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About Barb Schmidt

Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Busting the Post-Holiday Blues


How are you feeling now that we are a couple of weeks into 2016? It’s a new year, a new beginning, but it can feel like the same old thing if we are not really feeling connected to our desires, and the magnificence that we are alive and breathing!
This is our precious life, after all, and a new year can be a way of shifting us back into realizing that we have complete power and control over what we want for our lives. Could it be that we could live our whole life and not really know the person who is living it? I believe deeply that our suffering, disappointments, and boredom come from not being 100% connected to our inner being. We have inside of us everything we need to thrive.

Life has a beautiful rhythm, and when we can get connected to that flow, we can bust through any blocks, or “after holiday blues,” and be in sync with ourselves. We can move with ease through all of the ups and downs of life when we are connected within, feeling strong and living our lives from the “inside out.”

I realize that this may sound impossible and idealistic – right? I promise you it is not- with a daily practice, we can learn to be strong from within so the external happenings of the world no longer knock us over, defining who we are. We may fall, but like a gust of wind blowing a tree, when we are grounded in our lives, we will weather every storm, and bounce back wiser and braver.

My life’s work is about every human being finding the inner strength and wisdom to live life to the fullest- this is our birthright after all as humans! This blog today is meant to bring you faith.

Vinoba Bhave said, “The moments of our daily life may appear commonplace, but they carry enormous significance. When we look upon every moment as sacred, a new energy flows into our lives.”

Here are my ways of staying the course this new year and having faith that life is unfolding just as it should.

  1. Greet each day with a “thank you” knowing that it is a new opportunity to live the life you were meant to live. Every morning is a clean slate. Meditate first thing, sit with yourself, connect with you before heading out into your day. When your meditation is over, take a couple of breaths and visualize what you want for your day.
  2. Celebrate the little things that happen each day. Stay present for each moment of the day. When you start to feel stress, stop, breathe, and begin again. The ordinary moments of our day are extraordinary when we are aware and present.
  3. Get together with family and friends…just because. We are the company we keep so make it a priority to spend time with those people who support you, lift your spirits, and love you unconditionally.
  4. End each day with an honest review. Instead of the year in review, think of this as the day in review. Reflect on what you would like to do more of, or differently. Here’s the link on reflecting at the end of the day and finding peace with yourself: click here. When you wake up in the morning say, “Thank you for the gift of this new day” feeling the gratitude and strength to step into your life fully.

Life is difficult- know this deeply and it will no longer matter. Live every day complete- let it have a beginning, middle and an end. It is the beginning of a new year but remember each new day is the first day of your life.

Let me end with this quote by J.B. Priestley. Maybe recite it after your morning meditation!
Much love,
Barb

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

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About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

What do you really want for 2016?


Happy New Year sweet friends! Here we are, the beginning of 2016, and have you asked yourself the Big Question: “What do I want from this year?” This may seem like a silly blog; you may be saying, “Of course I know what I want.” But do you really? How often when asked, “What do you want this year” do we hesitate in our answer? If we truly wish for 2016 to be our best we must know what we really, really, really want. Not knowing what we want is a primary source of our suffering and unhappiness. We can’t possibly get what we want, when we don’t know what we want. So we’re actually setting ourselves up for major disappointment, right? Knowing what we desire for ourselves helps us get clear, then we can take steps along the path to getting what we truly want for our lives.

So here’s what to do if you’re just not sure what you want for 2016:

  • ​How often are we asking for things we don’t want?
  • ​Get clear on your intentions to co-create your best life in 2016.
  • ​If you want to go east don’t go west; you come to a place of clarity.

Make your list

What do you want?

Physical
Material
Emotional
Purpose
Spiritual
Relationships
Lifestyle

Why do I want these? Get deep into your heart.
Once you’ve answered these questions Sit with Yourself.

Listen. Find a quiet spot, sit down, and take a few breaths bringing your attention inside and ask yourself, “What do I really, really, really want for my life this year?” Now listen. Repeat this over and over again- ask the question and listen. In this listening you are accessing the whisperings of your heart; this voice is your deepest desire. Allow your heart to speak without effort. Simply listen. Practice this for about 5 minutes. When finished, take a few breaths, say a prayer of gratitude for your life and then if you wish, write down the inspirations that spoke to you.

