Staying Grounded and Positive in the U.S. Political Climate: My LOA Spin.

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WOULDN’T IT BE NICE IF….?

There’s been a lot of commotion in the United States lately centered around politics. Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably experienced it, even if you aren’t glued to the daily news updates. If you’re into the law of attraction (or even if you’re not), this is a perfect time to practice what deliberate creators know about alignment, self-care, focusing on what’s important to you and then finding ways to feel good everyday. While it may seem challenging, all this commotion is a time to appreciate the unwanted junk for the opportunities it creates to focus in on our intentions and then let them go. Yes, let them go! While it’s often easier said than done at times, practice will get you there.

 

I have been pretty good at following my “feel good” emotions and have practiced this for years and am very aware when I’m allowing my emotions to drag me down because of outside circumstances. Because of this self-awareness, I can quickly turn it around. This didn’t happen overnight. I took one practice and applied it very deliberately over time, then added more. The practice of finding relief from your emotions (from Abraham-Hicks) has served me very well in life, and I live a happy life. If it doesn’t feel good to hear the news, I turn it off. If it feels good to sing, I sing. If it feels good to take a nap, I nap. And if something excites me, I really go in that direction! I listen to my intuition (gut) and follow it. There are many practices that got me here and these are just a few.

I thought I’d put together a few of my thoughts about how I’m handling all this unwanted contrast in my country right now with an intention that it’s there for the reading for anyone seeking it.  My intention is that those who are seeking relief will find relief in an idea or two here.

WORDS 

I am conscious of the words I use and the emotions they invoke. I don’t like hate and I’d really rather have love! I don’t fight AGAINST anything or anyone anymore, as that will only create more to fight against. Therefore, I don’t use “resist” in my language and involvement in what’s happening.  I’d much rather be FOR something instead. So I like words like advocate and empower, instead of resist.  So, I’m not “fighting,” I’m “empowered and advocating.” That feels so much better!

REST TIME

All of this activity takes energy and it’s important to take care of myself. So I find time everyday for rest. That can take different forms, from  a few minutes each morning listening to an audio meditation, to a quick little nap on weekends, to saying “no” to one more thing in my day, to listening to music or one of Abraham’s recordings. There are many ways I “rest” my mind and body and these are just a few. This keeps me grounded and focused so that I don’t internalize the negative energy that may be around.

APPRECIATE EVERYDAY 

I’ve gotten very adept at this one. This will take you to wonderful places if you find time to appreciate everyday. I sometimes write in a journal, post on my gratitude blog or in my Facebook appreciation group, or just say things out loud in the car on my way to work. There is ALWAYS something or someone to appreciate. Practice this everyday and watch how your life changes.

MOVE

I am not physically fit at all but I know the value of this. I find ways to move everyday and recently bought a treadmill. Just moving more releases stress and can make a difference in how you react to what’s happening. Moving my body feels good and when you feel good, you feel better, thereby attracting more to feel good about in return.

GIVE

Giving feels good to me. Whether it’s giving of your time or money, when you give to others without expectation of any reward in return, it does come back to you and it feels good! In this political climate, I am giving to organizations and causes that I believe in.

DEFINE WHAT YOU WANT (FOCUS)

The beauty of all that “unwanted” stuff out there is that it’s an opportunity to focus in on what you want. Here’s some examples. Instead of listing them as “wants” or “intentions,” I’m going to play the “Wouldn’t it be nice?” game from Abraham-Hicks.

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE?

  • Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our elected officials were authentic and truthful?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if Congress were transparent with the public in what its proposing and doing?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone followed ethical behavior in our government?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if all this unwanted contrast resulted in new and inspired people getting involved in our democratic process?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a society where few or no laws were broken?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we learned how to accept, instead of judge others?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if it were easy to change an unfair law and for the good of all?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if people were kind, compassionate and listened to others they don’t agree with?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we always had a President who leads by example that all Americans can be inspired by?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if all media were respectful and accurate in its reporting?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone is kept safe in this country?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had access to public education that’s thriving?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if affordable health care were available for all?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if people were paid a decent wage they could comfortably live on, no matter which state they’re in?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if women were paid the same as men for equal work?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we’d honor our treaties and promises to the indigenous population?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if families were kept together, even if one or some were undocumented?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we’d truly learn from each other, and value our cultural differences?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if our planet became much greener and we turned the climate change around, leaving a much better space for our children and grandchildren?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we invested in jobs in the  environmental sector and these businesses and employees thrived?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we found a miracle way of rehabilitating people who broke the law so that the change was permanent and let them live productive lives?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice knowing we take care of each other, no matter what?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone paid their fair share of taxes for society’s good?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone understood our Constitution and the separation of powers?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if gatherings of disagreement were always peaceful?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if the  U.S. were seen as THE role model for the rest of the world in promoting peace and human rights for all?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if all the US National Parks were thriving and every American had a chance to experience them often?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone’s civil rights were protected?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone who was qualified voted in all elections?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a fair voting process across this entire country?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we had affordable public transportation all over this country?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had a high quality of life, with accessible education, health care, income, housing, opportunities for growth, and clean spaces in which to play?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had clean water?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if abundance of finances abounded in every household?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had someone to love and someone who loves them?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if people realized there is plenty of wealth to go around and that we don’t need to hoard it out of fear of losing it?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone were generous of their time and money with others?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we no longer needed animal shelters as all are well cared for by people?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we found cures for health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, the common cold, diabetes, heart disease, mental illness and other disorders?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could follow their dreams, without fear of failure or persecution?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if we truly believed in miracles and they happened everyday?

Yes, these things would be great! Now, it’s not up to me or you to figure out HOW this will all manifest: that comes by letting your intentions go and trusting in your faith and knowing that it will all work out in the end. In the meantime, pay attention to what inspires you and follow that! So if it inspires you to call your Senator or to join a peaceful protest, do it. There’s no “one way fits all” here. That’s the beauty of deliberate creation: you get to choose what feels good to you! And when you see “evidence” in your physical surroundings of more of what you like, that’s the time to really tune your appreciation skills into high gear.

 

Let’s Find Happiness Everyday

Happy EverydayLately I’ve seen quite a few posts on social media from people worried that they haven’t found their life purpose. The assumption is that we all “should” have a purpose. While I’m not saying that finding your purpose is wrong or bad, if you’re stressing out or worried about it, that’s probably creating a barrier to you finding it. For when you struggle to find something, you’re going to create more struggle and you’ll keep searching. When you compare yourself with other peoples’ versions of themselves,  you can end up feeling you don’t measure up to their version of success. This is destructive to your own self. Self-love and acceptance are pre-requisites to finding your passions and purposes in life!

If we think about life in general, isn’t being happy the point of it all? What makes you happy may not be what makes another feel the same way. That’s the beauty of the diversity of our choices in life: there’s no “one size fits all.”

What makes you happy may change over time.  What made you happy at age 7 might not be the same at age 47. What brightened your day yesterday may not be the thing that brightens it today.  The journey of life serves us well in discovering our passions, in creating a life of joy, and following what may be more than one “purpose” in our lives.

In my own life, I have been aware of having many passions over time. Growing up, music was my life. I loved to sing and perform and thought I wanted to become a professional singer. I played the clarinet, and taught myself guitar and a bit of piano. I also loved to write and wrote poetry, songs and short stories. I loved theater as well and did every play and musical theater that was offered in my school. I loved taking pictures and photography and took many photos over the years. I loved learning languages, too, and ended up studying abroad twice in high school and once in college and eventually earning a degree in Spanish. I also loved discussing things and felt particularly drawn to politics and law. I also felt drawn to serving others which led to a Master’s degree in Counseling. I also dabbled working in the travel industry, and in elementary bilingual education, as well as in teaching English as a Second Language classes to high school aged kids and  adults. I had a passion for learning, which led me back to pursue a doctoral program in International Comparative Education.  I discovered from these experiences that I felt really “at home” in a university environment, to working with college students, and in the field of international education.  In this journey, I became a mother of two children and that was the best thing that could ever happen in my life.

So is being in international education my purpose? Or did I miss out on a fulfilling singing career? Looking back on my professional career, I realize that I often followed my gut on what came next and I was happy in my choices.  So I choose to look at this with no regrets. I choose to be happy right now. I choose to find  happiness in the everyday moments because it makes me happy over time. The core of finding purpose and passion is not about the career we choose or the number of kids we have, but what makes us feel joy. If you follow the joy, you’ll discover your purpose (or two or three)!  Life will be exciting!

Life is not meant to be planned out in detail and then struggle to make all of that happen. It just doesn’t work that way if you want to feel and be happy. While we can create intentions on what we want and visualize ourselves there, it’s so important to appreciate where we are right now for alignment in getting to where we want to be. When we appreciate, we find more good things that come our way and more to appreciate from it. In that journey, we may get inspired to do something else than what we originally intended. It’s all ok.

As you go through life appreciating, you will be inspired to follow certain paths. So follow your heart in what feels good to you. In the meantime, let’s find happiness in every day!

Do What You Love and Love What You Do

A brief “faster than a New York minute” video message for today: If you want to be happy, you have to do what you love and love what you do. That means accept and appreciate your current circumstances and do what feels good!