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Saturday, April 18, 2015

9 Thoughts That Are Holding You Back In Life


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9 Thoughts That Are Holding You Back In Life

1. I'm not good enough



This is a core limiting belief. At some point this one comes and bites us all. It's powerful and deep rooted. I've seen this belief in many my clients, I've been prey to it myself in the past. It's really important to tune in to this thought and recognize when it's coming up.



You then need to reframe it. Framing is all about perspective and parameters. Dig deep into the belief and move away from this generalization by being specific and asking yourself these questions:



What metric are you measuring yourself by? (education, age, wealth, experience) What exactly is GOOD?

Is it really true that you are just not good enough? Or is it a confidence issue? What evidence do you have both for the belief and against it? (try writing these down)

What makes others good (or 'better' than you)? If they have the capabilities, why can't you?

What did they do to get to where they are? How far or close are you from them?

What is ENOUGH? How high have you set your own benchmark? Too high perhaps?



2. I can't do it.



Question: What's the fundamental difference between the people that "do" and the people that "don't"?

Answer: Those that "do" believe they can, or at the very least they can certainly give it a go. Those that "don't" -- don't. PERIOD



It's the perfect reason to not even try. "Can't" shuts your brain down! Your mind doesn't feel sorry for you and think 'oh they're just being a little insecure today, we'll give it ago anyway', it takes it as a command! It becomes a belief and so you will avoid any and every opportunity to do it. What it also does is program your focus, this is operated by the Reticulating Activator System

(RAS for short), the part of your brain responsible for attention. Here's an easy to watch video which explains it very nicely.



You've seen this guy (the RAS) in action before. For example, ever been thinking of going to Greece on your holidays and suddenly there's advertisements everywhere, Greece is on TV, you overhear someone talking about it on the train. Must be a sign right? WRONG, it's your RAS in action.



Check out this TED X talk TED X talk if you want to know more. In short, we are bombarded by sensory information, the RAS's job is to only bring to your attention the things that are 'important' to you. In other words, what you tell it to focus on. You start to see and hear all the references to do with Greece, that doesn't mean there aren't lots of references to Italy, San Francisco and all the other great places but you are filtering them out. The exact same thing happens with your beliefs, you will ONLY see the evidence to support your belief! So you continue to believe it because now you have concrete evidence. There is a lot of evidence to overturn your belief but you are subconsciously deleting it!



Besides programing your RAS in the negative, what you are also avoiding is experience. EVERYTIME you don't try you lose an opportunity to get better. As such you continue to not be able to do it and the belief endures.

It's a perpetuating cycle of disappointment!

I used to think I couldn't drive, so I avoided driving lessons and perpetuated the belief. Then I did some work on myself, challenged the belief and turned it into 'I can drive as long as I have a good teacher'.



This helped because it made things possible. So I went on a hunt for a good teacher. I did fail my test three times (I'm not a miracle worker!), but I was really cautious about not falling into this negative thinking pattern. I made a point of telling myself 'I can drive, I just need more practice in test situations'. This helped. The fourth time I passed and cried with happiness. I believed from the age of 13 that I would probably never drive, I proved myself wrong.



If facing an "I can't," follow these tips:

Never allow yourself to utter the words CAN'T or even think them

Instead replace it with, I can if...

What do you need to make it a CAN? (more practice, more time, guidance from an expert etc.)

Then give yourself the support you need



I can't or I can are just projections into the future, choose which one to believe and then do it and do it again. practice until you really can.



3. I'm not ready



What are you waiting for? To be more experienced? To be older? Wiser? Wealthier? Dead?

Seriously. The best way to be ready is to move forward. It's like not going to the gym until you lose a stone! Or wanting to clean the house before the cleaner arrives. I bet we've all waited to be prepared or ready for a promotion at work, but here's the thing - you're never truly 'ready' until you start! There is only so much preparation you can do, which let's face it, is all based on what you imagine it's going to be like.



