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.

 

Happy New Year, 2017!

IMG_8302 (1)Join me this Monday, December 28th at 7:00 p.m. EST with other GoodVibeUniversity members while we celebrate the successes and joys of 2016 in a scripting call!  To learn more about scripting and how I use it in these new year’s calls, I explain my method in this handout called The Art of Scripting A New Year.

I highly recommend preparing for this call a few days ahead of time.

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Happy New Year!

19,106 EMAILS!

Have you taken a look at your email inbox lately? I have! Yesterday I had 19,106 emails in my GMail account and by the end of the day, I had reduced it to 11,664. While that number left may seem high, I am so excited and relieved to know that I cleared out 7,442 emails, all in one day! It feels really good to clear out a big chunk of that “virtual clutter,” and now I’ve learned some useful tools to continue to clear away the rest.

What does clearing out emails have to do with spirituality and why am I writing about it here on my blog? Isn’t it just an example that I’m disorganized?

A lot has been written about clutter and “getting organized.” There are professional organizers who assist people in clearing and organizing their “stuff.” There are shows on television that help people “get organized.” (The hoarder shows are dealing with deep, psychological issues, so I’m not including them in this list.)  If you look around, you will find many articles and magazines usually giving space to “getting organized” or “decluttering.” So it’s clearly a topic that most can relate to.

Yet when we buy into the idea that we are disorganized and need to “get organized,” we run the risk of not loving ourselves.  There is nothing wrong with becoming more organized, but too often I’ve heard people criticize themselves over their lack of “organization” of their physical clutter. So there’s often a lot of self-hatred going on associated with clutter and the notion that we are “less than perfect” when we don’t know how to “organize” it. So if you’re feeling a sense of “I’m not good enough” (or) “There must be something wrong with me” associated with your need for “organization,” that’s a clue to be easy on yourself and more loving.

So I decided to share my journey with clearing my inbox publicly so that others can see that they are not alone: that there is nothing wrong with them that needs to be “fixed,” and that the clearing process is really an act of self-love. Once you start to feel that shift toward doing this as a way to honor and love yourself,  you can more easily shift and accept tips from “organizers,” too.

One can be “organized” and still have “clutter” in their lives. What physically appears “organized” may actually be draining your energy if you no longer love it, for example. Clutter is not always about our physical “stuff,” either. Clutter can show up in our relationships, our minds, our bodies, in our energy and in our inboxes! I’ve been learning a lot from Sue Rasmussen, a life coach whose motto is “Making Room for What Matters.” As part of her “Clearing Out Day” for July (which is part of a larger 12-month program called Streamline Your Success), we focused on virtual clutter. I chose to work on my Gmail account.

It was my first Clear Out Day, so I was excited. I actually had organized many of my emails into folders and could easily find the topic and the email threads I was searching. Did I have time to read all that came into my email box? – No! Had I spent a lot of time lately not bothering to read most of what came into my email box? -Yes! So these were signs to me that my Gmail account was no longer serving me, I no longer loved it and the entire thing felt “heavy” and “overwhelming” to me, so I knew it was time to clear it out.

While I go to my Gmail account often and knew I had a lot in there, I didn’t realize how “cluttered” it really was until I did this exercise. I felt a bit embarrassed to see 19,106 emails in there (and I wasn’t even using the “archive” function!), but I quickly got over that, because I’m doing this for me: to make room for more joy in my life, to rid myself of background clutter that doesn’t serve me anymore, to clear the energy so that I can allow more love and joy in. In essence, it is part of my personal development journey-part of my journey as The Spirited Strider and totally related to loving myself. In clearing clutter, I can more easily be me.

Since I had so many emails, I decided to go with Sue’s “fast pass method” which is a quick scanning of items and quickly making decisions about them. I wanted to feel better fast, so this worked for me. (I have become quite good at this lately, as I recently cleared out my mother’s storage unit and had limited time to do so.) For the items that I couldn’t make a quick decision about, I utilized Sue’s filing system to label them to peruse later. I quickly realized that I was subscribed to way too many ezines and newsletters so I began by labeling them into a folder that I returned to at the end of the day. At the end of the day, I had 53 items in that folder, and went back to “unsubscribe” to 34 of them already. So that folder is now down to 19 items that I will make decisions on over the course of this week.

