Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2013. DAY ONE. Lisa Froman

Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2013.
DAY ONE. Lisa Froman
What If Every Thought Were A Prayer?I believe in the power of prayer. One of my favorite inspirational authors, Caroline Myss, once summarized the mystical properties of prayer by saying,”Every thought is a prayer.”

Struck by the profound truth of these words, I recorded them in my journal.

Every thought is a prayer. What a beautiful way to express the power and potential of prayer to serve as a miraculous force in our lives.

Every thought is a prayer. If so, than every sunset we register as beautiful in our minds, every whispered ‘I love you,’ every compliment, kind word or thought of gratitude manifests into prayer. And often, it is gratitude itself that creates the space for love and life-affirming things to appear.

But, as always, a duality exists. If every thought is a prayer, what about our negative, judgmental, angry, fear-based thoughts? If thoughts are things, than what do our fearful or negative thoughts–our darker prayers– create?

In all likelihood, a focus on the negative, on what’s not working, on what’s wrong, brings more of this to the forefront of our lives. If not literally, certainly metaphorically. Think about it: if we are blinded by anger or fear or darkness, all we can “see” is darkness. And so our reality begins to mirror this disappointing and dismal picture.

I don’t profess to have all of the answers here….sometimes I’m content to stay in the question. What if….our thoughts are really prayers? For better, for worse?

In spite of the chaos happening in our world now, what if we focused on what is working in our lives, in our careers, in our communities and affirmed what we want to call forth with our prayers?

To this end, I’m going to share with you my most personal, affirming prayer. It came to me from long periods of reflection during a time of transformation, a period of unearthing, in my own life. I also borrowed a line or two in my prayer from a speech I heard Marianne Williamson, author of ‘A Return to Love,‘ give several years ago at a conference. I say it almost every single morning, before or after I meditate. It goes like this:

I am love, I am beauty, I am light.
I am my wild and estatic self.
I am a living testimony to a life transformed.
I love and approve of myself.
I stand on the ground of my higher self
And I see everything through my soul’s eyes.
This is my truth.
I radiate loving energy to this universe . . .and it radiates back to me.
And so it is.

So, if thoughts are things, then it is my deepest intention to focus my thoughts on affirming who I am and how I want to walk in this world. And in my essence, I wish to show up as a loving, supportive, radiant, grace-filled being. And on those days when I can’t show up as my higher self, on those days when I walk this world in a clumsy manner and trip and fall…I pick myself up and pray harder.

Namaste.

If you’re interested in more thoughts on grace, integrity and compassion, particularly at midlife, read my book Tao Flashes. Or visit me at www.facebook.com/taoflashes or on twitter @taoflashes.

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About melindarabrams

Melinda Abrams, CPCC, MSA is a champion of the shared experience. She consistently moves individuals and groups to deeper levels of connection and support, and models ‘being moved’ by what is present in the space. She believes that in this creative combustion, capacity expands ….simply, naturally, magnificently. In addition to coaching corporate executives, Melinda takes great pleasure collecting and sharing messages about Loving the Life you Lead on facebook and her blog Moving Leaders. She loves coaching, delivering experiential programs at outdoor education centers, teaching teleclasses, holding weekend retreats, and guiding leaders to MOVE. Melinda brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership development to Moving Leaders. Her work spans experiences with youth, corporate clients, and both business and medical graduate students at Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest Universities. Her commitment is to serve emerging leaders as they move towards shared enthusiastic leadership. And YES! Melinda is also an artist. She creates unique handpainted scarves. In my art, my coaching, and my spiritual practice I consistently return to wonder and awe. As I turn to wonder and create from there I experience a profound connection with source. This movement brings me to this latest series of scarves. I love the idea of wrapping oneself in an idea–an intention– a possibility, and creating beauty with that intention. My hope is that when one chooses this scarf to wear, they turn from disconnected bland to soulful brilliant. Of course when the scarf is open and hung you can read the message, yet when it is draped and worn, the message is simply seen as a design. My promise is that the wearer is reminded to turn towards the message and that the message is shared through the wearers actions and interactions with others. Melinda Abrams Melinda loves living in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and three children. http://www.lifepowercoaching.com http://www.movingleaders.wordpress.com melinda.abrams@gmail.com
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