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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

How to Have More Peace By Letting Go of Control

So how are you holding up through this pandemic when everything is topsy turvy? Our schedules and plans have all gone haywire and we don't know what will happen today or tomorrow. We all want to do our own thing, when we want, how we want and with whom we want, don't we? We make all sorts of plans and timetables and go to great extents to have everything just the way we want it. 

Yet, the paradox is that the more we try to control our lives, the more things get out of control. I think the pandemic is a lesson for all of us in letting go of control so today we will talk about how to have more peace and less anxiety by learning to let go of control.



True Story
A friend of mine's sister was planning her daughter's wedding. Every detail was meticulously thought out. Everything was color coordinated from the flowers, to the dresses, to the hall. The sister was stressed out to the max. Well, long story short, the weekend of the wedding arrived and something happened. I think a huge storm took out the reception hall. Yup, after all that planning, the plans all  fell through. Imagine the panic, the stress, and the anxiety. From the story I heard, the family frantically managed to find a new venue and physically move all the flowers, the decorations, the table settings to the new venue the next day. I can only imagine how exhausted they all must have been. It is a sad but all too familiar course of events. It's like someone is trying to tell us "I'll show you who is in control."

Chaotic homes
Often we learn to be controlling from our childhood environment. I was raised in a
dysfunctional home with an alcoholic parent and life was always chaotic. As the oldest child, I developed the habit of being overly responsible which translated into being more controlling than was healthy as an adult. I remember uttering these words quite frequently "Well the plan is....". Inevitably, my plan would not work out until I finally got the message. Stop trying to plan everything. Go with the flow. Relax. "Take the pressure off" is my motto for this year. 

Control is an illusion.
We may think we are in control of our lives, but are we? Not really. Nor are we able to control anyone else's life either; not our spouse, not our kids, not the neighbors, not the weather, not the economy, not the pandemic.  I can't make anyone do anything they don't want to do no matter how much I beg, plead, or reason. The more I try to control situations or others, the more frustrated I get. Frustration is often a sign of trying to control. When I protest against decisions others make, like my boss, the government or the homeowners association, I lose my peace. I get anxious. It's a high price to pay. So what is the solution?

The Solution 
The solution is to realize that only God is in control of everything, not me. When I learn to surrender, (yes, it's a tough word to swallow, but it is possible), I am more at peace. I can trust that although the situation may look bad at the time, God has a good outcome in store. I can relax and let go of things that are out of my control. I find that even though my plan didn't work out, God's plan is ultimately better in the long run and I have numerous stories to prove it. Read about them in my book "The Power of Faith". 

We all need to learn to focus our energy on what we can control, which is our behavior, our attitudes, and our thoughts. We can focus more on being loving and supportive rather than trying to fix everything and everyone else. As author Wayne Dyer says, "Trust that others know better what is best for them." We often think we know better, but it just isn't the case. Parents, give a listen. 

For Reflection 
What is causing you anxiety these days? What plans or events are you worried about? Instead of getting all bent out of shape, pause and take a breath. Sit back, relax, and surrender it up to God. Say a prayer. Trust me, He can work it out if we let go of the reins. It all comes down, once again, to practicing an attitude of faith rather than fear. 

I hope this post helps you feel less anxious and more at peace with life these days and if you thought this post was helpful, do join our community by entering your email address in the box provided. You'll receive my weekly posts plus a copy of my free e-guide, "7 Steps to Finding Your Spiritual Path" for you or to pass on to a friend. You can always contact me at arielpaz08@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for more positive and practical wisdom on igniting the power within so you can have more healing, find wholeness and have more harmony in your life which is YOUR destiny!

Until next time, keep looking up!

Ariel Paz 






Tuesday, June 30, 2020

4 Things You Can Do to Be Emotionally Free

The Fourth of July is already upon us. For many, it is an extra day off from work, a time to grill burgers and get together with friends, and a time to watch fireworks light up the sky. Most of all, it is a time to celebrate our freedom here in this country.



It was on July 4, 1776 that our founding fathers gathered to sign the declaration of  independence to free themselves and many others from British rule. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for the price they paid to loose themselves from bondage under England and to establish this great nation. We also owe a great debt to those who continue to give their lives so that we may remain in freedom.

