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Category: Positivity (Page 1 of 22)

Why is Community Important?

Community is important.

Because human beings are social creatures, we seek out like-minded individuals to form communities with.  This is where religious groups, civic organizations, and even nations come into being.  People who share one or more interests/beliefs join together and form a community.

Community - Positivity 206We often look at this from a “big picture” sense.  We live in a given community and such.  What I am talking about in this instance is that which we choose to identify with, and what that can mean for us.

I have been actively participating in the Society for Creative Anachronism for over 25 years now.  The overall community that makes up the SCA in-and-of itself is pretty amazing.  Within the group, we form other communities, like among fencers, heralds and artisans.  Some create households, which work much life families, except that you choose the people you include as such.

This is what, I think, community is meant to be.  We come from disparate parts of the world, various backgrounds and education levels, socio-economic statuses, and so forth.  Yet we identify as a part of a broader community.  When there is tragedy, we come together to support one another.

Like any such organization, there are differences.  We have our disagreements.  But when all is said and done, this community is an amazing source of strength, and I have formed some of the finest friendships of my life from here.

The amount of positivity this community is capable of creating is tremendous.  Together, we support one another, and we work to foster an inclusive, fun cultural identity to be shared.

It is not perfect, but then, what in this world is?  We may be the “island of misfit toys”, but often that strengthens the community we build.

The Greater Notion of Community also matters.

We suffered a terrible loss in the smaller community I am a participant of.  We are grieving together, and in our shared experience offering our support to one another in this unfortunate time.

CommunityToday in the USA is Martin Luther King Day.  It is a day to honor a man who worked to change the greater community of a nation to be more inclusive, more equal, more loving.  Because of the blatant racism of our current President, our nation needs to remember now more than ever the effort to build a new and better community Dr. King put forth.

The diversity of our greater community is something to be celebrated.  We have opportunities to learn a great deal from one another, and this is a day to honor that.

Community, whether greater or smaller, should be about sharing love, peace, comfort and joy.  This is a place to build and celebrate positivity together, even when we suffer a tragedy.

To my family in the SCA, I grieve with you for our loss.  To my family that is the USA, I honor our diverse cultures, and will do whatever I can to help build a more equal and loving world like what Dr. King envisioned.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that community can bring us together, we have a powerful tool to work together to build a better world.  When we come together as a community, we have the opportunity to share a great many things, and when we empower one another in our communities, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 two-hundred and sixth 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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Do You Know That You Are Amazing?

You are an amazing individual.

No, really.  I might not know you in the slightest, but I can honestly tell you that you are an amazing person.  We may disagree about any number of topics, we may have totally different and diametrically opposed backgrounds, but I can still tell you that you are an amazing individual.

You Are AmazingPeople tend to not give themselves enough credit.  We look for our faults, we work on the things about ourselves that are flawed…but this is backwards.  Working from the negative does not help to build more positive.

American culture in particular stresses how inadequate our lives are.  We need the better car, bigger home, fitter body and so on.  We look to all of our flaws, our shortcomings and the things that are lacking, and we give that a tremendous amount of energy and thought, feeling and even action.

Consciousness creates reality.  Negativity begets further negativity.  When you are looking for the imperfections, the problems and the flaws – you will constantly find more.  Does this strike you as backwards as it strikes me?  Why give the energy to negativity, when what we in fact want is positivity?

We all find ourselves alone from time to time.  When we are alone, we tend to look at the problems we have faced, the hardships, the issues that need to be repaired and worked on.  But what we really should focus on is our abilities, our skills, good things we do for ourselves and our friends and loved ones.

We should put that energy not towards all the negative things we find in ourselves, but rather to the positive.  Focus on what an amazing individual you are, all that you are capable of doing and achieving, and don’t give that energy to your perceived shortcomings.

Know how amazing you are.

The trap that we often fall into is the feeling of selfishness.  We have become utterly self-conscious about things we do being perceived as selfish.  Thus we take selflessness to a place where we often do, in fact, lose track of the self.  We get so concerned with how others might perceive us that we instead look for the imperfections and flaws in ourselves, so that we can actively avoid anything that might come across as selfish.

Amazing, you areConsciousness creates reality.  I cannot stress that point enough.  When you look for and give power to negative perceptions of the self, you actually get even more of those.

