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Love said, change your mind, change the world, soul vitamins, great pics, and Abraham


PICK OF THE DAY:

 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

# 1 – 

# 2 – How one person’s idea is making a big difference in many lives…

http://www.care2.com/causes/how-can-a-maple-grilled-cheese-sandwich-keep-teens-out-of-jail.html

# 3- Be sure to take your “soul vitamins” today….

http://healthisfromheaven.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/10-soul-vitamins-for-the-coming-of-autumn/

# 4 – A tip by way of my Gratitude Log friend Tracey Morgan, who lives in England. Some award winning pictures that are sure to make you “oh and ah”….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/10392025/Take-a-View-Landscape-Photographer-of-the-Year-Awards-2013.html?frame=2708274

# 5 – Less outer work, more inner alignment….

If you believe that you must work hard in order to deserve the money that comes to you, then money cannot come to you unless you do work hard. Financial success, or any other kind of success, does not require hard work. It does require alignment of thought. You simply cannot offer negative thought about things that you desire and then make up for it with action or hard work. When you learn to direct your own thoughts, you will discover the true leverage of Energy alignment.—Abraham

Enjoy, “Zippy”

And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page and Self-help Health blog for more tips, picks and free stuff!

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Eckhart Tolle & Barnet Bain, feeling good, lucky dog, expecting/deserving, astrology update, and Healthy Money Summit


PLEASE PARDON IF THE SPACING FORMAT OF TODAY’S POST LOOKS WONKY. IT SEEMS TO HAVE A MIND OF ITS OWN, NO MATTER HOW I TRY TO REFORMAT THINGS. MERCURY RETROGRADE STRIKES AGAIN?

TIPS FOR TODAY:

# 1 – There’s an interesting interview with Eckhart Tolle and Barnet Bain featured in a recent issue of Om Magazine. Here’s what Bain had to say when asked what mindfulness meant to him…. Barnet Bain:

Mindfulness is developing an awareness of the thoughts that move through and feelings that we move through without getting drawn into the meanings or being drawn into taking action or getting sucked into the story… and then like house guests, eventually they all leave. One thing that mindfulness practice does is it allows us to pay attention to all the thoughts and all the feelings that wander through our awareness and we become more attuned to being a container for those things and less identified with them.

So now we begin to have a relationship with all our structured imaginings and in doing so, life begins to take on, from my perspective, a more enchanted, more dreamy experience. What is possible for us begins to expand because we are not so rigidly contained by the way that our thoughts and imaginations have been structured. Mindfulness has never been more important considering how quickly the events of the world move in such an accelerated, such a frantic time. We are battered around like a cat with a toy. Our attention goes from here, to the next thing, to the next thing and we’re triggered from one response of fear, to another one of connection, to the threat of loss. It’s just constantly, constantly in play in ways that 15, 20, 30 years ago didn’t exist because things moved at such a different cadence. And so it is more critical than ever if you believe, as we do that our experience of reality is the result of the magical alchemy of the creation of our thoughts, our beliefs, our decisions, our attitudes, our feelings.

All of these are, for the most part, unconscious. Mindfulness allows us to watch these thoughts and choices and decisions without being triggered and having to take action and give meaning. And so suddenly we are able to see beyond the waterline to see the iceberg. We are seeing with x-ray glasses, the ability to see what is below the surface of the way we do life.

You can read the full article here: http://omtimes.com/2013/09/a-conversation-with-barnet-bain-and-eckhart-tolle/

# 2 – And Abraham’s got the right idea…

# 3 – Nothing like a great animal story, at least for me, to restore my faith in humanity and make the evolutionary process easier… http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/story/god-gave-me-moses779?origin=ARS_FACE_STORE_STORY_MOSES_100713_CTG&utm_source=social&utm_medium=arsstore&utm_term=20131007&utm_campaign=god-gave-me-moses779

# 4 – 

# 5 – A potent time, indeed, astrologically speaking! Here are two excerpts from Henry Seltzer’s update (from astrograph.com)….

Saturday afternoon’s Last Quarter Moon puts us in a reflective mode, in keeping with this final quarterly phase of the lunar cycle, during which we attempt to assess who we are, and where headed, from the standpoint of recent experience. This is also in chime with the Mercury Retrograde period that we have been in since last Monday, another cosmic factor drawing us toward the inside. We stand at the midpoint of two eclipses, with the next, a powerful Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, to come on Sunday, November 3rd. We might therefore at this crux of time be able to look more deeply into both our situation and also ourselves…..

Uranus and Pluto are also drawing very close to their square aspect with each other, now a week away. Only a quarter of a degree separates them from their perfect collision, revolutionary in its import, as we near this fourth of seven exact hits. They also align at this time with Chiron in Pisces, which could be seen as the fear of the radical changes that we all can feel looming on our psychic horizons. We know that we are going through something big; and we even know that this transformation is for our ultimate benefit, yet we would still sometimes rather stay dysfunctional and avoid the challenge of the unknown. It is vital during this period of illusion and confusion, of wonder and of fear, that we do not freeze up like a deer in the headlights, refusing to move. It is important that we remain flexible.

To read the full update go to:  http://www.astrograph.com/horoscopes/configurations/2013/October/26?mc_cid=016cb3ca46&mc_eid=a1dde212ad

# 6 – And The Shift Network is sponsoring two free events. I think I have mentioned this first one before, but if you haven’t signed up, now’s your chance. If you miss the live event today, there should be a replay you can catch later….

The first is a special call event titled From Personal to Planetary Peacehappening today, with one of the world’s leading peacebuilders, James O’Dea. Find out how we can apply the latest breakthroughs from neuroscience to international peacebuilding to building peace from the personal to planetary.

James O’Dea has been at the forefront of the practice of peace, including time as Director of Amnesty International DC and president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He’s engaged frontline social healing dialogues with Israelis and Palestinians, worked with Rwandan genocide survivors and learned the subtler arts of peace from the Kogi people of Columbia. He’s one of the wisest and best-trained peace ambassadors on the planet.  And he’s connected all of this work to the personal practice of peace in his recent award-winning book Cultivating Peace.

If you are committed to spreading more peace in the world, beginning with yourself, please click here to learn more and register for this important teleseminar.

And the second event from Shift Network is the Healthy Money Summit….

If you’re like most people, there’s at least one area of your relationship with your finances where you feel challenged. The good news is… money can also be a source of authentic empowerment and a tool for growth and connection. You can transform your unhealthy patterns around finances into positive, effective and sustainable practices.

Join 24+ of the world’s leading experts in the fields of finance, economics, psychology and spirituality who will be featured in the no-cost Healthy Money Summit. They will share with you practical insights, tools and techniques to empower true financial abundance — both individually and collectively. Experts include Geneen Roth, Vicki Robin, Riane Eisler, Gay Hendricks, Marcia Wieder, Barbara Stanny, Hazel Henderson, Deborah Price, and many others!

 You can sign up for free here.

Enjoy, “Zippy”

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3 resources, stress, innovative idea, Mother Nature, gratitude event, and feel good video


TIPS FOR TODAY:

# 1 – Don’t forget….

# 2 –  I would have to add gratitude to the list of powerful resources given in Tip # 1 and this invitation from Mentors Channel offers a great opportunity to put that particular resource to work in your life and the world….

We are sending you this personal invitation to join us and thousands who have already registered around the world in a project that could change the world.

Mentors Channel, in collaboration with award winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg has created a one-of-a-kind meditation series entitled, 21 Days of Gratitude presented by Louie Schwartzberg.  We have graciously invited Louie, along with 20 other inspiring thought leaders, to share his personal insights on gratitude.

What makes this series so unique is that it is directed to non-meditators, want to be meditators and lifelong meditators. Here’s why. With 21 Days of Gratitude, you can meditate either with your eyes open or, if you choose, eyes closed. That’s because each meditation not only offers beautiful, relaxing music, but also stunning, serene images filmed by Louie. It’s nearly impossible not to be totally mesmerized by the rhythms and patterns of nature that appear on the screen. Your attention becomes so focused on the beauty, random thoughts which may have distracted you in the past, gently disappear.

Each day features inspirational thoughts on different aspects of gratitude, beginning with inner strengths such as purpose, passion and focus. The second week is spent on deepening and expressing gratitude for our families and extended families. The last week will expand our love and gratitude for the world we inhabit, and all its wonders.

This is one you don’t want to miss! We want to create a wave of gratitude that will surround and uplift the world. You can be an important part of this mission. And, by the way, all of this unique, transformational journey is absolutely FREEJoin a growing family of thousands of meditators around the world, beginning Monday, November 4.  Register today.

# 3 – Good news…..this time an innovative idea from the Swiss. Love their cheese, too. :-)

http://inhabitat.com/cleanspace-one-to-clear-the-planets-orbit-of-370000-pieces-of-hazardous-space-junk/

# 4 – One of the best definitions of stress I’ve seen, thanks to Eckhart Tolle….

# 5 – I’ve seen this before. Think I may have even shared it here before, but, boy, when I saw it again recently I was overcome with the beauty of Mother Nature. Autumn in New Jersey…WOW!

