Taking in the Good

I wanted to share a quick and easy way to bring more joy into your life. Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist, who has written a number of books on the technique, which he calls “Taking in the Good.” Other folks describe a similar method, known as savoring. No matter the name, it is a simple, fast way to refresh your outlook or your state of mind.

Begin by selecting a positive moment from your life – past, present or something you would like to create in the future, and then close your eyes and create an image of the moment in your mind. Stay with the image for 30-60 seconds.

Let your mind wander and daydream a bit about your moment – fill in as many details as you can. Relive, notice, or create lots of sensory relationships in your mind to your image – sights, smells, sounds, etc. and think about how good you felt/feel/or will feel about your joy-filled memory or moment.

Keep going until you actually feel a difference in your body. You might find yourself smiling, or your shoulders relaxing or wiggling a bit. You may feel sensations flowing through your entire body or you might get goose bumps! When you feel like you are there your brain will react accordingly and release a bouquet of goodness.

Your moments to not have to be momentous, although they will work, as well. I savor each and every lattè or cappuccino I drink, and I always feel as though I have been on a mini-vacation! It is so relaxing.

If you savor your personal positives 6 times a day – for a total of only 5-10 minutes – you will not only change your brain chemistry while you are savoring it, over time you will rewire your brain to think and feel more positively.

Set an alarm on your phone or with Alexa to remind you throughout the day to pause and savor. Or get in the habit of “Taking in the Good” each time you get a cup of coffee, brush your teeth, wake-up, go to sleep – anything you do on a regular basis can be a great reminder for you.

Don’t worry about doing the process 6 times a day when you begin, simply start! If you remember to develop and embellish your thought – you will feel the effects immediately as your brain releases happy chemicals and hormones that help your brain cells connect. It’s science, and it works.

Go for it, “Take in the Good,” or savor a moment right now!

9 Easy Ways to Shake-Off Stress

Dear Wishful Thinking Works Readers,

Even the Market is taking 15 minute breaks. If this is a trying time for you, take a deep breath . . .three deep breaths with a slow exhale can do wonders for your body and your sweet little brain. Come on, right now is a good time.

Easy Ways to Give Yourself a Break

1. Watch kitten videos. If you hate those, watch any videos that will make you laugh or smile.

2. Listen to music. Play your favorites while your work.

3. Dance like nobody is watching. (If that is not your thing, lift your shoulders, stretch your arms, run in place for a few. the key is to move.)

4. Hug your kids- then read or play with them.

5. Clean that closet.

6. Call a friend. Or write those cards you have been meaning to send.

7. Download a good book or read the one that has been siting on your nightstand for months.

8. Get out in nature, if you can’t – check out nature web cams online or visit nature based sites – there are thousands waiting to delight you.

9. Review the photos in your phone, I just spent a few minutes on vacation reliving amazing trips.

Repeat as needed, and increase your self-care – now is a great time to treat yourself gently.

Breathe . . . this too shall pass.

Thinking of you,

Patrice

Advent of Kindness Calendar

Many Wishful Thinking Works Facebook followers have been using an Advent of Kindness Calendar to share a bit more kindness this holiday season.

Visit Wishful Thinking Works on FB to join in the fun. I am posting daily about the Calendar to keep us on track for kindness! There is still plenty of time to jump-in! read all about the Calendar and more on FB.

Peace in the storm

Happy Thursday Morning.

How are you doing today? I hope your are feeling well and enjoying some peaceful moments no matter what is swirling around you.

I used to think that if I was surrounded by chaos I had to jump in and tame the waves. I felt it was my job to calm the seas, no matter how overwhelmed I felt by all the crazy swirling around me.

In my 20’s and 30’s I was often the carrier of bad news and gossipy comments, and I was more than willing to take most things personally.  Defensive mechanisms for sure, but hurtful to others, nonetheless.

Lucky for me, over the years and with lots of trial and error, reflection, and meditation I realized I can observe and care but not connect in ways that create chaos for me or others, and that even in the saddest or scariest circumstances it is possible to find moments of joy, peace, and balance – without guilt!

Trusting in the goodness of others and their abilities is key, and listening and letting people know that we are connected, that we care, and that they are capable, lovable, and worth listening to and being loved is a much better approach – for everyone. 

Today, I wish you joy and peace and the courage to find them during stressful and difficult times. I know you can do it, and I know at times it will be difficult, but I trust that you won’t stop trying. I believe in you and know you are wonderful, lovable and worth it.

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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

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

Day 9 of Oprah and Deepak’s Meditation 21 Day Series

Loving Oprah and Deepak’s Grace Through Gratitude 21-Day Meditation Series and allowing gratitude and grace to be a expanded part of each day.

Feeling greatful* for taking the time to slow down long enough to watch this guy in our backyard! He arrived early yesterday and spent the night! (*My version of the word “grateful” because that is how it makes me feel, GREAT!)

What is making you feel greatful these days?

In the series Oprah and Deepak remind us how good feeling gratitude feels! The changes to your heart and soul are life enhancing and can help you bring positivity and grace into your life.

Wishing you blue skies, sweet adventures and moments of heartfelt gratitude today and everyday.

Warm regards,

Patrice

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