Happy Thoughts – The First Hour of the Day

I read something very interesting today. The the article said that the way you/we spend the first hour of your day is very important.

It sets the tone for the rest of your day.

How do you spend the first hour of your day? Do you roll out of bed, turn on the news and say to yourself how disgusting everything is
how sad that makes you feel. Do you think about how you do not want to go to your place of employment if you have to go out to work that day.

It might be a good idea to make some changes in our morning routine to get the best out of our day and the best out of that first golden hour.

One good thing that could be done when we get up is to do a little all spiritual reading.
It doesn’t have to be a lot of reading, just reading a few paragraphs or pages of some book or some article that inspires you is enough!

Maybe even before that, the first thing that we could do when we wake up is to have a glass of water. We’ve gone about eight hours without drinking anything. So let’s hydrate straight away.

Maybe we could even try a small bit of exercise after we get out of the bed, before we eat breakfast and begin the morning routine. It doesn’t have to be a big aerobic, high intensity training workout. It could be just doing stretching our arm muscles, our necks… or even really simple things like stretching, touching your toes, and moving your arms around. Any kind of movement is good really… just to get the blood going.

By now it’s probably time for you to eat your breakfast – if you eat breakfast – put on your clothes and get out the door.

But if you can spare a little more time on something that is your true passion. Even if it’s only five minutes, your hobby… If you are working add a 9 to 5 job but you have a dream of having your own business… then spend a few minutes, 10 minutes or more on that business. This includes something even as simple as making a few notes of things to do when you have more time in the evening or on the weekend. It’s just about keeping the dream energy alive and your motivation strong.

That first hour of the day can be a golden for us… a special time for us… a sacred time for us. It can be the time for us to do something that gives us joy and energises us before we get in to the hustle and bustle and busyness of the day.

I like to start my day with a bit of sacred Reading, then maybe pull an Oracle card and if I have time do yoga exercise. It’s not a strenuous asanas, but it does get my blood flowing & stretches my muscles so I can be flexible. Then I’m off to start my day. I might also make a few notes on things that I want to do during the day, or just things that I want to do in the near future; but I want to write it down so that I have it in writing and I can put it into my schedule.

How about you how do you start your day? What do you do in that first hour with inspiration and purpose to move you toward your goals?

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Happy Thoughts – A Lesson from the Trees

Yesterday I went to Wandlebury Country Park, here in England, with a group of people. And we did a spiritual exercise, walking amongst the trees and listening for a message from nature.

I noticed that many trees were covered in ivy. One tree was even split open straight down the tree, because of the ivy I was told.

There was a carpet of ivy on the ground. I have never seen so much ivy.

I felt sorry for the trees because it look like the ivy was choking them. But then I noticed there was some new growth growing through the Ivy, above it and around the trees.

And I felt like that was the message that I was looking for.

Even if we feel bogged down, stifled, and we can’t move ahead, the possibility for growth still exists. There is still room for something new to grow in our lives… to move us out of that situation… out of that feeling of oppression.

The sun continued to shine even through the leaves in the trees, down to the ground where the new growth was taking hold.

Even on the same ground as the ground covered with ivy there were patches of tiny beautiful blue flowers growing.

Sometimes we can feel like we’re being crushed or at least squeezed quite tightly.

We can feel like there’s no room to grow so why should we keep trying.

But if the desire is still there, it is like that crack of sunshine that was shining through the trees giving new life to the greenery on the ground, the undergrowth.

Even if we feel like we’ve tried everything, don’t give up. New knowledge can come to us if we are open to finding it, and to it finding us… just like that small green plant that found its way over the ivy, around the tree. There were many little buds and shoots coming off of that new little bit of green growth. That little plant was making its own way through the barriers around it.

If we’re feeling squeezed, if you’re feeling a bit crushed… take a rest, regroup, think what you can do that is new or different, and give it another try. Reaching for the sun works for the little plants in the undergrowth to keep them moving ahead and upwards. For us reaching for the sun could be finding a coach, more marketing, more different kinds of marketing, multiple streams of income… let’s just keep moving ahead… moving up inch by inch… step-by-step… day by day…

Let’s just do it! Happy days ahead. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Happy Thoughts – Happy Earth Day 2018

Happy Earth Day!

This is a little video that I felt inspired to make to celebrate our wonderful planet. Let’s take good care of it. Nurturing and loving our planet Earth can be fun. Just tiny steps make a big difference, Let’s go for it. All good!

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Happy Thoughts – Oracle Cards Today

It’s a super sunny Saturday, so let’s have a bit of relaxation and insight with the Oracle Cards.

