Conscious Living

Conscious Cat Sunday: When Work Becomes Play

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I nabbed the photo above from Richard Branson’s Facebook page because I loved the quote so much. And okay, I couldn’t help embellish it a little, because how cool would it be if Allegra and Ruby actually got to hang with Richard Branson?

But back to the quote. I consider myself fortunate that I love what I do for a living, and much of my work feels like play. I love working from home, and being my own boss. But with all this freedom come some challenges when it comes to what is known in popular parlance as “work life balance.” I can’t remember the last time I worked an eight hour day, and I definitely can’t remember the last time when I took an entire weekend off. But does it really matter, when I love my work?

Richard Branson’s quote made me realize that it doesn’t. Continue Reading

Conscious Cat Sunday: Just for Today

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Reiki is an energy therapy that originated in Japan. The word Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is a Japanese composite word usually translated as “universal life energy”. It is based on the idea that all living beings have life energy flowing through them. When life energy is high, you, or your cats, are healthy and balanced, more relaxed and less likely to get sick. When it is low, cats and humans alike will be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness. Reiki helps return the body to its natural state of balance and well-being.

One of the tenets of Reiki are the five principles, sometimes also known as the five precepts. These “rules to live by” are based on the teachings of Mikao Usui, who developed the practice in the 1920’s. And you don’t have to be a Reiki practitioner to find these principles helpful Continue Reading

Conscious Cat Sunday: Gratitude

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 We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. – Cynthia Ozick

Gratitude makes you happy. Research by Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis into the psychology of gratitude has shown that people who practice gratitude are 25% happier.  They are more optimistic about the future and feel better about their lives.

The energy of gratitude is a powerful force.  It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance and joy. Gratitude is about being in the present moment, and appreciating what’s around you. Gratitude is about choice: you have the power to choose how you view any given situation in your life.

Gratitude is also a practice. Practicing gratitude is a great way to start and end each day.  Think about five things you’re grateful for before you get out of bed each morning, and again before you go to sleep each night.  Do this for a few days and you will notice how the shift in your energy will transform your life.

My five for today are:

1. Allegra

2. Ruby

3. A lovely breeze coming in through the open window.

4. That first cup of fresh brewed coffee in the morning.

5. Good health – my own, as well as Allegra’s and Ruby’s.

What five things are you grateful for today?

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New Year’s Intentions

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Another New Year, another round of New Year’s resolutions.  Lose weight, eat healthier, begin a fitness program, spend more time with family and friends, enjoy life more — these are probably some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions on most peoples’ lists.  They’re also the resolutions most likely to be broken by the end of January.  Maybe it’s time for a shift in consciousness when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.  Instead of making resolutions this year, why not set New Year’s Intentions?
 
The definition of intention, according to Merriam Webster, is “a determination to act in a certain way”, whereas the definition of resolution is “the act of determining.”  There’s a subtle difference, but one (intention) implies that we are actually determined to do something differently, whereas the other (resolution) simply states that we’ve decided to change something.   The difference from a vibrational perspective is far greater than these definitions suggest.  Our thoughts create our reality.  Law of Attraction teaches us that like attracts like, so when we focus our thoughts on what we would like to create in our lives, we attract it to us.  Setting an intention is nothing more than focusing our thoughts on a desired outcome.
 
Using the example of wanting to lose weight, rather than making a resolution to loose weight, which focuses on the extra weight we’re trying to get rid of, it makes more sense from a vibrational perspective to set the intention that we’re going to have a healthy, slender body that feels good.  The universe doesn’t distinguish between thoughts about what we want or don’t want, it will attract what we think about.  So if we continue to think about how we don’t want to be overweight or how we need to drop those extra pounds, we’re only going to attract more of what we don’t want into our lives — which, in this case, is extra weight!  If, however, we think about how great it will feel to have a healthy, slender body that feels good and moves well, we’re well on our way to achieving our goal.
 
Now that’s not to say we don’t still have to exercise more and eat right, but by setting the intention and focusing our thoughts on the desired outcome, we will naturally want to make the choices that are in alignment with our desire.  Our choices become “inspired action” — the action of eating better and exercising more will feel like the next logical step rather than a battle or a chore.
 
We all have the power to choose our thoughts.  This New Year’s, why not choose to set intentions that will put you on the road to success, rather than making resolutions that are doomed to fail?

All You Need Is Love

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Guest Post by Cheryl Harris

In 1967 the Beatles were asked to write and perform a new song for an international television broadcast called “One World”.  The song would be broadcast in 17 countries around the world.   Because love is a word that is understood in every language, John Lennon wrote “All You Need Is Love”. 

