The Affirmation Spot Ezine #3 – TAS Partners with Feed The Children

 
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This Month’s issue
 
* From Ray’s Desk…
* The Affirmation Spot Partners with Feed The Children
* Affirmations
* Tips



 
From Ray’s Desk…
 
Hello, TAS friends
 
The past month has witnessed two major natural disasters in Asia. It’s an odd conundrum that the worst events bring out the best in the human spirit. People and nations around the world are mobilizing to help the people of Myanmar and China.
 
I think the reason these tragic events stir us so and bring out our best is that they remind us that we really are all in this together. We may differ politically, religiously, or economically. On ordinary days, those issues seem to matter so much.
 
However, when faced with unimaginable destruction and suffering, we seem to instinctively pull together. Maybe, in those moments, we are jolted awake to the fact that behind all our egoic masks and facades we are all subject to the same unpredictable whims of existence.
 
Such events can drive us to depression and withdrawal or engagement and enlightenment. They can create the thought that life is short and meaningless or that life is short and oh so precious.
 
There are circumstances beyond our control, but our thoughts and actions are always within our control.  When we realize that simple fact we are empowered and energized to pick up and move on from tragedy in our lives and in the world.
 
Stay inspired!
 
Ray
 
 
 
The Affirmation Spot Partners with Feed The Children
 
 
There are so many children who suffer on this planet every day. Sometimes it is the result of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the recent typhoon in Myanmar, or the Chinese earthquake. In other places, it is due to war, poverty,and other political conditions.  
 
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children now has a presence in all 50 U.S. states and in more than 60 countries around the world. FTC delivers water and beverages, food, medicine, clothing, and much more – the necessities of life – to children and their families in distress.
 
The primary objective of The Affirmation Spot is to help people. The affirmations and other digital products we offer focus on improving the mental and spiritual aspects of our being. However, we cannot overlook the real, material needs of people.
 
That is why I am proud to announce a new special project in partnership with Feed The Children. I hope this pilot program will be the beginning of a long relationship with FTC.
 
Here is how it works.
 
May 15, 2008 – August 31, 2008
 
The Affirmation Spot will donate $.05 US for every $0.49 affirmation sold and $.10 US for every $0.79 or higher priced item sold to Feed The Children.
 
That means you can now help others as you are helping yourself. You get the affirmations and other positive thought products you want and you are helping Feed The Children too.
 
We will be providing monthly updates (on www.theaffirmationspot.com) on how much is donated through this program. Of course, the program is only as successful as we make it.
 
Together we can help children around the world.
 
 
Affirmations of the Month
These affirmations are available on the website or will be in the near future.
 
  1. Every event, every relationship, every circumstance in my life is working together for my benefit.
  2. I am committed to saving more of my income. Paycheck by paycheck my savings grows.
  3. My money earning abilities are recession-proof.
  4. Right here, right now is always the best time to begin anew.
  5. I am now experiencing a greater opening of my heart and mind.
  6. Living honestly in every situation keeps my life simple and improves my relationships.
  7. A great writer lives within me. Today that writer bursts onto the page.
Tips
 
The Tips section offers updated information on the website and helpful tips to using affirmations.
  • Newest Affirmations – The Affirmation Spot has a new link on the side menu called Newest Affirmations. This section provides links to the newest affirmations on the website and the dates they are posted.
  • Passive Listening – Listening to your affirmations passively is a great way to infuse them into your self-talk without your conscious mind interfering as much. Listen while you work or do other activities that require most of your attention. By the same process that helps you learn the words to a song you didn’t know you were listening to, you will find your affirmations coming to mind more easily.
I appreciate your comments and thoughts about the Ezine or the website. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions.
 
Stay inspired!
 
Ray
ray(at)theaffirmationspot.com



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Archuleta Wins Battle of Davids on American Idol – The Affirmation Spot

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ray_launchpad.jpgYour Fifth Affirmation is Always Free at The Affirmation Spot

Whenever you download four affirmations at The Affirmation Spot your fifth affirmation is free. Simply type five in the coupon field at checkout to get your fifth affirmation free. (Offer valid only on a per order basis. Multiple single downloads do not receive this discount.)


Today’s affirmation is:

“Follow dreams…my dreams are the fuel that powers my life. Today I choose to follow them.” (four times)

“Follow dreams…your dreams are the fuel that powers your life. Today you choose to follow them.”
(four times)

Hear an audio mp3 version of this affirmation right now.


