On August 30, 2015, Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away after living a vibrant, purposeful 75 years. During those 75 years, he wrote over 20 books and inspired millions of people around the world. It wasn’t until after his passing did I learn that he was referred to as the “father of motivation.” Motivate and inspire me he did.
While I don’t remember when or where I first heard of Wayne, his work has greatly influenced me and permeates my everyday. My practices of gratitude, positive thinking and intention can all be directly attributed to what I have taken away from his work. While countless news outlets and websites have already paid their tributes to Dr. Dyer, it would be remiss of me not to do here and share his work with you.
Dr. Dyer had a way with words. He took complicated life situations, philosophies and challenges and presented them simply. His teachings had that dichotomy of being simply stated yet were anything but. Here are three of my favorite quotes from him.
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
This is one of the most profound things I learned from Dr. Dyer. My mind experienced a major shift upon hearing it for the first time. I realized that I had control over my reactions to situations that I had once thought were beyond my control. I learned not to take things personally. If someone says or does something negatively especially towards me, it is not a reflection of myself but a complete reflection of them. This one thought has completely shifted how I approach my day to day interactions with other people.
“Our intention creates our reality.”
Our lives depend on what we think and our attitude while thinking. I realized that as I shifted my attitude to one of gratitude, I experienced much more happiness and much less stress, sadness and anger. One practice that I learned from Dr. Dyer was to silently say “thank you” throughout the day, including to complete strangers. Being grateful brings me more opportunities to be grateful. On my way to work, I think words of gratitude to hurried commuters, to green lights and to inpatient drivers. The world does not need another stressed out, sad or angry person. The world needs more love, and it starts with the intention of practicing love.
“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your mind.”
A core belief that I adopted from Dr. Dyer is that I am in control of my life, and it is a direct reflection of what I think. I know that when things are going really crappy, I need to shift my mindset. This is extremely hard when I am in the weeds – knee deep in dirty laundry, managing a never ending to-do list at work and trying to get through my magazine pile if I ever want to see the top of my coffee table again. I’ve found being present, taking life one breath at a time, has been the most effective way to handle those situations. By slowing down my mind, my life follows suit.
Since Dr. Dyer’s passing, there have been more opportunities than ever to access his work. Here are some I have found:
“My Greatest Teacher” – This movie is based on how Wayne came to heal his relationship with his dad who abandoned their family when Wayne was very young. It shows how love and forgiveness can overcome suffering, anger, resentment and pain that we feel. You can watch the move for free here until September 15th. You can also get the DVD at Hay House or through Amazon and the book at Hay House or through Amazon.
ebooks – All of Dr. Dyer’s ebooks are priced at $1.99 until September 30th. You can get them from the following places Amazon (Kindle), Apple (iTunes Store), and Barnes & Noble (Nook). There are a ton of titles. My favorite is The Power of Intention, and I highly recommend getting the physical version because it is absolutely beautiful.
Audio work – All of Dr. Dyer’s audio downloads are 80% off at Hay House until October 12th.
Desk calendar – I’m a sucker for desk calendars and love the designs of Wayne’s. Check them out here.
Facebook – Dr. Dyer’s Facebook page is living on. Follow it to receive inspiration daily.
I know that I will continue to learn from Dr. Dyer’s teachings for many years, likely for the rest of my life. I hope that you will find the lessons you need from them too.
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