All the wealth you can imagine is right in front of you. If you disagree, it’s time to change your psychology. When we think we don’t have access to limitless wealth, it’s because we’ve defined wealth by what we don’t have. But it’s just the opposite: Wealth is what you can already give. The problem with focusing on your own needs and wants is that it only goes so far. If you think about it, there are several people in this world who have more money than they could ever spend in their lifetime. And how much of it do they get to take with them when they die? Zero.
The only value that money has after they die is in how it’s distributed. That’s why most people in the world who are fabulously rich don’t just hoard it to themselves. They start charities, they invest in various enterprises, and they build things people can enjoy for years to come. It’s the only way they could possibly enjoy all that money while they’re still walking around on Earth.
When you focus on the needs of others, it has this way of motivating you to do more than you thought possible. You feel the benefits immediately. You become more productive. That’s because life supports that which improves the quality of life. If you have a business, you know one of the best ways to get customers in the door is to give away a free sample of your product. Assuming it’s a great product, people will be happy to return the favor by coming back to buy more of it and by telling their friends about how well you served their needs.
When we add value, we ultimately improve our own situation. Just as in business, you can add value in your personal life for your friends and family. It all starts with gratitude. You must appreciate what you have in order to share it with the world.
“It is not what we get but who we become, what we contribute, that gives meaning to our lives.” —Anthony Robbins
Why come home to a relationship where all you do is complain about what you don’t have? Your partner should be able to share with you, but that doesn’t mean sharing in your scarcity. Instead, let your relationships be about celebrating the wealth you’re both capable of giving — to each other and to the rest of the world.
When we contribute to our community, we also grow. That takes care of the spiritual needs. The needs of personality will naturally follow. How could your life be improved, and what can you give to make it better
1. Stop consuming caffeine
Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we’re off it, we underperform and become incapable.
Isn’t this absurd?
With healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise, your body will naturally produce far more and better energy than caffeine could ever provide. Give it up and see what happens. You will probably get withdrawal headaches. But after a few days, you’ll feel amazing.
2. Pray or meditate morning, mid-day, and night
In a recent interview at the Genius Network mastermind event, Joe Polish asked Tony Robbins what he does to get focused. “Do you meditate? What do you do?” Joe asked.
“I don’t know that I meditate. I don’t know that I want to meditate and think about nothing,” Tony responded, “My goal is clarity.”
Instead of full-on meditation, Tony has a morning routine that includes several breathing exercises and visualization techniques that get him to a state of clarity and focus. For me, I use prayer and pondering (my version of meditation) as the same vehicle.
Whatever your approach, the goal should be clarity and focus. What do you want to be about today?
What few things matter most during the next 24 hours?
I’ve gotten the best results as my morning prayer and meditation are motivational; my afternoon prayer and meditation are strategic; and my evening prayer and meditation are evaluative and educational.
3. Read 1 book per week
Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. It is common for the world’s most successful people to read at least one book per week. They are constantly learning.
I can easily get through one audiobook per week by just listening during my commute to school and while walking on campus. Taking even 15–30 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive information changes you. It puts you in the zone to perform at your highest.
Over a long enough period of time, you will have read hundreds of books. You’ll be knowledgeable on several topics. You’ll think and see the world differently. You’ll be able to make more connections between different topics.
Reference #19 on this list if you feel you’re “too busy” to read one book per week. There are methods to make this task extremely easy.
4. Write in your journal 5 minutes per day
This habit will change your life. Your journal will:
- Clear your emotions serving as your personal therapist
- Detail your personal history
- Enhance your creativity
- Ingrain and enhance your learning
- Help you get clarity on the future you want to create
- Accelerate your ability to manifest your goals
- Increase your gratitude
- Improve your writing skills
- Lots more…
Five minutes per day is more than enough. Greg McKeown, author ofEssentialism, recommends writing far less than you want to — only a few sentences or paragraphs at most. This will help you avoid burnout.
5. Marry your best friend
“For all the productivity and success advice I’ve read, shaped and marketed for dozens of authors in the last decade, I’ve never really seen someone come out and say: Find yourself a spouse who complements and supports you and makes you better.” — Ryan Holiday
Research done by economists have found — even after controlling for age, education, and other demographics — that married people make 10 to 50 percent more than single people.
Why would this be?
Being married gives you a higher purpose for being productive. You are no longer a lone ranger, but have another person who relies on you.
Marriage also smacks you in the face with what’s really important in life. Sure, hanging out and partying are fun. But too many people get stuck in this phase and miss the meaning that comes from building a life with someone.
You will never find a better personal development seminar or book than marriage. It will highlight all of your flaws and weaknesses, challenging you to become a better person than you ever thought possible.
6. Make a bucket list and actively knock items off
Most people have it backwards — they design their ambitions around their life, rather than designing their life around their ambitions.
What are the things you absolutely must do before you die?
Then design your life around those things. Or as Stephen Covey explained inThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end clearly in mind.”
7. Stop consuming refined sugar
If you stop consuming sugar, your brain will radically change. Actually, study after study is showing that refined sugar is worse for our brains than it is for our waistlines. According to Dr. William Coda Martin, refined sugar is nothing more than poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals.
Again, like caffeine, if you stop eating refined sugar, you will experience some negative withdrawals. But, like any good habit, the effects of this will be seen in the long-run. What would your health be like a year from now (or five) if you were completely refined sugar-free?
8. Fast from all food and caloric beverages 24 hours once per week
One-day (24-hour) food fasts are a popular way to maintain health and vigor. Fasting leverages the self-healing properties of the human body. Radical health improvements occur when the digestive system is given rest and the organs get ample time to repair and heal themselves.
A regular practice of fasting can:
- Improve digestive efficiency
- Increase mental clarity
- Increase physical and mental vigor
- Remove toxins
- Improve vision
- Give a general feeling of well being
Like all the other habits, fasting gets easier with practice. I’ve been fasting for years and it’s one of the best things I have done for my health.
Fasting is also one of the most recognized techniques in religious and spiritual practices. I also use fasting to get spiritual clarity and refinement.
Honestly, I could go on for hours about this one. Give it a try. You’ll never be the same.
9. Fast from the internet 24 hours once per week
Your body gets an intervention when you fast. Your mind and relationships could use one too. Unplug yourself from the matrix.
If you haven’t caught on already, human beings are highly addictive creatures. We love our coffee, sugar, and internet. And these things are all great. But our lives can be far more enhanced by using these tools in wisdom.
The purpose of the internet fast is to reconnect to yourself and your loved ones. So, you probably shouldn’t do it the same day you do your food fast. Because eating is one of the strongest ways to form bonds.
You’ll be blown away by how much more connected you feel to your loved ones when you can give them your undivided attention. It may even feel awkward for a while having a real-life conversation without looking at your phone every three minutes.
10. Stop consuming the news or reading the newspaper
Although the amount of warfare and deaths by human hands are reducing globally, you will not get that message watching televised news or reading the newspaper.
On the contrary, these media outlets have an agenda. Their goal is to appeal to your fears by inflating extreme cases — making them seem normal and commonplace. If they didn’t do so, their viewership would plummet. Which is why Peter Diamandis, one of the world’s experts on entrepreneurship and the future of innovation has said, “I’ve stopped watching TV news. They couldn’t pay me enough money.”
You can get high quality news curated from Google news. When you detox from the toxic filth that is public news, you’ll be startled as your worldview becomes radically more optimistic. There is no objective reality. Instead, we live in perceived realities and are thus responsible for the worldview we adopt.
11. Do something everyday that terrifies you
“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” — Tim Ferriss
But you don’t have to constantly be battling your fears. Actually, Darren Hardy has said that you can be a coward 99.9305556% of the time (to be exact). You only need to be courageous for 20 seconds at a time.
Twenty seconds of fear is all you need. If you courageously confront fear for 20 seconds every single day, before you know it, you’ll be in a different socio-economic and social situation.
Make that call.
Ask that question.
Pitch that idea.
Post that video.
Whatever it is you feel you want to do–do it. The anticipation of the event is far more painful than the event itself. So just do it and end the inner-conflict.
In most cases, your fears are unfounded. As Seth Godin has explained, our comfort zone and our safety zone are not the same thing. It is completely safe to make an uncomfortable phone call. You are not going to die. Don’t equate the two. Recognize that most things outside your comfort zone are completely safe.
12. Do something kind for someone else daily
“Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed. Has anyone’s burden been lighter today, because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there?” — Will L. Thompson (music and text)
If we’re too busy to help other people, we’ve missed the mark. Taking the time to spontaneously — as well as planned — helping other people is one of the greatest joys in life. Helping others opens you up to new sides of yourself. It helps you connect deeper with those you help and humanity in general. It clarifies what really matters in life.
As Thomas Monson has said, “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” That would truly be a failure.
13. Go to bed early and rise early
According to countless research studies, people who go to bed and rise early are better students. Harvard biologist Christoph Randler found that early sleep/risers are more proactive and are more likely to anticipate problemsand minimize them efficiently, which leads to being more successful in the business.
Other benefits of going to bed and rising early — backed by research — include:
- Being a better planner
- Being holistically healthier as individuals
- Getting better sleep
- More optimistic, satisfied, and conscientious
Waking up early allows you to proactively and consciously design your day. You can start with a morning routine that sets the tone for your whole day. You show self-respect by putting yourself first. In your morning routine, you can pray/meditate, exercise, listen to or read inspiring content, and write in your journal. This routine will give you a much stronger buzz than a cup of coffee.
14. Get 7+ hours of sleep each night
Let’s face it: sleep is just as important as eating and drinking water. Despite this, millions of people do not sleep enough and experience insane problems as a result.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) conducted surveys revealing that at least 40 million Americans suffer from more than 70 different sleep disorders; furthermore, 60 percent of adults, and 69 percent of children, experience one or more sleep problems a few nights or more during a week.
In addition, more than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month — with 20 percent reporting problem sleepiness a few days a week or more.
On the flip side, getting a healthy amount of sleep is linked to:
- Increased memory
- Longer life
- Decreased inflammation
- Increased creativity
- Increased attention and focus
- Decreased fat and increased muscle mass with exercise
- Lower stress
- Decreased dependence on stimulants like caffeine
- Decreased risk of getting into accidents
- Decreased risk of depression
And tons more… Google it.
15. Replace warm showers with cold ones
Why would he do such a thing?
Cold water immersion radically facilitates physical and mental wellness. When practiced regularly, it provides long-lasting changes to your body’s immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems that improve the quality of your life. It can also increase weight-loss because it boosts your metabolism.
A 2007 research study found that taking cold showers routinely can help treat depression symptoms often more effectively than prescription medications. That’s because cold water triggers a wave of mood-boosting neurochemicals which make you feel happy.
To me, it increases my willpower and boosts my creativity and inspiration. While standing with the cold water hitting my back, I practice slowing my breathing and calming down. After I’ve chilled out, I feel super happy and inspired. Lots of ideas start flowing and I become way motivated to achieve my goals.
16. Say “No” to people, obligations, requests, and opportunities you’re not interested in from now on
“No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.” — Derek Sivers
Your 20 seconds of daily courage will most consistently involve saying “no” to stuff that doesn’t really matter. But how could you possibly say “no” to certain opportunities if you don’t know what you want? You can’t. Like most people, you’ll be seduced by the best thing that comes around. Or, you’ll crumble under other people’s agendas.
But if you know what you want, you’ll have the courage and foresight to pass up even brilliant opportunities — because ultimately they are distractors from your vision. As Jim Collins said in Good to Great, “A ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ is irrelevant if it is the wrong opportunity.”
17. Say “Thank you” every time you’re served by someone
It’s amazing when you meet someone who is expressively and genuinely grateful. It’s amazing because, frankly, it’s rare.
I remember one day while working as a busser of a restaurant as a teenager. Every time I went by a certain table, whether I was refilling waters, bringing food, anything… the kid at the table (no more than 20 years old) graciously said “thank you.” I even heard him from close proximity saying it to all the other employees when they stopped by his table.
This experience had a dramatic impact on me. It was so simple what he was doing. Yet, so beautiful. I instantly loved this person and wanted to serve him even more.
I could tell by how he looked in my eyes when saying “thank you” that he meant it. It came from a place of gratitude and humility.
Interestingly, one study has found that saying “thank you,” facilitated a 66 percent increase in help offered by those serving. Although altruism is the goal, don’t be surprised as your habit of graciously saying “thank you” turns into even more to be thankful for.
18. Say “I love you” 3+ times a day to the most important people in your life
According to neuroscience research, the more you express love (like gratitude), the more other people feel love for you. Sadly, people are taught absurd mindsets about being vulnerable and loving in relationships. Just this morning, my wife and I had to coax and prod our three foster kids to say one nice thing about each other, and to say they loved each other.
It took several minutes for our 8 year old foster boy to muster the strength to say he loved his sister. Yet, all of our kids constantly berate and belittle each other.
You know the feeling: when you want to say “I love you” but hold back. What a horrible feeling.
Why do we hesitate to express our love?
Why do we hesitate to connect deeply with others?
This may be strange, but if you tell your friends and family you love them,they’ll be blown away. I once knew a Polynesian missionary who told everyone he loved them. It was clear he was sincere.
I asked him why he did it. What he told me changed my life. “When I tell people I love them, it not only changes them, but it changes me. Simply by saying the words, I feel more love for that person. I’ve been telling people all around me I love them. They feel treasured by me. Those who know me have come to expect it. When I forget to say it, they miss it.”
“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” –Harriet Beecher Stowe
19. Consume 30 grams of protein within the first 30 minutes of waking up
Donald Layman, professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois, recommends consuming at least 30 grams of protein for breakfast. Similarly, Tim Ferriss, in his book, The 4-Hour Body, also recommends 30 grams of protein 30 minutes after waking up.
According to Tim, his father did this and lost 19 pounds in one month.
Protein-rich foods keep you full longer than other foods because they take longer to leave the stomach. Also, protein keeps blood-sugar levels steady, which prevents spikes in hunger.
Eating protein first decreases your white carbohydrate cravings. These are the types of carbs that get you fat. Think bagels, toast, and donuts.
Tim makes four recommendations for getting adequate protein in the morning:
- Eat at least 40% of your breakfast calories as protein
- Do it with two or three whole eggs (each egg has about 6g protein)
- If you don’t like eggs, use something like turkey bacon, organic pork bacon or sausage, or cottage cheese
- Or, you could always do a protein shake with water
For people who avoid dairy, meat, and eggs, there are several plant-based proteins. Legumes, greens, nuts, and seeds all are rich in protein.
20. Listen to audiobooks and podcasts on 2x speed, your brain will change faster
Listening to audiobooks at normal speed is so three years ago. There is a going trend — particularly in Silicon Valley — to listen to audiobooks at 150 or 200 percent called “speed listening.”
In 2010, the tech blog GigaOm suggested “speed-listening to podcasts” as an overall time-saving technique. Software called FasterAudio promises to “cut your audio learning time in half.”
If you want to get hardcore, a particularly useful tool is Overcast — a podcast-playback app with a feature called Smart Speed. Smart Speed isn’t about simply playing audio content at 150 or 200 percent of the standard rate; but actually attempts algorithmically to remove fluff (e.g., dead air, pauses between sentences, intros and outros) that bulks up the play time of audio content.
Use this technique and you’ll be consuming as much information as you once consumed caffeine.
21. Decide where you’ll be in five years and get there in two
“How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?” — Peter Thiel
There is always a faster way than you originally conceive. Actually, goal-setting can slow your progress and diminish your potential if you rely too heavily upon it.
In an interview with Success Magazine, Tim Ferriss said that he doesn’t have five or ten year goals. Instead, he works on “experiments” or projects for a 6–12 week period of time. If they do extremely well, the possible doors that could open are endless. Tim would rather play to the best possibilities than get stuck on one track. He says this approach allows him to go drastically farther than he could ever plan for.
22. Remove all non-essentials from your life (start with your closet)
“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” — Greg McKeown
Most of the possessions you own, you don’t use. Most of the clothes in your closet, you don’t wear. Get rid of them. They are sucking energy from your life. Also, they are dormant value waiting to be exchanged for dollars.
Getting rid of underutilized resources is like injecting motivation and clarity into your bloodstream. While all of that untapped energy gets removed, a new wave of positive energy comes into your life. You can use that energy in more useful and productive ways.
23. Consume a tablespoon of coconut oil once per day
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Here are 7 reasons you should eat coconut oil every single day:
- It boosts HDL (good) cholesterol and simultaneously blocks LDL (bad) cholesterol buildup
- It has special fats that help you burn more fat, have more energy, and maintain healthy weight
- It fights aging and keeps you looking and feeling young
- It reduces fever and acts as an anti-inflammatory
- It is antibacterial and thus wards off possible illnesses
- It improves memory and cognitive functioning (even for people with Alzheimer’s)
- It can boost testosterone for men and balance healthy hormones level for both men and women
Coconut oil is a healthy alternative to caffeine. Eating a small amount will give you a shot of energy without the side-effects.
24. Buy a juicer and juice a few times per week
Juicing is an incredible way to get loads of vitamins and nutrients from fruits and vegetables. These nutrients can:
- Help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases
- Guard against oxidative cellular damage from everyday cellular maintenance and exposure to chemicals and pollution.
There are several approaches you can take to juicing. You can reset your body by doing a 3–10 day juice “cleanse.” Or, you could simply incorporate juice into your regular diet. I do both from time to time.
I always feel enormously better after juicing. Especially when I get lots of intense greens like kale into my system.
25. Choose to have faith in something bigger than yourself, skepticism is easy
In the timeless book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill explains that a fundamental principle of wealth creation is having faith — which he defines as visualization and belief in the attainment of desire.
As he famously said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
If you don’t believe in your dreams, the chances of them happening are slim to none. But if you can come to fully know the things you seek will occur, the universe will conspire to make it happen.
According to Hill (see page 49 of Think and Grow Rich), here’s how that works:
- “Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches!”
- “Faith is the basis of all ‘miracles’ and mysteries that cannot be analyzed by the rules of science!”
- “Faith is the element that transforms the ordinary vibration of thought, created by the finite mind of man, into the spiritual equivalent.”
- “Faith is the only agency through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used.”
- “Faith is the element, the ‘chemical’ which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.”
Like expressing love, in our culture, many have become uncomfortable with ideas like faith. Yet, to all of the best business minds in recent history, faith was fundamental to their success.
26. Stop obsessing about the outcome
Research has found that expectations in one’s own ability serves as a better predictor of high performance than expectations about a specific outcome. In his book, The Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman explains that when setting goals, your locus of control should target what you can control (i.e., your efforts) instead of results you can’t control (e.g., whether you get the part).
Expect optimal performance from yourself and let the chips fall where they may. The organic output will be your highest quality work.
“Put most simply: Do what is right, let the consequence follow.”
27. Give at least one guilt-free hour to relaxation per day
In our quest for success, many of us have become workaholics. However, relaxation is crucial for success. It is akin to resting between sets at the gym. Without resting, your workout will be far less than it could have been.
Foolishly, people approach their lives like a workout without rest breaks. Instead, they take stimulants to keep themselves going longer and longer. But this isn’t sustainable or healthy. It’s also bad for productivity and creativity in the short and long run.
28. Genuinely apologize to people you’ve mistreated
People make mistakes several times every single day. Sadly — and hilariously — much of the time we act like kids and blame our mistakes on external factors. Research has found that people who don’t openly and often apologize experiencehigher levels of stress and anxiety.
You don’t need that pent-up energy in your life. Make amends and let it go. It’s not your choice if people choose to forgive you.
29. Make friends with five people who inspire you
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” — Jim Rohn
Who you spend time with is incredibly important. Even more fundamental is: what types of people are you comfortable around?
Your comfort level is one of the clearest indicators of your character. Are the people you enjoy being around inspiring or degrading, hard-working or lazy?
What kinds of beliefs do you friends have?
What kinds of goals are they pursuing?
How much money do they make?
What does their health look like?
All of these things dramatically impact you. And it is one of the most painful experiences in the world to become uncomfortable around people who have long been your friends. When you grow and evolve and long for more, you’ll begin seeking a different crowd to surround yourself with.
Misery loves company. Don’t let them hold you back. Move on but never detach from the love you have for those people.
30. Save 10 percent or more of your income
“I would have saved 10 percent automatically from my paycheck by direct deposit into a savings account earning the best possible interest compounded daily. I would have also disciplined myself to deposit 10 percent of any additional money from gifts, refunds or other earned income. I would have bought a small house outright with the money I had saved (instead of renting an apartment for over 30 years). I would have found a job that I loved and devoted my life to it. At least you could be happy even if you were not where you wanted to be financially. Hope this helps someone out there.” — D. Lorinser
Tithing yourself is a core principle of wealth creation. Most people pay other people first. Most people live above their means.
In total, American consumers owe:
- $11.85 trillion in debt
- An increase of 1.4% from last year
- $918.5 billion in credit card debt
- $8.09 trillion in mortgages
- $1.19 trillion in student loans
- An increase of 5.9% from last year
The U.S. Census in 2010 reported that there were 234.56 million people over the age of 18 years old, suggesting the average adult owes $3,761 in revolving credit to lenders. Across the average household, American adults also owe $11,244 in student loans, $8,163 on their autos, and $70,322 on their mortgage.
Simply switching to home-brewed coffee will save you an average of $64.48 per month (or $2 per day) or $773.80 per year. By putting the savings into a mutual fund with average earnings of 6.5% interest and reinvesting the dividends into more mutual funds over a decade, the $64.48 saved every month would grow into $10,981.93.
31. Tithe or give 10 percent of your income away
“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer.” — Proverbs 11:24
Many of the wealthiest people in the world attribute their healthy financial life and abundance to giving some of it away.
Most people are trying to accumulate as much as they can. However, a natural principle of wealth creation is generosity. As Joe Polish has said, “The world gives to the givers and takes from the takers.”
From a spiritual perspective, everything we have is God’s (or the Earth’s). We are merely stewards over our possessions. When we die, we don’t take our money with us. So why hoard it?
As you give generously and wisely, you’ll be stunned by the increases in your earning potential. You’ll develop traits needed for radical wealth creation.
32. Drink 64–100 ounces of water per day
Human beings are mostly water. As we drink healthy amounts of water, we have smaller waistlines, healthier skin, and better functioning brains. Actually, as we drink enough water, it’s safe to say we’re better in every way.
It’s a no-brainer. If you’re not drinking the healthy amount of water each day, you should critically assess your priorities in life.
33. Buy a small place rather than rent
Unless you live in a big city (which many of you do), I’m baffled how many people pay outlandish amounts on rent each month.
When my wife and I moved to Clemson to begin graduate school, we did a lot of front end work to ensure we’d be able to buy a home. What’s shocking is that our mortgage payment is far less than most of our friend’s rent payments. By the end of our four years here in Clemson, we’ll have earned several thousand dollars in equity and even more in appreciation. Conversely, many of our friends are simply dumping hundreds of dollars into someone else’s pockets every month.
Paying rent is like working hourly. You get money while you’re on the clock. When you’re not on the clock, you get no money. Earning equity is like having residual income. Every month you pay down your mortgage, you actually keep that money. So you’re not “spending to live” like most people do. You’re living for free while saving — often earning in appreciation.
34. Check your email and social media at least 60–90 minutes after you wake up
Most people check their email and social media immediately upon waking up. This puts them in a reactive state for the remainder of the day. Instead of living life on their own terms, they’d rather respond to other people’s agendas.
Hence, the importance of having a solid morning routine. When you wake up and put yourself, not other people first, you position yourself to win before you ever begin playing.
“Private victory always precedes public victory.” –Stephen Covey
Make the first few hours of your morning about you, so that you can be the best you can for other people. My morning routine consists of prayer, journal writing, listening to audiobooks and podcasts while I workout, and taking a cold shower.
After I’ve had an epic morning, and I’m clear on the direction of my day, I can utilize email and social media for my benefit rather than detriment.
35. Make a few radical changes to your life each year
Reinvent yourself every year. Novelty is an antidote to monotony. Jump into new pursuits and relationships.
Try things you’ve never done before.
Have more fun.
Pursue big things you’ve been procrastinating for years.
In the past year, my wife and I went from having no kids to having three foster kids (ages 4, 6, and 8). I’ve started blogging. I quit my job and started writing full-time. I completely changed my diet. I’ve changed my entire daily routine.
Without question, this year has been the most transformative year of my life. It’s taught me that you can change your whole life in one year. I plan on changing my whole life for the better every year.
36. Define what wealth and happiness mean to you
“Be everything to everybody and you’ll be nothing for yourself.” — John Rushton
No two human beings are the same. So why should we have one standard of success? Seeking society’s standard of success is an endless rat-race. There will always be someone better than you. You’ll never have the time to doeverything.
Instead, you recognize that every decision has opportunity cost. When you choose one thing, you simultaneously don’t choose several others. And that’s okay. Actually, it’s beautiful because we get to choose our ultimate ideal. We must define success, wealth, and happiness in our own terms because if we don’t, society will for us — and we will always fall short. We’ll always be left wanting. We’ll always be stuck comparing ourselves and competing with other people. Our lives will be an endless race for the next best thing. We’ll never experience contentment.
Most people have an unhealthy relationship with money. It’s not necessarily their fault; it’s what they were taught.
In order to change your financial world, you need to alter your paradigm and feelings about money.
Here are some key beliefs the most successful people in the world have:
- In a free-market economy, anyone can make as much money as they want.
- Your background, highest level of education, or IQ is irrelevant when it comes to earning money.
- The bigger the problem you solve, the more money you make.
