I went to visit my family the other day to watch movies and eat homemade popcorn. Only, we had no popcorn. So I decided to drive to the nearest store to buy some. This decision was quickly abandoned when my niece, Maia, asked if she could go with me, and better yet, if we could walk.
At first I wanted to argue what a bad idea walking was—It was snowing outside, adding to the already 3 feet of snow already on the ground. It was cold and…. I really couldn’t think of any more excuses, especially after looking at the pleading look on her face.
So we walked. It was really quite magical. Giant snowflakes gently fell on our heads while Maia skipped along trying to catch them in her mouth. We laughed and we talked.
I couldn’t remember the last time I got to do that…. Really spend quality time laughing and simply being childlike with my now almost teenaged niece. Why? Because I have been too busy and too preoccupied with my life? Or because her schedule is filled with so many activities, schoolwork and play dates?
When is the last time you suspended all thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow, and engaged in the right now with someone or something you love?
It simply is magical.
You are really missing out.
So many of us spend so much time throughout our life dealing with our problems and every day routines that we take the people in our lives for granted and forget to appreciate them and the love we do have for them, from them and with them.
Of course, we always have Valentine’s Day, which I see as a ‘breather’ day—a day to stop, take a puff of appreciation, loving the ones we are with and appreciate what we do have.
But in truth, we would be better off having a kind of Valentine’s Day every day. Where every day we loved. Every day we appreciated. Every day we felt grateful and engaged in the present moment loving ourselves, the people around us and the bounties that nature provides us.
One of my favorite things to do is to stare at someone I adore while squinting my eyes and I appreciate them through the slits. Then, I open my eyes wide and appreciate that much more. It feels great. This is a great exercise to do in front of the mirror, adoring your Self.
Another one of my favorite exercises is practicing The Love Radar:
a. Imagine the sun shines down on you, showering you with love and light, so that when you breathe in, your breath this light into your heart center.
b. As you breathe in, the light accumulates in the center of your heart and forms a sunshine, so that you have a sun shining from the center of your heart.
c. It then begins to spin and shine like the sun how through your chest, and out into the world and universe.
d. The rays of light are actually sending our radar waves that are sending out a call for love (imagine the old police shows: calling all cars! Calling all cars!)–Calling all love! Calling all love!
e. The rays are bi-directional. So as these rays go out calling love, they also bring back into your heart the love you need in the form you need it in.
f. As you do this, you can ask–for the perfect partner for me; the perfect job for me; the perfect resolution of a problem for me; the perfect soul family for me, etc.