Day 11

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                          “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

                                                                     -Mahatma Gandhi

How I hate to slow down. Until I’ve accomplished every item on my to-do list, I don’t feel entitled to stop.

It’s only when I manage to squeeze out 10 or 15 minutes to meditate and focus my attention on my breath that I relax.

Only then do I slip into those fabulous alpha brainwaves that sneak into my psyche unannounced.

If you want to pick up speed on a project, ironically, the answer is to take a little down time.

Day 10

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“For every minute of anger, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”  

                                                            -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anger is a secondary emotion. Another emotions precedes it. In that sense, anger is your reaction to the real emotion.

If you can get in touch with the real emotion, then you can express that rather than expressing only the anger. Expressing the primary emotion is the road to resolution.

Ultimately, anger is simply a warning that something is wrong, or threatening. When you look for the source, you’re better equipped to take positive actions.

Day 9

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“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.”   

                                                                                         -Harold Coffin                                                                                                                  

Jealousy is an indication you’re not taking care of your own happiness.

We often look to others as “having it all”. Yet, these feelings of envy are just mirror images of our own unmet goals and aspirations.

What makes another person happy, what fills your neighbor’s cup, may be quite different from the source of your own happiness.

When you follow your heart, your goals become clear.

Then the completion of those goals becomes so much a source of satisfaction that you envy no one. Your envy becomes admiration and that admiration extends to both your neighbor and yourself.

Day 8

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 “Your imagination is your preview of coming attractions.”

                                                                                                         -Albert Einstein

The mind has a tendency to scan the environment for real and potential dangers, and then focus on these threats in an effort to prevent them.

Unfortunately, the mind tends to ruminate, and in doing so, hijacks the brain in the direction of what it fears.

If you’re able to place your worries on the back burner and use your imagination to create wishes, you increase the chances of their manifestation. In other words, use your imagination to create what you want instead of what you fear.

Or…as my mother used to say, “Keep your eye on the donut…not on the hole.”

Day 7

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” 

                                                                                         Diana Scharf Hunt

To reach a goal requires both energy and focus. Without these attributes, you will be either too tired to devote the time, or too distracted to get to completion.

The question then becomes, “How do you sustain both the energy and the focus?”

Again, it’s back to the basics. Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and think thoughts of success.

Create a time-line and stick to it. Hire a coach. Take baby-steps.

Most of all, have faith in the outcome. Energy and focus will follow!

 

Day 6

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“I have not failed. I’ve just learnt 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

                                                                                              Thomas Alva Edison

It’s easy to get discouraged when our first efforts fail. Surely, failure can be the mother of doubt.

There’s no blueprint for thinking outside the box, and most worthy endeavors require practice and repetition.

However, by constantly visualizing success, you keep the engines of progress moving forward and the juices of creativity flowing.

Failure, in this context, merely greases the wheels of determination.

Day 5

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“Here is a test to find if your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” 

                                                                                                      Richard Bach

It’s encouraging to think that our existence on earth is purposeful…that we’re each here on a divine mission with a purpose.

As it’s said that we’re each as unique as our fingerprints, can it also be true that our missions are uniquely ours to accomplish?

So, yes Virginia, your life has meaning. You’re here for a reason. You count.

May your unique contributions become your legacy. And may you be here until you’re not.

Day 4

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“I think…therefore I am.”

Rene Descartes

 

Our minds are like receivers, similar to radios that play 24/7, broadcasting streams of thoughts and images upon our consciousness.

The ability to think separates humans from what we imagine to be the cognitive abilities of the animal kingdom. Yet, our ability to control our thoughts is still in its infancy.

We can take control and befriend our thoughts by consciously tuning into the channels that give us hope and inspiration.

Negativity and fear are simply static in the lines.

Day 3

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“Love is coming…Love is coming to us all.”

                                                                             – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

 

If the heart is the universal symbol for love, what does love look like for you?

Does it whisper to you in the form of romantic love? Does it show up as compassion for others? Is it an occupational pursuit, or maybe a love of nature?

Or do love’s boundaries reach an even broader expanse and encompass many life experiences?

One thing is certain. When you’re engaged in a loving pursuit, time is meaningless.

In the long run, love is all that matters.

 

Day 2

                                        “Be still, and know that I am God”.

 Psalm 46:10

In order to hear the voice of God, or spirit, or my higher self, I have to shut off my own stream of endless thoughts.

This is no easy task, given that most people have between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts a day.

Concentrating on your breath becomes the gateway to silence…and in that silence the still, small voice of spirit threads its way into your ever awakening consciousness.