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Miracles Happen When We Stay In The Moment

A Miracle A Day

We all hope for miracles at one time or another; the perfect job, the perfect mate, healing the ills of someone we love. Yet every day is a miracle, and too often, we fail to recognize the small but significant wonders. One of my most cherished wonders is my cats’ purrs. Each one is as unique as their personalities, and I can recognize them in the dark.

My sweet girl, Munchkin was diagnosed with cancer on December 4th. By the time I got the diagnosis, I hadn’t heard her purr for four days. So to wake up on the morning of December 13th to her jumping into my spot on the bed when I got up to use the bathroom, then proceed to give me a serenade in her full, loud, rumbly, voice was nothing short of a miracle on the grandest of scales. With all she was already going through, I thought the purr was gone forever. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong in my entire life.

Her purr reminded me the world is full of possibilities. Just because we fall on our faces one day doesn’t mean we can’t soar into the stratosphere the next. Just because we have to accept a cancer diagnosis as ultimately terminal in our pets most of the time, doesn’t mean there are other areas in our lives where we’ll be seeing doors open and efforts rewarded at some point in the near future. No matter what happens, no matter how many curve balls we’re thrown we can’t stop believing. If we do, we’ll miss the miracles which present themselves to us with each sunrise, with each new child born, with each step we take towards our goals and dreams.

Loosening Our Grip on Outcomes

Yet it’s easy to lose sight of our dreams in all the things that aren’t going right in our lives, or at least https://www.flickr.com/photos/clairity/4847776412/in/photolist-8oo82W-5u6siD-5EVfmX-66Pp7M-6BmYQy-grdRmN-bN9Ufi-93zViS-5DfL4c-iWDSjP-8HFwE4-4jbLhS-4YdUrM-h8fjzx-9vsNWK-bNdaHc-8GMmUx-5P4TdC-6k8szn-Gunqy-7eff1x-8qXuYJ-7cQkpq-615Wz9-8L878U-6XwDvd-dgyjH-271b9a6-5y8ShS-4BtgT2-9LVvuW-5RB2Yq-5MAW7q-7RTDqt-bDGfkZ-21JcFzu-2cy6EDS-55cWM3-2cufUke-dACBpV-aEej5W-q6iNyc-otsMXj-pdNrXJ-cbmBYW-8YxiU2-5rKVFb-pQA94L-avZUVo-2jFJNCright as we see it. Too often, we set rigid expectations. When they’re not met, we see it as a failure instead of looking at what happened instead. Many times, the reality exceeds our expectations, but we’re too busy bemoaning the might-have-beens to recognize the Universe improved on our wishes and dreams and gave us something far better than we imagined.

I’m a firm believer in the Laws of Attraction. I know I have to set a top-level expectation, then open my heart and mind to the bread crumbs that will lead me to my next task; my next step towards achieving my dreams. Too many people set large expectations, but also define how, when, and why they want to get there. Then they’re disappointed when things don’t happen according to the script.

I’ve learned the fastest way to my dreams is to leave myself open to possibilities, side roads, and even plot twists. The path we take through life is seldom straight. It’s almost never a fast-moving, six-lane highway. More often than not, it’s a back road that winds its way around mountains, lakes, streams, and potholes. There are so many switchbacks we may, at times think we’re wandering around in circles, hopelessly lost.

The Long Way Around Might Be The Most Direct Route

In my experience, the side roads and switchbacks are where the true magic happens. We stumble upon something or someone unexpected which takes us on a journey of wonder and new experiences. We have our mettle tested and learn we’re capable of far more than we realized, even if we have to fall on our face to see we can, and will get up and move on.

Years ago, a wrong turn in Yosemite took us into a cloud of Monarch butterflies. The joy of standing still and feeling the beat of thousands of delicate wings is an experiences I’ll always cherish and never forget. Nor will I lose the image of the deer standing mere feet away in a grassy field, as curious about us as we were about her.

It doesn’t have to be something out of the ordinary though. There is wonder in each and ever minute we live; every breath we take. We have to stop focusing on what we think we need to do in the future and pay attention to what’s right in front of us in the current moment. When I think about how much I’ve missed by being anywhere but right here, I can’t help but wonder if things would have been different had I noticed.

Remembering to Stay in the Moment

But even that takes me out of this wonderful, precious moment. Besides, I can’t change what’s already https://www.flickr.com/photos/prestonrhea/5236270625/in/photolist-8YHfQ2-4X1dP6-P58XGS-dmtrwi-2pMKC-nC1YD-QxGsf-q4rWqa-8HeDZc-o8pVg-8mXR4g-o7nP7c-8jQqTQ-bPxsQc-dJusGN-78jLU7-98LY1P-dYGYNq-cgtYSu-cgu1F7-7rMJ9R-6z6KQA-6VuMG-6Jfxqk-4bbwMg-dmtxds-9Rf6xQ-v8gDMa-9PqETD-4MsUzv-ptUKap-a2BfLR-4UtU1B-4UtSun-5dBS8k-7eGxtr-7nUbqa-7nUbW8-fBZ3S4-5M1h3P-8DYirc-8E2uBh-6r2V98-7oFgff-7oBon2-7oBpbn-7oBoG6-7oFfRo-vPhUL-jk3BYphappened. I can only live each moment I have, giving it my full attention.

