Meditating at Work

Do you feel unable to succeed in accomplishing your goals? Have you been knocked back so many times that you’ve lost your confidence and lost the will to keep trying?

Don’t stop. Never give up. You are perfect just as you are.

I saw that you were perfect and so I loved you.

Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.

Angelita Lim

You can harness the power of positive thinking to overcome the particular self-destructive demons—the entrenched thoughts and beliefs—which are preventing you from fulfilling your life’s destiny.

You have all the skills and abilities to live up to your highest potential.

Affirmations can empower you to take the necessary steps to accomplish your goals. Here are just a few affirmations I’ve created to consider using in this regard:

I release all worry and doubt. I have absolute trust and faith in myself. I proceed calmly and confidently one step at a time towards my goals.

 I am success. I am abundantly able to succeed in every effort that I truthfully designate.

 Step by step, day by day, I am better in every way.

In 2012, researchers in Japan conducted a study of 54 university students. The students were divided into two groups: an experimental group instructed to do a daily 10-minute Buddhist-based meditation at home, and a control group, which did not meditate. All participants were assessed through questionnaires before and after the experiment to determine their sense of coherence (a view that recognises the world as meaningful and predictable), self-esteem, and purpose in life. The duration of the experiment was one month.

Meditating for the World

At the end of that month there were marked differences between the two groups. The meditators showed significant increases across all measured parameters; the non-meditators did not.

The students who meditated had a greater sense of coherence, meaning they felt their lives made sense and that life challenges were worthy of commitment, even in light of stress and out-of-balance lifestyles. Their self-esteem had improved and their life purpose was clearer.

The experiment indicated that just 10 minutes a day of meditation benefitted these students and helped them to clarify their unique life purpose.

We’re each here for a reason. Just a few minutes a day for meditation and for affirmations can change your life by bringing you into alignment with your deepest calling. It simply requires regularity and a positive intent. Go for it!

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com 

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‘Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours.’ Richard Bach (Illusions)

You know that old but true saying: ‘Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right’. Martial artist, author and youthist Peter Ragnar challenges many of our core beliefs. And it is these beliefs which create our lives, for better or for worse.

 
temptapI have used affirmations first thing in the morning since the mid-90s, smiling in the mirror and tapping. Temporal tapping temporarily bypasses the part of the brain that filters words and ideas based on past conditioning, allowing us to re-programme and thereby create new and more fulfilling, exciting futures.

 
“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll

 
Affirmations are powerful tools to help the subconscious mind and spirit focus on the positive effects we are trying to manifest. Affirmations also help to negate our negative self-talk. Check out the following affirmations from Peter Ragnar and see if you can bring about the impossible in your life. As a four-year-old boy once told me: ‘Anything is possible’.

Your Word is Your Manifestation 
I am this instant the rightful recipient of my divine desire!
I am the creator of my world and my words are my tools!
I am creative energy flowing forth expressing manifestation!
My mind owns my body and I own my mind!
I am the desire of ETERNAL youth made manifest in my flesh!
Luminous health and glorious goodness love me!
Money, like a puppy, follows me wherever I go!
WONDERFUL things always happen to me; therefore, I always expect WONDERFUL things to happen!
Consciousness seeks its PERFECT expression through me!
I am the pulsation of creation in the manifestation of an IMMORTAL body with a PERFECT mind!
I am the PERFECT expression of gratitude!
I am the PERFECT expression of forgiveness!
I am the PERFECT expression of love!
I am ETERNAL health, ETERNAL life, and ETERNAL wisdom!
I am INVINCIBLE in my powers of creation!
I am the manifestation of my own idea!
My mind power, willpower, and imagination serve to create my OPULENT reality!

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Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

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It is good to remind ourselves that the mind is really only a sixth sense. You are not the mind. You are so much more than that.

The mind is like a computer and you’re the programmer. That’s why I do affirmations most mornings before even my yoga and meditation. I want the program to run positively.

