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

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Day 74

Affirmation:

I am grateful for the gift of my children.

I respect my children as individuals, on loan to me for a short time, but their own beings.


From a non-physical perspective, children choose their parents before they are born.  They do not come into our lives to be reflections of us; they come into our lives to be better than our best, to learn and grow from and with us, and to resolve and rise above what we cannot.  It is our great challenge to encourage and promote them in that quest.  We may be expected to nurture and teach them, but they come into our lives to teach us, as well.  And most of all, they are not ‘ours’.  They are every bit their own souls, with their own personas, their own journeys to travel, their own lessons to learn from life,  and – as every parent knows – their own minds.   They are amazing, beautiful, magical  gifts we are given to hold for a while, and then we must let them fly with the wings we have shown them they have.

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Day 62

Affirmation:

I accept that all life is in a constant state of flux.

I accept impermanence as an inherent part of living in the natural world.

I do not cling to life, people, things or experiences.

I understand that everything is impermanent and eventually gives way to something else.

I deeply appreciate my life and its holdings while they are present, knowing they can change or cease to be at any time.


A core tenet of Buddhist philosophy is that humans suffer when they cling to that which is impermanent.   The Buddha taught that liberation from suffering can be found by living in a state of non-attachment, which is realized when impermanence is understood to the true nature of the phenomenal world.  Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike can benefit from this simple understanding.  Impermanence tells us that all things of the world are in a constant state of change and that anything that originates is subject to cessation.  Impermanence is easily understood when thinking in terms of death and decay, but circumstance and choice can also create endings.  I once witnessed a young mother become inconsolable when her toddler broke a glass bird she’d had since childhood.  The child was punished and made to suffer for his age-appropriate accident.  She cried for hours, and talked about the incident for weeks.  Everyone around her suffered for the loss of this little object.  The incident was extreme but a beautiful example of how we cling to objects.  We also cling – or attach ourselves – to situations, jobs, events, lifestyles, such that when they change or end, suffering ensues.  Perhaps the form of attachment that creates the most suffering is our attachment to each other.  Relationships are wrought with attachment.  Parents cling to children who must grow up and move on, and many a divorce lawyer has filled his coffer when one spouse clings to another who seeks change.  But when we embrace impermanence we understand that life has cycles, that relationships may end, and that items break or are lost.   Non-attachment does not mean de-tachment.  It means appreciating the thing, person and experience in the moment, with an acceptance of the reality that the only certainty is change.  Accepting impermanence has the ability to instill a deep and meaningful reverence for what exists now, a true presence in life’s moments and promote a greater passion for living life fully.  Just as the tree sheds its leaves seasonally and the caterpillar becomes the butterfly, so too are we and our lives a part of the natural reality of impermanence.

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Day 61

Affirmation:

I value life as a precious gift.

I live the moments of my life fully.

I am grateful for every next moment of life I am given.


 

Life is a precious gift that comes to us in moments and other brief and intangible snippets of time.  None of us knows how many tomorrows we’ll have, all we can do is cherish those that arrive.   Holding life as a sacred experience – too sacrosanct to waste on the trivial and trite, the fleeting and the impermanent – is truly honouring the gift we are given – one brief, flickering, extinguishable moment at a time.  By cherishing the precious gift of life that is ours, we honour those who are given fewer heartbeats than us.

[In loving and tender tribute to the beautiful Woman my voice calls Susan and my heart calls Sister.  A model of Grace, Courage, Strength, and Hope for all who knew you here.  Enjoy your new Home!  Iloveyou.  SS]

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Day 59

Affirmation:

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.

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Day 51

Affirmation:

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.

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Day 39

Affirmation: 

My life is a learning experience and for that I am grateful.

I learn by action, interaction and observation.

I use what I learn to create a more fulfilling and healthier life for myself and others.

The knowledge I’ve gained from my experiences has made me wise and for that I am grateful.


We acquire wisdom when we take what we have learned (knowledge) and merge it with our actions, speech, and thoughts.  Knowledge gleaned then put on a shelf unused is knowledge wasted. It’s like having a beautiful glass in front of us but drinking through our fingers.   When what we’ve learned is applied an alchemical change takes place and the knowledge is transmuted into wisdom turning us into gold.

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Day 33

Affirmation:

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.

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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 21

Affirmation:

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.

 

 

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Day 20

Affirmation:

I am grateful for every blessing in my life, big or small.

I am grateful for every blessing disguised as a challenge.

I express my gratitude often, both silently and aloud.

I make feeling grateful a habit.


 

Running water and a running car, friends and family, clothes and comfort; a desk, a computer, a light to see by and fingers to type with; the re$ources needed to enjoy life, be safe, eat well and sleep in peace; time, space, soul and heart; love and longing, naysayers and roadblocks, clouds and sun and soil and rain; seed to feed to birds, ears to hear their songs, and a mouth to smile at the loveliness of it all…..

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Day 16

Affirmation:

I see miracles everywhere.

I see all miracles as created equal.

I am humbled and awed by the miracles of life and existence that are all around me.

I welcome all miracles into my experience.

I am grateful for the miracles in my life.


There are no small miracles.  There are no big miracles.  To the universal font of creation a life-saving healing is no bigger or greater an occurrence than a fortuitous encounter on the street.   Creation does not know the limits of more and less because creation It-self is limitless.  All creation is equally meaningful to its Creator.  Humans assign degrees of importance, worth, and value to acts of creation because we think in terms of judgment, limitation and duality.  The Universe does not.  From a non-physical perspective, every encounter, every birth, every happenstance, every synchronicity, every bit of support made manifest is just as grand and meaningful as every other.