# 6 –  A great way to start off today or any day…

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/FeelGoodPoem?lsid=0b305ea88a861c65cccf1707bc2731b0

Enjoy, “Zippy”

And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page and Self-help Health blog for more tips, picks and free stuff!


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“Corners up,” awareness, problems, being wrong, GMO mini-summit, and Abraham


PICK OF THE DAY:

Good one!

Need help starting your day off with your “corners up?” Just watch this….

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=613048185403036&set=vb.225247854183073&type=2&theater

TIPS FOR TODAY: 

# 1 – 

# 2 – And I found another one of my recent Notes From the Universe (tut.com) very stimulating. Had never really thought of things in this way…

“Happiness arrives not in the absence of problems, but in the absence of rules about when you can feel it.

Just let it be,

The Universe

Whoo hoo, problems!!!”

# 3 – 

Plus right and wrong can be such an arbitrary thing. My “right” may be your “wrong,” …..just depends on our particular points of view and system of beliefs.

# 4 – If you’re interested in eating healthy and the impact GMOs are having on our food supply and the planet, this may just be the summit for you….

Starting on Oct. 25th there will be a 3-day mini-summit on “all things GMO” …and it’s free! You can find out more and sign up here.

# 5 – And from Abraham…

Take your Inner Being everywhere you go. If you take your Inner Being to the party, it’s going to be a good party! If you take your Inner Being, the food that you eat will be received perfectly by the cells of your body. Every word that comes out of your mouth will be beneficial to everyone who hears them with their ears—or with their vibration. Don’t go anywhere without your Inner Being. That’s what “Allowing” is. Always having your Inner Being present. And then, anything else that happens is always orchestrated perfectly by Law of Attraction.—Abraham

Enjoy, “Zippy”

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Holding in negative emotion, “what is,” the meaning of life, Whole Foods humor, lunar eclipse, and Abraham


TIPS FOR TODAY:

# 1 – Something to consider….

# 2 – From Dr. Robert Anthony….

The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues
with “what is”. When the mind is perfectly clear, “what is” is what
we accept in this moment.

In the words of Byron Katie, “If you want your reality to be different
than ‘what is’ then you might as well try to teach your cat to bark.
You can try and try and in the end the cat will look up at you and
say ‘Meow’. Wanting your reality to be different than what it is in this
moment, is just as hopeless.  You can spend the rest of your life trying
to teach your cat to bark.”

And yet if you pay attention, you’ll notice that you think thoughts
like this all the time. Whenever the word ‘should’ shows up, that’s
what is going on. As in “I should be thinner, my friend should be
less sensitive, my spouse should be more attentive.” – You get the idea…

These thoughts are ways of wanting reality to be different than it
is. Here is my point – all the stress you feel in your life at this
moment is caused by arguing with “what is”.

People say to me, “But if I simply accept reality then I will
become passive and nothing will change.  I answer them with this
question. Which of these statements make more sense? “I wish I
hadn’t lost all that money.” or “What can I do now to create more income?”

Accepting “what is” doesn’t mean you settle for the way things are, it
just means you give up all the resistance and inner struggle by wishing
it were different.

When undesirable things happen, it can be helpful not to let go and NOT
mentally argue with them. We know this, and the only reason we continue
doing it is because it is a HABITUAL PATTERN.

# 3 –

# 4 – An entertaining read, especially for anyone who has ever been disenchanted with Whole Foods or someone saying namaste…..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-maclean/surviving-whole-foods_b_3895583.html

# 5 – Today is a power-filled lunar eclipse and the trigger for a lot of other potent astrological happenings. Here’s an update from Henry Selzter at astrograph.com….

Friday’s Aries Full Moon is also an eclipse, although we cannot necessarily see it. This means that this Full Moon is a stronger and more intense lunation, so that the symbolism of its planetary configurations will last for the next six months or so into the future. And that very future is also far from certain, given the predominance of the outer planet alignments over this same period of time. Uranus and Pluto, already less than one degree away from the next installment of their iconic square with each other, become exactly square on November 1st, and then again on April 21st of 2014. While these fourth and fifth passes are not the final pair, they are perhaps the most intense. In the meantime, the lunations of this climactic end-of-year period, including the Last Quarter Moon of Christmas Day, December 25, feature an exacerbation of Uranus and Pluto in their revolutionary square alignment. We are in for a season of massive change, both individually and as a society, and no way around it.

