💫How to witness miracles around you

published2 months ago
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Hey there creator,

I hope you had a great week.

You might have heard me mention that I had two eye surgeries this summer. And while I am fully recovered and seeing better than I ever had, I can't help but have this lingering appreciation for my five senses.

Let's face it, if our ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch are working as expected, we pretty much take them for granted until there's a problem.

But if you stop for a second and just consider all that our five senses do for us...

Their gifts are downright uncanny.

They are quite literally five superpowers that enhance our life experience—and when we're truly present with them, they connect us with our peace.

I mean, isn't majority of life's great pleasures found by simply hearing a beautiful piece of music?

Seeing an eye-opening sunset?

Eating a delectable meal?

Feeling a soothing breeze across your face?

In this week's essay, I pay homage to the gift of our five senses — and how every second, they are inviting us to witness the miracles that are transpiring all around us and within us. 💫
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Even for things we experience as unpleasant, they are there to remind us of these miracles.

For every horrific sight, unkind word, foul odor, pin and needle, and bad taste left in your mouth...
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For every time you want to overt eyes, cover your ears, spit something out, or hold your nose, these miracles are waiting for you to catch them.

One just went by. Did you catch it?


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Disassociate from worry and stress
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Every Day Bliss - Paul McKenna

One of the key factors that determine how we feel on a moment-to-moment basis is from the images we are seeing in our minds.

When we step into a mental image from a memory or imagined event, we are increasing the emotional intensity. This means we are seeing what we saw, hearing what we heard, and feeling what we felt as if we were actually there.

So if we want to decrease the emotional intensity of unpleasant thoughts, we can disassociate from the mental imagery.

Here is a quick disassociation exercise.

  1. Bring to mind and visualize something that you have been finding stressful or that you have been worried about.
  2. Slowly step out of the image. Imagine that you are floating out of the image, drifting slowly above it.
  3. Keeping moving further away from the stressful situation until you are way up above peering down with a bird’s eye view of yourself.
  4. Remove all the colors from the image. See it as a very old black and white movie.
  5. Make the picture smaller and smaller to the point where it becomes transparent.
  6. Ask yourself, how do you feel? Do you have any new perspectives on the situation?

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How to Find & Do Work You Love
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Lou Redmond | 8 minutes

You don’t find a purpose. You become purposeful. Follow both your excitement and your fears. Serve others, welcome impostor syndrome, all while making your work a spiritual practice.

“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.” ~ Mark Twain

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Held, Not Healed
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Jeff Foster

Stop trying to heal yourself, fix yourself, even awaken yourself.
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Stop trying to Fast-Forward the movie of your life.
Let go of 'letting go'.
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Healing is not a destination.
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Be here.
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Your pain, your sorrow, your doubts, your longings, your fearful thoughts: they are not mistakes, and they are not asking to be 'healed'.
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They are asking to be held. Here, now, lightly, in the loving, healing arms of present awareness…

// 100 Days of Publishing :: DAY 89 ✍🏼

A Simple Story of 5 Mindsets That Will Make You Dangerous In Achieving Any Goal 🔥
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4 minutes

How do you reach success? Easy, you start by adhering to Sturgeon's Law then you go deep and not wide in all your endeavors. You then sprinkle in a little Kanter's Law all the while maintaining an attitude of playful sincerity and treating life as an experiment. Got it?

In this bit of a tongue in cheek post, I explain more.

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As Always, Keep Creating,

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Anthony V. Lombardo

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