Simon wanted it all season. The judges did everything they could to coax America to vote for it last week. Finally, the David vs. David showdown was reality last night on American Idol. Two Davids, two dreams, but only one spot as the next American Idol.

With everything on the line, Kansas City native David Cook stepped to the microphone first. Tasked by legendary producer Clive Davis with singing U2’s classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, Cook succeeded in doing what he had done all year. He took a classic song and updated it for the new generation. Few singers can sing U2, but Cook flawlessly weaved the existing greatness of the song with his own dead-on musical instincts to deliver a strong first performance.

Suprisingly, the judges did not seem to find “what they were looking for” in the performance. In fact, all night the judges’ preference for Archuleta was apparent. They seemed to criticize Cook for the very originality they had praised all season.

Then it was time for the 17 year-old Archuleta to have his moment “in the sun”. Davis selected the Elton John classic “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me”. The talented young performer delivered a stunning vocal performance that brought the crowd to its feet and drew unqualified praise from Randy, Paula, and Simon.

As he did last week with the Billy Joel song “And So It Goes”, Archuleta proved he could take a classic song by an industry giant and produce vocals those stars could only dream about on their own songs.

Despite Cook’s amazing performance, Simon summed it up, “Round 1 to Archuleta.”


The second songs of the evening were selected by the contestents from the top 10 songs created specifically for the Idol finale. David Cook delivered a solid performance, but Archuleta’s song seemed a better fit and he sang it for all he was worth. Again, the judges gave the nod to David A.

For round 3, the Davids were allowed to pick their own song. It could be something they sang earlier in the season or something new. David Cook chose Collective Soul’s “The World I Know”. Again, Cook proved that performers in this genre of music will soon be making room for him on the charts. While the song did not deliver the climactic bang Simon was seeking, it showed that David Cook is an artist and an original who will be heard from after the Idol lights fade.

Finally, David Archuleta took the stage for the season’s final song. He selected John Lennon’s “Imagine”. Let’s face it, this is one of the greatest songs ever. However, it is usually performed in vocally uninteresting ways. The young prodigy from Utah closed the show with an unbelievable rendition. He uncovered shades and nuances of the song with his vocals that I’ve never heard. It was really amazing!

In the charged response that followed, Simon declared that young David had, “Scored a knockout”.

Of course, that determination is up to voters across the country. We will all find out tonight on the results show whether America concurs with the judges.

Yet, this much is clear. David Archuleta rose to the occasion last night when every dream the young singer must have was battling against the nerves he must have been experiencing. He challenged a very talented, more experienced singer who is also heading for superstardom and he won.

There will only be one American Idol crowned this evening, but both Davids will emerge with their dreams in tact. Both are winners beyond the obligatory compliment used to soothe the pain of defeat.

American Idol continues to roll along not because it is a singing competiton, but because it taps into our collective desire to see dreams come true. Seeing it reminds us all that ours are still possible too.

Stay Inspired!

Ray

Your Unique Contribution – The Affirmation Spot for Monday May 19, 2008

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ray_launchpad.jpgYour Fifth Affirmation is Always Free at The Affirmation Spot

Whenever you download four affirmations at The Affirmation Spot your fifth affirmation is free. Simply type five in the coupon field at checkout to get your fifth affirmation free. (Offer valid only on a per order basis. Multiple single downloads do not receive this discount.)

Today’s featured affirmation is:

“My golf swing is smooth, pure, and consistent.” (repeats 6 times)

“Your golf swing is smooth, pure, and consistent.” (repeats 6 times)

Hear an audio mp3 version of this affirmation right now.


Everything that happens, regardless of the immediate suffering or joy it creates, perfectly prepares you to fulfill your purpose and achieve your goals. Focus, therefore, always on your experience and the lessons it has to teach you.

For just as the sun knows when to rise and the rose knows when to bloom, so too will you know when it is your moment to step forward and shine. It will be obvious that circumstances call for the special gifts and personal abilities that are uniquely yours.

Remember no matter where life has led you or how much pain you have endured, you still have something wonderful within that you, and only you, can contribute to the universe. Never let anyone tell you that your contribution is umimportant.

