Saturday, April 28th, 2012 Focus: I let go of all self-judgments.

For years, I looked at myself through the prism of trying to “fix” myself. It was subtle, out of sight, like a current underneath the smooth surface of a river, but it was altering the flow of my life.

I look at my life differently now. I know that our attempts at fixing are bound to fail, because they are based on judgment — the judgment that something is wrong with the way we are.

We can course-correct, we can grow and learn, experience and explore, discover and discern what’s right for us and what is not. But there is nothing to fix. Like the world around us, we are perfectly imperfect just the way we are.

Excerpted from: There Is Nothing to Fix: Discovering & Accepting Who I Am by Agapi Stassinopoulos.

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Saturday, April 14th, 2012 Focus: What could I appreciate about this person?

When you blame another or criticize his mistakes, regardless of whether your blame and criticisms are accurate or not, you are hurting yourself. When you praise or appreciate another, regardless of whether she “deserves” your praise and appreciation or not, you are benefiting yourself.

Consider any person that you had blamed for your upsetness. Ask yourself, “What could I appreciate about that person now?” Don’t stop asking until you have at least one good answer — one that you know is good because it brings you a sense of peace and joy.

The next time you find yourself in the midst of blaming or criticizing another, see it as an opportunity to do yourself a favor and shift your awareness to appreciation. Ask yourself, “What could I appreciate about this person?” Again, don’t stop asking until you have at least one good answer.

Excerpted from: What is Forgiveness? Forgiveness is Freedom by William R. Yoder.

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Saturday, April 7th, 2012 Focus: I choose to be fearless and advance into the unknown.

There is nothing to fear — not change, not the unknown — as long as you are prepared to be flexible.

As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said during his first inaugural address in 1933, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself: nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

It’s time to be fearless and advance.

Excerpted from: Conservation & Preservation Without Fear by Priscilla Short.

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Thursday, April 5th, 2012 Focus: I assist the healing of the earth by healing myself and others…

The Great Healing that is upon us is the healing of the earth and all her beings. We can assist that healing by healing ourselves and others with plant spirits.

When we come into alignment with our true nature, a shift in consciousness takes place and we align with the larger nature. In this alignment there is no room for unsustainable living where the earth is regarded as a commodity to be used as we see fit.

As Deep Ecologist John Seed says, “The change that is required of us is not some new resistance to radiation, but a change in consciousness.” Our healing, then, is the healing of the earth.

Excerpted from: Planetary Healing: Living in Conscious Harmony with Nature by Pam Montgomery.

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Sunday, April 1st, 2012 Focus: I shift my attention to the things I truly value.

The universe is abundant with all things, and it will happily deliver whatever you seek ― if your mind is open to receive and you are sufficiently attuned to the object of your desire.

You can tell what you are looking for by what you are finding. If you are finding love, joy, connection, creativity, and celebration, that is what you are looking for. If you are finding separation, upset, fear, pain, and conflict, that is what you are looking for.

You can change what you are getting by shifting your attention to objects you truly value. So quit thinking, feeling, and talking about what you have gotten that you don’t want, and think, feel, and talk about what you do want. You will be amazed at how quickly the universe rearranges itself to accommodate your picture of reality!

Excerpted from: How Lucky Can You Get? by Alan Cohen.

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