Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grateful for Inner Wisdom

Years ago, I was aware of how often I would consult a friend to get input on a decision I was about to make. I would contact the right friend for the specific type of decision. Finally I stopped to wonder why I was seeking guidance outside of myself rather than looking within.

I had the answers...but I was allowing my mind to race with the various options rather than listening to what my inner wisdom had to offer. I was doing this despite plenty of past experience in listening to my inner voice.

By slowing down and quieting the inner patter, we can access the answers we seek...and sometimes even answers to questions we haven't thought of asking. We have the intuition and the inner knowing built into us. We have been taught to trust in the tangible world of information that we can see with our eyes and hold in our hands. We have learned to negate, or second guess, our inner perceptions, feelings, and awareness.

It takes practice and trust to develop the awareness of our innate ability to access guidance.

  • our gut responses.
  • our dreams and visions. 
  • our inner voice.
  • that guidance and direction is available to us.
  • that the answers will show up and possibly in quite surprising ways.
  • the messages may present themselves at any moment...when we open a book to a random page, turn on a radio station, or change the channel on the TV. The guidance may take shape in a conversation with a stranger, on a sign we pass on the road, or while brushing your teeth.

To open the channels for greater awareness and fine tune your reception, practice quieting the mind. You can do this by spending some time each day in stillness.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Grateful for a Soft Breeze

There's nothing like the feeling of a soft breeze on a summer's day. The smell of fresh air as it gently flows past, fills the space with its lightness of being. It is as if a cleansing wave has surrounded all that it touches, indoors or out.

"Oh there is blessing in this gentle breeze,
A visitant that while it fans my cheek
Doth seem half conscious of the joy it brings
From the green fields, and from yon azure sky.
What e'er its mission, the soft breeze can come
To none more grateful than to me; escaped
From the vast city, where I long had pined
A discontented sojourner: now free,
Free as a bird to settle where I will." 
~ William Wordsworth, from The Prelude

Monday, July 14, 2014

Grateful for Every Breath

It is way too easy to take the things for granted that have become second nature and automatic. They are so much a part of our everyday existence and can easily go unnoticed. Breathing is a prime example of this.

Luckily for most of us, breathing is controlled automatically. It's a great practice to increase awareness and appreciation of even the most basic of human functions.

Appreciate every breath you take.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Article - Understanding Gratitude

I read an article I want to share. It was posted a couple of years ago at the Huffington Post blog and written by Joel and Michelle Levey on Understanding the Science of Gratitude.

The article looks at two key symptoms of our society and how gratitude can play a role in healing the effects of both.
  1. The feeling of not having enough and not being enough
  2. Keeping busy in an effort to help alleviate the feeling of lack
Our internal lack mentality, along with the flow of messages from our environment, serves to reinforce the belief: if we had more we would find the happiness we seek. So we fall prey to any shiny object that appears to be able to give us more while seeking whatever we believe could make us feel we are enough and have enough.

The Levey's discuss how we look for external sources to provide satisfaction and happiness when the place to look is within.

Gratitude becomes the antidote. It gives us a method of focusing on the gifts we already have and encourages a positive view of life. "We shift from spinning in perpetual motion on the wheel of seeking happiness from the outside-in to generating happiness from the inside-out."

The article goes on to share the benefits of a daily gratitude practice and of keeping a gratitude journal. Also included, are examples of how gratitude is expressed in various spiritual traditions and a guided gratitude meditation that can easily be followed.

To read the Levey's article, visit: 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Visual Gratitude - Month of June

Visual Gratitude Journal - June 2014

I am happy to share my third month of filling a bristol board with paint and gratitude. I do love combining two of the important passions of my life.

These visual gratitude boards give me the opportunity to fill my month with paint and color and then add the many things I feel extraordinarily grateful for on top of that. The foundation of paint becomes the platform on which to record my blessings.

The July poster is already in progress and I will be back to share that with you next month. Wishing you all an excellent July.

You can view the completed monthly gratitude posters at:


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Gratitude Habit is Chosen for July Top 10 List!


The Gratitude Habit Journal and Workbook is featured in Aspire Magazine’s July Top 10 Inspiring Books list. Aspire is an inspirational online magazine for women that highlights female authors with an empowering message to share. I am honored and grateful that my book was chosen to be included on a list of books written by women dedicated to inspiring, empowering & supporting others. 

Check out this month’s Top 10 Inspiring Books.
"Aspire Magazine is the premiere inspirational magazine for women
and since 2005 Bestselling Publisher Linda Joy has been on a
mission to inspire women around the world by bringing them the 
best in inspirational, empowering content, resources and tools."

I checked out the June/July 2014 issue of Aspire Magazine and was quite impressed with the amount of rich content on it's 79 pages. You can see for yourself.

The June/July 2014 Issue of Aspire Magazine
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