I’d dare say that your contribution is so important that the natural unfolding of the universe is undermined when you or anyone else fails to make their contribution. Live as if you dwell in a blessed state of grace because you do. Act as if you are endowed with enormous power to make a difference because you are.

Each day is one small deposit in your larger contribution to all of existence. Do yourself and the rest of us a huge favor and don’t forget to make it.

Stay positive stay inspired!

Ray

Why Affirmations? – The Affirmation Spot for Sunday May 18, 2008

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”

~ Albert Einstein

This quote is as true for own lives as it is for the world.

One question I get all the time is, “Why do you believe in affirmations? Aren’t they just wishful thinking?”

People often conjure up images of Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live and think affirmations are ridiculous or only for people in some recovery program.

The truth is that affirmations are an extremely powerful tool that anyone can use to regain control of a very important thing – their thinking. And, as Einstein’s quote points out, if we are to change our lives and our world we must change our thinking.

Corporations, governments, religious institutions, even your friends spend a lot of money and time advertising to you to get you to modify your thoughts about them, their products, or their ideologiy because they know thoughts lead to behavior. They want to modify your behavior. They often do so successfully.

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

 ~Soren Kierkegaard

Affirmations are a way of countering this outside noise with thoughts you choose yourself. It’s kind of your own advertising campaign for you.

My experience with affirmations began shortly after I recovered from a very serious hospitalization when I was 25. My doctors told me I should have died. My electrolytes crashed and I was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease.

I was scared, depressed, unemployed, and forced to start all over again. I began using affirmations as a way to improve my mental attitude, but quickly realized they could help me improve my skills, my confidence, or just about any area of my life I was committed to improve.

I was not the sit in front of the mirror Stuart Smalley kind of person. So, I began recording affirmation tapes with affirmations about nearly every area of my life. I wrote and recorded affirmations about health, finances, spirituality, relationships, personal growth, confidence, career, and many more. I played the tapes at night when I went to bed.

Soon I began to see my life move forward and change in positive ways. I found that the negative thoughts that had me depressed were being countered in my internal self-talk by the positive words from the affirmations. The more I listened to the affirmations the more they became embedded in my thought processes and became the standing answers to counter negativity.

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”

~Voltaire

Affirmations, along with some other practices like meditaton, made all the difference in my life. In many ways, they helped me go from down and out to a successful career, business, and family life.

So you see, when I talk about affirmations and their power to change lives I’m not talking from theory, but from personal experience.

Last year the time seemed right to begin sharing what I’d been doing all these years with others. That was the impetus for founding The Affirmation Spot. My goal is to create an easy, no hassle way to improve the lives of others.

The site recently celebrated its one year anniversary and I am happy to say that people on four continents are now enjoying the benefits of their own personal ad campaigns. They are taking back their thoughts, changing their lives, and restoring lost hope.

As year two begins for the website, I’m encouraged that many people are starting to recognize the benefits of quick, easy audio affirmations that can be played anywhere. I’m proud of the journey I’ve been on and look forward to contributing to the journeys of many other people.
“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.”

~ Leo Buscaglia

My passion is to let more and more people know they already have the resources needed to face life’s challenges and come out ahead.

 

Stay inspired!

Ray

http://www.theaffirmationspot.com

We Hold These Truths – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday May 14, 2008

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ray_launchpad.jpgYour Fifth Affirmation is Always Free at The Affirmation Spot

Whenever you download four affirmations at The Affirmation Spot your fifth affirmation is free. Simply type five in the coupon field at checkout to get your fifth affirmation free. (Offer valid only on a per order basis. Multiple single downloads do not receive this discount.)

Today’s featured affirmation is:

“I am passionate about life and my prospects for the future.” (repeats 8 times)

“You are passionate about life and your prospects for the future.” (repeats 8 times)

Hear an audio mp3 version of this affirmation right now.


Thomas Jefferson penned one of the most powerful affirmations in all of human history. His words are the first of his preamble to The Declaration of Independence. Jefferson wrote:






“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

How powerful is that? For me, this is the beginning point for how we should view the other people who share this planet with us. Each one is innately endowed with these rights and qualities.

In our modern world, there are people picking apart Jefferson’s affirmation. I hear people complaining that, “He says ‘all men’ and not all people.” Others devalue the affirmation because they don’t believe in a creator.

