Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's OK To Receive...and Take Care of Yourself!




Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! And like most people, I’m sure you’re running around trying to buy all the gifts you have on your list for others. As adults we usually don’t let ourselves get excited about what we might receive. It’s OK to revert back to the little kid anticipating what Santa will bring from your list. I myself haven’t thought much about it in the past few years until this year, for several reasons, I’m allowing myself to focus on that wonderful eager feeling of receiving and what Christmas morning will bring.

My husband is the best gift-giver ever and spoils me rotten on every occasion, especially at Christmas. This year I guess I didn’t make any references to anything I wanted so he had no clue what to get me. He finally had to resort to asking, but I couldn’t think of anything I wanted or needed. I didn’t want him to buy something just to buy something. I do not like - nor do I need - more “stuff” – things that are not consumable and/or have no useful purpose and just take up space. But then I thought of one item that I had been meaning to buy myself for months. He was so excited to have a gift idea! Then I found myself having that same feeling as when I was little – that excitement of knowing my much-wanted gift might be under the tree on Christmas morning. I realized that this feeling is not only OK but a normal, necessary part of living a postive, expectant life all year round.

And as best you can this time of year, make time for yourself whenever you can squeeze it in. We’re so busy getting things done that often we don’t make time to stop and enjoy the season.

Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your balance during the holidays:
* Don’t book yourself solid. It’s OK to say no – only accept invitations that you really want to say “yes” to.
* If you enjoy being booked solid then stop every once in a while to just take a deep breath and acknowledge what’s going on around you at that moment.
* Ask for help if you need it. Delegate some of the shopping, wrapping, baking or errands you need to do.
* Don’t eat too much crap. Follow the 80/20 rule – if 80% of what you eat is balanced and healthy, you can splurge the other 20% of the time and still feel good and maintain your health and weight.

So my message to you is, get excited about the magic of this holiday for whatever reason – seeing friends, family, going to parties, all the yummy food you’ll be eating or anticipating that special gift you’ve asked for, and do what you can to maintain your balance throughout the holiday.

Whatever you do, enjoy yourself!
With love,
Tanna

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Who Are You Hanging Out With?


Every once in a while we need to examine our relationships and ask ourselves if they are benefiting us or not. Here is a great suggestion from Jim Rohn (1930-2009, Author and Speaker) that sums it up nicely:
“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."
I am very fortunate to have surrounded myself with amazing girlfriends over the years. I believe this is one of the most important things any woman can do - create a support system of like-minded, loving, uplifting, supportive friends and continue to add to this network throughout your life. Yes, the husband/boyfriend/significant other relationship is important and so are the children, but guess what....eventually he may be gone before you are and the kids grow up and move away. So who are you left with? Yes indeed - girlfriends!
If you don't have supportive friends in your life, decide to change for the better today, starting with who you surround yourself with. Appreciate and nurture those relationships that enhance your life, that make you a better person and leave the rest. You deserve the best of everyone and everything…don’t settle for less.

Lots of love to my friends who enhance my life!
(Special thanks to the ladies surrounding me in this photo - Christina, Marlene, Cathy, Stacey, Kristine and Susan!)

tanna@living-peacefully.com
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Power of Loving Yourself, Believing and Expecting


I have been feeling exceptionally wonderful for the past few days and it’s all due to a big shift in my attitude, conscious thoughts and expectations. Like everyone else, I get off-course from focusing on what I want once in a while, but a few days ago I started listening to the audio version of Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. I’ve read the book dozens of times but never listened to Louise read it. What a profound way to get that reminder to love myself, affirm what I want and believe it's coming! Along with my constant reading of Abraham-Hicks materials, I am back on track, really loving myself and feeling the vibration of the life of my dreams. Even though all the physical elements haven’t manifested yet, many of them have and I feel good as I am seeing it come forth, one element at a time and I am so excited! It is imperative that we find a way to feel the life we want to be living, even before we are living it. You are so powerful! Let yourself dream big, get lost in imaginary scenarios and enjoy all the aspects of your ideal life. Then you too will begin to see it coming to you, bit by bit until you are actually living that life! Doesn’t that feel good?
Enjoy!

tanna@living-peacefully.com
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Living Peacefully in a Big City available at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com

Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembering Today...


It’s Memorial Day and most of us have a glorious day off! But how many of us actually take a moment to remember what this holiday is about? We are so fortunate to live in this country where we are free to do, be, say and believe whatever we want. This freedom didn’t just happen – there have been millions of people over hundreds of years who have made sacrifices so that we are able to live the way we want to today and we often don’t give it much thought, even on the day meant to honor this very fact.

I don’t mean to get all heavy on you – I want you to enjoy whatever activity or inactivity that you have planned today…I certainly plan to! But please just take a moment today to pause and give a thought of appreciation to all of those who have gone before to ensure that we remain free. We have had this freedom for so long that we take it for granted but if you saw how some people live in other countries and how limited they are in how they are allowed to live, you would have a whole new appreciation for living in the USA.

Veterans are not always appreciated for what they have done and really, if we just take a moment to thank someone who has served our country, it would mean the world to them. Whether silently or out loud to someone in particular, say “Thank You” and be grateful for a free nation.

I have a long line of American history in my family – we have a relative, William Hooper, who signed the declaration of independence. My great-grandfather was in the Civil War, my Grandpa was in World War I and my father was in World War II. I was fortunate to hear a lot of my father’s stories about being overseas during that time. My grandparents encouraged him to sign up for the reserves so he wouldn’t have to serve all four years. So he ended up serving three years and eleven months. Oh well, it was a nice idea.

My father was shipped out to San Diego for boot camp from his hometown of Peoria, Illinois. He fell in love with the warm weather here so as soon as the war was over and he went home, he slipped on some ice and promptly packed up and moved to California where he met my mother. The war had one good outcome for him in that respect!

I can’t imagine what it was like for him being so far away from home in a war. I do know that the opening scene of “White Christmas” - where Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are overseas during WWII for Christmas and putting on a show to entertain the troops on Christmas Eve – always made my dad cry. I have so much respect and appreciation for anyone who is in service for our country and for all the sacrifices they are making. And of course, my heart is with all those who have passed on who gave their lives to protect us. There is a reason they call us “The land of the free, the home of the brave.”

Today I am keeping my Daddy and my Grandpa closer than usual in my thoughts and in my heart. I will spend extra time smelling the delicious Veteran’s roses outside our back door today, which are a beautiful reminder of my father’s service. I am sending out thoughts filled with thanks appreciation to everyone who is still out there overseas, working to ensure our freedom and that of others.

To everyone who has served this beautiful country, still here or only in spirit, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all.

Happy Memorial Day!

tanna@living-peacefully.com
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Work....Your Other Family

I have to say, although I love working for myself, having the freedom to set my own schedule and make my own decisions, sometimes I really miss having a work family.

Working from home and taking care of my mother keep me very busy during the week, and my Golden Time on the weekends with my husband is always a welcome break in the routine. But I used to have a wonderful group of people that I worked with for a very long time and we really were a family. We went through everything together over the years – births, deaths, marriages, divorces…you name it….and all of it always brought us closer together.

There was a time when I was part of an amazing division of the Capitol/EMI that was headed up by an remarkable man named Eli who treated us all with the utmost kindness and respect. He had his priorities straight….family first, work second. He created such a fun, productive environment that we were all proud to work for him and we all worked hard….and we played hard. Eli took us on business trips to Maui – incredible experiences that none of us will ever forget.

And there was always a party for every special occasion – after a while it was actually written into my job description that I was the office party-planner, so birthdays and holidays were always celebrated, big time! Then there were Happy Hour Friday’s in Frank’s office…no one left without a shot of tequila to start the weekend right! And my daily experience was always a happy and enjoyable one because I had the best boss ever – Adam. He is still a close friend, confidant, advisor and cheerleader. And I am proud to say that I believe he considers me the same. We were all so blessed to have been brought together by our work situation.

This week, one of my special girlfriends from my former work family, Kate, is moving to Nashville so I HAD to go to her going away party last weekend. Even though that meant leaving my husband and mother to baby-sit each other…I couldn't miss my last opportunity to see the lovely and hilarious Miss Kate. We were cube-mates – we sat right next to each other for a few years at Capitol and we had so many great times…Im-ing each other, four feet apart about the stupid office dramas as they played out in front of our desks…a weekend trip to Vegas to see Zumanity and visit our friend Joey Arias backstage… a girls’ trip to Maui…(thanks, Kate, for holding me up after too much rum in the limo after that 16 HOUR TRIP TO GET TO THERE!!!)

