If Only People Were As Grateful As Dogs....
By Pauline Wallin, Ph.D.
As I gave my dog a small
morsel of toast the other day, I reflected on how grateful a creature she is. Abby is just as thrilled to receive a crumb as she is
to get a huge bone. She never complains that the crumb is too small, or too cold or too moldy even! She always wants more,
but if I don't offer it she gets over it quickly. No sulking around for what she didn't get.
it be nice if more people were that way? Not that people are never grateful, but most of
the time it's after an accident or a disaster. For example, after a fire you’ll often hear the victims say, "We lost
everything. But at least we're alive & still have each other."
People are also grateful when they're frightened, hurt or down on their luck & someone comes to their aid. Being on the receiving end of kindness when you need it most, always evokes feelings of gratitude.
you're in a grateful state of mind, your inner brat is essentially disabled. You feel open & receptive. You feel connected to the world.
for what you have isn't just a more pleasant state of mind for the moment. There are lasting benefits, both mental
& physical. Dr. Robert Emmons, a psychologist who specializes in research on gratitude,
* People who kept a daily "gratitude journal" reported higher levels
of alertness, enthusiasm & energy, than those who journaled about hassles or neutral events. This was the case even among people with neuromuscular
* Grateful people report higher levels of life satisfaction & optimism.
* They also are more likely to share their possessions & to help others in need, thereby increasing their feelings of involvement & being appreciated themselves.
* They're less envious, less resentful, less bitter & less neurotic. They're also less materialistic.
* Grateful people don't ignore problems. If anything, they may be somewhat more cynical than average. While they may anticipate more difficulties, they're also thankful
when other people help make their life easier.
Besides feelings of well-being, an appreciative attitude can also have physical health benefits. One study showed that people who were instructed to focus on appreciation for 5 minutes had better heart rhythms, than did those who were told to think about anger for the same 5 minutes.
If this doesn't get you enthused, consider the following research finding:
Even if you have a good
number of years behind you, it isn't too late to expand your gratitude & appreciation. When you do, your inner brat will instantly recede to the background.
But gratitude doesn't just reduce negative feelings. It also increases positive ones. Instead of feeling angry, empty or victimized, you'll experience contentment & perhaps even joy. Despite the stresses & difficulties you're facing, you'll start to notice more beauty in the world.
are some tips on cultivating an appreciative attitude:
1. Make a point of saying "Thank you" to someone twice a day.
2. Keep a gratitude journal. Every night before going to bed,
write down 3 things that went well that day. This put you in a positive frame of mind & may help you fall asleep more easily.
3. Think of someone in
your past who had a positive influence on you, but whom you never thanked. Write that person a letter of thanks. If possible arrange a visit (without telling the purpose of your visit) & deliver the letter in person.
4. Answer the following question: If you had your life to live
over again, what would you NOT do differently? This will give you insight into more positive aspects of your past & will help you appreciate how you came to be who you are today.
Learning To Live
By Julie Fuimano
Death. No one wants to talk about it & yet none of us will escape it. When it happens to someone we know,
most people don’t know how to handle it. And it’s because people are uncomfortable about it & it’s so final that people fear the most.
In fact, there’s only one thing that tops death on the list of things people
fear most & that’s public speaking. As a comedian once noted, most people would rather be in the coffin than give the
The death of someone you love makes you aware of the fragility of life. It wakes you up & makes you question how well you're living. After all, no one wants to die
feeling like they haven’t yet lived.
You can choose how you live; you can worry
about the future & what might happen to you, you can complain about how things aren’t the way you want them to be,
or you can live your best life right now, in this moment.
By choosing to live life to the fullest & by protecting yourself & your assets for when the inevitable happens, the fear of death will lessen.
It was only a few months ago when I lost my dear friend to
a sudden heart attack at 43 years old. It happened the way we all wish to go; my friend went to bed one night & never
And it’s because I loved that I grieve. Without love & a strong connection to others, we wouldn’t experience pain when they're gone. So in my sadness & grief, I'm grateful, for I know that I loved & was loved.
From my experience, I’ve learned several important lessons about death…& life that I’d like to share with you. My hope is that you'll choose to live your best life & as a leader, you'll share these tips with others both in your work &
your personal life.
1. Life is happening right now. Experience the present moment. People who try to bargain with death often are people who haven't truly lived. They’ve just been ‘existing’
& they beg for more time in order to do what they could have been doing all along.
If there's love, then there will be pain when it ends. And it’s okay. It lets you know that you loved & there's nothing more joyful than love. Love anyway; it’s worth the pain.
