Oct 212016

Sparks of Insight“I allow Universal knowledge to flow into my mind and heart. I release outmoded attitudes and negative beliefs. I commit myself to allow the Light of Spirit to flood into my being and lead me into a greater life.”

You are always being guided by the Universe. When you open your mind to it, you’ll hear that still, small voice. All it takes is your willingness. Don’t try to force it, however. That will close off the channel. But as you align yourself with Its qualities of love and harmony, you’ll reap the benefits in peace and abundance.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Oct 202016

GC-RimTr-sm-0921How To Stop Negative Thinking: 6 Ways To Fine-Tune Your Mind
Negative thinkers aren’t born, they’re created. The habit of negative thinking can be changed through knowledge and behavior. This article includes common-sense strategies to help change negative thinking to positive thinking.

Developing a Positive Attitude Results in Positive Experiences
It’s easy to underestimate the power of having a positive attitude. However, that would be a mistake. A positive attitude shapes your perspective, enhances health, increases productivity, and benefits those around you. Your attitude is under your control, so you can use it to your advantage.

8 Tips to Help You Find Inner Peace
Everyone has busy lives, and seeking inner peace takes a back seat. But finding inner peace is easier than you think. This article has 8 tips to help you find inner peace.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Oct 192016

Complaining has a bad reputation, because so many people just love to find fault with anything in their world. Criticism is valued for its own sake, even though it doesn’t solve any problems. If complaining has become a habit, then maybe taking a break from it is in order. Learn some strategies on what to do about habitual complaining.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Oct 142016

Sparks of InsightWhat thoughts are you depositing in your mind? Your mind is like a bank, your thoughts attract others like them, whether they’re positive or negative. They compound, which means they grow in a similar fashion. If you dwell on fear or anger, they’ll increase into anxiety or hostility. However, by putting your attention mainly on peace and harmony, those will propagate into serenity and joy. You’re in charge of your thoughts. Be aware of their direction and deposit the kind you want.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Oct 132016

Question MarkQuestion: How can I increase the power of my affirmations?

Answer: There are a couple of things to do to increase the power of affirmations that have been used. The first would be to actually affirm the affirmation. It sounds odd, but you would affirm that the original affirmations are actually in Universal Mind and your creative mind, that they’re already working even if you don’t know how it’s happening or how it could manifest.

Affirming that you know that it’s being done, or affirming that you trust your subconscious to take what you’ve impressed on it and bring it into manifestation. What you’re doing is increasing your belief in the affirmation actually working. And you can also just affirm that the affirmations are increasing in power each time you say them.

Another thing you can do is to back off of stating affirmations for specific things. Instead, use affirmations that increase your general acceptance of all things good. Although specific affirmations bring specific results, sometimes we get too tense about the specifics, and try to will them into being. This just blocks the ability of the subconscious to manifest. All the energy is going into the willpower and trying to control the manifestation.

By backing away, and just beginning to affirm a greater acceptance of all good, it begins to broaden the scope of your consciousness and opens it to a greater range of good. Something like: “All the good of the Universe is already mine. I’m allowing myself to experience more of all the good that there is in all areas of my life.”

Also, whenever you think of the issue you’re affirming, remind yourself that your affirmation has already taken care of it. This gives the affirmation more power. Remember that the more you wonder when, why or how it’ll be done, that siphons energy away from manifesting the affirmation. It’s not easy, but each time you use an affirmation, have the attitude that it is now done, even if you can’t see any evidence of it at that time.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Oct 122016

GC-RimTrail-sm-0923A Practical Guide To Reframing Your Thoughts And Making Yourself Happier
We’re always worrying, thinking of negative scenarios, but most of those disasters never occur. But they affect us and keep us disturbed, and reduce our enjoyment of life. Learn some techniques to stop that destructive cycle and put yourself in a healthier, happier frame of mind.

Why Introverts Are Introverts? Because Their Brains Are Different
If you prefer quiet over loud, a single companion over a group, or to stay home reading rather than go to a party, you’re probably an introvert. Research has discovered a major difference in the brains of introverts and extroverts that make them the way they are. Learn about these brain changes so you can understand why you’re the way you are.

A Harvard Psychologist Says This Should Be The First Thing You Do Every Morning
Instead of heading towards the coffee pot first thing in the morning, Amy Cuddy, a Harvard researcher, suggests you stretch. And not just any stretching. She says you should stretch in a specific way that helps build your confidence. This article also includes a her TEDTalk on how body language shapes who you are.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Oct 042016

Forgiving the Unforgivable: Overcoming the Bitter Legacy of Intimate Wounds by Beverly Flanigan, M.S.S.W.

If you’ve ever been hurt by someone close to you, past or present, and need some help in dealing with it and getting to forgiveness, this book is for you. Not only does the author walk you through the journey of recognizing and acknowledging the injury, assigning responsibility, and describing the steps a person goes through along the way, but she also includes many exercises and tools to handle all of these phases.

