Happy Full Moon 🌝

 “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

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Namasté 

Matthew

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Strength in Forgiveness…

 

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Namasté

Matthew

Sometimes…

 “Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same” ~ The Frey – All at Once

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Namasté 

Matthew 

I wonder…

 
Maybe that’s why I’m so tired all the time?!?

Deep breath…and exhale…and repeat 😊

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Make a brand new ending…

 What are YOU waiting for? Today is the perfect day to have a perfect day 😜

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Balance…

 BEAUTIFUL!

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Namasté 

Matthew 

I AM…

 “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” ~ John Wooden

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Only love…

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Very well said ❤️

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Make better mistakes…

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“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” ~ Bruce Lee

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Namasté 

Matthew 

No apologies…

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~ Dolly Parton

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Namasté 

Matthew  

 

The less you respond…

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“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” ~ Kevyn Aucoin

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Namasté 

Matthew 

I’ll treat you better…

 
“Kindness is a language which the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” ~African Proverb

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Namasté 

Matthew 

It’s ALL in your head…

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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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Namasté 

Matthew 

You can’t handle the TRUTH…

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“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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Namasté 

Matthew 

If it’s gone…

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“Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window – or break down a door.” ~ Brooke Shields

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Are you alive?

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” ~ James Dean

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Spiral path…

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Jump quickly…

 
“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.” ~ Helen Keller

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Namasté 

Matthew 

What they DO…

“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” ~ John Locke

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Namasté 

Matthew 

The problem…

 

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Namasté

Matthew 

I am strong…

 

Just be YOUR best YOU – It REALLY is enough!

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Art is pointless…

 
❤️ Amazing ❤️

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Every word…

 
“I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.” ~ Malala Yousafzai

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Everything and Nothing…

“Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” ~ William S. Burroughs

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Namasté

Matthew  

What are YOU waiting for?

 
“Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.” ~ Horace

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Namasté

Matthew

Let go…

 
“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” ~ Deepak Chopra

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Namasté

Matthew

DO in peace…

 
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” ~ Rumi

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Namasté

Matthew

All that we are…

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

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Namasté

Matthew

Just do it…

 
“Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

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Namasté

Matthew

No bones about it…

 
“Choose your words and actions wisely. They can be forgiven, but not forgotten.” ~ Isaiah Harden

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Namasté

Matthew

Why worry?


TRUTH!

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Nobility…

 
“We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives, who thinks most, feels noblest, acts the best.” ~ Philip James Bailey

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Namasté

Matthew

Learn how to see…

 
“No life is a waste,” the Blue Man said. “The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we’re alone.” ~ Mitch Albom

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Namasté

Matthew

Fail Better…

 
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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Namasté

Matthew

Be patient…

 
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” ~ Robert H. Schuller

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Namasté

Matthew

Hey you…

 
hey you. yes, you. stop being unhappy with yourself, you are perfect. stop wishing you looked like somebody else or wishing people liked you as much as they like somebody else. stop trying to get attention from those who hurt you. stop hating your body, your face, your personality, your quirks. love them. without those things you wouldn’t be you. and why would you want to be anyone else? be confident with who you are. smile. it’ll draw people in. if anyone hates on you because you are happy with yourself then you stick your middle finger in the air and say screw it. my happiness will not depend on others anymore. i’m happy because i love who i am. i love my flaws. i love my imperfections. i love my quirks. they make me me. and “me” is pretty amazing.

BELIEVE IT!

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Namasté

Matthew

The wrong people…

 

Be a mindful doorkeeper…

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Namasté

Matthew

Nice people…

“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg.” ~ unknown

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Namasté

Matthew

 

Purpose…

 
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” ~ Wayne Dyer

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Namasté

Matthew

The answer is always NO…

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.” ~ Alan Alda

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Namasté

Matthew

State of Gratitude…

 
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley

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Namasté

Matthew

Bullies…

 
“If you want your dream more than you have to have people’s affirmation, that’s how you break through your border bullies.” ~ Bruce Wilkinson

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Namasté

Matthew

Life’s too short…

 
✨ Make Magic ✨

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Namasté

Matthew

Never apologize for being YOU…

  
YOU are perfect just the way YOU are ❤️

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Namasté

Matthew

Slap me baby…

 
‘Real eyes, realize, real lies’ ~ unknown

Happy Monday 🔆

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Namsaté

Matthew

Don’t ALLOW it…

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Namasté

Matthew

Don’t sit on it…

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Namasté

Matthew

The Velveteen Rabbit…

 

