Your Problems Are But A Drop Of Water In The SEA Of Life

Your problems are but a drop of water

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Have you noticed that when you have a problem people will sympathize with you initially, but soon they’re back to the daily grind, and you lose that support that you so desperately seek from them? It is because they have their own equal and opposite problems. To dwell on your problem, means they might drop the ball on their problem, in this continuous juggling game of life, and they have to keep their boat afloat.

To wallow in your misery along with you is not love. It anchors you to your problem. They care about you, and they want you to pull yourself out of your problem, because you are the only one who can pull yourself out. Others can help, but only you can do it. Maybe all you need to do is change your perspective. Maybe your so-called problem is the way you are seeing things. Your problem may turn out to be a blessing. Maybe it’s time for you to “Sea” Life’s Beauty.

Being happy is a choice. It is choosing to think positive thoughts from the second you open your eyes in the morning, no matter what your circumstances are. Yes, a choice. It is your attitude about your circumstances that matters. Is yours an attitude of gratitude? I found a book in the “discard” bin in the public library 20 years ago. I was a little low on confidence at the time, so I took it home, and it was so fascinating that I’ve read it 100 times over the years and it changed my life. It is ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ by Norman Vincent Peale. It said that gaining faith in yourself is like a skill that you can practice until you get it right.

 

The book has a similar philosophy to the law of attraction. If your thoughts are positive, you attract positive energy back, so you might as well make it positive, because the alternative is worse. Your thoughts about what is good or bad are not always based on reality, but on your perception. The good news is, you can change your perception in a minute. Sometimes all it takes is to re-frame your thoughts and you will see your situation entirely differently, and you will see an abundance of good and opportunity instead of a shortfall. Go ahead and Soak Up Positive Energy.

A while back, my finances were a worry. I had a lot of credit card debt, but on paper, I owned 50 percent of an expensive property. I sold the property, bought a home with suites and lived in one of the suites, which was much smaller than the big house I had been living in. By downsizing, I was able to pay off my credit card, put some cash in the bank, and gain rental revenue to help pay my mortgage. I had the same amount of money as I did before the move, but my perspective changed. Instead of seeing a sea of red, I saw a stream of cash.

I recently wrote a post about living well, and a reader asked me to explain what living well meant to me. Here is a link to it: https://goo.gl/Km7l3t, What living well means to you is likely quite different from what it means to me. Please share what living well means to you, and here is my list:

Wisdom Of The Ocean Listicle: Living Well

1. Living well is appreciating what you have and attracting abundance.Complaining about what you lack is the law of lack, and it attracts more lack. This keeps you in the bilges, always bailing out the dirty water from the ship instead of sailing smoothly on by.

2. Living in the present is living well. This sounds obvious, but most people are distracted by regrets about the past that they can’t change, or worrying that something dreadful will happen in the future, that never actually happens. They are thinking about what they are going to say next in their conversations instead of listening to what people are saying to them, or romancing with their cell phones while sitting next to the person they love most in the entire world, instead of telling them they love them. Now is the only time you have to embrace life. Why is that the hardest thing to do? Your sailboat has it’s own pace. Don’t rush things with an engine. Go With The Flow and don’t get ahead of, or behind your own sailboat.

3. Living well is loving the voyage. Giving what you can to others after you have satisfied your own needs, and accepting their offerings to you and honoring the giver in them is love. Come Out of Your Shell and show love.

4. It is beautiful to be who you are and love who you are. Living well is cherishing the divine creation you are, and not measuring your worth based on your gender, age, weight, looks or bank account. Self-confidence attracts more self-confidence. To be proud of who you are is honoring your divine nature, which we all have inside of us. Be Shore of Yourself

5. Nurturing your health with mind, body and soul is Living Well. Healthy food and exercise are better than medicine from the pharmacy for your body. Lifelong learning by reading is medicine for the mind. Positive expansive thoughts about your purpose in life, and aligning your actions with your positive thoughts is medicine for your soul. Don’t Get Tide Down with a poor lifestyle

6. Living well means seeking your own approval over the approval of others. If they approve, awesome, if not, don’t sweat it. Do what you know is right for you. Likewise, don’t judge others when they do what’s right for them. Spend time doing what you love, as in Do What Floats Your Boat.

