Choosing to live — a reminder to make the most out of life, and to be mindful of what we are choosing.
A very important part of being alive is moving your body. American author Sylvia Browne reminds us, “If you don’t move your body, your brain thinks you’re dead. Movement of the body will not only clear the ‘sludge’ out, but will also give you more energy.”
Think how often we sit instead of move: watching TV, working on the computer, driving in the car. Granted, it would be hard to drive standing up, but while watching TV you could get up and exercise. Talking on the phone, you could walk around your yard or the mall.
I know for me, that getting up and walking helps set the standard for a great and active day.
Anything that moves gets something accomplished. Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes said, “A prayer is a movement of thought, within the mind of the one praying along a definite line of meditation; that is for a specific purpose.”
Whenever anything manifests in the world around us, at first it was a thought. The Wright brothers thought about the possibility of flying before they made their first flying contraption. The chair at you dining room table was first a thought before it became a chair. A thought is necessary before anything can happen. Everything is designed in mind first before it shows up in our reality, visible and invisible.
While watching DVDs by Mary Morrison at our center’s Prosperity Plus class, Mary shared with us her way of moving through the day with more focus. She used her hand to help us remember the five steps.
First, “thumbs up.” Each morning we can decide whether the day will be a good one or a bad one and no matter the choice, it will be fulfilled. So get up, thankful for being alive and give yourself a “thumbs up” attitude for a fabulous day.
Second, “Give yourself an intention for the day.” You can have many, but what is the one thing you will accomplish today that is absolutely on the top of your list? Then, using your pointer finger, point your way towards that intention.
Third, because sometimes we can be our own worst enemy, when thinking about fear or doubt she says, “Flick fear in the face.” If you start obsessing about all there is to do — or that disagreeable thing that might happen — catch yourself, and with your thumb and middle finger ... “flick fear in the face.”
Fourth, your ring finger reminds you to “think about the things you dream of doing,” and then concentrate on what you want to do.
And fifth, the little finger reminds us remember to “be thankful for even the little things in life.” For example, “I’m so thankful I’m well today,” or “I am glad I had a car today to drive to work.” Another might be, “Isn’t it wonderful that there is rain to water the plants.” Be thankful for even the little things.
All of these things remind us to get up and get the body moving. When that seems hard to do, ask for a little help from the Divine, who is always there at our disposal.