Balancing Acceptance and Not Giving Up – Day 240 of 365 Days to a Better You

The caterpillar must be a caterpillar, while never ignoring he is becoming a butterfly. You and I must accept our caterpillar-ness in this moment without conceding our butterfly-ness for a single moment.

I’ve found that deep breathing and affirmations work well together. So, I often incorporate breathing right into the affirmation.

Today’s affirmation is: Breathing in, I completely accept that what is is. Breathing out, I am absolutely determined Ed to change it!

I’ve been using a version of this affirmation for years. It hepls me balsnce two very important, but seemingly contradictory, principles. Those are acceptance and a strong desire for change.

Acceptance of what is is a critical foundation for any change. I can’t thin’ of an instance where denial of a present reality is useful or healthy. However, that reality might be something you’re absolutely determined to change.

  • You accept your current state of health as your real starting place, but you want to inspire change to live healthier. You can modify this very flexible affirmation to something like the following. Breathing in I accept that I am out of shape. Breathing out I am exercising every day to change it!
  • You accept the current state of conflict in the world. You can modify this affirmation to something like: Breathing in, I accept that peace is not our current reality. Breathing out, I am working like hell to change it!

You can apply this affirmation to virtually any current and desired state of affairs.

Using the affirmation regularly grounds you. It commits your mind to both acceptance and a determination never to give up on what you know can be. I recommend using your affirmation with with more aspirational affirmations to tilt the balance in favor of the desired state.

Examples:

  1. Breathing in, I accept that I have a C in chemistry. Breathing out, I am working my butt of to make that an A.
  2. I am a great student!
  3. I own chemistry!
  4. I am acing my final chemistry exam!
  5. I deserve to make straight A’s!

Give this a try. I think you’ll find it an effective way to deal with the now, while continuing to work for your goals.

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Ray

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Daily Video Affirmation #33 – Heir to An Abundant Universe

Do you know who you REALLY are? This affirmation provides a reminder.

Stay inspired, my friends!

Ray

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What You Focus on Expands – Day 200 of 365 Days to a Better You

I was watching an Abraham Hicks video yesterday and it reminded me of a basic and important principle. What you focus on expands. There are a million quotes out there from teachers and saints concurring with this idea.

You’ve noticed this principle at play, even by accident. You buy a car and suddenly you see them everywhere when you didn’t before.

There’s a great quote in the linked video that I want to share.

“You can’t talk about why the drought is unpleasant and attract the rain. You can’t talk about what’s missing and allow what’s missing to be fulfilled.”

It’s a very eloquent way of talking about this principle. When you get in complaining mode (raising my hand), you are less able to manifest what you DO want in your life. When you focus on the negative or what’s going wrong, by definition, that’s what expands. On the other hand, focus on what you want and you see more of that.

The universe is not a giant ATM, but it does give you experiences that match your energy. Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened for you.

When you focus on the negative you’re inviting your conscious mind to identify more negative. Keep your energy focused on attracting what you seek and watch that expand like your new Prius at the stop light.

All my best for an amazing Saturday, my friends!

Ray

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As We Thinketh, So Shall We Be – Day 186 of 365 Days to a Better You

That statement holds a ton of power and also a lot of responsibility. Many people will argue against it, citing all the reasons we’re just powerless leaves floating down the rushing river of existence. I wonder.

We’ve been told that our minds make our world from time immemorial. It’s time for us to start understanding the power we possess.

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” -Bhagavad Gita

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts.” -Dhammapada

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.” -Proverbs 23:7

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” -James Allen

“We become what we think about most of the time.” -Earl Nightingale

“What you think about, you bring about.” -Bob Proctor

“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Mary Kay Ash

You can choose to believe all these sources are wrong or you can get used to the idea that what you need to succeed does and always has resided within you.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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Life is Constantly Working Itself Out – Day 185 of 365 Days to a Better You

When you stop existing and you start truly living, each moment of the day comes alive with the wonder and synchronicity.
― Steve Marabol

Life is constantly working itself out, if you’ll let it.

I was reminded of this fact today in a very symmetrical example of the principle. At lunchtime, I ran a few errands ending at the grocery store. As I completed the my shopping at self-checkout, I had a sudden impulse to take $50 in change. I didn’t have any reason for taking the money nor any plans for it.

For dinner, April and I decided to do carryout from a fantastic Mexican place I found near our new place. April wanted some wine and I opted for a Route 44 Dr. Pepper from Sonic.

The restaurant is about a 10-minute drive from our house. As I pulled into the restaurant, I realized I’d forgotten my wallet. I immediately remembered the $50, hoping I had enough. The cost of two Mexican dinners, one bottle of wine, and a Route 44 came to $48.96.

Now, I agree. This synchronicity didn’t bend the arc of our civilization or even the arc of my day. BUT, it’s an example of how, if we’re paying attention and we stay out of the way, life is constantly working out in a million little ways.

Pay attention to the ways life is working out FOR you. You’ll be happy and amazed!

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Ray

Always Have a Student’s Heart – Day 184 of 365 Days to a Better You

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
~Og Mandino

One of the problems with becoming an expert on any topic is that it causes you to think you know it all or at least know all the possibilities. Life and the universe are complex. It’s unlikely that human expertise gained in the course of a single lifetime can ever make you beyond learning more.

Wayne Dyer used to talk about this subject. He told a story of an professor in Buddhism who had always wanted to meet this one particular teacher. He was overjoyed to finally meet him and went about talking and talking about all he knew about Buddhism.

The teacher asked the professor if he’d like some tea. The professor agreed and kept on talking. The teacher handed the professor a cup and saucer and started pouring. He filled the cup. Then the tea went over the rim and onto the saucer. The man kept talking and the monk kept pouring. Finally, the tea topped the saucer and began pouring onto the professor’s pants.

The professor stopped the monk and said, “The cup is full.” The monk replied, “You are like the cup. You’re so full of what you know that you are not open to learning anything new.”

It is my fervent hope that the universe does not have to pour tea on you to help you see there’s still plenty for you to learn. Stay open to new ideas, new possibilities, and new paradigms. For the wisest among us, is he or she that maintains the perpetual heart of a student.

You ARE amazing! Let nothing that happens to you today convince you otherwise!

Ray

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