The new abundance is filled with joy. The more we play, the more we thrive.
Play means choosing joy. No matter where you are, you can find ways to lighten up and do something for the joy of it. When I worked at boring jobs, I used multicolored file folders. I played with color while focusing on my next steps to do work that I truly loved.
In our play we reveal what kind of people we are. ~ Ovid
Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. ~ Abraham Maslow
Tough Times? Learn Through Joy
See Life as Play. To be happy, listen to your heart and mind. What’s the lesson? How can you love and value yourself more as you move forward intelligently?
Unexpected challenges help us to change course. They build character and resilience. When I walked away from a hostile workplace, I felt incredible relief. My lesson was to love myself by moving forward. Now my work is play. I hang out with loving, supportive people.
Play is training for the unexpected. ~ Marc Bekoff
Play a Bigger Game
I play a bigger game since I stepped into creating a new life. Writing and speaking are my authentic path. I choose to trust, adventure and thrive. The payoff? My long-term depression disappeared!
Unlimited joy and abundance is for everyone. When we learn through joy, we give others permission to drop struggle and choose happiness.
Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. ~ Diane Ackerman
Play through pain. You don’t have to struggle to change your perspective. Simply choose joy. As you engage in new activities, you’ll discover that pain turns into joy!
Find at least one good thing in what you don’t want. Now you’ve found the next step to create what you do want. Bounce back from the unexpected with creativity and joy.
Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. ~ Henri Matisse
The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new states of mastery. ~ Erik H. Erikson
Play Gets the Job Done
Play is practical! A playful outlook will bring you better results than you ever imagined, more easily than you thought possible. Be willing to create with joy.
Players imagine brighter outcomes. They have a vision. Players see the big picture rather than one, small setback. They think globally. Play is closely related to empathy: it nurtures joyful cooperation.
Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation. ~ Stuart Brown, MD
Human beings need pleasure the way they need vitamins. ~ Lionel Tiger
Dare to Play
Choosing freedom is a big risk! Players dare to create new outcomes, rather than just waiting for something to happen. They let go of limiting beliefs and the expectations of others. They dare to be authentic.
Players are creators. They lead the way with brilliant abandon. Players dare to fail. They know that there are always new, creative challenges ahead.
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. ~ Carl Jung
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce
Play Boosts Your Health
Play with your new perspective! What new avenues have opened up? Learning through joy is the cornerstone of happiness. Struggle is optional.
Make joy a habit. Remember the exhilaration and fun of playing as a kid? Reclaim that by hiking outdoors, joining a softball team, gardening or walking the dog.
Hanging out in nature is immensely healing. Doing physical activity that you enjoy enhances your heart – brain connection. It releases stress and anxiety. It helps you build the joy habit.
Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. ~ Kay Redfield Jamison
The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression. ~ Brian Sutton-Smith
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Your Life Changes when you Challenge yourself. In a Challenge, you declare what you value most, and powerfully affirm your worth and commitment to give and receive. Here’s how.
During my 40 Day Thrive Challenge, I affirmed that I am worthy and dedicated to receiving abundance. I vowed to release limited beliefs and anything blocking my highest good.
You can choose any practice for a Challenge, such as yoga, meditation or journaling. My promise was to read and complete the lessons of Tina van Leuven’s book Money and Miracles. I also blogged each day.
For every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards. ~ Jim Rohn
Surpass Your Wildest Dreams. The day after I completed this Challenge, I was turned down for some funding. I felt discouraged, sad and angry at this “bad news.” Then I remembered the magic phrase that I’ve been using: “may this or something better manifest for me.”
I haven’t really lost anything. I’m getting something better! Life holds unimaginable new possibilities and surprising gifts. Practice opening to receive more than you could ever have imagined.
Release the “How.” Let abundance be optimized for you by allowing the Universe to handle the “how.” Your big goals will manifest at the perfect time. They may look very different from how you pictured them.
Let Universal Brilliance configure, optimize and deliver your highest good to you. Completing this Challenge has reminded me to let go of the “how.”
“May This or Something Better Manifest for Me.”
First, Love Yourself. Making self-care and inner growth a priority each day will help you to love yourself AND others more. You’ll become more calm and patient knowing that life is unfolding just as it should.
Thriving in new ways takes time. Acknowledge how far you’ve come. Don’t look back! Keep loving, growing, and sharing.
We’re All Transformers. So many are teaching, writing books, and completing Challenges dedicated to love, happiness and healing. A renaissance of growth is happening!
We Help One Another Continually even when we don’t realize it. In winter, roots grow underground even though we don’t see any signs of life. Our brilliant spring is approaching!
Encourage Love. I heard from a few friends who are going through crises. I sent love, and suggested that they take extra good care of themselves. Whenever I meet anyone who needs help, I recognize: Whatever the question, love is always the answer.
Live for Bright, Breakthrough Moments. The winter months can lower our energy levels. It can also be a time to quietly gather energy. We can find a balance between doing and being. Breakthrough moments always lay ahead. Be alert and move with them to enhance your own energy and commitment.
Watch for the sun. On sunny days, I walk outdoors and soak up light and energy. This lets me ride the wave of renewed energy, ideas and connections.
Be the CEO of Your Thoughts. You can feel lousy and still be making tremendous progress on your journey! There were days when I hit the wall. I did not want to read the daily lesson or blog.
