Thursday, July 05, 2007

Please read again my earlier post on Power of Gratitude and then read below.

What happens when you genuinely feel gratitude?
Laurie Brenner says, "That emotional state releases "harmonic [hormones]
chemicals" within your body coursing through your electrical
nervous system as well as your endocrine system.

It's like when you laugh out loud, Vitamin K is released throughout
your body and your cells begin to glow. People who are grateful
and happy create a state of being that brings more of the same
events, people, places, experiences and circumstances to them that
continue to make them feel good."

Thank you Mrs Brenner.

If you liked what you read so far and impressed with Laurie Brenner, then I am sure you would like to read the remaining content of her email to me. I reproduce this because, I am sure, somewhere in your mind, it will make an impact.

"When we experience thoughts of doubts or other forms of
"negativity" instead of resisting the negativity - because remember
- what you resist persists - let it pass through you. Observe it -
allow it to be the contrast that creates what you want - but don't
focus on it. See the positive the negative frames.

Remember I talked about drawing from the right side of the brain?
Allow the negativity to help you create the picture that you want
and focus on the whole picture. Too often when we first start
working with the law of attraction we get "afraid" of our negative
thoughts which in turn creates a spiraling downward which is harder
to climb out of.

Keep your heart and your eyes turned toward the sun. Go outside
and breathe the fresh air. Think about it - what is the
alternative? A dirt nap? If you can't find something to be
grateful for - be grateful for the ability to breathe in and out.
It means you're alive and you have options.

Think about the story of Victor Frankl, a Jewish man born into a
family of civil servants in
Vienna in 1905.

In the Autumn of 1942 he, his wife, and his parents were deported
to the concentration camp of Theresienstadt. It is here that his
father died in 1943. Assisted by Dr. Leo Baeck and Reginga Jonas,
Frankl worked at the camp as a general medical practitioner, and
later, as a counselor to new arrivals and those with suicidal
tendencies. Then, in 1944 he was transported to
Auschwitz, where
his mother died, and later to the Turkheim, a concentration camp
not far from
Dachau. Meanwhile, his wife had been transferred to
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died. (Quoted from

Frankl was the founder of logotherapy and Existential Analysis, the
Third Viennese School" of psychotherapy. In his book, Man's Search For Meaning,

(first published in 1946) he chronicles his experiences
as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic
method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most
sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living.

"...We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who
walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last
piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer
sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one
thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in
any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way..."

Victor Emil Frankl was liberated from the concentration camp in
1945. He went on to do many things, including running the
Poliklinik of Neurologics which he did until 1971. He lived a full
life, remarried and wrote many books, dying at the age of 92 in

Of humor he writes, "Humor is another of the soul's weapons in the
fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor more than
anything else in the human makeup, can afford an aloofness and an
ability to rise above any situation..."

If a man who lived to the age of 92 surviving the brutalities of a
WWII concentration camp - learns to not only survive but find beauty
in all people (both captor and captive), events and circumstances
where others would recoil and find only horror knows this - what
does that say of our own circumstances? How bad is it really?

Do yourself a favor - laugh. Be grateful - be ongoing. Enjoy your
life - find the little things that make you happy and make you
grateful. Write a list of your happy thoughts, read it over when
you're feeling down and you'll find yourself feeling better in no

Enjoy today - enjoy the moment - this is your one place of power."

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