Shift Now to a Life Filled with Meaning

We think we always have to have more, so we strive continually. We want more money, to be more successful, to have more things, and to be number one. All the while our striving confirms to ourselves that we are not and do not have enough. As Mr. Dyer says, we think “My success, my worth, my value as a human being is based on how much I accomplish (have, do, or what others think of me).” At the end of the day it is our connection to ourselves, our passions, and others that bring fulfillment. Wayne Dyer discusses shifting from “striving to arriving” in this move that will inspire you towards a life filled with meaning. I am ready for THE SHIFT! Are you?

Endless Waves of Transformation

“I look at the Augusteum,and I think that perhaps my life has not actually been so chaotic, after all. It is merely this world that is chaotic, bringing changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated. The Augusteum warns me to not to get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve. Yesterday I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough–but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository. Even in the Eternal City, says the silent Augusteum, one must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.”

I reflect on this quote and it reminds me not to get too attached to anything, including my own striving for transformation. We are always changing, our environment continually moves along with the seasons, the cells in our body continually turnover, trees are growing, buildings are decaying, food turns to dirt, and I could keep going…

We need to factor in and accept uncertainty and change as an essential ingredient of our experience. We need to let go of our need to control outcomes in order to allow solutions to spontaneously appear. Let all of your ideas about who you are go and instead use your imagination to think about all you could be. Now let go of that, you are far more than whatever words or ideas you could ever come up with. Instead relax, breathe deep, and get ready for the wave of endless transformation which, whether or not you try to control it, is going to carry you through this life.

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Do You Love….You?

“Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world” -Lucille Ball

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Louise Hay states that loving yourself heals every problem. It is a pretty big claim but if you think about it, not so far fetched. When we truly love ourselves we ask for the things we want and need, we treat our bodies with the best foods and exercise, we do the things that will most benefit our lives. When we love ourselves we choose nourishing relationships, follow our passions, and express ourselves authentically.

When we love ourselves we don’t spend our day criticizing what we did or didn’t accomplish, eat, or drink. Think about how treat someone you love, especially in the beginning…you focus on all the best things about them. When you love someone you think they are enough, just as they are, right now. You forgive them, you are kind and patient with them, you praise and support them. Do you do this for yourself?

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If it is something you struggle with, it is holding you back. Please read over the following tips on loving yourself from Louise Hay. Incorporate as many of them into your life as you can!

1. Stop All Criticism.

Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

2. Forgive Yourself.

Let the past go. You did the best you could at the time with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge that you had. Now you are growing and changing, and you will live life differently.

3. Don’t Scare Yourself.

Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure, and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

4. Be Gentle and Kind and Patient.

Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

5. Be Kind to Your Mind.

Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

6. Praise Yourself.

Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

7. Support Yourself.

Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

8. Be Loving to Your Negatives.

Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So lovingly release the old negative patterns.

9. Take Care of Your Body.

Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need in order to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise do you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

10. Do Mirror Work.

Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself while looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents while looking into the mirror. Forgive them, too. At least once a day, say, “I love you, I really love you!”

11. Love Yourself . . . Do It Now.

Don’t wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or find the new relationship. Begin now—and do the best you can.

source: healyourlife.com

Do Your Resolutions Empower You?

“With each new era of personal growth, I laugh at what once passed for insight. Present selves mock past selves, and future selves lie in wait. . .”What was I thinking?!” I chuckle and head off on some new ridiculous tangent. Alas, I’ve spent most of my life trying to change who I am, such that who I am has in many ways has become a person who tries to change himself.” Shozan Jack Haubner

New Year resolutions are all about the changing of the self. Many of us have goals around money, weight, and new healthy habits. We all want to improve ourselves or some area of our life.  The striving for change can be a sticky thing because sometimes our wanting to change implies that we are not okay as we are right now. We may reflect a little too long on what we feel our own lacking is in a certain area. It can take us out of appreciation for who we are, what we have right now, and discredit all we have done.

