"Faith is believing in something even when common sense tells you not to."
- Maureen O'Hara, Miracle on 34th Street
This Summer, in the midst of financial crisis that overwhelmed us, I knew we wouldn't be doing anything for my "landmark" birthday in December. Common sense told me that that though I had set an intention for my family to travel this year, there was no possible way. On top of that, three work trips I had booked for summer were cancelled. It just seemed to be the way my luck was going.
But then I decided to step out of my rut and change my perspective.
For the past several months I have prayed, meditated or journaled every day, and made a conscious choice to:
* keep my focus on what I want, instead of what I don't have.
* Feel gratitude for all the beauty in my life, instead of worrying about the things that were going wrong.
* Stay centered in who I am rather than letting negativity and rejection get the best of me.
Through daily meditation, I became a more patient mom. A happier, less overwhelmed wife. The brick walls that I kept hitting all year began to erode, and doors began to open. In October, I was able to take the kids along on Troy's Wilson Phillips gigs in Vegas and Disneyworld, FLA. We had two incredible family vacations full of happy memories. For free.
Today is the final day of my most recent 21-Day Meditation Experiment. I'm centered. Positive. Hopeful. Oh, and Troy and I are leaving for JAMAICA. For FREE. And I'll wake up there on my birthday.
I won't say it's an outright miracle, but my life has definitely shifted since I changed my energy.
Here's how it happened. Recently we got a phone call from close friends of ours. Through their work, they were gifted an all inclusive, all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica, but they didn't want to go (I know, I couldn't believe it either). They knew we loved Jamaica, so they gave the trip to us. And it just happens to be the week of my birthday.
My common sense did not see that coming.
There really is something to the energy we create in our lives. Positive attracts positive, negative attracts negative. Meditation keeps me living in the positive, even when negative is whirling around me.
Whether or not there is any magic to it, I have seen logically that life just works better when I'm focused on the positive. So I will keep meditating, and keep my gratitude journal full. I will trust that things will work out, even when I can't see it in my own limited mind.
I will have faith, even when common sense tells me not to.
"I believe...I believe..."
Natalie Wood, Miracle on 34th Street