Living in the Spiritual Zone: 10 Steps to Change Your Life and Discover Your Truth

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You have the potential to create exactly the life you want and experience extraordinary results. By tapping into the spiritual zone, you can become empowered to take charge of your present situations, access your divine universal energy, overcome fear and self-sabotage, create financial freedom and meet your most cherished goals.

In this life-changing book, leading intuitive life coach, Gary Quinn, gives you practical tools, exercises and affirmations to transport yourself to ...

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Overview

You have the potential to create exactly the life you want and experience extraordinary results. By tapping into the spiritual zone, you can become empowered to take charge of your present situations, access your divine universal energy, overcome fear and self-sabotage, create financial freedom and meet your most cherished goals.

In this life-changing book, leading intuitive life coach, Gary Quinn, gives you practical tools, exercises and affirmations to transport yourself to the spiritual zone - a state that enables you to achieve the life you've always dreamed of. Quinn addresses everything from awareness about eating, breathing and exercise to practicing forgiveness and learning to love yourself. Quinn has helped thousands with his 10-step program and now he makes that program available to you. In Living in the Spiritual Zone, Quinn teaches that by accepting truth and offering forgiving, you can align yourself with an amazing power source- the spiritual zone-and create the love and miracles you've always wanted.

"Gary Quinn is a messenger of love and truth. Listen to him and watch your world shift."

Debbie Ford, The New York Times bestselling author, Dark Side of the Light Chasers

"Gary has written a very beautiful book with powerful, life-changing truths."

Lillian Too, bestselling author, The Buddha Book

Wonderfully practical guidance about how to make every day more blissful, peaceful and filled with blessings."

Doreen Virtue, bestselling author, Angel Visions

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  • ISBN-13: 9780757303241
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,288,415
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Quinn is a life coach and author who has helped thousands of people around the world awaken and access their true power within. He is the founder of Our Living Center—Touchstone For Life Coaching Center in Los Angeles, CA.

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Part One
How to Get to the Spiritual Zone
Waking Up Your Awareness Just as you would have started planning your fantasy Italian vacation months in advance, so too have you been planning for this adventure into the Spiritual Zone—for your whole life. Everything you have been and done has brought you exactly to this point. Every thought, feeling and experience you have had has contributed to the whole of you that you are right now—appreciate them all with gratitude that they have brought you to a tremendous spiritual opportunity on this very page at this very moment. Regrets? Sure, you've had a few—you might have awoken and got here a few months or years or even decades earlier—but remember, please, that all mistakes are learning opportunities: once bitten, twice shy. So even your mistakes have directed you to this very moment—refining your path to your point of departure.

Consider that when you were born you were in a pretty sleepy state; in fact, you spent much more than half of each day sleeping. As you have matured you have grown more and more awake; your body probably only sleeps now eight or fewer hours a day—only a third each day. You have matured from a child concerned only with survival to a self-conscious adult concerned now with how to awaken even more consciousness in yourself. Instead of questing for food and shelter and love and sex and comforts as you have done during previous developmental stages in your life, now you are setting out on your quest for spiritual meaning—and all the magic that comes with it.

You are not alone on this journey. In fact, you travel in royal company. Preceding you on the quest have been the great mystics and philosophers and initiates, for this quest had once been reserved for the spiritual elite. Times have changed. Consider the changes to physical life during the past 200 years. Even in the most prosperous countries, human beings were living very simple lives in 1800: plowing by mule, reading by candlelight, writing with quills and sending letters by horseback. Yet even these recent ancestors were well on their way to the sweeping materialism that has captivated Western and world society today. Forget plowing and planting: we now buy our factory-farmed food ripe, picked, washed, irradiated, seasoned, preserved, pre-cooked, packaged and ready for the microwave. We watch movies and listen to books on tape; we communicate by e-mail at the speed of light.

The pull of materialism brings with it inherent dissatisfactions: we have lost touch, literally, with the earth. Think about this: how often does your skin touch soil? Except for our humanized house pets, we have also lost contact with the animal kingdom. Your great-great-great-grandfather's partnership with his mule as they walked together through fields was one of the most important cooperative ventures of his life. The pause to dip his quill into his inkwell enforced frequent thoughtful moments. I imagine there was a built-in connectedness to other beings 200 years ago that sustained the spiritual lives of our great-grandparents' grandparents.

