When we are challenged, personally and financially, it can be difficult
to stay centered, calm and positively proactive. Yet, if we can’t make
these necessary adjustments, our lives can begin to spiral into a
downward cycle of negativity and defeat. One of the things I teach my
clients is to actively listen to and guard their thoughts vigilantly.
Negative thoughts are like thieves that enter in the night and rob you
of your higher good and potential.

Here’s an exercise to do that can help you stay focused and positive.
This is especially critical when you are trying to recover from a
financial setback or need to find a new job, if you’re unemployed:

“Mind Watch” Exercise:
Find a quiet place to sit comfortably for a period of 10 minutes a day.
Gently inform your mind that you are present and on “watch.”
As you sit, begin to notice how your mind drifts from one thought to
another. Whenever you notice a negative thought, calmly repeat these
“Access Denied…Cancel Thought.” There is nothing else for you to do.
Do not let these negative thoughts disturb your peace. They do not have
any power over you unless you allow them access to your mind.

This process is a gentle form of training your mind. It can help you
learn to control your thoughts, rather than being controlled by them.
If you commit to doing this process consistently, you will begin to
notice your thoughts all the time and automatically  “deny access and
cancel” any negative or counter-productive thoughts as they arise.

Here’s a blessing for today:

There is nothing I can give you
Which you do not have;
But there is much, very much, that
While I cannot give it, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts
Find rest in today. Take heaven!
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden
In this present instant. Take peace!
The gloom in the world is but a shadow.
Behind it, yet within reach, is joy.
There is a radiance and glory in the darkness,
Could we but see.
And to see, we have only to look.
I beseech you to look.

~ Fra Giovanni (1513 A.D.)

Peace and Blessings!

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