Five Exercises for Positive Change and Increased Awareness

Five Exercises for Positive Change and Increased Awareness

You can improve your life in a few days or weeks by repeating 1 or more of the exercises on a daily basis. As your emotions and thoughts alter, your life will change and move into a higher frequency.

True spiritual work is a short cut. The higher vibrations are more powerful than those encountered in daily life, and they have the potential to cut through karma (accumulated negativity and blocks) quickly. When you’re open to spiritual energy and free of old patterns, you have the freedom to create a better, happier life.

Here are the exercises. Feel free to edit and improvise.

  1. Focus on 4 or 5 happy memories. It’s best to choose memories that are associated with a time when you were in the flow of life and experiencing a sense of strong connection. Focus on each of the memories for about 30-60 seconds. After several practice periods, the happy feeling should stay with you for an hour or more. (This exercise is a personal favorite.)
  2. Think about what you like about yourself. Look at your accomplishments. Notice what you like about your body. Note your good qualities that you share with your friends, loved ones, and the world. Notice your light.
  3. Open your heart. Imagine a huge ray of beautiful pink light moving into your heart chakra. Feel your heart expand and accept the universal love. Contemplate the beauty of a boundless love and light that wants to support you and help you in life.
  4. Send light to your problems. Feel them fade away in the light. Notice the difference in how you feel about life. (You may feel more courage, ease, or calm.) Imagine a future version of yourself with the problem resolved.
  5. Become more aware of yourself. Focus your consciousness on your hands and feet while performing routine tasks. Feel your physical body. Become very present. Notice how awareness of the present moment and the physical world expands your consciousness and brings you into awakening.


Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path. To learn more about Julia, visit

True Prosperity Is Living Easily and Happily Whether You Have Lots of Money or Not

True Prosperity Is Living Easily and Happily Whether You Have Lots of Money or Not

In an overly materialistic world, prosperity is unfortunately and invariably associated with hordes of money and countless possessions. Yet to the truly prosperous people of this world, prosperity is prosperity in its purest and original sense. Prosperity comes from the Latin word spes, which means “hope and vigor.” To the truly prosperous person, being prosperous means being positive and happy in the moment.

Clearly, true prosperity is living easily and happily whether you have lots of money or not. I have had the fortune of being on both sides of the fence. I have been broke, over $30,000 in debt, and have had to borrow money to pay the rent. At one time I even had the sobering experience of sleeping in my car for two cold winter nights when the temperature was -21º F. Extremely cold, of course, but this is still far from the bottom. As Mike Todd said, “I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a state of mind. Being broke is a temporary situation.”

Many years later I am fortunate enough to have a good income, spending substantially less money than I earn and investing a nice surplus each year. Having been broke on more than one occasion makes me a lot more grateful for the fine financial position I enjoy today. Yet I often felt just as prosperous — even more prosperous at certain times — when I was broke as I do today.

For instance, the year I wrote my international bestseller The Joy of Not Working I was in debt big time, but I was filled with hope and vigor, the true feeling of prosperity. I told a few people that the book “may just make me a million dollars.” For the record, to date the book has earned me about half that amount and it still gives me a nice residual income whether I am awake or asleep. This would not have been possible if I hadn’t felt prosperous enough to take up writing and self-publishing when I had no savings and little income.

Spiritual leaders say that as a matter of course prosperity will come when you are pursuing the right things with your life. To feel truly prosperous, you may have to leave the corporate world for good simply because prosperity and freedom go hand in hand. For some people this means having to give up a substantial amount of their income, at least for a certain period of time.

Most people are too afraid to give up a secure job because they don’t think that they have what it takes to leave the corporate world. False beliefs about your limitations will hold you back from gaining freedom. No complaining and no victim stuff. Okay? The more loving your personality and the more love you have for life and your work, the more money you will attract and the more you will enjoy spending the money.

So, as long as you believe, without doubt, in your prosperity, then you will experience a world in which you are prosperous and free of money worries. Consciously worrying about money or being subconsciously motivated by the fear of running out of money hardly ever produces great wealth. Trust that you will always have enough money to get by, even if you quit your lousy job to pursue your dream career.

Indeed, your prosperity will grow to the extent that you do. Your feeling of prosperity may require that you overcome the fear of leaving a secure job for a less secure job, with less pay, but a lot more freedom. Fact is, feeling more prosperous doesn’t necessarily mean earning more money. Sometimes it means earning less money.

Contrary to popular belief, prosperity is an emotional state that has little to do with your wealth or the state of the economy. You can feel more prosperous in a one-room cottage than most wealthy people feel in a twenty-room mansion. Misers will hoard a lot of money and spendthrifts will spend whatever they have — you don’t have to do either to feel prosperous. You may have to give up your secure, high-paying corporate job, however — and grow spiritually in the process.


Ernie Zelinski is an international best-selling author who helps adventurous souls to live prosperous and free. He is also a prosperity life coach, professional speaker, and unconventional career expert.

Ernie has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals from all walks of life in their career transitions and retirement planning through his international best-selling and life-changing books such as The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. These two books together have sold a total of over 600,000 copies.

Ernie is an innovative ex-corporate worker who was blessed to have been fired from his job as a professional engineer over 20 years ago and to have leveraged his many years of struggles without a real job into a lifestyle of personal and financial freedom that is the envy of the corporate world.

