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SUNDAYS: Meditation 10–10:15am (in-person only) • Gathering & Music 10:30am (in-person and virtual)

At Rev. Bruce’s recent workshop, Turbocharging the Law of Attraction, he explained that “no” is the most powerful word in the English language. As children, we were trained by our parents using the word “no.” Our brain learned that “no” meant “you can’t have that” or “you did something wrong.” We internalized the feelings associated with hearing “no” and, as a result, when we hear it our body turns on the fight-or-flight response. The brain releases cortisol which attacks the emotional center of the brain and causes us to feel sad, stressed or depressed.

But here is the beautiful thing to know…there are other powerful words in the English language. Love, peace, joy, beauty, prosperity, freedom and abundance are just a few.

Bruce said it takes 3 to 5 positives to counteract the effects of one “no.”

  1. For two minutes repeat your favorite positive power word in your mind (love, joy, freedom, beauty, etc.)
  2. Hug someone (friend, family member) or a pet and tell them you love them. Receive their love.
  3. Make a gratitude list.
  4. Recite a positive affirmation, like: I am all right, right now. 
  5. Meditate for 10 minutes.
  6. Say an affirmative prayer or call someone to pray with you.

These are just a few ideas. I bet you can think of a bunch more. Now incorporate those ideas into your daily activities. Create a strong list of powerful practices with power words that take the sting out of no.