10 Life Inspiring Quotes In Tribute Of Wayne Dyer

“Upon awakening, let the words Thank You flow from your lips, for this will remind you to begin your day with gratitude and compassion.”– Wayne Dyer

Thank you Wayne!

Saturday night the full moon rose with another star amongst it as Dr. Wayne Dyer left peacefully in his sleep.

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This was the Facebook post:

Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side.

We Love You Forever Dad/Wayne

The Dyer Family

In Honor of one of my favourite spiritual teachers and personal motivators, we’re dosing out 10 Prescriptions For Wellness with  quotes and life lessons from the Doctor himself:

 

  1. Eat For Health As An Act Of Self Love
  • “When you’re at peace with yourself and love your self, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.”

2. Chase Your Dreams

  • “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”
  • “Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.”
3. Always Seek The Positives
  • “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
4. Practise Positive Affirmations
  • “Here is an affirmation for today: I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy!”
5. BE The Person You Want To  Surround Yourself With
  • “Practice being the kind of person you wish to attract.”
6. Drop The Desire To Be Right
  • “When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace.”
7. Trust Your Vision
  • “If you believe it will work out , you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.”
8. Choose Compassion Over Ego
  • “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

 

  • “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
9. Say Yes
  • “You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it.”
10. Understanding That No-body Is Their Body
  • “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”

 

 Whatever you do this week, next week and every week on, take the Wellness Weekly Intention from Wayne and; “Don’t die with music still inside you.”

Suzanne Eden

Manifest Monday // Forgiveness and The Ghost of Christmas Past

In a flurry of hiking and christmas baking, it appears I missed yesterday’s post! But Tuesday is as good as any, isn’t it? As December is now upon us, christmas has officially consumed every waking moment of my day (and kitchen). I adore it! But somewhere amid the whirl of turkeys and tinsel, it becomes easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. As the Grinch once wisely stated “Maybe christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store, maybe christmas, perhaps! Means a little bit more.”  These next posts are to inspire the enchanted child within us and disentangle the jumble of shiny decorations and purchaseable presents to unwrap the genuine meaning of Christmas.

 

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A Classic Christmas Carol

In search of the true spirit of Christmas, we look to a different sort of spirit entirely, a ghostly spirit if you will. The sort of spirit that I revisit every year as I luxuriate in the magical world of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” and the humbug of Ebenezer Scrooge. The 1951 black and white film starring Alastair Sim being my personal favourite of the renditions of this holiday classic.
  • Whether this is completely new to you or you have heard this idea before, take a moment, right now, to consider that this very moment is the only one you have and will ever have. Really think about this, let it sink in a second. The past is over, done, finito, the future has not arrived, but where you are this second, that is all there is. This is all that truly matters.  A favourite quote of mine from another round bellied fellow this holiday: Gautama Buddha: “Each day, we are born again.” In truth, we are reborn in each moment, awakened to another chance, another opportunity. There is no need to wait for another tomorrow to transform yourself, you have a new beginning with each and every breath.
The Ghost of Christmas Past
What shackles you? What event or person are you chaining to yourself in your thoughts and beliefs?  Mental baggage is heavy. You are not Santa, drop the hefty load slug over your shoulder and feel how light you become.  Everyone deserves forgiveness, including yourself. Forgiveness does not mean that you wish to keep the person close to you or need to be in contact with them. It does not mean you condone their behaviour. Forgiveness is about releasing our metaphorical shackles. Accepting that what happened has past, moving forward, setting ourselves free of  unnecessary rumination on past events and moving into the present. A true gift indeed.
This week’s challenge:
Unwrap the gift of forgiveness this Christmas. This week, choose someone to forgive. Perhaps a friend, a family member, a past bully, or perhaps yourself. In forgiving, we allow the past to remain the past, we accept that it no longer exists, and by doing so, it will no longer control us. If a thought or belief does not serve you, it does not deserve you.
  • My personal favourite way to forgive? By understanding that every person and circumstance comes into our lives for a purpose. They have a lesson for us, a teaching. These people and circumstances are here to serve you. Some of the teachings I have received in life have seemed rather harsh and unforgivable, but when I came to see the value in even the darkest relationships I have had with others, I’ve come to see that they were a blessing. In the end, they were all a blessing. Forgiveness is the true light of heart. The true light of Christmas.
Suzanne Eden

