The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: September 2014

Positivity: New Discoveries

There is always something new to discover.

No matter how much you know, no matter how much you have seen, no matter how many experiences you have had, there is ALWAYS something new to discover.

There is a random piece of information that you might encounter that will open new doors to your heart and mind. There is a place you have never been that will inspire you. There is a person you have never spoken to before who will present a new path. There is always something new to discover.

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We get jaded by the mundane aspects of our lives. As we go through our routines day to day, we get caught up in analyzing what we have versus what we want, what we know versus what we need to know, and where we are versus where we need to be. This in turn can lead us to question if there are new experiences to be had, new worlds to be discovered, and anything at all new that might have a meaningful impact on us.

The world is staggeringly huge. There are billions of people, places both near and far you have never visited, activities you have never done, and while it may feel like you cannot afford to take the time or to visit the place or the work up the energy to meet new people, they are there.

I was out of town for one specific reason when my friend suggested we visit a place I had never been to. It was unrelated to why I had traveled, but it was nearby and something new. So we went. I saw some pretty cool sculptures based on worlds a beloved author created, and I never even knew before this day that this place existed.

It was something new, and the discovery made me happy. I shared pictures of my discovery, like I am doing here, to spread the feeling that I experienced because of this new experience. I was reminded that there is always something new to be discovered, and I cannot think of anything more positive than this sort of thing.

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No matter how humdrum your life may seem at times, no matter how caught up in your day to day routines and habits, it is a positive thing to know that there is always something new to be discovered. This is a matter of positivity, and having irrefutable proof that there are always unique, different and new discoveries to be experienced.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that no matter how much you have seen and done and learned there is always something new still out there, we can always discover something new. Discovering new things can take away negative emotions. When we take away negative emotions, we open up space to let in positive emotions, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the thirty fifth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

This week’s photos were taken at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, MA.

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Why are you on this path?

The path you are on, right now, as you read this, why are you on it?

Did you choose this path for yourself? Did someone else choose it for you? Did you stumble upon this path, or was there effort and conscious direction when you decided to travel upon it?

I have probably asked all of these questions before. If they are being repeated, that is because they are so deeply important. If you want to be a conscious Pathwalker, then these are questions you need to ask.

Everybody is a Pathwalker. Yes, everybody. We are all on paths, sometimes singular, sometimes numerous, but everyone everywhere is on a path.

The difference between calling yourself a Pathwalker and being a pathwalker is choice. Did you make a conscious decision about the path you wish to be on, or did the path choose you? Are you the architect of your own destiny, or are you letting life live you as it will?

This is the reason it is so important to ask – Why are you on this path?

The notion of Pathwalking is to choose your destiny. It is about choosing what you are doing in this life, where you are going to, and more importantly where you are now.

It is so very easy to just let life live you. Go with the flow. Fall into the pattern. Find and live the routine. Choose your own paradigm or metaphor, but making the conscious choice for your own path is difficult. There are more challenges, and more obstacles, and more complications when you choose your own path.

At least, that is how it seems. The truth is, there are fewer challenges, the obstacles are less seemingly insurmountable, and the complications are more manageable when you are choosing your own path. Why? Because when you have chosen a path for yourself, you know what it is you want, and you know why “this” path in particular.

Why are you on this path? The answer is usually because you want to take control of your life, and you want to ultimately be happy. No one would consciously choose a path that will deny them control of their life and ultimately make them miserable. Even the most self-sacrificing person doesn’t truly want that for themselves. The self-sacrificing do what they do in the interest of the happiness of others, that’s true…but the happiness of others, they believe, is what, when all is said and done, will bring THEM happiness.

You cannot make other people happy when you are not happy. It really is that simple. Again, this is why no one would choose a path to misery consciously.

There are as many paths as you can conceive. Pretty much any limitations you encounter are there because you have allowed them to be.

You cannot just have, be or do ANYTHING. There are ALWAYS limits. Not everyone can be President of the United States!

This is totally true. But that is because not everyone wants to BE President. Very few people well and truly want the grandiose. Many people say they want to be famous, or they want to be someone everybody knows. But I believe that what most people want is, relatively speaking, simple. We want to be comfortable, we want to be loved, we want to be happy.