Still others – mostly government – have replaced “creator” with “government”. They are actively trying to convince you that the real reading is “…They are endowed by their government with certain situationally revokable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

All of this misses the key point of Jefferson’s affirmation. People are innately equal in their right to be and to pursue their lives. Each and every person has enormous potential that can only be unlocked when they are granted the freedom to explore it. That is more important than his wording. That is the principle we must all strive to embody in our own lives and allow others to embody in theirs.

These innate rights, freedoms, and qualities are unrevokable. They are yours simply because you are here – a human being living on this planet. They are not subject to situation or fad. They cannot be denied by governments or institutions. These entities may do so, but when they do they are violating the most sacred aspect of the human being.

You are sacred. Your rights are sacred. Your dreams and potential are sacred. Your right to pursue happiness is sacred. So, too, is everyone else’s sacred.

In my view, we must “Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident” if we are to create the beautiful world that is our destiny.

Stay inspired!

Ray

 

 

 

Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: Flower Insights – The Affirmation Spot for Monday May 12, 2008

Today’s entry is an extended passage from one of my all-time favorite books. This book meant so much to me at a time in my life when I was struggling. The book is Peace Is Every Step by the esteemed Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. There is much wisdom here. Just for today practice being fully here.

There is a story about a flower which is well known in the Zen circles. One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1250 monks and nuns. He did not say anything for quite a long time. The audience was perfectly silent.

Everyone seemed to be thinking hard, trying to see the meaning behind the Buddha’s gesture. Then, suddenly, the Buddha smiled. He smiled because someone in the audience smiled at him and at the flower. The name of the at monk was Mahakashyapa.

He was the only person who smiled, and the Buddha smiled back and said, ” I have a treasure of insight, and I have transmitted it to Mahakashyapa.”

The story has been discussed by many generations of Zen students, and people continue to look for its meaning. To me the meaning is quite simple. When someone holds up a flower and shows it to you. He want you to see it. If you keep thinking, you miss the follower. The person who was not thinking, who was just himself, was able to encounter the flower in depth, and he smiled.

That is the problem of life. If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile, if you are not really there thinking about the future or the past, or preoccupied with other problems then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvelous reality. Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms.

I would like to share a poem with you, written by a friend of mine who died at the age of twenty-eight in Saigon, about thirty years ago. After he died, people found many beautiful poems he had written, and I was startled when I read this poem. It has just a few short lines, but it is very beautiful:

Standing quietly by the fence,
You smile your wondrous smile.
I am speechless, and my senses are filled
By the sounds of your beautiful song,
Beginingless and endless.
I bow deeply to you
“You” refers to a flower, a dahlia. That morning as he passed by a fence, he saw that little flower very deeply and, struck by the sight of it, he stopped and wrote that poem.

I enjoy this poem very much. You might think that the poet was a mystic, because his way of looking and seeing things is very deep. But he was just an ordinary person like any one of us. I don’t know how or why he was able to look and see like that, but it is exactly the way we practice mindfulness. We try to be in touch with life and look deeply as we drink our tea, walk, sit down, or arrange flowers. The secret of the success is that you are really yourself, and when you are really yourself, you can encounter life in the present moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life (pages 42-44)

Stay inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s been studying and practicing personal development for 30 years. He’s also studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions and mythologies.

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“Mother’s Day” – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday May 10, 2008

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ray_launchpad.jpgYour Fifth Affirmation is Always Free at The Affirmation Spot

Whenever you download four affirmations at The Affirmation Spot your fifth affirmation is free. Simply type five in the coupon field at checkout to get your fifth affirmation free. (Offer valid only on a per order basis. Multiple single downloads do not receive this discount.)

Today’s featured affirmation is:

“I am abundant and more so every day.” (repeats 6 times)

“You are abundant and more so every day.” (repeats 6 times)

Hear an audio mp3 version of this affirmation right now.


I wrote this poem for my mom back in 1993. I hope you enjoy it and that all the mothers out there have a peaceful, positive, and enjoyable Mothers’ Day on Sunday.

“MOTHER’S DAY”

 

Out among the stars

that flow across the sky;

there surely must be one

that caught my mother’s eye.

 

If I could I’d capture it

and lace it with a bow;

give it to my mother

so that she would know.

 

Despite our disagreements

and our differences of way;

I love her and respect her

on this, my mother’s day.

Stay inspired!

Ray