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Jun
03

Growing Older Gracefully

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A Personal Experience Story

My hands grew old. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but now I look at my hands and they are lined and veined. They are the hands of a “mature” woman.

I remember during my newly divorced years, after 14+ years of marriage, with two children from that union, I considered myself having substantial life experience, a sort of savvy woman now on her own as a seasoned and capable single mom. I considered myself MATURE then, but I guess my hands still looked quite young…

I began to navigate the dating world in my mid thirties, mingling in a single parents scene of those my own age, plus many older. I remember what a close male friend always said about having a good indication of a woman’s age by the appearance of her hands. “A woman in her thirties still has that nice smooth skin on the back of her hands…but most that are in the next decade, not so much.” And he gestured at my hands, “See how smooth yours still are!” I was pleased that my hands were still something to admire.

As we would mingle and peruse different single venues, my friend discretely pointed out examples of women acquaintances whose hands had shown signs of age and maturity. He would selectively approach only those who had that “smooth skin” with the hopes of connecting and perhaps going out for a date.

Years passed and somewhere along the journey, I noticed that the skin on my hands had become more lined and weathered… more mature…

Sadly, our modern society places so much emphasis on youth and looking young. Everyone does their best not to “look old” and it takes grace to be open to permit oneself to age in a relatively natural, upbeat, joyful way. In general, we have such resistance to the concept, taught to us by the world in which we live — all the focus on the glory of youth.

So I have come to view my hands with a sense of ease and acceptance — a badge of honor that comes with age and wisdom. Growing older is a privilege I do not take lightly or for granted. And in my mind and attitude, I can still “be” in my thirties…

And in these last 12 years, as a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, Reiki energy has flowed through my hands — energy that has given benefits of peace and healing to many others. Compassion toward others has manifested through my hands, as I gently place my them on recipients of Reiki in comfort and connection.

So if the skin on my hands is no longer smooth and youthful, I am okay with that. My hands bear the wisdom of my life experience — and that inspires a sense of pride, wonder, understanding and authenticity within me. My hands reflect my own unique journey…

Affirmations:

  • I greet each life stage with acceptance and grace.
  • My thoughts and attitude determine my outlook — I choose positive thoughts along each step of my life journey.
  • I cherish the life wisdom I accumulate along my unique personal path.
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Apr
01

Positive Attitude – Releasing Judgement

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Are you sometimes too quick to criticize others? Do you tend to be judgmental in your attitude? Or are you even aware of this aspect of yourself?

In general, as those drama-seeking, emotion-filled human beings that we are, we tend to view others and their beliefs and actions with caution, skepticism and often great criticism. And I am not talking about that large political arena. I am referring to your own personal life and those relationships that surround you — even your immediate family members. Sometimes it is that close personal and social circle in which people seem to know how to press our buttons and we are quick to respond in a reactive, not-so-understanding way.

Within families there often tends to be bickering and ego-driven conclusions, arguments and gossip. We strike out and we JUDGE, sometimes in a very loud way.

It is so essential to begin to recognize this sense of judgment within ourselves, acknowledge that conflict-creating aspect of ourselves in order to begin to do some inner work to make a shift.

The wisdom of living a compassionate, loving, balanced life is embodied in the Reiki Precepts, which overall asks for us to strive for more humility and compassion, being as non-judgemental as possible. They encourage us to tone down or even silence the inner critic… letting the ego gently step aside. You don’t have to be Reiki-trained to follow this sage advice for living a kind, serene life.

“Once we can let go of our need to judge others, we will experience an immense inner freedom.”
– Henri Nouwen

Let us simply place our focus on experiencing our best and most compassionate journey. For letting go of judgment frees us from great resistance within, taking us a step closer to being that highest and best version of ourselves.

For ultimately, who are we to judge others? Are we so perfect and beyond reproach that we know everything — absolutely not! And certainly being judgemental impacts our worldview and is part of the reason why our larger reality is in this challenging, disconnected place of sadness and separation.

Let us achieve that sense of tolerance, understanding and peacefulness. Let us personally be the positive change that we wish to affect…

Affirmations:

  • I move into the flow of peacefulness, and see others with more compassionate eyes.
  • I release my sense of judging others and strive to be more tolerant and understanding.
  • I relax my standards by which I view others, and I acknowledge and respect that everyone has their unique life path.
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Feb
01

Thoughts on Love (both Human and Spiritual)

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Love is the Oneness in our hearts that bridges the space between you and me and all of us and creates an expansive, inspired bond. It is the alignment of our souls on a dimension of Higher Consciousness.

