- Go inward. Instead of taking things personally, blaming others, or playing victim, ask yourself, what is one aspect of me that I can change?
- Awaken the happiness that resides in you. Empower yourself by realizing that within yourself you have the power to bring joy and peace into your life.
- Share with others the true nature of your soul: Love. Demonstrate it through joy, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, support and gratitude.
- Accept others as they are. Be willing to let go of the temptation to judge and instead look for the good in others.
- Live in the moment. Enjoy each moment as if it was the last moment of your life. Smile often!
Written by Gloria Ramirez I recently went on a camping and hiking trip with a couple of friends to a beautiful area in California called The Sierra Buttes. The morning of our trip we packed our car with our camping gear and drove to our destination, just two hours from home. When we got there we decided to go hiking first and find our camping site later because we knew it was going to take us some time to climb about 1,800 feet to an elevation of about 9,000 feet.
The experience was amazing. We were laughing and enjoying each moment with a sense of wonder and a great expectation to see what awaited us once we got there. When got to the top of the mountain, there was an outlook area that is only accessed by a pretty sketchy set of staircases. My legs were shaking as I went up each stair. The experience was exhilarating and fun and I made up my mind to make it to the top. The reward was priceless. The view was spectacular.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could live each moment of our lives with a sense of positive expectation, wonder and joy? What prevents us from living this way consistently? Maybe past conditioning, fear, or doubt? The good news is that we can always overcome all those blocks and decide to live life fully every day.
We enjoyed our time at the top of the mountain while we had lunch and experienced nature in remarkable ways. We saw the beautiful vegetation, a brown rattlesnake and the cutest chipmunk.
On our way back we enjoyed the trail and the gorgeous views of the mountain and the lakes around. Once we were back in our car we headed toward our camping site but then we remembered that we wanted to get marshmallows for the campfire we were going to build later, so went to a store/restaurant nearby. When we arrived there we decided to have something to eat. Finally, a little bit after 5pm, we were ready to drive to the camping site, only to find out that it was full. We checked other sites nearby and there was not any space available. We realized that without knowing we had chosen to go camping on a long busy holiday weekend.
Without any hesitation from any of us, or feeling bad, we just accepted the circumstances and begun to head back home. We were laughing about our camping preparation (to enjoy a comfortable night) and how our day ended joyfully even though we did not camp as planned. We made plans for an afternoon in the near future to go to a nearby park to make our marshmallow smores. Each of us were at peace and actually laughing about the experience. We were not attached to the outcome but only to having fun that day and embracing each moment with joy.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could let go of our attachments to the outcome of our experiences and always make a commitment to have fun? What restricts us from doing it? Could it be the need to control, or fear of the unknown, or past experiences? The good news is that it is possible to train ourselves to embrace adventure, to have fun no matter what the circumstances are, to not take ourselves so seriously, and to enjoy each moment as it comes.
Affirmation: I embrace each moment with joy
Written by Gloria Ramirez
“Joy does not simply happen. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day” ~ Henry J. M. Nouwen
It is so true that we have to be conscious participants and consistently choose joy every day. Joy does not happen without us understanding that we have to make the decision moment to moment to embrace it. For us to be able to do this, it is important to be clear on the ways in which we block our joy, many times not even aware that we are doing it. We do it when we complain, blame others, judge, feel guilty, resent others, live in fear, do not express gratitude for our blessings or simply are not kind and compassionate.
As we decide to eliminate any barriers to love, to open our hearts to let go of behaviors or beliefs that block our joy, we are able to feel the difference and live more in our true center, which is joy. This is real success!
To help you to embrace more joy in your life, I invite you to consider doing this self introspection exercise.
- Which 3 habits are blocking me from joy?
- Select one of these 3 habits and ask yourself: What is keeping me repeating this behavior or having this thought?
- Which positive habit can I adapt to replace the negative habit?
- Which 3 things can I do to reinforce the positive habit?
- Which affirmation can I use to help me change this habit?
Choose a habit you want to shift: Complaining
New habit you want to adapt: The opposite of complaining is praising or embracing yourself and others.
3 things to do to reinforce new habit:
- Speak to praise, to edify
- Express gratitude (keeps you from negativity)
- Practice self acceptance and acceptance of others
Affirm: I embrace everyone and every situation with joy
Written by Gloria Ramirez
For many years I was convinced that I was at the mercy of external circumstances and therefore I did not feel free. I did not know that I had created my own prison through the power of my mind. I did not know that was the only one holding the key to free myself from fear, anger, doubt, resentment, guilt, insecurity and anxiety. These were very difficult years because I felt hopeless and I did not know that I had all the answers inside of me. I wasted too much energy and time complaining, judging, controlling, being fearful and angry, and playing victim. As a result, I not only affected my own life, but also affected the life of the people around me.