We don’t have to limit ourselves and our thinking either. We can learn to think like the Universe.  The job, the relationship, the healing, the purpose, the resources, the human being, the ant, the quiet moment, the parking space up front, the coupon for free gas, the feather, and the cloud can all be embraced equally without measuring one against the other.  When we view our experiences and the world as independent of  all else – without comparing or thinking of bigger or smaller, lesser or greater- we see each as meaningful and miraculous- period.

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Day 14

Affirmation:

I am ever grateful to a Universe that never fails to ensure I have support.

I am grateful to those who show up in my life to help me overcome challenges and sort through life’s confusion.

I walk my journey always with the support of at least one other loving soul, to whom I am grateful.


 

This brilliant, loving, Divine Universe never allows us to find ourselves in the middle of an issue, struggle, challenge, obstacle, difficulty, trauma or heartache without ensuring that we have at least one human companion to help us through.  That person may be a stranger with sage wisdom or brute strength, or it may be a beloved with time to listen.  They may be in our lives only to help us through that problem, or they might be or become a lifelong friend.  We may feel totally and utterly alone in the world, but there is always someone, somewhere in our experience, who is there specifically to help.  The key is to allow our earth angel into our experience.  We can’t be so stuck in feelings of isolation that we do not see or hear their presence.  They are there, waiting for us to give them an opening.  No matter how hard life gets, remember- somewhere in the world is at least one person, sent and ready to help, when we are ready to receive.

 

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Day 10

Affirmation:

I am Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully alive.

I am  Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully connected.

I am  Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully in love.

I am  Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully healthy.

I am  Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully wealthy.

I am  Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully on purpose.

I am  Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully grateful.

I am  Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully surrendered.

I am  Passionately, Bliss-fully, and Joy-fully MYSELF.


 

If passion is the divine spark, and bliss the divine breath, joy is the quality that animates them both, turning breath into the wind that feeds the spark into a fire.   Whatever we do today let’s do it with PASSION (divine enthusiasm ) BLISS (divine at-one-ness) and JOY (divine happiness).

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Day 253
Affirmation:

We thank the Powers of Creation- the known and unknowable- that exist within each of us and in everything around us, for our existence and presence in the world today.

We give thanks for the abundance in our lives that is so often taken for granted-from the smallest, most forgettable to the gifts that sustain us.

We give thanks for connections– for people coming and going in our lives, for sharing, laughter, to support and to love. We also give thanks for the people who challenge our well being- those teachers who force us to reach inside and choose to be better than their example.

We are blessed with freedom while many are imprisoned, fullness while many hunger, peace while many know only war, and prosperity while many live in poverty.

We give thanks for all these blessings and for the Infinite Love that lights the paths of our journeys.

 

 

 

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I want to thank everyone who subscribes to this blog for your *amazing* patience and understanding over the past several months, and I’d like to offer an explanation for the infrequency of entries.  When I began this blog on January 1st, 2011, I did so with the intention of writing daily for the entirety of the year, but life offered me an unexpected path last June and all intentions went by the wayside. 

After a decade of traversing through life deliberately in solitude, a beautiful man asked if we could travel together.  *Knowing* we belonged together, we combined our households–no easy task, let me tell you–and in the midst of it all, life threw its necessary curve balls just to test our resolve.  At the same time I was asked to take what would be a 3-month caregiving position that required long full-time shifts.   So I chose, again quite deliberately, to make our relationship a priority and suspend writing until life settled in.

Finally, months later, it has.  The work has ended, our life together is mostly humming along, and I am gratefully  intending to again post daily.  To those who expressed concern over my absence, now you know– it’s all been for love!  Thank you everyone for every kind word and all of your positive, supportive thoughts.  I appreciate all of you!   And…

  

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Day 189

Affirmation:

I am grateful for the gift of differing views and opinions, opposing perspectives and beliefs, and unrecognizable ideologies.  Such gifts of diversity offer me opportunities for expansion, compassion, tolerance and gratitude.

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What a boring world it would be if we were all the same.  If everyone had the same beliefs, attitudes, thoughts and feelings, there would be nothing to facilitate broader understanding or promote the learning of foreign ideas.  In fact there would be no foreign ideas.  From differences and diversity we learn tolerance and acceptance.  We may not always agree with other’s choices or modes of self-expression, but from those differences we learn to respect and appreciate individuality.  Embracing differences promotes a deep and reverent gratitude for the opportunity to live in a world filled with so many divergent expressions. 

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Day 186

Affirmation:

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.

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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. 

 

 

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Day 170

Affirmation:

I am grateful for my father, and the father figures I have had in my life.

On this day of celebrating fathers, I share my appreciation with those men I know who are shining examples of what it means to be a father.

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A father is a special sort of man who wants to give every tool, lesson and tip he’s collected, in order to help another be prepared to make it safely in the world.  They’re sometimes too tough, sometimes too soft, but the best of them can’t be missed.  Their eyes light up when they witness their children succeed, and their hearts soften when they watch them fall.   Smiles span their faces when they’re given homemade ties and ceramic pencil holders, and their chests puff up nicely when they’re asked for help.   They might be short on words, but never on love and encouragement. 

But not all fathers are the kind who donate to the gene pool, or even raise a child.  They’re the ones refered to when we say, “He was like a father to me.”   Like-a-father men are coaches, mentors, team leaders, and counselors.  Some are foster parents, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors, the parent of a friend, or even an older brother.   Like-a-fathers are invaluable role models who also want to help us succeed and become our best selves. 

Today is the day to say thank you to all the dads, fathers, papas, pops, sirs, and like-a-fathers who’ve helped prepare and guide us for this journey we call life.   And if yours isn’t around to share your appreciation with, give your words to the wind and know that they will be heard. 

 

 

 

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