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The Value of a Spiritual Practice

From time to time you’ll hear me talk about having a “Spiritual Practice”

I wanted to spend a moment with you today talking a little further about that.

When I speak of a Spiritual Practice, I’m not speaking of anything related to religion, thought I’m not excluding that either.  

To put it simply, I think it’s important for everyone to feel connected to something that’s greater than themselves. Something that’s not man-made or man-influenced.  What that looks like is for the individual.  But here’s why I think it’s important; when you are connected to something greater than yourself, there is a calm, insight, joy, peace, clarity and direction that comes with a spiritual practice greater than anything one could experience on their own.

Of course, along with such a practice comes the responsibility to nurture it, grow it and allow it to operate as a part of your life.  My experience has been that (as long as it’s not steeped in dogma, exclusion or rigidity) such a practice helps to create a truly rewarding life.

My spiritual practice is the heartbeat of my life.

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You do the Programming

Today, I’m going to give four easy to use self-hypnosis tools.

Let me start by giving you a very quick and easy understanding of what hypnosis is – it’s simply a matter of giving instructions to your sub-conscious mind.  The subconscious mind is receiving instructions from you all of the time but when under hypnosis, you are able to speak directly to the subconscious.  This allows the instructions to be incorporated deeper and faster.

There are a variety of ways you can do this:

  1. Self-hypnosis.  This can by done on your own or with the help of a guided professional or audio.
  2. Reading.  If there is something you really want to download into your subconscious, find some quality reading material and then make a conscious effort to read and re-read it for deep understanding.
  3. Meditation.  Start with the information you want to program, spend some time studying it, then go into contemplative meditation with your thoughts revolving only around that subject.
  4. Affirmations.  My personal favorite of course.  Since you can use affirmations virtually anytime or place, they are an extremely powerful tool for programming your subconscious.

Your life is run by the instructions in your subconscious mind.  If you want change in your life, you need to give the subconscious the instructions you expect it to operate from.  The more you expose your mind to an idea, feeling or belief, the deeper it goes.  This is how you program your subconscious mind.

AFFIRMATION: The power to transform my life is a wonderful gift that I appreciate and use.

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One thing I’ve learned about people who are most successful is that they have things in their life they insist upon. Things that they must do on a consistent basis.
Things that are not negotiable.

So here’s the big question – What’s non-negotiable in your life?

What are the things that you must do every day or week or month?
It could be reading something inspirational, spending time with family, attending a spiritual center, or donating to a charity.

What takes the highest priority in your life?
Is it regular exercise, daily affirmations, volunteering, meditation, journaling, prayer?

What’s non-negotiable for you?

When you build your life around a set of standard practices that must take place, you build your life on a solid bedrock that will support and sustain your success.

____________________ (fill in the blank)  is non-negotiable for me.

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The Real Check-in

Check in with yourself

I heard a startling statistic the other day.

The average user checks their phone between 110 and 150 times per day – WOW!

I heard this from one of my teachers, Michael Beckwith.  He went on to say suppose we checked in with ourselves that many times a day.  For me, that was another WOW!

So here’s my challenge to you: See how many times a day you can check in and see where you are in terms of your thoughts.  

Where are you in terms of taking care of your body?  How could you improve?

Where are you when it comes to how you are treating others?  What could you do better?

How are you feeling about your life, why are you feeling that way?  Do you need to change or perhaps enhance your feelings?

The more you connect with and remain aware of what’s going on with you, the more you will create the outcomes you desire for your life.

AFFIRMATION: I stay checked in, I stay connected, I stay present.

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Pay Attention to Your Intuition

Your intuition is a powerful force and you have total control over it. But only if you use it.

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