We in America are free from the oppression that faced our founding fathers, but many today are in bondage of another kind -  emotional bondage. Emotional bondage happens when we do not let go of past hurts, bitterness, or resentments. We dwell in the past - what someone said or did to us, an unfortunate experience, a divorce, a breakup, a financial failure. These happen to all of us. They are part of the human experience. The key is to learn from these situations and then move on and move forward.

But many don't. They stay stuck in the same emotional muck. What's worse is they keep recounting the injury, the hurt, the incident - day after day, year after year. Is there someone in your life like this?

When we stubbornly refuse to let go of hurts, we stay stuck. We lose our peace and our joy and we lose the beauty of the present moment. Negative emotions also affect us physically: digestive issues, headaches, back pain. Many physical symptoms are tied to some negative emotional root. Thankfully, it is never too late to let go and be free.

Here are 4 things you can do to have more joy, less drama, and experience more emotional freedom:

1. Choose carefully. 
We in this country have freedom of choice. We can choose who and what we allow into our lives. We can choose to learn better patterns of relating to others. We can choose what thoughts we dwell on. We can choose thoughts of faith and positivity, rather than thoughts of fear, worry and negativity. Emotional freedom begins first and foremost in our mind.

2. Pay attention. 
Contrary to how I was raised, it is very important to pay attention to our feelings. Now, I am not saying we should let our feelings control us but we do have to be aware of them and figure out what they are trying to tell us. They are internal indicators of what is going on with us. Am I feeling depressed? Anxious? Sad? Hurt? Rejected? Lonely? All of these are warning signs that something is not right. Ask yourself what is going on in your life that is making you feel that way and then ...

3. Take action.
The founding fathers had a cause they believed in and were committed to. They took action. In the same way, if we are committed to a freer life, we must take action: to heal ourselves emotionally and spiritually if we want to achieve our goals and dreams, enjoy better relationships, and live a freer life.
Change doesn't just happen. We have to make it a priority if we want to enjoy a better life. When we do what we can, God will step in and do what we can't. So what can we do?

4. Set  boundaries. 
Just as the early settlers said "No" to England's oppressive rules and taxation, we, too, must say no to people and behaviors that are not good for us which includes saying "No" to people we love and care about. To be emotionally free means to separate from the drama and turmoil that emotionally  immature people bring with them such as verbal assaults, constant chatter, guilt and blame trips and manipulative and controlling behaviors. Once we learn to recognize these behaviors for what they are, we can call attention to them and set limits with these people. The energy we expend dealing with negative people can be better used to focus on our goals and dreams.

We must also set limits on the demands on our time and energy. The world is always clamoring "do more, have more, buy more". This is lunacy. We really don't need to do as much as we think we have to do or have as much as we think we need to have. You will survive without the latest iPhone or high def television. These are not necessities. They are luxuries. There is a blessing from living a simpler, slower, less complicated life and that is emotional and mental peace.

We don't need to feel guilty about setting boundaries. Saying "no" is a form of self-care which is crucial to living an emotionally free and peaceful life.

If we want to live free, we must choose peace and freedom every day over being controlled or manipulated by someone or something else. I escaped from a controlling and abusive marriage long ago, but the lesson remains. As it says in Galatians 5:1 "Stand fast therefore in the freedom of Christ, and do not be entangled again in the yoke of bondage." Did you get that? Entangled. If we are not paying attention to who and what we allow into our lives, we will be entangled again.

For Reflection
Do you feel emotionally free?  Or do you feel entangled in something that is stealing your freedom, peace, and joy? What or who are you committed to? What actions are you taking to see your dreams become a reality? What do you need to say "no" to in order to have more freedom?

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Have a safe and celebratory Fourth of July! Happy birthday, America, and may God bless us always! 

Stay tuned for more practical and spiritual tips on how to ignite the power within!

Until next time, keep looking up!

Ariel Paz





Tuesday, June 23, 2020

How to Stay Positive in a Negative World

Racism. Politics. Pandemic. Traffic. Gaining a few pounds. Having a fight with your significant other. Stress from the job. Not having a date on Saturday night. Getting older. How do you feel now? Just hearing about these topics is depressing right? 