3 years ago I used to think I wasn't ready to quit my job and start my own business. I thought I needed another certificate in something (we typically default to needing another 'qualification' when we face the moment to jump ship). Then I met a guy, a friend of a friend who had just set up his own business in coaching and speaking, I asked him about his credentials, he had done a 4 week course in coaching and he believed he was good enough, that was it. There was me sitting with a degree in Psychology and Interpersonal Communications, 15 years studying human behavior and guiding Fortune 500 companies on apply it to business. I worked for one of the biggest marketing companies in the world, had spent 2 years studying to get my Coaching diploma and already had 4 paying clients - yet I was telling myself I wasn't ready. Bullshit.



The true 'readiness' comes from doing not from preparing to do. You are only ready once you've already walked three steps forward through the door, not when you're sat on the wrong side of the door looking at it and waiting to be ready.



Meeting that guy gave me the kick up the ass I needed. Don't wait for ready, it might never come. Be brave and move forward.

You're never truly ready until you start, so start.



4. Better safe than sorry



Bollocks.



Unless we are referring to true life and death situations or anything that has a high probability of physical or mental harm, then fair enough; safety first. But this term is usually used to feel more comfortable about moving away from risk. Nothing amazing ever happened in your comfort zone. If you want greatness, whether it be in experience, in life, in work, whatever, you have to step up and out of your comfort Zone. That means feeling UNSAFE. Consider this, look back in time and find something amazing that happened, an experience, an event, a result, whatever it might be. Guaranteed, that just before that amazing thing was FEAR.



I bought a one way ticket to Mexico with a plan to spend seven months traveling overland (alone!) back down to Brazil. It was an epic journey, one of the best times in my life, but for the 4 weeks running up to it, sitting on the plane, the first night in a hostel alone, I was SHITTING myself!



The good stuff, the really rewarding stuff happens when you travel through fear. There is a mistake we all make, we take fear as a sign of danger and often stand still or avoid the action because it's easier in our safe zone. But the threats we face today, the things that generate fear, are not the same as in the past. Fear and our physiological responses (adrenaline, anxiety etc.) used to be triggered by life and death situations. These days it's usually triggered by the thought of quitting our job, our sensible life, our security.



We need to think about fear differently. It's no longer keeping us alive, it's keeping us stagnant! Fear is not REAL. It's an emotional and physiological response to one possible future outcome, we need to learn to not focus on the worst that can happen but on the best that can happen.



Spend our energy imagining the great things that will become possible if we quit the job we hate or start that adventure we've been dreaming off. I always do the death bed test - When I'm on my death bed am I going to regret that I did this or that I didn't. The answer is always the same: DO IT!



5. I tried that and it didn't work...



Past experiences can leave you numb, but just because you've tried it in the past and it didn't work it doesn't mean it won't work now. DON'T GIVE UP!



Don't let the past dictate your future. You are not the same person you were when you last tried. You can't give up on things because of a setback. That makes you a quitter. All the most successful people in life have got decades worth of failed attempts. But you've only failed if you actually STOP. Try again. Try it differently. Try it in a different moment.



I worked with a client once (a landscape gardener) who wanted to create an online presence, he totally ruled out blogging/writing free content because he tried that and it didn't work. After some digging I discovered that he'd written two articles, sent out one to 20 people and only two people read it so he gave up.



There's so many ways to look at this and see the positive, plus the opportunity. You can say ONLY two people opened it or you can see that 10% opened (and read) his article. That's actually a GREAT open-rate. These people weren't from a targeted list (in other words it wasn't aimed specifically at them) imagine what he would achieve when he was targeting the right people. I asked him to write to them again, give them a short taster of an article and ask them what areas they were interested in and what they wanted to know more about. In the last year he has grown his list of interested people and now has around 2,000 people subscribed, he writes every week.



6. I'm too old / too Young / too this / too that



Just excuses, all of them. You're not too anything, just too scared.

Be careful of the excuses you allow yourself to bow to. We continuously hear stories about people doing inspiring things regardless of their age, health, ability.

