We all want happiness and success, right? We all want a great life, love, satisfaction, success on all levels, joy, good health, and so on. Good health is something we all know a lot about. We may not actually do it, but we know how to do it. Drugs and smoking are no-no’s, drink in moderation, eat well, avoid refined sugar and flour products, watch the animal fats, careful with dairy, watch your portion sizes, get good organic produce, exercise at least three to five times a week, if you’re no longer so young don’t just do some cardio, get some weight-training in there as well, practice some type of relaxation technique, etc. Not so hard. So we know what to do, although as I said, we don’t always do it.
The Quality of it All
Now how about what we should do to further our own happiness and success? Methods abound. But what this article is concerned with, is nurturing. Literally nurturing yourself so that your happiness quotient and your success rating (according to whatever your parameters might be) increase. So if we go back to our food intake, we very clearly know that the higher the quality of our food intake is, the greater the chances are that we will not only remain in good health, but that we may even increase our good health. Regarding exercise, we know that the more consistently we exercise, the better our body tone will be, our flexibility, our muscle tone, our health, our vitality and general well-being, contributing, among other things, also to our outer looks.
Mind, Heart & Spirit
So how does this tie in with nurturing ourselves to happiness and success? Our brain, heart, and spirit also require nurturing and exercise in ways that are not dissimilar to the ones just described for the body. If we intend to have a healthy inner being on all these levels we need to make a habit of feeding those parts of ourselves with high-grade, highly nourishing food, and then also make a habit of exercising those parts of ourselves by daily practice. I’ve written quite a bit about the general topic of raising your energy on my blog and would suggest you have a look at some of those brief posts to further give you ideas, but generally what I am strongly encouraging you to make a habit of is this: use all those bits and pieces of your free time that normally get lost, such as the time you spend in your car, the time you spend in the bathroom, and possibly the time you spend in the kitchen, or organizing your house, to have a CD player going with some audio material that you can be listening to that will inspire you to consistently be more than your already are. You know what happens to your body if you feed it a consistent diet of junk food, or if you never vary the dishes, or if you buy out-dated produce. Apply that same knowledge and understanding to what you feed yourself on other levels. Be very selective about what you choose to read, listen to, talk about, and think about. By using the bits and pieces of your free time as suggested, you are choosing to offer your mind, heart, and spirit high quality fresh-off-the-farm organic food.
Why is it Important?
• In order that your thoughts are consistently healthy. Here’s a great quote from Abraham about it: You’re picky about the car you drive. You’re picky about what you wear. You’re picky about what you put in your mouth. We want you to be pickier about what you think. So essentially what you listen to has the power to keep your thoughts in a healthy place. You are quite aware that if you are left on your own with your thoughts being allowed to do what they want, they tend to dart here and there, go down red herrings that are more often than not concerned with negative notions, and before you know it, you are on byways and bogs and internal quagmires that only serve to bring you further down a spiral of unhealthy thoughts.
• In order that your thoughts are consistently attracted towards a higher energetic frequency. Here’s another great quote from Abraham that illustrates this: You cannot look at that which you do not want and not join and perpetuate that vibration. Take your attention from that which is not in harmony with who you are, and in taking your attention from it, your “now vibration” will adjust to who you really are, and then you can uplift others. In actual fact choosing to listen to CD’s of a certain type means that you maintain an energetic frequency you might not be able to maintain on your own, at least at the beginning. It’s like using a weight machine to help you build a muscle. As you use it, the machine helps to keep your muscle pumped, just as the CD helps to keep your mind at that vibration. The higher your vibration, the better you feel (also see my article The Energy Barometer: Make Your Mind Body Connection Work For You).
• In order that you keep your thoughts consistently in the now. Here’s a great quote from Eckhart Tolle about that: There is one certain criterion by which you can measure your success in this practice: the degree of peace that you feel within. As you listen to your CD’s, you will find that you have a much greater degree of presence than if you allowed your thoughts to go helter-skelter all over the map. And you will find that it gives you peace as your uncontrolled thoughts are not capable of doing.