It is time to step back, and recognize ourselves for all the amazing things we have to offer.  This is not an act of bragging or selfishness, it is an act of recognizing the positive, giving that more energy and attention so that we can drive out negativity and feel good.

When all is said and done isn’t this what we most want?  Don’t we prefer to feel good, to feel happy?  Are these positive or negative feelings?

Please take a moment not to look at the money you need to find, the weight you need to lose or anything else negative about your life.  Instead, recognize, acknowledge and give energy to the amazing individual you are.  Your talents, your creativity, your strengths, your ability to love and be loved.

Explore all the positive about yourself and energize that rather than the negative.  You ARE amazing.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that you are an amazing person, you can build off of that premise.  When we examine our strengths, our talents, abilities, our capacity to do everything we can do and more, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 two-hundred and 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.

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How Does Renewal Effect Positivity?

Renewal is frequently the theme for people at the start of the new year.

While change is constant and inevitable, we frequently resist it.  One exception for this, however, is New Years’ Eve.

RenewalMany people formulate a New Years’ Resolution.   They resolve to change something in their life.  Frequently, this is diet or exercise related.  They look to a change they want to make, and attach it to the fresh year.

Resolutions are not much of a commitment.  It’s thought and intent, but seldom includes all three of the necessary elements of conscious reality creation.  Like I wrote about in Pathwalking last week, intentional action is the key to manifestation.

A resolution as a starting point for some sort of renewal is great.  However, as a society of instant gratification and quick fixes, it’s generally going to be insufficient to effect any real change.

Six years ago, I decided that, rather than make a resolution, I would create a New Years’ Action.  Pathwalking came into being from this, and six years later I continue my weekly journey, choosing a path all my own to consciously create the reality I most desire.

I think we should embrace renewal and change more that we do.  To be certain, I believe that the political climate of the United States would be very different from what it is now if we better embraced change.  What if more people embraced progress instead of fearing and resisting it?  Going back to the way things were is never as good as it appears.

As I did six years ago, rather than make an easily dismissed New Years’ resolution, why not take a New Years’ action?

Acting on renewal can manifest reality.

Consciousness Creates Reality.  Manifestation requires thought, feeling, and then intentional, purposeful action.  So rather than resolve to make a change with the New Year, why not figure out an action to be taken?

Renewal 2018I think everyone wants the new year to be an exceptional year.    Let’s strive together to take some positive actions.  Every little bit counts.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that you can use the New Year as a chance for renewal of mind, body and spirit, you can take some intentional actions to spur this.  When we use an opportunity for renewal to take charge of change, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 two-hundred and 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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Can Intention Manifest Positivity?

Intention requires attention.

The power of intent is something we take for granted.  We fail to see that we have the ability to manifest not just once in a while, not just on a special occasion or due to a dire need, but all day, every day.

IntentionOne of the key elements of manifestation is intention.  Intent is not the starting point so much as it is the direction.  What begins as an idea becomes energized when you add an intention to make it more than just a thought.

This process works on a lot of different levels, great and small.  Trouble is, because we allow our minds to wander and our subconscious to do the driving, our intent to tracks to the negative.

If we get caught up in negativity, our intent is often to get out of negativity.  This can be a problem, because our dominant thinking is on negative things.  As such, we are putting our energy and our intentions into trying to undo, rather than do.  This gets complicated, since the Universe doesn’t receive the “not” and “no” and “don’t” attached to the thing(s) we do not want.

I feel sad.  I intend to stop feeling sad.  Ok, great…but you have just stated that you are all about feeling sad.  This means that you have already limited your emotional response, and you are trying to undo what is already about.

Truth be told, this does not work.  Don’t believe me?  How well did Prohibition work?  The war on drugs?  Violent upheaval in answer to violence?  Never does what it intends to do, because the intent makes manifest the thing you don’t actually want.

Intention should be focused on what you want.

Change your intent not to stop or undo or reverse what you have, but to focus on the opposite.  I feel sad.  I intend to feel happy.  It’s best to make a strong statement, not simply I intend to feel better, which is kind of mushy and rather subjective.  Also – better than what?  This statement lacks clarity, and clarity in intention helps make the intent manifest.

Intention attentionThis may strike you as overly simple, but you’ll be surprised how much more powerful creating a new and positive intent is over trying to un-make what you already have.

This is not just spiritual mumbo-jumbo, this is science.  How?  Science tells us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it just changes form.  Intention is energy, so what kind of energy you are playing with and putting out to the universe matters.  When what you have is not what you want, focusing on undoing it just keeps it around.  Change the intent, change the focus to the things you DO want.

What you intend will go a long ways towards creating Positivity.

Today is Christmas day.  Whether or not you celebrate this particular holiday, especially in these trying times, the intention of peace and joy for the world is a worthwhile cause.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that you can choose your intention, you can use this to manifest more and greater positivity in your life.  When we use intention to give energy to the good things we desire and the way we want to feel, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 two-hundred and 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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How Does Giving Create Positivity?

Giving is an amazing force for Positivity.

Some people go through this life and make accommodations for others, take time to help people in a myriad of ways, and do things for people without a second thought.  They are people who give time, energy and more, so that others may benefit.  They don’t even consider what they do to be giving.

GivingGiving 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.  This, in turn, creates change in our own lives.

Often this is small.  You give someone a smile, a nod, a wave…and unknowingly brighten their day.  Sometimes it is larger, like 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, donating blood, marching in a protest, or 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.

Make certain before you give that you have the energy and wherewithal to give.  It is impossible to give when you are running on empty, lacking, and not feeling good about yourself.  If you are in a place of futility and frustration giving will not feel good.  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.

Giving from a place of abundance matters.

It is important to 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.  Thus, sacrifice is not a necessary component of giving and generating positivity.  When you sacrifice to give to another, you are empowering the lack mentality.  Consciousness creates reality, and going without in order to “give” creates more lack rather than abundance.

GivingSacrifice doesn’t feel good, and is very different from giving.  Where sacrifice is a message in lack, giving is a message of abundance.  It’s imperative to make certain that you give from a place of abundance, in order to give in the most full and meaningful way.  The act of giving should empower both you and the person(s) in receipt of your gifts.

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, negativity and resentment may be created.  You may feel emotionally depleted, and find not only that you are not creating positivity, but in fact generating negativity.

To give feels good.  It creates positive energy both for you as the giver, and the person in receipt of whatever you are giving.  Generosity creates feelings of gratitude, and that generates more positivity.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that giving can create vast amounts of positivity, you can make it a practice, great or small, to be a generous and giving soul.  When we give from a place of abundance, we feel more abundant, and thus empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 two-hundred and second 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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How Do You Think, Feel and Act on Positivity?

You can think positive all you want.  However, if you put nothing behind it, no energy, feeling, or action, it will be ineffective.

ThinkI am pretty sure that everything has at one point or another been exposed to the notion of the “power of positive thinking”.  On the surface, the idea that if you think good and positive thoughts, life will be better in numerous ways.

Too easy, right?  Well, that’s not untrue.  Think whatever you want, positive or negative, but without corresponding feeling, you can’t manifest anything at all.

When I began writing positivity almost four years ago, it was in reaction to posts all across social media of almost hopeless negativity.  I wanted to offer a different, positive perspective, in order to provide an alternative to the prevailing attitude.

Positivity follows the basic principles of conscious reality creation.  THINK positive, yes, but also FEEL positive and make an intentional ACT from there.  Thinking positive is a third of the equation, and if you do not feel it, you won’t act on it, and positivity will not be generated.

In the current climate of our world, this is really hard.  Our government is doing unspeakably awful things against the people they are supposed to be representing.  Corporate greed is surreal.  The world stage is fairly messy, and let’s not even go into any detail about climate change, revelations of sexual harassers, and so on.

Pretty daunting, right?  It is.  Yet still, finding positivity among all of this negativity is imperative.  I am in no way advocating ignoring these issues.  But rather than give them a ton of attention and endless focus, we need to seek positive things to think and feel about.  Like attracts like.  Want more good things, or bad?  I know which I prefer.

Think, feel, and act on positivity in the here-and-now.

Society has an unhealthy obsession with the past and the future.  I am unsure why, but that’s how we operate.  When we place our energies in the here-and-now, though, we gain awareness of the world around us, but more than that we become aware of ourselves.  This is where generating positivity is most important.

Think, Feel, ActWhen you ask yourself How am I feeling? or What am I thinking? or the like, you immediately become aware of the now.  When you are aware of the now, you know what your prevailing thoughts are.  It is here-and-now that you can at least take a moment to think, feel, and act on positivity.

It may not seem like much, but every major change begins with a single, small step.

