Jun 112018
 

Sparks of InsightDon’t park discernment at the door of your consciousness. Just because you’re working at being non-judgmental, more tolerant and compassionate doesn’t mean that you should avoid being discerning. If someone is being rude, discourteous, inconsiderate, you don’t have to label them as “bad.” But it also doesn’t mean that you have to put up with their attitude or actions. If you’re being used or abused in some way, recognize it and deal with the situation appropriately. Discerning whether someone or something is good for you is a god-given attribute.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 042018
 

Sparks of Insight“What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.” – Henry David Thoreau

If you think well of yourself, you’ll make decisions that are beneficial for your health and well-being. You’ll make sure you eat healthy, exercise, have boundaries to be sure you’re not taken advantage of, and surround yourself with friends who are positive and treat you well. In this way, your positive energy will attract opportunities and connections to help you on the path you’re already on. Your fate lies in the standards by which you live your life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 282018
 

Sparks of InsightIn Your Thoughts Can Change Your Life: The Twelve Essential Attitudes for Health, Harmony and Happiness, author Donald Curtis states that Jesus gave us a 3 action steps:
1. “Ask and it shall be given you.”
2. “Seek and ye shall find”
3. “Knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

Ask, believing that you can receive, in meditation and affirmation for what it is that you want. Then go out into the world, asking for guidance every step of the way. No matter what path you take, if you’re open and seeking, you’ll be directed. And persist, not giving up. This convinces the subconscious, which is the part of you that needs convincing, that you really do want it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 112018
 

Sparks of InsightWhat spiritual disciplines are you doing to expand your awareness? Are you meditating each day, saying affirmations, acknowledging the goodness of the Universe in each situation, or some other activity? If you aren’t, then you’re closing off the flow of the Universe. Each day you need to touch into your spiritual core to renew yourself. Choose something, even if it’s only a five minute meditation every morning. A spiritual discipline keeps you on track and makes sure that you remember to exercise your connection to the Infinite.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 042018
 

Sparks of Insight“There is no such thing as a lack of faith. We all have plenty of faith, it’s just that we have faith in the wrong things. We have faith in what can’t be done rather than what can be done. We have faith in lack rather than abundance but there is no lack of faith. Faith is a law.” – Eric Butterworth

I’ve heard it said that fear is just faith that things aren’t going to work out. What are you fearful of? That’s where you’re putting your energy, and telling your subconscious mind what you want more of. Faith is simply belief or trust. If you trust that the Universe wants the best for you, and that you can experience it, then you will draw it to you. This isn’t a maybe. It’s the way the Universe works.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Apr 202018
 

Sparks of InsightDo you feel that becoming more positive is overwhelming? You have to stay aware and alert of everything you’re thinking and saying, and be able to look on the bright side of things. Optimists aren’t born, they’re programmed. You don’t have to change your whole way of thinking at one time. An easier way to do it is to chip away at it. Develop optimism on one subject at a time. Pick an area that is fairly easy for you to be positive about, something that you’re relatively confident in, such as cooking, or making phone calls, or your hair. Stay aware of what you think of that area, changing any negative comments to positive ones. Once you’ve made that a habit, add another, more difficult area and build from there.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Apr 132018
 

Sparks of Insight“No part of my mind is affected by others’ negativity. I remain connected with my True Self. I recognize that they have their own issues, and those problems have nothing to do with me. ”

So many times, you’re influenced by other people’s negative moods. It can be hard not to be, and it’s tempting to try to change them so that you feel better. But they have a right to feel bad, and they have to learn how to work their way through it for themselves. It’s their issue, not yours. Many times, trying to change their mind will just make the problem last longer or get worse. Detach from it (and them, if you need to), let them have their mood, and don’t let yourself get caught up in it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Apr 062018
 

Sparks of InsightWhat are you doing to show yourself that you matter? Are you indulging yourself with self-pity, not standing up for yourself, eating too much, indulging in unhealthy substances, etc.? Or are you making sure you get enough sleep, exercise, eat properly, socialize with people who treat you well? If you don’t care for yourself, why would anyone else? Life treats you the way that you treat yourself. Take steps that show you that your health, well-being and peace of mind is important. Only when you treat yourself as if you count will Life reflect that attitude.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 292018
 

Sparks of Insight“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

A person can work like crazy to get ahead, have great ideas, great connections, and great opportunities, but still fail. Usually, it’s due to a negative, self-defeating attitude. Through either early training or hard knocks, they believe that nothing they do is going to succeed. Therefore, it doesn’t. They can’t contradict their expectations. Studies have shown that a person with a positive outlook will go farther and achieve more. An optimistic person seems to not only attract more opportunities, but they seem to know better how to make them pay off. And the good news is that optimists aren’t born, they’re created. With some work, you can have a better mental attitude and become an optimist.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 232018
 

Sparks of InsightIn the New Testament, Jesus told a parable about a farmer sowing seeds. Some fell on hard ground and were eaten by the birds. Still others fell on rocky soil and sprouted, but didn’t have enough soil or water to grow, and therefore died. Some fell on ground that was choked with weeds, and were able to begin to grow. But the weeds choked the life out of them. However, some fell on rich, deep soil, sprouted, were watered, and grew into plants that produced many more seeds.

These seeds are like your thoughts. Some fall on ground that is too hard to accept anything new and are eaten by those who wish us to fail. Other thoughts begin to sprout, but there’s not enough positive nourishment to allow them to expand. Still more fall into thought patterns that are choked with negativity and old ideas, and the life is choked out of the ideas. But when you’ve prepared your mind, through actions, positive focusing, and affirmations, the seeds that are sown into that ground find welcome. They are able to germinate, sprout and grow, and bring much more good into your life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart