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Sunday, April 29, 2018

5 Ways of Thinking

Good morning!

Hope you are enjoying feeling Spring in the air, even if we are poised to receive more snow and icy rain tomorrow. My two dogs seem to sense something on the horizon -- they were both up uncharacteristically early, ready at the back door to go frolic and explore.

In college I read Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, about about surviving the concentration camps in Nazi Germany, while daily confronting the challenge to survive when there seems no reason to live.

“We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way... When we are lo longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Frankl’s mother, father, brother and wife all died in the camps. He survived four camps including Auschwitz by somehow being able to transcend the threat of his own death by being aware that he had the ability to control his attitude about it.

What do we as individuals do when we are faced with severe personal trials or events beyond our control that create fear, doubt, despair and dissolution? If we focus only upon the worst of it, upon negativity, worry or anger, we only feed the fear. Obsessive thoughts are always based in fear. These thoughts are not reality based and are often exaggerated. It is the fear behind obsessive thoughts that drives up our anxiety level.

Many people are obsessed with worry about what may happen during these turbulent transitions. During this time it is important to replace fearful thoughts with hopeful and positive thoughts. It is the unreal “what ifs” that keep us in an emotional and mental turmoil. While fear may be a thief of peace, we are the ones robbing ourselves of precious time -- time that we could be celebrating the gift of life with our family and friends.

Remember Frankl‘s words: “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms; to choose one’s attitude in in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Fear may come true for that which one is afraid of.”

Do not allow these uncertain times to dictate your thoughts and enslave your spirit. Train your mind to think and feel positive about what your future holds. We create with our thoughts, so let’s create abundance, ease and grace for ourselves and our world.

Five ways of thinking that help me to feel good and create a positive future:

  1. In every moment I choose to feel that the the highest and best outcome is being orchestrated for me.
  2. I choose thoughts that are positive and hopeful, and avoid negative messages, people, and the news.
  3. I co-create a joyful life for myself by living in the moment and avoiding the fear-creating “what ifs.”
  4. I make it a priority to connect and align with my Source and Spirit every day, breathing, exercising, practicing gratitude and taking extremely good care of myself.
  5. I will not be a victim of disconnection and fear, and commit to living a powerful, positive and happy life.

In Reiki training we learn about the five Reiki Principles, which serve as a foundation for a way to live your life. These are:

Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to every living thing.

Simple, but a very good practice.

I wish you much peace and the power to choose what you want.

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