- Expect to make lots of money. Think BIG: $100,000, $500,000, or why not $1 million?
- What you focus on expands. If you believe in scarcity, you’ll have little.
- If you believe there is unlimited abundance, you’ll attract abundance.
- When you create incredible value for others, you have the right to make as much money as you want.
- You’re not going to be discovered, saved, or made rich by someone else. If you want to be successful, you have to build it yourself.
When you develop a healthy relationship, you will have more. You won’t spend money on the crap most people waste their money on. You’ll focus more on value than price.
38. Invest only in industries you are informed about
Warren Buffett doesn’t invest in technology because he doesn’t understand it. Instead, he invests in banking and insurance. He’s not a tech guy. He invests in what he understands.
Yet, so many people invest in things they don’t understand. I’ve made that mistake. I once invested several thousand dollars in an overseas rice distribution. Although the investment sounded incredible on paper, it’s turned out to be a disaster.
I didn’t have the understanding to make an informed decision. I put my trust in someone else’s hands. And no one cares about your success more than you do.
From now on, I’m going to responsibly invest in things I can make informed decisions on.
39. Create an automated income source that takes care of the fundamentals
We live in unprecedented times. It has never been easier to create automated income streams. No matter your skill-set and interests, you can put a business in place that runs 24/7 even while you’re sleeping, sitting on the beach, or playing with your kids.
An entrepreneur is someone who works for a few years like no one will so they can live the rest of their life like no one else can.
If you want to free up your time and energy for the things that matter most, either invest in stuff you’re informed on (e.g., real estate, businesses, mutual funds), or, create a business that doesn’t require you (e.g., create an online educational course about something you’re passionate about).
40. Have multiple income streams (the more the better)
Most people’s income comes from the same source. However, most wealthy people’s income comes from multiple sources. I know people with hundreds of income streams coming in each month.
What would happen if you set things up so you were getting income from 5 or 10 different places each month?
What if several of those were automated?
Again, with a few short years of intentional and focused work, you can have several income streams.
41. Track at least one habit/behavior you’re trying to improve
“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.” — Thomas Monson
Tracking is difficult. If you’ve tried it before, chances are, you quit within a few days.
Research has repeatedly found that when behavior is tracked and evaluated, it improves drastically.
It’s best to track only a few things. Maybe just one at a time.
If you want to track your diet, a fun approach is taking a picture of everything you eat. Everything. This allows you the time to determine if you really want to put that in your body.
So, your tracking can be creative. Do what works for you. Use a method you will actually do.
But start tracking. After you’ve made solid improvement on your desired area and formed new habits, start tracking something else.
42. Have no more than 3 items on your to-do list each day
When you shift your life from day-to-day reactivity to one of creation and purpose, your goals become a lot bigger. Consequently, your priority list becomes smaller. Instead of doing a million things poorly, the goal becomes to do a few things incredibly — or better yet, to do one thing better than anyone else in the world.
“If you have more than three priorities, then you don’t have any.” — Jim Collins
So, instead of trying to do a million small things, what one or two things would make the biggest impact?
Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, explains that there are two economies: The Economy of Hard Work and The Economy of Results.
Some people think hard work is the recipe. Others think about the most efficient way to get a desired result.
Tim Ferriss, in his book, The 4-Hour Body, explains what he calls Minimum Effective Dose (MED), which is simply the smallest dose that will yield a desired result and anything past the MED is wasteful. Water boils at 100°C at standard air pressure — it is not “more boiled” if you add more heat.
What is the fastest way to get your desired outcome?
43. Make your bed first thing in the morning
According to psychological research, people who make their bed in the morning are happier and more successful than those who don’t. If that’s not enough, here’s more:
- 71 percent of bed makers consider themselves happy
- While 62 percent of non-bed-makers are unhappy
- Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested
- Whereas non-bed-makers hate their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired.
Something so simple. Yet, when you make your bed first thing in the morning, you knock-off your first accomplishment of the day. This puts you in a mindset of “winning.”
Do it! It only takes 30 seconds.
44. Make one audacious request per week (what do you have to lose?)
“Rainmakers generate revenue by making asks. They ask for donations. They ask for contracts. They ask for deals. They ask for opportunities. They ask to meet with leaders or speak to them over the phone. They ask for publicity. They come up with ideas and ask for a few minutes of your time to pitch it. They ask for help. Don’t let rainmaking deter you from your dream. It’s one of the barriers to entry, and you can overcome it. Once you taste the sweet victory of a positive response, you’ll not only become comfortable with it, you might even enjoy it. But making asks is the only way to bring your dream to life.” — Ben Arment
I got into graduate school way after applications were due because I asked.
I’ve gotten free NBA tickets by asking a few players I saw at a hotel.
I’ve gotten my work published on high tier outlets because I ask.
Very few things in life are just randomly given to you as an adult. In most cases, you need to earn it and/or ask for it.
Yet, there are many opportunities currently available to everyone if they would muster the courage and humility to ask.
The entire crowdfunding industry is based on making asks.
Start making bold and audacious asks. What’s the worst that could happen? They say “No”?
What’s the best that could happen?
When you don’t ask, you lose by default. And you’ll never know the opportunities you missed out on.
Don’t sell yourself short. Ask that beautiful girl on a date. Ask for that raise or big opportunity at work. Ask people to invest in your idea.
Put yourself out there. You’ll be blown away by what happens.
45. Be spontaneously generous with a stranger at least once per month
Life isn’t all about what you can achieve or acquire. It’s more about who you become and what you contribute.
Interestingly, research done at Yale has found that people are instinctively cooperative and generous. However, if you stall and think about being helpful or generous, you’re less likely to do it. And the longer you wait, the likelihood of you being helpful diminishes.
So, be spontaneous. When you get the wild thought of buying the person’s food in the car behind you, just do it. Don’t think about it.
If you’re driving down the road and see someone with car trouble off to the side, just do it. Don’t think about it.
When you want to say “I love you,” to a loved one, just do it. Don’t think about it.
Paralysis by analysis is dumb. And Malcolm Gladwell explains in Blink that snap-decisions are often far better than well-thought out ones.
46. Write and place a short, thoughtful note for someone once per day
The messages of handwritten letters impact deeper and are remembered longer than electronic messages. There is no comparison to this traditional form of conversation. Handwritten messages are so powerful that people often keep these notes for a long time. Sometimes a lifetime.
Jack Canfield has taught that writing 3–5 handwritten notes per day will change your relationships. In our email world, it can seem inefficient to hand-write and mail a letter. But relationships aren’t about efficiency.
Not only will handwriting letters change your relationships, it will change you.Research has shown that writing by hand increases brain development and cognition more than typing can.
Consequently, the things you write will be seared into your own memory as well, allowing both you and the recipient to reflect back on cherished moments.
Writing handwritten notes spices up your relationships, adding an element of fun. It’s exciting placing kind and loving notes in random places for your loved ones to find. Put a note under the windshield wipers of your loved one’s car to find after a hard day’s’ work. Hidden, wait til they come out and watch them from across the street. You’ll see their eyes light up and smile spread.
Other fun places include:
- In the fridge
- In the closet
- On the computer keyboard
- In their shoe
- In their wallet
- The mail box
Anywhere that makes the experience a surprise…
47. Become good friends with your parents
Many people have horrible relationships with their parents. I once did myself. Growing up can be tough and sometimes are parents make horrible decisions that negatively impact us.
However, my parents have become my best friends. They are my confidants. I turn to them for wisdom and advice. They understand me like no one else. Biology is a powerful thing.
Although I don’t see things the same way my parents do, I love them and respect their viewpoints. I love working out with my dad and talking about big ideas with my mom.
I couldn’t imagine not being close to them.
If your parents are still around, rekindle those ties or increase the flame. You’ll find enormous joy in those relationships.
48. Floss your teeth
About 50 percent of Americans claim to floss daily. My guess is that’s a large over-estimate. Either way, the benefits of flossing are incredible.
Doing so daily prevents gum disease and tooth loss. Everyone gets plaque, and it can only be removed by flossing or a deep cleaning from your dentist.Plaque buildup can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can be a risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, and a high body mass index.
Yes, not flossing can make you fat.
Not only that, but it greatly reduces bad breath.
49. Eat at least one meal with your family per day
If possible, eat a sit-down meal with your loved ones daily. It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
We’ve become so high-paced in the world that everything we do is on the go. We’ve forgotten what it means to just be with our loved ones.
Eating together creates a sense of community like nothing else.
Teens who have fewer than three family dinners a week are 3.5 times more likely to have abused prescription drugs and to have used illegal drugs other than marijuana, three times more likely to have used marijuana, more than 2.5 times more likely to have smoked cigarettes, and 1.5 times more likely to have tried alcohol, according to the CASA report.
50. Spend time reflecting on your blessings at least once per day
Gratitude is the cure-all for all the world’s problems. It has been called, “the mother of all virtues,” by the Roman philosopher Cicero.
When you practice gratitude, your world changes. There is no objective reality. All people perceive reality as they selectively attend to things that are meaningful to them. Hence, some people notice the good while others notice the bad.
Gratitude is having an abundance mindset. When you think abundantly, the world is your oyster. There is limitless opportunity and possibility for you.
People are magnets. When you’re grateful for what you have, you will attract more of the positive and good. Gratitude is contagious. It changes not only your world, but everyone else’s you come in contact with.
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Direct link. http://www.thesacredscience.com/screening.html
If you want Happiness, you have to TAKE it.
A different feel than your usual Dalai Lama sort of approach, isn’t it?
Well…it’s because most of us aren’t the Dalai Lama.
We live in a different world than most of the Queens and Kings of Peace that we all respect so much.
And in this world…the squeeze in a quick exercise, the “got to catch up on my sleep”, the eat when you have the time world…you have to TAKE your Happiness.
Because nobody will give it to you.
Because it puts you in a constant cycle of seeking.
What’s better than “seeking”?
So here’s the question, “What kind of model will help me to ACQUIRE Happiness?”
It’s really not that complicated. The genius is in its simplicity.
The model that is going to serve you best is the one that shapes your observation and interpretation of this world with GRATITUDE.
…but how does one…gratitude?
It’s all about training your brain, and it’s easier than you think. Follow these four, simple exercises and train your brain to TAKE Happiness.
Change Your Lens
Most of us seek Happiness through success.
Nobody knows this, but it’s a dated and broken model.
Seeking Happiness through success is THE carrot on the end of the stick.
Are there any other models for Happiness?
Absolutely. In fact, you have the power and ability to create any model you like. It all depends on your “lens”.
Your lens is the way you observe and interpret this world, and scientists now know that we can change that lens.
It’s easier than you think.
With a few, simple brain training exercises, you can change your lens and develop a new model of Happiness. And please do…it makes the world a better place for allof us.
Let’s get you started with the quickest, simplest, and most entertaining exercise to help you change your lens and TAKE your new model for Happiness.
“Dear diary” will do wonders for your Happiness.
But we’re talking about a specific kind of journaling with one specific goal. That goal is to write about the single most enjoyable experience of your day- everyday.
Maybe you have a lot to write about this event, or maybe not that much at all. Either way, this simple exercise will help reshape the way in which you experience this world.
So write it down- everyday. “…the most enjoyable part of my day today was…blah blah blah”.
If you’ve never tried this before, you can’t imagine what it will do for you. It has the power to give people complete personality make overs. It has the power to improve personal productivity. It has the power to infect others.
Remember, the goal is to write “something” everyday- even if it’s just a few sentences.
When will I begin to see results?
You’ll feel a “big” change after four weeks.
If you can combine journaling with a few other brain training exercises, you’ll know more Happiness after four weeks than you’ve known since you were that kind in the candy store.
This is kind of a no brainer- physical exercise.
Yeah, everyone and their mother has told you to exercise more, but have they told you why?
It’s so that you can know the Truth of decision making.
In this digital world, consequences are rare. We can do, say, and watch anything imaginable with virtually zero consequences. The perceived power of decision making is getting watered down.
Exercise will make consequences real again, but think of them more as “pro-sequences”.
With a bit of exercise, you’ll look, feel, and act different. When you begin to observe these changes, you’ll think to yourself, “Wow…the decisions I make really do affect all parts of my life”.
And there you have it, do SOME exercise- no amount is too small.
Oh my, people sure do have all kinds of different ideas about what Meditation is and how to do it. It can be quite intimidating.
Here’s what you need to know about Meditation. It’s focus + intention. That’s it. Make an intention and focus on it. Consider a “healing, strengthening, or manifesting” intention and focus on it. Boom- you’re meditating! Hooray!
Here are X great articles on meditation to give you some interesting intention and focus combinations
- The Chakra Meditation That Deserves Your Attention
- Occupy Your Consciousness with the Full Body Meditation
- The Source Meditation That Pours into Everything
- A Sweet Little Meditation to Excite Your Confidence
Keep the ones you like, toss the ones you don’t.
Acts of kindness.
Be on the lookout for small, quick opportunities to help people.
Hold the door open for someone, pick up a piece of trash, thank someone for their efforts- stuff like this.
And here’s the banger, if you just so happen to be thinking of something nice about someone, stop what you’re doing and TELL THEM. It’s the shortest line to creating value that you’ll ever know- EVER.
There you have it. Four exercises that will help you to TAKE your Happiness.
As mentioned before, one of these exercises performed regularly for four weeks will yield great results. However, if all four exercises are performed regularly for four weeks, the results will yield tenfold.
I was delighted when I first came across Liz Koch’s amazing work because it confirmed much of what I’d been intuiting on my own. I had begun to open and close my yoga practise with hip opening poses with the specific intention of releasing tension in my psoas and hip flexors. I’d breathe and imagine tension flowing out of constricted muscles to be released as energy into the torso.
It worked, I’d feel my body soften yet somehow grow stronger.
Reading Liz Koch I instantly realized what I was doing – by learning to relax my psoas I was literally energizing my deepest core by reconnecting with the powerful energy of the earth. According to Koch, the psoas is far more than a core stabilizing muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.”
Well, I just had to learn more. Here is just a sprinkling of the research that Liz Koch and others have uncovered regarding the importance of the psoas to our health, vitality and emotional well-being.
The Psoas muscle (pronounced so-as) is the deepest muscle of the human body affecting our structural balance, muscular integrity, flexibility, strength, range of motion, joint mobility, and organ functioning.
Growing out of both sides of the spine, the psoas spans laterally from the 12th thoracic vertebrae (T12) to each of the 5 lumbar vertebrae. From there it flows down through the abdominal core, the pelvis, to attach to the top of the femur (thigh) bone.
The Psoas is the only ‘muscle’ to connect the spine to the legs. It is responsible for holding us upright, and allows us to lift our legs in order to walk. A healthily functioning psoas stabilizes the spine and provides support through the trunk, forming a shelf for the vital organs of the abdominal core.
The psoas is connected to the diaphragm through connective tissue or fascia which affects both our breath and fear reflex. This is because the psoas is directly linked to the reptilian brain, the most ancient interior part of the brain stem and spinal cord. As Koch writes “Long before the spoken word or the organizing capacity of the cortex developed, the reptilian brain, known for its survival instincts, maintained our essential core functioning.”
Koch believes that our fast paced modern lifestyle (which runs on the adrenaline of our sympathetic nervous system) chronically triggers and tightens the psoas – making it literally ready to run or fight. The psoas helps you to spring into action – or curl you up into a protective ball.
If we constantly contract the psoas to due to stress or tension , the muscle eventually begins to shorten leading to a host of painful conditions including low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems.
In fact, “The psoas is so intimately involved in such basic physical and emotional reactions, that a chronically tightened psoas continually signals your body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system.”
And according to Koch, this situation is exacerbated by many things in our modern lifestyle, from car seats to constrictive clothing, from chairs to shoes that distort our posture, curtail our natural movements and further constrict our psoas.
Koch believes the first step in cultivating a healthy psoas is to release unnecessary tension. But “to work with the psoas is not to try to control the muscle, but to cultivate the awareness necessary for sensing its messages. This involves making a conscious choice to become somatically aware.”
Instead of the contracted psoas, ready to run or fight, the relaxed and released psoas is ready instead to lengthen and open, to dance. In many yoga poses (like tree) the thighs can’t fully rotate outward unless the psoas releases. A released psoas allows the front of the thighs to lengthen and the leg to move independently from the pelvis, enhancing and deepening the lift of the entire torso and heart.Koch believes that by cultivating a healthy psoas, we can rekindle our body’s vital energies by learning to reconnect with the life force of the universe. Within the Taoist tradition the psoas is spoken of as the seat or muscle of the soul, and surrounds the lower “Dan tien” a major energy center of body. A flexible and strong psoas grounds us and allows subtle energies to flow through the bones, muscles and joints.
Koch writes “The psoas, by conducting energy, grounds us to the earth, just as a grounding wire prevents shocks and eliminates static on a radio. Freed and grounded, the spine can awaken”…“ As gravitational flows transfer weight through bones, tissue, and muscle, into the earth, the earth rebounds, flowing back up the legs and spine, energizing, coordinating and animating posture, movement and expression. It is an uninterrupted conversation between self, earth, and cosmos.”
So, it might be worth it, next time you practice, to tune in and pay attention to what your bio-intelligent psoas has to say.
Danielle is a bookish urbanite, an opinionated yogini, a devoted wild food forager and lover of nature. She is also an award-winning film-maker, a yoga therapist in training, and the author of the popular blog Body Divine Yoga.
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“He who saves one man saves mankind”
My heart bleeds out into the lonely night, and only the yearning for daylight; only the memory of a better day gives me hope. I’m a healer. I work as a therapist, I counsel people, and I heal their wounds (mostly emotional, but also physical). I didn’t ever desire to do this. I tried to do many things, but never this… When it came on me though, I knew it was my calling. I’m passionate about it.
Healing is the simplest, most natural thing in the world. There are just 3 simple steps that you have to take to heal almost anything.
Of course, not everything can be healed; but most things that are thought incurable can be.
And these are the 3 steps:
1. Take responsibility for it.
Whatever the problem, it’s your problem. Own it. It’s yours. Not anyone else’s.
Even though you may have thought in the past that it was someone else’s fault.
Even if you wanted it to be someone else’s problem.
It isn’t. It wasn’t.It’s yours, and yours alone.
Imagine that this problem is (literally) in your hands. Hold it up before your eyes and look into it deeply. This belongs to you alone. You alone can let it go. But first, you must own it.
When you have taken responsibility you no longer blame others; and you no longer run away from the problem.
You know that you are responsible for your own change.
Quite often people call me and ask if I can help their partner / parent / friend. I have learnt to say ‘no’ in those situations. If that person had taken responsibility, they would be calling me themselves. If they haven’t taken responsibility, I can’t help them. Neither can you.
You cannot make people change.
2. Find the cause of the problem.
This is not so hard as it may seem, but it’s not as easy as step 3. It’s not as hard as step 1 though. Most people don’t make it past step 1. You should know that. If someone comes to me having taken step 1 (having taken responsibility for their problem) then I can almost always help them. And when they do come, I have the utmost respect – because I know what it takes to come to that point. It takes humility, and dignity, and courage. It takes being real. Most people don’t have that courage, and that’s why the world is in the state it is in…but more of that in a moment.
To find the cause of the problem, there is a very simple formula. Trace the problem (to use the analogy of a tree) to its roots. The topmost branches of the problem are in the head. The outermost symptoms are in the head (thoughts, beliefs, idea). The trunk of the problem is the heart (emotions). The roots are in the gut (deeper feelings of trauma, stress, fear, etc)… and the cause is a reaction to those deep feelings of trauma. The reaction is a survival instinct. Ask the question “how does this problem make me feel?” And then keep on asking that question until you come to the deepest feeling. Then ask yourself: “When I feel that deepest feeling, what do I want to do?”
The answer will be a survival instinct – almost all of our problems are rooted in our survival instincts.
There are exceptions to this rule – secondary gain is the most common one.
But if you clear the secondary gain (the process is almost identical to the one outlined above) then very often the problem falls away immediately.
3: Heal the cause.
This is so easy as to be almost ridiculous.
Yes, that’s right. Healing is easy.
Taking responsibility is hard. Finding the cause is a little tricky, but when you know how, it’s pretty easy too. But healing the root cause of almost all our problems (gut-based survival instincts) is a doddle.
The cause of the problem is a subconscious blockage. To be specific, the blockage is a subconscious association between safety / survival and an instinct (either fight, flight, or freeze).
So if the nature of the problem is that it is subconscious, we heal it by simply making it conscious.
You see, our essence is pure consciousness. Light.
The blockage is like a shadow.
In the same way that you can remove a shadow by simply throwing light on it, you heal the subconscious blockage by bringing the light of your awareness to it.
This is mindfulness in action, and the power of it cannot be overstated.
When I heal a client’s blockage, I bring us both into a state of presence (here and now), and we acknowledge the blockage.
Our combined awareness (the light) bearing down on the blockage (shadow) makes it simply disappear.
The blockage is like an uninvited guest. When he is discovered, he leaves promptly. He is in fact waiting to be discovered, and wants to leave. He has a guilty conscience. He doesn’t belong there.
What belongs there is pure consciousness. When the blockage is removed, pure consciousness flows through the space again naturally, spontaneously and joyfully.
***This is the most important thing in the world! There is no issue more urgent. Nothing is more worthy of your attention, time, and energy.
The world is in the state it’s in because mankind is motivated unconsciously by survival instincts. In one word: fear.
We behave the way we do as a species (war, abuse, greed, hypocrisy, corruption) not because we are innately bad. On the contrary, we are innately good – our essence is goodness, or God-ness (“made in the image of God”).
However, our innate goodness has been tainted by the very thing that makes us so intelligent. Our higher thinking. Somewhere along the line human beings forgot how to quickly and easily release trauma (wild animals do it naturally). We instead learnt to hold on to our trauma. And those instincts that helped us to survive the trauma stayed locked in place – permanently switched on.
So our lives became ruled by subconscious tendencies towards fighting (conquer, destroy, kill, argue, conflict, win, etc); flight (hide, run away, escape, remain passive, etc); and freezing (numbness, paralysis, stiffness, lock-down, tightening up, etc).
This is why you may be a highly evolved, spiritual person, but have health, emotional, or psychological problems. Because there is something in your subconscious that trips you up and interferes with your essential nature from expressing itself naturally.
It all comes down to survival instincts.
When enough of us heal these blockages, I am sure there will be peace on earth, because peacefulness is the natural inclination of life. War is an aberration, like murder.
Death, killing, sickness – these are not aberrations – they are natural and necessary aspects of life. But war, murder, corruption and abuse are the consequence of un-released and un-healed traumas. We have the tools to forge a new society, a new earth, a new humanity.
Healing ourselves is the ultimate environmental activism.
It is a political act.
It is an expression of Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satya (truthfulness) and compassion.
Let us heal ourselves and each other.
Let us heal the global heart that is bleeding and crying out for us to stop abusing ourselves.
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About the author:
Ben Ralston almost joined the army when he was 18. When he was 32 he almost became a Swami. *** Now he is a healer, Reference Point Therapy teacher, and advanced Yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition . His work as a healer acknowledges trauma as the underlying cause of almost all human problems, and resolves trauma at the causal level: gut-based survival instincts. The intention behind all his work is to empower others. *** Ben splits his time between his busy international practice, training therapists, and writing. As an experienced Yoga and Meditation teacher he also runs retreats, usually on the beautiful Croatian coast. *** Connect with Ben on Facebook. Read more of his writing on his new website with integrated blog! Yes, he’s excited about that 🙂
We all have days where we feel a little… well… in a funk. But the good news is that, once you know a few simple tricks, it’s easy to shift your mood from drab to deliciously inspired in just 10 minutes or less.
Here are 5 simple things you can do to lift your spirits anytime, anyplace, anywhere:
TIP #1: Feed your ears with inspiration
Listening to energizing music is hands down the fastest, easiest way to elevate your mood.
Put on one or two of your favorite songs, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you start to feel more positive about yourself and your day!
One way to make sure your day starts off to a positive start is to get a musical alarm clock that wakes you up with your favorite uplifting songs.
Do a Google search for “musical alarm clock,” and you’ll find plenty of programs (some free, some you have to pay for) that you can easily set up to wake you up with music that you have stored on your computer or laptop.
Or, if you have a smart phone, do a search in the “apps store” on your phone and you’ll find plenty of apps that’ll work with the music you’ve got on your phone.
TIP #2: Invite positive people into your space
One of the best ways to pull yourself out of the doldrums is to spend a little time with someone who has an abundance of positive energy.
But if a close friend or family member isn’t nearby, here’s the next best thing…
Do a Google search for “inspirational videos” and you’ll bring up TONS of short videos of inspiring people sharing inspiring things that’ll feed your mind and spirit.
Watch one or two, and because you’re activating the learning centers of the brain, you’ll quickly experience a nice jolt of all-natural mental caffeine.
You can also check out TED.com for a great selection of free videos you can watch and feel inspired by.
TIP #3: Laugh it off
Laughter is one of the most effective antidotes for a heavy mood.
Laughing and smiling releases endorphins… the “happy hormones” produced in the brain that are widely regarded as nature’s cure for the blues.
Lucky for you, there are tons of comedians loading hilarious videos onto the Web that you can access in just seconds!
Feeling down? Take a few minutes and check out a couple of videos on YouTube or Funny or Die (the YouTube-style comedy website founded by comedian Will Ferrell) for some good side-splitting material that will send your endorphin levels through the roof.
TIP #4: Beautify your space
Eckhart Tolle writes that flowers are “ethereal messengers from the spiritual realm,” and that gazing at one reminds us of our Oneness with all life and that there’s peace in the present moment.
