No, it’s not yet Tuesday, but for some time now, I’ve played with words to feel good and have fun on Facebook. I take the day of the week and label it with something fun. My favorite is “Tickled Tuesdays” so I’ve decided to have my Giggle Fest & Manifest! calls on Tuesdays.
While they won’t be every Tuesday, they will always fall on a Tuesday (with the exception of any end of the year blessings call). I do these calls as part of Good Vibe University calls and if you don’t know about this community, you should check us out! It’s a wonderful community of fellow deliberate creators created by Jeannette Maw, the Good Vibe Coach. To join in on my giggling calls or to listen to past calls, go to the “About” page or click below to take you to the TalkShoe site.
Today marks ten years since the 9/11/01 terrorist acts in New York and Washington D.C. While I had moved to New York earlier that year and could tell my story of where I was on that day, what I saw, how I felt, etc., that’s not what this post is about. I’m choosing to focus instead on the freedom I have within me to just decide that I’m going to focus on the positive about this situation because I want to feel good today: especially today.
It’s a bit challenging here in New York every September 11th not to re-tell the stories, see the images and feel the pain that people felt that day. The ceremony at Ground Zero is broadcast every year on television here, people talk about it around the city, and there are numerous reminders on a day-to-day basis about “remember 9-11” on bumper stickers, t-shirts, posters, newspapers, and the like.
But I don’t want to remember the horror of that day. I can remember in a way that feels softer, more gentler, and kinder to me: as in looking toward the future, finding the positive that arose out of all of this contrast of that day. Did it make people appreciate their loved ones more? I think it did. Did it bring people together in ways they probably wouldn’t have come together? It certainly did. In fact, even people who gather to tell those stories that I’m choosing not to focus on now are coming together in a way that connects them: and that’s a good thing.
We all have freedom of choice about how we react to any situation, what we say, how we think and how we feel. That’s liberating! Isn’t it wonderful that the new tower is called the Freedom Tower? It’s a perfect symbol of how we’ve re-built from the tragedy, creating a beautiful structure that symbolizes one of this country’s core values as well as our individual freedom of choice.
I recently took a couple of photos of the new Freedom Tower last month with my phone, on a rainy day while passing by Ground Zero. I also had another shot on an earlier day in August from the Staten Island ferry on a more gorgeous day (on my way to a NY Yankees game!) You can see the Freedom Tower shining!
I decided to post those photos here as a reminder that we all have the freedom of choice: it’s within each and every one of us. YOU have a choice in how you live each day. YOU have a choice on whether you see the glass as half-empty or half-full. YOU have total freedom of choice in how you feel. YOU have a choice in how you react to everything in your life, including how YOU feel this day. No one, no event, no situation can be the “cause” of how you feel. YOU choose. Granted, many of us blame others for our happiness, yet someone like Viktor Frankl who spent years in concentration camps recognized that his attitude was HIS choice in his Man’s Search for Meaning: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
So when you look at the new Freedom Tower, can you smile knowing that you, too, can be just as tall, shining and brilliant as YOU choose to be? Isn’t that liberating? That’s freedom, indeed!
Are you happy? Do you know it? Are you showing it? I know I am! If you’re not feeling so happy, then I challenge you to make the choice RIGHT NOW to feel happy for some moments with this song!
In the last two weeks, I’ve thought about this old children’s song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” It kept coming up for me, so I’ve been singing it a bit here and there and it always brings a smile to my face (and often lots of chuckles)! While the song is “allegedly” for children, I’m loving it (and do remember singing this loudly and clearly as a kid).
It’s playful, joyful, silly fun! And that means one thing to me: it’s a FEEL GOOD song that can raise us up along the emotional scale toward happiness!
So here’s my challenge: Listen to the two versions I found on YouTube and choose the one that feels like the most fun to you. If neither of them do, choose one anyway and MAKE THE CHOICE to try one anyway. Then sing along to the video and music and dance with it! Check in with yourself on how it makes you feel.
Are you feeling silly? Playful? Are you laughing? I know I am! Sometimes the simplest things can bring the greatest joy! Enjoy!
Do you spend time each day meditating? I bet that question conjures up different images for people. I ask the question because I’ve come to realize the importance of “quieting my mind” to living a more joyful life. I’ve done different kinds of meditation over the years now and they’ve all worked for me quite well at each point in time. Many times, I just use Eckhart Tolle’s technique of asking myself, “Am I still breathing?” and just pay attention to my breath for some minutes. Other times I listen to a CD that takes me to a place of deep relaxation.
