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How to Direct Your Thoughts

By: Gloria Marie

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The high school shooting in Parkland was heartbreaking for many people. The high school is located about five miles from my home. Though all the horrible shootings make me sad, this one, that was in my backyard traumatized me the most. The streets and restaurants in Parkland are eerily empty. The gym I go to in Parkland likewise has been empty all week. As I am on the treadmill, watching the television, it is surreal to see the candlelight vigil that was held just a few blocks away. While at the gym, I wondered how many of the members were personally affected by this tragedy. How many parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, or neighbors are in mourning? Their lives never to be the same.

This week, it was hard for me to focus and hard to stay positive. I felt my energy low and negative. It was a struggle this week to remain in any routine. Of course, I prayed, light candles and meditated and that is what provided relief. From all my work, I know that by raising my energy and vibration, it will help others. I wish I could bring back all seventeen that died or wish I could take the pain away from the families, but, I cannot. What I can do is keep my thread to God alive.

This video was recorded before the shooting, but, the tool described will help you deal with tragedy. It will help you stay focused in the present moment. The goal is to direct your thoughts instead of just “thinking.” When our thoughts wonder they usually go to past regrets or worries about the future. Let’s all try to stay present and send healing love, prayers and light to the Parkland community.

When we are mindful in the present moment, we can think more clearly, and maybe we can decide, what can we do to prevent further tragedies?

 

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Fantastic Photography Book

By: Gloria Marie

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“Zen Camera” is a fantastic photography book for the novice and the experienced photographer. The author, David Ulrich, utilizes principles of Zen practice and incorporates them into the photography lessons. This book will not only teach you creative ways to take photographs but, will also help you develop a mindfulness practice to allow you to stay in the present moment and build your creative instincts.

Zen Camera has six lessons: Observation, Awareness, Identity, Practice, Mastery, and Presence. From these chapter titles, you can tell that this is not your ordinary, dull, technical guidebook. This fresh approach will appeal to many people because it is not overly technical. You will learn to develop your style. Each lesson is followed by several exercises to “Try,” and they will reinforce the concepts explained in the lessons.

The author does not recommend an expensive camera or equipment to begin; a cell phone camera is enough. He does suggest two practices to use throughout the book: A Daily Record and Daily Observation. The Daily Record will become your journal throughout the book. It will be the record of your evolving style. David Ulrich recommends taking 100 to 200 photographs a week.

Last year, I was given a beautiful camera as a gift. I know how to turn it on and off, change the battery and use autofocus. “Zen Camera” has inspired me to learn more and develop my skills and style. I have put into my weekly schedule, a time to observe and take photographs. Zen practice has always fascinated me and to combine that with the element of photography is magical.

If you are a seasoned photographer, this book is also for you. My son is an accomplished photographer and filmmaker, and he was fascinated with the exercises the book recommended to do.

If you are looking for a creative outlet, want to practice mindfulness, or even reduce stress, this is the book for you. It can transform your life.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

The Lost Art of Good Conversation

By: Gloria Marie

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With the dawn of modern technology, we are losing verbal communication with each other. “The Lost Art of Good Conversation” supplies simple, practical ways to reconnect with each other mindfully. Sakyong Mipham suggests that advanced technologies intensify the use of words and images through the speed of communication. Because of this pace, we think less before we speak and therefore our spoken words are more harmful.

This book has us take a step back toward simpler times and gives suggestions to engage with others in a kind and respectful way. It brings us back to the basics of listening and connecting with our family, our colleagues, and strangers. Each chapter discusses a different situation and at the end of the section is a Reflection to reinforce the lesson.

The author uses the principles of the Shambhala tradition of meditation, mindfulness, and compassion. This book gives many ideas of how to communicate with others, though starters for conversations and how to talk in stressful situations.

