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Gratitude


I don’t know how many times I have allowed outside circumstances to affect my behavior. I would even allow it to consume me into the next day but once I read the chapter, “The Powerful Process of Gratitude” in the book, “The Secret,” all my negative and worrisome emotions diminished at once. From then on, I made a conscious to decision to make Gratitude a part of my daily life from the moment I wake up.

“What can you do right now to begin to turn your life around? The very first thing is to start making a list of things to be grateful for.” ~ Dr. Joe Vitale

Once I read those very sentences is when a light opened up and began clearing all my cloudy thoughts around me. I immediately started feeling happy for all the things that I have in my life at that moment and I began to start mentally going through each one, and as I did that more and more came to mind.

Making a conscious decision to be thankful from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed allows you to take over your day in a positive way without the day possibly taking over you in a negative way.

The idea is to focus on what you already have and that you are grateful for. Everyone has come a long way in their life and sometimes we forget the things that we’ve accomplished to get where we are at today. We are always wanting more and more of what we don’t have and what we are trying to achieve. Think about the fact that you are not promised tomorrow, so be thankful for what you have at this very moment today.

Make Gratitude a Way of Life, once you do that, all the minor set backs that may come your way, will be a piece of cake to get through. The beauty of Gratitude is that it changes your Attitude.

Today, I am thankful to God for waking me up this morning and providing me another day to live out the life that he has intended for me to live as well as all the other things that I have accomplished to make me the person I am today. I walk in honor of serving him and doing my best for today.

December 14, 2010 Posted by | Gratitude, Happiness | Leave a comment

Peace of Mind


In an ongoing world of thoughts, emotions, moments and events, how do you achieve your Piece of Mind? It’s amazing how much information your brain actually absorbs in just one hour to one day to one month to one year. How do you protect yourself from all the many bits and pieces of information your brain digests?

I find that I am inspired by encouraging and positive thoughts and I even become so inspired that I too, want to share my thoughts and ideas out into the world but I tend to attract not so positive messages as well and it leads to second guessing myself a lot. As you begin to become more open-minded and more able to voice your opinion, you will also come across many challengers along the way that may take you off of your positive ride into a roller coaster pit. Being able to filter your mind is a wonderful tool to use to get that piece of mind.

I have found that whenever I run into a roadblock for my happiness it’s because I am allowing those thoughts, messages and emotions to cloud my original encouraging state of mind with those of someone who may be having a bad day.  Remember that quote, “Don’t let anyone steal your joy.” It would be wise to keep it in the back of your mind everytime you run into conflict while you are on your journey in life.

To obtain Piece of Mind you must believe in a higher power above yourself. I believe in God. He is my strength and my salvation. He has never failed me in my faith and has always been my reliable source to getting back on track when I become lost. When you really appreciate and are thankful for your higher power (your God) has done for you, you immediately feel it in your heart and it begins to saturate the love you have inside throughout your whole being. It is truly amazing.

For those that don’t know, God is Love. It is as simple as that and once you realize that, all the hurt, the negativity and resentment disappears.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:56

Some of you still may not have reached that point in your life where you have come across a huge ordeal in your lifetime, where you have no other choice but to rely on a higher power. Not everyone may agree and I’m only speaking from experience but I can tell you this; in times of loneliness, despair, tragedy and deceit, God has never let me down in lifting my spirits. Once you believe in him, he gives you the grace of being able to love yourself again. God is love and that love sits in the hearts of all of us. We just have to be thankful and show gratitude for what we already have.

December 5, 2010 Posted by | Compassion, Love | | Leave a comment

Russell Simmons Book


Another great celebrity that has inspired me on Twitter is Russell Simmons, a.k.a. uncleRUSH. He is a legend in the Hip Hop community, known for Phat Farm Clothing Line, Def Comedy Jam and brother to Run, a.k.a. RevRunWisdom on Twitter from Run DMC back in the day. He is currently doing a reality show, “Running Russell” on Oxygen Network and is a success in all that he does.

What inspires me about him is his kindness for humans, animals and his dedication to his Meditation and Yoga. A very calm, natured soul that strives to help others through charity as well as just giving some really good advice in seeking your inner soul.

His book, “Super Rich, A Guide to Having it All.” is now on pre-order and available at Borders and will be available January 4, 2011. Be sure to get yours now!!

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Books, Compassion, Inspiration | Leave a comment

   

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