Becoming isn’t easy…but nothing worth having ever is…

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Namasté

Matthew

Day 28 – (PM) – It doesn’t matter…


Day 28 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Goodnight All 😴😴😴

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Namasté

Matthew

Day 27 – (PM) – Reactions…

 
Day 27 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

“The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?” ~ Arabian Proverb

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Namasté

Matthew

Day 27 – (AM) – Always Believe…

 
Day 27 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Happy Sunday Funday! 🔆

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Namasté

Matthew

Day 26 – (PM) – Cruelty…


Day 26 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

To blindly follow the crowd, without question, is the fear of being different; the fear of being YOURSELF.

It doesn’t matter the crowd; society; country; religion…

When you follow YOUR heart and do what’s rightinstead of what is ‘socially or religiously acceptable’; YOUR thoughts, words, and actions begin to align. This is the first step toward true wisdom…and that’s personal growth 😊

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Namasté

Matthew

Day 26 – (AM) – In the end…

 

Day 26 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

YOUR opinion of yourself is the the only one that really matters anyway…

Have a Great Saturday everyone 🔆

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Namasté 

Matthew

Day 24 – (PM) – Purpose…

 
Day 23 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Go Out and make Miracles!

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Day 24 – (AM) – Courage…


Day 24 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Be Courageous…it’s time to wake up and become more. Only YOU can change YOU!

And YOU are Enough…

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Namasté

Matthew

Day 23 – (PM) – Inner Peace…

 
Day 23 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Live YOUR Peace 😎

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Namasté

Matthew 

Day 20 – (PM) – Judgements…

  
Day 20 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Good evening all ✌️

Tonight, being September 20th and two thirds of the way through the challenge; I decided to do something a little different.

I made a video that I would like to share with all of you. It’s about one of the most important lessons I have ever learned 😊

The Pizza Lady Story (YouTube Video)

Thank you ALL for going on this journey with me.

Goodnight and sweet dreams 😴😴😴

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Namasté 

Matthew

Un-Becoming…

 
TRUTH!

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Day 19 – (AM) – I am ME…

 
Day 19 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Happy Saturday 🌞

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Namasté 

Matthew

Day 18 (PM) – Let Go…


Day 18 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

The harder YOU try; the more YOU work against the free flowing nature of the Universe.

Letting go doesn’t mean, letting go of the steering wheel while you’re driving down the freeway 😜

But rather, letting go of attachments and expectations – to outcomes; knowing that things will unfold naturally.

Worry and stress won’t change the outcome; they will only leave you depleted, unhappy, and unhealthy.

So this weekend, try something different and new. Make it spontaneous; unplanned; a real adventure! Be in the moment and enjoy the ride 💜

Have a great weekend my friends.

✌️💜🎶

Namasté

Matthew

Day 17 – (AM) – It Starts with YOU…

 

Day 17 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

How is your relationship with YOU?

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Namasté

Matthew 

Day 16 – (PM) – It’s Necessary…

  
Day 16 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

YOU are worth it…TRUTH!

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Namasté 

Matthew

Day 16 – (AM) – Happy Hump Day 🌞

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Day 16 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Words of wisdom…

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Namasté

Matthew

Day 15 – (PM) – Choose Well…

 
Day 15 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Each moment presents many choices.

When you are able to SEE what’s REALLY before you; YOUR choices will support and nourish YOU!

Be present; be mindful; make GOOD choices!

How was YOUR day?

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Namasté 

Matthew

Day 15 – (AM) – You Better Believe it…

Day 15 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Have a Courageous Day!

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Namasté 

Matthew 

Day 14 – (PM) – CREATE time…

 

Day 14 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

It was cool and cloudy here in south central Washington today. A very nice break from the heat 💜 and great day to be lazy and watch movies in bed. At 6pm I went to a psychic development group meeting; Amazing! What a magical day!

WE are now TWO weeks into the The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge.

I’m digging the changes I see in myself; but more so, the change in the way I view everyone and everything around me; I’m seeing with NEW eyes. Personal Growth Rocks!

I hope that TODAY, YOU made time for YOU (instructions above 😜) and maybe a little Magic!

✌️💜🎶

Namasté 

Matthew 

Day 14 – (AM) – This Sh*t is for the Birds…

 

Day 14 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Have a super fantastic Monday!

