Feelings Used As Guides

Happy Friday!  Hope you enjoy the adventure of life today!

The video contains repetitive thoughts.  It is one thing to know something and another to act on it.  We can increase our level of happiness by relying on our feelings for direction and then acting on it.

Creating Thoughts That Serve You!

Guide your thoughts to serve you

This is the best.  Copy and paste it, print it and put it up on your wall.  It can bring consciousness to you as you pass it in the hallway.  Or, you could use it as your desktop wallpaper.  It has the power to remind you to choose thoughts that serve you.

I can choose my thoughts.  The thing is, I am usually so unconscious as to what my mind is conversing about at a constant pace that I am not usually aware that I have a choice at all!  Thoughts seem to be my ego and I often listen to that long-time friend.  It says I don’t have a choice at all!

But a choice I have.  I can be servants to my thoughts.  My thoughts tell me that the economy is bad.  I read the news to find out if this is true.  And, of course, I find lots of articles that will tell me that everyone better be concerned.  And, so I worry and feel sick and scared, and irritated at whoever comes into my midst.  It is no fun being a servant of my careless thoughts.

I need to remind myself that my mind has an automatic function and if left unattended will automatically dish out thoughts previously thought or read about. . It’s the reason I can type these words so easily, without even being aware of what letters I’m tapping on.   The mind can sort out and remember data that comes to me  just like a computer. My ego has developed within the mind and can dish up thoughts to its satisfaction, like eating when I’m not hungry.  If I don’t organize that data the way I, my happiest self, want it to serve me, if I just let the data run every which way, my body will receive instructions.  Yes.  My body is  dependent on my mind and my heart.

The question is, do I want to let the mind have free-wheeling power over my existence?

For me the answer is an emphatic, NO!  Well, not when it feeds me emotions of fear, worry, irritation, hopelessness, that type of thing.  But I like the automatic body directions, like walking and dancing and, yes, typing!

Unless I am aware of my thoughts, they run me.  I keep hearing this, but I keep ignoring this seemingly simple fact.   It is so easy to take orders from the thoughts.  I often act on thoughts that I did not really choose, and then regret it as if I had a choice.  But I did have a choice.  I could have chosen to put thoughts into my mind that were pleasant and helpful for me to gain my dreams!  I could have chosen to learn a new skill, take a new course, listen to a new piece of music, sketch or paint, exercise, mediate, visit with friends, take a walk, play a game with my family.  I did not have to let outside random news stories take possession of my life and the health of my body.

And I haven’t even talked about commercials!

I worry about the future of my job.  I worry about the amount of money I will need to survive in the future.  I worry just about everything when I read the news.  I was taught in school to be civic minded by reading current events.  So even though the news has always been geared to what is shockingly wrong, I dutifully read, if I don’t consciously stop myself.  Many times I am  just curious to know what is going on in the world.  I guess I believe I’m going to read some good news.  It never happens and I am filling my mind with fear, concern, disgust, judgements about things I really don’t even know about because I’m reading a 2nd hand account.   The fact is, it is challenging to read the news and stay conscious, alert, enough to sort through what I will allow myself to think about.

Here comes the good stuff.  It is possible to make my thoughts serve me.  What is it that I want.  I want to reap the benefits of my core nature, love and happiness.  These sweet energies do not exist in worry and concern.  Negative thoughts are like the worst party poopers!  These thoughts try to cover up and make me forget that there is such a thing as love and happiness.  These thoughts are determined to eliminate any enjoyment.  Well enough about the negative thoughts.

The thing is, I have to first be aware that they are running rapid in my mind and making my life miserable.  Once I can do that, — ah! — I can choose a few thoughts of my own.  I can clean-up the computer of my mind and create a most magnificent day for myself and for everyone around me.

That is the choice we all have.  Whenever you feel miserable, you can look to our thoughts.  What have you been thinking about?  If you have just been reacting to a friend, to a news story, to a car who cut in front of you, to the load of work you have to accomplish, chances are you are now servants of those thoughts.  You don’t like being servants of negativity.  The alternative, of course, is to change your upload of thoughts.

Dare to enjoy life by enjoying life!  Leave the news behind.  News isn’t new.  It was cautioning us to be very a very afraid when I was a child and it is no different now.  We will always have people telling us that the end is near.  The question is, will we listen?

Will we train our mind to think thoughts that serve us and our pursuit of happiness.  It will take courage and discipline and delight and fun, but I think we are up to it.  This is possible because our core of love is strong beyond estimation!

No matter what  you perceive your situation to be, create thoughts that will permit you to have a most satisfying and happy day!

Positive Attitudes Soar Over Fear

You probably havel been surprised by some compelling situation that calls out your fearful side.  Perhaps it was an over-due bill in the mail or a very real concern that you could lose your job.  There are so many situation where fear can usurp all of your attention.  The situation appears to be bigger than you are.  This appears to be the situation that you always feared would come.  It takes command of your very self.  You are taken by the attraction of fear  and it seems impossible to do anything but be a victim.

Then you may hear a faint, soft, breeze-of-a-voice, whisper that there is nothing to fear.  You can’t yet take your focus off fear, though.  You know better.  This time things are really going to be bad.  You knew it would come and here it comes!

The voice  may be quiet but it holds its own strength and does not rely on you.  It  continues to urge you not to believe in the situation.  This time you listen to this soft voice from within.  You tacitly, at first, choose to create in your mind a happier scenario as to what is going to happen.  You calm yourself and know that happiness is the only thing you wish to cling to.  This fear contains no happiness.  You cannot cling to this fear.  You must let it go, even though it seems to envelop your entire being.

