Activate Your Goodness

Activate Your Goodness

English: Israeli-American businesswoman Shari ...

English: Israeli-American businesswoman Shari Arison עברית: תמונה של שרי אריסון. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World by Doing Good by Shari Arison is based on the premise of “think good, speak good, do good.”  This philosophy is explored at all its levels: individual, family and friends, community, country, humanity, and planet.  The idea that thinking, speaking, and doing good is a concept that works personally as well as in business is also discussed.  I especially like that she says “doing good is good business”–and as a hugely successful businesswoman, she has the credentials to prove this!  In addition to her business success, she has created the annual International Good Deeds Day, as well as the internet Gateway to Doing Good–www.goodnet.org.

Simply by reading this book my goodness began to accidentally get activated, as I find myself with the concept running through my head like a mantra.  It is easier to catch my thoughts and redirect them because this book specifies my awareness.  It is easier to remember in the moment to speak consciously as well, as this book focuses application of the concepts.  And, I find myself following through on ideas rather than remaining in the “wouldn’t this be great to do” phase, again because of heightened understanding of the process and choice of activating goodness.  That’s a triple threat to insidious negativity within everyday living, woo-hoo!

I encourage you to pick up this book!  It is a quick read that flows well.  One individual activating their goodness could just be the tipping point for all of humanity, and even if you are already on that path this book will help you take it to the next level in a subtle and personal way that greatly affects all.

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it, for goodness’ sake!

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Promptly Writing

In our community electric co-op’s monthly newsletter is a section of want ads.  Today I read one that absolutely stopped me in my tracks for its sheer creative writing potential.  There’s a story in here.  Heck, there are a thousand stories in here.

What’s yours?

WANTED TO BUY: Steel fence posts and a double barrel shotgun

Photo courtesy of Focus West Gallery

Photo courtesy of Focus West Gallery

Grace Under Attack Forges A Warrior

Just as I was going to bed last night I got a phone call.  The woman on the other end called me by name, gushed about how it’s been ten long years since she’s been in town, and when she finally identified herself I still was fuzzy on why I was getting this call.  Then she asks to speak to my son Joe.

I don’t have a son Joe.

It turns out she is looking for the school-aged son of my ex’s current wife, and thinks he might live here.  (What?!?) Additionally, she is calling on behalf of the church we escaped from last year.  Then she shares how much my neighbor really hates me.  Because I got divorced.  (Yes, all those actual words were used.  It’s also been over 8 years.)  I am not making any of this up.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation of balancing grace with defending your boundaries?  Here’s how my internal conversation went:

Grace: Okay, this woman is a little off-kilter, let’s be understanding and just end this conversation.

Warrior: This is an invasion.  I need to protect and defend. Now.

Grace: Well yes, but let’s give her the benefit of the doubt, she probably feels pretty awkward and is looking for an escape.

Warrior: I don’t care, she Just. Keeps. Going.  I’ve had enough, and she needs to stop. Now.

Grace: You’re doing a great job keeping in check, I keep politely shutting her down, I’m sure she’ll bow out now.  Okay, maybe now.  Hmm, likely now?  Wait–no way: is she really talking about and asking after my kids…?!

Warrior: That’s it–out of my way.

Grace: Here’s your sword.

At this point in the conversation Warrior bluntly said that I am not discussing my family, and that this conversation was over.  The woman on the phone finally got the message, apologized for bothering me, and Grace was able to not hang up in her face.

Warrior Woman Silhouette

It is not a question of either being kind or defending your boundaries, the two are the same.  Grace reminds the Warrior that a sword can point as well as chop.

Flow in Peace

Isn’t it great how we get to practice all the time?  My balance is challenged lately, with a vengeance.  I’ve slipped into a state that I like to think of as temporary–as in, “this too shall pass.”

My problem is that I seem to have accepted that this is how it is, even if for now.  I think I told myself it’s best for my sanity, or at least it’s how to make it through the right now-ness.  I’d like to slide back into the mindset of creating my reality, and choosing each day (or moment!).

I don’t want to embrace the chaos: to me that means joining in on it, or at the very least accepting it as okay.  I want to flow in peace in the midst of the chaos.  I want to let go of feeling like I must conquer it in order to then have peace about it.

I’m home now, breathing easy in the comforting arms of my family.  Good news, I get to practice my renewed approach tomorrow!

I am peace.

Image courtesy of DarkJade at The Written Word

Image courtesy of DarkJade at The Written Word

E-Squared

E2, Pam GroutIf you think, like I did, that this is another book just like all the others you have read about inspiration, spirituality, and self-improvement, you could not be more wrong.

Heck, even if it were  like the rest, that in itself would still be awesome support and reinforcement.  But. It’s. Better.

This is guidance for moving from theory into action.  From knowing to experiencing.  I can learn all I want about the field of potentiality (FP), but until I live it I haven’t yet understood it.  This book gives nine simple experiments that anyone can do, using scientific processes so that we can prove to ourselves that we each have an active role in our relationship to this energy.

Pam’s writing style is very down-to-earth, relaxing, and funny.  It’s a great read, a series of truly scientific experiments disguised as a conversation with someone you discover you want to spend more time with.  E-Squared allows an individual to successfully prove the following, and I am not kidding:

1. There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.
2. You impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.
3. You, too, are a field of energy.
4. Whatever you focus on expands.
5. Your connection to the field provides accurate and unlimited guidance.
6. Your thoughts and consciousness impact matter.
7. Your thoughts and consciousness provide the scaffolding for your physical body.
8. You are connected to everything and everyone else in the universe.
9. The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating.

These are ideas that you may have read about and even experienced; this book provides proof for both those who need it and for those who may just be looking for a reminder.

I received this book from Hay House in trade for my unbiased opinion of it.  Way to go, everyone–good group effort!

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