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The Way Out Is Through

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In our culture, we are usually encouraged to suppress or distract from our negative emotions. We discourage ourselves and others from experiencing any emotions, other than the positive ones. Just the other day, I was feeling sad about a few things – the winding down of summer, saying good-bye to people and places – and I consciously tried to make myself feel better. I did my best to grasp a more positive feeling.

Making an Energy Shift

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By Susan Beaver

I’m not completely sure what sort of energy I’m sending out, but I seem to be attracting a lot of information about the Law of Attraction lately. Based on all the reading I’ve done on the topic, I’m convinced that like gravity, the Law of Attraction exists and affects us here on earth.

There are plenty of great books on the Law of Attraction, and chances are you are already familiar with it to some degree or another.  Since there are so many wonderful books on this topic that explain the Law better than I possibly could, I won’t go into a lot of detail, or try to convince you it is true. But if you aren’t familiar with the concept, the Law of Attraction basically states that like attracts like, so what you think about or focus on you attract into your life. If you dwell on positive thoughts and feelings, you will attract positive things into your life. If you dwell on negative thoughts and feelings, you will attract negative things into your life.

Sounds simple right? All we have to do is  choose predominantly positive thoughts over negative ones and our lives will be pretty happy.

Meditation Procrastination

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By Susan Beaver

I first discovered meditation a very long time ago, when I was in my early twenties. I learned that it was a road to enlightenment, awareness and self-actualization. Well, that all sounded pretty interesting, and like a worthy goal to strive toward. But at that age, enlightenment was the last thing on my mind, so it was put on the back burner for some day when it seemed more relevant.

The years passed and the idea of meditation came up from time to time, and then with more frequency. I would come across articles touting the benefits of meditation that were not just related to my spiritual well-being, but also to my mental and physical well-being. It wasn’t too long before the research was linking meditation to joy and happiness as well.

The time had come to start seriously considering starting a meditation practice.

Surrendering to Growth

Surrender to the process!

“All the buried seeds crack open in the dark once they surrender to a process they can’t see.”

This is a beautiful  excerpt taken from the Book of Awakening, by Mark Nepo. I especially appreciate this concept in the spring, when most seeds are still dormant, but some are starting to burst forth. As humans, suffering is inevitable to some extent, in part because we have trouble accepting change or unexpected circumstances in our lives. But it can help to realize that something good, even great, can emerge from our turmoil. What goes on beneath the surface as our soul grows is rarely apparent. But once we decide to surrender to the growth process, like a seed beneath the soil, we can allow what is germinating to come forth. We can become what we were meant to be. “The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way.” Let’s all have the courage to see what can emerge from that seed.

If you enjoy this post, you might be interested in reading more from the Book of Awakening.

Manifesting Success through Meditation

“Success is not a destination, but the road that you're on.”

If you are anything like me, you’ve heard or read lots about how beneficial meditation is. The physiological benefits include lowering blood pressure,  building immunity and getting better sleep. The psychological benefits include improving moods, increasing creativity, and achieving a greater sense of peace. There are also many spiritual benefits of meditation, but the point is that meditation has benefits in virtually every area of your life.

Starting a meditation practice can seem very difficult. When everything seems to be moving too fast, our thoughts included, slowing our thoughts and bodies down seems nearly impossible to a beginner.