I remember what life used to be like when I did not have a daily practice of going within and connecting. It was like being a dandelion in the wind. I got blown here and there, bits and pieces of me scattered everywhere. I could have been beautiful, but I didn't appreciate myself, and consequently others didn't either. I ended up being a thin little stem, fragile, victim of life, and destined for an early grave. Then a miracle happened. I made a change. A lot of changes actually. But they all stemmed from one series of thoughts: "I don't know what is wrong but something is definitely very wrong. And it has to change, because life wasn't meant to be like this." And I became willing to consider other ways of living. That one moment began what was to become a way of life that today is based in simple inward-focused practices that I do...every day. From that foundation, I have a life of choice, freedom based in personal responsibility, and joy. Much much joy. It's a funny thing about joy: there is the kind that is fleeting, based on outside stuff. That's more like happiness. It comes and goes. This kind of joy is not conditional upon outside stuff, so it is steady. It just is. As a result of fully embracing a life based in spiritual practice, I am now in a position where I can show others how to live such a life. Are you ready? Are you ready to embrace a way of living which will provide you with joy, peace and power? This can be your destiny. This can be a reality for you in the coming year. Set one intention for yourself for the coming year: to spend time every day utilizing one or two of the spiritual practices mentioned in my upcoming new book. There are 12 of them: introspection, connection, day dreaming, mindfulness, gratitude, prayer, treatment, contemplation, journaling, meditation, discipline, helping others, and Forgiveness. Every day. No matter what. And watch your life unfold. Don't let this New Year be like every other one, where you make resolutions that very quickly get set aside due to life and the whim of an undisciplined mind. Let this year be different. I can show you how. Sign up here:
Now, you may be thinking that you don't need someone to show you how to day dream. Well, did you know there are positive ways to day dream, and not so positive ways? You may be thinking that everyone knows how to say thank you. A gratitude practice goes much deeper than that.
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You may be thinking that you can skip the prayer one. What if I told you that there was a different, and more effective, way to pray than beseeching to an outside god whom you may or may not believe in? Or if you do believe in god, perhaps you think It won't hear your prayers? Or that you don't deserve to have them answered? None of those things is true.
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And what about that practice called treatment? What is that? Some sort of medical treatment? Nope. It is a formula, designed to add power to your prayers. It works!
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You may be thinking that there is someone you will never forgive. Check out my previous blog posts on forgiveness and then assess whether or not you want to avail yourself of this extremely powerful practice.
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It is called overwhelm, and I think it happens to all of us occasionally. Overwhelm can be caused by a number of things, but usually it is because you have said "yes" to too many things. The second most common cause of overwhelm is projection: you are thinking about some point in the future instead of right now. Overwhelm has a tendency to stop us in our tracks, there might be a feeling that there is so much to do that we might as well sit down and do nothing, because there is no way to get it all done.
Here are some things you can do to prevent overwhelm:
- Say no. If you can't say no, the invitation is to take a look at that. Why can't you say no? Usually there is some underlying fear that causes this. Fear of displeasing someone, fear of not being included, fear of not being accepted. Take a good hard look at what you have said "yes" to and see if you can remove any of those yesses from your life.
- Live in the moment. The Buddhists have it right when they say mindfulness is the key to peace. Don't think about yesterday, it is a done deal. Don't think about tomorrow, it hasn't happened yet. Think about right now.
- Break it down. I don't know about you, but I can do anything for an hour. I may not be able to even contemplate doing it for a day, but I can do it for an hour. If you have a number of tasks in front of you, pick one and work on it for an hour. Then give yourself permission to take a break. Then do it again.
And if you have a pattern of feeling overwhelmed, consider that it may not be serving you. It might serve you better to get some help to change that.
I can help, contact me.