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Rituals or Routine?

Published April 14, 2015 by Stuff My Brain Thinks
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Who out there has rituals they perform on a daily basis?  I for one, love my morning rituals.  I love them so much I get up between three and four o’clock in the morning to be sure I am able to get them all in.  These rituals have changed my life.  I seriously went from a miserable, person to a blissful person in a very short amount of time.

I am able to carry out these rituals with ease because they are moving me closer to my purpose.  I can feel it each and every day.  I get up, I learn more, read more, write more and I feel fabulous for it.

So, each morning I get up and after feeding the cats and making the coffee, I dance.  I turn on some dance music and just go to town.  This morning I danced while watching Ellen with the music playing lightly in the back ground.  I have to say it was pretty awesome.  Ellen is a great person.  When I am finished watching her show I feel so uplifted, so I thought I would do it first thing in the morning and see how it uplifts my day.  I am giving this a definite thumbs up!

Then I open my journal and begin writing.  Whatever comes to mind, even if it is silly and nonsensical, I write it anyway because once the pen is primed I get my best information.  I use my journal to ask for guidance.  I use my journal to plan my meals or what I have to do in any given day.  I write outside of the lines and I scribble in it.  It is me and I love it.  I heard someone say one time that they wrote their self joyful.  That statement resonates with me because I feel as though I have written myself joyful as well.

The next thing I do is meditate for twenty minutes.  I usually just turn on YouTube to a meditation video, turn down the lights and meditate.  My mantra of choice is So Hum.  I like it because it means I am, which are two of my favorite words.  Did you know that whatever follows I am, will be what creates your life?  Therefore, we all want to be careful how you use those two powerful words.

Finally, I contemplate my day for a few seconds and then come up with an affirmation or two that brings it all together.  So, lets see, what are a couple of good affirmations for this fine Tuesday morning?

  • I am open and receptive to the messages from my teacher guides today
  • I am at peace and ready to learn
  • I am a perpetual student.  I am ready to take my spiritual growth to the next level
  • I am prosperous.  My income increases constantly

So there you have it, I have four today.  As they come I write them down.  I know they are messages from my intuition so I do not leave any out.  They are all equally important.

Well, my friends I am off to get on with my day.  May you all find peace and contentment as well as hope and excitement.

Have a blessed day

Michele ❤

Waking Up in Norther NY

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What Does it Mean to Wake Up?

Published April 11, 2015 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

What does waking up mean?  Waking up means to  be aware of the observer within you.  When we awaken we can see a clear separation between our thoughts the one who is observing those thoughts.  The awareness behind those thoughts is our soul.  It is our inner genius.  It is in this place that all things are possible.

quote-what-a-liberation-to-realize-that-the-voice-in-my-head-is-not-who-i-am-who-am-i-then-the-one-who-eckhart-tolle-273186We are only limited in our beliefs of ourselves, but the truth is we are without limitations.  It is when we come in connect with the all-knowing part of ourselves that infinite possibilities arise.  We are not limited by education, intelligence or creativity.  We are limited only by what we think we can or cannot achieve.  We are limited only by what we tell ourselves.

Even though most awakenings happen during times of despair and suffering, we don’t have to wait for circumstances like those to align to wake up.  You can do this simply by meditating.  Start out with ten minutes a day, first thing in the morning.  The purpose of meditating is to stretch the space between the thoughts.  It is not to stop the thoughts completely which is impossible.

Some people find it hard to get into the grove of meditating.  I personally do not function at my highest level without a daily meditation practice.  I find it is easy to get sucked back into the drama of every day life without my daily meditation practice.  Meditation helps to keep us in that space of all-knowing, it helps to ground us and it brings about a state of such peace.

Don’t take my word for it.  Take ten minutes a day and clear your mind.  Start in the shower if a formal mediation session is too much for you right now.  Simply take your shower and pay attention the way the water feels as it runs down your body.  Pay attention the smell of the steam and the feel of the soap as it lathers up between your fingers.

Use a mantra if you need to.  A mantra will help you to come back to the present moment when the thoughts float in and they will float in.  We cannot stop the thoughts, only slow them down.  A mantra can be something as simple as So Hum, or I Am.  Once you choose the mantra that best suits you, take a slow deep breath in, silently repeating the first word and exhale on the second.  For example inhale on So and exhale on Hum, repeating this for as long as you feel comfortable.25296_1358241557.5086

Once you become comfortable with that, maybe add a couple of minutes a week until you reach twenty minutes a day.  I know that many people have a block against mediation, if that is you, then you can do several one minute meditations throughout the day.  I like to do this when I use the restroom.  I find it easier to remember to practice my mindful, minute meditations if I link it up with something I do more than once throughout the day.

So there you have it folks.  That is what waking up means to me.  Please feel free to stop by my Facebook page, Waking Up in Northern NY.  I am hoping to get some dialogue going on the subject.  It is a subject that is near and dear to me.  I am looking forward to growing and expanding through the collaboration I get from you brilliant people.  So stop by and say hello.  I am looking forward to meeting you.

With much Love and Light

Michele

Back From the Abyss

Published September 26, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

This blog post is prompted by Southernhon You never know what a few kind words can do for a person.

Unfortunately, I just haven’t had the urge to blog these past few months.  Life got in the way, as it often does.  I stopped meditating for several months and gained forty pounds.  It was a tough time but I got through it and I am wiser for it.

A couple of months ago I started the process to get weight-loss surgery.  I am nearing the end of the process, and then it is the wait for the decision of the insurance company.  It has been a pretty cool process.  I have learned that I am healthy other than a little high blood pressure.  Since, for most of my life, I avoided doctors at all cost this, was a relief.

Anyway, I have, again started meditating again and have taken off ten pounds of the weight that I had gained.  I am happier and more well-balanced now.  I finally spiritually connected again.

I learned a lot through this last blockage, as I like to call it.  I learned that when I am immersed in life’s craziness I lose my connection to myself and others, as well as my connection to the universe.  I wasted the entire summer blocked and missed the beauty of nature.  Instead, I sat in darkness feeding my hunger for that connection with food.

I like to chalk these little things up to just another necessary lesson in the path of my life.  🙂  I finally feel as though I am able to see the light.  I feel better.  My energy is high and all things seem to be falling into place.

It feels amazing to post again, so thank you Southernhon for reaching out.  It was exactly what I needed.

♥ Michele

My Daily Intentions ☺

Published January 3, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

pictures-of-stone-fireplaces3Today I intend to;

  • Work hard, do my best every minute I am in the office
  • Come home and be productive
  • Maintain my healthy boundaries which means to drink plenty of water, eat clean, and stay away from refined sugar and unhealthy carbohydrates
  • Have a minimum of three cups of hot tea
  • Learn something new by either beginning a new weekend project or researching an interesting topic on the internet and writing about it

There’s my day in a nutshell.  Since the weather around here as most of us house bound I fully intend on making this weekend all about being productive, inside.  May you all have a wonderful day and weekend ahead.  Stay safe, and if you are in the northern hemisphere, say warm.

22 Days and Counting…. What will you do with them?

Published December 3, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

I used to be the kind of person that was afraid to be positive because I feared if I was that fate would step in and slam the door on me.  Now I know that is no way to live.  I was the kind of person that wouldn’t even proclaim that today would be a good day because I felt as though by doing so I was dooming myself to a bad day, or jinxing myself, as some would say.  Now, I can see how wrong that way of thinking actually was.  I was setting myself up for those so-called “bad days”.  I was the negative driving force behind my terrible “luck”.

