Embracing Peace Now and All Year Long

 

Thanksgiving is almost here, and Christmas begun before we even finished our Turkey. I was thinking if we are so eager to rush the season, maybe we could make the peace and joy we yearn for at Christmas, something that is part of everyday living.

We must all find a way to find peace for ourselves but I think there are six attributes to finding peace. Over time focusing on these things will bring you closer to finding your own peace.

Practice Forgiveness: It is easy to forgive others for small grievances, but much harder to forgive the bigger hurts and betrayals. If we are in the practice of forgiveness, we have the mindset that helps to seek understanding and opens the perspective to see an issue from another point of view. It is about being unwilling to hang on to the anger, and seeking peace.

Seek Understanding: All too often we are married to our ideas and opinions, and will voice them at every opportunity. At times we talk over others to be heard, and pay little attention to the impact our opinions make. If we can take a step back and listen with the intention to understand, we might find we are more alike than different.

Watch Your Words and Actions: You might remember this quote from Bernard Meltzer: “Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is it helpful? If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.” Our intention is not to be unkind, tell a lie, or give our unsolicited opinion, but sometimes, for many varied reasons, we just do. Perhaps if we could slow down to think before we act, it would greatly change how we respond to others.

Take Responsibility: What if we could take responsibility for what we do and say in our personal and professional relationships? I understand it takes a lot of courage to face our misgivings, but isn’t better than spending our life hiding from it? I think it would heal a lot of hurt, and diffuse much anger.

Release Anger: Refuse to hold on to anger and hate. Sometimes we don’t even realize how much anger and hate we are hanging on to until it comes out in our words and actions. When our words and actions show anger or hate, remember that is what we are teaching others.

Be Still: Stop to listen to the voice of God in your life. Be still and know God is here.

I believe to live peacefully with ourselves and others, we must have alignment between our head and heart. When we understand that our words and actions have power, we are moving toward peace.

Taking responsibility for our life is what each and every one of us can do to change the world around us. Blessings to all of you as you walk through Advent and into Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Make Fun A Priority?

You would think it would be an easy choice between working or having fun, right? Not for me! I was born and raised in Minnesota, a typical Midwesterner by most standards. I am also of the German and Norwegian ancestry. I’m telling you this because I, like many of us, grew up with a strong work ethic. In fact, in my family work always came before fun. So as many of you already know, the work is never done, which means the fun times are few and far between. An even bigger stretch was the idea that work and fun could go together and it was not an either or; both could actually happen at the same time! Who knew?

Given this strong work ethic that was hard wired into my brain, I clearly had something to work on. It was hard to move from making work the only priority to incorporating fun into the things I did. Even though I knew how important it was, I still found it hard to balance fun with work. Just as I had learned growing up, work was still first priority.  I knew that is not what I wanted and I would have to find a way to make another choice.

That is when I heard about the 50 Fun Things workshop. A friend of mine was going and although I was still skeptical I thought I would go and give it a try.

I enjoyed the workshop, brought home the 50 Fun Things Chart and laid it on my desk not quite ready to dive into it. Every now and then I picked it up and thought maybe I could add some fun to my life. I started small, but the more I did, the more I liked it. Before I realized it, searching out things that were new and different had actually became part of my life.

One of the things I searched out was how to paint the beautiful Mandala Stones that you see on Social Media. It took quite a while to find a teacher so I could learn how to paint them, but when I did had so much fun that I decided that others might enjoy this too.  That is when Painted Mandala Stone Workshops were born. I have loved creating these workshops and people are having such a great time creating their own stones.

I know for a fact, that if I had not made an intentional effort to seek out it out, I would have continued to fit fun in when I could. This helped me to change my belief that work is not the only important attribute to have. Even for someone like me with an embedded work ethic, this changed how I think about what I do and how I do it.

If you are interested in coming to a workshop I have two more this fall. Both are held at Jo Jo’s Rise and Wine in Burnsville and are $25.00. Register by replying to this email and I will send you an invoice to pay online as payment is due at the time of registration.

