Life is a Miraculous Journey

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Today I am open to the presence of miracles!!
~ Deepak Chopra ~

There are Miracles that happen all around us every day. If our minds are busy chattering, like in the story of the Two Birds, we may not notice these miracles coming into our lives. But, when we are aware, they are like gifts given to us, waiting to be opened and shared. When we learn to live each day connected to our present awareness, the miracles in our lives will increase and you will begin to know yourself at the core.
Think of it this way . . . It’s like a seed you want to cultivate and grow.  In order to do that we need to take time with it each day.  It needs water, soil and sunshine. It is a precious gift that will sprout when we shower it with love and light to expand and grow into a tree before our eyes.
What miracles do you see around and in your life? Abundance? Love? Gratitude?
What thoughts do you think that inhibit your ability to see miracles? Negative thoughts get in the way of your miracles, abundance and loving relationships. Set your intention that anything is possible.
What steps can you take to open yourself up to experiencing more miracles? Stay positive, meditate, and be present. Open your mind and heart to ALL the possibilities.

Every day, stand with your arms open and say,
“I am open and receptive to all the good and the abundance in the Universe. And thank you for life!”
~ Louise Hay ~

 

The Story of Two Birds – 100th Post

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The Story of Two Birds.

This story comes from the ancient Hindu philosophical texts called the Upanishads, dating perhaps more than 2500 years ago.  It integrates the powerful imagery of two birds.

There are two birds who are sitting on the same tree, inseparable and best friends.

The first bird eats from the Tree of Life, sweet and sour fruits alike, chattering incessantly.

The second bird just watches.

The first bird is your practical self, your monkey mind that chatters about everything, fearing, judging, analyzing and acting. This is the seat many of us take for most of our lives, where we spend our reality in our non-thinking minds. This bird is in the spotlight of attention all the time, running circles around the second bird.
The second bird is the watcher, checking out everything that happens in your life.  That’s all this bird does.

It watches everything, judging nothing. 

It has no opinion of anything, nor does it have a memory.  It is like a mirror, just receiving, keeping nothing.  This is the undiscovered part of you which has always been there. By turning your attention to it, and being aware of it, you will shift. This is the act of meditation when you shift to this seat. It is the place where you reside over the ocean of bliss.  You can go there anytime you want. With practice, this will become a natural space, putting you in control as you just quietly watch everything with calm and centering presence.
Shift to the seat of the second bird and make it become second nature to your being. Once you are in that seat, no one can take that away from you. And that’s empowering!

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

~ Wayne W. Dyer ~

This is my 100th post.  Thank you to all who have supported and followed over the past year.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

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“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”

~~ Cherokee Proverb ~~

Going to the park is the highlight of our four-legged kid’s day. He loves to romp and play with his ball.  Actually, he is obsessed with his ball and wants no parts of any other interaction with the other dogs.
I can’t help but wonder what the Brittany dog in the background is thinking …. “Hey, come play with me!”
It’s interesting to watch how “in the moment” Simon is when he is at the dog park.  He is totally focused on his ball.  We throw it. He brings it back and we do it over and over until he plops himself down on the grass, panting.  Give him a few minutes and he is ready to go at it again.
Oh that we could take a lesson from this.  Focus!    Rest!    Go for it again!    And be Carefree!!!

Your Fears Erased Here Daily

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Someone special on my FaceBook page shared this photo and I had to pass it on.  

We all have fears.  So how do you deal with your fears? How do you deal with that thing in your gut or pain in your neck?

Have you discovered what your fears really are?  Are you telling yourself stories in your head that intensify your fears? Once you discover what you actually fear, you will be able to move past them.  You will be on the road to have control over those fears and thoughts.

Sometimes fear is a good thing, like when we are in flight or fright.  It also comes to us when we are doing something outside of our comfort zone or being put at risk.  That can be good in the sense that it causes us to shift.

Write Fear a Letter

Let fear know that you are not afraid of it, that you actually welcome it in order to make yourself better.

I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a class about self confidence.  We were asked to write fear a letter.  Here’s what I wrote:
Dear Fear,
(Written with your RIGHT hand):
I have to tell you something.  I want you to take a back seat in my life.  Actually, I’d like to divorce you but sometimes I need your guidance but only in a positive way.  I know I invited you and sometimes I feed you. I have a fond affection to you, and I embrace you, but I don’t want you to control my life, my thoughts or my attitude or wake up with me or go to sleep with me.  When I have turned to you, I realize that I have gotten exceptional results in my life that I wouldn’t have otherwise had, but I cannot let you control me.  I must embrace you as a good friend where all the boundaries are in place.
Here’s what Fear wrote back:
(Written with your LEFT hand):
Thank you for bringing that to my attention.  Let’s work on that together and start a new life together and give it another chance.
What are your fears?  Write your letter today.