Friday, November 12, 2010

Gratitude and Appreciation



Here is another great tip from my favourite success guru.

Gratitude and Appreciation as a Secret for Success
by Jack Canfield

The best attitude you can possibly aspire to express year-round is one of gratitude and appreciation.

Being truly grateful for what is already present in your life will automatically and effortlessly attract more good into your life.

Make a conscious decision to appreciate and acknowledge all that you have already been blessed with. These emotions are of the highest vibrational frequency, and through the Law of Attraction they will attract even more to be thankful for.

Try to be grateful for even the difficult and challenging situations that arise in your life.

It is often through these situations, that we experience the most profound spiritual and emotional growth. You can learn to view each apparent obstacle as an opportunity to develop a new quality, strength, skill, insight or wisdom and be grateful for the lessons. Each challenge is an opportunity for growth and expansion.

Rise to these occasions, and appreciate all that you are learning in the process. Keeping your attitude positive and appreciative through these times will not only help to avoid attracting more of these difficult situations into your life - it will also create a field of positive energy that will attract more of what you do want.

"Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely
the attitude of gratitude is the most important,
and by far the most life-changing."
- Zig Ziglar

A Token of Gratitude

Try carrying a small token, stone, crystal, or some other meaningful object with you each day in your pocket. Throughout the day, each time you reach into your pocket for your money or keys it will serve as a tangible reminder to stop and think of something you have to be grateful for. This is a great way to increase your awareness of all that you have to be appreciative of.

Take a moment to breathe, and really feel the emotion of gratitude. This simple mindfulness technique helps to raise your vibrational frequency and keep you in a state of constant gratitude.

Your Gratitude Journal

Start keeping a daily Gratitude and Acknowledgement journal. This is a necessary and valuable tool in the development of your growth and awareness. This book is not intended to be a long, drawn out “diary” sort of thing, just a short, simple list of things you are grateful for on that particular day. This is a place to honor and appreciate the good in your life.

Gratitude:

Each evening, before going to bed, take a few minutes to review your day. Think about the day’s events. Become aware of how many good things actually happened on that day, and remember to appreciate even the challenges that you encountered. Select the five things, or people, or events that you are most grateful for. There is no right or wrong here, just whatever, or whoever you are sincerely grateful for on that particular day. It may be the warm sun on your face, a cool breeze, a kind word, a friend, or just feeling good about what you got accomplished that day. It may be the way you handled a particular situation that would have thrown you into a tailspin in the past.

Anything you are grateful for. As you write them in your journal, feel the gratitude and appreciation. Give thanks.

Acknowledgement:

Take a moment to acknowledge the changes that are occurring for you personally. Write them down. Acknowledge just how well the Law of Attraction is working in your life. Write down any specific event where the Law of Attraction was at work- the parking space you envisioned, the meeting you wanted to schedule, the bonus check you received, the grade you wanted, the person who said yes when you asked them out.

Miracles can and do occur on a daily basis. They are happening all around you. Honor them, and notice them. Through acknowledgement, you will become more and more aware of the amazing synchronicity that is already at work in your life.

Make the time you spend in contemplation and writing in your Gratitude and Acknowledgement journal a sacred part of your daily routine.

Your continued expressions of joy and gratitude will draw even greater joy, love and abundance into your life.

You will begin to notice a change in your perception of each day‘s events. You will become more aware of the positive things that happen all around you every single day. Your focus will shift, your energy will shift, and you will begin to appreciate how blessed you already are. And … the Law of Attraction will respond to the higher vibration you are creating.

Enjoy the journey.
Live each day in joy and gratitude.


Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com

ps - About the still life painting:
This is one I did with the helping hand of Penny Siopis - one of my painting teachers. Some of the work has brushwork in her own hand - to demo to me some technique or other at the time. She was one of my painting idols and listed as one of the top ten living SA artists. (You should look up her Still Life with Watermelon painting - used to hang in the JHB art museum - not sure if it is still there. I still think it is an awesome work of art.) I am very grateful to have had her as a teacher.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Abstract Painting - Red Over Blue



I have just finished a new abstract painting.
I am calling it “Red Over Blue”.
It can take over the wall space from “Breaking Through” which was won by Marlon in my win a painting competition – currently being exhibited at The Independents Dance Company at Brightwater Commons. (but not for long, since I will be handing it over to Marlon pretty soon)
This new one can hang there for a while, unless someone decides they want to permanently own it and give it a good home.

I am also posting my Orange Ghecko painting – a small work which is part of my African curio portraits series – I finished this a while back but am only sharing it now.
These paintings are simple, yet funky and look so great in a small room – like a guest bathroom for example.


Monday, November 8, 2010

I Have a Winner!

Thanks to everyone who sent me their votes, I can now safely announce the winner of my abstract painting.
The voting turned out as follows:

Mind Emerging: 10%
Lakes in a Red Sky : 30%
Breaking Through : 60%

I chose not to vote.
Congratulations to Marlon Abrahams for the winning name of “Breaking Through” – you are now a proud owner of a Karen Steffano painting.
I am sure you will enjoy owning it as much as I did painting it.

This was fun and I think I might do more competitions in the future, so watch this space!