Had a free coffee at Barnes and Noble. My darling mother gave me a coupon! Because it’s delicious and I like plain old iced coffee. Side note: a few people had subtle Halloween costumes on and I take back what I said about being over it; I feel a little Scrooge-like not even wearing my black cat earrings. Oh well. It doesn’t have to be a recognized holiday for me to celebrate and dress up.
November is here! I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and the second best holiday, Black Friday (it’s my shopping Olympics!). The month is a the 11th month on the calendar. 11 is a master number if you know anything about numerology. I’d like to know more. I didn’t believe in it until recently when I suddenly realized I really am characteristic of a 5…too much?
Isn’t my cat calendar adorable? I have it on my shelf at my desk. I bought it in Bryant Park last year and got my sister a Corgi shaped one too.
I wanted to throw in a snap of one of my magnets. Let’s stop waiting for things. This isn’t a dress rehearsal.
We all know it’s a cliche now, but I truly believe in the Law of Attraction. Turns out, almost everyone successful, famous, happy, etc. does too. Einstein, Tesla, Will Smith, Oprah, the list goes on and on. It doesn’t have to be some hokey principle that you follow like a cult, although you can be as open about it as you wish. Basically every athlete sees themselves making the shot/goal/play before they do it. They’re visualizing themselves as a success. They feel themselves being who they want to be before it happens in real life.
You act how you want to feel. You follow things that make you happy. Those actions lead to more joyful things.
That is all. Simple, right? You got it? Oh good. Tell me how easy it is.
The more you quiet your mind and sit still for a little, the easier it is to hear where you’re being led. It’s 1000x easier for your inspired thoughts to come through if you practice meditation. I used to think it was pretentious to say “I practice mediation. I’ve been neglecting my bikram yoga practice.” What, can’t I just “do” yoga?? Why is it such an important thing like a medical practice? But then, i read somewhere why they call it a “practice.” It’s hard and you are always going to be progressing and gaining strength and mental focus. Same goes for meditation. (Tomorrow I’m going to tell you about my experiences with meditation. You know, really dive deep.)
I had a major epiphany a few months ago and can now see the person I want to be. That sounds silly but it’s true. Sooo, I’ve been experimenting and asking myself what I’d do as future me before I make a decision. It’s magic. Maybe I clearly know myself more than others, so I’m not sure this would work for everyone. However, it’s pretty simple when my mind is clear to hear my true thoughts.
Back to attracting. It’s not about changing what you don’t like, it’s about not focusing on it at all.
Yesterday, I went for a run. I still haven’t been back on track and I decided to take a different mental approach. I slept in instead of the gym visit I had planned and honestly thought, “What would I do if I was the person who I know I”m supposed to be?” Oh, I would readjust my schedule and go running after work! I could see myself being proud and having that great, sweaty, accomplished tiredness. All that is exactly what prompted me to pack my workout gear and take it along so I could change and head to the trails immediately after work. It was a hard 3 miles. I needed to remember this. Even at the height of working out, it was still difficult! I’ve slacked so much in the last three months and have’t been consistent with any specific exercise for awhile. But, I started making it a practice of mine to have (mostly) positive thoughts when I run. Even if it’s tough and I want to stop, I make sure to turn it around and give myself a pep talk. Sometimes I play games with myself, like I’ll run to the next tree then slow down if I really need it. Or, I won’t look at my Garmin until the next miles beeps. I’m not into music when I run outside and it’s funny because every now and then I start singing a song in my head. It’s a fun thing that passes the time.
It’s all about not focusing on the hard stuff. I could easily think, “oh my god. It’s cold. I’m done,” the entire time and end up miserable. But I know how great I feel when it’s over, knowing I persevered. Today was good for me because it was chilly and I forgot how much breathing in cold air makes it even tougher to breathe. I had some side stitches because I haven’t stuck to my normal decently healthy diet that I would do when running regularly. There was a moment when I was mad at myself for letting my fitness level slip. Right then, I had a small/instrumentally huge thought. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten good at switching gears to happy thoughts or maybe the universe told me but this is what I thought:
“It never has to be this hard again.”
That’s right. I could take where I was at that moment and keep moving.
Every time I run I’ll progress. Even if it feels physical just as tough, my mental state will have improved.
There never has to be a day that I quit. I always get a second chance to do it again.