When we get clear on our deepest desire this becomes our highest ideal.
Every action we take is against the backdrop of our deep desire.
This is our intention for 2016; we sit every morning to begin the day connected to our desire. We have the power, the discipline, and the faith to become the person that we came to this life to be.

May you listen to the longing to be you. When your heart speaks, you listen, your walk begins, and you never look back. You are inspired with an enthusiasm that will not let you settle for partial fulfillment. This knowing of your deepest desire fills you with the energy to put one foot in front of the other until you reach the summit of your fulfillment.

I’m walking this path with you. I love you,
Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

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About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

5 Top Ways to Wind Down the Year


“Reflecting on the Year and making peace with ourselves.” The Practice

You know me and that I am really big on reflecting, noticing and letting go, so that we can strive to be in every moment of our precious lives. We cannot change anything that has happened in 2015, but we can become aware of the happenings of the year, take notice of what we may learn by reflecting, then making a note of what we have learned and what are the “teachings” that stand out for us and what actions will we want to take in the new year.

Here are my 5 ways to wind down 2015 and step into 2016 fully aware, feeling blessed, and ready to live your best life.

  • Take a deep breath!
    Breathing is so underrated. We just wake up and expect that we will wake up and breathe! What if we had to remember to take each breath? It might not go so well for us, right? So begin 2016 fully connected to your breath. Realize deeply that you are alive and your breath is your life force. We inhale and we exhale- we don’t do just one or the other, we absolutely have to do both. Who gives us this gift of our breath? Set the intention to notice your breath, feel your breath circulating throughout your body, ground your feet onto the earth and breathe, feeling grateful for this precious gift. Make this your top priority for the year- “Daily I will notice my breath, feel grateful for my breath, and I will use my breath throughout the day to bring me back home to my heart.”
  • Reflect on the highs, the lows, and the “ordinaries.”
    Before you begin the new year spend some time in silence, settle into a comfy chair and look at 2015, noticing what was wonderful, what were the hardships, and what did I do in-between? This reflection time is meant to be your teacher. With no judgments, pretend you are watching a movie and take note of the experiences that stand out most- and see if you can be aware of the teaching. What do I need to learn from this particular situation? Can I see the blessing underneath the pain? The first step in releasing is becoming aware. This is a practice of awareness, so review your past year with compassion and curiosity.
  • Create your best 2016.
    Now that you are aware, spend time contemplating what you really want for your life. Ask yourself, “What do I really, really, really want? What do I want personally, what do I want professionally, what do I want spiritually? Begin to write what comes to mind, no filters, perfection or judgments, just write. You will be amazed at what comes out from your inner being- from your heart. Our desires, our intentions are powerful, so know that you are making a claim on 2016 that you will live the life of your dreams. You will live your life from the inside out fully connected to your deep desires.
  • Take care of yourself.
    This is a must for living the life of our dreams. How can we possibly step into our power, our love, our compassion, our life without being cared for? Who better to care for us than ourselves? Yes it’s wonderful to know that we are loved and cared for by others, but the first person to care for you is you! We MUST make it a priority to listen to our inner voice that says, “Stop, breathe and then begin again.” I do this all day long. I am so connected within that I can hear the voice say, “Stop Barb and take care of yourself.” This is different for all of us, it can mean take a bath, take a nap, go get a massage, go for a walk, whatever taking care of yourself means for you make it a top priority- you deserve the very best love and care.
  • Spend time with people you feel great around.
    We are the company we keep. Look for ways to celebrate closing out 2015 with those you love and care deeply about. We spend much of our days doing, how about ending the year being.

As this year comes to a close, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for walking this path with me. It is an honor and privilege to be with you. Together we are living in each moment, being vigilant in our thoughts, words and deeds, patiently not perfectly, we are the light, love and renewal in our own lives and the lives of all around us.

May you always know you are loved, you are complete and you are enough. Live the authentic, heartfelt life you wish to live- this is your birthright as a human being. Go for it.

