Category Archives: Gratitude

Envisioning Your Future – Vision boards 2.0

Vision boards were really popular and hit their peak in the 80s & 90s. They remain a helpful visualization tool even in the ubiquitous digital age. At women’s group gatherings, I often joke that the vision board is not just a thick piece of paper with some nice sounding phrases, and colorful images that live in “someday” land. Giving attention to what you want, and creating momentum in your life by aligning to your highest good, higher self, and soul – while paying attention to the next steps along your path is also important. Developing your awareness, honing your intuition, and paying attention to the signs and messages that show up for you toward realizing your intentions and dreams is just as powerful. The vision board becomes familiar and a reminder and helps you bridge from where you are, to what you are attracting.

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Here’s how vision boards are described from another website: “A tool to help clarify, concentrate, and imagine your intentions and goals. Vision boards can identify your vision, and help you gain clarity. Reinforce your daily affirmations. Keep attention on intentions.” Source: http://asktheowlponysisters.tumblr.com/post/131942378458/what-are-vision-boards

Vision boards are a powerful visualization tool that integrates both hemispheres of the brain. Standard goal setting is a predominately left brain activity. Blending creativity, intent, and inspiration for action provides a positive launching point for attraction. You are stimulating your emotions, new desires, and aligning to possibilities throughout this process.

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During the “envisioning your life” vision board theme in my groups, we clip and snip images, pictures, words, and phrases out of magazines that resonate with our intentions, and embrace opportunities for our imagined future. We find images that depict our dreams, invoke feelings, and capture our senses, and note what inspires us. Inspiration leads to excitement. Through this activity of following what inspires us, and drawing from a variety of images, and phrases we also focus on infusing appreciation energy with envisioning where we would like to create, shift, or attract positive change in our lives.

Appreciation is one of the highest vibrational states available to you. Merging appreciation with building an old school dream boards offers a magnetic match, and platform for your visions, and intentions. However, your dreams and intention work does not end with pasting images and inspirational quotes onto poster boards, or in a dream notebook. Merging the traditional vision board with the digital age, and accessing all the cool techy tools available enhances the envisioning experience, and brings it to a whole other integration level.

In the digital age of information, there are plentiful opportunities to create digitally based vision, and dream boards. If you create one online, you can save it for your screensaver on computer, or mobile device, so it is repeatedly in your “view” and becomes familiar so that new reality is activated in your mind.

There is abundance of free vision board apps, and free programs available. See the links below for links and ideas. There’s also an app called “Intention” and one that’s called “Intend” that’s easy to navigate and use. They both have alarm reminders for your intentions!

Tips from Jack Canfield on creating a vision board & a link to his online vision board app:

http://jackcanfield.com/how-to-create-an-empowering-vision-book/

http://jackcanfield.com/free-vision-board-app/

http://www.dreamitalive.com/

http://www.visionboard.me/

http://www.mapourlives.com/

http://gregbeazley.com/2013/01/how-to-create-a-vision-board-using-online-tools/

As you gather and organize images, photos, phrases, and dream board ideas – practice the feeling of appreciation for what you already have materialized in your life, and what you are thankful and grateful for. Continue to add to your vision board throughout the year. Place your vision board somewhere visible where you walk by each day or post it in your car if you are spending much time there. Place it where ever it will become top of consciousness, and use your vision board for a visualization tool to help imagine your way to your ideal life. Be creative, envision big, and follow your excitement, and live your inspired dream!

 

Creating a Spiritual Practice / Intention / Wellness Ritual

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What does creating an intention, wellness ritual, or spiritual practice mean to you? 

For many, it may mean: This is my time to either receive insight or guidance from my divine self. Where I am going to take time for me, focus, be conscientious, mindful, and awareness on putting my intentions and my spiritual connection, and overall wellness on the forefront. This is when I breath. When I slow down. Be present. Where I live in the now. Nourish myself. Where I listen to that quiet voice. Tune in to my own frequency.

