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  • 11 Feb 2018
    My choices today prepare me for tomorrow's goals. Each day is a chance to make my life worth living. It is a tragedy to waste precious moments. I embrace every opportunity to achieve something great. I choose to actively work towards my goals regardless of the obstacles. Instead of crumbling under boulders of doubt, I choose to climb atop them and be victorious. Time is too precious to cower in fear of the unknown. I set a mission for myself each day. Having the foresight to attack goals in small parts is beneficial to my success. Although there are temptations that sometimes sidetrack me, I quickly resume my focus. I remind myself of what I am aiming at. That reminder easily puts me back on track towards hitting a target. My daily personal and professional goals support my life goals. My focus today is to become someone who knows how to handle success. Achieving this means hitting smaller daily targets successfully. Today, I spare very little time on idle exploits because I am on a road to success. Downtime is beneficial for renewal of purpose but I commit to resuming my journey. My choices today are an indication of what I am setting myself up to achieve tomorrow. Self-Reflection Questions: 1. How do I go about determining which choices are the right ones for me? 2. How do I know when I have swayed from the path to success? 3. What are some of the sacrifices I make while in pursuit of my goals?
    4871 Posted by Yolanda Moore
  • My choices today prepare me for tomorrow's goals. Each day is a chance to make my life worth living. It is a tragedy to waste precious moments. I embrace every opportunity to achieve something great. I choose to actively work towards my goals regardless of the obstacles. Instead of crumbling under boulders of doubt, I choose to climb atop them and be victorious. Time is too precious to cower in fear of the unknown. I set a mission for myself each day. Having the foresight to attack goals in small parts is beneficial to my success. Although there are temptations that sometimes sidetrack me, I quickly resume my focus. I remind myself of what I am aiming at. That reminder easily puts me back on track towards hitting a target. My daily personal and professional goals support my life goals. My focus today is to become someone who knows how to handle success. Achieving this means hitting smaller daily targets successfully. Today, I spare very little time on idle exploits because I am on a road to success. Downtime is beneficial for renewal of purpose but I commit to resuming my journey. My choices today are an indication of what I am setting myself up to achieve tomorrow. Self-Reflection Questions: 1. How do I go about determining which choices are the right ones for me? 2. How do I know when I have swayed from the path to success? 3. What are some of the sacrifices I make while in pursuit of my goals?
    Feb 11, 2018 4871
  • 02 Jan 2018
    "It is the fear of the material conditions that wrecks the material body. It is the fear of this or that, that prevents a channel from making for the greater supply."   Edgar Cayce "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper."   The Bible   For me, and for my clients, 2018 is a narrative in construction. We each create the story of our own lives every day. When we create we always ask ourselves whether we are creating from a place of fear or from a place of love? Fear holds the lowest vibration and love holds the highest. Sometimes my clients are creating from a place of fear that leads to Scare City or scarcity and then it behooves me, in conjunction with the Angels, to help them to move into the state of love, so that they move out of scarcity and into Prosper City. Prosperity. Prosperity or abundance does refer to money which is our current medium of exchange; however, abundance is far more than money! Abundance includes supportive and loving friends, glowing good health on all levels, a fulfilling career/work life, plenty of time for hobbies and recreational pursuits, romance, travel and anything else that you desire. Sometimes people do not understand that the aforementioned are considered part of an abundant or prosperous life. When I help my clients to get on the path to Prosper City, I first need to teach them that everything is energy. Absolutely every thought, everything tangible or intangible is energy. Most clients are aware of this. However, they may not be aware that beyond this - both tangible and intangible things can have their own consciousness. This idea of consciousness is important to grasp because consciousness itself is what creates energy and then energy produces the tangible outcomes we experience. There is a very organic sequence to outcomes. My approach, hand-in-wing with the Archangels, is helping people to claim their abundance. My approach is not compartmentalized. It is wholistic. I examine, with my client, their 'scarcity consciousness' and find that almost every time it goes back to a sense of their questioning as to whether they are worthy or deserving of their highest Good. Usually, there are layers upon layers of conditioning that need to be peeled away. You see, our money is not in one place, our health in another, and our relationships in yet another. The