sur·prise | [ser-prahyz, suh-] | verb

  1. to encounter suddenly or unexpectedly
  2. attack or capture suddenly or without warning
  3. to cause to feel wonder astonishment or amazement at something unanticipated

synonyms: astonish, amaze, astound

Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise. – Horace

Each day is packed full of surprises, if you look for them. Each surprise has been placed in your path by the universe – to stir a response, whether it be physical or emotional… a response that will change who you are – a surprise to make you consider who you want to be. A flat, tired soul may not recognize a surprise, but an enlightened person will recognize a small surprise as precious stones for her pocket. (A lemon tree! The humming birds!)

We all carry around so much pain in our hearts. Love and pain and beauty. They all seem to go together like one little tidy confusing package. It’s a messy business, life. It’s hard to figure–full of surprises. Some good. Some bad. – Henry Bromel, Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991

Even in your days of sadness, look for the gifts that the universe offers you. Many of these surprises are pathways to your future – doorways that will open to possibilities beyond your wildest imagination. If you can dream it, you can do it. Manifest your destiny.

“Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise” – Julia Cameron Author:The Artist’s Way

Philosophy In Action

Planning a surprise for someone will bring that person joy but it can also fulfill your own happiness! This week, prepare a small surprise for someone else and indulge yourself with the sense you bring to them. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for a small surprise that the Universe placed purposefully in your path.

Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra

"I love surprises."

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The color of the month, Aspen Gold, is similar to sunshine, and can help increase joy and optimism.

Chakra Therapy

When balanced in your solar plexus chakra, you will experience a positive sense of good self-discipline and confidence while radiating warm and playful energy as well.

Sole Training

Have you considered that being barefoot more often can enhance your well being?  During these warm summer months, walk barefoot on stones and rocks of different sizes and shapes. In a short amount of time, your feet will become accustomed to this stimulation.  You'll be surprised how quickly they'll adapt.

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