Deciding to unsubscribe from newsletters is not always an easy task. I have connections with many of the people, but honestly, I had way too much clutter to actually read their work! So I made a decision to only keep a few: those that I always read at this current time. I attracted Sue and her “Streamline Your Success” program into my life and her newsletter is one I’m keeping! While many of other newsletters I used to read, I had way too many to read them all now. I can always go back and change my mind again. I am of the mindset that if it is beneficial to me, it will come back to me and if I’m inspired again to subscribe to it, I will. Besides, by that time, I may find that my list of “newsletters that I always read” may change. But now I have the tools I need to feel good about my inbox and clear it more regularly so that it doesn’t pile up like it had these past few years.

What was really revealing for me was the amount of emails I had from forums at my favorite online places to hang out: GoodVibeUniversity and Facebook. Most of those emails were notifications from forum threads I had “subscribed” to or from Facebook email notification settings.  I had long ago changed my Facebook settings and this past week or so, I changed the GoodVibeUniversity forum thread subscriptions. What I had NOT done was to go back and delete all those emails, however. Thus, there were many, many emails in there that were easily cleared.

I discovered the easiest way to find these emails was to do two searches using “notification” and “notifications” in the “Search Email” tab on GMail. Hundreds and yes, thousands of emails appeared when I did that! You can quickly scan to be sure there isn’t something you want to keep (as other notifications may appear there that you want to keep), but it was very fast and easy to clear when I realized it half-way through my Clearing Day.

When we clear the clutter around us and within, one can feel the energetic shift. While I felt a bit in shock at the initial site of 19,106  emails, I quickly shifted that to excitement that I was going to feel a whole lot better after this exercise–and feel better I did! I felt like a weight had been lifted and I felt quite inspired to share with others. This process is empowering!

I also found that I was really tired at the end of the day: not only because I was at the computer doing repetitive work, but also because I had cleared a lot of clutter energy that had been weighing me down.  I had made some decisions to rid myself of virtual clutter that I previously I had no time for, yet had been very aware that it was there. So listening to my feelings about my inbox let me know that I needed to feel better about it by clearing some of that clutter out. In essence, that feeling of “I have to get around to reading that” was gone and that was a huge relief and I’m feeling excited to clearing more.

Abraham-Hicks knows the power of reaching for a feeling of relief to feel better. When we reach for a feeling of relief, we are moving up the emotional scale and raising our vibration.  That’s exactly how this process felt to me: each round of Clear Out Day felt like moving up the scale toward more relief, more relief, more relief…and then feeling really good about the day in general.

When we feel better, we attract more things and people that make us feel better.  So while I have 11,664 emails to go, I’m feeling great about 7,442 that are gone and from what I’ve learned from this process. I now have the tools to work on the 11,664 that remain and can’t wait to make room for more excitement and joy in my life!

Please feel free to share your own insights, comments and suggestions for others on this common type of clutter or how you regularly reach for a feeling of relief!

How I Spent The Rest of My Summer

I’ve been away for awhile, but now I’m back! After my wonderful experience in Japan, I spent some time visiting colleges with my youngest daughter. Here’s a photographic and musical video I made of our trips to DC and Boston. The weather was raining on the college visit days, but the other days were great for seeing the sites!

A Trip Back Home To Iowa

I recently took a trip back home and returned to the small town of West Branch, where I grew up. West Branch is the birthplace of Herbert Hoover and the site of the first U.S. Presidential Library. There’s a park there managed by the National Park Service where his birthplace house stands, the blacksmith shop that his father owned, the museum, the Quaker meeting house, and his grave site. The area is green and well kept in the summer, and perfect for a summer walk, a picnic or just general relaxation.

Although the park and the town can have a lot of tourists stopping by, I visited during Labor Day weekend, when most people seemed to be enjoying themselves somewhere else.

I spent a lot of time enjoying nature as a kid, and particularly in this place.

So come along with me as we take a walk around. It’s my first attempt at capturing a pictorial journal of the beauty of nature, small towns and the serene life that is there.