Meditation

Ponder This

What will you notice today?

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 Take some time to notice the beautiful world around you today. Let go of the past. Let go of the future. Still you mind in the present and bask in the glory of all that is in this moment. You are here. The practice of mindfulness is one we could all benefit from. Why not start today. Happy Friday everyone.

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Life Is An Echo

“Life is an echo; what you send out comes back.”  – Chinese Proverb

How many times in your life have you found yourself asking the universe for a miracle? Typically we hear people asking for a miracle in times or crisis or need.  Whether small or large, miracles cover a range of intensities. There was a time in my life when I didn’t think I could afford Christmas gifts for my loved ones.  If you know me, you know I love giving gifts. The thought of not being able to do this one year made me feel terrible.  I found strength however when I decided to change my negative thoughts into positive ones. I told myself “the money will come from somewhere”. “I will have enough money for gifts this year.” Sure enough it happened as I had expected. A few weeks after I made those comments a refund arrived in the mail. This money arrived just in time for Christmas and not one person I loved was left off my Santa list. Miracle? Maybe, but I think it has more to do with the messages  we send out to the world that bring about the desired outcomes we seek in life. MiracleCloudsBorder

Whether we are asking the universe for the simplest of things like an open parking space or something larger like a better life circumstance, our minds can only create realities that we ask for. If I am driving around Manhattan in desperate need of a parking spot, I won’t tell myself “this is hopeless I will never find a spot”. I will tell myself the complete opposite, “if I am patient I will come across an open spot eventually”. Now for some people the act of finding a parking spot in NY is a miracle, but did an act of God really assist you in finding that spot, or did your positive outlook and added effort have more to do with the desired outcome?

This is obviously a very simple example but lets take the larger example I mentioned above. How can we account for an extraordinary change in one’s life circumstance? A person has struggled with an addiction for over 10 years. One day they wake up and decide they can longer live this way. This destructive way of living will not end well, and they cannot allow this to be their reality. Miraculously their lifestyle is transformed from negative to positive. They see a future without addiction and a reason to protect this new-found reality for themselves. How can this be explained? While I might venture to guess that this person asked for a miracle at several dark periods in their life, what finally caused their shift in perception?

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Before we go any further lets look at the definition of miracle.

1. An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.

2. An extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.

Now when you look at these two definitions what do you see? I see fear. When we experience something we cannot explain we fear the possibility that we  might have had something to do with the manifestation of that experience  or accomplishment. Why is this such a crazy idea? If everything that happens in our life is logical and happens as a result of our chosen life course then why can’t we expect miracles for ourselves or for those around us? When you expect miracles you allow your creative juices to flow more frequently. Why is it so impossible to think your life circumstance should change? If you believe it then is shall be so.  There are so many of us that get caught up in our own negative thought process, that we deny ourselves the opportunity to see the positive changes we so desperately want for ourselves. When we learn to expect miracles we attract the positives we desire in life and drive away the negative. The result, we create the miracle we were yearning for.

Let’s think of miracles as the small voices in our head. These voices remind us of the things we want and need in our lives. When you can frame this need in a positive way, you can then determine the best way to make this need become a reality.  If you can learn to focus your daily energy on the positives, the steps towards your miracle will begin to show themselves, and your miracle will slowly become your reality.I am realistic - I expect miracles copy

Creating Your Miracle:

Meditation – I am big on mantras lately and I really think they can help us to create our desired realities. Identify a daily mantra to aid you in your efforts towards positive change. “My life means more to me then my addiction.” “I can find another way to feed this need.” “The money we need will find its way to us.” When you can change your mindset you change your life. When you find yourself struggling throughout the day with feelings or fear or doubt carve out time to find peace and clarity with a regular mantra.

Talk to Yourself– It might seem silly but it works. That small voice in your head is powerful and should be listened to more often. Learn to listen and to respond. When we practice listening and talking to our inner voice, we allow for big things to happen. As people we know what we want for ourselves. When we can decipher the voices in our heads that promote fear and inaction from those that promote love and action, there is no telling what we can do in this world. “Life is an echo, what you send out comes back.” Chinese Proverb

Take Responsibility– Practice accepting responsibility for the things that happen in your life. Keep in mind, this means taking responsibility for the things that are in your control. You may not be in control of a medical diagnosis that it terminal, but you are in control of the way you chose to live your life with an illness. Taking responsibility helps you to keep moving forward. Own up to the things that happen in your life and help them to serve as motivation for something better.

Practice Forgiveness– Adopting the concept of forgiveness can be hard sometimes. While a great many of our life circumstances are determined for us by negative outside influences, we can also attribute some of the negative events we experience to things we have created for ourselves. Learning to forgive and to let go of these types of experiences is hard work but it can be done. By practicing forgiveness you let go of the negative and allow for your life to move on. Forgive and allow positive energy to lead you toward your miracle. Keep in mind that forgiveness doesn’t require you to actively seek out those who may have wronged you. This can sometimes be very challenging and can result in the stirring up of other emotions you do not want to feel. You can forgive without actually extending forgiveness to a specific person. You can also forgive yourself when necessary.  Just the idea of allowing yourself to forgive is enough to move you forward. It is a second chance to make things right in your life. “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one that gets burned.” Buddha

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