Remembering the Amazing Louise Hay

The Five of Many Times Louise Hay Lifted Me Up Or Changed My Life (Your Motivating Monday)

Louise HayLately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the the amazing Louise L. Hay, who passed away August 30 at the age of 90.

It’s tough to describe the profound influence on me by this remarkable, trailblazing, positive-thinking woman, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting four or five times over the past few years.

In fact, one of my fondest memories about Louise Hay is that I had the distinct honor to talk with her at her fabulous, private 85th birthday party in San Diego in 2012.

The stunning party was for Hay House authors, and I was sooooooooo thrilled, because my second book, Beyond Sugar Shock, was but two months away from reality by none other than Hay House, the publishing house I so admired.

(Unfortunately, my joy at becoming a Hay House author and talking with Louise was greatly clouded by the fact that my mother had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. (In fact, I’d just flown in to San Diego for Louise’s party after spending a heartbreaking week with with my dying mother. Later, I moved 3,000 miles, from the East Coast, to be with my Mom at the end of her life. But that’s another story.)

You, too, I imagine — if you’re into growing, reaching your potential and becoming the most wonderful person you can be — have been positively guided by Louise Hay.

All of us, thankfully, can still be guided by this legend  although Louise Hay is no longer on this earth.

By the way, if you don’t know much about Louise Hay, I urge you to find out now and I’m sure you’ll be inspired when you do that. For instance, do you know the following  three tidbits?

  1. Did  you know that Louise founded Hay House in her living room?
  2. Did you know that You Can Heal Your Life has sold 50 million copies?
  3. Did you know that Louise founded Hay in 1984 as a way to self-publish her first two books, Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life ?
  4.  Did you know that when Louise got cancer that instead of doing and drugs, she “instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy” and that within six months, “she was completely healed of cancer?
  5. Did you know that Louise Hay spent years helping men with AIDs and in 1985, she began her famous support group, “The Hayride,” which, by 1998, grew to a weekly gathering of 800 people and had to moved to an auditorium in West Hollywood?
  6. Did you know that Hay House authors include many notables in the self-help movement, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Joan BorysenkoDr. Christiane Northrup, and Doreen Virtue?

Just think: This amazing woman, who had been abused while younger, ultimately started a worldwide company, which is committed to delivering products and services that empower and educate the individual, while helping to heal our planet.”

Now, let me share four major times that Louise Hay has helped me in enormous ways.
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Take Your Smart M.E.D.S.

No, I'm not talking about drugs - Your Cravings-Crushing Monday, New Year's Jumpstarter

Now that the year is winding down, if you’re like millions, you’re starting to think about your deep desire to shed sugary, fatty, possibly gluten-filled junk foods; shed excess weight; and Take Back Your Willpower.

To help you keep on track on a daily basis, I’d like to introduce you to a simple acronym, which will  help you easily remember what to do to take care of yourself on a daily basis so that you’ll easily Crush Your Cravings.

Every day, I urge you to Take Your Smart M.E.D.S. (as I call them) as to way to enrich yourself and to lead a sweeter, better happier life. Bear in mind that MEDs does not mean medication. Rather, I’m sharing some ideas with you that are safer and healthier than prescription pills.
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You can print out this blog post and carry it with you to remind yourself of the fun, healthy, rewarding activities you can do instead of Caving into your Cravings for dangerous sugar, gluten, fat or salt cravings.

Learn now how to Crush Your Cravings by applying (not taking) what I call Smart M.E.D.S.

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Declare Your Independence from Sugar! Then Share Your Biggest Why

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Today and whenever you read this, I invite you to Declare Your Independence from Sugar and Carbs.

Even if you’re not an American and you don’t celebrate the 4th of July, I invite you to Take Back Your Sugar Power.

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You’re the one in control of what you put in your mouth– not the food companies, which heavily market their sugar-filled, processed, nutrient-stripped foods.

So what would Independence from Sugar mean to you?

