"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
- Norman Vincent Peale
Week 1: Hope
Congratulations! Today is a new day and a chance to make good on your resolution. What are you focusing on?
If the world around you is a field of possibilities that take shape in reflection to your thoughts, why don't you already have what you want? Why aren't things changing the way you want them to? Well, let's take a look at your thoughts.
I don't mean the passing, random things that cross your mind. I mean the thoughts that hold your focus, those which you always return to. What are you focusing on? Remember, it is your mental focus calls your experiences into being.
What we focus on tends to be shaped by our belief structure. Beliefs are reinforced by feelings and the reaction to feelings drives our mental focus. So, your focus may be shaped by what you are trying to avoid.
Think about it. What feelings are you trying to avoid? What behavior in other people are you trying to avoid? That avoidance is focus and your focus may send you back, time and time again, to unhealthy habits. It may be a fruitless attempt at control.
Remember, that which you seek to avoid or control continues to flourish, because your behavior is sending it energy. Facing what you have been avoiding may be uncomfortable at first, but it will lead to awareness.
Awareness is essential for meaningful change.
Take time today to review your thoughts, your system of thinking. Do not try to stop it or control it, just notice it. Meditation is the best tool for reviewing your thoughts. And, thankfully, there are many ways to meditate.
Wherever you are, first please sit down. You can meditate in any position, but it is best for your situation to be in a position that is both relaxed and alert.
To keep your back straight during meditation you may lean against a wall or pillow.
Pick up your LifeParticle Card (or find a digital version at ChangeYourEnergy.com
); take 30 seconds to look at the LifeParticle Sun. This will help you shift your focus to what you want to achieve.
Now close your eyes; take a deep breath and slowly exhale until you empty out your lungs. Relax your shoulders and breathe like this 2 more times.
Keep your eyes closed and imagine yourself in your business, or the home you shared with your ex, or some environment strongly associated with your challenge. Imagine all the furniture, plants, or artwork in the space. Relax your body and see yourself in the center of this space.
Begin deep breathing again and with each exhale imagine something disappears from the room. Keep breathing and emptying the space around you for 2 minutes.
When you are done, shake your shoulders vigorously for 30 seconds to release any remaining tension. Do you feel lighter?
Now you can begin to feel free to release everything you know about your situation and get a fresh perspective.
Now say the weekly affirmation out loud. If possible, look at yourself in the mirror.
“In every day, in every way, I am changing and growing. I can choose to make it better!”
Get the motivation and inspiration to stay on track with your personal goals by taking the 2014 New Year’s Resolution Challenge
Important Practice Tips
In just 21 days, you can unlock your hidden potential and transform your habits for a more fulfilled life. With a simple combination of daily inspiration, meditation, breathing exercises and affirmations, you can achieve your goals and create the life you really want.
Try to meditate at the same time every day:
Please remember that meditation involves your body and mind. Both will respond best to a consistent practice at a regular time. You will have better results if you do this around the same time every day.
Be patient with the Healing Process:
These 21 days will be process of self-healing. The healing process means that some emotional items you identify and release may seem to intensify as you are releasing them.
Also, there may be subtle physical reactions to the emotional release such as unexpected exhaustion or mild achiness.
This message is not intended as medical advice, so please consult your healthcare practitioner with any health concerns.