Interesting article about what success really means to you, and how to “start to live life, instead of life living you.”


Everyone seems to strive to be ‘successful’ in life. We all look to apply the
‘Law of Attraction’ to gain ‘success’.

But what is ‘success’? What makes you successful, and what makes you a ‘failure’?

To answer this question, let’s first take a look at our world. Our societies are
completely focused on our five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, touching
and smelling. Our five senses are constantly stimulated. They are enticed
and exploited all the time.

It is therefore no surprise that we tend to focus our minds on materialism
24 hours per day. We tend to focus all the time on big cars, big houses,
lots of money in the bank, and so on.

There is nothing wrong with that in itself. Neither does this mean that being
‘spiritual’ equals being poor and living in a dump. That doesn’t make sense either.
The problem is not with the…

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AquaCure Diary: Final Week, Very Happy

About a month ago I started my AquaCure experiment, where for one month I drank water out of a glass with positive words written on it and said affirmations out loud.  I came up with the idea to improve my health, after seeing Masuro Emoto’s  test of rice and photographs of water crystals and writing about it in How Water is Deeply Connected to Our Individual and Collective Consciousness.

In AquaCure: First Week, Subtle Change I talked about reading a self-help book titled “Why Don’t I do the Things I know are Good for Me?”   This book was refreshing and enlightening as it went to the heart of my issue “self-care.”  I learned that rational thoughts may tell us what would be good for us, but our fatigue and emotions – the need for immediate stress relief or comfort – override our rationality.  In order to develop good self-care, we need to learn new behaviors that cause us to act in our own long-term best interest rather than momentary satisfaction.
The second week AquaCure: Second Week, a Positive Shift I told a story about how a friend went on a non-gluten diet and that inspired me to do the same.  I went on the food plan as a lark, but within days I took it serious because I saw my body and energy shift as I lost the addictive urge to stuff my face with food, my energy became balanced instead of highs and lows, I could think clearer, aches and pains went away, and I lost weight.

And in the third week AquaCure:  Third Week, Loving Gluten-Free Diet I went on to estole the benefits of the non-gluten diet by providing research about gluten’s link to chronic diseases and facts like “Did you know that 1 in 7 people have an intolerance to gluten, a protein in wheat, spelt, rye, barley, oats.”

As an extra dimension to the experiment I even tried different types of water each week – Week 1 was tap water, Week 2 bottled water, Week 3 filtered water, and Week 4 ionized water.

To tell you the honest truth, I couldn’t tell a difference in drinking types of waters, so I think manifestation is more determined on the “quality of your thoughts” rather than “quality of the water.”  My own opinion is focusing on the water glass makes you stop and give more energy to your intention and that was the key — the universe gave me these guided gifts, I listened to my intuition, and then acted on them.  Below are the manifestations:

  1. Led to the self-help book
  2. A friend told me about their gluten-free food plan
  3. And the final manifestation that I haven’t told you about is … a puppy.


I have been wanting a dog the past few years and have looked but nothing stuck. That is until a few weeks ago when I stepped into a PetSmart store to look at the latest round of shelter dogs.  Although I wanted an older, trained dog, a little puppy Chiweenie (cross between Chihuahua and Dachshund) stole my heart.  When I held her, she melted into my arms.  And ever since, she and the above manifestations have brought more health, happiness, and joy into my life.

I love this article from Journey to Self Acceptance. It reminds us of the contrast between letting people put their @%#^$#& on us, and our choosing not to accept it and instead be happy in each moment.


This is the first day of my commitment to my own happiness!  Today I make a declaration to choose to do things that make me happy and to find pleasure in the simple moments in my life.  Even though sometimes I don’t feel I deserve to, I will be happy regardless of my accomplishments (or idleness) and despite all the things I think I should have first.  I can live in a perpetual state of happiness, without conditions or prerequisites.  (Love) and happiness is the key to existence.  I already enjoy being happy.  I choose to smile a lot.  So now I get to seek out and do things that make me happy. 

Of course a major factor in this is project is to stay in the present moment.  It’s easy to experience joy in any given moment.  In fact, it’s the only way some people can experience it.  It happens to them unconsciously in moments…

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Here’s a wonderful article that I have reblogged from A Woman’s Guide, which talks about the mindfulness of Thich Nhat Hanh in stopping to be mindful when you hear a bell ring, and Fred Rogers from the popular children’s television show who took 10 seconds of time in his Emmy speech to thank those “who loved him into being.” It’s an inspiring reminder to take a moment from our hectic life to contemplate.

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“A moment of silence, please, for the lost art of shutting up.”

– Neil Genzlinger (American Playwrite)

I belong to a wonderful book club!  The No Guilt Book Club.  We go along to the group each month and have a glass of wine, or don’t; talk about books we’ve read, or haven’t; share some books, or don’t.  No Guilt, No Rules!  It’s fantastic!

