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spike bullet May 2017 ~ Finding the Easy Way

Set a Clear Intention    
Choose Your Attitude
Take Care of Your Body
Words of Wisdom from Jose Stevens
From Don Miguel Ruiz - the Four Agreements
Homework - should you decide to accept it
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color bullet May 2017 ~ Finding the Easy Way

This article comes from a talk given recently in Virginia.

Many people struggle with daily life and we have learned that struggle is not always necessary.  My realization came during a workshop at Power Path Seminars after we were asked to spend some time out in nature and ask for help for whatever issue was bothering us at the time.

I sat next under a tree next to a stream and focused on opening my mind to whatever might come that would be useful for me.  I noticed that the water in the stream sometimes ran straight, sometimes meandered to the side, sometimes went over rocks and sometimes under branches.  Then, a message came to me, "Find the Easy Way."  I used that message as a mantra whenever things seemed to be difficult and it greatly helped me to stop trying to force situations when they were not ready.

One of the other things I learned is that when we work from the positive aspects of our personality, life works much more smoothly.

Learning how the personality dragons work helped me greatly.  I learned to recognize them in myself and in others.  When we are stressed, our personality dragons come out to play. When we are relaxed, they tend to leave us alone.

Some other techniques for finding the easy way:

Set a Clear Intention

Take time to set a clear intention Ė whether for a meeting or for a project or a life long dream.

Being clear about what you want and what you expect has helped immeasurably.  Before going into a meeting, I learned to take time to be clear about my expectations and expected that everyone else would be working to achieve the highest possible result for all concerned.

I learned that many people went into meetings unprepared or went into them expecting disagreement or harboring negative expectations about the other people attending.

When we set a positive expectation, people tend to interact more positively.  If we go into a meeting on the defensive or in attack mode, we set up a confrontation that does not usually go well.

So, pay attention to your own thoughts and feelings before hand, set an intention for positive things to be accomplished and watch what can happen.

Choose your Attitude

Each person is responsible for their own attitude.  To help get yourself into a positive frame of mind, try these tips:

  1. Think of someone you love.
  2. Talk to someone you love.
  3. Think about your favorite people or pets or things or places.

Do whatever is necessary to lift yourself up and inspire yourself to be in a positive frame of mind whenever necessary.  You will find that life works much more smoothly.  When one part of your personality is uplifted, all parts are uplifted - what we call the Pinball Effect.  

Take care of your body

  1. Get enough rest every day.
  2. Maintain an appropriate weight for your body type.
  3. Exercise in whatever way works best for you.
  4. Meditate and keep your mind healthy.
  5. Learn what foods work best for you to keep your energy up.
  6. Minimize stress ó physical, emotional, mental.
  7. Meditate or do calming exercises when life happens.  Take a deep breath and know that All is Well and that you will live through what ever is happening.
  8. Take care of your emotional needs: Maintain a healthy social network and emotional support system.
  9. Take care of your mental needs.  Keep your mind active: hobbies, puzzles, genealogy or other mental exercises.
  10. Take care of your spiritual needs.

Words of Wisdom from Josť Stevens

  1. Never accept appearances no matter how life is showing up.  Itís all an illusion anyway and can change in the blink of an eye.
  2. Remember, when the going gets tough, simplify, donít complicate.
  3. Go back to basics.
  4. Go hang out in the sunshine and accumulate energy and power.
  5. Drink plenty of fresh water.
  6. Pray and ask your power animals and guides for help every day.
  7. Practice the inner smile and do some simple chi gong exercises saying hello to the flowers, taking a star bath or even a forest bath, and place your palms over your eyes for a minute.
  8. Tap your third eye and the hemispheres of your skull.  Focus on the stream of powerful energy that flows upward to your heart and then to your third eye.
  9. Clear yourself with natural tobacco and sage often.
  10. Quiet your mind as best you can.

From Don Miguel Ruiz Ė the Four Agreements

  1. Be Impeccable with Your Word.
  2. Donít Take Anything Personally.
  3. Donít Make Assumptions.
  4. Always Do Your Best.

Homework - should you decide to accept it

  1. Identify something you would like to work on Ė  a business issue, a personal issue, a personality issue, a life goal, a family goal, etc.
  2. Go out in nature and find a place that feels comfortable for you.
  3. Spend some time there listening and looking.  Notice the color of the leaves and the many different shades of green.  Notice the birds and the various sounds.  Notice the texture of the dirt.  Notice the variety of trees, flowers, and other plants. If near the water, notice how the stream is running.  Notice how the air feels and how the wind is blowing.  Notice the temperature and how the sun feels.
  4. Open your heart and allow yourself to connect with everything around you until you genuinely feel that your energy is vibrating with the energy of nature.
  5. Ask a question about your issue and allow nature to give you answers.

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Related newsletter articles:
    October 2010 - Personality Types: The Seven Roles     
    November 2011 - The Pinball Effect: How to Create Happiness
    June 1999 - Dealing with Personality Dragons
    July 1999 - Slaying the Personality Dragons
    May 2008 - Work-Life Balance: A Conspiracy of Optimism
    September 1997 - Balancing Life and Work
    July 2001 - Balancing Life and Work
    March 2014 - Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World
    September 2015 - The Pillars of Good Health
    November 2007 - True Community

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