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Aber die Musici bleiben besteh’n

Music Alone Shall Live (All Things Shall Perish)
Himmel und Erde müssen vergeh’n,
Aber die Musici,

Aber die Musici,
Aber die Musici bleiben besteh’n

 

All things shall perish from under the sky,

Music alone shall live

Music alone shall live

Music alone shall live, never to die.

 

So before you wonder if I’m going crazy, the answer is no, no I’m not.  I’ve been thinking a LOT about the power of music and what an awesome motivator it can be.  THEN I heard Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac and I felt like I HAD to share the lyrics.  From there it was time to come up with a title for the blog post when this song I sang at a music festival popped into my head and I knew if I put the title in German, it would require some explanation.  Wow…long convoluted explanation to get to the blog post, lol.

Don’t Stop – Christine McVie.

Sometimes, getting up and just getting out of bed can be the biggest struggle.  Who wants to leave their nice safe cozy haven to face who knows what?  And then there is the whole concept of morning.  It’s absolutely evil to some people.  So when you’re hiding in your bed, trying to avoid he world, think about all the great things that are out there.
If you wake up and don’t want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You’ll see things in a different way.

All the drama that was yesterday is gone.  Let it go, leave it behind.  It’s over.  Instead, celebrate what’s coming, a whole brand new day.
Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.
Don’t dwell on past mistakes, or even spend too much time celebrating the successes of yesterday.  Instead think about what’s coming.  It’s a new day and a new chance to make some miracles happen.
Why not think about times to come,
And not about the things that you’ve done,
If your life was bad to you,
Just think what tomorrow will do.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

Life doesn’t always work out the way we planned.  There are bumps detours and roadblocks in our journey and sometimes things happen that make us unhappy.  Let them go as quickly as you can and look forward to the new adventures to come.  Remember there is always somebody that wants you to smile and be happy.
All I want is to see you smile,
If it takes just a little while,
I know you don’t believe that it’s true,
I never meant any harm to you.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

Don’t you look back,
Don’t you look back.

So there you have it, one of the songs I pull out and crank up when I’m “in a mood.”  What songs do YOU listen to when you are down in the dumps?  What are your feel good songs?  Comment below and let me know.

But That’s Not Spiritual – Chris Cade

by Chris Cade

I can’t count the number of times in the past that I’ve thought to myself something wasn’t “spiritual.” In my case, a lot of it had to do with work and not getting enough sleep.

I didn’t think that working could be spiritual (after all, it’s just money, right?). When I had really bad sleep problems and insomnia, I didn’t think sleep was “spiritual.” Sleep was just another thing on the “to do” list in my already too-few-hours in a day.I

thought my job was separate from my spiritual life. I thought that what I ate, how I ate it, and whether I exercised was physical (NOT SPIRITUAL).  I believed my friendships and relationships weren’t spiritual. And the reason I thought those things weren’t “spiritual” is because they didn’t fit into my idea of what was spiritual.

I only considered things like “meditation” or “seminars” or “workshops” to be spiritual. If I wasn’t doing those things, then whatever I was doing was not “spiritual.”

I was always separating in my mind, heart, and in my life, what was spiritual from what was not. And whether we realize it or not (I didn’t at the time), this kind of separation is actually quite painful. Most of that pain is subconscious, but it’s still living with an underlying state of pain.

That was a few years ago when I held those beliefs close to my heart.  Fortunately, since then I’ve discovered more about myself and what is spiritual (to me).  In fact, now I can’t separate spirituality from any of those things. Spirituality, for me, includes every moment of every day.

Every breath. Every bite. Every message I share with you. Everything I read. Everyone I meet. Spirituality is infused with everything I do. To be candid, while I know it is infused with all I do, I don’t always consciously recognize it.

That’s my real inner work: to experience that in all I do… to go beyond the concept, beyond the moments of recognition, and enter a state of constant integration with that truth.

“We are not physical beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a physical journey.”

In varying forms, that quote has been attributed to many people. And with good reason. It is ineffective to sit high in a mountain and meditate to feel inner peace, if we can’t bring that peace with us to everything we do. For example, how effective is feeling happy if the only time we feel happy is when we’re NOT living our daily life?

Please keep in mind that this is not a judgment about people, such as monks, who choose a monastic life. We all make our choices about what is right for us. It’s not about “good” or “bad” but rather about what is “effective” or “ineffective” in helping us inscribe the life of our dreams.

What I’m talking about is you and me living where we live. In the cities, suburbs, small towns, fields, farms, everywhere… we have chosen to be “a part” (not “apart”) of our society. That means we have the realities in our life of finances, relationships, and our physical well-being.

