A great story by John Cassidy of Centereach, New York
The bank I frequent has a drive-through ATM, which is convenient because it saves me from having to get out and wait in a long teller line inside.
For years, I’ve followed the same routine: I pull up to the machine, make my deposits or withdrawals, then drive over and park in a spot about 50 feet away, underneath a big old stately shade tree, while I tuck my money in my wallet and put away my receipts. Quick and easy.
One windy summer morning I had a lot of errands to run and was low on cash. So I drove over to my bank, waited patiently behind another car, then pulled up to the ATM. I put the car in park and slipped my card into the slot as usual. But the machine immediately spat it back out. “Cannot read card,” the screen read.
That’s strange, I thought. Maybe I’d put the card in the wrong way. I tried again. Again the card shot back out. “Cannot read card.” I flipped the card over and inspected the magnetic strip. It sure looked fine. I couldn’t find any deep scratches or defects. I rubbed it gently against my shirt in case there was any dirt, and tried one more time. Spat out again. “Cannot read card.”
Now I was getting annoyed at the delay in my morning. I really didn’t want to go inside the bank for a withdrawal. Judging by all the cars parked in the lot, I would have to wait a while. “What’s going on here, Lord?” I muttered.
Crack! What was that? I turned toward the sound. The leaves of the stately old shade tree by the parking lot shook violently.
Snap! I watched as the trunk split right down the middle and the right part of the tree calved off to the side, crashing to the ground. Right in my favorite parking spot. I could see the exposed inner trunk, clearly rotted through.
I stared in shock, until a car that had pulled up behind me gave me a polite little beep. On autopilot, I tried my ATM card again. The screen popped up, asking me what I’d like to do. Deposit? Withdraw? Too bad there wasn’t a button to give thanks.
In truth there is always a way to give thanks. Just share the feelings from your heart. Don’t worry about the words, just share your truth. Giving thanks and being grateful goes a long way! Let thanksgiving enter your heart.
Have a wonderful and prosperous week!
The MEGA Coach
Grooming for greatness starts as early as possible. Follow the natural principles for success in all areas of your life and you will have the best possible foundation strongly in place for the rest of your life.
Keys to a Successful Life:
One of the wisest practices for health, well being and spiritual growth is daily meditation. It improves your mental clarity, creativity and dissolves negative patterns of addiction. Meditation is good for every area of your life and it brings harmony, balance and goodness to you.
Recent Study at Harvard – Meditation practice helps to increase brain function, reduce the effects of aging on the brain and improve concentration and memory – Dr. Sara Lazar.
A growing body of research suggests that meditation can significantly enhance your immune system – U of Wisconsin and Harvard in 2003
Long-term meditators – improvements in sleep, blood pressure, calmer heartbeat, better circulation and younger biological and functional ages. They pay significantly less money to doctors – 87% lower heart disease cost.
Meditation allows you to focus on solutions through relaxation and peace of mind. It improves listening, learning and memory skills.
Meditators are superior learners and remember more of what they study.
Improved creativity, productivity and performance.
Greater job satisfaction and reduced turnover.
Health allows you to maximize your potential in all areas of your development. The body and brain is approximately 70% water, so drink lots of water. You need to drink half of your body weight in ozs. per day. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs, divide by 2 = 80 oz’s or 10 – 8oz glasses of water a day. Your body needs the right fuel – 70% green – veggies, salads, fruits and high water content nutrition daily. If you want to live, eat foods that are alive!
Your body thrives on high water content and alkaline foods. Eating nutritious foods and drinking lots of water will promote proper body weight. A dehydrated body retains weight and eating processed foods/fast foods, sugar and soda clogs your digestive system and puts on weight. 8 out of 10 Americans are overweight or obese.
In addition to eating healthy and drinking lots of water on a daily basis, exercise is very important. There are many good forms of exercise. The most powerful exercise is rebounding – bouncing on a mini-trampoline. According to NASA, it is the most effective exercise on the planet and astronauts rebound as part of their conditioning program.
Being alive on this planet requires interacting with other people and being an excellent communicator is key to achieving successful relationships. People have different styles of communicating. Some are visual and fast paced, others are a auditory and a little slower and speak with more resonance and tone and others are more feeling oriented and tend to move more slowly. Although you use all of these three forms of communication, you have a primary communication strategy. Practice all three of these styles of communication to be a flexible communicator.
Communication is 7% words, 38% tone and 55% body language. Most people focus on the words which is the least accurate form of communication, which explains why most people do not do what they say. Make sure that you focus on people’s tone and body language to determine the congruency of a person’s communication, including yours.
“The quality of my life is directly related to the quality of my communication with myself and with others.”
The MEGA Coach
Meditation Benefits from Roy Eugene Davis:
1) Reduced stress
2) Strengthening of the body’s immune system
3) Slowing of biological aging processes
4) More orderly thinking
5) Improved intellectual abilities
6) Enhanced appreciation for enjoying life
7) Greater ease in overcoming or renouncing addictive behaviors
8) Spontaneous psychological transformation
9) More obvious awakened spiritual consciousness
Any one or all of these benefits are of value and the possibility of actualizing them should inspire us to meditate on a regular schedule.
All is within you. Meditation allows you to naturally unfold to higher consciousness.
Accept the ideal of harmonious and supportive relationships as natural. You are part of the universe, therefore now the universe supports you fully. All of your needs are met easily; all of your legitimate desires are fulfilled without effort. Feel yourself to be on your right course in life. Even if your way is not clear before you, feel confident that you are in your right place, in harmony with the rhythms and flows of nature and doors will open, events will unfold, circumstances will be presented to confirm your conviction, your realization.
Acknowledge all people with love and goodwill… bless them and wish them well. Be happy, be thankful.
For more information go to Center for Spiritual Awareness at www.csa-davis.org.
Roy Eugene Davis is one of the last living direct disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Meditation is powerful and healing.
Allow yourself to connect with your spiritual source.
The MEGA Coach
“Change your thoughts if you wish to change your circumstances. Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. You will want to change them when you realize that each thought creates according to its own nature. Remember that the law works at all times and that you are always demonstrating according to the kind of thoughts you habitually entertain. Therefore, start now to think only those thoughts that will bring you health and happiness.
Thinking, reading and repeating statements of truth with a deep attention will help to clear away negation and to establish a positive attitude in your mind. Repeat your prayers and affirmations with deep concentration until you establish a habit of thought, until it becomes as natural for you to think in the right way as it previously was for you to think negatively.”
“Change the trend of your thoughts. Cast out all negative mental habits. Replace them with wholesome, courageous thought habits, and apply them in daily life with unshakable confidence.”
Founder – Self-Realization Fellowship
Live the life you feel deep inside your heart.
Follow your intuition and make a difference!
The MEGA Coach