Gratitude=Happiness?

I recently started a Yahoo Group. See side bar for link! Oh heck…OK Let me see if I can add it here in the message….


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Ok, there ya go! That is my new Yahoo group. I started it as a way to encourage active conversation between all of us like minded people! In the meantime I have talked to some people and maybe a Yahoo Group is not the best way to go about doing this! Maybe I will add a Forum to my blog. We will see. ( I am actually working on a Forum already, so if a Forum will be better than I am ready!)  In the end I do not care which one works, I just want to get people talking!

Anyway….I thought I would post here my recent post on the Yahoo group so that you could see what is happening over there!

So here ya go-

Posted earlier today on my Yahoo Group!

I write often about how to achieve Happiness. I even have an old blog by the name of “From Here To Bliss” devoted to happiness. I guess that is where this all started. I started that blog on Aug 11, 2009. I then moved on to Our Souls Purpose in Dec 2010. I have learned a lot in that time and I have grown. But the one thing, and there is more than one thing, that is the same is my quest for Happiness and the knowledge that I and YOU can have it!

Back in the day I felt it was something that I had to chase, now I do not feel it is mine to chase, I feel it is mine to have as I want it. It is a matter of choice,some days are harder than others, but it still comes down to a matter of personal choice.

Below is a quote that I think explains how I feel very well!
I believe gratitude= happiness.

What about you?

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley

Peace and Love~ Christine
Our Souls Purpose

Filling The Void

As a young adult I can remember hearing about a “void” that people have within themselves, a void that they would try to fill with love, sex,hate,drugs,alcohol….. many, many, earthly, or of the flesh, types of emotions and activities.  As an adult I came to realize that this “void” could be filled with something other than the aforementioned items.  This realization did not happen overnight. And this realization went through many phases as I became more enlightened on the subject.

I can remember discovering that if I chose to have a relationship with God that I could fill that void.  I can remember thinking that I had discovered the great secret of a good life…that I had arrived, so to speak….. that the rest of my life would be a piece of cake, at least in respect to being on the right track to filling the “void”.

And it remained that way for at least 5 years.

There came a day though, a day when I crashed and burned. I guess it really was not so much a crash and burn as it was very subtle, it crept up on me.  Over time I became disillusioned and had many questions…..questions that I thought I already had the answers to! Yes it was a rude awakening when I realized that I really did not have it all figured out and that my “walk” was not so much a walk as it was a slow crawl. But…it was an awakening none the less! And that is a good thing.

I went away and tried to “find” myself and my faith once again.

Let me stop here to clarify, please do not misunderstand me….I never entirely lost my faith, I was just not sure I had it all right or better yet, I realized I was not as in touch with God as I thought I was.  And I really had it going on! Or so I thought.  Boy…in any given week you could find me at church no less than 3 times and I spent a good portion of the rest of the week doing something that had to do with my church. I was very immersed.  If it was not studying and learning it was helping with events……we spent a lot, or most, of our week at church. In my case, and this may not apply to anyone but me, I was confusing my relationship and faith with social commitments/activities.  I really thought I was in touch.  Imagine how I felt when I realized that the VOID was still there! It might have taken a number of years for it to show its face again, but there it was!

So as I said, I went away to find myself. And I did. I wrote about it in 2010 and again a few months ago, you can read it here.

Finding myself is not something that happened overnight either and truthfully I guess I am still on my journey and may be as long as I draw breath into my lungs.  I enjoy my journey and I enjoy sharing with others.  Through my journey I have come to realize that the void that is within us, the one that we try to fill with superficial things or with bad relationships or quite frankly …….with all relationships …….that void really is all about God, I had that part right! HE is the only one who can fill the void!  But it is not only about going to church and being faithful….that is not all there is to it!  If we make it about that….. then I feel we will, at times, continue to crash and burn…whether subtly or HARD!  We will slip and fall down that slop from time to time because we are not embracing what it is that God has given to us; the gift. We are not living our purpose. We are not truly serving others.  We are not living from a place of love towards others. We may think we are……

God has given us all a gift and it is our job to find it and embrace it! Live from a place of love…live from a place of knowing that God has given you the power to be all that you can be! And to share that with others! I know this can be a hard task to accomplish but my point is that as long as we are trying and we continue to try…..as long as we are aware!!  Isn’t that better than not?

Laughter…..the best medicine!

Laughter….is amazing!  It will brighten your day when nothing else can. It can help you heal…. it can make you cry, in a good way!  Laughter will give you the best wrinkles! I mean we have to get them as we get older so why not get the ones that show you have lived a life filled with laughter? Wear them like a badge of honor!

Laughter can sneak up on you when you least expect it, it can cause you to make new friends and it can relieve a room full of tension! It is so multifaceted!  It just boggles my mind when I sit and think of what exactly laughter can do for our lives!

Obviously I value laughter!

 I am a believer in waking with a heart of gratitude…. waking with laughter on your lips makes it so much sweeter!   The other morning I awoke with laughter on my lips and I proceeded to have a fantastic day! Seriously…..I had a dream so fantastic and funny that I laughed out loud! I will admit when I awoke I kind of wanted to go back to sleep so that I could enjoy it just a tad bit longer!

I know we can’t depend on having funny, lighthearted dreams every night! Wouldn’t that make our mornings sweet!  On a normal day we have to go about things in a different manner to ensure a great and gratitude filled day! it takes a little purpose and determination.  Hopefully though it is not that difficult. In my experience it is not too hard to ensure a gratitude filled day, but it was not always like that.

There was a time in my life, about 5 years ago, when I had to learn to be grateful. I had to learn what it meant to live a purposed life. A purposed life that was filled with things that made my soul sing! First I had to learn what made my soul sing! Then I needed to learn or accept that I could not only live a life filled with what made my soul sing, but that God wanted me to! It took time and it took a lot of dedication! I had to learn to change my thoughts in order to change my life.

But it is amazing once you get it! I can’t describe the feeling I have knowing that God wants me to live my purpose…I also can’t describe what it feels like to be so connected to God. Well…..maybe I can, in 1 word….Bliss.  I have finally done more than glimpse my bliss, I am living it. And everyday I move closer and closer to reaching my goals…which , I do believe, is what causes my bliss!

And yes my intuition tells me, and yours will tell you, that I am on the right track regarding what my purpose is! God has made sure that we have an inner guidance system that will tell you when you have it right! I can feel it. And so will you!  It is in my gut, or  it is my intuition that tells me I am on the right track! That causes my bliss! And I am …well happy!

So what is your purpose? What makes your soul sing? Do you know? Not yet? What are you waiting for? God wants you to live your life to its fullest……

Here is a hint……  purpose=service  ( there are different types of service..but always…service)

Go ahead….seek your souls purpose!

Happy seeking!

Peace and Love~

Christine