Setting Intention

Nice article about using a daily ritual like hands in prayer position to overcome blockages and set the intention to “open to receive positive things into my life. “

Connected Breath

It’s the beginning of yoga class and we’ve been asked to bring our hands in prayer position to our heart as we sit in a comfortable position. Normally I would press my palms together, firm and even, but today my teacher says something different:

“Press your palms together firmly, now keep pressing through your thumbs and fingers, but create a little space in between your palms. In this way you make room for the seed of your intention.”

In the past, when I had set my intention at the beginning of class, it would feel superficial. This time, I found a great feeling of hope as I made space for my little seed – or pod – of intention. No longer was this just something I said before class, but something more tangible than that. By setting my intention into this little imaginary seed, I was creating a thought that would…

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Be Kind to Each Other – Life Instruction #3

I feel motivated today to write about the way we treat other people.

So many times I’ve gotten up in the morning in a good mood, only to be shot down by someone at work who is itching for a fight.  They are looking for a victim because they have pent up anger over their car not start that morning, the kids kept them up that night, or they had fight with their spouse.

One time I simply delivered a package to a boss and the next thing I knew, it was all around the office that I had done something terrible.  In her head she assumed I had an ulterior motive for the delivery, when the simple truth was the reception wasn’t at her desk and the UPS guy gave it to me.

Another scenario that happens is when an individual has old stuff that you trigger.  For example, I was trying to get to know a new employee and asked if she had any children?  I did this because I have a daughter and wanted to see if we had that in common.  But she reacted like she was highly insulted.  My guess is she had regrets over not having children or her parents had been bugging her for years to have kids?

Then there is the new stuff like passing poor treatment on from one person to the next.  I had a good friend who was complaining to me about a lady she’d known for years who over-reacted when she asked her a question that morning.  The lady then lectured her and told her to look up the answer herself.  My friend was furious.  The next thing I knew, about 30 minutes later, my friend pulled the same thing on me.

And finally, similar to the above problem in asking a question, I’d been having an issue with my blog not showing up in the Reader feature so I wrote WordPress on a Support Forum for an answer.  I posted the question a few times over the span of a several weeks waiting for an answer.  I finally received a reply from a WordPress staff person today lecturing me for posting so many times, reblogging, and asking a question that had been answered months ago.

I wrote back that I posted so many times because I didn’t receive a reply, I reblogged months ago because I had been seriously ill and was trying to keep the site up and recently reblogged because I was testing fixes to the Reader problem, and that the previous issue was different.  So you see, sometimes we make negative assumptions about situations and give snappy answers to people, when it’s just are not true.

LIFE INSTRUCTION NO. 3:   Don’t take your stuff out on other people.   Be kind to each other.   Be aware that at times we all lay negative filters (filled with our pent-up feelings) over perfectly innocent situations and pounce on unsuspecting victims.  Stop that!

Think about it!

J. Ricci Energy

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Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.  Match the frequency of the reality you want to create and you cannot help but get that reality. This is not philosophy. This is physics.

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– Albert Einstein (found here)

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I love the above quote, it’s the difference between dreaming and doing!

 

The War Room

I remember when I was coming up, my mother would always say to me, “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”.  Or when outside playing we often repeated “Sticks & Stones may break my bones but words would never hurt me” to something offensive said to us.

I’ve always known, somewhere within myself, words are powerful and can affect us sometimes more deeply than something physical. As I mentioned before, I’m on this journey to better myself and the world I live in by my presence. I’m fully realizing, how I think and what I say is extremely important.

If you get a chance to watch a movie called You Can Heal Your Life or read the book by the same name, you will come to the same realization that I have. Our words, manifested in what we say and think, create our present…

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Reach Your Full Potential by Playing The Vision Master Game

Like many people, Jennifer Becker grew up in a family that did not have the financial, emotional or parental resources to support and build her self-esteem and encourage her to identify or go after her dreams.

“If you don’t receive ongoing encouragement and support growing up,” Jennifer explained, “your chances of experiencing a successful and rewarding life are greatly diminished.  I learned that if you’re not getting the support and encouragement you need and deserve, you’ve got to find a way to get it.”

So she founded the Conscious Product Center website and The Vision Master Game and other products and activities to help people maximize their full potential.

The back story is, over the years, Jennifer has held many corporate management positions, owned her own businesses, and worked as a business coach, personal development trainer, and mastermind group leader. Then, while working in executive positions, she found herself looking for and uncovering the “best way to get employees to work together in group settings for the most successful outcomes.”

It struck her that “egos played a role in disturbing the group dynamics” and that “the better a participant had a good sense of themself, the better the learning environment.”  But in working on this issue, she came away astonished at how many people had poor self-esteem and did not have dreams, hopes, and visions for their lives.

