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Be A Lotus

I love the lotus flower.  There is something about these beautiful flowers rising above the water that inspires me and makes me happy and peaceful.

During a meditation recently, I began to see how we could benefit from following the path of the lotus.  The lotus flower grows up from the bottom of a pond or lake.  The roots burgh into the mud while stalk rises through the muck and mire of the water finally emerging above the surface with a flower of pink, red, white, or blue.  The lotus can live for hundreds, even thousands of years.

Like the lotus, our lives are often rooted in muddy soil.  These are the hurts, slights, and negative beliefs that we encounter as we go through life:

  • We get get teased or bullied
  • We fail and get embarrassed
  • We encounter physical or emotional abuses
  • We have our hearts broken
  • We lose loved ones
  • We dream and our dreams are dashed
  • We feel unloved, unappreciated, alone, depressed, fearful, not good enough
  • Etc…

But, if we live like the lotus, we grow out of these experiences and up through the murky waters of life to emerge above the pain, sadness, and fear to as beautiful flowers.  From this beauty and tranquility was can inspire those around us and bring happiness and peace to their lives.  With this gift we can create an impact on the world that latest for centuries, maybe millennia.

So my friends, I encourage you to “BE a LOTUS”.  

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Until next time, have a happy healthy day!


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Love Yourself Today

As the week begins, we can easily get caught up in the hurry and chaos of the week.  While trying to meet all of our obligations and responsibilities to our family, friends, and coworkers, we often forget to stop and care for ourselves and our needs. 

 We forget to show ourselves some loving care.  

It is important to remember that caring for ourselves is not selfish, it is what is required to allow us to have the energy and focus we need to help those around us. 

 Taking time to love and care for ourselves is the best way to love and care for others.

So, today I encourage you to:


Until next time, have a happy, healthy day!


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What Are You Grateful RIGHT NOW?

 

As I write this, I am sitting on my patio on a sunny, 80 degree afternoon while sipping a glass of wine, and listening to the birds sing and chirp merrily.  It is blissful and I am grateful.

There are so many things to be grateful for every moment of every day that we can often take some of life’s simple pleasures for granted.  But, if we take a few short moments each day to stop and reflect on what we have to be thankful for in that moment, we can begin to see how truly fortunate we are, even if that particular instant is not one of our best or happiest.  Finding things to express gratitude for, even the smallest things, opens us up to receive many more circumstances, events, and individuals for which to be grateful.  It is a not so vicious cycle…

When I wake up in the morning, I set a reminder on my phone for a random time of day that will focus my attention on being grateful then and there!  When I do this, without exception, my day gets better, I feel happier, inspired, relaxed, and work becomes easier and more enjoyable.  

It is a great way to give yourself a non-caffeinated pick me up!

Try it!  You will be amazed at your results!

So without further ado, here is what I am grateful for right now:

  1. I am grateful for sunny days.
  2. I am grateful that my ears allow me to hear the birds singing.
  3. I am grateful for my glass of wine.
  4. I am grateful for my faithful dog, Jake.
  5. I am grateful it is warm outside.
  6. I am grateful for the beautiful flowers blooming in my yard.
  7. I am grateful I live in a quiet, peaceful, and friendly neighborhood.
  8. I am grateful to the Universe for the creative inspiration to write this post.
  9. I am grateful I awoke to this amazing day.
  10. I am grateful to YOU for reading this blog!

Until next time, have a happy, healthy, grateful day!!!

 

 


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Thank You Thursday

Thankful Tip:

Whenever you encounter a case of the “worry warts”, stop and think of 10 things you have to be grateful for! 
 Please take a look at my Kickstarter campaign, Adventures in Gratitude, http://kck.st/2eI3lkP. If it inspires you, please contribute and share! Thank you!


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Thank You Thursday

A few weeks ago, I suggested you write a “Thank you” letter to someone from your past, Thank You Thursday – 8/25/16.

This week, I would like to encourage you to write a letter to someone from your future: a mentor, a spouse, a child, a boss, etc.

I know, you think I’ve gone batty.  “How can I write a letter to someone I have not yet met?”, you ask.   That is what makes this exercise so fun.  You get to create a future success story for yourself and express gratitude for it.  It is visualization on paper!

As I, and many others, have said before, expressing gratitude is the best way to manifest more things to be grateful for.  If you want to succeed in reaching a goal the best and fastest way to do it is to be grateful for it, NOW!  Not when it eventually manifests.

Think about one of your goals.  Who do you need in your life to help you reach that goal?

  • If you want to succeed in business, you need a mentor to help educate and guide you.
  • If you want to be married, you need a spouse.
  • If you want to be a parent, you need a child.
  • If you want to lose weight, you need a personal trainer.

As you write your letter, remember there are NO LIMITS to who you can write to and what you can achieve.  This letter is pure imagination and visualization.  Be grand and bold!  If you want Oprah to mentor you, thank Oprah!  The point is to have fun and feel the joy and gratitude of the achievement.

Here is an example of a letter I wrote:

To my Mentor,
There are not enough words in the English language to “Thank you” for all that you have done for me.  Your guidance, support, and belief in my dream played a crucial part in success.
If you had told me just 18 months ago that I would have achieved my goal of being able to work from anywhere in the world on my schedule, I would have told you you we crazy.
But today, I am writing you this letter from a beach in Hawaii, where I have been everyday for the past week.  Each morning I awake, go to the gym, have breakfast by the pool and spend a few hours working with clients via email and Skype.  In the afternoon, I stroll on the beach or take surfing lessons.  Some days I work for a few hours in the evening and other days I do not.  It is my choice.
I have the amazing opportunity to live this life because of you!!!!!
You devoted a portion of your life to taking me under your wing and helping me create my dream life.  You challenged me to step outside of my usually narrow boundaries and take chances.  I could only have done this, because I knew you would not let me fail.
 You cheered my successes and supported me when things did not go as planned.  You never judged or criticized. 
Of all of the gifts you gave me, the most beautiful and impactful is, you helped me gain my self-worth, self-respect, and confidence.  You were my guiding light through thick and thin.  You showed me my potential (actually, you forced me to seek out and find my potential) and you encouraged me to share it with the world.
For all of this I am truly grateful.  
Thank you for making me and my life what there are today!
In love and gratitude, 
Rachel


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Thank You Thursday

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Here’s my list for today:

  • I am grateful for my dog, Jake, who makes me laugh and loves me unconditionally.
  • I am grateful for my car.  She is reliable, fuel efficient, and fun to drive.
  • I am grateful for my dedicated and supportive clients.
  • I am grateful for my friends.
  • I am grateful for my home.
  • I am grateful for my health.
  • I am grateful for my freedom.
  • I am grateful I have the opportunity to control my own destiny.
  • I am grateful for flowers, sunshine, and thunderstorms.

 

Time for you to create your own list….