Today I say YES! to every cliche’ I’ve ever heard about *being-ness*
I will ~be the leaf~
I will ~go with the flow~
I will ~let go and let GOD~
I will ~just BE~
Say YES! YES! YES! to the wisdom of *being*. With our every breath, we can surrender to being a part of the glorious flow of life. No resistance, no insistence, only existence in oneness with all of creation.
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I embrace creativity as a divine expression.
I make time to engage my creative spirit.
I surrender to my creative potential, allowing creation to flow freely through me.
When I create, I am partnering with the divine energy of creation.
Creativity has many faces, some are more obvious, like art and music, while others are less so. Activities like cooking, writing, building, designing, engineering, gardening, event planning and landscaping all engage creativity. Even problem solving is a creative process. We are all born creators and to create is to engage the creator spark within. Making time to allow our creative nature to express is allowing ourselves time to be in harmony with the divine energy of creation . When we are really comfortable in our creative moment, we can surrender our own thoughts and will, and allow the energy of creation to flow unimpeded. In such states the unexpected comes forth from our spirits, with inspired and surprising results.
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I value nature.
I spend time engaging with the natural world.
I am part of the natural world, connected to all that exists within it.
Whether it’s in the backyard tending to a garden or flower bed, or on a hike in the mountains, taking the time to be immersed in natural surroundings connects us to our own natural presence on the planet. We often forget that our bodily aspect is part of the natural world. Our bodies are tuned in to the cycles of seasons, the rising and setting of the sun, and the lunar pull. We are just as connected to the physical world as any other organic system. We may not consciously feel that connection, but it exists whether we’re aware of it or not. Immersed in nature, our nature connects even more deeply to its planetary home and co-habitants. A walk in the park can be as nourishing to the spirit in the body, as a hug can be to the heart.
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I envision my tomorrows as wonderful, blessed experiences that I look forward to.
I build my tomorrows on a foundation of hopeful, eager and joyful anticipation.
I live in today but am ever excited about tomorrow.
What has yet to be, shall be good, plentiful and easily experienced.
I know that tomorrow will be a great day.
Our tomorrows are created in our consciousness today. There are as many recipes for creating a better tomorrow as there are words to express the process, but a good place to begin is by finding what our personal default setting is… Stop for a moment and ask yourself, “How do I envision my tomorrows?” Do you consider the future as a chore? Bleak? Boring? More of the same? Or is tomorrow an eagerly anticipated cache of miracles and treasured moments to come? Do you see unexplored opportunities waiting to unfold? Love lying in wait? Aging, health issues and loneliness?
Our underlying beliefs and attitudes about tomorrow create the blue print for what will manifest. If thinking about your future feels uninspiring, worrisome or exhausting, change it before it manifests. To change the future, we need to shift our thoughts and feelings so that the tomorrow in our mind is what we wish it to be and look forward to arriving.
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I follow my dreams, hopes, ideas, goals, inner urgings and aspirations.
No matter what is in my way, I am unstoppable.
I am a self-starter.
I have initiative.
I am motivated.
I make things happen.
I am known for getting things done.
I believe that all things are possible.
I am grateful for a Universe that is always conspiring to help me.
We’ve all had dreams we’ve never pursued. Goals that have never been fulfilled. Ideas that have never been manifested. Feelings that have never been shared. We can’t allow resistant or negative thoughts to stop us and we need to stop making excuses for our own lack of initiative. Money, time and contacts are not enough to stop us once we make up our minds to do something. It’s not always possible to transform the thoughts that seek to hold us back so we have to press on in spite of them. Sometimes it isn’t about not being afraid; it’s about being afraid and doing it anyway…..
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I honour the fallen from every battle, in every land and from every moment in history.
I reflect on their courage and dedication.
I consider each and every a departed member of my human family.
In the United States this is Memorial Day, a day for remembering and honouring the fallen soldiers, sailors, guards and airmen of the military. It is a day for setting aside politics, opinions, and personal beliefs in order to honour bravery, sacrifice, and dedication. It is not a day about causes, it is a day about commitment and conviction. Let us remember those troubadours of courage who are forever our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, grandparents, parents, wives and husbands and children…each someone’s child. Hold them all in our love.
And this Memorial Day as we honour the memory of the fallen, let’s add to our recognition those who survived the battlefield, but not the war. Many of those who come home, never do. Please think of those who still fly missions over Germany, forever climb the hills of Korea, sleep every night in the jungles of Vietnam, and continue to hide in the sands of the Middle East. Hold them all in our love.
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I am grateful for limitless possibilities.
I am grateful for opportunities to have all that is positive in my life.
I am blessed with a beautifully abundant and balanced life.