It isn’t easy to stop ourselves from making lists in our head or planning out what we’re going to do later today, tomorrow, next week, or next month. It takes a determined effort to stay in the moment and not be distracted. The rewards when we do, though, are incredible.

Like many, I’m often distracted while driving, thinking about where I’m going, what I need to do, or any number of non-driving related topics. But when I draw my attention back to the road and to arriving at my destination safely, I start noticing things. Maybe it’s an especially beautiful tree, or a shape in the clouds, or the clear, blue sky embracing a snow-topped mountain. The what is not as important as just noticing these things. How often do we drive for miles never seeing what’s around us? What are we missing in our blind oblivion?

Staying Present and Living the Miracles

If you ask me, we’re missing miracles happening every minute. We’re missing all the little things that might bring us joy if we’d only drag our attention away from the past and future so we can see what’s right before our eyes.

I beat myself up for not being where I want to be with my business, financially, socially, physically. Like many, I lose sight of the fact that I need to put one foot in front of the other in order to achieve any or all of my goals. While I’m focusing on where I’m not, I’m making no progress towards getting there.

Munchkin’s returning purr reminded me today of a few things. First, don’t give up. Maybe things look bleak right now, but keep walking. Eventually you’ll see sunshine, or maybe even a rainbow again. The only way we stop our own progress is by standing still. By focusing on anything except the present moment, the only moment we can control or change, we are, in effect, standing still.

I, for one, am tired of standing still, or worse, moving backwards. I’m going to find more effective ways to keep myself in the moment where the miracles happen.

My Grateful Heart

My gratitudes today are:

  1. I am grateful for all the little miracles in my life.
  2. I am grateful for reminders to stay in the moment.
  3. I am grateful for friendships which grow stronger every day.
  4. I am grateful for the life experiences I’ve had and will have.
  5. I am grateful for abundance; love, friendship, miracles, joy, challenges, lessons, peace, health, harmony, philanthropy, and prosperity.

Love and Light

About the Author

Sheri Conaway is a writer, blogger, ghostwriter, and advocate for cats. Sheri believes in the Laws , of Attraction, but only if you are a participant rather than just an observer. Her mission is to Make Vulnerable Beautiful and help entrepreneurs touch the souls of their readers and clients so they can increase their impact and their income. If you’d like to have her write for you, please visit her Hire Me page for more information. You can also find her on Facebook Sheri Levenstein-Conaway Author or in her new group, Putting Your Whole Heart Forward;

Random Thoughts While Waiting for the Start of #Nanowrimo2015

Remember to Allow

With NaNoWriMo only hours away, I was becoming rather frantic as I had no story, no characters and no idea how I was going to come up with 50,000 words about nothing. I turned to the many inspirational messages I find on my Facebook news feed. Though not 100% successful, I’ve managed to attract more positive affirmations than anything else lately.

The first message which caught my attention recommended relaxing and not trying so hard. Check. Stop freaking out about not having a story. I went into my meditation focusing on staying in the moment and being true to myself. Not 10 minutes in, the story idea hit me right between the eyes. It was so vivid and alive I wanted to start writing then and there, but knew I had to wait. So I let the meditation continue and the story development went on, giving me a plot, some back story, the main character and a supporting one. It also gave me several scenes in rough form to be fleshed out later as my Muse sees fit.

Later in the day, I ran across a post which talked about thinking of yourself as desirable. I wish I’d re-posted it so it would show on my own page as I can no longer find it. The gist of the post was that you will attract others to you when you believe you are desirable, likable or any other -able which will ultimately draw the kind of people you want to be with and, in fact want to be.

I was already feeling pretty good about dancing tonight because Thursday was unusual in that there were more single men than usual and less single women to take up all the dance partners. Needless to say, I danced until my feet were too sore to keep going and was extremely grateful for such an amazing dance night.

Somewhere between reading about thinking of myself as desirable and the glow from Thursday night’s dancing, the Universe was listening and gave me another night of particularly excellent dancing. I even got to do my favorite couples dance with a partner for a change!

In Conclusion…

From where I sit, this was a day when I attracted exactly what I wanted and needed. My blessings are accumulating so rapidly, all I can do is sit back and enjoy the flow of positive, beneficial energy. It isn’t every day that things fall into place so neatly, nor would it be healthy if they did. The most valuable lessons come when we have a little adversity, a little challenge in our lives. Being given the opportunity to rise to the occasion is a blessing unto itself and I wouldn’t trade the pleasure I feel from overcoming adversity for all of the easy days in the world.