thread of 'lack' will run through every part of our being and it reveals itself in the language we employ and our behavior and integrity. What, in essence, I assist my clients to do - is to remove all ego from it. The ego (Edging God Out) is fearful and addicted to struggle. Therefore, whether my client's goal is to make more money or to attract and cultivate a romantic relationship it is in nurturing and fostering a consciousness of abundance that is crucial to success. Without the emotional effortlessness that comes with an abundance consciousness we are often unable to enter into divine flow. To get into the divine flow we must care about feeling good. I have found that mastering the art of feeling good requires a conscious decision and a strong commitment. My positive daily affirmations help me to feel good and my Angels prompted me to 'do' them early at the start of my day so that I could get a jump-start on positive emotions. Even if you find that your positive affirmations do not always make you feel 'good' you will note that they help you to feel 'better' which moves you in the direction of expansion rather than contraction. Of course, no daily routine for feeling good is complete without both a gratitude/appreciation practice and a consistent meditation practice. These practices do not take long and they help us to quieten our minds and increase our vibration which assists us to solve our problems because the solution to our problems is always at a higher frequency than that of the difficulties. Affirming "things are always working out for me" helps to raise our vibration and assists us into divine flow. I help my clients to dis-cover their limiting beliefs that hold them in Scare City. An abundant life is a life free of limiting beliefs. We can and must change our beliefs in order to experience abundance in all areas of our lives. A belief is just a repetitive thought. Thoughts we keep thinking. Our inherited belief systems can hold us back. If we can eliminate these belief systems we can open the door to prosperity. Most clients tell me that it was identifying these limiting beliefs that was the most difficult step of the three basic steps for them. They are so ingrained in us. However, once we have identified a limiting belief such as "you have to work hard for money" then you can begin to weaken that existing belief which is the second step. Some people want to skip this step but that is like putting wallpaper over a moldy wall - the mold continues to grow. So, to weaken the aforementioned limiting belief - we ask ourselves - "is this true for everyone?" When I did this I looked into my family background and found an ancestor who was in business and he barely worked, made a fortune and retired at thirty years of age and played cricket the rest of his life. Pop. So, there went that belief. What one of us can do anyone can do because, in spiritual truth, we are ONE. The third and final step to watching Scare City in our rear-view mirror is to replace that old belief with a new empowering belief that does not limit us. "I am boundless abundance in radiant expression." Explore visualization techniques, vision boards and hypnotherapy if you are so guided. The scarcity model is based in fear (False Expectations Appearing Real) and is also maintained by fear so remember to ask for help from the Angels. Archangel Michael will help you to dis-cover your courage and the Angels of Abundance will help you to manifest if you do your part as you team with Heaven. Co-creation. Positive thoughts attract wonderful opportunities to us; however, we still have to walk through the door of these opportunities. Positive thinking is only one ingredient in the recipe of manifestation. I knew a woman (let's call her Miranda) who for much of her life dreamed of a trip to Morocco. Miranda had very little money. So, she cut out pictures of Morocco and pasted them onto her vision board and focused on travelling there every day for two years or more. Through her amazing powers of manifestation and the resulting synchronicities (which lets you know you are on the path) Miranda met, in her hometown, an Iranian family who took a great liking to her and really enjoyed her company. When this family came to take their vacation - they had rented a villa in Morocco and they invited Miranda to go with them - all expenses paid - and she would have her own room! Miranda turned this offer down. I asked her why? Miranda said to me, "I need my sleep and there was a baby in the family and I was afraid this baby might cry and keep me awake." Fear kept Miranda from allowing herself to receive her wish come true. Self-sabotage comes in many forms and we are often not conscious of 'doing' it. When we commune with Angels we become aware of the many different ways that we keep ourselves out of Prosper City. Besides self-sabotage, we sometimes are held back due to circumstances from past lives such as past-life vows of poverty and/or chastity. Then, we wonder why we have no money or romantic life? A number of my clients, including myself, (being highly spiritual people) were nuns, priests or monks in a past life and therefore I help my clients to sever their ties to those vows if they wish to do so. I also help my clients to open up their "clairs" so that they are able to receive their divine guidance and can move from a lack mind-set to an abundance mind-set. Learning to love ourselves and to forgive ourselves is the key to abundance of every kind. A Course in Miracles says "all disease comes from a state of non-forgiveness." Call in Jesus or Mother Mary or Archangels Jeremiel and Zadkiel or Saint Padre Pio or whichever divinities or deities you work with and ask them to help you to forgive everyone everything in all directions of time. As Mr. Spock says: "Dif-tor heh smusma."  (Live long and prosper!) Love & Light,   Monica    www.awakeningspirit.ca 