Happy New Year, my friends!
I love you,
Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

The Wonder of Winter


“How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!” —Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The Winter Solstice- the first day of winter has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. Mother nature is lovingly bringing us the season of rest and rejuvenation; it is a time when the world outside our door sleeps. What I find ironic is that right now, life inside and outside might not feel so restful, as many of us are preparing for our holidays and observances. How can we be in alignment with this wonder of winter right now in spite of all the fast paced activity happening around us? It truly is as simple as remembering to connect within first thing in the morning and then all throughout the day we stop, breathe, and reconnect, giving us this beautiful knowing of faith that all is well in this very moment.

Winter’s promise is that the time for rest will come. This is the wondrous, natural cycle of life. Everything in nature must take the time to just “be” in order for it to “do” what it does. Winter is the “nighttime” of the seasons, and it reminds us of the importance of sleep, rest, and seeking shelter within—both literally and figuratively. So right now if you are feeling the stress of this holiday season make the commitment to sit in silence to begin each day and just be. Let the thoughts in your mind come and go while you gently place your attention on your breath. In these precious minutes you are taking the time to “be” and in this being you align your mind, body and spirit connecting with everything you need inside to stay calm, loving and strong.

When we are present, wonder is virtually everywhere we look! We can see beauty everywhere. Make it a point to notice when your mind leaves the present moment- the times when you’re thinking about some regret from the past, or worrying about what may happen in the future- be aware, take some deep breaths, and gently bring your mind back to the moment. Honestly you may be doing this very often during the course of the day- I promise this is time very well spent- you will not only see beauty you will feel it in your being.

This winter season, let’s take the time to experience the wonder that is both inside and outside of us. This season, this present, is all we have right here right now. It will never be this way again. If you can deeply feel that this day is all there is then you will truly have spent your day well.

May this time of joy, celebration, rejuvenation and peace be abundant in your day and may your heart be filled with love. I offer this blessing as a reminder that you are whole, you are complete and I so love you.

As there are moments in life when we need others to lift us up;
May you know that within you is everything you need to feel supported and deeply cared for.

As we experience times when we need rest and contemplation;
May we be grateful that we can stop and let the healing take place inside of us.

As each day is one that we have never seen before and never will again;
May we be gentle with ourselves, and honor exactly where we are in life each day.

As our hearts and minds open and evolve on our journey;
May we know no feeling is final and always find time to dwell in moments of joy.

When there are times when we stumble or need to be strong;
May we be held in the light of love.

As one day we may realize that the ordinary moments of our lives have been truly extraordinary;
May we be grateful for our ability to be grateful.


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

‘Twas the Night Before the Rest of Your Life


“Just as the food we eat nourishes and strengthens the body, the books we read for inspiration nourish and enrich the mind. I thrive in my life and feed my soul with the reading I do daily.”
—Barb Schmidt

I am thrilled to tell you that December is Spiritual Literacy Month- how fabulous is this? WE have a Spiritual Literacy month! If you know me and my work, you definitely know that reading for inspiration is one of my greatest passions in life- it is pure joy. I spend time every day reading from one of the works by or about the great masters, mystics, saints, and teachers.

In my book and through the teachings of The Practice, I encourage everyone to read at least a few paragraphs a day from a book that they find inspirational. Why? Because these books inspire us to live our best life— a life filled with love, purpose, and meaning. They support us on our spiritual journey, holding us by the hand and gently guiding us along our path. So many have traveled this road before us, when we read their trials and tribulations we never feel alone. Actually just the opposite- we realize that they did not come into life possessing something special that we don’t have- no they are just like us. You begin to believe, “If they can do it I can do it.”

Reading for inspiration is a beautiful, relaxing way to close out your day. Think about this- each night is the night before the rest of your life. When we get into bed the day is over. We can learn to sleep, letting go of everything, knowing we can not change anything, and be at peace with our day.

I practice Letting Go just before sleep:

* I spend 5-10 minutes reflecting on my day, without judgment just looking back to gain awareness.
* Next, I do my inspirational reading, letting the words of these great teachers nourish me and inspire me.
* Lastly, I turn off the light, close my eyes and start repeating my sacred mantra as I drift off to sleep.

This is truly a way to be present for life by closing out the day, knowing I did the best I could and if I’m blessed to have another day I will wake up new and fresh.

I hope you have been enjoying my blogs “Studying with the Masters.” If you haven’t read them take a look back at this beautiful practice. My practice has changed my life over the past 31 years and I can absolutely say that the inspirational reading I do daily has been a huge part of my recovery and transformation. I love it so much.

