Empowerment Through Mindful Living

Empowerment is not a topic I often reflect upon

Last month, I wrote an article for Nabalo Magazine.  They offered a number of topics that I could write about and I found myself drawn to the concept of empowerment.  It is not something that I often consider.  As a middle aged person, I feel I have been learning all along my journey how to empower myself and others.  By no means am I an expert at this but I wondered as my fingers brushed the keys if empowerment were truly a priority for me.

It brought up a whole series of questions for me.  Is finding a silent state and moment of calm my way of finding my inner strength?  Does writing about challenges I face through my illness strengthen me from the inside?  Does finding positive ways to handle adversity give me the strength I need to face the next hurdle?

Empowerment Mindful Living
Today is the day!

I’m pretty darn sure, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, that you know where this one is going….

Is what I do ’empowerment’?

As I wrote, I realized, that my meditation flowers that I reach to for guidance each morning, are my form of empowerment.  I gain confidence and resilience through watching them each day as we evolve together.  Using flowers is my assurance that even if I am feeling very unwell, that I’ll have a bright spot in my day (this is often enough to at least get me out of my bed).  More often than not, though, my garden walk helps me to build my strength to face the day.  Another example of gaining energy and motivation from inside myself.

Writing about and sharing my challenges, and connecting with others, helps me to build a fortress of resolve for that day when my thoughts may choose to turn their back on me.  Finding purpose during adversity is teaching me that darkness and light really do have to exist at the same time.  Gratitude is helping me to understand that I have abundance no matter my areas of lack.

So, today is the day.  The August edition is being published ‘for real‘ and I am in it.  I feel exhilarated, and excited, and truly grateful.  I am both proud of my accomplishment and terrified to send it out into the ether!

I also feel empowered!

Love Ingrid x

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5 Morning Wishes To Start (or Restart) Your Day

Can you make Morning Wishes a part of your day?

I recently came up with a simple list of Morning Wishes that I could make when I am feeling particularly in need of feeling at peace with my day.

Recently, I woke up completely discombobulated.  I could tell I was not myself at all right from the moment my feet hit the floor.  I had been awakened many times during the night with my mind out of sorts.  Random thoughts were coming.  Bad dreams or at least the feeling of the leftovers of a bad dream.  Too hot in the night…and then, of course, too cold.  Dog sounds waking me.  A car racing in the night down the street.

When I awoke, I felt disgruntled and not well-rested.  I was grumpy.

It’s not as though I haven’t felt grumpy before in my life.  Very rare, though, for me though, is to feel this out of sorts upon waking.

I tried to lie back down and say my affirmations.  I was half-hearted…I admit.

I thought a glass of water would help.  I sat quietly on my own.  I slowly drank down the water and felt a little better…but I was agitated.

I spoke particularly carefully.  I was cheery…if you can’t be happy then fake it until you feel happy.

Out to the garden for some therapy.  Coffee in hand, I headed out to my urban sanctuary. My little piece of verdant heaven.  I sat, listening for bird song.  I breathed.  I sat.

Grumpy.

I asked myself to choose an activity that would help to bring me back to peace.

For some crazy reason, everything I chose was making me more irritated.  I tried blogging and ran into nothing but technical difficulties (4 hour delays to fix the problem kind of difficulties).  A craft activity that I was trying to finish went out the door so I headed to the craft store to work it out.  Got home with renewed excitement and dashed again.  On and on, all day long, I seemed to be blundering along at everything I tried.

Ugh! What a day!

I decided, for the next day to have a hope at getting off on the right track, I would write myself a list of 5 Morning Wishes to get my mind set on a better path.

5 Morning Wishes
5 Wishes

I hope they can help you too…if you are ever having the kind of day when you just wake up grumpy.

Love Ingrid x

The end of my day was much better….maybe just writing the list made all the difference.

 

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Wonders of My Secret Garden Oasis

My garden is my world at the moment

I have been writing about my love of gardening, and how I love to spend time out in the garden to start my day.  I took photographs to share with you today. I like to go out first thing in the morning because the light is perfect for photographing flowers.