I have noticed in my own life that when I am mindful and conscious of my environment, the people in my life, and myself, then miracles happen. I truly am much happier.

Further, once I finally realized the limiting beliefs and lies I told myself about work and financial abundance, I also became much happier. No longer was I saying “work isn’t spiritual” and “money isn’t spiritual.” Instead, I began to see all my work and income earning as opportunities to practice spirituality. I saw them as opportunities to bring my love into everything I do and share it with everyone I meet.

Speaking of “sharing,” I thank you from the deepest reaches of my soul for being a part of my spiritual journey and for honoring me with the privilege of being of service to you. I hope that you have a delightfully “spiritual” day. 🙂

Your Partner In Transformation,
Chris Cade
Liberate Your LIfe

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The Land of Truth

By Chris Cade

A certain man believed that the ordinary waking life, as people know it, could not possibly be complete. He sought the real Teacher of the Age. He read many books and joined many circles, and he heard the words and witnessed the deeds of one master after another. He carried out the commands and spiritual exercises which seemed to him to be most attractive.

He became elated with some of his experiences. At other times he was confused; and he had no idea at all of what his stage was, or where and when his search might end.

This man was reviewing his behavior one day when he suddenly found himself near the house of a certain sage of high repute. In the garden of that house, he encountered Khidr, the secret guide who shows the way to truth.
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Zombie Kids Like Turtles

by Chris Cade

The other day I was curious about what the top YouTube videos are of all time. Mostly at the top is some combination of Justin Beiber and other popular singers… and a bunch of random videos.

One video title caught my attention:

“Zombie Kid Likes Turtles”

So I watched it. It was a news clip. And was quickly reminded why I don’t watch the news.

Most news falls into two categories: Dumb and discouraging.

Dumb is stuff like Zombie Kid Likes Turtles. It’s when the filler in the news lacks any useful or emotional substance. It’s arguably even an ineffective attempt at bringing some heart into the news.

Calling it dumb isn’t a judgment. Dumb news isn’t necessarily good or bad. It’s dumb because it lacks intelligence, substance, and even humor.

Then there’s the “discouraging.”

That’s all the stuff we “think we have to keep up with” so we can “be prepared.”

Bad news. Murders. War. Bad economy. Corruption. Drugs. Natural disasters. Scandals. Affairs. Negative politics.

The list goes on…

And every moment you expose yourself to bad news, you are subconsciously reinforcing pain, negativity, and fear. Your mind subconsciously learns and believes:

“This is how the world is. This is how it works.”

Yet that’s not entirely true. It is true that is how some of the world operates. In fact, much of the world operates from places of fear, pain, and negativity. That’s why we have wars, rape, theft, etc.

But it’s not true that is how the world is. Just some people in the world. Even in my recent dark times, I never saw the world as an inherently painful place. Yes I was in pain. No, the world is not inherently painful.

If you keep up with the news (whether it’s online, TV, or newspaper), I dare you to go one full week without ever once checking in on the news.

I did this years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Very quickly the quality of my life improved.

Then a few years later, I suddenly fell into a temporary trap of keeping up with the news again. Within a week I felt depressed. Once I realized it was news-related, I dropped the news again and my depression went away.

That was all before I had any ideas about consciousness, spirituality, personal development, etc. I just knew that the news lowered my quality of life. It messed up and confused my heart and mind.

Much of the news serves to make us like zombies.

(or as some people say, “sheeple” ~ sheep-like people who follow blindly)

Most of the media companies in the US are controlled by an elite wealthy few people, often with political ties. The combination of wealth and politics often (not always) influences people and organizations in ways that are not necessarily benevolent or “for the people.” Money trails and investigations don’t paint a pretty picture of the media nor politicians.

So then why look to the news as an authoritative source for what should go into YOUR subconscious mind?

All you have to do is look at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests going on to see how this can lead us astray. Signs such as:

“Dear 1%. We are the 99%, and we were asleep. Now we’ve woken up.”

Think about that for a moment…

In simple terms, the sign says: “We blindly followed people in positions of authority. We blindly followed the news. Now we’re paying the price for our ignorance, and we don’t want to do that anymore.”

It’s great that people are waking up in so many ways… economically, politically, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Still, this is our lives we’re talking about. And the news is subconsciously sabotaging our best efforts to transform our lives.

Liberate Your Life… with 1 week of no news whatsoever from any source.

Give it a try.

The world won’t end during that time. 🙂

Your Partner In Transformation,
Chris Cade
Liberate Your Life

P.S. I’m not saying that ignorance is a better solution. Being informed in an ever-changing world can be incredibly helpful and necessary.

