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PostHeaderIcon Easy 5 Minute Meditation

Need an instant calm?  Try this five minute quick fix.

Lie or sit down comfortably and close your eyes.  If you can… do this outside.

Take a slow, deep breath through your nose, filling your chest and abdomen.

Exhale slowly through your mouth, completely emptying your lungs.

Continue breathing like this.

As you exhale, imagine that you're breathing out all of your worries and stress. Feel your body gradually becoming relaxed.

Now concentrate on the ground beneath you. Even if you're not… imagine that you're outside. Feel the grass beneath you and the soil beneath that.

Pay attention to what your senses are telling you. Smell the grass. Listen to the sound of the wind. Feel the air; the breeze on your skin.

When you're feeling calm, rested and quiet, you're done.  

I've been using this quick meditation for a long time now.  The more you do it, the quicker the results.  It's a refuge for any time that you're feeling stressed.  All you need is 5 minutes and somewhere quiet and private.  It will work for you… just give it a try.

 

Learn more about meditation?  Head for the Health & Wellness section.

 

Christine R.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Law of Attraction – Not Working?

I've seen so many people 'beat themselves up' as they learn about the Law of Attraction or The Secret and try to apply it in their lives. Why are they so hard on themselves? 

When their desire doesn't materialize in a few days, they think that they aren't doing it right or that they don't believe enough. They are under the impression that in order to receive, they must have 100% belief – no doubt at all.  And so they try to convince themselves, and the Universe, that they DO have 100% belief – when they know, in their heart, they don't.

Have you studied The Law of Attraction and bought "The Secret" too? Are you one of the many who've tried everything they can think of to have The Law of Attraction work for them… but it just doesn't?!

Here's the good news! I was asked to put a limited edition bonus pack together for a new product "Discover The World of Attraction".  So I was able to take a really good look at the product itself.  And for all of you right now thinking "but I know all about the LOA… just not how to make it work"… you will soon.

"Discover The World of Attraction" is an in-depth look at what you need to know about yourself (yes… really!) to have the Law of Attraction actually work for you.

The possibility has probably already occurred to you that it was something to do with you personally… why the wishes and dreams you've been "putting out to the universe" just haven't come to fruition. You were right. You're where it all starts… but it's knowing how. With the right advice, whatever you want in life will start to become your reality.

Go take a look at "Discover The Law of Attraction" and start to believe that it's possible for you to have what you've asked for.  All you need to do is tip the scales slightly by learning what it is that's holding you back, and you'll begin to notice small (or big) evidence that your desires are on their way.

By the end of those thirty, easy to follow lessons, you'll know exactly what you need to do. If you can believe… you will receive.

And wait until you see what I put together for that huge bonus!  Check it out by clicking here.

Christine R.

 

 

 

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PostHeaderIcon Your Inner Smile

I thought I would let you in on something I've been doing for myself for the past couple of weeks since I discovered this ancient Taoist practice that gives you an easy way to achieve a healthy state of mind, body and soul.  It’s a self help system for curing illness and stress and for enhancing all aspects of life.  The most famous practitioner of “The Inner Smile” is Grand Master Mantak Chia.  A google search will tell you more about him. 

For the best results Grand Master Chia recommends you practice the meditation both in the morning and at night before bed.  Your mood and sleep should improve, but only with practice, as with anything new. 

Sit comfortably on the edge of a chair with your palms on your knees.  Straighten your spine, lifting it up from the top of your head.  Then relax the muscles in your neck and throat.  Close your eyes.  If you believe you are tense, gently move your neck from side to side and take a couple of deep, deep breaths.  

Next, smile outwardly, using a positive memory to bring you a feeling of happiness.  And once you’ve a smile on your face, it’s time to smile inwardly. 

Picture a smiley face in your mind.  Bring that smile to the space between your eyebrows – your third eye or “yin tang” in Chinese medicine – allowing it to rest there for a few breaths. 