Love is our remarkable and deep connection to all beings here on Mother Earth — that joyful bond that fills our senses…

It is a pure, uplifting, incredible, often indescribable emotion.

Anyone who has experienced the newness of being in love in a romantic way (and I would think that is most adults) knows what a true “rush” that can be — that exultant surge of emotion, that sensation of total attention and fascination with ones beloved.

Love is formless and timeless. There are so many versions, facets, perspectives — romantic love, maternal/paternal love of ones child, deep and powerful love of ones parent, and the love of our friends as well. Plus all sorts of variations and permutations on these too…

Love is that magnificent feeling that uplifts us, encourages us to be the best and most compassionate person we can be. Love on a deep level is placing the well being of another on the highest priority list, often before ones own well-being, illustrated perfectly by that profound and protective love of ones child.

Love catches us by surprise at times… Nothing could have prepared me me the most heart-awakening feelings that I experience as a grandparent for my grandchildren – a whole different version of family love that is remarkably powerful.

Do not forget to love yourself — be nurturing and kind to YOU.

Allow love to infuse your life on the highest level – be open and receptive always. Be in the space of appreciation, as human Love is such a glorious blessing.

And of course there is a whole other facet of love – the spiritual kind – the connection we have to God/Source/the Divine/Universe. Whatever beliefs you espouse, cultivate this spectacular connection, and trust that spirit and the Universe are always working for your Highest Good.

Be both a Messenger and Beacon of LOVE…

 

Affirmations:

  • I am in the uplifting flow of LOVE always, allowing myself to be a beacon of love and light to others.
  • I am in profound appreciation for all the close, supportive relationships in my life.
  • My compassionate self radiates with love to all those around me.
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I am sitting out on my patio at dusk. It is the last unseasonably hot day in October. The forecast spans out with rain and cooler temperatures starting tomorrow, so I am sure this truly is the last HOT day to enjoy.

Have I grasped and seized the beauty of this day — certainly not enough! Of course, there was some work to do, some chores, some errands. And late in the afternoon it finally dawned on me: why was I not just EXPERIENCING this gorgeous autumn day, a day so reminiscent of summer that it makes one lose all real track of time and seasons.

So that little inner guidance voice tells me it is not too late — go out and EXPERIENCE the sunset outdoors. I bring out some music as well — melodic and beautiful Native American flute music. The mystical sound of the flute feels like the perfect accompaniment to the close of daylight. And I soak up the beauty of these moments…

And I am grateful… for this serene space in time…

I am grateful for this day — this glorious day that I get to SEE and FEEL… and be part of!

Sometimes we take all that for granted — the very essence of life. Just focusing on our breath can remind us — how natural and peaceful we can be even for but one moment in time.

I encourage you to partake of your life in a BIG way — do not sit on the sidelines and mope. Strive to EXPERIENCE the adventure of it all. Yes, we all know that some facets of our lives are not always perfect. We are often faced with challenges and drama as that is part of our existence here in the physical plane.

However, let us be in the supreme space of appreciation for BEING here, having a physical life, having interaction with others, having beautiful and loving relationships with others.

Having free will to make CHOICES and to set goals that resonate with our heartfelt dreams and desires.

We need to remember how powerful and creative we can be, for sometimes we forget. And let us be in the feeling of gratitude for having this ability and this knowing.

What are you grateful for? Tune in to your inner voice and acknowledge appreciation for your own unique life, your path, your soul’s mission…

Your life will be enriched and uplifted as the vibration of gratitude flows powerfully in your heart and mind!

Affirmations:

  • I am thankful for my own abundantly fascinating and rewarding life path.
  • Connecting with others who are supportive and loving brings the flow of gratitude into my entire being!
  • I appreciate all the blessings in my life, both large and small!
Jul
03

Positive Attitude – Choices and Reactions

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“You create your own reality” — that is the catch phrase for this current time of spiritual evolution and accelerated soul development.

Have you integrated the energy of this concept into your daily life?  Do you feel that you are a “powerful creator” of your life experience?

It is an enlightened time we live in — to even be able to come to an understanding that our thoughts/feelings/emotions/attitude can determine what we attract into our lives and our circumstances. It is “freeing” to know that we have a say — and a thought — into shaping our daily existence.

