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Welcome pain as a warning sign that you need attention; rather than as a demon to be driven away by pain killers. Many medications state they are “for relief of symptoms”. This is a clear admission these medications do nothing to improve the real problem signaled by the pain. They are intended only to cover it up.

Taking pain killers is like covering up the “check engine” warning light in your car. It may be annoying to see the warning light go on. However, the warning light is not your enemy. Nor is it the problem. It is there to let you know you need to have your car checked out. If we ignore the warning light, the underlying problem will only worsen. This is also the case with pain. If we ignore our pain or cover it up; the real problem gets worse.

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Check out this article by Gabrielle Bernstein on the power of words and how we can improve our lives simply by making slight changes in the words we use.

http://consciouslifenews.com/gabrielle-bernstein-words-change-life/1146911/comment-page-1/

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The Harlem Shake, one of the hottest dance crazes in years, was started by a washing machine. This phenomena has much to teach us about what it takes to go viral in the social media today. Social media marketers take note.

telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo

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A mind movie is a series of visualizations you replay in your mind while relaxing. (Never while driving or doing anything else requiring your concentration). Mind movies are basially guided daydreaming. You can use pictures, cut outs from magazines and whatever comes to mind to intensify your visualization. Perhaps create a large vision board for your mind movie or use pages in a large book to sequence the order of your visions. The goal is to create a feast of emotionally powerful visualizations of your desire being manifested and all the ways you enjoy it as it is manifested.

Suggestion: Spend a few minutes, in the morning, scripting your day with each event occurring exactly as you want it to. Spend a few minutes, in the evening before bed, doing the same.  For instance, create a mind movie of::

Your presentation going exactly as you wish and gets a standing ovation.

You make that big sale.

You win your court case.

Your date goes fabulously well

Etc…

Mind movies are a powerful means to raise your attraction power towards your desires.  For the strongest impact, concentrate on the most important events of the day.

To add power: Accompany your script with suggestions such as: “(Your Name), You take great pleasure in the complete manifestation of (your desired events)…”

Use drawings, pictures, images, background music and appropriate objects to make your mind movie become more alive, authentic and real for you. Follow your instincts and have fun!

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In “The Healing Heart: Antidotes to Panic and Helplessness”, Norman Cousins, credits laughter with much of his miraculous recovery from a crippling neurological disorder.  Cousins noted, “Nothing is more important in the treatment of serious disease than liberating the patient from panic and foreboding”. Nothing is more important than feeling as good as we can right now. Good feelings attract more good feelings and good circumstances into our lives.

The following are small steps you may take to feel better consistently.  Decide which ones most appeal to you. Feel free to come up with your own small steps too.

SMALL STEP #1:                 What Can You Think? What Can You Do? Who Can You Talk to Or See To Feel Better Right Now?

Make a list of as many things as possible that you can do right this moment to feel as good as you can. Ideally, these things should involve no planning and only thoughts, activities and people readily available for you right now.

SMALL STEP #2: Start a Feel Good Now Library

Build a library of uplifting books, CDs and DVDs. Read, listen to and watch them regularly. Substitute them for almost invariably depressing news reports.

SMALL STEP #3:   Take a News Fast

News organizations scour the world for terrible things to report. In many cases, they are things the listening and viewing audience can do absolutely nothing about. However, the news often depresses our thoughts and emotions.  We don’t need that.

Start off with a two day news fast and work your way up.

Many people report better relationships, higher energy levels and feeling better overall from taking news fasts. Some decide to give up on the news, except those items which relate to their career or personal interests. If something happens which is really important to us, we will certainly hear about it. We need not be glued to depressing news reports.

SMALL STEP #4:                 Work Out Regularly

 

See your doctor first, before beginning any workout plan, to assure you don’t endanger your health. Regular exercise has many health benefits. Billionaire Richard Branson advocates working out as the single biggest factor towards being more productive too.

SMALL STEP #5:                 Go To a Comedy Club

Make arrangements to go to a comedy club soon. Amateur nights are quite inexpensive, at most clubs, and the comedy is often “so bad it’s good” as the saying goes. Going to comedy clubs can be habit forming.