I have wealth and I am grateful.
I have a fulfilling purpose and I am grateful.
I have inner peace and I am grateful.
I have healthy relationships and I am grateful.
I have a healthy body and I am grateful.
I have a soul satisfying spiritual life and I am grateful.
I enjoy life’s pleasures and I am grateful.
Financial wealth, fulfilling purpose/work, inner peace, healthy relationships, physical health, connection to self and spirit, and time for fun and relaxation… These are seven fundamental components of an abundant and balanced life. If asked, many people would likely say that at least one of these areas in their lives has been sacrificed for another. Perhaps work that creates wealth has caused relationships to be shortchanged. Or maybe a deeply spiritual life has been created at the expense of wealth.
So why do we give up one thing in order to have another? Why don’t we strive to have it all? Sadly, many of us – usually unconsciously – do not believe we’re worthy of “having it all” and without the belief in our worthiness we never will. A good many more do not consciously believe it’s possible. It’s an all too common misconception that only through sacrifice can we achieve our goals. Of course if that were true no one would “have it all” and many do. Remember, if but ONE PERSON can achieve something, then so can anyone, even you and I. Still others feel selfish or self-centered just thinking about wanting to “have it all.” Those are limiting beliefs planted in us by others and they need to be uprooted. No one needs to settle for three out of seven when seven of seven is possible, and everyone has the same potential for that perfect seven.
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My emotions are a response to my experiences.
How I respond to my experiences is my choice.
I alone am responsible for my emotions.
I live in conscious awareness of my emotions.
I choose how I feel.
I am emotionally responsible.
Happiness – and its counterpart, unhappiness – are the result of an interpretation of an experience. Every experience we have is interpreted by our minds (often unconsciously) as either positive, negative, or neutral and our emotional response is the result of that interpretation. Our emotions are subjective and personal. What makes one person happy (being in the woods, for example) might make another feel frightened. How the experience is interpreted is up to the experiencer. And it is a choice. How do we know it is a choice? Because we can program our reactions to experiences. The person who is fearful of being in the woods can consciously choose to overcome that fear and feel at peace instead. Others in our world contribute to our experiences, offering us opportunities to choose our interpretation and our emotional response, but they are not the cause of our emotions.
While we can not always choose our experiences, we can choose how we react to them. And we can change old habitual patterns of response that may no longer serve us into healthier, better-feeling ones. When we do, we become emotionally responsible, empowering ourselves with our own emotional well-being.
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I cannot save the world.
I cannot save anyone.
I can love. I can support. I can empower. But it is not my responsibility to save.
Caring and compassionate persons are often plagued with feelings of guilt, self-blame and self-loathing because they cannot save others from their pain or their own demise. We should be offering our love and support, but with the firm awareness that it is not our responsibility to save anyone. When we make another’s success or thriving our responsibility, we weaken them. Taking responsibility for others that is not ours to take, not only disempowers them, but it falsely and egoically, empowers us. In other words, to do so is unhealthy for everyone. What our loving, heart-centered selves can do is give others tools, knowledge and wisdom. We can give them support and consolation. We can give them love, as much as they will allow us to give. We must always strive to empower others in their own choices and by affirming their responsibility for themselves. It is so very hard not to want to save every suffering soul, but we only disempower them when we make it our responsibility to do so.
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I celebrate life.
I celebrate the miracles, joys, successes, bounty, imperfection, health, love, triumph, growth, prosperity, support, opportunities and Presence, in my life.
I celebrate the big reveals in the small details.
I celebrate living.
Life is not always easy but it always holds something to cherish, to honour and to celebrate. It may be storming but outside birds still sing. Find a reason to celebrate. Look around the world and see the goodness, the glory and the greatness! Look in the mirror and see the smile, the wisdom and the potential! Rejoice in the monumental small details, the clean water, the gentle hug, the bee that dances from flower to flower. Celebrate good times, past, present, and future. Celebrate the Divine and Sacred gift of existence! Find a reason, any or none at all, but CELEBRATE!
And if my passionate words aren’t enough…. listen and just try not to dance! Celebrate!
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Today I will make time to experience the wonders of the physical world.
I will deliberately pay attention to the wonders all around me.
I will look,
I will SEE,
and I will be in AWE.
