When we found out that our US manufacturer had closed their doors, I paused for a moment, and said "Ok, well, something really great must be in the works!" By choosing to be joyous about the situation I took what can seem like a disaster as an opportunity to transform and move into another direction. I made it cause for celebration.
Choosing to be upset, worried, freaked up and an emotional wreck is certainly a viable choice when something of this magnitude happens. But why? What would upset and worry have gotten us? Well, more upset and worry.
Our emotions are incredibly magnetic. They have the power to instantly create a set of circumstances that get you more of what you are feeling.
More upset attracts more upset. More joy attracts more joy.
I remember the day we found out we literally had no way to produce our product any longer. And we could have chosen to let this event have a destructive impact on our lives.
Instead, we chose to be in joy, and receive this news as a gift. We got into the mindset that this was the beginning of a whole new wonderful journey, and that in releasing what we thought would be the pathway for Affirmagy, we stepped into a whole new realm of possibility.
Nearly a year later, I am here to tell you the view on this path is remarkable.
I have this really amazing collage that a friend of mine from college created titled "It's all in your mind". (yep, that's a collage from college) It's one of my favorite pieces of original art for both its aesthetic and its conceptual content.
I love the notion that it IS all in my mind. Notice the freedom and the prison in that statement.
The more I immerse myself in conversations about consciousness, possibility and plain old "Think and Grow Rich" principles, the more clarity, evidence and insight I get that points to the deep wisdom of those five words.
I recently reread Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill - which interestingly was written right after the Depression. I encourage you to get the original text version and take it for a spin. It's superb.
Now I am into The Diamond Cutter; The Buddha on Managing Your Life And Your Business. It presents this very same idea in a very different way. More confirmation for me that I am on the right path. Especially when I understand the biology and function of my mind as distinct from my spirit.
Anyway, I am just thinking. It keeps my mind happy.
I think one of the coolest things about living right now, in this
time and space, is that we are learning how powerful our minds really
are. We are grasping at a whole new level our ability to shape our
lives and to create our experience on a moment by moment basis.
Take the idea of positive thinking. Isn’t it easy to poo-poo it as
the stuff of ‘overly happy people’? Have you ever been around someone
who seemingly always sees the positive side of things? Annoying, isn’t
Well, I am one of those people. I confess. I am a positive thinking, habitually happy person. There, I said it.
And I want to let you in on a little secret: even positive people
have bad days. Take last last week, for example. I was sooooo not in my
groove. And choose to let loose and wallow in all the frustration,
irritations, upsets, and the ick I could think of. I cried and cried
and cried, wadded up in a ball on my bathroom floor at 1:00am. I was
whaling into a towel – you know, huh-huh-huh-huh-waaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! -
and totally committed to being a crying mess. Then I stopped. I decided
I was being a little over the top, and I chose to get into gratitude.
Ah, gratitude. The ultimate emotion.
I believe positive thinking is grounded in and can be found by
choosing gratitude. Being thankful for what we have is the most
powerful way to train our brains to be positive. And for me, it’s the
fastest way to shift from stinky experiences to ‘damn, I have a great
So today, in honor of all happy, positive people (and the great
things they are doing to impact the world) let’s get into gratitude and
see what happens!
About the same time as I got into massive action by reaching out and connecting with people in February, I decided I was a YES to life. A YES to pretty much whatever was put in front of me. Boy oh boy. It's been absolutely fabulous.
A friend gave me an invitation to a 3 hour workshop about communication that totally rocked. (I am doing the weekend workshop next). I've had the good pleasure of working with Matthew Ferry who is truly a world class coach and mentor. Today I was offered an ongoing 1-2 minute spot on a local radio show to present an affirmation for the week (how cool is this!?).
The more I am a YES, the more comes. It's really remarkable. Give it a try and let me know what happens.
Early Feb I decided to get into action. I was tired of feeling like things were in slow motion. So, I jumped on the phone and started reaching out and connecting with people I hadn't seen or talked to in a really long time. I set up calls and coffee dates with the sole (soul?) purpose of connecting with people to understand what THEY were up to in life. It was cool.
Then a funny thing happened. The more I reached out, the more people popped up. One day alone I had THREE emails from fabulous women that I hadn't talked to in months. One gal I hadn't talked to in a year. It was wild.
My friend Lindsay calls it stirring the pot. I call it tipping cosmic dominos. Whatever you call it, I encourage you to DO it. Get into action. Reach out. Listen to others. And be willing to powerfully share what's most important in your life.