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Making Ripples That Matter

Sun Halo shot 5.2.20 during my morning walk.

Being Good To Yourself Is

Good for Everyone

Make a difference by gently expanding your sphere of influence, energetically, like ripples on a pond.

What if generating a positive influence in the world is as simple and as powerful as the ripples you set in motion when you're being good to yourself? No exceptional gifts, no notable talents necessary. Just you, being good to yourself.

When you're good to yourself, you shift your energy in astonishing ways. You neutralize feelings of being less-than, and not-enough. Now, the ripples you send into the world contribute positively in the grand scheme. This is your potential — all yours, all within your means to create. Generate an expansive, upbeat sphere of influence. Be good to yourself and goodwill ripples into the greater field of energy that infuses all living beings.

No kidding —how does this even work?

It begins with your ability to play with rewiring your brain. That's right, you can actively engage thoughts and memories, charged with positive emotions like love, joy, and gratitude to produce a brain bath of “feel-good” hormones. In a playful spirit, focus your attention on a positive thought or memory. Truly immerse yourself in the emotions of it. This reinforces connections in your brain for a sense of well-being and equanimity. This is a very powerful way to be good to yourself.

The more often you play in this way, the stronger and more dominant these neural synapses become. There's a whole field of scientific study devoted to this ability, called neuroplasticity.

Hand making Ripples, source uncredited

The best part about neuroplasticity, for non-science types, is that you don’t have to have a clue about how it works to make it work. All it takes is a little practice being fully present with a vividly detailed memory or thought, and sincerely engaged with heartfelt emotion.

So, make some ripples — treat your brain to a revitalizing bath of feel-good hormones. Do it for yourself. Appreciate that what's good for you is good for everyone.

Neuroplasticity: "The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment." - Medical Author, William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR for

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