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

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Day 82

Affirmation:

I do not believe in failure.

I believe that success has many faces.

I believe that there is success in every effort.


There is no such thing as failure, only varying degrees of success.  Every step we take in the direction of our dreams and goals is one step closer to their realization, even if one of those steps is a fall, a wrong turn, or a step backward.  If someone is free of a habit they’re trying to break for thirty days but on the thirty-first day they engage it again, they didn’t fail,  they succeeded for thirty days.  If we attempt something and don’t meet the desired or expected goal, we can choose to view it as a failure and take on all the negativity that bears, or we can see it as a success of a different kind.  We can believe that we have succeeded at taking a chance or we can believe that we have succeeded at trying.  We can even believe that we have succeeded at not reaching our goal.  If we look to the set backs or misses as failures, we find ourselves discouraged and struggling for the motivation to begin again.  If we look at the accomplishment, the success, we can continue on our way, beginning again with self-assurance, courage, and motivation.

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Day 67

Affirmation:

I believe in my dreams.

I expect my dreams to become my reality.

Every day I move confidently toward the realization of my dreams.

Every day I do something that supports the fulfillment of my dreams.


Consider the dreams you have for yourself.  Now ask yourself if you honestly believe in their coming true.  Do you expect them to become reality, or not-so-much?  Do you take action that supports the fulfillment of your dreams or are your actions counter-productive?   Too often our dreams sit idle – placed high upon the shelves of our imaginations only to be looked at and sighed over wistfully from time to time but never touched.  Dreams don’t just manifest themselves into reality without those two magic ingredients – belief and action.  Our beliefs create an opening that allows our dreams to come to us.  Our actions create the energy vortex that draws them into our experience.  Dreams need our help to come true and today is a good time to start moving confidently toward their realization.

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Day 60

Affirmation:

I rise above opportunities to express fear and anger.

I choose to respond to life with and from love.

I choose to be better than the examples others set.

I grow and evolve with life’s experiences.

I am my own hero.


One of life’s great lessons is to rise above and be better for our circumstances and trials.  We learn, grow and evolve when we take every experience – not just the good ones – and become better and more loving for them.  It can be easy to repeat the bad choices and behaviour others have modeled for us but the desirable way is to be better than those examples and to let them inspire us to greatness.  The easy path is to react to life’s difficulties with negative resistance; the desirable way is to respond to challenges with hope, faith, courage and optimism.  Some of our greatest heroes are those we see as having overcome formidable circumstances in order to rise to their highest potential.   We can all be our own heroes and heroines, being better – always better – for what life offers us.

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Day 57

Affirmation:

I am proud for my children’s successes, achievements  or good example.

I support my children’s dreams, hopes and happiness.

I encourage my children and other young persons to be better than my best.


Many parents feel resentful when their offspring shine where they never could, achieve what they never dared, and aspire to be what they never even conceived of being.   Many parents feel threatened by their child’s good looks, popularity, and healthy self-esteem.   When a child flourishes in an aspect of their life that a parent feels insecure about in theirs, the potential for rivalry, control issues, and emotional abuse arises.   Many insecure adults relate to their children with an air of competition.  If there must be any competition between parent and child it should either be in good fun or in order for the child to learn to succeed and surpass their parent competitor.

The spiritual reality of the parent-child relationship is this– children are supposed to become better humans than their parents.  Every generation should be better at being human than the previous.  Such is the essence of evolution.  Everything that a parent models is intended to offer their child a chance to become more loving and more successful in life.  As parents it is our responsibility to encourage our children to be better than we are… in every way.  And when they are, we need not be threatened.  We can smile and know we have done our job well. If our children are more successful, more compassionate, more creative, more authentic, more courageous, more independent, more secure, smarter, stronger and happier than we have ever been, we can be very proud.

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Day 53

Affirmation:

I am stronger than I appear to be.

I am stronger than I think I am.

I am not yet as strong as I will be.


We may be physically small, weak, or feel challenged by our body, age, or intellect, but no matter what the perceived limitation, we are ALL stronger than we appear to be, and undeniably stronger than we think we are.   The strength I’m referring to  is inner strength, what we think of as courage, determination, fortitude, grace and integrity.   This inner strength has carried each of us through life’s storms.   It has given us the will to get out of bed when we all we want to do is hide under the covers.   Our strength allows us to stand up for others without a second thought.  It nudges us gently into relationships that are so good they scare us, and forcefully walks us away from those so bad they wound us.    Our inner strength allows us to face our fears, go for our goals, recover from pain, and express ourselves authentically.