Today, we feign a connectedness to the whole of life, trying to pretend that our broadband hook-up to the World Wide Web is in itself meaningful. Yes, we can e-mail friends and strangers anywhere in the world within a matter of seconds. Sure, this is a fantastic tool—but how many times, honestly, has it enriched your spiritual life?

I believe that the descent into materialism brings with it its balancing opposite: the quest for spiritual experience. This is the very quest that drives you and me to be here together now. No doubt this hunger for spiritual experience is widely present and growing. Look at book sales statistics: self-help books are the biggest growing sector of publishing. Look how the aerobics and workout craze of the eighties has been eclipsed now by yoga studios on every block; this is a perfect demonstration of how in a very short period we have grown from being (somewhat self-indulgently) focused on our physical selves to now demanding that our workout time feeds our spiritual as well as our bodily needs.

This is all to say that you are not alone on this journey to the Spiritual Zone. Human beings are traveling to the Zone in far greater numbers than ever before. Just as you can travel to Italy by air, land or sea, people access the Zone through a multitude of means—including study of books like this, lectures, meditation, numerous spiritual practices, yoga and prayer.

All of these include the requirement of self-study. Getting to know who you are better and why you are who you are will accelerate your readiness for our departure. This will be the focus of this chapter as we wake up our consciousness in light of our three primary human components: our bodies, our minds and our hearts.

Preparing Your Body for the Spiritual Zone

Our bodies are the temples of our spirits. If we don't feed the right things to our bodies, we won't be in alignment to stay tuned and receive the messages and guidance we need. We also won't have the energy and stamina to do the work we are here to do.

I know good health—diet and exercise—is critically important for me to keep clearly tuned in to my feelings and my guidance. As we have begun to awaken as a people, we have become more aware of the importance of healthy diet. We are told we will live longer and better lives. You know what? We will also live truer lives. We must feed our bodies appropriately so that they may serve our spiritual selves effectively.

What (and how much) we take into our bodies has a profound effect on our vibrations—the rate at which our nervous systems and cellular structure harmonize with the frequencies of the Universe. If we are dulled by alcohol or overeating, our sluggish vibration can contain only heavy energy. If we are wired on caffeine or sugar, our frenetic vibration channels only scattered energy. If we are poisoned by animal antibiotics and excess hormones, our bodies will be incapable of settling into the harmonious silence where our guidance is waiting. Remember my experience in Notre-Dame in Paris? I had been meditating quietly for three weeks.

Our appetites and cravings are established by our past mistakes (which set up metabolic, as well as psychological, expectations) and by tremendous commercial and cultural influences. Simple, detoxifying diets can purify us of these influences and expectations, clearing the opportunity for truth to let us know what our bodies need in order to house and accommodate our spiritual missions more effectively.

Rather than making us slimmer, sexier, more beautiful, popular or successful—as our media-driven consumer culture would have us believe—the real need for a healthy diet is to become awake and truly available to our spiritual purpose. Once we have taken a decisive step in this direction, our bodies will act in joyful service of our spiritual intentions—and we'll find old cravings and attractions will have lost their powerful appeal. There is an old saying: 'You are what you eat.' Well, truly, you are what you think, but how you think is greatly affected by what you eat. So let's start with diet.

Eating for True Health in the Spiritual Zone

The word 'diet' is loaded with associations of overweight people wanting to slim down, hoping that depriving themselves of some kind of food indulgence will make them trimmer, happier and more loveable. Diet books, too, are constantly making their way onto the bestseller lists. Yet obesity continues to plague the Western world. Why is this? What are people so hungry for that they continually and obsessively overeat?

I believe that the vast majority of overweight people are feeding themselves to numb the pain of their alienated lives. Our consumer culture has led not-so-awake people to think that the more and better material things they possess, the more fulfilled they will feel. Yet this is not the case. Many people eat to fill the spiritual void in their lives. Some of you who are reading this book with me now are overweight. Some of you have been eating to comfort the anxiety and alienation that are inherent in a culture that has made consumerism its idol. To you, my friends, I say welcome home.