Years ago, most people held the belief that each of us is almost like a puppet, tossed about on the strings of life, just experiencing whatever life throws our way. We did not realize that we have so many choices and free will to make decisions about where we are headed. Life is not something that simply happens to us in a random way.

In more recent times we have come to the knowing that yes, we surely DO have the strong potential to invite those things that are significant to us, joyful to us, optimistic to us, into our day-to-day reality. That knowing is a kind of epiphany.

So now we begin to embrace the knowing, this understanding, of how to be a conscious creator. We know we need to reach for JOY, for LOVE, for OPTIMISM, and PEACE. We can become stronger and more focused in our soul/life path.

Yet being a conscious creator, a liver of the Law of Attraction, does not guarantee that our lives will be 100% positive all the time. For we are still humans living a physical life and part of our experience on planet Earth is dealing with periods of challenge or turbulence. We simply cannot control everything that comes across our life path, because we do not live in a vacuum. We interact with so many others along our journeys.

It is important to hold on to that inner strength of “Conscious Creator” when challenges/obstacles arise. And know you can remain strong and peaceful within. It all has to do with how you react.  And you certainly have a choice as to how you react!

For it is this way that one reacts that determines your coping mechanism and ultimately how you will deal and heal. You can choose to handle these situations with powerful inner guidance, patience and stability.

So BE that Conscious Creator — be aware of what you attract into your life, and be aware that you CAN persevere through challenges as well. The flow of life will be easier and you will be more harmonious, more serene and better aligned with the stream of well-being!

Affirmations:

  • I am a Conscious Creator and know that my thoughts and feelings determine my reality.
  • I choose to remain peaceful and non-reactive when difficult situations arise and know that I can weather the storm of challenges.
  • I know that positive thoughts and a feel-good attitude help me be in the flow of abundance and well-being!
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May
01

Positive Attitude – Immerse in Joyful Moments

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Do you sometimes catch yourself in sudden, beautiful awareness that you are filled with a supreme sense of joy? Just being in that moment when your heart feels light and your spirit is uplifted and all is right with the world?

Being happy all the time does not seem to be a human option here in the physical world, so we need to develop a keen awareness of “seizing the moment.”  Focused mindfulness on those aspects that create a wave of happiness and optimism within our being are a wonderful step.

Everyone goes through challenges — that is a given. But how we react is a personal choice. And finding those unique moments of joy even within challenging times is essential for our well being. It jumpstarts and enhances our inner strength to weather the obstacles.

So I ask you to begin to catch those fascinating, life inspiring moments of pure joy. Totally and purely embrace those moments — feel the fine, silky, peacefulness of the flow of life at that instant in time — and savor it! Keep that tangible uplifting, exulting feeling with you. Commit it to “sense memory” so it is something you can reach for at other times…

Sometimes when I am holding or playing with a grandchild, I am filled with such a sense of happiness, serenity and love… and I feel at great peace with the world. Or when my kitties are laying near me or on my lap, cuddling and loving — for me that is sweet joy.

When I take a walk along the trail, listening to my favorite music on my headset, I feel uplifted!  When my husband and I are out together, just the two of us, sharing our thoughts, having heartfelt conversation and sharing moments of laughter and fun, that is simply delightful!

And sometimes, just sitting in quiet stillness is so deeply and supremely satisfying.

Whatever feel-good moments work for you are those in which to immerse. Pay attention to those particular components of your own life. Strive to make more of an effort to become consciously aware of the joyful moments, those in which you are aligned with the optimistic stream of harmony and balance.

And when you experience those, hold on to that delectable flavor!

Often when we come to this keen awareness, it becomes easier to find and savor more of these times. And isn’t that what we all wish — to spend more time in the flow of happiness? We need to do the inner work to make that happen…

Affirmations:

  • I raise my awareness of those uplifting moments of pure happiness — and savor them!
  • In times of challenge, I choose to seek out and focus on those positive and joyful aspects within my reality.
  • Finding moments of happiness is a conscious choice I am making more and more!

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Sumérgete en los momentos felices

Por Sheryl Schlmeuss Berger
Traducción de Elena Calderaro

¿Alguna vez has reflexionado conscientemente cuando sientes inmensa felicidad? ¿Cuando en ese justo momento tu corazón está tranquilo, tu espíritu está elevado y todo está bien en tu vida?

