9 March 2010
rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are
lies in our power to do,
lies in our power not to do.
anger by non-anger, overcome evil by good. Overcome the miser by
giving, overcome the liar by truth.
Practice radical humility when it comes to your own
accomplishments, and give credit everywhere except to your ego.
in a Helpful, Supportive Universe
One of the most
important decisions you'll ever make is choosing the kind of
universe you exist in: is it helpful and supportive or
hostile and unsupportive? Your answer to this question
will make all the difference in terms of how you live your life
and what kind of Divine assistance you attract.
you get what you think about, whether you want it or not.
So if you're sure that this is an unfriendly universe, you'll
look for examples to support this point of view. You'll
anticipate people attempting to cheat, judge, take advantage of,
and otherwise harm you. You'll blame the antagonistic,
inhospitable cosmos for not cooperating with you in the
fulfillment of your desires. You'll point the finger at
belligerent folks and bad luck for the kind of world we all live
in. Since this worldview trickles down into every thought
you have, you become a person persistently looking for occasions
to be offended, and therefore in possession of a whole slew of
I implore you
to see the universe as a warm and supportive one. . . because
you'll look for evidence to support this view. When you
believe that the universe is friendly, you see friendly
people. You look for circumstances to work in your
favor. You expect good fortune flowing into your
life. In other words, you aren't looking for excuses!
affirmation when I feel stuck or out of sorts is: Whatever
I need is already here, and it is all for my highest good.
Jot this down and post it conspicuously throughout your home, on
the dashboard of your car, at your office, on your microwave oven,
and even in front of your toilet! Remind yourself: I
live in a friendly universe that will support any thing or desire
that is aligned with the universal Source of all. Such a
stance will be a giant step toward living an excuse-free life.
what you want is already here and all you have to do is connect to
it causes you to remember that what you attract is for your
highest good, so you can then let go of the timing issue
altogether. Just know that it is here and will arrive on
God's schedule--as does everything that makes the journey from
nonbeing to being.
I've found that
by shifting my belief about the nature of the universe, I attract
whatever I desire into my life. I desire love. I
desire peace. I desire health. I desire
happiness. I desire prosperity. Why would I want to
hold the view that our universe is unsupportive, evil, and
unfriendly? How could I expect the Divine realm to hear me
if I'm asking it to be something other than what it is?
Thus, I see my desires in perfect rapport with how the universe
When I pray, I do
so in the spirit of Saint Francis. Rather than ask God to
grant him peace, this inspiring man beseeched God to "make me
an instrument of Thy peace." In other words, "Let
me be like the Source from which I originated, and then I will
rest in the knowing that it must be here, on its way, and for my
highest good." As you can see, there's no room for
excuses when you apply this model to your everyday life.
As I've written
and said many times, "When you change the way you look at
things, the things you look at change." And this
applies to the entire universe.
the pages of this transformational book, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
reveals how to change the self-defeating thinking patterns
that have prevented you from living at the highest levels
of success, happiness, and health. Even though you
may know what to think, actually changing those
thinking habits that have been with you since childhood
might be somewhat challenging. If I
changed, it would create family dramas . . . I’m too old
or too young . . . I’m far too busy and tired . . . I
can’t afford the things I truly want . . . may all
seem to be true, but they’re in fact just excuses.
So the business of modifying habituated thinking patterns
really comes down to tossing out the same tired old
excuses and examining your beliefs in a new and truthful
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|Eyes Wide Open
long ago, I went on a hike with several colleagues on a day that
we had off. We went to a beautiful place, an extraordinary
canyon with sandstone walls and ponderosa pines and aspen, along
with some amazing rock formations and fascinating plant
life. To make things even better, it was a beautiful
autumn day--it had been cold enough recently that some of the
water in the canyon was still frozen over, yet it warmed up
enough for us to be able to hike in our shirts, without our
jackets. In other words, it was a perfect day in a perfect
place for a hike.
hiked with these people before--in fact, I was new to the
school, so I didn't really know anyone yet--but I found out very
quickly that all they wanted to talk about was school.
They talked about the students and their fellow teachers and the
administrators, and they talked about what they did in class and
the problems that the students had and the personalities of
their colleagues. Not all of it was positive--in fact,
most of their conversation consisted of negative observations
that I didn't necessarily want to hear.
part of my nature to tell people what they should or shouldn't
talk about--they live their lives and they have their
preferences, and I don't feel that it's really my place to try
to make them change. So I tried often to shift the focus
of the conversation to where we were and what we were doing
then--I asked questions about the rock formations, about the
people who used the canyon regularly, about the type of wildlife
that lived there. I tried everything I could to start a
conversation about the here and now, but that just wasn't in
their comfort zone for some reason--the conversation always
immediately went back to school and students and teachers.
take me long to realize that my efforts were futile, but I also
knew that I didn't want to lose the opportunity to enjoy the
beautiful settings that surrounded us. I put a little
distance between myself and the others, stopping here to examine
some rocks, pausing there to check out an interesting plant,
taking the time to enjoy a view that the others didn't even
notice at all. In this way I was able to stay focused on
the present moment, on the here and now, rather than focusing on
places and people that at the moment were very far away.