I was so happy to be able to give Kate a big hug and wish her luck in her new adventure (and find out how the heck this all happened since we haven’t had time to chat for months…both too busy for phone calls or lengthy IM’s…sad…) And at this party I was so happy to see a lot of my old work friends like Susan, who is one of my very best friends that I have had so many adventures with - too many to mention here. Everyone at the party made me feel so loved as they welcomed me with big hugs and some screaming (Woo Richard and Shirley ;)

I realized how much I missed all these people, seeing them every day and having fun and crazy times with them. And this small group is just a very tiny aspect of the large work family I accumulated over the years. Multiply these events by twenty years and countless other people and you may have an inkling of the magnitude of my memories and feelings toward this other family of mine.

But – life changes, we have to move on. I know I’m doing the work I am supposed to be doing and I love it, but I do miss having that group of people that you know you’ll see every day – some you may dread seeing, some you get used to but - some become your best friends, and some you don’t realize how important they are until they’re gone from your experience. My goal is to one day have my own business and create another work family, ala Eli, so yet another group of people can know how joyful and fulfilling a working experience can be. (Oh yes, business trips to Maui are definitely part of the plan :)

Make the most of your work family – you spend more time with them than anyone else in your life. It can be a positive, life-changing experience if you choose to make it so.

I am so grateful for each and every member of this family and I will always treasure the memories and most of all, the relationships that will always be there, no matter where any of us spend our work days.

Bon voyage, Kate!

To the rest of my Capitol/EMI family – I love you!
xoxo

tanna@living-peacefully.com
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Living Peacefully in a Big City available at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com

Friday, April 16, 2010

Life's Little Bumps

Things happen once in a while that we hadn’t planned on, but it’s our perspective on the situation that makes all the difference in the world. We’re supposed to enjoy the journey and sometimes there are bumps in the road. No big deal.

This week I had a little bump – literally – I was rear-ended. Nothing major, not a lot of damage, no injuries. Just a little unnerving and a gave me a little headache. I like to look at the events of my life – good and otherwise – to figure out why I attracted them, because we create, attract and invite every thing that happens to us with our thoughts, energy and feelings. No exceptions. It's the Law of Attraction.

A very insightful friend helped me with this one. It’s been a bit of a tough week emotionally. My mother has emotional meltdowns once in a while – it’s all part of the dementia and Alzheimer’s – but last week was an ongoing series of low days for her, requiring a lot of me to keep her up, happy, active and engaged. So when the weekend came, I really needed the break – it’s my only time with my husband (our Golden Time, as he calls it). My mom is fine taking care of herself for a few days and we have plenty of close neighbors to look in on her and help her out if she needs anything. I always call her to check in, say hello and ask how she’s doing, and last Saturday she seemed fine – laughing about the problems she was having ripping out and starting over on a scarf she was knitting and talking about the movie she was watching. But THEN...

A few hours later, just as we were just about to have dinner (I am doing a cleanse and only get one real meal a day and this was going to be IT…) my mother called crying hysterically saying she was confused and didn’t know what she was doing and wanted me to come home. Now I try to be the loving daughter, living with and taking care of my ailing mother, always trying to be there when she needs me, but this was supposed to be my time to take care of myself and spend the only time I get during the week with my husband. In addition, we are all the way on the other side of town, over the hill these days. I was furious. And I felt bad and guilty about being furious. But still, I was pissed and I couldn’t shake it. I had our neighbors go check on her and stay with her until we could get there. She never knows why she is upset. She’s usually just bored, or she’s been watching too much depressing stuff on TV or some other random thing could set her off. I never know. She never knows. So we sat with her, talked to her, calmed her down, I gave her her evening insulin shot and her special sugar-free ice cream that is her treat after the shot every night. When she was feeling better, I finally got her to bed and we went home and ate our dinner at 10:00pm. Thank God my husband is as understanding and patient as he is – he loves my mother and knows that these episodes happen once in a while.

As upset as I was about this, I wanted to burst into tears and release all my frustration over this situation – the fact that I am now the mother in this relationship, that my primary responsibility these days is taking care of my mom and that I can only do so much for my work and my career right now and that I only have two days a week with my husband. Usually I’m fine but every so often I reach my own breaking point. And I am usually really good about making time to have a big ol’ boo hoo and cry my eyes out once in a while just to have the emotional release since it is so very necessary and feels so good. But I was too tired, too depleted to even expend the effort to cry, so I put it off. A few other emotional issues came up early in the week that I wanted to cry over but once again, I just didn’t have the time or the energy, so again, I put it off. And then BAM! Rear-ended. It was a freak situation – the guy behind me hit his accelerator instead of his brake. But the Universe just gave me a big nudge to get my attention to remind me to release all this accumulated emotional stuff and take care of myself. I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t had much time to do that this week, but now that it’s Friday, after I finish my busy day, which will be at 9:00pm tonight, my husband will pick me up and we will have our weekend of Golden Time, and I will enjoy every minute, and I will take care of myself and let my husband take care of me too.

