7 Ways The Bible Influences You Today

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Power, lust, greed, sex, gluttony, laziness, and war.

Forget about reading Fifty Shades of Grey just read The Bible or watch it on The History Channel!

Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and reality show mogul Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Amazing Race) produce The Bible, and have brought viewers what is being called, “The Bible for today’s generation.” They’re not kidding.

Today, children are growing up with more wars than their parents and grandparents. Sex and violence are prevalent in TV shows, video games, and movies. The internet can be a dangerous place kids because you don’t really know who’s lurking on websites and from where. And most kids are becoming desensitized to all of this.

Can we trace power, lust, greed, sex, gluttony, laziness, and war back to The Bible? Sure we can. Here’s how The Bible influences you without you knowing it. [Read more…]

27 Ways to Forgive Others

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is the perfect day for you to forgive others.

If you ever wondered why you don’t have love in your life, it could be that you’re blocking it by not forgiving others.

I get it. Forgiveness may not come easy to you. Heck, it’s taken me many years to understand the concept.

But it can be easy when you understand what forgiveness is.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone a person’s actions. It simply means you release yourself from the energy connection you have to a person and or situation.

So starting today…

1. Say “I love YOU!” This is the first step towards forgiveness. If you don’t love yourself, you won’t love or forgive anyone else. [Read more…]

The Art of Laughing

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English: Watching a comedic television show helps provoke laughter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Ah, laughing.”

“Laughter is the best medicine” is good advice, but it’s nothing new. Your doctor or mom or ‘doctor mom’ probably told you many times that “laughter is the best medicine” and how it cures anything from a broken heart (over time) to stress.

If you’re stressed out, you’re not laughing.

But how are you supposed to laugh when you’re worried and stressed out all of the time. How can you laugh?

We have a tendency to take ourselves way too seriously. We also have a tendency to care way too much about what others think of us. This isn’t healthy.

You can’t expect a genie to appear before you and grant you three wishes that will make your troubles disappear instantly. As a result, it’s hard not to be wound so tight that you’re going to spin out of control like a toy top.

I’d like to help change that.

I’ve been studying and paying attention to human emotions, behaviors, and patterns for more than five years. I’ve observed myself, my family, and others, and I’ve created a list of seven techniques that will put a smile on your face and cause a hearty laugh to form in the depths of your belly. Caution! A laugh may come out of your mouth. [Read more…]

7 Simple Lessons from Miracle on 34th Street That Will Transform Your Life

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Miracle on 34th Street teaches the power of belief.

One of my favorite Christmastime movies is the classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version) starring Natalie Wood (Susan Walker), Edmund Gwenn (Kris Kringle), and Maureen O’Hara (Doris Walker – she works at Macy’s in New York).

I can watch this movie over and over again. I prefer the black and white version. The Technicolor one looks funky.

Now that Christmas 2012 is in the past, and we’re now in 2013, it’s a good time to reflect on the previous year before making goals and resolutions for the up and coming year.

Why?

If you don’t reflect on 2012, you’ll repeat the same self-sabotaging patterns and beliefs.

Horoscopes Can Apply to Your Life, Some of the Time

I like to read my horoscope for fun.

Most of the time my horoscope is off, but sometimes, it’s spot on.

Here’s my horoscope from December 28, 2012:

“Well, Leo, did you wake up on Christmas morning to find that Santa Clause left everything you wanted under your tree? If not, don’t take offense – Santa has an ulterior motive. The biggest gift you have yet to receive this holiday season is the gift of belief. You need to learn how to believe in yourself. You need to believe that all things are possible. You need to know that things are getting better for you at this very moment, and they will continue to do so despite how it appears. Keep the faith” (horoscope is from the DailyHoroscope app from BlackBerry).

It sounds simple that all I have to do is change my belief system, but it can be a complex process, especially if you tend to lean more towards logic than intuition. Let’s face it; logic is easy and can be explained. You can see and touch it. Intuition relies on “believing before seeing,” something most of us were never taught to do. [Read more…]

Those Who Love You Aren’t Fooled by Your Mistakes

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Love ? I love love love you. (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

WORD FOR THE DAY

Saturday, Dec. 29

I received the following “Word for the Day” from Gratefulness.org and wanted to share it. It’s a powerful one!

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.” African saying

Please share this “Word for the Day” with the ones you love!

