The thanking corner: my blender and abundance
What I've been up to: 2011 Optimism
2011 has started just so strongly. I can see great progress in all the projects I'm busy with, and I am very optimistic about the future.
It feels as if this was a "year of materialization" - as if all that I have been thinking about and working towards was to start showing up this year. I captured the gorgeous dawn you see in the picture on the first days of the year - I'm taking it as a good omen ;-)
You may recall that I told you about the delay in publishing my ebook about handling conflict at work. This is because I'm editing it to offer you the highest quality, and as I'm editing it I am also adding more content.
I'm very excited about it - I believe my ebook will help people who have conflict at work to deal with it internally and to achieve a state of peace. I'll keep you updated in regards to the publishing date!
On another note, I am considering removing the section about Positive News from this newsletter. The reason for this is that I find that people are having less and less time to read long newsletters, so I'd rather send you a shorter one with very useful information, and know that you will read it.
Would you prefer that I left the section "Positive News" in this newsletter? If so, contact me and let me know! I will consider your opinion before deciding whether to take "Positive News" off or not. I thank you for your input!
Until the next issue, keep well, and keep smiling :-)
The Positive News: Apple orchards in the UK
Over fifty schools in the UK teamed up in 2010 to bring about the Fruit-full Schools project, which aims to plant and grow apples in the UK. Given that 69% of the apple supply in the UK is imported, you can immediately tell this is a positive endeavour.
What I like most about this project is that, at the same time as bringing children back to dealing with Nature directly, it helps to reduce the pollution created when fruit has to be shipped from other parts of the world, benefiting the planet as a whole. This is a win for everybody!
Find out more about this project at Fruit-full Schools. Share this idea with your local community and school if you are in a position to do so, and help make a positive difference.
The Monthly Thought: "Welcome Your Abundance"
I am finding myself very optimistic about 2011 because I'm already seeing, in just half a month of it, that I am getting closer to the materialization of some of my dreams (like stepping from employee to self-employed).
I want to share with you the brilliant light of hope that I am feeling, and I was inspired to make the article of this month a "Welcome Your Abundance" exercise, so that you too open up to the materialization of your dreams.
Follow me on this journey. Let's raise our awareness to welcome abundance in 2011:
-Sit comfortable but with your spine erect.
-Put your hands on your lap, palms facing upwards, your left hand on top of your right hand.
-Breathe slowly and deeply three times.
-Bring your attention to your breastbone (close your eyes if it makes it easier for you).
-Imagine that there is a beautiful flower bud in place of your breastbone. Pick any flower you like. Which colour is it?
-Now imagine the flower bud opening up, with the petals unfolding very slowly. As the flower bud opens up, you can start seeing the vivid colors of the petals. They are so bright that they shine and radiate light.
-The flower is now completely open. It is gorgeous, and it emanates a shiny light that goes out from your body, illuminating a wide space in front of you.
-Feel how nice it is to be in this relaxed state, radiating light out, feeling good.
-Come back from your visualization whenever you feel it right.
This little exercise opens your heart chakra and brings you to a state of connection with the world outside you, which creates the bridges for abundance to come to you. Now all you've got to do is to keep relaxed, and enjoy what's coming! ;-)
Inspiration From You: "Thankful"
Every month I receive emails from readers - some of them contain questions or comments, and some of them are contributions, such as a positive story, an article or a tip.
This month Blaine shared this powerful piece of gratitude:
My Daughters. They are life itself.
My love that I can give unselfishly.
My father who I respect and love.
My music. The gift I have been given.
You can read this piece of gratitude on its page at "Thankful".
Thanks, Blaine! :-)
The Positive Recommendation: "Say I Am You" (Sufi poem)
A while ago my friend Taska shared with me a link to a video with inspirational images and the words of a Sufi poem from Rumi. I love the peace that the images and the words of the poem transmit... I just had to pass it along :-)
Take just four minutes of your time to be inspired today with this Sufi poem: "Say I Am You" by Rumi.
The Thanking Corner
I believe that being grateful for something is one of the most powerful tools to feel better immediately. Here are the two thanking bits of the month:
Thankful for... my blender. Having gone vegan recently, my husband and I decided to increase the amount of vegetable and fruit smoothies we drink. He bought a professional blender a few weeks ago, and- oh, the gorgeous smoothies we have been drinking! I'm so grateful we've got this blender :-)
Here's a quick-n-easy recipe for you, smoothy for two/three people: 250ml pineapple juice, 250ml water, 2 celery sticks, 2 apples, 1 orange, half a leveled teaspoon of cinnamon. Delicious - and extremely healthy!
Thankful for... abundance. I believe you and I can truly say that we live in abundance. We have enough money to eat, a house to shelter us, and friends who love us - and that's just the basics. We have lots more things to enjoy every day; we're not severely lacking in any area of our lives. For a boost of positive energy, look at your life and write down all the abundance you already enjoy - there's much more of it thank you may think!
What are you thankful for? Share your gratitude on this page and read what others are thankful for!
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"Breathe in, breathe out, no fear, no doubt."