365 Days of Inspiration – Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Faith, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Living Now, Love and Relationship, Optimism, Purpose, Surrender, tagged 365 Days of Inspiration, abundance, affirmation, appreciation, authentic living, authenticity, Authenticity and Empowerment, balance, belief, Buddhism, choice, compassion, consciousness, courage, creation, daily affirmations, determination, Divine, dream, expansion, experience, faith, fear, freedom, giving, God, grace, gratitude, growth, happiness, harmony, Health and Well Being, heart, human potential, I AM, in the moment, insights for daily living, integrity, intention, joyful living, just be, letting go, Light, limitless potential, living in empowered consciousness on May 3, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Love and Relationship, tagged appreciation, do couples need time apart?, does distance really make the heart grow fonder?, is time alone a bad thing? on April 10, 2015| Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Faith, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Optimism, tagged abundance, appreciation, authentic living, Authenticity and Empowerment, belief, beliefs, believe, consciousness, creation, dream, dreams, empowered, experience, faith, fear on March 31, 2015| Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Living Now, Love and Relationship, tagged appreciation, compassion, divine mystery, do we have a seventh sense?, eyes of god, eyes of the heart, Higher Purpose, how many senses do we have?, inherent beauty, instrument of the heart, look at life thru the heart, no judgement, pathway to forgiveness, sense of love, seventh sense, speak words of love, those who suffer, tolerance, touching lives, what are our senses? on March 30, 2015| Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in Gratitude, tagged 365 Days of Inspiration, appreciation, authenticity, Authenticity and Empowerment, belief, choice, choices, choosing to be together daily, consciousness, ego, empowered, everything is a choice, grateful heart, the choices of others on March 29, 2015| Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Purpose, Service & Giving, tagged abundant, allow source in, appreciation, better able to serve, deserve less, easier, expansive, filled with opportunities, free flowing, gratitude, greed, happy, I want more, imbalance, limiting beliefs, live life fully, living through us, make life better, materialism, more loved, our source, our source is infinite, richer, sacrifice, self-centered, self-denial, self-indulgence, selfish, Source, spiritual attributes, stable, the more I have the more I can give, the more we have the more we have to give, ungrateful, wanting more on February 28, 2015| Leave a Comment »
I appreciate what I have and I want more of it.
I appreciate what I have and I expect more of it.
Abundance and plenty live in harmony with my grace, humility and spirituality.
I’m not advocating self-indulgence, greed or imbalanced materialism; I’m advocating the innate right of every person to want more of what makes their life better, easier, richer, more expansive and filled with greater opportunities. For some, saying the words “I want more” can feel greedy, ungrateful and self-centered. We’re raised to think we deserve less than more. We’re raised to believe that wanting is anti-spiritual. None of that is true. Self-denial, sacrifice and limiting beliefs are not spiritual attributes. The more of any good thing we have, the more we have to share. The happier, more stable and more loved we feel, the better able we are to serve others.
The true nature of our Source is infinite, abundant and free-flowing. By allowing that flow to come into our lives freely and happily, without regulation and without guilt for wanting, we not only allow Source to live within us unbridled, but also through us toward others.
Posted in Faith, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Living Now, Love and Relationship, Optimism, tagged a different view, a new perspective, a positive outlook, abundance, appreciation, attitude, belief, change your mind, changing the lens, consciousness, doubt, empowerment, faith, gratitude, lack, limiting, limitless, living now, negative, perspective is everything, power of positive thinking on February 20, 2015| 1 Comment »
I choose a positive perspective no matter what my situation is.
If we see ourselves as victims of this world we cannot feel grateful for all that is right in our lives . If our focus is on what we perceive as lacking, we can not see all that we have. But when we come at life from the other side, seeing what we love and want and cherish and appreciate and learn from, we no longer see what we don’t want, don’t like, and don’t feel good about. When our focus is on what is uplifting, we don’t see what brings us down. When our hearts are feeling grateful for the plenty we do have, we aren’t giving attention to what we think is missing. While in the midst of positive, limitless, hopeful thoughts, we are not having negative, limiting and doubting thoughts. Having and maintaining a positive perspective changes everything because it changes everything.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Faith, Health and Well Being, Love and Relationship, Purpose, Service & Giving, Service & Giving, tagged appreciation, change your mind, focusing on the positive, gratitude, healing, help another in need, helping, helping others, negative states, personal problems, positive states, promote a sense of purpose, purpose, reaching out to others, recovery, rise above your own troubles, shift, shift your perspective, uplifting ideas, volunteering on February 2, 2015| 2 Comments »
I am uplifted in my own life by helping others.
I have no troubles when I am extending my heart to others.
I am grateful for opportunities to help and support those in need.
