How to Find Inner Peace

How to find inner peacePeace is an essential element of happiness. Many people say they are searching for happiness, but what they are truly seeking is inner peace, an underlying sense of calm and quiet strength that remains no matter what upheavals might appear in life.  People who can access this place regularly, find they can embrace change and go with the flow of life easier. Not only that, they find themselves more open and receptive to opportunities and willing to take chances.

Joy, like sorrow and anger, all tend to be fleeting and changeable, but peace at the core of our being is immovable like a mountain. Those who engage in regular spiritual practice find they are able to access this still, silent center at will in times of struggle. Immersing themselves in this place allows higher wisdom and intuition to guide choices in their life. Higher vision inspires confidence and encourages strength and endurance. Like athleticism, this is something that requires practice and dedication.

Athletes spend a great deal of time training. They work hard to build and strengthen their bodies to endure and accomplish all sorts of amazing feats. They inspire us with their dedication and drive. Olympians for example, push themselves to achieve things that seem to exceed the limits of what is humanly possible. People are awestruck by what these athletes can accomplish.

Those who engage in regular spiritual practice are sort of like “spiritual athletes”. They build themselves up to be spiritually and emotionally strong, confident and capable. They are also dedicated and disciplined and the reward for their efforts is that connection to their source, that immovable force within them that radiates positive energy.  While those around them may be overcome by challenges, these people seem to be able to rise above any earthly challenge, emerging even stronger than before.

Those who are awakened spiritually are humble, recognizing the need to always practice to grow into more of their potential, the same as any elite athlete. They know there is no finish line, there is always room for improvement. Unlike athletes, those who are truly awakened spiritually go through life highly unnoticed. You can’t easily pick them out of a crowd. The enlightened people are not “flashy” – they don’t brag about themselves, because that comes from ego, not spirit.

You recognize a truly peaceful and happy person by their attitude and approach to life. You can pick it up in their energy. They speak in positives and are highly optimistic. They empathize and help others without becoming overwhelmed by emotions. These are the people who show genuine compassion and mercy to others; who come to the aid of the disenfranchised.  Spiritually awakened people recognize the spiritual principle of being what they want to see in the world, so their actions reflect that.

There are no medals for these people, no celebrations, and often no recognition whatsoever on a grand scale, but those whose lives they touch are forever changed and made better. The truth is with dedication and a willingness to set ego aside, anyone can become a “spiritual athlete” and develop more peace and lasting happiness in their lives. Like anything worth accomplishing, it requires effort and a willingness to change, but the end result is life that is truly rich and rewarding.

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A Pagan and a Christian walk into a bar…

coexistThere is a joke MEME going around online that says, “A Jew, a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and an Atheist walk into a bar…then they talk, laugh, drink and become great friends. It’s not a joke, it’s what happens when you are not an asshole.”
It made me laugh when I saw it because of its simple truth. It also made me smile because I’m in a relationship with a man of a different faith than myself.
I consider myself a modern day Pagan. Nature is my Sanctuary. Love my religion.
He is (though he hates the stigma that goes with it) a Christian. He follows Jesus’ teachings of faith, hope and love.
I have been asked (and he has too) many times, “How do you make it work with such different points of view on something as significant as belief?”
The answer is a simple one…Mutual respect and love. I respect the man and he respects me.
We have spent countless hours together drinking wine and talking about religion. The pros and cons, the ups and downs, creation vs evolution (and maybe a mix of both), on and on…
Not ONE time have we ever fought about it (and trust me, we are both stubborn fighters). I have learned a great deal from him, and he from me; and with open ears and an open heart each of our views have changed over time.
I look at the news and see what is happening in the world and it makes me cry. Belief and religion should bring the world together, not tear us apart. The world needs a healthy dose of mutual respect, love…and maybe a glass of wine.
Now these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
“Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another, so both can be whole.”
Namaste my friends
Jay & Mylene
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5 Ways to Improve Your Well Being

well BeingDo you ever struggle and feel that perhaps your life is not all it could be? Have you wondered how you might find more peace and fulfillment? There are several techniques that can be used to improve your outlook and put life in proper perspective. Use the following tips to improve your overall sense of well-being.


Accept Accountability for Your Actions

It’s true people may do unkind things and sometimes life is unfair, but blaming others does nothing to improve quality of life. You can’t control what others believe or how they choose to act. The only person you have any control over is you. It can be easy to blame others when things are not going well, but all that does is perpetuate a cycle of anger and resentment.

In order to make a better life for yourself and feel a strong sense of self and personal well-being, you have to accept accountability for what you can control. This means consciously working to control how you behave towards others, but also how you allow the actions of others to affect your outlook and choices in life.

Accountability feels good. It is empowering and liberating. Once you accept accountability for your own life, external influences no longer have as much power over you.


Treat Yourself with Kindness and Respect

Do you tend to put everyone ahead of yourself? Do you find at the end of the day you are exhausted and that you rarely take time for yourself? Do you make excuses for not living a healthy life? We are often taught that others come first and that to care for ourselves is an act of selfishness.  This long-held belief is actually a fallacy that causes harm in many lives.

How can you give what you don’t have? If your needs are not being met, you will be unable to meet the demands of others without feeling burdened and even resentful. The truth is, we are better able to serve others when we ensure our own needs are met.  Give yourself the same importance as those you serve in life. Treating yourself with kindness and respect is key to being able to give back fully to those who rely on you.


