Day 107


I value my emotional energy.

I use my emotional energy wisely.

I keep my attention on what is deserving of my concern.

It’s easy to make mountains out of molehills or get excited about something undeserving of any concern.  Little things can become big things very quickly if we let them.  It can be very healthy and balanced to consider a few points before becoming worked up over something.  Asking ourselves, “Does this have a lasting and negative affect on my life or another’s?” and “Does this hurt me or another?”  can put things back into proper perspective quickly.   Long lines, unwashed dishes, and dented fenders rarely change anyone’s life or cause pain.  If the matter doesn’t seriously impact anyone’s life, and causes no one harm, then there is a pretty good chance it’s not worth any expended energy.


Day 106


I am still.

I am present.

I am free of internal clutter.

I am still.

I am present.

I am free of internal congestion.

I am still.

I am present.

I am free.

As important as having simplicity in our personal spaces can be, transformative even, having it within ourselves is crucial. Simplifying one’s inner world is about finding stillness in the mind by eliminating the mental clutter, the extraneous thoughts that fill our waking lives with incessant chatter.  Meditation and yoga are helpful, losing oneself in a meditative act like painting or listening to music can also help quiet the mind.  Simplifying the inner world means pausing to be physically and mentally present in the moment.  It means physically leaving one location (like work) and taking our whole self (thoughts included) with us, not being mentally other than where our body is.  It means not living in yesterday nor worrying about tomorrow.  It means refusing to engage in the drama of others’ lives or allowing it to be part of ours. That may mean not tuning in to the news every day. It might mean choosing to watch television shows that promote well-being and inner peace instead of those that promote tension and discord. Simplifying the inner world means letting go of emotions and beliefs that don’t serve one’s life and well-being.  It means opening the closet of the heart and getting rid of what no longer fits, what never belonged to us in the first place, and what was given to us that we don’t want.  Simplifying internally means getting back to the basics of who we are and what we’re about.  It’s about finding that place within where love and hope and faith and happiness and peace have permanent residence.  It means embracing our feelings without judging ourselves for having them.  It means letting joy be joy and sorrow be sorrow.  Simplifying the inner world is about creating a quieter mind, an engaged sense of being, and a peaceful heart.

Day 105


I live simply.

I live with what I need, love, and has meaning for me.

I keep my personal space free of excess and clutter.

Simplicity in my outer world supports simplicity in my inner world.

Simplicity.  The word itself invokes tranquility, harmony, and ease.  The dictionary defines simplicity as a quality of being uncomplicated, lacking pretense or excessive ornamentation, and freedom from difficulty or effort.  Sounds like heaven.  Perhaps that’s because simplicity is harmonious with the Sacred and Dharma.  Simplifying the outer world and personal space is about creating an external environment that contains what is meaningful to us and has a purpose for us while letting go of what does not, thereby enhancing our alignment with our authentic natures.  Simplifying one’s outer world doesn’t mean taking a vow of poverty or discarding all worldly possessions, not by a long shot. It does mean not being defined by one’s things, not finding self-worth in belongings, not having an attachment to possessions, and not having for the sake of having.  Simplicity in our environments also frees us of unnecessary distractions, tension and clutter while additionally freeing up our time and money, producing calm, and increasing productivity.

Day 104


I pay attention to my thoughts and feelings about my personal environment.

I embrace my feelings about my outer space is an indicator of the deeper needs within my internal space.

Our outer worlds are reflections of our inner worlds. If we pay attention to how we feel about the space we’re living in we can get a good idea of what our souls are craving. Have you ever had an out-of-nowhere, sudden desire to change the color of your walls, move the furniture, or redecorate from scratch?  It’s likely that the desire for external change was a response to a deeper desire for change from within.  In the same way, if you’ve ever walked into your home or work space and suddenly been unable to stand the clutter, there’s a good chance that your soul and spirit were calling for order and simplicity in your life as a whole. A sudden need for color or plants and flowers in the home may be a deeper need to feel awakened, alive and vibrant.  An urge to clean every corner could be a deeper need to do some inner housekeeping.  A desire to throw away all excess might be an internal need to be free of chaos, turmoil and drama. Consider urges to change your outer world as glimpses into your inner world and its fundamental needs.