I especially enjoyed the chapter on “Avoid Complaint.” It gave an excellent method to reduce complaining to others. The technique was to make a list of everything that is seemingly wrong in your life. From the list choose one of your routine complaints. The refrain from indulging it in a set period of time. Let’s face it; no one wants to hear us complain.
Everyone can learn and pick up practical tips from this book and connect with others in a kind, compassionate way.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

Success in 2018 – How to Set an Intention

By: Gloria Marie

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It is a new year with new possibilities. Explore in 2018. Set a simple one word or short phrase intention for this year. Let me walk you through a simple five-step process and you are all set. I also give you my two intentions for this year. This is the first in a series of videos I will do to prepare us for a fantastic 2018. Let’s make it great together.

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Happy Thanksgiving

By: Gloria Marie

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Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving to me represents the beginning of the holiday season. A time to be grateful, times spent with family and friends, and, from my Italian heritage, time for lots of good food. Our family always gathers together on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to take out your journal and spend some reflecting on what you are grateful for today. Think back over the past year and write down some obvious things to be grateful for, then dig deeper to discover what may not be as apparent.

One of our traditions is reading the prayer below. It was written by Chief Yellow Lark. He was a nineteenth-century medicine man of the Lakota Sioux.

Let Me Walk in Beauty
O Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty
and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears grow sharp to hear you voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength not to be greater than my brother or sister
but to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me always ready
to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes
So when life fades as the fading sunset
my spirit may come to you without shame.

I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving that is filled with love and gratitude.

Must-Read for Job Seekers

By: Gloria Marie

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This book is a must-read for job seekers or anyone considering changing careers or starting a business. “What Color is Your Parachute? 2018” not only gives practical advice for getting a job but, also has the reader do self-reflection. The chapters on personal growth allow the job seeker to examine themselves and give the process a holistic approach. You may discover that you want to find a lifetime career instead of a job. Richard Bolles encourages you to get out of your comfort zone, and when you do, the job market may open for you in ways you never considered or thought possible.

The 2018 updated version of the best seller gives recent statistics about how the job market has changed and how applying for jobs has changed. For example, there is a section on “The Eleven Best and Worst Traditional Approaches to Looking for a Job.” The worst is looking for employers’ job-postings on the Internet. The method works on an average of 4% of the time. Whereas, asking for job-leads from family members, friends and people you know in the community works 33% of the time.

“What Color is Your Parachute?” is over 350 packed filled pages of advice. I suggest you go to the Table of Contents and pick the chapter that is appropriate for your job search or for starting your own business. The book is easy to read with bullet points, charts, and worksheets that are simple to follow.

As a life coach, I will highly recommend this book to my clients. The exercises alone are valuable to determine your work style and what type of job will help you lead a fulfilling life.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

5 Tips to Declutter Your Life and Home

By: Gloria Marie

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All objects carry energy. By clearing the clutter in your home, you are also changing the possibilities in your own life. Remove obstacles and create energy that flows. Do you own your clutter or does it own you?

Try these 5 tips to declutter your home and you will begin to see changes in your life.

When you are finished, open up your windows to let all that fresh energy flow.

Declutter Your Life

By: Gloria Marie

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Clutter is stuck, stagnant energy. By changing your home, you are changing the energy in your home and allowing more possibilities to enter your life. The Universe fills voids, by, creating the physical space in your home, you are also creating the mental, emotional and spiritual space for your dreams and desires to manifest. Try these steps to declutter your life.

One wonderful question to ask yourself; Do you own your clutter or do you clutter own you? Take a stroll through your home and contemplate that question. Why do we keep things that we do not like, use or need? Are you keeping something “just in case?” This is a fear based response. It is a lack of trust in the future.

Inherited clutter could be a problem. This is like the “just in case” syndrome. Inherited clutter is also guilt-ridden. How could you get rid of that vase that your Mother loved? She would be upset. Sound familiar? It could also be a gift from someone, and you feel guilty getting rid of it.

This past weekend, I decided to declutter. When I moved into this home four years ago, I bought stuff that I did not need or like, but, it was expensive stuff, so I kept it. This past Sunday, I went and bought large moving boxes and got started. There was no stopping me, and when I was finished, it felt so great. The energy in my home felt lighter, and I felt so proud that I was able to release many things from my past.

