Saturday, January 6, 2018

Greatest Resource

My greatest resource of wealth is my peace of mind.

As long as I continue in the direction of my guidance and inspiration, I am developing my wealth.

When I get derailed by emotional reaction, I give up my own control over my life for that time.

I am learning to trust my own direction.

I am learning that the only important thing for me is to safeguard my happiness.

I am learning that other’s reactions to me is their choice as is my reaction to them.

I can only correct my own course.

I have learned the necessity of doing that.

After living for so long reacting to other’s points of view, even carried out to a level of trauma in my own life, I have learned I can live another way.

I am so grateful to the authors, workshop leaders, and counselors who have helped me gain a new productive vocabulary for my life.

It is a life which gives me strength and assurance and the choice to live it that way.

© 2018 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, January 1, 2018

Body Optimization

My body has an optimum balance, physically and emotionally.

My work is to keep it within tolerable ranges, aiming for optimum.

Staying calm or returning to calm is my first priority.

I am countering all the media harassment about certain body ages and types by reminding myself that “I love my body”.

I love how my body takes me anywhere I want to go.

I love how my hands can perform intricate movements.

I love how the big muscles and small muscles all coordinate together.

I love how I can digest food, and I make sure I give my body the best food that I can.

I love how my body lets me meet other people and have great conversations with them.

I am looking at my body in a completely different way which lets me celebrate it.

I look at other people in terms of their character and special qualities, since I know that their bodies perform the same role for them as mine does for me.

I remove myself from judgement and move into celebration.

That is the way I am performing body optimization.

© 2018 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What My Happiness Depends On

My happiness depends on the images of thought which I cultivate daily and hourly and in every moment.

When I let my imagery fail, I fail to be happy.

It is worth the extra work of turning towards uplifting thoughts and internalizing them, and then letting them externalize in my life.

Despite the horrifying examples of public so-called leaders, (not someone to be following!), I have a higher image of what can be accomplished.

I have a higher image of the value of each one of us.

I have a higher image of the ways in which we can employ ourselves to continue to be uplifting forces in our own country.

I have a higher image of the beautiful and precious children in our country and of their unlimited potential.

Surely we can find ways of bringing out our own higher values and practice them despite the short-sited governmental policies.

Greed is not a force compared to kindness.

Selfish is not a force compared to generosity.

Policy is not a force compared to citizen’s healthy self-interest.

We can all live in such ways as to continue our own uplifting courses of action and be led from our higher nature.

This is what our happiness and well-being depend on.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Friday, November 24, 2017

Stay in Your Zone

Do not let the holidays take you out of your zone.

You have created the best situation for yourself during the rest of the year.

Continue to stay in your optimum zone.

Recognize your origins but do not be overly loyal to them.

Part of what they gave you was what you needed to overcome in order to create harmony and order and prosperity for yourself.

Wherever you are supported you are safe.

Wherever you are attacked, you are not safe.

Stay where you are safe, in your zone.

Whatever contact you need to make with family, make sure you keep yourself safe.

If you have overwhelming negative memories, you do not need to spend much time at all with the people who created them.

You live with yourself first, so create the environment where you feel loved, cherished and adored, and don’t leave it if at all possible.

Always return as quickly as possible.

You need your mind and heart and soul to be happy to do your best work.

You are here to uplift and to be uplifted.

You do not have to waste your time recovering if you do not let down your guard over a false loyalty to family.

Stay loyal to your best sense of yourself.

Respect the effort it took to get yourself to this uplifted and safe state of mind.

Never leave it.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Courage Within and Without

Today, I took my courage in both hands and and addressed a weird situation that has been going on for some time.

As I have separated out the first and secondary issues in my life, a recurring one stood in stark contrast.

I was finally led to address it as a case of being hypnotized to react in a certain way.

I looked up ways to “de-hypnotize” myself and found that it has to do with practicing continuing mindfulness and awareness.

I addressed the first symptom and declared my right to behave in a normal way.

That worked for the first part of my activity.

Then I looked at my next symptom, and addressed it.

I spent the entire night each time I awoke making sure that I addressed the specific symptom and behavior.

The next day, I asked my husband to be with me while I performed the activity.

I got farther along with it, and then found myself reacting further.

So I took a break and addressed the third aspect of my reaction.

I was able to complete the activity.

I find this a very interesting case for myself.

I have been thinking about the other things I find myself reacting to, although in less extreme ways.

What are the ways in which we are hypnotized by society’s norms to think we can or cannot do certain things?

What are the ways in which we work against ourselves over political and economic issues?

The immense power of the media to do good or to create negative influence in our lives is a kind of hypnotism.

It is good to remain mindful and aware of this  power and to be careful we are thinking our own thoughts to the best benefit of ourselves and our communities.

I am so grateful for the teachers and counselors and workshop leaders and writers who keep sharing their knowledge to benefit all of us.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Joy of New Identity

As I continue to work through the layers of healing, I am so happy to notice the great distance between what I was raised to be and what I am establishing for myself.

My husband has begun hanging my quilts and small fabric art pieces on the walls of my studio.

I am so comforted to see evidence of what I love to do, what I have chosen for myself.

During this time of year, I am hit once again with painful memories, but I have learned what it is like to live as the person I love to be.

As I am pulling myself out of the habitual holiday downward spiral, I find myself surrounded with friends who like to do what I like, spinners, weavers, quilters, knitters.

We are sharing new skills and new accomplishments and appreciating one another’s efforts.

I am still establishing new habits of enjoyment for myself, but these can become more and more automatic the longer I do what I love.

It is a new kind of work, consciously establishing an identity for myself, one that I choose.

My new identity is not shaped by where I happened to be.

It is shaped by all the new activities I am doing, and the new people who surround me as we all do things we love.

It is a great atmosphere.

I am so very grateful I made the immense effort to reestablish myself in a beautiful part of the country, doing things I love.

© 2017 KathrynHardage

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Releasing the Panic

I am here, now.

I am feeling the sensations of a memory.

I can breathe deeply and slow down my thoughts.

What am I actually thinking?

I am in a safe place.

All is well.

I have control over the environments where I place myself.

I can tell the difference between a friend and an enemy.

I have good friends.

They have grown up through their many trials.

We are on the same page.

I can get help, any kind of help, when I need it.

I am in a good place.

I am calm.

I am safe.

I am happy.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage