Take a breath, be aware, be grateful and expect greatness!

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you swear you can actually feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? You realize your neck and shoulders are hunched up, your head starts pounding, you feel the tears welling up in your eyes (without a particular prompt), your stomach cramps up, you think the room is spinning, and your mind is racing. You feel like the world is a hand – crushing you like a balled up piece of paper. Each finger is a stress you feel can’t control;
• your job is not bringing you the income you need; and you are dying a little there anyway, because the best of you never sees the light of day
• you have family who needs help, but you can barely help yourself
• you have no savings; you worry the next unexpected financial crisis will break you
• you have so many business ideas, you just need SPACE from stress to concentrate on getting one off the ground
• you really are grateful for everything you have because you KNOW it could be worse, but you can’t lift out of the vice grip life has you in

I know what it feels like to have great big dreams but feel like you lead such a little insignificant life that you can’t get there from where you are. You try to invest in yourself, but then feel guilty because you have practical expenses that may get ignored and you feel fiscally irresponsible, therefore unconsciously unworthy of the success you are seeking. You are teetering between the YOU,you are and the YOU, you want to be. Acting “as if” isn’t working.

You may have family and friends that think you are such a success, and that compounds the problem. How can you let all these people down? If you stop and get off the wheel, will the world come crashing down?

No. It will not.

You have to learn to breathe. I know you breathe everyday, but you have to REALLY breathe. I mean purposeful inhaling and exhaling with intention to create clarity, mental space and AWARENESS of higher truths. Imagine right now that you are looking at your world and all your challenges and obligations like a desk globe that is spinning around and around. What if you just reach out and gently place your hand on it and stop it? It is a good visualization for how you can begin to slow your mind down a bit to deal with the many things that are on your plate.

I have a meditation I try to recite every day. I take deep breaths, envision myself out in the middle of the cosmos and feel the truth in the words. The author is unknown but it has helped me tremendously. It is called the Abundance Prayer:

From The Light of God that We Are.

From The Love of God that We Are.

From The Power of God that We Are.

From The Heart of God that We Are.

Lets Decree-

We dwell in the midst of Infinite Abundance. The Abundance of God is our Infinite Source.

The River of Life never stops flowing. It flows through us into lavish expression. Good comes to us through unexpected avenues and God works in a myriad of ways to bless us.

We now open our minds to receive our good. Nothing is too good to be true. Nothing is too wonderful to have happen. With God as our Source, Nothing amazes us.

We are not burdened by thoughts of past or future. One is gone. The other is yet to come.

By the power of our belief, coupled with our purposeful fearless actions and our deep rapport with God, our future is created and our abundance made manifest.

We ask and accept that We are lifted in this and every moment into Higher Truth. Our minds are quiet.

From this day forward We give freely and fearlessly into life and Life gives back to us with magnificent increase. Blessings come in expected and unexpected ways. God provides for us in wondrous ways, we are indeed grateful.
This has been transformative in my life. It brings together awakening, gratitude and holistic expectance that abundance is manifesting in your life. Take a breath, be aware, be grateful, and expect greatness.

In the book “Code of the Extraordinary Mind”, Vishen Lakhiani describes interviewing Arianna Huffington about how she deals with such a hectic life running The Huffington Post. She tells him a story of how she was so driven, and running around when getting THP started, that one day after coming back from taking her daughter on a college tour she collapsed form exhaustion and sleep deprivation. She fell, hit her head, broke her cheekbone, and had to get stitches. She had to take a hard look at her life. She asked herself “what is success” , What is a good life?. She decided she didn’t just want to be effective or productive. She wanted to be joyful. She now strives for 8 hours of sleep, then meditates every morning for 20 minutes, an hour and a half on the weekend. She takes part of her “slow down” moments to fill her head with thoughts of gratitude for everything that is good.

In “The Art of Living” by greek philosopher Epictetus, he proposes that everything happens for a reason. He says to avoid superstitiously investing events with power or meanings they don’t have. Stop jumping to conclusions. See things for what they are at the moment. Deal with what you can, and move on. Assume that everything that happens does you some good.

You can do, be or have what you want in life. It is not easy, but it is simple. Start by taking a breath. Then be aware, be grateful and expect greatness!

Hi...My Name is Malaika Simmons, and I'm a Recovering Perfectionist!

Hi...My Name is Malaika Simmons, and I'm a Recovering Perfectionist!