Monday Miracle: Stretch

“Mind is the master power that molds and makes and man is mind, and evermore he takes The tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills.

He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass, environment is but his looking glass.”  ~James Allen

What is your mental achievement looking glass reflecting to you?

Write down what you see in your mind’s eye right now.  Then, write in a second column beside that list what you will do that will stretch your achievement before the end of the year.  A goal without a deadline is but an empty wish, a vague longing.

Success is about the definite-no wishy, willy-nilly cowdropping pretending.  Be specific and clear and write a deadline.  You may discover that you may need assistance from a mentor or role-model.  Well, do that. Make the call, send an email, schedule an appointment.  Do it today!

Stretch, feel good.  Move along your definite path of success.

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Tuesday Thought: Security

How secure are you?

This question may prompt you to think about what goes on in your mind. You may think “I am an idiot” after you make a mistake or you may hold grudges that indulge self-pity. Conversely, you may find it easy to celebrate success, yours or someone else’s. You may also readily accept responsibility for a mistake and use it to deepen your learning. The differences between the two sets of thought actions indicate your level of inner security.

“Mind is the master power that molds and makes and man is mind, and evermore he takes the tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills. He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass. Environment is but his looking glass.”  ~James Allen

Who do you think you are?

Take a few minutes to reflect on this life pivot question. The value and esteem with which you honestly answer the question can track you to some hidden issues of debasement. Try this exercise:

I am _____________, _____________. __________ and I ____________. My life environment is _______________ and I enjoy _____________ of things about the manner that I live. My motto is _______________________________________________________________ and I take time to _________________ ___________, ______________, _________________ everyday.

Be Secure

Be Secure

NEXT: Write an affirmation for yourself (repeat this throughout the day)

LAST: How do you feel now that you have completed the three parts of this exercise?

Are you feeling more secure? Let us know what transformations occurred. Unlock your security, tell your story.

Monday Miracle

Look around, see and feel your miracle today.  Although every day is filled with opportunities for growth, inner happiness,  intention, faith, and stronger life management it has been validated throughout time that when we focus our sight and feel the outcome of our needs and goals, a miracle happens.  So, the strength of the instruction for today is to start now – this Monday – to create and magnify miracles.

Some feedback I have been getting since posting a weekly exercise to manifest a Monday Miracle offer that the post does not take into account the presence of God in our lives. Consider this, God is omnipresent and omnipotent or the spirit of divine assistance, using whatever name you choose to ascribe or not, is as personal as your name and existence. You are uniquely you. This is an inviolable truth. None like you before your entry into this world and none exactly like you after you exit this world. Thus, your personal relationship with God or spirit can never be unwritten, so use whatever internal governor you need to propel your miracle, but allow this focused concentration exercise to amplify what is rightfully yours to manifest.

“Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause and effect is as absolute and

undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things.”  ~James Allen

Think with absolute focus today, manifest your miracle.

Be you!

TODAY’S MANTRA: I am the director of my life. I create miracles.

 

Do You Care or Curse?

Do You Care or Curse?

Ultimately, that is the choice we make with our feelings hundreds of times a day-care or curse? The difference between the two often means happiness inside or despotic misery.  The choice is real, most of the time automatic and situational, but once you begin to pay attention to your feelings and thoughts you will begin to realize that yes you do make one of the choices.

Interestingly, our natural proclivity is to care. You learn how to curse a situation.  Watch the natural choices of a mother in the animal kingdom and you will see an innate caring instinct. But, for survival purposes that mother teaches her young how to curse, or become a predator, in the wild. Humans, who have the added faculty of intelligence, make the same choice-we learn how to curse certain situations based on feelings.

But, human choice to curse is usually made under the guise of the same notion of protection found in the animal kingdom. But, this is wrong. We learn to curse the unknown or what we fear, curse each other as competitors, damn those who are different, curse obstacles that come into our lives as an impediment which was dumped into our lap to make our lives difficult.

The natural human choice is to care. In spite of how often we are bombarded with instances where the volume of cursing is turned up to shrieking noise, caring still happens. Three four and five year old girls decided to sell their own drawings which they made with crayon and color markers to help the tsunami victims in Japan two days ago.

Why did they do it, they cared. A high school baseball coach donated a kidney to one of his players. He did it, in his words, “because I cared.” A young man stops to help an elderly couple after an accident-he cared too.  Teachers teach because they care. Doctors and nurses save lives because they care. Daycare workers care. Architects care about the safety of a structure. Fathers care about their children. When you listen to someone without judgment, you care.

Those who curse care too, but in an inverted way. People who curse measure their care based on past memories of pain which them provokes them to shield caring in a cloak of bitter internalized nonchalance. But, the caring is there not far from the surface if you studied the air of a grumbling curmudgeon.  Reasonably, this is true because it is natural to care. So, even though someone exhibits a hardened shell that looks like they curse the world, a persistent dose of caring attention will usually soften their seemingly bitter heart. They too have happiness inside and a caring sensitivity toward others.

