"In order to know your truth, you have to analyze what in your life feels right and in line with your authentic self, and what does not." -Terri Cole
Little Gems of Wisdom & Fun from Mary Lynn Ziemer
It's time to take inventory of your life.
It's time to look at who you are, what you have, and what you do, and feel grateful for all of it... as it is, right now. The next step in this personal inventory exercise is to decide what your "ideal life" looks like... and begin to feel grateful for that as well... as if it already exists!
Both are equally important in creating the life of your dreams. If you want to create more positive and wonderful things in your life, even real miracles, all you have to do to begin is one thing. Feel gratitude, and feel it all day long!
That may feel like a tall order, but as you practice moving through your day grateful for what you already have, you WILL create more of whatever you are feeling appreciation for!
Years ago, one of my clients told me that she had nothing in her life to be grateful for. She felt that her life was so far from ideal that she couldn’t find anything that she felt thankful for. I told her we just needed to search a bit to help her see the truth. I asked if she had a place to live, and she said "yes." I asked her if she had a bed to sleep in, and she said "yes." I asked if she had running water, food to eat, a car to drive, and clients that kept her business alive? She said "yes," and she understood. There is always more to be grateful for than we think. We just have to stop and notice, with appreciation, what we already have that we might have previously considered mundane or insignificant.
We must start with where we are, because now is all that matters. Right in front of us, there are already so many things to be grateful for. Now is most important to creating our ideal life going forward. Unless the past feels good, don’t bring it into your future. And if your present situation feels far from ideal, begin by dreaming of the perfect outcome. There is so much scientific evidence that proves we are more powerful than our current reality would have us believe, so begin by focusing on what you want, not what you don’t.
When we begin to see how much we have, and really feel appreciation for life and all of its wonders, studies prove that we get more of it.
How does this work? It’s simpler than you may imagine. To begin, it’s important to remember that we create everything by how we feel. In order to create what we desire, we need to feel love. The more love we feel, the more incredible the life we are creating is going to be.
Envision a blank piece of paper that you create from in the present moment. See that paper as edgeless and endless, made of Love. Imagine Love as a presence of sorts, a very fluid substance that you are shaping and reshaping as you go through your day, based on how you feel and the “content” attached to the feeling. Or, you might envision energy as the substance that you create from. Either way, know that Einstein’s Unified Field of Energy is Love. As you feel the presence of Love, the required starting point, a calm mindset, is there for you. Feeling love and gratitude are the fastest way to get to this feeling.
Remember, when we focus on something, we create more of it. So, if we feel that something is lacking, and we are focusing on that lack, we are creating more of that. Even though we may want more of it, because our focus is on feeling the lack of it, we will only create more “lack of it”.
Want more money? A better job? Better relationships? Good news... it's already there. You just have to feel grateful for what you have now in that aspect of your life, no matter how small, and begin to dream big about how much more you want!
For example, in order to have more money, you must first be very thankful for and feel good about the money you already have. Know that every $ counts. If you want a better job, it’s important that you recognize the good that your current job is already providing and be grateful for it. The same applies to having more clients for your business. All you need is one client and, as you feel great gratitude for that client, you will create many more. The same applies to your relationships. If you want more love in your relationships, you must recognize the love that already exists and feel gratitude for it, all while you focus on seeing the potential of more love that it already holds.
So, if you want to improve something in your life, start anew and ask yourself, “What do I already have in this area of my life that I am grateful for?” This is the surest way to begin getting more of what you want.
Here’s a simple practice to get you started and focused:
Over the next week, make a conscious effort to pause throughout the day. Take a break between the segments of your day to feel grateful for everything and everyone in your life. Do this over the entire week and see how much better you feel.
Don’t worry about whether you can remember to do it all day long or not. Just get started. If you want to be reminded, put sticky notes on your computer that say “thank you, I love you”, on your mirrors, in your car, or in other obvious places to help you remember. It will get easier if you just begin with having compassion for yourself in the process. Just do the best you can, and keep going. Start again the next day with fresh eyes in order to see more of what you have to be grateful for. Then, get more granular. At the end of your day, before you go to sleep, pick 3 things that you are grateful for, specifically around something you want more of. Don’t worry about how big or small, personal or professional. Everything counts, everything matters. Write about them in detail or relive them in your mind as you are falling asleep. Be sure to feel gratitude and joy from your heart as you review your precious experiences of the day.
Now, as you continue with your new habit when you wake up, take notice of the surprises and “little miracles” that begin to occur and be sure to include them in your daily review.
When you give thanks throughout your day, you go to bed with a profound feeling of gratitude for all that you have. You feel more happiness, peace, and calm. And calm is always the way to the life of your dreams.
Have an absolutely magical week full of love, gratitude and fun, fun, FUN!
~Mary Lynn Ziemer
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