3/15/2009

Important messages

I have been working a lot on how I am thinking lately. It means being responsible for my life and how I create things to be. I think it began with a reminder from friends about how impacting a vision board can be when practicing setting goals-envisioning them coming to fruition, keeping your eye on the prize so to speak.

I have been putting off photographing the vision boards and sharing them here because they are not "complete" yet. This is where I get caught up, in this law of attraction, filling in the details, imagining all that I really want. The whole be careful what you wish for resounds in my head. It must be my cautiousness (a trait I associate with being a Capricorn - with moon and rising in Virgo)

You see the law of attraction sort of frightens me. How silly is that? It frightens me because it really has seemed to work. If it could all be as easy as creating a parking spot.LOL.

Yesterday Albany had a St. Patricks day parade. There is very limited parking downtown as it is, but even more so when there is an event. So we planned on meeting our group of friends near the park so we could have a picnic and let the kids play a bit before the parade. I decided I would start secretizing a parking spot-right near the park. I imagined how psyched I would be-I brought up the feeling of accomplishment, excitement and giddiness-smiled and did my little dance in the car. Since my lovely husband tends to be nervous about city driving and parking, I dropped him and the boy off and drove around dancing in my seat as if I just found a spot. I drove around 3 blocks and there right in front of me -right along the park-was a spot. Folks pretty damn amazing. I mean almost anyone would say there were no spots. About a half hour later my friend called my cell saying tehy were driving around looking for a spot. I told her to drop off her kids and husband and I hopped in the car with her and we started dancing around saying-look at that spot!!!!. We drove the same 3 blocks I had and what do you know out strolls a guy-right to his car-that was 2 spots ahead of where I parked!!!!!

It feels silly to write out, but you should give it a try sometime. If you are going somewhere that is usually crowded - as you leave your house start to imagine getting exactly what you want when you arrive there-and feel the happiness and joy of getting it.

It was a nice da yesterday for us here in the NE. It was 45-50 and sunny. It has been a while since we have gathered with our group of friends. We all have 3-4 yr olds that all started preschool this year. The different schedules threw us all off our routine of getting together. It felt so nice to be outside, with people we adore, laughing and playing. I love that I am not the only one in the group that just can't get enough of how well our children play together or how much we all get along....we ended up gathering at one of our friends homes, bbq'ing, playing and talking until it was past bedtime for the kids.

Now I must add in here that this law of attraction-isn't something I practice all day everyday. I fall off the wagon so to speak, and often.LOL. I have had a wonky few days.....feeling a bit tense about waiting for some news, a bit discouraged that my weight didn't drop off after a few days of creative thinking, PMS, and muscle aches that sometimes I take as a sign of me being out of shape rather than a reminder that I am taking action on changing by exercising regularly.

But all of that is OK. Just being mindful of what I am thinking allows me to see reminders that bring me back to thinking the thoughts I want to be thinking. It doesn't make me perfect-it makes me aware that it requires daily, momentary choices on my part. It is my life to create.

This morning I got an email with this reminder:
The cumulative effect of our little decisions makes a HUGE difference. In The Magic of Thinking Big, Schwartz tells a great little story to magnify his point. He says, imagine what would happen if, every morning before driving to work you took a scoop of gravel and threw into the car's "crankcase." (For those who aren't mechanics, that's part of your engine! :). What would happen? Well, he says, "That fine engine would soon be a mess, unable to do what you want it to do."
Same with our brains. When we throw negative thoughts in it every morning (and mid-day and night and...) guess what? We fall apart. The alternative? Take every opportunity to make good deposits. We need to think of all the things we've done that we're proud of—from the award we won in college or early in our career or whatever. Think about all those things for which we're grateful—from our health to our past successes to the fact that we're alive. We need to overload our brains with good thoughts.