Pathwalking is about figuring out what it is you want. If you want something grandiose and incredible, if you really want it and can put the effort and the energy and the passion and desire and willpower into it, it is possible. Easy? Probably not. But that does not mean it is not worth having – if that is the path you want to take.

Why are you on this path? Is the journey satisfying you? Is the path you are walking across now leading to a goal or goals you truly wish to achieve? These are the questions we must ask ourselves, to truly find and walk the trails we most desire.

There are days this is really hard. There are days where I question everything, I debate if I have chosen well or poorly, I wonder why I am on this path. When I ask why, I give myself the necessary nudge to contemplate and analyze my path, and determine if the answer continues to suit me.

When you can answer why you are on the path you are on, and you find that the answer makes you feel content, makes you feel right, seems to be correct…you have chosen a good path. When the answer makes you feel distressed, makes you feel wrong, seems to be off…you may not have chosen a good path for you, and it may be time to reevaluate, and consider another option.

Why are you on this path? The answer will be different for everyone, but chances are the bones remain the same. You want to choose for yourself, you want to take control over your own destiny, you want to ultimately enjoy your journey and find happiness along the way.

Why are you on this path?

 

This is the one-hundred forty third entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: THANK YOU

Thank you.

The words “thank you” are powerful generators of positivity.

If “I am” are the most important generators of positivity, then “thank you” are the next most important.

Thank you is the simplest and yet possibly the most powerful means to convey gratitude. Thank you can change a negative moment into a positive one.

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It is not just powerful when you are thanked, but equally powerful when you are thanking. Hearing “thank you” conveys a sense of accomplishment, of positive reinforcement, of appreciation. Saying “thank you” expresses your gratitude both for people and things, and can open up innumerable doors.

These two simple words, spoken with sincerity and conviction can change the world. We are loathe to express gratitude, but there is no good reason for this to be so. We should more frequently and willingly share gratitude with one another.

Don’t you love how it feels when you are thanked for a gift, thanked for a compliment, thanked for a job well done, thanked for helping, thanking for thinking of someone? I have not met anyone who did not receive sincere thanks and NOT felt better and more positive because of it. As such, doesn’t it make sense to SAY “thank you” more often?

People joke about how words matter. But as important as it is for you to be conscious of what follows “I am”, it is also important to express gratitude frequently. Gratitude generates vast amounts of positive energy. Positive energy generates feeling good, and feeling good makes people happier. Is that not what, ultimately, most of us want to feel?

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People do not realize the power of these two words. In a similar manner as “I am”, “Thank you” can be a vehicle to both give and receive positive messages, and can change a negative to a positive, a bad moment to a good moment. Just saying “Thank you” for being can build and grow positivity.

As we express gratitude, to ourselves or to others, we open up to greater positive experiences and more opportunities as such to be happy.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that the words “thank you” are amongst the most powerful creators available to us, we have an unlimited capacity to generate positivity for ourselves. When we generate more positivity for ourselves, our positivity can bring about positivity in others, and we can work together to use the positive energy to be happier. If more people receive “thank you” for what they do, this leads to them to give “thank you” to others. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the thirty fourth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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During the course of Pathwalking, I have frequently spoken about creating your own life.

In walking your own path, one of the ideas is to control your destiny, and manifest the life you most want.

There are obstacles, distractions, problems, complications, bumps and twists and turns along any given path. The journey, I have often stressed, is of equal if not greater import than the goal. Living in the here and now is vitally important to the end goal of your paths.

The Universe is an abundant, impossibly immense, unpredictable place. As we are all one, we are attuned to The Universe, and it speaks to us in many ways. There are messages, sometimes obvious, sometimes softer than a whisper, telling us that we can have the things we want.

As we have evolved, we have actually lost our ability to hear The Universe. We are just tool-using animals, but when all is said and done our basic needs are food, shelter and propagation of the species. All the rest of nature has instincts, which are based in part on the messages The Universe is delivering constantly.

The point I am trying to make here is that we have to be conscious of what it is we really want. We can manifest pretty much anything we desire, but there are several factors we have to take into consideration that are not so much limitations as fixed variables beyond our control.

Most importantly, we cannot change other people. We cannot force anyone to do our bidding, to think as we think. The world is filled with people who want nothing less than to ultimately control every aspect of the lives of others, usually through fear. People want you to be whom they want you to be, and they might even go to outrageous extremes to achieve that.

Whether on a grand scale or a smaller one, we have no control over how other people think, how other people act, and how other people live. Yet we still often want to manifest things that are dependent on the actions of others, and that is the danger I am explaining here.

I can choose for me, and for me alone. I can share my journey as I walk my path. I can make choices on that journey that will undoubtedly change how those around me think, but what I have no control over is the what of that change. I cannot think for anyone else, and I should not be focused on influencing anyone and their choices.

When I share Pathwalking, I am not in any way trying to get you to live as I do. My paths are not your paths. What I do hope is that I might be opening up your mind to all the possibilities I can see with mine.

When I go about working to create my own life, I do have to take into account the people who are in it. My friends and my family have their own paths, and while I would not do anything to interfere with them, I know that some of my choices may be seen as such. I also know that yes, my choices of paths may not align with theirs, and that may be the cause of friction. That does not mean that my choices should be unduly influenced by the choices of others.

It is important to remember that we need to be more tolerant, and frankly more accepting of the differences between us. We all want different things, different people, different goals from one another. It is easy to get caught up in the idea of the “normal” and “society”. But when all is said and done, no matter what the tangible or intangible goal of the path might be, we want to be free. We want to be happy.

I believe that ultimately we seek happiness. Every path, every goal is to find happiness, joy, passion, fulfillment. When the day is done we want to feel successful, we want to feel accomplished, and we want to be happy. That is what we want to feel more than anything else.

Evolution of the species is a good thing. There is always something new to learn, there will always be a way to grow and change. We can think and act and perform way beyond the basic instincts of the rest of the animal kingdom, but in so doing we should also try to keep in touch with the messages that The Universe is trying to deliver to us. The messages for me are not the same as those for you, but in either case they are communicating abundance, hope, love, and happiness.

That is how you know you are on a good Path. You feel it. You know you are receiving that message from The Universe. There is no struggle, within or without. You are energized, content, and happy to be taking on the challenges before you.

When you are working on manifesting your goals, remember to be specific about what you really want. Make certain what you are trying to manifest is about you, and not about other people around you. That will go a long ways towards creating your own destiny, and taking control over your own paths.

Are your current goals about yourself?

 

This is the one-hundred forty second entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: I AM

I am.

These can be the two most powerful generators of positivity you can possibly imagine.

The words “I am” can make your life as positive and happy or as negative and miserable as you choose. These two words create your world, whether consciously or unconsciously.

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I cannot stress emphatically enough just how powerful the words “I am” are. This is how you identify not only WHO you are, but HOW, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and even WHY you are. These two words are the keystone of consciousness, and consciousness creates reality.

What follows the words “I am” will equally make or break your life. Yet most people do not realize just how powerful these words are.

Negativity is following I am with late, tired, sad, depressed, miserable, sore, old, angry, lonely, undesirable, unloving, unloved, a loser…need I go on? Every single one of these creates your reality, and they are far more powerful than any of us really recognize.

Positivity is following I am with here, awake, happy, peaceful, joyous, energized, young, pleased, never alone, desirable, loving, loved, a winner…any positive reinforcement you can think of . Every single one of these creates your reality, and they are far more powerful than any of us really recognize.

How you follow the words “I am”, whether conscious or subconscious, is the key to living a life of positivity or a life of negativity. This is the simplest, most important means to generating positivity in the world. Yet these two simple words are overlooked, neglected, and often disregarded in favor of more complex concepts like “I could” and “I should” and “You are”.

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I am is not about selfishness, it is about identity, it is about placement, it is about awareness. When you consciously focus on what follows the words “I am”, you have the ultimate tool for building positivity. I have yet to meet anyone in this world who prefers to feel and surround themselves consciously in negativity than positivity. So why don’t we all make better use of the words “I am” and think twice about what follows them?

I am happy that you are reading my words. I am grateful for your patronage. I am hopeful that my quest for positivity in my life brings positivity in yours. I am thankful.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that the words “I am” are the most powerful creators available to us, we have an unlimited capacity to generate positivity for ourselves. When we generate more positivity for ourselves, our positivity can bring about positivity in others, and we can work together to use the positive energy to be happier. If more people think “I am positive,” this leads to the ultimate goal of “I am happy”. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the thirty third entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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It never ceases to amaze me how readily I can lose my focus.

