Monday Mantra 52

don't let little stupid things break your happiness Monday Mantra via LaWhimsy Life is filled with so many little stupid things. Goodness knows we encounter them at every turn, and yet, instead of  getting overly annoyed, upset, angry, and ultimately miserable because of them, if we remind ourselves that they are, in fact, little stupid things, and laugh, disregard, and merrily go about our ways, we will end up all the happier. Those little stupid things, from stepping in an unseen puddle, to getting bumped into by someone who’s not paying attention, missing a phone call, being stuck in traffic, etc, annoying and frustrating as they may be, don’t control our happiness or prevent it, they just are what they are, and our happiness is really made all the better for how we choose to deal with the little stupid things. At least I think so, how about you?

Namaste ~ Ella

~ Monday Mantras are positive words of wisdom, insight and joy to add a bit of cheer to the start of your week and any day you need a bit of a pick-me-up! For even more inspiration please check out my Monday Mantras Pinterest Board and my Quote-spirational Board!

Word Nerd: Hiraeth

Word Nerd Header 2015 by LaWhimsyWord Nerd is an on-going feature that shares and highlights unique, whimsical and sometimes forgotten or overlooked words. It’s dedicated to the logophile in us all.

Hiraeth Word Nerd via LaWhimsyHiraeth is an absolutely glorious Welsh term that can be translated quite literally into English as “longing”, yet it’s true meaning has a great deal more nuance to it then simple longing. Hiraeth describes a deep, inborn sense of yearning for a home, a feeling, a place or person that is beyond this plane of existence. It may have been once of this world, yet now it is no longer, whether through the basic passage of time, or even deeper, perhaps it is of something we once had, but in this life do not, yet the longing, the hireath remains. Hiraeth could also relate to feelings of nostalgia or a wistful yen for something you know you cannot go back to, yet your being feels the pull of it, the grief of knowing it no longer is, no longer can be. Hiraeth is a beautiful, bittersweet, soulful feeling. One that gives voice to something which lies buried in all of us, yet from time to time it surfaces and can encompass us. Let hiraeth wash over you as it will, and know that it’s part of the human and soul experience.

Hiraeth Lady of the sea. Arnold Genthe Autochrome (1910′s)

Namaste ~ Ella

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Monday Mantra 51

Stay Focused and Extra Sparkly Monday Mantra via LaWhimsy
This week’s Monday Manta is a simple, yet wonderfully effective one. Stay focused and extra sparkly. That’s it. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, just take a breath, re-center yourself, find your focus and then, as you go to it, add something extra to your own special sparkle by laughing, smiling, dancing, and delighting in all the wondrous things around you.  As I move forward into this new week I plan on utilizing this mantra and making it another go-to pick-me-up for those less than stellar times. I hope your week is grand and that you are able to Stay Focused and Extra Sparkly, too!
Namaste ~ Ella

~ Monday Mantras are positive words of wisdom, insight and joy to add a bit of cheer to the start of your week and any day you need a bit of a pick-me-up! For even more inspiration please check out my Monday Mantras Pinterest Board and my Quote-spirational Board!