Now, take the smile and gently move it in turn to each part of your body.  Imagine your body as hollow and the smile as a glowing ball of light filling every dark corner.  If your smile gets stuck or fades at a tense of painful spot, breathe gently into that part of your body, imagining inhaled breath moving into that area.

If you’ve not meditated before, be aware that this is going to take some practice.  But it’s so worth it for the difference it will make to yourself and your life.

Reconnecting with your inner smile during the day – these are known as "half smiles".

1.  Put something in your bedroom that you see right away when you wake up.  Use this time before you get out of bed to take your first half smile of the day.   Do your morning full meditation before you leave for work or get started on your day.

 2.  Any free moments that you can find throughout the day… look at a child, a painting on the wall, a tree or just a cloud formation… anything that is relatively still.  Smile.  Inhale and exhale quietly three times.  Maintain the smile for as long as you can.

 3.  Angry?  Do your inner smile straight away.  Inhale and exhale quietly.  The anger should go away.

Having trouble imagining that “smiley face?”   Perhaps you’d enjoy the one I use.  I found it easier to concentrate on a smiley face that I'd actually seen.  I use a smiling sun, so that I can feel the warmth as well as enjoy the smile.  Click here to get your copy.  Print it out and put it in various places where you’re likely to practice your Inner Smile.  Enjoy.

 Christine R 

 

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PostHeaderIcon Missing In Action!…

Just looking at the date of the last post… I didn't realize I'd been neglecting you for so long.  Comes from being totally focused on something else!  

We decided that one of our original sites, ShopSmartHosting.com was hugely  in need of a revamp.  And what seemed a "bit of a job" turned into a huge one.  We found that it needed updating in all sorts of ways – layout, graphics and a whole lot more, and the days just got away from us.  

All finished now… so if you're about to put up a website online, you'll need a hosting program to do that.  Now I know how Neil and I struggled with the whole business of hosting, etc., when we were ready to put up our first site, so I've spent a good few days writing a report "Getting Started With Web Hosting".  It's available for free at ShopSmartHosting.com.  33 pages of information explaining the various forms of hosting and what to look for when you're choosing a host.  And including how to put up your site once you've got your hosting in place.  

If you decide to go with one of the plans we offer (they start at just US$4.95 a month, we've also put together a free video package which will really help you get started.  Details are on the site.  Here's to your new business!

Christine R.

 

"Success is never ending, failure is never final." – Dr. Robert Schuller

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PostHeaderIcon Taking Control of Your Life…

Are you frustrated by your challenges in life?  Do you have frequent feelings of being overwhelmed?  This can become a self perpetuating negative outlook and can make it even harder for you to manage those challenges and move forward.

Practicing positive thinking allows you to focus on your strengths and accomplishments, and this goes a long way to increasing your happiness and motivation.  In turn, this can allow us to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling downright miserable and stuck.

Let's take a look at some practical suggestions that you could use to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:

1. Take Good Care of Yourself –
It's much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.

2. Remind Yourself of What You Are Grateful For –
I've mentioned this before in previous posts. Stresses and challenges don't seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in your life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and
appreciate the good things can make a huge difference in your life.

3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions –
A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what others are thinking. But our fears are usually not reality. If you have a fear that a friend or family member's bad mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly gossiping about you when you turn your back, speak up and ask them. Don't waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have proof that there is something to worry about.

4. Try To Refrain from Using Absolutes –
Have you ever told a partner "You're ALWAYS late!" or complained to a friend "You NEVER call me!"? Thinking and speaking in absolutes like 'always' and 'never' makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your brain into believing that certain people are incapable of
delivering.

5. Detach Yourself From Negative Thoughts –
Your thoughts can't hold any power over you if you don't judge them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and don't follow it. In fact, try to immediately replace it with a positive thought.

6. Squash the "ANTs" –
In his book "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life," Dr. Daniel Amen talks about "ANTs" – Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like "Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me," or "The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!" When you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!

