Given the amount of complexity we’re juggling, these times demand a positive outlook. It sounds simple – begin each day based upon the present, enriching yourself with whatever today brings. A positive attitude given natural disasters, unemployment, or illness? Sounds like a tall order, but remember, every day is new, no matter how you slice it. The sun comes up in spite of our mistakes or despair we must face. I believe we are meant to continually move forward – and focus on life as an incredible universe of opportunity.
What blocks a positive attitude? Getting stuck in the past holds us behind. True empowerment stems from living now, not reacting to now from a mindset of the past or living with worry about what might happen tomorrow, next month, or next year. Every day, no matter what has happened to you in the past, is a new opportunity to begin painting your life on a fresh, new canvas.
Over the years, I’ve experimented with ways to release the past and move forward with a positive attitude, living life joyfully in the present moment. I’ve noticed when I start my day without any clear direction of how I choose to think, I don’t get the results I want. Instead of spending time regurgitating old problems, I choose to move loss, disappointment, and feelings of non-success far from my mind. I’ll say an affirmation that will address some area of my life that needs improvement (yes, we can even say them about the Bassett Hound that won’t learn how to use the doggie door) and make that which is created by the mind into tangible or observable reality. And our fuel to make it work, other than to be loving, is to realize that you are composed of Divine Spirit – and are a limitless example of uniqueness and wonder.
So, dedicate your day to the present moment. Say your affirmations with love, be grateful to be alive, and be in charge of your learning opportunities. Ask the universe to show you its inherent perfection. The power of your own thoughts will return to you in ways that’ll surprise you!
As you remain open to positive change, life will unfold in creative ways. Be joyful in your present moment thinking! Remember, I believe in you and what you can do.
Charlene M. Proctor, Ph.D. is an ordained Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking and a Deeksha facilitator trained by the oneness guides from Fiji and India. Charlene is the founder of The Goddess Network, an on-line educational resource for topics on spiritual growth, positive thinking, consciousness, and unity. She is the bestselling author of The Oneness Gospel: Birthing the Christ Consciousness and Divine Human in You, Let Your Goddess Grow! 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking and The Women’s Book of Empowerment: 323 Affirmations That Change Everyday Problems Into Moments of Potential. Her Midwestern sensibility and spiritual approach to self-empowerment has helped thousands awaken to their Divine magnificence within. She is an empowerment expert for Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, offering a spiritual perspective on everyday life to millions of viewers. She also offers advice on SelfGrowth.com and Beliefnet.com, the world’s largest personal-growth web sites.