Happy Thoughts – Positive Affirmations do they really work!

Let’s talk about affirmations, positive affirmations. Do they really work is it just a bunch of mumbo Jumbo nonsense?

I see yes positive affirmations do work. The secret is they don’t work. They don’t work by themselves. They don’t work just by saying them over and over.

They’ve got to be accompanied by as close to a100% believe as you can manage, and they’ve got to be accompanied by action.

Positive affirmations to me are like triggers, inspiration, reminders. That’s why we say the affirmation over and over. So that it can spur us on to right action.

Affirmations by themselves are not miracle workers, but combined with desire, innovation, creativity, and steady persistent action, they can be powerful allies and tools in our life skills survival kit.

Affirmations are best said in the present tense because it is what our minds and inner sense, intuitive knowing respond to.

If we make an affirmation in future tense, it’s always going to be in the future. We will always be moving towards it but never be there.

Like chasing something on a conveyor belt it’s always ahead of us and never with us. So make the affirmations in the present tense. The now. Such as, I am now making strides in my career. Your mind might think this is total nonsense, but keep at it. You might have to say that affirmation hundreds of times, but don’t give up.

You might even want to record yourself saying the affirmation & listen back to it. Another good idea to put a bit of inspirational music behind that Affirmation. And then listen to it every day as much as you can.

If your mind still tells you you’re full of nonsense, rubbish seek out affirmations that are voiced by others. They will be recorded in first person. That might be easier remind to accept. Something coming into you from the outside. ‘Surely that must be true because someone else said it about you’, your mind might think and accept the words more easily.

I have found that once I have been working with an affirmation for a while I’m spurred on to action. To think what can I do to move this affirmation along. Because as I/you are taking action now, it makes that affirmation more powerful and easier to believe that it is your now.

If your friends or colleagues or family are not amenable to what you are saying in your affirmation, then keep it to yourself. Do them secretly. Let the proof be the manifestation of your dream. You don’t need anybody’s permission to dream, to have goals, to have desires. As long as they don’t hurt anyone or impinge on anyone else’s rights.

Another good thing to do is to have a journal and to write your affirmations down. There is something very special about writing…from your mind to your hand to the paper of your journal. Of course you can always use your computer or apps as well if that works better for you.

The important is to believe, to be persistent holding onto your dream through use of affirmations, and then to follow the hunches, ideas intuition that comes to you for right action.

This may not be something that you can do alone so you can affirm as well that the right people who can help you come into your life, the right resources that you need will come to you.

But you have got to be willing to take action. It’s not just going to appear out of nowhere. We have to be willing to change, to grow, maybe even to step out of our comfort zone.

If we are quite shy it may be hard to get out and about. But we have to meet people. We have to be where the universe wants us to be to connect with those who can help us and with those whom we can help.

So yes affirmations do work but we have to work them. We have to be persistent… stubborn even.

Say them, write them, think them, hear them over and over, and then follow through on actions as we are guided.

So you tried working with affirmations? And how did it turn out?
Let’s share! Do you have any tips on how you made affirmations work for you?

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Happy Thoughts – Enjoy today

Just a short post today… A micro blog post… stream of thought! Just something that came to me & I wanted to pass it along.

Today’s Wisdom Bit…

Let’s enjoy nature and Nature’s beauty. Enjoy each day and not just wish our lives away. We are blessed. Plan for the future but take each day as it comes.

How do you feel about that? How do you keep yourself grounded and focused on the now… enjoying life, the ups and downs, the people you meet and live with, the challenges, your dreams and hopes, and your me/alone time.

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Bless.

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How to Make Progress in Life

How To Make Progress in Life

There’s an anonymous saying that the only time you should look back is to see how far you have come.
Sometimes when we are having a bit of difficulty in life or a disappointment, or a delay seeing our plans come to fruition, we might be tempted look back and think that life was so much better in the past before we decided to take this path.
Or even worse, we might look back and think of all the times that we did not succeed.
I hold up my hand. I’ve been there.
Let’s approach that from a different direction. Let’s look back with gratitude on all good things that we did in the past that led us to this point.
If we do that, I’m pretty sure that we will see evidence of progress. Maybe we haven’t quite reached our desired goal, but we have learnt a lot along the way. We know more the correct action to take to move ahead.
It just takes a conscious shift in our mentality to look at what good points have occurred in our journey, rather than dwelling on how many times we fell. Think about all the times we got back up.
Did we take courses along the way to learn our craft, or read books, or speak to other professionals? That’s new knowledge that we have now that we didn’t have before.
When your mind, your feelings are scraping the bottom of the barrel, look up, look at the writing on the sides of that barrel. That’s your history. That’s your journey. That’s your progress no matter how small. Use those memories to climb back up those walls and move on.
Oprah Winfrey said “be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never ever have enough.”
If you keep looking back to verify that you’re a failure, you end up staying there. Look back at your successes to see and reaffirm how far you have come, and take that confidence to move on, and enjoy your life!
It’s so easy to look back and make ourselves sad or disappointed in our current situation. Do you have any tips to share on how you pull yourself out of that hole?
How do you turn it around and look at how far you have come, instead of how far you have to go?
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That’s all for today!