To read the rest of the article: 

http://www.astrograph.com/horoscopes/configurations/2013/October/18?mc_cid=c47ce71cf3&mc_eid=a1dde212ad

And for a more poetic, esoteric take on things and the dance between the energies of Aries and Libra, check out this article at mooncircles.com:

http://mooncircles.com/aries-lunar-eclipse-lift/

 

# 5 – And during these uncertain times this is an especially good one from Abraham to keep in mind….

It does not matter whether you are living in a country where there are some frequent terrorist attacks, or in a country where there are random acts of violence. It does not matter what the culture is — it is only the feeling of vulnerability that ever puts you into a vibrational harmony with that which you fear. When you realize that by working to achieve your feeling of Well-being, it is then impossible for you to ever rendezvous with anything other than Well-being — that is the only place that freedom will ever be.—Abraham

Enjoy, “Zippy”

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Be happy NOW!, perseverance, Mother Nature, Notes From the Universe, Yoga Body special, and vigil for Japan


PICK OF THE DAY:

This is such a great article from The Huffington Post…at least in my opinion…that I didn’t just want to post a link to it  in hope that people may check it out…..

How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps

The covers of most men’s and women’s magazines have similar headlines: “Get Great Abs” and “Have Amazing Sex.”

From the looks of it, these two issues have been recycled over and over (with some other stereotypically gender-relevant articles thrown in) on every Men’s Health, Maxim,Cosmopolitan and Glamour cover since the dawn of time. In fact, I’d bet that if we could get a better translation of cave drawings, they would read something like “Grok get flat belly. Make girl Grok moan with joy.”

And we keep buying them. We keep buying this lie that these things will make us happy. I’ve had washboard abs (past tense) and I’ve had some pretty phenomenal sex. Neither one made me a better person. Neither one completed me or made my life more fulfilling.

We chase this idea of “I will be happy when… “

I will be happy when I have a new car. I will be happy when I get married. I will be happy when I get a better job. I will be happy when I lose five pounds. What if instead we choose to be happy — right now?

If you can read this, your life is pretty awesome.

Setting aside our first-world problems and pettiness, if you are online reading this, you have both electricity and WiFi or access to them. Odds are you are in a shelter of some sort, or on a smart phone (and then kudos to you for reading this on the go). Life might bump and bruise us, it may not always go the way we plan and I know I get frustrated with mine, but here’s the thing: You are alive.

Because you are alive, everything is possible. So about those eight tips…

1. Stop believing your bullshit.

All that stuff you tell yourself about how you are a commitment phobe or a coward or lazy or not creative or unlucky? Stop it. It’s bullshit, and deep down you know it. We are all insecure 14 year olds at heart. We’re all scared. We all have dreams inside of us that we’ve tucked away because somewhere along the line we tacked on those ideas about who we are that buried that essential brilliant, childlike sense of wonder. The more we stick to these scripts about who we are, the longer we live a fraction of the life we could be living. Let it go. Be who you are beneath the bullshit.

2. Be happy now.

Not because The Secret says so. Not because of some shiny happy Oprah crap. But because we can choose to appreciate what is in our lives instead of being angry or regretful about what we lack. It’s a small, significant shift in perspective. It’s easier to look at what’s wrong or missing in our lives and believe that is the big picture — but it isn’t. We can choose to let the beautiful parts set the tone.

3. Look at the stars.

It won’t fix the economy. It won’t stop wars. It won’t give you flat abs, or better sex or even help you figure out your relationship and what you want to do with your life. But it’s important. It helps you remember that you and your problems are both infinitesimally small and conversely, that you are a piece of an amazing and vast universe. I do it daily — it helps.

4. Let people in.

Truly. Tell people that you trust when you need help, or you’re depressed — or you’re happy and you want to share it with them. Acknowledge that you care about them and let yourself feel it. Instead of doing that other thing we sometimes do, which is to play it cool and pretend we only care as much as the other person has admitted to caring, and only open up half way. Go all in — it’s worth it.

5. Stop with the crazy making.

I got to a friend’s doorstep the other day, slightly breathless and nearly in tears after getting a little lost, physically and existentially. She asked what was wrong and I started to explain and then stopped myself and admitted, “I’m being stupid and have decided to invent lots of problems in my head.” Life is full of obstacles; we don’t need to create extra ones. A great corollary to this one is from The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz: Don’t take things personally. Most of the time, other people’s choices and attitudes have absolutely nothing to do with you. Unless you’ve been behaving like a jerk, in which case…

6. Learn to apologize.

Not the ridiculous, self-deprecating apologizing for who you are and for existing that some people seem to do (what’s up with that, anyway?). The ability to sincerely apologize — without ever interjecting the word “but” — is an essential skill for living around other human beings. If you are going to be around other people, eventually you will need to apologize. It’s an important practice.

