Thursday, July 16, 2009

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Often times the best lessons in life come during times of intense struggle.

However, it is how we respond to that struggle that determines our future state of prosperity and abundance or continued downward spiral of depression and despair. The only way to stop that spiral is to focus on gratitude and realize that most likely we have found ourselves in that current state due to a lack of gratitude in our lives.

It can be hard to admit and takes courage and looking deep within but the rewards are plentiful. It's easy to blame our current circumstances on people and events outside of our control, but the reality is that we create our own circumstances. We create our struggles, and likewise, we create our triumphs.

So take a moment and reflect on your current state of affairs. Your family life. Your career or lack there of. Your finances. Your health. Now accept that you are 100% responsible for your current circumstances. Not the economy, not your parents, not your boss, not your spouse or children.

The final step is to focus on everything and everyone you are grateful for. Your family, friends, home, car, pets, fresh water, food, clothing, clean air, ...(enter your list here).

As soon as we can accept that we have created our reality, without blame and victimhood, and are truly grateful for all the blessings in our lives, we can start to attract those events and things into our life that we desire and absolutely deserve.

In Love & Gratitude,

Dr. T

Monday, July 6, 2009

Staking Your Claim to Abundant Health and Happiness

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Are you ready to claim your birthright? Are you really ready to start living a life of abundant health and happiness? Really? Are you convinced that this is indeed your right and not just something you have to work really hard at, that only a few lucky individuals ever achieve, or something that isn’t even humanly possible? This is the absolute truth of existence and you are not living your life in this manner only because you have accepted the illusion that these things are not possible or out of your reach.

I am here to tell you that not only are they within your reach but you already possess everything you need to make it a reality! You are genetically programmed for health. You are not born into this world to become sick and diseased. It is only because of your moving away from your natural state and nature that you have become less than abundantly healthy and vital. We have become so enamored with ourselves and our technological advances that we have somehow forgotten that we are animals. We are mammals and subject to the same physical laws of health and disease as every other species. We think it is okay to pollute our environment and our bodies with toxic chemicals. We think that we can genetically modify the foods we eat and alter the human genetic code. We have somehow accepted that injecting our children with chemicals such as formaldehyde, aluminum, thimerisol, and the genetic material of other species is a good idea. When it comes down to it, we have allowed our educated brains to trick us into thinking they are smarter than the innate intelligence that runs our bodies and knows more about our inner workings than we can ever hope to.

All this because we have turned our backs on nature and our intuition. Does any of that actually sound logical? But this is only the tip of the iceberg, the Pandora’s Box that if you choose to open, will forever change your perception of reality and create a shift in your paradigm.

And that is exactly what has to happen. Your current mindset has brought you to exactly where you are at this moment. Not your parents, not your spouse and not your boss or anyone else for that matter. Your reality is a mirror of your current thoughts and beliefs. Change your thoughts and you change your life. It’s as simple as that.

"Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd."

From the I Ching

Well…not quite that simple but it is absolutely where we need to begin. Decide today that you are going to be healthy and happy the rest of your life and proclaim it to yourself, your loved ones, and anyone else that will listen…or not. It does not matter if others believe you. It doesn’t even matter if they think you are crazy, kooky or just plain nuts. As long as you allow other people’s perceptions of what you say and do to run your life you will constantly be living according to their paradigms and produce their results. True brilliance occurs when we have the courage to live our lives according to our own values and in accordance with our individual purpose and passion. As you proclaim it and believe that it is yours it will begin to take shape in your life. And when you are no longer afraid to look foolish in the crowd you have mastered your life!

What about your emotional state? Are you happy? Do you wake up excited about the day or are you working for the weekend like so many of your neighbors? How have we become convinced that if we are feeling a little down all we need to do is change our brain chemistry with a little pill? Why has depression and anxiety become so common place? If this sounds familiar you don’t have to accept it any longer.

It is your absolute right to be happy. To achieve anything and everything in this lifetime and allow others to do the same as long as no one is harmed in the process. So why aren’t you? Because somebody at some point told you otherwise. Perhaps it was your mother or father, teacher or preacher. Some authority figure in your life that somehow convinced you that you do not already possess everything inside to pursue your life’s purpose and mission. Maybe you heard someone tell you that “Life isn’t fair.” Or that suffering was somehow virtuous. Whatever the case may be, you are only unhappy because you are not living in alignment with your soul. You are living a life that is not what you came into this world intending to do. When you come into perfect alignment with your purpose and passion you will find your happiness and need no person or possessions to make you happy.

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