Even if you think that sounds a little far fetched, you can’t deny that everyone has a positive reaction to flowers!
So why not exercise a little self-love and treat yourself to a nice bouquet?
Put them in an area of your home or office where you can see them, and you’ll be surprised how a few delicate buds can lift your spirits.
TIP #5: Gain some perspective
If you’re feeling a bit down, it’s important to be gentle with yourself.
A lot of people who feel unhappy further reinforce this emotional state by feeling unhappy that they feel unhappy.
Instead of making yourself wrong for feeling a bit blah, remember that the up and down, ebb and flow of emotions is a part of the human experience.
Take a deep breath and tell yourself that this emotion too shall pass.
Giving yourself the freedom to experience how you feel can often be the key to releasing undesirable feelings so that you can move on to greener emotional pastures.
Make today a great one!
To your freedom,
Having one or more critical parents can put a sledgehammer through your childhood confidence and leave effects lasting long into adulthood.
But there is hope. Here’s how to recover from a critical parent: Understand That Criticism Is About Projection and Loneliness
Critical people are stuck in a perpetual vicious cycle of projection, pain, loneliness and disconnection. They’ve been hurt at some point in the past when they felt vulnerable and they’re still carrying this wound in their psyche. Often they’re afraid of facing the pain they feel around this and don’t know how to deal with the unpleasant emotions involved, or perhaps they aren’t even consciously aware of it. The criticism that pushes people away further prevents them from experiencing the deep connections with others that would reduce their loneliness and heal the very hurt they are avoiding by criticizing others.
Our criticisms and judgments of others are really just projections of our fear of being rejected so we turn the critical eye on another.
Parents can’t help but see themselves in their children, so when you started acting in ways that triggered your mother or father’s shame, hurt, sadness or loneliness they are likely to have felt their unhealed pain particularly deeply. So it’s not surprising that a critical parent’s most common victim is their own children.
The cycle of judgment, pain, criticism and loneliness works like this:
A critical person has some unhealed and often denied emotional wound from the past. The deepest wounds are about loneliness, rejection, abandonment, separation and disconnection.
The overwhelming pain from the unhealed wound is too much, so they deflect it with an internal judgment about the other person.
The judgment is projected outwards onto the other person as a criticism.
Criticism is painful and destroys the empathic connection with other people, causing the person encountering the criticism to either become defensive or to retreat and in some cases strike back. Criticism puts everyone on the defense and only increases your sense of loneliness when no one wants to be around you. Remember how you felt while it was happening to you is really the best remedy.
Defensiveness and retreating lead to further loneliness, rejection and abandonment of the critical person. This reinforces the pain of their original wound, further hurting and isolating them. Over time, criticism becomes their default defense against what feels like a hostile world.
People who criticize others have a fierce internal critic aimed right back at themselves too. When you understand that the parent who criticized you was actually hurting inside as a result of the way their judgments and criticisms shut down their own self-expression and isolated them from other people, you can start to feel more compassion towards them.
Realize: It was never about you !
Understand That The Criticism Was Never About You and Avoid doing what happened to you to others.
If a critical parent has wounded you deeply it’s helpful to remember that the criticism and the wounding were never really about you. It was always just a projection of something your parent hadn’t dealt with in themselves. No truly confident person will need to put another down especially their child unless they themselves have deep insecurity.
Express your real feelings
Learn To Express Your Feelings, it ok. Your parents are two people in the world. Others are quite different from one another, don’t miss out on the people that will support you.
One of the most damaging forms of childhood criticism is when we were criticized for how we feel. This is often seen with Saturn Aspect to the Moon. Our feelings represent our deepest experiences and if you encountered criticism when you expressed them as a child, you may have learned that it just wasn’t OK to express yourself, or even to be yourself. Shutting down your expression of feeling is the first step towards restricting who you are from showing up in the world.
Being able to express unpleasant emotions freely allows us to accept our experience of life and of ourselves much more deeply. It also frees us to feel the pleasant emotions more deeply including love, peace, happiness and joy.
The best way to express your true feelings is to be direct about them. Avoid passive-aggressive or indirect expressions of how you feel, don’t fear saying what you really feel. Don’t just assume that other people should know how you are feeling: You leave too much open to interpretation and usually that’s not good. Learn how to be direct and tell them: “I feel really hurt when you say that” or do not be afraid of getting in touch with your sensitive side, and be honest. If the person rejects you, you don’t want them anyway. You want real, so get with it.
It will not be a easy task but it is one that will change your life and your relationships for the better in a almost immediate fashion. Break the generational curse now, have you heard of them? Well this is yours, and you are to not pass on the behavior that you were shown. You will alienate yourself, and end up very lonely.
Begin with these simple steps
- Don’t Listen To The Critical Voice In Your Head it’s a nightmare from the past but you can now build your ideal future.
- Do not do what your hated the most, and criticize others because contrary to what you think, it appears weak, and insecure simply because it is negative. It will also make others not want to be around you and only feed your separation, and loneliness more.
- Forgive your Parents: This does not mean you need to forget, but a good way to get over it, is to feel sorry for them. Realizing that they are so insecure themselves that they needed to pick at their child. Chances are they suffered at the hands of their parents judgments, criticism or even worse. This is why it is so important to stop this behavior now. It will carry on into your future lineage. Stop the cycle.
- Reprogram your mind with daily positive affirmations, you must learn to think positive, and realize that you being critical of others or yourself only serves to undermine you.
- Let People in, don’t keep other people at a distance because you find faults with them when they get too close, or avoid intimate relationships because you discover things about people that you don’t like. Or you long for the world, the people in it and yourself to be perfect. All of these are symptoms of a critical nature inherited from a critical parent.
The first step towards dropping your own critical nature is to acknowledge it. Stop hiding the fact that you are critical and perfectionist towards yourself and other people. Start revealing your own dark side that you’re afraid people will reject you when they discover it. Quit pretending to be a righteous the more critical you are to others, the more they become of you. It never works.
Get emotional healing you need, however you need too. Start by empathizing with your parent, who is obviously suffering their own pain. See a psychiatrist is needed, they can help you release pent up frustration, hurt and anger. Whatever you do, do make a effort, for I assure you, your life is not fated to suffer, but if you do not make the unconscious Conscious, then chances are you will. Change your fate, by changing the way you think!
What is visualization and why is it important to your life?
Visualization is the practice in which a person intentionally focuses mental energy on a specific idea, image, or desired outcome for a prescribed amount of time. This is done for the purpose of sending the focused energy out into the quantum field where it can then synchronistically manifest into the life of the visualizer.
How does this work?
First let’s start with the physics perspective of a thought. A thought is a frequency, a vibration. It is ultimately a form with structure. The only reason that the average person cannot ‘see’ a thought wave is because it is too fine of a frequency and our range of vision, the perceptual capability of our eyes cannot pick up on it. This does not mean it is not real. A thought is a thing. Pull up the image in your mind’s eye of a plastic sandwich bag. It is translucent, right? When it’s only one bag, you can easily see through it. Ok now in your mind stack a few more plastic bags on top of that one. Still see through? Yes, but getting a little more opaque. Ok now put 5 more,…10 more…100 bags. Is this stack of bags translucent anymore? No. Why? This is because although it is thin and translucent, it does have structure and eventually, when bound together, the density accumulates and forms something more massive. This is a simple way of explaining how thoughts work in our dimensional reality. So, if you are visualizing, and you spend, say, 15minutes really honing in on one thought or idea and you add emotions to it, pictures, sounds, stories, you are literally building density and next thing you know you have created a real thought structure- a blueprint construction in the template reality. Now this part of your visualization practice is complete and you let it go, you send it out in the universe and allow the quantum field to do its work through synchronicity, allowing it to manifest unto you.
Are there problems with this design?
Well, no not technically. But practically, there are some issues for many of us. For me personally, to sit down every day and spend 15 minutes focusing my mind on just one thing can be extremely challenging. As many of us, I can at times really struggle with the monkey mind. The programmed incessant thought patterns, the distractions of the physical body, and so on. So the issue I am seeing is that we understand the value and importance of visualization, we desire to consciously steer our lives in the direction of our highest preference and joy, and we understand the mechanics of visualization, but in the reality of everyday life we may find it difficult to slow down, sit down, and tune in on one thing specifically for any amount of time.
I have been beating myself up about this for too long and I have realized that meditation practices are just like education. We are beginning to really understand that the major flaw of the public education system lies in its inability or refusal to cater to the individual needs and abilities of the students. Likewise, if each of us has a unique and different personality, life purpose, energy flow, etc., why would we all force ourselves to prescribe to the same type of meditation? When you think of meditation classically, you traditionally think of sitting in lotus silently and completely still with a blank mind. Yet this is only one type of meditation, it can take a very long time to master, and it may not work for everyone.
With these points in mind I have really been downloading some encouraging and empowering information about meditation and visualization practices that I think can really upgrade and revolutionize your spiritual practice in a way that feels lighter, more natural, more fun, more spontaneous, and more powerful.
It is of the UTMOST importance that when you are intentionally sending a message or request into the universe, that you FEEL good. Your state of being is the NUMBER ONE ingredient. So if your current style of visualization feels forced, frustrating, or boring, then THAT feeling is the energy you are sending out the universe! Below are some creative suggestions that have appeared to me as options and tools to put in your toolkit. This is not to say that traditional meditation isn’t powerful or that there are not many more possible ways. I hope that these empower you, inspire you, and help you get in the right state of being to vibrate yourself into the most joyful reality.
1. Visualize spontaneously
Sometimes if I sit down with the structured idea of ‘now I must visualize’ it flops and I am so focused on doing it right that I get very little done. Sound familiar? If so, try another approach. If you are around the house or out and about and your energy is flowing joyfully and naturally and something you see or a person you are interacting with really inspires you or puts you in a state of great joy, utilize THAT energy while it is naturally present. Once you are aware of that non-resistant state, milk it. Feel that energy fill you up, let it expand as big as it can and then let your thoughts create structures within that natural energy you are holding. That is the perfect time to start going through the story in your mind of how your life could creatively and beautifully unfold. Go big! Be totally imaginative. Remember that the universe speaks in frequency and vibration so if the image and the story you are using creates a wonderful feeling of fireworks within you, the universe if listening to that, and will magnify more of that frequency in your life.
2. Tell a story
As aforementioned, the physical mind has the tendency to wander off track, making focused visualization difficult to maintain. Hack the tendency of the physical mind by using language and telling a story. Writing or typing this story is even better. Ask yourself a question like “What does being rich feel like to me?” or “What would I do all day today if I could do ANYTHING I desire?” or “What does the highest expression of me look like, feel like, and act like?” Go journal about it, tell the story out loud to someone else, record yourself speaking it, or make it your status update, inspiring others to do the same. By sharing your vision with many people in your life or replicating it in any way, you are multiplying its broadcasting power. But don’t be connected to the specific story you are telling. As the days go by, the story may morph and grow and evolve. Remember again, it’s the feeling that matters rather than the specifics.
3. Flow with reality
What I mean is- do not FIGHT what is. If you really want to live in the tropics and you are stuck in Ohio, don’t use your current situation as the springboard for your visualization. You will transform nothing by resisting it. I use to try this, it fails utterly. There is no use in beating yourself up when you look around and feel that your current situation is not your desired situation. Acknowledge this, but understand that this may not be optimum moment to visualize your desires. In a moment like this, you may find yourself thinking, ‘I don’t want THIS! I want THAT!’ or ‘I would much rather have x manifestation rather than y’. But this is not coherent language to the universal intelligence. The quantum field does not differentiate the idea of wanting or not wanting, it just reads the feeling of WHATEVER you are talking about. In a moment like this, be gentle on yourself and move onto the next thing
you feel good about. Choose your next opportunity to visualize when you have a moment in which it naturally flows.
4. Life as visualization:
Every wise spiritual teacher from Abraham-Hicks to Bashar has repeatedly recommended one all-important practice of manifesting a joyous accelerated reality; Follow your excitement. This is visualization at its very best, in its most actualized form. When you ACT on the excitement you feel, you are threading those joyful visions of what you desire directly into your experiential reality. This is the completion of the circuit of the creative engine. You think of what you want, you feel it, then an opportunity is there for you to do something that makes you feel good, that feels natural, that feels exciting, and you do it. And it feels great. You are literally choosing, with your thoughts, actions, and emotions to embody the self you have been calling forth. In the rhythm of this creative circuit, it only expands more and more into the infinite joyful experience of you.
So there are four simple ideas that I am sharing with the intention that you will give yourself permission to joyfully focus yourself into your preferred state of being, and that you will thus see your vision and love reflected all around you. These are just a few ideas, so be creative. Notice that the emphasis is on your feelings and frequency. Whatever it is that gets you there, harness those moments of non-resistance to focus your intentions and plant the seeds of your joy.
About the author:
Hi everyone, my name is Laura Weber. While I find it limiting to put a label on any one person because we are all so dynamic and complex, I would be happy to identify myself as a vibrational alchemist. My background includes Massage Therapy, Reiki, writing, and visual art, and last year I published my first book, “2013”, a book of poetry. I believe that each person is an expression of the one creative source, and thus we are all powerful creators. My ritual of daily life includes water and crystal alchemy, writing, birthing various pieces of art, and being the shamama of my magical 3 month old daughter, Anaiya. I am currently channeling my creative energy into my recently launched brand: Earth&Ether Designs where I create energetically activated jewelry and soul adornments. If you resonated with my writing you can follow my creative ventures and cosmic explorations via my Facebook Page or to check out my artwork and jewelry designs check out Earth & Ether Designs on Facebook or my Etsy Shop. Thank you for your light.
The Herbalist Had 23 Wives and Raised More Than 200 Children
He represents a Chinese mystery that can be added to many others. The herbalist Li Ching-Yuen ,was, according to the official records,born in China in 1677 (although he himself claimed that he was born in 1736). Throughout his long life, he constantly practiced herbalism and martial arts.There are documents, dating back to 1827, contained official congratulations on Li Ching-Yuen’s 150th birthday. Later documents, dating back to 1877, contained official congratulations on his 200th birthday.
The Secret of his Potion Formula.
Li Ching-Yuen expressed his longevity formula in one sentence: “Retain a calm heart, sit like a turtle, walk swiftly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog”.
During his last days he was offered an opportunity by the Chinese army general Yang Senin order to teach martial arts to Chinese soldiers. The general could not believe how youthful Li was, even though he had reached an age of 250 years old.Li Ching-Yuen died on the 6th of May in 1933 after finishing his martial art classes.
Holistic Medicine Should be the Alternative
It becomes a common sense that thoughts have a great influence on people and behaviors; they can be negative or positive. These days, even modern medicine agrees that 70% of all sicknesses happen because of negative thoughts or emotional stress. Illnesses attributed to this cause are called “psychosomatic,”
A long day of high stress is all that is needed to cause unexpected illness. Continuous years of tension at work is all that is needed to develop diabetes or heart disease, needless to mention lowered productivity, deteriorated body and depression.
Ancient medicine was very efficient because it is classified as holistic,It considers not only the physical body, but also of the psycheand personal lifestyle. It irradiates the cause of the illness, rather thandealing only with the symptoms, therefore stopping it from reappearing. However, Modern medicine, on the other hand, deals with the effects of the illness—bodily ailments. This is why the illness is never cured for good.
Thoughts cannot only make the body ill, but can also help it recover from serious diseases.
We can take for instance the case of Morris Goodman, who, in 1981, was involved in a plane crash and was supposed to die due to permanent spine damage and aninjured diaphragm. The man’s life was supported by a breathing ventilator, and the only movement he could do was blinking. However, this man was aware of the power of thought, and in just a few days successfully regenerated his own diaphragm and could breathe independently. He also consciously regenerated his damaged spinal cord and started to move all of his limbs. Doctors could not understand the situation at all because this just “could not be happening.” After a few months, however, Morris Goodman began to walk again and eventually fully recovered. This is only one of many cases that are happening all around us.
Reasons behind Incurable Diseases from Different Perspective
The ancient Ayurvedic health sciences not only prove the existence of psychosomatic illnesses.What your thoughts are able to influence?
Here are a few examples that could explain the causes of disease:
Jealousy – causes cancer diseases, immune system failure.
Vengefulness – causes sleep disorder and throat illnesses.
Restricted irritating situation – causes lung diseases.
Immoral behaviors – causes chronic diseases, infections, and dermal diseases.
Being too categorical or unwavering in beliefs – causes diabetes, migraines, and inflammations.
Lying – causes addiction to alcohol, parasite infections, and failure of the immune system.
Hostility – causes stomach ulcers, acid hearth burns, and verrucas.
Taciturnity – causes schizophrenia and kidney diseases.
Cruel behaviors – causes epilepsy, asthma, and blood deficiency.
Seeking conflicts – causes thyroid enlargement.
Apathy – causes diabetes.
Inconsistency or being fickle – causes infertility.
Being abusive – causes diabetes and heart diseases.
14. Anxiety – causes digestive system disorders, heart, and skin diseases.
15. Greed – causes tumors, fatness, and heart diseases.
99% of Rabbis and religious leaders and Jews around the world have no clue as to the truth and purpose about Rosh Hashanah.
Today that changes.
The real truth, the secret of all secrets concerning this ancient “holiday”, were concealed, hidden away in the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah for thousands of years.
Throughout history, most rabbis never dreamed of exploring the wisdom of Kabbalah to find out these secrets. Therefore, for thousands of years, Rosh Hashanah has failed to deliver on the promise of spiritual rebirth, a better life, a fulfilling life and world peace for all mankind.
What you are about to read contains the most startling secrets concerning Rosh Hashanah!
Therefore, read slow and read it all twice. There is material here for beginners and there is material here for advanced students if you read to the very end.
Let’s get started…
THE FIRST MISCONCEPTION & CORRUPTION
Rosh Hashanah is known as the “New Year.” Traditionally, it is also understood as a time of judgement, when the Creator supposedly takes a reckoning of our deeds during the previous year.
But according to Kabbalah, both these depictions of Rosh Hashanah are inaccurate.
Kabbalah teaches that the Force we call God does not preside over a heavenly court, deciding who will be forgiven and who will be punished. And are you ready for this — Rosh Hashanah actually occurs in the seventh month of the Hebrew Calendar, so it does not signify a new year.
And Rosh Hashana has nothing to do with being Jewish! Whoah. So what’s the deal about Rosh Hashanah being a “new year” and a time of “judgement”? Let’s find out…
THE COURT OF CAUSE AND EFFECT STANDS IN SESSION
Science can offer us some insight into the true significance of Rosh Hashanah. A principle of physics states that for every action there is an equal reaction. For every cause there is an effect.
Rosh Hashanah is built upon this foundation — the universal law of cause and effect.
Though we may not be aware of it, when we behave in a contemptuous, uncivil, or rude manner, we arouse negative forces. When we cheat, lie, steal, insult, or harm other people, a negative energy force is brought into existence.
Each time we lose our patience, react with anger, or lose our temper — poof! — we have created an actual force of darkness, a blockage that clings to us (Just think of all those times you were moody over the last year).
These negative forces are the unseen cause behind all the things that just “happen” to go wrong in our lives.
Rosh Hashanah is our opportunity to confront and combat all the negative energy and blockages aroused through the wrongful reactive acts that we’ve committed during the preceding year. At this special time, the spiritual cycle of the universe is structured so that the consequences of our careless misdeeds, intolerant behavior, and hurtful words return to us!
Now here comes a key concept: These repercussions of our own actions stand in judgment before us — NOT THE CREATOR!
The court of “Cause and Effect” stands in session. Think of it like a boomerang effect.
Every word we speak, each action we perform, every deed we commit is another boomerang that we fling out into the cosmos. Each Rosh Hashanah these gazillion boomerangs return into our lives, all the positive ones and all the negative ones.
Moreover, this boomerang effect on Rosh Hashanah is not exclusive to the Israelites. According to the wise Kabbalistic sages, the experience of cause and effect is shared by all mankind during this specific time.
Let’s put it all into even simpler terms: Kabbalah teaches that reality is like a mirror. Look into a mirror and smile, and the image smiles back. If we curse into the mirror, the image curses us back.
This is how life works, whether we realize it or not. When we perform a negative act in our world, the “cosmic mirror” reflects that negative energy back at us during Rosh Hashanah.
So as you can now see, the Creator never stands in judgment of us, and we are never required to stand in judgment in front of the Creator.
Oh, you want to understand this concept a bit better? Okay, so read on…
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
God does not punish. God does not reward.
This, perhaps, is the biggest misconception people have about the Creator.
There is only one Force, one Divine energy source for the entire cosmos, just as there is but one electrical force flowing through your home at this very moment.
This Force is only good, positive, infinitely compassionate. Most people tend to call this infinite force, “God.”
Now consider this: Electricity enriches your life by providing power for all your home appliances. But this same force can also be used destructively. Stick your finger into a light socket, and you can kill yourself.
But the nature of the electricity never changed. It would be senseless to say that the electricity “punished” you.
In the same way, the Creator never punishes us. Never! Ever!
We ourselves have chosen to place our finger in the electrical socket through wrongful conduct, knowingly or unknowingly!
We always have the free choice of how we react ( or proact) to life’s challenges.
Did you ever happen to notice that when we know something is wrong, we often choose to do it anyway?
Whether it’s losing our temper, over-eating, over-sleeping, over-working or over-reacting to the obstacles and challenges that life throws our way, we always feel compelled to do what we know we shouldn’t.
Likewise, did you ever notice that when we know something is right, correct, good and beneficial for us, we give it up for the negative option? Or we put it off until we forget about it completely?
Sure you do.
You do it all the time when it concerns eating healthier, exercising, spending more quality time with your family, trying to control your temper, going to the dentist, not yelling at your loved ones as much as you do, etc.
Well guess what? We have the freedom to engage in negative activity or positive actions. The choice is always ours. But what you might not be aware of is the fact that there is a dark and dangerous force that constantly attempts to sway you over to the negative choice and action, 24 /7.
Let’s now define the whole concept of negative activity, and in turn, see how we inadvertently perform misdeeds each day of our lives.
CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
Negative activity can materialize in ways both large and small. Consider the “sins” of murder, evil speech and adultery:
We can kill someone physically, or we may also kill someone emotionally and spiritually.
We can assassinate a person’s body, or we may also assassinate a person’s character (who doesn’t enjoy gossiping about other people?)
We can destroy someone’s relationships, or we may also ruin their livelihood when we cheat them in business.
Kabbalah teaches that the sin of “spilling blood” is not limited to physical violence. “Spilling blood” also refers to the shame and embarrassment we cause to others, forcing the blood to rush to their faces out of humiliation when we snap at them or demean them because of our own insecurities and selfishness.
According to Kabbalah, any form of nasty speech or gossip — even about someone we have never met — is one of the most serious crimes a person can commit. Speech has tremendous powers. When we speak badly of others, we not only damage their lives, we also damage ourselves and even the entire world.
At Rosh Hashanah, our damaging words come back to haunt us!
There it is. You can deny it. You can dispute it. You can live in self-denial. But disbelief in the law of gravity will not prevent you from crashing into the pavement if you step off a high-rise.
Evil speech, is a no-win situation. And we pay for it each time we do it. Perhaps Karen Berg puts it best when she states:
“People should be more concerned with what comes out of their mouths than what goes into their mouths.”
The concept of adultery is not limited to extramarital affairs. One can also covet another person’s business, their children, or their material possessions. Envy and adultery occur when we fail fully to appreciate all that we have. And this lack of appreciation occurs when we gain our possessions through egocentric behavior. The moment you cast your eye at another person’s possessions, and fantasize that it is yours, or you experience jealousy in your heart, you’ve committed a form of adultery.
Pretty scary huh? Pretty tough to admit, isn’t it?
COPPING A PLEA
Now that we understand that there are real repercussions associated with our negative behavior, large and small, we may be tempted to ask for a pardon, or seek exoneration through ignorance of the law of cause and effect.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and natural laws of the universe cannot be violated without consequences. You cannot plead ignorance of the law of electricity while you are touching live high voltage wire.
But don’t despair! It is also a spiritual law of the universe that when a person achieves a basic change in his or her own nature, the universe must respond and reflect that miraculous energy back to us. We can then use that energy to alter our destiny and deflect judgments.
The first thing we must do in order to bring about change is to admit that we’re guilty. You need to accept responsibility. You have to become accountable for your actions – especially the ones you are not even aware of!
(That is, perhaps, the hardest thing to do)
But you can do it. Just close your eyes, right now and just let go. Admit it. Own up to it. Search within. Admit what an ego centric maniac you are at various times in your life!
Don’t worry — we will still love you, unconditionally! In fact, you will be amazed how people truly gravitate towards you when you do admit all of your egocentric and jealous traits. They begin to feel good about you for reasons they don’t even understand. When you act with ego, their so-called friendship is really based on fear, or self-interest, or other illusionary false pretenses. So don’t be afraid to fess up and show your vulnerable side.
Now, with all your heart and soul, you must make every attempt to change our ways during the Rosh Hashanah connection.
This internal change begins with a mighty and majestic blast of a horn!
THE SECRET OF THE SHOFAR
Unfortunately, most people associate the blowing of the Shofar with tradition. It’s viewed as ceremonial activity. A symbolic act of commemoration. Balderdash! (and I was being polite using that word). Nothing, but nothing, could be farther from the truth.
Frankly, symbolism and traditional rituals offer no practical benefit to our modern-day existence. Who needs them? Who cares about them? The ancient Kabbalists couldn’t agree more.
