Sep 30

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The Miracle Challenge, day #16

Couple of interesting things from yesterday’s posts:

LMVL wrote: “Today I found 3 moments of groundedness where I took deep breaths and reset myself. Each time didn’t last the rest of the day…

This is exactly what this process is about – finding those moments of bringing ourselves back to mindfulness about the things that are important to us.  Having those moments last all day is a nice long-range goal to keep, but it’s actually a muscle that we’re building.  The first few times we might only be able to hold onto  it for a moment.  Then we strengthen enough to hold on to it for a couple of minutes…and then 20 minutes…and so on.  It’s a process of building and strengthening a muscle.  We wouldn’t expect ourselves to walk into a gym and immediately start working out with the heaviest weight.  It’s the same with our mental and emotional strength.  You’re right on track, LMVL, and doing great!  🙂

Susan M wrote about sending out a message by ESP and having it received and acted on.  What fun!  And what a great lesson in mindfulness…which I believe is what you’re working on, right Susan M?  🙂

Wishing you all a miraculous Friday!  Happy almost-weekend!

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. LMVL

    I washed my kitchen floor with distilled drinking water….. out of unnecessary frustration.

    I came home with 4 trips from the car’s worth of groceries, to my hubby home sick from work having claimed the living room, the couch and the tv tuned of course to some (no offense) guy/gladiator type movie blasting loudly enough to grate my nerves into an irrational reflex. Once again I was jealous of the television and frustrated at what? Well I’m figuring that part out. This immediate immature reaction on my part lead to my clumsily knocking a gallon jug of distilled water meant for DRINKING out onto the kitchen floor. Dumb! It also lead to me opening and closing doors far too loudly in defiance. From nurturing woman, shopper, provider, to eh hem… well you know in a matter of seconds! Not my finest moments. So, my kitchen floor got the VIP treatment of getting mopped with Distilled Drinking Water. On the bright side; my floor needed the mopping and is now extra clean in most areas.

    What I learned other than the obvious; I need to conscientiously work on not assuming the worst. In my absence, I was not being ignored. duh! Block the knee-jerk reactions, breath and then think. Reprogram the pattern.

    Hubby had actually emptied the dishwasher (to the best of his ability and guesses about where things went) while I was out. WOW! After my obvious domestic tantrum had come and gone, he also asked me if we could get a sitter for our anniversary. Maybe he’s secretly working on his own 30 Day Miracle Challenge? Later tonight with no hidden agenda at all I sincerely thanked him for both of those gestures and told him it made me feel happy and cared about.

    What’s my problem? I’m responding to patterns of the past. Whether they are still in existence or not I have to break my own pattern of behavior to even begin to address reality. Yuck – truth and honesty are bitter to swallow.

    Miracles #1-3
    1. My kitchen floor is clean.
    2. I most likely have a date with my husband for our anniversary – he asked me out for this. =)
    3. I got an actual day off from emptying the dishwasher, something couldn’t recognize right away, and something I’ve been wishing for and thinking would never happen anytime soon – nice.

    Challenges for the next half of the Challenge:
    Begin to pause when I can, let go of habitual negative assumptions of my self worth, face each moment, event, and day for what it really is, and react to only that. This will give me the appropriate space to ask for what I want (grown up!) and identify what’s upsetting in the present.

  2. LMVL

    From my friend’s teenaged son on facebook today:

    “Stress happens when your mind resists what is, the only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds” Alexander F.

    Out of the mouth of babes!

  3. Eileen

    In the nice surprise department – a friend took me to dinner last night because I had watched her dogs for a few days, including one who almost drove me insane because she was so anxious that her loved ones were gone and constantly barked and yipped and paced ; the miracle — I didn’t lose my cool with her, but found ways to accommodate her anxiety. Turned out she loved to walk so we did a lot of that — good for her and for me! And she was happier at her house so I made lots of trips back and forth rather than having her stay at my house for the duration.A good demonstration to me of the value of looking at a problem and finding a solution that works for both parties. And a good dinner and time with my friend at the end of it all.

    Another nice surprise was driving down the road and noticing that someone had put out two large mirrors at the end of their driveway, free for the taking. Perfect for a future mosaic project!

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