Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gratitude

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them. Chinese Proverb

This is Thanksgiving week, a tradition for giving thanks that began many years ago. This time of year has a way of reminding people that they have something to be thankful for. And that's good. We need reminding. But what about the other 51 weeks each year? Much of that time, we're so busy focusing on what we don't have that we forget to see what we do have, much less to give thanks for it. How different our world would be if we spent some time each day being grateful.

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
Gerald Good


Gratitude has the power to transform, to make things new. Our thoughts produce energy, and we manifest in our lives that which we entertain in our thinking. Have you ever heard it said that what we focus on becomes greater, and what we ignore diminishes? That's one reason why we have so much negative stuff in our lives. We focus on it, worry and fret about it, and give our energy to it. How about if we turned that around, brought the good stuff to the forefront--some of that is always present--and expressed gratitude for it.

Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot. The Hausa of Nigeria

Grateful thinking can turn negative situations into positive ones. If you want more abundance in your life, better health and healing, happier relationships, more rewarding work, or if there's any area of your life in which you would like to see positive change, then focus your mind and heart on gratitude for whatever you have now, and your good will multiply. Universal law says that like attracts like. Giving thanks daily will change your energy, and the universe will hear your vibration and reply in kind. A grateful heart builds on itself, and with practice, more of what you want will manifest in your life.

If the only prayer you said in your life was "Thank You", that would suffice. Meister Eckhart

We live by habit--some good, some not so good. Why not make a conscious effort to develop a gratitude attitude habit, and watch some joy slip into your life. Smiles will replace the frowns.

Thank you for being an important part of the universe.

Marilyn

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Your Body


If you don't take care of your body, where will you live? Unknown source.


Your body is more than the house you live in. It's the barometer that tells you what's really going on inside. Everything that has ever happened to you is stored in the body, and this is reflected in many ways. Your body remembers, and you can't fool it, no matter what your mind may be thinking. If you listen, it will tell you when you need to correct a problem.

We spend a lot of time running from one place to another with our very important busyness. If we let up for a minute, Chicken Little might start yelling the sky is falling. And we wonder why we have indigestion, can't sleep, become agitated, etc. Then we see the doctor and get some pills to remedy the situation while we continue running from one place to another with our very important busyness. Sound familiar?

When I'm highly stressed, I'm usually not aware of it until my body starts telling me something is wrong. I get a headache, bellyache, feel anxious or depressed, shallow breathing, can't sleep, etc. That's when I get that aha revelation, and start listening to my body. I mean really listening to hear what it has to tell me. Once I do that, I can work on releasing what's stressing me. (Which I should have done in the first place)

Releasing is a key to having a healthy body. Each night when the days activities are over, create some quiet time to reflect upon what took place during that day. Smile with gratitude for the good stuff, and work on letting go of the stressful stuff. Remember--it all went into the body, and the body will reflect what it's given. The good stuff feels good. The bad stuff doesn't.

Maybe you can make tomorrow better than today. And tomorrow, as you go through the day, listen to your body for direction--maybe to slow down, maybe to speed up, maybe to eat or not eat. You will be directed in a right way, according to what you're feeling in your body. So it's wise to take care of this intelligent vessel, and allow it to take care of you.

I wish you health, with a good ear to listen.

Marilyn

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Goodbyes

Saying Goodbye, A Dream of Things Anthology

The above book is a wonderful collection of stories written by everyday people depicting the many ways we say goodbye to the people, places and things in our lives. As I read this book, I was reminded that we say goodbye all the time in one way or another. It's part of our human condition. We usually think of goodbye as a painful experience, but that's not always the case. Goodbyes come in many colors.

There are those painful times of saying goodbye when we lose a loved one, or a place where we were happy, or things that were dear to us. We experience the grieving process, but I've found that we sometimes carry them with us forever in our hearts. I lost my father when I was 6 years old, but he's still with me. So are the Michigan tulips I saw when I was in the 5th grade, and the beautiful lake where I spent a few happy months when I was a child. I still see them in my mind, and I miss them. But I had to say goodbye.

Then there are the times when goodbye is a happy time. Sound strange? Think about it. Have you ever said goodbye to a person, place or thing that you no longer wanted or needed in your life anyway? How about that relationship that caused you pain, or those extra pounds you gained, or that bout of the flu that kept you in bed for days, or that job that you hated. We all know that feeling when we've said goodbye to an unhappy experience, and we gave a sigh of relief with a smile on our face.

Yes, goodbyes come in many colors, each one unique in itself, but a part of what molds us into who we are. The sad times can make us stronger, and the happy ones can lighten the bumps in the road along our way. Be grateful, not for the losses, but for what we can learn from them. If we use our goodbyes wisely, they can open doors to new beginnings and push us forward to better understanding of ourselves and others. Our world grows with each goodbye.

Blessings on your journey.

Marilyn