100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 53 – Appreciation Keeps You in the Flow of Abundance

Wisdom Day 53

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“Every time you appreciate something; every time you praise something; every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe: “MORE OF THIS, PLEASE!” You need never make another verbal statement of this intent and, if you are mostly in a state of appreciation, all good things will flow to you.”

~ Esther Abraham-Hicks ~

Be well … & WISE!

Tonya Marie

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100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 51 – The Spiritual Wisdom of Making Room for the “New”

Wisdom Day 51

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“No matter who you are … sometimes in life there are going to be struggles and there are going to be challenging obstacles. I full-heartedly believe that these challenges are gifts and an opportunity for growth and also to allow something better to come into your life. In yoga this is referred to as Aparigraha [not hoarding]; letting go of the old and un-serving, and making room for the new and serving.”

~ Channa Serenity ~

It’s very difficult for a hand that is already full to receive or hold something new. Releasing your grip on what you already have in your hand to receive something new, however, can be a really challenging and uncomfortable thing to do.

That’s because even if the new is more beneficial and desirable—even if it’s what you’ve always hoped for or dreamed of—the idea of letting go of what you’ve been clinging to  invites the “what ifs” to assault your confidence and to create doubt, the fertile ground where fear takes root and thrives.

The fear-based “bird in the hand” syndrome can lead to holding onto to the comfort of what is already familiar, even if it hurts or limits or stunts your growth or otherwise blocks your blessings. Still, sometimes the fear of the unknown that waits just on the other side of your comfort zone can be so paralyzing and debilitating that it causes you to hold onto the internal and external clutter in your world, the relics and spoils of your past, the “stuff” that gives you a false sense of control to predict your future (if only it were that easy!).

The danger of holding onto the ghosts of the “old you” that have passed, Continue reading