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April 20th, 2005


carolita
11:02 am - Sharing of the Daily Om...
Today, it would be brought to you by the lovely color of Queen's Day Orange (what with it being 4/20 and all *winks*) and the numbers, of course, would be 4 & 20. *cheshires*

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Your Own Subversion
Overcoming Self-Sabotage

Each one of us is blessed with the ability to want. Some desire to achieve financial success, some to change the world, and others simply desire to change themselves for the better. Each one of us also has the power to make what we want become reality. Often, however, we subtly undermine our efforts by refusing support, adopting an air of ambivalence, over-committing, being indecisive, or listening to our doubts. This is self-sabotage. Sometimes it's not a deficiency of desire, intelligence, skill, or effort that is holding you back, but an internal tug-of-war based on fear. You know what you want from life but consciously or sub-consciously get in the own way of your efforts. There is a conflict between your desires and your feelings of worth and entitlement.

Self-sabotaging behavior can affect your motivation and your drive. You may drown your strong desires in television or food, avoid facing potentially challenging situations, or simply retreat inward. Accepting challenges, growing, making tough decisions, and working hard can seem truly frightening. It is easier to continue doing what you've always done. But the more you turn away from the means to achieve your life's dreams, the more your self-esteem and confidence is damaged. In that way, self-sabotage is cyclical. You shy away from getting what you want and then believe you lack the ability to get what you want. Self-sabotage can inspire feelings of depression, frustration, discouragement, and even anger because you are working against yourself. If you feel you have sabotaged your own efforts, remember and write down times in which you did so. Don't use the information to judge yourself. Rather, try to avoid similarly sabotaging yourself in the future.

Then, recognize that all worthwhile goals will take patience, organization, work, and a measure of confidence. Self-sabotage nearly always comes from feelings of inadequacy or underservedness, but those feelings can be overcome by giving yourself an extra portion of nurturing and love when you're working out a problem or formulating a long-term plan. All wants are special and valid and learning to overcome self-sabotage is an important part of achieving what you desire.
Current Music: Various Artists: Tu Sonrisa

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April 19th, 2005


reverie_maiden
12:33 pm
I like the smell of rain. That makes me smile. Anyone else like the smell of rain?

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April 18th, 2005


carolita
08:43 am - Sharing of the Daily Om...
Can be found on www.dailyom.com

Attention To Detail
Putting Your Best Foot Forward

It's said that first impressions take less than a minute to form. Every day, whether we are conscious of it or not, we leave almost indelible suggestions of ourselves in the minds of others. These suggestions are based on a multitude of factors and help others form opinions on our level of organization, our stamina, our self-respect, and our respect for others. Most people want to be seen in a positive light and one way to ensure this is to put your best foot forward. Your style can speak volumes, representing your strengths, and can demonstrate that you know and are comfortable with yourself. Putting your best foot forward isn't about luxury cosmetics, an expensive hairdo, or the "right" clothing. The key is to be both confident in spirit and polished in manner and dress.

During both first impressions and later rendezvous, others consciously and unconsciously attribute meaning to the image you present. One can look stunning and put-together in a pair of jeans with attention to detail or flat in a flashy suit if hastily put on. Though it may seem superfluous or even shallow, spending a few extra moments each morning to sculpt a unique hairstyle, shave cleanly, or file a jagged fingernail, it will show the world you care about yourself and that you have an eye for detail. The more polished you look on the outside, the more confident you will feel on the inside, and it is a positive cycle: People with good self-esteem inevitably take better care of themselves. Taking time to focus on yourself before facing the world also benefits the soul. As you enjoy your morning routine, you will have time to reflect on the coming day and to focus on being the best you can be.

Putting your best foot forward is not about fitting into an image, embracing the latest fashions, or making yourself into something you're not. Your idea of what constitutes a finishing touch will be different from that of your friends and family. But, in the simple act of going a step further in your presentation of yourself, you will be able to demonstrate your respect for others and yourself, your attention to detail, your ability to organize and coordinate, your uniqueness, and your love of yourself.

