Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekend Inspiration

Kevin and I are having a fun Saturday morning making a few different appetizers for a BBQ this afternoon - all of them with bacon!  We'll see how they taste but so far, they're looking pretty good.  Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web....

Your dreams are waiting for you

4 ways to feel more loved

There is courage in being vulnerable

Freedom from the past is only a thought away

Why exercise is the best medicine

Seeing your value

12 little known laws of mindfulness (that will change your life)

Before attaining success you must do this

And, summer almost over but it's not too late to travel.  25 trips you can do in a weekend

Photo courtesy of cyclonebill/Flickr

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Hidden Perk Of Walking The Dog

Without a doubt, I've known that walking my dog, Cody, is great exercise.  Yesterday, after a day of things not going quite right, I also found that walking the dog was a catalyst for happiness.

It was interesting to notice the transformation as I decided to strike out on a longer walk than usual with Cody.  As we started out, I was still feeling tense from issues at work and trying to figure out the best way for me to deal with the issues.

Feeling overwhelmed by trying to find a solution, I decided to let it go and be present for the walk.  Occasional thoughts of what wasn't working drifted back into my mind but I made the conscious choice to let them go.

Walking further and rounding the corner, my thoughts also took a turn into one of forgiveness as I silently repeated the Ho'oponopono mantra in my head.  My steps felt a little lighter with each repetition and my pace settled into a nice, easy rhythm.

Continuing on into a local neighborhood, I soon began noticing the people outside, going about their day in seemingly good spirits.  I would say a friendly hello and smile, and that was returned to me by every single person I encountered.

As Cody and I made our last turn toward home, I realized that my spirit had lifted quite a bit.  I felt....good.  So much better than when I had started out on this 2-mile jaunt.

And, by the time we reached our front steps, I felt a joy inside for my beautiful new home and all the things I had to be grateful for.

Of course, Cody was oblivious to all of this going on with me.  He was simply smiling and panting from the enjoyment of being out on a walk and looking forward to a nice long drink of water - and maybe a treat or two.

I wonder, sometimes, if I overthink my spiritual practices as a solution for where my day may take me. Maybe it's just a matter of enjoying time outside and the simplicity of walking the dog.  And maybe that in itself is the spiritual practice.

So, today, I set the intention to trust that the simple things like walking the dog might just be exactly what is needed to bring me back to living in the present and forgiving the upset of the day.

"This being human is a guest house.  Every morning, a new arrival."  

"Very little grows on jagged rock.  Be grounded.  
Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are."  

Affirmative prayer:
Taking a breath in and letting my heart expand, my thoughts turn to the all-good of God.  It is a sweet presence of love and light.  It is the joyful presence of that still, small voice within.  It is the One Divine Presence that moves through each day with ease and grace.

This Divine Presence delights in reminding me who I am - a child of the Universe, a channel through which Spirit expresses magnificently.  I am outrageous prosperity and abundance that circulates perfectly and, as such, I am open at the top as an instrument for Source.

Secure in this knowing, I allow Spirit to surround me and guide me into something even better than I can imagine.  I recognize the stressors of the day and let them go.  Instead, I focus my thoughts on the good in my life as I walk outside in the warm sunshine, listening to the birds sing and realizing it is the voice of Spirit.  I celebrate the freedom of choice I have to discover new paths as I journey through life as Sandy.  I welcome the joy and happiness that emerges through simple tasks like walking the dog.  And I affirm that I am surrounded by love and laughter, thankful to be alive!

Cherishing this knowing, I am thankful for the wonderful unfolding of each day in right and perfect ways.  I am grateful that as I remain in the present moment, the gifts of the Universe appear as if by magic.  And I say "Thank You, Sweet Spirit", for the blessings and everyday miracles that light my path and fill my soul.

