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Carolyn Cooper's
LIVING IN THE FLOW NEWSLETTER
Published by Tai Chi Flow, Inc.
Issue #4 Nov. 2004

Contents:

1) Carolyn's Comments
2) Featured Article The Power of Gratitude
3) Triathlon-photo gallery
4) Closing thought

1) The holidays are fast approaching, so it's time to begin (or continue) that Christmas shopping!! We all have those "hard to buy for" people on our gift list. May I suggest (grin) for the grandparent who has everything, the Tai Chi Flow for Everybody video or dvd? And what about those children who just don't need one more toy? Give them a Tai Chi Flow for Kids video or dvd. It's a memorable, unique gift, but more importantly it's useful! Give the gift of health this Christmas. We will be happy to gift wrap your package and upgrade shipping at no additional cost.

2) The Power of Gratitude
At this Thanksgiving time of year, gratitude is often in our thoughts. But did you know that the energy of gratitude is one of the highest vibrations we can be in? According to the Law of Attraction, (which is very real), feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life. And, the more of your life that you like and appreciate, the healthier you'll be. Do you ever think about being grateful for the bills that need to get paid? I know it's an unfamiliar concept, but practice gratitude next time you sit down to pay your bills By realizing that someone (electric company, phone company, etc.) trusts you enough to let you use their services for a month and then they will send you a bill later. What about being grateful for tasks that need to be done, whether you like it or not? Have you visited lately with an elderly person who had very few tasks to do and nowhere they had to be? Yes, I'm grateful for busy, fulfilling days. For the month of November I put up a big piece of poster paper in our hallway leading from the front door, to the kitchen; a high traffic area of our home. on the top I write: "We Are Grateful For:" The intention is to write something on it each time we walk by. We also invite visiting friends and neighbors to write down things they are thankful for. We have many things on it from 'Faith' to 'Football.' This is a really fun tradition and I encourage you to try it in your home, even if you live by yourself. It doesn't have to be on poster paper, a notebook left on the kitchen counter also works well. In addition to the November poster or notebook, keep yourself in that high vibration of gratitude year round by starting a "gratitude journal". It can be just a simple notebook (I keep mine on my nightstand) where you write down a few things each day that you are grateful for. It will really help you realize how truly blessed you are. This is also wonderful for children to do. For those who are too young to write their thoughts, help them draw a picture of something that makes them happy. Here are some additional gratitude ideas to get you started: The ability to summon up courage Laughing so hard you snort Reading a book that changes your life Bread--hot from the oven Learning how to swim My angels Having enough to share with others America! A friendship that endures time and distance Time to spend in a bookstore Having a 'light bulb' moment Hearing a piece of music that touches your soul Saying "not this time" to the bake sale without guilt A hot shower Finding the perfect gift for someone you love A big, juicy orange The sound and smell of rain A body that can experience a challenging, sweaty workout Hearing my children laugh heartily

When we make the choice to live in faith instead of fear we begin to live in every experience, painful or joyous, to live in gratitude for every moment, to live abundantly.

3) I DID IT!
Last week I did my first triathlon! Some friends and I traveled to Catalina Island to compete in the annual triathlon held there. It was such a rush -- And very empowering! In an upcoming newsletter I will tell you more about it, and how I was able to release my fears of swimming in the open water through Energy Therapy. View PHOTOS of the triathlon at: www.taichiflow.com/photopages/catalin04.html And while you are there, check out our NEW page of "fun photos". For more info. About Energy Therapy go to: www.taichiflow.com/energytherapy.html

4) Closing Thought:
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today; and creates a vision for tomorrow. ---Melody Beattie

2003 Tai Chi Flow, Inc