11 Oct

Words Of Inspiration

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Sometimes all it takes is a few words, an inspiring statement that has the power to change our perspective and improve our mood.

One of my favourite authors, Louise Hay, celebrated her 90th birthday this month.  She is ‘the queen’ of affirmations—positive statements—and for decades her words have inspired people to improve their thoughts in more loving ways.

This month, I’ve decided to share some of Louise’s words, affirmations and one-liners that promote positive change.  I believe in word-power and the magic they perform in helping us to lift our moods and mind!

Here are some of my favourite words from Louise, ones that have guided me over the years…

Thoughts

The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.

Just because you believe something doesn’t mean it’s true.

You are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind.

Stop scaring yourself with your thoughts.

Set yourself free from other people’s opinions.

 When you’re having a tough day, reach for a good thought.

You are the only person who thinks in your mind! You are the power and authority in your world.

 I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.

The past

Learn from the past and let it go. Live in today.

 The past is over and done and cannot be changed. This is the only moment we can experience.

Love

Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.

Allow the world to love and accept you.

Gratitude

The more grateful you are, the more you get to be grateful about. It’s that simple.

Self-worth / self–love

You will be with you longer than anyone else on the planet so make it a good relationship. (I really enjoy this one!).

Healing

To support the body in healing, we must believe we are worthy of being healed.

Your mind is a tool you can choose to use any way you wish.

Inner-spirit

 We are far more than our bodies and personalities. The inner spirit is always beautiful and lovable, no matter how our outer appearances may change.

Aging

Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older.

Power-words / Affirmations

 I am in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.

Each day is a new opportunity. I chose to make this day a great one.

All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe.

I am willing to release the need to be unworthy.  I am worthy of the very best in life and I now lovingly allow myself to accept it.

Call to Action

Print this list and keep it handy.  Then, the next time you are feeling out of sorts, you will have a list of positive statements that have the potential to help you.

And, if you have a favourite saying of Louise Hay, contact me and I’ll post it on my website so others can benefit from her words too!

This Month’s Video

In this 10 minute video Louise Hay talks about how words and thoughts create our future.  It’s a great to listen to so grab a cuppa, sit back (with your headphones on if you wish) and enjoy!

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12 Sep

Live With Equanimity

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Choosing to live with equanimity—or even-mindedness—is a great step that improves our life experience.

By taking a calmer approach to life we feel better; we deal with situations more effectively and open ourselves up to higher guidance.

Here is a message from Spirit that talks about the power of equanimity in our lives.

Spirit’s Message

“Dearest ones, the toils of life are transitory experiences that move you forward along the path.  And as you move, episodes both joyful and sorrowful occur.

All is best taken with equanimity.  Remove yourself from judging situations as to whether you are pleased with them or not and take all life experiences with equanimity.  In this way you open yourself up to receiving guidance from your Higher-self.  Your ego has less power and less control over you when you do not judge.

Stay calm, stay poised.  Move deeper into the loving relationship that you have with Divine Love.  Open your mind to the possibility of solutions to your problems.

Stay even-tempered, lessen ego control and you will receive guidance intuitively that will help you through all of life experiences.

Equanimity brings strength, peace, direction and serenity.

Blessings and Love,

Spirit”

Equanimity: Connect to the peace within

Whilst, at times, it can be hard to stay even-minded—particularly during testing times—a helpful technique is to focus on the breath.  The following exercise restores a sense of calmness to our being.

It goes like this:

Pause for a moment… then take a deep breath—preferably one from your belly—and then hold the breath for a second or two.  Now slowly exhale, ensuring that the exhalation of your breath is calm and very, very slow. Sink into the feeling of peace that emerges from the slow exhalation of the breath.

Repeat the process 3 times.

Taking time to quieten the ego and to disengage from the emotional body is a helpful strategy towards establishing peace, balance and equanimity in our lives.

Three-step approach to living with more equanimity

Next time you are faced with an upsetting situation, immediately recall the word ‘equanimity’ to mind. This will remind you to deal with the situation with a more even-minded approach.  Then, do the above breath exercise which will help to settle the mind and reduce agitated feelings.

Once you feel calmer, take a moment to go inwards and ask for guidance on how best to manage the situation at hand.

This three-step approach is a simple strategy that helps work our way towards living life with equanimity.

This Month’s Video

This 3 minute relaxation video will help reconnect you to the peace and calm of your deeper-self.

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09 Aug

Life, Death And Grief

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Grief has been a big part of my life lately. Within 6 months, I’ve had to arrange and organise three funerals, namely for my Late brother-in-law, Richard, my Late cousin,­ Rosa—whom I was next of kin for—and, last month, my precious, beautiful Mother.

It’s been a difficult time and you can never anticipate how you will respond to grief when it happens.

I must admit that lately, I’ve done a lot of crying but also lots of reminiscing and laughing at some of the wonderful memories. But undoubtedly, what’s helped me through my grief the most—and continues to do so—is the words and wisdom of Spirit.

The following message which I received from Spirit on 4th September, 2008, has been of enormous comfort to me and I’m sharing it in the hope that it may be helpful to you and others, too.

Spirit’s Message on Death and Grief

“Blessings and love.  Death is not the end.  The completion of one’s physical incarnation is not the end of life.  It is the closure of a cycle but it is not the end of existence of that being.

The spirit of one lives on; their energy is part of the cosmic energy.  Their flesh may not be seen but their loving energy is ever-present. There is no death only life continuum.

We tell you these words because many grieve for the loss of their loved ones.  To grieve is part of the natural emotions of physical existence.  We support and help you as much as we can during times of physical sorrow.

But, Dear Ones, do not spend your life held in the energy of grief.  Living in grief for extended periods of time is neither good for the soul who has been released, nor is it good for you on the earth plane.

We ask that you send your love to the soul who has completed his/her time in a physical body; that they move forward.  Life is always about moving forward—closer to divinity, progressing higher and higher in spiritual growth.

Each spirit walks their own journey, but the goal of each is the same; move forward in the knowledge and love of Divine Love.

Dear Ones, all of life is a cycle.  All things cease and return to the Great Cosmic Energy. Life, as you understand it, does not end; it simply moves forward.

Our love is with you always,

Spirit”

Moving forward

Spirit’s words remind us that life and death is a cycle and whether we are in-flesh or in-spirit, our journey is about progress; it’s about moving closer to the goal of self-realisation.

Perfect love

Why don’t we take a moment now and pray for our loved ones in-spirit? Send them thoughts of steady progress on their journey towards merging with Divine Love.

It only takes a minute of our time to link our heart to theirs creating a bridge of endless, timeless, perfect love.

This month’s video

I have chosen this video in honour of our mum.  In her younger years, Mum loved playing the piano; she enjoyed music in general and she has a great sense of humour. I think this clip of Victor Borge (it’s an oldie but a goodie) covers all three of Mum’s loves.  Enjoy.

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14 Jun

Time Is A Treasure

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Time is a precious gift that is all too often taken for granted.

Last week I was given the sad news that a family friend passed away.  Aged 54, his death was sudden and unexpected.  A devoted family man, he gave his time freely to his wife, children, relatives, friends and those in need.

As I was reflecting on the beautiful qualities of our friend, The Universe directed me to an email that I’d received some months ago.  It was entitled: The Last Wishes of  Alexander the Great and I’d like to share it with you as it aptly reminds us of the purpose of time. It goes like this:

On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:

  1. The best doctors should carry his coffin
  2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery and…
  3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see.

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests, asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

  1. I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.
  2. I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth.
  3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

Time is our most precious treasure because it is limited.  We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time. When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. Our time is our life.

The Gift of Time

The best present that any one of us can give to another is time. Time shared with another says many things but, ultimately, it speaks of love.

Call to Action

This month think about those in your life who are close at heart and make the time to assist them in some way. If you are not able to visit them you could Facetime, Skype or email; let them know that you care.

Also, make time for someone in need—perhaps a complete stranger.  Share a moment that will leave them feeling uplifted by your presence.

A wise person uses the gift of time to touch hearts. May you have the wisdom to get the best out of life by giving your time to helping others. Assisting another is the ultimate act of love; it’s the purpose of time.

This month’s video is actually a commercial but it beautifully demonstrates the message of how to make the best use of our time and how to create happiness in life.  Enjoy!

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09 May

Good Food For A Healthy Mind!

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Have you ever thought about the food that you feed your mind daily; food in the form of thoughts?  Peaceful, happy and kind thoughts are excellent food sources for a healthy mind and research shows ingesting these thoughts daily has a positive effect on our health.