When the pain of living this way was overpowering, I made the decision to seek help. I worked with coaches, took seminars and read inspirational books. Little by little, my life begun to transform in amazing ways. I opened my mind and heart to my own liberation by understanding that the solutions to all the challenges in my life were inside and all I had to do is change my attitude. Someone once said “our mind is the source of liberation and bondage”
Have you ever felt trapped in a vicious circle without any hope of the despair ever ending? At that moment it feels that it is going to stay with us forever. The wonderful news is that there is a way out of the prison that we have created, most likely, unconsciously. We can liberate ourselves from the prison of our own thoughts by making the decision to choose differently moment to moment.
I invite you to examine your life today and be willing to:
- Be free from fear. Let go. Choose trusting
- Be free from criticism. Change the habit. Choose praising others and yourself
- Be free from resentment. Let go of whatever blocks your heart. Choose love
- Be free from worries. Be willing to live in the present. Choose peace
- Be free from disappointment. Be willing to not take anything personally. Choose acceptance
Liberation means letting go of the impurities of the mind. Liberation is a choice. Be free now!
Affirm: I choose to be free now
Written by Gloria Ramirez
How many of us have postponed our happiness waiting for some event or someone to make us happy? How many of us find it difficult to accept what is? There is a misunderstanding that if we accept circumstances as they are it means that we are giving up or not doing our part. It is totally the opposite. We are letting go of controlling to allow other doors to open. When we are too strict about our viewpoints, we might be blocking other options and saying no to life’s flow.
- Accept what is and allow other doors to open
- Let go of the past and focus in the present
- Be willing to be happy now regardless of circumstances
- Have an open mind and be willing to review other options
- Have confidence in your abilities
I have experienced so many times the results of both sides of the spectrum: positive and negative attitude. Without exception every time I dwell on negativity when something is not going the way I want, I attract more challenges and it becomes like a never ending spiral of negative events. When I make the conscious decision to keep a positive attitude no matter what is going on around me, I always end up receiving the help, the ideas, or the solution that I need.
After so many years of learning the hard way, I am now more open, humble, wiser and willing to have the inner determination to be happy always. It is amazing how I am realizing that it is really not difficult at all because our inner nature is to be happy, and peaceful. Your life becomes more like a flow of possibilities because you align with your inner essence. It is a matter of willing to let go of the old habits or conditioning and consistently strive to have the right attitude. It is a decision to not resist the natural flow of our energy.
For me, it has become a way of living and I am clear that right attitude is a choice and it does not have to do with external circumstances. I see clearly, how the universe conspires in our favor when we keep our mind and heart open. When we feel that we are at the mercy of outside circumstances, we obstruct the energy that wants to support us with fear, doubt, jealousy, guilt and any other negative emotion. The only solution is to decide to be happy always.
My invitation is that you continue to strive to have the right attitude in everything you do. Your effort will create a magnet to attract good things to keep coming your way. This is the law of cause and effect, but you have to set it in motion with your consistent positive thoughts, language, actions and attitude.
Here are some ideas on how to have the inner determination to be happy always:
- Keep your heart aligned with joy and peace
- Be willing to put the effort to have the right attitude despite of what is happening outwardly
- Expect the best
- Treat everyone with respect
- Magnetize your life with positive thoughts, language, and actions
Affirm: I have the inner determination to be happy always!
As a LifeSuccess Consultant I have the great fortune to receive weekly training from one of the masters in the area of personal development, Bob Proctor, who, for 50 years has been helping people realize their potential. This last week he spoke about “Tending to your Mind.” I immediately felt it was important for me to share this very amazing concept with you.
Bob Proctor explains that our “Conscious Mind” is “The Gardener.” Through the power of reasoning, it accepts or rejects what it wants to put in it. Our subconscious mind is “The Garden”, which has to accept what you put in it. It does not care what you plant but it gives you what you plant.
This is where we have to understand that we become what we think about. We become what we accept in our conscious mind. What kind of thoughts are you putting in your mind? Are they positive, life affirming and empowering? Or, are you feeding yourself with negative information? The results you get in your life are the “crop” you have in the garden. Your thoughts dictate what you end up with in the garden.
This is why is so important to let go of all the weeds, or negative beliefs and attitudes. To tend to our garden means to put the daily effort to let go of the limiting conditioning, including, fear, doubt, indecision, jealousy, criticism, etc.
You have the choice to plan your garden with beautiful seeds or with weeds. Take a look at the results in your life. They will tell you what you have been planting. If you are not satisfied with the results, the good news is that you can change them. One of my favorite Bob Proctor’s quote says: “your present results are not your potential.” Here are some ways you can make the changes to make the most of your potential:
Tend to your garden first. Become a master at entertaining only positive thoughts. This is the only way you can then help others.
Believe in your dreams. Get emotiona
lly involved with your heart’s desires and use your mind to imagine them manifested.“
Change any limited conditioning. Talk to your own self-image and be serious about making the necessary changes.
Affirm: I tend to my mind by planting positive thoughts.
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This quote sends a clear and loud message: To think positively. The secret is to embrace this idea seriously because every thought you think is a cause and every condition is an effect. You think positive thoughts (cause), you create positive results (effect)
Your thoughts are creating your reality. The best way to create a lasting shifting of your paradigms is by paying attention to your habitual way of thinking and if you notice any negativity, shift it right away, to a positive thought. Joseph Murphy, the author of “The Power of your subconscious Mind, says, “never finish a negative statement. Reverse it immediately and wonders will happen in your life. He adds, “think good, and good follows. Think evil, and evil follows. You are what you think all day long.”