Namasté 

Matthew

Day 13 – (PM) – Sunday Funday 🌞


Day 13 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

PhotoBOMB…EXCELLENT 😊

I had a great day today! I spent time with people I love and care about. I AM truly blessed and grateful 💜

Thank you ALL for the support and feedback so far. I want to hear more of YOUR stories…share them and YOU empower not only yourself, but everyone involved in the challenge. So come on; How was YOUR day?

Peace Out ✌️

Namasté

Matthew

Day 12 – (PM) – Forget Everything and LIVE…

  

Day 12  – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Be Brave…Be Courageous…JUST BE…

Goodnight and Happy Dreams!

Namasté 

Matthew 

Day 11 – (AM) – It’s YOUR Choice…


Day 11 – www.the30daypersonalgrowthchallenge.com

Make YOU happy today! 💜

Namasté

Matthew

  Day 10 – (PM) – I’m WHAT?

 The Egg – by Andy Wier (YouTube Video – 7:22 minutes)

Day 10 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

“The Egg” is a great video, it’s worth the seven and a half minutes – GUARANTEED!

It’s a beautifully simple possibility…

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My day was fabulous! When my nephew and I had our adventure on Bateman Island last week, we noticed how much litter had been left behind. He and I decided to return, armed with garbage bags and tidy up a bit 😜

Well today, along with three additional family members (we recruited 😜),  my nephew and I returned to the island.

 

 
It was a beautiful day and we had a Great time AND we carried out 7 bags of trash.

It wasn’t even work; because we were doing something together; it was FUN!

What did YOU do today that was FUN?

Namasté

Matthew

Day 10 – (AM) – One of my Favorite Songs 💜

  
Sunscreen – Baz Luhrmann (YouTube)

Enjoy!

Day 10 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Day 8 – PM – Shift Happens…


Day 8 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

After only the first week, there is already a noticeable shift in my awareness.

I’m observing thoughts as they come and go; allowing me to be in the present.

I’m feeling my body react to what my ‘automatic’ thinking brain is doing; allowing me to STOP and breathe and let go and SMILE 😊

So of course…I’m smiling most of the time; that’s some amazing SHIfT!

After one week, this challenge has been seen by over a thousand people around the world. The stories I’ve heard from YOU and all the feedback has been phenomenal! I am truly humbled and grateful. Thank You ALL 💜

If this challenge, or my words of encouragement, have touched your life and those around you, please help ME spread the word! It’s never the WRONG time to start this challenge.

I want to SHARE this challenge with as many people as possible.

Please; Re-blog, Re-Tweet, Re-Share on FB; invite all your followers and friends to join: The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge; tell YOUR story and why YOU are taking this challenge.

As a community we must draw on each other, now more than ever, for love and support to make the IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE.

Follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/unitystone) and on WordPress (https://unitystone.wordpress.com) for daily updates.

I’ve also created an event on Facebook – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge (https://www.facebook.com/events/1049819375058699/ where you can join/accept the event.

Peace, Love, and Rock & Roll ✌💜🎶

Namasté

Matthew

Day 7 (PM) – We’re going on a Magical ADVENTURE…

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Day 7 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Today my nephew and I went on an Adventure!

“Where are we going?” he asked inquisitively…”somewhere magical” I replied.

We got together a few necessities; water, snacks, etc and we were off…

We drove to the river and parked. “We’re here” I said, as he anxiously looked around.

“The river?” he questioned, “I thought we were going on a magical adventure? What’s magical about the river?” he said a bit deflatedly. “I don’t know yet” I replied, “that’s why it’s an ADVENTURE!”.

We got out of the truck and walked toward the river. “The first thing we need” I said, “is a good walking stick!”. We soon both found acceptable walking sticks and the journey began.

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As we walked toward the land bridge and across to Bateman Island, I asked my nephew if he had brought his magic wand. “No” he replied, rather surprised by my question. “What?” I exlaimed, “…well we better find one on our way then.”

We continued our journey and a few minutes later, he looked down and exclaimed “I found it! The PERFECT magic wand.” I smiled big and said “great job buddy”, and after a quick high-five, we continued walking; each with our walking sticks and he with our MAGIC wand.

Bateman Island is beautiful. As we walked we saw grasshoppers, dragonflies, ants, and birds. Grass, sand, rocks, plants, trees, and then we came upon some beautiful yellow wildflowers.

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We both stopped to admire them and I said “What do you want to make?”. “Make?” he said curiously. “You know, with your magic wand…what do you want to make?”, I said with a grin. He looked at the small stick (magic wand) and then at me. “It’s just a stick Uncle Matt” he says, with a bit of attitude.