3. Experience all of your feelings – even the ones that you consider unpleasant. Feelings aren’t really negative or bad; they just are. They're your inner messengers; they let you know you’re alive. It’s what you do with your
feelings that can be bad. When you feel a strong emotion, resist the temptation to explain your feelings or rationalize them away.
Just pay attention & be with them. Accept your feelings as you experience them & try to understand what they're communicating to you.
Don’t hang onto them or hide from them; they'll drain you if not addressed.
People have trouble talking about death because of how they feel about their own
life or death, or because they can't handle ‘negative’ feelings. When my friend died, people weren’t quite sure how to handle their own feelings & they didn’t know how to deal with mine so they avoided the subject or avoided me.
But I needed to talk about it. I needed to fully experience my sad feelings & I needed to be given the space to explore how I felt about losing this person, about what this person meant to me &
about the void that now exists in my life.
After any loss, people need the space to explore their new reality & you can
support them by just giving them this space.
4. There are people who don’t fear death; they fear life. Your life is a gift, an opportunity for you to experience this world & to make a difference while you’re
here. Learn to enjoy yourself.
Take responsibility for living your life well. Don’t get comfortable with mediocrity;
challenge yourself to be more, to experience more. If you don’t know how, hire a coach. You don’t need to do life
5. Leave nothing left unsaid. The moment you experience the truth, share it.
Tell people you love them…often. My grandmother used to say, “Never go to bed angry.” That was her secret recipe for nearly
50 years of marital bliss.
If you have something to say, say it now. About 6 months before my friend’s
death, I called & thanked this person for their love, kindness & support over the years. This person had made a huge impact in who I’d become & I needed my friend
to know how grateful I was for the part they played in my personal development.
When my friend died, I was so glad I hadn’t waited to share that.
6. Create a Will. By having a Will, you clearly specify who
gets what & it frees you from worry. You can relax knowing that when you’re gone, your belongings & all you’ve
worked for will pass on the way you intend.
a Living Will. This lets others know how to care for you if something should happen that renders you unable to decide
8. Protect yourself with adequate
life, health, disability & long-term care insurance. With adequate protection, you leave nothing to chance & you can
relax knowing that you & your family are taken care of. It just makes sense.
Do what you love. On most days if you find yourself miserable when you roll out of bed in
the morning, choose to do something about it. Life is too short to be unhappy for long. Identify the source of your angst
& take action to change it.
Choose to use up every ounce of potential that you were given. And discover, develop
& share your gifts with the world. Each one of us has a special gift. Do you know yours?
10. No regrets. Don’t approach your deathbed
‘wishing you had’ or being sorrowful for not doing things that would have brought you joy. The elderly often speak
about what they would do differently: take more risks, spend more time with loved ones, worry less, stress less, laugh more, love more.
If there's something you want to do, go for it. Don’t wait. Tomorrow isn't
So grab on with both hands & enjoy the ride. This isn't a practice
run. Do what you want to be doing. Be good to yourself. Stress less & remember that in the end, it doesn’t really matter.
What matters is how you live today!
Ten Practices To Express
Gratitude While Serving Others
By Mahalene Louis
May 26, 2006
Although quite young, I can
still remember my parents asking me, "What do you say?" as I was receiving something, be it a fruit, a gift, or a compliment.
Of course, they were looking
for the magical words "thank you", which many parents adamantly train their children to respond. Isn't it interesting that
the very first training we encounter is to express gratitude!
I find it very meaningful
that, from the first Spiritual Law of Pure Potentiality comes the second Law of giving & receiving. Indeed, from the one comes the two & with it, the dynamics of exchange.
As written by Deepak Chopra
"Giving & receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives."
How can you use this law to
provide your customers a most fabulous service, which they'll gratefully appreciate &
1. Give thanks:Why
& gratitude - It'as been said that, if there was only one prayer,
it would be one of expressing gratitude. And since this is our 2nd piece, I'd add that the
2nd prayer could be this of asking for a way to be grateful again…
Have you ever been so engaged
into your desiring mind that you could only see what you didn't have?
It's as if the universe wants
to lavish you with gifts, yet you keep on refusing them, a very painful position! On the other end, you have had the experience
of not only accepting what life brings, but welcoming it fully into your heart… That shift in viewpoint is gratefulness!
Practically; Say thank you, often. Say thank you everywhere.