Aquí en el mundo físico la felicidad permanente no parece ser una opción humana, por lo tanto necesitamos desarrollar una conciencia aguda para “aprovechar el momento”. Un buen paso para comenzar es enfocando la conciencia en esos aspectos que crean una ola de felicidad y optimismo dentro de nuestro ser.

Todos enfrentamos retos en la vida — es un hecho. Pero cómo reaccionamos es una elección personal. Y encontrar esos ratos excepcionales de felicidad, aún en los momentos desafiantes, es esencial para nuestro bienestar ya que nos dan los bríos necesarios para aumentar nuestra fuerza interior y así afrontar los obstáculos.

Mi consejo es que empieces a reconocer estos fascinantes momentos de gozo total que dan color a la vida. Acoge totalmente estos momentos — siente como la vida fluye, fina, sedosa y pacífica — ¡y disfruta del momento! Conserva esa sensación tangible de júbilo. Internalízala en tu “memoria sensata” para que puedas tener acceso a esta sensación en todo momento…

Algunas veces, cuando cargo a mi nieto en brazos o juego con él, siento gran felicidad, serenidad y amor… y me siento en paz con el mundo. O cuando mis gatos se acuestan cerca de mí o en mis piernas, acurrucados y amoros — esto para mí es felicidad exquisita.

Cuando salgo a caminar por algún sendero con audífonos puestos, escuchando mi música favorita, ¡me siento elevada espiritualmente! Cuando mi marido y yo estamos solos intercambiando ideas, conversando de corazón a corazón y compartiendo momentos de risa y diversión, ¡esto es placer incomparable!

A veces, solamente estar sentada en silencio crea una sensación profunda y extremadamente agradable.

Los momentos que te hacen sentir bien son en los cuales debes sumergirte. Presta atención a esos componentes concretos de tu propia vida. Esmérate en poner de tu parte para tener más conciencia de los momentos alegres, esos que estén alineados con la corriente optimista de armonía y balance.

Y cuando experimentes esos momentos, ¡aférrate a esa deliciosa sensación!

Cuando ya has tomado conciencia, es cada vez más fácil encontrar y saborear momentos semejantes. ¿Y no es esto lo que todos anhelamos? — ¿pasar más tiempo en la corriente de felicidad? Todos debemos trabajar internamente para lograrlo…

Afirmaciones:

• ¡Tomo conciencia de los momentos de pura felicidad — y los disfruto!
• En momentos de desafíos, elijo buscar y enfocarme en los aspectos positivos y felices de mi realidad.
• ¡Encontrar momentos de felicidad es una elección consciente que practico cada vez más!

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Jan
02

Design the Highest and Best Version of You

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Yes, you are good enough!  You are a beautiful creation of the Divine, perfect in every way. Sometimes we need to be in the energy of this knowing:  you are fine, just the way you are.

General self-acceptance is peaceful.  Yet, most of us have aspirations of being/doing something more, perhaps something more aligned with our soul path and mission here on the earthly plane. So it is also okay to be bold, brave and beautiful and create your magnificent future self — to design the highest and best version of who you are.

And that is not in conflict with being confident in your own skin, in your own physical body.  It is simply wanting to be your BEST, perhaps more joyful, perhaps with more clarity, perhaps with more compassion. You are on your own unique path, and there are always internal “signposts” that can help you be more uplifted on your journey!

Maybe you wish to further your service to others.  Maybe you wish to have more meaning in your life. Maybe you want improved relationships.  Maybe you want to be more patient.  Or more goal-oriented.

It is okay to WANT, to DREAM, to PLAN your most amazing life.  To CREATE that which will resonate with your own heart.

To gain clarity and vision, it is helpful to make special time for quietude, stillness, meditation. These are the moments when you can truly tune in to your powerful inner guidance.

Promise yourself — more “stillness breaks” — more opportunity to listen to that small, wise inner voice. Imagine the most radiant YOU. Visualize your ultimate happy, glowing self.

Promise yourself that when become physically and emotionally weary from all the tasks of your day, that you will take a few minutes and breathe…  breathe in to the knowing of that beautiful, glorious YOU — the one who is in touch with inner peace, the one who knows in which direction you are navigating for your Highest Good.

Promise yourself that you will be close with those people that support you, that cheer you on. And that you will do your best to release and move away from those individuals that are negative to you, those that sap your energy.

