Article by Mary Manin Morrissey

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

What does this mean? How does it embody the power of positive thinking… and how does it instruct us on finding happiness?

We think, we speak words, and we take action. But when our words and actions are not in alignment, we are essentially teaching ourselves and others that we can’t be trusted.

In other words, our thoughts, words and actions lack integrity. This can erode our sense of trust in ourselves, which in turn, can chip away at our self-esteem.

Feeling good about yourself is the foundation for positive thinking, and living a happy life.

We must love ourselves before we can love and serve others

We are “thinking” beings. It’s impossible for us NOT to think. Then, we speak our thoughts. As we do this, our thoughts leave the realm of the non-physical, and enter into the world of form.

When our actions don’t match our words, we are out of alignment. When what we do is not what we said we’d do, then we are also out of integrity.

If a friend says they are going to do something and they don’t do it… do you begin to doubt them when this pattern happens time and again?

What happens if you experience this within yourself? Have you ever not kept your word to yourself?

You may THINK: “I want to be happier and have more fun experiences.”

You may then SAY: “I’m going to start riding more, trying more new things, and plan a fun trip.” The next thing you do is decline an invitation to broaden your experiences with your friends.

Can you see how not taking action in alignment with what you are thinking or saying can result in a lack of harmony — a lack of integrity?

Can you see how this disharmony can result in a lack of self-respect and confidence in yourself, and ultimately… unhappiness?

If we can’t trust ourselves to do what we say, how can we trust others? Our world becomes smaller and smaller.

The good news is that we are in complete control here. If we want to feel more aliveness or more freedom, and thus more happiness — if we want to feel better about ourselves, as a person — we can start by increasing our level of personal integrity.

Begin honoring your word in the name of self-love….Read the entire article here: http://marymorrisseyblog.com/mary-morrissey/the-power-of-positive-thinking/?xp=1

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Article by Victoria Shields

I think that one of the reasons I have always loved horses is because I can relate to them so well. They’re flighty, over-reactive and always alert. As someone with an anxiety disorder, I can understand the urge to run first and ask questions later.

Reconciling the anxiety and fear I feel with the desire to ride a 1,000-pound animal that could easily kill me hasn’t been easy, but I have learned some important things about myself as well as horses that have helped me make it through.

1. Confidence does not always relate to ability.

When I first started riding I assumed that confidence was something that all of the great and experienced riders had. After all, most people are more confident the 100th time they get on a horse than the first. The more that I rode, however, the more I found that my confidence level was on less of an upward slant and more of an unpredictable roller coaster.

For two years after a particularly bad fall I would have a panic attack nearly every time I got on a horse. I thought I was a terrible rider, but looking back, I wasn’t. I knew what I was supposed to do, and once I got over my fear I could do it well. Sometimes confidence is about skill, but other times it’s just about personality or circumstances.

2. Growth happens after you’re comfortable, but before you’re terrified.

A large portion of my riding career has consisted of trying to figure out just how hard to push myself. I know that if I never go out of my comfort zone I will never advance, but I also know that if I continue to push myself when I am terrified it can turn into a disaster.

I had one experience where I was trying to school a horse over a course, but I was afraid of the horse and didn’t trust him due to the fact that he was very strong and forward. He sensed that I really didn’t want to be jumping him and refused every fence at least once. The next day a rider who was more confident and comfortable with him got on and schooled the same course and he didn’t refuse a single fence. In one way that was a blow to my self-esteem, but in another way it was a learning experience. If I had pushed myself a little bit at a time with that horse we may have been able to work up to that course, but instead I tried to force myself to do too much too quickly. It is important to know your limits and to know when it’s right to push them, and when it’s best to try again another day.

3. Changing your situation is not the same thing as giving up.

There were times that I thought I was giving up on horseback riding. It wasn’t because I didn’t love the sport and the animals, but because, after discouraging ride after discouraging ride, I was certain that I was not good enough to continue. One low point came after I bought my first horse. She was a beautiful, talented mare who would eagerly jump anything you put in front of her. She was also very high energy and had a busy mind, but I had been riding for 15 years so I assumed I would be able to handle it.

After a few rides with her, however, I began to dread going to the barn. Every ride she would begin to grow nervous and I would become afraid that she would spook. She would sense this fear, think something was wrong, and spook or bolt, and then I became even more anxious, and she would become even more worked up. It was a disaster…

Read the entire article here: http://www.horsenation.com/2014/09/29/what-i-learned-as-a-horseback-rider-with-an-anxiety-disorder/

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