MKE 2020 Week 24–The Function of Choice and Decision in my Life

This is a week where I used either a choice or a decision to determine a preference in future plans. Some of my ideas are original and others are taken from an article written by Jon Mertz. By using a combination of ideas hopefully it will help you in your decision making and the choices that are necessary for you to make in life.

The first important thing to look at is the definition of each word and then its genesis. In the dictionary the definition for decision is “the act of or need for making up one’s mind.” It’s a more permanent solution existing perpetually without significant change. The meaning for choice is “the right power or opportunity to choose.” It examines an abundance or variety of options from which to choose. The genesis of the two words are intriguing. Decision comes from “cutting off” while choice comes from “to perceive”.

With decisions you set up a process by which you eliminate all the erroneous options and select the best ones possible. You’re not flexible to change once a decision is made. You hold on to that decision no matter what. It is concrete, solid and explicit. For example, a decision that I made in my life was to become a teacher. I did not change my mind in spite of there not being many jobs available after I finished college. For every teaching position there was approximately 400 applications for it. However, while I waited for the Public School position to open up, I got a private school teaching position instructing 6th grade and watching the light bulb turn on in their heads made my wait all worth it. Decisions are made many times through the day, month, and year. It’s the action of making a choice.

With choices you have favorable circumstances to select alternatives which require the faculty of thinking, reasoning, and imagining.  Smaller choices may be more intuitively made. Choices are comprised of our values, beliefs, perceptions, desires, and duty. Choices involve our life more as far as what path you select and the direction it takes you. For instance, my choice of going back to college to acquire my Master’s Degree. This choice put me on a different course and into becoming a middle school counselor, which led my life into another pathway of meaning.

I hope you have gained a new perspective on what choices and decisions are. Here are two amazing quotes that recap my blog. Thornton Wilder says, “The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.” Kathleen Halls expresses it like this, “In every single thing you do you are choosing a direction, your life is a product of choice.” You have a choice and a decision to make. What you decide determines your destiny and purpose in this world. Good luck on your choice and your final decision

MKE 2020 Week 23–How to Keep Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Body Well-tuned…..

Most ancient cultures espouse a definite connection between your mind, body, and spirit. Each plays a very important piece of the whole human nature. In this blog let’s observe how you can pick up some new tactical skills to keep your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual being well-tuned and more productive in your world. Tris Thorp (Vedic educator & lifestyle/leadership coach) has several intriguing thoughts on this topic that fit in nicely with my blog and will be woven in throughout it.

Your mental body deals with your thoughts which is mind in action. Thought is creative, optimistic, and positive. Every thought sets brain cells into operation and helps to manifest your dreams. If your thought is constructive and harmonious then the result will be good and in tune with the infinite mind. Thoughts are made up of beliefs, desires, values, and goals. Beliefs are your convictions and opinions that you feel are true. Often you put your beliefs to a test, and if they pass the test then it’s validated as a fact. Desires are your dreams, hopes, and a wish to obtain. Values are the personal ethics that we hold internally as most important in our lives. Goals are your definite major purpose, and your plan as to how it will be accomplished. To improve one’s interest mentally here are a few ideas. First give some thought about setting some goals. Then write the goals out and the reason you feel these goals will help you accomplish your dreams, desires, and make you successful. Next acquire a mastermind, mentor, or coach to keep you inspired, focused, and accountable for your goals. Weekly review your goals and where you are in your process. Celebrate the small steps you’ve made. Continue your education either by reading books, taking classes or watching helpful webinars. As much as possible eliminate stressful situations in your life and people who don’t support your thoughts.

Your emotional body consist of your past, present, and future experiences. It is the part of you that confines your feelings such as anger, sadness, failure, hurt, guilt, jealousy, and shame. These emotions as well as their memories are stored in your subconscious and influence how you respond to various experiences. When there is excessive baggage in your life it begins to affect you mentally, physical, spiritually and emotionally. So how can you keep this part of your body well-tuned? First, reflect on your experiences by writing in a journal about each one and how each involvement made you feel. Next, stop holding grudges and practice forgiving yourself and others. Give special attention to gratitude. Each day write three gratitudes in your gratitude journal for the gifts and opportunities that you’ve been given. Also, in the same journal, log in two kindnesses that you’ve observed and a special moment from the day.

