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The Universe Has Your Back

Change your thoughts, change your life. You’ve probably heard this before. Simple right? Think positive, be positive, life is good, immaright? If only it was that easy.

Earlier this week, I attended One Day of Greatness with Jack Canfield. Look him up! The man has a loads of best selling books, including all of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. If you’re like me, you marked up the Chicken Soup books up with highlights and post-its. This day, however, was focused on gaining clarity about your personal vision and goal by accessing tools to develop the powerful habits needed for success.

I could write a novel about all of the wisdom Jack shared at this one day conference. Instead, I want to focus on my biggest takeaway: The universe has your back. I use the term universe; feel free to replace that with whatever works for you. Jack walked us through several exercises that showed how when you change your thoughts you can in fact change your reality. Said another way, when you put positive energy into the universe, the universe will return it tenfold.

How? That’s the million dollar question. Its sounds so simple, yet we’ve been programmed to plan ahead, assess the risk and create options b,c,d and e for when option a doesn’t work. What if option a was the only option? Scary and uncomfortable? ABSOLUTELY! Worth it? How will you know if you don’t try?

Your mind/brain is a muscle, which means you need to exercise it. You can’t pay someone else to do your mental push-ups. Here are a few ideas Jack shared with us to build your mind muscle:

  • Take 100% responsibility for your life. This doesn’t mean self judge when things don’t go the way you want. It means own it, acknowledge it and move forward.
  • Events + Response = Outcome. Act as if. If you want something different, you have to change your responses and outlook. Meditations and visualizations can be useful here – start small, a few minutes a day – with simply creating a picture of what you want in your mind.
  • Success is a team sport. No one gets anywhere alone. When you’re faced with a challenge, start by evaluating your network and asking who can help you. Within that network, review who’s included regularly and make sure you’re surrounding yourself with the best, most positive people you can find.
  • Play whack-a-mole with your limiting beliefs. Again, no self-judgement. Everyone has limiting beliefs that were typically formed during ages three through eight. Acknowledging and even writing down what’s holding you back helps to remove the perceived power they falsely hold.

If you ever have the opportunity to see Jack Canfield live, I’d highly recommend attending. My hope is that something above resonates and you’ll give it a try. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting the different results. Happy manifesting!

Flowing with the Universe

The universe works in mysterious ways. If you show up for it, it will show up for you. Give a little, get a little, or least that’s the theory.

In recent weeks, the universe sent me several signs, some positive, some startling. I absorbed each with anticipation and resistance. That was my first mistake. When the universe gives you the preverbal lemons, you must make lemonade. I’m learning to flow with the universe, to receive each sign with excitement (instead of fear or resistance), to be an active participant in my life.

We all know the people who walk around letting life happen to them. I could easily be one of those people AND sometimes really horrible things do happen that we have no control over. Yet, the majority of the time, we do have a choice on how we respond to what the universe sends to us. I call this active participation in our reality, you might refer to it as going with the flow or rolling with the punches. We’re saying the same, my dear reader.

The SecretSo how? What does active participation looks like?  It can be hard to find time to reflect on signs from the universe. Your days, like mine, as likely jammed packed with varying priorities at work, at home or in your community. It’s key to carve out space to just be with the universe. Stillness and silence help me really process things that have happened, people who have been put in my path for no reason at all, the timing of such events and so on. I also use people I trust as sounding boards, to talk through my reactions to these signs. Another perspective can be a plus when you’re trying to make sense of something that appears to be nonsensical.

Why is it so damn hard sometimes? For starters, finding time is hard. I also feel like when I’m not “doing” something, I’m wasting time. This is a wrong assumption; reflection, quiet time and journaling are all necessary to help move through emotions, triggers and situations. It’s also a hell of a lot easier to play the victim card and ask the universe why the situation/relationship/enter your own word is terrible/painful/enter your own negative adjective. This is a normal human reaction that we must start to recognize in ourselves. Only with awareness can we call bullshit and react more positively to what’s happening.

So what does active participation in one’s life look like? Getting off the couch on a Saturday night to watch the game at a bar instead of staying home. It’s aligning what’s important to you, your why, with your actions. If you say your health is important, then you need to actively prioritize it in your own way. What that looks like for you might be different from me and that is exactly how it should be. It’s an iterative process for sure and your why can change, likely it will as you experience new gifts from the universe.

Karma Comes Back to You Hard

As you probably know, yesterday was April Fool’s Day. Of course, I made sure to pull a few over on my friends. I’ll admit I wasn’t that nice: I told my one friend that I couldn’t come to her wedding (that I’m in by the way) and the other that I got into a fight and was at the hospital. I was also the mastermind behind another prank on the same friend that got our other friends involved. Yes, I am evil and you should judge me.

Let me first explain: I often take life way too seriously so April Fool’s Day is an opportunity to mess with my friends and have a little fun. I’ll admit I took it a little too far last night. I’m sorry Niki and Lauren! 😉 I’d never actually lie to either of you and the plague couldn’t keep me from your wedding, Niki!

After apologizing and feeling like an idiot about my pranks, I started to think about karma and April Fool’s Day. While it is only one day a year, you have to be careful on what pranks you pull and on who you pull them. Taking it too far could lead to bad karma. But what exactly is karma?

Definition of Karma:

1. often capitalized : the force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence.
So that’s one way of thinking about it. Your actions or what you put out into the universe affect you and the situations you encounter. You give what you get. If you help others, others will help you. Pay it forward and the world will repay you. That’s simple enough, right?
I’m a firm believer in karma. Sometimes it takes a while for the universe to make the planets align but every single action has a consequence. You may think you’re getting away with it, but the universe always knows. Then there’s the old adage, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I don’t have a specific answer for you. But occasionally, it’s not your actions but your attitude that throws the universe off. I’m not saying be a happy fool every day but having a positive attitude and faith in the future often leads to good things. I certainly am not a shining example of this but I do believe a positive attitude and a firm belief that things will turn out right goes a long way. When I was job searching, I was so miserable until one day I saw how different and worse my life could be. From that moment on, I stayed as positive as I could while job searching and interacting with people. I think that shift in attitude and perspective helped me land a really great job.
I don’t think you should do something just because it’s good karma. I’m going to volunteer because it’s good karma. Nope, that’s not right. You have to willingly put good thoughts and actions out there in order to have good karma come your way. You have to believe in what you’re thinking or doing wholeheartedly. Don’t live your life just to have good karma but absolutely consider what could happen when making decision or playing pranks.
I hope my karma isn’t thrown off because of yesterday’s pranks. Lauryn Hill’s song, “Lost Ones” gives good insight onto how karma works. Listen below and share your thoughts!
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