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Thursday, May 17, 2012

I have come to the conclusion that maintaining vitality and enthusiasm for life is an important aspect to living well. But all the multi-tasking and constant rushing about I do on a daily basis can make it difficult to keep my energy up at times. When I think about it, with so many balls in the air and such high personal expectations, it is no wonder that people feel drained and exhausted at the end of each day.

Why do we push our selves beyond our limits to be rushed and harried on a daily basis, and then still complain of fatigue and a lack of energy? What I say, is that there is a way to keep our energy levels up, so that we can feel happier and more in control of our lives.

I like to think about energy like I think about money. If you continually withdraw money from your bank account without putting it back, eventually you will be overdrawn. In real life, the bank charges hefty fees for this practice. However, when it comes to our energy levels, the toll exacted on our body, mind and spirit is even heavier when our energy reserve is depleted. To continue with my money/energy analogy, if you haven't been putting money aside, you won't be able to pay your bills, and if you haven't been looking after your energy levels, you are likely to feel lifeless and listless.

So, how do you keep your energy up? First, think about what might be depleting you in the first place. It could be an emotional or physical drain. It could be a job, a specific person or an unpleasant task, too much technology, time constraints, negative people, etc. Whatever this drain may be, I suggest thinking of ways to eliminate it or cut way back on it.

Budgeting energy is one way to make things better, but we need to have regular energy coming in as well. To this end,we need to think about the things that make us happy and then I suggest doing some of these things regularly with the goal of building up our energy bank. I thoroughly enjoy this step, because people light up when they talk about the things they love. It is great relief to realize that while it is important to take time for ourselves, it is essential due to the multi-tasking and added pressures most of us experience in today's world.

I can honestly say that every friend who has made a concerted effort to reduce their negative energy drains, all the while building up positive energy doing things they love, has reported feeling better, having more energy, and enjoying life more fully. That is a powerful testimony to this practice. So, if you feel your energy bank is running low, try building it back up by making time to do things that fill you with joy and peace. My guess is that you'll be recharged in no time.


The Gentle Cleansing of The Rain

Friday, May 11, 2012

I know there are times when I feel the need to wash away my troubles; to feel that relief and freshness. And since the most cleansing substance on this earth is water, think of the joy the rain brings as an exuberant cleanse, rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit. Just being able to spend a few moments in the rain makes me aware of the healing powers water brings and how it can renew in so many ways. As we do this we will find that the more we appreciate the universe’s gift to us in the form of rain, the more we can see that a gentle rain shower is a strong reflective tool that has the ability to cleanse our entire being.

The next time it rains there's a good chance I'll be out in it simply for the experience through all the senses, to truly understand just how important each and every drop of water is. But before I do, you do, stop and take a few minutes to notice how each individual raindrop seems to come down in a continual stream. By noticing this you can contemplate how it takes many small accomplishments to create the whole of our existence, for nothing exists in isolation. Then focus your attention on the sound of the rainfall, letting the sounds of each drop penetrate into the innermost recesses of your self. Listening in this way brings a greater sense of connection with nature and the world around you, knowing that the sounds you hear are an integral part of not just the physical sustenance you require but also nourish your spirit as well.

Consciously using our senses to feel nature’s healing energy as it comes to us in the form of rain is an act of internal cleansing. Just as the rain physically washes over the earth and rinses out any impurities and imperfections, so it also bathes our spirit in the joy that comes from knowing that we are in fact one with the world around us.

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JUKEBOX2 5/11/2012 12:16PM

    Thank you Marion... I really like this one! It takes me back to the lake where I'd stay in the cabin and listen to the rain hitting the ground and the lake... Brings back many memories!

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Being closer in tune with our inner beings

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Learning to trust our intuition is something that can connect us with our higher selves. Sometimes it might not seem easy to do because our thoughts and minds far to often get in the way. But by accessing our innermost self, we will find that the information we receive is usually what we truly need at that precise moment. One of the techniques that enables me to really get in touch with my deepest fount of wisdom is using my body as a pendulum. The simple act of letting my physical being lead me in a certain direction offers extremely deep insights and helps find the answers I am in search of.

Many of us may have tried using a pendulum or crystal on a chain as a dousing tool to acquire the information we need to make decisions or even find lost objects. Using our bodies puts us more closely in tune with our inner beings. The process of using our bodies as pendulums is to ask our higher self a question and wait for your body to respond in either a forward-tilting or backward-tilting motion. The first step is to truly understand how our higher self communicates with us by centering our bodies, asking ourselves the directions for yes and no, and noting which way our body moves. For a lot of people a forward motion is yes, and our body tilting backward is a no answer. It is easier to start with simple questions at first to understand how our higher self communicates with us. As we become more used to the messages we receive and how we process them, we can start asking for more specific things such as which foods would best for our bodies. Using this technique in the grocery store can be extremely helpful.