In the United States the interstate highway maximum design speed in rural areas is 75 mph. Speeds on a single-track country road in the United Kingdom can be as high as 60 mph (97 km/h). On Italy’s Autostrade, speeds can reach 150 km/h. Bicyclists average 12-22 mph. Joggers average 4-7 mph. Even the average walking speed is 3.1 miles per hour. How much do we actually see at any of those speeds? Consider all the wonders that are missed because we are moving too fast to see that odd little bug toodling across the pavement, or the rabbit scurrying under the bushes, or the water droplet precariously perched for its descent on the edge of a blade of grass? As children we didn’t just look at nature, we SAW it, but as adults we have places to go and things to do and speeds to keep, much to our detriment. Seeing the wonder of nature keeps us humble, connected and centered in the mystery. Take time to go out in the world for the sole purpose of witnessing the wonder. Don’t just walk, kneel, reach and SEE. If you don’t remember how, take a child along and follow their lead!
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I move through the world with fluidity and flow.
I use my power to softly carve a path through my experiences.
I recognize the value of soft power.
Some of the greatest and most powerful forces of nature achieve their potential purposefully but are themselves soft forces. Water, fire and air are each soft, pliable, unfixed, fluid and flowing, yet each is capable of creating great change. Water can shape granite, fire can transform oak into ash, and air can turn farmland to wasteland. Using our power softly is one of the most efficient and effective uses of human potential as well.
By asserting our will, desire and determination with soft power, we avoid the wasted energy of forcefulness. Force nearly always meets with resistance, while soft power generates a yielding response. We are using our power softly when we ask instead of demanding, when we coordinate instead of subordinating and when we whisper encouragement instead of shouting expectations.
There was once a woman who was picking low fruit from a large tree. A ripe and ready, unblemished piece of fruit clung to a branch just beyond her grasp. She stretched and strained to take the prized fruit, but to no avail. She jumped and tried to grab. She missed. She jumped again, and again, and again, trying each time to jump higher. She was only able to touch her fingertips to the splendor. The woman was becoming tired from exerting so much energy and was no closer to taking the fruit from the tree. Suddenly she noticed the breeze that had been blowing all morning. She exhaled deeply, let her shoulders drop and reached up without strain. She waited patiently. Then, like magic, it happened. Her waiting hand took the fruit the tree was generously giving her as it was bent gently downward by the breeze.
When trying to take the fruit, the woman was employing hard power, which had proved unproductive and tiring, but as soon as she employed soft power, the tree yielded the fruit to her. Life is like the tree – we can either approach it using our power forcefully or we can work with it, using our power softly, efficiently and effectively.
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I am a light in the world.
I am a beacon for someone.
I presence in life is infinitely important.
I do not exist so that I can matter, I matter because I exist.
None of us ever truly know the impact we make on the world and others while we’re in it. We may feel like bit players in a big production, someone whose part could be filled by just about anyone. We’re wrong. We may feel like we’ve never made a difference in the world. We have. Often we don’t know how far our light has shone or whose path we’ve illuminated. We tend to need to see the product of our efforts before we will believe we’ve created a result. And most of the time we never know who we’ve helped. Most of the time, we don’t know how important we are in the world.
You have no way of knowing that the fight you broke up on the playground kept one little kid from turning into a bully. You don’t realize that the girl you talked to at the doctor’s office left her abusive boyfriend because of something you said. You’ll never see that the old man you helped yesterday has a new lease on life today because he again believes that people are good. You don’t know how the dominoes of your good deeds and kind acts have fallen. What matters is that each of us believe that we make a difference just by being here, that – in more small ways than big – we matter. That we are – each and every one of us – a light in the world for someone to travel by.
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365 Days of Inspiration – Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness
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My spiritual path is my own and of my own choosing.
Wherever I am is where I am meant to be.
I am open to changing directions if it will bring me closer to my authentic nature.
The journey of inner spiritual growth is a distinctly personal one. There is no one right way. What works for one may not work for another. Even individually, a path that has been helpful for a time may start to feel constrictive and ill-fitting, and need to be abandoned. Just as we outgrow clothes and need new ones, sometimes we must seek a new path, one that allows for continued expansion. Many of us are seekers whose spiritual weight goes up and down like a yo-yo requiring frequent navigational shifts. While some have a certain discipline and fidelity that allows them to stay with the same practice for their entire lives, many of us are of the clothes-changing type. Both can be equally beneficial and it is crucial to honor one’s uniquely individual needs and allow oneself the freedom to change course if change is beneficial.
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Everyone I meet is my teacher.
We have something to learn from every person around us, friend and stranger alike. Sometimes the lesson is obvious, sometimes we have to look for it, but one is always there. A rude person can teach us courtesy; a slow person, patience. An abusive person can teach us self-love. A generous person may teach us charity; a compassionate person, tolerance. A loved one can teach us impermanence. An enemy can teach us to forgive. The Universe is a benevolent creation, always conspiring to help us learn, grow, expand and become truer to our authentic natures. Placing teachers in our paths insures opportunities to achieve that potential.
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