From this place of deep gratitude, I release my prayer to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  I am free and worthy to receive, every day.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo my own

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Have A Great Weekend

We're just back from Boston and we had amazing weather! It had been awhile and walking the Freedom Trail AND catching a baseball game at Fenway Park were still big highlights for me.  What are you up to this weekend?  Hope it's filled with adventure....and here are a few fun and inspirational links from around the web....

The cutest things about baby hedgehogs?  Their tiny sneezes

Why don't I live on one of these islands again?

Are you having a moving through jello day?

How to see today in a new light

Stand in your discomfort with comfort

6 tips for learning hard lessons

The power of saying 'NO'

Conquer the impossible

TEDx; learning to be awesome at anything you do

Do you value the freedom that comes with choice?

Great news for highly sensitive people

Making smarter choices

And here are some words of wisdom to work on this week from Mark Twain, "When people talk, listen completely.  Most people never listen."  Enjoy your weekend!

Photo courtesy of DannyMac15_1999//Flickr

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

In The Midst Of Outrageous Gratitude

Being appreciated is nice.  I always feel good when someone says a simple "Thank you".  But - expressing my own gratitude has been the real secret to keeping my energy high and allowing the flow of good into my life.

I used to feel a bit phony when I would express my thanks to the Universe for a positive outcome I had prayed about, almost as if I was groveling to get something and, by appreciating what I received, I was even weaker and more needy.  Or worse, saying 'Thank you' became an automated chore, an immediate response that was required in certain situations - not a heartfelt congratulations on a job well done.

My perspective shifted not long after I met my husband, Kevin.  I would watch him reach out with extra effort to make sure a person was appreciated.  And, he also took time each day to focus on the feelings of gratitude for everything happening in HIS life.

Amazingly, he would even feel grateful for things that weren't quite working out as expected.  And, that's where my shift in perspective came in.

It was inspirational to see how he recognized that by expressing gratitude for something that was not working, it was actually a course correction that moved him away from things that might have been disastrous if they had come to fruition.

The other piece of magic I noticed was that as he got specific in his gratitude - declaring a heart-felt deep thanks for the office lease that didn't come through, for the car breaking down in the parking lot of a busy supermarket, for dropping his phone onto the hard ground so that it shattered - there was a seemingly fast response from the Universe to aid him in what ultimately worked out for the better.

And, the same was true for the good in his life.

An expression of gratitude for a $75 gift certificate to a local restaurant that was found a week before it expired led to meeting a client in that same restaurant.

A 'Thank you' to Source for a check received in the mail led to a chance to take an amazing vacation.

It's almost crazy to think about it sometimes now- to see the circumstances that came out of something that I had always considered weakness.   But, it's exactly what moved me from a place of phony and insincere appreciation to making time to be fully present in my statements of gratitude.

Now, as I make time to drop down into that feeling of thankfulness for what is working AND what is not working, I am seeing my own evidence of the real power of gratitude.  My sincere gratitude is a connection to the Universe that is powerfully creating a life of workability.

So, today, I set the intention to continue my evolution along my spiritual path, deepening my gratitude practice and allowing the highest version of myself to be created.

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
 and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." 

"The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am
 and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy." 

Affirmative prayer:
Taking a breath and settling in to the chair, there is the awareness of the still, small voice of Spirit.  It is a Divine Intelligence that whispers of life and of love.  It is grand and glorious, as mighty as the mountains and yet, as soft and gentle as the wisp of a cloud floating in the sky.

This Intelligence flows through my life, energizing me into divinely guided action.  I am an open channel through which Spirit expresses, a full expression of magnificent grace and amazing love.

Settling into this realization just a little bit more, I feel the invisible life essence of God lift me into the realm of joy, of peace, of vitality and vibrancy.  I let my old beliefs of appreciation and gratitude fall away, knowing that I have evolved and those beliefs no longer serve me.  I welcome the new beliefs of sincere appreciation for the good in my life and I practice gratitude for the seeming 'not good', with faith and trust that it corrects my course into more abundance, more prosperity, more happiness, than I can even imagine.   I affirm my freedom to reach a place of outrageous gratitude and bless the miracles that follow quickly behind.