This is not a sentimental musing. Honestly, it is not. F. W. Sears writes, “when w permit ourselves to condemn a thing because we say it is “bad” or condemn some person for any cause whatever, that is taking a destructive attitude toward that thing or person no matter how just we may think our position in the case may be we cannot relate with these negative, destructive currents in our thought world and expect constructive and harmonious effects….”

Make it a practice to care about the bitter and downtrodden, lots of people do.  Pause for a moment to pick out caring moments that others do. Just last week I watched this new show, Secret Millionaire, on ABC. The tagline is giving back never fet soo good.” The premise of the show, from its premiere episode, is for millionaires to live undercover, where others do not know they are wealthy, and spend time in the community with people who are serving are caring for others and then give a portion of their money away to strengthen the work those caring servants are doing which benefit others.  On the premiere episode a woman, Dani Johnson, who was once homeless but became a millionaire, spent time in a food kitchen where two elderly twin ladies prepared hot food for those in the community who needed a hot meal. For the housebound, their volunteers visited with them when they took them their meals; what they did was care because often the visit was more healing than the food. Another lady on the show devoted her time, talent and money decorating rooms and granting wishes for children who were very sick. Even though she was a busy mother and wife, it was her calling to care to decorate these rooms with bright and cheerful motifs to uplift the spirits of the ill child and their devastated parents. The millionaire funded both of these causes with a gift of a check, but as importantly she connected to her heart of care.

You may not be a millionaire, neither am I, but what we do share is a willingness to care. Care just a little more about your neighbor, check in on someone who is sick or elderly, send a card you have not seen or talked to in a while, smile, show your happiness inside.

The main rule for caring is to do something for others with tenderness. Be tender and patient even with the one, human or animal, who has been scarred and appears to curse the world. Let them feel your care.  Make a care investment  everywhere, it is the harmonious thing to do.

Recommended Reading:  The Prosperity Bible (compilation)

The Year of the Rabbit

Question:  What is the Year of the Rabbit?

Symbol for the Year of the Rabbit


The year of the Rabbit starts 3 February 2011 and continues until 22 January 2012.  This year is the Year of the Metal Rabbit which means it is the fourth phase of Wu Xing.  Metal is yin in character, its motion is inwards and its energy is contracting.  Metal is associated with the Autumn, the west, old age, the planet Venus, the color white, dry weather, and the White Tiger (Bai Hu) in Four Symbols. The archetypal metals are silver and gold.

In Chinese Taoist thought, Metal attributes are considered to be firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength and determination.  The metal person is controlling, ambitious, forceful and set in their ways as metal is very strong; and they are self-reliant and prefer to handle their problems alone.  The metal person is also materialistic, business oriented and good at organization and stability.  However the metal person can also appreciate luxury and enjoy the good things in life.  Just as metal can conduct electricity, the Metal person has strong impulses and generative powers and can bring about changes and transformations for those who come into contact with them.

The Rabbit ( ) (also translated as Hare) is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the earthly branch symbol .  The Rabbit or Hare is also the emblem of longevity.

The year of the Rabbit portends a calmer, more placid vibration with an unhurried pace. This Year will allow for more relaxation, less stress and congenial relationships.   Relax, take a break away from the acidity and frenzy of 2010.  This would be a fortunate time to network more, explore different, more diverse, experiences that will add to the richness of who you are and what you know.

ChineseZodiac.com says metal “gives Rabbits more strength, resilience and determination.” As a result, the site says, metal rabbits are “more intense in their actions, whether they’re work-related or romantic.”

Knowledge is a keyword in the Year of the Rabbit.  Read more books this year, expand your global knowledge by reading and studying authors whose ethnicity is different from yours or your cultural background.

The Year of the Rabbit appears to have great personal potential for improvement, relaxation, socialization, creativity, powerful relationships, tranquility and exposure. Make each day of this Year count by stretching your boundaries. Independently investigate your own truth, make new experiences and own them.

People are anxious to improve their circumstances but unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.” ~James Allen

Recommended Reading

Throughout the year I will post books for recommended reading as a new information feature of Anita Answers.                     My recommendations for January are:

Love and Power in a World Without Limits Terry Cole Whittaker

A Course in Weight Loss Marianne Williamson

The Magic of Believing – Claude M. Bristol

The Prosperity Bible – complilation  (Napoleon Hill, Benjamin Franklin, Florence Scovel Shnin, Wallace Wattles, et al)

As A Man Thinketh James Allen

Embracing Fear – Thom Rutledge

I have read all of these books and can make a qualified recommendation. Enjoy learning!

Please feel free to share your reading list – I will post your suggestions too.