Friday, January 22, 2010

Finding Peace by Cooperating Instead of Competing

Today I want to share with you a lesson I learned from my good friend, Michael Combs. If you are striving to be productive, and if you want peace in the world around you...then you must ELIMINATE competition from your life. By observing your life, you may find that you have built a life that is full of competition. Pay special attention to words such as, "This is tough," or "I'm fighting my way through this." Likewise, pay special attention to thoughts that keep your mind in competition programming. "This is going to be a long road," or "I've got to work hard so that I can earn this income," are typical thoughts that can lead you toward a life of strains and struggles.

Start now cooperating with the world around you. Don't look at your world as being a difficult place to exist that always needs you to have your sword and shield raised high. Instead take a moment each day to analyze where you can become more cooperative.

How can you cooperate with the marketplace? How can you cooperative with fellow associates? How can you cooperate with family and friends? The weather? Your car? Your health? Look at as many areas as possible as you strive for balance and peace.

This is a good topic for journaling. Write down not only your observations, but what you can do to make your life easier. You will find that when you do things begin to fall into place and you begin to accelerate down the path of accomplishment.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Make the New Year New by Getting Your Spirit Back

By Julie Marie Rahm

Here we are at the beginning of another year, a symbolic fresh start. The new year brings reconnecting with old friends, celebrating the year gone by, and setting goals for the year ahead. How many times do we make resolutions and set goals only to give up at our first setback? For you who read my blog and coach with me, you know that you must first align your thoughts (mind) with your new goals in order for your actions to stick. However, your mind must work in concert with your body and spirit to make permanent changes in the direction you want to go.

So let me ask you this. Where is your spirit living right now? Is it inside or outside of your body? One way to tell is through your eyes. Are your eyes vacant and lackluster, or are they bright with life? If your eyes are dull, the environment of your body has driven your spirit out where it is still attached to you, yet no longer flows through you. If your eyes are sparkling, your spirit resides within your body.

If you feel like your spirit is outside of you, what kind of environment are you creating for your spirit? Are you a "slum lord" of your body instead of being a caretaker of  it like it is a fine home? Do you feed your body junk or healthy food? Do you keep yourself physically fit? How about this... Do you beat yourself up, criticize and judge yourself, or are you kind and loving to yourself? When you berate yourself, you are berating your spirit. Why would it stay and take that?

So how do you get your spirit back? Invite it in like an old friend in your home. Be a host or hostess to your spirit that would make Miss Manners proud. Remember, your spirit is your connection to the Divine. It is the Divine flowing through you. Think about that when you choose what foods to eat, or whether or not you will take a walk and exercise today. If you do not take care of your body, where will your spirit live? And then include your mind. What are you telling yourself? Are you being critical, or are you allowing yourself to find your way in new circumstances? Are you complaining, or are you at peace with where you are, knowing you are moving in the right direction?

When your spirit lives inside of you, you are happier, your life seems easier, your creativity flows, and abundance comes your way. Make this the year of embracing your spirit!
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