I laughed “How do you know? You haven’t even tried to use it yet”. I got an eye roll as he said “I don’t know what to make…”. “Make WHATEVER you want” I replied.

With that, he looked at me; and again at the stick. He smiled, waved this stick in the air and said “I’m going to make some purple flowers”, and with a quick “Abracadabra“, it was done. “And now the adventure begins…” I said as we started walking again; in search of his ‘creation’.

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The weather was perfect and the view incredible. We both walked silently for some time. As we rounded a bend in the trail we came across some more flowers. “Not purple!” he states and continues walking. I stop and snap a couple of pics anyway 😜

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After a long silence, he looks at me and says “It didn’t work…” and before he could finish his sentence, he looked down and saw HIS flowers.

“Uncle Matt, Uncle Matt…IT WORKED!!!…Look” as he pointed to his right.

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Sure enough…purple flowers. He was ecstatic! We stood and admired them for a bit. He was elated that OUR magic wand had actually worked.

This time I didn’t have to ask what he was going to make, because he was using his magic wand non-stop 😊

“I’m making birds now – Abracadabra

“I’m making trees now – Abracadabra

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“I’m making EVERYTHING now – Abracadabra”

My nephew was HOOKED and our adventure continued; as we rounded each bend, we talked about all of the beautiful things HE had MADE for us to see. “OH WOW, you did a great job on this!…how did you make that?” I said, as he showed ME all the cool stuff HE had made come out of that little stick.

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We had a Most Excellent Magical Adventure!

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I love that kid💜

I hope YOU had an excellent magical adventure of your own today!

The first 7 days of the challenge have been incredible for me. Some difficult, some scary, but most – FANTABULOUS! I am seeing the world and everything in it differently somehow. I AM CHANGING; and that’s personal growth.

With peace, love, and gratitude,

Namasté

Matthew

Day 6 (PM) – YOU Matter…


Day 6 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Today was a rainy, lazy, lay in bed and nap kinda day! I love those…

Have a fabulous Labor Day!

Namasté

Matthew

You Are More Successful Than YOU Realize 💜

  
You Are More Successful Than YOU Realize – (YouTube Video)

I’m an 11! How about YOU?

Day 5 – Do nothing…

  
Day 5 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Tao te Ching

37.

The Tao does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone.

~

If rulers could centre themselves in it, the whole world would be transformed.

People would be content with their lives and free of desire.

When life is simple, pretenses fall away; our essential nature shines through.

 ~ Lao Tzu

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Today I did nothing. What a fine day it was.

How was your Day 5?

Namasté

Matthew

Day 3 – The Insanity of it ALL…

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Day 3 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

I went to visit a friend today. When I arrived, he was visibly upset and frustrated.

He explained that his toilet wasn’t working; that he had gone out and purchased new parts and replaced the entire ‘inside’ workings of the toilet; and it STILL WASNT WORKING! He was PISSED OFF! He walked away feeling defeated.

After a break, he calmed down enough and went back to TRY again. He said that when he returned, he noticed that the PROBLEM was NOT with the parts he had just spent two hours replacing, but rather the flush handle/arm and chain 😡 (that’s a different/separate part altogether for those not in the know 😊).

He immediately went from zero to PISSED OFF…again;

(how did I not see that before I replaced EVERYTHING else)

(how could I be so stupid)

(I’m a f**king idiot)

So off to the store, AGAIN, to get the RIGHT part THIS TIME!

He said he returned home and went right to work on the new task. It was a SIMPLE thing now. Just unscrew the plastic nut on the back side of the handle, pull the handle out, insert the new handle, place and tighten the plastic nut on the back side of the handle. SIMPLE! Right?!?

He thought to himself, “lefty loosey righty tighty”, as he began to remove the plastic nut. With that, using his pliers, he turned left (counter clockwise) on the nut. Nothing! It wouldn’t budge…WTF…as he REALLY put his weight into ‘loosening’ the F**KING NUT! After several more failed attempts and a substantial increase in his blood pressure, he was defeated again.

He walks away and opens the package with the new handle. If he inspected the new handle, he thought, he might be able to figure it out. As he looked at the new handle and compared it to the old one (still firmly attached to the toilet); they were identical! Finally some HOPE.