Last night at book club, my friend Anne talked about the time she spent at Thich Nhat Hanh‘s Retreat Centre, Plum Village.  She explained that everytime a bell rang, a phone rang or any alarm sounded, everyone would take a moment to stop, be silent and mindful.  Imagine that, instead of rushing and hurrying everytime we hear a phone ring or an alarm sound to take just a split second and use that as a reminder to be silent and mindful.  When I asked her if…

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AquaCure Diary: Third Week, Loving Gluten-Free Diet

My AquaCure experiment has 7 days left.  I am at the end of my third week of drinking glasses of water each day with positive words written on them. To read my past posts, see Week 1 and Week 2 .

Today, I want to emphasize what a benefit it has been to go on a non-gluten diet.  I must admit, going on this type of food plan was the last thought in my head.  But guidance while on my AquaCure experiment led me to this opportunity, and I said “Why not?”

I didn’t expect to like it — being off pizza, toast, noodles, flour tortillas didn’t sound inviting– but within a few days of starting the food plan I felt the benefits, even though a friend told me her holistic doctor said it takes 2-3 months to realize the full effect.

What I have experienced was no mood swings or energy peaks and valleys, a clearness of thought, loss of about 9 lbs, I don’t have uncontrollable urges to food binge, and a lower blood pressure and cholesterol.  This non-gluten food plan has been a blessing that I plan to continue.

Did you know that 1 in 7 people have an intolerance to gluten, a protein in wheat, spelt, rye, barley, oats. Gluten intolerance is the inability to digest or break down gluten.  This causes problems with digesting vitamins and minerals and this brings about an inflammation in the small intestines that is related to illnesses like:

  • According to, eating foods containing gluten can lead to rheumatoid arthritis, a disease characterized by inflammation and pain in the joint, and serious conditions such as diabetes and intestinal cancer.
  • ln an article titled Gluten Attacks the Brain and Damages the Nervous System, it says “Approximately 10 percent of people with Celiac disease [that many gluten intolerant people have] develop neurologic symptoms, according to the Center for Peripheral Neuropathy.” And this causes unexplained dizziness to numbness in the hands and feet.
  • The Nutrition Research Center warns that if you have skin conditions or chronic health problems that won’t go away, you should serious consider getting off gluten.

Some very prominent people are on no gluten diets. Here’s an article from called “Top Ten Gluten-Free Celebrities that include: Zooey Deschanel, Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenny McCarthy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Chelsea Clinton among others.  I understand Oprah Winfrey is also gluten-free.

There must really be something to this gluten-free movement because tons of products, bakeries, and recipes are popping up on the market. To tantalize your taste buds, below are links to a few yummy-looking gluten-free recipes.  Click on the images to be transported to the websites.

Baby Cakes

Lemonade Scones

Goddess Zucchini Bread

One Lovely Blog Award

Hi everyone, I’m very flattered to receive my first blog award!  Thank you Life is Your Piece of Art blog for the nomination.  It’s a great honor.

I understand there are a few tasks that come along with this award:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Paste the award image on your blog.

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate other blogs that you would like to give the award.

5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen and let them know about the award.

Here are a few facts about me:

1. I love to watch beauty pageants on television.

2. I have a very sweet Chiweenie doggie (Chihuahua and Dachshund)!

3. I am left-handed.

4. I am planning a trip to Scandinavia and Ireland.

5. I almost became a professional bowler.

6. I love water – the ocean, lakes, and rivers.

7. I live next to a nature reserve and get the pleasure of watching lots of squirrels, birds, ducks, and geese.

8. I am very thankful for the wonderful manifestations in my life and look forward to more happiness and spiritual growth.

In the spirit of paying it forward, I want to pass on this award by nominating the following fabulously inspirational blogs:

The Truth Warrior

Chores. Love. Service

Kaftan Bikini

Stories and Truth

Nicki 911

This is a Good Life

Thanks again!

Grateful for Simple Pleasures – Instruction #2

Do you remember those special moments in your life when you discover something small and simple but yet profound because it makes your life easier?

I was thinking about this and my list of special discoveries begins with an ergonomic peeler .  Yes, a potato, carrot, zucchini type peeler.  As I grew up, I remember using one of those skinny, metal peelers and often having indentations in my fingers after peelings a bunch of potatoes.  Then one day, I was gifted with an OXO good grip peeler and my life changed.  Now I can peel away without pain and frustration.

Another item that made a difference in my life was discovering down blankets.  I grew up in San Francisco, which is known for it’s cold, windy, foggy days.  Often at night as a child I was cold.  I’d pile on the blankets, and then go to my closet and pile on coats and robes to bring a little warmth.

When I was a young adult, I flew to Germany to meet and travel with a boyfriend who was in the military. While in Deutschland, and staying in quaint little hotels that dotted the Bavarian alps, I discovered down blankets on their beds. Ever since that trip, I’ve purchased fluffy down blankets for my beds and have never been cold at night again.

When you talk about possessions, the first thing that comes to mind is having that big house or fancy car … but great pleasure can be derived from simple items like a peeler or down blanket.

It all depends on your perspective.  It’s just a matter of first opening yourself to try something new instead of continuing to be frustrated or marred by finger indentations or freezing cold, then realizing how its enhanced your life, and finally be grateful.