In the Spiritual Zone you will experience a connectedness with and a belonging to the unity of all of life. Your loneliness will evaporate as you learn to forgive your mistaken (and unconscious) beliefs about separation. Food will become true pleasure and sustenance instead of compulsion. In the Spiritual Zone you will recognize your deepest hunger as spiritual longing, and you will know that this longing is already satisfied.

If you were planning to spend your summer exploring the hill towns of Italy, you'd want to make certain that your body was prepared for the local challenges—the steep cobblestone streets, the world's best pasta and gelato on every street corner. You might do very well to eat healthfully for the few months prior to your departure, knowing that you are more likely to enjoy the trip if your body can keep up with your interests. Preparing for your Italian vacation is an opportunity to bring more consciousness to your diet. Italy pervades your thoughts; it's easier to pass up that second serving of chocolate decadence because you know by doing so you'll feel and look better by the pool. Planning for your trip has made you more awake to your actions. It has brought more consciousness into your day-to-day decisions. The anticipation of your trip is already impacting your life.

So what should you eat/not eat in preparation for the Spiritual Zone? There is going to be a different answer for each of you. Our bodily needs are different, but what we can each immediately do in preparation for the journey is to wake up to our eating practices. Make eating a conscious practice. This way, you will be more likely to eat only what you truly want. This heightened awareness can be applied to whole meals, snacks and even individual bites. By consciously choosing each bite that you take, you are welcoming that particular food into your body. It then becomes your sustenance, serving your health and all your capacities. As you enter into the Spiritual Zone, you will learn that, in awakened consciousness, every action, no matter how small, will intentionally support your end result.

There was a period when I was considerably overweight. I was numb and unhappy and half-asleep. Eating was my solace, but I did not particularly enjoy food. I barely even tasted it. I enjoyed the pleasure of the anticipation of each bite of cookies 'n' cream, but, to be honest, the moment each bite touched my tongue it mingled with regret. I didn't truly enjoy it; I didn't savor it. I swallowed it—gulped it, really—so I could get back to the pleasure of anticipating the next bite. Each of those ambivalent bites of high butterfat ice cream was swallowed with disdain and regret, more deeply damaging than even the richest hot fudge. I have since forgiven myself for this confused habit—it did serve to get me to where I am today, and for that I am grateful.

I share this personal example with you now to help wake you up to your own unconscious eating habits. Do you love your food; welcome it into your body as a source of nourishment and strength? Or do you resent it as you consume it, swallowing each bite with a big seasoning of negativity?

Now is the time to wake up to your eating practices. How? Here are some simple suggestions that will help you to bring consciousness to your meals:

1. Shop consciously. Choose healthful foods that will nourish and sustain your body. Buy fresh produce. Avoid ingesting chemical fertilizers and pesticides by purchasing organically grown products, which are also generally grown more consciously. Consider a vegetarian diet; most animals, in addition to being potentially diseased, are raised on antibiotics and artificial growth hormones, which are passed on to unwitting human consumers of meat. As well, I believe meat products are filled with animal adrenaline, produced by the animal's profound fear at the point of its killing. Mad cow disease was a gift to the spiritualization of the English diet. Do be aware though, that not everyone can tolerate a vegetarian diet as some people cannot digest pulses or soy. The key thing, if you do eat animal proteins, is to choose organic, as far as possible. Avoid the regular use of sugar and caffeine: these hollow energy sources take your body on a roller-coaster ride of artificially induced highs and crashing lows. Experiment with a reduced wheat or wheat-free diet in order to feel lighter and more energized.

2. Get to know your farmer. Today, many communities have farmers' markets and many in my country have community supported agriculture (CSA) programs where people come together and support local organic farmers by purchasing a share of the farmer's crop in advance and receiving a weekly box of fresh produce in return. A personal relationship with your farmer gives each bite you take more context. Even better—grow your own!

