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affirmation is a strong, positive statement
that something is already so."
Gawain, Personal Growth Author
and Motivational Speaker
of Your Mind"
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You Want to See!
Idle words, tentatively tossed, often reinforce the status
quo that we are trying to change with affirmations. I've
learned from many personal experiences that KNOWINGNESS
can be achieved when we relinquish control and trust in
the Goodness of the Universe.
From the Inside Out
THE POWER OF AFFIRMATIONS
always work. Yes, whatever you positively think or visualize, you
will focus on and, therefore, it will manifest.
example: "I don't want to be poor."
Assumption: "I am poor."
Result: Thinking about poverty, and
........... being in the identity
of a poor person.
............The affirmation worked,
but not in the
........... way you intended.
we have learned it is better to phrase in the present, not
future. Don't use "want" and similar words. Perhaps this
makes a better affirmation: "I am rich"? But if you are
rich, then this does not work because if you are rich then, of course,
you've already attained being rich. If you aren't rich, it is a
lie. Therefore, it doesn't work. There's got to be a better way...
about: "Suppose I am rich"? Suppose you have everything
that being rich means to you. Imagine that this is happening. See
yourself in that situation. Then slip into that image of yourself
and see and hear and feel what it is to experience being rich.
works now, doesn't it? It is true, it does not imply or state an
undesirable state and it is in the present. At least in your imagination
you are rich you have felt what it is like to be in that
wealthy identity and that is a resource you can apply. You've changed
your frame of mind and your view of the world has altered for the
better. When you have a positive vision that is real to you and
genuinely something that you want and identify with, then
creative energies naturally flow toward that vision. This is powerful
counter-intention is something which we thought, in the past, was
a means to keep us safe, or otherwise make our lives better. It
might even be a simple negative thought, which we decided at a time
of stress, and keep thinking unconsciously. Such counter-intentions
could be ideas that our parents or our culture bombarded us with
as a child and then these became habitual and out of our awareness.
When you are affirming a positive intention it is therefore very
helpful to recognize the counter-intentions or hidden barriers that
you are creating at the same time. What is connected with your affirmation
that you are opposing, or disagreeing with, suppressing or trying
is important that you perceive the positive intention (affirmation)
as an outflowing creation that meets barriers (hidden counter-intentions),
rather than perceiving your affirmation as resisting or fighting
an incoming opposing force. When these barriers are seen
in a clear light, you can then just let them go, or if necessary,
adjust your affirmation so there is no longer this inner conflict.
The right brain, which determines our feelings and hence motivation/action
(that the Universe then mirrors through the power of Spirit), interprets
our thoughts in terms of the underlying (subconscious) true feelings
and, therefore, doesn't discriminate between conscious acceptance
or resistance. It doesn't listen to a "not" or "never",
that is a true observation, but more significantly, it interprets
based on actual beliefs (at the level of feelings) that are
stimulated by the concept of what is being consciously thought
it picks up on what most closely corresponds to the subconscious
will not overeat" is an affirmation based on the feeling that
you really DO want to eat a lot; so that's how it's interpreted
you really have acceptance of eating even though your conscious
mind (left brain) is resisting that. The feeling of wanting to eat
is actually stimulated by the affirmation, so you are likely
to eat more. "I will eat what I want" would be
more empowering, as it doesn't conflict with the inner belief and
gives you the power of choice.
the key issue is whether your affirmation is in alignment or conflicting
with your deeply-held belief. That's the real reason why affirmations
don't necessarily help, but may indeed increase inner conflict and
serve to suppress the inner belief rather than resolve it. When
you have uncovered the inner belief and genuinely discovered
that it is FALSE i.e., not rational ... not
helpful ... not true ... not your own then
using an affirmation can help to keep in place the revised belief.
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I know people who cook a week's worth of dinners every weekend.
They spend Saturday morning in the supermarket, the afternoon at
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for the freezer. They NEVER wonder what's for dinner because it's
I'm not that organized, I do know that a little bit of planning
goes a long way when I'm scrambling to make dinner on a Wednesday
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make just enough vinaigrette. Store it in the refrigerator and use
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Never cook just enough rice or pasta. Never soak and cook just enough
beans. Cook more than you need and freeze the leftovers in 1-cup
Never cook just enough vegetables. Make hot green beans one night,
green bean and red onion salad (using your vinaigrette) the next.
Make corn on the cob one night, succotash the next.
Shop for the week. The most important part of planning ahead takes
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peaceful times, fishermen
of Zaire trap fish in
the early morning with hand-woven baskets. An enormous semicircular
bend in the 2,733 mile long Congo River delineates a central depression
known as the cuvette. Around this densely forested section,
which covers nearly half the area of the country, a succession of
plateaus rise gradually to heights of over 5,000 ft in the northeast
and southeast. Here, in the heart of equatorial Africa,
live the mountain gorillas on the forested slopes of extinct volcanoes.
There are only 300 of these so human-like gentle giants left in
the world. Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) is the third
largest country in Africa and crosses the equator in the north-central
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THE BULGE IN THE BURBS (Part
years, weve forgotten about our environment as a public health
issue, says Thomas Schmid, a public health researcher at the
Centers for Disease Control. But at the turn of the century, during
the time of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New Yorks
Central Park and many other urban parks across the nation, planners
frequently used environmental design as a way to improve public
health. Olmsted designed parks, opening up the cities with
places for fresh air and sunlight, and outdoor recreation,
problems that once only faced cities, such as congestion, are cropping
up in suburbia, while some of the healthiest features of city living
their human scale, walkability and parks have been
engineered out. In pursuit of progress, perhaps, weve
engineered physical activity out of our lives, says Schmid.
In order to address the issue, the CDCs policies increasingly
support re-engineering activity back into our lives,
adds Schmid. To that end, the agencys Active Community Environments
Initiative was started to promote walking, bicycling and greater
accessibility between housing and transit options. The CDC is not
trying to condemn suburban-style planning but find ways to improve
community design by including health in the equation, says Schmid.
everyone favors promoting more mixed-use pedestrian planning or
believes the rationale behind this new public health movement. Now,
instead of parents blaming fast-food restaurants for their kids
weight problems, smart growth groups are blaming the
suburbs for our nations obesity and health woes, writes
Chris Fiscelli of the free-market Reason Foundation. Some
of the anti-suburb sentiment is downright ridiculous, not to mention
although their studies are as yet unpublished, researchers on suburban
sprawl say theyve accrued compelling data. Frank is finishing
a study of 17,000 residents in different neighborhoods of Atlanta
and is so far proving the hypothesis that people living in
more physically dense places weigh less. And Reid Ewing, an
urban planner at Rutgers University, has studied 200,000 people
in 448 different counties across America and finds that, taking
into account age, gender, race and diet, the walkability
of the neighborhood is a significant factor when it comes to obesity.
least one state is already acting to create new active living
initiatives. In Michigan, home of Detroit the Motor City
and a major obesity epidemic estimated to cost the state
$8.89 billion a year, the state Department of Community Health recently
held a conference called Designing Healthy, Livable Communities.
At the conference, Gov. Jennifer Granholm presented awards to Michigan
communities for points earned toward better suburban planning, including
pedestrian and bicycle safety and facilities and accessible
worksites. (The photo above shows Kensington Metropark in
Milford, Michigan. "People love our trails because there's
a lot of beautiful scenery," says park superintendent Dick
Shafer. "Rolling terrain is everywhere, plus you can get off
the trail and enjoy picnic areas, then get back on.")
Lyman, YOUR ENVIRONMENT Columnist, MSNBC
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METAPHORS & ANALOGIES
wonder what our kids are doing in high school? These are actual
analogies and metaphors that were found in high school essays.
His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances
like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like
a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without
one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the
country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at
a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes
just before it throws up.
The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because
of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge
at a formerly surcharge-free ATM.
The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a
bowling ball wouldn't.
From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie,
surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and
Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m.
Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across
the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one
having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other
from Topeka at
4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
Even in his last years, Grandpappy had a mind like a steel trap,
only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.
She was as easy as the TV Guide crossword puzzle.
The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil,
this plan just might work.
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Beach-goers, with their territory marked...
by small walls of sand, enjoy the sunny weather at the beach
of Travemünde outside the northern German city of Lübeck.
The beach is one of the most popular areas of Germany's Baltic Sea
coast. Travemünde arose out of a stronghold placed here by
Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony, in the 12th century. ~MSNBC
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5 FEARS THAT HOLD US BACK (Part
the bogeyman and Dracula. What really scares us is the discouraging
in our head that chips away at our confidence. Lisa McLeod of
Television, tells us of Thomas J. Leonard, a coaching
guru who believed that there are five universal human fears that
keep people awake at night. His advice on overcoming these anxieties
in order to live life to the fullest are his legacy to the world.
You'll probably take comfort in the knowledge that those crazy
thoughts rattling around in your head are a normal part of the
human condition. Lisa adds that you may also find solace by following
some of this inspiring advice.
# 1: There isn't enough.
Whether it's time, money, opportunity or love, the fear of scarcity
keeps us living in the uneasy shadow of the green-eyed monster.
"Maybe it's because I'm from a big family, where you had
to grab if you wanted the last biscuit, that I get jealous when
others do well at work," says Susan, a 26-year-old environmental
consultant. "It's as if their success is somehow going to
infringe on mine."
living strategy: It's hard to swallow when another person
gets something you want for yourself, but keep in mind the Good-Karma
Law good things come to those who adopt an abundance mentality.
It has been scientifically proven that the simple act of being
kind and giving can actually boost your immune system.
So let the spirit of generosity be your guide, and think about
how you can create more pie for everyone instead of trying to
get a bigger piece for yourself. Bring in doughnuts for your coworkers,
praise someone publicly, or help a working mom in a pinch
it will all come back to you in spades.
# 2: They won't like me anymore.
The shrill voice that stops us from pushing for the big promotion,
tackling a challenging project or opening
up to a new relationship is rooted in a fear of rejection.
Unfortunately, it can keep us from getting what we desire most.
"I used to be afraid to speak up in meetings, but then I
had a boss take me aside and tell me he hired me because he valued
my opinions," says John, a 33-year-old marketing manager.
"He added that if I wanted to move up, I'd better start sharing
living strategy: Next time you're afraid to go for it,
ask yourself, "What's the worst-case scenario here?"
The truth is that revealing your real self aspirations,
struggles and all usually makes others like you MORE, not
less; people want to be around individuals who aren't afraid to
reveal their flaws, because it gives them permission to do the
same. Also, remember that most people are so wrapped up in their
own insecurities that they aren't spending a whole lot of time
worrying about you. ~Lisa Earle McLeod
week we'll continue with the next three fears on Thomas Leonard's
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