Life Is a Magical Journey

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Let yourself be amazing and awestruck by the beauty and miracles that are dancing in front of you.


Inspirational Quotes

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

~Buddha


Gratitude, Blessings and Miracles

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A MAGICAL TIME OF YEAR

For those of us who celebrate Christmas, and many who do not, it really is a magical time of year. We gather with family, friends and those close to our hearts. We feel more love and we express more love. People are more cheerful and giving (except perhaps in line at the mall). It is as if someone sprinkled an invisible powder in the air that makes us warmer, more forgiving, and incredibly open hearted. The best in us surfaces and we love the feeling of being at our best.

It is a time for gratitude. Each of us has so much to be grateful for. If you do not have a gratitude list, why not make one and remind yourself often? When you can truly feel gratitude for people, events, accomplishments and just for being alive, you are nourishing your body and soul. It feels so good. Think back to a time you are very grateful for; a birth, a graduation, reaching a major goal. Something that made you feel on top of the world, like nothing could touch you. Go back there and relive the memory. Smell what you were smelling, feel what you were touching, make that memory and all the feelings that came with it a reality in your mind. Feel your joy, feel your pride, feel the gratitude for everything that lead up to this moment, this perfect moment. Gratitude is awesome. It feels good, it improves your mental and physical health, and it brings you more to be grateful for. Practice it often. When you live with a constant feeling of gratitude, when you are living in a perpetual state of gratitude, you will then find yourself living the life of your dreams.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

Count your blessings. That is a saying that has stood the test of time. Probably because it is such good advice. Blessings are the gifts we have in life, the things we have to be grateful for. Gratitude is the feeling we get when we are genuinely appreciative of those gifts or blessings. Since gratitude is a feeling, it can be hard to thankful when we are not in a good mood to start with. This is where counting your blessings come in. A gratitude list is simply a blessings list, a list of things you feel fortunate to have or have experienced. Everyone should have one.

Journal 140 res smaller Gratitude, Blessings and MiraclesWhen you are in a place of gratitude, your energy level vibrates at a higher frequency. When you are feeling sad, upset or angry, your vibration is much lower. By reading the list of your blessings and visualizing the events, people or memories, you will naturally elevate your spirits and your energy, making you feel better and have a better life experience.

One of the very cool side effects of taking time to acknowledge the gifts that have been bestowed upon you throughout your life is that you begin to see miracles. When we see a shooting star, we tend to think of it as a rare and miraculous event. Indeed, it is miraculous, but certainly not rare. Because we can only see these arcs of light paint the sky when it is dark and clear, free of clouds that can't be seen but still obscure your sight, we tend to think of them as more significant and meaningful. This is why most people perceive a shooting star as a sign, a miraculous occurrence that holds some kind of significance.

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MIRACLES ARE EVERYWHERE

But a shooting star is no less a miracle because it happens more often than you thought it did. And the colors on a butterflies wings are no less a masterpiece of natures design because they are common. The smell of a baby, the smile of a child, the feel of a cool breeze on your cheek, the feel of sand or grass between your toes, the scent of lavender, the unconditional love of your dog… there are so many miracles. Each breath you take, each day you live is a miracle. They are everywhere, and they are all very significant.

When you recognize the every day things that are actually quite miraculous, you are filled with gratitude. And when you are filled with gratitude, you delight in discovering the hidden treasures that are right before you. What a wonderful cycle, yes? To be filled with the joy, bliss and knowledge that everything is perfect and you are exactly where you should be is a gift. We should be diligent about keeping our thoughts and our focus on a life of gratitude. If you can feel the love every day of your life, you will have a life of love as your reward.


Giving Thanks and Gratitude

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On Thanksgiving, it is customary to ponder the things we have to be grateful for. Traditionally, you join for a meal with the friends and family you love and appreciate the company of the wonderful people in your life. We count our blessings and give thanks.

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While many of us are thankful for the advantages life has given us, the people in our lives and the experiences we have enjoyed that have brought us joy throughout our days there is a subtle but big difference between being thankful and living in gratitude. Today, while you are reflecting on what you have to be thankful for, is the perfect time to begin living in gratitude.

 

The difference between being thankful and being grateful is emotion. When I am thankful to have a day off, in the back of my mind I think, “This is nice, this is good. My time is my own and I am enjoying it”. When I am grateful to have the day off, there is a feeling of joy and pleasure. I relish my time and I have a lot more fun. The quality of my life is improved. The difference is, I feel more alive, happier, I realize I am truly blessed with the gift I am delighting in. And it is quite a wonderful difference.

 

Being thankful is like settling for second best, and you should never have to settle. When we feel gratitude, our energy is operating at a higher vibrational frequency than if we are merely thankful. The higher your energy vibration, the happier you are, the better the quality of your life, the more desires you are able to manifest and manifest more quickly, the more you are able to give, the better the quality of your relationships… the list of ways your life improves is long. Gratitude is the place where miracles happen.

 

Now that you understand how important it is to be grateful and what it can do for you, how do you transcend from acknowledging your blessings to being filled with complete appreciation and gratitude?

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Since it is Thanksgiving, I will mention that one great way is being with people that you love and vocalizing you appreciation for them. Most importantly, when you sincerely open your heart and express why they mean so much to you, make sure you feel it, and that feeling is communicated in your voice and your inflections.

 

Moving forward, a gratitude list is one of very many useful tools. Make a list of all the things you have to be grateful for. List the people in your family, from your hobbies, from work, from school. From your past. List teachers, mentors, people who have encouraged you or taught you things that have made your life better. List the things you have that make your life easier. If you have a car, a home with air conditioning, a bicycle, a garden, list it. Think of any past experiences, whether it was a vacation, a summer love, an opportunity and put it on the list. Make it a long list. There are so many marvelous real life miracles if you start to look for them.

 

Now here is the key to making your gratitude list work for you. When you think about something on your list, feel the reason why they or it is on your list. For example, if you have the memory of a trip to the Bahamas on the list, it is on the list because you felt good when you were there. So feel good when you think about your paradise get away. Feel the warm sun on your cheeks as a slight breeze gently brushes across your shoulders. Let go of all thoughts but the joy you are feeling as you hear the sound of the surf crash against the shore and retreat to the ocean, taking with it all your worries. Feel the complete serenity and bliss the courses through your soul as you realize that life does not get better than this, you are exactly where you should be and all is perfect in the universe. Feel, feel, feel…..

 

Did I mention that the key to making gratitude work for you and turn your life around is really feeling it?

 

When you live in a state of gratitude, you notice all the miracles around you and you are able to manifest miracles that only those who believe that can, are able to.