Isn’t it true that the most important lessons in life were probably taught to us in kindergarten? One of these great lessons is the power of kindness and that when we are kind, kindness is always returned. It just may be the only thing in life that does not come with regrets.
When I look back at the most difficult time of my life, what I remember most are those precious moments where kindness was shown. I hope we can all remember this now, during these uncertain times, so that we all have good memories to look back on when we recall our spring of 2020.
While the adults are doing their own form of self improvement, the above link is a 20 minute yoga sequence for kids – and at the end is a story I wrote called The Greatest Lesson (that is presently in the process of being illustrated and will soon be out in print – www.janaiahutzal.com). Let your kids develop the good habits of taking deep breaths and finding balance, while opening their hearts to kindness. If you would like to go right to the story it begins in the video at time-18:17.
In the words of Henry James, and repeated by Ellen DeGeneres everyday, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” I ask you to continue to live these words. Be kind and loving to God, to others, and to yourself. Our earth needs this now more than ever.
Happy Easter everyone! This will definitely be an Easter and Spring none of us will forget.
This is a yoga flow class with the 14 Stations of the Cross and a meditation is to celebrate this Easter with mindfulness, movement and meditation. The meditation is a Rosary to ask Mary, our Mother of Earth, to intercede in her nurturing way to bring healing to our world. I hope you will continue to stay strong, humble and kind through these troubling times and continue to pray for healing for all and a special prayer for all of our medical professionals who are fighting so hard for us all.
These above words are the words I wrote to my children as my dedication for the book The Seven Seeds. I wrote these words because I know that love requires more than words and sometimes the most love comes from those who can’t even talk.
Once you know the other’s needs it is one thing to write the words or say the words, but it is another to live those words. It is not that your loved ones do not want to hear the words, but that they need to see the actions to feel the truth in the words.
Each time you speak the words, “I love you,” pay attention to your own body language and physical sensations, and notice the other’s physical reaction, and let this impact how you really show your love – in ways more than words.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Paint a new canvas of LOVE.
No matter what you have been through in your past relationships, today is a new day. Your relationship, or the one you hope to find, deserves some nurturing; start today by planting new seeds with intention, and begin with a clean slate on a new canvas of LOVE.
What you are seeking in another is also what you are now ready to offer and the same can be applied with what the other is seeking.
One of the most basic, yet often the most difficult requirements of love, is allowing each other to be free. To act and do with freedom is a necessity of life and love.
When people are asked if they had to choose between money, love or freedom; which they would they choose, freedom is often the answer. Why? Because without freedom money does not matter and love is not possible.
Responding with love, in whatever you are doing today, is the surest way to do no harm. If this medical code of ethics was humanity’s code of ethics, imagine what a wonderful world it would be.
It is each person’s responsibility to care for his fellow man by ensuring an abundance of the necessities of life such as food, water, clothing, shelter… and LOVE. I also believe it is also each person’s responsibility to be working at the job they LOVE. It will be your most natural and aligned state and where you have the most energy to give and receive. You will also be doing something you believe in and is authentically YOU.
Now that we know love exists, today I hope you find ways to make it more apparent in your surroundings.
Picture yourself wearing a t-shirt, or putting up a sign at the entrance of your home that says, “Love Lives Here.” That is what I hope you start showing today. Create the feeling or ambiance in your heart and home that love is alive and well – because it is. Displaying it might even change the way you respond at times. It also might prevent you from giving someone the bird if you had it written on your vehicle!
Peace and hope are the two entities that help you love again.
Peace is found in the awareness that love still exists, even though it may have changed; and hope is found in the desire to keep that love alive, like a fire that needs kindling. Both are on the path to restoring and nurturing love in your life.
If you look at the scars etched deeply on your heart, you will know that you have loved. If you recall how you recovered, where you turned and who was there to help you mend this broken heart, you will instinctively remember what provides you with peace and why you still have hope.
Love is the spiritual entity that resides in us and constantly searches to connect to others and the world around us, even when we are focused on our grocery list, showing up on time for soccer practice, or trying to find the energy to finish our project at work. Even if doing all these daily tasks in the midst of illness, despair, exhaustion, grief, disappointment or betrayal, our souls continually seek love because it is the true safe haven from where we were created. Just as we seek food and water when hungry and thirsty, we seek love to fill our need for the familiarity of Home.
In the beginning, we all knew love without fear. The key is to let go of the fear that love will somehow be taken from or make us weak, and instead accept love as the gift or reward of life. Even when there is a loss of a life or a relationship, there is still love.