Say "thank you" when you talk to your clients, when you write to your clients, on the invoices you send. Say "thank you" to
your staff. Say "thank you" when you talk about your clients. Say "thank you" in your mind when you think of your clients,
of your staff, of your computer...
2. Give thanks; Why & gratitude - Let's see; on one hand, I deprive me of gratitude, and get to experience the deep frustration of
not having what I want; on the other hand, I open to life and to being grateful and simply feel wonderful! Tough choice! So,
I am not asking you to let go of the vision that you are forsaken, and that nothing works in your life. You can keep that
perception; it is yours! I am asking if you can see a benefit to letting it go? How letting go of that thought would affect
your health, your wealth, your surroundings, and ultimately the world?
Enter a gratitude practice with your clients; create a client of the month ritual, where you would let all your client base
know that every month, you and your staff elect a client, to be "Client of the Month", and receive special privileges during
the month, such as being taken out to lunch, or sent a couple of movie tickets. On the first of the month, you may also send
an email, or design a board with your client's picture and name, and a little blurb about who s/he is.
3. Give thanks; Grate-fulness & gratitude - The key word here is "fullness".
Developing the ability of being totally involved in responding to what life gives, as it is, is the greatest blessing you
can bestow on yourself and others. That quality of being fully in the moment of anything you may do, of bringing the totality
of your being into it will organically engender grace. That experience of grace is amazing, because it is totally undeserved,
in the sense that no one can earn it. Actually the very search of grace will elude it, as grace and "gratuity" are free. It
is only granted unassumingly; amazing grace!
Practically; Do you have a full expression
of gratitude to offer your client base? Do you have a system in place where you can show your gratitude, from the beginning
of your relationship to the end? For example, you could send a hand written thank you note after the first contact, or immediately
after you are hired. You could design a "good bye" package to send your customer when your work and adventure together are
4. Give thanks; Kindness & Gratitude
- When you are in the full appreciation of life, when you are totally welcoming the whole picture, isn't it true that
you belong, that you are one with all that is? There is no more giver and taker, there is just one entity, one reality. The
seller and the buyer become one, simply because feeling one with the universe means that you are two no more. That is the
ultimate kindness, to yourself and others, when you forget your identity, and when you lose your desire to receive for the
self alone... Such a gift; that is so kind!
Practically; Perform random acts of kindness,
be they a sincere compliment given to your customer, or a fruit basket. Know that the exchange, the trade, the gift, whether
it is energetic or material is the kindness itself! Wayne Dwyer mentioned how extending kindness heals both the giver &
the receiver as it unites them. A simple kind attention will make anyone thankful. Move from trading in kind to exchanging
kindness; everyone will win!
5. Give thanks; Attitude & gratitude
- Marcel Proust beautifully stated: "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make
our souls blossom." Do you like people?
Are you genuinely happy to
have friends & customers? Are you truly looking forward to your time with a client? Are you naturally enjoying your exchange
with the people you meet?
Your happiness is the greatest
gift you can give the world, the greatest service you can offer a client.
Give gifts, starting with the gift of your happiness to be in business with someone. Once that is in place, turn thankfulness
into thoughtfulness: for example, provide a voice mail with "Tips of the Day," have flowers or cookies delivered to your clients,
offer an online gift certificate. And when what you provide is not what is looked for, give business to others: refer a client
to someone else.
6. Give thanks; Children & gratitude
- Did you notice that children are naturally grateful?
In "The Religious Potential
of the Child," Montessori Teacher Sofia Cavalletti writes, "The prayer of children up to the age of 7 or 8 is almost exclusively
prayer of thanksgiving & praise." Slow down aging & become a child again, gratefully!
Children respond to sensory pleasures, i.e. sight, colors & smells, from the color yellow to dangling keys, to baking
Dazzle the children of your
clients, the inner child as well as their kids, with fun colors, pleasant sights & sounds. Provide a drawing area, with
crayons, paints & games. Pay attention to the music played in the waiting room, or on your answering device. Have fabrics
& textures they can enjoy!
7. Give thanks; Surprise & gratitude - The problem with the mind is that it thinks it knows something. That very knowing is what keeps
the spontaneity out of life & the possibility of being surprised. A life lived without a sense of surprise, of the unexpected
is a life unlived, constricted by old patterns & fixed perceptions.
