Friday, December 30, 2011

resolutions


For many the beginning of a new year is the time for resolutions. I’d like to propose a different way of thinking about resolutions.  This year I am considering resolving and transforming patterns that no longer serve me.  
I am committing to resolving the inconsistencies in my actions that have led to “less than” full easy and balanced flow in: health, relationships, money, work and play.  My New Year’s offering to you is a series of affirmations that are designed to create abundant flow every day of the new year!

New Year Affirmations:

Vitality and vibrant health are coursing through me now!

I am Love in each thought, word and action and joy fills all of my relationships.

Perfect work generates lavish abundance now!

Abundance flows freely through all of the nooks and crannies of my mind and my life.

Today I let go and let laughter flow.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

giving and receiving are one


I am reflecting on the power in generosity.  Today I awaken to the joy of giving and determine to make generosity my focus. What I give is not as important as the act of giving. I am stretching into generously giving money, things, patience, time, kindness, understanding and love.  And my heart is receiving the perfect abundance of Divine Love.

Affirmation:

Today I give exuberantly and receive perfect bounty.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

encyclopedia of gratitude

I'm pleased as punch to have an entry accepted at the Encyclopedia of Gratitude:
click here to see the full post.

"It’s been raining here in New Jersey for over a week now. Everything feels damp and swollen. Even the dollar bills in my wallet are limp. I was getting very tired of the rain, and then it began to peter off and hope sprung up for a sunny day.

But the rain has started up again tonight with a vengeance. Heavy hard rain beating on the tops of garbage cans is announcing itself loudly. This rain is talking to me, convincing me that it is good, that I should be grateful for it. So I’m now practicing feeling grateful for the rain, embracing the rain and loving it. I’m thinking about the way the rain nourishes the earth and washes away the old. I am grateful for the rain—and soon, I might be grateful for an ark."

http://encyclopediaofgratitude.tumblr.com/post/14496542858/rain

Sunday, December 18, 2011

more change


Sometimes change feels like a yawning void, a not knowing what is to come. Within me is a desire to plan everything out so that I know what I’m stepping in to. Yet even when I plan to do things in a specific way Life will often create a different experience.  I am embracing the balance between creating a plan and being open to surprises. For instance I plan that I will work in a particular profession and my income will be this much and come from that particular source; that I will live here in this specific place with these particular people, and so on.  Perhaps an entirely different set of circumstances that hasn’t entered my mind will show up.

Affirmation

I am inspired with new points of view and open to many paths now.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

oneness


There is pain and there is pleasure, and joy and sadness. There is day and night, and also hunger and fullness. I am experiencing the polarities in life and deciding to be a fulcrum between the two extremes. That neutral place between extremes receives and supports all experience yet doesn’t hold on to it. I am experiencing that fulcrum as love.

Affirmation

I live the oneness of Life in its most exquisite form: Love

Sunday, December 11, 2011

holding space for love


Last week I spent a good bit of time thinking about a break in communication with a dear one. I struggled with holding space for love when I felt abandoned and unloved. I rehearsed feeling abandoned by talking with others about my experience. Then I woke up and realized I was strengthening my experience of abandonment by repeating it over and over. So I let it go and moved into a neutral emotional space. I needed this space to feel well again. After a few days I felt good within myself and I began practicing loving. Loving loving and more loving. Then I felt the energy around this relationship change. I was generating love, and the “other” was receiving it, even though we weren’t talking.  A few days passed and then I received a phone call from this dear one.  The energy had truly shifted and we were sharing love again.

Affirmation

I am committed to holding space for love in all relationships!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

staying committed to the goal


I’m experiencing stuff coming up and getting in the way of completing tasks. These small tasks are important! They’re steps in fulfilling my goals. Today I’m taking a stand to stay on course. Today I am following through with small yet important tasks. Today’s magic number is three. Three tasks completed and I’m free to move into the rest of the day!

Affirmation

I am focused, productive and energized! I am completion!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

stepping into now


So easy for my mind to wander. Being distracted by my own thoughts about everything and anything past present and future is my biggest source of leaving the moment. And I wonder: what will happen; how will this work out; when will it come to pass; why is this situation happening, etc.  Gradually I awaken to discover that I’m off track.  Staying on track is the goal so with a calm reminder I gently bring myself back to this present moment. 