What I am suggesting is that you can experience the world, and the news, in a different way. Unless you guard what goes into your subconscious mind, you’ll forever be a zombie at the whims of the national media organizations.

P.P.S. In my experience, if something is important enough for me to know about then it finds its way to me anyways… I don’t have to seek it out.


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Create Some Happiness in Your LIfe

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

Happiness can come from a lot of different sources.  There is no doubt about this.  Love can bring happiness, so can success.  A sunny day can make you happy or a rainy day.  We all find our happiness in different ways and in different places.  But one of the greatest ways to find happiness is in the creation of something.  You don’t have to create a work of art that is worthy of hanging in the Louvre.  Creativity can be shown in many ways.  Cooking a meal can be a form of creativity.  So can making a snow angel.  It’s all in what gives you pleasure.  So why not create something and revel in the happiness your accomplishment brings you.

How to Solve Your Problems Pt 2 – Chris Cade

Last week I shared with you my perspectives on “How to Solve Your Problems,” and I received some interesting feedback and questions. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read that email, click here to read it on my blog.

Today I thought I’d share how one of those interactions went on Facebook. Annette wrote…

“What if the person or persons are toxic, blames everything on you, or is always criticising you (dumb, never be good for anything) or blaming (my problems are yours because you won’t fix them or give me $). Is my perception of that wrong? If I view it differently what will happen? What about verbal abuse?”

Those are interesting questions. Because we all are unique individuals with unique experiences, only you will know the real answers to those questions in your own life if you are able to completely view it differently (including both conscious and subconscious beliefs).

One thing I have observed in my own experience…

As I change, the relationships I have with others changes as well. Other people respond differently to my deeper sense of Strength, Courage, Willpower, Peace, Presence, Joy, Authenticity, and other qualities.

Some people are melted by the peace and Courage and come closer to me… they open up. Some people are inspired, encouraged, or calmed. Other people distance themselves.

One thing is certain: There are still people who judge me, and their judgments don’t hurt as much or even at all.

“Thank you! I didn’t think about my detaching (or actually my lack of it) as being the answer. Maybe after 45 years my mindset was stuck! If it effects me, maybe that means some part of me agrees with them. Ouch, that hurts! Growing pains! I think this is a major step in my life. I can’t thank you enough!”

Yes. Most of the time when you feel upset by something somebody says about you, there’s a part of you (often subconscious) that does agree with them. A really simple example is:

If you were the best in the world at something ~ for example a World Champion Pool Player ~ and somebody said “You’re pretty bad at pool” you’d just shrug them off.

On the other hand, if you’re an aspiring pool player and somebody said the same thing, you might think, “Wow. They might be right. Maybe I should just give up now and save myself unnecessary pain in the future.”

We do the same thing with emotions.

If you know that you’re deeply rooted in love, and somebody says you’re “Not very loving” then it’s pretty easy to recognize that it’s the OTHER person projecting their lack of love onto you. They don’t feel loving, so they view the entire world (including you) as not being loving.

On the other hand, no matter how loving you may be, if somebody says that you are “Not very loving” ~and you believe that not being loving is a “bad” thing~ then you’ll likely feel sad, upset, unloving, etc as a result of that person’s comment.

So yes you’re right. As long as some part of you (conscious or subconscious) agrees with negative judgments from other people, then you will feel emotional pain.

Since I’m on this path with you, that happens to me sometimes. It’s not fun when I notice that I feel judged (or judgmental). Fortunately, I also recognize that it is an opportunity for me to recognize where I’m still identifying with negative judgments. That awareness enables me to shift my attention and focus to the inner work I need to do to become more wholly integrated.

And…

By changing your inner world, your experience of the outer world also changes. Both are inextricably linked. So much so that many people will even respond differently to you than they did prior to you making inner changes.

When that happens, there’s an incredible opportunity for more “problem solving” using new states of consciousness (awareness) ~ whether you’re solving problems in relationships, finances, work, or even your hobbies.

Your Partner In Transformation,
Chris Cade

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Happiness is…

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy. – Gretta Brooker Palmer

I LOVE getting gifts. I think most everybody does. The excitement of birthdays and Christmas morning can hardly be contained. Getting gifts is a great thing. I think that when you get give a gift, the excitement is even greater because you are doing something to make somebody else happy, and that in turn makes you feel happier. This post isn’t supposed to be about gifts – because you can give happiness to others in a myriad of different ways, it doesn’t always have to be with a tangible object. But I’m thinking about gifts because I came across a piece of jewelry my kids bought and paid for with their own money and gave me for Christmas one year. That was the best year ever, because for the first time, they weren’t as concerned with opening their own gifts as they were with me opening mine. They could barely contain their glee and pleasure as I slowly unwrapped the gift. And the happiness for me came not from the piece of jewelry, but from their joy and happiness. But like I said, what you do to make someone happy doesn’t have to be a gift. It can be helping to rake leaves, or dropping off a meal when you know a friend is in a bind, or offering to babysit their kids so they can have 30 minutes to call their own. Try it and see how good making someone else happy makes you feel.