I think quality time spent in nature is always helpful, as is repeating mantras (if you resonate with such a practice). The mind is like a trickster. And don’t forget we live in times where there are so many negative messages around which also influence the programming. Hence we have to be particularly vigilant. What we choose to read, watch and listen to have profound impacts on the mind.

It is all about awareness. Knowing your weak times and being prepared for them. Knowing your tired times and acknowledging them AND accepting that sometimes you don’t get it right BUT next time you’ll do better.

Doing temporal tapping when affirming while looking in the mirror with a big smile may sound cheesy but it works!

It is my experience that the clearer we become the more careful and mindful we must be. That’s the responsibility we must accept for waking up.

Remaining positive is important because it is in so doing that we create positive ripples in the people and the world around us. But it is worth accepting our humanity and allowing things to be as they are. All you can do is your best. That is good enough. 

One other thing I feel is often overlooked. What we put in our mouths in the way of food and beverages can have a powerful positive or negative effect on our whole being, including our thoughts and emotions.

I hope I’ve given you some ‘food’ for thought!
John

John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives.

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It is good to remind ourselves that the mind is really only a sixth sense. You are not the mind. You are so much more than that.

The mind is like a computer and you’re the programmer. That’s why I do affirmations most mornings before even my yoga and meditation. I want the program to run positively.

I think quality time spent in nature is always helpful, as is repeating mantras (if you resonate with such a practice). The mind is like a trickster. And don’t forget we live in times where there are so many negative messages around which also influence the programming. Hence we have to be particularly vigilant. What we choose to read, watch and listen to have profound impacts on the mind.

mindbodypyramid1It is all about awareness. Knowing your weak times and being prepared for them. Knowing your tired times and acknowledging them AND accepting that sometimes you don’t get it right BUT next time you’ll do better.

Doing temporal tapping when affirming while looking in the mirror with a big smile may sound cheesy but it works!

It is my experience that the clearer we become the more careful and mindful we must be. That’s the responsibility we must accept for waking up.

Remaining positive is important because it is in so doing that we create positive ripples in the people and the world around us. But it is worth accepting our humanity and allowing things to be as they are. All you can do is your best. That is good enough. 

One other thing I feel is often overlooked. What we put in our mouths in the way of food and beverages can have a powerful positive or negative effect on our whole being.

I hope I’ve given you some ‘food’ for thought!


John

 

My thanks to Jodi, whose comments and questions inspired me to put together the above words. I trust they’ve been helpful to you too.

 

 

John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives.

In Search of Simplicity is a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

 

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I have transcribed below a set of affirmations I have used and enjoyed for many years. I received a copy of them from a friend, but I know not the source of the original words. I am posting these affirmations here because I trust that others will derive as much benefit from them as I have. If anyone knows the original source of these words please let me know. I would like to include them in a book on affirmations I am working on and I would like to get permission to use them in print and to acknowledge the source.

 

 

 

I am a clear and open channel for divine power and love.

 

I am perfect just as I am.

I now stop judging myself and others for what simply is.

 

Every individual is on their own particular path of self realization and our experience is a reflection of this.

 

I am relaxed, confident and efficient.

I am completely safe.

 

There is nothing to fear.

Therefore, I fear nothing or no one.

I accept and love everyone and everything as it is – and everyone accepts and loves me as I am.

 

I now stop holding back and stifling my feelings.

I now allow all my feelings to flow freely.

 

Everything works out exactly as it should for everyone concerned.

Therefore I need not worry about the past, the present or the future.

I trust implicitly the process of life.

 

The universe never lets me down.

My intuition never fails me.

I am always guided in my thoughts and actions.

Every moment I am fulfilling my destiny.

 

Life is for me a joyous – loving – exciting – learning – growing – forever journey.

And I am forever (I use ‘eternally’ instead of ‘forever’ here) grateful.

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