Fun and Meaningful Activities to Express Thankfulness

No Comments »

Practicing Thankfulness Every DayI am so excited to announce the release of my new book which includes hundreds of activities for families, organizations, and individuals to express appreciation and ignite the power of thankfulness.  It’s an audio book and a PDF all in one! So I can be with you in your car :)  and you can print out the exercises and facilitation guidance.

Here’s a fun one to use this weekend  to help family and friends know the difference they make in our lives, and create a ripple effect of considerable magnitude.

1. Give everyone a blank 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper and a pen. If you have a large group, you may want to give everyone two pieces of paper paper-clipped together (You may want to splurge for nice paper and Sharpies of various colors.)

2. Have everyone write their name at the top of the paper (or both papers if they have two) and then pass it to the person on their right. (If someone refuses to participate or is absent from the gathering, write their name on top of a piece of paper for them.)

3. Give everyone a minute or two to write at least one thing they are thankful for about the person whose name is at the top of the page. It could be something about their personality, a talent or skill they have, how they touched you or helped you in the past or present (If you have young children at the table, you may want to allow more time so an older child or grown-up can write what they want to say for them.) Ring a bell to indicate they have about 30 seconds left and ring the bell to indicate that time is up.

4. Instruct everyone to pass their paper to their right.

5. Continue steps 3, 4 and 5 until everyone has the piece of paper with their name on it back in front of them.

6. Give everyone a minute or two to read what’s been written for them.

7. Invite everyone to read aloud what’s on their sheet of paper. Ask who wants to go first, and next and so on until everyone has shared.

8. To conclude, thank everyone for sharing and thank them for the difference they make in your life and in the lives of others.

9. You may want to provide a folder, an envelope or a plastic sleeve for them to put their paper in or a ribbon to tie around the paper rolled into a scroll.

This activity works great around the dinner table, around a conference table at work, in a circle in a classroom, in any group to which we belong.

When we invoke the power of thankfulness we tap into an incredible power within ourselves and others. We rekindle the spark of love, re-ignite our creativity, re-invoke our state of wonder and restore our sense of purpose. We become inspired.

And it is when we are inspired that we achieve significant, meaningful, long-lasting results.

How could you express thankfulness at Thanksgiving?

For more on thankfulness and to purchase the digital download of the new Managing Thought Companion Guide: How to Access the Power of Thankfulness, click here.

©2010-2012 Managing Thought. All rights reserved.

It’s the Launch of Mindfulness Monday™- and You’re Invited!

1 Comment »

Change Your World with Mindfulness MondayEverything that we say, do, and create first begins in thought. Everything.

I can’t begin to describe how powerful each of us is – how powerful you are. Every thought we have is creating. For better or worse. Individually and collectively.

Most of us have no idea what we’re thinking. We think we’re thinking positively, we’re not. We think we are focused on what we truly want – we’re not. We keep living each day like we did yesterday – stressed, uninspired, trying to figure out our true purpose.

The good news is we all have the ability to be aware of our thoughts, know if the thought is working for us or against us, and choose powerful thoughts that serve our purpose.

Mindfulness Monday isn’t about thinking “happy” thoughts. It’s about choosing thoughts that are in alignment with who we truly are and what we truly wish to create in this world.

We all have the ability to turn worry into wonder, fear into inspiration, stress into purpose. We do. It takes practice.

We’ve mastered all the thoughts that are not working for us. Now it’s time to master thoughts that serve our purpose.

A Year of Mindfulness

With 60,000 thoughts a day, you may be wondering where to start. Many people, having read my book or attended one of my workshops, have asked me for support and coaching, on a regular basis, to help them deepen their experience and make Managing Thought a way of living.

That’s why I created Mindfulness Monday, my new 52-week online course in Managing Thought®. I believe this is the very best way to change the way you think and re-open your connection with your highest awareness.

Mindfulness Monday gives you training a little bit at a time, spread out over a whole year.

A Guided Experience

I am your guide and mentor for this year of Mindful Mondays and I am committed to ensuring that you get what you need from this course.

Each powerful thought brings significant results. As these powerful thoughts are repeated and mastered gradually over time, we start experiencing our true nature: We are happy, healthy, creative, expansive, full of energy, and inspired. We are fully present, on purpose, at peace, and playful.

Our lives and our work are filled with joy and aliveness.

In addition, through the Managing Thought Community, you also give and receive support of a whole community of men and women who are practicing managing thoughts in all sorts of ways and places—businesses, churches, hospitals, schools, meetings, improving their relationships, taking tests, and raising their children.