Day 103


I appreciate my true friend as a beautiful gift in my life.

I am grateful to know there is one person in the world I can count on.

I never take this friendship for granted.

It is not the number of people we know that counts, but who we can count on.  Anyone who can say that they have but ONE true friend has a precious gift.  Ah but the world likes us to think that more is better, even in friendships.  Emails and social media reinforce the idea that we need to have A LOT of friends or…  Or what?   It only takes one friend to save a life.  It only takes one friend to help another back to their feet.  It only takes one friend to get a laugh, catch a tear, or lend an ear…or a shoulder…or a hand.   One.  Let’s be grateful today for our true friends, whatever their number.

In Harmony

Day 102


My beliefs are in harmony with the reality I know to be true.

What I know to be true for the rest of the world, is what I believe to be true for me.

I live with one set of beliefs, and one set of truths, and they are in agreement.

Harmony is a state that exists when there is congruity of parts with one another and the whole.   Discord is the condition that exists when there is a lack of agreement between two parts.   Harmony, of course, is our ideal state and when we’re talking about living our best lives, there are many parts that contribute to the whole.   Today, consider these two:  what we know to be true and what we believe.   When what we know to be true and what we believe are in agreement there is harmony; if they don’t agree there is discord.   It may seem illogical that these two could be in disagreement, but they not only can be, they often are and more often we don’t even realize it.

Examples of such discord are:   You know it to be true that sometimes divorce is necessary; divorce is not an option for you.   You know it to be true that not all people who achieve success have had to work hard for it;  you believe hard work is the path to success.  You know it to be true that we all carry the spark of God;  you believe that you are separate from God.  You know it to be true that all people have the potential to live a life of abundance; you believe it is your lot to live a meager life.

To begin switching from discord to harmony we need to ask ourselves what beliefs we have for ourselves that aren’t matching up with the truths we know and if we hold any truths for the world that we don’t believe true for ourselves.  Don’t be surprised, most of us do.  Once we’re aware we can choose to shift our thinking and live in greater harmony within our one reality.

Day 101


I believe in miracles.

I believe anything and everything is possible.

Albert Einstein famously said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”   The latter places life on a much more vibrant and impressive palette.   What constitutes a miracle is up to the witness and the key is belief.  We can not see what we do not believe in.  Being open to the belief that the miraculous is all around us allows our hearts to recognize and see miracles everywhere.  An unfettered belief in miracles opens doors to every imaginable possibility, inspires awe and gratitude, and adds magic and mystery to a sometimes all too mundane world.

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Falling In Love

Day 100


I am falling in love with myself.

I love my shared self and I love my secret self.

I love my light and I love my shadow.

I love my perfect imperfections.

Let’s fall madly in love… deeply, profoundly, in love… with ourselves.  Let’s be charmed by the adorable way we walk and the curve of our hips.  We’ll be drawn in by our knowing eyes and infectious smile. We will be captivated by our wit and insatiable curiosity.  Let’s admire our integrity, courage, and ability to love, even if it’s just hurt.  We will even love all the parts, pieces, and attributes we find fault with.   Maybe we’ll buy ourselves a rose, have it wrapped, and write the card, “I love you.”   Let’s see ourselves as creations of beauty, filled with so many wonderful qualities that we simply can not help but to fall in love… with ourselves.

Day 99


I am entitled to have time to myself.

When I need time alone, I respect myself enough to seek it.

When others need time to themselves, I am not threatened.

I respect the needs of others to have time alone.

There are times when everyone needs solitude.  To be alone with one’s own thoughts, own choices, own experiences and even one’s own messes, is a healthy thing.  Without the influence or interruptions from others we can dig deep and reconnect with our selves, problem solve with our inner wisdom, and listen to the quiet beating of our own hearts.  It’s healthy for the self and it’s healthy for relationships.  Taking time to be alone can foster deep appreciation for the time together.  Missing someone can be a very good and perspective-shifting experience.   Spending time with ourselves can be as simple as taking a walk or afternoon at the lake.   Whether it is for one day or a whole week, time apart from others can be beneficial for everyone.