Promise to allow yourself to create your best life — give yourself space and motivation to be who you need and wish to be — a joyful, radiant child of the Universe who walks in the illuminated path of LOVE…

Affirmations:

  • I love who I am right now and who I am becoming along my life journey.
  • I lovingly envision and create the very best version of me!
  • I am open to new possibilities and opportunities to shine my beautiful light out to the world!

 

Diseña la versión Mejor y Superior de tu propio Yo.
Traducción de Elena Calderaro

!Sí, tú vales!  Eres una bella creación del Divino, perfecta en todos los sentidos. A menudo es necesario envolverte en la energía de este conocimiento: eres hermoso, tal cual eres.

Generalmente nos auto-aceptamos de forma pacífica. No obstante, la mayoría de nosotros aspiramos a ser/hacer algo más, quizás algo más relacionado con nuestro camino y misión álmica aquí en el plano terrenal. También vale que seas audaz, valiente y hermoso, y así crear tu magnífico ser futuro — para diseñar la versión superior y mejor de quien tú eres.

Y si te sientes seguro en tu propia piel, en tu propio cuerpo físico, esto no creará conflicto. Simplemente es querer ser lo MEJOR, quizás más alegre, quizás con más claridad, quizás con más compasión. ¡Andas en tu camino único y exclusivo, y en tu jornada siempre existen señales internas que te ayudarán a levantar el espíritu!

Tal vez deseas servir más al prójimo. Tal vez deseas que tu vida tenga más sentido. Tal vez deseas mejorar tus relaciones. Tal vez quieras ser más paciente. O enfocarte más en tus metas.

Es bueno DESEAR, SOÑAR, PLANEAR una vida maravillosa y CREAR lo que resonará en tu propio corazón.

Para adquirir claridad y visión, es muy útil apartar un rato especial para aquietarte, calmarte y meditar. Estos son los momentos en que realmente te puedes sintonizar con tu poderoso guía interno.

Hazte la promesa de meditar más — más oportunidades para escuchar a esa sabia voz interna. Imagínate a un YO tuyo más radiante. Visualiza que eres un ser luminoso y ultra feliz.

Hazte la promesa de sacar unos minutos para descansar y respirar cuando las tareas del día te cansen física y emocionalmente… respirar hacia lo profundo de ese magnífico y glorioso YO — aquel que está conectado con la paz interior, aquel que conoce la dirección por la cual vas navegando hacia tu MAYOR BIENESTAR.

Hazte la promesa de mantenerte cerca de esas personas que te apoyan, que te alientan. Y que harás lo posible por liberarte y apartarte de la gente negativa, aquellos que minan tu energía.

Hazte la promesa de permitirte crear tu mejor vida — date tiempo y motivación para ser lo que necesitas y deseas ser — un hijo alegre y radiante del Universo, caminando por el sendero iluminado de AMOR…

Afirmaciones:

• Amo a quien yo soy ahora y a quien me estoy convirtiendo a lo largo de la vida.
• ¡Amorosamente visualizo y elaboro la mejor versión de mi propio yo!
• ¡Estoy abierto a nuevas oportunidades que me permitan brillar mi hermosa luz hacia el mundo!

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Are you doing the inner work of being in the daily space of appreciation?  Can you easily count your blessings?

Embracing gratitude in your own heart and mind is so essential for living ones most positive and joyful life.  All the inspirational and motivational teachers encourage us to reach for that lovely “attitude of gratitude” — for when we can be in that energy, we are more optimistic and we draw more positive aspects into our reality.  This definitely goes hand in hand with living an uplifting “Law of Attraction” kind of life!

Though on a theoretical level, I am totally on board with immersing myself in the feeling of appreciation, sometimes on a practical day-to-day basis, it is not always the easiest task for me personally.  It is not that I am not grateful — I am certainly appreciative of my own unique and beautiful path. Sometimes it is too easy to let those “low vibration” feelings of being judgmental and critical take over. As humans living a very physical existence, we experience a wide spectrum of emotions. At times, you may find yourself sliding into the murkiness of those darker, less noble feelings. Of course, for your own well-being, it is so important to minimize these times, and motivate and teach yourself to spend way more time in “the light” with more uplifting and compassionate emotions.

Gratitude and appreciation are an excellent place to be! And sometimes when in the midst of challenges and judgement, you should just “stop, drop and APPRECIATE” — take stock of your blessings. Everyone has a list of aspects to be grateful for — even if you have to look a bit more closely to find happiness-inspiring things that you may have been taking for granted.

