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Day 137

Affirmation:

I only make choices that are beneficial to my life and support my well-being.

I only make choices that support my growth into a  more empowered and more authentic, loving human.


It is easy to get into the habit of making choices that do not serve one’s life or self.   That may be the habit of choosing an unhealthy relationship, choosing to be in situations which promote victimhood, or choosing to worry (which offers nothing positive to any experience).   Consciously choosing that which is physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy is always the right choice, for both the self and others.  Choosing to nourish the body with the healthiest possible food is choosing well-being.  Choosing to end or avoid engaging in toxic situations is choosing to support one’s growth.  Choosing to view oneself as worthy and valuable is choosing empowerment.  Choosing to feel compassion, tolerance, understanding and acceptance is choosing authenticity.   Choosing to have a positive attitude and positive thoughts is choosing to be a more positive, loving person.   Being conscious of what one is choosing – and whether or not the consequences of those choices  support well-being – is an important part of living a joyful, healthy, authentic life of love and truth.

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Day 136

Affirmation:

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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Day 134

Affirmation:

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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Day 133

Affirmation:

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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Day 132

Affirmation:

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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Day 131

Affirmation:

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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Day 130

Affirmation:

I am the one living my life.

I am the author of my story.

I live this life in the direction of my dreams.

I live my life according to my hopes and aspirations.


From the time we were born, well-intended adults attached their hopes, dreams, ambitions, and aspirations to our lives, hoping they’d someday become our reality.  We might have heard things like, “I dream that one day you will…” or, “We have planned that when you are old enough you will…”  Perhaps we grew up hearing what sort of mate we should look for or which job we should – or should not – pursue.  Sometimes the process is more subtle.  As children we’re often introduced to activities by those same well-intended adults who have great expectations of our loving, thriving, and devoting ourselves to their interests.  Our inheritance may be our parents unfulfilled dreams or their desire to achieve through our successes.  Because this happens when we’re very young, it’s usually assimilated without question and becomes unconscious programming.  Without our awareness – or permission – we begin living our lives from the scripts others have written for us.  We will be mommies.  We will go to college.  We will marry pretty girls.  We will become the first person in the family to own a home, get a Doctorate, win the Heisman, stay married, record a song, etc., etc., etc.

When our life’s work, our education goals, our hobbies, interests and our dreams are more in alignment with another’s desires than our own…

When we’re striving to fulfill the hopes and aspirations others have for us…

When we’re trying to live up to other’s expectations of us…

…we are not authoring our own lives.  We have settled for letting someone ghost write our lives for us.

It’s never too late to take back our lives, write our own scripts and live our own dreams.  These are our lives we are experiencing and we are the only ones who should be living their lives through us.

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Day 129

Affirmation:

I am the example I wish to see.

I am an example of my highest values and beliefs.

I am an example of the Divine in the physical world.

I am an example of determination, fortitude and perseverance.

I am an example of grace, tolerance and compassion.

I am an example I can be proud of.


So often we look to others to be role models and examples of spiritual courage, fortitude, devotion, charity or enlightenment, such that we do not recognize our own example.   Remember that step you took away from those who did not support you?  A shining example of courage.  The day you took a deep breath and rose again, when every fiber of your being wanted to quit?  Fortitude  in the flesh.   Those infinite moments when you’ve silently whispered, “thank you” to a Universe of love?  Pure devotion.   Every time you’ve offered a smile, a helping hand, shared a dollar, given of your time to sit with a friend or family member?  Beautiful examples of charity.   And all of those intuitive flashes of pure knowing, awareness, and unity?  Enlightenment.    Just for today, let’s see ourselves as our own heroes and our own role models.  Look in the mirror and see the example we are. 

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Day 128

Affirmation:

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.

Having It All

 

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Day 127

Affirmation:

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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Day 126

Affirmation:

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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Day 125

Affirmation:

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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Day 124

Affirmation:

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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Day 123

Affirmation:

I give gifts freely, without  strings attached.

Once I give a gift I let go completely.

What someone does with a gift I give is none of my business.


A true gift is the one given without the giver attached to it.  If we give someone a vase and do so expecting they will fill and display it, we are attaching ourselves and our expectations to the gift.  Under those circumstances we are not truly giving; we are sharing.  A true gift has no such strings.  It is not given with any expectation of being used, worn, displayed, or eaten.  There may hope, but no expectation, and certainly no disappointment if it is not.  A true gift originates in the desire to give, not in the desire to see one’s self or worth reflected in that gift’s use.  

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Day 121

Affirmation:

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

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Rinse and repeat.  All day.  Even if none of the above are true, what we think so do we become – especially when thought repeatedly – so these words can become our truth.   Recite the words till they are felt, each of them.  Feel passionate, feel the  ego loosen its grasp, feel money flowing into the experience, feel love for all creation and creation’s love for us. By saying the words, thinking the words, feeling the words and believing the words true,, their meaning becomes our reality.

Sri Yantra – the Creation Yantra or Cosmic Yantra

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Day 120

Affirmation:

I am eternally grateful for the many gifts my mother gave me.

I acknowledge and appreciate the many other mothers I have had as guides and models in my life.