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April 15th, 2005


carolita
08:57 am - Sharing of the Daily Om...
Brought to you by the lovely people over at www.dailyom.com

A Matter Of Choice
The Law Of Attraction

One of the most wonderful abilities we have is the ability to make choices. We can choose to think positive thoughts or negative thoughts. Likewise, we can make an effort to ensure all our actions contribute to positive outcomes or we can convince ourselves that negative outcomes are inevitable. Such choices can then have a profound affect on your life, for they are the seeds you sow in the universe. Your words and deeds, even the thoughts kept hidden in your mind, contribute to your experience by attracting similar words, deeds, and thoughts because of the Law of Attraction. It is a natural law, as easy to understand as "like begets like" or "what you sow, so shall you reap." It means that what you give to the universe will come back to you, giving you a huge measure of control over the direction and quality of your own life.

If you are patient, you will no doubt be able to see the Law of Attraction at work in your own life. To give a simple example, a smile freely given to a stranger or coworker often nets a smile in return, while a scowl directed at the same individual will most likely cause them to scowl back. On a larger scale your thoughts, feelings, and reactions to people and situations subtly change your aura. These changes in energy can act like a magnet, pulling similar energy to you, be it positive or negative. As you walk your path, you can use the Law of Attraction to help you create the life you want to live by making a conscious decision to emit positive energy. If you are experiencing unpleasantness at home or work, perhaps analyze your own treatment of others. If you find yourself under a great deal of stress, ask yourself if you have been focusing on the expectation of stress. Remember that your thoughts, too, can attract positive or negative outcomes.

Will you choose to focus on beauty, peace, happiness, and love, or to dwell on the faults of others or the world? It's up to you. Because of the Law of Attraction, your focus can easily become your destiny. Learning to alter your reality by attracting only positive people and situations, or, indeed, anything you desire, will open an infinite number of doors.

What do I think? Easier said than done, is what I think. We are, after all, human. A little awareness goes a long way though. Let there be peace, love and light in the world - and let it begin with me.

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April 14th, 2005


reverie_maiden
12:01 am
Ok, I had to come in here and share my bubbliness...I couldn't help it. I got my speech over with in my science class...which is a load off my shoulders being I am not good at talking in front of people. I also realized I am almost done with my sophomore year of college...all I can say is wow it went so fast! Oh and today I received my pirate hat in the mail and it looks really good on me. Being a Romani/pirate in the SCA has its perks for self-esteem! *winks, tips her hat, and bows out*

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April 12th, 2005


carolita
08:30 am - Sharing of the Daily Om...
brought to you by the color red and the number 3 and oh... www.dailyom.com *smiles*

Winning At Life
Being Your Own Life Coach

No one knows you better than you know yourself. You know your strengths, weaknesses, needs, desires, dislikes, emotions, and physical abilities better than anyone else. You can map out your life better than any therapist, psychic, or guidance counselor. Those people may all be of assistance, but you are the best life coach for you.

To coach yourself in winning at life, be willing to put in the practice. Get involved in your life right now. Be engaged at work and play, even if you want to make changes. Practice being passionate about the mundane things in life, as well as the thrills, and you'll soon find yourself enthusiastic about everything. Map out a game plan for your life by taking the time to think about and realize what you really want. Meditate to clear you mind and open your heart. Write down goals, dreams, revelations that come to you. You may find you that along the way your needs and/or desires may change, but that's part of getting to know you. Focus on your immediate goals and make plans for what you need to do now that will get you where you want to be. Ask the hard questions and be honest with yourself. Recognize what you want to change about yourself to be a better person and do the work required whether it is exercising regularly, developing a spiritual practice, taking a class for ca! reer advancement, or being kinder to people.