Appreciate the people in your life — who are those at the top of your list that bring such joy and love into your reality? Focus on them — be glad to have them… Let them know of your appreciation. Don’t ever be afraid or hesitant to say “I appreciate you.”  Or hone in on something specific that someone has done that has been ultra-pleasing to you, and thank them for that wonderful action that they have taken on your behalf.  They will be heartwarmingly delighted to hear of your appreciation and their vibrational level will go up — as will yours!

Be grateful for the STUFF in your life — whether it be as abstractly lovely as the scenic natural landscape outside your front door or as simple, modern and small as your brand new iPad mini… Find all things that you personally can appreciate. Look at aspects of your life in new and enchanting ways — allow your heart to be uplifted.

Remember, appreciation is a conscious choice!  You have the ability to truly immerse in this — you just have to decide to take the steps and feel the feelings.

One idea is to keep a gratitude journal and write down several things each day for which you are grateful. This helps crystallize your thoughts and feelings into ones of optimistic, appreciative ones. And it may help you see more clearly the blessings that do exist for you.

Or make a mental “Gratitude List” — take a few moments of your day to do some brief reflecting on what you love and enjoy and feel blessed to have in your life. These will be moments well spent and leave you with that tingly, feel-good emotion.

Sitting in nature (even looking out a window that opens on a natural scene) can be uplifting — I enjoy being outside on a windy day in the warmer weather, when it is actually overcast. I find the warm wind blowing against my face and skin to somehow be both sweetly comforting and invigorating and in those moments I am in the beautiful space of mindfulness, peacefulness and appreciation — a feel-good “triple whammy” of positive emotion. I feel as if I am an integral part of nature, at one with the wind and the elements.

Of course, you don’t need to wait for a specific set of conditions to feel gratitude. But when those conditions happen for you (whatever they are) be sure to totally and deeply immerse yourself, because those feelings will stay with you and inspire you.  Be open to the flow of gratitude and abundance.

And spend more time in that glorious place of pure appreciation — it will impact your life in an amazing and positive way!

Affirmations:

  • I live and breathe in the space of gratitude each day.
  • I take time to reflect on all the uplifting elements in my life — to observe and appreciate my blessings!
  • Optimism and appreciation are a conscious choice, and I choose to navigate in the ocean of feel-good emotion.

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Actitud Positiva – Gratitud y Bendiciones

 

Traducción de Elena Calderaro

“Cultiva la costumbre de agradecer por todo el bien que recibes y dar gracias contínuamente. Y debido a que todas las cosas han contribuido a tu adelanto, debes incluirlas en tu gratitud.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“El fundamento de toda abundancia es reconocer el bien que ya existe en tu vida.”
— Eckhart Tolle, Una Nueva Tierra: Un Despertar al Propósito de su Vida

¿Estás trabajando con tu ser interior para vivir diariamente en actitud de agradecimiento? ¿Puedes contar tus bendiciones fácilmente?

Para vivir de manera positiva y feliz es esencial abrazar la gratitud en tu propio corazón y en tu mente. Todos los maestros inspiradores y motivadores nos animan a alcanzar el bello “estado de gratitud” — ya que cuando logramos estar en esa energía somos más optimistas y obtenemos aspectos más positivos en nuestra realidad. Esto y el vivir una vida al estilo “Ley de la Atracción”, ¡definitivamente van mano a mano!

Sin embargo, a nivel teórico, estoy totalmente de acuerdo con sumergirme en el sentimiento de gratitud, aunque al ponerlo en la práctica día-a-día no es una tarea fácil para mí personalmente. No es que no sea agradecida — francamente aprecio mi camino bello y único, pero algunas veces es muy fácil permitir que se apoderen los sentimientos de “baja vibración”, sentenciosos y críticos. Como humanos vivimos existencias muy físicas y experimentamos una amplia gama de emociones. A veces te encuentras deslizándote en la punumbra de los sentimientos más oscuros y menos nobles. Por supuesto que para tu propio bienestar es importante minimizar esos momentos y motivarte y enseñarte tú mismo a pasar más tiempo en “la luz”, con emociones más edificantes y compasivas.

¡Un lugar excelente donde debes estar es en la energía de gratitud y aprecio! Y a veces, en medio de desafíos y críticas, debes simplemente “parar, liberar y AGRADECER” — contar tus bendiciones. Cada uno tiene una lista de aspectos que agradecer — aunque debas buscarlos con más detenimiento para poder encontrar las circuntancias que inspiran en tí la felicidad que das por sentado.