Ernie has dedicated his life to helping individuals create a better work/life balance in their lives and to help them pursue their dream careers. To learn more about Ernie, visit

‘Leave No Trace’ asks us to understand the nature of our creations

‘Leave No Trace’ asks us to understand the nature of our creations

“Leave No Trace” (2018). Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Dale Dickey, Jeff Kober, Dana Millican, Derek Drescher, Isaiah Stone, David M. Pittman, Mike Prosser, Spencer S. Henley, Art Hickman, Susan Chernak McElroy. Director: Debra Granik. Screenplay: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini. Book: Peter Rock, My Abandonment. Web site. Trailer.

Given the state of the world today, many of us have probably contemplated the notion of getting away from the stress of daily life, living off the grid to achieve a simpler existence. Eschewing a routine fraught with economic, social and even interpersonal tensions in favor of a more idyllic existence no doubt holds much appeal to those who feel overwhelmed by the spiraling demands of living in an increasingly frustrating world. Those who have a particularly difficult time coping with such conditions may find the prospect especially attractive. But is this really the answer? Or are other arrangements more suitable? And are we going about exercises like this with a clear mind and for the right reasons? Those are the issues faced by a father and daughter seeking to find answers for themselves in director Debra Granik’s emotionally powerful new drama, “Leave No Trace.” (more…)

‘Hearts Beat Loud’ joyfully celebrates creativity, choice

‘Hearts Beat Loud’ joyfully celebrates creativity, choice

“Hearts Beat Loud” (2018). Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette, Sasha Lane, Quincy Dunn-Baker. Director: Brett Haley. Screenplay: Brett Haley and Marc Basch. Web site. Trailer.

Following our passion is something most of us dream about. But how many of us are able to see it through? Unfortunately, life often seems to get in the way. And sometimes we get in our own way, too. Clearing away the clutter, making a plan and working up the gumption to move forward all factor into the process, but how adept are we at these tasks? These are some of the challenges that a pair of would-be professional musicians face in the heartfelt new comedy-drama, “Hearts Beat Loud.” (more…)

Use Your Past to Propel You Forward!

Use Your Past to Propel You Forward!

I believe we all have special gifts. We are here to fulfill our purpose, and regardless of where we come from,  we can accomplish great things in our lives.

I remember being asked to do a seminar for the Federal Reserve’s Money Smart Week many years ago called, “Smart Women Finish Rich.”  When I got up to speak, I looked out at 170 women known as the “Unbanked” (meaning they did not have a bank account), and I  wondered, How in the world will I ever reach these women?

From my introduction, they knew I was a successful financial advisor living on a lake in the suburbs.  How could they relate to me, or me to them?

It was then that I decided to tell my personal story for the first time.  I had never publicly shared this story, because I was embarrassed of it.  I looked around the conference center and saw my co-workers and the prominent attorney who invited me to speak in the back of the room.  I was scared to death, but I stepped through my fear shared this story …

My parents very poor when I was born. My father decided to reenlist in the Army to make ends meet. When I was just 6 years old, my father died in an accident, leaving my mother with three children under six. She was just 32.

Although my mother had used the military insurance to pay cash for a house, plus she received some income from the military and Social Security, she wanted a man to take care of her and her three children.

She found one at our church, but he was a monster. After nine years of living hell, she ended up homeless with breast cancer. You would think that I would have learned from that experience, but we often go back to the familiar. Guess what?  I ended up marrying my own monster.

Thank God, I was very strong, and through a series of synchronistic events, I was able to get out of that marriage within a year. It was a very challenging experience, but a good lesson that would help prepare me for my life’s purpose.

So how did I get from where I was then to where I am today?

At 20 years of age, I found a book called, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. I learned that “thoughts are things, that I could create any life I could imagine if I just had a vision, didn’t lose focus, and did whatever it took to succeed.”

Next, I found a mentor. I took classes, stepped out of my comfort zone again and again. Becoming a Certified Financial Advisor was a game-changer for me. I also met my husband of 30 years, we had children and together and created an amazing life. It wasn’t always easy. We made mistakes, but we learned from those mistakes. They were our greatest teachers.

What I know today is that everything that happened to me was perfect. I have no regrets.

Embrace your roots, your experiences, your lessons, and use them to propel you forward. And most of all, do whatever it takes to get smart about money so you can make a difference and live a life you love.

You may have to get uncomfortable, but with the right information and support, you can do it too! Get that support from our Smart Women Community! Take advantage of our experts interviews at Smart Women Talk Radio, explore our blogs and free resources, and schedule time to take my free course, Unlock Your Financial Power. Behind every successful woman is a tribe of successful women who have her back. That’s Smart Women’s Empowerment. Sign up today!


Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books.

She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit

‘Disobedience’ dares to challenge taboos

‘Disobedience’ dares to challenge taboos

“Disobedience” (2018). Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Bernice Stegers, Allan Corduner, Nicholas Woodeson, Liza Sadovy. Director: Sebastián Lelio. Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Book: Naomi Alderman, Disobedience. Web site. Trailer.

Getting what we want from life, especially in an area as critical as romance, may push us to our limits. We may find ourselves saddled with constraints that push back against us, thwarting our efforts and keeping us from fulfilling our objectives. But these conditions are often wholly arbitrary, capable of being overcome with the right degrees of determination and self-reliance, themes explored in the new romantic drama, “Disobedience.” (more…)

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