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The Joy Diet – Treats

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I was away in San Diego for a incredibly transformational event last week and missed writing about Risks. Going away on a trip like that always asks for us to step our of our comfort zones and requires time, money and energy to make it possible. So it fit very well into last week’s theme.

This week our Chapter is about Treats. It has to be the yummiest and most satisfying chapter and it should come easy, right?

Here is how Martha describes “Treat”: Anything that makes you feel like smiling.

She suggests to make a list of Spontaneous Smile Sparklers. Here is mine:

1. I love the surprises the Universe brings. Here is one: On my last day in San Diego I was leaving to take my daughter to the beautiful zoo there and I encountered a fellow participant leaving to take an Old Trolley tour of the city. Do you think I would have loved to see the whole city? I joined her and had a huge inner and outer smile all day long. It reminded me of my Law of Attraction Teacher’s question – How GOOD can you stand it? Check out the site of Blanca, my amazing companion on this tour.

2. My pashmina shawls that I wear at home in the cold weather. They keep me warm and feel like a comfort blanket. I treated myself to a stunning on in San Diego.

3. Going to the library and bookstore is always an instant smile sparkler.

4. My children totally light up my life

5. Herbal tea in a beautiful cup

6. Reading posts by my fellow joy travellers

7. My work

8. Admitting being splendidly imperfect – Phew, what a relief!

9. Sharing life’s moments with people who treasure life

10. A massage

11. Happy Songs

12. Hearing from friends

13. Freshly laundered sheets and clothes

14. Finding just the right parking spot, outfit, food, book etc.

Oops! Did it say 10?

Although I give myself treats I know that I can do even better. This is something I decided to do while in San Diego. Treating myself more is one of the things that has moved up on my list of priorities. The question for me and you is: How GOOD can we stand it?

Much Love and happy playing until we meet again.

Fatma

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The Joy Diet – Creativity

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Chapter 4 of the Joy Diet is about coming up with a creative idea every day to push you to fulfilling your heart’s desire.

I loved the Uncomfortable Truths about Creating our Lives.

1. You are always responsible for creating your Life, whether you like it or not.

2. Creation is hard. (Any fool can burn a barn. Building one is something else again.)

3. Creation usually doesn’t work. (Successful people fail more. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly. You are one bad idea closer to a good one.)

I also loved the “mind-yoga” techniques for coming up with even more creative ideas.

One of my gifts in my work is the ability to be a problem solver. Creativity is an important part of our lives. For myself I am delighted to have been creative in coming up with possibilities to attend a fabulous event next week in San Diego! Yeah! Next week’s Practice is Risk. It will be exciting to do one frightening thing a day to get closer to our heart’s desires!

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The Joy Diet – Desire

I was not able to write my post last week. Desire became an important element in my understanding when I started training as a Law of Attraction Coach. As a child I grew up being taught to be thankful for whatever we have and not to desire for more. Now I see it differently.

Here is a Abraham-Hicks quote on Desire that explains the Universal desire for Desire.

The whole point of the physical experience is the expansion beyond that which is. That’s why eternity is eternal. That’s why there is something more than now, because the now will foster the desire that the Non-Physical Energy will answer. That’s why there is eternally more. Always has been, always will be.

The whole point of the physical experience is the expansion beyond that which is. That’s why eternity is eternal. That’s why there is something more than now, because the now will foster the desire that the Non-Physical Energy will answer. That’s why there is eternally more. Always has been, always will be.

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The Joy Diet – Truth

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I find this week’s topic absolutely fascinating. Speaking the truth was instilled in us as a part of our religious principles. Lying would take you to hell. I add one of our own making. What I understood much later was that the most important communication we have is the one we have with ourselves. A lot of what we have come to think of as the truth is just a belief system. At one time it was the “truth”  that the earth was flat. At any time when someone discovered a new truth they were prosecuted or executed.

As Martha Beck points out, without exception, denial is a tool we haul out when the truth would rock the varous social boats in which we live our lives. The process of telling the truth is always hard, always painful, always so, so worth it.

Some worthy quotes about Truth

Kahlil Gibran says about Truth: Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’

Denise Linn: Tell yourself the Truth. Your Soul loves the Truth.

Carolyn Myss: “Truth is the real mover and shaker in the human experience, which is precisely why the longest journey we shall ever walk in this lifetime is the journey to attain a comfort zone with the force of truth itself….Truth makes you a congruent person. It forces your heart, your mind, your will, and your soul to come into full alignment and from that moment on, you have little option but to admit that you know exactly what you feel. And if you know what you feel, you have little choice but to act in accordance with your awareness and your emotions. An act of personal betrayal or an act that betrays another no longer becomes an act that you can excuse because of fear. You see all too clearly that you are using fear as an excuse. The congruent person has nowhere to hide.”

The Truth will set you  free. Speaking of Freedom Bob Proctor mentions that Freedom is not free.  To attain freedom requires giving up something of a lower order to attain something of a higher order. This Universal principal is known as the Law of Sacrifice.

I enjoyed having a daily Moment of Truth this week. I love living a Life of Awareness and the never ending discoveries of our own human experience.  Martha Beck’s questions were based on Byron Katie’s “The Work”. You will find more information and how to work with it here as well as interviews of  Byron Katie with Oprah here. I love Katie’s questions for any thought we think: Is it really true? Are you sure it is absolutely true? How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought? Who would you be without the thought?

Debbie Ford’s work is about dealing with or hiding our  shadow side. Check out the trailer of her new movie “The Shadow Effect

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