Aprecia a las personas en tu vida — ¿quienes son las que están al comienzo de tu lista y que traen tanta felicidad y amor a tu realidad? Enfócate en ellas — alégrate de tenerlas… Déjales saber que las aprecias. No temas ni vaciles en decir “Te aprecio.” Analiza algo específico que alguien haya hecho por tí que te ha agradado enormemente y agradécele ese gesto maravilloso. Quedará encantado al saber que lo aprecias y su nivel vibracional se elevará — ¡al igual que el tuyo!

Agradece por todas las COSAS en tu vida — ya sea por la hermosa y pintoresca vista de la naturaleza frente a tu casa o simplemente por algo tan simple como tu moderno, pequeño y nuevo iPad mini… Encuentra las cosas que tú puedes apreciar personalmente. Analiza los aspectos en tu vida de maneras nuevas y encantadoras — permite que tu corazón se eleve.

Recuerda, el agradecimiento es una elección consciente! Tienes la habilidad para sumergirte verdaderamente en ésto — sólo tienes que decidir tomar los pasos y percibir los sentimientos.

Una buena idea es mantener un diario de gratitud y escribir todos los días varias cosas por las cuales estás agradecido. Esto te ayuda a cristalizar los pensamientos y sentimientos a unos más optimistas y agradecidos. Y te ayudará a ver más claro las bendiciones que existen en tu vida.

O haz una “Lista de Gratitud” mental — saca el rato cada día para reflexionar brevemente en lo que amas, disfrutas y te hace sentir bendecido de tener en tu vida. Estos serán ratos de buen provecho y te dejarán con una linda sensación de bienestar.

Estar en la naturaleza (o simplemente mirarla por la ventana) puede ser reconfortante — Yo disfruto del aire libre en los días ventosos y nublados del verano. Siento que el viento tibio en la cara y en la piel me estimula y vigoriza, y en esos momentos me encuentro en un espacio de conciencia, paz y agradecimiento — es como ganarse una lotería de triple emoción positiva. Siento como si fuera parte integral de la naturaleza, donde el viento, los elementos y yo somos uno.

Desde luego que para sentir agradecimiento no hay que esperar por ciertas condiciones específicas. Pero cuando te encuentras con esas condiciones (cualquiera que sea) asegúrate de sumergirte total y profundamente en ellas porque esos sentimientos permanecerán contigo y te inspirarán. Mantente abierto al flujo de la gratitud y la abundancia.

Y pasa más tiempo en ese glorioso lugar de agradecimiento puro — ¡ya que hará un impacto en tu vida de manera asombrosa y positiva!

Afirmaciones:

  • Todos los días vivo y respiro en el sentimiento de gratitud.
  • Saco el rato para reflexionar sobre todos los elementos edificantes en mi vida — y para observar y agradecer mis bendiciones!
  • El optimismo y el agradecimiento se eligen conscientemente, y yo elijo navegar en el mar de los buenos sentimientos.
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Sep
01

Positive Attitude – Keeping Serene in A Stressful World

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What is the major malady that people complain about?  What is the ailment that brings most of my clients to me for Reiki sessions?  If you have guessed “stress” then you are absolutely right.   Stress and its negative effects are a challenge to much of modern society.

We are all incredibly crazy-busy — multitasking throughout our daily lives, trying to juggle and balance all aspects and facets that fill up each day for us. Between all this time management of home/family, business/work  — our lives are PACKED!  Theoretically, technology should make things easier — but often it only serves to add more complex and time consuming tasks to our day-to-day reality. Yes, I refer to smartphones, tablets, iPads, computers, etc!  We are a nation consumed by stuff to do and stuff to keep up with on our devices — because of this we never truly have any “time off.” I am reminded of this every day in my own personal world view.  And I am certainly not immune to all the emotions that this encompasses.

Do you see yourself in this picture of total “full-plate” day-to-day living?

We used to speak about the optimistic perspective of looking at life with the glass “half full.” The current reality is that we look at life with the glass as “over-full” — little time for stillness or downtime. Quietude sometimes appears to be a thing of the past.

If you check out the actual definition of “stress” in a dictionary, there are varied meanings.  However, in terms of physiology, stress is a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.

To me, stress is a buildup of extreme tension within ones body and energetic field, causing an imbalance or state of “disharmony”.

