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What do you think when I say “Lighten Up” ?

I can think of several different ways to lighten up.

It could be your attitude. You could feel lighter emotionally, experience happiness and joy, ‘lightheartedness’, laughter.

It could be weight. Many people, especially at the beginning of each new year, want to release excess weight. I prefer not to call it ‘losing weight’ and I don’t like ‘diets’ since my experience is that they don’t work for me. I have had success in releasing excess fat, increasing lean muscle, and achieving my ideal weight.

I’m going to do a section on both of these topics below. I’ll start with attitude, since that is my specialty.

Lighten Up — Attitude

Life is more fun when we ‘lighten up’ and find ways to laugh and be joyful (filled with joy).

We can find ways to see the funny side of any situation. We can make the effort to see the blessing and gift in everything that happens.

One way to do this is to ask the question “What is the blessing, the gift in this?”

Years ago I went through a program called “Keys to the Kingdom” and learned that any time things were not going the way I wanted to say the following:
“This too is good, this too is God, this too is there for me, and I demand to see the blessing!”

It is amazing how well this works. In November 2010 I tripped and hit my face hard on the cement side walk. I broke my nose and split my lip. As I was sitting in the emergency room at the hospital, with ice packs on my swollen face, I kept repeating that in my mind. It made me laugh and also started the process of finding the blessing in that awful experience.

During the next month I had many opportunities to lighten up. I found a way to forgive myself for tripping and causing myself such pain. I found a way to stop the little video in my head that was replaying the event. I found a way to stop all the ‘what ifs’ that were not going to change the event. I will not say that I am totally clear of wishing that it had never happened. I will say that people were amazed at how quickly I recovered and healed. Within 8 days I was back at my Rotary club, where people who had seen me the day after the fall were amazed that I looked almost like myself again.

So, what did I do that helped me to ‘lighten up’ after that bad fall? I focused as much as possible on what I wanted, rather than on what bad thing had happened, and what I didn’t like as the result. Before I looked in the mirror the morning after, I took my professional photo and thought “I looked like this before and I can look like this again.” As I looked in the mirror, I said “I want to see how bad it is now” and then I quickly looked at my photo and focused on looking like that again. I continued to do this, continued to focus on the goal and not on how bad it was at that time. I imagined how good it would feel to look in the mirror and see myself being pretty again.

Every day I choose to be grateful for the good in my life. Like everyone else I have times when things don’t go the way I’d like. I say or do something I wish later I hadn’t said or done. Someone says something to me that upsets me. Or someone ignores me when it matters to me that they pay attention. I keep reminding myself to look for the good and focus on that instead of the ‘bad’ things.

Lighten Up — Weight

I prefer not to talk or think about ‘losing weight.’ I prefer to say and think “I choose to be my ideal weight.” I know that being my ideal weight means better health and more energy. It means my clothes fit better and I look better.

Years ago I listened to a woman talk about her Lighten Up program (unfortunately I don’t remember her name and have not been able to find her cassette tape program — that gives you some idea how long ago I listened to it). What I remember from her program, and the parts I’ve used myself, are listed below. I have modified the steps slightly so that they work well for me.

What she suggested as the first step, and perhaps the most challenging, is to stand naked in front of a mirror and accept and appreciate our body. We often are upset about the way we look. We tend to focus on what we don’t like. She suggested that we view the body in a positive way. I have found this helps me. We can appreciate and accept the body we have. In order to make changes, it is important to first accept and love what we have. By the way this is true whether it is the body, the mind, the home, the business or career, the car, or the life we live. It seems to work the same way for everything. Once we accept and love, then we can change if we want to.

I know that the way I talk to my body is important. If I am upset and complain that my body is not supporting me, things get worse. When I am kind and gentle with my body, appreciate what I have and then focus on what I want, things get better. I have learned over the years to improve the way I talk to myself and to my body.

When I made the commitment years ago to be my ideal weight, I went into partnership with my body. I didn’t want my body to get scared that I was going to do something drastic and cause it harm. Some diets that I’ve heard people use scare me, they seem unsafe and unhealthy. I choose to release fat cells in a gentle and gradual way. I let my body know that I will do my best to take care of it, to keep it healthy. This is my responsibility. This body is the vehicle that supports me as I live my life. I want it to last and be healthy. Without our health, we have no quality of life. A healthy body gives us quality of life.

In that original Lighten Up program that I mentioned earlier, her second step was to daily spend time appreciating each part of the body. She suggested to do it either in the shower or after the shower while putting lotion on. I like to do it in the shower. She suggested doing it with the hand, not using a wash cloth or anything that gets between the skin of the hand and the body parts. For example, as I rub soap over my arm I think the thought “I appreciate my arms and hands for helping me to manipulate objects, when I dress myself, drive my car, and do my work.” I use thoughts similar to that when I rub my legs and feet. I think about my heart and internal organs, and how much I appreciate their work to keep my body alive and functioning well. I appreciate my eyes and how I see everything with love and joy. I actually improved my eye sight years ago by saying several times a day “I see clearly with love and joy.” and “I now create the life I love to look at.”