Train yourself to notice what
is surprising, what is extraordinary in your life… You may even find that, no matter what the conditions are, even the
repetition of a yoga class, or of a daily meal can be a surprise! After all, isn't it surprising that we would have a whole
Practically; Practice spontaneous Customer Service. Out of the blue, send
an article of interest, a beautifully wrapped candle, a pair of tickets to a ball game, a bouquet of flowers. Surprise &
8. Give thanks; Abundance & gratitude
- As offered by the Pope; "Now golden fruits on loaded branches shine, And grateful clusters swell." When we can realize that
we receive always more than we give, then life truly becomes rich.
Gratitude is a magnet for
the things you most desire. "Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more
of the things that you appreciate & value into your life." Christiane Northrup.
Give a little & you'll receive a lot. Give a lot & you'll receive even more! When speaking, writing, lecturing, giving
a class, give it all, all you've gotten to give!
That will be received so enthusiastically
that you will transform instantaneously strangers into referring angels.
9. Give thanks;
Health & gratitude - Interestingly connecting the dots between science & spirituality,
psychologists are now looking at how emotions such as gratitude & thankfulness influence our health. Dan McAdams of Northwestern
University, for example, specializing in well-being research, mentions studies suggesting that increasing a person's sense
of thankfulness will lower stress.
Psychology professor Barbara
Fredrickson, who teaches at the University of Michigan, has found that gratitude directly lessens the effects produced by
negative emotions such as anger & anxiety.
Practically; Is your business peace
& pleasure inducing or stress inducing for your clients? How simple & easy is it to return an item?
Might the use of cutting edge
technology make it challenging for customers? Does your customer service return calls promptly & humanly?
10. Give thanks; Opportunities & gratitude - The more
one practices feeling gratitude, the more one comes to the experience where circumstances do not matter. There is always another
way to look at it, always a way to find a gift in the hand one is dealt. Can you see the wholeness, the holiness in this which
you take for granted?
By focusing on finding the
good & the beautiful, gratitude naturally arises. When a challenge occurs, ask yourself: "What is my opportunity here?
How can I see this as added value?" Indeed, there is always another way to look at it, especially if you ask to be shown…
Practically; Your worst experiences & most painful memories with your clients are your best
helpers towards having a shining, beaming customer service. Welcome any drama, any rejection, any delay, any frustration as
an angelic gift bringing development to your practice or business. Be grateful for these opportunities to evolve & to
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7 Keys to a Happy Life
By Sean Harder
This article is taken from my recently published book Earth
1. Don't act in order to receive a payoff.
This is what's
causing much of our discomfort as individuals & a society. As soon as you act with the purpose of receiving something,
you've removed love from the act.
The goal is to act as if all your needs are met, then all your thinking & behavior comes from a different perspective. You also find that you act more effectively to get those things that you
truly want, because you're acting & thinking as if you already have them.
The alternative is acting
& thinking as if you don't & guess what, you don't. The state of mind of having something creates it, not the other way around.
The place you see this most is in relationships. The more you need in relationships, the less you get. This is simply because you're saying that you aren't whole until someone else meets those
needs that can never be met.
Often what happens is that
you eventually get the opposite because you're trying to show yourself that you must look inside. Once again, in relationships
you must look to be loving, respectful & accepting, because this is saying that you have all these things to give.
In the end these things will be overflowing from you. Remember if you want to have something, give it, because you must have it if you can give it.
Abundance is another area this concept plays a major role. The more you say you need & operate from a place of not having enough, the more that state of mind will be created physically. This is why the
very wealthy can sometimes feel impoverished & the very poor can sometimes feel wealthy.
Remember that perception is everything & that your thinking, feelings & actions come from those perceptions.
the only judge of your life & what you'll judge in the last moment of your life, is how well you loved.
Believe it or not, you don't really care what you accomplish in your life. How much you acquire & how successful you are will not mean a thing when you decide to leave your body.
Imagine that you're all living your own movie. Each movie has different characters, a different plot & a
different setting, yet the goal for each conclusion is the same.
The happy ever after ending for every movie, is that the main character loved well at least once in their life in spite of circumstances. You have probably noticed that people on their deathbed, do or say something loving, often out of character, before they go.
This is because they're closer to their spirit & may finally realize that to love well was their goal. Imagine if you lived with that consciousness while you were healthy & had time. Everything else physical comes to an end when you die, but people can take your love with them long after you die.
3. You're perfect, were perfect & always will be perfect.
To the degree that you believe this, is how much physical success you'll have. The people who believe in themselves & their ability are the ones who have lasting success in their lives.
Belief creates reality. Some people have success for fleeting periods of time, but it doesn't last if their belief in themselves is dependent on what they do or what others think of them.