    470 Posted by Monica Hemstock
  • "It is the fear of the material conditions that wrecks the material body. It is the fear of this or that, that prevents a channel from making for the greater supply."   Edgar Cayce "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper."   The Bible   For me, and for my clients, 2018 is a narrative in construction. We each create the story of our own lives every day. When we create we always ask ourselves whether we are creating from a place of fear or from a place of love? Fear holds the lowest vibration and love holds the highest. Sometimes my clients are creating from a place of fear that leads to Scare City or scarcity and then it behooves me, in conjunction with the Angels, to help them to move into the state of love, so that they move out of scarcity and into Prosper City. Prosperity. Prosperity or abundance does refer to money which is our current medium of exchange; however, abundance is far more than money! Abundance includes supportive and loving friends, glowing good health on all levels, a fulfilling career/work life, plenty of time for hobbies and recreational pursuits, romance, travel and anything else that you desire. Sometimes people do not understand that the aforementioned are considered part of an abundant or prosperous life. When I help my clients to get on the path to Prosper City, I first need to teach them that everything is energy. Absolutely every thought, everything tangible or intangible is energy. Most clients are aware of this. However, they may not be aware that beyond this - both tangible and intangible things can have their own consciousness. This idea of consciousness is important to grasp because consciousness itself is what creates energy and then energy produces the tangible outcomes we experience. There is a very organic sequence to outcomes. My approach, hand-in-wing with the Archangels, is helping people to claim their abundance. My approach is not compartmentalized. It is wholistic. I examine, with my client, their 'scarcity consciousness' and find that almost every time it goes back to a sense of their questioning as to whether they are worthy or deserving of their highest Good. Usually, there are layers upon layers of conditioning that need to be peeled away. You see, our money is not in one place, our health in another, and our relationships in yet another. The thread of 'lack' will run through every part of our being and it reveals itself in the language we employ and our behavior and integrity. What, in essence, I assist my clients to do - is to remove all ego from it. The ego (Edging God Out) is fearful and addicted to struggle. Therefore, whether my client's goal is to make more money or to attract and cultivate a romantic relationship it is in nurturing and fostering a consciousness of abundance that is crucial to success. Without the emotional effortlessness that comes with an abundance consciousness we are often unable to enter into divine flow. To get into the divine flow we must care about feeling good. I have found that mastering the art of feeling good requires a conscious decision and a strong commitment. My positive daily affirmations help me to feel good and my Angels prompted me to 'do' them early at the start of my day so that I could get a jump-start on positive emotions. Even if you find that your positive affirmations do not always make you feel 'good' you will note that they help you to feel 'better' which moves you in the direction of expansion rather than contraction. Of course, no daily routine for feeling good is complete without both a gratitude/appreciation practice and a consistent meditation practice. These practices do not take long and they help us to quieten our minds and increase our vibration which assists us to solve our problems because the solution to our problems is always at a higher frequency than that of the difficulties. Affirming "things are always working out for me" helps to raise our vibration and assists us into divine flow. I help my clients to dis-cover their limiting beliefs that hold them in Scare City. An abundant life is a life free of limiting beliefs. We can and must change our beliefs in order to experience abundance in all areas of our lives. A belief is just a repetitive thought. Thoughts we keep thinking. Our inherited belief systems can hold us back. If we can eliminate these belief systems we can open the door to prosperity. Most clients tell me that it was identifying these limiting beliefs that was the most difficult step of the three basic steps for them. They are so ingrained in us. However, once we have identified a limiting belief such as "you have to work hard for money" then you can begin to weaken that existing belief