“A thankful heart is always close to the creative forces of the Universe, causing countless blessings to flow toward it by the Law of Action and Reaction.”
Joseph Murphy wrote that, and his words inspire me today.
The Law of Action and Reaction is another way to describe Karma, the truth that “this happened because that happened.”
I can choose to focus on what’s good in life, and then life gets better…
Or I can choose to focus on what’s bad—what’s unfair or frustrating—and then life starts to suck.
It’s such a simple concept, yet often extraordinary challenging to remember and implement.
It’s like that with every spiritual truth, I think. We consciously know what to do, but when life happens, we forget.
The solution, then, is to remind ourselves, both in the sense of “reminding”—causing to remember by bringing to attention—and “re-minding”—refining and conditioning our mind to remember through practice.
The former might be a matter of using sticky notes, while the latter takes practice—an actual practice, something I created recently with help.
I’m teaching an extraordinary woman how to become a powerful life coach, and through the process she often coaches me.
It’s an amazing way for her to learn to coach by actually doing it, and it works out well for me, too. With my apprentices, I’m always getting amazing coaching for free!
So on a call with her recently, I showed up needing a bit more gratitude in my life.
As we talked, she helped me realize that much of what I do in life is amazing, yet I don’t celebrate it enough.
After exploring different anchors I could use, we came up with the song, Celebration, by Kool & The Gang.
In coaching, by the way, an anchor is a stimulus that changes your state. Anchors fire associations or memories, like when you hear a song from high school that reminds you of your first love and you feel great.
Each morning now I’ve been playing Celebration and loving the lyrics…
There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you
Then through the day, I pause to celebrate…
I write down on paper something I’m excited about and grateful for, particularly after I’ve completed something—this is my practice now, and it’s a game changer!
I have what’s becoming a stack of papers filled with different celebratory notes, like…
“Just had an amazing call!”
“Having a great day!”
“My haircut is awesome!”
“I am doing great and getting so much done!”
Man there’s nothing more powerful than taking the time to get excited and grateful. It’s literally life-changing.