Unfortunately, many of our daily thoughts are unhealthy—with stress and worry forming the main source of our diet. Whilst it’s difficult to eradicate troublesome thoughts altogether, it is possible minimise them.

Here’s how:  Firstly, consider that every thought you think feeds your mind—so, in order to feed it well, a balanced diet is needed.

Each day:

  • Increase positive expressions as you converse with people. For example, thank people more often for the help and the services they provide.  Gratitude is a healthy food source.
  • Reduce the habit of complaining and blaming.  Both are energy-depleting.  Also, reduce negative influences that keep your thoughts focused on ‘life’s dramas’ – media news is an example.  If your senses are constantly bombarded by negative information, it is more difficult to generate positive thoughts. 
  • Introduce positive statements into your diet such as, “Today I will worry less.”  “Today I enjoy being happy.” “I feel good about myself today.”
  • Add supplements such as joy and laughter to your day. These essential tonics generate happier thoughts.
  • Assess all of the kindhearted actions that you engaged in throughout the day.  Recalling them to mind generates both good thoughts and feelings.

If you catch yourself in ‘worry mode’, here’s a little trick: Liken ‘stressful thoughts’ to ‘fat’ in a diet.  As with too much fat, too many worries will clog your system and weigh you down!

To stay in great shape, pay attention to the food you feed both your body and mind. Ensure kind-hearted thoughts are part of your daily diet!

Here is a fun video clip that that provides positive food for the mind! Enjoy.

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12 Apr

The Purpose Of Service

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Recently I have had the joy of reconnecting with a group of spiritually-minded friends who I have not seen for some time.  Our relationship goes back a long way, 1993 in fact, and spending time together was as joyous as slipping into a favourite pair of comfortable slippers—warm, familiar and deliciously comforting.

As we gathered together in devotional prayer, the spiritual gathering concluded with a reading on the topic of service.  It was a great reminder to me that every day, each one of us serves. No matter who we are, our lives involve serving others.

In fact, when we take stock of our day, the majority of our time involves service in some shape or form. For instance, preparing food or driving children to and from school. Whether we are washing, sweeping or working—we are serving.

Service is not restricted to community service. Service is part of everyday life!

Making the most of service

More often than not, most of us begrudge the daily service activities that we need to undertake, believing that we could be doing better things with our time. Sometimes we feel angry, resentful that we have to serve or we feel that our partner gets off lightly when it comes to helping with the kids and chores in the home.

Each day we are presented with an opportunity to turn every day acts of service into acts of love and devotion.

How?

This can be achieved by focusing on the end goal.  To do this, ask yourself, “Through this act, who am I serving?”

Whilst it may appear that we are helping others, we are, in fact, serving The Divine.  As the energy of Divine Love is in each one of us, then each act of service is ultimately serving Divine Love. That is who we really are serving!

This being the case, if we think of the end goal as we go about our activities, we become more conscious of Divine Love in our daily lives. With this shift in awareness, our attitude towards what we are doing, changes.  Focusing on the bigger picture helps us to serve seeing the oneness and connectedness that we have with all. Mentally and emotionally, we feel we have a sense of purpose to our lives for we see that even the mundane chores have a higher purpose to them; spiritually we move closer towards our goal of self-realisation.

Service is the highest spiritual exercise.  When we serve with love and in consciousness of The Divine we sanctify our lives.

How best can we serve?

With:

  • A pure heart
  • A selfless attitude
  • Gratitude
  • Good feelings

Even though many of the acts of service that we do daily may seem mundane, holding the right attitude toward them is the key. Focus on: through this act I am serving The Divine.

Another point to be aware of is, if the feeling of love is missing, our acts of service hold little value.  We are simply carrying out actions without heart.

Whether the service activity we undertake is big or small—the love we impart as we serve—is what matters most.

Love All Serve All

Keep life simple, love those whom you come into contact with daily and serve them with love.

If we take to heart and follow this one principle we enjoy life more and, most importantly, live life with purpose!

Service pays well

No matter how much money we may have in our bank account—it’s not transferrable when we pass from this earthly plane.  However, our bank account of love comes with us.

Service—whether it’s through everyday chores or community service—is the highest act of love.  It pays big dividends and high interest.

Therefore, love to serve and serve to love!

This month, as you engage in your everyday acts of service, focus on the end goal. Say to yourself: “Through this act I am serving The Divine.” Turn everyday actions into acts of love and devotion.

Here is a lovely video of animals that are very willing to love and serve!