which is the second step. Some people want to skip this step but that is like putting wallpaper over a moldy wall - the mold continues to grow. So, to weaken the aforementioned limiting belief - we ask ourselves - "is this true for everyone?" When I did this I looked into my family background and found an ancestor who was in business and he barely worked, made a fortune and retired at thirty years of age and played cricket the rest of his life. Pop. So, there went that belief. What one of us can do anyone can do because, in spiritual truth, we are ONE. The third and final step to watching Scare City in our rear-view mirror is to replace that old belief with a new empowering belief that does not limit us. "I am boundless abundance in radiant expression." Explore visualization techniques, vision boards and hypnotherapy if you are so guided. The scarcity model is based in fear (False Expectations Appearing Real) and is also maintained by fear so remember to ask for help from the Angels. Archangel Michael will help you to dis-cover your courage and the Angels of Abundance will help you to manifest if you do your part as you team with Heaven. Co-creation. Positive thoughts attract wonderful opportunities to us; however, we still have to walk through the door of these opportunities. Positive thinking is only one ingredient in the recipe of manifestation. I knew a woman (let's call her Miranda) who for much of her life dreamed of a trip to Morocco. Miranda had very little money. So, she cut out pictures of Morocco and pasted them onto her vision board and focused on travelling there every day for two years or more. Through her amazing powers of manifestation and the resulting synchronicities (which lets you know you are on the path) Miranda met, in her hometown, an Iranian family who took a great liking to her and really enjoyed her company. When this family came to take their vacation - they had rented a villa in Morocco and they invited Miranda to go with them - all expenses paid - and she would have her own room! Miranda turned this offer down. I asked her why? Miranda said to me, "I need my sleep and there was a baby in the family and I was afraid this baby might cry and keep me awake." Fear kept Miranda from allowing herself to receive her wish come true. Self-sabotage comes in many forms and we are often not conscious of 'doing' it. When we commune with Angels we become aware of the many different ways that we keep ourselves out of Prosper City. Besides self-sabotage, we sometimes are held back due to circumstances from past lives such as past-life vows of poverty and/or chastity. Then, we wonder why we have no money or romantic life? A number of my clients, including myself, (being highly spiritual people) were nuns, priests or monks in a past life and therefore I help my clients to sever their ties to those vows if they wish to do so. I also help my clients to open up their "clairs" so that they are able to receive their divine guidance and can move from a lack mind-set to an abundance mind-set. Learning to love ourselves and to forgive ourselves is the key to abundance of every kind. A Course in Miracles says "all disease comes from a state of non-forgiveness." Call in Jesus or Mother Mary or Archangels Jeremiel and Zadkiel or Saint Padre Pio or whichever divinities or deities you work with and ask them to help you to forgive everyone everything in all directions of time. As Mr. Spock says: "Dif-tor heh smusma."  (Live long and prosper!) Love & Light,   Monica    www.awakeningspirit.ca 
    Jan 02, 2018 470
  • 04 Dec 2017
    What does it mean to live intentionally? Living an intentional life is the opposite of living a life of chance with a lack of awareness. What are your long-term goals? Why did you decide to read this article? Why did you choose the foods that you did for your last meal? If you can’t answer these questions without giving it some thought, you’re not living intentionally. Choose to live an intentional life: 1.Intentional living requires making decisions. You can’t have any intention without having made a decision first. Sit down and choose a direction for your life. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to own? What kind of life do you want to live? Make some choices and then choose your actions each day in accordance with those objectives. 2.Evaluate your behavior. To live an intentional life, you must evaluate and understand yourself. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you fail to do the things you don’t do? What motivates your actions each day? Are you moving toward short-term pleasure or avoiding short-term pain? Or are your actions directed toward an intentional purpose? Before taking any action, ask yourself what your intention is. Are you heading toward the refrigerator to satisfy your hunger, ease your anxiety, cure your boredom, or fuel your body in a healthy manner for what lies ahead in the next few hours? Evaluate all of your chosen and avoided behaviors. Learn what makes you tick. 3.Examine and know your values and beliefs. Your values and beliefs can make it easier to live intentionally. You might have the intention to live a life based on contribution, honesty, or love. Your belief that everyone should be able to read can guide your life. Giving your values and beliefs priority makes many of your formerly challenging decisions obvious. 