Meditation and mirrors

The focus of Day 15 of Oprah and Deepak’s free 21 Day series on “Miraculous Relationships”, which I and many folks around the world are participating in is, “The world is my mirror.”

We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.” – The Talmud

So true and sometimes such a bitter pill to swallow. Our lives truly reflect our souls. What we share in our relationships, we receive in return.

On a good day this is easy for me to accept, but on a bad day I seldom remember to ask myself, “How did I contribute to what is happening?” It takes courage and trust in ourselves to ask the tough questions. (I am not saying everything that happens to us is our fault, but I do believe being kind, loving, aware, and brave can the lessen the impact negative or trying events or people have on us.)

I also try to remember that interactions – loving or otherwise are all a gift. I admit that thought is not my first reaction when times or people seem to be tough or unfair, but it is part of my life now more than ever, which I believe is the result of reflection, meditation and gratitude and many other Wishful Thinking ways.

The benefits of mediation do not only occur as we are taking the time to focus inward, they flow into our everyday lives. I am much slower to blame, more understanding of myself and others, and less likely to judge myself or others as harshly as I did years ago as my awareness and peace increase. I am also better at celebrating my successes rather than allowing myself to wallow in my faults – and there are many, focusing on them could take up most of my day! :-)

My overall goal is to use the practices that bring me joy and peace and trust that the awareness and insight they offer will help me create the life I really want.

What practices make your life better? Are you happy with how the world is treating you and how your relationships are going?

If you are, make sure to celebrate your joy and growth. If not, no problem, there are so many ways to change what is in going on around you! Begin by believing things can change and then add meditation, practicing gratitude, or simply being kinder to yourself and others to your life. Read and use the hundreds of posts on Wishful Thinking Works and other blogs written to help you change your life for the better. There are more free resources available to you than ever before, take advantage of them.

You can do it.

Namaste.

Your life is your once in a lifetime opportunity; what you do with it is up to you.”

Patrice K. Robson

7 ways to capture gratitude

Yesterday’s meditation from Oprah and Deepak’s latest free 21-Day meditation series inspired me to write this post. I love their meditations, especially on the topic of gratitude.

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I spend part of almost every day thinking about how gratitude impacts my life, reading about gratitude and its benefits, or savoring and capturing my gratitudes.

Do you have a regular gratitude practice – journal or otherwise? If not, research shows you are missing on out on a plethora of benefits!

Here are a just a few methods I have enjoyed using over the years. Match your practice to your personality – for me, switching up my methods keeps my practice going strong.

  1. Gratitude journal – write 3 a day each morning or evening.
  2. Penny in the jar – simply dropping a penny in a jar for every gratitude I took the time to savor that day – fun to see the pennies pile up – you will feel rich inside and out!
  3. Tiny strips of paper in a jar – same idea as above, but fun to read later.
  4. Gratitude chain – similar to a Christmas tree chain except I write a gratitude on each ring and watch my chain grow.
  5. I also love doodling one to three-word gratitude descriptions in all sorts of configurations – up, down and all around – with glitter pens or colored pencils in a 6 x 8, 30 page sketch pad I carry around with me. Using glitter pens on heavy sketch paper delights me, and creates a book of sorts for me to review whenever I have a quiet moment, or life seems a bit much! It’s colorful, slightly artsy and always makes me smile.
  6. Gratitude letter – 300 words of detailed thanks to someone in your life, who is special to you but you may not have taken the time to let them know – I love this method – good for everyone’s soul.
  7. Write a simple, brief, and heartfelt email, text, message, card, etc. at least once a week thanking or complimenting someone one whose actions have touched your life and made it better. You can write to a friend, family, colleague, waitress, barista, bartender, company or customer service representative – get creative!  

No matter the method you use, always remember to savor your gratitudes, it is the savoring that changes your brain chemistry and lets your entire body benefit from the practice. Over time, you will feel a positive difference in your outlook and your life.

You can read more about gratitude, its benefits, and ideas for capturing its goodness by entering the word “gratitude” or “savor” in the search bar on the right.

“Your life is your once in a lifetime opportunity; what you do with it is up to you.”

Patrice K. Robson

A Mid-Summer’s Thought

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Today is Day 1.

Are you ready to begin or renew your personal meditation habit with Deepak and Oprah’s FREE 21-Day meditation practice – Miraculous Relationships?

Day 1 centering thought: “Today I am open to the presence of miracles.” 