Think of a time when you were sure you could not take another step in life,  a time when hope was nothing more than another 4-letter word.    Something propelled you out of the abyss.  What was it?  It wasn’t  the friend, book or doctor.  It was you.   Before anything external can help us move from misery to recovery, we must first reach the point of wanting better for ourselves and creating that space where better can be seeded.  And  it is inner strength that births that desire for better, allowing us to find or accept help.   Our strength never leaves us, no matter what happens to our bodies or our situations.  Not only is it a permanent part of our beings, it grows with each trial.   It reminds us that we’ve overcome before and will again.  It says, “If I could go through that, I can get through anything.”

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Day 30

Affirmation:

I love beyond fear.

I love with the fullness of my being.

I love with a complete commitment to loving.

I love without expectation, comparison, or attachment.

I love with surrender, vulnerability and daring.

I love for the sake of loving.

I love in the present.

I love.


 

To love with only half of one’s heart is an incomplete act.  Refraining from complete surrender is usually meant to protect one’s emotions and sense of self from some sort of possible threat.  It is much like sending only half of one’s army to battle, leaving the other half to defend the kingdom.  It may make sense to those whose only goal is to protect the empire but to those who wish to win the battle, all must be committed to the cause.   To love is to risk pain, perhaps even in the most melodramatic sense, ruin.   Yet to love and be loved is the very ache every heart longs to fulfill.  Every soul desires that the arrow of love pierce and impale itself in our hearts.  We want to win the battle most of all but to have complete love we must commit our hearts to giving love completely, in spite of its risks and in favor of its infinite rewards.   Yes, love hurts but there is no more sweeter wound than that which befalls the soldier on the battlefield of love.  There is no cause more worthy of our commitment.   And there is no greater victory than conquering fear and living in the spoils of true love.

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Day 26

Affirmation:

Each morning I begin again, alive with hope, determination, and courage.

I awaken to each day as if awakening to another incarnation.


 

Every new day delivers the promise of full potential.  Each morning is the start of a new, 24-hour lifetime.  No matter what setbacks or disappointments yesterday brought, a new day promises new opportunities and every chance to start again- in love, hope, courage, faith, determination, and empowerment.

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Day 13

Affirmation: 

I will not let fear keep me from authentic relationships.

I will not make excuses, when fear is the real roadblock.

I have the courage I need to take a chance on love… and I will.


 

Stop thinking… just jump.

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Day 257

Affirmation:

I acknowledge that I am human

and I  am humbled today by the gift of my humanness.

I easily and readily apologize for my mis-ses.

I accept responsibility without hesitation.

I forgive myself.

I am an example of humility, courage and authenticity.

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Being human really is a gift but it’s not one that comes easily, especially for those of us struggling to rise above our ego-rooted reactions and live a more heart-centered experience.  Sometimes that humanness just gets the best of us and we react.  We say something we don’t really mean or take frustration out on a person or situation totally unrelated to our inner struggle.  We blow up, we lash out, we hide behind arrogance, we crumble in the certainty that no one understands us (and certainly no one loves us), we feel alone and isolated, we may even engage in a full-blown pity party.  And it’s OK, and it’s normal, and it’s part of the balance we all struggle to find.  It may even be entirely emotionally healthy.  But on the other side of that humanness we need to find humility.

Cultivating the ability to recognize and own our mis-ses – mistakes, misdirection,  misuse of language, misguided attempts, etc. –  make amends for them, and then forgive ourselves for them, takes our humanness to a new level.

The absence of our humanity is not the goal of evolution; it is when our humanity exits in equal partnership with our humility that we are on our way.

 

A terrific movie that explores what it means to BE HUMAN and evolve

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Day 254

Affirmation:

*I release all resistance to well-being.

I accept nothing less than well-being in my life.

I make choices that promote well-being in my life.

*I release all resistance to well-being in my life.

I am worthy of well-being in my life.

I welcome all that supports my well-being in my life.

*I release all resistance to well-being in my life.

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It usually happens without our awareness.  First we get comfy.  Then discomfort begins in some area of life and we ignore it,  make excuses for it, or perhaps complain about it, but take no action to end it.  After a while we become accustomed to the discomfort and it becomes our new normal.  Living in physically unsafe housing, being in a relationship that provides financial security but offers no emotional stability, remaining in a loathsome job, and continuing to make poor nutrition choices in spite of health problems, are just a few examples of how we find – and keep – ourselves in patterns of resistance to well-being.

Breaking those patterns involves recognizing them, accepting our worthiness of something more or better, and taking action in the direction of well-being.  Sounds easy.  It isn’t.  Feelings of unworthiness are often deep-rooted and may even require counseling to effectively heal.