Sue Austin is a deep sea diver, she's unique because she does it in a wheel chair here's a link to her TED talk if you feel like some inspiration.



Joanna Quaas is an 89 year old gymnast, she does stuff that people in their 20's don't do!



Next time you hear yourself coming out with an excuse, remind yourself of these remarkable people, If they don't inspire you, nothing will!



7. I'm not Smart / intelligent / educated enough



IQ tests successfully measure your ability to do IQ tests THAT'S IT.



Don't be fooled by the archaic measurements that institutions use to box you and make you feel insignificant. The education system was designed during the industrial revolution, as such it favoured Maths and English. The world has CHANGED but our measurement tools haven't. The movers and shakers of this world are no longer the top scholars, they are the 'geeks', the creatives, the brave, the ideas people, the 'won't give-uppers', they are ALL OF US, ANY OF US. Time and time again we hear stories of unexpected success, why are they still unexpected? Why are we still surprised?



My twin brother Johnny dragged himself through the education system. He was regularly told he would amount to nothing. He was an undiagnosed dyslexic. The school's approach to teaching just didn't work for him. Today he's a wildlife cameraman, he travels around the world (67 countries and counting) filming whales, anacondas, living with tribes. He's one of the most successful people I know.



Stop measuring yourself against archaic metrics. Indeed, stop measuring yourself! Go forth, try, fail, try again, learn, grow, live.



8. I've got my X and my Y, I should be happy



The X and Y can be anything, but typically it's 'a secure job', 'a nice home', 'money'. These are all the things we've been taught to desire, it's often the prescribed definition of 'success' but it's just not cutting it for people any longer. We are beginning to wake up to a deeper calling, a desire for purpose, to be part of something bigger than ourselves, to have some form of significance in our lives, money and a 'secure job' just doesn't cut it any longer.



Also, any thought with a 'should' in it actually belongs to someone else. It's how you feel you ought to feel, how you think you ought to think. BUT IT'S NOT HOW YOU THINK OR HOW YOU FEEL so don't give into it. If you're not content or happy there is something going on that needs to be worked on. Identify what it is and change it. Have you ever asked yourself 'Who am I and what type of life do I want to lead?' In life it's not about 'what' you want to be, but 'who' you want be. If you haven't asked yourself these questions then now's the time to start...and please, don't then get on a plane to some far-flung destination and hope the answer magically pops up over a hippie campfire on your travels. DO THE WORK. If you don't know how, email me Jodie@jodierogers.com and lets talk.



9. Work isn't supposed to be enjoyable, work is work, I shouldn't complain



We aren't in the 18th century, we have much more control over our lives today than we ever did. Work takes up a MASSIVE chunk of our waking hours - damn right it should be enjoyed!

Whether it be the task itself, the impact you feel you make or the bigger movement you are a part of, some aspect of that must be enjoyable or it will break you. No, you shouldn't complain if you are not going to do anything about it. Nothing annoys me more than people who complain about their job/life/relationship and then continue to make the same bad choices every day. You have 2 options: see the complaints as a red flag, explore your options and change something or suck it up, period.



My older brother worked as an environmental scientist, he loved it in the beginning, but soon things changed and he had less and less time out in the field (literally) and more and more time in the office which was his worst nightmare. He stuck it out for a while and then got to the point of misery. He quit, went traveling to South America, wrote this book then retrained as a diver and now his office has happily become the oceans of the world.



One of my favorite quotes which I use often is:



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Your turn...

What kinds of thoughts and excuses sometimes linger in the back of your mind? What's one belief or thought that has held you back? Share your thoughts with me by leaving a comment below.

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Guy Finley: 5 Simple Laws to Help You Realize Your Highest Spiritual Possibilities


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Guy Finley: 5 Simple Laws to Help You Realize Your Highest Spiritual Possibilities

We are all familiar with the general laws that govern our physical well-being: eat healthy foods, exercise both mind and body, and avoid toxic people ...