And because we have remained ignorant as to the true purpose of the Shofar, its effect in our lives has been negligible. Two thousand years of pain and suffering are evidence to that harsh truth. Instead of it being an awesome instrument of power, the Shofar has remained a fruitless symbol of tradition.
Follow this one very carefully….
The Shofar’s power can only be expressed when the knowledge of its true purpose is instilled within our consciousness. In other words, knowing why we sound the Shofar is the electrical current that turns it on. Knowledge powers the Shofar!
So, what is the Shofar, you ask?
Good question. (And I am glad and quite impressed that you are still reading.)
In essence, it’s a weapon right out of Star Wars — not the movie, but the U.S. military’s SDI program: the Strategic Defense Initiative.
(Now try explaining that concept a few thousand years ago. Any wonder why Kabbalah was dubbed mysticism?!)
During Ronald Reagan’s term as US President, the U.S. military envisioned a defense system that could effectively prevent a nuclear missile from hitting its target. The strategy involved several laser satellites orbiting the planet that could shoot down any missiles launched at the US.
In spiritual terms, the nuclear missiles correspond to the decrees of judgment headed our way. The boomerangs! And we are the targets; or more specifically, the targets are the negative blockages (poof!) that are embedded in our soul as a result of our egocentric behavior throughout the prior year.
Again, to recap, each time we reacted over the year, we created a blockage, a remote sensor so that the “judgment boomerangs” can find their target during Rosh Hashanah.
The “judgments” are like heat-seeking missiles that detect their target and then strike. Unlike the military laser satellites that shoot down the missiles, the Shofar goes one better and removes the actual targets themselves! In other words, the Shofar banishes all those nasty blockages and targets from our being.
Now the missiles have nowhere to go! They cannot detect their targets because the targets have been removed! Let’s examine this idea further.
LASER POWERED WEAPON
The sound emanating from the shofar operates like a spiritual laser beam that dissolves all the blockages of negative energy that we’ve created over the previous 12 months. Just like an ultrasound dissolves those nasty kidney stones that cause a person such excruciating pain.
These blockages that we have inserted into our own selves are what attract the judgment/missiles. The mystical sound of the Shofar acts as a cleansing agent, a mystical ultrasound vibration that permeates every crack and crevice in our being, removing negative residues and purifying our soul. Once these blockages are removed, the judgments have lost their targets.
Whoosh, right over our heads they fly, missing their targets.
DESTROYING THE EVIDENCE
Another way to understand the function of the Shofar is by way of the following analogy:
Imagine yourself as a defendant in a court of law. You’re squaring off against a skilled prosecuting attorney. His sole mission is to procure a guilty verdict against you, and he possesses all the evidence necessary to obtain that guilty ruling.
But suppose you could destroy all his evidence. Imagine if you could wipe out all the depositions, trash all the affidavits, and burn all the documentation that support and prove his case.
This is precisely what the sound of the Shofar accomplishes in the Upper Worlds!
If we are sincere about changing our ways, then that true commitment, combined with the Shofar blasts, literally destroys all evidence against us.
The prosecuting attorney from the infamous law firm of Satan & Satan loses his case. He stands before the universal law of cause and effect, without a shred of evidence.
HOWEVER… There are two prerequisites:
1. A genuine desire to transform and change our ways is one of the forces that activates the power of the Shofar. If we don’t really want to change, the sound is worthless and we will experience nothing.
2. If we don’t have complete certainty and conviction in the knowledge concerning the Shofar’s power, our doubts become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Rosh Hashanah remains the same old tradition that it has been for thousands of years — a boring, uninspiring, irrelevant tradition for to 99% of the world. It becomes just another fashion show where the congregants of the synagogue show off their latest outfits in order to one-up their friends.
SO… If you liked what you’ve read so far, you can now go a bit deeper and learn some more. Remember, each new bit of wisdom that you acquire, is also the very substance of spiritual Light itself. Thus, the more you know, the more you will prosper during the event!
So turn off your cell phone for another 2 more minutes, shut down your email, disregard your text messages and the FedEx man at the door, and come discover a few more awesome secrets about this ancient cosmic happening…
IT AIN’T ABOUT A NEW YEAR
So what’s the rumpus about Rosh Hashanah not being a New Year? This part is a bit more trickier so read carefully.
Rosh Hashanah is not the new year, as commonly believed, but it is the head or the seed of the year. “Rosh”means “head”indicating this is the head of a year.
Think of it like this: just as an apple seed begets an apple tree, a negative seed begets a negative year.
Likewise, a positive seed generates a positive year.
Rosh Hashanah is our opportunity to choose the seed we wish to plant for our coming year. Just as your head and brain controls your entire body, Rosh Hashanah controls the entire year. Rosh Hashanah IS the seed of the year.
The harder we work at changing our ways and removing our negative traits, the more positive energy we inject into the seed. Then the seed sprouts and our year blossoms with fruits of peace and prosperity instead of chaos and strife.
For this reason, Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first day of the Hebrew month known as “Tishrei”. Though this month is the seventh month of the year in the Hebrew Calendar, it is known as the Head of all months.
The Shofar helps clarify this connection. (I venture to guess that there is not a rabbi on the planet who knows what you are about to learn concerning the shofar and Rosh Hashanah being the Head of the Year, and not the new year).
The Shofar is actually a ram’s horn, taken from the HEAD of a ram.
Why a ram?
The ram is the zodiac sign of Aries, the Hebrew month of Nissan, which represents the true New Year in the Hebrew calendar. So, in a way, we actually DO connect to the concept of a new year, but we do so, at the Head of the Year, or on a seed level.
Was that a bit tricky? I thought so. Let’s try it again…
• We have the power of the New Year, — signified by the Ram’s horn and the Hebrew month of Aries or Nissan, which is the true new year.
• And we have the head of the year, signified by the Hebrew month of Tishrei and the fact the shofar comes from the HEAD of the Ram.
A few dozen blasts of the Shofar, coupled with our effort of true transformation of our negative traits, gives us the power to take control over all of Creation as it pertains to our lives. We control the seed, the head of the entire year. And we rise ABOVE the influences of the stars and planets.
Interestingly, this specific date of the First of Tishrei is secretly encoded into the Bible in the very first word — “Beresheet” — which means, “In the Beginning.” If you rearrange the Hebrew letters that compose the word “Beresheet” we you will find the phrase, “First of Tishrei.” Pretty darn cool.
Now we will go a bit deeper and discover how Rosh Hashana can prevent heart attacks, strokes, high levels of the bad cholesterol and, in the process, generate world peace at the same time. We will discover some compelling connections between the ram’s horn and the windpipe (trachea) of the human body. It’s a mind blower.
Rosh Hashanah offers many powerful tools and opportunities to take control over our destiny. How? By taking control over the twelve months that immediately follow it. I will share some profound secrets concerning our physical, spiritual and financial health during the next year. This article is a bit more advance so I suggest we re-read it a couple of times to fully absorb the power of the Zohar’s teaching.
First we will address the origins of heart disease and see how the Shofar can unblock our arteries and bring about good health and well being.
By the way, this next section is pretty amazing when you consider it was written down 2000 years ago. As you will soon see, only in the last few decades did medical science discover what the Zohar already knew 2000 years ago.
THE LIVER AND ANGER, ACCORDING TO THE HOLY ZOHAR
According to the Zohar, our reactive emotions, notably anger and impatience, manifest in our liver! What does this mean, practically?
A remarkable insight concerning Rosh Hashanah and our liver is presented in the following text of Zohar:
“From the liver and the appendage, emerges the gall, which is the sword of the Angel of Death, from which come bitter drops to kill human beings.”
—Zohar Vol. 20
The Zohar then says that the gall:
“Overcomes the arteries of the heart and all the arteries in the limbs of the body”
—Zohar Vol. 20
What is gall?
Interestingly, gall is defined by Merriam Websterís Dictionary as both “bile” and “bitterness of spirit” or “rancor.” This definition reinforces the Kabbalistic viewpoint that a vital connection exists between human behavior and physical health.
Even more amazing, it is the liver that secretes gall (bile), and guess what? The primary component of bile is cholesterol!
2000 years ago the Zohar is speaking about cholesterol overcoming the arteries of the heart and liver in response to anger, selfishness and reactive behavior. Utterly incredible. Why?
Because only in the last fifty years did medical science tell us that high levels of cholesterol are a major cause of atherosclerosis, the hardening and blockage of arteries, one of the most frequent causes of heart disease and death.
The Zohar is saying that anger goes directly to the liver, which then creates cholesterol which “overcomes the arteries of the heart…” and eventually brings disease and death.
Medical science only understood the function of the liver and its role in cleaning the blood and furnishing this blood to the heart in last 100 years. 2000 years ago the Zohar stated:
“…The liver receives the blood and serves it to the heart”
—Zohar, Vol. lV
So how does this medical insight connect to Rosh Hashanah?
All the anger and negative reflex emotions that we’ve expressed throughout the year appear during Rosh Hashanah as an indictment against us.
In other words, all the negative energy and blockages that we have aroused through our anger manifests as the potential for illness and heart related diseases caused by the liver, according to Kabbalah. It stands there, ready to penetrate the seed of our year. Each reaction, each act of selfishness creates blockages. These blockages can appear as fat that clog our arteries, according to the Zohar. An unbelievable insight!
The Shofar is used to purify us, to remove these negative forces and blockages from our arteries and cardiovascular system.
Through the Shofar, good cholesterol levels rise while bad cholesterol levels decrease. Our blood is cleansed of toxins. The arteries are cleared of deadly deposits and plaque. All because we planted a seed free of negative energy at Rosh Hashanah, the one opening in the entire year where we can manipulate and control the seed and head of the entire year.
HARDENING OF ALL ARTERIES
This profound idea extends further. Follow this next idea closely: The “hardening of the arteries” — which really means blockages that prevent blood (or spiritual Light) from flowing — can also occur in other areas of our life!
Essentially, all of our relationships in life are “arteries.” Therefore, a blockage can occur in a marriage relationship. For instance, when this particular artery is blocked, love and passion no longer flow between a husband and wife. Call it a heart attack or death in a marriage. If the arteries between two friends are blocked, the friendship undergoes a heart attack or stroke or death.
Our various business relationships are also arteries.
The money and properity that flows to us through the deals we make or the work we do, travels through these “arteries”. When they are clogged good fortune fails to flow to us. This is why we incur financial hardship in our lives. The “financial” arteries are blocked. Plain and simple. Also, we need to realize that if we cheat in business, these blockages might very well end up in the physical arteries in our body. Therefore, we might prosper in business as a result of unscrupulous behavior, but we pay for it with hardening of the arteries and a triple bypass. There is a connection. There is always a connection. It is only the ego that makes us think life is random and chaotic and disconnected.
All the relationships of the world — between people, between business partners, between buyer and seller, between brother and sister, between husband and wife, between parents and children, between one nation and another — these are all spiritual arteries that can become blocked and cause disease when humans behave with intolerance.
Each time you interact with someone in your life — friend or stranger, enemy or family member — you are affecting the “arteries” in your life, and in the world. Those mood spells of yours dramatically impact your life, whether you know it or not. And so does your envy. And also your denial of all these negative traits.
So, if your behavior in these relationships is governed by reactive impulse and self-interest, it creates a “fatty deposit.” If these blockages continue to grow and are left unchecked, “disease” sets in.
The “disease” can then manifest as poverty, war, divorce, kids on drugs, dysfunctional family, global terrorism, or a good old-fashioned heart attack!
Make no mistake: It is our own behavior that determines whether or not we have a great year or a rotten year, or something in between.
Terrorism, business problems, natural disasters, failed marriages, corrupt governments, war, personal problems like sickness, disease and anxiety, these are all the effects! The underling cause is always our behavior, no matter how much the ego tries to convince us otherwise.
Any chaos in our life is caused by a blockage that prevents the Light of the Creator from flowing freely into our lives.
UNCLOGGING OUR SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL ARTERIES
Rosh Hashanah, when empowered with the Kabbalistic wisdom presented in this article, eliminates the blockages, purifies your being and allows you to plant a positive seed of peace and prosperity for the coming year.
AND FINALLY, THE ULTIMATE SECRET REVEALED…
If you are still reading, you are now ready for a compelling secret. I will now present the most vital piece of information, at the very end of this article, for those who are sincere about changing their lives and the world.
The ancient Kabbalists revealed a secret technology that empowers the Shofar in unimaginable ways, ensuring that everyone’s effort will prove successful.
Only the Kabbalists of history were given the codes and secret meditations to launch the Shofar’s power. Therefore, the Zohar says that if we attend a Rosh Hashanah event and the person blowing the Shofar has not prepared himself for at least 3 days, meditating upon these ancient codes, then there is a real danger that the entire congregation will receive no benefit from the Shofar. The Zohar is even more hard-hitting and blunt regarding this issue: The Zohar says that if the rabbi or person blowing the Shofar, does not utilize the Kabblistic formulae and mediations, he will actually bring more judgment down upon his congregation.
Don’t blame me for this provocative statement. The Zohar says it!
Can you imagine? For two thousand years we have been observing Rosh Hashanah, but because the Kabbalistic wisdom was not included, it has only brought judgment into the world. What a provocative statement by the Zohar!
So, people, wake up! Is it any wonder the world has suffered for so many millennia?
We’ve been blowing the shofar all over the world without any knowledge of Kabbalah. And so all those religiuos events have done nothing but bring judgment and pain into our world. History offers painful evidence that this is absolutely true. Without Kabbalah, there is no chance to use Rosh Hashanah as a tool to bring peace to our life and to the world.
Kabbalah is, and always has been, the answer and solution to the world’s problems.
But don’t take my word for it. The greatest minds in history believed that deeply — Jew and non- jew, religious and secular.
People like Newton, Moses, Plato, Jesus, Muhammed, Pythagoras, Abraham and King David all understood the power and importance of Kabbalah.
So, the Zohar says that if we are in the presence of a true Kabbalist, one who is versed in the codes and meditations associated with the blowing of the Shofar, then all the congregation will rise on the wings of the Kabbalist and see their lives dramatically changed for the positive.
If you have read this far, then it means you are ready to learn one of the deeper secrets concerning Rosh Hashanah. Consider it a bonus secret for all your extra effort. Are you ready?
Here we go..
A BONUS INSIGHT INTO ROSH HASHANAH
According to the Zohar, the human body is a mirror of the Ten Sfirot, which are the ten dimensions that comprise all reality. Our physical world represents just 1% of true reality, a world of chaos, in case you hadn’t noticed. The remaining 99% of reality is the unseen source of all happiness, goodness, wisdom, healing and prosperity. All goodness flows from this hidden realm. Any chaos in our life is because we have disconnected from the source.
Each body part corresponds to another one of these hidden dimensions in this unseen spiritual world.
The Zohar says the esophagus corresponds to our physical world, known as Malchut.
Because physical food and liquid, the source of our nourishment, travel down our esophagus when ever we eat and drink. Therefore, it is associated with the material world.
So far pretty easy, yes? Okay. Next idea…
The Zohar also says the Trachea – or wind pipe – corresponds to the spiritual dimension known as Binah.
Because Binah is a spiritual dimension that is so filled with Light, joy and Divine Energy, there is absolutely no need for food and drink to gain pleasure or nourishment. By the way, when Moses stood on Sinai, he reached the level of Binah, which is the source of the energy and Light that radiated from the Tablets.
The Light of Binah provides far more pleasure and nourishment than the human mind can possibly conceive. This is how powerful Binah is. Our trachea is a windpipe, which means no food or drink travels through it.
Okay. That is the set up. Below is a another illustration showing the correlation between the trachea and esophagus and its corresponding spiritual dimension (or sephirot).
Let’s now examine these two body parts in more detail. The Zohar reveals a profound connection and insight through the Hebrew spelling of each of these body parts. Read slow:
In the Hebrew alphabet, the esophagus is spelled VAV, SHIN, TET (Veshet).
Now watch this: The Zohar explains that when we are overly self-indulgent, allowing our ego and selfish desires to grow, the Hebrew letter VAV also grows and extends into the Hebrew letter NUN. In other words, the letter VAV is merely a shortened NUN.
When the VAV grows (the way our ego grows) and is then turned into a NUN, the letters that spell esophagus (VESHET) are now rearranged to spell SATAN (SIN, TET, NUT).
The Zohar is telling us that when our own physical desires run rampant and expand, and we choose the physical world over the spiritual, the negative force called, the Satan overcomes “all the limbs and the arteries” for all the 365 days of the solar year.
As our ego grows, as our reactive nature grows, as our mood swings grow, so too does the letter VAV in the word esophagus, because it represents the physical world. We turn that word into the word Satan and now this dark force envelopes our entire body for the entire year.
The Force of Satan (once again, indicated by rearranging of the word Veshet into Satan) now permeates our body and our physical life, creating chaos in our health, our careers, our marriage, or wherever he chooses.
Guess what? There’s a solution. There’s a way out of this mess. There is recourse for the remorseful heart—and it is found in the instrument of the Shofar. The Shofar, just like the the trachea, is a windpipe!
The trachea is a windpipe and the Shofar is a musical windpipe. And just like our trachea, only air enters the Shofar!
Thus, the Zohar says, in the same way that the trachea is the connection to Binah, the Shofar also connects us to Binah when it is blown!
Did you get that? Read it again, if you didn’t say “wow!”
By the way, on Yom Kippur, there is also no eating and drinking, once again signifying the dimension known as Binah and the unimaginable spiritual nourishment that it provides. Here’s another secret: the numerical value of the term “The Satan” is 364, which is 1 number short of the 365 days of the year. This is the one day of the year when Satan is banished from our world—Yom Kippur!
Blowing the Shofar at Rosh Hashanah and making our connections to Yom Kippur reestablishes our connection to Binah!
It’s all about technology, not tradition.
Here’s what happens: The letter NUN in the word SATAN is now reduced in size—just as we reduce our desire to consume food and drink on Yom Kippur and reduce our ego during Rosh Hashanah—and it reverts back into a VAV to again spell esophagus in Hebrew.
Satan and the force of death are now extracted from our arteries and limbs!
By the way, notice the uncanny similarity between the letter NUN, the Shofar and the human trachea:
Throughout the year we have reacted. We have been rude. Angry. Fearful. Unkind. Impatient. All of these types of reactive emotions and actions have created blockages which have caused the Satan, the negative dark force and “fatty deposits” to block our arteries in our body, in our relationships and in our lives. This then extends to the rest of the world as well, in terms of the relationships between nations and people throughout the globe.
The blowing of the Shofar combined with true remorse in our hearts, along with our admittance of all of our ugly, pathetic egocentric behavior, clears the blockages. We connect to the realm of Binah, which sends forth a surge of purifying energy and Light into our body and soul, cleansing us and eradicating the blockages and darkness.
The letter NUN, in the word SATAN, is reduced back to a VAV, spelling VESHET, which is our esophagus, the physical reality of our being. Satan is vanquished from our being and we are now cleansed and ready for an amazing, productive and prosperous new year.
If it’s absolutely impossible to attend, then go to a local Kabbalah Centre for Rosh Hashanah.Meditate to be one with all of us. The more effort you put forth, the stronger your connection to the energy of purification.
It’s all about your certainty and your effort.
These are the two most powerful ways to plant a healthy seed for the coming year.
Every human being is amazing; made of star dust, the living culmination of a genetic lineage that fades into long forgotten time.
Our ancestors crawled from a pond, evolved into numerous forms, and you are who you are today because the cosmos created each of us through an incredible mystery of gestation.
To be alive is to be epic—here are some tips to recognize and unleash the epicness within.
1. Believe in yourself.
Yes. You can do that—and anything else your heart guides you to do.
2. Embody your Soul. Act Now.
We can do more than get laid, be pretty, earn money or make a name for ourselves. You could cure cancer. You might be the next Leonardo Da Vinci, or Nikola Tesla. Your very thoughts, if written and shared, could change the course of humanity. You can do that, and more than you can imagine. Embody the dreams your heart whispers in the night.
3. Share your soul.
Knowledge is common. So are words. But your soul, its unique in all of the universe. It’s one of a kind. The pure special place of who you are is completely one-of-a-kind. When we express and share that pure essence of Self, a fire of hope is ignited in all around you. Be the light of hope and inspiration, and the world is changed.
4. Stop Seeking, Start Being.
Life is the greatest gift, and rather than trying to figure out what life is about, live that life … to its fullest. Carpe diem, in service to family, tribe and the world. Who you are is the most precious gift possible, and you don’t have to find you. You already are you. When in doubt, see Epic tip #1.
5. Value your Death.
It’s going to happen. Your body will die. Stop screwing around and take responsibility for the air you breath and water you drink. Respect your ancestors and the infinite amount of time that has passed to make the very unique you that you are. Act now, because your time is already up.
6. Respect Life.
Every living thing is alive and has the right to live. Whether a human, or a tree. Life is not a resource, it is a gift. In loving and valuing that gift, all possibility opens.
7. Have integrity.
Don’t waste the precious time given to others. Speak authentically. Be vulnerable. Share wisdom. Move on, move on, time is scarce. The worst that can happen is death. Integrity is power, and power can shake the foundations of the universe.
8. Be Courageous.
Time is the most precious resource. Death claims all before any are ready. Be yourself, now. Stop seeking, now. Act, now. Death may happen at any moment, even now. Your gifts are needed, now. Fear isn’t even worth fearing. Offer your soul in service to life, and become immortal. And Epic.
Life is a journey, and the best way to approach life is to be equipped for the journey. In getting ourselves armed for this journey, one question we need to constantly ask ourselves is-What do I need to do to be successful in this journey. The truth is that there is no easy answer. In this issue we will take a look at 10 things that John Maxwell identified as the most important lessons we need to know. Here they are.
Your greatest victory
There is a lot of competition in life; and the most competitive tend to make the most progress and occupy the seats of power, fame and wealth. In competition we have to subjugate others. We literally have to conquer our competitors on the sports fields and in business. However, your greatest victory in this life will always be over yourself. There is no one who poses a greater threat to your goals than you. Plato was spot on when he wrote “the first and best victory is to conquer self.”
Confidence is the most important asset
Confidence in oneself is the cornerstone upon which all success is built. It takes confidence in oneself to initiate bold actions; to stand up for one’s potential and to pursue one’s dreams. Self-confidence breeds confidence in others.
Final responsibility is the most important weight you will ever bear.
There are many variables that will influence the way things go in life. You can never control them all; just as the farmer cannot control the weather. Each of these variables can serve as a potential excuse or even good explanation for your failure to achieve what you ought to achieve in life. People may even let you down or circumstances may conspire against you. You must decide in advance that your life is yours to lead; and the final responsibility is yours to bear. Whatever happens to you in this life the responsibility is yours. You are personally responsible for the success and the failures as well.
The most important habit -taking time to think
There are many good habits that we must learn and employ as our servants as we seek to become something or someone of note. However, there is one habit that breeds all other habits. Our lives today are a result of our thinking yesterday, and our lives tomorrow will be determined by what we think today. If we desire to rise above our circumstances and to move up to another level in our careers, then we need to improve our thinking. It is important to learn the habit of deliberately setting aside quality time to think. Change your thinking and you will change your results.
Pride is the worst weakness you will ever have
Pride gives people an overinflated sense of their own importance and causes them to devalue the contribution of others. Pride causes people to gloss over their fallibility, over exaggerates their sense of invulnerability. Pride never wins friends but alienates potential allies.
The only available opportunity is today
We all have some regrets of what we could have done that we did not do. There is no man without a tale of missed opportunities. We also have opportunities that we wish will come our way in the future. The most important opportunity and the only one that is available is today. Seize today’s opportunity and today you will make progress. Our strength lies in the present.
The most precious possession you will ever lose is hope
We have all lost something or someone very important and dear to us. However, our greatest loss will always be hope. When you lose hope you risk losing it all; including losing your very self. The idea that something good is around the corner gives us infinite strength. Hope is a power that keeps us going in the toughest times of life. It’s a power that energises us with excitement and anticipation as we look forward to the future.
Life’s greatest mistake – putting self before others.
Habitual self-absorption is a certain path to failure and frustration. People have needs just as you have needs.Their needs are just as important; at least in their eyes. Daily we are tempted to use other people to get to our destinations. What you receive from people will never be as important as what you give out to them because it is what you give out or invest in them that will determine how valuable they will be to you.Success is determined by the seeds we sow in people, not by the harvest we reap. Never seek to cash in on your relationships, but rather seek to add value. Do not seek the “pay-back” time but seek to invest even more. The rewards will come without you calling for them.
Wisdom is your greatest need
We all can do with a bit more money, a few more opportunities and more support. However, your greatest need will always be wisdom. Money answers most questions, but whether you have lots of it or just a little you will always need wisdom to spend it well. In life you will face unfamiliar situations and be forced to make decisions under conditions of extreme uncertainty. In these moments wisdom will put you in good stead. Lifelong learners have an edge over the competition any day. Make it a habit to constantly acquire new skills, insights and knowledge.
Life’s greatest joy is bringing the best out of others.
Marriage may be the most blissful thing; while victory may be the sweetest to the soul and achievement gives us all satisfaction. All these are good. However, trophies eventually collect dust and sooner or later we must vacate positions of influence. What truly lasts is the graffiti that we etch into the lives around us. What brings the greatest joy and satisfaction is enriching the lives of those we love by adding value to them.
Earlier in my career as a research scientist and medical school professor, I actively supported the perspective that the human body was a “biochemical machine programmed’ by its genes. We scientists believed that our strengths, such as artistic or intellectual abilities, and our weaknesses, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer or depression, represented traits that were preprogrammed into our genes.
Hence I perceived life’s attributes and deficits, as well as our health and our frailties as merely a reflection of our heredity expression. Earlier in my career as a research scientist and medical school professor, I actively supported the perspective that the human body was a “biochemical machine programmed by its genes.
We scientists believed that our strengths, such as artistic or intellectual abilities, and our weaknesses, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer or depression, represented traits that were preprogrammed into our genes. Hence I perceived lifes attributes and deficits, as well as our health and our frailties as merely a reflection of our heredity expression. Until recently, it was thought that genes were self-actualizingthat genes could turn themselves on and off.
Such behavior is required in order for genes to control biology. Though the power of genes is still emphasized in current biology courses and textbooks, a radically new understanding has emerged at the leading edge of cell science. It is now recognized that the environment, and more specifically, our perception (interpretation)of the environment, directly controls the activity of our genes. Environment controls gene activity through a process known as epigenetic control. This new perspective of human biology does not view the body as just a mechanical device, but rather incorporates the role of a mind and spirit.
This breakthrough in biology is fundamental in all healing for it recognizes that when we change our perception or beliefs we send totally different messages to our cells and reprogram their expression.
The new-biology reveals why people can have spontaneous remissions or recover from injuries deemed to be permanent disabilities. The functional units of life are the individual cells that comprise our bodies. Though every cell is innately intelligent and can survive on its own when removed from the body, in the body, each cell foregoes its individuality and becomes a member of a multicellular community. The body really represents the cooperative effort of a community of perhaps fifty trillion single cells. By definition, a community is an organization of individuals committed to supporting a shared vision.
Consequently, while every cell is a free-living entity, the bodys community accommodates the wishes and intents of its central voice, a character we perceive as the mind and spirit.
When the mind perceives that the environment is safe and supportive, the cells are preoccupied with the growth and maintenance of the body. In stressful situations, cells forego their normal growth functions and adopt a defensive protection posture.
The bodys energy resources normally used to sustain growth are diverted to systems that provide protection during periods of stress. Simply, growth processes are restricted or suspended in a stressed system. While our systems can accommodate periods of acute (brief) stress, prolonged or chronic stress is debilitating for its energy demands interfere with the required maintenance of the body, and as a consequence, leads to dysfunction and disease.
The principle source of stress is the systems central voice, the mind. The mind is like the driver of a vehicle. With good driving skills, a vehicle can be maintained and provide good performance throughout its life. Bad driving skills generate most of the wrecks that litter the roadside or are stacked in junkyards. If we employ good driving skills in managing our behaviors and dealing with our emotions, then we should anticipate a long, happy and productive life. In contrast, inappropriate behaviors and dysfunctional emotional management, like a bad driver, stress the
cellular vehicle, interfering with its performance and provoking a breakdown.
Are you a good driver or a bad driver? Before you answer that question, realize that there are two separate minds that create the bodys controlling central voice. The (self)conscious mind is the thinking you, it is the creative mind that expresses free-will. Its supporting partner is the subconscious mind, a super computer loaded with a database of programmed behaviors.
Some programs are derived from genetics, these are our instincts and they represent nature. However, the vast majority of the subconscious programs are acquired through our developmental learning experiences, they represent nurture.
The subconscious mind is not a seat of reasoning or creative consciousness, it is strictly a stimulus-response device. When an environmental signal is perceived, the subconscious mind reflexively activates a previously stored behavioral responseno thinking required. The subconscious mind is a programmable autopilot that can navigate the vehicle without the observation or awareness of the pilotthe conscious mind.
When the subconscious autopilot is controlling behavior, consciousness is free to dream into the future or review the past. The dual-mind systems effectiveness is defined by the quality of the programs carried in the subconscious mind. Essentially, the person who taught you to drive molds your driving skills. For example, if you were taught to drive with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake, no matter how many vehicles you owned, each will inevitably express premature brake and engine failure. Similarly, if our subconscious mind is programmed with inappropriate behavioral responses to lifes experiences, then our sub-optimum driving skills will contribute to a life of crash and burn experiences.
For example, cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death, is directly attributable to behavioral programs that mismanage the bodys response to stress. Are you a good driver or a bad driver? The answer is difficult for in our conscious creative mind we may consider ourselves as good drivers, however self-sabotaging or limiting behavioral programs in our subconscious unobservedly undermine our efforts. We are generally consciously unaware of our fundamental perceptions or beliefs about life. The reason is that the prenatal and neonatal brain is predominately operating in delta and theta EEG frequencies through the first six years of our lives.
This low level of brain activity is referred to as the hypnogogic state. While in this hypnotic trance, a child does not have to be actively coached by its parents for they obtain their behavioral programs simply by observing their parents, siblings, peers and teachers. Did your early developmental experiences provide you with good models of behavior to use in the unfoldment of your own life? During the first six years of life a child unconsciously acquires the behavioral repertoire needed to become a functional member of society. In addition, a childs subconscious mind also downloads beliefs relating to self.
When a parent tells a young child it is stupid, undeserving or any other negative trait, this too is downloaded as a fact into the youngsters subconscious mind. These acquired beliefs constitute the central voice that controls the fate of the bodys cellular community. While the conscious mind may hold ones self in high regard, the more powerful unconscious mind may simultaneously engage in self-destructive behavior. The insidious part of the autopilot mechanism is that subconscious behaviors are programmed to engage without the control of, or the observation by, the conscious self. Since most of our behaviors are under the control of the subconscious mind, we rarely observe them or much less know that they are even engaged. While your conscious mind perceives you are a good driver, the unconscious mind that has its hands on the wheel most of the time, may be driving you down the road to ruin.
We have been led to believe that by using will power, we can override the negative programs of our subconscious mind. Unfortunately, to do that, you really have to emphasize the word power, for one must keep a constant vigil on ones own behavior. The moment you lapse in consciousness, the subconscious mind will automatically engage and play its previously recorded experience-based programs.
The subconscious mind is really a tape player. There is no observing entity in the subconscious mind reviewing the behavioral tapes. Consequently, there is no discernment as to whether a subconscious behavioral program is good or badthey are just tapes. The subconscious is strictly a playback machine, perceived stimuli engage preprogrammed behaviors. In fact, people upon seeing their own subconscious programs play out frequently say something like, That guy just pushed my buttons!
In contrast to the power of the conscious mind, the subconscious mind is a million times more powerful an information processor. Also, as neuroscientists emphasize, the conscious mind provides 5% or less of the cognitive activity during the day. Ninety-five to ninety-nine percent of our behavior is directly derived from the subconscious. Hence the use of the word power in the concept of will power, it takes significant effort for the conscious mind to keep tabs on the subconscious behavior. Positive thinking is primarily effective if the subconscious supports the conscious intention.
The problem with trying to reprogram the subconscious is that we fail to realize it is playing behavioral tapes. To understand why conscious awareness does not readily change subconscious programs, consider this instructive analogy: I provide you with a cassette tape and you put it into your player and push the play button. As the tape plays the program, you realize that you do not like it. So, you yell at the tape player to change the program, you ask it to play something different.
After awhile of not getting a response, you yell louder and get angrier at the tape player because of the lack of a response to your request. Then when it seems hopeless, you beseech God to help you change the program. The point is simple, no matter how much you yell at the tape player it will not change the program. To change a tape, you have to push the record button and then rerecord the program incorporating the desired changes.
There are two ways out of the problem. Firstly, we can become more conscious, and rely less on automated subconscious programs. By being fully conscious, we become the masters of our fates rather than the victims of our programs.
This path is similar to Buddhist mindfulness. Secondly, we can use a variety of new energy psychology modalities that enable a rapid and profound reprogramming of limiting subconscious beliefs. These new energy modalities provide the ability to rewrite limiting perceptions (beliefs) and self-sabotaging behaviors using processes that are mechanistically similar to pushing the record program on the subconscious minds tape player.
With conscious awareness, one can actively transform the character of their lives into ones filled with love, health and prosperity. The use of these new modalities provides a key to personal growth and transformation. A variety of energy psychology modalities, such as Psych-K, Holographic Repatterning and BodyTalk, are among the variety of programs that can be found on the web.
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Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. It’s also no surprise that it’s the Nr.1 value for Buffer’s culture, if you see ourslidedeck about it. So naturally we are obsessed with it.
I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found.
1. Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough
You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. So if you thought exercise was something you didn’t have time for, maybe you can fit it in after all.
Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In a study cited in Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage, three groups of patients treated their depression with either medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. The results of this study really surprised me. Although all three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels to begin with, the follow up assessments proved to be radically different:
The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent!
You don’t have to be depressed to gain benefit from exercise, though. It can help you to relax, increase your brain power and even improve your body image, even if you don’t lose any weight.
A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who exercised felt better about their bodies, even when they saw no physical changes:
Body weight, shape and body image were assessed in 16 males and 18 females before and after both 6 × 40 mins exercise and 6 × 40 mins reading. Over both conditions, body weight and shape did not change. Various aspects of body image, however, improved after exercise compared to before.
We’ve explored exercise in depth before, and looked at what it does to our brains, such as releasing proteins and endorphins that make us feel happier, as you can see in the image below.
2. Sleep more – you’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions
We know that sleep helps our bodies to recover from the day and repair themselves, and that it helps us focus and be more productive. It turns out, it’s also important for our happiness.
In NutureShock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explain how sleep affects our positivity:
Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus. Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories, yet recall gloomy memories just fine.
In one experiment by Walker, sleep-deprived college students tried to memorize a list of words. They could remember 81% of the words with a negative connotation, like “cancer.” But they could remember only 31% of the words with a positive or neutral connotation, like “sunshine” or “basket.”
The BPS Research Digest explores another study that proves sleep affects our sensitivity to negative emotions. Using a facial recognition task over the course of a day, the researchers studied how sensitive participants were to positive and negative emotions. Those who worked through the afternoon without taking a nap became more sensitive late in the day to negative emotions like fear and anger.
Using a face recognition task, here we demonstrate an amplified reactivity to anger and fear emotions across the day, without sleep. However, an intervening nap blocked and even reversed this negative emotional reactivity to anger and fear while conversely enhancing ratings of positive (happy) expressions.
Of course, how well (and how long) you sleep will probably affect how you feel when you wake up, which can make a difference to your whole day. Especially this graph showing how your brain activity decreases is a great insight about how important enough sleep is for productivity and happiness:
Another study tested how employees’ moods when they started work in the morning affected their work day.
Researchers found that employees’ moods when they clocked in tended to affect how they felt the rest of the day. Early mood was linked to their perceptions of customers and to how they reacted to customers’ moods.
And most importantly to managers, employee mood had a clear impact on performance, including both how much work employees did and how well they did it.
Sleep is another topic we’ve looked into before, exploring how much sleep we really need to be productive.
3. Move closer to work – a short commute is worth more than a big house
Our commute to the office can have a surprisingly powerful impact on our happiness. The fact that we tend to do this twice a day, five days a week, makes it unsurprising that its effect would build up over time and make us less and less happy.
According to The Art of Manliness, having a long commute is something we often fail to realize will affect us so dramatically:
… while many voluntary conditions don’t affect our happiness in the long term because we acclimate to them, people never get accustomed to their daily slog to work because sometimes the traffic is awful and sometimes it’s not. Or as Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert put it, “Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day.”
We tend to try to compensate for this by having a bigger house or a better job, but these compensations just don’t work:
Two Swiss economists who studied the effect of commuting on happiness found that such factors could not make up for the misery created by a long commute.
4. Spend time with friends and family – don’t regret it on your deathbed
Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying. If you want more evidence that it’s beneficial for you, I’ve found some research that proves it can make you happier right now.
Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts. Several studies have found that time spent with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we feel, generally.
I love the way Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert explains it:
We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.
George Vaillant is the director of a 72-year study of the lives of 268 men.
In an interview in the March 2008 newsletter to the Grant Study subjects, Vaillant was asked, “What have you learned from the Grant Study men?” Vaillant’s response: “That the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.”
He shared insights of the study with Joshua Wolf Shenk at The Atlantic on how the men’s social connections made a difference to their overall happiness:
The men’s relationships at age 47, he found, predicted late-life adjustment better than any other variable, except defenses. Good sibling relationships seem especially powerful: 93 percent of the men who were thriving at age 65 had been close to a brother or sister when younger.
In fact, a study published in the Journal of Socio-Economics states than your relationships are worth more than $100,000:
Using the British Household Panel Survey, I find that an increase in the level of social involvements is worth up to an extra £85,000 a year in terms of life satisfaction. Actual changes in income, on the other hand, buy very little happiness.
I think that last line is especially fascinating: Actual changes in income, on the other hand, buy very little happiness. So we could increase our annual income by hundreds of thousands of dollars and still not be as happy as if we increased the strength of our social relationships.
The Terman study, which is covered in The Longevity Project, found that relationships and how we help others were important factors in living long, happy lives:
We figured that if a Terman participant sincerely felt that he or she had friends and relatives to count on when having a hard time then that person would be healthier. Those who felt very loved and cared for, we predicted, would live the longest.
Surprise: our prediction was wrong… Beyond social network size, the clearest benefit of social relationships came from helping others. Those who helped their friends and neighbors, advising and caring for others, tended to live to old age.
5. Go outside – happiness is maximized at 13.9°C
In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recommends spending time in the fresh air to improve your happiness:
Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory…
This is pretty good news for those of us who are worried about fitting new habits into our already-busy schedules. Twenty minutes is a short enough time to spend outside that you could fit it into your commute or even your lunch break.
A UK study from the University of Sussex also found that being outdoors made people happier:
Being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most. In fact, participants were found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments.
The American Meteorological Society published research in 2011 that found current temperature has a bigger effect on our happiness than variables like wind speed and humidity, or even the average temperature over the course of a day. It also found that happiness is maximized at 13.9°C, so keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading outside for your 20 minutes of fresh air.
The connection between productivity and temperature is another topic we’ve talked about more here. It’s fascinating what a small change in temperature can do.
6. Help others – 100 hours a year is the magical number
One of the most counterintuitive pieces of advice I found is that to make yourself feel happier, you should help others. In fact, 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our lives.
If we go back to Shawn Achor’s book again, he says this about helping others:
…when researchers interviewed more than 150 people about their recent purchases, they found that money spent on activities—such as concerts and group dinners out—brought far more pleasure than material purchases like shoes, televisions, or expensive watches. Spending money on other people, called “prosocial spending,” also boosts happiness.
The Journal of Happiness Studies published a study that explored this very topic:
Participants recalled a previous purchase made for either themselves or someone else and then reported their happiness. Afterward, participants chose whether to spend a monetary windfall on themselves or someone else. Participants assigned to recall a purchase made for someone else reported feeling significantly happier immediately after this recollection; most importantly, the happier participants felt, the more likely they were to choose to spend a windfall on someone else in the near future.
So spending money on other people makes us happier than buying stuff for ourselves. What about spending our time on other people? A study of volunteering in Germany explored how volunteers were affected when their opportunities to help others were taken away:
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the German reunion, the first wave of data of the GSOEP was collected in East Germany. Volunteering was still widespread. Due to the shock of the reunion, a large portion of the infrastructure of volunteering (e.g. sports clubs associated with firms) collapsed and people randomly lost their opportunities for volunteering. Based on a comparison of the change in subjective well-being of these people and of people from the control group who had no change in their volunteer status, the hypothesis is supported that volunteering is rewarding in terms of higher life satisfaction.
In his book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman explains that helping others can improve our own lives:
…we scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.
7. Practice smiling – it can alleviate pain
Smiling itself can make us feel better, but it’s more effective when we back it up with positive thoughts, according to this study:
A new study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts – such as a tropical vacation or a child’s recital – improve their mood and withdraw less.
Of course it’s important to practice “real smiles” where you use your eye sockets. It’s very easy to spot the difference:
According to PsyBlog, smiling can improve our attention and help us perform better on cognitive tasks:
Smiling makes us feel good which also increases our attentional flexibility and our ability to think holistically. When this idea was tested by Johnson et al. (2010), the results showed that participants who smiled performed better on attentional tasks which required seeing the whole forest rather than just the trees.
A smile is also a good way to alleviate some of the pain we feel in troubling circumstances:
Smiling is one way to reduce the distress caused by an upsetting situation. Psychologists call this the facial feedback hypothesis. Even forcing a smile when we don’t feel like it is enough to lift our mood slightly (this is one example of embodied cognition).
One of our previous posts goes into even more detail about the science of smiling.
8. Plan a trip – but don’t take one
As opposed to actually taking a holiday, it seems that planning a vacation or just a break from work can improve our happiness. A study published in the journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage of a vacation as employees enjoyed the sense of anticipation:
In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.
After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people.
Shawn Achor has some info for us on this point, as well:
One study found that people who just thought about watching their favorite movie actually raised their endorphin levels by 27 percent.
If you can’t take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar—even if it’s a month or a year down the road. Then whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it.
9. Meditate – rewire your brain for happiness
Meditation is often touted as an important habit for improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out it’s also useful for improving your happiness:
In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.
Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it’s been often proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier life. I believe that this graphic explains it the best:
According to Shawn Achor, meditation can actually make you happier long-term:
Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness.
The fact that we can actually alter our brain structure through mediation is most surprising to me and somewhat reassuring that however we feel and think today isn’t permanent.
We’ve explored the topic of meditation and it’s effects on the brain in-depth before. It’s definitely mind-blowing what this can do to us.
10. Practice gratitude – increase both happiness and life satisfaction
This is a seemingly simple strategy, but I’ve personally found it to make a huge difference to my outlook. There are lots of ways to practice gratitude, from keeping a journal of things you’re grateful for, sharing three good things that happen each day with a friend or your partner, and going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you.
In an experiment where some participants took note of things they were grateful for each day, their moods were improved just from this simple practice:
The gratitude-outlook groups exhibited heightened well-being across several, though not all, of the outcome measures across the 3 studies, relative to the comparison groups. The effect on positive affect appeared to be the most robust finding. Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.
The Journal of Happiness studies published a study that used letters of gratitude to test how being grateful can affect our levels of happiness:
Participants included 219 men and women who wrote three letters of gratitude over a 3 week period.
Results indicated that writing letters of gratitude increased participants’ happiness and life satisfaction, while decreasing depressive symptoms.
For further reading, check out 7 Simple productivity tips you can apply today, backed by science, which goes even deeper into what we can do to be more grateful.
Quick last fact: Getting older will make yourself happier
As a final point, it’s interesting to note that as we get older, particularly past middle age, we tend togrow happier naturally. There’s still some debate over why this happens, but scientists have got a few ideas:
Researchers, including the authors, have found that older people shown pictures of faces or situations tend to focus on and remember the happier ones more and the negative ones less.
Other studies have discovered that as people age, they seek out situations that will lift their moods — for instance, pruning social circles of friends or acquaintances who might bring them down. Still other work finds that older adults learn to let go of loss and disappointment over unachieved goals, and hew their goals toward greater wellbeing.
So if you thought being old would make you miserable, rest assured that it’s likely you’ll develop a more positive outlook than you probably have now.
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At this time there is nothing else that really matters. To discover your love. This is imperative if you want to feel the freedom you so seek. This is not a matter of finding love around the corner, or in someone´s arms, but to discover that it resides in your own heart, and that it always has.
This love is why you came here. To find it, experience it and share it. That is your purpose. The love is unconditional, it is un-stoppable, it is, ultimately, undeniable. But it is the most challenging quest that you will ever embark upon – especially in your world.
The game as it has been orchestrated has drawn your attention to innumerable distractions – other objectives that seem to be paramount. But this is not the case. The foundation of all activity in this cosmos is based on love. It is the prime ingredient to be assured that what you create is in alignment with the One´s design.
Discovering this can be one of the most elusive tasks that you might take on. Living as a human being on the Earth at this time in your history is leading to “the great rub”. This is the point where it becomes an either or choice for acting from a place of unconditional love, or something else. The something else(s) have increased in so many forms and so much intensity of energy as to be especially distracting.
Your world speaks of love more than any single idea. Yet your understanding of its true nature is so misunderstood.
It is really the most simplest, and actually the only truth in your world. It is at the bottom, and behind all of the experiences that you are orchestrating and so distracted with the details. The experiences are all accessories to the point. And the point is love. Can´t you see that all of this creative wonder that you observe in your external perceptions is the result of love? And you will step beyond the production of material trinkets when you discover that the love power you are so yearning to express exists in the core of your being. When you discover this love you will realize that there is nothing to “own” or “possess” or to hold onto because what you so yearn for is the makeup of your actual being. It is what is holding all of the molecules of your body together. It is what is containing all of the information in your DNA and blood. The thoughts that you have are supported, contained within the love matrix, the One´s thoughts. But you are a thought filled being and have the same capacities.
But your task in this life is to discover, not the One´s love, or someone else´s love, but your love. Go to that place inside yourself and discover the spark of the love that created you. That you are to share – that is your purpose. That is the One´s purpose for you. That is why you stepped into this existence.
You have been clear on this idea for longer than you could ever imagine, before you came into this form. But the veil, the curtain had to be heavy in order for us to discover some new characteristics of this thing that we share in all points and waves across infinity.
You have been a wonderful agent in this life, investigating distractions, diversions, untruths of how love might express itself – “I will love you if”, “share your love if you get paid”, “looking for love in all the wrong places”. My what an adventure you have created.
But the time has come for you to get down to business. Enter your own heart and find the spark, that WE put there. Yes, you were a designer of this system too. You were the architect, as was Eye. But you had primary input. You had the experiences in the realms of love across the cosmos and instructed us in the design of this new adventure space called “Earth” and the universe. But you have been pulled from the core of its knowing – this is evidenced by the state of your world. You have forgotten your truth birth mother, Gaia, and you abuse those around you with the distractions of what you think are obligations you believe are a result of love – obligations that have been placed on you in the game that you are playing.
If you would have been informed as a baby about the task of finding your own divine spark to then share this with the world, you would have found a very different experience. But we had a purpose for it to play out in this exact way. But now, now my dear comrades, associates, partners, MY BEING, the time is quickly approaching for the quickening. I am sure you feel it. Don´t you feel kind of crazy? Do you feel time passing quickly? That is the true quickening. It is love beckoning. And the only place you will find peace of mind, is discovering your true nature and that that power to transform the entire cosmos in the “twinkle of an eye” resides at the center of your being.
Now how you experience or find this spark can be as varied as you see yourselves as beings. There are some pointers. One possibility is to find another soul who vibrates, or resonates on an energetic level and begin to immerse yourself into an investigation of this love. Invite that other person to find their love. Invite yourself to examine what it is that makes you tick – what inspires, how do you really feel about the people in your life that you love. This is not about the “stories” and dramas and traumas that are playing out in yours or their lives, but the core of the connection to them. This may require some effort to get past the surface experience which you are lost in on a day to day basis. This requires a sense of deep meditation, but not necessarily in the image you have been given, such in a sitting lotus posture. You can examine your heart in all moments. While you walk, while you lay, as you gaze into a child´s eyes. As you look in the mirror at yourself. As you write, or listen to a song. The sources, or access points, to the love in your own heart are as innumerable as the moments in your day. But, you must dedicate your conscious attention to them. You must reflect on them.
Many of you find yourselves pulled away in the stream of external life. But this is not the external world´s fault. This is an expression of where you are in yourself. If you are struggling and finding yourself overwhelmed, in any area of your life, it is love´s invitation to take a look.
It is you that is saying – is this what you want? Love is so close and inviting you to examine what you want to create. It is inviting you go to your love and have it show you the way to your own joy, your own “master plan” – which you designed and imprinted, with love, into the core of your very makeup. Physically it is easiest to find this if you work with your heart area. That is where this expression is most powerfully emanating moment to moment as your heart beats and cascades the essence of your love through your blood throughout your body. There is a cosmic, and eternal energy pulse with our Divine signature that the entire cosmos is waiting for you to find, key into, and then express the results as this program turns on and takes over your existence. When this event occurs there will be no turning back, and you will begin to reveal to yourself the true nature of your cosmic being. Showing yourself, via your own unique love quotient, the path that you had laid down for yourself eons ago, in fact in many respects back to the moment your soul was conceived in the beginning from my Divine Love blueprint.
This experience will reveal to you just how spectacular you are, and thusly, as only the love model allows, you will begin to see the divinity of all that exists. All of this was created for this knowing, but the fact could not be fully appreciated until there was a thorough and complete forgetting. As you likely have discovered in your human form, we often take for granted that which is given to us without effort. Thus, this is not a unique experience to humanity on Earth, and this is specifically why we decided to create this world – and it has been the most phenomenal success!!!!
You, my dear ones, have ventured into the depths of new experiences that were not imagined before this. And the cosmic consciousness will be able to process and include each and every experience into the collective. And now your rewards for your dedicated service is to be granted, but there is one last effort that you must do. Find your heart. Find your Love. Experience it. Go to it. Embrace it. Allow it to embrace you. It is all-ready, you must know, but bring this experience into your conscious mind. FEEL IT – do whatever you must to experience this truth of who and what you are, because if you don´t, you will continue with the same results you are experiencing.
I emplore you to give this your utmost consideration and dedication. Because you will be astounded to find out that this thing, that you have been yearning and searching for, you have been dancing and singing for, you have been suffering and crying for, is embedded into the fabric of your being down to the most minute level. It is who you are, and nothing less. It is your DNA, it is your bodily parts, it is the functions, it is the Being that you are, and it is closer than anything else. But your consciousness must entertain it. You must open a doorway to it, because if you don´t you will remain locked in the prison of your perceptions, your beliefs, your thoughts and your habits. Those, dear one, are not you. None of those things – and you will be overjoyed to discover the truth of what is being shared with you.