The list of things that can steal our joy goes on and on, if we let it. We have to make a conscious choice as to what to filter out of our lives if we are going to protect our joy and our energy. As a reminder to all of us this week, I am sharing some of my tips for staying positive when the world around you is negative. 

                                                                     
1. Smell the Roses
As I was taking my daily walk in the bright sunshine of the day, I decided to have a seat in a rocking chair that was for sale at my local Wegman's grocery store. The calming motion of the rocker was so enjoyable.  The sun shone brightly on me and I was at peace with the world.

"Ah, it doesn't get any better than this," I thought. As I watched the shoppers come and go, I almost felt a tinge of guilt taking time out to just slow down and relax.  After a few minutes of rocking, I resumed my walk, but with a noticeable pep in my step. Like the spring buds, joy had sprung forth in those few minutes. Sometimes all we have to do is slow down, get outside, and get quiet to let go of the cares of the day. The world will keep running on it's rat wheel but we don't have to run with it.

2. Stop Complaining
Many people like to complain. They complain about the weather, their spouse, the health care system, politics, their aches and pains, ya da ya da ya da. We can always find something to complain about but what's the point? Complaining only gives life and energy to that which annoys us and makes us relive it one more time. It's easy to fall into this pattern when we hang around with complainers.

Now, I am not saying deny reality. We do have to deal with situations that are unpleasant, that is for sure. But, do we have to dwell on them? It's bad enough we have to live them one time, but to talk about it again and again only makes us more miserable. Instead of complaining, why not do something about the situation if you can? If you can't do something to change the situation or if it is something that happened yesterday, last week, or ten years ago, let it go. Stop reliving it. When we rehash negative situations, we steal the joy from the present moment. 

3. Limit exposure to negativity 
This includes the news as well as other people. Some people thrive on debating the topics of the world. I don't. I keep informed but I don't want to be glued to world events every day. It is entirely too draining. Then I don't sleep well at night and wake up exhausted. Is it really worth it? Not to me. Negativity is all around us and we have to set boundaries on who and what we allow into our energetic space. I think I will do a blog post on how to clear negative energy soon. 

4. Put Things in Perspective
A phrase from Al-Anon that I find helpful is to ask myself the question,"How important is it?" Most of the stuff that annoys us on a daily basis is pretty trivial in the big scheme of things, isn't it? It helps to put difficult situations into perspective. As I say in my book, "The Power of Faith", there is always another way to view the negative circumstances of life. I choose to look at them as stepping stones to my growth and to my destiny. Even the big things like the pandemic and politics are really out of our control. As I said to my son, "All I can do is vote my conscience." and pray that others will do the same. 

Life will always have positives and negatives. It's up to us which we will focus on. We can choose to focus on the good things that happen to us during the course of the day or the bad things. It is a choice we all have to make, whether we realize it or not. What we focus on determines the level of joy in our lives and the level of joy affects our energy level. Negative thoughts suck our energy.

4. Do Something Fun
As a single parent and the oldest child of an alcoholic, I have always been very responsible. You might say - too responsible. I have felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders most of my life. I'm realizing once again that the weight of the world can only rest on God's shoulders; mine are far too weak to bear so much. It is important to have a healthy balance between responsibility and fun. 

I like to dance. Years ago, someone once told me it is a joy to watch me dance. I thought that was such a nice complement. Dancing not only brings me joy but it brings other people joy as well. It's a win-win scenario.  When the beat of the music is so exhilarating I can't help but laugh. What do you like to do that brings you joy? When was the last time you did it?

For Reflection
So, if you've been feeling down, worn out and exhausted, try being more aware of what you have been exposing yourself to. Are you dwelling on the negatives or the positives in your life? When was the last time you did something fun?

As for me, I like to remember the verse from the letter to the Philippians that encourages me to think on things that are pure, noble, and of good report. The Apostle Paul was whipped, beaten, scourged, imprisoned, and thrown overboard. Talk about a tough life. Yet Paul learned the secret to maintaining joy. In fact, he exhorts us multiple times to rejoice! When we lose our joy, we lose our strength.

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Stay tuned for more positive and practical wisdom to help you ignite the power within and discover YOUR destiny!

Until next time, keep smiling and keep looking up!

