Meditation

Meditation for Your Peace of Mind

Meditation – I’m not talking about planting yourself on a mountaintop and humming at nature. Although that might be a nice break if you’re stuck in a noisy city. Even if you only allow yourself five minutes a day as a start, that’s five minutes of peace you are giving yourself permission to enjoy. There are many ways to meditate. Here are just a couple easy methods to just clear your mind:

1. Focus on abdominal breathing. Take a slow breath in through your nose while pressing your stomach out, hold it just few seconds, then slowly breath out through your mouth while pulling your stomach in. This process helps build your immune system and it releases stress.

2. Listen to gentle, relaxing music. When the world is noisy or sometimes emotionally-charged by those around you, it’s a good time to refocus your mind on something calm. With today’s smartphone technology, there are plenty of options with meditation apps, Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, or a host of other options. For me personally, I find a quiet place EVERY DAY and plug in the ear buds, set a time alarm and just allow my mind to be restful and quiet. If there’s not a quiet place, I go to my car, put the seat back, place a pillow behind my neck, and allow myself this important time.

Whatever your method of allowing yourself mental rest, be sure you take the time each day. If you don’t set good boundaries for yourself, someone else will set them for you. When you allow this time, you clear out the noise that impedes your ability to focus on the life goal you are seeking to achieve.

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Good food, exercise and rest

Good Food, Exercise and Rest

Life can be busy. Yet, it’s important to take time for good food, exercise and rest. While busyness is not bad thing, being too busy can take away your positive gains if you move into a depletion mode. If you were to drive across the desert on a hot summer day, wouldn’t you ensure that your tank is full, and your oil and water is topped off to avoid overheating and subsequent destruction? Of course you would. Which is preferable: Working longer or living longer?

Being engaged in a project or interacting with people are good things. Yet, pushing your health with a poor diet or little sleep will leave you as a rusting hulk along the highway of success you could have had.

Here are three important nourishing things you need for your mind and body:

1. Water – Stay hydrated. Water is like the oil needed by your car that keeps your system flowing and moving.

2. Balanced Diet – Limit yourself to eating only when you are hungry. When eating healthy, your body will automatically align itself to your perfect weight.

3. Exercise – Take a walk, get up from the desk, move your body. Without a little movement, your body becomes stiff and subject to injury.

4. Sleep – You should strive for seven hours of healthy rest per night. This allows your mind and body time to recover from the activity of the day, and prepare for tomorrow.

How does this help you reach your goals?

When your mind and body is tired, you limit your ability to focus and create the life you want. Remember…you create what you focus on. What would expect to get if you allow yourself into a state of depletion?

Honor yourself with good food, exercise and rest.

The more you hydrate, nourish, and rest your mind and body, your ability to creatively visualize and bring to form your goal increases.

© Anthony M. Davis

Focused Affirmations Attract the Good

Focused Affirmations Attract the Good

If someone were to ask you to name the important areas in your life that you should strengthen, what would you say? Our lives are so diverse, it would be impossible to name all the aspects of who we are. Yet, here are just a few to think about. How about your confidence, health, ability to love, forgive, and overcome challenges? What about the goal-setting and the entrepreneurial parts of your life? Focused Affirmations Attract the Good.

Strengthening your life with positive affirmations is an extremely useful practice. It’s an ongoing reminder to your subconscious mind where your feelings and beliefs reside. When the topic of affirmations come up, some automatically jump to the old question, “Isn’t that just about positive thinking?”

Is that a bad thing? For that, I say, “If people don’t want positive thoughts, they can go ahead and think as many negative thoughts that they want.” The problem with that is they’ll likely end up with high blood pressure, stress, an increase in wrinkles from not smiling, and they’ll attract negative people and situations.

Remember that we can attract those things we focus on like less stress, better health, good people and opportunities when we focus on the positive. I’m not going to help teach people how to screw their lives up. They can do that all by themselves if they choose not to take the time to focus on the positive.

The big difference between positive thinking and the approach described is that focused positive thinking targets specific areas of your life. Here’s how it works:

1. Pick seven areas of your life that you want to strengthen, one area for each day of the week.

2. Then, in your journal (you DO have one right?) write down an affirmation in present tense as though it currently exists in your life.

3. Then, in a paragraph or two (more if you like), describe how it feels to have those positive circumstances in your life today. Don’t write, “I will” or “I would like to have”. Try something like, “Because I have _____ in my life, I feel ____.

4. Describe how these affirmations and feelings apply to your goals. This might be a good time to jot down thoughts that you can use when creating the details of your goal.

