Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bubbles of Love

Creating the perfect wedding send-off is almost like choreographing a dance routine. Everyone needs to be fully committed and 100% involved. Whatever you choose to use (bubbles, bells, ribbon wands, rose petals) it is always a fun and memorable moment. If you can manage to co-ordinate and organize your exit with finesse, be sure to have a bank of photographers ready, because it's sure to be spectacular !!

Bursting with fun, bubbles make for an ideal wedding send-off...and a great favor. It's easy to co-ordinate your bubble wand with your wedding theme, simply tie some coloured ribbon around the bottle, add a personal label, or for a beautiful vintage feel, use old keys tied to ornate glass jars. For a unique bridesmaids gifts you could even present them with their own sterling silver Tiffany & Co. bubble wand. But no matter which wand you use, you will be bubbling with joy as you exit through a shower of bubbles reflecting the light in a rainbow of colours.

One more tip, make sure you use non-toxic, non-staining bubble solution, the last thing you want is to ruin your wedding dress... or your mother-in-laws.

My inspiration for this post actually came from Ms Oprah Winfrey. Here is what she wrote in her regular column What I Know For Sure:

I keep a little bottle of bubble-blowing potion and a bubble wand on my desk. And when the day gets too heavy and I'm feeling overwhelmed, I may actually blow a few.

Blowing the perfect bubble requires bringing your attention to your breath and placing it in the space of the present moment. Kind of like bubble meditation. Being fully present automatically lifts your spirits. Clears your mind of distractions. Brings clarity. Even some joy, if you're open to it.

Blowing bubbles reminds me of happiness. It makes me think of lying flat on my back on a bed of grass, taking in the sky (sky meditation). Or standing in a grove of trees (tree meditation). Or walking through the woods with my dogs (dog-walking meditation). The best is when I get to do all three in one day.

In our current economic state, we have a choice: We can reside in a place of desperation, panic, and fear—or we can literally give ourselves some breathing space. Take in a few deep breaths. Exhale. And focus on what we need instead of what we've been striving to have.

When was the last time you thought about what really makes you feel good? Just thinking about that walk through the woods with my dogs brings a smile to my spirit.

What fills you up? What matters most to you?

For me, it's finding teachable moments in every experience. I'm happiest when I'm either learning or teaching. But I can do neither without giving my full attention to whatever or whoever needs to be in focus. That means listening with my whole body, all senses attuned to the moment.

Being able to tune in this way is why, even after 23 years of doing the show, I still have aha moments.

Meaningful things happen when you give someone your undivided—undistracted—attention. Because that's what everyone is really looking for: to be validated, appreciated, heard. To be raised up by their interactions, and not put down.

I know for sure: When we connect to what's alive in another person, the feeling is mutual.

And we both get a lift.

2 Love Notes:

Anonymous said...

What a great idea the keys are. thank you

Janice said...

Tiffany bubble wand. i like this for my bridesmaid gift, and then they can use it on the day. perfect.