Resisting negativity

20160419_104343  Things that breed negativity and fear are everywhere in life, if this is what we choose to look for (tv, social media, news papers, to name a few).The more we focus on them, the more fear and depression they feed us! So we begin to live in our minds, seperated, often fearful and worry filled. We tell ourselves we need to continue to watch out for all those things that “could go wrong”.  We hold onto beliefs that we should stay away from others, to protect ourselves. Thus, fear gives way to all manner of ill will and causes separation, through things like judgement, ridicule, hate, and often a lack of desire to understand or show compassion toward another. All of which, are negative practices that can leave us lonely and often depressed.
You must begin to look for the positive things in life and no longer dwell on negativity and fear, if you wish to be elevated!
One can not be lifted while holding themselves down. To be renewed in spirt and achieve happiness you must let go of the heavy burdens of anger, fear, hate, judgement, resentment and revenge.      You must find compassion (for yourself and others) as well as acceptance (of the things you cannot control) and faith in God, yourself (to overcome the darkness) and humanity (in it’s ability to rise above current ills). You need to believe in the higher power of positivity, and begin to practice it daily through gratitude.
It is good to develop a healthy diet to fuel your body/mind with proper nutrients. I suggest a cleansing period which includes a general detoxification as well as a spiritual renewal through prayer and meditation. Another great step is the initiation of a new program of physical activity. Exercise as well as, new(fun) experiences are helpful to relieve stress, increase/maintain health and can be a good way to build positive(and new!) memories.
If you want to really live, you gotta get up and get started! Do not let negativity control your life and thoughts! Life is to short to live in the dark…come out to the light, it feels great!

Detox and diet info:
http://www.healthy.net/Health/Article/General_Detoxification_and_Cleansing/1558

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/d/diet-and-mental-health

Verses to consider:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:6)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30).

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life” (Matt 6:25-27)

“3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
(Colossians 3 NIV)

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The power of positivity.

20160330_092941.jpgGod is good!
But let’s not get stuck on a title…God is love. God has had many names through time, all given by man. But the creator refers to themselve as “I AM”(exodus 3:14)
… Think about that
“I AM” you are, we are, ALL of us are, carriers of the spirit! The kingdom of heaven within…through the piece of God we house.
We can each bring heaven to earth thorough choosing to follow God’s words. By choosing love, compassion, understanding and acceptance. All examples personified by Christ. Also by various prophets, saints, and leaders who have personified loving kindness. The key commonality of these is the way they refused to condemn others based on personal judgements or to live in fear. Through out history,God has sent examples and saviors to free the downtrodden and stand up against abuse and injustice. These people have been strengthened by conviction of truth (of love within, Not nessicarilly man’s law at the time) they have often been martyrs. They choose to put thier very lives on the line for thier fellow man and have little consideration of self. Many were sainted by the church after thier death and are remembered throughout history. Of these, Jesus is the greatest example. If everyone lived with such conviction each of us would be living our purpose. Meanwhile, so many of us struggle to find that elusive quality of life.
Many are caught up in cycles of negativity and fear. These qualities are not the positivity the creator desires us to live by and often make our time here on earth a “living hell”.
The good news is that we always have the power to choose what we focus our thoughts and time on. Are you making good use our your time and talents? Or are you living in fear that you are not good enough, believing instead that you are powerless in your situation? If you want to change your situation, you need to change your outlook…choose to look thorough the lens of positive thought and thankfulness. These things can change your world!
Prayer, meditation and community service can help us find it. Choosing to consider the needs of others, before our own, puts our minds in an open place where we begin to strengthen the connection between us. It puts us in the light. You can choose to believe this light is of God, if you prefer to title it, but without doubt this light is positivity. It is the feeling of gratitude mixed with selflessness. It is free of the burdens of hate and resentment.
It is, no doubt, similar to the freedom that Christ felt as he exclaimed “it is finished”  (John 19:30) All of the weight of the world was lifted from him, as he knew, in that moment he had completed what God had asked of him, and was going to be with the father. Jesus lived as a perfect example of doing what is right in Gods eyes, over what we want. He payed the price of our sins through living a righteous life even up to the penalty death. He lived on purpose and with purpose. He lived as an example of a loving God here on earth, to show us the way to heaven (or bliss, if you choose). To lead us home …if we will follow. As you go about your lives, you don’t need to preach or judge, you only need to live in the example of Jesus and others will naturally come to know the father through your reflection of loving kindness. As a result, you will know peace as well.