I laughed when the angels’ called life’s challenges a “bump in the road.” Sometimes, our wobbles feel like little speed bumps; other times, they feel like mountains to move. As with many of you, my life has been a roller coaster of diverse experiences lately. I frequently feel surprised at how easily things are flowing into my life despite the external challenges.
My dear family member who came close to the edge of life last month is recuperating, living with greater self-care than I’ve witnessed before, and going to the angels for help. It is miraculous and beautiful to see. Friends who had challenges are healing. I’m paying off the massive car repair bill in grace. I am truly amazed at the help I am receiving every day. I used to think I had to be in some sort of mythical perfect state to “earn” that type of help. Now, I just tune myself to something that feels good, and it flows!
I was on top of the world earlier in the week, working with clients I love, when my email went down—again. Apparently, the provider blocked it. I type quickly and send a lot of emails, and their automated system determined I was spamming. It wasn’t the first time the system’s errors had massively inconvenienced me, and I wasn’t too happy. Needless to say, my cranky vibration didn’t help me find a solution!
At 4 am, after working with customer service and still lacking a good fix, I gave up and decided to have an official, albeit brief, pity party! I wrapped myself in a cozy blanket and let my feelings roll! “Poor me! I work so hard and don’t have time to waste my workday and sleep on errors that aren’t mine…” I indulged in this train of thought until five minutes later, I started to laugh at myself! Watching from the perspective of the observer, this drama was comical. I recalled a phrase a dear friend used to say—It was time to call the “Waaa-mbulance!”
I started to look around at the beautiful Christmas lights. I appreciated the cozy blanket and the silence of a peaceful night. I started to feel better immediately. Without thinking, like a moth going to the light, I left the computer and headed for the kitchen, aiming straight for the Trader Joe’s peppermint meringues! If you’ve never tried them, they are light, airy clouds of sweetness mixed with real peppermint chips and every holiday season, they transport me to other worlds!
It might not have been the most evolved way to raise my vibe, but one sugary pepperminty bliss bomb at a time, I felt better! After all, Divine love hides in everything when we look for it—even in my peppermint candies! The angels always guide us on the path of least resistance, and at 4 am, that was my path!
The vibe shift worked, and I was soon inspired to google a certain phrase that led me to a support page that wasn’t obvious. I finally found an email that led me to tech support folks who understood the problem and could fix it. At long last, I went to sleep and woke up to find everything had been fixed.
We are so extremely, amazingly, and beautifully loved that we can barely comprehend the magnitude of the help available. All we have to do is remember, as I did at 4 am, that the most important thing to do is find a good feeling, recalibrate ourselves to love, and calm the mind. The universe does all the rest!
I cleaned up my vibration further the next day by focusing on all the big blessings and simple pleasures in life. The little honeybees are singing happy hums on my rosemary flowers. My Eggplant is still growing little fruits, to my great delight. The tomatoes are ripening, and the basil is growing back after I chopped it down and made a ton of pesto. I’ve got some blankets ready to load up on the Etsy shop and am brewing ideas about fun offerings for next year. I had a blast listening to live music with a friend. Once again, the flow returned easily. It just took a simple shift in thinking to turn everything in the right direction again.
Here are some pointers to help you keep the good going when life is easy and to turn the momentum around when you’re in a tougher time:
1. Appreciate every bit of good when life is going well
We can easily obsess over and replay a negative incident in our minds. The angels have taught me to obsess over and replay the positive. I can hold an egg and marvel at the impeccable perfection of its form. I can breathe and enjoy the air flowing into my lungs. I can think about someone who is helpful or kind for hours. The negative folks used to get way too much “air time” in terms of my attention. Now, most of the time, the happy things and kind people get my air time.
Try to look for things to feel good about despite the voices that lie and tell you that things are too small to be relevant and that feeling good about a cup of coffee or a shaft of sunlight won’t solve your problems. True, appreciating the small things won’t “do” anything to fix your problem, but it could be just the vibe-shifter you need to be open to heaven’s help so you can be guided to the effective actions you can take to solve your challenge.
2. When things aren’t going well in life, make shifting your vibe the highest priority
Before you start spinning your wheels looking for solutions or running around frantically trying to solve a problem, stop. Make it the highest priority to find a way to feel better. Do that before you take action. Otherwise, your actions will come from fear or upset and create a bigger mess.
I like the angels’ analogy of a tornado. They use it often. When we’re worked up, we suck bad things into our field, making it spin with even more intensity and therefore attracting more junk.
When we’re calm or happy, we’re in the center of that storm, receiving clear help from heaven.
Get your energy right first, and then everything else will go right and flow right! Do anything you can to feel better before taking action. You will save time, energy, and heartache by taking the time to feel better first.
3. Practice staying in a good vibe when it’s easy so you can get there when it’s hard
If you consciously challenge yourself to look for things or think thoughts that make you feel good, you flex your “tuning muscles.” When you practice, you find tried and true ways to feel better and raise your vibe. You start to have more confidence in your ability to turn anything around.
I had a little wobble when a family member made a comment that was so insensitive to the fact that the other one almost died that I couldn’t even think of something to say. At that moment, I put all my vibe-shifting practice to use. I distracted myself from the unpleasant comment by looking for beauty and found it all around. I focused on the individual’s good qualities and, within minutes, let go of the ridiculous comment and worked myself into a better space. I still don’t like what was said, but I was determined not to allow the unkindness to poison my vibration.
Did my shift change anything in the outer world? Not really, but it shifted my inner world and the trajectory of my day. Hanging onto injustices doesn’t do much good or change anyone else. However, granting yourself peace is powerful.
If you can practice vibe-shifting when it is easy, then you’ll be able to recalibrate far more quickly when faced with challenges.
3. When something throws you off kilter give yourself grace
We spiritual folks are often ridiculously hard on ourselves. We know how it feels to feel good and feel God, and when we fall out of that, it feels awful. The last thing you want to do in a challenge is beat yourself up or obsess about what, why, and how something unpleasant happened. The best thing to do is find a better feeling in any reasonable and healthy way you can —peppermint flavored or not 🙂
The kinder you are to yourself in a challenge, the quicker you’ll be open to a way out.
The angels have been working diligently this year to help us all embrace our inner power — to find good, feel good, and thus draw good into our lives.
The energy is so strong that when riding a vibrational wave, be it positive or negative, you get more of what you focus on. I am choosing again and again, so many times a day, to ride the waves of grace, goodness, guidance, and joy. I may not be able to change the world, but I can change my world and maybe inspire a few others to do the same 🙂
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