Think and feel positivity.  Action will come of that, and we can improve the world around us in this way.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that to think positive is just the beginning, we can work from there to feel it as well.  When we take the thought of positivity and feel it, then act upon it, we can make it manifest, and with that we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 two-hundred and first 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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Can Positivity Manifest a Better World?

We have the ability manifest anything we need in life.

ManifestMany people believe, because society believes, that manifesting the life you most desire is just fantasy.  Hooky-spooky BS.  Delusional.  The pipe dream of the hippy-crunchy-granola new-agey types.

In truth, it is more than just possible.  It is.  Consciousness can create reality

Manifestation is not a simple process.  It requires energy, it requires action.  To manifest anything you want, you need to believe that it is possible.  You cannot doubt that it will be, you have to make it real.  One cannot simply THINK it – you have to FEEL it.  It is unbelievably important that you feel this, right to your core.  You have to have thought, but to take it further you have to have feeling.

There has to be action.  We have to act upon what we want to manifest.  Often, the action is as simple as saying you have whatever you desire to make manifest right here, right now.

One problem that arises is that we want to know HOW.  We want to know how this thing will come to be.  But as soon as you get caught up in the how, you break the energy you want to create, and you lose the ability to manifest.  Because you get so caught up in the HOW, you cannot feel the positive energy for the creation of the manifestation.

I will not deny that this feels impractical.  To be able to work with this requires a certain amount of faith, and belief.  Not a belief not in any sort of almighty power or some other-worldly thing.  It is about faith in your own power, your own connection to the universe and your ability to use that connection to build dreams.

We can manifest a better world.

You have to believe in the abundance of the universe – which, even on a good day, can feel REALLY difficult.  If you even catch a glimpse of a news report, it is disturbing at best, often escalating to upsetting and outrageous.  But even with all of that happening out there, we have the ability within ourselves to manifest amazing lives.

ManifestI have done it.  More than once I have managed to manifest what I needed.  It was not easy, because the HOW frequently trips me up…but I have done it.  I’ve blogged about that a time or two.  Even having succeeded in manifesting things, both material and rather immaterial, because my mind wraps around the concept of HOW I cannot repeat the process easily.   Yet I can tell you, without a shred of doubt, that it can be done.

Positivity in the process is essential.  When we are focused on bad things and negativity, guess what we are likely to manifest?  If we concentrate on positives, and find good things to think about, this will let us generate more positive feelings.

We can use manifestation to build positivity.  No matter what the world tells us, positivity can be made manifest.  It is simply a matter of thought, feeling, and action.  Think it, FEEL it, and ACT upon its creation, here-and-now, as though it is manifest before you have it.

Right here, right now, we are more capable of manifesting amazing things.  You have the power.  Think it, feel it, put it to good use and make your own corner of the universe the best place you can.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that it is possible to manifest whatever it is you need in your life, you can consciously create virtually anything at all.  When we take the thought and feel it, then act upon it, we can make it manifest.  The endless possibilities allow us to choose what we want, and with that we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 two-hundredth 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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How Can Change Generate Positivity?

Change is inevitable, but can be a huge source of positivity.

Let’s face it.  Everything changes.  The world evolves, and whether you want to admit it or no, change is going to occur.

ChangeSeasons change.  The weather changes.  We humans have a unique ability to change our clothes, our homes, our lives, and our minds.  Changes just are.

Often we just let change occur.  The world is turning, things happen.  Sometimes we accept this.  Other times, we resist it.

It’s important to recognize positive resistance versus negative resistance.  There is a difference.  Marching to protest unjust policy, writing and calling members of Congress, petitioning and other forms of resistance are positive, and a focus for directing changes.

Holding onto the past, trying to force matters into an unnatural shape, standing against progress, or holding tightly to a disproven belief and similar forms of resistance are negative, and present obstacles to change.  Obstructing will seldom, if ever, get you where you want to go.

Renowned psychologist Carl Jung said, “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.”  Or, to sum up, What you resist, persists.  This is rather pertinent to change.  When we resist changes, as in the form of obstruction, we will get more of what we don’t want.

The Universe is pretty consistent in using consciousness to create reality.  However, the Universe does not recognize don’t, do not, don’t want, or undo.  The Universe recognizes only item and desire.  So if you say I do not want this, the Universe only gets the message of want this.

Because many people fear change, we tend to resist in the obstructionist manner.  It takes very little thought to see this for what it is.

Change happens.