He decided to remove the plastic nut from the new handle, hoping for some insight into removing the old handle. “Lefty loosey righty tighty” he thought as he grasped the nut and twisted it with his hand…NOTHING…it wouldn’t budge! F**K, F**K, F**K!!!

It’s at THIS point that I arrive at my friends house.

After calmly listening to him RANT/VENT/TIRADE; he asked for my help. I smiled and said ‘OF COURSE 💜’.

First I asked him to take a few deep breaths; TOGETHER, WE could do this…

We went into the bathroom; he showed me the old handle (still firmly attached the toilet); and the new identical handle (plastic nut still firmly attached).

As I looked at the situation, from my OWN/NEW perspective, a memory immediately came to me, a time when I myself had been in the same situation.

At that moment; a thought; a voice…’I before E except after C’?!? Huh? What?…AHA!

Exceptions to the ‘RULE’! I smiled and was grateful for SEEING beyond the task at hand and allowing myself to listen and hear this message.

You see, the plastic nuts on toilet handles are an ‘exception’ to the ‘lefty loosey righty tighty’ RULE! I took the pliers, twisted right (clockwise), and Voila; plastic nut DEFEATED!

My friend stood there, dumbfounded. After a moment we both began laughing hysterically. Problem Solved! SIMPLE! He confessed he had never even considered turning the nut clockwise. THAT was against the RULE(s) 😁

And now to the point…finally 😊

There is always more than one way to look at situation, but when our ‘automatic thinking brain’ takes over, and we refuse to consider other options; rules and beliefs become our guide; we close ourselves off from hearing that little voice that says ‘I  before E except after C’.

When you get stuck, frustrated, or just plain PISSED OFF; STOP and BREATHE. Step away for a minute and just BREATHE: calm down; relax.

There is always more than one way to do something; look at something. When you’re able to calm down and look at the situation subjectively, for what it really is, you’re then able to hear the little voice that says ‘I before E except after C’; and that’s personal growth!

How was your Day 3?

Namasté

Matthew

  

The End of Day 2…


Day 2 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Today was a day of quiet reflection for me.

I realized how often I compare what I’m thinking and feeling in the NOW, to past experiences and outcomes. I saw how FEAR was preventing me from seeing things as they really are; preventing me from living FULLY in the present.

It was a huge AHA moment!

I hope each of you had an AHA moment of your own today 🙂

I’ve heard from a lot of people, all with incredible stories and great new insights into themselves; after the first day of the challenge. Wow!

I am so blessed and grateful to each and every one of you! I’m happy we are in this together!

So…How was your Day 2?

Goodnight and Sweet Dreams 😴😴😴

Namasté

Matthew

Reflecting on Day 1…

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Day 1 – The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

Well, I made it through day one. I was surprised at how many times I found myself doing the very thing I had written about.

I WAS actively paying attention to my thoughts and words; conscience awareness.

It was crazy how many times, as my mind wandered, I caught myself picking on ME. I immediately forgave ME and that made me SMILE! My cheeks hurt from so many smiles by afternoon 🙂 What an awesome side effect of SELF LOVE and FORGIVENESS!

Did YOU smile and forgive YOU today?

I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon with an amazing friend that has also accepted The Challenge. It was incredible how THAT kind of support, support from another ME, helped throughout the day. I am blessed and grateful!

The truth is, change is a never ending cycle; and personal growth is CHANGE.

I’m jazzed at the possibilities of Day 2 🙂

Now it’s your turn – How was YOUR Day 1?

With love and gratitude,

Namasté

Matthew

The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

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The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge

I recently proposed a 30 day challenge to my best friend.

The Challenge?

Go 30 days without making a self-deprecating remark or having negative self-talk in thought. Simple, right?

Wrong! IT IS NOT POSSIBLE –

“That shirt looks great on you!”

(oh, this old thing)

“You have an amazing smile!”

(my teeth are crooked)

(my teeth aren’t white enough)

“You are beautiful!”

(I hate my hair)

(my nose is too big)

(my hate my wrinkles)

(I’m fat and need to lose weight)

(I’m too short)

(I’m ugly)

(I’m…I think you get the point)

So why even propose a challenge that is IMPOSSIBLE?

Just because…

Just because it’s different; just because I want YOU to try something new; just because you can; just because it’s a game for fun; JUST BECAUSE it’s a CHALLENGE!

Just because…when you begin to pay attention to your thoughts and words, you begin to notice and become AWARE of how you talk and think to YOU! Conscious Awareness is the first step to freedom.

So, are YOU brave enough to accept The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge?