For a while I can be a champion. I can successfully manifest what I want, no question, no difficulty, I can do it. I can see all the possibility, all the probability, all the reality of what I am capable of. I am amazed, excited, enthusiastic, and ready to tackle the world and everything that could possibly get in my way.

And then it is gone. I am lethargic, I am weary, I am out of cope. I cannot decide what I want, I am full of questions and difficulties and I cannot see how to do it. I can see possibility, but not probability, and I question the how of it all. I am frustrated, unenthused, and wondering if I have it all wrong and the world will defeat me when all is said and done.

Why am I unable to remain the former, and so often mired in the latter? How come it is so much harder to find and hold onto that feeling of empowerment than to let the weight of the world weigh you down?

I think it boils down to focus. When I take control of my life, and I work on my focus and sharpening it to crystal clear precision I can walk the path of my choosing. But when I let my focus wane, or I let myself drift and get caught up in worries and concerns I should not, I lose my power and find myself right where I began.

Except I am not where I began. I am a Pathwalker. I know how this can work, I know what I can do with it. I have made numerous choices in who I am and what I do and how I do these things for my life, and I know I can have it how I want it. I just have to regain my focus and not let myself be diverted.

I am sure it comes as no surprise when I say that this is easier said than done.

How do I regain my focus after it has been lost? I have been asking that question for some time now, and the answer really boils down to practice. There are practices that I can do that will help in this department. The trick of course is actually doing them, and not just paying them lip service.

Equally important is to cease practices that are detrimental to focus. I would LOVE to play any number of online multi-person video games…but as I already have issues with maintaining focus, this would be a TERRIBLE idea. I’d never get anything else done again, I’d become focused on my distraction.

This brings up another issue – false focus. There are all sorts of things upon which I can lavish my attentions, but if they are not the things that will let me focus on creating the life I want to live and the world I want to live in, it’s no wonder I wind up back in that place of defeatism.

The question becomes – what practices should I work at to reclaim my focus? I am going to share what I need to do in order to get back my focus. The things that are taking my attention away are going to be different from the things that might be taking YOUR attentions away, but the concept is similar.

There is one primary idea that will help you achieve this.

Rewrite the internal dialogue. This is HUGE, and the most difficult but of course most important idea for reclaiming focus. The inner dialogue is often deeply imbedded, and highly sub-conscious. It just lingers in the background. However, it is ALWAYS there, always running, always in motion. I am always in communication with myself, and there is always stuff going on inside my head.

It is very easy to let the internal dialogue simply run its course unchecked. However, it is HERE that the loss of focus begins. Also, it is here the lack of focus begins. The reasons are many, but I believe they largely stem from outside influences. World news, family matters, coworker difficulties, financial challenges, negative reinforcements bombarding us constantly. If we do not pay attention to what is affecting us, the subconscious might get focused on problems instead of solutions.

The internal dialogue starts to feed on the negativity, and lo and behold I am feeling disempowered again. So I need to not let the internal dialogue run free, I need to leash it up and redirect it to walk the path. I need to consciously take control over my subconscious inner dialogue, and start focusing on what I want.

How do you rewrite the inner dialogue? Positive practices. I know several positive practices that work for me. I write Pathwalking and Positivity weekly. But I need to return to reading daily, and to writing fiction daily. I was really good with that for a while – and then I got distracted, and it fell away. I need to take back control of my diet, and start being conscientious of what I am eating again. I need to exercise more regularly, and even if I don’t hit the gym or have fencing I need to be doing stretches and crunches daily. I need to take at least two minutes a day to meditate.

These positive physical practices help the mental practices. The mind, body and spirit are interconnected. Positive practices will help your subconscious to stay focused on what it is you want. When you keep your focus, and your internal dialogue is all about CAN DO and positive reinforcement instead of negative, you can change the world.

It may only be your small corner of the world, but hey, in theory, if I am running more positive and you see it, and decide that you want to run more positive, and then your friends see it, and then they decide to run more positive…we CAN change the world. It will take time, it will not work for anyone who does not want to change. But the most important thing to remember here is that your life, your path, is yours to be lived…and you should be capable of great things, and ultimately happiness.