Making change can provoke fear.  After all, the uncomfortable known can be easier to live with than any unknown, no matter how much potential for comfort it may hold.  Nevertheless, facing the challenge is worth the time, effort and inevitable tears because WE are worth the time, effort and inevitable smiles.

No matter what is holding us back, we can –  with support, determination, and courage –  make the changes that propel us out of resistance and into well-being.

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Day 252 

Affirmation:

Food is fuel for my body.

I eat when my body needs nourishment, not when my heart does.

I eat to support my physical body, not my emotional body.

 

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Sometimes when we haven’t been accepted, understood, or loved, we learn to stop asking for what we need.  We stop looking for our emotional needs to be met by the world.  We quit sharing our pain and our need for support and comfort.  We learn to rely on ourselves to meet our basic emotional needs for love, comfort, and fulfillment.  And then, sometimes, we start to eat… and eat… and eat. Food can easily become how we feed our emotional selves.

We can ask the question, “With this food, am I feeding my body or my heart?” If the answer is “heart” it’s important to determine what is REALLY needed in that moment. Comfort? Support? Reassurance? Once the truth is made conscious, we can start feeding the spiritual and emotional centers with the (self)love and (self)acceptance they are craving.

 

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Day 244

Affirmation:

I will never again let life tell me, “no.”

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It’s so easy to quit when met by obstacles.  Or to give up when it seems like trying is all you’re doing, never succeeding.   Or to feel like a victim to life.  Who hasn’t been there?   Today I’m reminded of the woman who taught me the meaning of empowerment.   Vilma survived both World Wars while living in eastern Europe, dangerous escape to Austria with two young daughters, the loss of her baby boy, and a marriage that involved many horrors, including rape.   “Many times,” she told me, “I want to die, but inside me something could not quit.”  Eventually she left Europe and her husband, started her own business and a new life.   She thrived, became very successful and lived a full 97 years.   I asked her once what got her through all the hard times.   “You listen and I tell you,” she said. “No matter what I go through I know I am here for a reason or else I would be dead, so it is my job to find a reason.”   Then she took my face in her hands and that little woman, just barely four and a half feet tall,  in her thick Hungarian accent said, “I make choice to never let life tell me no.  I made life say yes to me!”    When we’re crumbling under the weight of experience, or life wants to know what we’re made of, instead of backing down, stand tall and courageous, with the wisdom of a true heroine to encourage.

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Day 191

Affirmation: 

I won’t live my life jaded and waiting. 

I won’t allow the years to go by in wishing and missing.

I deserve a life of love and happiness and beginning today, demand it of, and for, myself.

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We all only get one chance at this dream we’re incarnated into, so take your chances and your courage and demand the life you want.  Don’t settle for easy, comfortable or steady, if you’re not happy.  Make it better or make a change.  You deserve to live the life that fills you with passion, bliss and meaningful connection.  We all do.

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Day 38

Affirmation: 

I will never again let life tell me, “no.”

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It’s so easy to quit fighting when met by obstacles.  Or to give up when it seems like trying is all you’re doing, never succeeding.   Or to feel like a victim to life.  Who hasn’t been there?   Today I’m reminded of the woman who taught me the meaning of empowerment.   Frida survived both World Wars while living in eastern Europe, and an abusive marriage.   Many times, she told me, she wanted to die, “but something inside me couldn’t quit.”  Eventually she left Europe and her husband, started her own business and a new life.   She thrived, became very successful and lived a full 97 years of life.   I asked her once what got her through all the hard times.   “You listen and I tell you,” she said. “No matter what I go through I know I always have my God.   And, I know I am here for a reason or else I would be dead, so it is my job to find a reason.”   Then she took my face in her hands and that little woman, just barely four and a half feet tall,  in her thick Hungarian accent said, “I never let life tell me no.  I made life say yes to me!”    When I’m crumbling under the weight of experience or life wants to know what I’m made of, instead of backing down, I will stand tall and courageous, with the wisdom of a heroine to encourage me.  

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Day 18

Affirmation:

My faith guides me when I’m uncertain

My faith carries me when I am lost.

My faith is strong and solid.

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Faith is the born of the union of hope and belief… Hope without belief is infertile.  Belief without hope is impotent.  But with a heart of BOTH belief in possibilities and hope in their manifestation or truth, we cultivate FAITH.  And from faith– inner peace and the flowering of potential…

I challenge the substance of my Faith.. Is it strong enough to weather all storms or is it only good on partly cloudy days? Does my faith crumble like sand the moment the burden is too heavy or does it bear the weight like granite?

I renew my faith today so that when I need it next it will be sure.

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