The Truth About The Law Of Attraction And Mindfulness Meditation

The Truth About The Law Of Attraction And Mindfulness Meditation

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The universe is on my side. I am worthy of happiness, meaningful friendships and daily fulfillment. I will attract success into my life and radiate a positive energy that is contagious to those around me. I will be kind and without critical judgement. I will smile at challenges and emerge stronger, with grace and gratitude for the journey.

However, it is vital for the preservation of sanity and emotional well-being to remember that life is not a competition.

In a consumerist, capitalist society, we are often brainwashed to seek inner peace in material items. Human beings too often seek happiness externally to feed the ego, rather than searching within and identifying the roots of sadness, pain and anger.

To be in a mindset in which comparison is central to feeling validated only produces more pain.

Rather than becoming overwhelmed with the work that I will need to do for these goals to be met, I utilize two methods: planning and manifesting. I believe that these elements go hand-in-hand and work in a practice of gratitude and self-appreciation, rather than the unhealthy pattern of comparison and subsequent painful stress.

In order for the manifestation portion to work, proper planning and action must be taken. We cannot wish into existence our greatest dreams. However, we can use our energy and spirit to ask the universe for opportunities, signs and avenues toward our goals. I think of that as a sort of conversation with the world around us. It is based on the law of attraction and is a sort of prayer practice that can be kept in a journal, as well as recited internally or externally.

I first give thanks for all of the gifts in my life, especially those that might go under-appreciated or seem to be the most basic, such as thanks for the sun, my breath, the grapefruit that I had for breakfast, my organs functioning and the day.

Next, I will imagine in detail the dreams that I wish to bring to fruition.

I will then typically create a table in my journal of my goals and the steps that I believe will bring me closer to these goals. I repeat the practice with patience and faith. Then, I wait, notice when doors open and take advantage.

However, these doors will not appear to us should we not pour ourselves into our goals wholeheartedly and with passion. We must take calculated risks. We must dedicate our time to our dreams. We must listen to our intuition and we must give our spirit the rest, nutrition and activity that it needs if we are to continue for the long-haul of achieving our goals.

The introvert will not find an abundance of healthy and happy friendships from merely asking the universe for kinship. The introvert must meditate on the desire and then go out into the world and ask people that they may have wrongly judged, questions, approach strangers with an open mind and meet their full potential through thoughtful action and risk.

Once you have practiced gratitude and mindfulness frequently, you will begin to "elevate your frequency." You may find that certain people who carry negative resistance to your growth or values with fade from your life and while it may be hard at first, it is necessary for your new, healthier relationships to develop.

Having a positive outlook, faith in the power of the universe and taking deliberate actions toward our goals every day, I truly believe that we shall receive greater avenues in the direction of our dreams.

I challenge you to start the school year mindfully and to set your goals high. I challenge you to spend time with your dreams and to take the calculated risks. I challenge you to treat yourself and others with non-judgement and love.

Finally, I challenge you to start the whole process with a meditation full of gratitude and appreciation for today because while thinking about the future can be productive, all we truly have is the now.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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I Went From Losing Weight To Lifting Weights, And Now I'm In The Best Shape Of My Life

How a change in my fitness goals changed my life.

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I am in the best shape of my life...or at least I think so, and that's what truly matters.

I look in the mirror and feel confident.

I finally feel comfortable wearing crop tops, and I'm even starting to show visible abs. But getting here has been such a difficult journey filled with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and other physical and mental struggles that hindered my ability to achieve my goals.

I have been on this health and fitness journey for many, many years now. I've been a size 00, a size 12, and every size in between.

Through it all, I have learned so much about myself, as well as fitness and nutrition in general. My biggest takeaway that led me to overcome all these obstacles was learning to let go of my perfectionism. When I'm old, I don't want to look back on my life and realize that I spent it all trying to lose weight. So, I changed my mindset.

My new focus was to be as strong as possible—to lift the heaviest weights, rather than losing the most weight. If you too, want to be in the best shape of your life but have struggled for so long, read my tips below.

1. EAT MORE

I know, it sounds crazy. As women, we are constantly told about diets and cutting calories. If you just want to be skinny, you can do that. But if you want to be strong, you need to eat to be able to put on the muscle.

2. ALLOW YOURSELF TO HAVE CHEAT MEALS

If you have struggled with eating disorders like me, satisfying your cravings will prevent you from having major setbacks.

3. LIFT WEIGHTS

Get your butt off that elliptical and into the weight room.

4. DON'T WORKOUT EVERY DAY

Again, especially if you want to build muscle, you need rest days. These are the days where your muscles are "actually" growing.

5. DON'T RUSH IT

You will not see abs overnight. It takes a long time. But if you want sustainable results, you must treat your body right.

I hope these tips are helpful. With positivity and patience, you can achieve anything.

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