Ariel Paz

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

On Becoming More Successful Every Day

Success is a goal most of us strive towards; success in our businesses, in our relationships, and in our personal lives. We often focus so much on the external things we need to do to be successful, we neglect the basic daily practices that are foundational to becoming truly successful at life. 

At the end of the day, when your head hits the pillow, do you make time to reflect and evaluate how it went? Many of us mark the day as a success if we have checked off everything on our to do list.  There was a time when I was like this too. My then husband used to tell me to "Just put less on your list". Yeah right and I was a working mom with two kids, a husband, a house, and a career to take care of. Do less - right. 



Since those days, I've learned that the to-do list is not what really matters most because we will always have a to-do list no matter what stage of life we are in. We can't sleep at night because there are so many things on our minds, so we drop off to sleep listening to the television, reading a book, or playing a video game and start tomorrow without gleaning the nuggets of wisdom from today.

If we want to grow, move forward, and be the healthiest, most loving person we can be, it is imperative that we take time to reflect every day. Was I calm or anxious? Happy or depressed? Kind or rude? Patient or short-tempered? Did I take time to be a blessing to someone? Was I angry at the grocery store or on the road? How did I speak to my spouse? My kids? And even more telling how did I talk to the customer service rep on the phone?

If we want to increase our personal power and move forward into our destiny, it is important to make time to reflect on our day every day. If we don't we will stay stuck, repeating the same patterns over and over and, as I like to say "Keep repeating the class." 

Many go through life on auto-pilot rushing and reacting. It is easy to do in the fear-based fast-paced culture we live in. We are in such a hurry to get more and more done, yet this stress-ridden lifestyle can kill us. Perhaps the slowing down forced on us by Covid is not such a bad thing. Perhaps it is an opportunity to  figure out what really matters in life at this juncture. 

We were not made to live under constant stress. We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves for what? We only have one life and if we don't enjoy it on a daily basis, what is the point? On my tombstone, I don't want it to read "She got a lot done." 

Personal Story 

A new neighbor I tried to befriend a few years ago, said to me recently as a sort of apology for cancelling on our get togethers several times, "Most people are unaware".

At first, I thought, no, people know exactly what they're doing. But the more I watch the actions of others, the more I realize, yes, some people are so busy rushing they are unaware. 

Another example recently, I brought up the cancelling issue to another long-time friend of mine, and she too, claimed unawareness. I try not to take these things personally, but after repeated occurences you have to wonder how much these people value the friendship so I just let them go. You can't make people change, you can only change yourself and I am all about getting rid of stressors. 

Many people are unaware not only of themselves, their motives, but also how their decisions, words and actions impact other people.  I'm just as guilty at times. Yet, we cannot absolve ourselves by saying we were unaware. If we want to move forward in life, we must take responsibility for ourselves and this starts by slowing down and paying attention to our words and our actions.

We are all in the process of becoming. 

Some of us work at it a bit more consciously than others but we all mess up at times. The key is to notice when we mess up, make time to understand what happened, and make changes to do better next time. This is part of developing our personal power, healing, and becoming whole.

Here are a few questions I ask myself at the end of my day and sometimes in the middle of the day when something goes awry:

- What went wrong?
- Was I fully present or was I on auto-pilot?
- Was I kind? Loving? Gentle? Patient? Joyful?
- What were my motives?
- Was I generous enough?
- Did I laugh?
- Did I serve?
- Was I a blessing?
-Did I stay connected to myself?
-Was I present?
- What frustrated me? What did I do about it? 

If we want to be better tomorrow than we are today, if we want to have more healing, wholeness and harmony in our lives, it starts with igniting the power within. And this starts by becoming more aware of ourselves every moment of the day.

We are here to grow, to love, and to shine our lights to help others do the same. At the same time, we need to work on removing the darkness in our own selves. This takes courage, effort and the grace of God. Let's not be too hard on ourselves, but let's do be more aware.

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Stay tuned for more practical and spiritual wisdom to help you develop your personal power and live the life of your dreams!

Until next time, keep looking up!


Ariel Paz

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Tragedy and loss are a part of life. Sadly. We lose a loved one. We hear of another shooting or mass murder. A friend gets a diagnosis of cancer. In the wake of yet another senseless killing, it is important we each do our part to help each other grapple with death, injustice, and tragedy.

