"Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see." -Linus in "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
This upcoming Saturday is Halloween. It's the eve of All Saints Day. The word Halloween comes from the Scottish term, All Hallows Eve, which means holy evening. Millions of people from around the world are celebrating this day with various festivities - apple bobbing, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, trick-or-treating and visiting haunted houses. It's known as a time for witches, ghouls, goblins and ghosts.
This festive day is roughly based on the old Celtic holiday, Samhain, which means end of summer. The Celts were superstitious of this holiday. It marked the beginning of winter - the darker half of the year. They believed this day was neither in the past or the year to come - it was the day in between. Chaos prevailed on this day. The Celts believed the dead roamed the land, looking for bodies to live in. Hoping to confuse and frighten the spirits away, they would dress up in costumes and march through the streets making loud noises.
What I love most about Halloween are the costumes. They're fun, scary and creative. They vary from the supernatural - devils, monsters, vampires and witches - to popular fictional characters, even celebrities. What do you love most about Halloween?
"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." -Confucius
This week I looked back on the past few months. I thought about what I've done right, the mistakes or details that I failed to notice and what I hope to improve. By taking time for self-reflection, I treat myself with more compassion, forgiveness and acceptance.
I recently read a quote by Steve Jobs - "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards." As I sift through my thoughts and think about my day, I gain a deeper understanding of my emotions and what I want most in life. I often ask myself - how am I feeling today; what am I thinking about; and why do I feel the way that I do? By looking at my thoughts without judgment and discovering what my true feelings are, I learn more about myself. I gradually move forward. I make changes and adjust to make life better.
To grow as people, we make room for improvement. Self-reflection encourages this to happen. We gain a new perspective and become the person we want to be.
Gray: |grā| noun. a color between white and black, having a neutral hue; the color of ashes or an overcast sky; cloudy and dull (of the weather); without sun.
Gray is my favorite neutral color. It is the color of compromise; the shift between black and white. Gray calms other colors - softening the vibrant and lightening the dark.
When I think of the color gray, I picture - clouds, elephants, stones and wool coats. Gray makes me feel solid and secure. I love the darker tones of charcoal and smoke the most. The names - deep cavern, gray gull, lava stone and pebble - remind me of the Black Sand Beach on Maui. This achromatic color makes me feel calm and collected. What does the color gray bring up for you?
"One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement be true or false. It comes to be dominating thought in one's mind." -Robert Collier
Changing our lives for the better isn't hard; it's as easy as changing our thoughts. All it takes is one positive affirmation to start.
I love affirmations. They are short, powerful statements proclaiming what is already true. They make you conscious of your thoughts and create favorable impressions in the mind. You can write affirmations or read them; you can say them out loud or silently to yourself. Affirmations brings happiness, calms the soul and increases confidence. By spending a few moments to engage in this practice, you gain a new outlook on life and replace habitual thoughts with new constructive ideas.
Here are a few affirmations I like the most:
Hi there! I'm Jessica, painter, creator and avid list maker. I love yoga, reading, journaling and sharing my inspirations with you. I'm so glad you're here!