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Finding Gratitude

Gratitude is the emotion that I find absolutely the most useful of all emotions. It expands us, it lifts our heart, raises our vibration, and can bring us out of any funk or despair. It opens us up to the possibility of a better, brighter mood at the very least and perhaps a happier day, despite our current circumstances.

Sometimes we must start small- very small. Just the smallest positive thought, especially first thing in the morning when the day is still full of potential. This time gives us the best chance of improving our day before the negative thoughts and emotions take us over. Abraham-Hicks says if we can just start with 16 seconds of positive thinking, we can springboard from there and create our own personal “rampage” of positive emotion.

It does not matter how dismal our current life circumstances may be. Truly it doesn’t. If when we open our eyes in the morning, we train ourselves to think positive- maybe it’s as small as “my heart is beating”, “I love my bed”, or “it’s so nice my cat is curled up with me”. Simple things. Seemingly little things. From there we can train ourselves to keep it going in this emotionally upward direction, raising our vibration, giving ourselves at least the opportunity to have a better day. It’s like flexing our happy muscles.

Like any kind of training, it takes conscious effort, a bit of discipline or at least a positive attitude. Once we establish a routine even for a few minutes when we first wake up, we find that it takes hold. And lo and behold we find that little-by-little we are in less despair, our pain is more manageable, the doom and gloom is not as big.
At the very least it gives us the potential to experience life on a lighter note.

For me, magical things started to happen. I saw more beauty around me. I enjoyed my morning walks with my dog more. I saw bunnies and flowers. Then I didn’t hurt so much. Then people were friendlier. Then my circumstances started changing. My health improved. I started attracting more positive things into my life. My life started to morph into something more, something better. I noticed I spent more time feeling okay and more opportunities for healing and happiness opened up.

It does take on a life of its own after a while. I don’t even want to imagine where I would be right now if I hadn’t committed to this exercise. Certainly, I would not be as happy or as healthy or as prosperous or joyful as I am today. This is called conscious living or as some say, creating your own reality.

Your thoughts are incredibly powerful- start choosing them wisely!

~Happy Flexing!~

That Voice In My Head!

Have you ever listened to that voice in your head? Everybody has one! Usually, it is running in there behind the scenes like a computer virus. And usually, it is as nasty and destructive as a virus. It can do untold damage if left unchecked.

Try it for a few minutes while doing ordinary things like getting ready in the morning. I started checking in like that when my life wasn’t working so well for me. I started inquiring into what in the world was going on inside my head. What was I thinking while brushing my teeth or doing dishes? Many times (almost always) at the beginning of this inquiry it was almost physically painful to realize what was going on in there. Ouch! would be my first reaction.

How do we change that? My gosh how damaging to our self-esteem, our self worth these negative thoughts are! Where did they come from? Conditioning but I don’t think that is what is important here. Stopping that negative self-talk is where we want to go. I started changing this behind-the-scenes behavior pattern by literally yelling “Stop”! and taking a look in the mirror and saying to myself “don’t do that to you”!

Next, we have to replace those internal statements with something positive. That positive statement has to be one that we actually believe, though, or it won’t take root. Start with something small like “I want to be nice to myself” or “I don’t look that bad”. Whatever you can come up with that the voice in your head won’t balk at.

What happens if you keep going with this exercise regularly? You will feel so much better all of the time! Your self-esteem will skyrocket! You will actually start actively loving yourself. And you will begin to notice that other people react to you differently too. Carrying this newly improved, virus-free high vibe will spread like wildfire in your life.
I am not kidding! I am living proof!

As always, I encourage comments, questions, and topics for future articles!

~Here’s to feeling groovy!~

 

Exercise that actually feels good to do

Have you ever been driving around and you see people running and you feel an immediate pang of guilt because you don’t? I have! And I loathe running- always have. Even when I did it. Somehow seeing people doing healthy things that we don’t and feel we should make us feel less. Less disciplined, less important, less successful in life. And less likely to exercise! It’s a vicious cycle!

I don’t believe exercise should feel brutal and something we loathe to do. Someone said somewhere that the best exercise is one that you will actually do. I agree! What sort of body movement do you actually enjoy? Maybe it’s dance, like me. Or yoga (another fav). Maybe it’s stretching or swimming or taking long walks. Pick one. Pick several. Just pick the ones you know you will do and do them consistently.

That’s the clincher, Consistency. You have to make your mind up that YOU are the most important thing in your life, so you come first! Forget about schedules and deadlines and to-do lists. Put “me-time” first on that schedule. The rest of the day will take care of itself. Everything goes smoother when you are in a happy mood and believe me, moving your body in your happy way will indeed produce some endorphins and you will find yourself in a much happier mood having a much more productive day.

~Here’s to your Happy-ness!~