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How often during your daily activities do you find your thoughts concerned with all the things you must get done before the end of the day?

Or, are you still going over something that happened earlier in the day or the day before.

Have you noticed what happens inside your body when your mind is wandering into the future or the past?

As I began paying attention to my body throughout the day I noticed my heart rate increased.  My shoulders and other muscles became tense.  My energy level dropped.

It is no wonder at the end of the day we are all so tired.  We have been acting as if we were in a life threatening situation and our body is responding to the messages we are sending it.

I invite you to try a new practice.  After all, what I just described is something we have been in the habit of doing for who knows how long.  So, all we have to do is practice a new behavior long enough to create a new habit.

Throughout your day begin to pay attention to the signals your body sends to you.  If your shoulders are tight take a deep breath and focus all your attention on the task you are performing at this exact moment.  Notice how your body begins to relax and how much better your feel.

The more often you do this throughout your day the more energy you will have at the end of the day and the better you will feel.  It is amazing how a simple shift in focus can make such a big change in our life.

Let me know how it goes.  For me it is taking a lot of practice but I am noticing some improvements.  I think I am going to like this new habit.  I just need a little more practice.  Well, maybe a lot more practice….

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Have you ever considered what motivates you to take action in your life?

A friend of mine uses fear.  She takes action from a place of fear.  Fear of what will happen if she does not force herself to do something she thinks she should be doing.

Unwilling to force myself into action from a place of fear I examined my behavior which results in no action at all.  I talk a lot about what I will do but never seem to take the leap into total action.

I discovered I was talking about it and not doing it partly because I had not really made a commitment to love and support myself.  On some level I was still questioning whether it was right, would I do it right, what would happen if…you get the picture.

I was judging myself and my motives and they did not match up to who I really am.

Then I began to ask myself what it would be like if I made the choice to take action from a place of love.

What if I took the action I wanted to take because I knew without question it was the most loving thing I could do for myself.

What if by making that commitment and following through with a consistent shift in behavior I would be proving I loved myself enough to give myself what I truly wanted.

So, I decided  to take action in the direction of what I wanted without being afraid of what might happen.

I decided to stop judging myself.  I began to praise myself for each tiny step I was making in the direction of my dreams.

I decided to begin to show myself how much I value my relationship with myself.

I decided to provide myself with the love, respect and support I always looked for outside myself but discovered lived inside me all the time.

Now I am focusing on the love within instead of trying to find it somewhere outside myself.

 

 

 

 

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One Spring we decided we wanted to use the irrigation ditch to water our garden.  The ditch had been neglected for a few years.

In order to allow the water to flow freely we first had to clear the debris.   This required following the ditch from the source of the water to the outlet into the garden and pulling out leaves, branches, twigs and stuff that would block or slow the water.

When we thought the way was clear we turned on the water only to discover there were spots where the ditch was washed out. The water had to be stopped and the holes shored up.  This took a lot of time and hard work to complete but the long-term benefits were worth the effort.

When we got the water flowing freely, all the holes plugged and directed into our garden the results were marvelous.  Our garden was nourished and fed and in turn it flourished and fed us.

The same thing happens in life when we decide we want something to be different from it is right now.  The first thing we discover is everything that stands between where we are and where we want to be.

Often blocks show up in the form of old thoughts that do not support our new direction.  Listening to and believing those thoughts causes emotional upheavals that can stop us in our tracks if we let them.

It takes courage to pause in the midst of the perceived turmoil and follow the emotions to the thoughts that created them.

It requires time, patience and strength to stop and question our beliefs about those thoughts and find the truth that lies within.

Once we find the truth we are free.

One of my favorite tools to help me examine my thoughts is The Work of Byron Katie.  She encourages us to question our thoughts and find the truth that sets us free.

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