As a big Abraham-Hicks fan, I was very excited to receive their newest work called “Getting Into the Vortex: Guided Meditations CD and User Guide” just yesterday. I couldn’t wait to start it so I did one last night and another this morning. They recommend listening to the CD only 15 minutes a day. I have to say that this morning’s meditation really had me smiling and feeling good. The music that’s on the CD sounds like a lullaby of sorts to me and there is focus directed to one’s breathing. I share my experience here because I can already feel that this CD is going to further allow more good stuff into my life and into others who regularly listen to it. I’m adding it to my Amazon store of recommended books!
When we quiet our minds, we are better connected to God or Source, however you wish to call it. It is a peaceful, joyful feeling. And bringing about good feelings attracts more reasons for good feelings to flow! Consider this quote from the Financial Meditation this morning: “Anytime you’re feeling good, no matter the reason, you are accomplishing the feeling of abundance.” Law of attraction naturally allows in more abundance into our lives when we consistently feel it!
So once again, I’m reminded of the importance of feeling good! I’m off to enjoy my day! Have a great one!
Today I shared a video by Andy Dooley on my Facebook page and with friends. What a great way to start and end a day, I’d say! Who doesn’t want to feel good? I know I do! If you don’t feel good after watching this video, then I’d say you’ve got a “serious” problem! (That’s another topic of one of Andy’s speeches from his Toastmaster videos on his website.)
I recently came across two videos from at the Laughter Yoga site which I shared in a forum thread with my good friends at GoodVibeUniversity. It started a little discussion with my GVU friend, Nancy Barry-Jannson, who is absolutely an amazing woman and mentor to many. I felt inspired to write again on my blog (after some months, you can see) after our little discussion. In fact, I was taking a shower and listening to the latest Abraham-Hicks recording when the inspiration came to me.
From a law of attraction perspective, what we think about, comes about. To refine it further, it’s really what we FEEL about, comes about. No where is that more evident than with the subject of money.
People who try to use what they know about how the law of attraction works to manifest money often report that it’s not working for them, even when they are doing daily affirmations, visualizations or other techniques. So what’s the catch? It’s a word called “resistance.” Resistance means that while you are saying or visualizing yourself as “I am rich. I am wealthy, I have a 7 figure income,” etc. you are not really FEELING it and BELIEVING it inside.
The feelings are really vibrations that we send out. In other words, our success is really about our energy! What kind of energy are you sending out when you practice techniques for attracting money? Let the answer to “How do I feel?” be your guide.
So if you are saying these exciting statements and that voice inside of you is answering back, “No, you’re not rich.” or you’re getting this uneasy feeling in your body that it doesn’t feel right, you have resistance. In other words, there’s conflicting energies (I’m rich vs. No, I’m not rich!) and what usually happens is nothing, or not much! That’s when people feel “stuck” and get frustrated that this law of attraction stuff isn’t working for them. (When in fact, it is, as evidenced by the lack of the money showing up because that’s what they are feeling/vibrating.)
Abraham-Hicks also teaches us that we cannot be holding a high energy (joy, laughter, love) and be also holding a lower one (sadness, frustration, lack) at the same time. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be feeling joy, laughter and love anytime over sadness, frustration or lack! So the point is to FEEL GOOD as much as possible. And if you can’t feel good, FEEL BETTER than how you’re currently feeling. (Sometimes that may be getting angry when you’re starting from a place of despair.)
So where does laughter fit into the picture? I ask you, “Don’t you feel good when you laugh?” I know I do!
I’d like to try an experiment here. Watch below and see which video FEELS better for you. What emotions come up? I would imagine that the results will vary, according to the individual and how you’re feeling about money right now.
First, the “No Money Laughter”
Second, the “Jackpot Laughter”
So if either or both of these videos serve to put you in a better feeling place about money (or just a better feeling place in general), I think they’re good, quick ways to feel good! Once you’re feeling that joy, you can practice some new affirmations, visualizations, or other techniques and it’ll be from a place where they’re much more likely to manifest.
For me, the message behind all of this is to FEEL good, irregardless of what’s happening in your life. Or at least, find a way to FEEL BETTER. If you’re looking at the glass as half-empty, find a way to see it as half-full instead.
I’d be curious about how these videos made you feel. With laughter yoga, I find that I may feel like I’m forcing the laughter in the beginning, but usually I end up feeling really good as I see and hear other people laughing. So for me, it doesn’t really matter what the subject is, but not all peoples’ laughter generates the same feeling for me. In fact, I felt the same “silly-ness” that my GVU friend Annette wrote about how funny it is to think we carry money in our pockets–or that empty pockets mean we don’t have any money. So when I did the pocket one, I was thinking, “This IS funny! I don’t keep my money there and often don’t have pockets!” For me, the Jackpot one feels better if I personally jump up and down myself!
So try these out and let me know how they make you feel. I do hope you’ll make comments here!