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Power of Focus

A wise man recently shared with me, during a moment of frustration, a simple yet profound thought that provoked a paradigm shift for me.  On first read you may wonder, "well, isn't this what you're about?".  A point well taken if you are a follower.  And yet, haven't we all had those moments when something we have always felt or known comes to us in such a way that it becomes new again?  

So this was the question he posed to me:  "Instead of telling and retelling stories or anecdotes of negative things we experience in life, wouldn't it be so much better to tell and retell the positive, happy experiences?"
Well, obviously.... or maybe not so obviously...
For whatever reason, on that day, in that particular circumstance, coming from someone I hold in high esteem, it felt like another layer of scales falling from my eyes to reveal a profound truth in a new way. 
Maybe it was meant especially for me, because a light went on and I realized that I had gradually allowed myself to be drawn into a very negative mindset over the past year as a result of some very trying circumstances.  This was exactly the paradigm shift I needed to wake me up and get me back on the path to more joyful living.
In a broader context, maybe we could all take a moment to self-examine what kind of thoughts and experiences we talk about and dwell on and how the power of those words and thoughts influence our daily lives, our success and our happiness.  
How many times do we find ourselves starting a conversation or making a connection by "commiserating" with a friend, acquaintance, or even a total stranger about some regrettable occurrence or circumstance?  Whether a personal experience or a commentary on society in general, do we tend to default to the negative or the positive?  
I don't think we intend or set out to be negative, I think it just becomes an innocuous, yet insidious habit that we aren't really consciously aware of.  Perhaps therein lies the key to shifting our focus. It takes very little effort to communicate in a negative space because it's a space of slow moving, lower vibrational frequencies.  To communicate positively and connect at a higher vibrational frequency takes more energy and conscious thought effort. Try to imagine for just a moment how this one shift could effect your entire experience of living. (Food for another or several more posts!)  It's actually kind of mind blowing to start contemplating the ripple effect of this one small change. 
In the two days since that conversation, I have conducted my own little experiment at my workplace.  Whenever, in response to my cheery "Hi ____, how are you?" greeting for clients, I received a less than positive response, I asked "could it be worse?".  It made people stop and take notice.  One lady, who never looks very happy when she arrives looked a little taken aback, paused a moment and then said (much to my delight) "Why yes, yes it could be! I feel better already!"  It connected the two of us in a space of happy, higher vibration that lasted throughout her appointment and she left with a smile!  What a great experience!
It also occurred to me that this same paradigm shift could be applied to the memories we carry of our lives as a whole, where we often fall prey to guilt, regret or self-recrimination.  My second "take away" was the determination to begin writing an account of my life for posterity and filling it with only happy, positive memories!  I wonder who will benefit more as I embark on this work....my posterity or myself?! :)
Well, that's it for today.  I hope you have enjoyed this post and that it will also inspire or infuse you with a desire to join me in the quest for higher, more consciously joyful interactions in our daily lives and a shift of focus to the positive and beautiful in life.  After all, don't we always find what we are looking for?





Mind as Healer

Perfect mental, emotional and spiritual health naturally lead to perfect physical health.  A bold statement, perhaps, but the key to our vision, which we hope you will grasp as you continue to read.


Our minds, emotions and spirits taken together make up our eternal soul.  Our body is the temporary physical home in this life for that soul.  So it follows both logically and intuitively that as we care properly for the health of our soul our bodies will be enlivened and we may begin to experience life more joyfully and with increased health and longevity. 


Many of us have simply accepted the notion that disease and decay of our bodies is our inevitable end.  Death is our inevitable end in this physical world, however disease and decay need not be.  Ancient accounts describe many who lived productive and active lives for literally hundreds of years.  Granted, we have not taken care of this beautiful earth upon which we reside like we should have.  Our soil, water and air are replete with toxins that did not exist anciently and our daily lives filled to overflowing with materialism and stress.  However those factors do not have to automatically spell disease and decay.  They just create a greater challenge for each of us to slow down, become more aware, examine our lifestyle and begin making healthier choices for ourselves and our loved ones. 


But how and where do we begin?  Simple.  We begin in our minds and thoughts.


The words mental-emotional-spiritual are presented in that order deliberately because healthy thoughts lead to healthy emotions, and healthy emotions lead to a healthy spiritual journey, which opens the door to perfect health and longevity in our physical bodies and fosters more joyful living. 


Some of you may be feeling discouraged at this point if you struggle with specific diseases or ailments.  Please stay with me a little longer and resist the temptation to become upset or discouraged.  There are many factors, some beyond our control, that have brought each of us to the place we are today in terms of our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.  Again, our minds and thoughts hold the key to the first steps in overcoming the personal challenges we each face that stand in the way of perfect health.


When we encounter disease in our physical bodies, how we think about the disease is critical.  As has been said by others, 'we can accept the diagnosis without accepting the prognosis'.  If we "own" "our" disease, letting it define who we are in our thoughts and the words we use to describe it, we feed it and give it the energy and power it needs to increase and grow. 


If, however, we can shift our thoughts and begin to see and identify disease in its proper place as simply a DIS-EASE of some sort in our souls being made manifest in our physical bodies, we have taken the first step to resolving that dis-ease rather than furthering its growth.  We can then begin to search out the source of that dis-ease and lovingly support and care for ourselves in such a way as to restore balance, harmony and health in mind, body and spirit, thus eliminating the dis-ease and its physical manifestation.  It all begins in our thoughts, which carry more energy and power to effect our lives and health than most of us have yet realized.


Truly, "as a man thinketh, so IS he"!


It's exciting to see that as mankind begins to more fully understand and practice these principles, we are hearing more and more accounts of "centarians", those who are enjoying life to its fullest for 100 years and more.  Health and joy are our birthrights and we have within us the power to reclaim them. 


It's important to remember that there are as many paths to perfect health as there are individual souls, but all good paths have as their end goal and result    perfect harmony, health, joy and peace.  Some of us may find that our paths take a lifetime and beyond to travel.  Do not be discouraged.  You are not alone and that is one of the most beautiful things about the journey.  We have been promised that as we diligently seek for truth, lift our thoughts and open our hearts and spirits to divine healing energy, we will be blessed with strength and wisdom beyond our own and courage for the journey.  Our purity of thought and intent are the keys to opening those channels to divine healing wisdom and guidance in locating and resolving our particular dis-eases of soul and body.


Many will not reach the level of mastery of thought necessary to attain perfect health in this life, but we can all take joy in the journey and persevere with love and patience on the path to creating or restoring perfect health in your own life and the lives of your loved ones for generations to come. 


Here at Holistic Living Centers it is our joy and honor to create an encouraging, empowering environment that we hope will support you on your journey.





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Let the Celebration Begin!

Today is a day for celebrating, for it signals the launching of a dream that is at the same time both exciting and humbling and has been six years in the making!  Today also marks the two month Anniversary of my marriage to the soulmate and eternal partner of my dreams..... I love you babe!


I am here today as living proof that dreams really do come true and I can't encourage you strongly enough never to give up on your own dreams! I invite you to join with me today in celebrating the joy of life and love and the official launch of the Holistic Living Centers website by sharing with me your dreams and your journey... with all it's highs and lows, joys and sorrows, discouragements and triumphs! Let's join together to encourage and uplift one another in Celebrating Life!


Finally, on another personal note, a big thank you goes out to my amazing children who have encouraged and supported me on this journey, for it has been their journey too.  Together we have known the joys, the sorrows, the discouragements and the triumphs!  I love and appreciate you all and dedicate today's celebration to you!


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