“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” ― Eckhart Tolle
With so many people, responsibilities, and things needing our attention on a continual basis, it’s easy to feel as though the answer to getting anything accomplished is learning how to set boundaries, using goals to stay focussed, and effectively saying “no” to the not-so-important extras in our lives.
Although all of that is helpful and a well-placed “no” has it’s benefits to staying on track, what happens when saying “no” becomes a knee-jerk response that blocks us from creating the life we’ve always imagined?
Perhaps the solution to receiving more of what we want in life isn’t so much about becoming better at saying “no” than it is about being present with what’s in-front of us and saying “yes” to that.
Saying Yes! to Life
“Saying yes means getting up and acting on your belief that you can create meaning and purpose in whatever life hands you.” — Susan Jeffers
Unfortunately many of us don’t receive what we really want out of life because we’re too busy saying no, telling everyone that we don’t have enough time, enough skill, enough money, enough education… enough whatever.
The list goes on and on.
Regardless of our circumstances, when we get in a habit of saying no too often, we close ourselves off to all the opportunities that are waiting behind a simple yes.
Surrendering to What Is
“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” — Julia Cameron
Creating your life to reflect your most heartfelt desires has more to do with mastering the art of saying yes than it has to do with anything else.
Being able to say “yes” isn’t about making your life more hectic than it already is, or trying to find new ways to please more and more people.
What saying yes is about is being open and ready to receive even more of the good things life has waiting for you.
When we say yes to life what we are really doing is relinquishing our need to control the world around us by practicing the action of surrender. And, by surrendering to “what is”—as Eckhart calls it in his book, The Power of Now—we open ourselves up to receive all that we desire.
Tips to Grow By
“When we learn to say a deep, passionate yes to the things that really matter, then peace begins to settle onto our lives like golden sunlight sifting to a forest floor.” — Thomas Kinkaide
When it comes to creating the life you most desire, perhaps the simplest thing you can do is just listen to your heart, know what it is that you most desire to create, and say “yes” when you see it coming your way.
Being an avid reader and lover of books, here are a few suggestions to get you moving into a “Yes!” frame of mind. (Some books are FREE while others can be purchased at a discounted rate on Amazon.com):
• Heartwork by Dale L. Goldstein
• The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
• Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
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