When we’re wounded by someone close to us in a way that betrays the foundation of the relationship, then we feel like our world has been turned upside down. It forces us to re-evaluate our beliefs, and who we are. Our sense of stability and safety has been violated. To be able to heal from this, we have to examine the injury and its consequences.

As spiritual people, many of us believe that we have to take responsibility for everything that happens to us. That’s true to a certain extent. But we can’t control another person’s feelings and actions. So we need to assign responsibility to who actually, consciously and with intent, harmed us. Forgiveness doesn’t mean pardoning the other person. It’s letting go of the anger, empowering ourselves to move on, and recognizing that the wound has changed who we are. We set them free and ourselves free.

Forgiveness is a process of healing, not an eraser of hurt. This comprehensive book explains how to move through that process successfully and grow from it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Sep 302016

Jeff and I spent our 2nd anniversary at the Grand Canyon. On our first full day there, we hiked 1.5 miles down the S. Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge, 1120′ down from the rim.


A view of the S. Kaibab Trail across a side canyon. You can see it as a diagonal line below the rim.

“Fortune favors a prepared mind,” said Louis Pasteur. It also favors a prepared body, when hiking into the Grand Canyon. I hiked down the Bright Angel trail 30 years ago, and knew what kind of preparation was necessary for this hike. We spend the summer walking and getting into shape for the steep trek. But we also did our research, preparing our minds, and knew how much water and food to take with us.


S. Kaibab Trail, just before Ooh Aah Point.

Our first milestone was Ooh Aah Point, .9 mi and 760′ down. We took our time, and had frequent breaks, drinking water and eating. Just before it, during one of our breaks, the 2nd and 3rd mule trains passed us, on their way up to the rim.


Mule train.

From Ooh Aah Point, we descended steps, hollowed out and filled with burro urine, to Cedar Ridge, another .6 mi. We had to balance on the ties between them, rocks beside them, or narrow sections beside the rocks. 3/4 of that part of the trail was like that.


Trail from Ooh Aah Point down towards Cedar Ridge.

Once we got to Cedar Ridge, we wondered how we were going to get back up with legs feeling like rubber. Fortunately, by the time we started our ascent, most of the urine had soaked into the soil. It was so much easier going up than we’d expected. It took us 2.5 hours to get to Cedar Ridge, and less than 2.5 hours to hike back up.


Linda-Ann Stewart at Cedar Ridge.

Many of the people we saw or talked with on our way up didn’t have enough water, if any. And some of them were having difficulty with the altitude. They hadn’t mentally or physically prepared enough. Fortunately, there was water at the trailhead, so they’d be able to hydrate as soon as they got there.


It’s a long way up. These are the switchbacks up to the S. Kaibab trailhead. If you look closely, you can see diagonal lines going up in the shadowed section.

Because of our preparation, we weren’t as sore as I expected we’d be. I also believe that taking frequent breaks factored into that. I’d learned that during my Bright Angel hike.


Grand Canyon and Colorado River.

The next day was our anniversary. We hiked some more on the relatively level Rim Trail, and ate at Bright Angel Restaurant that evening. The next day was our last at the Canyon. We hiked the Rim Trail some more, then drove along the East Rim, visiting some of the points along the way.


Late afternoon in the Grand Canyon.

We have an advantage over most visitors to the Park. We visit it 1-3 times a year, and have acclimated to the altitude and weather. Also, through research and experience, we know what’s needed to safely conclude our visit. On your next adventure, take the time to mentally and physically prepare so you can enjoy it completely.

Sep 302016

Sparks of Insight“Worry is a misuse of imagination.” ~ Dan Zadra

Worry is a useless waste of energy. Most of what you worry about never happens. And worry drains you of energy and resources. It keeps you from being able to build something better for yourself. The only time that worry can help is when it urges you to make arrangements and avoid the issue. Otherwise, it can actually attract difficulties. When you’re worried, imagine Universal Good in the middle of the situation. It will be the truth.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Sep 292016

Flagstaff ArboretumDoctors Say Your Word Choice Can Hugely Change Your Brain
Doctors at Thomas Jefferson University explained that the choice of our words could actually change your brain. Whether you use positive or negative words regulates hormones, impacts your decisions, and how you view yourself by the way they affect the brain. However, you can train yourself to choose words that will change your brain in a positive way.

Forgiveness is key to maintaining your mental health, according to this new study
If you’re someone who holds grudges, that hurts your mental and physical health. At the very least, you’re experiencing more stress than you normally would. However, if you can forgive, that eliminates the stress.

This Is How Your Body Really Processes Grief
At some point, everyone experiences grief. Unfortunately, until you do, you really can’t understand how deep it is. Well meaning friends may tell you to get over it and just move on, because they’ve never experienced it. This article goes into details about what happens mentally and physically when you lose someone close to you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart