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Where Is Your Attention?

UPDATE: Transcript: (Back by popular demand!) ❤

Hello!  I hope you’re having a wonderful day today.  Today my question for you is: “Where is your attention?”  In the School of Metaphysics we like to say: “Your attention is your most precious commodity.”  Because it really IS how you create your life, where you put your attention.

So, I’d like you to think today about the words that you use, particularly when it’s relating to your longings and discontent.  Something that we talk about in the Vision Workshop that I present is: How are you framing your desires?  How are you framing your dreams?  You want to make sure that you choose your words carefully, that you present images to your inner mind that your inner mind will be creating for you, not against you.  So, to illustrate an example of how you have to be careful with your words, I’d like you to right now NOT think about purple elephants.  Ok.  I don’t know if you can imagine purple elephants, but I just love those.  Ok.  The example we use is: “Don’t think about the Statue of Liberty.  Don’t think about her hand raised, don’t think about the harbor, don’t think about the crown, don’t think about the torch in her hand. . . . ” What are you picturing right now?  Exactly what I told you NOT to, right?  Because your inner mind, your subconscious mind — as it is called — does not understand the word “don’t.”  It thinks in pictures, so all of the nouns — all of the things, all of the people, whatever images you’re using — doesn’t matter if you’re using “don’t” — your subconscious mind is receiving those, so you really need to be careful.

So, think about how you’re wording what you want.  You want to create as clear a picture as possible of what you DO want in your life.  Some examples we give in the workshop are: Do you want to “live in financial abundance“? vs. “Getting out of debt.”  Do you want to “move with comfort and ease“?  vs. “wanting no more back pain.”  So, look at the difference there.  You have the focus on abundance, and you have the focus on debt.  Just feel the difference.  You have the focus on comfort, ease, health — and the focus on back pain.  Even though you’re saying “No more back pain.”  Your inner mind is hearing: Oh!  Back pain!  MORE of that!  Do you want to enjoy living life at your ideal weight?  Or lose weight?  A lot of us are talking about losing weight, losing weight, losing weight!  You really want to focus on being healthy, vibrant, strong, ideal weight.  Focus on the positive because that is what you want to feed your mind.  That is what you want to attract and create more of.  And maybe for one of my future videos I’ll go into how I am extremely — up until now I’ve been extremely good at attracting  exactly what I don’t want because I’ve been very good at identifying my discontent.  It’s even more important to identify what you would really love, what you truly desire.  So, think about your desires today.  Choose your words carefully, and create the life you would truly love living.

Much love and blessings to you all.  Have a wonderful day. ❤

Rapid Reflection

It’s time for bed.  So here’s my quickie reflection based on the last few hours:

  • I’ve been having trouble with the mirror exercise.  And today we were supposed to picture ourselves.  I couldn’t.  Lack of concept of self = reason for blurry image?  Perhaps!
  • WHO AM I?
  • Funny that parts of the teaching come from what I’ve already been learning and already believe!
  • Extreme resistance to parts of class –> dissipated with time –> What does this mean?
  • If people are not giving me their full attention, it may be them, not me.  (It’s hard for people to stay focused!)
  • Meet in the middle –> healthy boundary meshed with trust and expression of self
  • No questioning the teaching/the teacher — What??
  • Intuitive Report connection is making sense — Seeing more and more the need to be correct and the need for affirmation outside of self
  • Sooo many dreams, so little interpretation –> start a personal dream glossary!
  • Visualization is coming? Yay!

And in closing, the light-sharing hug at the end of Metaphysics class was fabulous!

May you discover your true selves and be filled with love and light. 🙂

Lovin’ Truly, Madly, Deeply

"The Wall Eyed Cat"  courtesy of njaj/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“The Wall Eyed Cat” courtesy of njaj/ FreeDigitalPhotos.ne
Ok, this is exactly how my cat looks. Not looks appearance-wise! The adoring look. And yes, that’s what it is.

If you need to feel loved, truly loved.  Spend some time with your pet.  I wish I could procure a camera and capture the absolute adoring expression Link gives me as he leans over my lap and gazes worshipfully up at me.  Seriously.  Where else can you find unconditional love, if not for your animals?  Ok sure, sometimes it is conditional —  on food, on water, on a clean litterbox or being taken out. . .  But if you provide for all of those things and don’t kick and/or yell at your pet every time you pass – AND if your pet did not come to you with some crazy psychological baggage already, there’s a good chance you’ve found a loyal friend.