I know what I have to do. Now comes the hardest part. Doing it.

Do or do not…there is no try.” – Yoda.

What positive practices will help you reclaim lost focus?

 

This is the one-hundred forty first entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: Giving

Some people don’t even consider what they do to be giving.

Some people go through this life and make accommodations for others, they take time to help people in a myriad of ways, and they just do things for other people without a second thought. They are people who give time, energy and more so that others may benefit.

Giving is a powerful tool. We have an amazing capacity to give on an incredible number of levels. We can give both material and immaterial things that will change the lives of the people around us.

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Often this is small. You give someone a smile, a nod, a wave, and unknowingly brighten their day. Sometimes it is larger, like giving a hug or a cup of coffee or holding open a door. Once in a while this is tremendous, giving hours of your time for another’s benefit, giving blood, raising funds to help someone in need.

No matter the size or amount of effort involved, giving is a powerful creator of positivity. We can give a piece of ourselves to help improve the lives of others in many ways, shapes and forms, and we can do so frequently.

A note of caution – make certain before you give that you are not in an empty place. It is impossible to give when you are empty, and not feeling good about yourself, without it being hollow. You are better off making certain that you are giving from a place of abundance, in order to give in the most full and meaningful way.

It is also important when you are giving to know the difference between those who receive, and those who take. When what you give is received with gratitude, positivity and goodwill are created. When what you give is taken, and it is not considered adequate or sufficient and/or no gratitude has been expressed, you may become depleted and find not only that you are not creating positivity, but in fact generating negativity.

Most importantly, be aware of how the act of giving makes you feel, and be certain you are giving and not sacrificing. The universe is a place of abundance, and there is more than enough for everyone, so sacrifice is not a necessary component of giving and thus generating positivity.

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Giving feels it. It creates positive energy both for you as the giver, and for the person in receipt of whatever you are giving. Generosity makes for gratitude, which then makes for feeling positive. More positive is more good for everyone.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that giving can create vast amounts of positivity, make it a practice, great or small, to be a generous and giving soul. When we give in the positive, we open ourselves up to receive positivity unto ourselves. Giving and receiving positivity will expand exponentially, and we can all use that energy to make the world a happier, better, more positive and joyful place. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the thirty second entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to re-blog and spread the positivity.

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Positivity is vitally important to Pathwalking.

Last week I began to explore this, and discussed at length when you know you are feeling predominantly negative what you need to do. After you identify the what and how and why, and determine which aspects of these you have any control over, you proceed to find a way to change the emotion you are feeling.

As I stated before, the means that works for dealing with this today may not work at all tomorrow. What works for me might not work for you. But like many aspects of our shared existence, there are universal archetypes we can delve into in order to explore and find solutions to this.

I touched on the idea of distractions. Sometimes you need a distraction to reset your emotions. It might be mental, like reading a book or playing a video game, it might be physical like a workout at a gym or eating something or taking a drive or such. It might be emotional, like sitting to meditate or closing your eyes and listening to music or sitting beside a body of water and watching and listening to it flowing. It can certainly be a combination of these.

Sadly, all too often a distraction is too momentary, and once you leave it the negativity you have been feeling reclaims you. Sometimes the positivity of a distraction will carry forward, but as nothing has been done about the root of the negativity, more than likely it will not. You were able to get away from the what and how and why that are making you feel negative, but you have not done anything to deal with it at its root.

How do you deal with the root? What can you do about the what and how and why? I have to admit here that I do not fully know the answer to this question. What’s more, as I have stated before, the answer today may very well fail me tomorrow. But there are some over-arching ideas that can be applied in order to achieve the intended goal of turning away from negativity to positivity.

Deal with the aspects of the what how and why you can control. Identify what you can claim control over. What aspects of the what how and why can you control? It may only be a part of one, or the whole of one, or aspects of all of these, but when you can identify what you have control of, you can do something with and about it.

If in the process of identifying what you have control of you realize that the answer is none, then you need to evaluate your feelings on the matter. Getting emotionally invested in something over which you have no real control starts you down a slippery slope, and you will find yourself working with things you can’t do anything about. Getting emotional and negative over things completely outside of your control can happen, but when it does you need to evaluate that, and take back your emotional state.