7. Practice Lovin', Touchin' & Squeezin' (Your Friends and Family) –
You don't have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good hug. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress touch some of her customers on the arm as she handed them their checks.  She received higher tips from these customers than from the ones she didn't touch!  Human contact… there's nothing like it.

8. Increase Your Social Activity –
By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. I know it's sometimes a huge effort, but you owe it to yourself to be surrounded with healthy, happy people.  Their positive energy can't help but affect you in a positive way!  Got a friend who's always being negative? Move on and find a new friend.  Seriously!

9. Volunteer for an Organization, or Help Another Person –
Everyone feels good after helping. You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources. The more positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.

10. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Focusing On Negative Thoughts –
If you find yourself ruminating, a great way to stop it is to interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something completely different.  Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative. It's never
productive, because it's not rational or solution-oriented. It's just excessive worry. Try changing your physical environment – go for a walk or sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or turn on some music.

It all comes down to a very simple way to live your life… keep turning negatives into positives. It takes practice.  Sometimes lots of it if you've been going through a negative patch.  But by the time it becomes something you do automatically, you won't recognize yourself or your life.  Is it worth a try?

All the best.
Christine R.

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PostHeaderIcon Being Happy…

Not having a good day today?  Having trouble turning that frown upside down?  These might help…

1.  Be grateful and appreciate everything you have.

Quit focusing on what you don’t have.  Be grateful and appreciate all the good in your life.  It will really increase the possibility of happiness.  Some people keep a “grateful” diary and at the end of each day, write in it what they’ve been grateful for today.

2.  Surround yourself with positive people.

You can “catch” other people’s emotions.  So think hard on who you need as your friends. 

3.  Forgive.

A wise soul once wrote “Anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die!”  Let go of old grudges.  Free yourself from that pain.  More happiness comes from less pain. 

4.  Declutter.

You’ve heard all about the mental benefits of decluttering!  Spend just one hour each weekend, starting with one room, until it’s all finished and tidy.  The next weekend, start again in another room.  Now, that’s not hard, is it?  And it’s a great feeling when you complete each room. 

5.  Buy yourself a gift!

There are some days when only shopping will help!  Give in to it. 

6.  Set small goals.

Yes, really small goals.  Work out your major goal.  Set four smaller goals that will help achieve the major one.  Decide which of the smaller goals to do first, second, etc.  Break the first one down into ridiculously small goals… and get the first one done now!  Still procrastinating?  Work on it for just five minutes.  A goal this small simply can’t be intimidating.  Right? 

7.  Delete unhelpful thoughts.

Find yourself thinking negative thoughts.  Stop.  And immediately replace that negative with a positive.  Repetition is the key.  Every negative thought to be replaced with positive.  Trust me… it will become a great habit and you’ll be a whole lot happier. 

8.  Talk like someone who is happy.

So you don’t feel happy today?  But if someone asks how you are, say “terrific” or “great” with a big smile.  Even faking it will improve your mood.  Go ahead… try it.  It works. 

9.  Get out into the fresh air.

It’s now been proven that low levels of Vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis.  Not fun!  If you’re a computerholic or an avid reader… just ten minutes of fresh air and sunshine will supply that Vitamin D as well as lifting your energy and your mood.  Don’t spend the whole lunch hour at your desk.  Aren’t you worth those ten minutes each day?  Or more? 

10.  Plan a trip.

Doesn’t matter if it’s ages away.  It’s having something to look forward to that will drag you through those dark days.  Can’t manage a big trip?  Heck… plan a series of one day outings with friends or family.  Put them in your calendar and start looking forward to them.

Nearly forgot a really big one!  Go out of your way to help someone today.  Think about it… commit to a random act of kindness each day.  Then enjoy the feeling, the euphoria, that can result from being kind to someone.

Want a copy of this "Being Happy" for yourself?  Download it right now.  Click here.  No cost.  In fact, if you know someone who would also enjoy this… you have giveaway rights, so just send it on to them, or tell them where to get it.

Be Happy!

Christine R.