I love the Einstein quote, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything
is a miracle.”
hands-437968__340Decades ago I decided that living my life as if everything was a miracle was a choice I wanted to make. I have to remind myself of my decision often, but  with practice I have learned that the option for how I view the world is always mine and the choice is always there for me.
Miraculous relationships seem like a real possibility to me. I know finding my guy was a miracle! And recently, I was visiting friends and family and saw the relationships of three couples blooming in front of me. All of the couples were so thoughtful, loving and kind and each had been married or together for at least two decades. They were truly an inspiration.
I also talked with two amazing women who had lost their husbands just a few months ago after more than six decades of marriage. Their dedication to their marriages and their spouses was absolutely solid and real as if their union had formed another entity. And, each of the women in their 80’s, was now finding new ways to face life without their lifelong companions. They were a loving inspiration, as well.
If you would like to join us, and possibly add a miraculous perspective to your life and your relationships, sign-up and then join our Wishful Thinking Works Meditation Facebook group for additional insights and support as we meditate.
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Your life is your once in a lifetime opportunity; what you do with it is up to you.” 
Patrice K. Robson

Free 21 Day Meditation Series

 

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If you have never tried meditating, or if you meditate and would like to add to your current practice, join us for Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s upcoming, FREE 21-Day Meditation Experience, Miraculous Relationships, which begins Monday, July 15. You can sign-up, here.

I have used Oprah and Deepak’s meditations in the past, and they are guided goodness and a refreshing way to calm your mind and comfort your soul. Don’t worry too much about if the topic is perfect for you or not, simply use each session to begin or reinforce your meditation habit.

Most of their meditations are 15 minutes in length – a small amount of time that can yield big results. There are thousands of studies showing the benefits of meditation. You do not have to meditate for long periods to begin receiving those benefits.

Benefits include:

  • reduced anxiety,
  • easing pain,
  • and improving sleep.

To enrich your life and create new levels of awareness, insight and joy sign-up. You can participate from anywhere!

Then join the free Wishful Thinking Works Meditation Facebook Group, which is designed to help you develop the meditation habit by:

  • providing accountability – studies how this is key when developing any new habit,
  • to give you a place to share your thoughts and questions with others going through the same process, and
  • to celebrate your success – so important when trying something new!

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It’s a virtual support group for your meditative journey!

The Wishful Thinking Works Meditation Facebook Group is open to everyone, it is listed as “closed” on FB, but that just means no one but members can see your posts. You have nothing to lose and so much gain.

Join us to find more peace in your heart and happiness in your life. You deserve this and more, and it is all FREE!

 

 

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You can follow Wishful Thinking Works here and on Facebook.
And, don’t forget,
Your life is your once in a lifetime opportunity; what you do with it is up to you.” 
Patrice K. Robson

Celebrate YOU this 4th of July!

4th of july 2019 1Many of you will soon be celebrating the Fourth of July with parties, picnics and pyrotechnics. Why not combine your patriotic passion with your personal triumphs – and celebrate them all!

Mid-year is the perfect time to celebrate YOU and your life by creating your very own “Ta Da List.”

The Wishful Thinking Works “Ta Da List” is much more fun than a “To Do” list, because it’s for all the things you’ve already accomplished this year – pure enjoyment with little effort!

My guess is you seldom take time to give yourself credit for all the wonderful things you have done or the challenges you have overcome. Make today your personal Independence Day by taking a moment to reflect on what makes you and your life worth celebrating as you list your accomplishments – big or small – on your personal “Ta Da” list.  It’s instant gratification of a new kind and much healthier than ice cream or holiday snacks.

4th of July 2019What have you accomplished this year that just six months ago seemed impossible or only a distant possibility? (Feel free to include anything you have ever accomplished – this is the time to toot your horn.)

What new trails have you blazed?

What have you found the strength to face?

New jobs? Degrees? Classes? Healthy practices begun? Pounds lost? (Yes, you can count the same ones over again!) Miles run? Promises kept? Chances taken? Letters written? 

What teeny, tiny or wondrously huge steps have you taken in the direction of your dreams?

List any and all of the things that make you happy and proud to be you!

Most of us spend way more time thinking about what we haven’t done, than what we have done. It’s time to change all that and make 2019 your year of the have’s not the have not’s! Celebrating success builds confidence and noting what is right in our lives makes us happier and more resilient.

Don’t be shy – this is the time for aiming high and lighting up the sky. List everything you have done that matters to you, and then when you are watching “the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air” congratulate yourself on your 2019 accomplishments thus far, and all the exciting ones that lay ahead. Let those bright lights and loud booms ignite a sense of personal pride in you. 

And, when you finish your list, make sure to take a few minutes to offer up some gratitude for each and everything thing on it and all the folks who were part of your success. Gratitude is the fast track to happiness!

Get started by downloading your free Wishful Thinking WorksTa Da List.”  Have fun and enjoy a perfectly positive Independence Day in 2019!

 

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