The importance of friendship

Friendship..........

Most of us go through life not realizing just how much love and support we receive from our friends.  Friends are there for us when we don’t even want to be around ourselves. Friends help us see how courageous and talented we are, especially when we have a hard time seeing it.

When we go through life altering changes, our friends are there to help us get through the bad and cheer us on through the good.   “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”  ~Albert Schweitzer

Take time today to tell your friends you love them and appreciate all that they’ve done to help you be who you are.

Namaste.

– Your Charmed Yogi

Freedom is within and without

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“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?” – Mahatma Gandhi

Celebrate your freedom today and everyday.  Happy Independence Day.

Namaste.

– Your Charmed Yogi

Photo credit: Freedom Interactive Design

Rumi’s love

“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.” ― Rumi

May your day start and end with love.

Namaste.

– Your Charmed Yogi

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Selfishly be someone else’s miracle

My mom used to tell me that you may never know the impact you’ve had on others.  A smile to a stranger,a touch, or just listening to a friend in need may seem trivial young hands holding elderly handsto us, but at the moment it’s given to another, it could be quite grand.

In graduate school we dove into the topic of altruism.  Does it or doesn’t it actually exist?  Some theorists believe it doesn’t exist because the person performing the selfless act may still derive joy or satisfaction from the act of giving.

I recently came upon this argument again and started to think about whether or not I’ve ever truly been altruistic.

I thought about the times I’ve volunteered my time, or given money to charity, or helped out a friend in need.  And they all felt awesome. Dammit.

I thought about how I’ve rescued two (now three) dogs from shelters.  But in truth, I sought out these dogs for companionship.  Dammit again.  So then I thought, you know what?  Who the heck cares where the motivation comes from so long as you’re giving of yourself and receptive to love.

Selfishly give of yourself to others; be someone else’s miracle and enjoy the feeling of an open heart. Then you both feel awesome.

Namaste.

– Your Charmed Yogi

Photo credit: Woodland Care & Rehabilitation

You are already happy

 happy elephant

“You are already happy. The reason you don’t experience it is that it’s covered up by layers of suppressed emotions and negative thoughts. Shift your attention and your inherent happiness flashes forth.”  Steve Ross