Saturday, January 29, 2011

MEDITATION....Just Do It!

Toni and I had a great small group meditation session today. I wanted to pass along some information from the blog, Success Demands Action.

50 benefits to meditation and why you should start today!
When I first thought of the idea for this article, I thought I would have a hard time coming up with a long list.

As I continued to do research the list became easy to create. I can honestly say if you continue to dig deeper in your research the list of benefits of meditation is almost limitless.

01- It lowers oxygen consumption.

02- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.

03- Increases exercise tolerance.

04- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.

05- Decreases muscle tension.

06- Helps cure chronic diseases such as allergies and arthritis.

07- Enhances the immune system.

08- Helps in the Dropping of cholesterol levels, and lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

09- Decreases the aging process.

10- Cures headaches & migraines

11- Helps create significant relief from asthma

12- Earn more benefits while working out

13- Will help Build a strong self-confidence

14- Helps cure phobias & fears

15- Helps with focus & concentration

16- Increases creativity

17- Increased brain wave coherence.

18- Improved learning ability and memory.

19- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

20- Improve your memory2

21- Helps to develop a strong intuition.

22- Increases Productivity.

23- Improved relations at home & at work.

24- Increases your ability to solve complex problems.

25- Develops a higher will power.

26- react more quickly and more effectively with stressful events.

27- Create less stress while at work.

28- Helps eliminate or decrease chances of mental illness.

29- Enhances your ability to be social.

30- Lowers your aggressiveness.

31- Helps when trying to quit destructive behaviors such as smoking or drinking.

32- Helps cure insomnia.

33- Increases your sense of responsibility.

34- Lessens your anxiety.

35- Increases your listening skills and empathy.

36- Helps you make better and quick judgments.

37- Increased tolerance towards others and yourself.

38- Will create peace of mind and happiness.

39- Helps you to discover your major purpose in life.

40- Increases your compassion.

41- Increases your potential to gain wisdom.

42- A deeper understanding of others and yourself.

43- Will bring your body, mind, and spirit in harmony.

44- Increase your ability to forgive others

45- Helps nurture and maintain a positive mental attitude.

46- Find your inner direction.

47- Start living in the present instead of the past or future.

48- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love.

49- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego.

50- Experience a sense of Oneness.Meditation is 100 percent free and requires no special equipment. Its also not to complicated to learn and can be practiced anywhere. Meditation is also not time consuming and has no negative effects. Through the use of meditation there is nothing but positive results that can be gained. With such a huge list of benefits I hope you decide to take action today and spend 15-20 minutes daily meditating. It has the power to change your life forever!

Monday, January 24, 2011

the gift

The wisdom of many is greater & more diverse than that of one. I know we grow as we are exposed to each other's spirit & strife. The gift we give one another is out of our own nakedness of thought & exposure of self. It is not in the hidden but in the the obvious, that we share ourselves. So, indeed, we are more the same than we are different & the beauty is in the diversion of experience. The willingness of shared emotion will indeed bond us & keep the fear of being unknown & unheard, at bay. Truly, we all just need to be acknowledged for being & breathing. Life is a long & very diverse experience that is meant to be shared & embraced by all.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thanks!

Hi everyone! I wanted to take a few moments to say "THANKS"!

Thanks for allowing me into your lives...

Thanks for being there for each other...

Thanks for BEING YOU!

It means very much to me! I love that the words spoken in conversation together so often seem to be uplifting. They stay with me and are available to access when I need them :)

I most recently used Deb's words about "seekers" vs. "finders" in my blog.

Thank you all for being so wise!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Power of Affirmations

The Power of Affirmations, By Remez Sasson (of Success Consciousness website)

Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation, and which are repeated many times, in order to impress the subconscious mind and trigger it into positive action.

In order to ensure the effectiveness of the affirmations, they have to be repeated with attention, conviction, interest and desire.

Imagine that you are swimming with your friends in a swimming pool. They swim fifteen rounds, something you have never done before, and desiring to win the respect of your friends, you want to show them that you can make it too. You start swimming, and at the same time keep repeating in your mind, "I can do it, I can do it...". You keep thinking and believing that you are going to complete the fifteen rounds. What are you actually doing? You are repeating positive affirmations.

More than often, people repeat in their minds negative words and statements concerning the situations and events in their lives, and consequently bring upon themselves undesirable situations. Words and statements work both ways, to build or destroy. It is the way we use them that determines whether they are going to bring good or harmful results.

Often, people repeat negative statements in their minds, without even being aware of what they are doing. Do you keep thinking and telling yourself that you cannot do something, that you are too lazy, lack inner strength or that you are going to fail? Your subconscious mind accepts as true what you keep saying, and eventually attracts corresponding events and situations into your life, irrespective whether they are good or bad for you, so why not choose only positive statements?

Affirmations program the mind in the same way commands and scripts program a computer. They work in the same manner as creative visualization. The repeated words help you focus your mind on your aim, and automatically build corresponding mental images in the conscious mind, which affect the subconscious mind. The conscious mind, the mind you think with, starts this process, and then the subconscious mind takes charge. By using this process consciously and intently, you can affect your subconscious mind and thereby transform your habits, behavior, mental attitude and reactions, and even reshape your external life.

Sometimes results appear quickly, but often more time is required. Depending on your goal, sometimes you might attain immediate results, and sometimes it might take days, weeks, months or more. Getting results depends on several factors, such as the time, focus, faith and feelings you invest in repeating your affirmations, on the strength of your desire, and on how big or small is your goal.