You can also check out my Facebook page – click on the events tab to for future workshops.

https://www.facebook.com/Painted-Mandala-Stone-Workshops-111167386941319

 

 

 

 

 

Creating More Joy in Your Life

This is probably not news to you, but Americans are at an all-time high when it comes to stress, worry, and anger. It has been said that if you want to gauge the emotional climate of people look at what is happening locally and nationally; is it any wonder we feel this way!  Watching the news on any given night offers more anxiety and things to worry about than it does hope. The 2018 Gallup Global Emotions Report states that about “55% of Americans felt stressed about their lives which is a record high for this country.” People are feeling anxious, stressed or angry about the state of the things that are happening in their lives and in the world.

This of course is not everyone, but on a daily basis many will say that they we are experiencing a high level of anxiety and stress. Unfortunately, we don’t come with a guidebook that can help us maneuver through these emotions.

Where do you turn for help when things get overwhelming? I know for many turning to faith in God is an important way to deal with the stress and uncertainly of the world.  This is a favorite Bible verse that I like. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13

Over time, I have also learned that in addition to having a strong faith, you must also act on your own behalf to improve your situation. Our ability to face stress, worry and anger allows us make decisions about daily living that allows you to look beyond current circumstances and foster joy. This is our greatest asset to living with more abundance and joy. For many, it is not automatic to see joy when things are hard; it is something that needs to be practiced by:

  • Make a daily intention to invite joy into your life.
  • Give yourself time to play and to do the things that make you happy.
  • Express gratitude on a regular basis for the goodness that is in your life, including those who love and support you.
  • Choose to look at life with a sense of awe and the wonder of a child.
  • Connect regularly God and practice your faith.
  • Send blessings to anything that is causing you discomfort, and refuse to carry any anger by taking steps to resolve it.
  • Acknowledge and connect to the LIGHT that is within you, and allow that to flow from you out into the world.
  • Expect the miraculous to happen.

It is easy to get stuck in the hard places of life. However, it is with faith and awareness that we have the knowledge to choose to practice ways that helps us move past stress and into cultivating joy. Wishing you joy in your life!

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I Challenge You To Try Something New?

If you were to ask me if I was someone that is motivated by challenges, I would say no. But when I look back on my life circumstances, I can recall many instances when someone would tell me I could not do something, only to have me prove them wrong. I did that because as someone whose whole life was challenging, it was the only way to move forward. We all face challenges but if we can develop the mind-set that they are there to either hold us back or push us forward, they can work to our benefit.

I have learned that every challenge presented to me has pushed me forward. In the writing of my second book I was given a challenge by a friend and editor to have the book done by the end of summer. If I was not presented with this challenge, the book might not still be done.

Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves, especially if everything is getting to feel routine and stale. A year ago, I heard a speaker talk about how challenging the last year of her life had been and she decided something different was needed. To change that she challenged herself to find ways to add fun into her life. What she had to say struck a chord with me so I began to challenge myself to find not only things that were fun, but were also new. That is how I decided to learn how to paint Mandala stones and now teach the classes. This challenge will pushed me forward into unexpected opportunities.

If I could leave you with a take away, it would be that I challenge you to try something new…it does not have to be big, just find something that gets you excited to try it! You never know where it may take you!

If you decide you want to challenge yourself with learning to Paint Mandala Stones you can find the registration information below:

CLASS INFORMATION:

Come and learn how to paint these beautiful Mandala’s stones for yourself. This is simple and easy, plus it requires no artistic skill or experiences. Painting these beautiful stones taps into your creative side and it is fun and relaxing. This is open to adults and children 9 and older.

Each class is $25 and includes: instruction, demonstration, handouts, a time to practice and then paint 2-3 stones during the two hour class.

I’m offering these classes in September & October: Both classes are the same so come to one or both:

SEPTEMBER 17 FROM 10:00 AM to Noon   8 SPOTS OPEN

SEPTEMBER 24 6:00 – 8:00 PM  THIS CLASS IS FULL with a waiting list

OCTOBER 7 6: 00 – 8:00 PM  THIS CLASS HAS OPENINGS

Class Held at: Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine – 12501 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, MN 55337

To Register: Send an email to sthibault12@msn.com with your name, which class you are coming to and the best email to send an invoice to pay online.  No refunds

Class size is limited to 12 people so register early. You can purchase something to drink to bring into the class but please limit food items to before or after the class.

