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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 28, a little late

Greetings my Gracious Group of Grateful Gals, Guys, and everyone in-between! I must apologize, I hadn't realized that my scheduled post never published! But, as they say, better late than never!

Remember the Magic

That's the thing with magic. You've got to know it's still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.
Charles De Lint 
The Magic, pg. 235
Today we will start off by remembering yesterday. Rhonda Byrne explains that remembering the magic is one of the most powerful practices of gratitude because every day is unique, so each time you count yesterday's blessings they will be different. 
Start todays' practice by asking: What are the good things that happened yesterday? Did you receive good news? Did you magically acheive one of your desires? Did you feel especially happy? 
Remember the magic and list yesterday's blessings on your Thank you list. Read over your list, feel the gratitude, and say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for each item. 

Remember The Magic - it was created for YOU!
The Magic, p.237


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 24


People who wait for a magic wand fail to see that they ARE the magic wand
-Thomas Leonard 

Energy flows where attention goes...

We won't be using actual magic wands today, but we will BE the magic wands, directing energy to three people who are in need of love, health, wealth, or happiness. When you decide who you will help, find 3 photos of them (actual photographs, not pics on your phone or computer because you need to hold the photos in your hand.) If you don't have photos of them, you could write their name down on a piece of paper, or even hold something of theirs. 
Take the photo of the first person, close your eyes and for one minute visualize that you are getting the news that that person achieved/received/recovered/fill-in-the-blank what they needed. How did you learn about your friend/family's magical miracle? Did they tell you? or did their child blurt it out when they were leading up to it for a dramatic reveal? The clearer you see it the more magic you send them. When the minute is up open your eyes, look at the photo and say "THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU...for _______ health, wealth or happiness."
Say the words slowly and with intention. Now move on to the next person and repeat.
Using gratitude to help someone else with his/her/their health, wealth, and happiness is the single greatest act of gratitude you can perform. And one of the magical things about it is that the health, wealth, and happiness you fervently wish for others, you also bring to yourself.
Byrne, p. 210

Don't  Forget...

Be sure to start your day with gratitude by adding 10 more items to your Thank you list. Take a look at your magical check, read through your list of desires, or take some magical steps to get you through the part of the day that seems to drag, and before going to bed tonight hold your magic rock tight, think about your day, and say thank you for the best part of the day.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 23


In the comments below, tell me where you are and what the weather is like - more specifically, describe the air. I live in New Hampshire which is in the North-East United States. The air is cold, and crisp. It tastes and smells fresh, like an ice cold glass of water. It's refreshing as well, like mint gum bursting with flavor, ensnaring all of your senses as you make the first few bites.

In ancient teachings it is said that when a person reaches the point of being deeply grateful for the air that they breathe, their gratitude will have reached a new level of power, and they will have become the true alchemist, who can effortlessly turn every part of their life into gold!
                                                                                                                                             Byrne, p. 204

Did it happen by chance?

Are you grateful for the air you breath? When I posed the question to myself, my knee-jerk reaction was "yes, of course". But then I thought about it for a moment, and realized I wasn't deeply grateful, as I have never thought of the miraculousness of having air on this planet. Byrne explains that "It's not an accident that there's a protective atmosphere surrounding us, and that beyond it there's no air or oxygen. It's not an accident that the trees give off oxygen so that our atmosphere is continually replenished...when the realization hits you that all of these things might not be an accident, and that the balance of every microscopic element surrounding Earth on and on Earth is in perfect harmony to support us, you will feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for life..." (p.202). Talk about breathtaking- in every sense of the word! 

Take a Breather!

Today, take 5 full deliberate breaths (in 5 times, out 5 times) 5 different times today. After you take a set of 5 full breaths, say the magic words: THANK YOU FOR THE MAGICAL AIR THAT I BREATHE. Be genuinely grateful. Think about everything and everyone that benefits from the air you breathe, think about how the magic of your gratitude could help bring clean air to a part of the world where people have to wear scarves and masks over their face, because the air is not pleasant to breath - it may even be painful or toxic. Today's exercise is not only for you, it's for everyone and everything on earth. 

As Always...

Add another 10 blessings to your Thank you list in the morning. If you're having a hard time thinking of something, since we have come up with over 200 things so far, take a walk around your house. How do you keep your food cold? How do you cook it? And you now have at least 3 items (fridge & microwave, stove, oven). When the sun goes down is it dark in your house? Do you have overhead lights in all of your rooms? In my apartment, the only overhead lights are over the stairs and in the kitchen. At first it really annoyed me, but now I don't get bothered by the lack of ceiling lights because I am feeling grateful for the plethora of lamps I have accumulated! I've got big lamps, little lamps - I have a lamp shaped like a belly dancer lady, complete with stringed beads hanging from the lamp shade! (it was a hand-me-down from my mother...when she first gave it to me it creeped me out lol, but when I moved and was deciding on what to keep and what to toss, I had planned on getting rid of the lady lamp...the shade was broken, the lady was dirty...but moving day came and I brought that lady up to my room and put her on my night stand, because I realized I should be grateful my mother gave me a lamp that she could have easily sold online, or kept for herself). 
When you go to bed, be sure to hold that magic rock and say thank you for the best part of your day! (like, breathing maybe?)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 22


