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Seven Spiritual Laws for 2017

3x3-place-in-this-worldToday I would like to share a post from http://www.chopra.com/. I invite you to explore these Seven Spiritual Laws as you formulate your plans and goals for the new year:

Many of us grew up with the belief that achieving success requires relentless hard work, grim determination, and intense ambition. As a result, we may have struggled for years and even reached some of our goals but wound up feeling exhausted, our lives out of balance.

As Deepak Chopra observes in his transformational work, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, such desperate striving isn’t necessary or even desirable. In the natural world, creation comes forth with ease. A seed doesn’t struggle to become a tree―it simply unfolds in grace.

The Seven Spiritual Laws are powerful principles you can use to fulfill your deepest desires with effortless joy. If you put them into practice, you’ll realize that you can manifest whatever you’ve been dreaming about.

Fortunately, the laws of success aren’t difficult or mysterious but are easy to understand and apply. There are also many ways for you to learn more about using The Seven Spiritual Laws to attract the life you truly want, and right here is a great place to begin:

Sunday: The Law of Pure Potentiality

Take time to be silent, to just BE. Meditate for 30 minutes twice a day. Silently witness the intelligence within every living thing. Practice non-judgment.

Learn more about The Law of Pure Potentiality 

Monday: The Law of Giving

Today, bring whomever you encounter a gift: a compliment or flower. Gratefully receive gifts. Keep wealth circulating by giving and receiving care, affection, appreciation and love.

Learn more about The Law of Giving

Tuesday: The Law of Karma

Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Choosing actions that bring happiness and success to others ensures the flow of happiness and success to you.

Learn more about The Law of Karma

Wednesday: 
The Law of Least Effort

Accept people, situations, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view.

Learn more about The Law of Least Effort

Thursday: 
The Law of Intention and Desire

Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Make a list of desires. Trust that when things don’t seem to go your way, there is a reason.

Learn more about The Law of Intention and Desire

Friday: The Law of Detachment

Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Do not force solutions—allow solutions to spontaneously emerge. Uncertainty is essential, and your path to freedom.

Learn more about The Law of Detachment

Saturday: The Law of Dharma

Seek your higher Self. Discover your unique talents. Ask yourself how you are best suited to serve humanity. Using your unique talents and serving others brings unlimited bliss and abundance.

 

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Give the Gift of Time

3x3-christmas-starsThis year, Give the Gift of Time!

Choosing to make conscious choices for your money and life may have implications for many aspects of your life. Consider giving the gift of time this year. Create a mental space to listen to your thoughts. Decide how to spend the last ten days of your holiday season, using your goals to give you focus.

Visualize your “perfect” holiday. Maybe it includes parties with friends, spending time with family, or taking the time to express your gratitude. December is such a hectic time of year. Many people feel overwhelmed by obligations presented by school, work, family, and friends. Invest your time in activities that bring you the most value.

Choose which activities you will spend your time on and know that you may miss some parties or invites. Setting boundaries for a successful holiday helps you maintain your sanity, increase your sense of gratefulness and keep your “spirits bright!”

Take that one step further and give the gift of time with those closest to you this month. Listen to your spouse, best friend or family members and notice what is important to them. Investing time with people who are special in your life strengthens your bond with them, creating more meaningful relationships.

When shopping, purchase one item and plan an experience to accompany the gift – instead of buying multiple gifts for everyone. Purchasing a new sweater? Plan a date night to enjoy the new outfit. Have a friend who loves to cook? Wrap up a kitchen gadget and sign up for a cooking class together. Give a gift of time to complete the gift in a box! Many people find that spending time with others reaps greater benefits in the journey of life.

Share some of the activities that your family or circle of friends love to do — and make the holidays extra special every year.

Happy Holiday!

Bob

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Holiday Sales and Money

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Are you bedazzled by enticing Holiday Sales, signs promising 50% off, along with offers of both free shipping and free returns this holiday season? Are you spending too much money? Do you feel you have to give the “best” gifts in your family? Do your emotions push you into unrealistic purchases? Ready to break the cycle of over-spending and avoiding a Christmas shopping hangover?

Shoppers will likely spend 10 percent more this holiday season; an average of $935.58 each, states the National Retail Federation. Many people also buy a gift for themselves, adding another $100 to the total amount.

Consumers with annual household incomes less than $50,000 will likely increase their percentage spending levels even more than consumers overall. Many shoppers are expected to increase their digital shopping by 25 percent, and it has become much easier to buy on mobile devices.

Pet owners – almost half of all households nationwide – are projected to buy gifts for their animal companions, spending an average of $62.

Here’s how to take advantage of all the holiday sales and avoid financial headaches!

Don’t use credit cards when faced with holiday sales.
Plan ahead with a set amount of money.
Use debit cards or cash.

Give your budget some wiggle room: When you come up with a holiday budget, add at least 10%. That way, if you are at your limit, you can cut back to 90% of that budget. Some states have nearly 10% of taxes that can be added to the total. Leave yourself a buffer to allow flexibility if you can’t find a gift for the price you wanted.

Pay your everyday bills first, don’t get hit with late fees to purchase gifts.

Be practical: Do you really need to buy a $40 bottle of wine when a $12 bottle will do just fine?

Again: Stick to your budget!

Still seduced by the “deals?”
Freeze your credit cards in water until January 1 — Literally!

Once Christmas is over, review what you did well and what you didn’t. Explore new options for 2017. Here’s a secret from Santa, start saving for Christmas now!

Happy Holidays!

Bob