Relaxing with lightning?

Heavy rain. Loud thunder. The occasional bolt of lightning. Bright sunshine. Cloudy with sunny intervals. Cloudy. Heavy rain. Loud thunder. The occasional — yes, this is how the weather has been here this afternoon. And the heavy rain was heavy. Absolutely fabulous!

I don’t think that there is anything as refreshing as a heavy downpour of rain during summer. Being a hay fever sufferer, I find it easier to breathe during the rain, and just after. I can smell the fabulous earthy smells that are churned up as the raindrops lash down the ground with ferocious intent. The air seems more chilled, and especially during a thunder storm, more charged.

I didn’t see too much lightning today. In fact, I didn’t see enough! I could hear the distant rumbles of thunder, and the claps that were overhead, but I seemed to have missed the lightning for some reason. Even when I was swimming  this evening, I could hear the rain outside the pool over the splashing of the water in the pool. I could hear the thunder too, but again didn’t notice any lightning. I saw one quick flash when I got home, but that was it.

My favourite type of lightning is fork lightning. The way how it streaks across the sky, or from earth to sky or the other way around is breathtaking. The crackles of electricity that can be heard can be shocking (should really apologise for the ‘pun’ here, but I won’t). I remember one night, we were having a very heavy snow storm, and outside the window there was one fork of lightning. It looked pink against the white of the snow and the grey of the sky. I only saw it once that day too…

I saw some photos the other month of when the volcano in Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull,  was erupting, and it was surrounded by lightning, which just goes to show the amount of energy that is created when these eruptions occur. This photo is one I have just found on the web, although it isn’t the one I saw a while back. Still, it’s very impressive:

Speaking of the volcano, it’s hard to imagine how much of an impact the eruption had on everyone, especially the chaos that was caused when the planes were grounded. Hard to imagine, but easy to remember, I hasten to add. It just goes to show the power that the natural world has, and when she really wants to, Mother Nature will give us just a glimpse of that power.

And why not? It’s her environment too and if she wants to make a few changes or stir things up a bit she is entitled to go ahead and do it. The only thing is there is nobody who can stop her when she really lets loose, but she does bring things back to normal in her own time. There’s no rush for nature, whatever it is doing.

Looking at nature, watching anything natural, is very relaxing, and a very easy way to clear your mind of any negative thoughts you may be carrying with you. A word of advice, however, don’t go to an erupting volcano if you want to relax… sit back and watch it on the TV in the safety of your own home.

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Here are some feel good quotes! Even if you aren’t feeling the best, reading some of these quotes will make you at least think a little differently. And you can’t go wrong with a little positivity every day…

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” by Author Unknown.

“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” Buddha

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Albert Einstein

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” Herm Albright

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson

“Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.” Unknown

“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” W Clement Stone

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” Elbert Hubbard

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
Hellen Keller

“To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his left and right hand. He uses both.” St Catherine of Siena

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” B. Olatunji

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie

“Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker

“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” Benjamin Mays

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” Napoleon Hill

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow” Swedish proverb

Releasing my Blocks

I’ve been experiencing all kinds of things getting in my way today. While I was in work, for some reason I had to ask for help with a situation that I knew how to handle. So I was even getting in my own way!

While driving, other drivers would be going very slow, or deciding to turn suddenly or stop suddenly in front of me. Traffic lights would change to red and stay that way for ages (I always say twenty minutes because it feels like I’m waiting that long… but it isn’t really!) While swimming, other swimmers would be swimming at me. Parents would be waiting in front of me, asking their child to kick their legs. Kids would be flipping themselves upside down in the water, or dive bombing into the water, ignoring anyone else who is in the pool.

Regarding swimming, don’t get me wrong. It is a public pool, and everyone is entitled to use it. Occasionally, others will get in the way – it’s just the nature of going swimming. But tonight, every length I swam there was somebody preventing me from completing it fully, without me swimming around them.

When I drove home from the pool, other motorists would be driving slowly, preventing me pulling out onto the main road, only to speed up after I had pulled out behind them.

So, something is trying to get a message to me. I’m either trying to do something too fast and I’m being slowed down, or I’m being guided to stop. Everything happens for a reason, and whatever happens to us, we attract into our lives whether we are aware of it or not. The question is what am I being guided to do (or not as the case may be…)?