It is my deep desire that you find teachers that speak to your heart, you pick up their teachings, and walk your path hand and hand with them.

It is an honor and privilege to walk this path with you, learning and growing together.

I’m sending you love and offering you best wishes for, happy, inspirational reading!
Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Wrapping Your “Presence”


“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”
—Alice Morse Earle

Often when we think of the “perfect gift,” it is usually something that comes in a box, wrapped in colorful paper, and tied with a ribbon, right? We walk through the stores, catalogs, and do our online shopping in search of the things that we hope the people on our shopping list will just absolutely love. Gift-giving is a big part of the holiday season, we enjoy showing our love and appreciation for the special people in our lives; we take a lot of pleasure in giving and receiving especially this time of year.

What if I were to say that there is only one truly perfect gift for those you care most deeply for- that gift is your presence. We love it so much when the people in our lives give us their attention; their full presence. So, here are some beautiful ways you can “wrap” your presence at this precious time of year; and really all year long!

  1. Wrap your presence in time together. This is first and so very important: put away all of the electronics and spend some time giving another person your Focused Attention. Everyday do something together: eat, walk, read, listen to music, meditate or pray, or just sit quietly and talk. Make it a point to find a little time every day to be fully with the ones you love.
  2. Wrap your presence in a thoughtful deed. This time of year evokes giving so make it a point to do something kind or considerate for a loved one, a co-worker, or a stranger: help them out, with your full presence, side by side, with a task, chore, or smile.
  3. Wrap your presence in a letter. We just don’t take the time to write letters, do we? I absolutely love getting a letter in the mail! So consider writing a short note, it can be filled with your thoughts, or it can be just a simple, “I was thinking of you and wanted to let you know how much I love and appreciate you in my life.” Could you imagine receiving this in the mail- my heart would melt and I’m sure I would have tears. Do it today!
  4. Wrap your presence in a phone call. Reach out to a loved one who lives far away, or you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while. Texting and social media have become such a norm these days that many of us make fewer and fewer calls. Hearing the voice of someone we care about has the ability to shift our day completely- make a call today.
  5. Wrap your presence in art. I have a hidden artist in me so I love to create “works of art” and give them away. Please don’t think it has to be a big production, creating with love in your heart is the purpose- the final result is a bonus! I have been teaching adults on the spectrum through a non-profit “Autism After 21” and yesterday we all made mantra/focus bracelets. We had such a fun time, helping each other, laughing with each other, and being with each other. We all left with love in our hearts and a focus bracelet on our wrists as a beautiful reminder to be present to ourselves and others in every moment. I love these precious men and women so much- they are an example of pure love. If you too have an artist within check out my Sacred Mantra art- I do some mantra art every day- I adore it! Sacred Mantra Art is a beautiful way to do this. To learn more, click here.

I hope I have given you ideas to consider. Wrap your presence for all those in your life. Our lives today are fast paced and hectic and when we can slow it down a bit, fully breathe in our beautiful lives, give precious time to the people around us, we will feel joy in our hearts and know deeply that in this moment, “I am truly living the life of my dreams.”

I am grateful for all of you in my life. I love you.
Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

3 Top Tips For Stress-Free Holidays


“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heart.”
—Author Unknown

I love this time of year. My childhood was chaotic and dysfunctional but during the month of December it always felt loving and peaceful to me. Maybe it’s because the energy of love, peace and kindness is in full force this month you can feel it in your veins. For many of us this is: Time to celebrate, observe, and get together with family and friends. But let’s be honest all of this celebration often comes along with some stress, right? I believe we can plug into the stress that’s in the air or we can live in the deep feeling of peace and joy that this time of year evokes. December truly is a template of how we can live every day of every month- peaceful, loving and kind- while managing the stresses of life. But how?

It is totally possible to feel peace and joy from the inside out, even amidst all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, planning, preparations, social activities, and of course, traffic! In fact, the joy and peace inside of you is always there—no matter what is going on around you. We have everything we need inside to not only survive, but thrive! What does it take? Spend time first thing in the morning with you in silence connecting within then remember to stop, breathe, and reconnect whenever you start to feel stress “getting the better of you” throughout the day. I say often, “Stop and then start again.”

