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Saying Affirmations Isn’t Enough

Saying Affirmations Isn’t Enough

Affirmations are helpful. They assist in creating intentions for our lives, opening ourselves to possibilities and opportunities, and forming a positive mindset.

But they aren’t enough. Repeating a statement such as “I love and approve of myself” or “I am enough” or “I am aligned with the energy of abundance” are uplifting and mood-enhancing, but they aren’t going to help us love and approve of ourselves, feel we are enough, or feel abundant unless we truly believe them.

It is essential to incorporate other practices that can help us create affirmations that are helpful and life-affirming. I’m including a practice I have learned about to create effective affirmations.

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What is Missing in The Secret?

What is Missing in The Secret?

The Law of Attraction has always intrigued me. Fundamentally, I believe in it. The Law of Attraction says we attract into our lives what we focus on. Like attracts like. This includes good and bad. Although it may be true, it’s not that simple.

The Secret, written by Rhonda Byrne in 2006, popularized the Law of Attraction. I read the book a few years ago. I thought perhaps I could will my dreams to become a reality. If I thought of them, they would come. I watched the movie as well. I bought the desk calendar that provided me daily reminders of the wisdom shared, just to make sure.

I am not alone. There are many who think all we have to do is create a vision board, imagine our future, or depict the perfect life we want, whatever “perfect” means to us. We think somehow this will open a magic portal for our lives to change and shift in the direction we want it to. Turns out that is not the way it works.

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2019 Intentions & Review of 2018

2019 Intentions & Review of 2018

On this last day of 2018, I am reflecting on what I have lived through this year and wanted to share some of the most significant moments for me and Petal Life.

I also want to look forward to 2019 and set intentions for the starting year.

Most Read Articles of 2018

This year I wrote on a range of topics, including forgiveness, connection, reducing stress at work, chakras, placebos, crystals, and many others. I interviewed my friend Agnetha to share about Swedish Lagom as a key to a balanced lifestyleand my friend Amy to share her approach to do-it-yourself cleaning products. I told you about herbs such as spearmint, turmeric, and black-seed, and about pine essential oils for arthritis as well as aromatherapy for anxiety and constipation relief.

As per your engagement, the most popular articles in 2018 were:

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How to Tap Into Our Intuition

How to Tap Into Our Intuition

We all recognize that feeling we get when in our gut we know that something is right for us, or maybe even wrong.  There is no concrete reason for this, other than a deep feeling.  This is our gut instinct or intuition.

“Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business- everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is the emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.” David Lynch

A while back I wrote about eating intuitively, and I decided today to expand on this concept of intuition. Intuition is about acknowledging, listening to, and following those feelings we know as gut-feelings, inner knowing, or awareness.

I recognize that the more I listen to my intuition, the better my life turns out. In fact, I chide myself when I don’t follow my intuition, because it regularly comes back to bite me- in a sense.

Our gut, among other parts of our bodies, is essential to our intuition.  Intuition guides us and helps us make decisions. I’ll tell you how to do it, but first give you a reason why it benefits us.

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How to Cultivate Spirituality (Without Religion)

How to Cultivate Spirituality (Without Religion)

“Spirituality begins when you decide that you’ll never stop trying.  Spirituality is the commitment to go beyond no matter what it takes.  It’s an infinite journey based upon going beyond yourself every minute of every day for the rest of your life.” (Singer, 2007).

Those are the most accurate and powerful words I have found to describe spirituality.

Spirituality is a belief and a connection to something that is bigger than us.  It is not linked to religion, although faith in a religion can certainly increase our spirituality.

Spirituality is personal and is about cultivating a connection with ourselves, people around us, and our universe.  It is something that unites us and helps us feel more connected with one another, the Earth, and all beings on it.

Many of us are curious or interested in spirituality but do not know what to do to cultivate it.  Here are five practices we can try.

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