04/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Recession: We're All in This Together, Part 4

There is no doubt that these are troubled times. But I have lately been reminded that all times do pass, and how you and I will come through this storm is self-directed. I am reminded of the light that beckons at the end of the tunnel. I am reminded that in the darkest night, we must imagine that morning has already come, and feel gratitude for the dawn. Feel good cliches? Or lasting and accurate descriptions of faith? More importantly, what will be your seed of creativity and new enterprise in this season of change?

"With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood." ~Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963, Washington, DC

To find our way out of this particular forest of fear, keeping our wits about us means remembering -- or learning -- how to find our inner peace. Without peace, calm, serenity, the brain functions less efficiently, creativity is stifled, and ultimately our stress is self-destructive. With peace come fresh ideas, clarity, and the ingredients for the creation of a new, better reality. Don't let the chaos of economic change, and perhaps personal change or loss, get the better of you. Because we have conscious thought, we can self direct. And so, like the mystical phoenix, we can burn our lives to ashes, and emerge again, new and refreshed -- that is, if we're not too stressed. What follows is a helpful contemplation used in abundance workshops and debtors anonymous, as well as other programs designed to facilitate the peace required to rise above financial crisis. It is called a contemplation because it asks you to use your mind, whereas meditation asks you to relax your mind. It is helpful to follow a contemplation with meditation.

This contemplation is especially helpful if you are experiencing, or have experienced material loss. Or perhaps you might lose your home in the future, or you are mourning your savings. This will help to bring you out of the emotional state of loss and into a state of peace. And using this contemplation may even attract events and people to bring you back into states of abundance.

Find a comfortable place indoors. Close our eyes and take a deep breath. For a moment, notice the thoughts passing through your awareness. Just as you would not follow each car on the street, do not follow each thought. Let each one come and go. Then, open your eyes, and notice that you have walls around you and a roof above. Feel gratitude in your heart for this simple shelter that is protecting you from the elements. Take a deep breath. In this moment, this very second, you are safe from wind and rain. Feel gratitude for your safety. Take a deep breath. Then, feel the floor beneath you. Feel the protection it is offering you from the bare earth, from wetness, cold, or heat. Feel gratitude in your heart for this protection. Deep breath. Feel gratitude in your heart for the great safety you have in this moment now. Deep breath.

This is such a helpful contemplation, because it can bring you back to peace whether you are in a mansion, a house, a shelter, or in a jail cell. By focusing your mind on gratitude, safety, and peace, you are attracting these elements into your life. And as the centuries remind, a focused mind is a winning mind. Don't be surprised if inspired creative ideas toward abundance arise after practicing this powerful contemplation.