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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Albert Einstein

I recently finished the book “Co-Creating at its Best” by Dr. Wayne Dyer and Ester Hicks.   The book is based on conversation held before a live audience between Dr. Dyer and the Collective Consciousness or  Source Enegy known as Abraham that flows through Ms. Hicks.  If you have ever read the Conversation with God book series by Neale Donald Walsh, this unique and awe-inspiring format of question and answer will be quite familiar and so is the message, really; God, The Source, the Collective Consciousness, etc. whatever you like to call it, conspires to give us exactly what we want/expect with our reality being created based on our thoughts about ourselves and our experience.51R5jL2X6XL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

 

In the book there is a lot talk of getting on, and staying on,  the “high flying discs”  and staying off the “low flying discs”  The former gets us closer to inspiration,” the Source”, happiness, while the latter is linked  to low level thinking, despair, discomfort, etc. It doesn’t take long, if you are paying attention, to know what disc you are on at any one moment as well as where someone else is probably at as well.

For the record, I am really all about getting on, and staying on, high flying discs and helping others do the same.

In the discussion they speak about how in the morning, when we first wake up, before we start to “think” we are a blank slate.  All problems, worries, stressors etc. don’t yet exist.  At that point we can really choose  what we bring  to the forefront of our mind.  In that moment of “thoughtlessness” we have the opportunity to set the tone for the day and “co-create” our life by tuning into the higher power but it takes awareness.

When an unswerving thought get in the way..don’t feed it with another and another.  Settle down, choose another thought, a higher one and then move forward. When we do this regularly, commit to changing our way of thinking, it will become our natural state.   Then all of a sudden things like, making all the lights on a busy road, a parking space opening up, an unexpected check in the mail just when you need it most, running into a friend you haven’t seen in years but have been thinking about,  etc. start happening more an more often,  like…..…magic.

Speaking of the “magic” that comes from our thoughts…

I am currently writing this post while in India for a skating friend/ business colleague’s wedding.  I won’t even begin to explain how the power of thought, positive ones of course,  got me on this “out of left field”  trip to India with less then a weeks notice, a very affordable plane ticket, and a convergence of help to cover classes, child care, etc with little effort and no struggle.   But I digress…

So last night when sitting down to have dinner in my hotel room I decided I would finally turn on the TV while eating and then try and finish this post.  Channel after channel of music videos, Bollywood movies, local programming, etc. all, of course, in Hindi.  While I normally would have been fine watching whatever for a few minutes while I ate, I decided that there had to be something in English so I pressed on through a few more channels determined to “find” it.

Do you now what I found?  The movie “What the Bleep Do We Know” !  I couldn’t believe it!  Really, of all movies I could find  it is this one.. on Indian TV, right when I needed it.  Perfection.

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“What the Bleep Do We Know”  came out about 10 years ago and was a ground breaking movie in that it was part documentary, part story and it brought together physicists, mystics, doctors,  spiritual leaders, etc. explaining in their own way the secrets of life.  And in keeping with the theme of this post, a majority of the movie is dedicated to how instrumental our thoughts are in creating our reality.

By me “stumbling upon this movie”, the universe serendipitously sent me a very obvious example of the power of thought.

Talk about Co-Creation at it’s Best.  Which brings us full circle to where this post started.

There is nothing that I could add  at this time that hasn’t been said before about the power of thought. So I will wrap up with the following:

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.”
Buddha (563 BC-483 BC) Founder of Buddhism.
“There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” 
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.
“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples don’t count on harvesting golden Delicious.”
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“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” 
― Henry David Thoreau
“We are what we think. All that we are arises With our thoughts. With our thoughts, We make our world.”
Buddha (563 BC-483 BC) Founder of Buddhism.
“Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable, determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place.” 
― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden
“The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.” 
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal
“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.”
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”
“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
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Gratitude is the Best Attitude

Published on December 31, 2014 by in Meditation

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A friend and I were recently catching up and she was telling me how she is working on just being thankful for the little things, the small “wins” in her day.  Finding moments of gratitude in the ordinary: making all the lights on a busy street, finding $10 in the pocket of a coat you haven’t worn since last year, arriving early when you thought you’d be late, witnessing a beautiful sunset….you know, things like that.

Since 2015 is only a little more than a day away (Really, already??),  adopting an “attitude of gratitude” is surely a positive first step to take as we cross into threshold of the new year and the 364 days that follow.

With life being as busy and crazy at times as we often allow it to get-yes, we are the ones who ramp it up and are the ones  in charge of dialing it down- it is important to recognize when things work out perfectly with ease and grace.  Although these small “wins”  can seem inconsequential given the “big stuff”  such as family, work, finances, etc., acknowledging these little victories can be what keeps us grounded in the present moment and gives us a glimpse at the perfection of life.

Our inner reality is often reflected in our outer reality with the universe conspiring to give us exactly what we expect.

“As within, so without.”

Slowing down and being grateful for all that has, and is, going “right” can set us up for more of the same.

Attitude truly is everything.

May your 2015 be filled with many moments of ease and grace and that you are aware of the many blessings as they come your way.

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Never. Forever. Always.

Published on November 18, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

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Never. Forever. Always.

Three words that I have said countless times before in my life only to eventually prove them untrue.

When people say things to me like  ”I would never do ______, ” or ”I will always do_______.”, etc…”  I just smile to myself and think “Let see how that goes for you!”

But when it comes to Yoga Nidra I would like to believe that “I will NEVER stop doing Yoga Nidra. I will FOREVER continue to practice daily. And ALWAYS sing it’s praises.” but I know I am probably kidding myself as well.

If you have been following this blog you would know that I have been shouting from the roof tops about Yoga Nidra and recently been practicing it daily.  In fact  today is my 75th day of practice in a row!  While not all attempts have been stellar-which holds true for any one practicing meditation regularly,  a majority of the practices have been done with 100% effort and sincerity and I truly believe my physical, emotional and mental health has improved because of it.

Now that the semester is winding down at  Cleveland State University, where I teach 9 hours per week of yoga (in only 2 days!)and has served as my original “30 Yoga Nidras in 30 Days” inspiration, I have begun to reflect on my efforts as proponent and practitioner of this meditation practice.

Beyond a doubt it has gotten me through teaching so many hours a week of yoga which might otherwise lead to burn out.  The truth is there hasn’t been one day, seriously not one day, where I have NOT wanted to go in to teach.  Those who teach anything will know that there are just some days your heart and mind aren’t into it…but for me, with less then 3 weeks to go this semester, that hasn’t been the case.

In addition, there have recently been a few unforeseeable family related stressors that would throw anyone for a loop and somehow my head has managed to stay attached.  Again, thank you Yoga Nidra.

When it comes to my students at Cleveland State, although I haven’t managed to inspired all of them to take my lead and practice daily (2 have officially taken the challenge!),  every week more and more students tell me how they are finding time to incorporated this practices into their lives when possible.  ;-)

To have had the opportunity to introduce about 100 students this semester to this meditation tool and to influence them to use it regularly is truly a blessing. There are now 100 more people in this crazy stressed out world that have a tool to use that has a reduces sleep deprivation, lessens stress and anxiety, positively influences ones personality, etc.

A Yoga Nidra success story.

Even though previously unfulfilled grand proclamations have shown me that  I will probably NEVER be able to keep up my dedication to Yoga Nidra FOREVER and ALWAYS.

I know I will certainly try.

I Love Yoga Nidra

 

 

 
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