tasks? Set a timer if you have to but make a habit of pulling your thoughts into the present moment and meditating (even for a few seconds) on peace and joy.

*Set aside specific time(s) to pray, meditate and practice gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is one of the easiest, quickest and most powerful ways to shift your emotions from negative to positive which results in peace and joy. Again this does not have to be a huge chore or large amount of time. Keep your gratitude journal with you and write one or two things throughout the day.

*Listen to uplifting music or programs.
Turn off the news! If you feel you must be informed, listen to noontime news. Spiritual leaders suggest you spend the first few minutes/hours of the morning and the last before bed in a positive environment. Listening to the news does not generate much of anything positive. Need the weather? Turn on the television or radio within a few minutes of the weather broadcast then turn it off or, like a dear friend of mine says...walk outside.

These are just a few ideas on how to generate and stay in present peace and joy. Establishing these practices may take time but don't give up! And remember....

Something to think about!

Inspirational With An Edge!


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Good ideas, Pam!

Tanya Hanson said...

Wonderful reminders, Pam. I try try try but am pretty raw still from the wounds of professional mistreatment I experienced of late... Praying to rid myself from the regret of my wasted years there. But for a gratitude journal I'd have to thank God for some terrific friends I've made because of it all!! Hugs and thanks!!!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks Jacqueline!

Sorry to hear of that happening to you Tanya, wishing you the best in that situation.

Appreciate you both!

marilyn leach said...

My pastor recently delivered a sermon on meditating on God's thoughts/words. Your post fits right up the same street, and it's something I'm working on, too. Thanks, Pam.

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA said...

Excellent reminders! Thank you, Pam. God is God of the Present. He is the great “I Am”. As we live in the present, we are reflecting God’s nature.



Judy Ann Davis said...

I enjoyed your post. Living in the moment is especially difficult with all the chores and responsibilities we have--especially when trying to squeeze in writing as well. But it is a beautiful world and we should be enjoying the present as much as possible.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Wow, thanks Marilyn, Mary Ann and Judy Ann for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

God Bless!

MJ Schiller said...

With my triplets leaving for college this Fall, I have struggled with not worrying and trusting God with their safety. But you're right, daily prayer time helps. Thank you for posting this, Pam!