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I love this lighthearted, positive, upbeat quote!  I feel wonderful just reading it!  One thing’s for sure – charismatic people (at least the genuine ones) are naturally and happily engaged with the people around them.  They are positive, seemingly glad to be alive and in your company.  They have a good sense of humor and wit, and appear relaxed in their posture, gestures, and pace of speech.    Charismatic people have a talent for small talk, communication in general, and if ever there is a gap in the conversation, around them it is a very comfortable gap!   These charming and alluring people have a way of cultivating enjoyable conversations, and a relaxed open atmosphere.  Perhaps one reason why being with a charismatic person can make us feel wonderful about ourselves is that regardless of any inadequacies we may feel we have, they can make us feel like we are interesting and worth getting to know just the way we are, and they can have a way of bringing out the best in us!

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There is lots of information out there about why it is good to follow your dreams, and I love the charming way that this quote expresses the message that it is good for your soul to follow your dreams.   Sure, following your dreams can reveal, nurture, and elevate personal characteristics such as motivation, discipline, determination, and dealing with setbacks, but on a much deeper level, our hearts, or spirits.   Although certain dreams may be meant to come to fruition,  perhaps it is not always about whether or not a particular dream is realized, but that it is by following it, walking toward that which we are passionate about,  that we are led down paths each with their own unique gifts for us which we may not otherwise have had the opportunity to receive.   Following our dreams keeps us in touch with some childlike qualities and we remain very engaged with life.  Learn to hear and listen to your heart’s whispers!  🙂

Inspirational wall quote saying If you are confident, you are beautiful

Inspirational wall quote about confidence and beauty

Yes, this does sound cliche, but it is also a very strong and true statement. Likely all of us have seen someone literally blossom as a result of gaining confidence. We carry ourselves differently, it is noticeable in our stride, how we communicate with others and express ourselves, it enhances our motivation in setting and achieving new goals, and … we laugh and smile more, to name a few! As we move through life, our level of confidence can mature and expand as we amass and refine our abilities and talents, through our experiences, and our awareness and intelligence. Witnessing others successfully achieving their goals or completing tasks, and receiving reassurance and trust from others I’m sure goes a long way, but we can also set ourselves on this journey by being mindful of the good traits and talents that we possess, and by congratulating ourselves on a job well done as we move through our daily lives making decisions, being kind and considerate to others, helping, preparing a meal, learning a craft, or spending some time consciously practicing that which we would like to improve upon. So, the next time you find yourself curiously watching someone you don’t even know, because there is something ‘special’ and alluring about them, could it be confidence?

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For many, meditation takes on the disciplined method of setting time aside to sit in position and begin the daily practice of their choice. The goal of meditation is to quiet the mind so as to liberate oneself from the clutter of doubt, worry, anxiety, intellectual conditioning and clinging to concepts, doctrines, discriminations, opinions, etc. In this regard, the disciplined meditation described above is merely a form. I myself am not so well suited to this – at least not yet : ) You can work toward cultivating your mind and transcend the chatter and finite intellectual conditioning in a few ways, as you go through your day. In as objective a manner as possible, pay attention to what your mind is thinking and what your emotions are experiencing. Be in the moment and be mindful of whatever it is you are doing, rather than letting your mind roam. Feel the luxurious water on your skin as you bathe, take in your surroundings as you walk, feel your body move as you clean, smell the fresh cut grass as you are mowing it. In this way you can begin to break old habits and become focused and grounded. As the chatter is silenced, and your heart opens up, insight and wisdom will follow, leading to liberation.

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All of us possess a creative potential unique to ourselves.  Creative expression is not limited to noble pursuits such as becoming a very talented artist, or musician.  One way our creative expressions are unleashed is through our daily activities.  Think of cooking, setting a table, arranging home decor, getting dressed.  Another avenue is considering hobbies we may take up, for some, you may need that extra sparkle of patience to find your path.   I had experienced what I think of as a dark night of the creative spirit.  Oh, the urge, desire, and passion was there, but over a few years I became so very frustrated at any lack of progress in my chosen activities.  Piano, guitar, embroidery, watercolor, acrylics, glass painting, sketching….Piano and guitar were great for a few years, but somehow the passion faded.  I was great at graphite drawings but longed for color.  Glass painting, watercolor, and acrylics were started with delight but try as I might, the fact that I couldn’t get results even close to what I envisioned was demotivating after a while.  There were times I felt despair that for all my creative adventures, I was not getting the joy that should result from such a pursuit.  I did finally find my way, so if you are ever in this boat, keep paddling!   

There is much written about igniting that creative spark.  A few things worth mentioning are to practice and be patient.  Have activities in your life that you really enjoy doing.  Give yourself quiet peaceful interludes, and always carry a notebook!  Give yourself permission to just putter about aimlessly from time to time, and know how to set up the ambience that is just right for you! Do you like music on or off?  What kind of music? Do you like white noise? The sound of a fan in the background?  And finally, disconnect from negative self-talk about your ability and keep going forward.  You ARE creative!