March 2014

How’s the Year Going for You So Far?

How’s the Year Going for You So Far?

Submitted by Laura on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 15:50

And now let us welcome the New… full of things that have never been - Rainer Marie Rilke

Every year we get an opportunity to journey within, an opportunity to write a new chapter in our life.  It is time to stop if for just a few moments, start a journal and write down your reflections, hopes, as well as your dreams.  Explore how you have honored them in your life so far and especially the part you want them to play this year, Reflect on your yearnings, as well as longings that get tucked away (until there is time)..  As you journal, ask yourself some of the following questions.

  • Who am I now?
  • What do I like?
  • What do I want my life to be like now?  (You are not the person you were 10 years ago, so what worked then will not necessarily bring fulfillment now).
  • What do I need to let go of?
  • What do I want to include in my life?
  • Am I worthy of a life of abundance?
  • Do I believe I can create a life that has more meaning for me?

Time for reflection is necessary for a deeper knowing of self to occur. This in turn facilitates the energy and courage, necessary for the change we desire.

Each year we make resolutions; to take more time for self, to stick to an exercise program, to be more patient etc., telling ourselves that this year will be different.  Studies have shown however, that only 40% of our resolutions are successful after six months and we are left discouraged.

Wanting to change is not enough, relying on will power is not enough.

So what gets in our way?

Not knowing ourselves at a deep level is a major impediment to change.  Without this knowing we are unaware of the emotional triggers that keep us stuck and repeating our negative experiences.  Change takes time, and requires us being realistic.  It takes planning, and making decisions regarding a positive replacement for that which you want to extinguish.

As we go forward I will be offering information, tips, tools and boundless support to help you stay on your journey, make course corrections as is necessary. It is possible for you to have more abundance in every area of your life this coming year.  Accept slip ups, they are bound to happen, forgive yourself, and start again.  Take baby steps.  You can find boundless information and support by visiting JourneyIntoAPassionateLife.com, or LauraBYoung.com

May this year will bring you many blessings!  Laura

Manifestation: The Law is Always Working

Submitted by Laura on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:49

Why am I getting Muddied Results?

We manifest in our lives whatever we give our attention and energy to or focus on, positive or negative. The Law is always working whether we are consciously directing it or not. The outcome of the Law is influenced by many factors however the following three are important to remember.

Desire is the force which sets energy in motion

Fear is an obstacle by which the current is stopped or completely reversed (turned away from us)

Doubt; at best doubt muddies the waters, Doubt is that place we go to when we have an inner glitch or stopper that delays us due to feeling a lack of worthiness in regards to attaining what we desire.

Continuing with the idea of muddied results, let us briefly look at what is fueling this outcome for us. We live at a time when fears and anxieties permeate our daily life from the first news program in the morning, through daily activities until bedtime. The unease and negativity surrounding us creates a climate of “lack” in many ways.  Our unchecked accumulative thoughts tend to create a feeling of loss of personal power.  A loss of personal power, whether real or perceived, creates a sense of scarcity a ‘poverty consciousness.’  Becoming anxious we are more apt to pull the sides of our boxes tightly around us. We wait for a guarantee before we risk hoping that the status quo will not be disturbed. There are of course no guarantees.

Having been a ‘Manifestation Expert’ on Self Growth .com for several years I believed that my awareness was amped up enough to have the Law working for me in a positive way. Truthfully my life indicates some good manifestations, some troublesome, however more often than not the results are muddied, indicating a conflict with the good that that I desire.

Wanting to get to the bottom of this situation, I asked questions several nights before going to sleep. Show me what is missing? What needs to be learned here? Why am I not manifesting what I desire?

Last Night as I was sleeping
I dreamt – marvelous error!
That a spring was breaking
out in my heart.

Antonio Machado (translated by Robert Bly)

After a few nights, a wellspring of information came my way albeit in symbolic fashion.  Images of some habitual fears, beliefs of scarcity layer by layer came up for examination.  Predominately the images showed me how I undermine many overt beliefs regarding Manifestation - some subtle some not.

