Do you feel beautiful today? Well, you should, because you are! 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”]Jason Mraz[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Colbie Caillat[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Cook[/lastfm].
Monday, June 6th: “Life Is Wonderful”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jason Mraz[/lastfm]
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”~Howard Thurman
In our society, we are often taught that we need to do things according to the proscribed rules: go to school, get a “practical” job, raise a family, etc. But without people that rebelled against the “norm,” we’d never have modern technological advances, or even get literature or art.
If you feel like doing something different with your life, do it. Honoring your core beliefs, no matter how controversial, will help you feel like your life is wonderful.
Tuesday, June 7th: “Realize”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Colbie Caillat[/lastfm]
“Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.”~Iris Murdoch
Love is hard, but sometimes realizing you are in love is harder. In that moment, you may recognize the fact that there is someone in your life that is just as important to yourself as you are.
This feeling of open-ended, unconditional compassion is what makes love so beautiful, even if the act of love doesn’t go according to plan.
Wednesday, June 8th: “Light On”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Cook[/lastfm]
“Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.”~Joan Lunden
Life can get hard and sometimes you can feel like giving up. But just like Hope at the bottom of Pandora’s box in the Greek myth, things can work out if you just keep the light on in your soul.
Thursday, June 9th: “Beautiful Day”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]U2[/lastfm]
“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”~Albert Einstein
Look around you. Is the air fragrant with flowers? The sun shining brightly on your brow? Or the rain cooling you and washing you clean? No matter what is physically and spiritually going on your life, one of your greatest attributes as a human being is the ability to recognize beauty and meaning the universe.
Friday, May 20th: “Music”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joss Stone[/lastfm]
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent”~Victor Hugo
In a live performance, soul singer Joss Stone that she had found true love and that true love had been in front of her face the whole time–that love is music. Find your own “true love”–one that will never walk out on you, break your heart, and make you feel blue.
It could be art, exercising, reading, or music. Whatever it is, having something that you love deeply will help you love other things–and people–just as deeply.
- What are some of your favorite inspiring songs? Let us know in the comments!