100 Gratitude List

Today is my birthday and I’ve decided to focus on a 100 gratitude list — the many wonderful things to be grateful.  When you focus on gratitude, negative thinking melts away.  You also feel more connected to your big life and stop worrying about the small stuff.

A few years ago, I began this tradition of making a list on my birthday and I’ve decided to do this gratitude exercise again today.  I invite you to do the same and wake up to the miracles in your life.

What are you grateful for and have you completed your list of 100?  Something to ponder on your next birthday or any day.

100 Gratitude List

  1. Spiritual connection to the Divine
  2. The love of  Universal Power
  3. My husband and soul mate, partner, and friend
  4. My two sons who are blessings
  5. Putting my family’s health in Divine hands
  6. My beautiful family and wonderful extended family
  7. My wonderful mother who was so loving and giving
  8. My Dad who was fun but had a hard life
  9. Great sisters whom I cherish
  10. My dearest lifelong friends
  11. My Lovelies Book Club and Mastermind Group
  12. My new friends to grow and nurture
  13. Meditation and the peace that it provides
  14. Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization
  15. My fans and readers–YOU–thank you!
  16. The successful launch of my book Inner Power NOW
  17. All coaches and wonderful illustrator who made my book come alive
  18. The wonderful clients and patients I’ve worked with over the years
  19. The beautiful teachings of each beautiful soul that I meet
  20. The sea and sands if beautiful beaches especially Kauai Island
  21. Moonlight walks with a loved one
  22. Hiking and feeling peace in nature
  23. Dance, all forms
  24. Mountain views of any kind
  25. Sedona Red Rocks
  26. Chocolate
  27. Wine
  28. Relaxing Whirlpools
  29. Scented Candles
  30. Message
  31. Emotional Freedom Technique (Meridian Tapping)
  32. Classical Music
  33. Great Rock n Roll
  34. Jazz and Smooth Jazz music
  35. Fun loving pets and puppies
  36. Laughing smiling babies—so much joy to appreciate
  37. The Universe inspiring for our good
  38. Knowing that life loves you and me
  39. Life’s challenges (but not too many) that help us grow
  40. Rising above those challenges, taking one step at a time
  41. Great people who gave me opportunities to work with them
  42. Great collaborations for my work and projfects
  43. Creative Work creating video and audio programs that make a difference
  44. Working with wonderful clients to help solve problems
  45. Working with a team that makes our programs better
  46. My soul-soothing voice, my gift to share
  47. Creative muses who help spark ideas
  48. Acts of loving kindness
  49. My beautiful warm home
  50. Fireplace and a crackling fire
  51. Great coffee and coffee houses
  52. Hearing live music that’s uplifting
  53. Teas of any kind, especially Vanilla Chai
  54. Vacationing in the Caribbean, meeting new cousins
  55. Weddings that spark new hope of love
  56. Family vacations to exotic fun spots
  57. Good health, much to appreciate
  58. Mindfulness, remembering to breathe and be present
  59. Fun loving movement as exercise
  60. Varieties of great cooking and different ethnicities
  61. Sweet anything, except when I overindulge:)
  62. Spending quality time writing in my journal or on my book
  63. Morning alone time to get centered and calm
  64. Fun new adventures like kayaking or jet skis
  65. Good night’s rest of 7 to 8 hours
  66. Fun shoes and new boots
  67. Himalayan salt lamps that glow and give off positivity
  68. Wise Teachers who have taught great lessons
  69. Clients who teach me more than they will know
  70. Neighbors who watch out for one another
  71. Community who comes together after heartbreak
  72. The wonders of my body, much to appreciate
  73. Wonderful soothing showers
  74. Long soaking tubs
  75. Poems and words that inspire
  76. Great books that keep us engaged with great storytelling
  77. Captivating movies that teach and enrich our lives
  78. A smile that lights up the world
  79. Great authors who inspire us to be and do more
  80. More than enough money to enjoy life (even though I worry over this)
  81. Lucky to be alive and born in the United States
  82. Community who cares about the future of this great nation
  83. Freedom of Speech
  84. Mother Nature and all her glory
  85. All the great plants, animals, and creatures on earth
  86. Beautiful weekend getaways
  87. Comfort food
  88. Comfort clothes like yoga pants and leggings
  89. My space heater for chilly days, keeping me warm and toasty
  90. Rays of sunshine with the hope of new day
  91. Books like “Love is Letting Go of Fear”
  92. Air transportation for quick travel
  93. Dancing and yoga for fitness, strength, and joy
  94. School teachers who encourage, especially my theatre teacher
  95. To have acted in great plays and musicals
  96. Art and Artists who teach and challenge us to think
  97. Those in health care, so many angels to thank
  98. Days of rest to kick back and chill
  99. This life, may I choose wisely for health and happiness
  100. All of you who have touched my life…I say THANK YOU!