Don’t believe everything you think! When you feel tired or discouraged, let momentum carry you. I gave myself a break from writing by posting quotations and photos. On Day 32, I posted the links to two songs that evoke marvelous abundance. We don’t have to travel at full speed every day. Sometimes, just persevering is a good thing.
Do a Gratitude Blast. Whenever I feel like giving up, I list 100 things I’m grateful for. This turns my thoughts and energy around instantly! I’ve also begun to list my blessings, including all the people I trust, and all those who love me unconditionally. These lists are longer than I realized! I am blessed.
The Universe Always Answers You in 3 Ways: “Yes.” “Not Yet.” “I’m Sending Something Better.”
Pay Attention. Whenever I feel stuck, it’s time to pay attention. Who do I feel drawn to connect with? Which choices feel most true and empowering? Each person represents the endless, ever-changing flow of Life and learning. Tap into the endless love and power of connection.
Dwell on Abundance. Acknowledge all you have, and dwell on this with joy and gratitude for as long as you can! This helps to attract even more good into your experience. Remember, the “new abundance” may not match the concocted image of “the American dream.” Appreciate the basics of love, joy, good health and new learning to receive even more.
Sharing = Abundance. I acknowledge myself for sharing each day. I feel more comfortable with receiving compliments, appreciation, money and support from others. When you pay attention to the blessings of sharing, you’ll notice how much abundance you receive.
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Let’s face it, forgiveness is not a popular topic. At least one bestselling author calls it ”the F word.” What they don’t tell you is that true forgiveness is a powerful shortcut to letting go of the limiting beliefs that hold us back.
Here’s my definition of true forgiveness: To let go of blame, shame and guilt towards myself or others, in order to experience complete healing of my mind. Healing both our conscious and subconscious mind, true forgiveness gives us access to tremendous energy and freedom. It invites miracles to show up in our lives.
Teaching and Learning Love
What makes “true forgiveness” different from “forgiveness”? We’re all teachers and learners to one another. Others are mirroring to us our subconscious beliefs. So we may enjoy our relationships, and suddenly be faced with a betrayal. This is the time to pay attention, learn and heal!
When someone hurts us, it is an invitation to love ourselves more deeply and unconditionally. I find this to be true most of the time.
In true forgiveness, we don’t dwell on the offense for long. The other person is simply playing their part by showing us a thought or belief that we need to heal.
Very few people practice true forgiveness today. Three decades from now, true forgiveness will be as commonplace and accepted as cell phones and tablets.
Would you be willing to live a life that is better than you ever imagined?
Remember Who You Are
“I am willing to trust the Source I am,” writes Tina van Leuven in her book Money and Miracles. “I am willing to receive and create as Source.”
Many scholars and futurists believe that a new Golden Age is dawning. Visionaries such as Barbara Marx Hubbard and Jean Houston see a new era of peace and prosperity. Even while we see the chaos of the new replacing what no longer serves, signs of positive transformation are everywhere.
Consciousness is on the rise. Kindness and civility are valued. Gratitude and generosity are rampant. Yes, we do need to look for these signs, celebrate them and give thanks! This is exactly how positive change happens.
Receive “This or Something Better”
Are you willing to open to an infinite ocean of possibilities? Are you willing to release any old blocks or programming that may be limiting you?
Tina suggests that we allow Source to optimize what we receive. This would require an open mind and a healthy humility. It means expanding our notion of what is possible.
Are you willing to change your life? Are you willing to let go of everything that does not serve you – beliefs, agreements and fears – right now?
Are you willing to recognize all the blessings that you do have, to feel so much gratitude that your heart feels like bursting?
The Miracle Within You
Changing your thoughts is the first step to living powerfully and seeing with Love. We have much unlearning to do! To discover the Miracle within, complete these three prompts:
When I see myself as a Miracle, I Am . . .
When I see others as Miracles, I See . . .
When I see All That Is as a Miracle, I Feel . . .
When I see myself as a Miracle, I Am Love.
When I see others as Miracles, I See Healing, Joy and Oneness.
When I see All That Is as a Miracle, I Feel Loved, Cherished, Respected and Included.
How do you define play? Does your work feel like play? How often do you experience sheer joy?
Play for me is having fun, learning and growing. My work genuinely feels like play as I prepare my first eCourse and Workbook; write and share articles, and create and share original photo images.
Playing with Money
How could you connect play with money? I like to enjoy abundance in simplicity. I might spend money on a pretty flower or crystal or a new pair of earrings. The key for me is following what feels joyful.
I have placed paper money on my vision boards. It is a sign to my subconscious that money is abundant. I’ve also placed a beautiful money jar of coins and bills near my desk where I gaze at it often. I want to let go of all the old definitions and beliefs I bought into about money, and free myself to play in the field of prosperity.
Having Fun IS Money
How do you define fun? How can you lighten up in your work and daily life?
Fun for me is being out in nature, discovering new ideas and activities; seeing things in a new way; having a great conversation with someone new, and spending time doing something for the sake of joy. For me fun can mean unplugging, throwing a snowball or smelling a flower.
Having fun can be easy and powerful in the moment. It need not take time, tremendous effort or money.
The rich experiences of life are abundance and fullness in themselves. We can practice having, gratitude and joy right now, no matter how much money we have.
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing. ~ Author unknown