There can be a lot to learn and appreciate from the little bumps. Look at yours and figure out why you attracted them and how you can better take care of yourself.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend, full of fun, self-love and smooth roads ahead!

Lots of love -
tanna@living-peacefully.com

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Cleaning!

It's April already - I can't believe this year is flying by so fast! What better time to look at clearing out clutter from your home, your body and your mind than spring? It just feels good after a long, cold winter - the weather is getting warmer and we want to shed anything that we feel has weighed us down - heavy clothing, extra weight, heavy emotions. It's a time of feeling light and free and stepping into a new time of the year.

I have been doing quite a bit of cleaning in the last week. I had a professional stylist, Brett Ellen (The Closet Concierge) come over and help me go through my closets and get rid of everything I don't want, need or wear anymore. She helped me create new outfits from what I already have with a few simple additions. It's a great analogy for what we can do with our lives - get rid of stuff, emotions, situations and even people that don't serve you anymore and make room for new and better things and people to come into your life.

We can clean up so many areas of our lives that will help us move forward and grow. Such as -

People - did you know that you are a combination of the qualities of the five people you spend the most time with? Really think about that for a minute. Do you have friends who spend most of their time complaining that nothing ever goes right for them, they're never happy, they're usually broke...etc? If you don't want their energy to influence your experience, I suggest you spend less time with them or even disconnect from them completely. They are not adding to your life in any kind of positive way.

On the other hand, do you have friends who are always up and happy with positive expectations for themselves and for you? These people are generally happy and content with their lives, they make the most of and appreciate what they have and they are a joy to be around. These are the people you want to spend more time with. Remember, you are acquiring their qualities, attributes, attitudes and even income level, whether you realize it or not. A good general rule to follow with friends is this - if they add to your life in a positive way, nurture those relationships. If they drain your energy and seem determined to prove how bad life is all the time, step away from them.

If there are qualities you would like to have or experiences you would like to incorporate into your life, find new friends who embody what you would like to include in your experience and develop relationships with them. It will eventually rub off on you one way or another.

This is a good time for physical cleansing as well. We all start thinking about our bodies when the weather gets warmer. We want to eat lighter and get outside and move. I'm actually doing a cleanse right now with Isagenix, and it is unlike any I have ever done before. It's a whole body cleanse on the cellular level and I have been feeling great! Some strict cleanse days have been tough but overall I feel great and I can feel the difference it's making in my body and mind.

I also went to see an amazing medical intuitve, Amy Startari who helped me clear out a lot of old energy from my body. It's amazing what (or who) we hang on to, energetically and psychically that can have an effect on our physical bodies. I felt so much lighter and more energized after our session together! If you're interested in working with Amy, (which I highly recommend) she can be reached at ahealingappt@aol.com.

Your mind is a great thing to clean out once in a while too. We let so many negative and unproductive thoughts clutter our minds that it serves us well to examine our thoughts regularly and clean them up. If you have any negative thoughts about yourself, your life or things you don't want, turn them around into positive affirmations about what you do want. Examine your thoughts regularly and make sure they are serving your highest good and not working toward your detriment.

You're off to a great start with your Spring Cleaning -
Clear out your surroundings of clutter;
Clear out negative people from your life;
Cleanse your physical body;
Clear out negative, unproductive thoughts from your mind.

You're on your way to a happy, healthy, productive spring and summer - enjoy!

Lots of love,
Tanna

tanna@living-peacefully.com
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Birthdays

Happy March!

Wow - it's almost spring! It's been a beautiful week and I think I feel the beginning of Spring Fever!

My birthday was this past week and as has been the tradition for the past few years, my wonderful husband took me to Las Vegas, my favorite place (besides Disneyland) to spend my birthday!