3. Prepare your own meals. Allow cooking to become a ritual of nourishment. Imbue your food with your intentional consciousness by washing it, cutting it and preparing it carefully and beautifully with mindfulness. I believe lovingly and intentionally prepared food contains some of the life-force (chi) of its preparer; this is the profound gift of a fully conscious chef. Factory-made foods and fast foods are prepared by machines and doused with preservatives; be aware that the primary intent in their production is profit for the manufacturers' stockholders, not loving nourishment for you.

4. Set your table beautifully. The ritual of setting flowers, candles, attractive dishes and cutlery and cloth napkins will awaken the intentional consciousness that turns eating into dining.

5. Only eat sitting down—and never in your car! This will force you to be present with the meal in front of you. When eating (literally) on the run, driving or standing up, you are not giving your meal the time or attention it deserves; your consciousness is already on to your next activity. Your body deserves your full attention during eating; if you pay attention, you will be more awake to what you like, to when you are satisfied and how well you are being nourished.

6. Say a blessing. A moment of recognition that your meal is a gift from the source of all of life reestablishes your conscious connection to all living things.

7. Eat with others. Dining is a wonderful opportunity for communion. When we break bread with others we share ourselves as well as our food. This helps to heal the alienation that is so commonly experienced in modern culture.

8. Be mindful of each bite. Consciously choose each individual bite as you select it from your plate. Eat it because you have decided you truly want it, not simply because it is in front of you. In this way you are imbuing each bite you consume with your awakened consciousness so that it can better nurture your bodily needs.

9. Enjoy the taste! Swallow with conscious appreciation (not ambivalence or regret). You deserve the pleasurable tastes of your food.

10. Recognize when you are satisfied. All the above steps will help to awaken you to your eating process. You will soon be eating for eating's sake—pleasurably to nourish and sustain your physical body—instead of eating to numb pain or fill the void of alienation and loneliness. You will become increasingly able to detect your body's awareness that you have had enough, and then you will be happy to stop, feeling fully satisfied. You will learn the difference between feeling satisfied and feeling full.

11. Be thankful.

Exercising for Strength and Stamina in the Spiritual Zone

In addition to a well-nourished body, you will want a strong body for your journey into the Spiritual Zone. Just as you wouldn't want to miss out on visiting Assisi because your body was too out-of-shape to manage the steep climb, you won't want to miss all the magnificent opportunities of the Spiritual Zone—clear intuition, angelic guidance, deep spiritual contact with others.

You will want to wake up your body with conscious movement and exercise. By choosing to approach the Spiritual Zone, you have already made a choice to forgo numbing and awaken to your body. Now, by being present to your body, you can coach it to strength and stamina and flexibility. Don't worry that you have to become an Olympic athlete or an impressively posed yogi; simply get outside and walk around the block. Conscious movement encourages flexibility and fluidity; it dissolves blockages and enables the flow of energy.

In the Spiritual Zone you will be channeling more spiritual energy. As we discussed in the introduction, you will become a fountain of Universal spiritual energy. How big a fountain you become, how much spiritual energy you are able to conduct, depends upon your intent and your capacity. Your capacity is determined in large part by the health of your body. If you eat in alignment with the suggestions of this chapter, you will already bring more consciousness—more spiritual flow—into your body.

Get Moving

Take ten minutes right now to walk around the block. I mean it. Finish this paragraph, and then put on your shoes and go. Walk briskly but comfortably. Feel into your body as if this were an altogether new and foreign experience. What is this body you have landed in? What are its capacities? Can it move quickly? Does it heat up when you go more quickly? Do you break a sweat? Can you find a comfortable rhythm as you gently swing your arms back and forth? What length of stride feels more comfortable and efficient? Does this help to propel you forward? What kind of breathing facilitates your walking? Does deep breathing give you more fuel? Do you land on your heels and push off with the balls of your feet? Are your hips moving? Are your shoulders? Is your head? Where do your eyes focus? Okay, now go. Enjoy your walk, and pay attention to yourself as you move through space.