As you know, I have been dealing with a CSF Leak this past year so often I spend days at home.  Often, the only place I can go is out to my garden for a few minutes in a day.  I am so grateful that it can offer me hope, peace, and calm.  It also provides opportunity, food, distraction, and a lens on life.  It is a place that even if I only spend ten minutes picking strawberries, I can feel productive.  My garden has been guiding me all these months. It gives me purpose and lessons beyond anything I could have imagined.

Wonders of My Garden
Lavender At First Light

Hopes for My Garden

I have many plans for the future of my garden. I like to think through how things will evolve over time until the day when I can do the work. This year, I decided to start writing a gardening journal (you can read all about my other morning routines in 10 Things To Do To Kickstart Your Day).

A dear friend of my mother’s had one and I thought I would try it.  I have recorded: dates of first planting, soil conditions, when I planted onions and garlic, what I planted from seed or seedling, and how things are progressing.  I have a drawn out garden plot annotating where everything has been planted this year just so I can change things next year if I need.  Every so often, I add information so that next year I can refer back to it.  It has become a treasure map of sorts.

Looking out at the garden and thinking through my plans for the future is an exercise that brings me hope. It offers a much appreciated distraction from my condition. It’s the time of day when the garden, my body, and my mind can work to heal, protect, and re-energize me to face another day.

A Snapshot of My Garden

  1. The vegetable patch: our vegetable patch was doubled this year as we realized how much we LOVE to grow our own food in the summer.  I am not even convinced, at this point, if it’s any cheaper.  But the joy we both get from tending our vegetables is worth every ounce of sweat that goes into each vegetable that ends up on my table.

2. A shaded sitting area: we got an antique, cast-iron bench and two chairs.  The previous owner had painted the chairs gold and this week it’s time to spray paint them white to match the bench.  Once I find an antique cast table, this little shaded area under our pear tree will serve as my late afternoon sitting area.

Wonders Of The Garden
Antique cast iron bench
3. Morning sunshine: my honey build this super fabulous shed last year.  I think it looks like an adult-sized doll house even though it has garden tools in it.  The little deck out front though is my little oasis right in the middle of town.  I spend time out here every morning when I come out to do my morning meditation.  The golden morning light comes right onto that deck and it bathes me in warmth to begin my day.

Wonders of My Garden
My Darling Garden Shed
4. Perennial beds: I plant almost only perennials in my garden because I just love to watch as year upon year the garden evolves and grows into its own.  I have many a spot that has been packed too full, but it just means more planning and separation for next year.

5. Patio and outdoor entertaining: this part of the garden is in the planning phase.  We had an aged old deck and chairs with a barbecue for having friends over.  Last year, we had to take down a huge old tree which meant the entertainment area had to go. We have great plans for a new patio but it will most likely be a couple of years before it all gets done.  I love having things to look forward to in my garden.

The Garden Shows Me How Far We’ve Come

It’s such a joy for me to think back to what the garden looked like when we moved here.  It has changed so much.  Each time we add something to the garden it feels like a monumental change until the next change comes around and we forget what it looked like once more.

Gardening really is my SOMETHING WONDERFUL for today (and every day).

Love Ingrid x

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Gratitude…Day 7






Time to change focus again today…could you give yourself 10 minutes of your time?

This morning started for me with a walk in the garden, flower meditation (and photos today), and then a silent sit outside on the deck of our darling garden shed just basking in the light of the morning sun.

It has been a while since the sun has been out in these parts!

So grateful to give myself this precious time to be…

Love Ingrid x

#junegratitude     #loveiseverywhere    #meditation

Sometimes The Heart Leads

I was in my favourite walking spot with my dogs the other day, just enjoying being outside.  I had worn my rubber boots this time, as the fields are still quite wet.  I like to follow my little guys along through the mucky bits too.

There are several natural lookouts on this walk we take. Also, there are many opportunities for us to look out at the geese and ducks or for the dogs to get a quick drink before more pressing smells need to be investigated.

This particular day, I had been deep in thought…hoping for healing for a friend in need.

Just as I was asking the Universe to help my friend, I happened to look down to see the rock at the top of the page.

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Not two steps later, I saw this second one.

Sometimes the heart really does go first and the rest is all just up to the Universe.

Love Ingrid x

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