7. Oh yeah, and don’t be crabby – and take time to coast!

  • sources — Wisdom From The Ocean
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Cleaning up My Little Corner

small__3623077649As I cleared the clutter out of my house this week, I threw out some old thoughts with my stuff. I had been equating “abundance” with having stuff, but, as Eckhart Tolle, (one of Ann’s inspirational people) says: true abundance isn’t about “things”, it’s about a “feeling of abundance” within yourself, where you don’t need more things to feel fulfilled.

In his YouTube video “Manifesting Abundance”, Eckhart says: “the sense of insufficiency is a spiritual dilemma. The concept of “not enough” is ego; you are not that needy entity that needs more, everything you need is within you. By raising your level of consciousness above your everyday thoughts by being still, you will learn to love yourself, then you will love others, as you will see yourself in them, and you won’t feel separate but connected”.

He says, by “connecting with the source of all abundance – God, or Buddha, or a universal intelligence, which connects us all, you will see we are all enough as we are, then of course we won’t want to harm ourselves, or others, or the planet we live on.”

I realized that the vicious cycle of wanting more, was preventing me from enjoying the present, so this spawned a new category on my blog called: “Cleaning up My Little Corner”. By shifting my consciousness to the abundance in my life, I can help the planet.

By eliminating the production and transport of excess goods that I don’t need, I can reduce the burning of fossil fuels, and focus on fulfilling my spiritual needs, so I become part of the solution.

By each cleaning up our own little corner, we can each do a small part to reverse the damage to the planet. Then one by one, we will bequeath a cleaner world to our grandchildren.
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Review of week 5 – changing thoughts from scarcity to abundance

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Last week’s bettering yourself topic was based on Martha Beck’s article titled: “When and How to Say “Enough!”

For most of human history, everything good was scarce, so it was necessary to stockpile supplies. This “Just in case mentality” (JIC), is still necessary in many parts of the world, says Beck, to guard against an uncertain future. But most of us in the developed world have our basic needs met, and can easily access more supplies when needed.

The Just in time or (JIT) manufacturing practice that Toyota adopted shortly after WWII was a new way of making cars, similar to making Sushi, says Martha. It implied “everything good is abundant”, and they were super efficient as they ran the lines efficiently without the cost of stockpiling parts.

Martha explains how the old (JIC) thinking combined with a super abundant culture can make things go severely wrong. The resulting excess can affect every area of your life, and lead to problems such as: hoarding, overeating, debt, and relationship problems.

She describes how you can apply the (JIT) business model to your household to streamline your life, so I tried it, and it worked. By recognizing that everything good is abundant, and trusting that there is no shortage, or famine, or lack of love in your relationships, it reduces your stress.

I found 6 bottles of Windex in my house, and condensed them down to 3. I won’t buy another bottle until I’m running out, as I no longer fear that there is a shortage of Windex at the store.

By shedding the feeling of scarcity, or the “fear” mentality, I shifted to an abundant mentality, or one of “faith”, cleared up some space in my cupboards, and streamlined my household.
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http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Martha-Becks-Strategy-to-Lower-Stress-and-Improve-Your-Life

Week 5 – Jan 28 – Feb 3, 2013 Changing Thoughts From Scarcity to Abundance

small__482085832I have too much stuff…not in a crazy hoarder way, but in small ways, like having four dust pans, and more mugs than will fit in the mug cupboard. For this week’s bettering yourself exercise, I am working on losing the fear of not having enough, and focusing on the belief that everything I need is readily available, so I can eliminate the clutter habit.

In an article written by Martha Beck titled: “When and How to Say “Enough!”, she says our thoughts about stuff dictate how much we accumulate. She describes the “just in time” business philosophy developed by Toyota Motor Company. They bought only enough supplies to keep the lines running and were efficient, unlike most companies who used the “just in case” model; accumulating stockpiles of supplies, leading to dysfunction and excess.

This week, I will apply the “just in time” business model to my household, and change my thoughts on clutter to get the lines running more proficiently at home, and I will let you know how it went next week.

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