Find time every day to do some physical exercise. As you have just discovered, a walk is good; walk briskly. Bike ride, swim, jog, dance, jump—move! Whatever you choose, pay attention to your body as you do it. Put your intention into the time spent. You're not simply walking around the block to get back to where you started; you're walking in order to wake up your body, your muscles and your nervous system, to encourage the flow of energy. Don't overexert yourself; don't beat yourself up. The intention is to awaken your body through conscious movement, to clear out your energy by opening to the flow of new energy throughout your body.

As you continue to develop the consciousness within the cells of your body through elementary exercise, you may come to a place where you feel drawn to explore exercise techniques with an overt spiritual intention, specifically yoga. First wake up your body, then listen to what it needs; you can trust that you will be directed to the right exercise program that continues to energize your body and your spirituality.

Preparing Your Mind for the Spiritual Zone

Too often, we behave like scientists in making our life's decisions. We compile data, collect documentation, analyze past experience, and figure, figure, figure, trying to make things work. This is the mind, operating out of fear, trying to avoid the repetition of past failures. These decisions of the mind are inevitably made from a defensive, limiting perspective. What do they provide? Information overload, but never intelligence. Our little minds make us crazy by trying to figure it all out.

Learning how to be silent is the secret access to the Spiritual Zone. In the great silence we experience the higher power moving through us. There we find our spirituality waiting with guidance and answers. With every decision we make, we need to tune in and invoke the energy of our hearts to guide us.

Remember that this chapter is about focusing our intention on waking up our awareness. By bringing intention—let's call it 'mindfulness'—to what and how we eat and when and how we move in our bodies, we are also serving to focus our minds. To get to and manifest successfully in the Spiritual Zone requires that we wake up our bodies and our minds—as well as our hearts and emotional selves.

Earlier in this chapter we addressed the importance of awakening our minds to our physical activities of eating and movement. In doing so, we have already established the importance of mindfulness. All creativity begins with thinking. Nothing has ever been intentionally created that wasn't first thought about: buildings, sculptures, governments, businesses, even vacations to Italy. Intentional, conscious thinking is the first step in creating anything—whether a work of art, a machine, an organization or the life and love that you want.

Thought is creative, whether it is intentional or not, whether it is positive or not. If you haven't yet brought mindfulness and intentionality to your thinking, then your unintentional (unconscious) thinking has been doing the creating while you've been asleep at the wheel. For convenience, let's call this unconscious thinking 'thoughting.' Thoughting transports us away from the Spiritual Zone, lulling us to sleep. It is not an intentional, awakening process—rather, it is unconscious, passive, often habitual, and susceptible to outside influences. (Ever realize you had an advertising slogan running through your head?) Worry is an example of thoughting, and in today's world worry thrives in the absence of mindfulness. Worry is not a conscious act of creative thinking that intends to find solutions to a concern; rather it is a dead thought loop that can become the subliminal background music of an unconscious mind. It is nonetheless creative—unconsciously manifesting negativity into our lives!

Thoughting, and worry in particular, pulls us away from the Spiritual Zone and keeps us mired where we don't want to be in life. If you worry that you're going to catch a cold or that your boyfriend is going to leave you or that you're not going to have enough money at the end of the month, guess what: you are creating these negative results for yourself by feeding them with your attention.

Throughout this book we will address fear and help you to discover ways to free yourself from the influence of fear. For now, let's start with mindfulness.

Just as you have committed to eliminating toxins from your body through healthy diet and moderate exercise, you will also want to eliminate toxins from your mind by waking up your thinking. What are you thinking about as you read this sentence? What else are you thinking about besides this sentence? How many layers of thoughting are going on beneath your thinking? There are many meditative techniques to bring calm and focus to your mind. Many practices concern themselves with stilling the mind of the ongoing chatter that clutters our thinking; other practices focus the mind on a particular object or mantra or puzzle, such as the Zen koan. Gathering and focusing our conscious thinking in this way exercises the mind, strengthens it against the habit of thoughting, and prepares us for more effective thinking as the way to create the life experiences that we truly want for ourselves.

Breathing as a Meditation on Mindfulness

As we introduced exercise with the basic act of walking around the block, let's focus on our breathing as an initial, simple meditative act that focuses our minds.