I went through the box of my deceased mother’s knick-knacks. Most of these have been in a box in my closet for the past four years. My Mother loved these knick-knacks, but, I did not and realized I was keeping them out of guilt. My Mother is in spirit, and she will always be in my heart. I know someone will love to have them and appreciate them, so, they got donated.

If you are going through a divorce or a relationship breakup, it is important to clear the energy of your ex. It is a time to clear and emotional bring in new energy.

When clearing, look at your home and surroundings in a new way. For many years, I always kept large baskets above my kitchen cabinets. Why? Because that is what I did in the past. Well, this weekend all the baskets were put in bags for donations, and the clean look in my kitchen makes me smile. That expensive brass lamp that I never liked also went. I know someone will enjoy my discarded things and I feel like a rebirth.

My Five Steps to Declutter Your Life:

1. Put in on your calendar and get the supplies you need: boxes, tape, large trash bags.
2. Decided on the time of day you will do this. Are you a morning person or do you do better at night?
3. Play upbeat music. Get your game on!!
4. When going through the clutter ask yourself two questions. Does this object bring me joy? Why am I keeping it? If you are not sure about some objects, set one box as a “maybe.” Put a date on it and revisit after six months.
5. Reward yourself. When you are finished, pat yourself on the back. Take a stroll around your home and feel the difference in the energy. Open the windows to allow fresh air to come in.
Transform your life. Set the day to declutter.

A Must Have Cookbook

By: Gloria Marie

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“The New American Heart Association Cookbook” needs to be your go to cookbook. It has over 800 recipes in all areas; including vegetarian entrees and slow cooker chapters. If you want to be healthy and cook healthy, this cookbook will provide you with all the recipes you need. It is not only for someone that wants to improve heart health but, these recipes will help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and weight.

In this updated 2017 version you will find delicious recipes that reflect current trends in food preparation from ingredients, to herbs to cooking techniques. At the front of each chapter, there is a list of recipes and corresponding page numbers, to make your selections easy to find. There are 12 sections of recipes with categories from appetizers to desserts.

The vegetarian section is comprehensive for an all-around cookbook. The recipes use many different grains, tofu, tempeh, and beans. I made the Portobello with polenta and tomatoes is was delicious and the recipe was easy to follow.

The fish section has recipes for a large variety of fish and has many different sauces that can be used on any fish. I made the broiled salmon with mint citrus relish for a dinner party, and it was a hit. Simple to make, yet impressive for a dinner party. It was healthy and had a beautiful presentation.

If you want to invest in one new cookbook this year, I highly recommend “The New American Heart Association Cookbook.” It will have all the recipes you need for any occasion.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

Emile Coue Method for Affirmations

By: Gloria Marie

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“When you believe yourself to be master of your thoughts, you become so.”

 -Emile Coue´

Affirmations are statements that help us practice positive thinking. Your mind cannot have two thoughts at the same time. You may have thoughts that follow one another, but there is only one thought at a time. Affirmations help us replace any negative or undesirable thoughts with a thought that will empower us. Affirmations can help us become strong, happy and whole. There are all types of affirmations: for love, prosperity, good health, happiness, self-love, the list can go on and on. The Emile Couse method for affirmations was revolutionary for its time.

An interesting point about affirmations is that they have been used for a long time. In 1922, Emile Coue´ published a book titled, “Self Mastery through Conscious Autosuggestion.” He was a French psychologist who developed a method for attaining health, success, and happiness through the use of autosuggestion. He did 20 years of scientific research and experiments with thousands of people to develop his method.

This is the Emile Coue´ method:
1. Sit in a relaxed position with eyes closed.
2. Repeat in a monotonous tone, the magic words:
“EVERY DAY, IN EVERY WAY, I AM GETTING BETTER AND BETTER”
3. Repeat these magic words 20 times in the morning and 20 times in the evening.
4. Do not think about your illness or your troubles while repeating these words.
5. Your desire must have absolute faith and confidence.

That is it! This is simple to do. You do not need any special props or need to be in any particular place. What you do need is confidence in yourself and to believe firmly that all will be well.

Try it for a month. See if there are some positive changes in your life.