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Wishing everyone light hearted days for the new month.

I have updated my previous March symbol post a bit: Monthly Symbol, March 2015: Unity Wings (Winged Solar Disk)

 

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Gratitude Quotes

 

An angry “you should be grateful” is not about gratitude. It´s about obligation with no joy and sometimes a denyal to look at what needs to be transformed. There are better ways of communicating. Like any positive energy, gratitude is free, it cannot be ordered around, but tuned into.  -Deelia

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. – Michelle Obama

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. – Zig Ziglar

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. – John Milton

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. – Alfred North Whitehead

Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. – Henry Van Dyke

When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. – Kristin Armstrong

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. – Henry Ward Beecher

Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. – Joseph Wood Krutch

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It’s wonderful to be grateful. To have that gratitude well out from deep within you and pour out in waves.  – Srikumar Rao

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. – Lionel Hampton

The loving parts of your personality have no trouble loving. That is all they do. You experience the loving parts of as gratitude, appreciation, caring, patience, contentment and awe of life. – Gary Zukav

Giving is an expression of gratitude for our blessings. – Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. – Karl Barth

 

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Shakti Gawain Quotes

 

“The archetype of the fool can connect us with a very important aspect of ourselves. It is the image of the innocent, childlike person who is not caught in the concepts and stereotypes of the rational, sophisticated mind and therefore is free to perceive and experience life directly as it really is, in the moment.”

“Everything in the physical world is made of energy, all vibrating at different rates of speed. Thought is a relatively fine, light form of energy and is quick and easy to change. Matter is relatively dense and compact energy, slower to move and change. All these energy fields are interconnected, so how we think and feel is constantly affecting and being affected by everything around us. We are all part of one great energy flow.”

“We all know in our hearts what our higher purpose is, but we do not often consciously acknowledge it. In fact, many of us seem to go to great lengths to hide it from ourselves and the world. We fear the power, responsibility, and light that comes with acknowledging and expressing our true purpose in life. Often we are afraid that our higher purpose means giving up everything that brings us comfort and love. In fact, our higher purpose and our greatest joy are always in perfect alignment.”

“The only effective way to use creative visualization is in the spirit of the Tao — going with the flow. That means that you don’t have to struggle to get where you want to go. You simply put out clearly to the universe where you would like to go, and then patiently and harmoniously follow the flow of the river of life until it takes you there or somewhere even better.”

“There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of use as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.”

“When we consistently suppress and distrust our intuitive knowingness, looking instead for authority, validation, and approval from others, we give our personal power away.”

“Your intuition will tell you where you need to go; it will connect you with people you should meet; it will guide you toward work that is meaningful for you – work that brings you joy, work that feels right for you.”

“Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.”

“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.”

“By living as channels for the universe, I believe that we can slow and transform the aging process as we know it. I think it is possible to become more vital, energetic, and beautiful as we get older, rather than less so. So let go of the old rules, and the old limitations and begin to experience day to day the wonder of a limitless life, a limitless world, a limitless universe.”

“Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow– it has no real substance of its
own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to
disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or
any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it”

“You create your opportunities by asking for them.”

“Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. We need to literally ‘count our blessings,’ give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have.”

“As you learn to be true to yourself, you will find that you attract people, work, and other circumstances that reflect your evolution and development.”

Sources, and for more quotes:
http://shaktigawain.wwwhubs.com/shakti2.htm
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/shakti_gawain.html
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/41093.Shakti_Gawain

Shakti Gawain home page http://www.shaktigawain.com/

 

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Musing on Positivity: Unconditional Flow

 

Instead of just posting an affirmation today, I began musing on the subject and how to use positivity in general. I wanted to share with you, that I always post affirmations and the kind in this blog remembering that there are different levels of distress, and also people who might be dealing with deep traumas and such, when deeper going tools are required.  In other words, I never mean to belittle anyone´s challenges, which is a negative use of positivity.

Acceptance of all of our feelings and emotions and negative thoughts is so important,  I´d like to put that sentence in every posting of mine. Emotions – although many of them are more or less unconscious projections etc (= about transferring past energies that are not really there to todays issues, and so on) – may also tell us where our healthy boundaries are, where we need to say “no” for example. And then, after having accepted the negative thoughts and emotions, the suggestion continues to bring in the positive ones alongside them.  It is not good to push positive thoughts on by force, like “smile though your heart is breaking and head is aching”.  Sometimes the first thing of any self healing and growth is to notice in what kind of energy we are reflecting on and couching ourselves in the first place. And from the deepest distress, the darkest cellar, we might need to come back enough for affirmations, and such, to work. Sometimes a hug,  even from ourselves,  is more relevant than any words.

So, if manifesting tools, for example,  don´t seem to be working  there might be layers beyond the surface to be healed. (Many books of manifesting stay on the surface level only, and sometimes as if there aren´t any other layers.  We are also individuals, so that what might work for the other one´s psyche, might not work for the other.) If not seeing the layers, we might for example just make another conditioning out of positivity, which says: “I can have positive things in my life only if I am positive, and if I´m negative I can´t have them”. Then it just continues the underlying  conditioning, that tells: “I´m only worthy, if… ” instead of:  “I´m am always worthy just as I am.” That is why I use the idea of unconditional flow, for the love of the universe is unconditional and love and acceptance heal.

So, the affirmations I share today are:

“I accept all my thoughts and feelings.”

“I am in unconditional flow.”

And here is another one:

“Celebrate your new direction, even when you don’t have it all figured out.”  – Gina DeLapa /Personal Growth Doesn’t Tickle: 10 Tips to Make It Easier

Related article: Positive Affirmations /vitalaffirmations.com

 

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