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  • I was just reading the blog of a woman teaching yoga who practices a positive way of being in the world. Her post reflects so much of what I've learned over the years about being responsible for my life and in that comes freedom and happiness. The key is infinite supply. As the blogger puts it, "once I opened the floodgates to There is enough for everyone, I started to believe it, teach it, and experience it daily."  
       When asked how to achieve this attitude or maintain it when things go dark, she references how she teaches yoga to special needs kids.  She asks them two questions:
         1. What do you love about yourself?
         2. What are you grateful for?
    She is amazed because these children, many of them facing severe limitations such as blindness and autism, are always ready with their answers. Yet in a room full of healthy adults she can hear nothing but "crickets chirping and tumble weeds blowing." What secret do these amazing little souls have? What secrets have we adults forgotten? Her students provided a list of things that remind us how to stay positive, how to get in touch with "enough."
    Make a Joy List.  Post it somewhere where you can see it.
    Create mantras for yourself. Create a phrase or a word and repeat it as often as needed to replace another mantra that no longer serves you, such as “My life sucks” “I am fat” “I am broke,” etc.
    Laugh when you fall. Develop a sense of humor. Especially about yourself.
    Be kind.
    Be grateful for what you have right now AND for what is on it’s way. Say “thank you” in advance.
    Forgive yourself for not being perfect. No such thing. 
    Find things to be in awe of.
    Sing out loud, 
    Write poems, even if only in your head.
    If you don’t have anything nice to say....
    Tell someone that you love them right now.
    Take more pictures.
    Watch Modern Family.
       How often I've forgotten what those amazing children know instinctively; not only is there enough for everyone, I am enough. 
       Life experience is a patient and wise teacher. It's lessons are tailor-made just for us. These lessons are meant to show us we are capable, worthy and lovable. Instead, we get comfortable living in the problem and deny we ever knew the solution. Today I can say with confidence I am living in the solution and Eden isn't a biblical metaphor for some make-believe place. It's as real and as close as the floor under my feet.

    Image from Dana K
    Your Worth So Much More Than That 2008 DanaK used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license:
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