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April 26, 2021

New Experiences Open my Mind to Diversity

Read the affirmation below out loud. Loud enough for your mind to hear your voice saying the words and take notice of how you feel as you begin, and as you continue the practice. Feeling better? Repeat this affirmation at least twice a day – morning, and night – for at least 30 days, and reinforce your affirmation by writing it in your journal.

Affirmations are powerful, positive sentences that can change your mindset. Don’t focus on challenges and lack, but on healthy self-esteem and unshakeable self-confidence. You can leverage the power of affirmations in your life by beginning an affirmation practice – using one or two favorite affirmations over the course of 30 to 60 days to permanently change your mindset and by extension, your life.

Comment below that you’ve started this process. Add entries in your journal each day as to how you’re feeling. Note the positive changes you’ve made and celebrate them! Send me a note using the contact form and let me know how you’re doing!

I enjoy learning something that expands my base of knowledge.

Being in unfamiliar situations introduces me to a different scope of understanding. That understanding equips me to take an unbiased view of people and scenarios that are new to me.

Visiting other countries exposes me to foreign cultures – reading publications from unfamiliar authors helps me to explore new avenues of thought and experience. I am curious about how things are done and how people live elsewhere. It gives me a sense of wonderment to see the differences and to discover what we have in common as well.

When I learn about what offends others, I am more conscious of how I interact with them.

I am respectful of other persons’ backgrounds, even when – and especially when – they are different from mine. Being aware of the nuances in an individual’s expectations helps to encourage healthy and cordial relations with others.

I am happy to have friends from diverse social upbringings and backgrounds.

Understanding how they live and seeing their experiences show me humility. While learning what I DON’T know, I am also expanding my sense of what is right for others. Learning from other people’s experiences opens my eyes, my mind, and my heart.

I avoid taking my blessings and my life for granted. I realize that some things that come easily to me are a privilege – or even denied – to others. I stay away from passing judgment when someone takes a particular view of my situation. Until and unless I have “walked a mile in their shoes” I may not be able to fully understand their point of view and their references.

Being among diverse belief systems and the people who hold those beliefs teaches me to be polite and courteous, even when someone I encounter holds a different point of view than my own.

Today, the beauty of the world comes from intentionally seeking knowledge of, and experience with diverse cultures, personalities, and backgrounds. Each day is a blessing to me because I am able to alter my perspective. My views of the world grow immensely with each passing day, and I can benefit from that growth.

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About the Author

Dianne M. Daniels is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-great-aunt, Unitarian-Universalist Minister, Spiritual Director & Companion that empowers intelligent, passionate women to discover and manifest the best of who they are and who they want to be. Dianne's focus is on providing immediately applicable tools, tips, and information that can help you get results. Setting a foundation for lasting change - one day at a time, can happy by using the written word and multi-media input to you absorb wisdom, implement positive change, and develop routines that build your self-esteem, self-confidence, and capacity. Her signature program, The Spiritually Authentic Woman, empowers you to create a new, more joyful life as you let go of living the way OTHERS think you should while discovering your unique, authentic self.

Dianne Daniels

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