The greatest and quickest way to rise above our own troubles is to put our attention on helping others in need. Personal problems often shrink in comparison to the troubles of others. Helping others also promotes a sense of purpose and appreciation, both of which support one’s own shift from a negative state of mind to a positive one. When helping others, our focus is on more positive concepts such as improvement, recovery, and healing. In short time those positive intentions and hopes will begin spilling over into our lives. In short, by helping others, we help ourselves.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Faith, Gratitude, Optimism, tagged appreciation, be empowered, being met with an obstacle, Buddhism, consciousness, creating an opening, dare to be diminished, dont rush, eating as a divine communion, faith, fighting against the problem, grace, gratitude, having faith, in the present moment, mindfulness, monks, seek divine guidance, square peg round hole, trust on January 21, 2015| 1 Comment »
There is no obstacle that can’t be overcome.
There is no problem without a solution.
I will not be diminished by my circumstances.
As frustrating as roadblocks in life can be, there are none that can’t be overcome. If met with an obstacle in our path we can look for ways around, over, or even under it. If still no solution is apparent, we can seek Divine guidance and trust that a way to handle the situation will reveal itself. Most of the time we don’t really need to rush to find an answer – though we might think we do – and forcing one is rarely helpful in the long-term . Remember, if we worry or fight against a problem we only create resistance to finding a positive outcome but if we can approach it with an empowered and calm surety we create an opening for a solution to be known and a way forward to be shown.
Posted in Gratitude, tagged appreciation, daily dose of gratitude, grateful for life, gratitude, gratitude is free, higher vibration, shift your perspective, take a gratitude pill on July 6, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I am grateful for my life, for its gifts and blessings.
No matter what my day brings forth, I will remember that I always have much to be grateful for.
I choose to put my attention on what is right and working and abundant in my life, and feel grateful for it all.
Gratitude is one of the most transformative emotions because it is easily and readily available to everyone at any time. There is always *something* we can find to be grateful for, even on the most trying of days. When we find that perspective point and feel gratitude, our energy immediately shifts to a better, higher vibration. We are instantly up-lifted. Gratitude is free, accessible and easy to use. It doesn’t require a prescription. Choosing the perspective of gratitude, especially during difficult times, not only makes those times easier, it also aides in preventing negative states from taking root in the body and creating illness. Whatever challenges you’re facing today, finding a point of gratitude will make them easier. Even if you’re feeling great about life, deliberately choosing to feel grateful will enhance an already good thing. Putting our attention on that which we are grateful for does for the spirit what taking a vitamin does for the body- it enhances your natural state of well-being and keeps you going in that same direction.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Gratitude, Living Now, Purpose, Service & Giving, Surrender, tagged appreciate life, appreciation, be part of the circle, dance, do not attach, enso, forever, give back unto life, give unto life, giving, giving and acceting, grateful, in the loop, japanese circle, just the dance, life gives unto, no thoughts, receiving, seeking acknowledgement, seeking satisfaction, simple, small-self, so simple, stop seeking, the little self on June 14, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I appreciate what life gives unto me and I gratefully give back unto life.
I do not attach my self to giving.
I do not attach my self to receiving.
I appreciate what life gives unto me and I gratefully give back unto life.
It is the little self that seeks satisfaction from receiving. It is the little self that seeks acknowledgement from giving. It is the little self that seeks. Forget seeking, forget the little self, and just be a part of the circle, forever dancing along in giving and accepting, giving and accepting, giving and accepting, giving and accepting….. No thoughts, just the dance.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Living Now, Love and Relationship, tagged abundance, admire the bounty, appreciating the harvest, appreciation, fertile lives, generosity, gifts, glory, harvest, have gratitude, in the moment, it's all a choice, next season's crop, present moments, thriving, today, tomorrow, what do you choose, what do you see, yet to exist struggles on May 17, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I stand in the present moment of my life, assessing and appreciating the abundant harvest that surrounds me.
What do you see when you look at your life? Do you see the gifts, the glory, the generosity the world has bestowed on you? Do you see today? Or do you see tomorrow, what you have yet to face, or a myriad of certain yet-to-exist struggles? Any of us can be the farmer who, when looking at his fields, abundant and thriving, immediately begins calculating the cost and effort to plant the next season’s crop. Or we can stand next to our fertile lives, pausing to admire the bounty we have created for ourselves and that which the world shares with us. It’s a choice. What will you choose?
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Purpose, Service & Giving, Surrender, tagged a wonderful day, aimless wandering, align, appreciation, breathe, enjoy, experience, fulfillment, goal, gratitude, great day, having direction, I intend to, let go resistance, live, look forward to miracles, moment by moment, passion, passionate day, positive energy, set the course for the day, setting an intention, take a deep breath, thank the universe, the universe, welcome the day, with an open heart, work toward purpose on April 19, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I thank the Universe for giving me a place in the world today. I accept and look forward to all the miracles that await me.
Thank You for another glorious day of life so that I can again work toward the fulfillment of my purpose.
I intend to experience a wonderful, expansive, passionate day today. I will let nothing stop me from having a great day.