 My dreams showed me that often my day is started and finished in negative energy instead of gratitude.  See if you recognize yourself or can relate to some of the following examples?  “I didn’t have enough sleep”, as I fret about how to make it through a long day. After pushing the alarm a couple of times my thoughts are likely to go to “I am running late and there is no time to go to gym, meditate, or stretch” etc.   Again, not enoughness or poverty consciousness is taking up residence within me. If I make it to the gym and weigh what do you expect the inner conversation will be about my body? What about bed time when the too do list is barely touched? The tendency to scold one’s self is often a bedtime companion,

  • Gratitude is missing
  • A sense of being “enough” is missing
  • A valuing of self is missing
  • A sense of personal power is missing
  • Negative judgment of self is present

How can we stop the barrage of negativity that hums in our lives just below the radar? The first step into changing the negative habits is an understanding how much our negativity interferes with the manifestations of our deepest desires. Stopping to reflect is a first step in order to get clarity and take action, a course correction if you will.

With intention and purpose my morning self talk to changed to include gratitude. .At bedtime I am more often able to be grateful for the day, without being negative about my failings.  Other negativities often slide in (no shortage here).  Something that helps when you start to affirm and cannot quite believe in it as stated is to add a sentence to make it plausible.  For instance, if the scale at the gym tells me there was no weight loss and I do not yet love my body, a phrase of gratitude for my body and all that it does for me will help the unconscious accept what I am attempting to do.  Another affirmation might be that it is becoming healthier.  If you say an affirmation and it does not feel like it is the truth for you right now do not force it with a lame version of the real thing. Speak a truth that you can feel at present, with a knowing that it will change as you practice.

Let’s practice releasing the habitual negativity in life as it gets in the way of manifesting what is truly desired.  Appreciate any and all progress.

Blessings

Laura

What would you like for dinner?

Submitted by Greg on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 15:43

Probably the most asked question in the world, and asked every day.  Depending on who asks it, the question is usually a leading question, with an anticipated reply.  For me, I always hear “What shall we prepare for dinner?”  All right, game on!

So my reply this time is the same as usual: “What do we have to cook?”  Well, we have vegetables that we should cook while they are still fresh.  That was not really an answer; but, I played along.  Just get everything out of the produce drawer that we need to cook and we will go from there!

Seems now a days that we are more and more concerned about eating healthy, so while shopping one tends to stay away from the canned goods and go for the fresh “in season” produce and with all the choices these days, it doesn’t take anytime to fill up your produce drawer to the point it is over-flowing into your fruit drawer.  Ah, the overflowing fruit drawer – a subject for another time.

So vegetables started appearing on the counter, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, celery, etc…  Obviously vegetables were on the menu; but how to prepare them and which ones?  So I started removing flowerets, slicing zucchini and peppers, chopping this and julienning that.  Practicing my knife skills, I was definitely in a groove.

When the prep work was complete, I stood back and saw all the cereal bowls were filled, there were neat little piles of vegetables on the cutting board and a pile of vegetable scraps that would later end up in a stock pot for vegetable broth – again, another story; but, the broth didn’t last long!  Now what?  The over flowing bowls of vegetables were begging to be prepared.  So we ended up making a vegetable ragout and used some leftover rice to make a pilaf.

I would be happy to share the recipe; however, it would have to be created because one was not used.  Besides, following a recipe is not the message here.  The important lesson I want you to take away from this story is to not be afraid to experiment when you cook (not bake), most techniques are universal, quantities are not steadfast, ingredients can vary and, most of all, have fun in the kitchen.  If you feel your finished dish was not up to par, adjust it a little next time! – That’s what Julia would do!

Don’t be intimidated in the kitchen, have fun, and it is always more fun with family and friends – welcome sous chefs!

We sat, we ate and we enjoyed!  It started by cleaning up the produce drawer and ended up with one comment that I will always remember…  “I could become a vegetarian if it always tasted this good.”  Let me know how your experiments work, maybe we can share some recipes – I’ll try harder to start documenting them.

So, what would you like for dinner, tonight?