Affirmation

Thank you for this perfect now moment!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

choosing anew


I could continue with patterns as they are and it would be ok. I am choosing to let go of “ok” and move into dynamic change! I am choosing to live a bigger life. I am choosing to take risks. I trust the one life within which I live and move and have my being. I am inviting the universe to support me now. I am opening up my arms and welcoming the flow of good here now.
Affirmation:
The one life richly supports me now, revealing the perfect path through which my genius effortlessly flows into the world, creating good for me and everyone I touch.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

the wheel


Always turning, the wheel of life is ever in motion. Everything and everyone is part of cosmic motion and so in a perpetual state of change. When I lock on to something or someone I particularly like, it’s easy to forget about change. I want what I like to stay as it is so that I can enjoy it forever. And then I remember: everything changes, and nothing remains the same. So this moment I am opening my heart to change. I am trusting that new forms are good and fulfilling. The new forms appearing in my path are supporting my growth and full realization of love.
Affirmation:
With open arms I welcome change and know that change is good.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

abundance

Life is infinitely abundant. When I block the flow life feels limited. When I acknowledge the infinite abundance that is life, then I experience living in great abundance.
Ways I block the flow: worrying, making up stories about people before finding out what they’re up to, blaming, expecting easy answers, creating complicated answers, fearing, not using what I have, shrinking myself, separating myself from people and nature, doubting, making up a story that my needs aren’t being met and not caring for my body.
Affirmation:
I now embrace the infinite abundance that is Life!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

gratitude

Today I am practicing gratitude. I invite you to join me in this reflective and stream of consciousness practice. 
I am grateful for every person who shows up. Maybe I don’t like every single person, and that’s okay. I am grateful for what they help me learn -- that kindness is for everyone; that love is for everyone and stretching into love is a learning I’m embracing. I am grateful for keeping my heart open and discovering that people are complex packages that can be filled with interesting surprises.  I am grateful for small changes. I am grateful for remembering what’s important in the midst of challenging big changes.  I am grateful for dreams. I am grateful for quiet moments. I am grateful for noise. I am grateful for hunger and I am grateful for fullness. For each and every leaf that falls from the trees I am grateful, and I am grateful for the rain beating on my roof. I am grateful for my hands that enable me to type out this message. I am grateful for every set of eyes that reads it, especially yours. I am grateful for breathing, stretching and sweating. I am grateful for the cold air, I am grateful for warmth. I am grateful for the hours, those that race by and those that stretch. I am continuing gratitude practice throughout this day.
Affirmation:
With gratitude I embrace this and every moment and peace fills me.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

transformation

No one is holding me back but myself. Do I believe in myself enough to give myself permission to follow my dreams? Cause no one else is going to give me permission. No one else will encourage and support me the way I can. I am befriending my inner critic, embracing him and give him a seat on the sidelines. I am laughing at my humanness.  My higher vision is given the front and center seat.  And I am courageously and gratefully inviting people into my life who are supporting my vision and holding me accountable for living my dreams!

Affirmation:
All of me is committed to living my dreams now!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

in the river


Standing in the river of life I am facing downstream, reflecting on my past. Now I turn and am looking upstream at the flow of energies to come.

Looking back, I see free flowing water and places where the water is blocked. The blocks are preventing my history from flowing freely away from me. So I consider the energy surge I will feel through releasing frustration, anger and any other stuck energy. I let it go. I give it to the Light, and give myself unconditional love.

I am looking upstream. In some places the water rushes vigorously. And in other places the oncoming waters of life flow so gently, so slowly. I embrace all of it with love and gratitude.

Affirmation:

The river of life supports me perfectly now!

Monday, October 31, 2011

community


When difficulties loom, when moods turn into broods and the sun doesn’t shine, I lean into community. I remember to reconnect with friends and family for support. A powerful tool I'm ready to use again is a “prosperity buddy” – a friendship with someone who also wants to prosper. Set a time daily, or weekly, when you meet – over the phone or in person – to share your goals, and affirmations. Be available to each other when the going gets tough.  One rule – no criticism or judgments allowed, only loving acceptance! Remember they are perfect just as they are. Reach out for support when you flounder. Be supportive when your buddy reaches out. Build prosperity together!
Affirmation:
I am grateful for supportive relationships and I am a supportive friend.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

burnout?

 

some clips from the book Patch Adams MD:
"Burnout is a state in which ... people are insufficiently rejuvenated. They find themselves giving too much for too long; then something snuffs out the joy and thrill of helping others." "An imbalance between work and personal time can foster burnout. Consistently overextending oneself because of perceived responsibility can devastate a person's private life. Belief in indispensability is a surefire path to burnout. Ideally a healer should practice in an interdependent group of close friends who nurture one another, take breaks when necessary and collaborate with similar practitioners." ...friendship, love, mutuality, caring and fun... are bedrocks to sustainable practice.
Affirmation:
Today I share playtime and laughter and joyous love fills me.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

prosper through solving challenges


Feelings often create our experience of a challenge as a problem.  Turning away from a challenge, covering it over or ignoring it, all lead to increased stress and problems. Today offers the opportunity to guide yourself out of old limiting feelings.  Begin by writing about the challenge.  As you write it down, you make it objective. Then it is possible to see your emotional investment in or attachment to it.  This awareness can reveal the truth about the problem. Recognizing your feelings, defining them, then setting them aside momentarily while working through the issue, will enable you to tap your inner genius, resulting in excellent solutions to the challenge at hand.

