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The Ripple Effect


Your peaceful presence will reverberate out into the world to bring more of the same back to you. This is the law of attraction. What you put out will be reflected back. If you are rushing around, distracted and mindless, then you find yourself in inner chaos. In this state, it is more likely you will manifest outer chaos as well.

In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.

It is not only what you are attracting, it is also what you are energetically creating around you. Your sense of presence creates peace on the inside and outside. Through intentional mindfulness of each moment in each and every experience, you generate peace for everyone and everything around you. You create less inner and outer resistance and more harmony. Things flow easier for you and other living beings, and you are more efficient in each task.

Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else. Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy. One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life. Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness. Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions and try to act graciously as much as possible.

The more often you practice being present and still, the more you will feel at peace with yourself and all that exists around you. How often do you truly give yourself permission to be present - free from reflection, projection, planning, worry, and anxiety?

Taking time for mindfulness practices, like meditation, is not only about allocating that time, it is also about truly allowing yourself to surrender deeper into presence with each breath; feeling and experiencing peacefulness with each exhalation.

A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come into contact with and everyone those people come into contact with. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples moves onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of positivity.

Schedule time to practice mindfulness each day and truly let yourself go. Schedule time for solitude and silence. Schedule time to be in nature and marvel at the complexity of the Universe. Find your inner place of presence and feel the peacefulness that follows. Remember that this state of peaceful presence is available to you in every moment, always. As we nurture this place of stillness through consistent practice, it becomes more easily accessible.

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