There are as many different kinds of mothers as there are women.  Some are the quintessential cookie-baking types, others are better at creating business contacts.   Some are nurturing, some need nurturing.  Some mothers show us beautiful paths, others throw roadblocks in our way.  Some mothers become our friends, some our children, and some our adversaries.   Some mothers teach us by example, from some we learn to be better than their example.  A mother doesn’t have to be the one who gave  birth, she doesn’t even have to be the one who did the raising.  Some mothers are our mother’s friends, our aunts, our guardians, or any number of other women who showed us the way.   Though not all are ideal parents, all mothers give us something we need for our journey.   That may be little more than a physical body, or it might be a font of love and support.   All mothers plant seeds from which we can learn to become and become better.    On this day of honouring mothers, let us remember to honour them all – the devoted, the difficult, the birthing, the adopting, the fostering, the sister-like, the embarrassing, the proud, and all of the others.   Each has had a place in our lives and offered us opportunities for growth, beauty, and expanded potential.


FOR FUN: Television has shown the faces of many mothers over the decades – single, married, divorced, unwed, doctors, lawyers, stay-at-homes (previously known as housewives!), musicians and witches.  Some have been a little nutty while others were  too serious but we’ve all been drawn to one or more in our lifetime for one reason or another.  Enjoy the photos and the memories they invite!

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365 Days of Inspiration –  Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness

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Day 116

Affirmation:

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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Day 115

Affirmation:

I am good enough.

I am smart enough.

I am attractive enough.

I am strong enough.

I am capable enough.

I am lovable enough.

I am worthy enough.

I am EVERYTHING enough!


With conscious awareness, we can catch ourselves having self-critical thoughts.  Sometimes the words are so deep within our minds they come through like a bully’s taunting whisper, other times they’re intimidatingly loud and clear, and sometimes they’re vocalized aloud.  We need to pay attention to these I’m-not-good-enough thoughts.  From the rather mild, “I can’t believe he really loves me,” and “That’s just too good to be true,” to the outright self-abusive thoughts like, “What an idiot I am,” and “Why am I always so stupid?” these words keep us small and wounded.  We learned how to communicate with ourselves from those outside of us – usually parental figures and other caregivers – but as adults we are now parents to ourselves.  We are now the sources of our own loving acceptance.  Conscious self-parenting means we can love and nurture ourselves even and especially when we make mistakes, cause accidents, don’t know something, are wrong or act in any other humbly human way.  Conscious self-parenting means we speak to ourselves with the same loving and compassionate and patient speech we would use when parenting anyone. When we recognize that the inner critic / inner parent is reprimanding and belittling us we can counter each critique with a resounding, “I AM ENOUGH!” because we are.  We are good enough.  We are smart enough.  We are attractive enough.  We are strong enough.  We are capable enough.  We are lovable enough.  We are worthy enough.  We are EVERYTHING enough.

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Day 86

Affirmation:

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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Day 76 

Affirmation:

I have enough.

I am enough.

I see abundance, plenty and potential everywhere I look.

I appreciate what I have.

I appreciate all I am.

I express gratitude daily for all that I have and all that I am.


It’s so easy to be drawn in by the lure of lack and insufficiency, our media sources drown us daily with information about what we don’t have enough of  – things like health, style, beauty, security, financial freedom and excitement.  And media very generously offers the solutions to these same shortage problems – drugs, fashion trends, makeup and cosmetic surgery,  insurance and investment options and a slick sports car with a sexy passenger.  Those same media sources also try to convince us that what we do have isn’t good enough – think bigger house, fuller breasts, whiter teeth, greener lawns, more sexual vigor and fewer gray hairs.  The outside world is constantly selling us the idea that what we have and what we are is not enough.  No wonder our attention is constantly falling on what we believe is missing or in short supply!  The truth is that we already have and are so much more than we think.

To see what we have we need to shift our perspective from one of lack and shortage to one of abundance and flow.  That shift begins by recognizing how often we put our attention on what we want more of, less of or better. While some want is born of a desire for expansion, as in, “I want to someday take a trip to Spain,” most want has a very different energy, as in , “I want a more agreeable and loving partner.” (which translates to, “I don’t have a very agreeable and loving partner.”)  And it’s the want that comes from lack that keeps us in misery.  Once we recognize our patterns of wanting and from where they derive,  we can make a switch and start thinking instead about what we have.

By shifting from constant thoughts of “I want…” to  constant thoughts of “I have…” we begin to appreciate what we  already possess and experience and how perfectly it has served us.  Thoughts of “I have…” and the gratitude they provoke are the seeds for future abundance and plenty.  When we see that same partner with grateful “I have…” eyes, we start to notice wonderful traits previously hidden by our discontent and our attitude toward them changes.  Most amazingly, as our perspective changes from want to have, the things we have and appreciate begin to transform and become the things we always wanted.

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Day 36

Affirmation:

My life and my dreams are always supported.

I am never alone in my journey.

I see evidence of Divine support all around me.

I am abundantly grateful for every spiritual hug I am given.


The gifts of support and love that Spirit offer are everywhere and ever-present.  Nevertheless, the synchronicities, signs, aha’s and it-just-so-happened moments often go unnoticed or are dismissed. Whether we acknowledge them or not, there are infinite great works being done on our behalf.  This support is intended to help us stay on our evolutionary course, uplift our spirits, reaffirm truth, manifest our dreams and remind us that we are not alone. When awake to the messages and nudges we are given we become conscious travelers, able to see more clearly, and less likely to journey blindly.

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