Positivity 199 - ChangeWhen we accept that change is going to happen, like it or not, we can choose how to work with it.  Stand against it, or with it?  Resist by trying to redirect, or resist by obstruction?  The choice is more in or hands than we generally recognize.

When we choose change, we get to choose to make it positive.  If things are not how we want them to be, we can choose to change them for the better.  I know sometimes it feels hopeless, but it really isn’t.  This can be an incredible source for positivity in this world.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that change happens whether we like it or not, we can choose to work with change to generate positivity.  When we strive to direct it instead of resist it with obstructions, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 one hundred ninety-ninth 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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How Empowering Is Gratitude?

Gratitude has the power to change the world.

There is nothing in the world quite as powerful as gratitude to build positivity.  Expressing what you are grateful for is about as pure a positive act as you can create.  Making a statement about the things you are grateful for is always a conduit of positivity.

Positivity 198 - GratitudeRecognizing the good things we have in our lives and giving thanks for them is incredibly energizing.  It can give us a sense of perspective that is surprisingly easy to forget.  But when we start to give thanks we almost always will 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 will be positive ones.

It’s important to acknowledge that it’s difficult to make improvements and changes in our lives without being grateful for what we already have.  I know how hard that can be, in especial when we are fighting uphill battles, being inundated by bad news across social media, or dealing with a lot of general negativity.  Nonetheless, expressing our gratitude for the people, places, situations and things already in our lives goes a long way towards finding, acquiring and changing to new and better 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.

Gratitude empowers us.

Feeling thankful, grateful, appreciative, or whatever other emotion of gratitude we create is a boost of positivity we are putting out into the world at large.  When we express gratitude for things, we ultimately empower ourselves.  Empowerment is a positive feeling.

GratitudeEvery religion, spiritual guide, new-age or hooky-spooky guru, instructor of self-improvement, and every single 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 our thankfulness and gratitude to build positive energy and ultimately to find more good and happiness in our lives.

Gratitude for what we have generates positivity.  From there, conscious reality creation will let us manifest almost anything.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that gratitude is one of the most powerful generators for positivity, we can use this power to improve our lives.  When we are grateful for what we have, tangible or intangible, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 one hundred ninety-eighth 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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What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is self-awareness.  It is knowing what you are thinking, how you are feeling, and who you are intent on being.

MindfulnessIt’s continuously amazing to me how easily we lose sight of mindfulness.  We get caught up in all the things around us, the attitudes and feelings of the people we surround ourselves with, and that in turn can overtake our own mindfulness.

Why is this important?  When someone is telling you about their bad day, or you are reading about the awful news from around the world, bombarded with stories of oppression, greed and people doing bad things to people – your mood, your attitude and your feelings are directly affected.

The idea of Positivity is to try and view life from a positive perspective.  Negative begets negative, and positive begets positive.  If you are looking at life through a dark and unpleasant lens, you will see an abundance of the dark and unpleasant things.  However, if you see life through a light and clear lens, you are now able to see it all.

Mindfulness is not about blindly seeing nothing but positive and happy and such.  It is about being aware of your thoughts and feelings.  It is about taking into account your surroundings, your mindset, your situation, your present self.  Being mindful is the first step towards being aware, and being aware is how you can choose to live more positively or more negatively.

How do I express mindfulness?

The simplest and easiest way to recognize mindfulness is to ask yourself direct questions.  What am I thinking?  What am I feeling?  How am I feeling?  Where is my mind?  What am I thinking about?  What am I focused on?  We are constantly asking our friends, families, coworkers, even random strangers questions like these.  Yet it is infrequent of us to direct these questions inwards.  Thus we lose mindfulness.

Positivity 197 - MindfulnessThis is not an act of selfishness.  Quite the contrary; you can do more for others around you when you know who and what YOU are about.  Being mindful begins with the self…but mindfulness of the self allows for greater mindfulness of those around you.  When you are more mindful of those around you, you will have a better idea of how you can help others in whatever ways you can.

Positivity is finding a positive place, a positive attitude.  Being mindful of what you are thinking, feeling, saying and thus projecting will allow you to break from negativity more easily.  This in turn will allow you to free yourself to be in a better, more positive headspace more frequently.  I believe that more Positivity in the world can only make the world a better, healthier, more balanced place for everyone.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that greater mindfulness is greater self-awareness, we can choose to focus on more positive things.  When we make the choice to focus on the positive we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 one hundred ninety-seventh 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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