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Happy Thoughts – A visit to Glastonbury’s Chalice Well

It’s nice to end the year in a positive space. In this case that meant a visit to (England’s) Glastonbury and Chalice Well and Gardens.

Hug A Tree!

It’s said that the Well is among the best known and most loved holy wells in Britain.
It’s really lovely and peaceful. There are lots of nooks and crannies where you can sit quietly and meditate in peaceful silence.

Sit and chill

If you go to the Lions Head Drinking Fountain you can fill up your bottle with the special water . This is the only place in the garden water is safe to drink. It comes from the spring and is tested for quality and safety so we can indulge in drinking the cleansing healing water, and taking some away with us.

The Lion’s Head

Another lovely thing to do is to walk in the healing pool. It’s been there since the middle of the 18th century. And you can see that the water contains iron. Be warned that it’s a bit cold but you get used to it. It’s very stimulating!

Leading to the Healing Pool

Cold but stimulating!

There is also the Well Head you can sit quietly and absorb the energy. It has a Vesica Pisces design with a Lance passing through it. This is an ancient sacred symbol of two interlocking circles and it symbolises a union of heaven and earth, or spirit and matter.

Well Head

Vesica Pool

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They’ve got a really lovely gift shop as well.
If you’re in Glastonbury the Chalice Well is a good place to quiet yourself, catch your breath, and just enjoy a bit of peaceful mindfulness before head back into town for some groovy shopping experiences!
All is well in Glasto.

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Happy Thoughts – Happy Holidays

I hope your holiday season is off to a good start. If it’s getting too frantic, just step back and take a break! 😊🎄

Here’s a little something to help you chill. It’s an audio reading by myself of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by The Brothers Grimm.

This a Christmas story from my Positive Affirmations And Audio Stories podcast. It’s for children and all ages. It’s about a shoemaker and some very helpful Elves.
Watch out for the singsong! ☺️

Merry Christmas

and Happy Holidays!

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Happy Thoughts – Be In the Now!

The secret of change is to Focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. Socrates
Recently I have had some health challenges that prevented me from keeping up with you on this happy thoughts blog.
It made me feel quite depressed, mostly unhappy. Because the many  things that I could do before I became unwell, that I couldn’t do.
Then I got a change in my thyroid medicine and some other issues were addressed as well.
As my mood increased I began to understand that I needed to focus not on what I used to be able to do,  but what I could do now.
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And that’s the way it goes sometimes. Sometimes having a happy thought means not just been uber positive,  but letting oneself go through the tunnel of Darkness; and ones natural Instinct for optimism and survival will eventually see you through.
As Socrates said focus on the now. Don’t fight what you can’t do that you used to do. Take those baby steps if you need to get back into good health mentally, spiritually and physically.
Bit by bit you will eventually get better. Be grateful for whatever you have at any point in time. There is always something to be grateful for. And then put in the effort, as you are able, to bring yourself back into balance, and once again enjoying life. Take those baby steps if you need to. Exercise to the extent that you can. Read and listen to positive material as soon as you are able.
Progress doesn’t have to be made in leaps and bounds. Have supportive people around you as you come back to your self.
Have you ever felt like you were in a dark place? And you really regret not functioning as you did in your old life?  How did you resolve that? If we can move on – one step forward two steps backwards sometimes, with patience and gratitude  you can climb that hill & be here now with joy and enthusiasm.
And that’s it for today.
Here’s an audio version of the podcast on this subject!
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Happy Thoughts – An Oracle Card reading for us for 20 November 🙋🏽

I asked the Universe “What’s the energy coming towards us tomorrow (20 Nov)” & card 2, “How can we work with it”.

This reading is done with one of my favourite decks “Angel Prayers Oracle cards” by Kyle Gray.

Card 1 was Transformation with Angel Zadkiel. Past challenges don’t have to hold us back. We can learn from them, improve our skills, and move on. Angel Zadkiel is helping us to grow positively.

Card 2 is The Divine Father. He (she) is with us helping us to create our best life. So relax, and listen to our inner voice/intuition on right actions to take. We definitely have to DO something, change doesn’t happen by itself.😊

It’s all good! Bless

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