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Going Through a Crisis? Dr. Wayne Dyer Can Inspire You Daily

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Are you going through a personal or family crisis?

Are you plagued by constant physical pain?

Are you feeling emotionally distraught or downright discouraged due to a breakup or divorce?

Are you watching a loved one suffer agonizing emotional or physical pain due to heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s disease?

Or are you surrounded by family members, who, because of their own emotional or physical pain, are saying angry, venomous things to you?

If you’re going through a challenging situation such as one of those cited above (or something else), I strongly recommend that you

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buy the latest book, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, from the inspirational Dr. Wayne Dyer.

 

Dr. Dyer is, of course, an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s also the author of more than 30 books, and he has created numerous audio programs and videos and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

His new book, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, is truly life changing.

I also recommend that you get the new, I AM Wishes Fulfilled Meditation, that Dr. Dyer and James F. Twyman have created. I can’t wait to receive it. I’m sure it will be miraculous.

If you can, I also recommend that you catch the remarkable Dr. Dyer in a city near you. I’ve heard him several times — so powerful!

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Soothing Tunes to Calm You As You Face Anything: What Are Your Favorites?

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If you’re going through a challenging, stressful or upsetting time, one of the best ways to rise above the situation is to soothe yourself with melodies that calm and comfort you.

Forget comfort foods that send you into Sugar Shock. They don’t work!

Music is one of the most exhilarating ways to achieve this serenity and peacefulness. (Meditation works, of course, too. More about that later.)

So please help me compile a list of Soothing Tunes.

For instance, the title Hans Zimmer soundtrack from the film, Gladiator, with the talented Russell Crowe as Maximus, is one of my favorite melodies. Doesn’t it evoke a feeling of triumph in you?

Here’s another one from Beyonce that’s so fun! No matter how big you’re a funk you’ve landed, this’ll lift you up.

So what are your favorite Comfort Tunes (not Comfort Foods, of course)?

(Usually, I don’t care to share anything personal here, but please know that I have two reasons I’m seeking Comfort Tunes. Of course, my first goal is to help you, because I know music can soothe you in a way that food or other addictions can. Secondly, I’m facing a very trying situation, and I’m seeking to arm myself with a number of powerful, potent tactics to get me through this easily. One of the ways to sail through such pain is with the help of magical melodies.)

Special thanks for the photo used above.

Please submit your ideas for Magical Melodies and Soothing Tunes.

 

Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings (Creatively Procrastinate)

Stop Sugar Shock Blog Here's an article I wrote to help you those of you, who are sugar addicts or junk food junkies, who need help to sweetly say, "No, thank you!" when offered those tempting, unhealthy "treats."

Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings™: Creatively Procrastinate to Ditch Your Sugar Addiction & Excess Weight

By Connie Bennett, MSJ, CHC, ACC, CPC

Whenever people meet me, join my Sugar Freedom Now program or work privately with me or read my book SUGAR SHOCK!, they almost immediately ask me (either in person or via e-mail), "How can I overcome my sugar cravings?"

It can be challenging to say "No, thank you!" when your favorite, tempting dessert is right there, in front of you.

Because it's what you do in that very first one or two minutes that can make or break your diet, I'm determined to help you get over that "Must-Have Sugar Now! hurdle."

Let me share a tactic that helped me on many occasions (back in 1998) and that now helps my clients and Facebook Smart Habits Now fans.

One of the most powerful and effective strategies is so simple that you’ll wonder why you never tried it in the first place.

It's this: Simply DELAY before you put any sugar or dessert foods in your mouth. That's right, DELAY before you something that you'll later regret such as when you look at your scale a day or two later or when your pants don't fit anymore or when you become edgy and unfocused after your Sugar High.

Let's be honest: If you do mindlessly nosh on those fast-acting sweets or much-like-sugar carbs™ into your mouth, won't you become feel headachy, wiped out, spaced out, moody, depressed or even angry at yourself (and maybe your loved ones)?