LIFE INSTRUCTION No. 2:  Be grateful for the simple pleasures and discoveries in your life — whether it’s the smile of a baby or a potato peeler.  It’s when we accumulate a lot of small little positive moments like this that we feel happiness growing in our spirit.

What are your simple pleasures and discoveries?

Step out of your comfort zone!

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AquaCure Diary: Second Week, a Positive Shift

This is the end of the second week on my AquaCure experiment, where I drink glasses of water each day with positive words written on them.

In my last post, I talked about the glasses of water giving me a positive focus while repeating affirmations like:

I fill my body with love and gratitude for life and joy.

I thank my body for serving me well over the years, for protecting me, and keeping me healthy.  

I ask the water to clear out any impurities in my body, mind, and soul. 

I have a body that is strong, with normal cells that grow healthier everyday.

Thank you universe for guiding me to take good care of myself.

This week, I want to talk about a shift I’m seeing in my body and energy. A friend told me about how she has started on a non-gluten diet — which at its core means no wheat.  She explained that she has had skin rashes and allergies, so she went to a holistic doctor who suggested this course of action.

As she spoke, my mind wandered to a time about 3 years ago, when I thought about going on this type of food plan.  I suspected that I might have a problem with gluten, and even explored the idea a little by subscribing to the Gluten Free Club, a website that sent me emails with tips and recipes.  But I never tried it.  I ignored that guidance.

That is until now, because when I learned about my friend, I decided to get off my butt and give up wheat products.  I felt like intuition had knocked twice, and I know that if you don’t listen it knocks harder each time, so I paid attention.  For the past week, I’ve had no toast, french bread, sandwiches, flour tortillas, croutons, chips, spaghetti or pizza, and I’m doing just fine.

Now that I see this list of foods — it hit me that these wheat products are the usual staples of obese people who appear on the Biggest Loser television program.  Reality Check!  Maybe there is something to limiting gluten products, not only for rashes and allergies, but also obesity?

How do I feel after no gluten for a week?  My ravishing hunger for fast foods and all things fattening has diminished and I’m feeling more in control, the weight started dropping at a fast pace (at about a pound a day), and I’m not riding the energy roller coaster, instead I’m taking a leisurely drive.

While I haven’t fully committed to this regime, I must say that not eating bread feels right, and I’m starting to find equally satisfying alternatives like a corn tortilla instead of flour, and a grocery cashier told me that quinoa spaghetti noodles are just as good, if not better, than wheat.

So, I’m going to continue to follow my food guidance to see where it leads me.  It feels like a life shift is happening?  Thank you water-glass Gods!

Nice example and reminder from a “I love Lucy” episode about how to manifest!

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Law of Attraction and I Love Lucy…

You may be wondering why I wrote the title of the post the way I did.  The reason is that there is an episode of “I Love Lucy” in which Lucy and Ethel want to go with Ricky and Fred to Europe.  The only problem is, is that Ricky says they can’t afford to take Lucy and Ethel.  Lucy replies “If I raise the money myself can i go?” and Ricky says “yes.”

So Lucy celebrates that she’ll be going to Europe because she trusts that she will raise the money.  She doesn’t know how, but she just trusts that it will.  Then, Ethel says she’ll never be able to go because she can’t afford it.  After repeating that she can’t afford it Lucy says something like “Ethel you’re not holding a positive thought – say it out loud “I can…

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Website Review: Sounds True … many voices, one journey

I have to start by reviewing one of my favorite websites on the web —   Not only is the site colorful by design but its vibrant green forest background immediately transports you to a far away land and into a state of calmness.  And that’s just at its front door.

Sounds True Radio

Once you go into the website, you will find all kinds of bonuses.

Halfway down on the left side of the home page is an advertisement for Sounds True Radio. Click on the ad image and your first treasure is revealed — free music and interviews.

Your computer will automatically start playing a 5 to 7 minute music clip, and if you click on the word “music” again, it will go to the next selection and so on (push it a few times to see how it works).


When finished listening to the many music selections, you can enter the interview room. Now, while still at Sounds True Radio, click on the word “interviews” to listen to hour-long lectures by popular authors.  Again, just like with the music, click on the word “interviews” repeatedly to listen to other authors.

Subjects discussed in the interview room include mindfulness, Qi Gong, meditation, breath work, gratitude, chakras, life visioning, facing death to live fully, brainwave work, shamanism, intuitive vision, quantum physics, chanting, yoga, healing, tapping, and more.

All the selections on Sounds True Radio are free.  Of course, it is a sales ploy to get you to purchase their books, CDs, and DVDs or sign up for an online course, but who cares, it’s FREE.

The second treasure on this site is their subscription where you can sign up for emails to receive notifications of — sales promotions of up to 70% off.  I’ve taken advantage of it many times, purchasing products by renown experts in the spiritual field for a fraction of the dollar with free shipping.


The subscription sign up is located at the top right of the Home page or if you want to go direct to their products, follow this link. is truly a valuable website.  One that you will want to add to your Favorites, and connect to when you need a little inspiration.  I quite often plug a headset into my computer at work, and listen to its radio offerings.

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