Birthdays are interesting...some people (like me) love to have one day a year that celebrates them and to be inundated with messages of love and good wishes. My lovely husband always goes out of his way to make my birthday a special and memorable occasion. Others don't want to acknowledge the day at all, for whatever reason. Then there are those who want the special day and the celebration but feel are shy about wanting it and don't know how to express that desire so they simply act as though they don't care and don't want any attention. Often if their request is honored and friends quietly let the day pass, they feel slighted and upset. This is too high-maintenance for me. Tell me what you want. If you say you don't want attention, I won't spend time psychoanalyzing your request; I will leave you alone.

I try to honor every one's birthday in whatever way they genuinely want or do not want. I used to be in charge of the birthday celebrations in the office where I used to work and at one point I was keeping track of over 120 birthdays a year. With one monthly celebration, trying to satisfy specific cake requests for multiple people, decorate cubicles and offices and make everyone happy and feel special according to their birthday requirements of - lots of celebration/limited celebration/NO celebration - it got a bit exhausting. I personally love birthdays and I want everyone to feel special on their birthday and I do my best. It's the one day a year that it's all about YOU! The one day you are flooded with good thoughts and warm wishes of love and appreciation that, if you don't accept them now, will most likely only later be expressed at your funeral. Sorry to be morbid, but it's true. Wouldn't you rather receive all that love and attention while you're here to enjoy it?

Whether we admit it or not, we all love the feeling of knowing we are loved and that our life matters, that our existence makes a positive difference in the lives of those around us. Our birthday is usually the day we are reminded of this. It really is a special day - it is when you first graced this planet with your presence!

However you enjoy celebrating (or not) your birthday, appreciate the gift of life that you have been given and get excited about another fabulous year ahead that you have the power to create however you want! There are infinite possibilities in the next 364 days - who knows what your life will look like on your next birthday...make it a great year so you will have even more to celebrate next year!

If you're having a birthday, a very Happy Birthday to you from me and the Beatles!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zstoSUhbNntQ!

and if not, a Very Merry Unbirthday -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj2nXj7hHE&feature=related

...to you!

Lots of love!
tanna@living-peacefully.com
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Living Peacefully in a Big City now available at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Empowered Women!

Have you ever felt spiritually energized yet tired from doing something you love? I was so tired on Sunday but my heart was happy and full. I had the most amazing day on Saturday at the Millionaire Entrepreneur Women's Conference, created by Debbie Allen (http://www.debbieallen.com/) and Jill Lublin (http://www.jilllublin.com/). It was a long day but it was full of amazing speakers and lots of networking with incredible women from all over the the world with all kinds of talent and gifts to share.

The highlight of the day for me was hearing Barbara DeAngelis speak. She is an amazing, empowered woman, reminding other women that we are all goddesses on this earth and our energy is essential in the shift that is happening on the planet. I have been reading her books and listening to her tapes and CDs for over twenty years. She is mentioned several times in my book so it was a thrill to meet her and give her a copy. I also had to thank her for giving me some of the tools that brought my husband into my life! I actually signed up to do some group coaching with her - an opportunity I could not pass up!

What an amazing few months - I have been so fortunate to meet two of my spiritual rock stars, first Wayne Dyer and now Barbara DeAngelis!

After the seminar I drove home, blissfully exhausted with the energy of a very estrogen-empowered day! I've always had a strong bond with my girlfriends and I've always loved to be around women. I think God was giving me a preview of my life purpose when He landed me in a private girls' high school. I was so happy to be among only girls - no boys around to make me feel ugly or stupid or inadequate. I made a lot of great friends in high school, many of whom are still in my life today.

There is something about women that is so empowering and nurturing. I'm not sure if it's our ability to create life and the natural tendency to care for others or just a built-in emotional and spiritual mechanism that always brings love and compassion to the forefront of our interactions.

I have always made a point of putting my girlfriends ahead of any guy. (Well, my husband is sometimes the exception now, but he understands and encourages time with my girls, knowing how important my time with them is) This has always been my reasoning for putting girlfriends first: If you never marry, then these are probably the most important relationships in your life. If you do get married and have kids, you grow older, your husband dies and the kids move away.....so who are you left with? Yes indeed - your girlfriends! Watch "The Golden Girls" and you'll get it.

I cherish each and every one of my ladies and I like to collect them like precious gems - each one is beautiful and brilliant, shining in her own unique way. I love to surround myself with uplifting, inspiring women who want other women to feel the same way. What a wonderful circle!