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Dreaming BIG

Day 98


My dreams are as big and as infinite as my imagination.

I believe in my dreams and their fulfillment.

I let no one and no thing hinder my dream potential.

Why do we settle for dreaming small when dreaming big is just as possible?  Because we tend to minimize our own potential, we often minimize our dreams, hopes and ambitions.  There is no limit to human potential, only that which we ourselves place on it.  Men soar in the sky like birds because someone dared to dream that big dream.  Humans have navigated beyond the scope of our planet because someone dreamed that big dream.  Organs can be replaced, regenerated and even grown all because first someone dreamed those big dreams.  Every thought we have creates something so why not go for something grand? Don’t settle for dreaming small.  Dream BIG and bold and all the way and let no one tell you that you can’t.

Day 97


There is no limit to the amount of love that I give to myself.

There is no limit to the amount of love that I am willing to receive.

I give myself compliments, kindness and consideration without limits.

I accept compliments, kindness and consideration without limits.

I give myself only positive and healthy emotional, verbal and physical treatment.

I accept only positive and healthy emotional, verbal and physical treatment from others.

No one can or will receive more than they are willing to give to themselves.   This is true whether we are talking about a positive offering or a negative one.   I call the point we will not receive beyond our allowing point.  We will accept  in measures equal to or less than what we give ourselves, but once what is offered exceeds our allowing point, we will stop accepting.  One can not accept more love from another than they give to themselves.  If the amount of love one is being offered exceeds their allowing point, they will become frightened or overwhelmed and probably sabotage the relationship.   In the same way, no one will accept more pain or abuse from another than they give to themselves.  If the amount of abuse being offered exceeds the allowing point, then one will usually walk away, but rarely before.  By paying attention and asking ourselves a few simple questions we can gain some insight into where our allowing points are set…

Do I accept compliments well?  Am I comfortable receiving gifts?  Am I only attracted to bad boy or girl types?  How much abuse or lack of consideration do I allow from others before saying enough is enough? Do I mistreat or abuse myself verbally, emotionally or physically?

By looking at how we receive or reject what others offer us, we gain insight into our own ability to both love and loathe ourselves.   Imagine what a world it would be if everyone had an allowing point for positive set at infinity, and for negative, set to zero!   We can dream…We can try!

Day 96


I resolve to laugh.

I choose to engage in activities that make me laugh.

I will laugh more than I cry.

I see the lighter side of life.

There are times when laughter really is the best medicine.  It releases feel-good hormones, raises vibrations and can create an opening where a change in perspective to take place.   Taking things too seriously for too long can lead to all kinds of problems, both physically and emotionally.   And the truth is, people who take life too seriously aren’t a lot of fun to be around.  Every aspect of life needs balance and seriousness needs to be tempered with levity.   A great way to lift spirits or lighten a mood is to watch a funny movie or online video, read jokes, go to a comedy club, or watch a comedian on television.   To keep balance in our lives,  we can resolve to see the lighter side, and to engage in activities that produce laughter.


Day 95


I am able to say, “I’m sorry.”

I leave my ego behind and admit when I am wrong.

I embrace humility.

It’s never easy to eat humble pie but there is spiritual integrity in its flavor.  Only the ego needs to always be right.  Only the ego can’t say “I was wrong.”   From the heart we can be honest and easily say, “I was wrong and I am sorry.”   From the heart we know that we are not less for our mistakes but more for owning them.

Day 94


The business of others is none of mine.

I only know what is best for me.

I allow others their own journey and experiences without my interference.

I practice compassion and tolerance.