I give thanks for the path that has led me to know real appreciation and gratitude.  I bless the lessons and am grateful for the out-picturing of prosperity that has resulted from them.  And I say, Thank you Sweet Spirit, for this journey of self-discovery that gets better and better each day.

From this place of deep gratitude, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing it is done and I only need to be still and know.  In this moment, I am renewed.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Joe Valtierra/Flickr

Saturday, August 8, 2015

What Is Mine To Do?

When I first started learning about the ability to 'change my thinking and change my life', it was fascinating to see the possibilities and the potential.  And, little by little, I started seeing the evidence of my manifestations - a free cup of coffee, great seats in a busy restaurant.

That could be why the spiritual practice of visualization was so powerful.  I could see the tangible results from simply picturing everything that I desired in my mind and feeling the gratitude and thrill and elation as they came into form.

As I evolve in this practice, I'm finding that I'd like to discover new ways to keep it interesting.  I love the free cups of coffee and the great seats in a restaurant but they are starting to feel superficial.  Instead, my hope is to go deeper and start holding a greater vision for my life.

What am I here to do?  That is the sense that is driving me.  And, from past experience, I know that the higher vision for my life is unfolding daily.  So, the question then becomes, what is mine to visualize?

I've started by visualizing my success in the job I've held for almost a year now.  Interestingly, as I visualize the success, I am guided by intuition to make certain choices.

And, beyond following my intuitive urges, I can hear voices telling me to take a certain path.  The most recent voice I'm hearing tells me I should take my Series 7 licensing exam to play a more active role as a financial advisor.

My first reaction is, "Are you crazy?  I'm terrible at math!".  So I push back and fight and argue with the voice.  However, I also turn to visualization and imagine my life as if I have completed this licensing exam.

And, it feels good.  It feel right.

Now I have to ask, "Is that my ego talking?"  Do I just want something that will give me a more prestigious title with more letters after my name when I'm at a work conference OR is this something that I am meant to do?  Will I feel lifted up and joyful if I do this?

There is so much to think about and contemplate.  I'm here to play a part in this beautiful Universe and there is greatness waiting just around the corner.  I only need to claim it - no excuses.

So, today I set the intention to explore the voice that is telling me to get my Series 7 license and I watch for circumstances and opportunities that guide me in being in the right place at the right time to decide Yes or No.

"Your big opportunity may be right where you are now." 

"Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must 
carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment.  Therein he cannot
 be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task
 is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it." 

Affirmative Prayer:
Pausing to take a breathe during this busy day, I take a moment to be still.  And in this stillness is the recognition of the One Divine Presence.  It is the experience of a natural state of grace that flows easily and effortlessly.  It is the joy of a child's laughter and the confidence that comes in a task well done.

This Infinite Intelligence that is laughter and grace and confidence is my source.  I am guided in every step I take by this source of Good and it is always available to me, dwelling at the center of my being.

With a realization that I am here on purpose and for a purpose, there comes a sense of freedom to take chances; freedom to explore the possibilities for my life; freedom to make mistakes, knowing there is a beautiful lesson to be learned from them.  I welcome the outpouring of God's imagination in my life, trusting that I am always on my right and perfect path.  My thoughts and feelings are aligned with my highest good and my life unfolds so that I am always in the right place at the right time.  And, I affirm that my inner knowing guides me daily from a place of deep love as I remain open to the blessings that are showered over me, wonderfully and beautifully.

I give thanks for the peace and the joy that come from being open to letting Spirit guide my life.  I say Thank You, Sweet Spirit, for your presence that tells me I can meet all that comes my way with confidence. And I am filled with gratitude that my skills and talents are ever unfolding, leading me toward even greater success than I can imagine.

From a place of awe and wonder, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing the world is my playground and the possibilities are endless.  I am free.  Life is good.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

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