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Every Day is Thanksgiving Day

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

~ Jim Rohn

At the holidays, it's easy to get wrapped up in the finite conditions all around us.  Celebrations with family and friends, cooking, shopping and all the rest are exciting, but the joys of the season can quickly lead to emotional overwhelm. Under these circumstances, having a habit of gratitude is essential for your happiness and success.

Gratitude is our direct link to the Infinite, and to the abundance of resources, ideas and happiness all around us. To center yourself for the upcoming holiday season, try this simple gratitude exercise every morning:

1.    Think of at least one thing you’re grateful for right now, and anchor that thought with deep feeling. It could also be a future event.

2.   Then bring to mind one challenging person in your life, and send mentally send love to them.

3.    Ask God/Spirit to provide you with guidance for the day.

If you seriously commit to this, you'll soon notice amazing things starting to happen in your life.

Finally, I would like to share an inspirational excerpt from Working With The Law by Raymond Holliwell, on the deeper meaning of the Thanksgiving Day tradition. 

We copy from the Israelites a practice that falls annually. Each year we have a Thanksgiving service, and many think it is for us to express our gratitude for the year past. If you think a moment you can readily see that this is a reversal of the Law of Praise. Such a service should not be a REVIEW, it should be a PREVIEW. That is, a true Thanksgiving service should be an expression of our faith, not in the past, but in the present and in the future to come. Many of us have gotten into a rut. We want our pay in advance. We offer praise after our barns are well filled. If all is going well we are willing to pause to give thanks for our good fortune. Anyone can be grateful with the gift already in hand. If conditions are bad, our harvest lean, or trouble besets us, we are apt to forget to praise, and we storm at our failures and often blame God for His neglect.

When one can sing praises in the face of adversity, the adversity will soon disappear. That is not a promise; that is a Law. Learn to render praise, to be thankful for the good at hand, and you will have found the magic lamp of Spirit. This attitude of mind not only brings forth our desires but it also generates our confidence, strengthens our faith, builds up an assurance for the things to come. Thus to be able to praise when things appear the darkest will invariably force the sunshine through….

This is what Jesus knew when He said, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE that ye receive them and ye shall have them.” Praise is this belief in action, and that action is in the present tense. It is in the NOW….

You haven’t much to begin with, you say? Well, neither did Jesus when he had some five thousand hungry souls to feed. He had only five loaves and a few fish, yet he did something with them. He started action by praising the little at hand and then passed it about…. When you learn to take what you have and build upon it, NOT with scorn and condemnation, but with praise and gratitude, you are working the Law and the Law will give the Increase.

Praise God that good is everywhere.

Nothing New Under the Sun

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.

~ Ecclesiastes 1:9

Much anxiety surrounds the current US presidential election. Many people feel understandable concern about how their vote may affect the country’s future. Too many others see the outcome as nothing less than a matter of life and death for America. Whatever the results may be, however, we can be sure of one thing - that none of this new. We’ve seen it all before.

The reason is as old as the human brain itself.  The modern organ that has generated today’s scientific and technological marvels is essentially the same one that protected our ancestors in a hostile environment. Protection remains its primary mission. To our well-meaning brain, any change at all is as much a threat to our safety as a saber-tooth tiger. It will do anything to preserve the status quo, and it does so most often by blocking us from questioning our own deeply held views.

Social media outlets and search engines have algorithms that selectively show content they “think” the viewer is going to like. Our brain does the same thing by attracting us to opinions, people and places that match our own beliefs. It filters out anything it considers a threat to our comfortable worldview – and therein lies the problem. If we allow our brain to keep us from discovering alternate perspectives on everything that matters in life, we will remain trapped in a reality bubble of extreme opinions.  This instinctive protective response to change explains a good deal of the hostility for different points of view that marks the current political season. 

The sun rises, and the sun goes down. At the end of today, we will (for better or worse) be essentially the same people we were at its dawn. No election results will change that. We can take comfort in knowing that the Apocalypse is unlikely to arrive as soon as tomorrow morning.  Nothing we are seeing is new. It has all happened before, and it will all happen again. The encouraging truth is that the power to create change lies within each individual, and people will continue to transform themselves from the inside out until such time as a Higher Power reconciles all affairs for good. 

As for the rest: Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.

To Your Best Life!

Margery

Meditating for Health

The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Autumn is a magical time of transformation. With daylight on the run, a nip in the air and many trees turning from green to brilliant red and gold to bare skeletons, it is a natural time to turn our focus inward and meditate on changes in our own personal lives.

 Science is just beginning to confirm what spiritual teachers have known for centuries - that mindfulness meditation not only transforms lives for the better on the spiritual and emotional level, but also enhances physical health.  What was once an obscure Buddhist practice is now recognized as an effective technique that has wide-ranging positive impact, including:

·  Stress relief – no potentially harmful drugs or medical interventions are needed to reap this benefit;

·  Immune health – a lower circulating level of stress hormones means a stronger immune system;

·  Stronger relationships – social science research indicates that all sorts of relationships are longer lasting and healthier when at least one partner practices mindfulness meditation;

·  Telomere preservation – intact telomeres, the protective end caps of your chromosomes, can slow and in some cases even stop the cellular aging process;

·  Improved brain health – people who regularly meditate experience an increase in surface area of frontal cortex grey matter, associated with increased creativity, quicker thinking and better focus on tasks.

You don’t need to retreat to a Zen monastery in order to learn or experience the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness, or mindful awareness, is just another term for attention. When you are aware of what is going on inside your own mind, your responses to what is happening around you, your emotions and what you are feeling in your body, you are being mindful.  Mindfulness meditation is simply your consciously directed attention to this inner world of body, mind and spirit.

A neutral, non-judgmental attitude is a critical part of this practice, nurturing what the Buddhists call the observer self. The focus should be on the present moment only. Ruminating on the past or speculating on the future is counterproductive, and only generates negative emotional states such as anxiety, fear, anger and discontent.  If you can spend even short periods meditating in a mindful way, consistently, non-judgmentally and fully immersed in the present, you can expect to optimize your brain age, improve your physical health and enjoy life in more new ways than ever.

To Your Abundant Life!

Margery 


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