8.The key to intentional living is mindfulness in all parts of life. Mindfulness seems to be the cure for everything except the common cold. Be mindful of your intentions, thoughts, actions, and goals. If you’re truly mindful, you’re already living an intentional life. An intentional life creates more thought than an unintentional life. You must make conscious decisions and question your thoughts and actions. Seek to be more aware of your desires and choose your behaviors accordingly. Habits can be the bane of intentional living unless you chose your habits intentionally. Be mindful and take responsibility for your results, and you’ll find that more of your results please you 4.Stress important actions over easy actions. Intentional living stresses taking effective action over personal comfort. It’s about having a higher purpose than taking it easy. Continuously ask yourself, “Is this the most effective action I could be taking?” 5.Choose your habits. Most of your habits seemed to develop on their own. It’s important to choose your habits. Habits can mask your intentions by removing the thought process from the equation. 6.Know your intentions for each day. You may have a broad intention of having financial freedom. A narrower intention might be to be debt-free. From there, you may have the intention of saving more money so you can pay down your debt faster. Your intention for today might be to avoid any spending that isn’t absolutely necessary. 7.Be proactive. Is your apartment lease ending in three months? Start looking for new place. The alternative is to wait until you’re out of time. Then you have few options and you can’t really live intentionally. You’re forced to roll the dice and take whatever you can find on short notice. This is the opposite of intentional living. 8.The key to intentional living is mindfulness in all parts of life. Mindfulness seems to be the cure for everything except the common cold. Be mindful of your intentions, thoughts, actions, and goals. If you’re truly mindful, you’re already living an intentional life. An intentional life creates more thought than an unintentional life. You must make conscious decisions and question your thoughts and actions. Seek to be more aware of your desires and choose your behaviors accordingly. Habits can be the bane of intentional living unless you chose your habits intentionally. Be mindful and take responsibility for your results, and you’ll find that more of your results please you
    1040 Posted by Yolanda Moore
  • What does it mean to live intentionally? Living an intentional life is the opposite of living a life of chance with a lack of awareness. What are your long-term goals? Why did you decide to read this article? Why did you choose the foods that you did for your last meal? If you can’t answer these questions without giving it some thought, you’re not living intentionally. Choose to live an intentional life: 1.Intentional living requires making decisions. You can’t have any intention without having made a decision first. Sit down and choose a direction for your life. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to own? What kind of life do you want to live? Make some choices and then choose your actions each day in accordance with those objectives. 2.Evaluate your behavior. To live an intentional life, you must evaluate and understand yourself. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you fail to do the things you don’t do? What motivates your actions each day? Are you moving toward short-term pleasure or avoiding short-term pain? Or are your actions directed toward an intentional purpose? Before taking any action, ask yourself what your intention is. Are you heading toward the refrigerator to satisfy your hunger, ease your anxiety, cure your boredom, or fuel your body in a healthy manner for what lies ahead in the next few hours? Evaluate all of your chosen and avoided behaviors. Learn what makes you tick. 3.Examine and know your values and beliefs. Your values and beliefs can make it easier to live intentionally. You might have the intention to live a life based on contribution, honesty, or love. Your belief that everyone should be able to read can guide your life. Giving your values and beliefs priority makes many of your formerly challenging decisions obvious. 8.The key to intentional living is mindfulness in all parts of life. Mindfulness seems to be the cure for everything except the common cold. Be mindful of your intentions, thoughts, actions, and goals. If you’re truly mindful, you’re already living an intentional life. An intentional life creates more thought than an unintentional life. You must make conscious decisions and question your thoughts and actions. Seek to be more aware of your desires and choose your behaviors accordingly. Habits can be the bane of intentional living unless you chose your habits intentionally. Be mindful and take responsibility for your results, and you’ll find that more of your results please you 4.Stress important actions over easy actions. Intentional living stresses taking effective action over personal comfort. It’s about having a higher purpose than taking it easy. Continuously ask yourself, “Is this the most effective action I could be taking?” 