Joyful Noise

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

 0419091352

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Volume 8 Page 45 (11-05-09)

AFFIRMATION

I am opening up to my best and highest spiritual capacity.

          Wow, the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, trees are losing their leaves and the exciting days of summer are gone! Quite often this SAD(Seasonal Affective Disorder) time strikes us out of the blue.  Winter depression can hit anyone, even those who have normal mental health through most of the year.  You may find yourself sleeping too much, having little energy, craving sweets and starchy foods.  Quite often you can help yourself to feel better with a sunlight in the bathroom.  Stand in front of it for a couple of minutes after you get out of the shower.  Also, take advantage of the following

summer2004 014Seven Ways to Restart Your Day:

You just woke up, and you’re on the wrong side of the bed! Is there any way to switch to the other side? Absolutely.

          For those times when your mind is addled, and your center is shaky; open this little black bag of cures and find your beautiful balance!

          As soon as the alarm rings…Spend your first 15 seconds awake planning something nice to do for yourself today. This can really set you up in a good mood–even if it’s just going by the farmers’ market and getting fresh strawberries.

          Get up…The longer you lie there, the more you ruminate, the darker your outlook is likely to become. So get vertical and make a cup of coffee, take a shower, feed the cat.

          Drink…Make that two glasses of water upon awakening, the time when our bodies are dehydrated. Dehydration causes fatigue, which affects your mood.

          Move it…You already know the number one way of chasing away a bad mood: exercise. A workout at the gym sure helps. But even just a few minutes of movement–a fast walk, for example–raises energy and reduces tension.

          Investigate…When you’re dogged by anxiety or the dread you woke up with, try to pinpoint what’s causing it. Did someone say something the day before? Do you have a meeting today you wish you didn’t? Was it the dream you were having when the alarm went off? If you can figure out why you’re upset, that’s halfway to feeling better.

          Be kind and thankful…This isn’t exactly news, but generosity and gratitude are both big contributors to happiness. Do something nice for a stranger or friend and see if you don’t feel better about yourself. Also, jot down three things that you’re grateful for. It seems so simple, but counting your blessings just have a way of making you remember the sun is shining.

          Laugh at yourself…The best comedians point out the mundane aspects of life–relationship strife, a boring job, a closet full of too-tight clothes; they exaggerate those circumstances, and give us a perspective we can laugh about. Look at your own life and try to appreciate the absurdity of what doesn’t go exactly according to plan (the diets, the men, the women, the buzz cut). Acknowledging when we’ve forgotten to set our intentions and allowed our surroundings to get out of control is sometimes a most freeing gift to one’s self.

Two Wolves Centennial Conference 007

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

One is Evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:  “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Everything exists for joy.  There is not one other reason for life than joy.  We’ve got nothing to prove to anyone, because nobody other than All-That-Is is watching.  In other words, we’re not trying to get brownie points from some other galaxy.  We’re not trying to get someplace else; we’re not trying to get it done, because there is no ending–we cannot get it done.  Everything exists for the purpose of joy in the moment.

— Abraham

What will fall on the lawn first?  An autumn leaf or a Christmas catalogue?

Autumn is a season for big decisions — like whether or not it’s too late to start spring-cleaning.

The autumn leaves are a lot like raising kids.  First they turn on you, and then they fly away.  And next thing you know, you look out the window and they’re back!

I got tired of looking at all those leaves in my yard, so I got up off the couch and went into action.  I closed the curtains.

I can hardly wait until all the leaves turn brown to match the grass.

Ah yes, summer’s out and autumn’s in.  From swimming pools to football pools.

Now, today’s lawn & garden tip.  If you haven’t found the hedge trimmer yet, forget it. It’s almost time now to lose the leaf rake.

It’s fall, that time when the colors change form green to red to gold — and that’s just the gunk in your swimming pool.

 Autumn is a great time of the year.  Soon those ugly patches of dead grass in your lawn will be covered up — with ugly patches of dead leaves.

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