I am at least as grateful for the days when things seem to come together effortlessly as I am for the days when I have to push past the frustration and the failed attempts until I reach the attempt that works. By the time I do reach that point, I’ve learned to discern between something which simply works and something which adds to the stability of my foundation. I’ve learned that the best answer may not be the easiest nor the first one you find that works. You have to be willing to ask the tough questions and to fail again and again until all of the cogs line up and the system is stable enough to survive an 8.2 earthquake. Only then will you have arrived at the answer which will yield the results you really want and still be flexible enough to adapt when the inevitable happens and the world changes around you.

Be Good to You

It’s so easy to get caught up in the challenges in our lives, whether it’s our family, money, a job, a relationship…the list is endless. The way to live rather than merely surviving is not. Make it a point to look yourself in the eye whenever you’re near a mirror. Whether you’re washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Combing your hair or just passing through, take an extra second or two to say something nice to yourself; to tell yourself how beautiful, special, talented, desirable, sexy, lovable…worthy you are. You are all of these things and more, and deserve to hear it every single day. Give yourself this gift and you will see miracles.

My gratitudes tonight are:
1. I am grateful for all of the blessings in my life.
2. I am grateful for all of the challenges I have overcome, and those which I have not yet discovered.
3. I am grateful for the advice which made me relax and allow my Muse to do what she does best.
4. I am grateful for the Inklings who convinced me to do another NaNo even though I thought I wasn’t ready.
5. I am grateful for abundance; dancing, friendship, joy, laughter, inspiration, motivation, peace, harmony, allowing, releasing, accepting, health, philanthropy and prosperity.

Blessed Be

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March 14, 2015 Things which inspire hope in my heart

I can always count on my friends on Facebook to share things which inspire me

Today, a friend shared a story which immediately gave me hope that despite all of the stories of doom and gloom, of GMO’s and dying bees, of abuse in all of it’s many sizes, shapes and colors, there truly are enough good things happening which, were we to focus our attention on them, would completely overshadow and ultimately, wipe out all of the ugliness. Today was a perfect example. A friend shared this: http://abc7.com/travel/first-photos-emerge-of-the-worlds-newest-island/557493/

Call me Pollyanna, but the idea of a brand spanking new island being created by the upheaval of a volcano is, to me, positively miraculous. This is the first time in my lifetime that I remember hearing about a new island! It may not be much more than a natural phenomenon to most, but to me, it represents hope and birth and a world which may be seeing destruction in some places, but in others, it is seeing something which will house new life in the future. It will be a place where, at least for a little while, species’ can grow and thrive, unmolested by we dastardly humans. It might even be a place where a new species will arise from a combination of factors unique to the new environment this island represents.

People continually seek new thrills, new entertainment, so very little remains free of human intervention

I’d like to believe that this new land, this new life will remain pristine for a few years, but the reality is, greed speaks very loudly, and an Italian businessman is already eying the new island and envisioning a resort with his name on it marring the shores. But I refuse to let go of my picture of promise and new life to feed someone else’s dream of profit. I refuse to let go of hope for the future; a future where humans appreciate the Earth which provides us a home. I’ll give my attention to new islands and people who put themselves on the line for animals and other people any time, rather than giving one second of attention to the stories of horror and abuse.

Thoughts are energy and energy powers our world. We can choose to power crime and abuse and hate and wars, or we can choose to power life and faith and birth and growth. Our thoughts truly can clean up the air and the water, rejuvenate the earth where she has been abused, and even smother the oppressors. And we can do these things one, single, solitary thought at a time.

I stroke my cat and he purrs and I feel good. Think about stroking humanity with a kind thought, word or deed, and see how humanity purrs, and then we feel good and repeat the process. How long, were we to really focus, would it take before wars and disease and crime were a thing of the past? How long would it take before our waterways were once again clean, welcoming places for those who evolution proclaimed were water dwellers? Before nobody need lock their doors for fear that someone would help themselves to what they worked hard to acquire? How long before it became commonplace to greet strangers on the street with a hug and a smile?

I believe in the immortal words of John Lennon:
Imagine all the people Living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one

John Lennon – Imagine Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Can you think of a single good reason we shouldn’t believe that a peaceful humanity is possible? Despite the horrors which have occurred in my own lifetime, I still find reason to hope, and because I do, I turn my thoughts and my attention to that dream which Mr. Lennon was unable to live to see. But we still can.  I believe in miracles.

My gratitudes tonight are:
1. I am grateful for things which give me hope.
2. I am grateful that, in spite of what humans might say or do, the Earth still has the ability to create newness in and of herself.
3. I am grateful that I have learned to minimize the things which bring us down and maximize those with build us up.
4. I am grateful for the simple things; a new island, the purr of my cats, the smile of a friend. These are the things which matter.
5. I am grateful for abundance: purrs, smiles, islands in the sea, hope, dreams, integrity, happiness, love, joy, peace, harmony, health and prosperity.

Blessed be.

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