Category: Affirmations

Gratitude Transforms

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Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

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You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnaugh

What’s All The Stress About?

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This week I wanted to go for a walk, hike or play in my garden as soon as the sun came out.  Can you relate?

What did I do instead? Worked.  As the hours ticked by, I kept promising myself I would take a break and got outside.  Instead I worked and worked and worked.  By the end of the day I has exhausted, not by the work by the stress.

Wayne Dyer put it so well went he talked about how stress doesn’t exist.  He would ask his students when he was teaching that he would pass anyone after the first day of class who could come to him with a bucket filled with stress.  It is an impossible task.

Yet, if you are like me, you have days where all you feel is stress.  You have to run the kids to a million different places, present a proposal to a new client or perhaps have to have a difficult conversation with an employee.  You find your heart beating faster.  Your hands sweating. All you feel like doing is running.  Sure signs of stress.

What you can do is recognize it in the moment.  Take a quick breather.  Close your eyes, not while driving of course, and realign yourself with what is really important.  Your kids, your clients, your employee.  Then proceed.  See if that reduces the stress you feel.

This week try this simple technique and let me know if you reduce your stress.


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Sacred Space

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My Sacred Space

Most mornings I journal.  What I write about isn’t as important as writing.

This morning I pondered why this daily ritual was so important.  The truth is, my journal is my sacred space.  When everything seems to be moving at the speed of light, I know each morning, there is a friend patiently waiting just to listen to me.

A sacred space is an oasis in your life where you can sit back and reflect without interruption.  It doesn’t matter whether it is a church, temple, or the ocean going there reminds you to slow down and listen to the wisdom of your inner voice.

I often crave time alone to decompress.  Just like you, I have whirlwind days.  After a 12-14 hour day I thankfully flop into my bed falling asleep after barely closing my eyes.  Alone time consists of driving from place to place.

When I don’t journal I feel out of sorts.  I get grumpy and frustrated.  Give me some peppermint tea and my journal in the quiet early morning hours and all becomes right with the world.

This week notice what sacred spaces you have created.  They don’t have to be traditional. Cooking sauce from a family recipe.  Reading a favorite novel.  Watching a fire glow in the fireplace.  It doesn’t matter where your sacred space is.  All that matters is you recognize the wonderful gift it brings into your life.

Choosing A Giving Nature

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Underground Thoughts

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I had a little chat with myself this morning.

Although I consciously try to monitor my thoughts, the more closely I listened the more I heard my ego speaking silently, but forcefully in the opposite direction.  I grabbed my journal to capture the thoughts.  After re-reading them, I realized how much of my experience these scribbled words created, especially with my father.

Then as part of my daily inspirational reading, I came across this quote from Louise Hay.

Since my father moved in, my personal experience has gone from peace to daily frustration.  I blame him for everything; my mess, his mess, my finances, his finances, my life, his life.  There are days I explode over a trivial incident because my frustration bubbles over. That’s not how I want to live my life.

The words in my journal and Louise’s quote made me realize there’s a lot more going on in my head. Those deeply held thoughts over ride my conscious affirmations.  They counter what I’m trying to achieve.

Today I’ve come up with a new affirmation.

I control my experience.  I am willing to change my old thoughts about my father.  I choose to think differently and create a loving experience for myself.

 

 

 

Winter Solstice Blessings

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Intentions For A New Year

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What an amazing start to a new year.  A beautiful serene morning.  Hot coffee.  Breakfast baking in the oven.  Dog curled up by my feet.  I couldn’t ask for any more.

Setting Intentions Rather Than Resolutions

I don’t set resolutions for the new year.  Instead, I set intentions.  My intentions help guide my decisions through out the year.  They refocus me when I get off track.  They also remind me of this clear fresh start of the new year every time I read them.

My intentions for this year are:

To respect my body.  This means eating foods that support my body not hinder it.  It also means exercising again in a way that supports my body not damage it.

To write creatively.  This has been a pull since the end of last year.  This year my intention is to write creatively every week.

To read more.  I set a goal in July of 2013 to read 50 books by the end of 2013.  I achieved reading 30 which is way more than I would have if I’d not set a goal.  This year I intend to read 100 book.  In order to write you need to read.  They go hand in hand.

To grow my business.  I am grateful for the growth we saw last year.  We went from just Life Simplified to creating a new division LS Business Solutions.  Life Simplified is the overarching business and LS Business Solutions focuses solely on helping businesses adopt new ways of thinking, managing and marketing their companies.  I want to set the stage for other divisions to be created this year as well.  Very exciting stuff.

To allow more love and gratitude into my life.  I can get caught up in the day to day stuff like anyone else.  I know when I get off track and this year my intention is to stay focused on love and gratitude.  This goes for my personal life as well as my professional life.

Intentions Lead To Possibility

I see so much possibility in these intentions.  I’m giddy with excitement to start.  First things first, clear out the old stuff.  Stuff that no longer serves me has no place in this new year.  Off it goes to serve others or to be recycled into something more fantastic.

What are your intentions for the new year?  Whether you are reading this on January 1st or September 1st, there is never a wrong time to set fresh intentions.

A Little Mindfulness

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Before your day gets off to a roaring start, stop and take a moment.

Give thanks for another day.

Kiss a loved one.

Welcome the day with a small routine which could just be drinking your tea or coffee in a morning quiet moment.

Think about something that makes you smile from your liver.

Stretch.

Walk outside barefoot.

Set your intention for the day.

Affirm what you want to happen, not what you don’t.

Look at all around you with gratitude.

Listen to beautiful music.

Cuddle with someone you love, even if it’s just you snuggling down under the blankets while you greet the day.

Starting your day with a little mindfulness makes all the difference in the world.  It doesn’t have to take hours of meditation to create peace in your life.  Instead it comes from the small quiet mindful habits of gratitude and love you bring to the day.

“I am loved.  Only good lies before me.”

Where Do You Put Your Anger?

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I’m sensitive so I pick up energy.

Over the years I develop boundaries to help maintain my strength so I can help others in difficult spaces.

Then my father moved in.

Family Triggers

I love my father.  With any familiar relationship, however, you never know what will be triggered.

About 6 months ago, my left arm started to hurt.  Actually it was more the muscles in my upper arm.  It felt like someone punched me.

I figured it was from moving stuff in the basement or being on my computer.  I didn’t pay much attention to it. Lately it’s been keeping me up at night.  I just couldn’t get comfortable.

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Louise Hay says aches and pains can be a result of guilt and/or anger.  At the surface, I couldn’t think of what I felt angry or guilty about that resonated with the ache.  After a deep mediation and journaling session it came to me.

The arm that usually faces my father whether we’re sitting in the living room, in the car and even when I sleep on my back faces my father.  I realized I was absorbing his anger into my body through my arm to help defuse it.  The problem was it was stuck there.  I didn’t have a way to let it out.  This was then compounded with my own anger.

Release What Does Not Serve

As soon as I began meditating and releasing the anger, my arm felt better.  I’m not saying you should neglect going to your doctor when you feel ill.  What I am saying is you also shouldn’t neglect listening to your body.  It has secrets to share.

“My body is wise.  I listen carefully to its messages.”

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