While the song is a fun and lighthearted walk down memory lane, it also communicates many great aspects of conscious creation.  Some of my favorite lyrics are:

There is nothing you can do that can’t be done.
There is nothing you can know that can’t be known.
There is nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.
All you need is love.

Love is one of the highest resonating energies in the universe.  By focusing your energy on being a loving person and seeing the love in everyone and every situation, the Law of Attraction will cause you to receive more love in return.   When you are aligned with the energy of love, you are aligned with the Universal energy of God.  That means:

  • You can do anything.
  • You have access to all knowledge.
  • You are shown the way.
  • You will be in the right place at the right time.
  • It’s easy.
  • All you need is love.

The best way to maximize your success and reach your highest potential is to bring the energy of love into every aspect of your life.  Surround yourself with people and environments that support you and radiate the uplifting energy of love.

When you approach any aspect of your life with an energy that is not based in love, pretend to be someone you aren’t, worry, struggle, regret, blame, etc., it changes your vibration, which changes what you see and therefore what you receive.   While you shift your energy to being more loving in every aspect of your life, remember to also be gentle and loving with yourself.  Courage, forgiveness, and acceptance are emotions that do not resonate as high as love but are still worthy of your acknowledgement, celebration, and gratitude when the emotions are associated with changing old patterns that move you closer to the energy of love.

Cheryl Harris is CEO of Conscious Creations Inc.  She is best known for her Conscious Creation Coaching Programs that use proven strategies to leverage the Law of Attraction in your favor.  Her international client base includes entrepreneurs, celebrities, and a top Fortune 100 company.  Nick named “Little Buddha” and “The Idea Generator”, clients call her a master at providing support and describe shifting from fear to celebration as they move into the fullness of life.  You can learn more about Cheryl and her programs at http://consciouscreationsinc.com/.

Five Habits to Expand Your Thinking

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Our thoughts create our reality, so it makes sense that by thinking big, you’ll create a big life for yourself on all levels – spiritual, emotional, and physical.  The five habits below will help you expand your thinking, and as a result, expand your life. 

1.  Your choices create your outcomes.

In order to create something for yourself, you have to decide that what you want is yours now, not a week from now, a month from now, five years from now.  Get into the feeling place of what it feels like to have or be what you want, and then make the necessary changes in your life to create it.  This may be uncomfortable at times and you may be stepping outside of your comfort zone, but by keeping the vision of what you want in mind, you get clearer, and you make your decisions based on your vision.   Think about making your decisions from a place of already having what you want, not from where you are now.  Decide to keep stepping into your “yes.”

2.  Your habits create your outcomes.

If you want to be a marathon runner, develop the habits of a marathon runner.  If you want to be a millionaire, develop the habits of a millionaire.  If you want to be healthy, develop the habits of someone who is healthy.  Think and act from the place of where you want to be.  Your physical and personal habits need to be in alignment with your vision.

3.  Your environments create your outcomes.

Do you love where you live and work?  Create an environment that supports you and your vision.  An environment that is in alignment with your vision frees you to focus your energy on achieving your dream.  How about your emotional environment?  Are the people around you supportive of your vision and your dreams?  The environment that created the you that you are now may not be the environment that is going to create the you that you want to be. What about your intellectual environment?  Pay attention to how the people around you think.  Be around people who think positive and who think big as much as you can.  If you’re around people who worry and fear, remember that fear and worry are not truth, and try to limit interactions with negative people.  Set up a support system that works for you.

4.  Continually raise your abundance thermometer. 

We live in an abundant universe and there is enough of everything for everyone.  Everything we could possibly need or want is available to us, if only we allow it into our experience.  You can’t manifest abundance with a scarcity mindset.  Expect abundance in your life and allow yourself to receive it on all levels – spiritual, emotional and physical. 

5.  Focus on the “why.”

Why do you want what you want?  Tap into your life’s purpose and your passion.  Once you’ve identified what your passion and purpose are, it becomes easier to line up with living authentically to let your life reflect that purpose in all aspects.  When you consider why you want something, your vibration usually shifts toward your desire.  Whenever you consider how it will happen, or when, or who will bring it to you, your vibration usually shifts back toward the problem and all the reasons why you can’t have it.

By implementing all of these habits in your life, you will find your energy shifting.  If implementing all of them at once feels too overwhelming, start with one new habit at a time.  People will ask you what you’re doing differently, what your “secret” is.  Your life will expand.