Belief in yourself isn't like what you consider ego or arrogance. To truly believe in this perfection, you must also believe in the inherent perfection of all people & things.
Remember how all things were created. Therefore you don't believe you're better than anyone, even though you may act better & have more success because you know the truth about yourself.
You never have to judge or be right because you know that you can't make anyone believe in themselves, though you can show them what it looks like. Your belief in the constant perfection of creation allows you to know that you're successful always because you can't be anything else.
Then what you choose to create will be a success & you know you can create anything.
4. You act based on what you know.
sounds simple but is actually very profound. In order to act in a truly loving way, you must know what love really is. To be successful at anything, you need to know what success is.
How many people are attempting to be successful in relationships, but don't know what to do because they've
never learned what a loving, successful relationship looks like.
If you don't know what to do, you'll do what you've learned, or try something that you think might work, sometimes
You can't program a computer without knowing what actions you must
perform. If you must learn things because it's so difficult to remember in your physical state, perseverance, patience &
belief in yourself come in handy.
Sometimes you've housed yourself in a body which doesn't allow you to be successful at certain physical endeavors.
This you do because you choose to limit yourself so that you can focus on your higher desire to succeed at something else.
If you were physically capable of the other things, you may not choose to do the thing that you really want
to accomplish on a spiritual level. Many handicapped people know this & don't like it when people feel sorry for them. They may not
know why they don't like sympathy, but they know it feels wrong.
Believe this. You've chosen the body conditions & situations you experience. This is done on a spiritual level & for good
reason. Your goal is to find out what you can do with it, not feel bad about what you can't do.
o if you want to run a marathon, but your legs don't work, don't focus on not
running a marathon. Find out what you can do because you can't run a marathon.5.
Fear is your biggest enemy & can only be conquered by faith.
ear tells you that to only love
will not be enough. Fear & faith can't coexist or control behavior together. One or the other has to take over. Believe
it or not, which one takes over is your choice. This may not appear so, because many of you have developed a habit of acting
on your fear.
Remember that you can act with faith even though you're feeling fear. Which
habit have you developed?
his goes back to the role of emotions & how you have developed a script, so to
speak, about which behaviors go with which emotions. When you say you're depressed, you're really labeling your set of behaviors
A good experiment is to consciously act in a way that your feeling doesn't describe.
For instance, if you're angry, try smiling & saying something nice. If depressed, exercise & tell someone what a beautiful
day it is.
, if afraid, do the thing that you're afraid of if it's in your best interest (jumping
off a building may not be included in this
ou may find that these
strategies make you feel like a fraud, but they'll show you that you can do whatever you choose in spite of what you're feeling,
emember to use the feeling as a message, but choose the behavior that most effectively
responds to the message. Knowing that you can choose gives you real power over your life.I
understood the concept of faith. To me it's a powerful word that literally leads to mental invincibility. I was really beginning
to feel it in my life.T
he next principle takes from the last & is perhaps the
most difficult for all of you.6. No action is involuntary,
including your thoughts.M
any of you may have at least come to believe that this is true for
overt behaviors, but still struggle with applying it to thoughts
. The scope of this principle is out of most human conception.
here isn't even a body function that is completely involuntary, though the medical
profession would like you to believe
that they are. Most of you simply don't know the force that controls your so-called autonomic nervous system.
you really learn where & how thoughts
work, you'll know this force.M
any of the things you say you are (shy, stupid, alcoholic, etc
.), have (depression, diabetes,
cancer, attention deficit disorder, etc
.), or feel (sad, angry, love, etc
are actually verbs, not nouns.
hether you're doing a behavior, having a body function, or thinking
, you're on some level doing something voluntarily. All of it, every event that happens in your life & in your body, is
a product of thought
ou're probably thinking
that there's no way that you could voluntarily be doing cancer, but it does begin with a thought
& your body is completely controlled by thought
o you ever wonder why you don't die in dreams very often? Because if you really think
you're dead, you are. After being diagnosed with cancer you have more thoughts
about that, then more thoughts
about your prognosis & course of disease.
f you could examine a record of every thought
you've ever had, conscious & unconscious, you could find the explanation of everything you experience in your life.
e've talked about thought
& belief before, but what's important
is that you know what is having these thoughts
& how you can be the decision maker about the thoughts
hen you're born, there's one source of thoughts
, your soul, spirit, higher self, God
, whatever you choose to call it. This source has all the ultimate truths
ver time (& not a very long time
another aspect of consciousness emerges, which you can call the learned self. This is like an observer who begins to notice
that you are separate, have needs
for physical survival & can experience pain.