The majority of the blocks occurred in the pool, so this would indicate something to do with my swimming. I’m sticking to my seventy lengths an hour at present, which isn’t too fast, so I don’t think it’s that. However, I did do 74 lengths today, so I may be pushing things if I try to increase the number of lengths I swim at this present time. It might have something to do with me wanting to lose weight quickly… maybe I’m rushing into that too quickly, and need to take things a little more slowly. Now there’s a thought. But, having said that, I’m not losing weight quickly – I have lost half a stone since I began swimming, but since then my weight has been constantly the same. So maybe I’m just being advised to keep an eye on my weight. It can’t hurt if I do this, so there’s one thing I must do as a result of what has been happening around me recently. I must also try to be less impatient when I am swimming. I am conscious of the time, and try to rush to get all of my lengths in. I don’t need to rush that much as I can swim all of my lengths comfortably in an hour. There we go, answer number two.

The blocks while driving seem to be pretty highly noticable at present too, so maybe these are telling me to chill out a little, take things easier. It doesn’t matter if the lights are red for ages. It doesn’t matter if someone else is impatient on the road… they’ll soon be seeing their blocks too. There’s no point rushing in heavy traffic, so just go with the flow. I can categorically say that the blocks while driving are not telling me to slow down, because I don’t speed. I always stick to the speed limit, which may annoy other drivers. But if I’m chilling out while driving, they’l just have to overtake me or chill behind me. I do find some other drivers frustrating though. The ones who use their mobile phones whilst driving. The ones who wait in a box junction while other cars are waiting to go in a different direction. The impatient drivers who are driving that close behind, they are practically in the boot. And the couldn’t-care-less drivers who weave in and out of the traffic to try and beat the queue. Perhaps I’m being advised to not even bother about these other drivers, which I know, deep down, that is exactly what I should do. They have no idea that I am frustrated by how they are acting. I can’t do anything to change it, but by thinking about how they are acting I am bringing more examples to me to notice. Yep… that’s it! I’m being advised to stop concerning myself with other driver’s actions.

So as a result of whatever blocks I have been coming across today, I have gained three positive actions that I must undertake in order for my experience to be better:

1. Keep an eye on my weight and don’t expect to lose weight too fast – my health is important

2. Be less impatient while swimming – I can easily swim what I need to within the hour

3. Do not concern myself with the actions of others… they are external to me and my happiness is within. I can’t change what is going on around me, but I can change the way that I think about it.

I feel better already for typing that. It’s sometimes easier to write about what has been going on to gain the clarification needed rather than to just mull it over in the mind. Within a short time, all of these negative blocks of mine will be released, and I can bring more events into my life that will improve my happiness. And that most certainly is not a bad thing.

Energy

I love the fact that everything is energy. I’m not a quantum physicist or anything like that, and I suppose that I could be being told utter twaddle by the people who are quantum physicists, but I feel that what they are saying is correct. No matter what is put under a very powerful microscope is revealed to be made up of atoms. And these atoms are energy.

I’ve never seen anything under such a microscope with my own eyes, but I have seen a hair magnified to such a level so that I could see tiny splits in the sides of the hair. So, if I can see this much detail on a hair, I believe that if I were to put it under an even more powerful microscope I would be able to see it at it’s atomic level.

These atoms may be different depending on what is being looked at, but going further into them will ultimately reveal that their energy is the same. So, whether I’m looking at a skin cell, a stone, water or air molecule, everything becomes the same. Source Energy. And so it is that this Source Energy connects us to the universe around us.

I believe that it is this connection that allows our cosmic orders to be delivered. I believe that it is this connection that brings coincidences into our lives. I believe that it is this connection that can make us feel more alive and in the moment. Some people say to bring peace to yourself, you must ‘be at one with your surroundings’. Well, at this sub-atomic level, we are all at one because we are all Source Energy. And I believe, that no matter what you try to do, this connection will never be broken.

Thoughts are energy. Sound is energy. Movement is energy. Temperature, electricity, love – all energy. Light – that’s energy too! We can feel the energy in the weather. We can feel the energy at different altitudes. We can feel the energy after an argument (regardless of whether we were witness to the argument or not). So in feeling the energy in situations such as these, we are connected to it on a physical level, as well as the quantum level. And just because we stop thinking, or the wind stops blowing, we haven’t broken the connection… we are still connected to the Source Energy because it was there at the beginning, during and after whatever else it was we were doing.