5.Choose your habits. Most of your habits seemed to develop on their own. It’s important to choose your habits. Habits can mask your intentions by removing the thought process from the equation. 6.Know your intentions for each day. You may have a broad intention of having financial freedom. A narrower intention might be to be debt-free. From there, you may have the intention of saving more money so you can pay down your debt faster. Your intention for today might be to avoid any spending that isn’t absolutely necessary. 7.Be proactive. Is your apartment lease ending in three months? Start looking for new place. The alternative is to wait until you’re out of time. Then you have few options and you can’t really live intentionally. You’re forced to roll the dice and take whatever you can find on short notice. This is the opposite of intentional living. 8.The key to intentional living is mindfulness in all parts of life. Mindfulness seems to be the cure for everything except the common cold. Be mindful of your intentions, thoughts, actions, and goals. If you’re truly mindful, you’re already living an intentional life. An intentional life creates more thought than an unintentional life. You must make conscious decisions and question your thoughts and actions. Seek to be more aware of your desires and choose your behaviors accordingly. Habits can be the bane of intentional living unless you chose your habits intentionally. Be mindful and take responsibility for your results, and you’ll find that more of your results please you
    Dec 04, 2017 1040
  • 14 Nov 2017
    Finding happiness seems to be as elusive as finding Big Foot. Thousands of articles, hundreds of books and dozens of researchers are all trying to find the answer to a question we all seek. How do we find and hold on to happiness. Most people automatically assume that happiness can only be found through the acquisition of their desires. Once I have money I’ll be happy, once I have a relationship I’ll be happy, once I’m healthy I’ll be happy, once my business takes off I’ll be happy. The problem is, it doesn’t work for everyone all the time. Not all rich people are happy, not all married people are happy, not all healthy people are happy, and not all successful entrepreneurs are happy. So what gives? Clearly the achievement of your desire does not lead to sustained happiness. The key word being sustained. Sure we may be happy for a little while, but then we start having new desires and soon our happiness is contingent on the achievement of those new desires.   So if success does not lead to happiness, what does? There are other theories out there. Martin Seligman, a pioneer in positive psychology identifies three himself. The first is happiness through pleasure, where you maximize positive emotions and minimize negative emotions. The second is happiness through engagement, where one is constantly seeking out activities that are engaging and put someone in flow. The third is meaning, where one seeks happiness by being included in and serving something bigger than themselves. In later years, Seligman actually combined these three elements and added accomplishments and relationships to the list, therefore identifying 5 elements necessary for happiness. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sze/the-father-of-positive-ps_b_7600226.html The issue with his theory is the same as with achieving your desire. You’re trying to seek happiness through external means, and that’s ultimately the problem. Happiness cannot be found outside of you. It only comes from within. Our thoughts determine how we feel. And that includes happiness. And sadness and depression and anxiety and appreciation and anger and joy and peace and every other emotion under the sun. Sure, having nice things and a loving relationship and a healthy body sure makes it easier to think nice thoughts, but how many people actually appreciate what they have? It’s like the lyrics in Joni Mitchell’s song Big Yellow Taxi, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” People tend to focus their attention on the next thing they’re chasing and not what they have. In other words the focus is on the lack of something. Happiness can never come as long as we focus on the lack. But start to focus on what you have (wherever you are) and you’ll notice your feelings will begin to change. You’ll start to feel good because you’ll start to realize how good you have it (even if the good is relatively not a lot). Of course there are several other tips and techniques you can use to change how you feel, and they all have to do with your thoughts. Of course that’s scary and empowering at the same time. Scary because happiness is your responsibility and has nothing to do with anyone or anything else. Empowering because happiness is your responsibility and has nothing to do with anyone or anything else. It all depends of course on how you look at it. And that’s the point. It comes down to perspective. Your perspective on any subject is what makes your break how you feel and ultimately your life experience. I know this is probably counter to what you’ve (at least subconsciously) thought happiness is, so I’m interested in your thoughts. Does it make sense or am I completely crazy? Leave a comment and let’s further the conversation.