Since we are always present in our bodies, understanding how we can use our bodies as pendulums is a tool we can use at any given moment in our lives. Letting our bodies tell us what is happening inside will in turn help to guide us through not just daily but also major life decisions. The more we allow our bodies to open up and share with us the connection it has with our deeper self, the better able we will be to truly access the knowledge we hold so deeply within

That being said..Today would be a good day for deep contemplation, regarding your personal and professional futures that you may have written off as unworkable in the past. A freethinking mood can inspire you to seek out insights in daydreams from your past. This can be a wonderful time to muse upon the careers, hobbies, and roles that excite you yet always seemed to far-fetched to pursue. Likewise, a broad-minded outlook can compel you to ask yourself if your chosen path is as fulfilling as you imagined it would be. As you explore a wider range of beliefs, teachings, and aspirations than ever before, you may discover that your thoughts are expansive and you are seeing avenues where you once only saw roadblocks.

Our minds blossom like flowers opening to sunshine when we allow ourselves to ponder possibilities both mundane and extraordinary. There are times in our lives when we feel that we must limit ourselves to contemplating only those prospects that seem most practical. In restricting our futures this way, we actually rob ourselves of the chance to experience new worlds of information and sensation. Enlightenment can only be achieved through exploration and that exploration must include not only those lands we deem safe but also those that challenge our sensibilities. The borders of our minds expand when we envision the astonishing and the unexpected as if they were facts. When you give your mind free reign to imagine today, you’ll find insights in your broad-minded musings.

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JUKEBOX2 5/9/2012 9:08AM

    I like this blog Marion... It intrigues me! I'll have to research it! emoticon

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Energy 101

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Energy cannot be destroyed, but it can be changed and transformed.

There is an undercurrent of energy thrumming through the Universe. Like the wind or a whisper, we can sometimes hear it and often feel it. Most of the time, we sense this energy unconsciously without any tangible proof it is really there. Thoughts, emotions, and the life force in all living things are forms of this kind of energy. So are creativity, growth, and change. The impressions, images, and vague premonitions we get about people and situations are other examples of formless energy. When you enter a space and feel an intangible tension in the air that gives you a sense of foreboding in your gut, what you are likely experiencing is energy.

Energy cannot be destroyed, but it can be transformed or transferred from one person, thing, or source to another. Though energy is formless, it does take form and shape in the way it flows and resides within all things: a grain of sand, a bird, a stone, and an ocean wave. Living things radiate complex vibrations while nonliving things vibrations are simpler. Energy is a magnifier that can attract like energies while repelling disparate ones. Many of our reactions to people and circumstances are based on unconscious reactions to their energies. We may even intuitively tune into the energy of a situation we are facing when making a decision about how to proceed. With careful practice and meditation, we can learn to sense the energy within other living things and ourselves. We can also become more attuned to how we are impacted by different kinds of energy. For instance, being around too many energies can leave one person feeling edgy or excited, while another person will fe! el tired and drained.

While some people feel that energy can be controlled, others see it is as the unknowable force that moves through all things. The combined energy in all things plays a hand in birth, death, growth, movement, and stillness. Practitioners of Aikido believe that all living beings share a common energy source that is our life force. Whatever your beliefs, it is worthwhile to explore the roles energy plays in your life so you can understand it more fully.

Your Daily OM

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Creating great power and energy

Monday, May 07, 2012

If we make no effort at all, our thoughts usually scatter in a vast array of directions. They start and stop and move in surprising ways from one second to the next. If we try to follow our thoughts without controlling them, we will be amazed at how truly inconsistent they are. Yet, if we apply our minds to a specific task, especially one that interests us, they gather together and allow us to focus our attention, creating great power and energy. This is what is known as pure thought, because it is undistracted.

The law of attractionlike attracts likeinfluences all energy, including our thoughts, and this is what makes pure thought so potent. Our undistracted thoughts create a powerful magnet that draws similar energy into our vibrational field. As a result, the longer we are able to hold positive thoughts in our minds, the more powerful the positive energy around us becomes. We dont need to focus on action and controlling so much when we are surrounded by energy that draws what we want toward us. We can simply respond to the opportunities that naturally come our way. When this is the essence of our experience, we can go with the flow, knowing that we will be okay.

If pure thought is a body, it is our emotions that supply the heart that can really bring it to life. Our thoughts and feelings exist in relation to one another, and they form a feedback loop through which they communicate and empower each other. When we hold a thought in our mind without being distracted, we have achieved pure thought. When we have a positive emotional response to that thought, we enable it to dance and move and breathe itself into existence.

Your Daily OM

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JUKEBOX2 5/7/2012 11:01AM

    Is this why My Wife calls me a scatterbrain? LOL... Great Blog Marion Thank you!

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