Manifest Monday // Thanks – Giving Edition

On the menu this Thanksgiving? We’re dishing out a hearty serving of gratitude to brighten our day and those around us.  From succulent turkey to creamy pie, and a whole roast, ahem, *host* of family in between, there is so much to be thankful for. We’ve already explored the theme of gratitude with a gratitude journal and the swear jar challenge to health here.

This Manifest Monday, we’re feasting on a juicy challenge to unite the dinner table and keep the giving flowing. It is Thanks-giving after all. It’s gratitude to the next level; taking our inner thanks off the page and expressing it outward! Take a big, wholesome slice into your manifest Monday, Thanks – Giving edition.

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A Dish Best Served Hot

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
~ James Matthew Barrie
  • Inner gratitude expands when it becomes outward. How often do you think to yourself “wow, thank you” when someone does something but don’t say it out loud? Or sometimes you do but it comes more out of habit than sincerity. Everyone needs a little appreciation. Appreciation is what drives us and when we give it to another, we receive it ourselves. Give more and you will receive more.

Uniting The Dinner Table

  • Studies consistently show that gratitude strengthens the formation and maintenance of the relationship between the giver and receiver. Have you ever met someone you were unsure about and as soon as they complimented you, your perception of them was instantly elevated? It’s been shown that this bond goes beyond the short interaction and may lead to stronger relationships 6 months later. How to unite the Thanksgiving table? Express your gratitude!

Gratitude on the Brain

  • Neuroscience has only just started to touch on the effect of gratitude in our mind. When we express gratitude, the “pleasure centers” of our brain light up. These pleasure centers release dopamine, the feel good hormone that causes that gratifying “high” we receive in return.
  • When we receive this gratitude, the same pleasure centers light up, making us feel good but the giving continues. Not only is dopamine the “reward” hormone but it makes us more likely to reciprocate the deed. Cut the turkey, this simply means that when we receive gratitude, we are more likely to pass it on, making it a Thanksgiving to keep on giving!
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
— William Arthur Ward

The Thanks-Giving Challenge

  • Today have the intention to make your gratitude leap off the page. Say it out louid! Your challenge today is to say “thank you” to every single person you come in contact with. It can be for anything, from something small like carving the turkey to something big. Start first by thinking of what it is about them that you are grateful for. Let it come from a truly honest and thankful space and then let them know it! Appreciation is infectious.
5 Ways to Increase Your Thanks:
  • Hold their gaze
  •  Speak clearly
  •  Smile
  •  Add a personal touch – make contact in some way, even by simply by touching the person’s arm
  •  Say their name
To all of you reading, following and reaching out to me via email or otherwise, THANK YOU! Truly, from the bottom of my heart. I cannot thank you enough and I hope I can repay you in healthy, chocolate covered treats and health tidbits 🙂
With so much gratitude I wish you all a healthy, happy Thanks-giving!
Suzanne Eden

Manifest Monday // Gratitude & the Swear Jar Challenge to Health

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts become conscious of our treasures” – Thornton Wilder

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As the fall creeps upon us, we’re turning over a new Autumn leaf with the segment: Manifest Mondays. All about getting down and dirty and manifesting the life you want. From your health, to your relationships, your career and happiness, this is where the transformations happen! In the same way that a wholesome breakfast can fuel the body for the remainder of the day, Mondays can amp up our intentions for the week ahead.
This September’s segment? Gratitude. It’s simple, it’s powerful and best of all, it’s completely free!

