Yesterday I found myself asking once again what I wanted to be when I grow up? This sounds kind of funny coming from a forty-five year old woman, but I truly believe we are never to old to reinvent ourselves. The reason I began thinking about this is because I have started my fourth vision board this past weekend. I have been using vision boards for a couple of years now. They are, not only, a fun little do-it-yourself project, but in my opinion they work as well. You know the old saying “whether you believe it or not, it’s true“. I am well aware of the power of the mind. I spent most of my life believing my life was a horrible mess and it was, that is, until I changed that mind-set to one of positivity and hope. It then changed on a dime. Once I found hope for the future and believed I am a blessed individual my life made a dramatic turn for the better. I went from not living to living fully.
My first vision board brought me a new car and my beautiful little home that I love so much. My second one brought about peace, balance and contentedness (not to mention a dramatic weight-loss) that I have always longed for in my life and my third allowed me to try many new things. It helped me to step way outside of my comfort zone, I was able to write and publish a book, go hiking, and even join yoga. This from a girl who could barely find the energy to get off the couch.
The past couple of years have been quite amazing and now that we are approaching the year 2014, it has me wondering what I would like to achieve in this upcoming year. I know that I am bound to be blessed by abundance in some way which has me wondering what I can to do to be a blessing to others. How can I give back. I know we are all here to serve in some way and now I am looking for my way.
A wise man once said “change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change”. That wise man is Wayne Dyer. Check out is work sometime. He has a way to motivate like no other. He has written several books and has many YouTube videos that will leave you feeling inspired to conquer your world. Below is part one of an interview with Oprah on her XMRadio show Soul Series called “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life”. It’s about an hour-long and is so worth the time. Invest in yourself, you will be glad you did.
Thank you God for giving me the wisdom to know what new opportunities have been hand-picked especially for me, and thank you for the eyes to see them clearly. Thank you for the blessings of today and for those in my future. But most of all, God, thank you for allowing me to be a blessing to others. To listen to those who need to be heard. To understand those who need to be understood, and to love those who need to be loved.
For the next seven days I am going to jot down any and all meaningful occurrences in my daily life. Anything that strikes me or draws my attention will get a meaningful mention. I personally do not believe in ordinary coincidences. I believe that everything happens for a reason, therefore, for the next seven days I am going to be on the look out for anything that appears to me more than once or that simply catches my eye. I am going to make a list of these things that I will share, one week from today. I am curious as to if I should be making any changes to my daily life or maybe should be adding something new in to keep my life interesting.
I, for one, do not want to miss any opportunities that are being presented to me because I am failing to pay attention. I am off to be alert and investigative for the following week. Keep an eye out for Synchronicity or Coincidence? Pt. 2
Today I intend on taking the time to experience many conscious breaths throughout the day. I am going to enjoy the warmth and quiet of my office while flowing from moment to moment like the waters of the ocean. I am one with nature and intend on allowing for periods of stillness to invade the gap between my thoughts. I feel truly blessed to be alive and thank God for allowing me to see my new purpose for my life. I am grateful for my husband, my kids, my home and my job.
Recently I have been asked to post pictures of my journey this past year, so I thought I would do so here. I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey and continue to, as I am now, and forever will be, a work in progress. I must admit though, the weight-loss was not the greatest reward to all of this. My greatest reward was finding love, compassion and forgiveness for myself.
My only hope is to help others who struggle finding peace from within as I did. Fortunately once I was able to achieve that, the weight seemed to melt away quickly and effortlessly.
Fake it until you make it is my motto. Whether you believe it or not, begin to introduce loving thoughts about yourself into the forefront of your mind. Anytime you hear a negative thought come forward, simply replace it with a positive one. You may not believe what you are telling yourself at first but give it some time and eventually not only will you believe it but you will accept it as well.
Could anything be more rewarding than to find peace and contentedness where depression and despair once lived? If I can do it, anyone can do it.
Be blessed by being a blessing to others and watch your life change for the better.
This morning I am going to do a direct writing experiment. Direct writing, for those who have never heard of it, is writing in the first person after a short meditation on a question or problem you are having. It is writing without judgement or forethought of what is being written until the flow is complete. So basically, I will first outline the question or problem either by saying it out loud or putting it down on paper and then meditate. Normally I meditate for twenty to thirty minutes a day, so that is the time period I will be using this morning as well.
My question today is why am I finding that I am struggling more to maintain my healthy boundaries these past couple of weeks. What has change and what can I do to fix the situation. Is there a lesson to be learned from this struggle and if so what is it.
Ok, I am off to meditate. Below will be my direct writing. I am sure it will come with much insight.
Michele, first of all you have many reasons for the current struggle you are having. You have written this book and instead of simply writing it and putting it out there, you have taken on the roll of worrying about it. You have become completely attached to the outcome of it. You have decided to obsess on whether or not it is good and whether or on people are will like it. You must remember the real reason you have chosen to write this book in the first place, to help people. You didn’t write it to become rich and famous. You have done it to help people like you who struggle with their weight and the madness that is going on within their mind.
Next you are no longer living your daily life for the pure quality of it. You are doing it to lose weight. This is a big lesson here. You have never been able to lose weight before and you will not now. You can, however, live your life in such a way as to be productive and happy and realize your purpose. You have become once again attached to the outcome of what you are doing. It has become about being a size twelve instead of being happy. This is surely enough to cause failure. You are projecting your thoughts ahead of the minute you are in and it is causing stress and anxiety which is causing you to eat unnecessarily.
If you can step outside of yourself and get back to basics you will be just fine. Sometimes we all have to reevaluate our situations to move forward. This one is quite simple. Stay present, check in with yourself daily to be sure you are not looking ahead or looking back for any reason. Your goal here was to improve your quality of life. You have done that, now all you have to do is simply live each day in the support of it.
Today you must remember that you are living your life to be a good person. You are here to give what you can to others because we are all here to serve. Live as though you are banking good karma. Enjoy the doing and allow the end to come as it will. As long as you are enjoying the now everything else will come in its due time. Start today by creating your intention and then move forward enjoying each minute as it unfolds in front of you. You are a champion of hope as Joel Osteen has so eloquently put it. You are blessed and will see these blessing unfold in an exceedingly above and beyond way. God is on your side, and with God anything is possible.
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Sitting here thinking that there are times that I feel bored which is one of my biggest triggers to over eat. Then it occurred to me that if I were in the present moment I would not be feeling bored at all. Boredom usually arises when I am projecting my thoughts ahead. When I am thinking there is something better to do than what I am doing right now.
Therefore, with this new realization I have decided to take a deep breath and reside in the NOW. I am going to make a game of it. I am going to see, hear, smell, and touch everything around me with great awareness.
My book is finally live. I have decided to put it out there for free for a few days so everyone I know and love and download it and hopefully review it. I am also hoping that if you have questions, or concerns that you will let me know, so I can address them before the books is available to the public. I want to personally thank everyone for their support. I couldn’t ask for a better community of people to be a part of.
This morning I woke feeling overwhelmed at the thought of my book going live in the next day or two, so I decided to spend a little time with the most calming man I know, Eckhart Tolle. There is something very soothing about him. I am able to become present and allow the worry to pass through more easily. This man has been able to teach me how to become dis-identified with my thoughts. He has taught me that they are only thoughts and that I do not have to follow them.
The video below has some amazing points and helpful tips to becoming present. He talks of how true intelligence is reach when we are able to make a connection to our awareness. How when we are able to see the world without labeling it or having a running commentary of it going on in our minds, true peace can be achieved.
Since becoming connected to my consciousness many months ago I have been able to make such amazing changes in my life. I have been able to successfully break free of several addictions, as well as, finding peace within my mind so as to find the creative being that lives inside of me. Eckhart speaks of how making this shift cannot come until we have reached a significant dissatisfaction with our lives. How once we notice something missing we are then open to connecting with the deep awareness behind the thoughts.
I cannot tell you how peaceful I feel after just a forty-five minute video with Eckhart. One day I will get to see him speak live. One day I will have the presence he speaks of in all aspects of my life, no longer fighting against any resistance any longer. I believe he truly is a prophet, as Oprah once said.
I am now ready to face my day with an open heart and an open mind.