What is important to understand is that your habitual way of thinking came from your childhood. However, you can shift your negative childhood programming by paying attention and making the effort to renew your mind to transform your life. Your progress will be determined by your willingness to be disciplined so you don’t accept, any longer, old negative ways of thinking.
How do you form the habit of thinking positively?
1. Monitor your emotions. They are telling you if you are sending the right vibration. It is impossible to feel happy and at the same time be thinking negatively. As you spot yourself in a negative state of mind, make the effort right away to shift it.
2. Reframe any negative stories, first in your mind and then through the spoken language. Any time you say anything negative repeat “cancel, clear” and then create an affirmation.
3. Be in a constant state of gratitude. Always see the glass half-full, looking for the positive side of each experience.
I am starting a powerful 12-week Tele Seminar series “Renew Your Mind to Prosper”, which will guide you on the path to universal principles that once understood and applied, the natural consequence is a happy, harmonious, and prosperous life.
Affirm: I renew my mind to transform my life
“When you embrace God’s calling in your life you become the witness of miracles.”
This quote came to me as an inspiration because of all the innumerable miracles that I have witnessed as a result of the work I do as a coach and trainer to help people to maximize their full potential. Also, working with our Glorious Being Center’s project in Ghana, I have experienced the synchronicity of events every day. I feel like there is an invisible hand arranging everything for us.
One of those amazing miracles happened last year when I was at a Panera Bread getting ready for a meeting to discuss the self-sustaining housing options for the children that we are helping in Ghana, Africa. Right before the meeting started someone whom I had seen before at a networking meeting, came to me and asked if she could join our meeting.
She explained that she was supposed to meet someone but the person did not show up. I said to her you are most welcome to sit with us, but I want to warn you that by the time we finish our meeting you might have become a volunteer of our organization. She laughed and she said OK. For two hours she listened to the details of our project and was very impressed with our initiative. As she was about to get up to leave, she handed me her business card. As soon as I read I read Sabrina Fajardo, Graphic Designer, my eyes open up and I told her that we were in an immediate need for someone to help us with a trifold that we wanted to put together for our project in Ghana. She said she was happy to help and the rest is history because up to this date she is the person who, as a volunteer, takes care of all the marketing material for Glorious Being Center. We are so fortunate and feel deep gratitude to have Sabrina as part of our team. She is a genius when it comes to graphic design and we love her work. (www.tlzdesigngroup.com)
This is just one of the so many miracles that we have witnessed with our project in Ghana. I always say that the universe conspires in our favor to have what we want. The secret is that we have to believe in miracles and expect them. We started our project in Ghana last year and it is abolutely amazing that I will be traveling to Ghana at the end of this month. I am deeply grateful for this miracle.
I invite you to give yourself permission to open your heart to ask for what you want and to receive your miracles. It does not matter how big your desires are. Your Higher Power does not have limitations in helping you manifest your miracles. All it wants is for you to have faith.
Here are some steps on how you can open your heart to miracles:
Feel worthy of asking for anything you want and place “your order” with your Higher Power with determination and excitement.
Set up the intention in your heart that it is already yours because your Higher Power always wants to give you what you want. This is the step where you let go and let God.
Have a sense of expectancy and feel the joy of knowing that what you have asked for is on its way to you. Imagine how you feel as you receive it.
I’d like to share a quote that I received one day that I asked for a sign about our project in Ghana and that has served me as a reminder of the infinite possibilities that are in store for us: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the ecology.
Affirm: I open my heart to miracles!
“Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. What you see reflects your thinking. And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see.”From A Course In Miracles
I love this quote because it invites us to carefully choose the thoughts we have about our world. My experience has told me that when I choose to see my world as a friendly place instead of hostile, by the law of attraction, I attract people, places and experiences that are kind. And when I attract people whom are not so nice, it is an invitation to not become like them but instead to show them how real kindness and compassion looks like.
However, because many times there is a sense of competition and even fear that people are going to hurt you, we walk on “react or cautious mode”. The challenge with this attitude is that we close our hearts to the possibilities that can open great opportunities for us. This is when we have to instead choose to believe that people are good and that it is OK to trust. This is when we have to remember that our thoughts are creating our reality and it is up to us to decide what kind of reality we want to create.
I invite you to consciously create your experiences by practicing these simple, yet powerful ideas:
1. See the glass full in every situation. Practice seeing the good aspects of every experience, regardless of how challenging it is. There is always a gift to be unwrapped.
2. Don’t take anything personally. Practice compassion and unconditional love and be willing to forgive. Practice humility. Choose to be happy instead of being right.
3. Be compassionate. Practice compassion especially with those that seem most hostile. They are crying out for love. See them with the “right eye”, the eyes of unconditional love.
I invite you to join me on the journey of what I call “The Global Awakening”, which is an opportunity to consciously make this a kinder world by consistently embracing others with love and compassion.
Affirm: Each day I witness acts of kindness in my world