Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Empowered To Rise: Your Joyful Attitude
Last night, I went to the grocery store near my apartment at 6:30pm to buy dinner. I usually get there at 9pm because I'm always doing something directly after work. I noticed how much more populated the market is at 6:30pm. Land of the living, wow! I spoke to my mom about my plan to eat dinner at this more normal time, as opposed to 9pm like I usually do, and my equally ambitious intention to turn off all electronics and curl up with the current New Yorker Magazine (paper version). I knew I'd fall sleep a few pages in but that's not because the magazine is boring. My mom goes to me, "Even Lindsay gets pooped" and I just had to smile. Yes, even Lindsay gets pooped. :)
9 1/2 hours later......kabooey, I am rejuvinated!!!!!! SO, onward and today's post is a reminder to keep the focus on your own attitude today and what you're bringing to any situation. That's one of my intenSati affirmations this month: I focus on my attitude.
When you start painting the picture of negativity before your day even begins, you can really end up feeling "indoors" in all senses of the word. Trapped, stuffy, tired, irritated, and aching for freedom. Next thing you know, one negative thought turns into another and into another, until you're like Kermit singing the blues:
I know how hard it can be to shift, especially when dealing with some very heavy issues. I've been in the pit more times than I care to admit (ooh, rhyming, OK) and am all for validating feelings and working them through. HOWEVER, I'm here to remind you it's possible to be happy and break through negativity that's spending more time on your doorstep than necessary. It's like leaving a bowl of milk on the door step for a cat who may be cute at first but then, well, not so much. Toss the milk. No stray cats. Let's go...
When you walk through life with an OPEN mind and heart, positive attitude and thoughts which affirm you AND your environment, you'll have an entirely different and much better time. Always.
I say be like Bob Ross with your perspective. Remember him? Awwwwww. LOVE BOB ROSS! I can remember being curled up in my parents' bed whenever I stayed home from school with a fever. I'd just watch him while drifting in and out of sleep. Happy little tree. That's a "Happy little tree." Bob called it "the joy of painting" for a reason! I can look at all areas of my life from that perspective. That's a happy little Lindsay making happy little choices in her happy little life. Doing her best, yep. Ironically, you maintain that attitude and "little" expands into big abundance, just like Bob's paintings come to life. They start with just a few a few colorful brush strokes and end up as gorgeous landscapes...
See! It can be really fun to play with positive attitudes that fall on the high vibration side of the spectrum. You keep your power when you are the one who is optimistic, sweet, grateful, loving, generous, confident and at ease. Of course, it also helps to get into environments where going with the flow means going in a very positive direction. When you're working it out in an intenSati class, for example, you can feel the energy climbing and then you're on board and you're all creating this powerful energy together -- wow, it feels amaaaaaazing! Great stuff.
Today, just see about keeping the focus on yourself. I love to say in class "you're in the change game, not the blame game!!!!!" and in this case, it means stop blaming anybody else around you who might be negative. Let go of "you're bringin' me down" and settle into the "joy of painting" a life you are proud of and look forward to living!
Closing thought: I keep the focus on my attitude! I choose to keep a positive outlook and perspective because when I do I feel happier and more joyful!
With xo and gratitude,
*I am subbing tonight for Erika Shannon at 33rd/Park EQ at 7:30pm, yes!!
*I am going to be out of town on Sat., April 24th but I am arranging for fabulous subs to teach for me in Central Park and at 63rd/Lex EQ!
*I started a new Facebook group called "Monday 7AM intenSati at Equinox" for anybody who has taken or wants to take that class with me and start your week off on a positive, uplifting note!
Posted by LBDinNYC at 7:47 AM