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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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Being Ugly

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Due to a series of ongoing events throughout my semester, I've reconsidered what it means for someone to truly be ugly. Though it is often used in terms of appearance, I do not see it as such-- now more than ever. Ugliness runs deeper than appearance-- it runs within one's soul and festers into other areas of one's life, particularly in their treatment of others.

I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

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