Albert Schweitzer says “To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”
That is a very profound statement indeed, but how do we educate ourselves to be more grateful? Most of us say ‘thank you’ when we receive something, but is that true gratitude?
Some people feel more gratitude than others because they habitually interpret help as more beneficial and more beneficially intended. Focusing on our positive thoughts and letting the negative ones pass on by is an excellent start to feeling gratitude. Open your heart for it is here where memory is stored when you are grateful.
Gratitude, thankfulness or appreciation is a positive emotion that we can experience at a very deep level. On the surface we appreciate our families, homes and conveniences. Let’s think about the floors that we walk on every day. If they are hardwood, do you appreciate the tree and source of the wood? The wool carpet has special energy from sheep and the people who designed and made it. You can absorb the joy and contentment you feel as you listen to some favourite music.
Treasure your private time when you are free to appreciate the beauty around you.
Gratitude is uniquely important to our well-being. Studies show that grateful people have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in life, being more likely to seek support from other people and grow from their experiences. They also have better coping strategies, being less likely to deny there is a problem, or to blame themselves. Grateful people sleep better as they likely think less negative and more positive thoughts just before going to bed.
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Have you vowed to make changes in life but its not turning out the way you thought it would?
Perhaps you could make changes with conscious intentions, rather than resolutions. Intentions are stated in the present with an emphasis on what you are creating, what you desire. In comparison, resolutions are often stated in the future tense with an emphasis on what you are not going to do.
Many of our intentions never come to fruition because our surroundings don’t support them. Feng Shui is about creating spaces that do support us. If you resolve/intend to make an inner change in your life, but don’t address the outer change, then success is unlikely. Is your space supporting the ‘you’ you want to be?
Anything and everything is impacted by clutter so it’s important to start with a serious clearing. All clutter acts like a dam and creates a lack of flow in your life. Get rid of stuff and organize belongings to make room for what you want.
Need help getting started? The best place is with something small, like a drawer that you are able to complete. Do so with the intention of creating room for what you do want in life.
If your intention is to attract more prosperity, check the area where you pay your bills and track finances. If you don’t have a specific area, create one, even part of a shelf. Honour and show gratitude for what you do have. Bills and financial documents stashed around the house or thrown on a messy desk hinder financial progress.
Many relationships could use improvement, especially when it comes to communicating. Is your master bedroom a sanctuary for two? Be sure you have two night stands and that both people have clear and easy access to the bed. If the focal point is the television, then your relationship is apt to revolve around the television.
Is your intention to have more of a social life and have more people in your life. Be sure your front door is obvious and there is a clear path to it. Replace burned out light bulbs that illuminate the way to the entrance. Follow the access of a potential visitor into your house. Is your entry welcoming? Is your living room inviting?
Whatever your goals, think beyond them and look carefully at your space. Remember that Feng Shui is about life and your surroundings. By taking advantage of the principles of Feng Shui you can have great success achieving whatever you desire.
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Many friends and clients have asked me how to create more prosperity in their lives. The answer is actually quite simple….one single word RESPECT. When you respect yourself, your home and community, the following tips will actually be easy for you to experience prosperity:
CLEAR OUT ANY CLUTTER. Clutter is a sign of stagnant energy and clutter in your home or office can clog your cash flow. Clearing your clutter is one of the most powerful ways to shift energy into high gear and provide good energy flow.
PAY ATTENTION TO HOW YOU HANDLE MONEY. Do you keep paper money neatly sorted in a wallet or money clip or is it jammed in there, or crumpled up at the bottom of your pocket? Clean the clutter out of your purse or wallet, and start handling money as though you value it.
IF YOU NEGLECT YOUR MONEY, IT WILL NEGLECT YOU. Be sure to balance your cheque book regularly and pay bills on time. Put your cheque book in an attractive cover and keep it in a clutter-free area.
LIVE GENEROUSLY. Money is a form of energy and it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. Hoarding and scrimping money works against more coming in. Alternatively, giving generously within your means makes space for even greater abundance. If you don’t have ample money to share, give generously of your time, energy, compassion and appreciation.
A true experience of prosperity is determined not by how much money you have, but by how well you notice and enjoy what is already present in your life. When you celebrate being rich in friends and family, having lots of laughter, or a wholesome spiritual life, material blessings will come more readily as well.
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Everything in your home and/or office carries energy and can affect how you feel in your surroundings, which may ultimately impact your quality of life. Just like the people we surround ourselves with, the things we keep in our space either give us energy or deplete us of it.
Release objects that have a negative emotional charge for you in order to create a nurturing, healing home or workplace. When you let go of these items, the negative emotions associated with them are often released as well. Other items that deplete energy are those that are irrelevant to your life. Surround yourself with things that excite you and are pertinent to your life, and notice how revitalized you feel!
Did you make a New Year Resolution to clear out the unnecessary items in your home and really don’t know where to start. Picking a place to begin can often be the biggest obstacle to de-cluttering, immobilizing us from taking action.
One suggestion is to think about what you are making room for. If your goal is to become financially free, the logical place to start is the home office where the financial papers are retained. If your goal is to have more romance in your life, it would be wise to start the organizing and clearing process in the bedroom.
The Universal Law says “If you let something go, something else will come in!!! Enjoy a clutter-free 2013!
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Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and prosperity in the New Year.
All the best to you and your family.
Warmest regards, Carol
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Are you always in a hurry and running yourself ragged. Do you feel restless or guilty when you attempt to relax, even on vacation? It is easy to find oneself in these circumstances, especially at this time of year.
If you would like to get things accomplished without putting your health at risk, create a balance of ‘doing’ and ‘being’.
Begin by scheduling short windows of time everyday to refresh and recover. Get up from the computer, roll your shoulders, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Increase the period of time you block out each week until you work up to a few hours of doing nothing but relaxation. Although this seems counter-productive, you’ll be surprised at how much more focused and fulfilled you will feel after this rejuvenating process. It’s not unusual to feel bored at first, but if you stick with it, you will move past the boredom and experience peace of mind and renewed energy.
To relieve stress and keep healthy and happy:
- Count your blessings and joys…appreciate yourself and others
- Laugh often…read a funny book or watch a humorous movie
- Connect with nature….go for a walk, sit by the water, visit a greenhouse and feel the warmth
- Move your body…exercise, dance, bicycle, do yoga or tai chi
- Listen to relaxing music
- Hum…it calms your mind, massages your throat and lowers your blood pressure
Enjoy your holiday preparations one day at a time!!!
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