There are unlimited opportunities, and small gestures to open up this space for yourself. You may have some form of daily ritual, or spiritual type of practice that bring yourself back into alignment, and balance, so you can move forward, give your gifts, bring out your purpose, and learn more about yourself. A reset button time. Recalibration or personal check in time. This spiritual practice is another component to opening the space up to invite that higher self or source to come through you — to you, for you.

It’s about focus, and attention on what you want, and getting out of your way, with visualizing, dreaming, appreciation, and gratitude; all part of the process of getting vibrationally aligned with your desires. It’s about creating the time, inner-landscape, and ritual, so it becomes you; a new habit, and pattern of deliberating being, and creating your ideal life from an inspired place. Creating a practice is not just taking time out for self-care or being spiritual. It’s about creating a rhythm, space for consciousness, and a practice around it, shifting, and doing it! A shift-ritual! Create a “Shifttual”!

Here are some ways you can integrate a spiritual practice and a create a “shiftual” into your daily life:

Gratitude practice          Writing          Being in nature          Reading or writing poetry

Journaling          Meditation          De-cluttering          Napping          Walking meditation

Affirmations, mantras          Writing a handwritten letter to someone          Yoga practice

Complimenting someone          Breath work          Mudras with hands          Mindful moments

Gardening          Read, stretch, or walk at a specific time of day          Laughter

Tarot cards            Choosing a rune          Candle lighting          Bath time          Slowing down

Visiting your sacred space          Honoring others, small kindness gestures          Imagining

Music to inspire, as a way to connect, relax, etc.          Tea, coffee, drinking water


Having a spiritual practice helps you become more deeply connected to yourself, to your intentions, and dreams. Creating a spiritual practice is part of self-care. It’s one way to deliberately design your life to allow for your intentions, visions, and dreams to magnetize, and manifest. By taking little steps towards wellness, and integrating mindful rhythms and rituals within your day, over time you develop a seamless practice, and/or deepen one if your practice exists into your daily life.

Utilize your spiritual practice zone to inspire wellness, enhance personal development rituals, and one that compliments and fuels your intentions. Prioritize you, and your time. Implement strategies for yourself to help guide you towards success. Make the time, and establish a rhythm for yourself to create long-lasting changes. Honor yourself by gifting yourself this spiritual practice time regardless if it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours. Remember to begin, or maintain your spiritual practice, and embed daily rituals as part of your daily practice. This can be combined as an intention tool, and be part of your personal spiritual development even when you are busy.

Creating time is equally as important as creating the sacred space we explore with intentions. Make “when” part of the ritual & practice too – not just what you do, but when you do it.

Why create a spiritual practice / wellness ritual to connect to your intention path?

images-21* Creating a spiritual practice or intention ritual helps us create our amazing life.

* Routines are nourishing, and supportive to our intentions, nervous system, and life path.

* Provides a spiritual spine, positive habit framework, and foundation for your day. How you start your day, sets the tone for the entire day. Daily becomes weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.

* Your energy is powerful when your approach your day with consciousness

* A way to create a pattern to establish change, new thoughts, actions and behaviors. A rhythm is a catalyst for growth.

* The ritual is to replenish, and provide an opening for wisdom, for inspired action, to settle in, re-group, to keep vibration high, for a physical check in on body where stress may live, or you may feel uneasy, getting intuition and where you can acknowledge it.

* Rituals are grounding, empowering, and an anchor to a day that otherwise can blow away with the wind.

* Having a ritual becomes a fresh start and a way to release the previous day, past struggles, etc. How, with presence, bringing your full attention, and being deliberate can help shift circumstances and perspective.

* Creating rituals and a practice contributes to personal development and positivity.

* Rituals and routines a way to connect with your sacred self, and honor the source within.

* A way to raise your vibration by doing something joyful, peaceful, calming, and harmonious.

