In everything you do, be grateful, do your best, and never give up.
Every now and then the Universe reminds me that the Law of Attraction is real and works. These reminders often come when I am feeling low or losing faith. In April, a family member was in a car accident while driving my car. To this day, I am not upset that my car was a total loss; rather, I am relieved that my family member was safe and escaped any injuries. That day, I was reminded that life can be taken at any moment and of the importance of telling those you love that you appreciate and care for them.
The car accident happened a week before I was scheduled to drive to Atlanta and New Orleans. It seemed like nothing about the trip was going according to planned and the car accident was the Universes way of saying “stay in New York!” After that exclamation point of an example, I started to pay attention.
Prior to the accident, I had been stressing over the increasing prices of gas and other car related expenses; I had made the decision that I was going to attempt to spend the summer walking to places that were less than 4 miles away from my home. Every week I would visit my public library, which is located about 1 mile away from my home and each time I would drive. I started to notice that there were several places that I drove to, that I could easily walk or bike. After the accident, I felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulder. I was given an incentive to walk to different locations; I was dropping weight, getting in shape, and saving money.
Though walking was a relaxing task, it was time consuming. I started to put out to the Universe that I needed an affordable bicycle so I could travel longer distances in less time.
One day after exiting the train station, I stood contemplating which route I was going to take to get home and I looked up and saw a sign advertising free bike giveaways. I couldn’t believe that a week after stating I needed a bicycle, I saw an advertisement, not for just any old bike, but a free one. A high school Girl Scout was collecting donated bikes and giving them away for free as part of her summer volunteer project.
It took me a month to actually get my bike because one was needed to be found that matched my height and activity style, but in June, I received my bike. The bike was quirky and not my normal style, as I rode mountain bikes, but by the time I rode the bike 3 miles back to my home, I was in love. The bike was brown, had a bell and a carrying case in the back; it just screamed character and eccentric.
Every time I ride that bike, I am reminded of how the Universe works in mysterious ways. I was able to use the Law of Attraction to obtain a bike for free. I put out a thought, kept positive emotions, and let the Universe do the rest of the work.
In what ways have you used the Law of Attraction to get what you needed?
An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.
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If you have ever ridden a bicycle, you probably broke the law without even being aware of it.
In an attempt to be more eco-conscious, I have been using my bike as my main mode of transportation. Previously, I used my bike as a form of recreation; using it as a means of fitness as I traveled throughout my State Park. Out of ignorance and feelings of invincibility, I never paid much attention to rules and regulations. One day while riding my bike on the shoulder of the road, I almost was hit by a motorcycle. It was obvious to me that the motorcyclist was shaken and apologetic as he continued on and I was left to wonder: what would have happened if I was struck? Who was at fault? I was riding with traffic, but with no helmet. The motorcyclist clearly was riding in the shoulder instead of the lane. I then started to investigate the bike laws of New York State. Was I required to wear a helmet? Was I supposed to be riding with or against traffic?
The Rules and Regulations of New York State
Within New York State, several bike laws are universal, but some vary by county or village. Most laws, I had no idea existed and I am sure many others are not aware as well. If bicycles were treated as a mode of transportation rather than recreation, would there be less accidents? These are the thoughts that crossed my mind as a I read the following laws:
I am 25 years of age and can only recall five times in my life I woke up in the middle of the night from a nightmare. I rarely have unpleasant dreams; the majority of my dreams are pleasant and filled with wonderful imagery. When I do have an unpleasant dream, it is always involving an animal(will discuss animals in another post). Last night was the fifth time I had a dream involving an animal, which caused me to wake up in the middle of the night. It wasn’t a horrible dream, but it startled me enough for me to wake up and brush off my shoulders.
What is a nightmare?
By definition, a nightmare is a dream that causes an intense emotion, often frightening and negative. Scientists separate nightmares into two categories: REM anxiety dream and night terrors. A REM anxiety dream is when the intense emotions are felt during REM activity. When an individual experiences the intense emotions caused by the imagery of the dream, they often remember the dream when they wake up. A night terror often occurs during the first few hours of sleep and dreamers do not recall the imagery. The dreamer only experiences the physical sensations; heavy breathing, sweating, disorientation.
A reoccurring theme in individual’s nightmares is the desire to run from something, having a feeling of being stuck, or experiencing fear. When a person wakes up, they are relieved to find out that they experienced a nightmare, not a real life situation.
Why a nightmare?
A nightmare can just be a fear projecting itself into your dream or it can be a warning. Nightmares can be caused by:
What to do after a nightmare?
After waking up from a nightmare try to confront the issue head on. Take a few deep breathes and relax. Review the dream and try to understand the symbolism and the reason behind having the intense emotions. If the nightmare is reoccurring, practicing defeating the imagery can help. Try to imagine several alternative methods that can be taken within the dream to defeat the ‘nightmare’.
Because I rarely have nightmares and my dreams often hold messages, I reviewed my dream from last night and tried to make sense of it. It is not something I am going to stress over because it is not a common occurrence for me and it does not worry me, but for some, nightmares are dreaded and cause confusion.
When was your last nightmare? How did you overcome the fear?