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WISDOM WITHIN - November 2017 - Kansas City

Create Hope & Gratitude by Willing It

By Suzette Scholtes


As a strong intuitive, I felt my friend undergoing a surgery that all would be well. However, how arrogant for me to assume anything. So, when the call came in for “all clear” in his vulnerable lung, I felt so grateful.


 The great virtues of faith, hope, and love matter to our world so much. It is good to remember the more we feel love and gratitude the more we attract it.


Hope is based on positive feelings for right outcome even when some evidence may point away from the outcome, such as our recent hurricane event.  Literally l000’s of mindful people held prayer and vision skills so that the impact of the Hurricane Irma was reduced. The storm serves as a perfect example of how much hope may play into the outcome.  At The Yoga Studio, we held vision for easing the storm five consecutive days.  When we collectively place our energy into any project or outcome the power is immense.


 It is not arrogant to trust your power. I remind myself and students of this all the time.  Yes, we may stay humble and concede to the unseen forces as we must do but to claim the power of our vision and intents is okay. However, it is important to watch out for the road blocks of our negative ego such as feeling better than or less than, lost in self-pity, nobilizing our place, blame, or other mind games.


Master yoga teacher Aadil Palkivala swings around to look at us after writing “Feel Gratitude” on the flip chart. We were discussing the yoga philosophy of “ignorance” which keeps us from freedom and happiness. “Feel humility and feel gratitude and you may overcome most resistances,” he shared. I write this every November but list again as I find it fascinating and motivating:

  • Gratitude improves your immune system

  • Gratitude fosters peace

  • Gratitude creates confidence

  • Gratitude attracts more success

  • Gratitude improves happiness

  • Gratitude heals anxiety

  • Gratitude inspires new dreams

  • Gratitude opens doors to new opportunity

  • Gratitude helps us release the past

  • Gratitude heals our “wounds”


Now if we combine the beauty of gratitude with hope, miracles will abound. A miracle in the most common sense of living daily life is this: things turn out better than expected.


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


As we begin our 2017 season of light, may we thrive on lifting ourselves up with meditation, silence, feeling gratitude? It will help ease the chaos and heal us all. Join me?

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Suzette Scholtes’ non-fiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the regions prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street,

Overland Park. 




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