It Doesn’t Matter How Pretty the Box Is …

Have you ever felt like you’re living in a box?  I think we’ve all felt that way at one time or another.  It’s a suffocating feeling.  It doesn’t matter how pretty your box is, it’s still a box.  What if we could step out of the box just once this week?  Do one thing … large or small … that allows us to live larger than we have before.  Make it something fun! What a way to expand our hearts and minds and raise our vibrations.  Do the thing we fear the most … or take smaller steps and do the thing we don’t fear quite as much.  Even a slight stretch will do.  And, as for raising our vibrations, I’ve heard that smiling, especially when we don’t feel like it, does the trick.  So does forgiveness. Forgive someone and smile.  Listen to some music that makes you feel good.  Living life is all about feeling good, right?  Unlock the box, step out and feel good.  Namaste’

TEACH ONLY LOVE, FOR THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE ~ A Course in Miracles

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Simple Small Steps to Becoming More Conscious

So you’ve decided that there are some changes you’d like to make in your life.  This is wonderful!  Life should be full of joy and change is good.  Just the fact that you recognize the need for some changes is such a positive step.

Please accept that change takes time.  Try not to be hard on yourself.   Some days you might find yourself taking a giant leap; other days a baby step is enough.  A few weeks ago, I started walking every morning for my health.  The first few days it was tough because I pushed myself too hard.  As a result I was sore and pretty cranky.  So I cut back a little and found it easier.  After a few days of that I just picked up the pace a little so that I could walk a little further; not much, just a little.  Now I’m up to a mile a day and that’s a good change for me.  I feel better!

Keep a conscious eye on all aspects of your life.  What that means is simply to notice what feels good to you and what doesn’t.  For example, if someone is asking you to do something that you don’t want to do, notice how it feels in your body, especially your gut.  If something isn’t right for you, and you check in with your gut, you will always get the right answer.  If you gut starts to churn or you feel butterflies, the answer is probably a big NO.  We all have an inner guide.  Seek its counsel and trust your feelings.

Work on one goal at a time.  So many of us make a list of things we want to change and then set out to make everything happen at once.  Why?  Because we’re an instant gratification society.  Well, sometimes that’s great and sometimes it isn’t.  How many times have you made a knee-jerk decision only to find out the outcome didn’t serve you well.  Take one specific goal and work on that.  Then when you’ve developed a rhythm with that one thing, you will be more apt to work on the next goal and so on.  And what a feeling of accomplishment you’ll have when it all starts to work.  The Universe abhors a vacuum; it will always fill it up with something.  So make that something work for you.

If something doesn’t work out the way you want it to, again, don’t punish yourself.  Learn from whatever it was and just move forward.  Being your own worst critic is hard on you and those who love you.  Just realize that there was probably a very good reason it didn’t work out.  Who knows?  Maybe it was for your safety or that of others.

Stay positive.  The jump-start of creation is gratitude.  Yes, it may be tough, but even in your darkest times, there’s always something to be grateful for.  Make a list of those things, even if it’s that you had a nice cup of coffee this morning.  Or that the sun came up and you felt the warmth on your face.  Or that your dog cuddled beside you to keep you warm.

Keep a positive outlook and you will be thanking God for everything in your life, even the challenges. Once you have started on your journey to being a more conscious person, you will begin to notice stress in your life disappearing!

Namaste!


Stating Intentions

This is a re-post of something (from the Intenders Handbook) that I believe is wonderful about stating our intentions. Have you ever noticed the power of your words? I know someone that, when I ask how he is, he says “not too bad.” Notice how negative that is? What if he got into the habit of saying, “great” or “terrific.” Might change things for him somewhat.

THAT WHICH YOU ARE REACHING TOWARD IS REACHING OUT TOWARD YOU.

The intention process is just about as simple as it can be. All you have to do is say “I intend” and then follow up with whatever it is that you desire. It could be anything. You could intend to have a new coat for yourself or you could intend for world peace. Since there are no limits on what you can think about, there are no limits on what you can intend!

For me, I get up every morning and I intend to have a great day. I intend fun and laughter. I intend that I am in perfect health – rejuvenated, aligned, balanced, and feeling physically great all of the time. I intend that I am always guided, guarded, and protected. These are a few of the general intentions that I start with everyday and then I look around at my life to see what I am needing. If the old wheelbarrow just broke, I’d intend that I have a new one. If the computer decided to go on the fritz, I’d intend that it gets fixed. I don’t leave anything out because there’s no reason to hold back!

I like to make a few intentions each day about my personal traits. Sometimes I intend that I am a more compassionate person; or I intend that I’m more kind or gentle. And sometimes, especially when there are a lot of dramas going on all around me, I intend that I see everyone in their highest light and every event from its highest point of view. That way, I’m able to observe all of the sorrow and suffering in the world and still remain uplifted. I intend that I remember that it doesn’t do anybody any good to drop down into someone else’s challenges and become troubled or sad along with them. It’s much better to set an example by staying happy and cheerful.

After intending for things like this for awhile, I take a closer look at the world at large and make a few intentions for it too. For example, I intend that men, women, and children everywhere experience grace. And I intend that peace and harmony blossom all across the land. And I intend that this Earth is living in its highest light, and that, within our environment, the air we breathe is clean and crisp; the water everywhere is crystal clear and delicious; the soil is abundant with lush growth and beautiful fruit is dripping from the trees; the animals are honored and respected; and people all over the world are happy and smiling because they’re being given everything that they need!

And, last but not least, I intend that all of my thoughts, words, and deeds serve the highest and best good of the Universe, myself, and everyone everywhere.

So be it and so it is!

(From The Intenders Handbook)