I had a privilege of being Interviewed by Holisitic Health Luminary on Gratitude. I would love to share it with you. Please read below and Enjoy!
Holistic Health Luminary: How do you keep a Gratitude Journal?
Zahra Efan: Everyday at the end of the day, find five things that happened during the day you are grateful for and jot them down in a notebook or a journal. When you start to do that on a consistent basis, you will realize that you have a lot more than you initially thought you did. You will start to notice all kind of abundance in your life, abundance of time, friends, health, etc. You will become more conscious about noticing the good in your life everyday (because you know that you need to write it down in your notebook at the end of the day!).
HHL: Would you explain how the Law of Attraction, the Law of Polarity and Gratitude work together?
ZE: “Law of Attraction,” states that what we focus on in our life expands. By being grateful, we are focusing on the good that we already have in our lives. When we start to focus on the things we are grateful for, we attract more of what we are grateful for. Our focus shifts from lack to abundance. For example, even in today’s recession if we really look at our economy, and compare it to the countries where children do not have clean water to drink,
we have a lot to be grateful for.
When people say that the “Law of Attraction,” is not working in their lives, it is because the “Law of Polarity” is clearing away the old beliefs for the “Law of Attraction” to work.
At first when we start to be grateful for what we have and our experiences in the past have been negative, we stir something inside our psyche. It is as if we are contradicting our deeply held beliefs about what is possible for our future. The subconscious mind starts to bring forth everything that contradicts our attitude of gratitude. It is as if we are being challenged by a Universal force that is asking us, “Are you sure you are ready for more?” For example, if we start to be grateful for the money we have and we lose our wallet instead of attracting more money, all it means is that subconscious mind is digging up the beliefs from the roots so that we can clear them.
HHL: How does your spirituality effect your work?
ZE: My work is deeply influenced by my spiritual beliefs in oneness of the Universe. One can practice any faith as long as the intention is to include instead of excludes others. A lot of people do charitable work because they believe that they are pleasing God. The desire may be inspired by religion, but as long as it is helping feed the hungry I think it is good. We don’t need to be in war with religions or different faiths. We need to be the peace we want to see in the world!
In my personal life, my husband is a very liberal Muslim and respects my desire for having spiritual practices such as meditation in my life. I have friends who are Christians and combine their Christians beliefs with the spiritual practices. It doesn’t matter how we come to the path of oneness whether through Islam or Christianity, at the end we find ourselves in each other. I have a children’s book that I read to my 7 year-old son to expand his understanding of God. It says in that book that ‘whenever God makes someone or something a part of God stays with what he has made.’ I think that’s beautiful!
HHL: If our readers follow your journaling suggestion, what sorts of changes can they expect to see in their lives?
ZE: They will start to notice the things that are working in their lives. They will have more peace, calm and acceptance for what they don’t have. By first accepting where they are and being grateful for it, they can then change what isn’t working. As long as we are in resistance of what we don’t have, we cannot change.
HHL: In your e-book, you discuss clearing things out including past painful experiences. Is this something everyone can do on their own or will people need life coaching or therapy to fully transform and release past and current pain?
ZE: I have had people tell me that they went through the exercises in the book and were able to find gifts in everything they experienced in the past. After finding the gifts, it is important to use the lessons learned from the past pain to help other people. A lot of times, I find our passion is where we have experienced the most pain. I encourage people to get the help of a skilled coach to claim the passion that has born out of the pain so that they can share their gifts with the world!
Interview with Zahra Efan by Molly Mitchell for Holistic Health Luminary (c) 2009. All rights reserved.