Be Happy or Be Sad, the Choice is Yours

We can choose to be happy or chose to be miserable. Both take the same amount of work. So choose to be happy

. originally posted 9/4/09

I know people are reading this and saying “No way!” and to that, I say “Yes way!” Being happy takes an effort. You have to work at it and make an effort to be happy. Really, happiness does not come and find you, you have to go out and find happiness. There are times that are very happy and filled with joy. What amazes me that even in the face of all those happy times, some people put a tremendous amount of energy into being miserable.
The same could be said for misery. You have to work to be miserable. It doesn’t come naturally to us. Sure bad things happen – they happen all the time, unfortunately. And when those bad things happen, you can choose to wallow in the misery, or you can fight through it – it takes effort, sure, but fight through it you can and find some happiness.

So if it takes time, effort and energy to be happy, and it takes time, effort and energy to be miserable, why not work for the happiness?

Happy Thoughts

Your happy, positive feelings will attract happy, positive circumstances.

originally posted 9/3/10
I’m sitting here wondering what can I say about this that hasn’t been said thousands of times before, and I’ve got nothing. I think we all pretty much GET it. I mean it’s not rocket science after all. If you are thinking happy, good positive, thoughts, you’re going to attract happy good, positive things to you. But what do you do when your car breaks down and the repair cost is twice what is in your checking account, and the kids need new school supplies and your hours got cut at work? What then? How in the world are you supposed to have all these happy, positive thoughts when your world is basically imploding around you?

I’ll tell you, it’s NOT easy, but it can be done. Try and find even one sliver of good in all that’s going wrong. Okay, sure your car broke, but at least you have a car. Sure, buying things for your kids for school is a drain on the budget, but you have healthy, happy kids who are going to school and learning. And maybe your hours are being cut at work but you still have a job. Or maybe you can just look outside your window and find beauty and happiness in a bird that is flying by. Whatever it is, find that one happy thought and latch on to it. Then start looking for another one, and another one. Focus on them, not all the other things that are going wrong. Little by little, you’ll find that you’re replacing all that negative energy that’s coursing through your body with happier feelings. Now I’ll be honest, you may not find immediate solutions to all your difficulties, but I’m betting you’ll find that it’s a little bit easier to cope.

What About Love?

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately.  What it is, what it means, what’s it’s like to have it, and what it’s like to not have it in your life, and of course the different kinds of love.

Lets start with the types of love.  There is the love you share with friends, there is passionate love, there is romantic love, familial love and unrequited love just to name a few.

I’m lucky that I have lots of love in my life.  I have great friends, and I have two amazing and wonderful kids.  I am rich when it comes to love.  I’ve had passionate love and romantic love and I’ve even had unrequited love.  And all of them are good.  Yes, all of them – even the unrequited love.

I had crushes on boys when I was a little girl.  Boys who didn’t even know I was alive, and I had crushes on movie stars and singers.  Yes David Cassidy and Donny Osmond, I’m talking to you.  And yes, as an adult, there have been people I loved deeply, with all my heart that just didn’t love me back.

At first, I thought unrequited love was a horrible and terrible thing.  Here I was, seven years old, holding my Partridge Family lunch box waiting for David Cassidy to drive up and his limo and take me away, and he never came.  And when I was older, Scott Baio never came, and that cute boy in my study hall never did ask me to the prom.

This got me to thinking, is unrequited love a bad thing?  My automatic response was “Heck yeah, it’s bad, it hurts!  Of course it’s bad.” But then I started to really think about it, and I’ve come to the conclusion that unrequited love is not a bad thing at all.  Any type of love is good because the more we love, the bigger our capacity to love is.  The more we use our heart, the more it expands, and the more it expands, the more love it can give and received.  Kind of like the Grinch’s heart on How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

But it’s not just unrequited love that makes your heart grow. It’s every kind of love.  Love is good, and love is expandable, and love, well it grows exponentially.  The more love you have, and the more love you give way, the more love you get.  So open your heart to love, and share that love and watch and cherish the love that comes back to you.

 

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