The things we want for ourselves now are not necessarily the things our future selves will want and we are growing and learning and forming new opinions and having new revelations all the time. So when and if  you make your resolutions this year, be sure they are ones that empower you, not ones that make your current self feel like something is missing. Do things out of joy, love, and for happiness. Let go of needing to prove anything to anyone, including yourself.

How Can You Feel the Magic of the Season?

I love anything that feels like magic. . .fireworks, lights, a really good movie, theme parks, candles, s’more making, sunsets, gardens blooming, huge waterfalls, sunrises, most kids, puppies, books that take you away, and of course, the magic of the holidays!

horsesKids at this time of year try to be on their best behavior to ensure the proper number of toys. They aren’t scared to tell you exactly what they want with an enthusiasm and passion too many of us can no longer grasp. They will giggle with wide eyes of delight at the light displays and clap, sing, and dance to the tunes on the radio. They have no inhibitions about wearing red, green, reindeer ears and nose, or a santa hat. They will spring out of bed early on the day filled with anticipation of presents. They feel the magic of the season, do you?

ThorTrue, we have more cares, worries, and responsibilities than our younger peers but just because most of us no longer believe in Santa doesn’t mean we can’t aim to fully enjoy this time of year. Focus on how happy you will make others with your delicious cookies instead of complaining about the crowded trip to the grocery store. Find the joy in coming together with loved ones. Choose to spend your holidays with those who make you feel good and do activities you want to do.Let go of some of your obligations. Put yourself on your gift shopping list. Do something that requires glitter. Sit by a real fire with a hot drink and a new book. Sing at the top of your lungs while sipping eggnog. Have fun, help out, play santa, initiate a tradition, go sledding, have a snowball fight, ice skate, try a new holiday cocktail, gather with friends, go for a walk through the snow-covered trees (or any trees of you don’t have snow), breathe deeply, relish every moment, and take time to reflect.

Discover what feels like magic to you and get more of it into your life today.

 

Why You Should Love Giving!

“I learned long ago that those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.” Booker T Washington

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You cannot give to someone without giving to yourself.

Deepak Chopra’s second law, in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is the law of giving. In his book he states   ” if you want joy, give joy to others; if you want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially affluent. In fact, the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. This principle works equally well for individuals, corporations, societies, and nations. If you want to be blessed with all the good things in life, learn to silently bless everyone with all the good things in life. “

Instead of being stressed out about buying presents, get excited for all the giving you get to do at this time of year! When you give, give for the pure joy of giving. Don’t have expectations of something in return and never overextend yourself to the point of becoming bitter. Giving grudgingly is not giving. Give because you want to make someone’s day a little bit better, and without you even trying it will make your day better too.

Here are few simple ways you can give:

Write a thank you note

Donate a blanket or coat

Give a heartfelt compliment

Give away books

Send a handwritten letter

Speak to a store manager about a great employee

Play Santa

Leave an amazing tip

When you get your coffee or tea get one for someone else

Give an hour of undivided attention to a loved one.

What are the best things you’ve given? What is the best giving thing you have done this week? What is the best thing someone has given to you?

How to Get in Touch with Your Soul

 Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all we are grateful for in our lives. Gratitude shifts the focus away from all the things we want to all the things we have. It changes our mindset. We all spend so much time and thought striving towards the next goal and acquired thing. Gratitude makes us feel lucky to have so much  and shifts us away from a feeling of lack. As Thanksgiving is on Thursday, I thought it the perfect time to share with you the following article from Deepak Chopra. He says that gratitude gets you in touch with your soul…