And I was able to avoid hearing gossip about people that I
really didn't want to hear.
a choice that I really wanted to make, but I found out later
that I wasn't the only one making it. Another member of
our small group took the opportunity to do some running with her
dogs. At the time, I thought she wanted to run with her
dogs, but she told me later that she just had to get away from
all the gossip and enjoy her surroundings. It was good to
hear that I wasn't the only one feeling as I did, but a shame to
know that the situation had been so negative for someone else,
important part, though, was that she did take the time to
herself to enjoy her surroundings, just as I did. Neither
of us felt that we had the right to tell others what they should
our shouldn't talk about, but both of us made sure that we did
our best to avoid the negative talk and gossip. Both of us
wanted to be where we were, when we were there, enjoying the
place that was incredibly beautiful. And neither of us
wanted to bring our job on a hike with us, because when we had a
break from our work, it was important to us to rest our minds
from the work so that when we got back to school, we'd be coming
from a much-more-rested place.
people we were hiking with weren't bad people at all. In
many ways, they're very helpful and considerate, especially at
school. But as I watch them burn out at school and become
less and less positive, I have to ask myself how much of the
change is due to the fact that they take their work with them
wherever they go, even into beautiful canyons on beautiful
autumn days, when work is many miles and many hours away. . . .
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universe is extremely generous. Beauty abounds in the most
surprising locales and within even the most soul-searing
experiences. We simply need to look for beauty and take
the time to appreciate and digest what we see. I agree
with Magaret Wolfe Hunerford's quote "Beauty is in the eye
of the beholder" and would add that beauty is also in the
beholder's ability to see.
night I was gifted with an unexpected beauty when I took our
little dog, Lily, out to her piddle place, a fenced-in area
behind the house. It is hidden from the road and
"landscaped" meagerly with rocks. Its sole
decoration is the garbage can. Expecting the same old
bedtime routine, I was blessed by beauty instead.
streetlight, which goes on and off sporadically, was
backlighting the brand-new, fuzzy catkins on our neighbors'
aspen tree. They looked as if they were encased in
sparkling ice, shimmering and dancing in the early spring
breeze. An awed "Ahhhhhh" escaped as I
exhaled. While Lily did what she was supposed to do, I
turned off our light, etched the beauty of the lighted catkins
in my mind's eye, and whispered a prayer of gratitude for a
lovely surprise in such an everyday place and action.
beauty of the illuminated aspen would have been hard to ignore,
I easily could have done just that before making the promise to
myself to lead a more mindful, appreciative, and in-the-moment
to enjoy everyday beauty, you need a desire to see it and the
willingness to open your heart to it. It helps when you go
about your day expecting to be blessed by beauty
everywhere you look and turn. Expecting and paying
attention to the beauty of the moment will draw to you
loveliness beyond imagination. Appreciating and reveling
in beauty can soothe your soul, relax your body, and immerse you
Expect to find beauty in the strangest places.
Allow yourself to look for beauty everywhere.
Enjoy and appreciate the beauty you notice.
Allow yourself to really see a single aspect of your own
your day. . .
Notice and appreciate at least one of Mother Nature's everyday
is in the eye of the beholder expecting to see it.
treasure of a book, Sue Patton Thoele offers over sixty-five simple and
effective practices to help you embrace mindfulness one
moment at a time. Finding your way will lead
naturally to a more open heart, inner peace, and greater
zest for life--a path well worth pursuing.
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grateful for what you do have, and
you will find it increases. I like to
bless with love all that is in my life
right now--my home, the heat, water,
light, telephone, furniture, plumbing, appliances, clothing,
jobs--the money I do have, friends,
my ability to see and feel and taste
and touch and walk and to enjoy
this incredible planet.
A Lesson from a 4-Year-Old
If we were to conduct a poll among the readers of this column
how many of you could sing or dance, I fear that we
would receive the
overwhelming message that the vast majority of
adults feel they have no
talent in these areas. On the other hand,
if we were to conduct the same poll
among 4-year-olds, we would
find that virtually all of them are convinced they
can sing, and
virtually all of them have confidence in their ability to dance.
Most of the 4-year-olds have little or no real talent, but,
instead, they are
endowed with incredible confidence in their own
potential. This confidence,
or certainty of success, is something
we were all born with but we later traded
in for a strong dose of
what we call realism.
Shortly after we reach school age, we are taught lessons about
the world that
revolve around us, limiting our vision and becoming
realistic. I defy you
to find a statue or a monument ever erected
to anyone because they were realistic.
All dreamers, all
achievers, all great people kept their child-like faith in their
own dream and their ability to carry it out, and these great
an inordinate gift to disregard the world’s cries for
I challenge you to go through a single day exploring every
aspect, not from
what is realistic, but instead from what is
possible. If we can master this,
we will begin to revert backwards
and live our lives in the
unlimited realm of the successful
Today is the day!