The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge in Action

  1. Start Actively Paying Attention to Your Thoughts and Wordsdont tolerate disrespect

What do you “think” when you look at your naked body in a full length mirror? If you “think/see” anything other than what an incredible, amazing, perfect, being of light and love YOU really are; look again.

Look past the freckles, moles, scars, pimples, wrinkles, age spots, sags and flab; look past your body…look into your eyes. Get closer to the mirror and really look. The entire Cosmos dwells there. Breathe deeply and forgive YOU.

  1. Take a Shower/Bath

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Examine your body, really look at it. Realize that your body is not YOU; It is the SOUL’S very own ‘physical’ vehicle on EARTH; on call 24/7, just for you.

As you wash your body, be in the moment. Breathe deeply and fully. Examine and forgive the things you see in YOURSELF as ‘imperfect’.

Breathe deeply and fully and FORGIVE YOU!

Wash slowly; forgive, accept, love, and be grateful for every part of you. This body allows SOUL (you) to experience LIFE in physical reality.

For each perceived imperfection you find, smile, forgive, and accept it as it is…breathe deeply and fully.

  1. What Did You Say to Me?

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I said to my best friend, “You look great today!” to which he replied “ugggg…I’m fat”.

STOP! Listen to yourself…be AWARE of your automatic dialogue…hear the words…see them…feel them.

Now let me ask you ask you a question. Would you say that to ME? Your mother; father; child; partner; a stranger; or anyone one you LOVE?

NO! Right? No you wouldn’t…but you just DID.

I asked him “why did you just call ME fat?” Startled, he quickly answered “I didn’t”; (yes you did). What you say about YOU, you say about ME as well; WE are ONE.

At the moment you become aware of your automatic responses to people and things, you get a choice. The choice? Love and forgiveness ~ for YOURSELF.

In practice, when you begin to forgive YOU, when you think or say ‘something’ negative about YOU…those ‘somethings’ begin to lose their power. Those ‘somethings’ need YOU to exist. YOU don’t need them…

  1. Conscious Awareness

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This challenge is not for the timid. You must want it. You must want to change and grow and become more.

Practice accepting compliments with a genuine smile, eye contact, and a ‘Thank You’.

Practice accepting criticism as a tool for self-reflection. See criticism for what it is, someone else’s or your own fears, manifesting in reality.

When you slip and think or say something negative about YOU (and it will happen OFTEN at first), stop and take a deep breath. If you get upset, angry, feel guilt or shame; you feed the ‘something’ and keep it alive. It needs you, you don’t need it. Instead forgive YOU and SMILE and be Proud of  yourself in knowing you just became Consciously Aware of your ‘automatic’ thinking brain. In that MOMENT you can choose to change your words or thoughts into ‘something’ positive about YOU. That’s personal growth.

  1. Practice Makes Perfect

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With patience, practice, and attention, you will find that the power of the ‘somethings’ fade away a bit more each time you are AWARE and FORGIVE yourself when you react automatically…and always SMILE and be proud of yourself for seeing a ‘something’ for what it really is. Practice makes perfect!

So…I dare you, no, I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU, to The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge.

Earlier, I said that this challenge ‘IS NOT POSSIBLE’. I will now amend that statement: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE; with patience, practice, and attention.

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The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge Summary*:
  • Start actively paying attention to your thoughts and words
  • Examine and forgive the things you see in YOURSELF as ‘imperfect’
  • Become aware of your automatic responses to people and things
  • When you slip, forgive YOU and SMILE and be Proud of yourself in knowing you just became Consciously Aware of the automatic thinking brain
  • Practice makes perfect!
*Quick reference summary card – Clip and carry

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The challenge begins September 1st, 2015. Accept the challenge, but more than that, extend the challenge to everyone you love and appreciate in your life. Share the LOVE. An added benefit to challenging a friend or loved one: It creates a support system for both of you!

Let’s make this go viral. Re-post the challenge, blog about it, Tweet it, Facebook about it. LET’S BRING THIS CHALLENGE TO LIFE!

21 days makes a habit…30 days will change your LIFE.

Follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/unitystone) and on WordPress (https://unitystone.wordpress.com) for daily updates starting September 1st.

I’ve also created an event on Facebook –  The 30 Day Personal Growth Challenge (https://www.facebook.com/events/1049819375058699/). Join/accept the event if you are ready to accept MY CHALLENGE TO YOU!

Now, go make the IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE!

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Namaste’ Matthew