Cheer yourself on. Let go of harsh criticisms and give yourself the praise and encouragement you desire and need to be a winner. Repeat affirmations daily if they are helpful, pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and console yourself when you're down. Never give up on yourself. When things look bleak, be your own best cheerleader and try to remain optimistic. Look at challenge as an adventure, take risks, and welcome change. Embrace those that come into your life to help you as your team mates and support them as well. Play hard at the game of life and enjoy it and you'll come out a winner.

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April 8th, 2005


dumpsterfresh
01:40 pm - It's been too long
I was glad to see some new posts by folks on here. I'd almost forgotten about the community.

I've been having an amazing 2 or 3 weeks. I met some girl whom I had a crush on from afar, and we've been spending tons of time together and things are going excellently. I haven't been so happy in a long time. Just thinking about her makes me blush and giggly.

Spring is here, may you all fall in love.
Current Mood: happyhappy

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April 7th, 2005


abida_hot_pants
05:18 pm - What made me happy today?
My name is Mayra. Been a member for a month or so, I suppose.
Well, I play trombone every morning at school, but I don't like to show up to class because I just started playing trombone last year. Not like that's any excuse, I just don't practice, but lately, my sound has improved. A friend of mine, kept complimenting me, I still think he was just being nice, but the teacher noticed me today. He said "trombones you have a nice sound. You have improved a lot" Hmm. There's only two trombones in that class period. So, that made me happy today. Great start for a boring day.
Current Mood: blankblank
Current Music: me playing trombone

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silver_topaz
07:01 pm - Hey!
Yesss! Happy thoughts. Happy, happy, happy! They will make you fly! I do believe in fairies! I do, I do!

Ahhem. I'm Cory. Sixteen years old and new to the community. How are all of you?

Isn't the world amazing? It's full of beautiful boundless harmonies and wonderous forms of magic. We are all so blessed to be here. Bless the stars, bless the sky, bless the moon and apple pie! Really though, we do not realize how lucky we are.

Think of many many many years ago when the life expecetency for someone was, like, thirty-five. All the medicine and food and safety and freedom and companionship we have now did not always exist! Someone once dreamt that the world would be like this, and now it is! The world is amazing. Lava lamp and plasma balls and love and dreams and the sun and the rain! Doesn't it make you smile?

The world is getting better. Progress is being made every day. Human beings are fantastic things with alot to celebrate. We live in a beautiful corner of the universe with all kinds of luxury, oppourtunity and aesthetic grandeur. Celebrate life, why don't you! Dance a dance and sing a song! Or just sit there and enjoy the ride!

You are special and powrful and great, full of potential and energy. You are a small part of the greatest work of art there is: the universe. Whatever is bad now will improve. You will find a way. Just have faith in yourself and the people around you.

Don't think you're alone. Love and laughter is everywhere. You just need to reach out and grab it!
Current Mood: <333
Current Music: Tiny Tim- Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight

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reverie_maiden
02:03 pm
*bouncy, bouncy, bouncy* I was soooo happy to find this community! Because it is true, there are so many bad things in life that I seriously am sick of writing about in my live journal. I need a place to just shine...and ummm let out my happiness so I stop making the people in my life crazy, so they stop smacking me for bouncing off the walls, and so I stop getting crazy looks. *shrugs* I am a Gemini, what can I say...I think that is to be expected. Oh *laughs nervously* I forgot to introduce myself...I am Leanna, and I am from Montana. *waves* I seen that others posted pictures of things in here that make them smile...I might definitely have to do that, because I have some nice scenic pictures from around here.

Things that make me smile:

-doing something nice for someone and expecting nothing in return
-an unexpected compliment
-the smell of cappuccino
-chocolate
-long walks
-the smell of roses
-holding a baby
-sitting under the stars
-belly dancing
-hearing my favorite song on the radio
-rubber duckies
-cats

Wow, that is only some of them...I will have to post more later...

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