You Are A Gift

Merry Christmas - You Are A GiftIn the holiday season, you might find yourself hustling and bustling, thinking of what you are going to buy or bake or how you will decorate your home or how you will plan for a party… and this is all on top of living your regular life! You might be worrying about relationships, your success or your heath. You might feel overwhelmed, confused, impatient or even angry. You might have troubles falling asleep or staying asleep, as the torrent of your thoughts piles through your head. The possibilities of where your mind can take you are absolutely endless. But, notice I have just reminded you that it is your thoughts that you allow to control you. Your thoughts are not who you are.

At our core, we are innate goodness and love. Who we are, as young children, is who we really are – loving, trusting, free, imaginative and completely accepting.

When we come to love ourselves, we gradually let go of our worries and fears and open our hearts. It is more natural for us to love and have positive feelings than to fear and have negative feelings. When we discover our inner beauty, we come alive again and our biggest needs are met. We are able to relate lovingly to others and know how to embrace the present moment.

I ask you to stop being so hard on yourself. I ask you to take stock of the person you have become. Take stock of your accomplishments. All challenges and regrets are learning ground. Take stock of what you have learned. Take stock of all the aspects of your life that are not as you want them to be. Be thankful that it’s those aspects of your life that are not as you want them to be, as opposed to others. Be grateful for where you are right now, in this very moment. I ask you to be grateful for it all until feelings of acceptance and understanding engulf you.

I am imagining you experiencing these feelings and your smile as it spreads across your face. I am imagining your eyes shining brightly. I am feeling the love within you come alive. YOU are a GIFT. You have talents unique to you, you are loved, you are perfect just the way you are and your life is exactly the way it is supposed to be at this time. If in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, my message reminds you that you are a gift, I have done my job.

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Until next time,

Meredith

The Power of Affirmations

bigstock-Stress-Management-in-word-coll-38840914I used to smoke cigarettes in my twenties.  Sometimes people would tell me that I didn’t look like a smoker (hmmm what does a smoker look like?) and they would ask me why I smoked.  I told them that I was rebelling from my childhood and that I would stop smoking, as soon as I became pregnant, believing that it would be entirely easy for me to do so.  As soon as I found out I was pregnant, which luckily was in the first few weeks of my pregnancy, I quit smoking (too bad it didn’t happen before I became pregnant!).  I never desired a cigarette again.  Who quits smoking without ever desiring to smoke again?  Only a person that had unknowingly used the power of an affirmation for over a decade and came to believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that they would accomplish that task, no problem.   This also showed me that whatever we believe and say, in our heads or out loud, is really an affirmation.

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Dreaming the Dream

bigstock-Success-Freedom-Woman-near-the-30640106At this time, each year, we have the privilege of experiencing a moment of time, in which we think about what the New Year might hold for each of us.  We can dream of making an aspect or many aspects of our lives better or we can dream about continuing to be overcome by the joy that we are currently experiencing.   Dreaming the dream is, in itself, so incredible…. and whatever we can dream for ourselves really is possible for ourselves, otherwise we wouldn’t dream it.

When I think back to the dreams I had last January, I remember wanting my book published and in my hands by my 41st birthday even though I had no idea how to publish a book – it arrived two days after my birthday.  I remember wanting to have sold all 1000 copies of my book within a year of receiving them because if I could sell that many books, I would feel as though far more families were being helped than I was able to help without the book – I accomplished that goal within 9 months of receiving my book.  I remember wanting my girls to become the happiest they had ever been at school – that dream, too, was accomplished.  In fact, when my husband asked my eldest what her greatest accomplishment was last year, she said it was attending her new school and finding it to be all that she had visualized!  There were even more dreams that were realized by our family last year but you get the idea.

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