I am so excited to be offering this class to help people find ways to relax and have fun! It is much easier than it looks and you will love it and I promise go home relaxed! Want to come with a friend? Just pass this on but you should register together to be sure there is room for both of you.

LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUN EVENT! SEE YOU SOON!

Sandy

Painting Mandala Stones Class

Come and learn how to paint these beautiful Mandala’s stones for yourself. This is simple and easy, plus it requires no artistic skill or experiences. Painting these beautiful stones taps into your creative side and it is fun and relaxing. This is open to adults and children 9 and older.

Each class is $25 and includes: instruction, demonstration, handouts, a time to practice and then paint 2-3 stones during the two hour class.

I’m offering these classes in September & October: Both classes are the same so come to one or both:

SEPTEMBER 17 FROM 10:00 AM to Noon   8 SPOTS OPEN

SEPTEMBER 24 6:00 – 8:00 PM  THIS CLASS IS FULL with a waiting list

OCTOBER 7 6: 00 – 8:00 PM  THIS CLASS HAS OPENINGS

Class Held at: Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine – 12501 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, MN 55337

To Register: Send an email to sthibault12@msn.com with your name, which class you are coming to and the best email to send an invoice to pay online.  No refunds

Class size is limited to 12 people so register early. You can purchase something to drink to bring into the class but please limit food items to before or after the class.

I am so excited to be offering this class to help people find ways to relax and have fun! It is much easier than it looks and you will love it and I promise go home relaxed! Want to come with a friend? Just pass this on but you should register together to be sure there is room for both of you.

LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUN EVENT! SEE YOU SOON!

Sandy

 

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

 

The energy of possibility is far stronger and more exciting than when we are talking about our issues. Have you ever noticed how you feel when you get stuck in negative thoughts? When you are thinking or talking about your issues you become inward focused, and so does your energy. When fear, doubt or worry become the focal point, it is easy to get sucked into a downward spiral that works to keep you stuck.

Granted, this is not where we want to be, yet we all find ourselves there from time to time. When you recognize that you are stuck, that awareness is 80 % of the making a change. After all, nothing can be changed unless there is recognition of it.

Thinking about what is possible is one way to change the energy and look beyond the issue. Begin this by asking a what if question?

What if everything is working together for my good?

What if all the negative things I think about myself, simply are not true?

What if all my needs are being met? What else might be true?

What if I stopped being afraid of change?

Asking what if, begins to open your thinking to a story that is larger than your own. It helps you to think beyond your own limits and into a world of possibility. You don’t have to have it all figured out to tap into this energy.

You can simply begin by imagining the best story for your life. I urge you to think about the most positive and generous response you can have to your life situation. When it comes to ourselves, we often make the most negative and critical assessment of ourselves and our life, assuming it is the only truth. If you can bypass this first response, and embrace a mindset that is open and receptive to seeing beyond the present moment you will begin to notice and begin to see the small miraculous parts of life that are there for you every day.

I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “When your life is filled with the desire to see holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul.”  ~Rabbi Harold Kushner

The more you look for the extraordinary moments in life, the more you will begin to see what has been there all along. Blessing on your journey.

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The Beauty of a Sunrise

When you allow your mind to become quiet, you can hear the whispers of your soul. – Sandy Thibault

I have been doing a morning practice for 15 years, and it has become the most valuable thing I have done toward my own personal transformation. Thru this practice I have learned how to quiet my mind, transform my thoughts, and move through life with greater ease and harmony. I will often sit on my deck in the early morning offering gratitude for all of creation.  On a recent to trip to Breezy Point, a place that holds many fun memories, I enjoyed this beautiful sunrise as my son worked on his video blog. I hope you will take some time to watch this short video and use it as a way to start your day! 

https://youtu.be/ESQwcWqiXms

 

 

Changing Your Perspective: A Spiritual Adventure

Perspective is a complicated matter. The opinions we hold and live out through our actions, are the things we value, our individual sense of how we think the world should be, as well as our own sense of what we feel is right and what is wrong. We all have a right to our perspective, however learning the value of challenging that perspective is a lesson in spirituality that helps us grow.

As important as it is to hold on to what we believe or how we think life should be, this perspective can also keep us stuck in old thinking.  Learning to take a step back to discern if what we think and do still serves us, is a life skill. When we are able to challenge our own beliefs, our actions, and how we relate to others, it helps ourselves and improves our relationships.

