Saturday, November 24, 2012

5 Days of Gratitude: Day 5 Message

5 Days of Gratitude: Day 5 Message

Thank you for taking the time to focus on gratitude for at least a few days as I attempted to share a little bit of my own perspective on the subject.

I encourage you to continue to be grateful for everyone, everything, every person, every blessing, and every challenge that comes your way.  We are all here to learn together, and it certainly helps when we immerse ourselves in the thoughts and feelings that we wish to energize and bring into our lives.  

Here's what I see in your future:

You begin to live a life of gratitude.
You live as an example for others to follow.
You are grateful for all of the gifts you receive.
You show others how to be grateful.
You perform acts that make others grateful.
You encourage others to perform acts that
activate gratitude.
You are a shining model that exemplifies
the belief:

Give and ye shall receive.
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Suggested Introspection: 1.) I practice and express gratitude every day. 2.) I show others how to live in gratitude.

I am grateful for you!  Thank you for joining me, and I wish you the best as you live each day in gratitude.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

5 Days of Gratitude: Day 4 Message

5 Days of Gratitude: Day 4 Message

As you begin to incorporate more gratitude in your daily lives, it becomes increasingly apparent that a sustained approach serves you and the people around you in the most effective and beneficial way.

Instant gratification is not always available because you count on receiving abundance gradually in return for your good deeds and actions. You receive the benefits at the perfect time, and you continue to give of yourself.

Make gratitude a new habit.

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Suggested Introspection: I make gratitude a daily habit by____________.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

5 Days of Gratitude: Day 3 Message

5 Days of Gratitude: Day 3 Message

Do you notice how those around you can have such an impact upon your day? The people around you notice the same about you.

If we take the time to acknowledge and be grateful for the contributions and kind deeds offered by others, then we are more inclined to offer and encourage that behavior in ourselves and in others. Take time to thank others for the support, insight, and wisdom they offer to you on a daily basis and inspire others to do the same - all while you brighten
someone else’s day!

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Suggested Introspections: 1.) Today I express my gratitude for others by_____ 2.) I offer acts of kindness in return, such as ______

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5 Days of Gratitude: Day 2 Message

5 Days of Gratitude: Day 2 Message

Why is gratitude important? How can
it be so powerful? 

If we focus on being thankful for what we have, we are able to invite more abundance into our lives because we positively reinforce the welcoming of things and situations that fulfill us.

If, on the other hand, we focus on lack, then we are empowering that feeling and attracting less desirable situations into our lives.
Spend your energy saying thanks
as often as possible!


Suggested Introspection: Today I am thankful for ___________ .

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See you tomorrow!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Five Days of Gratitude

As we approach the holiday season, I was feeling somewhat inspired to begin the exploration of another important topic quite relevant to the upcoming festivities.  I invite you to join me in the celebration of gratitude for five days.  We can certainly expand the initiative to 365 days (which we should do anyway!), but I feel it is the perfect week to at least get started.  I am excited to do a little exploration on the topic to see what arises. 
So, here’s Day 1.  Feel free to share your comments and suggestions. 
A few highlights:

·         What is gratitude?

The quality of being thankful;
readiness to show appreciation for
and willingness to return kindness
·         What does gratitude mean to you? 
·         How do you personally define gratitude?  

Feel free to share your personal thoughts and reflections in the comments section below or at the YouTube video below.

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See you tomorrow!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Self-Love Insights and Introspections

As many of us have faced challenges and opportunities for growth during these exciting and volatile times, we have been encouraged to uncover and transform those areas of ourselves which are in need of attention, expansion, and resolution.  For me, personally, many things have arisen, and I have been thankful for the growth opportunities.  One of the themes that seemed to continually surface was that of self-love, self-confidence, and related themes.  I honestly hadn’t even considered the fact that I might need to focus on these areas.  I suppose it’s a common one, though, as life experiences have managed to change us in many ways.   

      [Self-love: The instinct or desire to promote one's own well-being; regard for or love of one's self]

I figured that I’d take the opportunity to learn more about the subject and even take the Self-Love Challenge that I just happened to discover in a synchronous manner (  I spent about a month making an attempt to do something for myself – no matter how big or small - each day.  It started as an attempt to show myself that I am deserving – as we all are.  I then started to delve deeper into the subject matter and began to realize that by working on myself, I was also working on the well-being of everyone, in a collective fashion.

As I decided to broaden the scope of my self-love actions/reflections, the realization that we are all ONE and are unified in these efforts to become the best reflection of our perfect selves started to sink in more and more.  The full power of these realizations became more evident as relevant topics such as gratitude, forgiveness, and reflection began to surface. 

I am grateful to have learned so much about my personal value and connection to all of you.  I was pleased to realize that when I help and improve myself, I am also helping and improving you, our neighbors, our families, our community, our country, and our world.  I think this is the most important lesson that I learned.   

Imagine the power that we have together as we combine our efforts to strive to become all that we are capable of becoming as we aim to bloom into a full reflection of love.  We are free to improve ourselves more and more each day.  

Here are some additional insights from the Self-Love Challenge author, Daylle Deanna Schwartz:

Summary of the “10 Commitments of Self-Love“ from the author of How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways, Daylle Deanna Schwartz:

  • I shall lovingly accept myself as I am right now.
  • I shall appreciate all the beauty that makes me who I am.
  • I shall regularly give thanks for all of my blessings.
  • I shall trust in my ability to take care of myself.
  • I shall not criticize myself.
  • I shall not criticize others.
  • I shall forgive myself when I make a mistake.
  • I shall be kind to others, without sacrificing my own needs.
  • I shall take responsibility for my life.
  • I shall love myself to the best of my ability.
Okay, shall we start the next initiative?  I’ll be doing some thinking about what the next topic of exploration should be.  So, what’s on your list?  Feel free to share your requests/insights/ideas! 

Happy growing!