We are almost to the end of our 28-day challenge! This month has FLOWN by! They say time flies when you're having fun, and I've certainly had more fun this month! My mood has improved, my patience has improved, my luck has improved (and considering it was almost non-existent before, that's saying something!), and most of all, I'm feeling grateful for so much! It's been snowing all weekend, and instead of thinking "oh this sucks, I have to shovel this damn walk way" I thought "I'm so glad I have warm boots and gloves and a shovel to clear my walk way! And I'm blessed to have been able to get my son a nice snow suit, so he can play in the snow while I clear the path and dig out my car, and don't have to worry about him getting soaked through to his clothes."
Have you noticed any differences in how you look at your world? in what you think? in how you react to things?

The very first desire that I received was bringing joy to millions of people through my work. The rest of my desires magically followed, and one by one, as they appeared before my eyes, I crossed them off my list. So now it's your turn to use gratitude's magical power to make your desires appear before your very eyes.
Byrne, p. 197

Top 10 Desires

We are going to be working with our list of desires today. At the start of your day, after you add 10 more items to your Thank You List, get your list of Top Ten Desires out. Read through each sentence and desire on the list, and for one minute imagine/visualize that you received your desire. Feel as grateful as possible. If you have a hard time with visualizing, then imagine your desire came true and conjure the emotions you'll feel when that desire comes to you.  

Byrne tells us "...no matter how big your desires seem to be, you can receive them through gratitude. Even more than that, gratitude will bring a joy and happiness for life that you've never felt before, and that is truly priceless."I am confident that this is true. I know since I started expressing gratitude even a little bit my life improved dramatically. Since this challenge began, I've been able to get 2 more clients, which will increase my income by 25% per month. That is huge for me! I'm so grateful - for the work, the income, the people who hired me, the person who referred me, and to myself, for not giving up on my writing business when things got hard. 

This isn't something that Byrne suggests, but I recommend that when you hold your magic rock and say thank you for the best part of the day, you say thank you for the best part AND say thank you for achieving your number one desire. Re-read it and imagine it before you go to sleep. Think about how you will react, what you will do the day after you receive it, who you will tell, how they'll react...even imagine if you'll post it to social media, and if so, what will you say? The more detailed your imagination the greater gratitude you'll feel, and the more gratitude you have means more magic which will bring forth your most deeply desired goals. 

As always, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for reading!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 19

 

I hope everyone had a great week! Finally the weekend! We are due to get a major snowstorm up here in New Hampshire, so I will be spending the day preparing for that- going shopping to stock up on food, water, batteries, candles, diapers and wipes for my son. The local Walmart has just gone through a make-over, so I cannot find anything in there anymore! I will wander around craning my neck for what seems like forever and when I finally decide to flag down an employee more often than naught I've already passed the aisle I'm looking for.
I do get a lot of steps in when I decide to go there though, which is perfect for today's magical practice! Today is Magical Footsteps - taking 100 thankful steps.

Following in Albert Einstein's Footsteps

Today's practice is inspired by Albert Einstein.

You may take any number of steps you'd like at anytime, anywhere you'd like today - so long as you meet the 100 steps total. With every footfall you think "Thank you". Left foot thank you right foot thank you...you get the idea.
Byrne promises that this practice will make you feel happy, even if you are in a rotten mood before you start. She writes "It doesn't matter if you can't get much of a feeling of gratitude while you're taking them; I promise you will still feel happier afterward. If you're feeling down, Magic Footsteps will make you feel better, and even if you're feeling great, Magic Footsteps will lift your spirits even higher!" (p. 177). She also notes that you should spend at least 90 seconds on this - it's how long it takes the average person to take 100 steps apparently. She goes on to say that the practice isn't so much about the steps, but it will take at least 100 steps in order for the practice to make a difference.
If Einstein said "thank you" 100 times EVERY DAY, then we can do it at least one day out of our entire lives (and maybe we will start making a habit of it - maybe not 100 but maybe 10, or 30, or 50 times).

As Usual...

Start out your day by writing 10 more blessings on your Thank You list, and then before you go to bed take your rock, hold it tight while thinking of your day, and say Thank you for the best part of the day.
Until tomorrow my lovelies!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 18


Welcome to Day 18!

