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It’s been a while since I took the time to write about my journey.  I have been using my day-to-day experiences to bring my focus totally into the present moment where all of life is lived.  So rather than spend as much time writing I have been  totally immersed in the process of change.

Monitoring my thoughts has become a priority as well as noticing how my body responds to them.  At the same time I observe the emotions that surface in response to what I am thinking.

When I am aware of stress or discomfort in my body I gently shift my thoughts in a direction that relieves the stress. My body then returns to a relaxed state as a result of my new-found peace.

I express the emotions that surface as soon as possible.  This helps release the trapped energy they represent.  As soon as I feel the energy of that emotion has passed through I imagine a time when I felt total love.  My goal is to spend more time feeling the love than I did expressing the emotion that just passed through.

This process has been especially helpful when I observe the way my body responds to the conversations I have with myself.  When I judge and scold myself my energy drops and I feel tightness in my body.

It requires intense focus on my part to gently redirect my thoughts to words of encouragement, appreciation, and loving care.  After all, I allowed my thoughts to play more in the past and future almost my entire life.  Forming new habits of thought is taking more time and effort than I expected.

The good news is that if we practice something long enough we begin to do it automatically.  It becomes a new habit.

That is what I am noticing for me.  The more I listen to the messages my body sends me the easier it is to quickly and gently redirect my thoughts to noticing the present moment.  I embrace what is happening right this moment.  I find something about the present moment for which I am grateful.

In this precious moment all is good.  I am living in a state of grace.  When I focus totally in this moment I find peace.

Shifting my focus from what is happening in the world around me to what is taking place in universe inside my body is changing me and my life from the inside out.  The result of this moment by moment practice is a complete change in the inner landscape of my presence in physical form.

I am practicing the art of being.  I invite you to join me.  It is an amazing journey and the reward is inner peace.

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I spent many years looking for the answers to everything in my life through the experiences of others.  I let my mind trick me into believing everyone else knew this big secret to life but it was just out of my reach.

What I have come to realize is the truth lies inside each and every person.  We were born with that truth inside us.  We have just forgotten how to access it.

Our inner spirit would love to reveal our truth to us if we will just learn to listen.  So how do we listen?

One way is to pay attention to what happens in your heart.

For example, if you are faced with a decision ask your spirit to tell you the truth.  Then ask your spirit “what would it be like if I did choice number one?”

Be still and focus on your heart.  Pay attention to what happens there.

Is your heart closing down?  Is it getting tight, closing up?  Then that is your spirit telling you this is not right for you.

Is your heart opening up?  Do you feel a warm loving pulsing energy in your heart?  Does it feel good?  Then it is right for you.

Now, do the same thing with your second choice.  Which one feels better?  Which one opens up your heart?

Learning to listen to the guidance from your heart takes practice.  If this idea is new to you I recommend taking time several times during your day to practice listening to your heart.

The old saying “follow your heart” is absolutely true.  Following the guidance you receive from your heart will make all the difference in your life.

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In my last post I shared some things I wrote right after I was diagnosed as legally blind and again two years later. Each time I wrote it sounded as if I had finally made it.  The truth is I made great progress and was better than I had ever been.

Today things are far better than they were in 2004.  And I know that 2010 will be even better than last year.  I know this because I practice looking for, focusing on and talking about the good that is already here in my life.

I spend time daily being grateful for the good things in my life right now.  I give even greater attention to those things I want more of in my life.

What I have learned is if I want love in my life I cannot see the love if I am focused on hate.  I cannot see peace if I am looking at conflict.  I cannot become well if all I talk about is being sick.  I cannot find more money if I am always focused on finding ways to prove how much I do not have.

Instead of looking at how much money I do not have, I look at, appreciate and give thanks for all that I do have.  I talk about how much more I have this time this year than I had last year.

I talk about how wonderful it is to be home, working from home, doing things I love and I spend time being grateful for that.

I set aside time each day to listen to my inner spirit, to pray and to focus on the things I desire like love, peace, joy, health and prosperity.

Did I get here overnight?  No.  I practice.  I practice each day changing my focus from what I do not want in my life toward all that I do want in my life.

I practice looking for the good.  I practice focusing on the good. I practice being grateful for the good.

So, how do you get from where you are to where you want to be?  Practice, practice, and more practice.

Let’s spend time practicing together focusing on the good in our lives and see how much better things get this new year.

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