7. Practice gratitude.

Practice it out loud to the people around you. Practice it silently when you bless your food. Practice it often. Gratitude is not a first world only virtue. I saw a photo recently, of a girl in abject poverty, surrounded by filth and destruction. Her face was completely lit up with joy and gratitude as she played with a hula hoop she’d been given. Gratitude is what makes what we have enough. Gratitude is the most basic way to connect with that sense of being an integral part of the vastness of the universe; as I mentioned with looking up at the stars, it’s that sense of wonder and humility, contrasted with celebrating our connection to all of life.

8. Be kind.

Kurt Vonnegut said it best (though admittedly, and somewhat ashamedly — I am not a Vonnegut fan): “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.'”

Kindness costs us nothing and pays exponential dividends. I can’t save the whole world. I can’t bring peace to Syria. I can’t fix the environment or the health care system, and from the looks of it, I may end up burning my dinner.

But I can be kind.

If the biggest thing we do in life is to extend love and kindness to even one other human being, we have changed the world for the better.

That’s a hell of a lot more important than flat abs in my book.

TIPS FOR TODAY:

# 1 – Perseverance and courage!

# 2 – A recent thought-provoking, stimulating Note From the Universe (tut.com) that came to my inbox….

The more you believe in appearances, in the story told by your physical senses and in the circumstances that you now find yourself in, the less control you have over them.

What’s real is your power to change them.

All things are possible.

Dang,
The Universe

# 3 – Holy cow (or I guess I should say bird)! Mother Nature is absolutely amazing! Beauty such as this definitely makes the evolutionary process easier. I can see why there is the saying “the bluebird of happiness” because it’s hard to not be uplifted by something like this….

# 4 – Lucas over at Yoga Body Naturals is offering a free Fit, Flow, Fly yoga DVD when you buy a 6 mos. supply of his extremely popular Green Me Up! drink mix, but the supply is limited so it will probably be sold out by the end of today. Act fast if you want in on this!
#1 – You get a free DVD with a 6-month supply. This is a never-before-released “Fit, Flow, Fly” yoga practice DVD with Youtube sensations Briohny & Dice. They have a truly unique and challenging approach to practice you’ll love.

#2 – This is really a limited time, so we’ll likely run out today. A good chunk of this first batch has already been gobbled up (well, drunk up) by my staff, so it’s first come, first serve… next batch probably won’t be in until 2014.

# 5 – And the situation in Japan continues to worsen. Children of the Sun Foundation is organizing a global event to help the people and dire conditions of this country. What affects Japan, affects the world, so we’re all in this together. If you would like to contribute your prayers and energy to the process, you can find out more here….

http://childrenofthesun.org/teleconference-registration/

Enjoy, “Zippy”

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Feeling good, do-overs, happiness, Global Oneness Day, and make a difference


PICK OF THE DAY:

# 1 – Often I end one of my posts with a quote from Abraham, but this seemed too good to wait until then. Boy, think how life would/could be different if we followed this advice….

No matter what the issue is, don’t try to justify why you don’t feel good. And don’t try to justify why you should feel differently. Don’t try to blame whatever it is you think the reason is that’s keeping you from feeling good. All of that is wasted effort. Just try to feel better right now.—Abraham

I guess my two cents worth on this would be that this is not, at least in my opinion, about trying to deny or suppress however you’re feeling in the moment….being inauthentic is never a good idea. And it’s not about judging a certain feeling/emotion as negative or bad. It’s just recognizing that however/whatever you’re feeling is letting you know you’ve somehow disconnected from who and what you truly are, and then looking for a feeling that helps re-establish that connection with Self.

TIPS FOR TODAY:

# 1 – Yea! Do-overs!

# 2 – A stimulating, thought-provoking post that gives everyone the opportunity to question their beliefs about happiness…..what it is and how you “get” it….

http://www.getbetterhq.com/2013/09/14/the-art-of-happiness/

More stimulation on the topic of happiness….

http://onherwaytoperfection.com/category/cat/

So what is happiness to you?

# 3 – Could this be one of the “secrets” to happiness?

# 4 – Don’t forget that Global Oneness Day is coming up on Oct. 24th!

It will feature Gregg Braden, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Michael Beckwith, Neale Donald Walsch, and more. For details and to sign up go to: http://www.globaloneness2013.org/

# 5 – And I’ve heard this story a number of times, and was only going to watch the beginning of the video, but found myself hanging on to the end. Ah, the power of love and compassion….

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/MakeADifference?lsid=0b305ea88a861c65cccf1707bc2731b0

Enjoy, “Zippy”

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Evolution Made Easier so you don’t miss future tips. And don’t forget to stop by my “What’s New” page and Self-help Health blog for more tips, picks and free stuff!