    1410 Posted by Dave A
  • Dave ABy Dave A
    Finding happiness seems to be as elusive as finding Big Foot. Thousands of articles, hundreds of books and dozens of researchers are all trying to find the answer to a question we all seek. How do we find and hold on to happiness. Most people automatically assume that happiness can only be found through the acquisition of their desires. Once I have money I’ll be happy, once I have a relationship I’ll be happy, once I’m healthy I’ll be happy, once my business takes off I’ll be happy. The problem is, it doesn’t work for everyone all the time. Not all rich people are happy, not all married people are happy, not all healthy people are happy, and not all successful entrepreneurs are happy. So what gives? Clearly the achievement of your desire does not lead to sustained happiness. The key word being sustained. Sure we may be happy for a little while, but then we start having new desires and soon our happiness is contingent on the achievement of those new desires.   So if success does not lead to happiness, what does? There are other theories out there. Martin Seligman, a pioneer in positive psychology identifies three himself. The first is happiness through pleasure, where you maximize positive emotions and minimize negative emotions. The second is happiness through engagement, where one is constantly seeking out activities that are engaging and put someone in flow. The third is meaning, where one seeks happiness by being included in and serving something bigger than themselves. In later years, Seligman actually combined these three elements and added accomplishments and relationships to the list, therefore identifying 5 elements necessary for happiness. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sze/the-father-of-positive-ps_b_7600226.html The issue with his theory is the same as with achieving your desire. You’re trying to seek happiness through external means, and that’s ultimately the problem. Happiness cannot be found outside of you. It only comes from within. Our thoughts determine how we feel. And that includes happiness. And sadness and depression and anxiety and appreciation and anger and joy and peace and every other emotion under the sun. Sure, having nice things and a loving relationship and a healthy body sure makes it easier to think nice thoughts, but how many people actually appreciate what they have? It’s like the lyrics in Joni Mitchell’s song Big Yellow Taxi, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” People tend to focus their attention on the next thing they’re chasing and not what they have. In other words the focus is on the lack of something. Happiness can never come as long as we focus on the lack. But start to focus on what you have (wherever you are) and you’ll notice your feelings will begin to change. You’ll start to feel good because you’ll start to realize how good you have it (even if the good is relatively not a lot). Of course there are several other tips and techniques you can use to change how you feel, and they all have to do with your thoughts. Of course that’s scary and empowering at the same time. Scary because happiness is your responsibility and has nothing to do with anyone or anything else. Empowering because happiness is your responsibility and has nothing to do with anyone or anything else. It all depends of course on how you look at it. And that’s the point. It comes down to perspective. Your perspective on any subject is what makes your break how you feel and ultimately your life experience. I know this is probably counter to what you’ve (at least subconsciously) thought happiness is, so I’m interested in your thoughts. Does it make sense or am I completely crazy? Leave a comment and let’s further the conversation.
    Nov 14, 2017 1410