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PostHeaderIcon What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do…

Feeling stuck about what to do with your career, your relationship, home, your health, your life in general?  Yes?  So, you'd agree that it’s time to move away from the computer screen or tv and take a good look at what’s turned you into the person you’re not liking today? 

Here’s the steps you could take to "unstick" yourself, and if you'd like your own copy of this as a reminder, you'll find a link at the end of this post, to download an A4 poster of these points. 

1.  Acknowledge the problem:  Understand that whatever you focus on is what you end up getting more of.  (Grab your free copy of “The Master Key” from the “Instant Access” button in the right hand column before you leave this page today).  It’s all those questions… “What am I going to do with my life?”  “What if I’m making the wrong decision?”  that have you stuck and unhappy. 

2.  Change your focus:  Ask yourself the right question… “What can I do?”  and this will have your brain looking for all the ways to make things work. 

3.  Find your motivation and put it on paper:  Discover what motivates you deep down.  Look at what it is you do when you’ve got free time.  Notice your own behaviour.  The right questions to ask yourself… “what did I do last weekend for fun?”  “what blogs did I visit?”  “what books did I read?”  “what am I really good at?”  Start a journal about the answers to these.  Seeing those answers in black and white will really bring the message home to you about where your true motivation lies. 

4.  Do what you love doing:  If you haven’t found your what you love yet, keep looking.  Never settle.  Know that you’ll know when you find it. 

5.  Trust that everything will work out for you:  This is absolutely the hardest step.  You need to let go of the fear that you’re going to make the wrong decisions.  Work very hard at believing that everything is going to be okay.  You have to trust in something and when you can and do, this approach will make all the difference.

Just five things to do.  Can't be that hard?  Right?  For a free, small poster of these five steps, that you can print out and put up somewhere you'll see it often… click here.   Please come on back and let me know if this helps.  Good luck.

Christine R.

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PostHeaderIcon Your free copy…

Here's a free download of the original "The Master Key System" book by Charles F Haanel that evolved into "The Law of Attraction" and then "The Secret".  Just head over to the right hand column and look for the "Instant Access" button.

I knew I had a copy of it somewhere.  I came across the book years and years ago, so it was just a case of finding it on my harddrive! Then I realized it was a bit of a mess.  So I've tidied it up.  No… I didn't change any of what Charles Haanel wrote… not a word.

You know, there's heaps of people who have read everything they could get their hands on about the Law of Attraction, and then Oprah Winfrey introduced them to The Secret.  But they're in chat rooms and forums around the internet, complaining that nothing works for them.  And I might know why it isn't.

As Mr. Haanel comments in his book...  "The Master Key" teaching has hitherto been published in the form of a Correspondence Course of 24 lessons, delivered to students one per week for 24 weeks.  The reader, who now receives the whole 24 parts at one times, is warned not to attempt to read the book like a novel, but to treat it as a course of study and conscientiously to imbibe the meaning of each part – reading and re-reading one part only per week before proceeding to the next.  Otherwise the later parts will tend to be misunderstood and the reader's time and money will be wasted."

We're all busy and time poor, but maybe if we didn't try to "devour" this information in as short a time as possible… it might work for us.

Look now in the right hand column to see where you can download your free copy of  "The Master Key System".  Simply click on the button and decide where you're going to file it for easy access.  Then why not set aside the time necessary each week to gradually absorb these life-changing lessons.

Christine R.


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PostHeaderIcon What Is The Law of Attraction?

I've been asked this question often.  If it's still puzzling you, I hope this helps.

The Universal Law of Attraction states "We attract whatever we choose to give our attention to – whether wanted or unwanted".

Most of the time, we attract by ‘default’ rather than by deliberate choice.  We just sort of go through our day, focusing on problems that need to be solved or on things that didn’t feel good or seem not to be right. In doing
this we are actually creating more problems, more of what doesn't feel good and more of what doesn't seem right.

Think of yourself as a huge magnet. The kind that pulls metal to itself. It doesn't "try" to attract, it simply does attract. It is the same way for us.