Stop, Breathe, Reconnect
Who ever said we had to always go and never stop? I say Stop, Breathe, Reconnect as often as you need to throughout the holiday season to keep your focus on the joy and peace this time of year brings, rather than on any unease or stress you might feel. It really does take just a few minutes to acknowledge the stress you are starting to feel and then make a decision to reconnect to your inner source of peace and calm. Here’s how:

  1. Stop
    As soon as you notice your unique signs of stress, this is your trigger to stop whatever you are doing—even if only for a moment. Maybe you can find a quiet place to be alone for a couple of minutes, but if this is not possible, stopping can be as simple as moving to another space in the room or even shifting your weight from one foot to the other. This is telling your body and mind that you have decided to take a different path—a peaceful, joyous one.
  2. Breathe
    Often, when we start feeling stressed out, our breathing becomes rapid, or in other cases, we might hold our breath. Either way, this is a sign that something is out of alignment. Once you have stopped what you are doing, take a few deep breaths to regain control of your mind and body. Regardless of what is happening around you, it is in your power to relax your breathing. These breaths don’t have to be obvious or exaggerated. Simply breathe. Remember your breath is your life force, it fuels you 24/7. It’s truly our power!
  3. Reconnect Within
    After a few breaths, focus your attention on your heart. There may be a lot going on around you, but remember that whatever it is, it is outside of you—not inside of you. Acknowledge your inner self and become aware of the calm presence of your spirit.
  4. * * *
    These 3 tips above take seconds- so remember to stop and start again all day long. You will Stop, Breathe, Reconnect then return to whatever it is that you were doing. Try to be present in each moment of your day. Absolutely, this time of year often puts many more demands on us which increases our stress levels, but if we can remember to take these three simple steps as often as necessary, we can truly feel this peaceful season. Feeling this peace we carry it day after day after day, all year long.

    With love and peace,
    Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

“Thanksgiving” in Action


“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life.
Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
—Margaret Cousins

When we look at the word “Thanksgiving” closely it is an action word. It evokes in us a sense of doing. On Thanksgiving Day in the United States, we have an opportunity to put all negative feelings, worries, and problems aside and focus on gratitude for the abundance in our lives. When we place attention on what we have rather then on what we don’t have, we begin to really notice that we are fortunate, we have abundance in places that we may not have been aware of before. This day, Thanksgiving Day, can be a day that we practice gratitude for every day, it’s not only about the food, but having an abundance of food on our holiday tables makes us truly blessed!

This Thursday, I invite you to put your thanksgiving into action. No negativity, when things start to happen and you’re feeling stressed, pause, take a few deep breaths, bring your mind back to the present moment, back to what you are grateful for in your life in this very moment.

Try this powerful exercise:

Begin by making a list of 10 things you are thankful for. Post your list up somewhere in your house; this will be a great reminder when the day begins feeling hectic.

Here’s my list:

  • I am thankful for this beautiful planet earth.
  • I am thankful for my life and continued health.
  • I am thankful for my family and the love and time we share.
  • I am thankful for my friends and their love and support and generosity of spirit.
  • I am thankful for my community and my country for providing a safe haven.
  • I am thankful for the spiritual masters, teachers, mystics, and saints who guide me along my path.
  • I am thankful for the opportunity to be of service in many wonderful, life-changing organizations.
  • I am thankful for Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life and the opportunity to spread peace throughout the world and for all those who support the mission.
  • I am thankful for the ability to express myself, share my thoughts, and be free to be me.
  • I am thankful for you. I love you.
  • Now when I put my list into action this is what it could look like:

    1) Recycle and reuse, 2) Treat my body with kindness, 3) Be fully present for my family when we are together, 4) Offer my friends support, love and attention, 5) Advocate for safety in other communities, 6) Share the words and ideas of my greatest teachers in my writings and my practice, 7) Express my appreciation to those I work alongside, 8) Continue to devote time to this amazing mission, 9) Use this gift to inspire, and 10) Share with you what works in my life for health and happiness.

    There is so much for each one of us to be grateful for. When we put our “gratitude in action” we become love and light in the world. We have the power to dispel darkness and bring about global change.

    My wish is that you feel peace, love and joy on this Thanksgiving day, and every day.

    Love and blessings,
    Barb


    About Barb Schmidt


    Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.