Maybe it was just a spark of a moment, but a moment it was and you  turn your attention to something a bit brighter.  You listen to some music.  You wash the dishes in your kitchen or vacuum your floor. You like how you feel and you have heard that you can choose happy over fear. Fear tries to remind you of the situation and begs to get your attention.

This time, you will not believe in the fear. You tell yourself that fear is dark and happiness is light — bright light.  You begin to sing a song you learned as a child, This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!  This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!  This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, all the time, let it shine.    You begin to feel better and you know you are back in the happy zone.

And then comes the most amazing thing.  Your whole situation vanishes.  What you thought was going to happen, is transferred into an entirely different scenario.  Instead of the bill being overdue, it has a credit on the collection line.    Instead of you being fired, you are called in to participate in a new project and even get a raise.  These things happen in the happy zone.  And it’s available for everyone.  Your decision to choose to focus on what you wanted and not on what you did not want changed everything right before your eyes.

Today, meet each challenge with a little confidence.  Know you are a wonderful  super someone who is still uncovering what is, very joyful and wishing to stay that way.  Know you choose to live a life of love.  Love is always the answer.  Take it with you throughout this day.

 

Groovy Daydreaming

Groovy Daydreaming

I am in the process of creating an environment that includes the beach in the front of my new home.  The best way I see for creating this is to see from my eyes what the room would look like and what my view out the window would look like.  I began with the view of the waterfront.  The poster is available.  Now I am in an upstairs room, relaxing with a good book in what I believe will be our library/office.  It is so fun to daydream.  Think I’ve been doing it since early childhood and it has always served me well.  Enjoy!

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The Happy Dance: Thoughts About Achieving Happiness

Bright Idea

I like to be happy.  I like the feeling of well-being.  I love to wake up in the morning with thoughts of quiet enthusiasm.  I love to be happy.

But setting out to achieve happiness creates the opposite effect!  Really.  It is impossible to experience happiness by pursuing happiness.  it can’t be done.  The more happiness is pursued, the more it is elusive.  Happiness cannot be objectified.

Think of happiness as your heartbeat.  You probably have nothing to do with the beating of your heart right now, yet you are experiencing the fine effects of its presence.  Think of happiness as your lungs, breathing air in and out.  You probably have not even thought about the fact that as you read these words, you have been breathing in and out and sending what we call oxygen to all parts of your body.  You may try to keep outside influences away from preventing a good heartbeat and air supply, but, when you think about it, you are the heart and the lungs.  You do not need to pursue the heartbeat or the breathing.  You came this way.

Happiness is similar.  You came to earth with happy.  Whenever you are not bothered by worry, concern, duty, internal argument, and pessimistic acceptance of doom, you naturally rise back to the vibrations of happy.  Happy is your natural, hard-wired state.

Just like removing smoke from your lungs, or muscle stress from your heart, deciding that you do not choose to hold concerns, duties, arguments, frustrations, fears will allow your natural ability to experience well-being, happiness is continually possible — automatically.

There are levels of happiness.  Happiness is eternal.  It develops to unimaginable delights the more it is experienced.  Happiness dances vibrations that can only be experienced to be appreciated.  You cannot talk or really write about happiness to achieve happiness.  You can only stop thinking about old ways of approaching life that get in the way of happiness.  When you stop and clear out old ways of thinking, you permit happiness to penetrate you and your life, and the lives of those around you.  

Stop thinking about happiness.  Start eliminating worry about whether you have enough money, or enough friends, or enough anything.  Eliminating duty and enjoy everything you have.  Stop trying to get more and enjoy what you have.  Stop trying to get well and enjoy the health you have.  Stop trying to find the love of your life and enjoy yourself and those around you.  Stop trying to be the best Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Teacher, Boss, Worker, Driver, Dancer, Actor, Trainer, …. stop it…..Enjoy who you are!  That is where happiness lives.

Stop worrying about your city, your schools, your government, your leaders.  I know it sounds like that is very poor advice.  But stop giving attention to all the things that are wrong with your world and give attention to what is RIGHT with your world.  That is the only way you can let the good things in.  

It is you who is stopping your own happiness.  You cannot keep blaming others.  You cannot keep wishing for better times, while feeling like you are continually stopped by some outside force.  Nothing can stop the one who is within you.  You are your center of happiness.  You are your power for good.  There is no other.

So stop thinking about achieving anything and live.  Trust yourself.  Make way for yourself, your truest self, your happy self.  Make way by eliminating every worry, every concern, every frustration.  Refuse to give your attention to negative thinking.  The most powerful tool you have in achieving anything you desire:  happy family, happy job, happy finances, happy surrounding, is to be appreciative of what is right in front of you.  This simple tool will open opportunities for more.  Dance through the day and forget trying to achieve.  See if your day does not provide delightful surprises of what you now consider success.  It is achieved through the door of appreciating and through happy dancing!

Does Excellence Stand On Its Own?

ExcellenceIt seems to me we try to reach a state of excellence by waging wars on whatever stands in its way.  I look around and see what’s wrong with the picture.  And, while I’m looking for what’s wrong, I totally miss what is right.  The more I war against poverty, drugs, bad behavior, mistakes in others, it seems the more poverty, drugs, bad behavior and mistakes are around me.  I am immersed in anything but excellence.

That is until I stop my little finding faults campaigns and stop waging war on anyone or anything.  It starts with acceptance.  It starts with stopping in my tracks.  Breathing.  Pausing.  Sh-sh-sh-ing.  Stop!

In the silence of the pause, I realize that excellence is all around me.  Everywhere.  In everything.  In me, even!  My job is not to find fault with bad, bad behavior in the world.  My job is to discover excellence within everything and everyone in the world….even myself.

Hope you join me in this quest for excellence today.  Thank you!