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How to Find Beauty in Trying Times, and Everyday

We’ve had the topic of “how to find beauty in the ordinary” scheduled for this week for some time, not knowing that it would end up being the perfect prescription, of sorts, to help cope with the shocking news from last week.

After the shootings in both Sandy Hook and right here in our backyard in Portland, we are both still reeling, feeling angry, worried about the future and such sadness for those who lost their lives, their families and everyone who has been affected.

I suppose all of us have been affected though, in even a small way, by having our perspectives shift to what really matters most to us in this world, if even for a moment.

But we think, in order to not only heal from grief and shock, but to find more fulfillment in our here and now, everyday, that our perspective shifts can’t be momentary- we need to better align ourselves what those things that really matter most to us, as often as we can.

And a simple way to do that is to start with finding beauty in the ordinary. To find real joy in tiny moments. To recognize the goodness that surrounds us everyday- in nature, in people, and in our own minds and hearts.

Doing this is a way to restore balance when we feel stuck, confused, scared or sad.

So in today’s video, we share 4 ways to help you find beauty in the ordinary during trying times, and everyday:

(We mention this post on how to access your gratitude in the video, as well as Jena’s guided meditation on gratitude, if you’d like to try it out!)

Which tip from this video resonated with you and is one you’d like to do more of going forward? We’d love to continue the convo with you in the comments below!


6 Responses to How to Find Beauty in Trying Times, and Everyday

  1. Gladys says:

    You are so sweet you two holding those little candles at the end, I had tears in my eyes too.

    Thank you for this -again- great message, another occasion to stop and think of what really matters in the end. Life’s awesome, even when days are bad, like mine today.

    Thank you guys, all the best and very happy holidays season.
    Great hello from France, Gladys

  2. Cheryl says:

    Pick one? I’m kvelling at this whole video! But I do know that in my personal space right now, the thought to keep the positive and gratitude as my discourse vs. focusing on the negative or letting the negative “win” is an excellent and timely reminder.

  3. Jo says:

    Yes! It is so much easier to talk about and focus on what makes us frustrated, instead of what inspires or excites or calms us. This is such an ingrained habit of mine and I have been on a big journey of trying to change that this. This has been the big year of challenging that habit and the processes I’ve been through have made me realise how wedded I am to it! Being in the moment is so important, not only for ourselves but as an influence on the rest of the world around us. If it can be sustained or maintained in some way, this is the ‘only’ way to deal with life, through mindfulness. True, practicing mindfulness. Even when doing the dishes. To find this again is my goal for 2013. It’s a struggle to move away from old habits but I’m going to give it a red hot go. Thanks for the reminder.
    Merry Christmas girls!

    • Jo, good for you! I’ve been working on habit changing too, for about a year now. It’s not easy, but the further you go the more you can see the results of the change and it’s pretty gratifying- feeling better, thinking clearer and not just reacting. A belated Merry Christmas to you too, Jo! Hope your holiday was great! – Jen

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