These events happen again and again. Another shooting. Another mass murder.  Attacks on theatres, schools, college campuses and entertainment venues. Innocent people - many of them African Americans - lose their lives. Families devastated. Futures that will never be realized. It is heart-breaking.

For many, these are times to question God. Where was God in all this
Well, the answer is we have taken God out of society, out of schools, out of the US currency. Many people have lost any sense of justice and regard for human life and they have succumbed to their animal instincts. 

Why did this happen again? Doesn't anyone care? Some answers we won't know this side of Heaven, but we do know this. God does care and He does see. Psalm 56:8 says this: "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." This verse is somewhat comforting to me in times of sorrow. Yet, what to do in the aftermath? How to move on? Having been through many losses myself, I can share some insight that perhaps will help soothe the pain and lend some sort of healing balm to the hurting heart.


1. Take time to grieve and process. 
Grief is a deep and difficult emotion. I think it may be one of the most difficult to process. Get support. A counselor or a support group will understand and help you through this time. Be gentle with yourself. Don't medicate, ignore, or repress your feelings. Don't act out. We need to move through the pain so it will move through and out of us in due time. Give yourself permission to cry. Crying is healing.

2. Cherish the memories
We can't bring the person back, but we can keep them alive in our minds. When something tragic happens, we gain a new perspective of life. We don't take things or people for granted any more. We cherish the times together with our loved ones. No one really knows how long we have on this earth. Each day is a precious gift, but all too often we take for granted the time we have been graciously given. Slow down. Smell the roses. Reprioritize.

3. Don't waste the pain.
There is always a message or a lesson in the tragic and painful circumstances of life. Yes, events may appear random, but if we take the time to investigate, we may see a pattern. Patterns lead to the awareness of a problem. Awareness leads to solutions. As President Obama stated, these shootings have become routine. Routine! Ask the victims families about routine! But he is right. No one is taking action. No one is asking the tough questions like: Where has the respect for the sanctity of life gone? Why is there no limit to the number of guns in any one household? Why do we keep electing officials who allow these senseless killings to continue? Is the police force really keeping people safe?

4. Remember there is evil in the world. How anyone can deny the duality of good and evil in light of terror and tragedy is beyond me. People do evil things. It can't always be blamed or excused by mental illness. People are responsible for their actions and their choices. Where was the dad or the mom who allowed the purchase of these weapons into the household? What emotional wound has gone unaddressed and unhealed? What were the warning signs that were ignored? Evil is a part of life on this earth.

5. Keep your faith in God. We don't always understand why bad things happen, but as Job once said "Shall we only receive good things from the hand of God?" (Job 2:10) Trust that He will get you through this pain. You will heal in time and you will see your loved one again in Heaven someday. There will be no more pain and no more tears then. Know that God does care and He cries with you. His heart breaks when ours does. He, too, lost a child so he knows how we feel. I sometimes think He must be shaking his head, asking "When will they do something?"

The question is when will WE do something? Will we hold to our stubborn principles? Will we put God back into our culture? Will we examine our own predjudices? Will we feel the pain these families feel instead of turning our backs? Next time you go out to vote, will you make gun laws a major issue in your decision? Will you demand justice for all? 

If anything, I hope this post has made you pause and think. Your family may not have been affected, but it could have been. Will you step up to the plate and be a voice for those who have already lost?

Until next time, stay tuned for more keep the faith and keep looking up
!

Ariel Paz 


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

10 Signs You Need to Strengthen Your Spiritual Muscle

You work out. You go to the gym. Do yoga. Bike. Run. Lift weights. Most of us realize we need to keep our muscles and bodies in good shape so we can handle the physical demands of daily life. What about the mental and emotional demands of life like a job loss? A pandemic? A health crisis? How do we handle those? Did you know we each have an invisible force to help us lift the burdens of life? I call it our "spiritual muscle" and today I'd like to expand on this concept to help us connect to our spiritual self. 



What exactly is our spiritual muscle?

Our spiritual muscle is the mechanism or tool that provides internal fortitude to help us get through the trials and tribulations of life with confidence and endurance. It gives us the resilience - the bounce back - to endure the inevitable tough times life throws at us. When we have a strong spiritual muscle we are less likely to be tossed to and fro by the waves and storms that come our way.