I own a clear quartz crystal pendulum, and every now and then I hold the pendulum over the palm of my left hand. I imagine the Source Energy cascading over and through my body, and filling my body and my surroundings with positive energy. I don’t have to think of this positivity very long, and the pendulum rotates very strongly over my hand. So strong in fact that I can feel it tugging away from my right hand. Sometimes, the circle it creates can be horizontal over my left palm as it spins so fast. I do not make the pendulum spin myself, as I really have no need to do that. The energy does it for me. I would recommend that if you want to connect with the energy at this level you obtain a crystal pendulum for yourself. In this case, seeing is believing. I am extremely grateful that I can feel the energy at this level.

And speaking of levels, Source Energy is of a high vibration, so it is easier to reach when in a relaxed, feel good state. It can be reached when we are feeling lower in the vibrational scale however it may not be as easy to tap into. The better we feel, the easier – and sometimes the stronger – the connection.

Again, it all comes down to energy.

I’m feelin’ good!

I’m feeling pretty good with myself today.

No, that’s not true. I’m feeling fantastically good with myself today! Yes, things could be better – they always can – but what I have to feel good about right now is why I’m feeling good! This isn’t a cryptic post that goes round in circles and just says the same thing… although that is actually what it says. I. Feel. Good.

I feel good just saying I feel good.

And here’s a question… do we need a reason to feel good? Can we feel good just for the sake of feeling good, or do we have to do something, have something or be something first, in order to feel good?

Think about this. The most miserable, unhappy, ungrateful person you have ever met receives a cheque for a million pounds. Will that cheque change them overnight into the most cheerful, happiest and thankful person ever? I think probably not. The reason why I think this is because at their very core they are happy in being miserable, unhappy and ungrateful. Some people may change slightly for the better, but they will not be happy if they didn’t have something to be unhappy about. Some people may even change for the worse, and become more miserable, more unhappy and more ungrateful (if that’s possible).

Here’s another example. A happy chappy who springs out of bed in a morning, is always smiling, and thoroughly enjoys whatever it is he is doing receives a cheque for a million pounds. Will this person change any for receiving the cheque? I think probably not. The reason why I think this is because at his core, this chap is happy anyway. This is just another bonus to help him to continue to be happy. Some people may become even happier, and others may become less carefree with the money, but they will still be happy.

These feel good feelings come from within. It doesn’t matter what it is that you are doing, as long as you are feeling good doing it. There is no point doing something that you don’t feel good about is there? If a friend wants to do something that you don’t want to do, but you do it anyway, you can start off not feeling good as you are doing something that you do not want to do. You may find that you begin to enjoy doing what you are doing, and so your good feelings will return, but if not you will eventually stop doing whatever it is.

It’s all about how you feel. If you do everything for everyone and don’t enjoy doing it, you can start to resent doing it. Then, the people who you are doing the things for will start to pick up the vibes that you are not happy and before long you can all end up in a very awkward situation. Just concentrate on the things that make you feel good, and you’ll find that more things that make you feel good will come to you. It works the other way too, but I’m not writing about that here. Positivity only please!

If you just concentrate on what it is that you feel good about, people will notice. They’ll ask questions like ‘how can you be so positive?’, or ‘how can you be so happy?’, or ‘what do you do that’s different?’. Pat yourself on the back whenever you are asked questions like these, because they’re your proof (as if you actually really need it) from your outside world that you are doing things right!

If you aren’t asked questions, by the way, it doesn’t matter… the people around you just haven’t noticed. It isn’t their fault – obviously they are living their lives just as you are, but they aren’t noticing all of the goodness that is all around them. One day they will. And take note if you find yourself thinking that someone you know is always happy or positive. Remember, you bring things into your life that match how you are feeling, so although you may not be feeling one hundred per cent positive when you first think ‘what does she do that’s different to me…?’ there’s a reason for the thought to be there.

Go ahead. Feel good. You can’t lose by trying. Feeling good part of the time is hundreds of times better than not feeling good any of the time. The more you practice, the better it gets. The easier it gets. The more contagious it gets. The more you want it. To a point where you feel good all of the time it doesn’t matter. Then you really will be feeling good!

So, I’m feeling good. I still have areas of my life that I would like to be better, so I’m not at the stage where I feel good all of the time, but I feel I am at the stage where I can consciously make myself feel good when I’m not (if that makes sense…). So, if I’m feeling one hundred per cent good a third of the time, and I can consciously make myself feel good another third of the time, that leaves me with one third unaccounted for. I think this must be when I’m feeling good when I’m asleep – having a good night’s sleep so I can feel good the next day! And not being awake – or aware – of the goodness that is around me when I can’t consciously make myself feel good.

I’m not perfect. I’ve still got work to do. But I am going to enjoy doing it! And why not? I do like feeling good, after all…