Then when I went to make coffee a light colored spider came scurrying out from behind the coffee canister, and dropped down off the counter (I am not scared of spiders unless they are crawling on me). I was careful to make sure he wasn't close enough to land on me. After sitting down at the table a few minutes later, I looked to my right and there was a spider-just like the first one I saw. My first thought: now what is this spider trying to tell me? My second thought: it couldn't really be the same one, could it? Maybe the kitchen is full of them? I glanced around and then told myself I was being ridiculous. After looking up the symbolism I think there was a message to be gotten.
The Spider is an ancient symbol of mystery, power and growth.
We take our first lesson from the ancient symbol of the Spider by contemplating its web.
Just as the Spider weaves a web, so too must we weave our own lives. The Spider symbol meaning here serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. When the Spider appears to us, it is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making - and ask ourselves:
How are my choices affecting my life?
How can my choices improve my life?
How are my choices affecting others in my life?
Not only do Spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, they also give us an overview of how we can manipulate our thinking in order to construct the life we wish to live.

And just in case I am not the last one to learn this fabulous news-I thought I would share it here. Smile! Polaroid is saved!

13 Comments:

Blogger Swirly said...

You inspire me. I love you.

3/15/2009 12:50 PM  
Blogger nadia said...

thank you for sharing your inspiration boards. I love to do vision boards and sadly this year have been putting it off and putting it off. perhaps like you said "be careful what you wish foe". I have been doing a lot of reading lately about affirmations and the law of attraction and it has been very enlighting to say the least. I love the parking spot story! I just might have to try this today! ciao!

3/15/2009 2:10 PM  
Blogger beth said...

I worked last week on my inspiraton board and I love it...and I agree with you so much in the power of positive thinking especially since I tend to be a rebel with rules !

and now those spiders that love our cottage in the woods...well, I will think of them differently now and try not to kill them :)

3/16/2009 9:12 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

Oh I love this post! First, I've been procrastinating making a vision board for a while now; you're inspiring me to give it a shot.

Second, a bigger than usual spider appeared on my living room wall last night. Unfortunately it's no longer with us (I'm not keen on the big ones), but I'd never thought of checking out what they meant. Thank you for posting that!

3/16/2009 1:22 PM  
Blogger Melba said...

Thea, this was an awesome post. something I needed to hear today. thank you.

3/16/2009 2:06 PM  
Blogger simpledaisy said...

How inspiring~~
Have a creative week!!

3/16/2009 8:03 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Thank you for putting your boards up here. I laughed, because I have also felt that mine were not "done enough to share". I have gotten caught up in the details-- which are always what hold me back.

Your whole post here, is a welcome gift of wisdom.

:)

3/17/2009 1:01 PM  
Blogger pERiWinKle said...

I bought the magic of thinking big a few days ago....it got me when i flipped it open and it said: 'Life up your talk'. Meaning some people can say in a drowsy tone...helllouuuuu... how are you...and some will say with an upbeat tone in their voice 'good morning! What a fabulous day! '.

So YES for this book and all it's wisdom!

And where you are now...so inspiring! and uplifting! and heart changing magic! xx

3/17/2009 4:23 PM  
Blogger Lee-Anne said...

Just found your beautiful blog. You are lovely.

I learned the "be careful what you wish for" lesson in a powerful way this year...I was tired, a little sick, and perhaps a bit bored with life. All I wanted was a break from the everyday mundaneness. I wished so hard that someone would just come and do everything for me so I could have a break. I ended up in hospital for 20 days unable to do anything for anyone else. My specialist has been shocked by my recovery. I've always got my eye on the prize of Good Health now!

Love your inspiration boards. Mine is posted above my treadmill and reminds me why I work at being strong and healthy everyday! Best wishes!

3/18/2009 8:53 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

:-) i haven't posted mine because i also felt they were not done enough to share, i will have to rectify that! you are so wise my friend :-) xo

3/18/2009 6:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thank you for these words. I've been reading about the law of attraction lately and am interested in how I can apply it. And like you, i'm a little scared of it, too. It does seem to work and why does that scare me? You are truly inspirational. Thanks again.

3/19/2009 3:47 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I stumbled across your blog and had to comment on this post. I just did a post on my wellness blog about fear .. because I had only just realized that I am finally in a place where I believe that LoA can work - and that I can be/do/have everything. And it scared me. [Which I did not expect.] So, I am feeding my fear cheesecake, LOL, in the hopes it will become happy and forget itself.

I really enjoyed your vision boards.

4/02/2009 9:58 PM  
Blogger venus said...

Hi! Thought I would check-in! on the blog! Wanted to read fellow homeowner stories, but--OH MY LORD. This post made me incredibly nauseated...

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