 
How do I know if I need work on this? 

There are signs that alert us to the fact that we need some strength training in this area. Here are ten of them:

1.You find yourself talking a lot about your problems to other people, instead of God.
2. You use food, alcohol, exercise, overwork to ease stress and anxiety and help forget about your problems.
3. You have a hard time making decisions.
4. You can't stand to be alone and need to have the television or the radio on all the time.
5. You feel stressed and anxious much of your day.
6. You worry a lot.
7. You focus more on accumulating material possessions rather than spiritual growth.
8. You like to feel in control.
9. You are often critical and negative.
10. You lack an attitude of gratitude.

If you spot a few of these in your character, do not dismay. You were guided to this blog for a reason. We are all on a journey to faith and our souls each have their lessons to learn. This is why we are here on this earth.

So how do we develop our spiritual muscle?

We develop our physical muscles by lifting bigger and heavier weights, running longer distances, and putting our bodies through physical challenges. Our muscles become stronger and able to handle tougher physical tests.  In the same way we strengthen our physical muscles by working out, we strengthen our spiritual muscle by a different kind of workout - going through difficult circumstances in  life. The goal is the same - to be able to handle tougher challenges without caving in, despairing, or giving up. When we go through tough times, it is important to remember these are opportunities to strengthen our spiritual muscle - if we respond in the right way. 

For more on how to develop your spiritual muscle, pick up a copy of my book, "The Power of Faith", available at your favorite bookstore and on this blog.

Life is a school and our journey lasts a lifetime. 

If you enjoyed this post and would like to learn more about strengthening your spiritual muscle, do leave a comment below or send me an email. 

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Ariel Paz

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Surprising Solution to Stress and Pressure

How is your pressure meter today? With the added stress of this pandemic, anxiety is going through the roof for many. Financial pressures. Scares of being infected. Shifting responsibilities. All of these things can steal our peace unless we do something so today I have a surprisingly different solution for our hectic lifestyles. 

As a single-parent, I regularly felt the stress of having too many responsibilities and not enough support. Everything fell on my shoulders so I learned to push and pressure myself to "get it all done". I've always lived by the old adage "Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today." no matter how tired or exhausted I was.





I have realized living on the rat wheel is not a healthy way to live. Contrary to what our culture tells us, the answer to all this hecticness is not to do more and do it faster. The answer is to do LESS and do it slower! Yes, SLOW DOWN AND DO LESS. Don't tell this to your boss, however. 

When we slow down, we are able to be more present. We will make fewer mistakes, think more carefully, and we will actually be more productive. We won't have to have so many do-overs. 

Slowing down also allows us to focus on how we are FEELING in any given moment. Our feelings are so often ignored and then we blow up or over-react at someone close to us. Slowing down also enables us to be more mindful of our actions, habits, and behaviors. Perhaps this is another gift of the pandemic. By making us slow down, we have a chance to reconnect with others and ourselves and that is always a good thing. 

It's funny because - as you may have noticed - God is never in a rush. His timetable is SLOW. Jesus never rushed. He was mindful of everything. Remember when the woman with the issue of blood touched his robe and amidst all those crowds, he noticed it? Slowing down allows us to notice. 

Now I am not advocating a lazy, do nothing approach to life. We are called to be responsible for ourselves so that we will not be a burden to others.  What I am saying is that it's time to take a more relaxed approach and stop pressuring ourselves needlessly. The house will get cleaned, the bills will get paid, and eventually we will go to the gym and exercise. Rather than stress, talk to yourself and remind yourself that everything will get done in its own time. As it says in the book of Ecclesiastes, "there is a time and a place for everything under the sun."

How are you feeling today?  Are the pressures of life caving in on you? 

Thought for the week

Today, I will take things slower. I will not pressure myself or others. I will do what is right in front of me and I will take regular breaks. I will not do too much in any one day and I will trust that all will be taken care of in due time. I will relax and enjoy my day. 

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Stay tuned for more positive and practical wisdom to help us all find healing, wholeness, health, and harmony. 

Until next time, keep looking up!

Ariel Paz 

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