Thursday, October 21, 2010

Clare, Michigan, United States

Monday, October 18, 2010

Red Feathers, Colorado, United States


I recently watched a movie that I rented from my local library. It was called "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise L. Hay. And I personally recommend this to anyone who is striving to better their lives. Anyone who believes in positive thinking, Law of Attraction, or creating their own world.

Louise L. Hay was one of the founders of the whole positive thinking movement. She is an inspiration to many and even uses her own life as an example. She has encouraged me with many of her great ideas. One that I particularly like and thought I would continue to share was her consistent use of Affirmations. Affirmations are basically just little saying that you say to yourself on a regular basis that make you feel good. You can do or say them at any time of the day, whenever you remember or find convenient. She recommends saying them to yourself everyday while looking in the mirror.

Another good example she had was writing the affirmations on post it notes and sticking them on your mirror or around the house where you will see them. Some of these affirmations that she suggests would include: "I love and accept myself just the way I am," "I am perfect just the way I am," "Only good lies before me," or "I see the beauty in my surroundings and I radiate joy and love." She has so many, and for all different topics.  I copied and pasted the links off of her page. Go ahead and take a look at some of the categories that you may be interested. Write some of those affirmations down on some post-its and put them around your house. See if they will make a difference in your mood and feelings.

Here is a list of affirmation topics:

Click on a selected title topic for a list of example affirmations relating to that topic.

Affirmations for Love 

Affirmations for Joy 

Affirmations for Health 

Affirmations for relationships 

Affirmations for Prosperity

 Affirmations for Career

Affirmations for Forgiveness

 Affirmations for Letting Go (releasing)

Affirmations are a great way to do positive thinking, and to feel better about ourselves and our surroundings. Ppositive thoughts bring about more positive things, so the more we are feeling good, the more "good" will come into our lives. Practice affirmations in your life and see what good it can do.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Port Huron, Michigan, United States

Look for Reasons

Look for reasons to be happy!

We need to take the time throughout each and every day and find reasons why we should be happy. There are so many reasons we could come up with to be thankful for. It should be a relatively easy task. Where ever we are we should be able to look around and say "Boy, I really enjoy having this," or "Gee, I sure do love where I am at." How about being thankful or happy for different life experiences. The good times in life are always something to be thankful for and remember with fond memories. How about our close friends and our wonderful family? How about that shiny car in your driveway, or even just the fact that you have a car - who cares what it looks like! There are so many reasons. The food we eat and take for granted everyday. Our clean drinking water. Our well paying job. Our loyal pet. The list could go on and on. But what is important is that we take the time to be thankful and we take the time to look for these reasons and be happy. We are happy in the moment, and continue being happy as we are blessed with more and more things. Being grateful is something we should never get tired of.

We should enjoy everything that we have, every little blessing in our lives. There are so many special things in our life experience; don't take it for granted. Enjoy what you have, and live each day with a thankful heart.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Rocky Mountain National Forest, Colorado, United States

Appreciate Again and Again

"Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively the basic goods of life with 
awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy."

-Abraham Maslow

This is a wonderful quote that should remind us to be thankful for all of the simple pleasures in life. The basic goods Maslow says. Everything, all the small things. It is so easy for us to take for granted all of the little things that we have that not everyone else is blessed with.

There are so many things that we don't even think about that we should be thankful for regularly whenever we use them. Some ideas of this that people easily take for granted would include things like simply having shelter to live, heating and air conditioning, running water, even a toilet! There are people that do not have these luxuries that we use everyday! There are people in countries who live on way less then we could imagine. Even here in America there are people who are homeless and spend their nights on the streets. We are so lucky to have so many things that many would love to have. Other great examples would be a closet full of clothes, our shoe collections, toiletries, our movies and books.... there are so many material items that we just expect to have. And then there are other things that we should be continuously thankful for such as our health, the clean water that we drink, our food, our sight, and our hearing. The list could go on and on. There are so many reasons to be continuously thankful for. Until we are thankful for the things that we have now, we cannot appreciate more in our lives. The Universe will give us more as we become truly grateful for all that we have. It is then that we deserve to have more. Think about all the things in your life that we take so easily for granted and begin to feel appreciative. Everything that we come across in life should be looked upon with "awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy."

When we live a life of gratitude then we will be truly happy. How do you feel? How do you view life? Are you truly thankful for all the little and big things in your life? Change your perspective. Appreciate, value, and be grateful for everything. We have been given so many blessings, and there are so many more to come. Rejoice and be thankful!