We all have our contentment barometers that help us realize that we are feeling – or doing better than we were – whatever feeling or doing better means for each of us.

Mine is humming.

I’m sure you have yours.  Maybe it’s eagerly hopping out of bed in the morning, exercising more regularly, eating better, picking up that guitar or paintbrush again, watching less tv, going to bed earlier or …

And these – or any good, uplifting, or healthy habits work off each other to further make us feel better – because once we do start to feel better, we have stepped onto a more positive life track.

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When I realize that I have been humming again, and/or I automatically start singing a beautiful / uplifting song that just comes to me – either out loud or in my head (sometimes dancing or even skipping to it – which is kind of embarrassing if this happens when I am outside as I’m not always immediately aware I am doing it?), I get this ah-ha moment where I realize … oh yeah, I am feeling better.

We have all been affected in different ways this past year, and we’ve probably all had up and down days, weeks, or even months.

I find it a beautiful testament to our global spirit that most of us

have managed through it all – without being too badly scathed.    For me

Throughout the latter part of the winter, I had just been feeling dull. Not exactly depressed, but just a low – couldn’t care less sort of energy.

But recently, my contentment barometer went off. I found myself humming again.

Towards the end, I have given a few simple instructions on how to create

your custom-made affirmation practice

 – similar to one that helped me come out of my winter funk.

And at the very end, I have included a beautiful, uplifting Latoka Prayer

A few weeks ago, when I was out walking one quiet evening, I realized I was humming again – and to be honest, I was skipping a little (it was quiet and dark, so Phew! there were no embarrassing moments. ?

And since humming is my contentment barometer, I got that ah-ha moment … ah yes, I am feeling better again – more light-hearted.

Humming became my contentment barometer one day many years ago .., when

I was in the gym changing room and a woman nearby was humming as she was getting changed into her everyday clothes. (This was shortly before I started doing inner work to address how I was allowing my frustrations to play out in my life and make me miserable).

As the lady hummed, she seemed sooo peaceful, and lighthearted. And I thought …

Gee, I’d sure like to feel lighthearted and peaceful enough so that I could just walk around humming.

And low-and-behold, one day, a few years later

– after I had started to do my inner-work, and at that very same gym –

I found myself humming in the dressing room.

 This was the perfect validation that the inner work I was doing was shifting my inner world.

For the first time in a long time, I felt happy, peaceful, and contented. (And I’m sure it was no accident where this happened – at the same gym, as Spirit works in mysterious – and often comedic ways).

There are many ways we can shift how we are being and perceiving life and up our happiness / contentment quotient. And I used many throughout this winter.

In attempts to keep my head above water – as one might say? throughout the winter and still now I …

  •  Watch and listen to only light and airy TV, music, and video presentations
  • Attend as many fun, and uplifting online webinars as I can
  • Do more of what brought me joy
  • Kept up my regular meditations – and embrace new ones (see a list of some of these in the “Practices, Meditation …post (link is at the end).
  • Spent as much time as possible outside – and surrounded by nature
  • Connected as much as possible with loved ones – in any what that is safe
  • But I believe what catapulted me into the more positive feeling/energy/mind-frame a few weeks ago was a set of affirmations I was doing daily that was part of a copywriting refresher course I am taking. ***

 You Can Create Your Own Set of Custom Affirmations

Embracing an affirmation practice can be quite impactful. and you can easily create your own positive and uplifting affirmations.

  • Make a list, 1 phrase to a line, and at least 1 page long … you then create momentum. Print it out, and keep it handy. Affirmations work best when used every day.
  • Use words and phrases that denote ownership of what you want, how you want to feel, or, those that denote that you are on your way. “I am xxx,” “I feel xxx,” “I always xxx,” “I am becoming xxx, “ “I am feeling more (better about) xxx,”– are commonly used ones.   Have FUN with it.  And change / tweak as needed.

With warm wishes that you stay safe and well, and that you have a beautiful Spring ??

Rosemary ?

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This beautiful Lakota prayer has been passed down through the ages and encourages us to listen to and trust our inner selves – as it is through them that we can “Walk in the Balance” of life. (This can also be found in my blog “Practices, Meditations …”  – link is at the bottom).

A Lakota Prayer

Wakan Tanka,
Great Mystery (Great Spirit),

Teach me how to trust my heart,
Teach me how to trust my mind,
Teach me how to trust my intuition,

Teach me how to trust my inner knowing,
The senses of my body,
The blessings of my spirit.

Teach me to trust these things
so that I may enter my Sacred Space
and love beyond my fear

and thus Walk in Balance
with the passing of each glorious Sun.

-AllCreation. http://www.allcreation.org/home/lakota-prayer-on-humility-and-wisdom-on-beauty