Today, I was thinking about the importance of forgiveness. Have you ever heard the saying, “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” This is true. If we can learn to let go of our negative feelings toward others and forgive them, then our future can be that much brighter. When you hold a grudge toward someone, you are creating bad juju (or negative energy). If you can let go of those negative feelings and replace them with love, you will create Good Juju. Be aware of the energy you emit to others. Juju is powerful stuff. Strive to be happy and spread positivity to others.
We were visiting one of our favorite website’s the other day, www.happiness-project.com, and came across valuable piece of advice.
“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.”
Today… create some good juju by being happy!
Yesterday, our blog topic was “pay it forward.” We received a comment from another blogger who celebrated her birthday by performing 45 random acts of kindness in one day. How’s that for creating good juju? Her name is Merry and she has now inspired me to do the same. My birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks. I am going to attempt to perform 42 good deeds (yes, I am turning 42). I think Merry’s idea is amazing. So, if anyone else has a birthday coming up, see if you can also rise to the challenge.
Check out Merry’s random acts of kindness by clicking on the link below:
Most people have heard the term “pay it forward.” It’s all about performing a random act of kindness and expecting nothing in return. The other night, my husband reminded me how important it was to pay it forward to others. He called me from work and told me he had just finished dinner at a local restaurant. He was seated next to a single mother with two children. When he was paying for his check, he felt the urge to pay for their dinner as well. He did so, and left quietly not wishing for any credit or a thank you. I was so proud of him and started thinking how different our country would be if more of us paid if forward. Doing good deeds for others without any expectations. Simply hoping to bring a smile to another person’s face. Today, I am going to pay it forward to a stranger and I urge you to do the same. If you need an idea, here are some suggestions:
- Put a quarter in a meter, any meter, that’s about to expire
- Be nice to the customer service people who are trying to help you with
- Forgive a driver directing road rage at you
- Buy or pack a meal for a homeless person (or give him/her your to-go box from a restaurant)
- Offer to do pro bono work on a project where your skills are needed
- Mentor someone
- Make a donation
- Say a prayer or whisper a kind wish for someone
- Compliment a stranger
- Next time you leave a foreign country, give all or some of what’s left of your currency to someone who resides in that country
- Next time you’re at the airport, offer to pull the bags belonging to a woman or a mother with child out of the conveyor belt
- Show respect equally to all human beings
- Put a tip in a street musician’s jar
- Let someone cut in front of you at the grocery store
- Give someone a chance to prove him or herself
- Encourage someone to pursue their dream
- Hold the door open for someone
- Teach a child something you wish you knew at that age
- Smile at strangers
- Offer sincere, kind words to someone who’s hurting
- Visit a hospice and spend some time with a terminally ill patient
- Spend some time with a senior citizen living alone
- Give up your seat on a crowded bus or train or ferry
- Inspire someone to be the best that they can be
- Give someone the benefit of the doubt
- Offer to babysit for a single mother
- Help a pregnant lady
- Sit and talk with a homeless person and learn their story
- Give blood
- Replace an angry or bitter thought toward someone with a loving thought (or at least try)
Now THIS is just so priceless. “Letting go of negative people doesn’t mean you hate them. It just means that you love yourself.”
No sense wallowing in the mud with the haters; let’s rise above it, I say, and let LOVE be our guiding light. As I’ve read somewhere before, “Let the past make you BETTER, not BITTER.” ♥ cecilia
Many people ask us “What is Good Juju?” We love the following explanation from our friends at Happyolks.
Ju Ju means energy; the experience of positive and negative forces all around us that charge our lives and shape each unique day on this planet. You know Ju Ju. It’s that thing when you enter a space and get that “off” feeling in your gut telling you it’s time to leave, it’s the woman who smiled at you when you were crossing the street yesterday, the long, warm embrace of your loved ones, the sensation of sand between your toes walking on the shore. It’s the powerful stuff that we pick up on everywhere when we let our intuition take the reigns.
We can give it, receive it, create it, share it, leave it behind, pass it on; you can even give Ju Ju a good kneading like homemade yeast bread. We need good Ju Ju. We need bad Ju Ju too though. The polar forces help guide our decisions, steer our relationships, and challenge us to think about life in new, interesting ways. It’s a balancing act; I think the potential for both kinds of ju ju live in us at once and can be used to direct people when we least expect it. Some people call it vibe, at yoga you’ve probably heard it referred to as Prana… but whatever name you give it, you know that it’s some powerful stuff.
Despite the fact that each day I generally rise to the blessings of good health, supportive relationships, and an intentional purpose; my Ju Ju reserves can still get a little low from time to time. Life gets messy, our heads get fuzzy, and the spark within us can grow dim. When I need good Ju Ju, I call my Mom. She shares her wisdom and light and helps re-ignite my own to honor and pass on to others.
This week my Mom was flanked with a host of givers. I received more good Ju Ju than I knew how to process all at once. Surprise coverage from THE KITCHN, FOOD52, FOODIECRUSH MAGAZINE, FOOD IN JARS, an interview feature with KAILEEN ELISE, and the positive affirmations from readers and friends have been a needed nudge. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your energy with me this week. If I could bottle it, seal it with wax, and send it right back to each of you ten-fold I would.
Too often we disregard the profound impact that our simple words, actions, and intentions can have on the world and one another. Don’t. Seriously. We carry each other; EVERYDAY WE TAKE TURNS BY SHARING OUR JU JU. Give it away and watch it grow.
We found this article at www.teen.sharecare.com and thought the author did a great job of explaining juju.
Written by Julie Cohen
This past week my partner and I were used car shopping and we noticed that every time we test drove a car we both commented on the Juju; “Oh that car had bad Juju or this car has great Juju, let’s get it”
Now those of you who are not “Grey’s Anatomy” fans you might be wondering, “what the heck is Juju?”
Juju has several definitions and yes it is a real term. The one I like best says that Juju is the energy or aura that surrounds an inanimate object such as a car or piece of jewelry. I like to extend it to places as well. Have you ever gone someplace and felt really good or bad about being there and all you could attribute that feeling to be was something in the air. That’s Juju.
Being aware of the Juju that surrounds you is especially important if you’re dealing with symptoms of depression or anxiety. A negative environment can swiftly exacerbate your symptoms. For example, if you’re experiencing sadness or nervousness, being around bad juju will make those feelings worse. Similarly, surrounding yourself with good juju can really assist in pulling yourself out of a cycle of depression or anxiety.
If you feel like your whole life is surrounded by bad juju and finding good juju is like searching for a needle in haystack than you must learn to manifest it yourself! Living a conscious life and being an active participant in your own life is essential. Try seeking out activities that promote positive energy such as walking, meditation, yoga, and gardening. Really, it can be anything that you feel good doing.
Another crucial element is socializing. Many people who suffer with mood disorders are experts at isolating. Invite a friend to lunch or to join you on a hike or walk. But be selective about who you ask as people also carry with them positive or negative energy. One way to identify the type of energy one carries is to tune into your own feelings while being around them. Think about how you feel about yourself after you leave that person. If you feel better about YOU after than that person probably carries good juju. However, it should raise a red flag, if they leave you feeling worse than you felt prior to your visit. Making conscious choices about the activities, places and people in your life will help you to manifest good juju.