What Are You Giving Back?

How do you feel when you watch the news? Does it seem like the world is broken? How much of your mental focus is spent on the problems of the world, or your life, or the lives of those around you? Do you feel uncaring if you lift your mind’s eye from the problem?

As a former newspaper reporter, I used to be a news-junky. I felt others measured my intelligence by how “up” I was on the most current events. I measured my level of caring by how much empathetic pain I felt. A part of me literally believed that if I took my eyes off the problems they would somehow grow worse. I felt the need to vigilantly fight against the woes of the world—and the problems in my life.

Never letting up on the fight was mentally and physically exhausting. When I look back at that time with my current understanding of negative catabolic energy and the toll it takes on our body, mind, and spirit, I realize it’s no wonder that I was depressed most of the time and plagued by chronic back and neck pain.

I was a victim of the world’s tyranny and saw no other acceptable way to be.

This began to change when I realized that my fighting against things that were outside of my control didn’t actually make a difference—and in fact were harming me. I began to separate those things that were within my control and those things that the Universe (God, Source Energy, All-That-Is, Higher Coach—whatever works for you) would have to take on. When I stopped trying to control the uncontrollable, my life began to change.

As I began to understand the foundation principle that “Energy Attracts Like Energy,” also known as the Law of Attraction, I began to realize that my focusing on the problem truly just created more of the problem. It was the solution that was important, and that the subtle mental shift towards what I want was a much more anabolic and powerful stance to take.

And I began to see that an even more powerful place is to take your gaze and attention off the problem all together. To focus on what is right in the world. To contemplate those things you appreciate and rejoice in, and the things that you love.

When you focus on love and appreciation, that is what you create in the world. That is the energetic-gift you give back.

The power of the Law of Attraction is such that when you allow yourself to focus on what is right and good and all that you love and adore, the more you see to appreciate. Your list of positive things grows and you begin to remember that the world really is an amazing place. You find yourself falling in love with life the same way you fall in love with a person, regardless of their problems or flaws.

And just as you can watch a baby fall as it is takes its first steps and not fuss about the missteps, but instead rejoice in the forward movement, you recognize that your own falls and missteps are part of the growing process, and that the events of your life have led you exactly to where you’re supposed to be.

You know in your heart that life is good, and that the better it gets the better it can get.

Today, notice how often you can turn your focus towards what you appreciate. Does that match up with how much you are willing to fall in love with life? If not, what’s holding you back from creating the life of your dreams?

Together we can do it!

Photo by Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

12 thoughts on “What Are You Giving Back?

  1. Fantastic post Hanna! I do watch current affairs, of course, but I now try to avoid anything that will reduce me to tears because my inability to do anything about the situation just makes me feel helpless and depressed. That’s not good for my health and doesn’t make me a selfish person.

    I donate to charity when I can and I send food parcels to friends who are in dire straits. I am a member of several charities in a bid to boost their coffers and publicise their aims (RSPB and Epilepsy Awareness).

    There is never any point fretting over the things you can’t try to change. Do what you can and focus on your own life without feeling as though you’re abandoning or ignoring a serious issue.

  2. Hanna,

    You have touched a chord inside me with this post. Increasingly, I get this feeling that time is short and I need to give back a bit of what I have received so generously from this world. I wonder….



  3. realizing that I can turn on the “good” news just as easily as I can turn off the “bad” news really has made a difference. I am more aware of the moments when I am letting what I am hearing or seeing affect how I feel and am getting better at choosing a better feeling thought. No guilt, just another example of “I can’t take care of others if I don’t take care of myself”. Tuning out the negative news is taking care of myself.

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