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How mindfulness training affects health


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How mindfulness training affects health

Over the past decade, there have been many encouraging findings suggesting that mindfulness training can improve a broad range of mental and physical health problems. Yet, exactly how mindfulness positively impacts health is not clear. Researchers have developed a model suggesting that mindfulness influences health via stress reduction pathways.



























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Friday, April 17, 2015

Less than half of Canadians exercise to relieve stress


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Less than half of Canadians exercise to relieve stress

People were more likely to cope with stress by problem-solving, looking on the bright side, trying to relax, talking to others, blaming oneself, ignoring stress or praying, rather than being active, a new study has found.



























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Debbie Hampton: Are You Living According to What You Want or Don't Want?


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Debbie Hampton: Are You Living According to What You Want or Don't Want?

In order to feel joy and love, I have to allow myself to feel everything, pain and fear included -- and everything in between. That's what being fully alive is all about. By avoiding any part of it, I'm denying myself the total experience.

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Barrett Pall: Demons of Perfection


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Barrett Pall: Demons of Perfection

Whether it's your weight, your sexuality, issues with your parents, or whatever it is that you beat yourself up for deep down inside, know that you're not perfect. You'll never be perfect. You're not supposed to be perfect. But you will be ok.

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How This Mother Found Hope After A House Fire Destroyed Everything


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How This Mother Found Hope After A House Fire Destroyed Everything

Hollye Dexter's entire life was turned upside down when, in the middle of the night, her Los Angeles home was destroyed in a fire caused by "some kind of an electrical mishap," she told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. But after allowing herself years to grieve, she was encouraged to channel her pain into a productive outlet, and she penned a recently published memoir titled Fire Season.



In the video above, Dexter recounts the horrific night she lost everything and the journey she's taken to rise above the trauma.



Click here to watch the full segment on how gratitude can grow from misfortune.



Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before!

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Antioxidant therapy may have promising potential in concussion treatment


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Antioxidant therapy may have promising potential in concussion treatment

Antioxidants may play a key role in reducing the long-term effects of concussions and could potentially offer a unique new approach for treatment, a new study suggests. Common among athletes and soldiers, it is estimated that 3.4 million concussions occur each year in the United States. The development of a readily available oral supplement would have the potential to improve brain function in a percentage of concussion sufferers.



























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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Interview blues: Anxious, slow talkers often do not get the job


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Interview blues: Anxious, slow talkers often do not get the job

Job candidates should focus on exuding warmth and assertiveness, a new study says. Researchers offer a few tips for those who are worried that their nerves might stand between them and acing their next job interview. Stop worrying about how much you might blush or your nervous tics, and focus more on being warm, friendly and assertive. The advice comes from researchers who carefully watched what anxious people do during an interview, and how others respond to them.



























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Experience with family verbal conflict as a child can help in stressful situations as an adult


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Experience with family verbal conflict as a child can help in stressful situations as an adult

Individuals who were exposed to intense verbal aggression as children are able to handle intense conflict later in life, new research suggests. "Conflict experiences can be beneficial, by alleviating tension and avoiding conflict escalation, reducing communication apprehension, and contributing to closeness within the relationship," said an author of the study. "Given the diversity of outcomes associated with interpersonal conflict, efforts to understand variation in the experienced negativity of conflict experiences are extremely important in helping people navigate these interactions."



























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Eleni Makedonas: The Journey of Self-Discovery! My Decision to Find Myself!


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Eleni Makedonas: The Journey of Self-Discovery! My Decision to Find Myself!





I can say with confidence that the moment a person truly starts down the path of self-discovery, they will never turn back. Many may ask the questio...

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Barrett Pall: Coming Out: I Am a Man


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Barrett Pall: Coming Out: I Am a Man

Throughout this process I've left Barrett the boy and have become Barrett the man. A man who released the shame he felt for wanting to love another man. A man who addressed issues that were holding him back. A man who has started to live authentically. A real man.

