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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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For some time now I have practiced ways to keep myself focused in the present moment.  Yesterday I noticed something different and want to share it with you.

I was taking a few deep breaths trying to relax the tightness in my shoulders.   As I felt the shoulders relax I noticed  another part of my body was also tight.

When I finally felt my entire body relax…a thought drifted in and captured my attention.   Immediately my shoulders resumed the same raised and tightened place they were in when I started.

After some time of working and observing it became clear the tightness was the result of fear.  I was afraid of what might happen in the future and that fear was keeping my body in a state of stress and dis-ease.

I turned my thoughts to the things I love and appreciate about myself.  I noticed and gave thanks for the things I am grateful are in my life this very moment.

As quickly as my body had become tense it became relaxed.  I was experiencing joy and peace in the place of fear and worry.

It is no wonder we have so many physical problems.  We rarely experience our natural state of simply being.

Living fully focused in the present moment is where we find our health, peace, joy and abundance.

I plan to check in with my body more often to see how I am doing at keeping my thoughts focused in the present moment.

Are your shoulders tight?

Are your hands clenched?

Are you tapping  your feet?

What is your body doing to get  your attention?

A simple change in focus can change your life right this very moment.

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Fear Does Not Exist

I don’t know about you, but I used to spend most of my waking hours controlled by fear.

When I was first diagnosed as legally blind I became painfully aware of how this constant state of fear had contributed to my loss of sight.

For years I struggled to drop fear from my life not really understanding what it was.  Then one day I  received this insight.

Fear does not exist unless you are thinking about something you do not want to happen.

When I understood my thoughts caused me to experience fear I became hopeful that I could one day be free from the debilitating grip of fear.

You see when you spend time thinking about things you do not want to happen you begin to imagine what it would be like if they did happen.

These thoughts cause all kinds of emotions and even physical responses to the emotions around the imagined event.

Emotions are your inner spirit telling you whether or not what you are thinking is true.  So, if you are imagining things you do not want to happen your inner spirit is telling you to stop thinking those thoughts.  They are not true.

So how do you break free from fear?

I wish I could tell you I found the secret and tomorrow you will be free.  It is not that easy.  What works for me may not work for you.

The first thing is to spend some time asking your inner spirit to guide you.  Then, be open to what comes to you.

In my case a book appeared from an unexpected place.  Then something else showed up, etc.

There are many methods.  The goal is to stop thinking about what you do not want to happen.  Instead spend time thinking about what you do want to happen.  And, spend as much time as possible being grateful for what you already have that you love.

You have the power within you to free yourself from fear.  I know you can do it.  Why not start today.

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