Every moment is a new moment. And every moment we have the ability to choose who we are and what we wish to create in this world.

When we manage our thoughts, it is the best gift we give to ourselves, our family, friend and workmates and through the ripple effect, the world.

Confucius said way back when: To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate ourselves.

It’s my personal mission to help change the world…one thought at a time.

I look forward to sharing this adventure with you and invite you to sign up today at a special VIP price.

May your thoughts bring you peace and inspire you.

 

 

 

© 2012 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Making a Difference

1 Comment »

Every moment, I am creating the future. Every thought, word and action of mine makes a difference—for  better or worse—in the lives of others. After I say what I say and do what I do, I don’t often know the difference I am making. Sometimes, my humanity kicks in and I wonder if a blog, or a talk, makes any difference at all.

A friend of mine called the other today to tell me about a blog written by Christy Morgan, a young chef, and a new author and speaker who made her debut at the French Meadows Annual Macrobiotic Conference and Camp that I attended a couple weeks ago. Seems I made a difference for the better.  To read what Christy learned, click here.

And while you are at it, check out Christy’s new cookbook Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet and Like her facebook page, The Blissful Chef.  Christy is making a difference in the lives of those who are busy AND are committed to eating healthy, naturally, and happily. I have already made and enjoyed several recipes from the book and they are quick, easy, and delicious!

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved. Photo credited to The Blissful Chef blog.

The Books That Influenced Me

No Comments »

Books that Influenced Mary Lore I am often asked what are the books that influenced me.

For about three years now, it’s been my intention to compile and share the list. I can now do the happy dance because I have finally fulfilled the intention! And I expanded on it, adding links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, if you want to check it out or buy it.

I am excited to share these books with you. As I was writing my comments on how each book influenced me, it struck me what a gift it is that writers and teachers give to the world. The ripple effect is of considerable magnitude.

I can see how my work continues the work of all human ancestors and I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve.

To see the list, click here.

What books influenced you?

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

 

Replacing Weak Thought Patterns with Powerful Thought Patterns

No Comments »

Replacing Weak Thought Patterns Mary LoreWe shape our thoughts by choosing our intentions, asking ourselves powerful questions, and making powerful statements to ourselves. We also shape our thoughts by replacing weak thought patterns with powerful thought patterns.

In my book, Managing Thought: Think Differently. Think Powerfully. Achieve New Levels of Success., I refer to the book Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, MD, Ph.D. I mention that the energy of a thought can be measured and that “the difference in power between a loving thought and a fearful thought is so enormous as to be beyond the capacity of the human imagination to easily comprehend.”

When I first read this, I was taken aback. I experienced an incredible aha! Until that moment, I approached my work and my own self-cultivation by looking for what was wrong and then working on making it right.

Another big aha! for me was learning that what I considered to be less virtuous bad thoughts were neither good nor bad. They were merely a function of viewpoint, which is the accumulation of my thought patterns.

The biggest aha! for me was the realization that by lifting my thoughts higher and higher each day, I make a difference.

The current theme of my Daily Inspiration Thoughts of the Day is Replacing Weak Thought Patterns with Powerful Thought Patterns. There are three posts a day offering guidance on choosing and focusing on powerful thoughts vs. weak thoughts. Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

For additional practical guidance on powerful and weak thought patterns, check out Chapter 15 of Managing Thought or David Hawkins, MD, Ph.D’s book  Power vs. Force.

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Making Powerful Statements

No Comments »

Making Powerful StatementsOur brains look for, and focus on, things that are consistent with our experience. In other words, our brains perceive a reality that is consistent with our past experience. Then it stores this reality and inevitably reinforces the experience.

Even though that’s how our brains work, we are in control. We are in control of our thoughts. We are in control of our focus. We are in control of our minds. We are the ones observing our thoughts and we have the ability to choose to utilize or discard what our brains present to us. We have the ability to our shape our thoughts.

We shape our thoughts by choosing our intentions, by asking ourselves powerful questions, and by making powerful statements to our selves.  Powerful statements are those that remind us of how we choose to think. Powerful statements keep us focused on the moment and  remind us of our intentions and what truly matters to us. As we go about our day and experience what others do and say, we can consciously, purposefully, make powerful statements to ourselves that remind us of how we choose to think, feel, act, or react.  We don’t waste time, money and energy thinking and acting in a way that moves us away from what truly serves our purpose.

