Monthly Archives: June 2013

Oxygen Of The Soul


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This is true everyday… This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave and if our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace because freedom is the oxygen of the soul. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America, those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
~The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

~Lisa Christiansen

From Worrier to Warrior


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Knowledge is not the same as wisdom, wisdom is doing. Everyone wants to tell you what to do and what’s good for you, they don’t want you to find your own answers because they want you to believe theirs. Stop gathering information from outside of yourself and start gathering it from the inside, people are afraid of what’s inside and that’s the only place you are ever going to find what you need. Why can’t you sleep? is it because late at night when you’re alone and the silence screams you get a little scared because everything feels so empty? do you feel like you are losing your mind? sometimes you have to lose your mind to come to your senses. Maybe it’s because you want to be someone who uses his mind and his body in ways that most would never have the courage to, maybe it’s because you are destined to be a real warrior to serve others instead of being a worrier of self-loathing. To be a warrior is to be shielded in Gods armor of his perfect design with his word as your sword, the holy ghost as your army, and his love as your joy that brings you authentic peace. A warrior is not about perfection or victory, or invulnerability, a warrior is about absolute vulnerability. That’s the only true courage.

The mind is just a reflex organ, it reacts to everything. It is the mind you must conquer because where the mind goes the body will follow and once you master your emotions you are in control of your destiny. It’s all about leverage, life is about developing the wisdom to apply the right leverage in the right place at the right time. Take a personal inventory of your life and “take out the trash” everything that is negative and not serving you is “trash.” The trash is everything that is keeping you from the only thing that matters, this moment, here, now. When you are in the here and now you will be amazed at what you can do and how well you can do it. Are you in the past gloating, holding on to attachments, are you in the past vengeful letting your emotions control you, are you living in reaction or are you in the present living on purpose? all you have is right now.

A warrior acts only a fool reacts, death isn’t sad what is sad is that most people never live fully and a life lived in fear is a life half lived. Stop holding on to the past because all you have is right now and if you knew you had one minute to live and were to ask yourself “have I really lived” could you say “YES, passionately, fully, and I am so exhausted I am ready” because I want you to experience everything you love and love everything you experience, find the beauty where there was none. Remember, when you don’t get what you want you suffer and when you get what you want you still suffer because you can’t hold onto it forever. Pride of oneself and genuine love for others cannot coexist therefore one must give up what one cannot keep to get what one cannot lose… Understand that just because things don’t always work the way you want you don’t give up on your dreams you give up the only thing you never had, control, realize that either way whatever happens you are exceptional.

Be “present” and live fully engaged in the moment to experience life fully with the knowledge that there is never nothing going on, there are no ordinary moments, make time to experience the timeless moments of the lives around you because you may be the only person who is a witness to another’s existence and the beauty of their life. The people that are the hardest to love are usually the ones who need it the most, you will never be better nor will you ever be less, just be conscious of your choices and responsible for your actions. Every action has it’s price and it’s pleasure, recognizing both sides and is becoming realistic and responsible for your actions.

Life has three rules, paradox, humor and change, life is a mystery don’t waste time trying to figure it out, keep your sense of humor especially about yourself because it is a strength beyond all measure, know that nothing stays the same. The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination, ask yourself three questions, where are you? here, what time is it? now, what are you? this moment…

10 Reasons for A 10 Week Gratitude Journey


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10 Reasons for A 10 Week Gratitude Journey

Reach more goals: Participants who kept gratitude lists are more likely to make progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal, and health-based even weight loss) than those who did not.

Improved Health: The study also showed physical changes; the authors reported those keeping gratitude journals exercised more regularly and reported fewer physical and emotional symptoms.

Better Sleep=More Energy: The Study included a group of adults with neuromuscular disease who underwent a “gratitude intervention” for three weeks. Afterward, participants reported improvements in both how much and how well they slept.

Stronger Love Life: According to the study, feelings of indebtedness showed engagement and commitment externally yet gratitude had uniquely predictive power in relationship promotion, perhaps acting as a booster shot for the relationship.

Support Others: Participants in the daily gratitude condition were more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or having offered emotional support to another, relative to the hassles or social comparison condition.

Increase Influence: Gratitude generates social capital, in two studies with 243 total participants, those who were 10% more grateful than average had 17.5% more social capital and that number compounded by the level of increased gratitude.

Gratitude can lower your blood pressure: Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis and “the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude” says that people who keep gratitude journals “show a 10 percent drop in blood pressure compared to persons who are not keeping these journals.”

Gratitude Boosts our Mental Health: Researchers affirm that gratitude can also boost our mental health and well-being. They found that people who kept notes on what they’re thankful for have reported higher levels of positive emotions, more joy and pleasure, more happiness and optimism. They felt more alert, alive, and awake than others who did not practice gratitude. Notably, people who are focused on things they are thankful for are less depressed and less angry. In fact, researchers have found that gratitude can increase your “set point of happiness” by 25 percent.

Practicing gratitude can also enhance our relationships with other people. For example:

Gratitude can ward off envy: Robert Emmons points out, “You cannot feel envious and grateful at the same time. They’re incompatible feelings. If you’re grateful, you can’t resent someone for having something that you don’t.” His research has suggested that people who have high levels of gratitude have low levels of resentment and envy.

Gratitude can even help you attain your goals. Participants in a study who were asked to keep gratitude lists were more likely than those in control groups “to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal, and health-based) over a two-month period.”

A Simple Way to Tap Into Gratitude’s Benefits

How do you tap into some of these great benefits? It’s simple. At the end of the day, take a moment to write down what you’re grateful or thankful for. Write one phrase or sentence per each gratitude, up to five. That’s it! Participants in studies who have done this have reported significant benefits after just two weeks.

Join the 10-Week Gratitude Challenge

Are you willing to accept a little challenge? Let’s join together in keeping gratitude lists once a day for 10 weeks, and let’s see if we experience any of the benefits I’ve listed above. If we make our first gratitude lists today and then continue for 9 more weeks, we will complete the 10th entry on Tuesday August 6, 2013.

Let’s plan to touch base at that point and see if we are healthier and happier.

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