Reiki Master Diane Lynn Gelinas, M.S.W., C.H.
|104 Douglas Drive, Candia, NH 03034|
As we prepare for the new growth in our gardens this spring, it is also time for us to prepare for new changes and growth in our lives once again. Spring is a perfect time to do some internal, housekeeping of the soul. Personal goals and self growth issues that we may have put on hold during the winter, usually start to bloom this time of year. We get energized and enthused and more motivated.
So how do we keep this motivation? What connection does the Law of Attraction and manifesting have with taking actions and springing forward? It is crucial to visualize our goals and to be grateful for the changes we want. That doesn't mean that is all we do. We can't just sit all day and raise our vibration to a high level and expect miracles to happen without any effort on our part. True, it helps when we take a grateful attitude and do our visualizations. True, things are attracted to us on a higher level as our vibrational changes are equal to the new self and goals we are visualizing. If we have visualizations and gratitude as part of our life, things will manifest faster and we will go down the river of life on a joyous journey, rather than battling and paddling up stream.
What is necessary as we "go with the flow" are action steps. Opportunities and people will manifest more frequently in our lives. Synchronistic events appear more often. For example, if you want to lose weight and get healthier, visualizing your ideal self would be crucial. As you do this on a daily basis, you might meet up with people that are suggesting a certain program or book that was helpful to them. The same book is mentioned over and over again. This is the universe trying to get your attention. The action involved would be to buy the book and start to follow the suggestions. One small step at a time is all we need to do. There is a beautiful story printed below in "Thoughts for the Month" that outlines the power behind this concept.
Many of you know that the book I wrote How To Live A Darn Good Life, and the workshop that is based on this book, gives examples on how to take action and move forward with goals. A crucial difference in the approach I write about, is that action steps and goal directed behavior is emphasized just as much as creating harmony and balance in one's life. Usually people have problems with emphasizing too much achievement orientation in their lives and they are stressed out, or they take too little action and become stagnant.
Take some time this spring to find a friend and support system and make a pact to be each other's life coach on some goals you would like to achieve. Liz Russell and I will also be doing a workshop on this process on April 15th this month. If you are interested in signing up please click on below for more information.
Have a wonderful month. Happy Spring!
Thoughts for the Month
The Daffodil Principle
Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive. "I will come next Tuesday," I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.
Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sound of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.
"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!"
My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother." "Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I am heading for home!" I assured her.
"But, first we are going to see the daffodils. It is just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I am used to this." "Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around," "It is all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."
After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon and saffron. Each different colored variety was planted in a large group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.
"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn. "Just one woman, " Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That is her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are asking," was the headline.
The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs, " it read. The second answer was "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."
For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, and how, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time.
"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five years ago and had worked away at it one bulb at a time."
My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow."
There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey not a destination.
Wishing you a beautiful daffodil life!
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