Find a comfortable sitting position, but not so comfortable that you are inclined to sleep. Remember, our intention here is to become more awake. You could sit on the floor in cross-legged lotus pose, or sit in a straight chair with both feet flat on the floor. Allow your shoulders to relax. Your hands lie relaxed on your thighs, palms up. Close your eyes. Now, give all your attention to your breath. Notice how you are breathing without yet manipulating your breathing. Are you breathing shallowly into only the upper portion of your lungs? This is a common habit.

Let's bring some deeper intentionality to our breathing. Sitting in your relaxed but not too comfortable position, picture your torso as a five-gallon jug that you might find on a water cooler. If you were to take this empty, upright jug and fill it with water, the water would first fill the bottom, and then rise gradually to the neck of the bottle. Imagine this bottle residing in your torso, from your navel (far deeper than the bottom of your lungs) to your throat. Consciously exhale all the stale air out of this bottle, slowly and deliberately—every last drop. Now, just as slowly and deliberately, fill the bottle back up, starting at the bottom and slowly rising to the top. Trust that your body is getting plenty of oxygen as you allow yourself about twenty seconds to fill up your torso. Once you reach capacity, begin to exhale slowly, first the air at the top of the bottle, then deeper, deeper, deeper, until you have expelled every last molecule of air from the bottom of your belly. Now, slowly and intentionally, begin filling the bottle back up again, breathing first into the bottom and then slowly filling all the way to the top. And continue.

I call this 'bottle breathing.' It is enormously effective in calming, yet energizing, your body. Bottle breathing oxygenates your cells far more successfully than typical shallow breathing. These are reasons in themselves for regularly practicing bottle breathing, but our primary intent in doing it now is to bring the mind under our control. Focusing our mental observation, our mindfulness, on our breathing brings an awakened intentionality to our thinking. This is a critical skill for a successful resident of the Spiritual Zone because wakefulness itself is the path to our deeper spiritual selves. It is through concentrated intention that we can create the lives that we truly want.

You may find during the practice of bottle breathing that your mind drifts from the intended focus on your breath. When you notice you have drifted, simply bring your mind back to your breath. If you are inclined to chastise yourself for failure, forgive yourself for drifting, then get back to the task at hand: intentional mindful breathing. Guilt is as worthless a distraction as the interrupting thought you might have decided to feel guilty about. Just continue to shepherd yourself back to the practice. This is a lifelong practice—forgive your transgressions and reapply yourself in service to your intention.

If particular thoughts—did you forget to return a friend's phone call? What's for dinner? That nagging pile of bills—persistently interrupt your focus on your breathing, restore your intention and from your conscious mindfulness look at those thoughts as apart from yourself; listen to them apart from yourself. You will find that, separated from your thinking, they have no life force. By considering your thoughting from a place of mindful thinking, the distracting thoughting withers and evaporates. Notice this, then return to your simple task of mindfully filling and emptying your torso of breath.

This practice for ten or fifteen minutes two or three times a day—or whenever you feel scattered or tired or anxious—will bring your mind back into focus and your thinking back into control of your thoughting. Each time you practice this, it strengthens your mental clarity—a key skill in helping you to access the Spiritual Zone.

There are countless other practices for awakening and exercising your mind. Consider:

Object Meditation as Training for Thinking

Choose an ordinary object—a pencil or a paperclip. Decide that you will take ten minutes to focus your concentration on the contemplation of this object. Focus your mind first upon the immediate physical qualities of this object, your pencil. What is it made of? Graphite, wood, yellow paint, a brass fitting, a rubber eraser. Are there words printed on it? Are they embossed into the surface of the wood? How many sides does the pencil have? How long is it? How well used is the eraser? What shade is the yellow paint? How sharp is the point? Consider every physical aspect of the pencil as if you are touring its surface. You don't want to miss a single quality. When you have completed this, go deeper into the pencil. What kind of wood is it made of? Imagine the wood from this pencil being part of a larger block of wood. See that block of wood being cut from a still larger piece. See that piece being milled from a tree trunk. See the tree being transported to the mill. See the tree being felled. See the timber engineer choosing the tree. See the tree among other trees. See the forest among other terrains. See the seed cone from which the seed of this tree came. See its early beginning as a sprout. See the rains that nurtured it. See all the history and qualities that grew to become the wood of this pencil in your hand.