Your physical body is the total picture of who you really are. Who you see in the mirror, your body shape, your laugh lines, and all your unique peculiarities. Eating healthy and exercising are key points in shaping your body but here are a few more helpful suggestions. First visit a nutritionist to get you on the right eating track. Then begin to prepare fresh healthy meals and monitor your portion size. Journal what you eat at each meal and complete an eating plan weekly check list. Keep track of your liquid intake for the day and the type of exercising you are doing. Make sure you get plenty of restful sleep which can be monitored by a Fitbit watch. Treat yourself to regular massages and pedicures. Relax by spending time in nature.

Your spiritual body is linked to energy. This energy maybe attached to religion, the universe, or science perceptions. It is essential that you maintain a daily connection spiritually to keep harmony and intuition growing.  Some of the ways to keep your spiritual body well-tuned is to practice mediation daily for at least fifteen minutes or longer. Learn to keep the energy channels open by doing yoga, by doing Chinese medical practice and other Holistic methods. Consider studying philosophy, the key religions of the world, and the various types of Bibles.  Attend a “Silent” retreat to deepen your connection to your personal self and lastly experience pray.

By reading this blog I hope you’ve gained some new insights on how to well-tune your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual body. The key to keep these parts well-tuned is the Law of Practice. Practicing these new techniques consistently with enthusiasm will keep everything well-tuned.

MKE 2020 WEEK 22A How do You Control the Personality That Awakes in You Each Day?

How do you control the personality that awakes in you each day?

First, recognize your moods and the moods of others. Your mood today has changed from yesterday. Your moods are constantly turning from sadness to joy, from exultation to depression from happiness to melancholy. As a dead flower carries the seed of tomorrow’s bloom so does today’s sadness carry the seed of tomorrow’s joy.  However, your mood must be right. Otherwise, the day will be a failure and not productive. Your mood definitely affects your personality, especially if your disposition is negative, fearful, inferior, or full of uncertainty. But by understanding your moods through positive action it helps to control circumstances and makes your personality more amiable.

Second, admit to altering your habits by replacing your negative self-talk with affirmative, uplifting remarks which edifies and improves you.

Third, observe forces that try to tear you down. For example, being aware of people that possess downheartedness, sadness and who diminish your dreams. Also be mindful of people who have a fake smile and a hand of friendship that isn’t genuine and only want to take advantage of the situation and your strengths. Don’t grant people permission to judge you but in return don’t judge them.

Fourth, let’s look at the kind of activities that Nathan Hudson brought to light to create the most desired personality changes: a- Before you go to bed, reflect on a positive experience you had during the day and what you liked about it. b- Open up and tell a close friend about a problem you’re currently experiencing. c- When you wake up say aloud to yourself, “I choose to be happy today.” d- Express gratitude to another person—why you appreciate them.  e- Spend at least five minutes writing in your journal  about your day. Write about what happened and also about your feelings.  f- Think of someone who has hurt you in the past and choose to forgive them. Changing your personality requires persistence and a plan. It doesn’t come over night but through step by step action.

Ankit Roth summarizes this blog in her quote, “Your words reflect your mind; your actions shows your thoughts and your behavior shows your personality. . So just remember who and what you are. . .” I hope you have discovered how you control the personality that awakes in you each day. Only you can do this, so enjoy your unique personality each day!

MKE 2020 WEEK 22–The Way to Health

Have you ever wondered why some people are constantly sick while others are not? In this blog let’s look at how you can find the way to health according to the Master Keys.

First, the way to health is found in the world within. The world within fulfills our hopes, our dreams, and our promises to ourselves. The inner world tries to transform our limitations into plenitude. For example, if you are constantly sick with a cold, Bronchitis, or other illnesses the world within is obligated to discover the cause, which often times is negative talk confirming the illness. By changing the cause, you  change the effect. Also, every cell in your body has a good understanding of what is attacking you when you’re sick. The cells are all creators and will create the exact pattern necessary to help get rid of your illness, if your mind focuses on wellness and health, not forms of discord.

Second, the way to health is founded on the law of vibration which is the basis of all science and this law is brought into operation by the mind. When your thought has been uplifted, progressive, constructive, courageous, noble, kind or in any other way desirable, you have set in motion vibrations which, if kept up, stimulates your physical health. Every element of the human body is the result of a rate of vibration.   Mental action is also a rate of vibration.   A higher rate of vibration governs, modifies, controls, changes, or destroys a lower rate of vibration and it can weaken the unsound health issues.

