Mocha Angels 365. Day 10.

From The Art of Mindful Living by Thich Nhat Hanh. Audiobook links are below.

Breathing is the essence of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings. The technique in the photo is called “In/Out.” We stop thinking so much when we focus on our breath. We all think too much. Our body is present, but our mind is lost in the past or anxious about the future. The first fourteen minutes of The Art of Mindful Living, Part 1 is about this breath. It’s worth a listen.

Mocha Angels 365. Day 356.

You all are glorious manifestations of God. Celebrate each other at this time of year. Be joyous and appreciative of the gift of life. Cast your “problems” aside. What good does it do to dwell on your “problems?” Worry does not solve them. Worry keeps you stuck.

Celebrate! You can breathe, see, hear, smell, and touch! You have plenty for which to be thankful. Your five senses allow you to experience God’s earthly creations. Breathe in the air that gives you life. See the sun rise and set. Hear children laughing. Smell food cooking on the stove. Hug another person and feel the love pulsating back and forth between you. Celebrate!

Mantra: I celebrate life today.

Mocha Angels 365. Day 332.

It’s Black Friday in the United States. “Black Friday” refers to retail stores slashing their prices for the start of the holiday shopping season, which ends on Christmas Day. Stores hope they end the season “in the black,” meaning they have made a profit, rather than “in the red” which means they have lost money.

My picture is red on purpose. Too many consumers end their holiday season in debt aka “in the red.” When those credit card bills arrive in January, it stings. Debt is the worst.

Don’t do that anymore. Talk to your family and make new traditions. Do a secret Santa. One gift per person. I’m getting my kids one gift each. However, I know their gifts will mean something to them because I’m listening for what they really want for Christmas.

Let me know how you are handling holiday gifts and spending this year.