Vicki Atlas Israel is a best selling author, mindset coach, and speaker.  Organizations hire Vicki to conduct Inner Power Mindset Mastery workshops to help teachers, health care providers, and families thrive.  If you’re a teacher or health care provider needing help with stress, anxiety, or better sleep, contact Vicki for a FREE Strategy Session, “From Stress to Be Your Best” at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com. 

 

Journey to Inner Peace for Families

Journey to Inner Peace for Families:

Making Calm Our Superpower 

Sunday Afternoons:  August 18, September 8, and 15  

Location: Mercy Conference and Retreat Center in St. Louis

Relieve stress and feel more joy. Journey to Inner Peace to build a stronger family.  Learn ways to stress less while also helping your family learn great tools and make CALM our Superpower! Some sessions are for adults, parents, and grandparents with children; others are for adults only. This group experience is also geared for those who work with children and teens.

Click Here to Register 

Adults-$15,  Children and Teens-$5   

Our Facilitator for this series is Vicki Atlas Israel, CGIP
Vicki is a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOWReduce Stress and Pain. Feel More Peace. Helping You and Your Family Thrive! Hear what famous co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul ®, Jack Canfield, has to say about Vicki’s book at InnerPowerMindset.com

Register soon!  Space is limited. Click HERE for Flyer. 

 

Join us for one or more sessions to attend:

 


August 18:  Love is Letting Go of Fear

Adults/Parents/Grandparents Only  (1:30 PM)

Are you ready to release stress and fear, hurtful thoughts and old blocks?  Learn better ways to cope, feel more peace, as you discover a loving coach within.


September 8:  Stepping into Your Future:

Parents, Children, and Teens are invited.  (1:30 PM Parents with Kids 6-11 or 3:30 PM Parents with Teens 12-18.  An adult MUST accompany the child, as there is no childcare.)

How would you like to walk into a bright new future?  We will learn how to set a goal or intention, visualize it, then do a walking meditation.


September 15:  Letting Go With Gratitude

Adults/Parents/Grandparents Only  (1:30 PM)

Learn how to empower your best life.  Experience gratitude in a whole new light with guided imagery and journaling.

Click to Join us.  Stress Less and Add More Love and Joy!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT THE FLYER AND REGISTER BY MAIL

 

 

Top 6 Benefits for Group Meditation

Group Meditation for Deeper Connection with Friends and Family

Do you experience anxiety and have difficulty creating a bubble of calm in your life?  Do you crave a deeper connection with your wise inner guide?  Then, group meditation may be for you.  When you experience deep relaxation with other like-minded friends, a bond is created that is more powerful than any connection you have felt before; a unity that transforms your life and brings you inner peace.  Here are the top six benefits for inviting your friends to experience a group meditation.

 

#1  Get feedback: Group meditation allows you to learn from other people’s experiences. If you are uncertain about how to meditate, your meditation group will model the way to physical and mental peace.

#2 Group activities are valuable to connect: We feel better when doing group activities because we create connections with others, tapping into the same silence and source of peace as your meditation mates can make you feel at peace, comfortable, supported and safe.

#3 Brainwaves can synchronize, so the connection you feel with your meditation partners is not only emotional, but physical.

#4  Reduces loneliness: Loneliness permeates our society. Despite electronic devices and the ease of communication, we lack a feeling of being part of something greater than ourselves.  Meditating with a group creates an environment of acceptance and belonging.

#5 Spiritual support: When you meditate with a group, you achieve a group synergy which uplifts the participants to achieve more spiritual awareness.

#6 Research shows that group meditation creates a ripple effect of inner peace which permeates the environment of the meditators enhancing the benefits of the meditation.

If you’re interested, I have a few appointment times left for creating a group mediation with you and your friends.  Book one today at HeartTalkNow.com. or if you want to join an upcoming group meditation for families, Click HERE.

