While relaxing and listening to calming music on my patio the other day, a series of thoughts played out in my mind almost as if I were watching a video.
I saw a deserted ocean side beach and watched as a strong wind scattered and shifted the sands, reshaping the landscape. In one spot a treasure chest was revealed as the sand blew away, and in the open treasure chest were sparkling gems of all shapes and colors. As I considered these images, I thought what a wonderful analogy this was for the way change often works in our lives.
For me, the wind represents changes that blow through our lives—some that we bring about ourselves and some that we can’t control. In either case, change can be uncomfortable and even frightening. The sands are the stuck emotions that accumulate to bury the gifts and treasures we have to offer the world. Layers of thoughts and feelings of fear (such as lack of self-worth, anger, irritability, unforgiveness, and resentment) can hide our...
Sometimes in that early morning time between sleep and awakening I get my clearest flashes of insight. Maybe that’s when my egoic mind is least likely to get in the way of Divine inspiration.
The other morning I awoke to a vision of a bird cage with the door of the cage open. As I reflected on the image, I realized that the cage represented the limitations on how we live our lives.
The bars of the cage represent our perceptions of what other people think of us. We’re often bound by the opinions of others–what we perceive as their judgments or criticisms of us. We live in fear of disappointing people or of being misunderstood. And as long as we focus on what others think of us, it keeps us in that cage of limitations.
What gives the bars of the cage strength is our own feelings of low self-esteem and unworthiness. We don’t trust in our own abilities and we look to others to validate us and our choices.
In fact, we come to identify who we truly are with...
As we close out 2018 and look ahead to the new year, many of us are lining up our resolutions, setting goals, and making plans.
That's all great, BUT I've found that for me overthinking things can lead to worry and fear and overwhelm.
Planning is necessary if we're going to lead an intentional life, but it's also easy to get into the mind trap of "What if?" What if I make the wrong decisions? What if things don't go according to plan?
One day as I was thinking ahead about changes that were coming in my life, I became aware of certain thoughts that were causing fear. I knew that I needed to spend some quiet time alone so I could release those worries and allow peace to come back into my soul.
As I sat quietly in my back yard and let the “mind chatter” subside, I received a comforting inspiration: we are all equipped with a GPS system! We are Guided, Protected, Provided for, and Supported by Divine order.
With that idea came the knowledge that everything was...
Did you ever consider the differences among “appreciation,” “gratitude,” and “thanksgiving”? Here are a few thoughts on the subject and a heartfelt Happy Holidays from Dr. Marcantel.
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I'm wishing you and yours a happy holiday season! We just finished Thanksgiving and it made me ponder on the words "appreciation," "gratitude," and "thanksgiving."
Appreciation is valuing yourself and valuing others. Gratitude is the state of being appreciative. Thanksgiving is expressing that appreciation for others.
So I want to encourage you, as I have encouraged myself, to VALUE yourself and others, to BE that appreciation in this world, and to EXPRESS that appreciation to others.
This is the change that the world so desperately needs now. Be the change by being appreciative, having gratitude, and expressing your thanksgiving.
Much love to you and your family on this holiday...
A plaque hanging in my kitchen says, “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”
A dear friend gave me the sign several years ago and it is prominently displayed in my home to remind me every day to reflect on the many blessings I have in my life.
Frankly, I need that prompt sometimes because there is often so much negativity surrounding us that it’s easy to lose sight of the good. I also know that it is an “attitude of gratitude” that will give birth to the positive changes I’d like to see in my life.
Too often we think, “I’ll be thankful and at peace when such-and-such changes.” Ironically, the negative thoughts we’re harboring—fear, ingratitude, bitterness, feelings of unworthiness—may actually cause us to resist the positive changes we want.
Rather than seeing thanksgiving as something to be put off until we get something in the future, try thinking of gratitude as the starting...
by Dr. Tina Marcantel
Have you ever seen a bug zapper? You probably know what I mean—one of those lights you hang in the back yard that has an electrified screen around it.
When I was meditating the other day, that’s the image I got concerning controlling the negative thoughts that try to sneak into our minds. And the great thing about this tool is that it takes almost no effort! Let me explain.
As I fill my mind with thoughts of light and love and I connect with the Higher Power within me, that light shines brighter and brighter in my mind.
How do I do that? By consciously choosing to think and act on positive ideas and thoughts. For instance, I keep a gratitude journal and actually write down all the things I’m grateful for.
I also love using positive affirmations to help me keep my mind focused on the life I want to create for myself.
I’ve written before about trying to control my thoughts in my article, “What Was I...
by Peter Marcantel
“He ruined my life.”
“I’ve tried to forgive her, but I just can’t!”
“That person doesn’t deserve my forgiveness.”
“I’ll never forget what they did to me.”
If any of these phrases sound like things you may have said to yourself or to others, you’re certainly not alone.
All of us tend to carry a certain amount of unforgiveness toward others in our hearts. What we often don’t stop to consider is what that unforgiveness is costing us, and the price of that grudge in terms of our health can be surprisingly high.
Holistic healing is about getting to the root causes of physical problems. Sometimes those root causes may lie in genetic tendencies we’ve inherited or in the foods we’re eating.
Very often, though, root causes can be traced back to emotional and energetic issues that need to be dealt with before long-term healing can take place. Those issues may be things that...
by Dr Tina Marcantel
Looking out from my patio at the foot of the Superstition Mountains, the Valley of the Sun stretches out before me. On a clear day I can see the cities of the metroplex: Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler to the southwest, Apache Junction, Tempe, and Phoenix to the west, Scottsdale to the northwest. Beyond the cities are the mountain ranges that define the boundaries of the valley. But this evening I see none of these.
Strong winds have whipped across the southern Arizona desert and have brought with them a thick cloud of dust that blankets the valley. Visibility is probably less than a half mile right now, and the haze obscures the familiar cities and mountains. It’s a bit unnerving to look out at a wall of dust instead of a clear and beautiful landscape, but reason—and hope—tell me that soon the dust storm will pass, the cloud will dissipate, and clarity will return.
Clarity is a comforting thing. There are times when I can clearly see what...
by Dr. Tina Marcantel
By becoming more aware of your thoughts, you can choose to identify with those that serve you best.
We all have thoughts constantly going through our minds. Some of those thoughts serve us well, but there are others that we need to let go of. The thoughts that we identify with form the basis of our belief system, and our belief system governs our behavior patterns.
As an example, I might be going through my day and everything is going fine. Then I interact with a person who is unhappy about something and they make a negative comment about me. The thought might come into my head, “That person thinks I’m not good enough.” If I hold that thought long enough in my head and actually become identified with it, I’ll soon start to believe that’s who I really am—an inadequate person. Once that thought becomes part of my belief system, that will become part of my behavior pattern and I may find myself...