How To Trick Your Mind Into Letting You Be At Peace


I tried this and it really works. Thank you, Katie!

Originally posted on Let Yourself Learn:

My Mom Sally If you are like me, whenever you tell yourself that it is okay to let go of the to-do list, the worries, and your thoughts about the future, your mind comes back with some smart-alecky retort.  Quieting the mind in order to bring presence into your life, leading to peace and ease, can feel like a baseball game where you are always the Chicago Cubs.  You have a distant memory that you were on the winning side of inner peace at some point, but it was so long ago you can’t even be sure it was real.  So you keep telling yourself, “Wait till next year!” Yet year after year that sense of inner peace you know is attainable always seems one season out of reach.

I will say this about my mother’s beloved baseball team, the Cubbies sure have had a lot of practice.  Luckily, when it comes to…

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Imagine and Create Success

There is a maxim, Dress for Success, which means that you dress for the position you want in the company, not the position you are in at the current moment.  In other words, you imagine the job you want and create your image to fit the job.  If you are dressed like a manager, you will be more likely to be chosen for the job than another worker with the same qualifications and seniority who dresses casually.

The same idea works for your hobbies and activities that you are most passionate about.  If you love to write, think of yourself as a writer.  In my case, I love to sew and crochet, so I think of myself as a fabric and fiber designer.  The fact that you see yourself as a success actually will bring success and abundance to you, if it is  in alignment with your purpose here on the planet.

Sometimes we need to adjust the direction in which we are heading, but it may be that the timing is not right.  There were times in my life when I was not happy at work, but since I could not find another job, I knew that I was supposed to learn something from the situation I was in.  At those times I made sure I spent at least 30 minutes sewing when I got home, always imagining that some day I would make a profit, not knowing how or when, just knowing that if it was meant to be, it would happen.  And it did happen, but it happened with crochet,  This came as a total surprise,  since I had crocheted many afghans and accessories, mostly as gifts to give away!

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Imagine and Create

My life changed when I began using my wheelchair and then even more when I was no longer able to work.  I felt like I was announcing to the world that I was different and somehow deficient.  In time I accepted myself in my chair with no job, knowing that I still have control over my attitude and my reaction to being at home all day.  My new mantra became, “I am fortunate that I have time to follow my passions for sewing and crocheting”.

A new way of looking at things began with a pocket scarf I made after becoming frustrated because I spent so much time looking for my misplaced crochet hooks and scissors.  One day I decided that I had to come up with a solution.  Much to my surprise, I woke up the next day with my pocket scarf pattern in my mind.  I imagined that I would come up with a creative solution, and I did!

I began a spiritual journey as well.  While trying to keep my job while the new boss  was trying to get rid of everyone in the department so she could hire her own people,  I began to meditate.  After I ended up losing my job anyway, I had even more time and meditated to help me deal with my anger.  I wondered –  if I connected more with Spirit, would ideas come more readily to me?  One thing led to another, and now I read spiritual material, meditate, and create.  It has been said that creativity is close to godliness, or to the One-ness, or to the divine. I found this to be the case – when I took the time to connect to Spirit, my creativity expanded.  Now I have so many ideas, I wish I had more time to play with my fabric and yarn!


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Free Cat Toys and Collars Crochet Pattern

Jetta is truly a contented cat!

Free Download here: 1053 Cat Fun


Jetta loves to play!

Jetta loves to play!

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What do we really want?

So often we think that material possessions will bring us happiness.  The sports car, the designer clothes and accessories, the beach house.  For me, it was a condo in Florida.

Like many people, sitting on the beach looking out over the ocean is calming to me.  I often took trips to the shore in order to relax, and found myself thinking how nice it would be to have a place to live near a beach.  When I began to meditate and understood the concept of living in the moment, I realized that when I felt the ocean breeze and heard the rhythmic sound of the waves, I forgot about anything that was on my mind.  It was the only time I did not dwell on negative situations from the past or worry about my future.

I never did live near the ocean permanently, and now that I am unable to walk along the water’s edge, my dream of doing so has lost its allure.  If I really wanted to live there, wouldn’t I have found a way to make it possible?  Did I really want to live there, or did I just want the carefree feeling that I got while I was there?

This winter has been a long one here on the East coast.  Lots of snow.   After seeing pictures of Facebook friends who went to Florida, I was sad that we could not go.  So I found thisvideo on youtube, and got that calm, relaxed feeling without travelling.

I bookmarked this video to play not only in the winter, but also when I need a reminder to relax and live in the moment.  It’s a lot easier than driving the handi-van 20 hours to Florida or planning a trip to Hawaii!

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Whistle a Happy Tune

I remember that song from The King and I.  Another old song circa 1940’s that my mom used to sing along with Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters–

Accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mr. In-between

Those songs and the Jimmy van Heusen/Sammy Cahn song, High Hopes which was made more popular in the TV series Laverne and Shirley about the ant moving the rubber tree plant were always among my favorites.

More recently, Defying Gravity from the play Wicked, has become another favorite.

Why?  Because they help me keep a positive attitude, even on days when I feel weak and tired.

When your thoughts turn negative or when you feel a little down, and maybe even depressed, happy music will help turn things around.

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African Flower Hexagon Coasters – Free Pattern to Print

I just had to play around with the free pattern I posted last week, and I came up with colorful coasters.  You can make 4 inch rounded ones by stopping at Round 4.

005 Free African Flower Hexagon Coasters

Free African Flower Hexagon Coaster Pattern

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