The result of the process described above is that when I am ready to eat, I allow my body to help me choose what is good for me, and how much is good for me. I remember to stop and consider “is this healthy for me, and will eating this help me achieve my ideal weight?”

I like to imagine myself being my ideal weight, having energy, looking and feeling good in my clothes. I remember to focus on what I desire, and not on the things I don’t want.

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Dust off Your ‘Dreams’

As children we often dream and imagine what life is going to be like in our future.

As we grow up we may get the message that it is a ‘waste’ of time to fantasize so much, and that we need to be practical and ‘face reality’.

We may reach a point in life when we wonder if we wasted time by NOT following through on those early dreams and goals.

That is what is happening to me. I’m ‘stepping back’ to review what were my dreams and goals as a child.  What did I really want to do ‘when I grew up’?

Life can be rather dull and routine if we go from day-to-day simply doing the ‘normal’ and ‘mundane’ tasks before us.

Having a big dream, a vision, a big goal to reach for, adds passion and purpose and Joy to our lives.

What is your dream, your vision for the future?  Do you have a big goal to work towards?

If not, what do you think your life would be like to have one?

Maybe it is time to dust off those dreams you’ve had in the past, to revisit the goals that you considered important and put aside in order to survive.

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Today, I’m asking you to make a choice.

Whose side are you on?

One side says the economy is getting worse every day.
It’s only going to get harder. You are crazy if you
think you can succeed in business right now. You are
even crazier if you think you can have prosperity!

They are saying that we are all going to hell in a hand
basket…and there’s nothing you can do about it.

There is also another side. On this side, you will hear
a voice that has struggled through the cries of doom
like a beacon of light. This voice started off soft,
raging against the current of logic and fear.

It is the voice that says, “You can create your own
reality. Whatever is going on around you doesn’t have
to control you”.

It is the voice that says one person has the power to
affect change. One person has the power to affect the
Universe.

This voice – the voice of Spirit manifesting as the
voice of the Spiritualpreneur – has gotten louder, and
it is calling out to you today.

This new breed of entrepreneurs – Spiritualpreneurs
– is led by the voice of Spirit, and they apply
universal principles from an entrepreneur’s angle in a
way that brings about world transformation.

I am making the choice to listen to the voice of Spirit.
I joined Sharon and the group of Spiritualpreneurs
so that I can make a difference in the world.
Will you join me?

The day has come for you to decide whose side YOU are
on. Today, I’m coming to you with a choice – and a
Challenge.

The time has come to draw a line in the sand, take each
other’s hand and say, “WE ARE ONE”.

It is time to say, “I’m not going to let others
dictate my reality”.

It’s make or break time. You choose a side, or it
chooses you. Why not choose the side that says,
“You’re a Miracle Maker”?

You can make your choice today when you sign up for
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Spiritualpreneur Challenge, where you will learn
processes that she has never before taught outside her
programs. The lessons you will learn in this Challenge
are vital for you to achieve the balance, prosperity,
joy and success that you want in your business and
life.

In fact, they will actually recession-proof you when
you put them into action!

This is not a promise that Sharon takes lightly, and
she means what she says when she tells you that
choosing the side you want to be on today could be the
most important decision you will ever make when it
comes to having prosperity in this economy.

Sharon is so passionate about the importance of this
transformation in your business and its benefits that
she’s giving you her program, “The 30-Day Empowered
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When you take the Challenge you’ll:

*Learn tools that will help you be fr.ee at a level
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*Recession-proof your business and realize that you
CAN have it all
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*Create an actual sales process that feels good for
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*Make more money than you ever dreamed possible
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Sharon is going to teach you the exact process you can
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I invite you to make your choice today. When you decide
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*The “30-day Empowered Spiritualpreneur Challenge”
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*A Chance to W.I.N a spot in Sharon’s upcoming
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Make your choice today. You want to be on the winning
side! The collective voice of the Spiritualpreneur WILL
ultimately WIN!

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Setting Priorities

Life can be so busy!!

Setting priorities and focusing time and energy on the highest priority activities is a valuable technique to create the life we truly want.

I sometimes find it difficult to know how to set the ‘right’ priorities. Ah, perhaps that is the issue here, trying again to get it ‘right’. I have spent much of my life trying to be ‘perfect’, to get it ‘right’.

How many of you deal with this challenge? Do you need to get it ‘right’ and feel frustrated if you don’t know how to do it ‘right’?