For many of us, our life, and how we live our life becomes the spiritual practice. Having a cup of coffee, walking the dog, retrieving the newspaper or mail from the box, and adding meaning to a repetitive task, or offering consciousness to an otherwise mundane situation can also be a spiritual experience.  You don’t necessarily need to park your fanny on a mountaintop to meditate. And it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to meditate on a cushion, sit at your alter or do a yoga pose, but if you are inspired to, and that works for you, wonderful! As you spiritually grow, and develop your spiritual practice may shift, and look different than you previously envisioned. Seek pleasure, enjoyment, presence, and inspiration with your spiritual practice. Develop and customize your own spiritual, wellness, or intention rituals that fit for you, your path, and personal growth.

How would your life positively change if you incorporated a spiritual practice moving forward – with diligence, persistence, mindfulness, dedication, and joy? Positively infuse your day with high-vibrational, uplifting rituals within your practice to support your wellness, and intentional path to your dreams.

The Vibe of Appreciation

Appreciation is one of the highest frequencies available to attract your desired life. When you are in an appreciative state, you are full of gratitude for what you already have in your life, and you open yourself up to receive. Appreciation is in the same vibrational family as love, bliss, empowerment, and joy. The word appreciate means to “recognize the full worth of and be grateful for.” You are not emanating lack with appreciation, but rather broadcasting wholeness, and fullness.

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Magnetizing your dreams from a high vibrational state of appreciation is a fantastic tool for being in resonance with what you desire.  Appreciation is a feeling state that assists you with being grateful now, and raises your vibration in the present moment. When setting intentions in this appreciative state, it provides an energetic launchpad to your dreams already in motion.

Abraham-Hicks from their Ask and It’s Given book, on page 114, includes a list of “The Emotional Guidance Scale” to help clarify, and define where you may range with your emotions with respect to alignment, and how those emotions on the scale show up vibrationally in the non-physical realm.

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Where we are asking from in terms of our emotional state influences our point of attraction, whether we are in a state of appreciation, bliss, joy, love, and empowerment, or if we are feeling despair, depressed, or anger. Your emotional state is another area to be conscious of when declaring your intentions whether verbally or in thought. Staying in a positive upward stream offers momentum for what we desire, create, and attract in our lives. Using this Emotional Guidance Scale, one approach is to choose the next best emotional state you can from where you are currently at.

Recognizing where you are at, feeling that state, moving through it in your own time, getting help from others, and professionals as needed, and having awareness of how you are experiencing the varied emotions within the scale can be helpful in shifting out of feeling stuck, paralyzed, or where you may feel resistance. You have your preferred emotional states, and interpretations for what each emotional state means for you. The goal is to raise your vibration by feeling good to become a more resonant match to what you desire.

Here is a simple exercise to help create the vibe of appreciation. On one side of a sheet of paper, begin with, “I am appreciating” or “I appreciate” — for what you are appreciating in your life generally, and with textured, multi-sensory details. For the other side of your paper, list what you appreciate about yourself. Appreciating yourself is another version of self-love. Appreciate yourself for not just for who you are, and what you do, but for also what you have overcome, faced, survived, lived through, and experienced. For your progress, improvements, and development on all those levels you consciously give attention to. Also acknowledge who you are on a broader lever, your unique essence, and appreciate the infinite beauty in that. What does truly appreciating yourself look like? In what ways do you appreciate yourself? How can you express that to your self in a way that is authentic for you? What does it feel like? Bring in all your senses and tap into that appreciative state.

More “appreciation” questions to explore:

What does giving appreciation look like? (to others)

How do you show you are appreciative?

When you are appreciative, how do you feel? What do you feel?

When you are appreciated by others, what do you feel within?

Throughout the month, give mindful focus to what you are already appreciative of, and to your answers to the questions above. Embody the feeling of appreciation, focus, and direct your intentions from this space. Consider viewing appreciation as a tool for you to come from an abundant “whole” and pure place, and not from lack with your intentions. It’s helpful, and effective when asking for what you want, to ask from this energetic place of appreciation where you are in alignment with all that is possible, and available to you from the universal palate of possibilities.

So as you embrace the new year, clarify your intentions, and envision your ideal life, consider accessing a state of appreciation. By feeling appreciative, and expressing appreciation as a method to connect to, and magnetize your intentions, you’ll align to a higher vibrational state. Be the the vibe of appreciation!