Writing about what you think and what you feel, is focused thought that goes right to the subconscious mind. This process brings reality to it and subsequently creates it in your life.

Do this every day for 28-days, each day moving to the next topic. You’ll find that you are creating a healthy practice of affirming your life and creating your goals. Over time you’ll notice that your goals and writing may become more focused and specific.

Here are some examples to start with. Feel free to use these or adjust them as you see fit to apply them to your life.

CONFIDENCE: “Every Day in Every Way, I AM Confident and Capable.”

HEALTH: “Each Day, I Enjoy Good Health, Exercise, Rest, and I Eat Healthily.”

LOVE: “Every Day, I Fill My Life with Positive and Loving People.”

FORGIVENESS: “I Forgive ALL Who Caused me Hurt, and I Wish Them Well.”

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES: “Every Day I Overcome Challenges Easily.”

SUCCESS: “I Attract Good Opportunities and Wealth Frequently and Easily.”

GRATEFULNESS: “I am Grateful for the Good People, and Benefits of My Life.”

After 28-days, go back and read your journal writings. Notice how your goals have either materialized during this time, or there are indicators of their coming. When you choose to continue the practice of journaling, you continue the process of creating.

 

© Anthony M. Davis, BCH, MSCA, CTACC

Pay with a smile

Pay with a Smile

I realize this may sound odd when you have bills to pay with a smile. After all, who wants to pay bills right? Yet, it really comes down to something we talked about in an earlier article (Notice small changes). The key here is to focus and build the habit of gratitude. When you begin to form those emotional muscles within you, you can actually attract helpful resources in your life by giving back.

I remember very well my early days when I didn’t have two nickels to rub together. I clung onto everything I had as if the wind was going to blow it out of my hands. That mindset subconsciously rejected any chance of reaching goals or manifesting anything but a state of want. And…that continued the cycle of lack. After all, that’s what I knew as my “Normal” and my subconscious mind formed the belief that that’s where I should stay.

A lot has happened over the succeeding years and in spite of myself, I learned that it’s okay to live well. It’s okay to give yourself permission to be happy. It’s okay when wealth, resources or good people show up in your life without having to scratch and sweat to earn it.

Life was at an all-time low at one point. A business I was struggling to run crawled along back in the 80’s and then, I was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. The business went away and I needed physical recovery. Along the way, as little breaks would come along, I was grateful for all the small things…anything was a good thing. That sense of appreciation helped me see I didn’t have to struggle along through life. Back then, as a new Christian, this also increased my faith.

Nowadays, when I get a bill (like the property tax bill that recently showed up), I don’t see it as a burden. It’s a reminder of the good things that happen in my life and my ability to pay it. Each year when the tax bill goes up, I’m reminded that the bill is representative of my increasing resources over the prior year.

When you make a point to smile…even if things don’t appear on the surface as going well. We strengthen our mind and physiology in a healthy way. When we physically smile, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin begins to flow as neurotransmitters are activated from a simple thing like smiling. Stress decreases, confidence increases and our outlook moves to the positive side of the road.

When you feel good, you create new connections in your mind, form new beliefs and expect more good in your life.  Those things you feel, believe and expect, then mirror what you attract into your life.

Each time you write a check to pay a bill, think about how good it is to have the funds and ability to pay that bill in the first place. In the memo section of the check, write, “Thank you”. That raises the energy level and helps solidify a picture of success within your subconscious mind. The very act of smiling emphasizes a sense of contentment, again making way for the positive energy to push out the negative.

 

© 2017 Anthony M. Davis

Feed Your Mind with Music and Breathe

Feed Your Mind with Music and Breathe

In this part of our series, “21 Smart Ideas to Reach Your Goals”, we look at the value of aligning your sense of peace. Realistically, none of the steps in this series are rocket science; they are all easy. Likewise, creating good self care habits makes living well much easier. Realistically, it’s an easy process to feed your mind with music and breathe.

Music can either energize or depress. While the music you listen to is really a matter of taste, calm instrumental tones helps to maintain a sense of peace, beauty, hope, reflection and energy. An important part of being kind to yourself is taking a slow breath.

To quickly reiterate the earlier post, what I refer to is abdominal breathing, sometimes called, “Yoga Breathing”. When you take a slow inhale, press your stomach out, then after a few seconds, exhale while pulling the stomach in. During this cycle, you automatically release anti-stress hormones.

You may not always have time during your day to meditate. Yet, incorporating calm music and abdominal breathing gives you an edge throughout your day. In spite of whatever pandemonium that’s happening, you can keep your positive energy up and create a habit of calmness in situations that previously may have stressed you out.