Being able to take this step back, provides the space needed to see something from another point of view. Looking at ourselves means opening our mind so we are able to see where we might need a perspective shift. It means we might have to admit we were wrong, forgive our self or someone else or take responsibility for our part. Acknowledging these things provides the opportunity to forgive ourselves and move on. When done with kindness and compassion, it can be a valuable tool for personal growth.

I had no idea how deeply my mission trip to Tanzania would influence my life and impact how I saw myself and the world around me. Having been in the rural areas and small villages of Tanzania for over two weeks, our group traveled to the very remote, mountain top village of Idunda.

We were welcomed there with open arms as most of the village met our vehicles on the road and escorted us with song and dance all the way to their village. We stayed two nights and I think the toll of being in a third world country where nothing was the same was wearing on my friend and I. On the third morning we woke up before sunrise and the rest of the village. The view was breath taking as we watched the sun rise over the mountain and yet, there we were complaining that nothing was like home and how anxious we were to leave.  All of a sudden we heard singing coming from the road and soon we saw 5 woman with babies on their backs, carrying 5 gallons of water on their head. We were immediately humbled and I’m sure the look on our faces said it all.

In that moment we could have ignored what we saw or been happy that was not our life, but the moment was too impactful. My friend and I looked at each other and were immediately ashamed of ourselves for complaining about our circumstances. They were after all, carrying extra water for us, given up their cots so we would not have to sleep on the floor and offered us the little food they had.

We were not intentionally ungrateful it was just that our actions did not show it. From that experience I learned that perspective is much more than the ability to change our thoughts but to also work to have our thoughts and actions congruent.  I challenge you to take stock of your thoughts and actions and begin to align what you believe with what you do.

Do You Ask the “What If” Question?

The energy of possibility is far stronger and more exciting than when we are talking about our issues. Have you ever noticed how you feel when you get stuck in negative thoughts? When you are thinking or talking about your issues you become inward focused, and so does your energy. When fear, doubt or worry become the focal point, it is easy to get sucked into a downward spiral that works to keep you stuck.

Granted, this is not where we want to be, yet we all find ourselves there from time to time. When you recognize that you are stuck, that awareness is 80 % of the making a change. After all, nothing can be changed unless there is recognition of it.

Thinking about what is possible is one way to change the energy and look beyond the issue. Begin this by asking a what if question?

  • What if everything is working together for my good?
  • What if all the negative things I think about myself, simply are not true?
  •  What if all my needs were being met? What else might be true?

Asking what if, begins to open your thinking to a story that is larger than your own. It helps you to think beyond your own limits and into a world of possibility. But mostly, you will begin to notice and expect to see the small miraculous parts of life that are there for you every day.

I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

When your life is filled with the desire to see holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul. ~Rabbi Harold Kushner

I know many of you have wonderful stories about moving from limited or negative thinking to seeing life in a extraordinary way. If you care to share, I would love to hear. You can leave a comment or send an Email 

 

Benefits Of A Move Forward Mindset!

 


We don’t mean for it to happen, but often enough, we find ourselves stuck in a pattern of doing something or thinking about something in the same way. It takes awareness and work to make changes that enrich our lives so people are nervous will often ask me to explain the what the benefits are. As soon as the question is asked, they have realized that doing or thinking the same way, limits the richness of their life experiences. When things are the same, there is not much to be surprised about.

I have been making a practice of challenging myself to do new things and shifting my perspective enough to to see more than one side to a story or an issue. I have discovered that it takes a little practice but by making an intention to adopt POSITIVE MOVEMENT MINDSET, my experiences and opportunities have grown and expanded my life.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT BY OPENING YOUR MIND TO NEW IDEAS:

  • You will be inspired by others and they will be inspired by you!
  • You become more open to asking for help
  • You will see new challenges as a way to move forward
  • Failure is not a bad thing, it’s a learning tool
  • Feedback will help you move forward
  • Progress takes time and you will get there by taking small steps
  • Being a lifelong learner becomes a habit

I’m hoping you might also give it try. I’d love to hear from you if you are comfortable sharing. You can email me by responding to this email.

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Sandy