This process, will have its way with you no matter what. The difference will be, do you want to experience it now, in this body where you believe you reside, in this stage of your life. Do you want to share the most astoundingly beautiful gifts with all those you “believed” that you “love and cherish”? Do you want to experience this? This is your most important assignment. This is why you agreed to come to this sphere of existence. This is why you were made, and why you made yourself. And, the time has come to find this truth within your being and Share it.
Be happy. Because you are so beautiful. Drop all beliefs about your experiences, ideas you have been given, and give yourself a chance to experience the pure essence of the love that you are truly made of.
All of these things that you are afraid to face about yourself is what you have contributed to the cosmic database of experiences. It is very important. But there is no meaning in it any longer, as the time has come for the great reckoning, beckoning, love inviting you home to yourself. Because, in the end this is what you have been looking for. You are your own answer. Your own destination. Your own love source, that once found will be shared with every other being across creation – and it will be there forever, for that is the nature of how love works. It is pure, kind, gracious, patient, powerful and any other positive attributes that you might use. But more importantly, it is yours. You have never been without it. There was no need to fear. But to appreciate what has been going on, or how great this thing is, you had to know what it would be like for the “possibility” for love not to be cascading in infinite abundance over your soul and being. You had to experience this, for the ONE. It has been necessary for this, and you have done GOOD!
1. Find something beautiful and appreciate it.
Beauty is all around us, from the morning dew to the evening stars and everything in between. Most go through life not noticing all the beautiful things that are around them, and yes it’s every where, so take the time to notice them, and appreciate them when you see it. Whether it’s the scent of a flower or the way rain ripples in puddles of water, appreciate the beauty life has to offer.
2. Make a list of all that you are grateful for.
Making a gratitude list shifts your vibrations from focusing on what you do not have to what is already abundant in your life. There is more to be grateful for than you could possibly imagine. You can start with “I’m Alive!” and expand from there. Gratitude is the Attitude.
Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breath in and out. Too often we rush through our days with a scattered brain leaving us in a state of anxiety and stress, Meditation helps to calm your spirit down and put you in a peaceful state of mind. 10 Minuets of meditation a day can change your life forever.
4. Do something for someone else.
Giving to someone else shifts your thinking from “I don’t have enough, to I have more than enough to give to others.” Abundance is a high vibration.
5. Stop complaining and gossiping.
Complaining and Gossip puts you in a very low vibration. Ask yourself “Are the things you are talking about bringing you more of what you want?” if not then, Stop complaining, and start finding ways to rejoice.
6. Move. Exercise. Get active.
Vibration requires movement, the more you move the better your vibrations move. So Get Active! Dance! The happier you feel, the more you will draw happy experiences to yourself because you are operating at a different frequency.
7. Realize that you have more control over your life than you thought.
You are not a victim to circumstance, past, family upbringing, trauma, or anything else. You can change your life in an instant. Just realize this. In many wisdom traditions this is called “total responsibility.” No one is responsible for how you feel right now but you. It isn’t a curse. It’s a blessing because it gives you your power back.
Just sit and try to make your breath longer, fuller, and more relaxed. It has a direct affect on your nervous system and helps to calm you down. A calm vibration is a high vibration.
9. Do Something You’re Afraid Of.
Fear holds us back from being in a state of love and happiness, and facing those fears opens you up to a greater world of possibilities. Fear of Heights? Go skydiving. Scared of public speaking, say a poem at an open mic. You’ll begin to realize your fear was worse then the actual problem, and a sense of relief will wash over you.
10. Have a Meaningful Conversation with a Friend.
Rather than gossip or complaining, talk about you ideas. What do you have planned for yourself? what do you think is the nature of reality? Are we spiritual beings having a human experience? Talking about these things with someone helps to raise both your vibrations by thinking big. If you don’t have someone to talk to about these kinds of things with, there’s a community of higher minded individuals right here.
1st Phase: Personal Transformation
Since the beginning of 2014, we have been enduring unequivocally one of the biggest frequency upgrades that we have taken as a collective, initiating us into a completely new system of energy.
When we enter into its rhythm, more is dropping away as if it never mattered anyway. No praying is required because all prayers are already heard before they are even prayed. It is another consciousness octave that allows for spontaneous manifestation, yet not according to our personal whims.
We are meeting face to face with a destined and willed akashic force and right now it is pushing our every button to lighten up the obscurities that shroud our divine remembrance. Through its loving pressure, more layers are being disrobed that keep us slogging through the mud of limitation.
Recently, we brought to light the sabotaging energy of doubt. Next, we are illuminating another major troublemaker. This hooligan goes by the name of ‘lack’. The submission that is constantly given to its manipulative mask has kept humanity confused under the money spell since time immemorial.
Standing side by side with its cousins… the fear of death and low self worth… lack consciousness is one of the strongest distortions of the human psyche. However big or small the reflection may be, many of us are still influenced by the belief that there is not enough.
This belief is constantly being coerced and affirmed through an entire global culture and a wide spectrum of manipulating influences. These delusions are transferred from generation to generation through gene pools, memory fields and all forms of societal programming.
Put your golden helmets on everybody, because we are going on to the playing field to bring peace to an enormous front line transgression.
Our Responsibility as an Emerging Race Consciousness
Rather than spending our precious moments calling out all that is in distortion regarding the world’s money game, we are looking, instead, deeply within ourselves to get some core understanding and then to determine how to co-create lasting shifts.
As an awakened group consciousness, it’s a proven fact that we are a major economic catalyst for the multitude. It is time to rise into our greater potential as prosperous wayshowers and true teachers of the Golden Age.
The only real way that we can most effectively serve the unfolding Divine Plan in this regard is to have as many of us as possible perceiving and educating from levels of unlimited plentitude. To have the ability to realize wealth, whether we desire it or not, is to walk our talk as liberated Earth masters.
This subject matter is being addressed from 5th dimensional templates, where our new consciousness reality is vibrating, in very simple and practical terms. This is to help bridge our understanding and to avoid any trappings in guru complexes and the glamour-filled spiritual commercialism that we see rising all around us.
Activating the Prosperity Code
There is a Prosperity Code in every person that, when activated, hands over the papers to our divine inheritance, free and clear. Embodying and radiating this code is more important than the current method of monetary exchange or any new system developed around it.
A true and lasting shift to unlimited abundance for each of us will occur when this code is active and operating within the majority of members of our intimate soul grouping. No one can advance too far out in front, until the whole group is well on its way.
This is one of the qualifications of our advancement into unity consciousness as deemed by evolutionary law. We are being initiated to no longer function singularly or with selfish pursuits. If we are engaged in self-seeking desire while proclaiming unity, our life is guaranteed to become increasingly challenging as the group transparency strengthens.
This gives some reason to why Planetary Light Servers, as a grouping, have not yet been gifted large sums of expected financial support for the bigger visions and projects. There seems to be more surrendering required of our separated identities and the polarized egoic holds.
The same holds true for the world. Financial stability will not be realized on this planet until we have authentic cooperation amongst all countries and the dominating factions are neutralized. Any attempt to redevelop global economies before this happens will be a wasted effort.
The Solution is found in the Divine Principle
The emerging consciousness for our new era has been called by many names including the new root race, divine-humans, avatar blueprint, 5th dimension, superhumans, the I AM race, Christ Consciousness and so forth.
These terms all refer to an evolved human nature that has transitioned into a unified consciousness living as one heart-mind through group coherence. This is the natural course of evolution; from the divisive human personality into an interconnected unit of stability.
The one single characteristic of this new consciousness that drastically differs from the current human matrix is that it lives and abides unswervingly with Divine Principle. These are the immutable Universal Laws that are the foundation stones upon which our new world is being built. They are the same laws or principles by which everything in the universe is governed.
It is in Divine Principle, along with the understanding of how energy truly flows, that awakens the Code of Prosperity within us. This is the main key to changing the circumstances of our personal financial situation into one of a boundless reality.
The vast majority of us chose to incarnate with a highly polarized ancestral blueprint of lack. It has been our mission to transcend its deeply etched imprints in order to program the new consciousness grid with our actualized codes and self-realizations. We have spent decades addressing this issue and yet its appearance is still being felt.
The time for wallowing in any form of lack, however, has come to a close. We are making our final shifts now in order to greatly empower the advancing group consciousness, and then, to address the global scene as an influential catalyst.
Remember the Principle and How Energy Moves
To have any level of lack appear in your reality is to be, first and foremost, not remembering Divine Principle. This is indicative of not having an authentic relationship with your spiritual core, the guiding Presence of your being.
The condition that staunchly frames the reflection of lack is ‘self-reference’ and giving our power to external influences as the controlling factor of our source of supply. This creates instant blindness to the wellspring of abundance that exists at all times for every person, as a divine birthright.
To lose sight of our benevolent originating source creates an experience of constant struggle to remain afloat in the mass soup of a glamourized world.
Know your Source of Supply
The one Universal Law that expresses; we are always taken care of and provided for, is so simple and profound that it is one of the most challenging truths to embrace.
Let’s feel into a few more…
- The Divine Presence is the only acting intelligence in your life.
- The Divine Presence governs all manifestation in your life perfectly. It is the power producing it and the force sustaining it.
- To know the Divine Presence as your only source of supply is to be instantly prosperous.
If you live by these principles, you automatically enter into the truth that brings all freedom. Your life becomes a path of non-stop opening doors.
Faith is the means through which Divine Principle is discerned and applied. This is to have complete reliance upon that which moves in the deepest side of your nature and what has been referred to before as, the God within. This Presence is the inward action of love from which the Divine Principle flows.
If you are experiencing lack in this moment, remove the attention off of the appearance and place it, instead, upon the Divine Presence of your being, the only giver of prosperity that there is. If you stand firm and determined in this, your reality is guaranteed to reflect a dramatically different picture.
“Being made in God’s image, man too has that omnipotent will and self-confidence hidden within his soul, empowering him to create or accomplish anything he can imagine.
When one dislodges from his soul the octopus grip of human habits and hereditary beliefs, replacing impossibility consciousness with the realized power of faith, one gains over the natural order a supernatural sovereignty.”
The New Meaning of ‘Need’
* Everything is always here and always present.
* The moment we recognize a need, it is already being fulfilled.
When we stand unified with Divine Principle, all is magnetized to us in spontaneous flow, in perfect timing and in just the right quantity. No strenuous effort is required. No affirmations are needed and even prayer becomes obsolete. Want and need become signals to what is already in manifesting motion.
It is absolutely impossible for us to need anything if it were not already in existence. This is indicated by the very fact that ‘need’ has shown up and is expressing. We confidently accept the fact implied in the need that the solution is already coming towards us. If it were not already in momentum, the thought would not even enter into our awareness.
As soon as we observe the need arising, we simply know with great certainty that this is the beacon alerting us that it is being fulfilled. The moment that we realize our unity with the completed condition, it begins to express outwardly. In this, the energy of need become a magnetic tool.
We can apply this principle to all of our grand visions and humanitarian projects requiring money. The moment that we realize the financial support already exists for us, the condition is manifesting. The key is to hold clear vision and not to disrupt the manifestation with any form of doubt.
In invoking prayer, we clasp our hands together, not to ask for something again and again, but to give thanks for its accomplishment. This is the new energy. We are living life through Divine Principle and this can be applied to everything in our reality.
* Abundance through Divine Principle.
* Health through Divine Principle.
* Partnership through Divine Principle.
* Abilities through Divine Principle.
* Knowledge through Divine Principle.
* and so on.
Deep Intimacy is the Requirement
To live through Divine Principle is to know and have intimate relationship with your source of life… your dearest beloved and most trusted friend.
Many people, even those who claim to be spiritually awake, are without this endearment. This is the main reason why we lack anything. To be estranged from our Creator, we are simply not operating from the wholeness of life.
In place of this intimacy, our intelligence is often asserted to understand evolutionary concepts. We can only go so far with the ambiguous mind, and eventually, the door closes and we cannot make the destined leap.
Much deepening is required in the feeling body to really know our one true guardian, referred to by many as the ‘I AM Presence’. This is the flame of life that is individualized within each of us as the nucleus of our entire being. It is this that we have been seeking to return for millennia of lifetimes, the great God Self, which never misuses life’s energy.
When we know and experience ourselves as one with this eternal identity, all doubt vanishes and we live in sacred rhythm with the universal flow of abundance. Seeming miracles begin to happen including instant manifestation, spontaneous transformation and absolute knowing.
Through constant adoration given to this abiding and imperishable Presence, we come to unquestionably understand the Law of Supply.
The Economy of Giving
We receive back in life what we give to it.
Western culture, in particular, is built upon a “money back guarantee” syndrome. This concerns the value of what is tangibly felt and experienced. There must be perceived equal value in the transactions of giving and receiving. What about what is not being seen from the standpoint of the spiritual influence?
There are few who truly give for the sake of giving. The principle of giving is one of the main governing laws of our emerging new reality. The most significant maxim of this illumined era is: “To those who give all, all is given.”
As we express selfless generosity in service to others, we release the unlimited universal storehouse of supply. If we genuinely love, we cannot help but to give. To give is to expand and thus the Law of Love is fulfilled.
The purity of our greater love gives constantly as its inherent nature, requiring nothing back in return. With no expectation of return, it is impossible to avoid receiving! The energy of giving is returned to us, amplified, through the natural fulfillment of the law.
As we come to live in greater alignment with these governing principles, all sense of lack evaporates for we humbly know that it is through the act of giving that we shall receive.
- There is an infinite supply of abundance available for all. The experience of lack is an illusion that comes from the pull of matter and the human attachment to the material plane.
- To experience wealth at every level, we live first and foremost in the perfect freedom of Divine Immanence.
- In knowing the inner Presence as our originating source of supply, we become powerful magnets, drawing to us all that is needed and required to fulfill our life purpose.
- Outer appearances no longer delude us. Rushing from point to point is not necessary. We are not creating opportunities; rather, we meet them and simply walk through the opening door in front of us.
- As wayshowers of the new race, we exemplify Divine Principle, not motivated by anything external. Our ideas are not forced. Our motives are not driven primarily for financial gain. We are coming from a standpoint of service to humanity with the knowing that all is being taken care of. There is no need to even ask. As need arises, it is already accomplishing.
- Through our understanding of principle, all is already present. It is simply a matter of awakening to the awareness of what is. This is the new energy. It is already here; the moment the thought arises.
- With an appreciation for the value of money and what it can accomplish as a creative energy, we welcome its presence in our life for the accomplishment of our service role in fulfillment of the Divine Plan.
As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day corresponds to the months of Aries, the second, Taurus, the third, Gemini, and so on.
Our consciousness and behavior on these 12 days actually create the experiences we will have in the months ahead. These 12 days, then, are a time of testing, and they contain opportunities to transform ourselves and to carve out a new destiny. It is as if we have a 12-day cosmic window to “walk through the fire,” so to speak, in order to bring the world and ourselves to a higher spiritual vibration.
As Rav Berg once said, “During the month of Nissan (Aries), we must expect arguments and conflicts, which are simply opportunities to reveal Light. The negative side will do everything in its power to prevent us from using the tools at our disposal to control our destiny. But we will not be trapped. We shall elevate and confront the responsibility entrusted to us. We have a duty (through our spiritual efforts) to turn on the Light, and whoever is not capable of loving his enemy should at least act with human dignity towards him.”
Day 1 – Aries: April 1, 2014
Courageous and intellectual, people born under the sign of Aries have a fiery and youthful approach to life. As the first of the 12 signs of the zodiac, Aries is the “the child of the universe,” and, perhaps accordingly, Aries people are known for their impulsivity and their “it’s all about me” attitude. Aries is ruled by Mars, and Mars is the planet of war so people born under this sign can be reactive to anger.
In the Kabbalah Centre, we learn that there is only one way to respond to anger, and that is to learn how to be proactive—to take the situation to another level. It means that when the other person is angry, we don’t take on their anger. We pause for a second and instead of reacting, we say, “I might be right or I might be wrong. Let’s see how we can talk this thing through.” In this way, we are walking away, both physically and emotionally, from the other person’s reactivity, while restricting our own.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Before acting in a situation, either positive or negative, ask the Light to guide you.
- Meditate on an event within the last year where you reacted with anger and see how you could have changed the situation if you had been more proactive.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Ask someone to help you with something that you already think you have the answer for.
- Do something youthful like sitting on a swing in a park or going for a run.
- Do something for someone else before you do something for yourself.
Today wasn’t that great. But it was great :)))
I have another client so that’s good. I had some business meetings. Met my friend and bought necessary things to remodel my new office space I rented. I did get advantage of the situation in the bank where they were acting not reasonable but was having the situation under control not to affect me. I wasn’t connected to the Light as much as I would want to. Today was raining at the end of the day. Today visual presentation of that day is under this link with one word ” Struggle” https://happytruelife.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/1-day-kabbalah-power-day-aries/
Day 2 – Taurus: April 2, 2014
The first adjective that usually comes to mind to describe the Taurean is stubborn. They are resistant to change, not because they fear the future but more because they find life so comfortable where they are at the present. It’s similar to the feeling you get when you cuddle up in a place that’s warm and secure and you say to yourself with a contented sigh, “Why move?” But then after a while, you inevitably find yourself asking, “How can I ever get myself out of here?”
Still, Taurus is a sign that knows what it wants, and it insists on getting there. And once a Taurean gets moving on something, he or she is likely to have the most endurance and perseverance of all of the signs of the zodiac.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Find an area in your life where you are very stubborn. Visualize what would happen if you were to let go of that stubbornness.
- Look for a situation where you are stuck and figure out the first step you can take to move forward to get out of that situation.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Find a way to actively share with another person you don’t know.
- Get out of your comfort zone: Wake up an hour early, go to the gym, do those tasks at work that you’ve been putting off.
- Use the energy of perseverance that is available to see a positive action through from start to finish.
I wish I want to write all motivational words about how great I am doing on those 12 days of Power. Well let me tell you that it’s not true.
I am struggling. I am not accepting yet. Part of me doesn’t won’t to make the days perfect. I could but I am not doing it.
I was listening to a motivational speaker and he was talking to a person with the same kind of behaviour. They did’t go to the core and did’t answer the question: What is the believe about escapism and apathy ? What the little girl wants?
Today visual presentation of that day is under this link with one word “Stubborn Resistance” https://happytruelife.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/2-day-kabbalah-power-day-tauro/
Day 3 – Gemini: April 3, 2014
Gemini is an air sign, and as with all air signs, the focus for those born under Gemini is the intellect. People born under this sign can usually be found seeking new sources of information. They make perfect “spiritual surfers,” and they often find it hard to stay in one place for very long because they get bored easily and have a hard time with commitment and focus. Charismatic and confident, Gemini people are capable of doing a lot and are fantastic politicians, although they usually can’t be bothered with details.
One spiritual mission of the Gemini is to realize that intellect is nothing without action. In other words, we can study to the moon and back, but if we don’t do anything good with what we’ve learned, then what’s the point?
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Find something in your day where you have to trust the Light, not your intellect.
- Find an area in your life where you need to be patient with yourself or someone else. Work on developing patience.
- Look for an aspect in your life where you lack confidence and figure out what would give you the confidence you need to improve that aspect.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Tie up as many loose ends as possible: Finish the book you’ve been reading for a while or complete a project (even a small one).
- Make an effort to see and care about the details of whatever task or situation you are currently dealing with: Make that extra phone call, re-read that email before you send it, etc.
- Use your charismatic nature to be nice to someone you don’t know. Make that person smile.
Today was full of constructive planing and that I liked it.
Met with my profesor and business partner and talked about the strategy for Happy True Life.
Today visual presentation of that day is under this link with one word “Maze” https://happytruelife.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/3-day-kabbalah-power-day-gemini/
Day 4 – Cancer: April 4, 2014
Cancerians can be one of the most sensitive groups of all the signs of the zodiac. In fact, one of their spiritual missions here is to find a way to balance their strong emotions. It’s all too easy for Cancerians to fall into moodiness, so they often form a sort of “shell” to protect themselves from getting hurt. This is one reason why it’s so appropriate that the animal representing Cancer is the crab.
Have you ever seen a crab walk? A crab can only walk sideways. One of the spiritual tasks for a person born under the sign of Cancer is to open up and to face people and situations head-on (in other words, not to walk sideways or beat around the bush). Cancerians need to build the certainty that if they go forward and put their heart into something, the energy will come right back to them. With this certainty, they can let go of the fear that keeps them from taking risks and from letting go of what seems to be safe.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Today, make a conscious effort to live in the present moment by not reliving the past or calculating what is going to happen in the future.
- Recognize one of the fears that is holding you back from your potential (it could be related to work, relationships, money, success, etc.) and try and find whatever you need to help you to eliminate that fear.
- Identify one situation you are avoiding and do one thing to face it head-on.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Share an emotional experience with someone; it may help them open their heart.
- Make a list of all of the things and people in your life that you usually take for granted and then tell one person on that list how you feel about them.
Today I met my best friend after 3 years of not seing her. So connecting and speaking my emotional truths – checked 🙂
Had a client session and had appointment scheduled of another client for next tuesday. It was my detox day so I was just eating fruits.
Feeling better about the whole process and about accepting what is.
If you want to be happy lower your expectations hehe
Today visual presentation of that day is under this link with one word “Transformation” https://happytruelife.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/4-day-kabbalah-power-day-cancer/
Day 5 – Leo: April 5, 2014
Leos, even the quiet ones, generally have a strong personality. When a Leo enters a room, people can feel his or her presence. By nature magnanimous and generous, Leos like to be acknowledged and praised, and knowing this, it’s no surprise that the sun governs this particular month. Because the sun is the preeminent power in our universe, Leos are often born with this feeling of being sort of God-like. When friends or family are faced with problems, a Leo might say something like, “I know exactly what your problem is and I know how to answer it. I know what you have to do to make things right.”
Now there’s no question that many times, we all believe that we know better than everybody else. What we often forget, however, is that a truly spiritual person steps aside, listens, and helps others learn for themselves what their problems are. Therefore, one of the spiritual tasks of the Leo is to learn that there are two conditions that must be met before anyone can tell another person what to do: (1) We are sure they will listen, and (2) we love them.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Explore areas where you might be misusing your strength. Look into how you can use it to help others, not to dominate them.
- Look for areas in your life where you are consistently trying to be the center of attention. Make a conscious effort to see how it would be if you pulled back from the limelight.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Pause before you speak, whether in a positive or a negative situation. Think about where you are coming from. What’s your motivation? Why do you want to say what you want to say? Ask yourself if it would really help the situation if you said this?
- Give something to a place or person in need, but do so anonymously and without strings attached.
- Try to find an opportunity to be empathetic and take a few moments to understand the perspective of the other person.
Today visual presentation of that day is under this link https://happytruelife.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/5-day-kabbalah-power-day-leo/
Day 6 – Virgo: April 6, 2014
Have you ever been in a situation or a relationship where, despite all your efforts to the contrary, all you can seem to do is find things that are wrong the other person? This is the energy of the Virgo.
People born under the sign of Virgo tend to have a critical eye and are capable of noticing the minutest details. They seek perfection in all things, from style and dress to their life’s work. Oftentimes, it can be difficult for a Virgo to accept and appreciate the way things are because they have a constant desire for everything around them to be perfect. The problem here is that when we seek perfection, we often end up with the imperfect. Moreover, we need to remember that we were created as human beings, not as angels. We are here to make mistakes and grow, not to be perfect. The Creator is the only One Who can be perfect and produce perfection.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Spend today noticing where you might be too critical of others—and of yourself.
- Look at one area of your life (a person or situation) where you are very judgmental and try to understand the person or situation, not judge them.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Recognize three positive things each about three people in your life in whom you usually see only the bad. Find a simple and sincere way to tell them what you’ve discovered in a way that they will hear it.
- Write down 10 positive aspects about your current situation (your work, living arrangements, relationships, or family).
- Seek out an opportunity where seeing the details might be really helpful to someone (editing a letter, helping to clean something, etc.)
Day 7 – Libra: April 7, 2014
As you may know, the month of Libra is represented by the balance scales, and truly, the idea of balance is one of the most important things for a person born under this sign. There is nothing a Libra wants more than to live in peace and harmony. The problem is that sometimes, in order to get to that end, they walk away from the truth.
I’m sure you’ve heard the quote: “Sometimes the shoemaker goes without shoes.” It’s the same idea here. At times, the Libra can be so bent on achieving balance that in their pursuit of it, they miss the boat. Librans are also known for their ability to see all sides of a situation. The problem here is that because they can see every side of the situation, they have a hard time actually making a decision, and by the time they do so, it is often too late.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Take a piece of paper and write down your goals, then turn the paper over and write down what you are willing to give up to get to those goals.
- Look at a situation in your life where you’ve questioned a past decision and your uncertainty is still impacting you today. See the value in your original decision and see how you can now keep moving forward.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Confront a situation that you have been avoiding for fear of causing discord.
- Make a decision without hemming and hawing! It doesn’t need to be life changing; it can be just a simple everyday decision. The point is to make the decision and be certain about it.
- Help someone see all sides of a situation they may be struggling with. Sharing with them might help them make a more proactive decision.
Day 8 – Scorpio: April 8, 2014
With their powerful emotions and keen intuition, Scorpios have an incredible ability to “dive deep” into situations and into the unseen world. While this ability can make a Scorpio magnetic and intuitive, it can also make him or her prone to fears and jealousy.
