Another week, another set of educational life situations! Every Monday, we bring to you Mindful Monday–a collection of quotes and inspirational songs for you to meditate upon throughout the week.
This week’s Mindful Monday includes uplifting, positive songs from artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Des’ree[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Josh Groban[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gloria Gaynor[/lastfm].
Monday, May 16th: “Gotta Be”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Des’ree[/lastfm]
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. —Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
You can go around in life living up to societal ideals of what you are supposed to be; you can focus all your attention on being the best at something; or you can just become someone of great worth–to yourself.
Too many times in life, people focus on how they appear on the outside to others. The greatest people focus on how the feel on the inside and on their character attributes. If you want to “be” someone, be strong enough to let your true personality shine through.
Tuesday, May 17th: “I Will Survive”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gloria Gaynor[/lastfm]
You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.–Epicurus
Tonight there will be a ful moon in Scorpio. For those that don’t know what that means, the Scorpio full moon is both emotional, passionate, and transformational. Scorpio is a dark sign and much of its focus is on personal survival.
Ask yourself: Are you just surviving in this life or are you really living it? Preferably, you will be living your life to the fullest, but sometimes the will to “survive” feels like all we may have left if we are going through dark times. Just know that surviving is better than giving up and happiness will come back full circle if you just keep on going.
Wednesday, May 18th: “I’m Beautiful”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aloe Blacc[/lastfm]
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. –e.e. cummings
Aloe Blacc’s song “I’m Beautiful” is a mantra-type song he wrote for his young female cousin to remind her (and to help her remind herself) that she is beautiful no matter what.
If you are ever feeling doubtful and insecure about something in your life, developing a series of mantras to repeat can help by putting that positive energy out into the world, but mostly by imprinting it in your brain. Saying you are “beautiful” over and over again might seem silly at first, but eventually all that positive self-affirmation will become wonderfully real to you.
Thursday, May 19th: “You Raise Me Up”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Josh Groban[/lastfm]
Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.–Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Regardless of what your spiritual beliefs are, going through life like everything is just a series of accidents or coincidences can kill the magic of living. There is a greater power that exists–the power of your potential. The world of your imagination can manifest kismet-esque moments in your reality.
Keep in touch with all you are capable of, imagine success, and the greatest powers within you will help make those dreams happen how and when they need to.
Friday, May 20th: “Dare You To Move”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Switchfoot[/lastfm]
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.—Wayne Dyer
Everything is always your choice. What you eat for breakfast; what you wear to work; how you talk to people. It’s your choice. Sure, there might have been uncontrollable circumstances in your past that have changed the nature of your inner psychology, but you have the choice of how you want to respond to those situations.
Next time you feel the urge to cuss out someone while you are driving, choose not to emit that negative energy. When you are faced with the option of donut versus protein bar, choose the protein bar. Gradually realizing that you have the power of choice in the smaller aspects of your life will give you the strength to make bigger choices.
- What are some of your favorite inspiring songs? Let us know in the comments!