Manifesting

Steven’s video is a little hokey, but I love the homemade quality. And I love watching him outside snowshoeing, since the weather here in Fredonia is conducive to a long white walk today. About the content though — what do you think? How much do we believe that we can effect events in our lives due to how and what we think?

I have a bumper sticker that quotes the Buddha: WHAT WE THINK WE BECOME.

bumper-sticker

Is there evidence in your life of thoughts actualizing? When does this NOT happen? Or do you think it’s 100% fool-proof?

How does yoga effect daily thought patterns? Does what you eat have any repercussions in your actual daily life or on what you think about? Are there other habits you can foster to improve your thinking, such as getting enough sleep, meditating regularly, speaking positively?

10 thoughts on “Manifesting”

  1. Thanks for reminding me, Mrs. Grady, that all I need to do to stop being unhappy about the way things are going in my life is to take the time to change my thinking… and to BREATHE! :) Your website has really grown since you last showed it to me. It’s looking really snazzy!

  2. Derek, Great to see you here. Funny how cheerfulness surfaces when we “get” how much influence we have upon our own lives!

    I too love the “homey” Steven. Not a trace of arrogance in him. At the zen center, Roshi made a deal about soft shoulders and humility. Bet Steven’s shoulders are soft as pools of water (to borrow Francois’ imagery).

  3. buddhaofhollywood, Always glad to hear from you.

    The negativity of others is not to be avoided, I’m afraid. We need to embrace the existence of negativity in others just as we embrace the dark side within us. On the other hand, when we feel it pulling us into its dark whorl, we need to ramp up our practices, especially lovingkindness, metta, or tonglen medtitation. They have incredible, transformative capabilities.

    Don’t wish the miserable folks out of your life because they are presenting you with wonderful opportunities to deepen your life. I know that you already know this….I am just a little reminder here.

    For readers who are unfamiliar with lovingkindness practice, I posted a guided video practice in Laughing Yogini’s video library. If you’d like to read more, Wildmind has an excellent introduction: http://www.wildmind.org/metta

  4. Heather, Indeed, sleep deprivation has been implicated in a host of physical and mental problems. America, get more sleep!!! Jon Kabatt-Zinn speaks about sleep deprivation and meditation in the video on mindfulness posted in the Laughing Yogini video library. It’s about an hour long lecture and practice session presented at a google conference, but is well worth the investment in time to listen. Highly Recommended.

    Great to hear from you.

  5. Leanna, Wonderful comments here. Glad you are finding snazz as well as practical advice here at LaughingYogini. I am a lover of snazz myself!

    Once we upgraded the theme and were able to include widgets, life at LY changed
    radically and became much more FUN! I really do have the BEST tech/design team in the WORLD – as you know.

    Remember to spread the love to the many folks you come into contact with on your daily travels. Most of us have a much larger sphere of influence than we ever recognize.

    As you practice BREATHING, you help the world to BREATHE. As you communicate your enthusiasm and cheerfulness, you touch and inspire others in untold ways.

    I am so happy to have you in my life.

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