Sep 20 2010

Louise L. Hay

One of Louise Hay’s important claimss is that many people do not love and care for themselves.  They carry the burden of self criticism around in their heads in addition to all of their other problems.  When negatively self-imaged people realize that self dissatisfaction short circuits daily progress, they can then worked through the self-imposed burden by intentionally creating a positive self image. Working on creating a positive self image can be done by saying affirmations throughout the day. Affirmations are short positive sentences that address problems head on. When we realize we have a problem and work to solve it, the battle is half won.  Saying positive affirmations creates new thoughts patterns and establishes better tomorrows.

Try saying this simple affirmation from Louise Hay: “I love and approve of myself.” The harder it is for one to say, the more one needs to say it. Try saying it throughout the day and before you go to bed at night. I did in the 1980s. From this simple beginning, I was able to change my life and face the future with a great deal of confidence.

I have introduced many friends to the book and her system of saying affirmations to program one’s brain, so to speak, into creating a positive outlook that in turn creates more positive experiences. It’s one of the most valuable concepts I can share with you today. I know it sounds too simple to work, but just try it, and try it again, and again. I bet you can feel yourself relax.

If you would like to watch the trailer from Ms. Hay’s movie, click on the play button:

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Sep 19 2010

First published in 1984, it’s current today.

I first met Louise L. Hay in the 1980s. I say “met” because when I read her book, You Can Heal Your Life. I felt like I knew her personally. I was in one of those life valleys where things are overwhelming and there seems to be no way out.  It’s been so long ago now, I can’t remember exactly how I found out about Louise Hay and her ability to speak to those in trouble or in pain. Once I grabbed on to her philosophy to take control of one’s life, I never let go.

Before she figured out that a positive outlook bodes well for bringing in more positive experiences, Louise Hay had a difficult life.  She freely speaks of these difficulties in her books, on her web site and her movie, also titled, You Can Heal Your Life. And she speaks of conquering troubles in a soothing voice that exudes the confidence of a person who has met challenges and won.  When I first found Louise L. Hay in the 1980s, she was in her 60s. With the passage of the years, she is now in her eighties, robust, healthy and appearing remarkably younger than her years. Truly she has discovered secrets worth knowing for organizing life’s difficulties into triumphs.

If you would like to preview Louise L. Hay’s book, hover your mouse over the following link:

You Can Heal Your Life

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Sep 05 2010

A postcard from 1910 titled “The Last Day of Summer.”

We like to go to Ocean City, Maryland for Labor Day weekend. We can’t wait to go to the beach, but the end of summer bubbles up gloriously bittersweet memories. I know that September 21 is the real change of season, but somehow, Labor Day is when everything changes for me.

The start of school used to signal the change, but that was when school began “when it should,” the Tuesday after Labor Day. Now, with changing school schedules to accommodate snow days and other realities, I’ve had to become more flexible. Labor Day itself has become my guide to shifting gears and getting ready for fall.

Summer Sunset at 8th Street, Ocean City, Maryland

But, I’ll share a secret. The east coast beaches are a great place to relax any time of year as I’ve never had a bad beach day. And, if you can’t make it down to the shore, or if you’re out in a landlocked area of our great nation, try visiting the Maryland – Delaware Beach Cams.

When you land on the Ocean City, Maryland web site, you’ll be looking out of the Ocean City web cam. This cam is located on the Boardwalk and on the Home Page, you can click on Cams for Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach, both in Delaware. Beach web cams are the next best thing to being there.

That is, until Memorial Day, 2011, arrives on the calender!

Vintage postcard from the early 1900s.

The next time you’re looking out past the ocean toward the other side and beyond, squint and try to get a glimpse of what lies ahead in your life. As the ocean’s waves swirl up the air into ocean breezes, and the seagulls parasail above, it’s a great time to take stock of where you are and where you’re headed. A favorite affirmation I say to solidify my thinking into a place of calm is, “Where I am is where I’m supposed to be.”

Ocean City’s beach and the Boardwalk with the Lazy Train.

When I’m at the beach, I say it over and over, timing its rhythm to the push and pull of the waves. This affirmation in particular gives me permission to be at home with all of the things I have accomplished, but could have done better and all the things “not yet done” and still on the list. I am where I am in space and time, and that’s just fine: it’s me!

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