“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you had in your yesterdays.” Anon
Serendipity is such a wondrous thing! Today, serendipity led me in three directions; to a ✿reflective post, to a ✿happiness site, and to ✿divine art. Clicking on my Facebookpage this morning, I noticed an article posted by psychologist,Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. It was written for Psychology Today and titled Emotional Story-Telling after Stressful Experiences: A Way to Find Meaning. In it, she explores Elie Wiesel‘s book “Night;” a powerful, must-read, memoir on his time in Auschwitz-Berkenau and how the power of storytelling can be both cathartic and empowering for all of us.
Melanie explains that emotional, storytelling styled memoirs/stories “can provide the writer with a sense of purpose and potential control over future events that can counteract the helplessness and loss of meaning which characterize the experience of victimization.” In other words, by re-telling and documenting our stories, we provide a permanent historical record, a therapeutic opportunity and a way to share knowledge with others. We also reclaim our power as individuals. I’ve always believed that all of us have stories in our hearts and souls and, the more we find ways to share them, the more connected we will be in seeing each others humanity. Do take a moment to read it.
“You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.” Guy Finley
As I clicked around the site, I found myself in another section which dealt mainly with topics on Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology can be defined as “the study of human thriving; a relatively new scientific field that examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled.” Amongst the many outstanding articles that I gleaned on the site; which had topics on everything from Happiness to Health, one caught my eyes. It was a post by Christopher Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.
Prof Peterson’s post on The Good Life identified 13 markers that researchers in the field have learned about the subject of happiness, and what he termed the ‘psychological good life.’ The markers, if we believe them, contribute to our enjoyment of the good life. Several, about 8 listed below, stood out and I’d like to hear your thoughts on them. Essentially, these happiness markers, if we live by/believe them, are familiar to us and when incorporated into our daily lives in healthy meaningful ways, contribute to our sense of well-being and happiness. They are:
- Most people are happy.
- Most people are resilient.
- Crisis reveals character.
- Other people matter.
- Religion matters.
- Work matters.
- The “heart” matters more than the “head.
- The good life can be taught.
What do you think? Do these markers contribute to your sense of the good life? Do check out the other markers via the link above as they are equally relevant.
“Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.” Lawrence Block
As I surfed back to my facebook page, my eyes wandered to a series of stunningly beautiful Mandalas on a friend’s page. Mandalas are powerful, beautifully designed and inspired concentric circles that represent an array of emotions, energies, visualizations and cosmic blessings. They are art imbued with prayers and blessings and many are created with intention during or after meditation. Personally, I believe that mandala artists are a special group of healers and they add to our happiness with the beauty of their work. The Mandalas I was looking at belonged to Keith Allen Kay, graphic artist, spiritual student and father of two, who has an amazing website of his work Quantum Fractal Energy Mandalas and a facebook page – Quantum Fractal.
Keith’s work explores the wonders of both the gift of artistry and the gift of being alive. His mandalas are colorful, deeply soothing and quite complex. He also creates individualized mandalas for people and you may connect with him on his website and on facebook to enjoy his divine creativity. He generously shares his work with others and all the mandalas featured here today are by Keith Allen Kay. Are you familiar with Mandalas? Have you ever created one or had one made for you? Do share and Enjoy!
Positive Motivation Tip: Stay open to serendipity and the wonderful things it can bring into our lives.