Let’s face it, when one is stressed, you feel anxious, uptight, tense — basically feeling not-so-good — and this results in negative thought patterns as well.  When these negative thoughts remain with you for a prolonged period of time, the emotions surrounding them lodge even further in the physical/mental body and cause the manifestation of symptoms such as digestive issues, psychological imbalances, and even serious diseases…

So basically, you want to release stress — the feeling and thinking of it!  You need to strive to be in the flow of peacefulness within — and if that sounds next to impossible, then just aim at being in the flow of “semi-serenity.”  Living a peaceful modern life is a bit of an oxymoron… But for your own well-being, it is essential to adapt a “mindset of mindfulness” and personal quietude with an ability to go within when things outside you and surrounding you fall into disarray and turmoil.

Realistically, it is never truly possible to quiet every thing in your external world — life these days is pretty noisy. So it is so critical to quiet your internal world when you need a break from the frantic pace that life sometimes morphs into.

Meditation is a classic, timeless practice that can certainly help with this.

The attitude of mindfulness — of being truly present in the now moment — can help with this.

Just closing your eyes and focusing on your breath while taking some long, slow cleansing belly breaths can help with this.

Five to ten minutes of simply going into stillness and tuning out the clamor and clutter of a busy environment can be utterly rejuvenating.

And sometimes you just have to develop the determined outlook that in your heart, you are going to remain serene, no matter what discord people “throw” at you, no matter what hectic happenings crop up in your little corner of the world.

You do not have to allow stress to overtake you. You can choose to create your own unique perspective of tranquility. And that doesn’t mean you have to go meditate on a mountain top or follow a ritual of silence in a monastery…

You can always access the peace within — that beautiful, glorious inner light that reminds you of your Divine or Universal connection, that reminds you that at your core, you come from a place of serenity and clarity. And if you can connect in with this, you will be more in tune with your soul purpose here on Planet Earth…as well as more joyful and of course, more in that radiant stream of well-being…

Affirmations:

  • I tune in to my inner rhythms to remain peaceful, especially during challenging or turbulent times.
  • Despite what happens around me, I remain tranquil within my heart and mind.
  • I make a conscious choice each moment and each day to embrace an attitude of serenity!
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Jul
01

Positive Thinking – Peace Begins With You

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Are you easily captivated by negative happenings in the news and the world? It is hard not to be these days with all so many varied acts of violence and terror not just in the United States but all over the world.

The horrific terrorist shooting in Orlando, FL and the attack on the Istanbul airport in Turkey are the latest in the list of tragedies. Of course, it is difficult not not get caught up in the wave of sadness and disgust over this. Any compassionate person would be moved and outraged. And the media coverage only serves to intensify the tragic focus on these events.

However, as riveted as you might be, it is important for your own sense of well being to not let yourself get riled up with a sense of animosity and hostility toward those responsible for these violent acts.

It is essential to remain in a place of personal peace.

For negativity begets more negativity. Violent thoughts lead to more hostility.

Sometimes one needs to take a step back from the incessant media coverage. And cultivate a “thick skin” to keep a sense of insulation against all the anger and animosity.

Of course, you will be in the know of what is happening. Yet, strive to be nonjudgmental and as non-reactive as possible.

Tune in to your own inner peace, your serene and beautiful inner light. This is a conscious action that you are absolutely capable of doing.  Maybe it means turning off the TV. Or staying away from printed news articles. Or looking away from some of the internet coverage.

And do not feel guilty about stepping back from it. For peace certainly begins with YOU.

It is not like looking away — it is just looking within.

There are so many uplifting and positive things taking place in this world upon which to focus. Make an effort to give your attention to those happenings. To those feel-good stories and events — they will make your heart sing. And there ARE plenty of these that you can find in your outer reality — check Facebook for these too!

When you remain in the stream of peacefulness, you can then shine your own personal beacon — your joyful, loving light of tolerance and compassion… to illuminate those dark spaces where fear may reside… to engender an amazing and uplifting ripple effect around you and out into the world, beginning with you.

Be that enlightened bringer/bearer of love…

Affirmations:

  • It is joyful and healing for me to focus on positive things that happen in my environment and in the world.
  • I tune in to the peace within, and strive to remain non-reactive and nonjudgmental toward that difficult happenings in my outer reality.
  • I choose to be in the mindset of peacefulness and compassion — and to let my actions reflect this uplifting attitude.
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