Let me introduce you to the Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings Method (also called Do Creative Sugar Procrastination™).

Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings, and Sweetness Will Fill Your Life Instead. — Connie Bennett

Think about it: Most of us excel at putting things off or procrastinating, right?

We have every good intention to clear off our desks, donate old clothes, organize our drawers, ditch (recyle) those not-needed papers, help kids with their homework, throw out the garbage, etc.?

Clearly, all of us have things we've been planning to do but we just haven't got around to doing it. 

Well, I invite you to take a positive look at procrastinating. It can be a wonderful, Won't-Have-Sugar-Just-Yet Strategy.

I hit upon this incredible simple technique back in 1998 when I reluctantly kicked sweets and refined carbs on doctor's orders. To this day, I continue to be amazed at how easy, effortless, and darn effective it is to just delay.

What's so wonderful about this Delaying Now Method is that people of all ages—unless maybe you’re a tot—can easily cultivate this tactic.

So, here's how to do it: Just promise yourself to delay eating that tempting "treat" for a certain amount of time, say 10 minutes. You can do that, of course!

In other words, you will Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings for 10 minutes at a time. Then, you can delay over and over again — for another 10 minutes — for a while, like an hour even. It's that easy!

Now think ahead to the next morning when you're so relieved and proud of yourself that you didn't cave into your cravings.

Here are 7 ways Delaying or Creatively Procrastinating becomes your ally to help you pull the plug on your unwanted sugar addiction. (Delaying is one of the "7 D’s” that I developed to help “Sugar Kickers.”)

  1. First delay 10 minutes before you eat that cookie, candy bar or brownie that's calling out to you. When you do that, you begin to detach from your destructive impulses.
  2. When you delay for 10 minutes, then another 10 minutes, and another 10 minutes, your cravings will subside while you get involved with other things. At that point, you'll also be able to put your cravings into proper perspective. 
  3. When you Delay Away Your Cravings, you're taking powerful, positive, health-promoting action by simple inaction. Yes, doing absolutely nothing can be pivotal when you kick or cut back on sweets and quickie carbs. See how simple this is? 
  4. When you delay, you turn procrastinating into a useful, proactive skill. Procrastinating becomes a good thing!
  5. When you delay, you can take time to find out which foods—if any—you’re really craving. Is your body really needing cookies, cake, and pretzels? Of course not! Your Amazing Body might instead be begging you for water, fresh vegetables and fruits, high-quality protein or healthy fats?
  6. When you delay, you can get in touch with your true feelings. By putting your sugar binging on hold for 10 minutes or more, you can figure out what the heck is really going. Ask yourself, "Why do I feel like I must have these sweets now?"
  7. When you delay, you'll be so proud of yourself! You'll be filled with a longer-lasting joy than the very short-lived, self-defeating immediate gratification you'd get from a cookie. What is your real goal? Are you seeking to shed excess weight, get more energy, concentrate better, improve your health and boost your libido? So delaying gives you a chance to think about what you really want rather than suffer the consequences of your moment of weakness.)

Want more simple techniques from Gurus Galore and me? Just join the juicy, life-changing six-week Sugar Freedom Now course, which starts June 14. This session will feature renowned experts such as mindfulness expert Dr. Lilian Cheung and Law of Attraction Expert Christy Whitman. Plus, you'll be able to listen to other inspiring people on the private membership website.

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Did You Attend My End-of-Summer Tele-Party? Listen Now

C1_jekyll-hyde_72dpi As we now move into fall, I invite you to ask yourself: Are you tired of battling your sugar habit?

Are you fed up with your excess weight?

Have you had enough of those annoying numbers of your bathroom scale?

Are you ready to let go of your mood swings, brain fog, low libido and more?

Then listen to my complimentary Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction, End-of-Summer Tele-Party.

In this program, you will learn 10 Reasons You’re Addicted to Sugar.