We can have powerful statements ready for those moments when we are challenged by old thought patterns.

The current theme of my Daily Inspiration Thoughts of the Day is Making Powerful Statements. There are three posts a day offering guidance on how to turn what is significant to you to reality by making powerful statements. Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

For additional practical guidance on making powerful statements, check out Chapter 14 of Managing Thought.

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Asking Powerful Questions

No Comments »

Asking Powerful QuestionsThe questions we ask ourselves have a powerful impact on what we feel and what we experience everyday. The questions we ask ourselves, and how we ask those questions, are key to whether or not we take action to fulfill our intentions, or how much time, money or energy we may waste attempting to fulfill an intention.

Changing the questions in our heads changes what our brains see, which changes our perceptions, which changes our experiences, which changes our focus to our intentions and what matters to us. This is how we achieve significant results.

Powerful questions do not involve making other people or situations change. Instead, they involve helping to change the world by changing ourselves. They all are asking, “What can I do?” and “How can I help?” They involve being proactive vs. reactive. They bring about an inner peace. They ignite wonder, creativity and move us toward what inspires us.

Powerful questions guide us to our vision of who we intend to be and who we intend to become.

The current theme of my Daily Inspiration Thoughts of the Day is Asking Powerful Questions. There are three posts a day offering guidance on how to turn what is significant to you to reality by asking powerful questions. Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

For additional practical guidance on asking powerful questions, check out Chapter 13 of Managing Thought.

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Spring is a Great Time for Renewal and Achieving Balance

No Comments »

BalanceI always look forward to the coming of spring. It’s a time of renewal and growth. And just as I choose the seeds I wish to plant in my garden, so do I choose the thoughts I intend to cultivate.

Many of us wish to cultivate balance in our lives. We say that other priorities get in the way or that we lack discipline and thankfully, these are not the reasons that balance evades us.

The current theme of my Daily Inspiration Thoughts of the Day is Balance. There are three posts a day offering guidance on how to transform the thinking that actually gets in the way of achieving balance. Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

If you really want to cultivate balance in your life, click here to listen to audio, download a PDF or read the online version of my newest Forward ThinkingTM Reminder, Want Balance? Here’s How to Make that Goal Stick.

I also did an interview on balance on my Heartbeat Radio show with Michelle Wargo. Click here to listen.

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Choosing Our Intentions is One of the Greatest Powers We Possess

No Comments »

As I talk about in my Managing Thought workshops, what we feel and what we experience depends on what we choose to focus.  We have the ability to choose our focus and ultimately our reality. We choose our focus by choosing our intentions.

During difficult times or when we’re in a low period, our brains can present thoughts to us that may not be useful. When we practice self-awareness, even in difficult times, we can see our thoughts for what they are—thoughts. We know that we are the observer of these thoughts and we can choose whether to utilize these thoughts or not. We can choose our intentions.

The current theme of my Daily Inspiration Thoughts of the Day is Choosing Our Intentions. There are three posts a day offering guidance on how to transform negative thinking and focus on what you want to achieve significant results. Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

If you want more on choosing intentions, click here to listen to audio, download a PDF or read online.

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Thinking Powerfully is Positive Thinking on a Whole New Level

No Comments »

Powerful ThinkingIn my own journey, when I started practicing self-awareness and managing my thoughts, I was surprised to discover that I was making thousands of choices and thousands of decisions every day. I was surprised to discover that in one moment, I could dramatically change the course of my life, my work, my relationships, just by understanding and changing how I choose to think. I also realized that practicing “positive thinking” or thinking “happy thoughts” as we are often taught to do just doesn’t work.

So I don’t use the term positive thinking in Managing Thought®. I use the term powerful thinking.

There is a distinctive difference between thinking positively and thinking powerfully.

Positive thoughts often do not work. Often, if they do work, they work only temporarily. We’ve all experienced this when we get all motivated to make a change after we have listened to a speaker, read a book, made resolutions, or heard a rah-rah pep talk. Two weeks later, we’re back to the way we were.

Powerful thoughts, on the other hand do work. Powerful thoughts inspire us, spark creativity, access our highest awareness, and bring us ideas that move us in a direction that serves our purpose.

The current theme of my Daily Inspiration Thoughts of the Day is Thinking Powerfully. There are three posts a day offering guidance on how to transform negative thinking and focus on what you want to achieve significant results. Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

If you want more on thinking powerfully, click here to listen to audio, download a PDF or read online.

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.