It is important to understand that repeating positive affirmations for a few minutes, and then thinking negatively the rest of the day, neutralizes the effects of the positive words. You have to refuse thinking negative thoughts, if you wish to attain positive results.

How to Repeat Affirmations
It is advisable to repeat affirmations that are not too long, as they are easier to remember. Repeat them anytime your mind is not engaged in something in particular, such as while traveling in a bus or a train, waiting in line, walking etc, but do not affirm while driving or crossing a street. You may also repeat them in special sessions of 5-10 minutes each, several times a day.

Relax any physical, emotional or mental tension while affirming. The stronger the concentration, the more faith you have in what you are doing, the more feelings you put into the act, the stronger and faster will be the results.

Choose only positive words, describing what you really want. If you desire to lose weight, do not tell yourself "I am not fat" or "I am losing weight." These are negative statements, bringing into the mind mental images of what you do not want. Say instead, "I am getting slim" or "I have reached my right weight". Such words evoke positive images in the mind.

Always affirm in the present tense, not the future tense. Saying, "I will be rich", means that you intend to be rich one day, in the indefinite future, but not now. It is more effective to say, and also feel, "I am rich now", and the subconscious mind will work overtime to make this happen now, in the present.

The power of affirmations can help you to transform your life. By stating what you want to be true in your life, you mentally and emotionally see and feel it as true, irrespective of your current circumstances, and thereby attract it into your life.

Positive Affirmations
- I am healthy and happy.- Wealth is pouring into my life.- I am sailing on the river of wealth.- I am getting wealthier each day.- My body is healthy and functioning in a very good way.- I have a lot of energy.- I study and comprehend fast.- My mind is calm.- I am calm and relaxed in every situation.- My thoughts are under my control.- I radiate love and happiness.- I am surrounded by love.- I have the perfect job for me.- I am living in the house of my dreams.- I have good and loving relations with my wife/husband.- I have a wonderful and satisfying job.- I have the means to travel abroad, whenever I want to.- I am successful in whatever I do.- Everything is getting better every day.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I Just Need to Begin the Journey!

I have never thought of myself as a fearful person. But what I have learned while attending Dawn Nocera's "Building My Empire" class is that something is causing me to not move forward! Fear of something! Let's forget for a moment all the negative energy that has infiltrated my life this past year and the fact that for the past several years prior I was working against very strong odds in trying to build a fabulous step family and focus on something real deep inside! ......I lack the internal confidence to move myself forward! Now I'm not saying that I lack self confidence in how I dress or present myself to the world each day but I lack the kind of self aware, deep down inside confidence. As I look back over the years, this is exactly what has kept me from taking the next step, reaching for the stars and really putting my God given talents to work.

So Dawn has challenged me to begin my journey! She suggested that I take a leap of faith by teaching confidence in order to find my own. WOW, OK now that's an AH HA moment! Makes sense right! Well here is what she has challenged me to do. I need to find people that I can help, help them create something that will bring them confidence!

My Objective Is: HELPING YOU CREATE AUTHENTIC CONFIDENCE THROUGH AWARENESS OF YOUR PERSONAL GIFTS AND CREATIVITY.

I would love to hear your feedback on how you think I can take the next step. Do you know anyone who would love to learn something you know I could teach or do you know of a workgroup who may need a facilitator?

"I don't want to sit in my pain any longer. Every pain I have today is a desire for something bigger - it is calling me forward." (my daily affirmation)

Love
Toni

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Conversations With God

Below are some wonderful quotes from the book Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsh that I wanted to share with all of you. This series of books blew my mind in a good way and helped me to see what I always knew.

These quotes were compiled and posted on the site "iloveulove.com".

You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself as these things. Choose now to know yourself as these things always.

I mean you can’t lose in this game. You can’t go wrong. It’s not part of the plan. There’s no way not to get where you are going. There’s no way to miss your destination. If God is your target, you’re in luck, because God is so big, you can’t miss.

All attack is a call for help.

When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts—thoughts that negate your highest idea about a thing—think again! I want you to do this, literally. If you think you are in a doldrum, in a pickle, and no good can come of this, think again. If you think the world is a bad place, filled with negative events, think again. If you think your life is falling apart, and it looks as if you’ll never get it back together again, think again.

Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except exactly who you’re being right now.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hi Fabulous Friends~

Today Lisa and I are attending another one of our "Empire Building" meetings with Dawn Nocera! She is such a powerhouse and just bursting with the real "it" factor! You know meeting someone like Dawn only comes once in a lifetime and I feel beyond blessed that Lisa gave me this opportunity.

Dawn's website is listed under our favorites, please do yourself the biggest favor and visit her website. You may want to even sign up for her weekly Mastermind Meetings which are phenomenal and the location is easy to get to (161 and 71 exit).

Have a most FABULOUS day, I know Lisa and I will as we will be in the company of someone really going places AND sharing how we all can get there too!

Love to you all!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Quotes by Marianne Williamson

As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others. Marianne Williamson

Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself. Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. Marianne Williamson

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The New Year

Ah, it has begun! And the days will tick away until this new year comes to a close & repeats a new awakening. Lovely. The cycle of endings, the birthing of new beginnings, the fine line between the two; that is were we sit as the calendar is posted & it is a new year. This is always a time of reflection, for me, of what was & an acceptance of the past, knowing that it is a ghost & gone, but always over the shoulder! The future looms uncertain, unchallenged, unknown & deliciously unpredictable.
It is business as usual, at least in the physical world, but the wheels are silently turning & will spin new surprises, opportunities, & visions. I am ready. Are you?