I encourage you ladies to always treasure your female friendships and nurture them - when there is no man in your life and especially when there is. Do not ever sacrifice a girlfriend for a guy. Gather friends like beautiful flowers so that throughout your life your bouquet will grow fuller and more beautiful as time goes on, and your life will smell so sweet!

Lots of love and joy to you and empowered women everywhere!

tanna@living-peacefully.com
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Abundance!

How is your January so far? Still excited about the new year? What are you expecting for yourself in 2010? I like the idea of focusing on Abundance, especially in the beginning of the year. We have an abundance of days ahead of us to create whatever we want this year! We have an abundance of resources available to us to support us in that creative process. Right now in California we have an abundance of rain, which we really need. And even with the disaster in Haiti, there has been an abundance of love, money, people, prayers and resources pouring out to help them right now.

We focus so much on lack - "There's not enough time", "There's not enough money", "I'm not good enough" - sound familiar? There is so much abundance in this world and there are millions of people who are attracting and enjoying it. Why is that? We all have the same number of hours in the day, the same ability to access our dreams, the same potential for greatness....it all depends on how you are thinking and the energy you are sending out.

Think about how many grains of sand there are just on one beach - it's more than we could ever count! Nature supplied all of that. Think about the ocean - it is a vast, infinite source that will always be there. Even though the tide sometimes goes out, it always comes back. When you watch the waves of the ocean, do you ever worry that the tide will not return? Of course not - you know that it always comes back, often greater than it was before. Nature created and maintains that as well. Why wouldn't nature supply your needs just as abundantly?

I know you may be thinking, "Well grains of sand and ocean water are not going to pay my bills!" Here is where I invite you to make a shift in your thinking. Money is just energy. In history, many other forms of currency have been used in exchange for services or necessary items. Cacao beans (chocolate!) were once very valuable and used as money. Animals and produce have been exchanged to obtain goods. The form of currency we now use may evolve into something different in the future. It is all an exchange of energy. What kind of energy are you putting out there?

Regardless of your financial situation, be generous and give to others - not just money, but give of your time and your talents so that abundant energy will not become stagnant and stop flowing to you. Like the tide, it flows in and out - and it will always come back. The more you give, the more you receive. I know it can be hard but think of it this way: If you keep your fist closed tight on the quarter you have, you cannot receive the dollar that is trying to come to you. You must open up your hand to give and then to receive. It must continue to circulate in your experience. Remember: the tide always always comes back - that is nature!

Sometimes we have subconscious blocks to receiving abundance. How are you at receiving in general? How do you react when someone gives you a compliment? Do you graciously accept it or do you reject, negate or invalidate it? You are rejecting a form of abundance trying to come to you. When someone gives you a gift, offers to pay for your lunch or wants to do something nice for you, how do you react? These are all forms of abundance and you must open your arms and gratefully accept them! Think of how you feel when you want to give to someone and they argue and tell you that "you shouldn't have". It doesn't feel good, does it? Does it make your energy contract and make you feel uncomfortable and unappreciated? Maybe even a little mad? How would you feel about giving to that person in the future? Probably not too eater because you may get the same argument and rejection. Now, if you give someone a compliment, a gift or do them a favor and they graciously accept and react with great happiness, gratitude and appreciation, how does that make you feel? Pretty great, right? Will you want to give to that person again in the future? Absolutely! You will most likely be inclined to give even more to them in the future because you know they will really appreciate it. This is how the Universe works. If you continually reject, argue or negate the gifts that come to you, regardless of the avenue, you are sending out a silent message that says, "I don't want you to give to me. It makes me uncomfortable." And the Universe will stop. But it is always on the sidelines saying, "I'm still here - let me know if you change your mind because I have so much in store for you! Just say the word and I will open the floodgates and pour abundance into your life like you have never seen!"

How do you want to live? What do you want to experience? Can you conceive of receiving more? My simple advice is to graciously accept ANYTHING that comes to you - a penny on the ground (eventually you will graduate to quarters!), a free meal, a kind word from a stranger or a friend - see these as little reminders that the Universe is there, waiting to give to you through the many channels on this earth. No matter what it is or where it comes from, just say, "Thank you! I accept!"

It is my great joy to be of service and give of myself to you. My desire is that you receive some value in the ideas I feel inspired to share with you. So I may be of greater service, please email any questions, concerns or problems to www.livingpeacefullynow@hotmail.com and I will choose one to feature in this blog on a weekly basis very soon.

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