It can be hard in a world that promotes voyeurism – think reality shows and YouTube – to remember that how others live is, for the most part, none of our business.  It’s easy to get drawn into the drama and to take part in passing judgment, but wisdom teaches us that each person has their own journey, their own karma, their own soul contracts, and their own spiritual lessons we know nothing about.   If someone makes a life choice we don’t understand or condone, we are being given an opportunity to practice tolerance.  If we find someone’s behavior unusual or shocking, Instead of judging, condemning, or maligning we can hold them in the energy of respect or compassion. Only when someone invites us into their life and asks for our opinion do we need to be a part of their business.  Of course this doesn’t mean turning a blind eye in dangerous situations, or when behaviors negatively impact our lives, but when it comes to ordinary circumstances, our interest is best left to the well-being of our own lives.  What others think is none of our business.   What others do is none of our business.   And if a situation doesn’t involve us, it doesn’t involve us.  

Sacred Space

Day 93


I value my spiritual health.

I use my sacred space to promote my spiritual well-being.

I visit my sacred space daily.

I keep my sacred space pure in energy, light in spirit and for my use only.

Everyone needs a place to go that offers serenity, solitude and connection.  These are our sacred spaces.  They can contain anything that helps us to feel connected to our hearts, spirits and or Source – candles, plants, fountains, pillows, chimes, sand, statues or anything else we choose.   One woman keeps Play-Doh in her sacred space because the smell helps her connect to her inner child and working it soothes her.  Our sacred spaces can be small corners in rooms or entire gardens.  Part of keeping our special spaces sacred is creating them for our use only (unless we invite a guest in) and using them only for the purpose of bringing ourselves peace and spiritual well-being.  We might use our sacred spaces for quick spiritual tune-ups like short meditations, or lengthy deep inner reflection.  They might be areas kept minimalistic or alters filled with our many sacred belongings.  Whatever we do there – write, read, reflect, pray, cry, chant, or squish Play-Doh, our time in our sacred space should leave us feeling better than we did before we entered it.


Day 92


I am more than a body.

I am more than my thoughts.

I am more than my personality.

I am also an incarnated spark of the Divine.

We are so much more than we can ever see in a mirror. We are soul, spirit, and sparks of Divinity inside earthly vehicles.  Our inner selves needs as much attention as our outer selves.  Every day we must strive to nurture the entirety of our beings, including the invisible and mysterious.

Day 91


I view everything as a choice.

I am grateful for my responsible choices and how they empower me.

I take personal responsibility for my choices.

“I have to….”  How many times do we hear ourselves saying those words during the course of a day?  “I have to get that paper written.”  “I have to call Chris.”  “I have to go make dinner.”  “I have to get the bills paid.”   Today is a good day to begin  eliminating the words “have to” from our vocabularies and realize that everything is a choice.  Everything.  We do not HAVE TO make dinner, we choose to.  We do not HAVE TO pay the bills,  we choose to.   Sometimes all those HAVE TO’s can make us feel like victims of our own lives, when in truth each HAVE TO is merely a choice we have said yes to.  We alone are responsible for our choices and how they make us feel.   And we choose as we do because of consequences.

We do not HAVE TO stop at red lights, we choose to because the consequences of not stopping (a ticket) are less desirable than the consequences of stopping (arriving late).  We choose to pay the bills because we prefer the consequences of paying them over the consequences of not paying them.  We may not enjoy fulfilling every choice but do so by our own choosing.  Realizing that everything is a choice, we might even see an opportunity to choose not to do something, instead of  feeling we HAVE TO.   Will the world end if we leave the dishes?  Whatever we do – or don’t do – we take full responsibility for that choice.  There is empowerment in choice and by recognizing that everything we do is the result of our own choosing, we reclaim our power.

Day 90


I am stronger than the influence of any negativity.

I choose to expose myself to that which supports and mirrors my positive thoughts, actions and feelings.

I surround myself with optimistic, hopeful people.

I engage myself in uplifting activities.

I cherish myself, my balance and my happiness, and do what I can to promote those states within me.