Proper Nutrition and Exercise

Treat your body as a temple and you’ll be rewarded not only with good health, but an abundance of energy, enhanced mood and the ability to think faster and more clearly. A proper diet and exercise is one aspect of treating yourself with kindness and respect. Nourishing yourself properly – body, mind and spirit is essential to your overall health and well-being.

Those who do not eat well or exercise suffer from more health problems and tend to lack the energy and enthusiasm of their fit counterparts.


Do Good Deeds

Random acts of kindness are a great way to align yourself with higher vibrational energies and to send those energies out into the universe.  Doing something kind is not only good for the recipient of the good deed, it acts as fuel for the soul of the giver as well.  Becoming what you want to see is key to positive well-being.

It is easy to get disillusioned with humanity.  Five minutes watching the news can bring anyone down. Instead of indulging those negative thoughts, step outside and become the positive change you want to see. As we become more focused on being a blessing to ourselves and those around us, we begin to see more goodness and beauty reflected back to us, which leads into the final point.


Disconnect to Reconnect

If you find yourself watching a lot of television, spending too much time on social media, or otherwise avoiding the real world, shut it off and get connected again in a more meaningful way. Modern technology has ironically given us the ability to connect to anyone, anywhere in the world at a moments notice, but social skills are at an all time low.  It seems the more connected we are virtually, the less connected we are actually.

Power down and connect with a loved on you haven’t seen in awhile. We are social creatures that need genuine, meaningful contact with others.

There are many small things we can do each day to improve our outlook and enhance the joy in our lives. As you add more of them to your regular routine, you’ll find an improved sense of overall well-being.

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A Thought About Memorial Day

JumpThis past weekend we celebrated Memorial Day. I’m a little embarrassed to say that it’s a holiday I have not fully understood until recently and especially until this weekend.
For the past six months I have fallen in love with an incredible man. He is an artist (and is the one responsible for all the new photos on New Age Source). He is thoughtful, smart, loving and funny. He treats me and my boys with respect. He is an amazing father. He cries when we watch movies and hugs me when I’m sad.
He is also a complete badass.
Like many of you, the idea of war makes me upset and sick, but here is a secret….it does the same to him, and he is a search and rescue combat medic.
I NEVER in my wildest dreams thought I would fall for or end up with a military man, but the universe is funny that way, and so here I am. Suddenly I have had to question my (maybe misguided) perceptions of “these people with machine guns.”
War is an ugly truth in this world that many of us do not want to think about; but now as fate would have it, I have to think about it often, because it just might take him from me someday.
He does not talk much about war. Once in awhile, after a couple glasses of wine, he will say a little. Or he will send me and the boys pictures of him jumping out of an airplane during training, but for the most part I feel he keeps quiet so not to worry me. But when he sleeps at night, I see the scars on his hands. I see the faint blood stains on his uniforms, boots and gear. I see now.
This past weekend we went to a Memorial Day parade, and I saw him. I saw his eyes and sadness when Taps was being played on the bugle, and during the 21 gun salute. I saw that he has seen this before, but on a battlefield and not a local parade. He has seen the horror. He has held a friend as he took his last breath, and then cried over him. I can see now what Memorial Day really means.
I am not pro-war (and neither is he) and I do not wish to get into the politics of why people fight, but I’ve learned a lot. I have learned that despite our own beliefs, or political affiliations, or presumptions of the men and women that carry those guns, they are still human. They have family, children, spouses and friends. These people are still willing to give up their lives, and many have, for something that is bigger than themselves….THAT IS HUMBLING.
That thought challenges me, “What am I willing to give up?”
As I was just typing this, I went upstairs to take Bella out for a walk and he was watching CNN. He had a huge smile of his face and said, “Mylene, Look at this! This is the stuff I F@#king live for!” I looked at the TV and saw some of his friends. They where in Nepal helping with the relief and rescue efforts….as he says, “So that others may live”
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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's DayThis weekend we take time to celebrate the strong, loving, courageous, forgiving and fearless angles we call mothers.
Rudyard Kipling once said, “God could not be everywhere and therefor he made mothers.”
I agree with Mr. Kipling. There is no stronger energy on earth than that of a mother’s love for her children, but allow me, if you will, to take a moment to go just a little further.
The truth is, when I sat down to write about Mother’s Day I wanted something inspirational, something we could all relate to. But we already know how amazing our moms are. Many of us are moms ourselves and know the deep love in our souls that we have for our kids (no matter how mad they make us sometimes).
For six hours I had a case of good ‘ol fashion writer’s block. So I decided to get away from my desk and go for a much needed walk. I was about a mile down the road when I started really thinking about what Mr. Kipling said, “God made mothers…” That quote kept repeating itself in my head until something very clear inside of me told me, “Just look up Mylene.”
The sun had just dropped below the mountains turning them into purple shadows, while the sky was neon pink with accents of puffy white clouds. Some geese flew overhead in a V and I noticed the once bare trees from winter where beginning to grow spring buds.
God created mothers…
Like the woman who carried us, nurtured us, raised us, scolded us and inspired us, so is Mother Nature. We may not always notice her or say thank you, but she is always there for us with here arms and heart wide open.
This Mother’s Day may we not forget to say thank you to her as well. Look up, even for just a moment on Sunday night and think….
God created Mothers.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Mother Earth
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