Health & Fitness:Alternative Health
Sunshine and Happiness
Today’s episode is called Sunshine and Happiness. I’m going to invite you to bask in the warmth of cherished memories and explore the impact the sun has on my life. From the joy of childhood summers and blooming marigolds to the astrological connection of being a Leo, to me, the sun's rays represent happiness. We'll also discover the enduring influence of a beloved TV show, “Sunshine School,” and how it left an indelible mark on my heart. We'll also talk about a unique contrast as I share a little about Ben, who prefers the clouds over the brilliant, beaming sun. Stay tuned to help me celebrate the joy of the sun and how it brings mindful happiness.Listen & Subscribe on: iTunes / Stitcher / Podbean / Overcast / Spotify Contact Info
When I was a kid, I looked forward to the summer, because the warm sun and the long, fun summer days were just so special. And besides, my birthday is right in the middle of the summer, so how awesome is that?
I love the sunny, bright, gold flowers, like marigolds, Blacked-Eyed Susans, Sunflowers, and even a sunny field of Dandelions. This year I grew Daffodils and Black-Eyed Susans. Next year I think I’ll add Sunflowers and Marigolds.
I remember one time, after moving to my first house, I ordered Marigold seeds from the Seed Catalogue company, Stoke’s Seeds. I started the seeds in the basement under lights and then planted them at the front of our house. Enormous marigolds emerged, and people walking by would often stop and ask where I got these amazing, huge, brilliant marigolds. They were so surprised when I told them I had grown them from seed.Make Life Fun
I love walking early on a sunny day because I enjoy the shadows created by the brilliant sunshine. Those long, exaggerated shadows of my profile, really make my day. I know it sounds kind of childish, but why not appreciate the childish things that make life fun?Self-Expression
I think one of the reasons I like the sun so much is because I’m a sun sign. I’m Leo the Lion because I was born at the end of July. Leo is the fifth sign of the astrological year, and is the only zodiac sign ruled by the sun itself. It happens to be a fire sign. Leo's modality is fixed, and the sign is represented by the Lion. This sign rules over the fifth house of creativity and self-expression.First Studio Experience
When I was a young child, I liked to watch a TV show called Sunshine School. It was a local show produced here in our area of Canada, and I loved the host, Ms. Dorothy. When I was about 5 or 6 years old, my parents gave me a songbook from the show and then later took me to the studio to meet Ms. Dorothy. It was so exciting, and I think the central theme of Sunshine has stuck with me through the years. It was uplifting and inspiring to watch that show, and I remember it with great fondness.Your Mindfulness Journey
The sun is a testament to the beauty in life's simplicity, from the radiant blooms in the garden to the enduring memories of childhood. We've shared in the warmth of the sun, both in the literal and figurative sense, and marveled at how it shapes our experiences and perceptions. So whether you revel in its brilliance like a Leo or find comfort in the clouds like Ben, may the sunshine and happiness be ever-present in your mindfulness journey.Suggested Resources
De-Mystifying Enlightenment; Tom Cronin
Allan Misner: Keep Balance To Find Encouragement and Enlightenment
The Transformational Power of Music and Creativity; Vinnie Stergin
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