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“Always look on the bright side of Life”

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it’s a quality of thought, a state of mind.”
Monty Python got it right! In positive psychology we look at what brings a sense of peace, happiness and enrichment to a person’s life. Though there’s a rampant misconception that happiness comes from attaining things in our lives whether it be landing that job, making more money, finding our soul mates… studies prove that what really elevates happiness is to be appreciative for what we have now. In fact, while attaining anything on the outside may create feelings of initial happiness, we will eventually find that these things are insufficient at sustaining our happiness and we will search for the next thing.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey
What has been linked to sustained and lasting happiness is none other than gratitude itself. Your secret weapon in your arsenal of holistic wellness.  To practise appreciation, until it becomes a way of life, is to open yourself up for new transformations and a fresh perspective on the bright side of life.

11 Reasons You Need to Start Practicing Gratitude right  Now:

Oftentimes in life and our pursuit of health, the simplest things hold the greatest potential for healing.:

Mind / Spirit

  1. The Chill Pill – Side effect free, a daily dose of recommended gratitude may help to reduce anxiety and stress.
  2. Has been linked to a greater sense of well-being and quality of life.
  3. Rebounder – Gratitude has been shown to help individual’s bounce back faster from sudden tragic events. The times that it is hardest to see in gratitude are the times that we need it the most. When we make a habit out of it, it is easier to stick to the habit in difficult times and use it to uplift ourselves.
  4. It makes us happier: Just 5 minutes of daily gratitude journaling has been shown to increase your long-term overall well-being by 10%!
  5. Social Butterfly: Gratitude has been linked with having increased social circles and a greater quality of relationships. This meant having deeper connections, and stronger relationships. Why? Gratitude helps us to see the best in others, appreciate them and feel closer to them which is reciprocated. It feels good to be appreciated and others will gravitate towards this.
  6. Accomplish more: Gratitude has been linked to increased productivity and goal achievement.
  7. Quiets the Green Eyed Monster: being grateful for what we have reduces our jealousy of others. When we appreciate all we have, we can appreciate what others have as well. This is the feeling of true abundance.

Body

 8. Beauty Sleep – Studies have shown that just 15 minutes of writing in gratitude before bed can help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

9. Exerciser: One study found that those who practised gratitude on a daily basis, spent 19% more time exercising.

10. Energizer – has been shown to increase energy. True gratefulness will raise your energy and the surge of feel good hormones can heighten your energy levels and make you feel more vibrant!

11.  Beat the cold: Has been linked to a stronger immune system.

I feel a very unusual sensation — if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.

~Benjamin Disraeli

The attitude of Gratitude

Wait just a moment! This is not a one week practice. Across most studies, result increased slowly. Why?

  • It may take time to really induce grateful feelings. Even if it seems more monotonous and trivial at first, keep going. The real feelings of appreciation will come and grow stronger with time.
  • It’s a mindset: eventually gratitude will become a way of life, you see in gratitude and this is where wellness will take a grateful leap!

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Getting in the Mood: How to LIVE in Gratitude

The challenge to swear by

We all know the swear jar. A dollar goes in for every swear word that comes out. But it’s time for a revamp with this week’s challenge: for every negative thought that creeps into our mind, every time we complain or don’t want to be doing something, we add 3 things that we are grateful for. Far more valuable than any currency. This will shift our focus to the positives that surround us, and when we focus on positives, we see more of the positives and you will attract more positives.

Pen to Paper

Begin a gratitude journal. I love to find notebooks that keep me motivated to write. Some of mine have their own inspirational quotes scrolled across the front. Begin today, write it on anything, keep the journal by your bedside table and write 3 things you are grateful for every morning and every night.

When you have the intention to write them down, you begin to look for these things and I promise, they will show up. Big, small, it’s all the same and there is something to be said about making your appreciation a concrete thought on paper.

What began as a small, honest journaling of three things I was grateful for each night, morphed into pages of thankful rambling and those pages turned to notebooks now stock piled on my shelves. Eventually I got to the point where keeping a journal seemed unnecessary, it was simply my life. But at anytime, when things get busy, the journaling is always there to pick back up and refresh our perspectives.


The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.

~Michael Josephson,
Off with a grateful bang (as the new season of the Big Bang Theory airs!),
Suzanne Eden