Meditation: Priceless Gifts for Free

I hate to admit this, but I’ve been neglecting my meditation practice lately, big time. I’ve allowed myself to become “too busy.”  The result?  Well, let’s just say that I haven’t been my usual joyful self. I gave myself an inner boost this morning, though, and it made such a difference that I felt inspired to share.

Here are just some of the benefits you might receive in a 20-minute meditation:

  • Be reminded that your life is not about the outside world and all its complications.
  • Experience a sense of privilege to have been given the opportunity to live.
  • Feel closely connected with the energy behind all of life.
  • Remember how you are really supposed to show up.
  • Become refreshed with a deep sense of peace and joy

Would you agree that this list of benefits reads like a seminar you might pay hundreds of dollars for?

Meditation is free. Here’s a great wikiHow article to help you get started.

I’d love to hear your comments on what meditation has done for you.

How to Stay Focused on Your Goal

Is there something that you wish to achieve or create in your life, yet you lack the confidence in yourself to follow through? Here are some tips for staying relentlessly focused on your goal.

  1. Break your goal into executable steps.
  2. Recognize that the key to achieving your goals is following through with the necessary steps.
  3. Assign a schedule for each step and commit it to your calendar.
  4. Use your calendar as your “to do” list. If you can’t get to a step on the scheduled date, reschedule it. Keep the step on your calendar until its completion.
  5. If you are feeling resistance to following through with a particular step, get in touch with the belief that is in your way.
  6. Replace the limiting belief with an idea that empowers you to move forward. Get inspired from someone who believes in you.
  7. Hold yourself responsible for the life you create. Don’t allow room for regrets!

I Can: The Secret to the Life You Want

Worry is nothing more than holding mental pictures of things you do not want.

–from I Can, by Ben Sweetland

I found this passage yesterday in the very first self-help book I ever bought. I can’t remember when or where I got my copy of I Can. All I know is that it is the 1978 edition of the book originally copyrighted in 1953.

The memory of this book came to me as I was thinking about my dreams for my work life and fighting the doubts that were darting through my mind. It was as if I was wrestling with what I knew I believed about my own potential and possibilities intellectually versus the doubtful thinking that seems to come so naturally. I really do believe I can do or be anything. But why does it have to be so hard fighting off the demons trying to tell me otherwise?

Can you relate?

Britney Spears: What Has She Taught You?

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I am constantly looking for the meaning that lies below the surface of an event that has touched my life. I do this because I believe that we are all connected in a divine effort intended to lead us to a higher place. Our connectedness means that we are all in this together. And as much as it may seen difficult to relate, even in all her celebrity mistakes, Britney Spears is a part of our “we”.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to see Britney Spears go up in flames like Anna Nicole Smith. I think we all agree that she needs help. So why don’t we do what we can to help her? And what is that, you might wonder? By consciously thinking about what you have learned from observing her life, and imagine yourself surrounding her with that energy.

Britney has taught me the value of what I sometimes take for granted—my sense of self and my desire for a life with meaning. She’s also shown me that who we were isn’t any indication of who we can become. She’s been an example of how bad choices can ruin the most promising of lives, and that there is always a different choice that can take us around a new corner. While I can’t force these concepts down her throat, I can help her, even if it is just a smidgen of help, by visualizing her understanding what’s she’s taught me. And if enough of us amplify this kind of energy, just maybe she’ll finally get it.