• In order that you keep your thoughts consistently focused on your goal or life meaning. Here’s a great paraphrase from Wayne Dyer about that as he refers to a teaching from Abraham Maslow: self actualizers put their attention and keep their attention on what they intend to achieve in their lives, no matter what kind of evidence comes their way or the kind of obstacles they run into. They never take their minds off that picture. You see, this is a great deal more than simply listening to an audio book that might be the current sci-fi bestseller. Those are great too, but the kind of audio I’m referring to here, is the kind that will literally work your mind, heart and spirit on a consistent and daily basis, in such a way that you have no other choice but to stretch and grow in the direction of your dreams.
So What Shall I Listen To?
There are so many wonderful inspirational and motivational speakers out there, especially for those of us who understand English. Audio material is somewhat more limited in scope if you want it in Spanish, German, or French. I will offer some lists in the Spanish version of this newsletter for my Spanish speaking readers, but I will not be able to do so at this time for those who prefer other languages, although I would welcome any information about this from my readers. And don’t forget the thinkers who are out there on the cutting-edge of science, who offer audio and audio-visual material for laypersons in order that we may also step our there on that edge of knowledge and apply it to our lives. Listening to things of this nature in our bits and pieces of free time during the day is a most marvelous way of honing your mind, keeping your energetic frequency high, and ensuring that your spirit is being nourished.
So here are some suggestions (google any of them and you are bound to find something available by them in audio, either from them personally, or from someone reading their material; almost all have their own website), in no particular order (you can also make use of the search function at the top left of my blog to find results on the blog about any of these thinkers; for example, Wayne Dyer gives these results, and Bruce Lipton gives these): Wayne Dyer, Bruce Lipton, Caroline Myss, Candace Pert, David Hawkins, Brian Tracy, Jack Canfield, Zig Ziglar, Donna Eden, Masaru Emoto, Deepak Chopra, Joseph Campbell, Byron Katie, Jackie Hawkes, Lynne MacTaggart, Eckhart Tolle, Joe Vitale, Abraham (Esther and Jerry Hicks), James Allen, Jack Canfield, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Napoleon Hill, Stephen Covey, Carlos Castaneda, Gregg Braden, Stuart Wilde, Gary Zukav, Brian Weiss, Eric Pearl, Lynn Grabhorn, Neil Donald Walsch, Alberto Villoldo. Also, at the very bottom of my blog you will find an audio sampling of many of these authors. Some are also available in short samples on YouTube. But remember, a sampling is not what this is about. It’s about getting yourself a good selection (start with just one and keep adding as you can) of audio CD’s that you can listen to over and over in order to give your brain, heart, and spirit that good nourishment and nurturing we’ve been discussing, and furthermore, in order to elevate to or maintain a high energetic frequency. The blog posts I mentioned earlier in this article, in particular Keeping Your Energy High (2) also offer a number of websites where you are allowed to download audio material for your iPod or to burn to CD’s for listening in your car. Imagine that you are used to having thoughts that lead you to a place that is not terribly luminous. You’re used to being there. So now you follow some of my suggestions. Gently. A bit every day. You will find that you crave this. Why? Because it allows you feel more like how you are meant to feel, and soon you will want to be in that inner place of luminosity all the time, 24/7, and so you will automatically practice to be there, exercising your inner muscle to maintain yourself in that place. This is another road that leads to freedom.
Dr. Kortsch is a psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, relationship coach, writer, and professional speaker. She broadcasts a live weekly radio show from southern Spain, also available on the Internet or as archived audio files on her website. She works with clients to move them towards greater personal, professional, and relationship success with her integral and human potential raising approach to life. Sign up for her free cutting edge and inspiring ezine at http://www.advancedpersonaltherapy.com Also view her blog at http://psychologytransformationfreedompapers.blogspot.com/
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