Third, the way to health is by the objective mind and its certain efforts on the body. For example, when someone says something ludicrous, you laugh, shaking your whole body. This shows that thought has control over the muscles of your body. Another example is when someone says something that excites your sympathy, your eyes fill with tears. This shows that thought controls the glands of your body. Next, when perfect images are placed before the individual, the subconscious accepts these images and it works constantly, 24-7, to manifest the demand and build a health body. The brain cells are constructed in the same way. If you wish the body to manifest health, strength, and vitality this must be the predominant thought.

Lastly, the way to health is to place ourselves in harmony with natural law, which is omnipotent. You can make any physical change in the body by desire and securing a working knowledge of the power of mind. Along with this you need to realize and recognize this omnipresent power, which quickly destroys every form of sickness, suffering, and heartache. It replaces these negatives with harmony and perfection.

Hopefully you’ve acquired some new insights to the way to health and that you now realize that you do have an affect on your health, personal growth, your knowledge, your progress, and your illimitable possibilities of achievement. Ann Wigmore expresses it like this in her quote, “Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy, and spirit you possess or takes away from it”. The choice is yours and yours alone.

MKE 2020 WEEK 21–How Do Our Thoughts Influence Us?

Every thought creates an impression in our brain. These impressions create mental tendencies which create attitude, character, ability and purpose. In this blog let’s look at what the Master Keys have to convey about thought.

Thoughts that are held for any length of time eventually become impressed upon the subconscious and become a pattern which the creative energy weaves into the life and environment of the individual. Thus, our lives are simply the reflection of our predominant thoughts and our mental attitude. The predominant thought or the mental attitude is the magnet that attracts like with like and captures conditions corresponding to its nature.

Another name for mental attitude is our personality. It’s made up of the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual. If we want to change our mental attitude, which will in turn change our personality, our entities, conditions and experiences we meet in life, all that is necessary is to change our thoughts. It is no easy matter to change our thoughts or mental attitude. However, by persistent effort it can be accomplished. It is patterned after the mental pictures which have been photographed on our brain. If you don’t like the pictures, destroy them and create new pictures by the art of visualization. As soon as you have done this you will begin to attract new things that coincide with the new pictures. However, to do this you need to engrave on your mind a perfect picture of the desire which you yearn to obtain and continue to hold the picture in your mind until results are obtained. The essentials needed for you to build the vital part of the picture would include such things as determination, ability, talent, courage, and power. They are the feeling attached to thought which creates the irresistible magnetic power that draws the things you require to you to finalize your picture.

Don’t be reluctant to pursue the highest attainments in anything you may undertake, for the mind forces are ready to lend themselves to a purposeful will in the effort to crystallize its highest aspiration into acts, accomplishment, and dreams being manifested. This power happens by the method in which all our habits are established by doing it over & over until it becomes easy and perhaps automatic. The same rule applies when breaking bad habits. We stop doing the negative habit by avoiding it over and over until you are entirely free from it. There is no limit on what you are capable of doing, you just have to dare to believe that your thoughts influence you.

The conflict of life is one of ideas; on one side you have the constructive and creative thoughts, while on the other side you have disastrous and negative thoughts. The creative thought is dominated by an ideal, whereas the apathetic thought is dominated by demeanor, and it seems to prefer precedent to progress.

The key here is to realize that all thoughts influence us in either productive ways causing us to grow and manifest our dreams or our thoughts keeps us in bondage, all tied up in procrastination and not facing the truth. What is important to realize is that nothing can permanently stand in the way of your perfect success when you learn to apply the scientifically correct thought. As Marden said so perfectly,
“ …yet few take the pains to direct their thinking into channels that will do them good, but instead leave all to chance.”

MKE 2020 WEEK 20—The Importance of a New Day

Have you ever had a day that no matter how focused you are everything in that day seemed to go wrong and you couldn’t end the day quick enough? In this blog let’s consider the importance of a new day by not doing the following things, but by fixating on productive conditions. (Some ideas came from Scroll 5 by OG Mandino)

What are you not to do when considering the importance of a new day? First, you need to forget about yesterday. Don’t waste time in your day mourning about the misfortunes, defects, and the aches of the heart over yesterday. Can you relive the errors of yesterday? Can you take back the emotional blows that were struck, the pain that was caused? No, yesterday is buried forever, and you aren’t supposed to think of it anymore. This is why a new day is so important as it gives us a new objective, a fresh outlook, and a mindset in improving our attitude. This regenerates your enthusiasm and inspiration to open your mind to any opportunity available for the day. Each minute of this day is valuable and is beyond a price.