Just sign up below and learn how to listen to my free program.

In case you’re wondering about this cartoon, this is something fun that that I hired clever artist Rose Petruzzi to create to poke fun of Connie, the Ex-Sugar Shrew!

Find out now 10 Reasons You’re Addicted to Sugar.

Just sign up now below so you can listen to my complimentary Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction, End-of-Summer Tele-Party.

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Gratitude Week: Thank You to All Experts

Gratitude sunrise Now that Gratitude Week has come to a close, I want to extend a very special thank you to the 21 gracious, articulate, amazing experts and bestselling authors, who made this week possible.

My deepest desire is that these empowering gurus will change your life.

For my part, I know that I've been dramatically transformed just from holding these shows and hearing the remarkable thoughts shared by our guests.

Indeed, I'm feeling much better after accidentally smashing head first while running into glass. (In fact, I'm thrilled that my headaches are subsiding — concussion begone!) Learn about the origins of Gratitude Week on Gab with the Gurus by reading the press release about the event.

Please note that in all 5 shows for Gratitude Week, different angles were covered. And every show was equally fascinating, inspiring and helpful. So I urge you to listen to each and every show.

During Gratitude Week, you received insights on:

  • How a practice of gratitude can completely transform your life.
  • How being grateful can take you away from your pain
  • How gratitude can help you to become creative.
  • How grateful people are more optimistic.
  • How when you are thankful, your grouchiness takes a hike.
  • For what celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Morgan Freeman are grateful.
  • How being grateful can help to diminish your stress.
  • How an attitude of gratitude helps you become spiritual.
  • And much more 

You also received:

  • Many wonderful, practical pointers on how you can fit gratitude your daily routine. 
  • Tips on how you can slip gratitude exercises here and there to enhance your happiness. 

My heartfelt thanks goes to the following people:

Gratitude Week, Day 5: On Goal Setting, Creativity &
Moving through Pain

Listen to Day 5 here: http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay5-GabWithGurus

Here were Day 4's wonderful guests.

Gratitude Week, Day 4: On Optimism, Managing Stress,
Getting in Balance & Being Spiritual

  • Dr. Terry Paulson, a psychologist, professional speaker,
    columnist and author of the new book, The Optimism Advantage.
    www.optimismadvantage.com
  • Howard Martin, author of The Heart Math Solution and
    founding member
    of www.HeartMath.com, which researches the heart-brain connection and
    develops science-based solutions to reduce stress and improve
    performance
  • Mary Treacy O’Keefe, co-founder and president of Well Within
    in St. Paul, Minnesota. Uses gratitude for stress reduction and
    spiritual growth. www.WellWithin.org
  • Nora Firestone, journalist and founder of
    www.ThankingOfYou.com
    , a Web-based forum for posting (and discovering)
    stories of gratitude to "recognize, affirm and honor" the people who've
    made a difference in your life.
  • Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression, founder
    of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, and a leader in the field of
    yoga and mental health. Amy’s evidence-based yoga protocol is featured
    on the award-winning DVD series LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues.
    www.yogafordepression.com.

Listen to Day 4 – http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay4-GabWithGurus

Gratitude Week, Day 3: On Celebrities, Gratitude Lists & Grouchiness

Listen to Day
3 – http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay3-GabWithGurus

Gratitude Week, Day 2: On Optimism, Love, Empowerment
& Getting "Enough"

Listen to Day
2 – http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay2-GabWithGurus

Gratitude Week, Day 1: On Happiness, Forgiveness, Coping & Resolving Food Issues

Listen to Day
1
http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay1-GabWithGurus

Here are the links to all 5 shows:

Day
1
http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay1-GabWithGurus

Day
2 – http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay2-GabWithGurus

Day
3 – http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay3-GabWithGurus

Day 4 – http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay4-GabWithGurus

Day 5 – http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay5-GabWithGurus

Please note that you can subscribe to Gab
with the Gurus on iTunes
.