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Happy Holidays from Amandah Tayler Blackwell at MisticCafe!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Amandah Tayler Blackwell, MisticCafe.

Happy Holidays from Amandah Tayler Blackwell, MisticCafe.

I’d like to thank everyone who visits MisticCafe.com and comments on the blog posts and shares them.

Writing is my passion. I’m excited about upcoming self help book projects and look forward to developing even more projects in the future.

I wish you and yours a blessed and prosperous holiday season. May your days glitter with gold, love, and light. Let’s make 2013 a happy and healthy year!

See you in 2013!

All my best,
Amandah

Color Your Life: Daily Meditations for the Creative Soul

I’m pleased to announce the release of Color Your Life: Daily Meditations for the Creative Soul. You may notice a different name on the cover. I, Amandah Tayler Blackwell, am using the pen name of Celeste Teylar. The “Daily Meditations” series is being published by Thom Byxbe (Chief Creative Officer/Editorial Director and Author of “Color Your Life”), Nascent Digital Press, A Service of Nascent Publishing, LLC.

CLICK HERE TO RECEIVE THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS OF “COLOR YOUR LIFE”

The purpose of Color Your Life: Daily Meditations for the Creative Soul is to help you shift your life through the use of color and creativity. As you may or may not know, “color therapy, which is used by alternative and holistic practitioners as a way to help their clients heal from their childhoods, divorces, job losses, sicknesses, stresses, etc. It’s a high vibrational technique that requires a therapist to tune into their creativity and apply color to their clients through the use of visualization, verbal suggestion, and other tools. In fact, the primary colors in the rainbow carry unique healing properties. It’s one of the reasons why people often feel better after they’ve spent time in the sun. On the flip side, some people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues, winter depression, or seasonal depression. By using color, you can balance your energies and bring vibrancy to areas that may lack emotional, physical, or spiritual stability. You can literally heal yourself with color. But, you’ll have to tap into your creativity to do so” (Excerpted from “Color Your Life: Daily Meditations for the Creative Soul”).

Chapter One

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was a French artist who’s mostly recognized for his paintings; his work spanned a half-century. In addition to being a painter, Matisse was also a draughtsman (skilled at drawing), printmaker, and sculptor. He expressed himself through the language of color and is hugely recognized as a leading and prominent figure in modern art. Like Matisse, you can express your day through the language of color.

Einstein once said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” Add creativity to this and you’ll have a recipe for success. Whatever you want to accomplish in life takes creativity and courage. It doesn’t matter if you want to go back to school, start your own business, find your soul mate, move to a new city, leave a relationship, change careers, travel around the world, etc., you must take some form of action to get started. This is where color and creativity can help you.

Tap into your imagination and get creative, form a picture in your mind. Or, if you lean more towards “feeling” vs. visualizing, feel your dreams. What colors do you see? Where are you? How do you feel? What are you wearing? What are you doing? Who’s with you? See and feel everything as if it’s your reality right now. Use your creativity to picture and feel yourself accomplishing a goal.

You may not know how you’ll accomplish your dreams and may even be tempted to panic and worry about them. Please don’t. All you’ll do is attract situations and people to you who’ll give you things to panic and worry about on a daily basis. Remember, you don’t have to know every little detail. Leave the details up to the universe. It knows the best way to bring your dreams to fruition. Your job is to daydream and immerse yourself in color.

Paint Your Day with Creativity Color: Red

Exercise:

Before you get out of bed, visualize your day as Red. Allow the color to wash over and surround you. Feel the warmth, strength, and courage properties of the color. Breathe it in and pull it into your root chakra, your first chakra. Really feel the color energize you. Now visualize a situation. Let’s use work. For example, if you’ve been afraid to speak up at meetings, visualize yourself speaking clearly and confidently and sharing your creative ideas with everyone. Visualize your manager and co-workers with big smiles on their faces because you just solved a major problem, creatively.

Affirmation:

I breathe in creativity color Red and feel energized and courageous. I can do anything!

 

 

 

 

 

Why Hurricane Sandy was a Blessing in Disguise

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Even a something as destructive as a hurricane can be a blessing in disguise.

I live in Northeastern Ohio and didn’t think Hurricane Sandy would affect the “Buckeye State” but it did. We lost power on Monday, October 29 at 8:30 pm. It was restored the afternoon of Friday, November 2.