Jennifer then started searching for a process to solve this and eventually came up with The Vision Master Game. The game box contains a beautifully designed playing surface; 4 unique decks of cards with distinct questions, ideas, observations, intentions, and actions; wooden player pieces for moving through the game; dice; and a pouch with colored stones that are accumulated by players.  To see the game in action, watch the short video below.

Jennifer found that the playfulness of the game minimized dramatic egos and stimulated the brain to expand beyond its limited view to unlock the potential in participants.  She explained, “Energy is created where you find answers to questions and people are surprised with what comes out of their mouths.  It’s a channel to greater knowledge and the free flow of information.”

Other products offered on her website include:

  • Sign up for a FREE “Start Your Day” audio message that will be sent you by email to start your day with power and confidence.
  • For anyone who mentions they heard about her website in this article, Jennifer will also offer through her online Store for FREE (it usually costs $3.99), her audio recording “How Important Are You?
  • Stay tuned to the website because several new audio recordings will be published in the coming weeks!

Jennifer says her website offers a “spoonful of motivational medicine to help people feel like they matter and are worthy of accomplishing great things.”  It’s a kick-start for the brain!

I completely agree with this article about enlightenment. It talks about our energy being a precious commodity, not to be wasted. I came to this understanding too, that it is possible to let other peoples’ shit roll off your back and let it be theirs as you stay in your own loving and positive frame of mind.

It is difficult to maintain this mindset, but once learned it never leaves you and things affect you less as you grow in spirit. What is around us in our daily life is a make believe play — you can choose to react as scripted or write your own response. Think of your energy as a precious commodity and direct it positively for your own and others good.

Chores. Love. Service.

Three years ago I discovered the secret to life. I was elated and on a high. Nothing could bother me. I felt free and as light as Dandelion seeds completely absent any resistance and taking flight easily whichever way the wind blew. Things that used to infuriate me just didn’t anymore. It simply wasn’t worth my energy to feel rotten and miserable. The secret I learned is that our energy is a precious commodity, even more precious than gems and diamonds.

The euphoria came because it wasn’t just a theory. It was knowledge infused into the very cells of my body. I was a superhero who went out into the world unable to spend my precious energy in any way that was wasteful.

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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.

Lucy

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.

JOURNEY TO SELF-ACCEPTANCE

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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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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Attracting Success

7 Traits for Building a Habit of Success


My all time favorite quote is what I posted yesterday as Building a Habit of Success.  It basically warns that if we go through life making resolutions or promises that we don’t keep, we are building a “habit of failure.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather build a “habit of success” because every time I say to myself that I’m going to lose weight and cheat a week later or plan to clean the garage but instead sit in front the TV, I feel bad inside.   How about you?

Here are 7 important tips for moving in the direction of success:

  1. Make resolutions – In the article The Resolution Solution: Creating and Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions, the author says the act of making resolutions — that run the gamut from losing weight, starting exercise, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol use — can be valuable opportunities to increase the quality of your life. Scientific research indicates that you are “10 times more likely to change by making a New Year’s resolution compared to non-resolvers with the identical goals and comparable motivation to change.” 
  2. Keep your promises – Draw a line in the sand and say from this point on, I’m going to leave my past failures behind me and start keeping my promises.  To build your record of success, don’t make a promise unless you feel you will keep it. And if you do commit to a decision, keep it no matter what gets in the way.
  3. Clean your house – Researches at Princeton University did a study that concluded “When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus.  The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information,” as stated in Scientists Find Physical Clutter Negatively Affects Your Ability to Focus, Process Information. In the study, researchers measured the brain’s response to organized and disorganized stimuli and found if you clear up the clutter ”you will be less irritable, more productive, distracted less often, and able to process information better.”
  4. Clear up mental clutter – It’s not only our physical environment that we must clean spick-and-span but we need to make space in our minds.  In A Cluttered Mind from A Simpler Life blog, the author suggests writing everything down so you don’t have to keep track of it in your mind; journal to alleviate thinking about things over-and-over; plan your goals then contemplate one object, word, or thought at a time; dip into your heart by intuitively feeling what you should do next; and release unhelpful thoughts.
  5. Be persistent, consistent and have tenacity – If you’ve ever studied successful people, their roads have not been smooth but littered with ruts, potholes, and barriers. The one thing that sets them apart from the average person is “tenacity,” a stick-to-it-ness that empowers them to surmount obstacles and stay the course. Take Donald Trump for example, he’s filed bankruptcy 4 times, gained and lost businesses and billions of dollars, and he’s been through 4 marriages … yet, the Donald keeps reinventing himself. If an obstacle arises for you, move on, over, or around it and reinvent yourself better!
  6. Stay in the present moment – One of the main stumbling blocks to success is our resistance to change because we are stuck in the past — “He did this to me, so now I don’t want a new relationship.  I was laid off, now no one wants to hire me.”  The past has no power over us unless we let its negativity pervade our thoughts.  Eckhart Tolle advises that we “Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is?  Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
  7. Have an attitude that “nothing is impossible” – Miracles occur everyday — people are cured of cancer, a patient comes out of a coma after years of silence, and a gigantic U.S. Airways airplane lands on the Hudson River intact with all 155 passengers and crew safe.  See the possibilities in life and believe that nothing is impossible!  Your reality is not set in stone, but is formed moment-to-moment by your thoughts, decisions, and beliefs.  Become the architect of your reality and design it successful!

