Don’t explain, don’t complain, just say thank you. Say thank you to existence.

The above is an excerpt from a quote by Mooji, a wise guru from Jamaica. I keep these words as my background on my phone and it’s really cool how many times a day I will find myself going to do something that involves explaining or complaining.

Explaining takes us out of the peace of the present moment, and is usually our attempt to verbally rationalize an action prompted by our ego (likely a fear based action, too) instead of our higher/inner self.

Complaining is just plain negative, and is giving away our attention to those things that we do not want in our lives. Why would we give away our energy to those things when we could use our minds to focus on what is going right in our lives, as opposed to going wrong? It certainly feels better. One of my favorite books is Happy For No Reason by Marci Shimoff. In this book, she notes that complaining and blaming are “happiness robbers.” This could not be more true. Griping about something or someone is not exactly an act of joy. We all know people who like to “bitch and moan” and I think we can all agree they are not the bouncy, smiley personalities that we associate with happy people. In fact, we often try to avoid those people because they bring us down!

Shimoff also suggests that we take note of how our body, especially our heart center, feels when we experience thoughts. She points out that positive thoughts make us feel expansive, light, and happy. Negative thoughts make us feel closed, contracted, tense. The Institute of HeartMath has confirmed that the heart’s electromagnetic field is unquestionably affected in this way, so we want to look for those thoughts that “expand” us and avoid those that “contract” us. Play around with this. Focus on the center of your body, around the solar plexus and your heart center and see how you feel as you experience different emotional reactions to thought.

In my spiritual research and my quest for self-awareness, it is becoming clear that the single most important thing in life is to maintain a positive mindset.  Nothing is going to make us happy–we have to find happiness and then do what it takes to stay there to draw in our highest good. It affects everything from our health, to the amount of money we can make, even to our life-expectancy. One of the easiest ways I have found to do this is through gratitude. Even the seemingly “bad” things that happen to us always come with a blessing if we have eyes to see it. I go through every day now looking for things to appreciate, no matter how small, and i verbalize these every chance I get. It feels fantastic, and I feel good about where I am giving my energy and attention and how that is affecting my body.

Thank you for reading this. May your day be full of things to be grateful for,

Mercedi

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“Thoughts become things…so choose the good ones!”

The title above is a quote from one of my favorite authors, Mike Dooley.  He was featured in the movie The Secret and has probably inspired me the most with his “Notes from the Universe” emails that I get every single day.

Lately I have really been trying to simplify my life.  To close 2014, I went through all of my possessions and got rid of every single thing that I no longer used. Just as there is a Law of Attraction, there is also a Law of Use. I believe we must clear out the things that are merely taking up space in our lives to make room for abundance, space for new things that we will use and love.

I haven’t written much on my blog because I haven’t felt inspired.  Somehow, in all my simplifying, sitting down to add a bunch of words to a page seemed like digital clutter and counter-intuitive to what I’ve been trying to accomplish. So, as I gently get back to my writing, I wanted to keep it simple and share something with you that I have been enjoying lately:

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You can check out this audio book and all the other inspirational goodies on his website. I don’t agree with everything he says (for instance, he says our angels and spirit guides can’t help us but I know they most certainly can!) but he’s one of my favorite teachers and his work provides a good launch pad for those who are just becoming interested in the Law of Attraction.

For 2015, I am choosing the best thoughts…of work that feels like play and of financial abundance!  Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to the choosing the very best thoughts all year long!

xoxo,

Mercedi

Why should you keep your car, house, etc. clean?

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Because it shows appreciation, and appreciation is a form of gratitude. It has been said that where attention goes, energy flows. So if we want a more expensive car or a bigger house, it serves us to take care of the things we have now and show the Divine that we are thankful for what we have already been blessed with. When we give thanks in our words and actions, it puts our attention on abundance instead of lack.

Just as a loving parent grooms a child -brushing their hair and making sure they are clean – our material possessions can also benefit from a little TLC. Neglecting our things is a demonstration that we just don’t care about them all that much. On the other hand, taking good care of our things shows that we are happy to have them in our life and that we want to see them grow. ☀️