do you follow the path of least resistance?

Can you recall a period in your life when everything you tried to do or accomplish was like smacking your head against a brick wall? (i.e nothing is working in your favour?!)

Well today I woke up, opened my email, only to find a transformational piece about 'choosing the path of least resistance,' by the former, Dr. Wayne Dyer.

It was honestly as if someone heard that I needed that guidance right now.

So here it is for all those people struggling to find meaning or gain understanding/enlightenment into what's just not working in their life.

Choose the path of least resistance, to allow yourself to walk into the ease and enjoyment of life. 

Article By Dr. Wayne Dyer

You live in a universe that has limitless potential for joy built into the creation process. Your Source, which we call the universal mind of intention, adores you beyond anything you can possibly imagine. When you adore yourself in the same proportion, you’re matched up with the field of intention, and you’ve opted for the path of no resistance. As long as you have even a pinch of an ego, you’ll retain some resistance, so I urge you to take the path in which resistance is minimized. 

The shape and quantity of your thoughts determine the amount of resistance. Thoughts that generate bad feelings are resistant thoughts. Any thought that puts a barrier between what you would like to have and your ability to attract it into your life is resistance. Your intention is to live a tranquil life, free of stress and anxiety. You know that stress doesn’t exist in the world, and that there are only people thinking stressful thoughts.

Stressful thoughts all by themselves are a form of resistance. You don’t want stressful, resistant thoughts to be your habitual way of reacting to your world. By practicing thoughts of minimal resistance, you’ll train yourself to make this your natural way of reacting, and eventually you’ll become the tranquil person you desire to be, a stress-free person free of the “dis-ease” that stress brings to the body. Stressful thoughts all by themselves are the resistance that you construct that impedes your connection to the power of intention. 

We’re in a world that advertises and promotes reasons to be anxious. You’ve been taught that feeling good in a world where so much suffering exists is an immoral stance to take. You’ve been convinced that choosing to feel good in bad economic times, in times of war, in times of uncertainty or death, or in the face of any catastrophe anywhere in the world is crass and inappropriate. Since these conditions will always be in the world someplace, you believe you can’t have joy and still be a good person. But it may not have occurred to you that in a universe based on energy and attraction, thoughts that evoke feeling bad originate in the same energy Source that attracts more of the same into your life. These are resistant thoughts. 

Here are some examples of sentences on the path of resistance, which are then changed to sentences on the path of least resistance

I feel uneasy about the state of the economy; I’ve already lost so much money.
I live in an abundant universe; I choose to think about what I have and I will be fine. The universe will provide. 

I have so many things to do that I can never get caught up.
I’m at peace in this moment. I’ll only think about the one thing I’m doing. I will have peaceful thoughts. 

I can never get ahead in this job.
I choose to appreciate what I’m doing right now, and I’ll attract an even greater opportunity. 

My health is a huge concern. I worry about getting old and becoming dependent and sick.
I’m healthy, and I think healthy. I live in a universe that attracts healing, and I refuse to anticipate sickness. 

— Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
 

Will you choose to change your path?

What road will you take...

 

the art of crushing goals

Oh wow, this is a doozy for me.

It's something I have always done; but it's also an area of my life that brings constant frustration and disappointment at times. Not because I don't accomplish my goals; but more on a lack of appreciation when I do. Or celebration, for that matter.

Personally, I'm working on the skill of gratitude and I hope to be able to offer some helpful tips to help you crush AND appreciate the wins - both big and small.

We've all been there at the end of a year, upset that we didn't do something or crush a goal we were sure would happen. 

This is how it usually goes down for me at the start of a new year (I'm sure a few of you can relate). I'm happy, excited, energized by all the possibilities, confident in my ability to check most of my goals off and then...days pass, weeks and sometimes even months, and I forget what I had set out to accomplish. Or plain and simple, I lost clarity because I had so many goals.

More often than not, we feel overwhelmed with everything we haven't accomplished, instead of embracing what we have and being proud of ourselves. Instead we beat ourselves up.

But I have a secret that will change how you approach goal setting. And it comes down to one thing.

THE PLAN. Yes, that's right, in order to execute those goals you need a PLAN!!

You can't just say you want to lose 30 pounds. Your must ask yourself, how are you going to do that? You need to be able to break it down into actionable steps. Do you need to change your diet? Drink more water? Go to the gym 3 times a week for 45 min each or is it simply a matter of doing 30 min a day of HIIT workouts?

Everyone will have a different method of getting to the part where you can successfully check off your goal; but it all starts with a plan.

You can't just say you want to be the next big hockey star in the NHL or the #1 swimmer in the world. That takes years of dedication, practice, resilience, patience, preparation and so on. These people had a plan and stuck to it.

 

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

What goal do I want to crush?

What steps am I going to take to achieve this goal?

What's my end date? (always set this. it gives you something to strive for)

What daily actions do I need to take that will help me get closer to this goal?

How will I hold myself accountable? (find a friend to help you- it works like a charm)

Put your goal somewhere that you can see it, daily!!

Take Action!!

 

Whatever goal you are trying to accomplish, one must break it down into ACTIONABLE steps. I read this amazing book this year called The Slight Edge and it totally focused my mind. It's not a miracle worker, but it does offer perspective and clarity on how to dominate goals.

Check it out if you are feeling stuck or need help refocusing and get back on track. I HIGHLY recommend it.

So let's move forward with 2016 and be hopeful for a goal crushing 2017!

Set goals. Make a plan. Decide an end date. And get moving.

Because a dream is just a wish without a plan.

Spread love and kindness!

Andrea xx 

 

the power of images

 
Marcus Bleasdale

Marcus Bleasdale

 

It's amazing how powerful images can be and it's even more astounding when political change and action takes place because of those images.

A friend of mine posted an article on social media and I was captured by the title of the piece in the New York Times called "Marcus Bleasdale: When Photography Campaigns for Change," - mostly because this is the type of photography I love and aspire to create.

The article highlighted the fact that Marcus was selected as the latest recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club, which recognizes exceptional courage in published photojournalism for his work on the Central African Republic for Human Rights Watch and National Geographic. It was a year and a half in the making, documenting the failure of a state and how that failure impacts a population.

It was moving, inspiring and insightful in a lot of ways. He notes that if photojournalists are going to sustain themselves in this day and age, then they are going to have to become more creative with how they get their stories out to the public and that's really how he came to work with humanitarian organizations. There are many ways to tell a story and impact change. You just have to look outside the box and away from the traditional media outlets as the only source of spreading a message.

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."- Mahatma Gandhi