SMALL STEP #6:                 Start a Laughter Diary

Start a laughter diary. Note the things which make you laugh. Schedule them as often as you can throughout your days.

SMALL STEP #7:                 Join a Laughter Yoga Club

Join a laughter yoga group. Laughter yoga is not really yoga at all. It has nothing to do with downward dog or any other yoga stretches.  Nor is it formal in any sense. It’s really a group of people who meet regularly to make up excuses to laugh for sessions of about an hour. If you live in or near a reasonably large city, a Google search should turn up a few laughter yoga groups not too far away. If not, get a few friends together and do it. Most of them would appreciate the laughs. If they don’t like to laugh, why would you want them as friends?

One popular laughter yoga “exercise”, for instance, is called “lawnmower laughter”. You pretend to pull a cord as if you’re starting an old fashioned lawnmower. However, instead of the noise of the revving of the motor; you laugh increasingly loud with each pull of the imaginary cord.  Laughter reaches a climax when the imaginary motor is running full throttle.

SMALL STEP #8:                 Keep a Laughter Box

Start a laughter box. Tape or glue funny pictures on the outside. Put in noise makers, clown masks, horns, more funny pictures and whatever else makes you feel good and laugh. Use it on a regular basis.

SMALL STEP #9:                 Sign Up With a Joke Website and Have Jokes Emailed to You Daily

SMALL STEP #10:               Put up “Laughter Prompters”

Post cartoons, jokes, funny faces and pictures, saying, yellow smiley faces…anything that prompts you to laugh around you home, workplace (if it’s permitted) etc.

 

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Stories can be very powerful ways to get messages across. Since the dawn of civilization, humans have communicated valuable aspects of their heritage, lessons and important information through stories passed down from generation to generation. It is much more powerful to tell stories than to impart facts.

There are certain facts in all our lives, such as the date of our birth, the number of brothers and sisters we have, the neighborhood we lived in, who we associated with, our grades in school, what our first job was etc. From these basic facts, we have constructed a story about ourselves. In most cases, it is a narrative which is rather limited in scope. It is based on what we’ve heard from parents, family members, friends, teachers and others. It is also based on what we’ve experienced in the past. However, it often has nothing to do with what we COULD do. There are countless examples of “ordinary” people accomplishing unusual and heroic things when they were sufficiently motivated. For instance, to save the lives of loved ones.

The basic facts about us are unimportant in the scheme of things.  We can create a new life story, including our desire, based on the same facts. It is not difficult to create any number of narratives from the same basic facts.

For example; take a couple of controversial historical figures, such as former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Nobody disputes the basic facts about how long they served as U.S. President and British P.M.  Nobody disputes basic facts about their childhood, former careers before attaining high political office etc. Nobody disputes the various laws which were passed under their administrations. Nobody disputes the essence of the public speeches they made.

However, you will get completely different narratives about these two former leaders if you speak to a staunch conservative and a radical leftist.  The facts are the same but the narratives are as different as night and day. It is feasible to take the basic facts about your life and create a new story, which is at least as accurate and true to the facts as the one you habitually use now; but would serve you much better.

Think back on your life story. Take facts and episodes from your life which would support your new narrative.

For example:

Fact:    Starting at a young age, you started several small businesses. Eventually, you closed all these businesses.

Old  Story:  My repeated failures as a business owner prove I’m not cut out to be self employed. I’m not the entrepreneurial type.

New Story:  The fact that I started businesses from a young age demonstrates unusually high drive. Many successful entrepreneurs had false starts.  I have learned a great deal from these experiences which can foster my success in my next venture.

 Fact:                  You experienced shyness as a child and young adult.

Old Story:            I’ve always had limited people skills. Dealing with people has never been my strong point. I need to keep this in mind for both my professional and social life.

New Story:         Though I wasn’t the most popular child or young adult, I had some good friends. I have learned much since than about people skills and my people skills can become one of my major assets.            

What is your current life story? What would you like your story to be?

Now search your past and present to find as much evidence as you can that your new story could be true.

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