Affirmation:
Spirit reveals the truth about this situation, and points to a clear path of effective action and perfect results.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

shadow


 My shadow reveals the ways in which I’ve defined and limited myself. I’m grateful for shadows as much as I’m grateful for sunshine. Shadows help define experiences, provide depth and provide contrast to and greater appreciation for the Light.  But when I’m living in my shadow, I become stubborn, fixed and unreceptive.  Today I’m committing to remembering to send myself a ray of clear white light the next time I’m sitting in shadows.

Affirmation:

My heart is open to pure love; my mind is open to clear Light.

Monday, September 12, 2011

sobriety


New ideas carry me off to thoughts of exciting new adventures on distant shores. They lift me up, help me forget the drudgery of daily life and promise an adjustment to my inner compass. Getting over the excitement of a new idea,  sobering reality eases into view. And when I come back down to earth, this place here and now, space is opened to discover adventures possible in my current time and place. 
So in making a decision I ask myself do I go for the new and exciting direction? Do I stay put and continue (slog) on? Where is change needed? In my consciousness? In my physical reality? Finally I remember the outer and inner do become one and the same.  There is no need to hurry. Change is happening now.

Affirmation
Change unfolds from the depths of my self and through all parts of my body and world.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

welcome home


It was a wonderful adventure.  And now I’m home. A dear friend sent welcome home flowers. The gift astonished me and deepened my joy and appreciation for being home.  I am grateful to be back with familiar things and faces.

Maybe you’re in a “permanent” (what’s permanent anyway?!) home. Or maybe you’re in transition. Are you staying with a friend, living on the beach or in a car?  Consider that home is where you are right now.  Create the place you’re inhabiting as home by letting your aura fill the space. Visualize your beautiful aura, filled with crystal clear light and edged with rainbows, extend into every room, every corner and closet of the space you’re in.  Exhale and let your friendly and loving energy fill the space.  Let your aura open up like so many windows opening to let your inner sun shine out into the space around you. Know that your energies greet you and everyone who enters with bright love.

The light radiant sun within shines bright through me.

Friday, August 26, 2011

preparation


My mind can set the pattern for the day. My heart can hold space for my intentions.
Today I'm organizing my things in preparation for a long journey. I leave doubt behind, and invite adventure and opportunities for community. This particular journey happens to be a long drive across country. But it could just as well be the day (or night) that stretches ahead. A lover of adventure, I'm making a note to remember each day is an adventure filled with opportunities for connection with people, nature and myself.

Affirmation
Today I am engaged, inspired, in service, passionate and productive!

Monday, August 22, 2011

holding my seat


Living can be like riding a horse; like sitting atop a moving force that sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. But its my mind that directs the beast, and the reins are in my hands. With clear commitment to my goals, and determination to see them through, I ride the force. Keeping my eye on a goal or destination keeps me moving in that direction. Wondering doesn't lead anywhere but it does dissipate energy, and facilitates loosing focus.

Affirmation:

Gently, steadily and lovingly I am guiding myself to right action now.

Friday, August 19, 2011

remember to remember


When I experience a sense of lack, I remember to become mindful that all I need is here now. I look around for supply and discover that there is plenty of food, space, love, work and play present now. Looking beyond what is here leads to feeling there is not enough. Its as if I'm ignoring the food on my plate and looking past here and now and focusing on other plates, other tables. To fully open up to magnificent abundance, I am being present to what is here right now.

Affirmation:

I am living in magnificent abundance right here, right now!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

use it up


Waiting for tomorrow – for what will be two hours from now, next month or next year -- is tiring. So I'm giving up the waiting game. I've decided to powerfully bring myself into this present moment. I am giving myself permission to focus on what is in front of me. Whether it be talking with someone, writing, riding a bike, walking, cooking or teaching a class, I choose to fully experience this moment. No more pining away for what isn't here yet. Now I see this moment as a piece of fruit. It is luscious and sweet. But when I don't bite in, I feel a sense of loss. This moment remains a potential feast. It's nutritional value is not used up. Fully present, I experience this moment as full. Soul satisfying. And I am complete.

Affirmation:
I am fully present and leaning in to this soul satisfying moment.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

in peace


Instead of expecting peace to show up, today I am practicing creating peace.
The practice includes the following:
  • accepting what is
  • not reading into what people are saying
  • appreciating the beauty in this moment
  • keeping my mind on whats in front of me now
  • taking care of my needs
  • being kind to others
  • breathing deeply and slowly for several breaths
  • practicing gratitude for where I am right now
Affirmation
 Peace increases as I embrace this beautiful moment.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

intention


Today I've set the intention to be healthy, to be in loving, supportive, dynamic relationships, to live abundantly and cause abundance in the lives of those I touch and to be a leader in the awakening of Love. Once my intention is set, my mind and heart move steadily towards the intention. When I set the intention in love, with kindness, with encouragement, I move steadily towards it's realization. However when I use will, pressure or force to fulfill my intention, my mind will back away, because, the ego doesn't like to be dominated.
So I am handling myself with kindness, and providing loving and clear reminders of my intentions. I am open to my intentions manifesting as “this or something better,” knowing that Spirit will provide the perfect form for my growth now.

Affirmation
Today I am the perfect fulfillment of my intentions.