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Using the Power of the Written Word to Raise your Energy and Uplift Others!

The written word can be very powerful when it comes to raising our energy and inspiring/uplifting others. We can be uplifted by a book we read, by an inspiring quote, or a mere word we see written on the side of a building. I know that seeing the word “Love” written on buildings, t-shirts, buttons, menus, or any other place, almost always seems to lift my energy and make me smile.

Knowing the powerful effect of words, I write positive words and phrases around my home to keep the energy high and to keep me inspired. I post positive statements such as “Today is a beautiful day” on the bathroom mirror with dry-erase marker, or we write a list of goals/dreams I’m working on to keep us focused and inspired. Current messages on the fridge include: “Life is Good,” and “Love yourself. Love others. Love the world.” Friends, clients, and members from my Meetup groups frequently comment on the “positive energy” in my home and say how they love all of the “inspiring and uplifting messages around.”

One of the things I love to do is write/design positive messages on small pieces of paper and give them out to “strangers.” I regularly go out into the community with other members from my meetup group (Southern Maine Random Acts of Kindness) and hand out these messages to passersby. Our messages say things like, “You are Loved,” “You are a beautiful expression of life,” or “Who’s the most awesome person today? You!”

Every step of this process is very powerful: The writing of the messages makes me feel good, because I’m writing positive, high energy words and phrases which is basically downloaded into my brain. The handing out of messages feels great as well, as most people who are given one of our messages smile or express their appreciation in some way. Some people are so touched they tear up, give us a hug, stick around to chat with us about our mission, and/or join our group!

This much is clear to me: the written word can uplift, inspire, and make the heart happy. It’s one of the easiest, most accessible tools I know of, and it can do great good in your own life and in the lives of others. A friend of mine was known at his last job as the “positive post-it guy,” as he would leave little sticky notes on people’s desks with positive messages. Likewise, a simple thank you card or a letter telling someone how you feel about them can have very positive and powerful effects.

Like everything else, words have energy; the more positive the word, the higher the energy it carries, and thus the greater the positive effect it can have on you and others. As an experiment, get out a piece of paper and write letters A-Z down the page with A on the top line, B on the second line down, and so on. Start with the letter A and write down the most positive/high energy word you can think of. Do this all the way through Z (you can use creative freedom for the tricky letters; i.e. instead of coming up with a word that begins with “X” you could write the word “eXpress.” After you are done writing a word for each letter, read through the list and feel the essence of the word you wrote down. If you wrote “Beauty” for B, feel the essence of Beauty inside your body. After you are done going through the list, take note of how you are feeling. How does your body feel? Your mind? What is your mood like?

Lifting your spirits or helping yourself get back on a more positive frame of mind can be as simple as thinking of/meditating on some positive words. Words have the power to either bring us down or lift us up. Assuming you prefer the latter, why not make use of this simple and wonderful tool today by surrounding yourself with positive statements and passing positive words onto others?

In love,

Robyn <3

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The Power of a Smile

A few weeks ago, I was having a group of teens I work with write and decorate positive messages to hand out to strangers. My favorite message that one of the male teens came up with was, “A Smile Can Change a Life.”

How right on he was. Of course, I’ve believed in the power of smiling at strangers, loved ones, or just smiling when no one is looking, for quite some time. I’d think to myself that smiling at the construction worker as I drove by or smiling at someone I walk past on the street could elicit a smile back, thus uplifting them and their mood. But I didn’t really think of it in terms of changing their lives…

But when you really think about it, a smile really does have the power to change a life. It could be your smile at that man walking down the street that triggers something in him to make a change in his life. Maybe your smile helped to break down a wall he’d had in his heart, maybe it motivated him to finally get out there and meet some new people, maybe it showed him that other people do care and that there’s no benefit to seeing the world as a hostile, unfriendly place.

I know that when somebody smiles at me, I can’t help but feel uplifted.. especially if it’s from a stranger or unexpected. This feeling can last for several minutes or hours and it seems to always raise the tone of my day.

You may feel sometimes like you have little time, energy, or resources to give back to other people or the world at large, but you always have your smile. It takes no extra time to smile at the person walking towards you, it costs nothing to flash a smile at the bank teller. It may require energy in that you may have to remind yourself to do it and go through with it, but most likely you will be energized by the interaction and feel yourself lifted. In fact, research shows, the more you smile at and do acts of kindness for others, the more energized, happy, and fulfilled you feel. Not a bad payoff!

No matter where you are in life, you can always make positive difference in the world. It can be as grand as building a house for a family in need or as simple as smiling. So flash those pearly whites, (or gums if you have no teeth), and change some lives! You can bet that your life will be changed as well. =-D

In love,
Robyn <3

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Begin Your Day with Love

Want to start your day off in a powerful way that will uplift you and sustain your positive energy throughout the day?

Begin your day with Love!

Here are some techniques to help you do that:

-Upon waking up, before even getting out of bed, think of the things that you most love about yourself and about your life. What are you most grateful for? What will you be doing this day that you love to do? Who are the people you are closest to and what do you most love about them?

-As you make your breakfast/lunch, imagine that you are infusing love into your food as your prepare it.

-When you eat your breakfast, say a silent or spoken “Thank you” to the Universe for your food. In addition to imagining that your food has all the nutrients your mind/body needs, imagine that it is filled with love that will infiltrate your mind-body-spirit as you eat it.

-As you shower, imagine that the water coming down on you is infused with love- it is infusing all of your being, pushing any negative energy out of you and filling you with high, positive energy that will stay with you throughout your day.

-As you dress, imagine that your clothes are infused with love and that this love enters every cell of your being as you put them on.

-When meditating, picture a stream of love, in the form of a waterfall or beautiful light, coming from above you and pouring down through the top of your head to the bottoms of your feet, clearing out any negative or lower energy and filling you up completely with love and light.

Of course, you can practice these techniques at any time during the day, and it’s great to use them repeatedly throughout the day; however, there is as special power in doing these exercises in the morning, as your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day.

Love is an energy that is within you and around you and always available to you at every moment. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of this to tap into it. As you come to practice some of these techniques, make up your own- use your imagination to conjure up the love that already exists within and around you, and experience the wonders that this creates!

Do you have any practices that fill you up with love? Please share in the comment section below!

In love,
Robyn <3

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At 13, and Being a Girl….(you just never know!)

Yesterday was a dedicated “girl day”.  My daughter and I try to have one at least every two weeks.  We go shopping, for a walk, for lunch, do our nails at home or out, cook meals, do crafts.  A variety of things.  It’s our time to be together, where I shut off the phone and work needs, and focus solely on her.  She of course, being 13, can’t let go of her iPhone, but I try to understand how she’s in search of who she is, who her friends are, and who aren’t.  The phone is her connection.  That seems to be the only way she communicates these days.

But I had a very special moment, and I KNOW I need to treasure.  Take a snapshot in my memory.  Life is going too quick.

As we were walking into Michael’s Craft Store (our heaven!), she grabbed my hand……GRABBED it you guys!  I melted.  The days of her needing her mama in certain ways is disappearing,   I treasure the feel of the small hand sliding into mine.  It always feels tiny, like when she was born.  What an incredibly special feeling.  I am so glad I took the time yesterday to really focus on a small, yet so important event.

Keep your eyes and ears open for your special moments.  Cherish.  They make life special.   hugs, AnnMarie, oxox (co-founder, ThinkGood)