Today I no longer believe in luck.  I believe in blessings and I believe that everything has some good in it.  Whether or not we are able to see it when it is happening.  There will come a day when it will make sense and something good will emerge from the ashes that once was.  I no longer have bad day, and I don’t believe in jinxing myself.  I do believe, however that we manifest our own lives, meaning; if we believe our lives are full of bad circumstances than it surly will be.  On the other hand if we believe we are blessed, than that is also what will be.When I look back at how horrible my story was, I can see how I created that story.  I was overweight and struggling to get by every day because that is what I believed I deserved.  That is what I believed was in the cards for me.  What an unfortunate way to perceive life.  Here we are, given the greatest gift that ever could be and we complain our way through it.  We act selfishly not seeing the hardships of other’s but instead only our own.

I am so grateful for every circumstance in my life.  Every one, because they all have taught me so much.  They have taught me that I am not the most important cog in the universe.  I am merely a microscopic piece of dust that makes up the whole cog.  That is what we all are.  We are just a tiny spec among the vastness of one.  We are all connected, therefore when we hurt someone else, we are only hurting ourselves.

With Christmas approaching how amazing would it be if we each did one kind thing for another person each day for the days leading up to that big day, Jesus Christ’s Birthday.  It doesn’t have to be anything huge, a kind word, a smile, holding the door for someone, a hug,  or a small gift.  Just something that shows God how we appreciate all that we have and all that He has done for us.

Combat the Saboteur

Published December 2, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

timthumbYesterday I read a blog on how to handle saboteur’s when trying to get healthy in one way or another.  We all know that when we decided to get healthy and shed the pounds there are always going to be those people who come out of the woodwork to derail our efforts.  Those people with very little self-confidence that can’t stand to see others change for the better.  So, I thought it would be a good time to share with everyone what I did to combat the saboteur’s in my life.

1.  First I made a plan to get healthy.  It was not about the way I looked but more about the lack of energy I had when facing the smallest chores we all face in our daily life.

2.  I set my plan into action without sharing it with anyone, except my husband of course.  I kept my desire to become healthier close to the vest.

3.  When asked to indulge in unhealthy treats I made up excuses as to why I couldn’t do so.  I would Use “My stomach is off today, I just don’t think I can eat that” or I think I might have that virus that’s going around, maybe next time”.  These worked great for a couple of months.  Long enough to get my bearings and make a significant change.

4.  When the weight-loss became apparent and I had to come clean that I had chosen to live a healthy lifestyle, the Saboteur’s came out in full force.  People who have not so much as spent a nickel on me in the past were buying me muffins and cookies.  When this happened I would politely tell them I was not into that sort of thing any longer.  If they insisted with a response such as “oh, come on, one wont hurt”.  I simply tossed it into the trash in front of them so they knew that they were wasting not only their time but their money.  This put a stop to it almost immediately.  LOL

5.  I stood my ground.  When these people would say “you’re no fun anymore” or my favorite “come on live a little”.  I would be sure to tell them that number one, I was not living to make them happy and number two, I was trying to live a little, a little healthier, and that I have never been happier in my life.  I compassionately explained that my happiness no longer resides in sugary treats that could possibly kill me in the long run, that I finally found my way, and I would not be giving it up for anyone.

It has been almost a year, those that love me are still with me and those that never did are long gone.  I don’t feel as though I am missing anything by not having them in my life.  I am more uplifted and happier than ever.  I am no longer a prisoner inside myself.  I get out and enjoy life.  I share my experience with the hopes that someone else can benefit from it.  I want nothing more than to help people like me make the changes necessary to live full, productive lives.

So get out there and take control of your life and those people around you that would love nothing more than to see you fail.  I should mention that I don’t believe people who sabotage are bad people.  I believe they are wounded people who don’t know how to help themselves.  I believe they are people that look to other’s to gauge their own self worth.  In other words, as long as someone else is worse off than them they don’t feel so bad.

It’s your time, now.  You got this!  We are all in this together.  🙂

A Small Share from the Book; What Are You Hungry For? By Deepak Chopra

Published December 1, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Here is one really great exercise from the Book What Are You Hungry For?  By Deepak Chopra.  It is a wonderful way to become more self-aware, and self-awareness is the key to breaking any bad habit whether it be overeating, smoking or excessive drinking.

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S-Stop what you are doing

T-Take one minute to breath consciously counting from 1-20 on each inhale and exhale.  For example exhale on 1 and exhale on 2, inhale 3, exhale 4 and so on.

O-Observe your body.  How hungry are you from a scale of 1-5.  Five being famished and 1 being not hungry at all.

P-Proceed with awareness.

The Gift of the Mind-Body Connection Pt. 2

Published November 30, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

mind_body_connectionI have read the first section of the book What Are You Hungry For?  by Deepak Chopra and I must say it has left me feeling amazed at the route my life has taken this past year.  I have come so far and have led myself to exactly what Deepak explains in the book.  I am happy I purchased it because initially I felt as though I didn’t need it, but I am here to tell you that I certainly did.  I needed it like a cake needs icing.  It is helping me to understand just what it is I have been doing and why it has worked for me.  It is helping me understand that I was able to allow my intuition to guide me to this place and I am so thankful for it.  I know that God is the guiding force behind all of my accomplishments that I have faced this year and I know that he will be the driving force behind all of the accomplishments I face in the future.  I am so grateful to have been given this gift.

After spending most of my life as a prisoner within myself I cannot tell you how beautiful it is to be free.  How wonderful it is to know that I am capable of loving me so much that I can and do treat my mind, body and soul with the respect it deserves.  There were times in my life that I felt as though I was a lost cause and would be better off dead.  I couldn’t understand why God was making me live through the torment, but now I know.  Now I know that the torment was what I needed to get me to where I am today.  I felt as though God hated me, but now I know he loved me enough to allow for all the right ingredients to guide me to this day.

I am happy to say that I finally know what bliss is.  I know what it means to have joy emanating from the core of my being.  I no longer look to others to make me feel good about myself.  I no longer need anyone other than myself.  My happiness was always living within me, I just didn’t know it, nor did I know how to access it.  For so many years I felt as though I would always be a burden to myself and those that I loved, but now I can see how I am just the opposite.  I am a blessing.  I live my life, now, to bless others, and I love it.  I feel full, happy and balanced finally, once and for all.

I have been given a gift that I am so grateful for and if possible I ask God to help me share it with others.  I truly would love nothing more than to see other people who struggle with self loathing to change that around, to find the peace and understanding for themselves as I have.  Life can be amazingly beautiful.  Our problems can turn into mini challenges that will excite us to overcome.  Nothing in life is so catastrophic that we can’t learn and grow from it, it’s simply how we perceive it.

What are You Thankful for?

Published November 28, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

thankful4Today is Thanksgiving.  It is a day to give thanks.  It is hard for me to believe that every person in the world cannot find at least one thing to be thankful for.  To wake up and be anything other than thankful today is quite sad, to me.  If nothing else, how about the fact that you woke up?  How about the fact that you can see the world before you? How about the fact that you can walk across the floor, or smell the turkey cooking?  How about the fact that you have breath within you to breathe?

Please take a moment to find at least one thing, no  matter how big or how small to be thankful for.  I myself am thankful for;

  • My husband
  • My children
  • My cute little house
  • My car that gets me from here to there
  • My ability to be in the present moment
  • The family I will be enjoying dinner with today
  • The fact that I have a warm place to lay my head
  • The fact that I am able to be better tomorrow than I am today
  • The fact that God has allowed me to walk, talk, see, hear, breathe, smell, taste, love, and understand

These are just a few of the things that come to mind today.  What comes to mind for you?  What are you thankful for?  It’s hard to be down when you find many reasons to be grateful.

Everyday Wisdom by Wayne Dyer

Published November 26, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Please take a moment to watch this video, or shall I say take a listen.  I promise you there will be something of value within it that will be just for you.

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