Celebrate Your Blessings

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Getting together with loved ones to celebrate birthdays, and other festive occasions is a wonderful gift to the soul. It often does more for our mental, emotional and spiritual state then many of the medical solutions available. The laughter, connection, and love are a healing combination on every level.

Recently, a friend threw a party for me, and the chemistry of all the guests who attended was perfect. I felt very blessed to be gifted with this wonderful get-together, and to see all the thoughtful effort that was put into making the event very special.

I was once again reminded how exceptionally wonderful our relationships can be, and how much there is to be thankful for in life.

Enjoy all the many reasons to say thank you, and celebrate!

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“Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way;
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day;
Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do,
For round about you there are men less fortunate than you.

Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom,
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom;
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet.

Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest you are,
How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall today and you with grief are sad;
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.”

–  Edgar Guest

 

Make a Personal Statement

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What’s in a name? Plenty!

Since everyone recognizes him or herself by name, it is important that the one we’ve been given be interpreted in a positive way.

One way to view our name, and expand upon it, is through the use of affirmative word association, where we can create our own personalized statement.

By using the letters from your first name, and matching them with uplifting words that begin with those same letters, we can give our name a whole new meaning.

So, for instance, if your name is Janet you could come up with following list of words:

                                                                           J = Joyful

                                                                           A = Awesome

                                                                           N = Nice

                                                                           E = Exceptional

                                                                           T = Thoughtful

By combining this list, your personalized declaration would be, “I AM joyful, awesome, nice, exceptional and thoughtful.”

Anything that follows, “I AM….” is very powerful, and especially effective when combined with our own name.

By using positive words to describe ourselves, and saying them as a daily mantra, we can celebrate ourselves in a whole new way!

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What does your name reveal?

Action Step:

Create a personalized statement as described above, and share it here if you’d like.

 

 

Create A Joyous Relationship

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For those of you who live in Arizona or planning to visit in September 2014, I hope you’ll join me for a four week relationship series entitled, Create A Joyous Relationship beginning on September 9th at A Mindfulness Life Center.

Loving ourselves is the key to relational fulfillment, and using my book, The Right Relationship Starts with You, along with material from Louise Hay, you’ll experience new insights, thoughts, and ideas for saying “yes” to yourself and creating more joyous connections as a result.

We will cover empowering topics such as:

• Making yourself a priority
• Attracting positive people
• Living more mindfully
• Claiming your personal power
• Developing a more balanced life
• Training your mind
• Setting personal boundaries
• Affirming your intentions

Register today to reserve your spot.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Blessings,

Cathie

Replace All Excuses

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Several years ago, Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote the book entitled, Excuses Begone! In it, he refers to excuses as mind viruses that prevent us from moving forward in our lives, and offers new thoughts we might use to replace them.

Below are all the excuses he mentions, and the positive alternatives we can use to help debug them from our system.

It will be difficult

I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort.

It’s going to be risky

Being myself involves no risks. It is my ultimate truth, and I live it fearlessly.

It will take a long time

I have infinite patience when it comes to fulfilling my destiny.

There will be family drama

I would rather be loathed for who I am than loved for who I am not.

I don’t deserve it  

I am a Divine creation, a piece of God. Therefore, I cannot be undeserving.

It’s not my nature

 My essential nature is perfect and faultless. It is to this nature that I return.

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I can’t afford it

I am connected to an unlimited source of abundance.

No one will help me

The right circumstances and the right people are already here and will show up on time.

It has never happened before

I am willing to attract all that I desire, beginning here and now.

I’m not strong enough

I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my Source of being.

 I’m not smart enough 

I am a creation of the Divine mind; all is perfect, and I am a genius in my own right.

I’m too old (or not old enough)

I am an infinite being. The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am.

The rules won’t let me

I live my life according to Divine rules.

It’s too big

 I think only about what I can do now. By thinking small, I accomplish great things.

I don’t have the energy

 I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy.

It’s not my personal family history

 I live in the present moment by being grateful for all of my life experiences as a child.

 I’m too busy

 As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul.

 I’m too scared

I can accomplish anything I put my mind to, because I know that I am never alone.

 

Action Step:

Click here to print a copy of these excuses, and the accompanying affirming statements with illustrations.

Listen to a Guided Meditation

Guided meditations are a great way to relax from our own thoughts, and listen to the positive words coming from the soothing voice of the narrator instead.

By listening to the directions being provided on the recording, we are temporarily released from our daily concerns, and provided inspiring ideas to contemplate.

These meditations come in varying lengths, and therefore fit any schedule or time constraints we may have.

Most of us have at least five minutes a day to provide ourselves with the great benefits a guided meditation can offer.

Enjoy the five minute miracle listed above!

Inspire Optimism

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This article will appear in the next issue of Sibyl magazine.

Our way of being in the world encompasses every aspect of who we are, from our communication style to the way we respond to the challenges of life. Even when we aren’t speaking aloud, our body language can communicate our thoughts very clearly through facial expressions, and body postures.

We can probably think of people whose very presence elicits peace, comfort, and joy. The way they carry themselves, and the love they exude, is transmitted through their very essence. Their positive energy puts people at ease, while inspiring courage, possibilities, hope and self-confidence.

These loving people have looked within themselves, and by experiencing self-love have brought love to others. They radiate acceptance, and the ability to overcome any adversity that comes their way. It is a gift to meet these compassionate people, because they demonstrate what is possible for each of us, and inspire optimism.

We all have the capacity to live our lives in a joyful manner but sometimes our early conditioning can disrupt the flow of good feelings. For instance, if someone once told us we were not very talented, we may have become accustomed to believing it, and feeling insecure as a result. This insecurity naturally inhibits the full expression of our being, and the manner in which we walk through life. Therefore, it is not always a matter of changing ourselves as much as it is about rediscovering ourselves underneath the faulty programming that was embedded long ago.

Awareness is the key to unlocking any disempowering messages we many have received, and allow our authentic selves to come forth. We gain awareness and connection with our authentic selves by quieting our busy minds, and listening to our inner observer. This is the part of us that is assessing our world, and trying to get our attention. However, if we aren’t allowing any quiet time into our day, we won’t hear the guidance being sent, and the busyness will continue to conceal, and drowned out this wonderful internal guide.

In addition to quiet time, there is an abundance of wellness resources available to help open up our mind. These sources of knowledge can help us to excavate our old perceptions, and exchange them for more life affirming insights. By spending more time around optimistic people, and attending uplifting events, we start to hear new ideas beyond the sameness of our own thoughts, and believe in possibilities.

The more knowledge and wisdom we cultivate, the more likely we will uncover those healing feelings of peace, comfort, and joy from the depth of our being. We will personally experience the positive effects from uprooting any negativity, and begin to blossom into the person we were meant to be. Our positive feelings, and new way of being will spread out to others, inspiring the same kind of optimism, courage, and hope that originally inspired us!

Action Step:

Consider your level of optimism, and see what thoughts may be blocking your joy.

Join In The Conversation

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Charlotte Spicer and I were together on her Spiritual Insights Radio program on Monday July 14 at 4:00 pm ET, after announcing it here the day before.

Thanks to all who were able to join us.

To listen to a recording of the interview please click this link.

Enjoy!

Blessings,

Cathie