Everyone has those days that challenge personal equilibrium. They’re the days when it seems like everyone around us is breathing dragon fire. The boss is yelling, the kids are screaming, the ne’er content friend is complaining again and we are standing in the middle of them all.  We try to remain detached, reminding ourselves that their problems are not ours.  We physically remove ourselves from the wellspring of discontent only to wind up the captive audience of a right vs. left, fear-mongering, news broadcast.  By the time the sun has disappeared, so has our ability to withstand the onslaught of negativity.  We’re agitated, nervous, cranky, and generally unhappy.  It isn’t always easy, but we can protect ourselves from the energies we don’t want to be influenced by.  To start with, we can be very selective about the people and situations we interact with.  We can make a habit of avoiding those operating from lower vibrational energies.  We can learn to end conversations when the focus turns to unproductive complaining, fault-finding, or worrying.  We might choose to watch or read only enough news as is needed to stay informed.  Beginning the day with a high vibration, well grounded in positive thoughts, feelings, and the heart, while periodically repositioning one’s self in that vibration throughout the day, is one of the best ways to avoid being brought down by the misery of others.  By putting our attention on that which is beautiful, sacred, loving, whole, abundant, and healthy, we center ourselves in our hearts and align ourselves with positive energy. Pausing at various moments during the day to feel love, gratitude, compassion, joy, freedom, security, or any of the other emotions that take us into the heart, has the same effect.  With just a little effort, we can avoid rolling around in the pollution of negativity, keep ourselves energetically clean, and develop habits that help reduce our exposure to emotional toxins.

Day 89


I keep my focus in the direction of my desires.

If we desire abundance but keep seeing lack everywhere we look, we need to turn and look in a different direction.  If we desire health but our attention is only on ailing, we must change our point of view.  We cannot experience, achieve, or manifest a desire if we’re looking in the direction of what we do not want.  And since we can only see in the direction we face, we must be facing that which we desire.  If we desire harmony, we must look in the direction of harmony rather than staring at discord.  If we wish to have a life we are grateful for, we must be seeing that which we are grateful for.  If we do not like what we’re seeing, we must change our position.

Day 88


I see life through the instrument of my heart.

I perceive existence with my sense of loving.

My eyes and ears may fail me, but my heart never will.

If intuition is the sixth sense, love is the seventh, and its instrument is the heart. With the heart we can see the world and its experiences through the eyes of the Divine.  With the heart we can see the pathway to forgiveness.  With the heart we can hear words without judgment or fear.  With the heart we can touch the lives of those who suffer or need.  From the heart we can speak words of appreciation, compassion and tolerance.  When we use our hearts to experience life through loving – just as we use our eyes to experience life through seeing and our hands to experience life through touching – the world and all in it are seen as having  higher purpose, divine mystery, and an inherent beauty.  Anytime life takes on a troubled hue, we can see it differently by looking with the heart.

I Am A Garden

Day 87


I am a garden

I am creation manifest.

I am growing, evolving, transforming and bearing the fruits of love abundantly.

I nourish myself of my harvest and share infinitely with others.

In our most natural state, we are gardens.  We grow strongest in well fertilized soil, are in a constant state of transformation, and our existence is often plagued with pests and weeds, but with mindfulness, and the help of others, we overcome and become productive.  Our perennial crop is love, and when upon harvest we have enough for ourselves and others.

Day 86


Today I will pause to reflect on the many who have chosen to share some time on this planet with me.

I am thankful to my beloved for choosing to share another day with me, recognizing that it is a choice.

I am thankful to my family for choosing to share some of their time on earth with me, recognizing that it is a choice.

I am thankful to my friends for choosing to let me walk a while with them in life, recognizing that it is a choice.

Just as we’re learning to appreciate the role choice plays in our lives, we can also appreciate the choices of others, and how their choices make a positive difference in our world. Every day that a friend is still a friend,  we are blessed by their choice to share part of their journey with us.  Even those we appear to be well rooted in life with – children, parents and spouses – can choose at any time to be elsewhere and without our company.  When we acknowledge that our interactions and time shared are based on choice, we’re less likely to take them or our relationships for granted, instead experiencing each moment with a fully grateful heart.



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