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In SARK’s recent newsletter, she talked about how taking good care of yourself is more than just deep tissue massages and healthy foods.  The heart of taking good care is in speaking kindly to yourself. I believe that if most of us took a moment to listen to the chatter in our heads, we’d find an endless stream of criticisms and corrections.

Esther and Jerry Hicks have a process they call “segment intending” where you stop and decide what you’re after with each segment of your day.  I’m borrowing that concept by segmenting my day and then asking how I’m doing.  Eckhart Tolle suggested the question.  If the thoughts or feelings I find are not to my liking, I rattle off a few of my favorite things:  a summer breeze, watching a great film, listening to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, crackling fires, a perfect cup of tea.  I’m calling it Segment Check-ins.

I try to set these segments up ahead of time, based on how my day unfolds.  Like, when I’m putting on my jewelry in the morning and when I’m taking it off at night, just before I get ready to drive, when I get into work and settle in, before lunch, etc.  I just take a breath and notice how I’m doing. 

In this way I’m practicing present moment awareness.  I’m also filing my head with good thoughts and improving my mood. 

Sometimes it’s just a matter of slowing down a bit, taking a breath.  I give myself permission to toss out any thoughts that I can’t do anything about right now.  Either there’s an action I need to take now, or there isn’t.  If there’s something I need to do later, I just put it aside.  As Eckhart Tolle says:  there’s nothing you can’t handle right now. When I narrow it down to just those things I can do right now, I feel calmer.  If I can do it now, I do. If not, I dance around in my faves and lighten my day.

This is a gift from Abraham, through Esther and Jerry Hicks.  I did a little research on the Internet. Evidently it’s from their book “Ask and It is Given,” which I have not yet read. (Though I have read others.)

I think the process is very cool. Sure, we can have our little gratitude sessions: “I am grateful today for sunshine.  I am grateful today for a healthy body. I am grateful today for my loved ones.” These are wonderful and the more we do them, the better and happier we are.  No question.

But let’s go on a rampage! To rush wildly, uncontrolled, frenzied. The definitions I read mentioned violent, but we can take aggressive out of that. Raging is a good word.  As is furiously.

The idea is to get more into it than just I am thankful for.  Instead, we might say, “Wow!  What a beautiful day!  I can’t wait for the plans I have for tonight! I am so lucky to have such a great car!”  Get into it. Go furiously, uncontrolled, raging with appreciation.

You can also do it on yourself.  “I have the best taste in music!  I just love how I feel when I listen to my favorite artists!  You know I really know a lot about music and how it’s made.  I am so blessed to have had such a great education!  I am so pleased with  the broad range of artists I love so much!”

Our purpose in doing this is to generate strong feelings.  Really good feelings. That state is quite powerful.  The Hicks reckon that in this place you are very attractive to the things you desire.

You might go on a rampage of how much you love someone or something. A rampage on all the wonderful things in your life.  Nature might be a good topic, too.  Let loose, hold nothing back.  Go wildly ahead with all the things that make you feel good.  Do it with plenty of enthusiasm!

My coach, Paulette Terrels, asked me to list 5 of my best qualities and then go on a rampage on one of them.  Man, did it feel good!  You can do this in your head or on paper.

Try it.  It’s fun to do and has amazing results!

What does gratitude mean anyway?  Gratitude to me is often about listing the things I’m happy are in my life.  I try to be expansive with my gratitude.  It starts with the things I’m grateful for every day: The people I love, my comfortable life, good health, a working car, a beautiful spot.  But I like to take that further like the sun through the trees, the singing birds, tools, supplies and equipment that serve me.  I want to be grateful for the simple things: a good meal, a refreshing sip of water, the caring of a good friend, the anticipation of a favorite TV show.

Though gratitude surely includes this list I review each morning, it is also about stopping during the day to notice these things as they come into play.  It is an attitude that can pervade everything.

You need to be in the present moment to see.  That’s another thing to be grateful for – the present moment, where everything is.  Rather than contain my gratefulness to a morning session, I want to take it off the meditation pillow, if you will, and into the world.  Bring along that grateful state with me wherever I go.

So that, no matter what comes along – an annoying neighbor, a disappointing response, a hectic afternoon – I can maintain that state of grace.  Knowing that even if I don’t have the time to slow down and acknowledge it right now, it is still the Loving Universe workings Its Magic.

I’m intrigued by the Vortex that Esther and Jerry Hicks and Abraham speak of.  I’m just learning about it, but I think it must be, at least in part, a state of gratitude.  And the openness that brings.  Yes, I understand The Law of Attraction asks you to be in the feeling tone of it’s-already-here, but isn’t that a place of gratitude? Gratitude puts you in receptive mode.  Allowing the Universe to vibrate and work through you.

When you’re in gratitude you’re not always striving to get everything, to be everywhere, to do all.  It’s quite inspiring right here, admiring the Grace that flows so easily and so abundantly.  The Grace that is all around us, all the time. In every moment there’s a reason to carry on.

There’s always something wonderful to be grateful for.  The feel of a cat on your lap, the soft caress of a loved one, the cheery voice of a good friend, the familiar strains of a favorite song. 

Simple. Inexpensive and readily available to just about anyone.  Doesn’t pollute or use energy or harm the environment.  It’s not fattening or cholesterol producing or cartilage wearing.  Just always accessible Gratitude.

I’ve known about all this for a long time. I read Esther and Jerry Hick’s beautiful book, the “Law of Attraction.” And I’ve read “The Secret,” the book. The concept has been around for thousands of years.

The speakers in the movie version were so well-informed and appeared to have reached some level of achievement in this technique. Some of them were Jack Canfield, Michael Beckwith, Marci Shimoff, Neale Donald Walsch, to name a few. I enjoyed the interviewing of the current teachers interspersed with quotes from teachers and visionaries who have gone before. I was engaged by every one. It did have the ring of an infomercial, but with lots of wise and well-spoken people speaking honestly and genuinely about their own experiences with The Secret, it had far more credibility.

I have to say, I wasn’t impressed with the production quality. Some of the edits were distracting and the fonts used to identify people were sometimes difficult to read. But I heard the story that Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, used the Law of Attraction to get this film made. Many people came together to make it happen. My concerns aside, the film clearly had more impact than the book.

It’s really so deliciously simple: 1) Ask for what you want; 2) Believe, with unwavering faith – even if you don’t know how; 3) Receive.

The “secret” in my mind, if I’m not revealing too much, is to generate the feeling of having what you want. They tell us our job is just to listen for and heed guidance. Trust that even if you can only see 20 feet in front of you, you are still getting there. Simple, yes. Easy? Not really. You need to flush out of your system all thoughts of lack and doubt.

If you have a powerful imagination and can rest in that volume of faith, The Secret can work wonders in your life. The movie is a delightful way to spend your time and come out of it feeling empowered to have what you desire!

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