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High pharmacy burden for bipolar patients, study finds


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High pharmacy burden for bipolar patients, study finds

Concerned about patients with bipolar disorder needing hospitalization despite treatment with four or more psychotropic medications, a team of researchers sought to quantify the rate of "complex polypharmacy." They found that 36 percent of patients admitted to the hospital with bipolar disorder in 2010 were receiving complex polypharmacy from their community providers. The polypharmacy rate was significantly higher for women. Including for other conditions, the average patient was on six medications.



























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5 Steps to Detox Your Mind (And Upgrade Your Life!)


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5 Steps to Detox Your Mind (And Upgrade Your Life!)

Leading a happy and fulfilled life requires us to make intentional choices each day, create our own optimism and believe strongly in ourselves. But what do we do when we find our minds racing -- full of thousands of over-analyzing, attention seeking thoughts screaming to get our attention and blocking us from clarity? And how do we purge this overwhelm and start to move towards this sense of ease and joy?



Start with your thoughts.





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When we change our thoughts, we change our lives.



1. Begin by writing it all down. One of the things we mamas are most guilty of is trying to keep track of everything in our heads. What's wrong with this, you might ask? (Some of you may even be thinking that it is working for you.) Well, the problem is that when it isn't written down it is cluttering up your mind and can't be properly prioritized. Part of living intentionally is having the clarity to prioritize tasks so you can funnel time toward the things that matter the most to you without task hopping with no regard to value or importance.



2. Blast negative mental chatter -- you know the inner voice that shows up when you are worried, judges others and criticizes you at your most vulnerable edges? Kick it to the curb. You have complete power to notice when it shows up, take a deep breath (or two), release the negative energy and hold the space for something more positive and powerful to arrive.



3. Create space within yourself -- as you do, you are free to let your mind still itself and be fully present. How do you stay present? Activate your senses: notice what you are seeing, feeling, hearing, touching, tasting. This allows you to engage presently with your kids, friends and co-workers without referencing catalogued experiences and their associated emotions. Enjoy the moment as it is in front of you without judgment or past associations.



4. Continue to hold the space as you await your next set of instructions. The beauty of clearing your mental clutter is that it allows your intuition to have a stronger voice. It is no longer being drowned out by negativity, worry or simply miscellaneous bits of information floating around in your head (and not organized/prioritized on paper). Like a gap in conversation, this space can be uncomfortable at first but as you become comfortable with allowing breathing room in your life, it will slowly start to fill with the magic of possibility. When the time comes, your intuition will always guide you to the next step- in the meantime, allow space for it to manifest. Find comfort in the space between.



5. Once you receive your next intuitive 'hit', take action! Action cures fear. As you move forward with a vision of what is possible, you can bypass many of the mental obstacles that can trip us up (like overthinking)!



You've got this!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mental health providers not well prepared to care for military veterans, study finds


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Mental health providers not well prepared to care for military veterans, study finds

Policymakers have expanded military veterans' access to community-based health providers as a way to meet demands, given capacity constraints in the VA health system. But a new study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families.



























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Daniel Raphael Silverstein: A Tale of Two Markets


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Daniel Raphael Silverstein: A Tale of Two Markets

In the face of the fragility of life and mighty forces of hatred and fear, many will lapse into denial or despair, making decisions from a place of spiritual defeat. This is not what our tradition asks of us. We are called to fully acknowledge the reality of evil, and lovingly perpetuate life in spite of it.

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Melanie Young: Reroute Your Fear To Be Fearless


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Melanie Young: Reroute Your Fear To Be Fearless

No one is ever truly fearless. Fear is an unwanted visitor that tries to linger in your mind and body. Your goal is to send it packing and not allow it to nest.

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21 Positive Thoughts For Your Morning


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21 Positive Thoughts For Your Morning

When Ricky Gervais was 8 years old, he woke up every day going:



"Wow! I'm alive! Yes! I've got to eat! I've got to take a clock apart to see how that works! There's an ant! I'm going to follow that ant! Let's go to the library! What, sausages? Oh my god, I can't believe my luck!"