his part continues to define itself thru experience. It also defines everything &
everyone around it. Within a short time, by about 6 years, this learned self has all but completely taken over & is giving
commands to your body & the universe by its constant thoughts
nce a thought
or belief is established, it may never again be consciously verbalized in your mind again. You may call these echo thoughts
because they're no longer conscious, but like an echo, they continue to fill every space available.
are usually in the form of a conclusion & are the most constant, therefore most creative thoughts
of all. They begin to operate behind the scenes very powerfully & without conscious attention.T
hought is the creative force of the universe, but it needs
to have conviction & consistency to manifest in physical reality. Thought
is like hammering a nail. Usually one hit will not put it all the way in. You must decide where you want it & hit it
until it is all the way in so it can't easily be pulled out.
his is how the echo thoughts
work. They continually hammer at the nail until it's very hard to get out. Unless they're recognized, even if you try to
pull them out by replacing them with other thoughts
, the echo thoughts
will hammer themselves back in even if they're part way out.T
his is why it's so
difficult for you to change your life circumstances
. You aren't often aware of the echo thoughts
which continually maintain the circumstances
. Even if you do things to change the situation, you'll find yourself in a similar one at some point if the echo thought
How do you change an echo thought if it's out of awareness?
Remember that everything in the universe is a manifestation of thought
. If you're unsure what your echo thoughts
are, there are two ways to find out.
oth of these require guessing & detective work.First,
you could simply look at the circumstances
throughout your life & ask what a person with this life might believe
. Ask people close to you who know about your life, what they think
about yourself & the world.
ost people will come up with similar guesses if they have some information about your
situation & they're willing to be honest
. This is simply working backwards from the manifested to the manifesting thought
ven if you doubt that these beliefs
are present, remember that you have lost conscious awareness of them. Therefore act as if they're true based on the evidence
in your life & you'll benefit anyway. If you don't challenge a belief
, you'll provide evidence for it in your life, period. A 2
nd way to accomplish awareness
of your echo thoughts
is to look at the major messages you got from your parents, or whomever raised you. One or both parents taught you to make
conclusions about yourself, the world & other people, by their words, actions, or other more subtle means.
ou likely took these conclusions & accepted them as real guiding principles in
your life. You wore them like glasses which you saw everything thru & they determined how you acted, thought
& reacted throughout your life.
t's then inevitable that the consequences of these accumulated acts will give you
what you have today.M
among the echo thoughts
are the I am commands that are constantly working in your self-talk. These almost always come from the pre-adult years with
evidence being provided throughout your teens & adulthood.
ome of the more common commands you people are giving
yourselves are… I'm stupid… I'm a quitter… I'm worthless… I'm a loser… I'm weak & powerless…
I am fat & ugly.
ou also make conclusions about the future: I'll never be successful
; I deserve to be punished & treated badly, My life sucks; I'll never be happy
; I always screw up; There are no decent men out there. A
ll of these have endless
variations which may be more specific or more general. You were fortunate
to discover these as your energy blockages or bumpers as you called them.
his requires daily practice in all situations with conscious intent
. This must take priority over all else for you to manifest these new things in your life. The hardest part is persevering
until you see results.
emember that for many years you've burned the old ways in to the universal framework.
The old thoughts
have become like a template which will be used until another one is complete & more prominent.7. Gratitude is the antidote for unhappiness.T
his is perhaps the easiest yet most powerful truth
. When there's gratitude
their can be no other feeling
. There's always something to be grateful
for even in the most dire of situations. You must
find a way to focus on that which you have & are grateful
for at all times.
ven if you have to look at the fact that you're breathing because you can't find anything
brings with it more things to be grateful
for. The universe is waiting for you to be grateful
so that it can give you more.If you're dying
, be grateful
for your life. If someone you love
is dying, be grateful
for the time you had with them. If you're broke, be grateful
for your health & other's prosperity.
If you're lonely
, be grateful
for the time with yourself. It's up to you to find & focus on gratitude
. If you're envious
of what someone else has, remember you're all one & be grateful
for what they have.In the end
you have a choice to be grateful
or not. If you choose
not to, don't expect
to be happy
for any great lengths of time. If you choose to be grateful
because the sun comes up, you
can be happy
all the time in spite of your circumstances
& you can choose to change
because you're already grateful
for what you have.
f you want more, that is fine, but be grateful
what you have until you have more.Finally,
always be grateful
that you know the truth
about yourself & your connection
to all things including God
, for these things are everlasting.