My heart goes out to those in NY and NJ and everyone on the East Coast. Ohio didn’t see the amount of devastation that NY and NJ did, and I’m grateful for this.

Please donate what you can. Visit the American Red Cross to learn how you can help.

A hurricane wakes you up

I’ve experienced growing pains of the “spiritual” and personal development kind since I moved back to Ohio two years ago. I was upset that my move to Arizona in 2007 wasn’t a permanent one, but I now understand why I had to come back to my hometown. I had more growing up to do. Who knew?

After Hurricane Sandy settled down, I drove around our neighborhood and was amazed by Mother Nature’s power. Trees were uprooted all over the place. Streets were flooded and debris was everywhere; power lines were down. However, we were lucky. This was nothing compared to what people in New York and New Jersey experienced.

As I watched the rain, I realized how grateful I was to have had the luxury of having electricity, food, hot water, a washer and dryer, etc. a few days before Hurricane Sandy blew into town.

I write a list of gratitude in my journal almost daily, but the hurricane reminded me that it’s important to remain in a state of gratitude every day. It doesn’t matter if you write it or not just be grateful for what you have.

Losing power = learning what’s real and what’s not

Having the power knocked out and living with your family tests your patience, will, and strength.

Ironically, Hurricane Sandy forced my family to spend “real time” with each other.

What is “real time?”

Real time is when you pay attention to one another without having your nose buried in your BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, MP3, laptop, Samsung Galaxy, MacBook, book, newspaper, magazine, or TV series.

Real time is when you eat dinner together at the same time.

Real time is going outside and chatting with the neighbors and consoling one another.

Real time is playing Uno and Apples to Apples with your niece and nephew.

And real time is spending time in nature and realizing the awesomeness of Mother Nature.

Family means more to you than you think it does

During the hurricane I realized that my family, my “close” family, means the most to me. They’re the ones who are there for me every day. They’re the ones who support me, and I support them.

My uncle’s an electrician and used to work for a local electric company in Cleveland. He sold a generator to his friend and contacted him to see if we could use the generator. His friend agreed and my uncle brought us the generator on Tuesday (power went out on Monday — we had to throw out food). Within an hour we were able to plugin our refrigerator, freezer, and two lamps. It was nice to have light again.

The next day my uncle called to say he was coming back over because the temperatures were supposed to drop into the 30s. He came over and gave us heat by somehow hooking up our furnace to the generator through our electrical box. It was SAFE! I was extremely grateful to have heat.

Hurricane Sandy made me realize that my close family means more to me than I thought. I know that sounds awful. Like I didn’t appreciate my family but the truth is I didn’t. Why? I’ve always felt the outsider; the one who beats to her own drum and does her own thing. The one who felt like she was adopted!

If you don’t have family, you really don’t have anything. No amount of material things will fill the empty void inside of you.

I know that some people can’t depend on their biological family or have cut ties with them for various reasons. The good news is you can create your own family by handpicking close friends to surround, love, and support you. This is what matters NOT whether or not you share the same surname and blood type.

Worrying is useless

I’ve been studying personal development aka self-help materials since 2007 when I had an epiphany that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’ve grown by leaps and bounds since 2007 and realized that worrying is useless. All it does is bring to you more things to worry about every day.

I no longer worry about tomorrow.

I no longer worry that I’m not pleasing others.

I no longer worry that certain family members and I are no longer on speaking terms. This one’s definitely a blessing in disguise.

I no longer worry about the economy.

I no longer worry…plain and simple.

A strong gust of wind and hard rain can wash you clean

If you’ve been feeling like you want to make changes in your life, a hurricane, metaphorically speaking, may be just what you need.

Hard rain can wash away the old and bring the new to the surface. Rinse out old belief systems and values and replace them with ones that resonate with you. Cut ties with people who don’t support you; they’re probably energy vampires anyway.

Strong winds can blow away the dust from your life and polish you at the same time. The harder you struggle or push against wind will only tire you out. Stand still and don’t make a fuss.

Think about how you want your life to be now and sketch it out on a piece of paper or daydream about it. Figure out what you want to do and pursue it. Take a chance — it won’t hurt you. On the contrary, it will make you stronger and wiser.

Open your eyes to the possibilities because they’re endless. You do live in an unlimited universe.