Now, likewise, consider the graphite, the paint, the brass that holds the eraser, the rubber eraser. Consider each element of the pencil, always mindful of what it has taken to become part of this pencil you hold in your hand. Maintain your mindfulness of the whole pencil as you contemplate its individual parts. This is your intention here: to sharpen and at the same time deepen your awareness of this rarely considered, relatively simple, ordinary object. Do this exercise daily for a week or longer, each day going deeper into your understanding of what this pencil is. After a time, choose another object and start over. The intent is to strengthen the focus of your mind and your thinking so that these capacities may be used effectively in service of your spiritual choices.

Mantra Meditation to Quiet the Mind

Long a part of yogic and Eastern spiritual practices, mantra meditation involves the focused repetition of a chosen word or phrase. The intention, again, is to focus the mind away from random thoughting. In some practices, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), the practitioner is given a personal mantra by a spiritual teacher. In certain yogic practices there are countless different mantras that intend different specific results. If you are familiar with any of these practices, you will find all of them beneficial in training the mind away from random thoughting and into conscious thinking.

To practice mantra meditation, find a comfortable sitting position, either cross-legged on the floor, or on an upright chair, hands on your lap or thighs, eyes closed. Select a mantra that you are familiar with, make one up for yourself or try something like this:

'Love'

'I Am Love'

'God and Me, Me and God, Are One'

By experimenting with the practices suggested in this chapter you are readying your body and mind for your journey to the Spiritual Zone. Continued practice will reinforce your awakened consciousness—and this awakened consciousness is your ticket out of dissatisfaction and into the Spiritual Zone. Let's go forward on our travels holding your intention to be ready to adopt a willingness to do whatever it takes to show up in the Spiritual Zone:

Diet: eat healthfully because you love yourself

Exercise: build your body's capacity to handle more and higher frequency energy

Examine and wean yourself from unconscious thoughting

Find mental clarity

'Better keep yourself clean

and bright; you are the

window through which you must

see the world.'

George Bernard Shaw

EXERCISES

These exercises are to help you understand that unconscious thoughts and past emotional inputs still hold reign in your physical presence on earth—your body. Bringing more conscious awareness to your body identity will help you to open your belief system. Understand that forgiveness is a tool to release the past. These exercises will prepare you experientially for the intellectual concepts that we will address in the next few chapters.

Complete the following sentences:

I forgive my parents for saying my body was

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List everything that your belief system says is wrong about yourself and your body: the size, the shape, the weight:

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What is your number 1 fear that keeps you from accepting that your body is perfect?

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AFFIRMATIONS

Write and speak the following affirmations, returning to reinforce ones that have particular resonance for you:

1. My body is strong, beautiful and perfect right now.

2. I accept and love my body.

3. I forgive myself for judging my body.

4. My body is vibrant and healthy.

5. I forgive myself for ever hurting my body.

6. Whatever I choose to eat is energy of love.

7. The more I love myself—the more opportunities I attract.

©2007. Gary Quinn. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Living in the Spiritual Zone . No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street , Deerfield Beach , FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Part 1 How to Get to the Spiritual Zone
1 Waking Up Your Awareness 3
2 Letting Go of the Emotional Past and Choosing to Love Yourself 21
3 Practicing Forgiveness to Have the Love You Deserve 35
Part 2 How to Stay in the Spiritual Zone
4 Activating Your Power of Choice 53
5 Recognizing You Have Support 65
6 Reprogramming Yourself to Change Old Patterns 75
Part 3 How to Manifest in the Spiritual Zone
7 Getting to Know Yourself as a Creator 87
8 Enjoying Spiritual Financial Freedom 99
9 Living in Service 111
10 Visualizing the Life That You Want 123
Afterword 131
Postscript: Postcards from the Spiritual Zone 133
Conscientious Zone Reading 137
Acknowledgments 139
Our Living Center-Touchstone for Life Coaching Center 145
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