Scorpio is controlled by Mars, a strong and determined planet whose energy grants Scorpios the capacity for incredible certainty. Even as children, they can be so driven that if you put them next to a wall, it’s as if they have the power to climb straight up it. At the same time, Mars also grants Scorpio a powerful desire for control, which can make them overbearing and oppressive in situations and relationships.
A Scorpio’s incredible strength is to stay on course and to achieve what they want to achieve—whatever the cost. The problem is that sometimes they don’t stop, no matter what that cost might be.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Today, meditate to fear less and love more, and through that loving, to let go of the need to control.
- See where you might have a jealousy issue. Realize that the only punishment for jealousy is jealousy itself and try to redirect that negative energy into determining what proactive steps you might take to receive what it is that you want.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Share one of your fears with another person. Face the fear so you can get rid of it.
- Find a situation at home or work where you are controlling the people or the situation, then proactively give control to someone else.
- Use your intuition to help someone else.
Day 9 – Sagittarius: April 9, 2014
Often described as lucky, people born under the sign of Sagittarius like to live on the edge. They also tend to find themselves counting on miracles because they are known to put off obligations till the very last minute. With their interest in learning things simply for the sake of learning, Sagittarians often have a hard time following through on what they have learned and finishing what they have started. At the same time, they love challenges and are very competitive—so competitive, in fact, that it can be difficult for them to bounce back after a perceived failure. Sagittarians are also infamous for their tactlessness and quick tongue, and they need to remember that even though they may not be particularly sensitive, other people are, and their careless words can sting.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Think of some situation where you believe you failed and see if the result of that situation is still impacting you today. If it is, identify at least one positive thing that came out of that failure.
- Analyze a situation that is happening today in its entirety before you make a decision about what to do.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Do something now that you would normally put off to the last minute: Tackle a project, make that phone call, write an email, have that awkward conversation, etc.
- Before you say something, think about how the other person will receive it. Will they hear you? Will it help them? What good will come of it? After asking yourself these questions, think again about saying it.
Day 10 – Capricorn: April 10, 2014
Capricorn is considered the most materialistic of all the signs of the zodiac. Still, if Capricorns become spiritual, they can dissolve their materialism and transform it into spirituality and even psychic ability. This explains why Nostradamus and many other well-respected seers and psychics throughout the ages were born under this sign. This materialistic bent is also evident in how easy it is for Capricorns to become workaholics; in effect, their life is work.
The spiritual mission for Capricorns is transformation. In Hebrew, the Capricorn is described as kaved, which means “heavy.” On the other hand, the name of the month in Hebrew, Tevet, comes from the word tov, meaning “good.” So with the energy of Capricorn, we have the ability to fight and to overcome the negative “heavy” parts of our being and turn them into that which is positive and tov.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Look at the areas of your life where you are completely attached to the physical world and figure out how to put the consciousness of sharing into them. For example, if you love your sports car, see how you could use it more often to share.
- Find a way during the day to rely on spiritual tools, not a physical solution, to help you with a challenge.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Express a positive emotion to someone you care about.
- Use the constructive energy of Capricorn to help someone create order where they might see only chaos.
- Use the hardworking energy of Capricorn and donate your time to volunteer on a project.
Day 11 – Aquarius: April 11, 2014
Perhaps the most obvious quality of Aquarians is that they love freedom and hate to be constrained. Aquarians are the type of people who might say, “I am who I am, and if you don’t like it…tough!” At the same time, however, their nature is to be philanthropic, to worry about the world, to be a part of humanitarian causes. The reason for this is that the Aquarian mind sees the big picture.
Family and interpersonal relationships can be problematic for Aquarians. While Aquarians love the world and believe in the concepts of brotherly love and understanding, they have difficulty in loving a single person because their mindset and scope are so broad and capable that they refuse to be restricted. Understanding the butterfly effect (that every action we do, whether positive or negative, affects the whole world on a cosmic level), however, can help Aquarians feel the importance of everyday interactions and the human dignity that we grant those people we see throughout the day.
The challenge of the day is to practice listening to and being present with those around us. This may seem counterintuitive to the vastness of Aquarian ideas, but in the long run, being attentive to others can be the key to helping us translate all of our brilliant thoughts into reality. Yes, we can have big ideas and big dreams. But if we can’t communicate those ideas and dreams to the people around us, if we can’t hear the messages that the universe is sending us all the time, then how can we expect to move forward to bring our dreams to reality?
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Try to see a situation from another person’s point of view.
- Focus on one person in your life whom you may have overlooked recently. Ask yourself why you did this and see what it does for the person if you give them more of your time and more energy.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Find a way to be a team player and come up with a win/win situation through sharing.
- Really listen to others, rather than immediately speaking your mind.
- Focus on your immediate surroundings and on those people you interact with throughout the day. Find a way to share with them and, above all, to treat each one with human dignity.
Day 12 – Pisces: April 12, 2014
Pisceans are naturally intuitive and psychic, so it’s easy for them to be in two worlds—the physical and the spiritual—at the same time. Not surprisingly, the symbol of this month is two fish swimming in opposite directions. Pisceans make wonderful friends and are among the most sensitive people of the entire zodiac, a trait that works both for and against them. On the positive side, their kindness and empathy allow Pisceans to cultivate great relationships, but on the negative, they can easily take too much of another’s burden upon themselves because they don’t know where their part ends and the other person’s begins.
Though brilliant and in tune with the world beyond the five senses, Pisceans sometimes have a hard time balancing this deep perception and understanding with the practicality of everyday life. Oftentimes, they would rather swim to another shore than deal with the difficulties and challenges that life presents, and this avoidance can make them prone to depression, addictions, and feelings of victimhood.
Internal: Change Your Consciousness
- Identify a time when you were presented with unsettling news or a tricky situation. Analyze how you dealt with the situation to see if you reached a balance between logic and emotion before proceeding. If you didn’t achieve this balance, work on understanding how you can pause and be more proactive when situations like these arise again.
- Identify exactly when your depression and feelings of victimhood arise during the day. What kind of situation triggers them? Remember that recognizing the source of these negative feelings is the first step to eliminating them.
External: Actions You Can Take
- Use your ability to be a great friend. Reach out to someone who needs love or support.
- Find one challenge in your day and confront it head-on.
source with original title “The first 12 days of Aries”: http://livingwisdom.kabbalah.com/first-12-days-aries-day-1
According to the National Sleep Foundation the average person requires 7-10 hours of sleep per night. But is it possible that using different sleep cycles, where the benefits of sleep are still achieved, we can sleep less? Much less? Most of us are familiar with what is called a monophasic sleep cycle. This cycle is used by most people as it’s what we hear about and learn the most. For some, this cycle is practical although inefficient.
Fact is, there are 4 other sleep cycles that can provide all the benefits of sleep, while sleeping much less. For me, this is good news as I am not a huge fan of sleeping for long periods of time. Why? Generally there are better things to do! Not only that but sleeping has always been something I wish I could do when I felt like it and not because I’m ‘supposed to.’ if I could spend less time lying awake at night trying to sleep, then great. So let’s learn about polyphasic sleep cycles! Unlike monophasic, where you sleep once a day, polyphasic cycles utilize multiple naps. The Monophasic cycle consists of various stages of sleep with REM (rapid eye movement) being the most important. A person using a monophasic cycle might go to bed at night (around 11PM), sleep for 7 – 10 hours and then wake up in the morning. Of course if one worked a night shift, timing would be swapped. Generally, it takes the body about 45 – 75 minutes to get into REM sleep which is the cycle responsible for various brain and bodily functions that are beneficial to health. Although scientists don’t understand exactly why we need sleep, it has been recognized, while observing animals, that sleep is needed for survival.
The Byphasic cycle, also called the Siesta, is the most common of polyphasic cycles as it can be viewed as the most practical for people. This cycle consists of one 5 – 6 hour sleep and one 20, 60 or 90 minute nap per day. Total sleep time is around 5.3 – 10 hours per day. In regards to health, compared to the monophasic cycle, there is now enough scientific research to show that this cycle is not only better for your health but can also lead to better moods, a decrease in stress, an increase in your ability to be altert as well as overall productivity. Some research even states this cycle can make you smarter!
The Everyman cycle, first named by Puredoxyk, is a sleep schedule consisting of one 3.5 hour core sleep and 3 x 20 minute naps spread out over the day. The cycle is designed to counteract the natural drops in our alertness as dictated by our Circadian and Ultradian rhythms. A sample schedule commonly used with this cycle is sleeping 9 – 12:30am, a 4:10am nap, an 8:10am nap, and a 2:40pm nap. Avoid having a morning core sleep (3am – 6:30am) as during these times it is unlikely you will get quality slow wave sleep because your temporary circadian REM pressure is high.
The Dymaxion cycle is said to be the most difficult as it can only be successfully used by certain people. Those with the DEC2 gene, also called ‘short sleepers,’ generally only require about 4 hours of monophasic sleep, which makes this cycle possible for them. This isn’t to say others can’t use it, it is simply unlikely it will work. There is not enough time spent in REM for most people so the cycle is tough to adapt to. The cycle consists of 4 x 30 minute sleeps throughout the day which totals only 2 hours of sleep! Some have adjusted the cycle to reflect a pattern of one 1.5 hour sleep with 2 x 30 minute naps and one 20 minute nap.
The Uberman cycle, again
name by Puredoxyk, is a sleep schedule consisting entirely of 20 minute naps totalling 2 hours of sleep per day. Each nap is spaced equidistantly throughout the day. The classic method is to take 6 x 20 minute equidistant naps per day. Alternatively, people can take 8 x 20 minute naps, also spaced equidistantly throughout the day, as the extra 40 minutes each day can make a big difference. Some report that missing naps while on this schedule can result in feeling very drained and tired, so keeping to the schedule is important. This of course might be difficult depending on your schedule, so take that into consideration if you decide to give this a try. One cool note for this cycle is that many Uberman sleepers report experiencing very vivid lucid dreams. This cycle might be worth a try for those experimenting with lucid dreaming.
How will you sleep? When I first heard of the possibility of different sleep cycles I got excited. So for me, I am definitely going to give one of these a try. As of now I will likely start experimenting with the Everyman cycle. Either way you go when it comes to swapping sleep cycles, it seems the only one that requires very little adjustment of your body is the Byphasic. Each of the others will likely require a 2 week period of integration before you fully recognize the nature of the cycle.
If you decide to give them a try, don’t be hasty in giving up! Feeling like a zombie after the first few days is a possibility, but with the proper adjustment things could work out. Keep your current lifestyle in mind before choosing a different cycle. Is it going to be possible for you to have naps throughout the day? Don’t be afraid to push your boundaries, but remember practicality. It has been said that eating healthy/clean foods helps with the adjustment process. It’s also recommended that you get a good alarm and make it your friend.
When you first begin changing your cycle, you will need it to stay disciplined, so do your best to keep on track with your sleep and wake up times. When you do sleep, try to be in a dark setting. When you awaken, try to expose yourself to sunlight for a few minutes. Remember, don’t give up right away! If you have had experiences with alternate sleep cycles, share them below.
Let your choice of colors and shapes tell you more about your personality!
Relax, look at the pictures and see which you are most attracted to.
Results posted below. I picked #1
Personality Test Results:
1. Freedom loving
Freedom is important to you – nothing is worse than when you feel tied down. You may find you move jobs or location frequently because the idea of staying in one place too long unnerves you. The same can apply to relationships! People see you as fun loving, and you are. You attempt to enjoy life to the full, in accordance with the motto: “You only live once.” You tend to attract less energetic people as friends or partners, like moths to a flame, they see you as the light. Careful they don’t drain you! You are very curious and open about everything new and thrive on change. Quite simply, you are a breath of fresh air.
2. Independent and unconventional
Your lifestyle is highly individualistic. You do not follow the crowd, on the contrary, you seek to live according to your own ideas and convictions, even if this means swimming against the tide. You need a free and unattached life that allows you to determine your own course. You have an artistic bent in your work or leisure activities. Your urge for freedom sometimes causes you to do exactly the opposite of what is expected of you. You are rather unique, so don’t bother comparing yourself to anyone else. Live life your way.
3. Sensitive and reflective
You are comfortable spending hours alone with your thoughts and rarely become bored. You dislike superficiality; you’d rather be alone than have to suffer through small talk. Your relationships with your friends are very strong, which gives you the inner tranquillity and harmony that you require. You love deeply but if someone betrays you it is next to impossible to forgive. You are an old soul, someone who has lived many times before and has seen it all. All you crave now is simplicity and the chance to focus your attention on a meaningful existence.
4. Down to earth and charming
You have a natural authentic charm, what you see is what you get. People admire you because you seem so ‘together’. You have both feet planted firmly on the ground and they can depend on you. While others complicate their life with ifs and buts, you know your own mind. You provide security and space to those close to you. You are a rock, and although others may not tell you, you are the sun around which they revolve. You dislike superficiality and tend to be skeptical toward the whims of trends. Where others crash and burn, you motor on, quietly achieving all you need to do. You are a woman (or man) of substance.
5. Professional and self-assured
You take charge of your life, and place less faith in your luck and more in your own actions. You solve problems in a practical, uncomplicated manner. You take a realistic view of things in your daily life and tackle them without fuss. You are given responsibility at work, because people know that you can be depended upon. You project self-assurance to others. You are a born leader and organiser. Although you work well in a team, ideally you should be the one giving the orders. After all, you are usually right!
6. Peaceful and timeless
You are easy-going yet discreet. There is a timeless elegance about you (think Audrey Hepburn). You make friends effortlessly, yet enjoy your privacy and independence. You like to get away from it all and be alone from time to time to contemplate the meaning of life. You need space, so you escape to hideaways, but you are not a loner. You are at peace with yourself and the world, and you appreciate life and what this world has to offer. You have a strong life purpose and when you discover it, you project your personal brand of magic on the world.
7. Cultured and classical
Cultured and sophisticated you value the things money can’t necessarily buy – good conversation, original ideas, music and the arts. You have a fair mind and can see both sides of an argument. You rarely let emotions get the better of you, preferring to assess situations rationally. Calm, logical and yet compassionate and kind. You have ‘old-fashioned’ principles, which at heart make you a real lady (or gentleman). A timeless, vintage classic – the sort of person everyone secretly admires and likes to copy.
8. Sensitive and spiritual
You are a highly sensitive and spiritual person. You refuse to see life only from a rational view point. You have great intuition and trust your feelings. You must have dreams to aspire towards or you won’t feel happy. You like to improve yourself, and in so doing make a difference in the world – even if only in little ways. You find it hard to understand people who are only guided rationality. You form true relationships with open souls, people who know there is more to life than we can touch, see or hear. Your psychic sense is highly evolved, trust it and work with it.
9. Dynamic and sparkly
You are a mover and a shaker! You are willing to take risks in return for interesting and varied work. Routine tends to have a paralysing effect on you. Being stuck behind a desk 9-5 would destroy your soul and enthusiasm for life. You need to be given the chance to express your ideas and put them into action. You have a rainbow personality, and can cheer others up, even on the gloomiest of days. If you ever feel you have lost your sparkle it is because the situation you find yourself in is not right for you. Follow your enthusiasm, even if it means you chop and change for years. The journey is as important as the destination.
I am very happy to introduce you New Earth Project and its first gift. Zero Point Time.
Yesterday New Earth Project was officially inaugurated online during extensive webinar with Sacha Stone who is one of the founders and guests like Michael Tellinger of “Ubuntu”, Santos Bonacci and Nassim Haramein of “The Resonance Project”. There was a New Earth Blueprint created that I want to share with you http://www.soulergy.com/nen_blueprint.pdf
Expect many exiting events during this year. The one I am most exited about is 5 day Festival in Mexico (exact location soon) presenting a sustainable, new earth vision through the joyful celebration and exposition of art, music, theatre, dance, food, new sciences, healing and wisdom.
Happy True Life will be in a close synergy with this great community to create more Beauty, Art and Consciousness on our Planet.
Green Tea + Lemon = A Healthier Heart
Broccoli + Tomatoes = Cancer Control
Red Bell Peppers + Black Beans = Improved Immunity
Eggs + Mango = A Firmer Facade
Spicy Mango Salad with Eggs Ingredients: (2 servings) 2 cup shredded mango (raw or half ripe) 1 red chili- finely sliced 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tbsp fish or to taste (or salt) Few spring onion- chopped 3 hard boiled eggs Preparation Combine mango, sugar, fish sauce and chili in the mixing bowl, stir well. Check the seasoning, spring over with spring onion, and serve with some hard boil eggs.
Green Tea + Black Pepper = A Whittled Waistline
Forget drastic diets: At your next meal, sip a cup of green tea and shake some black pepper over your entree. “A study recently found that the combo boosts the absorption of EGCG, a key antioxidant in tea tied to calorie burning, by a whopping 130 percent,” According to research published in Nutrition Journal, people who drank green tea with their meal reported feeling more full and were less likely to want a second helping than those who drank plain water. Experts say the compounds in green tea can affect the hormones that regulate hunger and fullness.
Stay-Well Strategy: Studies say as little as a half-teaspoon of black pepper can increase the absorption of tea’s beneficial compounds, so brew a cup of tea to sip, then take out your mill and get grinding!
Radicchio + Kale = A Stronger Skeleton
Cup for cup, kale is the king of calcium (it contains three times more than spinach). However, food scientists say you’ll soak up even more of this bone-building mineral by combining kale with some radicchio. Why? The crimson veggie is a rich source of inulin, a carbohydrate that naturally enhances calcium absorption in the intestines, according to a recent study in the journal Nutrition Research.
Stay-Well Strategy: To shore up your skeleton, toss these tasty greens together in a salad.
Avocado + Green Salad = Complexion Protection
You’ll absorb more skin-protecting plant compounds called carotenoids from your veggie salad by adding a little avocado. “Carotenoids reduce free radical damage to effectively protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays,” In a recent study at Ohio State University, people who ate avocado in their salad of lettuce, spinach, and carrots absorbed up to 15 times more carotenoids than those who didn’t eat their salads with avocado. Studies show carotenoids require some fat to be optimally absorbed by the body, which means avocados, which contain solid stores of healthful monounsaturated fats, healthfully fit the bill.
Stay-Well Strategy: To nab this nutrition perk, slice a half of an avocado into your next green salad.
Yogurt + Bran Cereal = Better Digestion
This breakfast is a natural immunity booster. Full of good bacteria, yogurt acts as a probiotic. It encourages healthy bacteria to flourish in your digestive tract, keeping sickness-causing bugs at bay. But probiotics work even better when paired with the prebiotics found in wheat bran. Why? Prebiotics act as nourishment for probiotics, helping them better thrive in the gut so they can do their immunity-boosting magic.
Stay-Well Strategy: To get in on this good-gut action, first look for probiotic-rich yogurts that sport the label “live and active cultures.” Then, mix one cup of this yogurt with three quarters of a cup of wheat bran cereal.
Apricots + Almonds = A Tip-Top Ticker
This power pair helps prevents LDL “bad” cholesterol from oxidizing, a process that happens whenever LDL reacts with free radicals. “And oxidized LDL is harmful because it encourages dangerous plaque build-up in the arteries,” But, in a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers found that the phytochemicals in almonds reduced LDL oxidation when paired with the antioxidant vitamins E and C, both of which are found abundantly in apricots.
Stay-Well Strategy: For a satisfying, heart-healthy snack, combine a quarter-cup each of dried apricots and raw almonds.
Yogurt + Blueberries = A Stronger Body
Spoon up this tasty snack after a sweaty workout. The reason: Research reveals blueberries possess brain-boosting benefits to keep you better focused during your fitness routine, while yogurt’s hefty stores of protein help repair the little tears in your muscles that naturally occur during exercise. As if that’s not enough, the carbs in both the yogurt and fruit naturally replenish your muscles with glycogen, a stored form of energy (dipping too low in glycogen can quickly trigger fatigue). Yogurt’s protein also stimulates a hormone that transports those energizing carbs into your muscles to give your next workout more get-up and go.
Stay-Well Strategy: If you’re doing intense exercise and need to be at the top of your game, be especially speedy about eating this recovery snack. Why? Your body’s most efficient at stashing away glycogen in the first 15 minutes after your workout, says Magee.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil + Tomatoes = Disease Defense
Tomatoes boast all four major carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene) plus three potent antioxidants (beta-carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin C) that may help fight cancer and heart disease. “You’ll absorb more of these protective chemicals if you eat them with olive oil, It’s high in healthy monounsaturated fats and slows digestion so you can soak up more of them.”
Stay-Well Strategy: Mix a little olive oil in your next marinara. You’ll get a bigger phytochemical punch with cooked tomatoes (leave the skin on, since it’s loaded with them). Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form, so it contains the most beneficial compounds. Just store it away from heat and light to prevent it from going rancid.
Oatmeal + Strawberries = A Healthier Heart
Oats contain two important phytochemicals called avenanthramides and phenolic acids. These compounds have been shown in research to work synergistically with vitamin C to reduce the harmful effects of “bad” LDL cholesterol and help prevent the plaque build-up that can lead to heart attacks.
Stay-Well Strategy: Enjoy a half cup of sliced strawberries with your morning bowl of oatmeal.
Cinnamon + Whole Grain Toast = Increased Energy and Speedier Slimming
Sprinkling on this spice may help keep your blood sugar at a healthier level, which prevents dips in your energy and spikes in your hunger level. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, cinnamon was found to slow the rate of stomach emptying after meals and reduce the rise in blood sugar after meals to negate more noshing later.
Stay-Well Strategy: For a healthier version of that childhood staple, cinnamon toast, use whole grain bread, trans-free margarine and a study-backed teaspoon of cinnamon. Note: Experts say you’ll nab more protective compounds if your cinnamon is fresh: Whole sticks last up to a year, ground cinnamon for six months.
Garlic + Onions = Head to Toe Protection
These aromatic veggies both contain a number of organosulfur compounds, heart-healthy plant chemicals that help keep arteries flexible and free of plaque. Some of these compounds have even been studied for their power to detoxify carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) in the body. Eating both at the same time means you’re “covering your bases” and boosting your chances of getting more of these healthful compounds.
Stay-Well Strategy: Cooked together, they make a delicious base for soups and sauces or simply sauté veggies like broccoli in a mix of olive oil, garlic, and onions.
Here are 6 ways you can stimulate and tone your creativity
1. Mindfulness Meditation Practice
One of the most effective ways to become creatively toned and start accessing core creativity is through a mindfulness meditation practice. Mindfulness allows us to listen and pay attention to what we might otherwise overlook-whether it’s a fresh idea or a new way of perceiving a situation-enhancing our creativity and letting go of our obstacles to innovation. Many people are intimidated with the idea of meditating with excuses of not having the time or ability to quiet the mind. Really all you need is 5 to 20 minutes a day and there are many mediation CDs that can help guide you through the process. In fact my CD Mindful Meditations for Creative Transformation that you can find on my website was created to specifically help one access their inner resources.
2. Dabbling in the Arts
Our culture’s overemphasis on fame and great success often turns people away from their creative inclinations, because they feel that if they can’t reach a professional goal with their writing, singing, or painting endeavours, they shouldn’t bother. What they don’t realize is that simply dabbling in the fine arts, with no specific goals or intentions, awakens our ability to approach life with greater openness and curiosity. In the same way that mindfulness practice jogs the areas of the brain associated with well-being, optimism, and compassion for yourself and others, so too does immersing yourself in any artistic exploration or enjoyment jog your creativity.
3. Immersing Yourself in Nature
Experiencing nature can awaken in you a sense of vitality and infinity, which becomes a path to your core creativity. Without conscious thought, you can look up at the astonishing number of stars in the sky or leaves on a single tree in a forest, and feel a sense of vastness and spaciousness. As you gaze at the heavens the ancients observed, knowing that humanity throughout history and across continents has pondered these very stars, you experience being a part of something larger than yourself that feels as if it has always existed and always will.
4. Entering Sacred Space
In ancient times, sacred spaces, such as churches, temples, and sites for group rituals, were built on land whose features evoked a sense of spirituality. Treks to places like Machu Picchu, the temples of India, and Stonehenge have become more popular for Westerners who yearn for a sense of connection to their divine nature. Yet sacred spaces can exist wherever you feel a sense of spaciousness and connection to the creative, life-supporting forces of the universe. Arranging the space in your home or office to bring in light and nature will help you feel expansive and access your core creativity as you open up to your important role in all of creation.
5. Seeking Out Creative Stimulation
When the Irish band U2 wanted to reinvent their music, they traveled to Berlin, a bustling, gritty city unfamiliar to them, and soaked in the atmosphere, allowing its energy to infuse their songwriting and sound. Similarly, a famous actor I once spotted in an art museum stood before a painting for a good ten minutes before throwing his arms out and his head back, and standing for many more minutes, as if opening his heart to a beam of creative energy emanating from that painting. We all have this capacity to open to the vital forces around us and allow ourselves to take them in, mingling them with our own passions.
6. Mindful Movement
Many forms of physical movement can be an entrée into open-mind consciousness. Somatic therapy or somatic disciplines such as martial arts, tai chi, and yoga are the most well-known ways of quieting the rational mind and opening up to the intuitive mind and its connection to the numinous creative force. Any physical activity that involves discipline and a slowing down of thoughts, from skiing to dance, actually creates new neural pathways in your brain that become roads to innovation.source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-wise-open-mind/201104/6-techniques-ignite-your-inner-creativity-passion
The infographic below is based on a speech “Why Happiness is the New Productivity” given by Vishen Lakhiani in Calgary, where he presented alongside luminaries like Sir Richard Branson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Stephen Covey, and Nobel Prize Winner F.W De Klerk. This speech won the audience vote as one of the best speeches of the entire event.