Make a Conscious Decision to Get Happy

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Is there a formula for happiness?  Is there one sure-fire way to achieve everything we want in life?  Well, actually, there just might be.  And it’s as simple, or as complicated, as getting happy.  Simple, because we all have the power to do it.  Complicated, because our conditioning tells us it’s not that easy.

Everything around us is energy, including our thoughts.  Law of Attraction teaches us that like attracts like.  If we focus our thoughts on things that make us happy, we attract more of the same.   But how do we do this in a world that seems to be so full of unhappy things?

We do it by making a conscious decision that we want to be happy.  We have the power to choose our thoughts – so why not choose thoughs that make us feel good?  We can make these conscious choices in every single moment – by choosing to focus on what is working in our lives rather than complaining about what isn’t, by choosing books and television programs that make us feel good rather than depressed or upset, by choosing to be with people who uplift us rather than drag us down into negativity.

Choosing your thoughts, and choosing what to focus on is key in this process.  We often think of choice as something that has to involve a “yes” or “no” decision.  When you begin to think of choice as saying “yes” to what you want, rather than “no” to what you don’t want, you will find your energy shifting. 

Once we focus predominantly on that which makes us feel good, we’ll find that the world around us changes.  Life flows more easily.   We attract people and situations into our reality that are pleasant rather than frustrating.   Our lives work.  We get happy.

Today, make a conscious choice:  no matter where I’m going, no matter what I’m doing, no matter who I’m doing it with, I’m going to look for things that make me feel good. 

And if you need a little help with feeling good, look to your animal companions.  They’re masters at making themselves feel good.  Have you ever watched a cat follow the sunny spots in the house, or a dog roll around on his back in the freshly mown grass just because it feels sooooo good?

Get happy today!

Choose to Live a Conscious Life

Our planet is undergoing a massive shift in consciousness, and as a result, individuals are questioning the old ways of living and making new, more conscious choices about how to live their lives.  But what does conscious living really mean?

The definition of the word conscious is “to be aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts and surroundings”.  It also means “being fully aware or sensitive to something”, “aware of oneself”, and “deliberate and intentional”.  All these terms take us right to the heart of what conscious living means.

Being aware of our thoughts and emotions allows us to make conscious choices about everything from what we feel like wearing today to which career path we want to take.  Thoughts are energy, and each thought has a vibration attached to it that sends a message to the universe to attract things to us that match the vibration of the thought we send out.  We all have the ability to focus our thoughts, and when we deliberately focus them on what we want rather than on what we don’t want, we begin taking charge of consciously creating our lives.  Being aware of our emotions adds power to this process – emotions are our instant guidance as to whether a thought moves us in the direction of what we want or away from it.  When a thought feels good, we’re moving towards our desires.  When it feels bad, we’re moving in the opposite direction. 

Being fully aware is the first step to consciously living our lives.  It is this awareness that allows us to tune in to our inner guidance, and the more we do that, the more we are able to become deliberate and intentional in choosing our thoughts. 

Ultimately, conscious living means making choices that are in alignment with who we really are at our core.  Using our emotions as guidance, we can make choices about everything from the foods we eat to the cosmetics we use to the products we buy for our pets.  The more we make these conscious choices, the more whole our lives will become.  Every choice becomes a conscious expression of our authentic selves in the world.  The more we pay attention to what our inner self really wants and needs, the more congruent our lives become.

Be forewarned – conscious living is addictive.  Once you live your life from that place of authenticity, you will have very little tolerance for anything less.

Some conscious choices people make can be as simple as eating organic foods, purchasing cruelty-free personal care products, using environmentally friendly products, and watching movies and television programs that carry a positive message, or as far-reaching as leaving a job that is not in alignment with their authentic self to start their own conscious business. 

The important thing is to start somewhere, one small choice at a time.  Make that simple choice, and watch your life begin to change.

Lessons from Party Cat – courtesy of Abraham

Abraham is a collective consciousness speaking through Esther Hicks.  To Wayne Dyer, they are “the great Masters of the Universe”, Louise Hay has called them “some of the best teachers on the planet today”.  A veritable who’s who of speakers, teachers and authors continue to publicly acknowledge and praise the immense value of the wisdom that is pouring forth through Esther.  They’ve been a major influence in my life over the past two or three years.

One of my favorite pieces is this video on the lessons the animals (or “beasts”, as Abraham lovingly calls them) teach us, as demonstrated by “Party Cat”:

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