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Did Hurricane Sandy turn your life upside down? What blessings can you find in the midst of turmoil? Share.


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7 Steps to Living a Happier Life

How happy are you?

The truth is you may not be that happy. You may be going through life miserable and unfulfilled.

Why?

You probably learned to be miserable from your parents and family. Let’s face it; these are the people we spend the most time with. Yes, a negative mindset and depression are contagious. You can catch another person’s crappy mood like you can catch a cold!

I’m sure you’ve heard over and over again that “happiness is a state of mind” and that “you can choose to be happy now.”

The truth is being happy could be a challenge if your desires and dreams haven’t manifested. The key is to stop thinking you need this or that to be happy. Release your dreams instead of constantly focusing and worrying about manifesting them. Be happy with what you have. You’ll feel better.

Let’s examine the 7 steps living a happier life…

1. Stop seeking approval from others, especially family. I’ll tell you something you probably never heard before: not everyone in your family, this includes your parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents will approve of you and or your dreams. I know this sucks to read because all of us have been conditioned to believe that family is everything and that family will support you. This is a lie. Just ask any teenager who comes out of the closet to their parents. Not all teens are accepted for who they are. The sad truth is that some of them are kicked out of their homes because of their sexuality. The sooner you KICK THE HABIT OF SEEKING APPROVAL from others the happier you’ll be.

2. Choose a career path that works for you. Quit listening to people who say, “You can’t make a living as an artist.” You may have to have a day job to pay the bills, but you can pursue your art at night (or whatever it is that brings you joy). You can paint, write, act, design, sculpt, etc. on weekends and weeknights. Share your art with the world by creating a website and marketing yourself on social media networks. Join groups and network with other artists. You never know who you’ll meet who can help you get noticed. Choose a CAREER that works for you and it will work for others too.

3. Speak words of favor. Try this experiment. Listen to the words that come out of your mouth. Heck, listen to the words that come out of your spouses, partners, family, friends, and co-workers. I’d bet you any money they speak words of defeat. This gets old after a while. Learn to tune-out the negativity and SPEAK words of favor.

4. Be grateful. I know you’ve read and heard about this one. The majority of self-help authors on the planet stress the importance of being GRATEFUL. You could keep a gratitude journal or you can state out loud what you’re grateful for. For example, I’m grateful I have a roof over my head; I’m grateful I have the world’s greatest mother; and I’m grateful that I can see and hear. The list goes on and on. Give it a try.

5. Smile and laugh. How many times a day do you SMILE? I’d bet it’s not a lot. How many times a day do you laugh? I bet it’s not a lot. Look in the mirror and smile. Watch a good comedy and laugh until your stomach hurts. Stop taking life on planet earth so serious. Lighten up. It will do your mind, body, and soul good.

6. Love. Before you can love others, you MUST LOVE you! Give yourself a hug every day. Love unconditionally without any strings any attached. If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation ask yourself, “What would love do?” Be still and listen for the answer. Love has the power to transform your life in HUGE ways. When you transform your life, you can help others do the same.

7. Be you. Just BE YOU! Quit trying to please your mother, father, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, cousin, teacher, co-worker, etc. You are unique. Embrace your individuality and don’t be afraid to express yourself. Just be you and get on with your life. The sooner you accept you, the happier you’ll be. You’ll be free of stress and anxiety.

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10 Red Hot Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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Who doesn’t love reading quotes? Below you’ll find some oldies but goodies along with quotes you may not have heard of or read before. You can read these quotes in the morning, afternoon, or before you go to bed at night.

Enjoy!

MONEY

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” Will Smith … from Brainyquote.

“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” Mark Twain … from Brainyquote.

“It’s not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It’s the customer who pays the wages.” Henry Ford … from Positivityblog.com.

LOVE

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”  Marilyn Monroe from Goodreads.com.

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” Judy Garland … from Thinkexist.com.

STANDING IN YOUR POWER

“All the concepts about stepping out of your comfort zone mean nothing until you decide that your essential purpose, vision and goals are more important than your self-imposed limitations.” Robert White … from Searchquotes.com.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt … from Quotegarden.com.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE

“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.” Ray Bradbury … from Brainyquote.

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.” Albert Einstein … from Positivityblog.com.

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” Friedrich Nietzsche … from Positivityblog.com.

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