Whether or not we are trying to attract, we ARE doing so all the time (except when we are asleep.)  And we attract the likeness of what we think about. If we are thinking about a lack of something, we are attracting more lack (scarcity).  If we are thinking about something we love, we are attracting more of what we love and enjoy. I know this sounds incredibly simple, and it is.

We humans are actually very powerful attractors and we can use this wonderful power to attract more of what we want in life-simply by paying attention to where we place our thoughts and desires.

An old proverb: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."  Proverbs 23:7  It's interesting that the writer of this proverb says "thinks in his heart" because most of the time, we believe that we think with our mind. However,
it is truly from the heart where we do our thinking, our believing.  It is from the heart that we attract.  Picture your heart as a powerful magnet.  The heart is the ' vibrator' of all signals that attract.

Think of a radio. It has many different stations. To tune into a station you dial a specific frequency. As soon as we turn our attention to something (dialed it's frequency) it begins its journey to us.

To be rid of something you don't want in your life, simply tune in to a different vibration (frequency or radio station) – to something that you do want.

Most often we think about, talk about, tell others about and focus on what we don't like or don't want, or what is worrying us. This needs to change.

I believe that the art of deliberate attraction consists of three parts:

1. Being very clear about what it is that I am wanting. Writing this down helps, so that I am literally seeing it as well as thinking it.  Put a copy on your bathroom mirror, near your computer and anywhere else you'll see it, and read it, often.

2. Concentrating on that want. Some call this – raising their vibration until it matches what they want.

3. Allowing what I want to come to me.

It's usually part three that seems to trip most people up.  Often, they have held onto some self-limiting beliefs for a very long time – so long that they no longer recognize them and yet these beliefs are still vibrating below the surface, cancelling out what they are really wanting.

Let go of all resistance and believe that what you are really wanting will come to you – simply because you want it to.  Don't overthink it.  Follow the steps.  Try it.  Need more help?  Check out "Discover The Law of Attraction".

Christine R.

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PostHeaderIcon Fighting The Weightloss Battle?

When I was in my teens and twenties, like a lot of other people I was lucky enough to be able to eat anything at all and not put on an ounce! Those days are long gone.  After cutting back on treats and it having a negligible effect on the weight loss, it took me a while to realize that the older you get, the more your metabolism slows.  So you can actually eat less and still gradually get bigger!

It's my own fault I know.  Sitting in front of a computer for most of the day doesn't help either. Neither does the fact that both Neil and I really enjoy our food… and our great Australian wines.  

So, for the last few years I've been determined to learn heaps about the basics of exercise, the right foods for weight loss and a whole lot more.  The results of all that research and learning, I've put together in my new eBook "Weight Loss Without Starvation!"   I've covered "the right mindset" as well as "metabolism and your weight" and a whole lot more.  There's heaps more details in the Health & Wellness area of the site, in the "Weight Loss & Fitness" section.  Neil just uploaded the new package for me today.

I found the hardest part was in getting past the "okay, this isn't going to cure itself" stage, and finally determining that I had to do something about my weight… for myself.  I'm still a work in progress, but I know I'm heading in the right direction.  I know a lot more than I did about taking care of myself and I feel a heck of a lot better than I did a few years ago.

As with any weight loss program… talk to your own medical advisor first.  They can be a huge help once you've made the decision to actually knuckle down and do something about the weight.

One of the best things I learned in this whole process, is the value of reading and understanding food labelling.  There were a lot of foods that didn't make a return trip to our pantry once I understood the "nutrition information" on the packet.  So… as a free bonus, I've included a special report "How To Read Food Labels" with the new "Weight Loss Without Starvation".   Remember, every eBook on this site comes with a full 30 day satisfaction guarantee, and we use the safest, fully encrypted payment processor available on the internet.  Your purchase is totally safe. 

It could be the final push you need to get started on doing what you know you need to.  You know what I mean.  Check it out by clicking here now, to get to the Weightloss & Fitness section.  Today's the day!  All the best.

Christine R.


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