Seek out help for the aspects you cannot control. Let’s be blunt a moment here – you may be in need of therapy. If you realize you are emotional about things you have zero control over, you might be in need of help. While professional help is critical for many people, sometimes all you need is a sympathetic ear. You might just need to talk it all out with someone, so you can purge the negative emotions and start fresh.

Pathwalking, I state again and again, is an individual process. However, that does not mean you have no choice but to go it alone. There is no shame in admitting you need and then seeking out help. Frankly, there are numerous times that getting help would resolve matters more easily, and it should not be avoided.

Find and create shifters. There are concepts, ideas, and intangibles that should be stored in the memory which serve to “shift” your mood. I can think of no one who does not have a memory that instantly makes them smile. Have some of these readily available, so that you can call them up and examine them in the mind’s eye to shift your mood.

For some it helps to add another element. A taste, a smell, a visual, a touch, a sound that will awaken that memory, and help you to shift your emotional state. There are different shifters for different moments and moods, but this is something easily neglected but really helpful to have in place.

Change your path. Maybe your state of dissatisfaction is a sign. Maybe you are not on the path you should be. Maybe you are so focused on your current path you are not seeing other choices, or maybe you are wandering aimlessly and don’t even realize it. I have said before and will likely say again that paths are always fluid. However, it is REALLY easy to become so enamored of a given path, you put on blinders and walk it even when it is not working.

This can manifest as negativity. You become distraught, you get overwhelmed, you start feeling unhappy far more frequently than you feel happy. If you find this happening to you, you need to consider all of your options, and the path you are on now may be the problem.

The important thing to remember is that you have options…lots and lots of options. No one is trapped unless they allow themselves to become so. If you have fallen into the pit of negativity, and you are having difficulties in overcoming that feeling, remember that you are not alone and there is ALWAYS a way to be found.

Do you feel predominantly positive or negative?

 

This is the one-hundred fortieth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: Gratitude

Gratitude has the power to change the world.

Lately I have seen many people online participating in sharing daily gratitude. There is nothing in the world quite so powerful as gratitude to build positivity.

Expressing what you are grateful for is about as pure a positive act as you can create. Taking note of and stating the things you are grateful for is always positivity.

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Recognizing the good things you have in your life and giving thanks for them is incredibly powerful. It can give you a sense of perspective that is surprisingly easy to forget; but when you start to give thanks you almost always inadvertently find more and more things to be grateful for.

Gratitude can be expressed for the tangible and intangible, material and immaterial, on levels great and small and everything in between. The act of finding things for which to be grateful can stir a lot of emotions, but these emotions should be positive ones.

It is tremendously difficult to make improvements and changes in your life without being grateful for what you already have. I know first hand how hard that can be, in especial when you are fighting uphill battles or dealing with a lot of negativity. But nonetheless expressing your gratitude for the people, places, situations and things already in your life goes a long way towards finding, acquiring and changing to new ones.

How does it make you feel when you hear the words “thank you?” Doesn’t it feel good to be thanked? When you reverse that and you are the one offering thanks, doesn’t it feel good to BE thankful? When you don’t just go through the motions of offering gratitude but genuinely FEEL grateful, it is a powerful source of positive energy. Feeling thankful, grateful, appreciative, or whatever other emotion of gratitude you create is a boost of positivity you are putting out into the world at large.

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Every religion, every spiritual guide, every new-age or hooky-spooky guru, every instructor of self improvement, every concept for how to live life to its fullest employs gratitude. All of them. Why? Because there is nothing as potent as expressing gratitude for generating positivity. There is nothing like the power of expressing your thankfulness and gratitude to build positive energy and ultimately to find more good and happiness in your life.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that gratitude is the most powerful means to generate positive energy, you can begin to express it more frequently. More frequently expressing thankfulness and gratitude for the life we have will open up new avenues to building bigger and better things for which to be grateful, and ultimately it opens our hearts, our minds and our spirits. When we are feeling gratitude, and expressing that to ourselves and the world around us, this helps us in generating a positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the thirty first entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to re-blog and spread the positivity.

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