Wishing you peace!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas is passionate about helping you and your family stress less, while adding more love and joy.  She’s a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW: Healing Meditations to Reduce Stress and Pain so Children and Families Thrive. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for a FREE Discovery Session at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

 

Top 3 Benefits for Kids and Teens to Meditate

Teach your children to meditate for many benefits. As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified in Guided Imagery, I work with families at a pediatric hospital.  A young boy who had been taught meditation and guided imagery was faced with a medical procedure that scared him.  He told his mom who said, “What would Ms. Vicki have you do?”  The 10-year-old said, “Go to my happy, safe place.”  And that’s what he did. The mom told me this story later as she smiled and reported how the procedure went well, and her son had stayed calm.

Research shows Children who practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness build skills of attention and self-awareness. They have better self-control and make wiser decisions.  They also learn to be more in charge of emotions and behaviors.

1. Social-Emotional Development  

One study found that a social-emotional learning program used with mindfulness was more effective than a classic “social responsibility” program.  Kids in the former treatment had greater empathy, perspective, and emotional control, compared to the control group. They were also more “social” and had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than in the control group.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children (MBCT-C) has also been shown to help improve attention and behavior problems, and reduce anxiety in kids who started out with high anxiety levels.

2.  Attention and Focus

Grownups are concerned about kids and attention. Studies have shown meditation helps children with Attention Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD.   One 2004 study found that children with ADHD who learned meditation with their parents twice weekly in a clinic setting, and kept practicing at home, had better concentration at school, among other benefits. A study in 2013 showed that in boys with ADHD reduced hyperactive behaviors and improved concentration within eight weeks..  

3. Self-Awareness and Self-Control

Mindfulness is intimately connected to self-awareness and naturally to self-regulation. If children learn to be more aware of thought processes and reactions in the present moment, kids learn to manage their own internal conflicts better. And the research has backed this up: one study found that kids who learned mindful awareness practices (MAPs) had better executive function after eight weeks of training twice a week.

Children continue to feel stress at home and at school. Our kids deserve to be equipped with tools to help them better cope. As for parents and teachers, raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children often feels overwhelming. Parents and educators deserve to know and practice mind-body tools, as well.

If you want to learn more about an upcoming workshop series for Children, Teens, and Families, Click HERE.  In our next segment, we’ll talk about the benefits of Group Meditation.   

Wishing you peace!

 

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you and your family stress less, while adding more love and joy.  She’s a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW: Healing Meditations to Reduce Stress and Pain so Children and Families Thrive. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for individual coaching at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

5 Tips for More Happiness

Where Are You on the Happiness Scale?

Can you choose to be happier?  Psychology professor David T. Lykken believes we each have a “happiness set point.”  Yet, other Psychologists who study happiness believe we can improve our state of emotions.  Try focusing on gratitude and appreciation and creating the intention to be happier.  Here are a few Best Mindset tips to help you expand your happiness.

Tip # 1: Choose Happier Thoughts

Choose to make happiness a top goal.  Author of The Happiness Hypothesis Jon Haidt teaches positive psychology and for homework, he assigns his students to make themselves happier during the semester.   Some of these include: being more forgiving or more grateful. They also learn to challenge negative thoughts.

Tip #2: Make a Gratitude List

In his book, Authentic Happiness, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman encourages readers to perform a daily “gratitude exercise.” It involves listing a few things that make them grateful. This shifts people away from bitterness and despair, he says, and promotes happiness.  I also keep a gratitude rock by my nightstand and before bed, I remind myself of 3 to 5 things that I’m grateful for.

Tip #3: Continue to Forgive

Michael McCullough and Robert Emmons, researchers who edited The Psychology of Happiness claim holding a grudge can affect your health.  One way to curtail these kinds of feelings is to practice forgiveness. This reduces the power of bad events to create bitterness and resentment, and add stress to your body.

Tip #4: Build Friendships

There’s nothing like a good laugh with dear friends, and this also promotes happiness. Author of The Pursuit of Happiness David G. Myers found one Australian study that showed people over 70, who had the strongest network of friends, lived the longest. Myers claims the “social ties that bind also provide support in difficult times.”

Tip #5: Find Meaningful Activities

People are seldom happier than when they’re in the “flow.” This is a state in which your mind becomes thoroughly absorbed in a meaningful task that challenges your abilities. Psychology research has found watching TV ­­produces some of the lowest levels of happiness. It turns out that to get more out of life, we need to put more into leisure time.  Choose activities that you most enjoy doing.  They’re good for your mental health and your happiness.

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and families.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.comfor kids. You can connect with her on Twitter and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com