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“Experiencing gratitude is one of the most effective ways of getting in touch with your soul. When you’re in touch with your soul, you eavesdrop on the thoughts of the universe. You feel connected to everything in creation. You embrace the wisdom of uncertainty and you sense yourself as a field of infinite possibilities.
Gratitude is a fullness of heart that moves you from limitation and fear to expansion and love. When you’re appreciating something, your ego moves out of the way. You can’t have your attention on ego and gratitude at the same time.
Just for a few moments, consider the things you have in your life that you could be grateful for: all the nurturing relationships, the material comforts, your body, and the mind that allows you to really understand yourself and everything around you. Just breathe and be grateful for the air that is filling your lungs and making your life possible. Simply feel your body and your aliveness, and acknowledge what a miracle it is just to be alive right now. Allow your awareness to appreciate what you are seeing, smelling, and touching just at this moment and you will find yourself in the middle of the stream of life without trying at all.
Feel the love, compassion, and understanding that gratitude brings into your heart. Notice how gratitude brings your attention into the present time, which is the moment in which miracles can unfold. The deeper your appreciation, the more you see with the eyes of the soul and the more your life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe.” -Deepak Chopra

Also, dear readers, a deep thank you to you, for reading my blog, sharing it, and even just visiting my page. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

-Nothing Short of Thankful

Holiday Shopping for Health Nuts!

 Whether you are one or not, you at least know one…

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The health nut craze is growing and ranges from the newly health conscious to the fully committed tree hugging raw vegan. Hanukkah is next week and with just a little over a month until Christmas many of us have already started thinking about gifts for this holiday season. It can be a little daunting to figure out what to buy our newly healthy friends and family. If you are a health nut yourself you might be hoping to give healthier gifts this year. We want to get our friends and family gifts inline with our or their new healthy aspirations!

When shopping for the health nut…

Avoid synthetic fibers, anything with the word artificial in the ingredients section, non-stick cookware, scented candles, and most bath and body products. These things harbor toxic chemicals and are health nut kryptonite.

Gift Ideas: organic herbal tea, organic spice sampler, solar-powered products, a yoga mat, BPA free water bottles, beeswax candles, plants, a tree, reusable bags, bamboo cutting boards, a yearly pass to their nearby national park, membership for their local CSA (farm share), or organic food basket. Gift certificates to a health food store, organic or farm to table restaurant, for a yoga or spin class, green house cleaning, a night at a green hotel, for an acupuncture treatment, massage, or other healing therapy, or an active experience.

Brand’s for health nuts:  Synergy’s organic clothing, Eminence Organics skin care, Green and Black’s Organic Chocolate (even a health nut loves the occasional treat), The Green Polka Dot Box for organic foods and household items, and Bee Organic for beautiful nontoxic candles.

And here is a final thought…too often, our holiday celebrations are filled with such tremendous effort, chaos, and stress that they cease to be happy. As you shop and prepare this year keep it simple. Keep your focus on the love you have for the friends and family you will spend your time with at this time of year and the memories in love you are bound to create.   

Your Playing Small Does Not Serve the World

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“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. We were born to manifest the glory that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Self-doubt can cause us to shrink into ourselves. We do not fully express ourselves out of some deep fear that we won’t fit in, be accepted, or because it might bring about some other kind of failure. Maybe we should be focusing on fitting out…standing out. On being completely in-line with who we really are.

You were meant to shine.

 Who do you truly want to be? A world-traveler? Best-selling author? A yogi? Loving mother and wife? James Beard Award Winner? The next Tiger Woods? A millionaire?

So today is the day, you are going to have to go for it. Put yourself out there. Send out a resume, write a book proposal, sign up for that dance class, write up your business plan, take your first golf lesson, enroll in your teacher training, call up that person you’d love to hang out with!

because like I said…

YOU ARE MEANT TO SHINE.

START GLOWING.

The Best Orange Thing You Could Eat Right Now

“It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin.”― Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies Detective

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Full of fiber, beta-carotene, Vitamin C and with more potassium than bananas, pumpkins are a great food to include in your diet to keep you going through the winter. Add puree to your oatmeal, try it in a smoothie, or roast it.

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Try this Pumpkin Shake: Blend 1 banana, 1/2 c. apple sauce, 1/2 c. almond milk, 1 c. pumpkin puree, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 2 c. ice and honey to taste. Top with a little granola and enjoy!

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Want more benefits? Eat the seeds which are rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3s, and tryptophan.

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