Imagine heading off on a hike or a sailing journey without setting a course. It could be a pretty dangerous trek, or at the very least be filled with aimless wandering. Starting the day without an intention is much the same. An intention, clearly stated and affirmed, sets your course for the day. Sure, you can still go off track, but there’s a better chance of staying on course when it’s begun with some direction. Ideally, an intention for the day is set before ever getting out of bed, before the sights and sounds of the outer world have a chance to distract the mind. An intention might sound like this, “Thank you for this day and my place in it. I intend to have a day filled with gratitude.” Another wonderful intention is, “With an open heart, I welcome this day and the amazing gifts that await me.” Not only does an intention set first thing in the morning align you with your goal, but it also aligns you with positive emotional energy, and that’s a great beginning to any day. If you’re one of those people who lays in bed lamenting that you don’t want to get up, you’ll find setting an intention particularly useful for shifting your resistant thoughts. Set the intention that feels right for you, take a deep breath, and then let it unfold, moment by beautiful moment.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Faith, Gratitude, tagged appreciation, attitude of gratitude, could be worse, finding the silver lining, grateful, gratitude, positive attitude, seeing the good on March 7, 2011| 1 Comment »
I have so much to be grateful for.
I find reasons to be thankful in every situation.
Every day may not see the fulfillment of my dreams, but every day holds much to be grateful for. I can be upset that the price of fuel is almost more than I can afford, or I can be grateful that I have a car. I can be upset that my body is ailing, or I can be grateful that I have access to health care. I can be upset that my partner forgot our dinner plans, or I can be grateful that I have someone to work through such issues with. No matter what seems to be wrong, I will remember the words, “could be worse”, and be grateful for all that is RIGHT and beautiful in my life.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Faith, Gratitude, Living Now, tagged abundance, appreciation, creating, doubt, ego, faith, fear, fear of falling, gratitude, here and now, letting go of fear, living in an abundant state, manifesting, protection, risk, seeing the gifts, self, self-preservation, taking a chance, trust, uncertainty on February 22, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I live free from fear and its many expressions.
I am safe, loved, and my future secured in faith and positive affirmation.
I replace all doubts with certainty and gratitude for all that is right and abundant in my life.
Last night I went to bed overwhelmed with appreciation and humbled by the beautiful course my life is on and all the loving support I am wrapped in. I woke this morning unnerved and apprehensive, little questioning doubts creeping into my mind. Life is good and my delightful ego, doing its job so well, recognized the risk in such a state– it might not last, it might all collapse, it might turn sour, something might go wrong. Risk usually comes with fear and fear always bring forth the ego which seeks to protect the self from any threat. I sat and embraced the risk, eliminated the fear (replacing it with faith and positive beliefs) and breathed again in gratitude for the abundance, love, and joy that are here now. Life can always collapse around us at any moment. Sometimes it’s even necessary and proper that it do so, but sometimes it does so only because (over time) our fears of collapse have created it. Accept risk without fear, replace doubt with certainty, and live in gratitude for what is here and now.
Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Gratitude, Living Now, tagged appreciation, challenge, gift, gratitude, growth, life lessons, lotus, potential, soul growth, spirit, struggle on February 3, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I am grateful for every good thing in my life.
I am grateful for every challenge in my life.
I am grateful for every opportunity for growth I am given.
It’s easy enough to feel grateful for things like loving friends, a fulfilling job, and a warm place to sleep. Harder, is feeling grateful for a struggle or a challenging person yet these have always been my greatest teachers, offering me unsurpassed growth potential. Today I intend to feel grateful for every struggle or challenge I face…. and the gift, not yet revealed, that lies within it. I will remember that it is to the mire the lotus owes its beauty.
Posted in Health and Well Being, Living Now, tagged appreciation, Buddhism, consciousness, eating as a divine communion, grace, gratitude, in the present moment, mindfulness, monks, unity on January 29, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I will eat one meal with complete mindfulness.
There are Buddhist monks and other practitioners who use eating as an opportunity to practice mindfulness. What that means is that while they are eating they are eating. That is– they are ONLY eating. They do not talk during meals and their every movement and every thought is related to the meal and eating.
Their thoughts are of gratitude for the grain which gave up its life force and the many hands that saw it go from cultivation to consumption. They view eating as a divine marriage between the food and the one eating it. They reflect with awe and humility on the perfection of the body as it takes part in the meal. Hands that take food from bowl to mouth, a sense of taste that recognizes the earthy flavor, a digestive system that turns a grain of rice into sustenance, all parts in the process are acknowledged and honoured. They feel, taste, smell, appreciate, unite, and fully engage in what becomes a sacred communion. I, on the other hand, have actually eaten so fast and so absent-mindedly that I’ve not remembered eating at all. I like the idea of consciously becoming one with my food. I especially like the idea of being fully present in the act of eating and appreciating the many, many who have made it possible. So today, even if it means eating in the closet or the garage so that I’m not disturbed, I’ll eat one meal with the divine grace of a monk.
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