The Heart of the New Thought
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Mina Parker, tireless mom and author of 365 Excuse Me...(inspired by the late Lynn Grabhorn), introduces the new Hampton Roads Collection of motivational classics. These affordable digital shorts will help the harried and the hurried to breathe deep, reassess, and re-purpose their day in the time it takes to drink a large latte.

These short essays and meditations are filled with practical advice for creating our best possible life, a daily dose of this common sense approach to New Thought, or the law of attraction, is just what we need to bring our broken world back into harmony. To read this book is to feel a rhythm like a heartbeat: steady, natural, life-affirming.
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ISBN: 9781619400931
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Introduction

I bet the original New Thought movement had some wonderful kooks for spokespeople. I mean, here we are at the start of the industrial age, at the very beginning of the study of psychology, and maybe for the first time ever people are starting to think and talk about and write down a pretty crazy idea: that we create ourselves, our circumstances, and our world, all through belief. So imagine, there are men and women standing up in corsets and stiff collars, talking to others about the mystical power and possibility of thought. Or maybe they ditched the corsets and put on gypsy robes, I have no clue. Maybe they mumbled in tongues or invented new philosophical vocabularies to describe skills and tasks that had never been tried, goals that could not be seen with the eyes. Nevertheless, in our time, when we are saturated with myriad ways and methods to go about developing ourselves and our own energetic power, it's hard to appreciate what that might've meant and how out there these ideas really were.

In the case of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, the original publishers of this book thought it important to distinguish that her approach was purposefully simple and plainspoken:

That which was vague, mystic, unreal, has become, in the hands of Mrs. Wilcox, a lovable philosophy of simplest construction. It is possible that the very simplicity of this book will encourage careless criticism from those who believe that genius and ambiguity are twin. But Mrs. Wilcox is ever the voice of the people: what she says is practical; what she thinks is clear; what she feels is plain.

It's true, even today—and so refreshing! Some of the advice is so candid it begs to be put on a mug, like, Do not tell me you are too old. Age is all imagination. Ignore years and they will ignore you. I plan to ignore my years from here on out.

Or, Eat moderately, and bathe freely in water as cold as nature's rainfall. Exercise thoroughly and regularly. Doing this would make me feel as free and purposeful as I did as a child in summer camp, where we did all three on a daily basis.

And, Anticipate good health. If it does not come at once, consider it a mere temporary delay, and continue to expect it. Rather than lengthen my litany of complaints, why don't I realize once and for all that whatever pain and sickness I have is just a speed bump!

To read this book is to feel a rhythm like a heartbeat: steady, natural, life-affirming. These short essays and meditations are filled with practical advice, hearty aphorisms, and spiritual inspiration focusing on everything from raising ourselves out of the rut of poverty to bringing our gifts and talents to bear on shaping our broken world back into harmony. As we work slowly and steadily toward creating our best possible life, a daily dose of this commonsense, motherly, and wise approach to New Thought, or the law of attraction, is just what we need to get in touch again with the basic kindness, generosity, and optimism that often seem in short supply these days. These words are a comforting, heartening reminder that life is a glorious privilege, and we can make anything we choose of it, if we begin early and are in deep earnest, and realize our own divine powers. Nothing can hinder us or stay us. We can do and be whatsoever we will.

MINA PARKER

Let the Past Go

Do not begin the new year by recounting to yourself or others all your losses and sorrows.

Let the past go.

Should some good friend present you with material for a lovely garment, would you insult her by throwing it aside and describing the beautiful garments you had worn out in past times?

The new year has given you the fabric for a fresh start in life, why dwell upon the events which have gone, the joys, blessings and advantages of the past!

Do not tell me it is too late to be successful or happy. Do not tell me you are sick or broken in spirit, the spirit cannot be sick or broken, because it is of God.

It is your mind which makes your body sick. Let the spirit assert itself and demand health and hope and happiness in this new year.

Forget the money you have lost, the mistakes you have made, the injuries you have received, the disappointments you have experienced.

Real sorrow, the sorrow which comes from the death of dear ones, or some great cross well borne, you need not forget. But think of these things as sent to enrich your nature, and to make you more human and sympathetic. You are missing them if you permit yourself instead to grow melancholy and irritable.

It is weak and unreasonable to imagine destiny has selected you for special suffering.

Sorrow is no respecter of persons. Say to yourself with the beginning of this year that you are going to consider all your troubles as an education for your mind and soul; and that out of the experiences which you have passed through you are going to build a noble and splendid character, and a successful career.

Do not tell me you are too old.

Age is all imagination. Ignore years and they will ignore