101 Power Thoughts
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a message from Karen Murphy
Thursday, 12 August, 2010 (posted 15 August, 2010)
It is easy, given our cultural framework, to imagine spiritual learning as analogous to education - that spiritual le...View Article Here Read More
a message from Cheryl Richardson
Monday, 28 June, 2010 (posted 12 July, 2010)
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Today has been a much-needed lazy day. My calendar was clear. I was comm...View Article Here Read More
Read the following quote from Louise Hay:
"Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation for your future."
Now think about. Really think about it. If each of us spent one entire day noticing our thoughts and words, chances are we'd be a little concerned about the future we're creating. For most people, negative thinking and talking is a way of life. But not anymore, thanks to Louise Hay.
Louise has just published a new book called, Experience Your Good Now: Learning to Use Affirmations. It contains everything you need to know - and I mean everything - about developing an affirmation practice, so I won't go into details here. She's the master of this process and I suggest you buy the book, study it from cover to cover, and listen to the CD (that comes with the book) every night for a minimum of thirty days. When you do, you'll discover the following benefits and so much more...
* Starting and finishing your day with affirmations sets up a tone of self-care that permeates every area of your life.
* You train your mind to look for what's good and you end up drawing more good toward you.
* You feel better emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
* You stay focused on the specific areas of your life that most need your attention and they improve.
* You begin to see evidence that your thoughts really do have power.
* You develop an unbendable faith in the power of your thoughts to direct the course of your life. As a result, you no longer feel like a victim to outside forces. You remember who's in the driver's seat.
* You become much nicer to be around â˜º.
Two years ago I stepped up my commitment to use affirmations by spending my mornings writing, reading, and imagining them coming to life. It's made an enormous difference in the quality of each day and I know it will for you, too. So, to help you get started, here are a few of my favorites...
My life is a constant stream of miracles.
flows into my life in surprising and miraculous ways every day.
love my home and my home loves me.
I enjoy a
passionate, loving, kind, and co-creative relationship with the people
who matter most.
I feel God's presence in my life every moment of every day.
Now it's your turn. Check out Louise's book, here. It's the best ten dollars you'll spend â˜º.
Start by creating five specific affirmations that either affirm what you want more of in your life or what you want less of. Then, write, read, and repeat them throughout the day.
This week's video is a beautiful example of affirmations in action! We need to teach every child how to do this. You can find the video here. Thanks to Andrea for sending it to us!
Life Makeover for the Year 2009(sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson.© Copyright 1999-2009 Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950, www.cherylrichardson.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
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I've just arrived home from Omega where I taught a Mother's Day weekend retreat about developing the qualities and habits of an extraordinary mother. We had a terrific group of women and this week I'd like to share ten pieces of wisdom from our time together. Here we go...
1. The healthy habit that feels most like a luxury needs to become a daily necessity.
2. Never check email first thing in the morning.
3. Don't beat around the bush. Be brave enough to ask for what you want directly.
4. Resting may be the most productive thing you do.
5. Never underestimate the power of getting a full night of sleep - every night.
6. "Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation for your future."
This quote is from Louise Hay, the master of affirmations. She launches a new book this week called "Experience Your Good Now!" We used it during the retreat and it's a must read for every person who is wise enough to use affirmations.
7. Embrace your resistance to change while remaining open to new possibilities.
8. "Puttering" is a valid act of extreme self-care.
9. Stop robbing others of their responsibilities.
10. Be a creator not a responder.
Choose the one piece of wisdom that most speaks to you from above and do something about it every day this week.
This week's video is inspiring, moving, and important. Many of you have seen or read about Randy Pausch. This is the reprised version of his last lecture and it's a powerful reminder of what matters in life. You'll find it here. Thanks Zulma!
I've just finished teaching our San Francisco Movers and Shakers program and was inspired to send the following newsletter after witnessing a powerful moment between Louise Hay and a workshop participant. One woman came up to the microphone for some coaching and started with the following: "I am a terrible procrastinator." No sooner were the words out of her mouth, when Louise stood up and said: "That's an affirmation!" In the spirit of that important message, please use the following story and message to change your life.
Last week I was enjoying some time to myself at a local park when I overheard a conversation between two women who were talking about how frustrated they were with their jobs. They were sitting close by and, after a half hour of trying to mind my own business, I decided to head home. As I drove away, I thought about how much time and energy they were investing in the problem by repeating the details of their situations over and over again. And, I thought about how I've done the same thing in my own life -- energized the very thing I didn't want to continue by repeatedly complaining about it.
When you consider the notion that our thoughts have creative power, complaining about something without doing anything to change it, takes on a whole new meaning. While talking about our problems is a normal (and important) way of working through the difficulties in life, fixating on them can end up magnetizing the very thing we most want to avoid. When we complain, ruminate, whine, moan or gossip about what isn't working in our lives, we may find that the problem persists or even shows up in a whole new form.
That said, there's gold to be found in the act of complaining and worrying about our problems. Just think about the strategy behind what you do. For example, if you're worried about money (and who isn't nowadays), you might:
* Continuously think about what you don't have, your debt, or upcoming bills.
* Talk with others about how bad the economy is or how it's going to get worse.
* Write about your fears in a journal.
* Go to sleep at night imagining worse-case scenarios in your mind.
* Pray about the problem.
Again, these are all useful ways to process the challenges we face in life, but when we get stuck on these behaviors alone without adding positive actions, we contribute to the problem. Now, imagine what might happen if you used these same strategies to your advantage. To bring more abundance into your life, you could:
* Continuously think about what you do have by noticing the little things that make you happy right now.
* Start looking for and sharing the stories of abundance that show up in your life.
* Begin each day by writing down fifteen things you feel grateful for.
* Go to sleep at night imagining yourself living debt free or enjoying a new, higher-paying job.
* Pray for the discipline and strength to focus on the good in your life and the ability to receive the abundance that's coming your way.
These examples represent the fundamental steps of attraction. You think about it, talk about it, write about it, meditate on it, pray about it, or imagine best-case scenarios. I've been practicing the idea of attraction in one form or another for the last twenty-five years and these are the things that I do (along with making treasure maps . As you begin to use these steps to turn things around, please keep in mind three important things I've learned over time:
1. Simply thinking about something you want to bring into your life isn't enough. You need to combine thought with action and be willing to do the work.
2. Making the shift from "me" to "we" is where the law of attraction really becomes powerful. My greatest joy (and success) comes in sharing my good fortune with others.
3. We must surrender to the reality that there is a power greater than our humanness at work in the world and we can't always get what we want. Some things just aren't meant to be.
So, when you think about your life and what you're energizing every day, does it make you smile or is it time to make a shift?
Choose one thing you've been worried about (or complaining about) and put those remarkable practical strategies to good use. Turn it around by focusing your energy on the possibilities of what could be instead of the reality of what is right now. Whether or not you believe it can work doesn't matter. Isn't that great?
This week's video was sent to me by my assistant, Chris. Fifteen million people have seen it, but I hadn't â˜º. While I don't recommend you try this at home, it's an awesome example of mastery. Thanks, Chris!www.cherylrichardson.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission. View Article Here Read More
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