8-20-17 Celebrate


Celebrate – To observe and engage in with rejoicing.
The necessary ingredient in celebrating anything is that you have to be present, completely aware of and engaged in what is happening.

Talking to a someone can be a celebration of communication and sharing, IF your attention is on the conversation. Just as in meditation, when your attention wanders, with whatever you are doing, bring it back to where you are, and what you are doing. As you are able to be more mindful and aware, you are more able to be fully present and have a deeper and richer appreciation of your life. This is true for all we do in life. Slow down, (unless you are a Sloth), and celebrate what you are experiencing.

You are responsible for the life you experience?
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” Jim Rohn

Learn to celebrate small things, if you wait for a big thing that deserves to be celebrated, you won’t know how to. Walk across a room. Celebrate you have a room, you have shoes, you have feet, you can see, you can walk straight. (were many times I could not). You don’t have to jump up and down, but let your heart open and your mind be happy.
Celebration will inform your view, where your heart is and what point of view you have.
Is your view — different day, same shit? Or is it – I wonder what this day will bring?
A heart that is based in celebration will guide you towards a healthy and fuller life. We have all had enough of pain and confusion, let us choose wisely with courage.

We will all have to make difficult decisions in life. When we use our wisdom, our courage and believe in ourselves, we will see that we are gaining more than we are losing and be able to make difficult decisions well. Not in gaining more things or money, but what is really important.
Right View = Right Understanding = Right Action.

If you want to have a bad day, think only of yourself.
It is not necessary to improve ourselves. We need to experience and discover who we are, who we are right now, just as we are. Our wisdom and kindness towards others and ourselves, will come through naturally. I need to be present, yes, simply in the now, present, in my action and thought with whatever I am doing, work, walking, eating, talking etc, etc. It takes practice to be present. Practice on small things. Our presence naturally brings a full sense of worthiness, and celebration. We have been so far down into a darkness, we can begin celebrating who we are and where we are, Right Now.

When I first came into recovery I did not feel like celebrating anything, I could barely maintain not indulging in my addiction, and it was painful. As time passed and I worked on my recovery I slowly began to heal and started being at least thankful for not being in the talons of my
addiction. Slowly I began to feel an appreciation of who I was and that I was actually engaging in life in a healthier way. Over time, I have learned to not only appreciate my new outlook and
engagement, but how important it is to actually celebrate life.
The small things are a wonder, I can take a walk and feel the freedom I have the ability to look to see and feel my world. I can open my mind and heart and let possibilities become realities.

If you feel you have only small things to celebrate, celebrate them! Celebrate being alive, that you have possibilities, hopes and fears. Celebrate how far you have come, and the path you are on. Celebrate, appreciate, instead of wallowing in poor me, or in fear. Aren’t you getting tired of that yet? Be brave enough to not demean yourself, but to believe in and celebrate yourself.
It takes courage to drop the cloud and step into the sunlight. Only YOU can do it.

Start small in accepting being responsible for your state of mind. Judging that something is not exactly the way you want it is so petty and absurd. Has the universe not rearranged itself for your benefit YET? When you feel that small twinge, breathe, smile and do any task with a sense of joy. Appreciate you have caught yourself being negative and have chosen to not indulge. If you cannot work with your mind in a simple and plain situation, you will not be able to take responsibility in more difficult times.

I have learned to be aware of what my attitude is, what my intentions are. If I am in a dark place I will be fearful and may do harm to others and myself. If I make the effort to let go of my false sense of poverty and waiting for the worst, I can open to who I truly am and find joy and celebration in so many things.
I can live in celebration, even of my difficulties, from which I can grow and learn from. It’s important to celebrate your failures as much as your successes.

How much do I think of myself, as opposed to simply being present for a reality that is unfolding and that I can be engaged in. It is difficult to not think of ourselves most of the time. We have been our favorite soap opera star for a long time. Turn the damn TV or computer OFF. I am responsible.

Are you waiting for the world to change and begin accommodating you? Mmmmm, will be a long lonely wait. Change your outlook.

Give a lot of yourself, do not give yourself up.

Yes, we have had, and will have challenges in life, — that is life. We are sometimes up and sometimes a bit down. If we have cultivated, worked with and recognized our capacity, our necessity, to celebrate ourselves and others at the most fundamental level, even when they, or we, are a pain in the ass, we will always have GOOD bad days.

How do you fill your bucket? One drop at a time.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
“The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for.”
Heart Of Recovery web site — fcheartofrecovery.com