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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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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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