Second, how does the importance of a new day affect thinking of tomorrow? Can you perform tomorrow’s deeds while standing in today’s place? Should you concern yourself with events that you’re not guarantee will even happen or evolve? Should you worry about problems that may never materialize? Tomorrow, lies out of touch with yesterday and there is no need to think about these words anymore. Obviously, thinking about tomorrow is not productive or helpful when scheduling the endeavors needed to be accomplished in your day. A new day reinforces the beauty of a new beginning. You uncover fresh facts, you seek crisp experiences, and a newly made elegance that is admired. It’s your creative spirit to design and fashion artistically for a definite purpose. It’s an intent or purpose that persistently evolves until it’s manifested.

Third, PDF (procrastination, doubt, fear) that pops up in normal life tries to destroy the importance found in each day. Procrastination is putting off what needs to get done now, if not shortly. However, you can destroy this habit with action. Doubt is planting uncertain thoughts, questionable feelings, and distrust. The way this vanishes is burying it under faith. The importance of a new day is implemented by action, faith, confidence, stability, and getting rid of the negative traits of procrastination doubt, and distrust.

Lastly, what does the importance of a new day look like as far as productiveness? A new day is a day that will be the best day of your life; a day that you use each minute to its fullest. Each minute will be used wisely, fruitful, and a feeling of accomplishment. Each minute will be savored, appreciated, and admired for a job well done. It will be more profitable than yesterday. Every hour will count, and it will benefit you. The more work that is completed the more hours pass with work done admirably, successfully and with creditably. Besides the new day being worthwhile, it also has a personal impact. It brings life, forgiveness, a start over, and realizing you can do anything you put your mind to, have the desire, and the persistence.

Deniz Yalim wrote a quote which makes a great summary and I hope you agree. “Today is not just another day. It’s a new opportunity, another chance, a new beginning. Embrace it.” Then Watch the new day appear.

MKE 2020 WEEK 19—What I Do or Don’t Do That Sabotages Myself

Have you ever thought about what you do or don’t do that sabotages yourself? For example, when you impulsively buy a large bag of chips, when you are trying to cut back on junk food. In this blog let’s look at some ways that we sabotage ourselves without even realizing it.

First, before we even try to tackle anything new fear seems to creep in. It is a powerful emotion that paralyzes the nerve centers and affects the circulation of the blood, which in turn affects the entire being: body, brain, nerves, physical, mental, and muscular systems. It sabotages the opportunity by making us feel unworthy of this prospect for advancement or success. Fear becomes a negative habit that quickly needs to be substituted by a positive thought with enthusiasm or it will eat away at your self-esteem.

Second, being unwilling to be part of change even when we know the benefits of it. We see the presence of continual change all around us in everyday life. We know that this change is the evolution of the universal mind, and the grand process of being continually created anew. We see bulbs being planted, and in the spring beautiful tulips, daffodils and other flowers blossom. Animals go through the change process too and in the spring little babies appear. A giant mountain, likewise, went through changes, as where it stands was once a flat plain. Change in people, on the other hand, requires work, time, and effort. We’d rather be lackadaisical and be content in our comfort zone instead of moving out, acquiring new skills, and fulfilling our dreams. Thus, we sabotage our growth and the excitement of change.

Third, thought is constantly taking form and is forever seeking expression. If your thought is powerful, constructive, positive, it will be evident by the state of your health, your business and the environment that you live in. What your thoughts are focus on is what will be attracted to you. Thought is the vital force or energy. If your thought is weak, critical, destructive, and generally negative, you will sabotage yourself by fear, needless worry, your finance will be deficient and coming up short. You will also have health issues and discordant conditions in your environment.

Fourth, developing mental powerhouses, which are places where mental power is being developed. The mental powerhouses collect the raw material and cultivates it into a power which is infinitely superior to all the forces of nature and every other power. It has enabled man to discover laws whereby time and space have been demolished and the law of gravitation overcome- welcome to the space age. Without this mental power our lives would be sabotaged, learning would be interfered with, and new discoveries postponed.

Here have been a few ideas on how our lives get sabotaged without realizing it. It is up to us to be observant, watchful, and preventive of these attacks so that we can overcome any impedance and achieve success.