grace

Offer up your burdens and you will be taken care of. Those who do will not be permitted to slip and fall.

This is difficult in the face of hardships, but your faithfulness will be honoured.

Grace is all you need.

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When you go out and fight your enemies, and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid.

Grace is on your side to give you a heart of peace and confidence for tomorrow.

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if you call one wolf, you invite the pack

I’m an intelligent chick. I learn quickly and make rational choices to stay out of trouble.

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Still, every now and then, a negative idea will pop up. As if it was planted there by some external force. It stands alone like a weed in a garden of all the other thoughts and feelings that bloom in my mind. Many of these ideas are easily debunked by my rationality, quickly plucked from the garden and discarded.

Many aren’t so easy to get rid of. Sometimes, I remove them only to find they have bloomed again the next day, in the same place or somewhere totally different. These peskier thoughts activate my negative mind and like to stick around for awhile.

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Instead of being quickly removed by my rational thinking, these manipulative weeds seem to harness my strengths, capitalizing on my intelligence and excellent vocabulary. Suddenly, I’m negotiating with them, wondering what would happen if I simply left them there. This kind of upkeep requires a lot of work and I grow tired. So, what if I just left one maladaptive thought? Maybe I could take comfort in its small presence without allowing it to take over…

We can’t. It breeds. It grows. Allowing one thought to take root is letting others sprout up around it at impossible rates. We must remain vigilant, strong and positive. And, if anything, one step ahead.

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all we ever have is now

Mindfulness is like magic.

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In surrendering ourselves completely to the present moment, we give up all human notions and compulsions to try to improve ourselves, and simply realize where we already are.

We accept our invitation to the inescapable adventure of life as it happens, with each singular moment that passes. There is an incredible urgency in the present moment when we allow the past and future to drift away. Right now is all we have for certain.

Humans naturally resist and force against the present moment;
With each thought that arises, judging it right or wrong. Or, with each physical and emotional sensation, counting it as pleasant or unpleasant.

The magic of mindfulness lies in sacrificing the slipperiness of longing for change, wanting and evaluating. Accepting each moment that arises with its thoughts and feelings, because they are already occurring.

Lying in the grass.
Fighting only the air.
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i’m feelin’ lucky

Fear is powerful. Fear of the unexpected, fear of failure, fear of loneliness – All it does is riddle your spirit with worry, anger, and despair.

Why not anticipate good? Hopefulness is a beautiful step in the right direction. What’s better is actually believing and expecting positive outcomes. It creates such a distinct clarity of our current blessings and future possibilities. Love, vitality and wealth, in all their forms, are guaranteed.

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What’s more wonderful is that this practice actually works. When we expect good, some sort of vibrational shift occurs in the universe. When we are truly vigilant and wholeheartedly believe in ourselves, we begin to see the movement in our lives. I‘m not a mystic or a wizard, although that would make for a much cooler blog. But this is not an illusion of happiness, we see that our health improves, our bank accounts go up, our relationships run smoothly – we are more successful and satisfied.

Don’t wait until tomorrow. Believe in the worthiness of your being and the power of your thought. The general goodness of the world and its effortless beauty. The incredible potential of your self.
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opposite action: a weapon

This is the fifth post in an ongoing blog series, featuring some practical tools and activities. Fill up your arsenal and collect your weapons for recovery.

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You’re not going to like this one.

You’re going to think that I’m over-simplifying. And you’re right, I am. This tool is simple in concept, but difficult to master. When we have backed ourselves into an emotional corner, and self-criticisms are swarming, and we are overwhelmed, and we cannot stop the incessant thoughts even at night – Stop.

I don’t mean like Nike’s just do it. I mean, literally, stop. Breathe three times, as slowly and deeply as possible. Don’t avoid your thoughts, listen to them, watch them flow in as though they are on a conveyor belt and then watch them leave just the same. Remember that thoughts are thoughts, they are not happening, and you are in complete control of yourself. Do not let your thoughts victimize you.

Now, think of the opposite thought. If you are thinking negatively, think positively. If you are denying yourself something you don’t think you deserve, do it. If you are tempted to fall into old behaviours, make up a new, positive one to replace it.

This technique may seem easy-to-say-hard-to-do, but it is amazing how much can be geniously overcome through this type of practise. Our brains are super powerful machines, and we can learn to manage our thoughts and eliminate fear from our lives.

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