Jun 232017
 

Sparks of InsightNegative thinking is defensive or reactive. When you’re reacting from past experiences, you’re expecting the same as you got before. If you’re defensive, you’re using that as a way to protect yourself from disappointment or hurt. If you can’t be positive, at least find a way to turn the thoughts around to at least be neutral. Open up to different possibilities.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 162017
 

Sparks of Insight“The Universe loves and approves of me. As an individualized expression of the Universe, I love and approve of myself. I am worthy of all the good that Life can hold.”

Self-worth is important for a life of success and well-being. When you reject yourself, then you’re rejecting an expression of the Universe. No matter what you’ve done, the Universe accepts you. Your actions are separate from who you are. You are a unique individual, who deserves to be loved.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 152017
 

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZThe Backfire Effect: You’re Right to Get Emotional About this Cognitive Bias
The backfire effect is when a person won’t believe facts that contradict their beliefs. They actually attach to their beliefs even stronger. In business, false information about you on social media can destroy you. This article gives suggestions on how to counter that effect and salvage your reputation.

10 Words People Who Are Not Confident Always Use
Words have power. They project your intentions and they also reinforce your beliefs about yourself. If you use wishy-washy words, you’re not only going to be seen that way, but you’ll have trouble believing in yourself. However, when you change your words, you’ll notice an improvement in the way you feel and how others respond to you. Learn 10 words to avoid.

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs
Some toxic people have no idea how they affect people. Other toxic people derive satisfaction from the chaos they create. No matter which category they fall in, they are difficult and stressful to deal with. Toxic people take a toll on you, physically, mentally and emotionally. If you can, avoid them. But first, learn to identify them with the help of this article.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 142017
 

Question about affirmationsQuestion: I’ve created my own affirmation recording, with the statements delivered quickly in a monotone, and then I repeat them. With the pace being so fast, why do I get drowsy when I listen to it?

Answer: If you’re saying them in a droning voice, you could actually be putting yourself into a mild hypnotic state by the tone and way you say them. Also, anything you do often, by routine, and don’t think much about, will do that. In that state, the subconscious is actually more receptive to the statements.

Also, it could be that the statements are delivered too fast. If there’s little space between the statements, your mind could be getting overloaded with the data and will start to shut down to try to process it. It’s like you’re eating too fast and your mind can’t digest what’s being said. You need time to wrap your mind around what they say, mean, and feel their accomplishment. Your feeling is what will power them.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 272017
 

Grand Canyon Rim TrailHow to Turn Off Negative Thoughts in Your Mind
The things you say to yourself affect your view of yourself and your world. Negative beliefs condition you to feel like you’re not enough or capable. When you become aware of those feelings, you can trace them to thoughts that are probably not true. This article gives some tips on how to switch off negative thoughts.

Why Women Need To Grow Their Self-Worth
Both men and women experience the “Imposter Syndrome.” But because of their early experiences and societal pressures, women deal with it more often. This article examines the issue behind women’s self-doubt and gives some suggestions on how to overcome them.

How to Focus & Prioritize Your Life by Copying the Mindset of Elite Entrepreneurs
The secret behind success and productivity isn’t magical, it’s focus. When you focus on one task at a time, you get a lot more done than trying to juggle several. This article gives some valuable tips and suggestions to keep you on track.

May 192017
 

Sparks of Insight“I’m always expressing the Infinite Life within me through my thoughts and decisions. Creativity means that Universal energy is flowing through me. I now allow my creativity to express in positive and healthy ways.”

You’re always creative, from your thoughts creating your life, to deciding what to eat for dinner. This self-expression means that the Universe is flowing through you. Frustration, depression, and fear dam it up. If creativity isn’t flowing outwardly, then it’s getting stuffed inwardly and can adversely affect you. People who express their creativity, without criticism, are healthier and happier.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 122017
 

Sparks of InsightWhen you’re using an affirmation of “I am now…” if your conscious mind objects to it with “This isn’t true,” or “Who do you think you are,” change the affirmation to one of “I’m choosing.” By doing this, you’re taking it from having the object in the present to having the freedom to choose something different. The conscious mind generally won’t complain about that, and it’s much more empowering.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 032017
 

Question about affirmationsQuestion: I’ve been taking medication for depression, but what are some more holistic ways for me to deal with it?

Answer:  I’m not a medical doctor nor psychologist, so I can only give you some suggestions. But first, I completely support taking medication to start feeling better. Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind said something to the effect of, “You might as well feel better while you’re getting better.” The medication will give extra energy to help think straight. And until that happens, healing can’t happen.

Studies are finding that much of depression is caused by the way we think, and what we think about. A thought always precedes a feeling, even if the thought is a fraction of a second long. It can create a downward spiral that results in depression. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, M.D. has exercises to help you turn those thoughts around. Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman, Ph.D. discusses much of the research into this.

Walking or exercise is also effective to improve one’s mood. They’ve done studies that have shown that walking 30 minutes a day 3-5 times a week (depending on the study) is as effective, by itself, as antidepressants. But when you’re feeling so down, you can’t get yourself moving, which is why medication can help jumpstart you.

One more suggestion, do some journaling. It’s been found to help depression when you write about your feelings about the traumatic events of your life. Not just about the experience, but your feelings about it. By itself, it doesn’t help PTSD a lot, but it does help. Write 15-20 minutes on at least four consecutive days, preferably in the morning.

A final note, STOP MENTALLY BEATING YOURSELF UP! If you notice you’re getting negative, so what? Condemning yourself for it will just give it more energy. Start writing down what your negative thoughts are, and then you can see if they’re valid.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Apr 142017
 

Sparks of InsightEveryday we have an undercurrent of statements that we repeat to ourselves. Most of them are neutral as we talk our way through our day. But many of the statements are self-derogatory. Putting ourselves down and criticizing what we do. How would a friend respond to this kind of condemnation? The Universe certainly doesn’t believe this way. You are your best friend, and need to treat yourself as one. Become aware of your automatic remarks, challenge them, and change them into positive ones.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 232017
 

Question about affirmationsQuestion: How many affirmations should be used at a time for a single goal?

Answer: Some people say to only use one phrase as an affirmation for a goal. I disagree. I like to write what Ernest Holmes, Joseph Murphy, and Catherine Ponder call a “spiritual mind treatment.” It can sometimes be a couple of pages long.

In it, I identify with the Source of all good, know that it’s mine, then state my desire, taking the time to convince my mind why it’s possible and why I deserve it, then give thanks that it is done. My affirmation covers many of the issues of whatever challenge I’m experiencing. By using a longer affirmation, I’m able to address the whole condition.

Since what I’m “treating” is my consciousness of good, I will read the long one at least twice a day (usually first thing in the morning and before bed). And then during the day, I’ll use some shorter, reinforcing phrase(s)  to reinforce my new pattern of thinking.

That’s the way I’ve written my Affirmation Ebooks. I’ve written long affirmations for weight, abundance and self-acceptance, and then included shorter statements to trigger what the longer one addressed.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart