Thursday, October 3, 2013

Create Your Own Inner Beauty - Blog Hop

To win a book in the LDS Blog Hop, leave a comment saying how you create peace and inner beauty in your life. Designate which book your want to win: Love, Hugs, and Hope or Becoming Free.

We have a cabin near the Grand Tetons in Idaho, and we spent a few days there this past week. The weather was rainy and cold. Snow covered the mountain tops. The chill of winter was in the air.
Our granddaughters had just watched The Sound of Music, and loved singing the songs and pretending that they were Maria.

I looked out the window one dismal afternoon, while mopping the floor, and noticed them twirling in the harvested wheat field, singing, "The hills are alive with the sound of music." Now I have a pretty good imagination, but there was no Swiss mountain meadow grass out there. There was only the wheat stubble, and it wasn't soft and green, it was stiff and prickly. There was no sunny bright sky. The chilly fall day was overcast and rainy.
The children didn't care about any of that. They were singing their hearts out and enjoying themselves.

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein.
Sometimes we get bogged down in the reality of the moment, as I did that rainy day, only seeing the negative. Do you find yourself feeling rushed, over worked and full of anxiety about getting your 'to do' list completed? When I find myself in that state of mind, I begin to snap at people--usually the people I love the most. I don't like that exhausted, burned out, irritable feeling.
Take a mental break for a moment and fill your mind with beauty. Enjoy a "Sound of Music" interlude in your busy day. I put down my mop, sat on the step watching them, and let their view of the day seep into my own life.
1.         Look for the beauty around you.
2.         Compose your own splendor from within as our granddaughters did.
3.         Visualize being in your favorite place.
4.         Breathe deeply and fill yourself with light.
In just a moment you have created your own inner beauty--your own mini vacation, if you will. Can you feel yourself more relaxed? More peaceful? More positive?
I can.
Enjoy your own inner beauty.
Let us live for the beauty of our own reality. Charles Lamb

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this, Christy! Just the reminder I needed today. And thank your two precious granddaughters, too! :)

  2. I needed this one today. I have been feeling kind of overwhelmed with too many things to do. We do need to visit childhood once in a while. I loved the pictures of your granddaughters; This was a sweet one.
    Blessings, love and hugs! I am happy you got some moments away.

  3. I create peace in my life by taking the time to have quiet time for myself either in the early morning or evening. i read, exercise or scrapbook. i find im a better mother if i do that.

  4. I find peace by listening to good music, or by going up in the mountains and enjoying nature.

  5. I find peace in my home with quiet meditation.
    I also find peace in nature. I love to sit by the ocean and feel the breeze and listen to the waves hit shore. I love to go to the mountains and take in the peaceful quiet beauty of some of the wondrous things God created for us to enjoy. I find peace observing my family and grandchildren enjoy life and friendships. I find peace in my husbands worthy arms.
    I would like another love, Hugs, Hops

  6. I find peace by reading. It gives me hope and dreams! I'd love to win Love, Hugs, and Hope.
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  7. I am a recent widow with young children and struggle to find peace and strength some days. My children have such joy and hope, though, that watching them gives me peace. I would love to win Becoming Free. Thanks!

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