All you have to do is be there, and the pet will be with you and love you.  It doesn’t care how fat you’ve gotten or that you forgot to put make up on, or worse, that you haven’t showered or forgot your deodorant.  If your pets are creepy like my cats, they’ll even love the stinky you all the more!  (Seriously.  My cats, especially Zelda, are particularly partial to shoes, sweaty socks, and work out clothes.)

My pets won’t look down on me for leaving my previous position, and they have no judgment on how my live my life.  They don’t have any idea why I’m gone so long each day and pounce on me when I finally get back.  All my pets come to me when I call them and they are ready to snuggle at any time of day.

So, if you’re really feeling stinky, don’t grab a person – grab a quadruped!  (The more the stinky, the more the love!)

I Don’t Get Sick

"Woman With High Temperature" by Michal Marcol / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Woman With High Temperature” by Michal Marcol / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I don’t get sick.  I don’t.  Ok, I do.  But rarely.  And it’s only when my immune system has come under serious attack, i.e. I’m stressed because I’m behind on grading and planning,  AND report cards are due, AND my classroom management is out the window, AND I have 3 million simultaneous meetings, AND I’ve got a bazillion friend & family functions to attend, AND I’ve lost sleep, AND I’m not eating well, AND. . .

But I don’t even remember the last time I got really sick.  I think it may have been my 2nd year of teaching, 8 years ago.  It was my first year in bilingual 4th grade, I had 30 students (8 of whom were behavior challenges, and 5 of whom were newcomers), and it was March.  (March can be a rough time for teachers.  It’s not as long as May, but the weather is still bad.)  The time before that?  Junior year of high school, in the middle of my first big musical: Godspell.  Before that?  5th grade.

Sometime in middle school I decided I just wasn’t going to get sick.  I actually made that promise to a family friend, and I kept it.  I didn’t miss a single day of middle school for sickness.  (I think I had to miss one or two days for eye appointments, and that devastated me because I missed the perfect attendance award.) And as I said, that doesn’t mean I have a perfectly healthy body all the time, but I do pretty well.

I think attitude is half the battle.  Part of my attitude is not so great: I can’t afford to get sick. That could be a sign of overworking/being a workaholic.  But the other half is: I’ve got a healthy body that is too strong to get sick.

Why do a lot of us get sick?  I believe part of it’s subconscious.  Have you ever had one of these thoughts? Oh, God, everyone in my office/family is sick; I’m next! or It’s that time of year again; I’m probably going to get sick or Geez, I’m so tired, and do I feel a little funny?  Maybe I’m coming down with something!

We expect it, and it happens.

Also, sickness can be a rewarding experience.  I’m not talking about the runny nose, the sore throat, the nausea, etc.  being a great time.   I mean the extra attention, the time off of work, the break you finally give yourself.  Maybe you don’t have time or days to take off of work, but if you’re sick, you have to.  Maybe you haven’t taken time for yourself; you haven’t allowed yourself to relax and do nothing.  Now that you’re sick, you are expected to stay in bed, lie on the couch, and catch up on TV/favorite movies.  And what about the extra caring and attention?  It’s cold out, so you shouldn’t be walking the dog when you’re sick.  You’re also probably too tired to do any housecleaning or go out and run any errands.  Maybe your partner will even make meals for you/ bring you your tea/ bring you that remote 3 feet away?  You get the idea.  And even though this might all sound negative, you need these things, certainly more than you’re getting them.   The key is to take care of yourself before you get sick, not after.

And though all of this is well and good, of course taking good care of one’s body is also important.  Even though I miss sleep here and there and sometimes eat stupid things, I generally do pretty well.  Thankfully, when I miss even a little sleep, I immediately get cranky to the point that I don’t even like being around myself, so that’s pretty good motivation to stay on track.  I’ve also begun cutting back on refined grains and on meats, and I’m trying to eat more fruits, veggies, and legumes.  Pretty much the only liquid I drink is water (except for the occasional beer or similar beverage), and I’m trying to remember to take my vitamins every day: multivitamins and Nutriferon (to boost the immune system).   I also exercise at least 2-4 times a week, including yoga.  And I try to monitor my energy and stay positive as much as possible.

I don’t know which part of all of that is most important, but I like to think it all is.  Keeping your body healthy is a physical, mental, and spiritual process, and a goal worth working for.

So, remember, the next time people begin dropping like flies around you, have no fear, take care of your spirit, mind, and body and have confidence in yourself.  Try saying this to yourself: They may be sick, but I’m feeling great!

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