We could still retain this sense of awe and wonder at life as adults -- but so few of us do.



We're too lost in circling thoughts, remembering the past or worrying about the future, to notice the many magical things going on around us. We're too focused on counting all the things we don't have yet, to notice the beauty, love and abundance that is already ours.



What is your first thought upon waking in the morning? If you're like a lot of people, it will be one of resistance. You don't want to get up. You don't feel like facing your to-do list. You don't want to go to that meeting. You're not exactly enthused about struggling through another tiresome day.



Your first thoughts in the morning can have a huge impact on the attitude, feelings and energy you carry around with you for the remainder of the day.



The Roman Emperor Marcus Auerlius once famously wrote: "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."



Imagine how different we would feel if we were to wake up with a similar attitude; if we greeted the day with thoughts like:



"Wow, what a privilege it is to be alive. I am so lucky to be here now, experiencing the wonders of life. I am blessed with fresh air, the beauty of nature, my loved ones, the ability to laugh and create and dance. I am blessed with food and shelter, an imagination and the ability to do kind acts for others. I am so grateful for today, and I am going to relish the next 24 hours."



Are you feeling inspired? It's not easy to train your mind out of old habits, so to give you a helping hand, here are 21 positive morning thoughts that can help get you in the right frame of mind each day. Feel free to print them and keep them by your bed.



21 positive morning thoughts:



1. Thank you for this gift of a whole new day. I am grateful.



2. How can I best serve the Universe today?



3. Amazing things happen to me every single day.



4. I am excited to see what happens today!



5. I dedicate today to love and kindness.



6. I am going to give this day my very best, so that I may rest my head with deep satisfaction tonight.



7. I have everything that I need right in this moment.



8. I deeply and completely love and accept myself.



9. I will honour myself by showing up powerfully in my life today.



10. Love, joy and peace are my natural state.



11. Today is dedicated to fun!



12. I see the world with grateful eyes, and it fills my soul.



13. I will listen to my inner voice today and allow it to guide me.



14. Life is easy. I let go and go with the flow.



15. I am here to be my own unique expression of consciousness.



16. Let me make the world a better place by shining my light today.



17. I have all the time that I need to do everything I want to do.



18. I will make time to touch base with the present moment all throughout today.



19. My life is a miracle.



20. I see the world through eyes of awe and wonder.



21. I carry peace and stillness in my heart as I go about my daily activities.



Do you have any positive morning thoughts of your own? Let me know, I'd love to share them.



Elyse is a writer and life coach at NotesOnBliss.com and the creater of the Beautiful Life Bootcamp eCourse. For updates and inspiration, sign up now.

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The Weekly Rune -- Othala


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The Weekly Rune -- Othala



For the week of 12 April 2015

Ehwaz continues to empower as the half-month rune though in a couple of days, Mannaz grounds that into some solid mindfulness. Add to the mix reflective Othala as the stave of the week, and we have ourselves a potent time of building.



Read right to left in the image is Ehwaz on top, Mannaz below, then Othala to the left.



Ehwaz remains the half-month rune through 14 April, at which Mannaz shifts to the fore. To learn more about the half-month rune's influence and my work with the runes, visit Patreon.







Othala brings the interesting element of family dynamics to this shift toward action. It suggests that there may be unexpected family support for the time being, or possibly that there is ancestral support that can be found by delving into the family guardians. Largely interpreted as meaning "inheritance," there could be a component of acquiring a new level of elderhood in the family, be that financially, logistically, or literally.



There is also a protective aspect of Othala, not in the defensive light that Algiz or Tiwaz bring. Rather, it regards holding in mind the tasks that we undertake to preserve tribe, the idea of guarding what unique gifts our lineage brings to the planet. As we go into this week, the shift we greet asks us to leverage what we've learned over the last few months or birthing ourselves that will help us better manifest the gifts of that lineage.



Be open not only to what those gifts are, but to who may help manifest them, and how that exchange can come into being.



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