Don’t Worry… Be Happy

A great article on “Happiness” that I reblogged … enjoy.

Can't Stand The Heat

“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” ~Benjamin Franklin

After last week’s ranting, I figured that it would be appropriate to do an entry on happiness. Yesterday, my co-workers and I attended a social, where we watched an awesome, inspirational documentary, called “The Happy Movie”. It’s one of those topics that everyone searches high and low for, when it’s simply placed right under our noses. Media teaches us that happiness is something that only certain people achieve; the beautiful, the rich, and the famous. However, people of the exact opposite have seemed to have more fulfilling lives. The start of the movie shows a man from India, who wakes early every morning to carry passengers on a rickshaw. He does this physically strenuous job in the beating sun, for hours, while wearing flip-flops .. He comes home to an…

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How Water is Deeply Connected to our Individual and Collective Consciousness

In this video from Healthy Planet, Healthy Me radio program, world renown water researcher Masaru Emoto talks about where his idea to research the properties of water came from — an incident as a child where he almost drowned.

After the near drowning, he ran home to his mother, who he said probably knew about the qualities in water when she told him, “At times like this, you should communicate your feelings to the water, and the water will understand.”  That incident stuck in his head, and in later years led him to discover that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness.

Emoto’s photographic experiments have demonstrated that the vibration in human energy, thoughts, words, ideas, and music effect the molecular structure of water.  Here’s a short video clip from the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know” that demonstrates this premise.

Emoto went on to author books and DVDs titled Message from Water (1999, 2001, 2006, 2008), Water Knows the Answers (2001, The Hidden Messages in Water (2004), Water Crystal Healing: Music & Images to Restore Your Well Being (2006), The Shape of Love: Discovering Who We Are, Where We Came From, Where We are Going (2007).

Today, he travels the world talking about water and peace, and is a featured speaker at the “Council of Elders: Healing the Earth for World Peace” that will be held in Frankfurt, Germany on September 24-25, 2012.

On Emoto’s official website you will find links to an application to submit your own water sample for photographing and publication on the website in “Water Crystal of the Month,” a video of water crystals changing while the American National Anthem is played, info about the Emoto Peace Project that aims to educate children about the truth of water by distributing for free a childrens’ version of the book Messages from Water, his phone app called MY HADO that connects you to everything Emoto, and a video about “How to Erase Clouds?” (the instructions can be found here.

The First Step in Changing Your Life – Instruction #1

I was listening to a Law of Attraction Radio Network show the other day while traveling on a commuter train.  The tracks were clacking underneath as I sat with ear pods protruding that were connected to my Ipod.

The host Bertrand Dory came on and started talking about a quote that went, When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Bells went off in my head as the words registered as the kind of thing you want to write down quickly so you can paste it to your bathroom mirror to look at daily.

When I got home, I hopped onto the Internet to search for this quote and came upon a 3-1/2 minute video clip from Dr. Wayne Dyer that’s posted on Youtube. He started off by talking about this expression but then related it to something Einstein said that went, “The most fundamental and major decision that you have to make in your life is ‘do I live in a friendly or hostile universe?’ Because if you see the world as hostile and angry, with people wanting to hate and kill each other, then that’s exactly what you will create in your life.”

I agree with Einstein.  I have mostly looked at life as being a “hard and hurtful place,” and have suffered a lot of pain — abuse as a child, divorce,  hostile work environments, weight issues, lost loved ones, and just plain old tragedy.   Then on top of this, you add the negativity of what’s around you like TV news programs that exploit war, politics, and disasters.  No wonder people are depressed!

If I were to come up with LIFE INSTRUCTION NO. 1, it would say “Look at life as a friendly universe.”   Refuse to watch or listen to negative TV programs or negative people in your life and seek out inspiring mentors, books, and CDs.  Forgive and forget all the past wrongs that have been done to you.  And finally, reprogram the way you look at things to be more positive so the things you look at will change.

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