Today I’ve drawn cards to guide us to constructive, positive actions that we can take over the next few days to reach our goals. I used the Angels and Gemstones deck, so we’ve got guidance from both the Angels and our crystal friends. It’s all about being open and prepared. I will give my intuitive interpretations for guidance, but your inner spirit will help you shape the reading into a meaningful experience for you. Let’s go!

Here’s the YouTube video with the reading. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Happy Thoughts – Have Courage

Let’s talk about courage. There is a book that I read sometimes called inspirational meditations. It’s a collection of thoughts and images…things to lift our spirits and here is one by Tom krause.
He says:

“courage is the discovery that you may not win and trying when you know you can lose.

That’s a good point there! How many times have you wanted to do something but you stopped because you were afraid


Maybe not afraid in the sense that you were in danger or something bad could happen, but afraid in the sense that there was a little voice saying why try the odds are against you.
Many are called but few are chosen, so what makes you think you are one of the Chosen ones.
What would your family or your friends say if they knew you were trying to achieve this goal. Maybe you are afraid that they would laugh at you, or think you’re reaching above your station above your capabilities … above what they are capable of doing.
Don’t be afraid. Have courage.
Just because we don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. We can learn, we can get training, we can get coaching


If you’re worried about what other people would say, then keep it to yourself. Get your training whatever you need quietly, smoothly persistently, go about your business and keep it to yourself, or only share with those who have your best interests at heart.

Trust those w

ho support you and who might even be working on their own projects, sharing your views, even though you didn’t know they share the same belief.
If you have a dream, but not the knowledge, get the skill how to do it, research get training make a step-by-step plan, have faith in yourself and give it a go… have courage.
Just because maybe no one in your current circle is doing that thing doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Have courage. Again, as Tom Cross says, courage is the discovery that you may not win and trying when you know you can lose give it a go do your best have courage.
Do you have some examples that you might want to share when you tried something and you had Courage. Whether you tried something and it worked, or you try something else and it didn’t work. You’re still here, you’re still ok. It’s happened to me. Just keep trying… try different ways…get more training whatever you need.
And it’s really OK if it doesn’t work out at least you had Courage and your tried, and that will give you the energy to try again when you want to go a different path.
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Happy Thoughts – Poetry Day – “Still I Rise”ย 

Yesterday, 04 April, 2018 is what would have been the poet Dr Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday!

She was born in St Louis, Missouri, and died in 2014 at the age of 86. Dr Angelou wrote more than 30 books, and had many different careers before becoming a poet/writer.

To me, this poem “Still I Rise” says to keep focused, stay strong and be proud of yourself and your talents. You are a very important person, no matter what anyone thinks! You rock!

As Maya Angelou says: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Here’s the poem, and following is a YouTube video reading of “Still I Rise”, by myself. ๐Ÿ˜ŠI did my best to do this lovely, uplifting poem justice.


Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

โ€™Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

โ€™Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Digginโ€™ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, Iโ€™ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of historyโ€™s shame

I rise

Up from a past thatโ€™s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak thatโ€™s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.


Here’s the video!


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Happy Thoughts – Poetry Cornerย 

Today is a poetry blog post day. We’ve got a sweet poem by Edgar A Guest about a father’s love for the toys that bring happiness to his children. There is also an audio version for your listening pleasure. 


By Edgar A Guest 

I can pass up the lure of a jewel to wear

    With never the trace of a sigh,

The things on a shelf that I’d like for myself

    I never regret I can’t buy.

I can go through the town passing store after store

    Showing things it would please me to own,

With never a trace of despair on my face,

    But I can’t let a toy shop alone.

I can throttle the love of fine raiment to death

    And I don’t know the craving for rum,

But I do know the joy that is born of a toy,

    And the pleasure that comes with a drum

I can reckon the value of money at times,

    And govern my purse strings with sense,

But I fall for a toy for my girl or my boy

    And never regard the expense.

It’s seldom I sigh for unlimited gold

    Or the power of a rich man to buy;

My courage is stout when the doing without is only my duty, 

But I curse the shackles of thrift when I gaze at the toys

    That my kiddies are eager to own,

And I’d buy everything that they wish for, by Jing!

    If their mother would let me alone.

There isn’t much fun spending coin on myself

    For neckties and up-to-date lids,

But there’s pleasure tenfold, in the silver and gold

    I part with for things for the kids.

I can go through the town passing store after store

    Showing things it would please me to own,

But to thrift I am lost; I won’t reckon the cost

    When I’m left in a toy shop alone.. 

Here’s the audio version! 

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