Get more details by reading the
following press
release about Gratitude Week on Gab with the Gurus
.

Stay tuned for another Gab with the Gurus Radio Show on Sept. 21 for World Gratitude Day and another show (date TBA) with a couple of gratitude researchers, who were unable to participate in Gratitude Week.

Also, here's another recent Gab with the Gurus Radio Show about gratitude with Stephanie Gunning.

Gratitude Week: Day 4 — On Optimism, Managing Stress & Being Spiritual

Louise Hay Gratitude Quote 002 Gratitude Week — which came about because of my scary accident, where I smashed head first into glass (as you can learn from the following press
release)
— continued today on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show with yet another amazing program.

For Day 4 of Gratitude Week, five articulate, empowering guests shared their insights on the amazing connection between gratitude and becoming optimistic, reducing stress and becoming more spiritual.

Before I tell you about Day 4's guests, you have to learn about this remarkable coincidence.

Much to my delight, as I peeled off today's affirmation on my calendar from internationally acclaimed metaphysical author, speaker and inspirational teacher Louise Hay, I found that it focuses on gratitude!

What are the odds of such a thing occurring? Many people say that there are no coincidences. Whatever the case, on Day 4 of Gratitude Week on Gab with the Gurus — triggered by my painful, but life-affirming accident — my Louise Hay calendar spoke to us about the power of gratitude!

Anyhow, these were Day 4's wonderful guests.

Thursday, July 22: Gratitude Week: On Optimism, Managing Stress,
Getting in Balance & Being Spiritual

  • Dr. Terry Paulson, a psychologist, professional speaker,
    columnist and author of the new book, The Optimism Advantage.
    www.optimismadvantage.com
  • Howard Martin, author of The Heart Math Solution and
    founding member
    of www.HeartMath.com, which researches the heart-brain connection and
    develops science-based solutions to reduce stress and improve
    performance
  • Mary Treacy O’Keefe, co-founder and president of Well Within
    in St. Paul, Minnesota. Uses gratitude for stress reduction and
    spiritual growth. www.WellWithin.org
  • Nora Firestone, journalist and founder of
    www.ThankingOfYou.com
    , a Web-based forum for posting (and discovering)
    stories of gratitude to "recognize, affirm and honor" the people who've
    made a difference in your life.
  • Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression, founder
    of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, and a leader in the field of
    yoga and mental health. Amy’s evidence-based yoga protocol is featured
    on the award-winning DVD series LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues.
    www.yogafordepression.com.

Listen to the show now.

Thanks to the photo I took of my Louise Hay calendar for the artwork contained on this post.

Please note, as you no doubt can guess, that I'm very much a fan of Hay House, the international leader in self-help and transformational publishing. As you may have read here, I recently announced that this wonderful company will be publishing my next book, the follow up to Sugar Shock! Stay tuned for your last chance to help name my next book.

Gratitude Week: Day 2 – Love, Optimism & Losing Weight

Thank_you Today is Day 2 of Gratitude Week.

On the Gab with the Gurus Radio Show, you will learn how saying thanks can lead to even more amazing things.

For instance, when you're grateful, you'll feel more optimistic and empowered.

Plus, when you say "thank you" often and with meaning, your relationships will vastly improve.

What's more, when you you are grateful, you'll discover that you'll feel like you're getting "enough."

As usual, you can listen live to today's Gab with the Gurus Radio Show. Or you can catch it later, at your convenience.

Here's a tinyurl to share with friends: http://tinyurl.com/GratitudeWeekDay2-GabWithGurus

Now for today's roster of inspiring guests:

Tuesday, July 20: Gratitude Week: On Optimism, Love, Empowerment
& Getting "Enough"

Listen to the show below at any time.

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Special thanks to Blog Talk Radio for featuring this show on its home page and blog.

Thank you to www.nuzizo.com/Users/aliassiri2020/UserHome for today's gratitude artwork.