We all know that one way to be successful is the discipline to plan ahead and stick to those plans. I've tried a number of planners, task apps, calendars, and even the BuJo method. I watched several how-to videos, and despite the narrator saying how easy and time saving it is, I found it complicated, confusing, and messy. I like a good cluttered page - but not when I'm trying to write small and can't
read anything I've written because they're all on top of each other. I gave it a week - I couldn't remember the icons, despite the key, and in the end I cut out the pages I wasted and decided to use it as a journal. I've just purchased a new bullet journal, this time using the content page system (sorta) but didn't even bother with the planning part of it. I'm currently working on a new project - Magical Musings School of Witchcraft! My newest BuJo is dedicated to that. I have a section of resources I'll use or plan to use, then have a section outlining the classes I'll include and a break down of the lessons. The rest of the journal is divided up so each class has a section, where I keep notes, sketch out intro's or lesson plans, write down quotes, even doodle possible logo designs.
After the BuJo planning mess, I was given a Happy Planner! My best friend upgraded to the biggest one, and gave me her mini! I went out the next day and purchased refills and a new hard cover (I HATE when the corners of pages get curled up from being put into a bag) and then went right to youtube to find ways to personalize it without paying the crazy high prices for the Happy Planner addition packs. My little planner may look messy, but to me it's organized chaos. I've got stickers, folders, sticky notes galore and I love it! I even got some elastic ribbon from Walmart and made a band to wrap around the book to keep it closed, and a little ring that's attached to the back cover so I can keep a pen with it at all times. I love it, and it's helped me keep my life under control! The upcoming months will only get more hectic, so it will only become more precious to me. If you haven't already, try Happy Planner! Like I said, you pay for a hard cover, a basic dated packet, then hit the dollar store, craft store or Walmart to make it your own without spending more than you have to.
So why am I going on about planners, you may be wondering. Well, today we are going to make a to-do list - a Magical to-do list!
This Magical To-Do List practice will help you with any little day-to-day problems when you don't know what to do or when you simply want something to be done for you. You will be amazed at the results! 
The Magic, p.168 
I must admit, the last part there makes me think of infomercials, promising amazing results for a hair tie that makes you tan or rings that lower your blood pressure lol (I haven't actually seen either, but I've seen equally silly). this is a little different though, because we have the Law of Attraction and the magic of Gratitude working behind the scenes.
So, make a list titled MAGICAL TO-DO LIST, and write out a list of the most important things/problems you need done/solved. Choose 3 of the most important from the list imagine that they were done for you - make sure you envision one task at a time. After you have imagined how, when, and by whom each item was completed/solved, s
pend one minute on each item, believing that it's done and feeling immense gratitude in return.

As always, start the day by adding 10 blessings to your Thank you List, and end the day by holding your magic rock and saying THANK YOU for the best part of the day before going to bed.
Until tomorrow, my lovely readers!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 17


Welcome to Day 17! 

Who is having an amazing week?
So, yesterday I got some news that was really frustrating at first. I was stomping around my house, worrying about the repercussions of the news. Then I realized, I had taken something for granted, and it only makes sense that I was going to be receiving less. I went up to my room, took my Magic rock, and thought about the situation. My first thought was, things will be more difficult, but I will figure a way out. No sooner had the thought crossed my mind did I realize that really, I wasn't going to lose out at all. I have something else that I will start getting, which will more than compensate for the loss of the other. I'm sure your quite confused, but my point is that this practice helps you see where you are lacking in gratitude. It gives you a perspective that you've never had before, and therefore brings more magic into your life because you start appreciating even more. I don't want to go into exact details, but I will say it has to do with money. It's funny I had a little panic over money yesterday when today is all about getting more money!

Magic Check


Today we are going to write a check out, to ourselves, for an amount of money we need to do something that we would be incredibly grateful for. We can start small, and then when we reach the amount write a new check, or write it out for the whole amount up front. However you want to do it. As you can see from the photo below, I drew my own check, based on the check in the book. I could have photocopied it, or printed one off the website - www.thesecret.tv/magiccheck - but I felt that if I put time into drawing it, I would be able to clearly visualize what I would do with the money, and feel all the more grateful when I finished. 
When you are done writing out the check, hold it in your hands and play out in your mind what you are going. to do with the money. Envision that the check is real, and you are about to leave for the bank to cash it. What are you going to do? Who will you tell? See it as detailed as possible. 
Take the check with you today, or put it somewhere you can see it. You are to take the check into your hands and repeat the exercise two more times today - saying THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU each time. 
At the end of the day, put the check where you will see it daily. Every day look at it and feel grateful for the money to do or get whatever it is you desire. When you truly receive the money, write a new check for a new goal. 

In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.
William Burroughs

Side note:

So I actually started the challenge on the 31st, so I could write the blog posts ahead of time and then set them to publish the day of. I just realized that for some reason these are publishing the day after, and I apologize for that! I will try to catch up, so they can go live when they are supposed to from now on. As always, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for taking the time to read these posts, and hopefully be skipping along through the month with me with an attitude of gratitude!

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 28, a little late

Greetings my Gracious Group of Grateful Gals, Guys, and everyone in-between! I must apologize, I hadn't realized that my scheduled po...