A friend suggested I give myself time to simply relax and allow time for the sense of discomfort and frustration to ‘settle’, or at least to gain clarity about it. Writing can help, at least it does for me. Walking in nature helps also.

The truth is that I am setting priorities, maybe not in the way I’d prefer, however I make choices all the time about what to do next. There is the force of habit that mostly governs the choices I make. I prefer to be more consciously aware and choose based on my major goals and dreams for the life I want to create.

Sometimes I hear a little voice inside telling me to relax and allow the Universe to do more of the work for me. That has not been easy for me to do. I tend to think that I must be doing something in order for results to happen. I keep hearing the phrase “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.”

Are we human beings or human doings?

What is the balance between thinking, visualizing, meditating and action?

The creative process, and the process of life, is interesting to explore. We are all doing this, whether we are conscious of it or not.

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Our words are powerful.  In actuality words reveal our thoughts.

What really creates is our energy or ‘vibration’.

We are like tuning forks.  When a tuning fork is struck, the matching tuning fork across the room will respond. It is like that for us.  When we are thinking and feeling a certain way, we attract what matches that.

I was thinking more about my experience yesterday with the severe weather.  When I said ‘It is a miserable day’, my words revealed my thoughts and how I was feeling about the weather and my day. The events of the day reflected my attitude.

Today I had more challenges with heavy rains.  I had to clear the river next to the apartment complex again.  The sand bags I put in front of the doors to the hair salon and our laundry room did not work the way I had hoped.

What I noticed today is that my attitude was different.  My thoughts were more cheerful, and my attitude was more positive.  I was able to smile and be grateful that I knew what needed to be done and had the energy to do it.

Being aware and making progress is the key.  It is about improvement, not perfection.

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I read and hear this often, that what we say has a powerful impact on our lives.

I experienced this rather ‘quickly’ yesterday. We had a rather severe storm in Northern California, high winds and lots of rain. I was awake early and attended a breakfast meeting of Castro Valley Sunrise Rotary. I went to the bank afterwards. As I entered the bank I commented to the manager that it was a ‘miserable day’. His quick response was “It’s a wonderful day!”

His comment made me think about the difference in our attitudes. Having recently watched the “You Can Heal Your Life Movie” and reading the book by Louise Hay, I know how important it is to be careful what I say. Even though the weather was severe, I could still choose to make it a wonderful day. Instead I’d allowed the weather to affect my perspective on what kind of day it was.

After the bank I came home and chose to lay down for a little rest. I had a sore throat and felt it was time to rest and heal. Someone knocked on my door. When I answered, the man who works in the hair salon in the front of our building (I’m the manager of an apartment complex) told me that water was coming into the salon and he asked for my help.

I went down to check on the problem and found the drain not working. We had a little river along the side of the building. I called the plumber and then went down to see what I could do while waiting for the plumber to come. I opened our laundry room to find water flowing under the door from the river beside the building. I got the broom and did my best to divert water into the laundry room, where the little drain in the floor was working, though slowly.

When the plumber arrived, he and I worked for about 2 hours ‘bailing’ water as fast as we could, and he used his ‘big machine’ to snake out the drain. After he left I came up to get dry and have lunch. It started to rain more heavily, and I decided to go down and check to see how things were doing with the drain. It was backed up again, overwhelmed by all the heavy rains.

I called the plumber again and while I waited for him I swept as quickly as I could to divert the water away from the drain. Eventually the drain was able to handle the stream of water. When the plumber arrived, I explained that I’d been able to clear enough water away so that the drain worked again.

We watched for awhile and discussed what could be done. He felt he’d done as much as he could to clear the drain. It seemed to be working as long as it didn’t get ‘overwhelmed’ with very heavy rain. He suggested I get sand bags to protect the hair salon and laundry room doors. If the water gets too high it will eventually have an outlet into our car port area and then out to the street.

It took me another 3 hours to go buy sand and bags. Then I found a way to empty 70 lb sand bags from paper into the specially treated bags I bought.

When I finally came up to get dry, have dinner and rest, it became rather clear to me that my attitude in the morning had affected my day. I had said it was a ‘miserable day’ and that is what I got!

I chose to look for the ‘silver lining’ in this experience. It was another ‘wake up’ lesson that what I say and think is important. I decided to be grateful that I have the energy and health (even at 61 years of age) to do this kind of work. Next time I’ll call for someone to help me with things like the sand bags. The attitude that I have to do it myself is not very wise or effective. I was smart enough to call the plumber, I could have called our maintenance man Mark to help with the sand bags.

I hope you find ways to learn from the lessons in your life. Being grateful and being gentle with ourselves is the most effective ways to make our lives better and better.

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