Are you ready to attract your heartfelt longings by doing a moon ritual focused on manifestation?
Tomorrow is New Moon. The new moon is the birthing cycle of the moon’s various phases. The new moon phase is an optimal time for planning and seeding your intentions. Seedlings need a period of gestation before they break through the soil and reach for the sunlight. This is also true for our cultivating our ideas and clearing the way for our visions to surface in reality. The dark side of the moon, with its mysterious unseen forces, offers a nurturing environment where our intentions can establish roots before their miraculous manifestations begin to sprout and reach out to the stars.
Moon Ritual for Birthing Your Wishes and Desires
Begin by setting aside a few minutes each month during the new moon phase to focus on your wishes. This will help give you clarity of mind and fill your heart with promise. When it comes to setting goals or planning ahead for your future there is no better time to get started than during the new moon. Any intentions stated or written down also carries power, so please take care in considering those things that you truly want. The saying “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” is fair warning whenever setting your new moon intentions into motion. But, no worries. The moon has its phases and so do our individual wants and needs. This is why it is a good practice to rededicate your list of intentions each month when another new moon cycle returns for a visit.
Prep for Upcoming New Moon Manifestation
- Check a moon phase calendar for the next upcoming new moon. (next is tomorrow 1 of march 2014)
- Set aside 20-30 minutes to do the ritual itself.
- Supply suggestions:
- pen and colored markers
- scotch tape
- smudge sticks
- meditation CDs
- Prepare yourself a sacred space where your will perform the ceremony when the new moon arrives.
Setting your New Moon Intentions in Motion
- Cleanse your sacred area with an opening prayer, asage smudging, and/or by burning some incense.
- Light one or more candles.
- Center your being and calm yourself in whatever way is appropriate for you. Take some deep cleansing breaths, slip in a meditation CD to listen to, and/or leisurely sip on a cup of relaxing herbal tea.
- Open your notebook, and date the first page. Write down these words “I accept these things into my life now or something better for my highest good and for the highest good of all concerned.” or something similar. Below your affirmation statement, begin writing down your desires. Your list may consist of a single item or you may have several pages listing multiple items. Try not to limit yourself. If having many things in your life helps to fulfill you then don’t deny yourself wanting these things.
- During the month when an item on your new moon list comes to you no not merely cross it off of your list. Take the time to rewrite the list in its entirety eliminating the manifested item from the listing. Revising your master list in this way is highly recommended. At the same time you may add whatever else that you have decided you would like. Feel free to reword any of the original phrases to better suit your life now. It is natural that your desires will change as time advances.
- A second notebook will be used as a manifestation scrapbook where you can paste in pictures or catalog clippings of items that you are wanting to manifest. Creating manifesting scrapbooks or vision boards is a fun project to undertake, enjoy yourself! You will soon be amazed how these things begin to find their way into your life once you start this process.
Rededicating your New Moon Intentions
Each month at the new moon rededicate your intentions by renewing your list at a repeated ritual. This is accomplished by rewriting your list out using a fresh sheet of paper. Please don’t get in the habit of simply scratching out the items you no longer desire and simply adding the new stuff to the bottom of your old list. You don’t want clutter and sloppiness energies messing up the path meant to deliver new stuff into your life do you? Disregard any items that no longer feed your soul and add new things which will.
It is helpful to salt and pepper your manifest list with smaller items that will manifest quickly, such as tickets to the ballet, lunch with a friend, or a day at the spa. You may think that smaller things are too trivial to put on your intention list… Wrong! Things that tend to manifest with less effort still deserve to be written down. Write down everything that you desire, no matter how little or simple. If it is something that makes you happy, write it down. Manifesting smaller items on our lists actually creates a steady flow of chi giving your list a boost. These smaller manifestations create movement, allowing an ebb and flow of the tides. We are dealing here with the moon cycles after all. Besides, sometimes we forget to appreciate the smaller pleasures in our lives while we are waiting for the BIG stuff to come in. If you only write statements like, “I want to win the lottery” in your notebook then you are limiting yourself by not allowing abundance to flow to you from a multitude of avenues.
” I am connected with the energy of Mother Earth. My Body, Mind and Spirit are grounded, centred and purified.”
Imagine your spine is a tree trunk with seven ascending flowers (chakras) growing out of it. These flowers are either opened or closed depending upon your health, mental disposition, and ability to communicate with the cosmos. These flowers emit a distinct energy unique to your personal frequency, but they are profoundly interconnected, both with each other and with the greater cosmos. This article will discuss the significance of the first of these chakras:
Muladhara, the root chakra.
If the crown chakra is the Übermensch (overman) of the Kundalini process, then the root chakra is the Untermensch (underman). But don’t allow this lowly connotation to fool you into thinking that the root chakra is any less important, or even less powerful. After all, there cannot be an over without an under. There cannot be a flower without its roots. Opening the root chakra is reconnecting with the often neglected, often suppressed, savage, prima materia heart of man. It’s a tapping into the latent energy of the unconscious realms hidden beneath the soil of the human condition, dark and muddy, but alive in a way that subsumes all levels of individuation.
The root chakra is symbolized by a red lotus with four petals. It is located at the base of the spine in the coccygeal region (tailbone area), while its central activation point is located within the perineum. It is the lowest vibration of the body and has the slowest wavelength.
The four petals directly denote stability and foundational survival, and are indirectly related to the four sides of the square, the four directions, and the four elements: earth, air, fire, & water. The chakra extends downward, connecting us to the earth while ‘grounding’ us. It is related to instinct and to the basic ‘fight or flight’ mechanism of the human condition. Known also as the seat of Kundalini, dormant kundalini rests here, wrapped around the four-petaled lotus, just waiting to be awakened.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ~ Carl Jung
The deity associated with this region is Indra who is often depicted riding a white seven-tusked elephant. The tusks symbolize the seven elements vital to physical functioning. He personifies the underworld, the unconscious abyss and the interconnectedness of all things rooted. His lesson is that Humankind only seems to be an un-rooted being, but his un-rootedness is an illusion. We’re like walking trees, but all trees have roots. Like Allan Watts said, “Nature is always differentiated unity, not unified differences.”
The root chakra is the energy center of the entire Kundalini process, but it is also the toxin-release center. It connects us to the earth because that is where we receive all of the vital nutrients essential to our survival, and it is also where body toxins are released. The root chakra doesn’t just ground us physically, it also grounds us temporally by keeping us in the present moment.
Those whose root chakra is open, tend to be healthier, more balanced and grounded. They tend to be less fearful and more centered. Those whose root chakra is closed or under active, are often fearful, lack focus nervous, imbalanced and disconnected, and tend to suffer from depression, autoimmune deficiencies, especially dealing with the blood.
A beautiful video on Root chakra meditation with Tibetan singing bowls
Root Chakra Meditation/ How to Open the Root chakra
While meditating, focus your energy (or Qi) on the base of the spine. Notice how you feel about your connection to the earth. Literally relax and ‘drop’ your kegel muscles. Imagine your spine branching down into the earth like the roots of a tree.
Visualize yourself receiving the full bounty of the earth’s ‘nutrients.’ Other ways of opening the root chakra are through aromatherapy, massage, yoga and exercise. Exhale the toxins and inhale the energy. Uncoil the Kundalini ‘snake’ wrapped around your sacred roots and guide it to the next level; to the second chakra: The Swadhisthana.
Awakening video on balancing and tuning the Root chakra
1. Polish shoes. Just rub the inside of the peel on your shoe, then buff it with a soft cloth.
2. Tenderize meat. Add a ripe banana peel to a roasting pan to keep boneless, skinless cuts of meat from toughening up and drying out during cooking.
3. Feed roses. Banana peels are rich in calcium and magnesium, which flowers love.
4. Relieve rashes and itches. Rub the peel over bug bites, poison ivy rashes or psoriasis patches to reduce itchiness and promote healing.
5. Shine houseplants. Wipe dust and dirt off the leaves of houseplants with the inside of a banana peel.
6. Polish silverware. Blend a banana peel with water and use on your silver with a soft cloth.
7. Deter aphids. Bury banana peels around your garden to scare away these pests.
8. Polish leather. Rub the pithy side of the peel on leather jackets and furniture, then buff with a soft cloth.
9. Whiten teeth. Rub a banana peel on your teeth for about two minutes every time you brush to let the manganese, magnesium and potassium helps whiten the enamel.
10. Treat bruises and scrapes. Potassium in the banana peels helps with the healing process when rubbed on a wound.
11. Fertilize tomato plants. Wrap a banana peel around your tomato starts so they can absorb nutrients from it throughout the season.
12. Attract butterflies and birds. Put peels from overripe bananas on a raised platform and watch the lovelies flock to the sweetness. Beware that bees and wasps may be attracted as well.
13. Remove warts. Tape a piece of banana peel to the wart overnight for about a week and the potassium will eliminate the outbreak and prevent its return.
14. Work out splinters. Tape a piece of banana peel on top of a splinter and its natural enzymes will shift the splinter and make it easier to remove.
15. Improve compost. Banana peels break down quickly and add lots of nutrients to the soil.
16. Boost indoor plant water. Soak a banana peel in a large jar of water, then combine one part of the resulting banana peel water with five parts of regular water in a watering can to fertilize indoor plants.
17. Make vinegar. Use the sour flavour of banana-peel vinegar on salads, to flavor water and tea, or in any recipe that calls for vinegar. Get instructions here.
18. Treat acne. Scrub blemishes for 10 minutes with a ripe banana peel. Leave the residue on your face for as long as possible before washing off before bed. Repeat daily until acne is cleared up.
The word Chakra is Sanskrit forwheel. Chakra symbols represent the circular centers of energy, and they correspond to the nerve plexuses and organs in the physical nervous system. By focusing on these energy centers, and understanding the function of each, we are able to balance our energies, augment areas in our lives, and even facilitate healing.
The video below by Anadoe Judith “Illuminated Chakras” is my favorite way to describe the meaning and significance of Chakras.
The information given on this page is a basic summary. Chakra practitioners spend years learning about the healing arts relating to these intricate energy centers. If you wish to learn more about this unique realm of the human make-up, the author encourages you to begin an avid independent study and I invite you to click on the name of each Chakra for an separate article about how to activate it (if there is no link that means that the article is being prepared).
Many individuals have chakra symbols embellished on clothing or keep these images near them in order to keep the attributes in their mind as they aspire to better balance and higher energy.
Chakras and its colors starting from the bottom of the picture seen above:
Common Name: Root Chakra
Located: Base of spine, the sacral plexus
Details and Governance: The root chakra governs the body’s organs of excretion and the adrenals, it also influences the sense of smell. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat survival, and rules the primal instinct. Its element is earth, its color is red, and it’s mantra is lam. Connect with this chakra to access your primal life-force.
Common Name: Sacram/Sacral Chakra
Details and Governance: The root chakra governs the body’s reproductive organs and gonads, it also influences the sense of taste. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat self-acceptance, raw emotion and sexual energy. Its element is water, its color is orange, and it’s mantra is vam. Connect with this chakra to access your creativity.
Common Name: Solar Plexus Chakra
Details and Governance: The root chakra governs the pancreas and abdominal organs, it also influences the sense of sight. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat self-will, mental acuity and sense of identity. Its element is fire, its color is yellow, and it’s mantra is ram. Connect with this chakra to access your subconscious emotion, ego and will power.
Common Name: Heart Chakra
Located: Heart Area
Details and Governance: The root chakra governs the body’s lungs and thymus, it also influences the sense of touch. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat compassion, love and healing. Its element is air, its color is green, and it’s mantra is yam. Connect with this chakra to access love.
Common Name: Throat Chakra
Located: Laryngeal Plexus
Details and Governance: The root chakra governs the body’s thyroid, it also influences the sense of hearing. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat self-expression, and speech. Its element is ether, its color is blue, and it’s mantra isham. Connect with this chakra to access creative expression and communication.
Common Name: Third-Eye Chakra
Located: Between the eyebrows, forhead
Details and Governance: The root chakra governs the body’s pituitary gland, it also influences the sixth sense – the higher mind. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat intuition, and extra-sensory perception. Its element is time, its color is indigo, and it’s mantra is Aum. Connect with this chakra to access your primordial, super-natural power.
Common Name: Crown Chakra
Located: Top/crown of head, brain
Details and Governance: The root chakra governs the body’s pineal gland, and its influence is beyond the sensory realm. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat divinity, peace and enlightenment. Its element is space, its color is violet, and it’s mantra is silence. Connect with this chakra to access all-knowing, eternal bliss and liberation from all things corporeal/material.
Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs. Different geographical locations, climatic conditions and even seasons offer the widest variety of natural wonders: pink lakes, stunning lavender or tulip fields, breath-taking canyons and mountains, and other places you can hardly believe actually exist!
Some of the pictures in this collection will be of all natural sights you can find while traveling around the world, while the others have experienced human interference – but even in these cases, the result of such collaboration is spectacular. The Japanese learned how to tame thousands of orchids and form a romantic tunnel out of them; another one was formed all the way in Ukraine by a passing train; and what eventually ends up as hot tea in our mugs, first grows in stunning tree fields in Asia.
No wonder that traveling in one of the best forms of recreation – even looking at these pictures takes your mind to far away places… And yes, all those of those places are real!
Feel free to add more places in the comments under the article.
Here are twenty powerful secrets that will help you form meaningful relationships with people:
When two people meet, the prize always goes to the one with the most self-insight. He will be calmer, more confident, more at ease with the other.
Never permit the behaviour of other people to tell you how you feel.
Pay little attention to what people say or do. Instead, try to see their innermost motive for speaking and acting.
Any friendship requiring the submission of your original nature and dignity to another person is all wrong.
Mystically speaking, there is no difference between you and another person. This is why we cannot hurt another without hurting ourselves, nor help another without helping ourselves.
When we are free of all unnecessary desires toward other people, we can never be deceived or hurt.
You take a giant step toward psychological maturity when you refuse to angrily defend yourself against unjust slander. For one thing, resistance disturbs your own peace of mind.
You understand others to the exact degree that you really understand yourself. Work for more self-knowledge.
Do not be afraid to fully experience everything that happens to you in your human relations, especially the pains and disappointments. Do this and everything becomes clear at last.
The individual who really knows what it means to love has no anxiety when his love is unseen or rejected.
If you painfully lose a valuable friend, do not rush out at once for a replacement. Such action prevents you from examining your heartache and breaking free of it.
Do not be afraid to be a nobody in a social world. This is a deeper and richer truth than appears on the surface.
Every unpleasant experience with another person is an opportunity to see people as they are, not as we mistakenly idealize them. The more unpleasant the other person is, the more he can teach you.
You can be so wonderfully free from a sense of injury and injustice that you are surprised when you hear others complain of them.
We cannot recognise a virtue in another person that we do not possess in ourselves. It takes a truly loving and patient person to recognise those virtues in another.
Do not mistake desire for love. Desire leaves home in a frantic search for one gratification after another. Love is at home with itself.
There are parts of you that want the loving life and parts that do not. Place yourself on the side of the positive forces: do all you can to aid and encourage them.
You must stop living timidly from fixed fears of what others will think of you and of what you will think of yourself.
Do not contrive to be a loving person: work to be a real person. Being real is being loving.
The greatest love you could ever offer to another is to so transform you inner life that others are attracted to your genuine example of goodness.
Source: “Twenty Special Secrets,” from Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, by Vernon Howard
Web Article: http://theunboundedspirit.com/20-powerful-secrets-to-meaningful-relationships/
“The implications this research could have on humanity is quite fascinating given it could reach into the realms of creating a world of peace, healthy living and joy.”
A Russian scientist has been studying the human energy field and is claiming that people can change the world simply by using their own energy. While this idea is not new, not too many have taken the time to scientifically go about proving such ideas -although the field of quantum physics has shed some powerful light on the topic over the years. Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, professor of physics at St. Petersburg State Technical University, states that when we think positive and negative thoughts, each have a different impact on our surrounding environment.
“We are developing the idea that our consciousness is part of the material world and that with our consciousness we can directly influence our world,” said Dr. Konstantin Korotkov.
We cannot see energy very easily with the human eye and thus the world of unseen energy can be difficult for the mind to grasp without scientific measurements to verify what is taking place. Perhaps this is why the study of consciousness affecting our reality has been virtually untouched for so long. To help create a bridge between our physical and unseen world, scientific experiments using a technique called bioelectrophotography are being carried out. In these experiments, an assumption must be made that states the human body and consciousness is constantly emitting energy. Following this assumption, Bioelectrophotography aims to capture these energy fields seen as a light around the body. In the metaphysical world this energy emission is known as a person’s aura, while in the scientific field, it is often refereed to as our energy field.
Dr. Korotkov is not the only one studying the affects of the human mind, thoughts and energy on our surrounding environment. The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Laboratory has also been trying to wrap their heads around the subject and have concluded that the mind does in fact have a subtle capacity to influence the output of devices known as Random Event Generators (REGs).
A project that initially started when a student was curious to study the effects of the human mind and intention on the surrounding environment, turned into a rigorous testing lab where Dr. Robert Jahn and his lab assistant spent many hours experimenting to determine whether or not the mind has an affect on our physical world. Jahn and his assistant were able to determine that the human minds interactions with the machines demonstrated a relationship that was not physical in nature. The mind was able to affect and change outcomes of the machine in ways that were beyond explainable. In essence, consciousness was having an affect over the physical world.
“The mind was able to affect and change outcomes of the machine in ways that were beyond explainable.”
To determine the affects of the minds intention on the physical world, they built several machines called a random number generator. The machine would essentially mimic a coin flip and record the results over time. The machine performed 200 flips per second and produced an average mean of 100 as one would expect. Left unattended, the machine would continue to produce results that suggested a 50/50 chance of producing either heads or tales. The interesting results came when human intention started to interact with the machine. What was once a random 50/50 chance of producing heads or tales began to deviate from expectation as the observer began to intend for the numbers to be higher or lower. While the affects of the mind over the the machines was not large, it was enough that contemporary physics is unable to explain what exactly is happening. Perhaps this is where the quantum world can shed light?
The implications this research could have on humanity is quite fascinating given it could reach into the realms of creating a world of peace, healthy living and joy. If intentions and thoughts can impact something the way it has been demonstrated above, why not explore the boundaries of how far this can go? It is my belief that we create our realities with our thoughts and intentions, I feel science is starting to confirm this and in time we will realize the true power of our minds and intentions.
The video below is a very brief synopsis of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory of Princeton University, whose research into mind-matter interaction forms the foundation of Psyleron Technology.
“Since the beginning of our times, it’s been in our nature to destine sacred places to render tribute to the events that occur in the Universe.
That’s why we will reunite again at the magical and breathtaking Bahía Tankah, at foot of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum to celebrate the Winter solstice.
Tankah not only offers the white-sand beaches and the majestic turquoise blue of the Caribbean Sea, it also has a creek, cenotes, swimming pool and a privileged view of the Pyramid of Tulum.”
I am very happy to anounce my participation in this year Time and Space Festival. Together with the organizers of the festival we created a special space called Sacred Circle. Specially designed Body-Mind-Soul area for those yearning spiritual experience during this musical feast.
You will be able to relax at cenote or by the pool. Participate in one of our Workshops. Do some Yoga. Meditate. Connect and Interact. Generate your Qi energy with some Thai Chi and Qi Gong movements. Hoop dance. Watch professional fire dancing. Heal yourself in one of the healing circles. Taste some Soul food. Purchase some extra cool gadgets, jewellery and accessories. And many, many more.
We are inviting artists to work on site during the festival. Please send your work portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below you can see confirmed workshops:
We are also open for Vendors to send their applications with photos or designs of their stands, booths or merchendise tables to email@example.com
Below you can see the complete poster and all the great Dj participating.
Hope I see you there in December. :))) For more info about the event please go to http://timeandspacefestival.com
The human DNA is a biological internet and superior in many aspects to the artificial one. Russian scientific research directly or indirectly explains phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people (namely spiritual masters), mind’s influence on weather patterns and much more. In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing single genes.
Only 10% of our DNA is being used for building proteins. It is this subset of DNA that is of interest to western researchers and is being examined and categorized. The other 90% are considered “junk DNA.” The Russian researchers, however, convinced that nature was not dumb, joined linguists and geneticists in a venture to explore those 90% of “junk DNA.” Their results, findings and conclusions are simply revolutionary!
According to them, our DNA is not only responsible for the construction of our body but also serves as data storage and in communication. The Russian linguists found that the genetic code, especially in the apparently useless 90%, follows the same rules as all our human languages. To this end they compared the rules of syntax (the way in which words are put together to form phrases and sentences), semantics (the study of meaning in language forms) and the basic rules of grammar.
They found that the alkalines of our DNA follow a regular grammar and do have set rules just like our languages. So human languages did not appear coincidentally but are a reflection of our inherent DNA. The Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues also explored the vibrational behavior of the DNA. [For the sake of brevity I will give only a summary here. For further exploration please refer to the appendix at the end of this article.] The bottom line was: “Living chromosomes function just like solitonic/holographic computers using the endogenous DNA laser radiation.” This means that they managed for example to modulate certain frequency patterns onto a laser ray and with it influenced the DNA frequency and thus the genetic information itself. Since the basic structure of DNA-alkaline pairs and of language (as explained earlier) are of the same structure, no DNA decoding is necessary. One can simply use words and sentences of the human language! This, too, was experimentally proven! Living DNA substance (in living tissue, not in vitro) will always react to language-modulated laser rays and even to radio waves, if the proper frequencies are being used.
This finally and scientifically explains why affirmations, autogenous training, hypnosis and the like can have such strong effects on humans and their bodies. It is entirely normal and natural for our DNA to react to language. While western researchers cut single genes from the DNA strands and insert them elsewhere, the Russians enthusiastically worked on devices that can influence the cellular metabolism through suitable modulated radio and light frequencies and thus repair genetic defects. Garjajev’s research group succeeded in proving that with this method chromosomes damaged by x-rays for example can be repaired. They even captured information patterns of a particular DNA and transmitted it onto another, thus reprogramming cells to another genome. So they successfully transformed, for example, frog embryos to salamander embryos simply by transmitting the DNA information patterns! This way the entire information was transmitted without any of the side effects or disharmonies encountered when cutting out and re-introducing single genes from the DNA.
This represents an unbelievable, world-transforming revolution and sensation! All this by simply applying vibration and language instead of the archaic cutting-out procedure! This experiment points to the immense power of wave genetics, which obviously has a greater influence on the formation of organisms than the biochemical processes of alkaline sequences. Esoteric and spiritual teachers have known for ages that our body is programmable by language, words and thought. This has now been scientifically proven and explained. Of course the frequency has to be correct. And this is why not everybody is equally successful or can do it with always the same strength.
The individual person must work on the inner processes and maturity in order to establish a conscious communication with the DNA.
The Russian researchers work on a method that is not dependent on these factors but will ALWAYS work, provided one uses the correct frequency. But the higher developed an individual’s consciousness is, the less need is there for any type of device! One can achieve these results by oneself, and science will finally stop to laugh at such ideas and will confirm and explain the results.
And it doesn’t end there.?The Russian scientists also found out that our DNA can cause disturbing patterns in the vacuum, thus producing magnetized wormholes! Wormholes are the microscopic equivalents of the so-called Einstein-Rosen bridges in the vicinity of black holes (left by burned-out stars).? These are tunnel connections between entirely different areas in the universe through which information can be transmitted outside of space and time. The DNA attracts these bits of information and passes them on to our consciousness. This process of hyper communication is most effective in a state of relaxation.
Stress, worries or a hyperactive intellect prevent successful hyper communication or the information will be totally distorted and useless.
In nature, hyper communication has been successfully applied for millions of years. The organized flow of life in insect states proves this dramatically. Modern man knows it only on a much more subtle level as “intuition.” But we, too, can regain full use of it. An example from Nature: When a queen ant is spatially separated from her colony, building still continues fervently and according to plan. If the queen is killed, however, all work in the colony stops. No ant knows what to do. Apparently the queen sends the “building plans” also from far away via the group consciousness of her subjects. She can be as far away as she wants, as long as she is alive.
In man hyper communication is most often encountered when one suddenly gains access to information that is outside one’s knowledge base. Such hyper communication is then experienced as inspiration or intuition. The Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini for instance dreamt one night that a devil sat at his bedside playing the violin. The next morning Tartini was able to note down the piece exactly from memory, he called it the Devil’s Trill Sonata. For years, a 42-year old male nurse dreamt of a situation in which he was hooked up to a kind of knowledge CD-ROM. Verifiable knowledge from all imaginable fields was then transmitted to him that he was able to recall in the morning. There was such a flood of information that it seemed a whole encyclopedia was transmitted at night. The majority of facts were outside his personal knowledge base and reached technical details about which he knew absolutely nothing.
When hyper communication occurs, one can observe in the DNA as well as in the human being special phenomena.
The Russian scientists irradiated DNA samples with laser light. On screen a typical wave pattern was formed. When they removed the DNA sample, the wave pattern did not disappear, it remained. Many control experiments showed that the pattern still came from the removed sample, whose energy field apparently remained by itself. This effect is now called phantom DNA effect. It is surmised that energy from outside of space and time still flows through the activated wormholes after the DNA was removed. The side effect encountered most often in hyper communication also in human beings are inexplicable electromagnetic fields in the vicinity of the persons concerned. Electronic devices like CD players and the like can be irritated and cease to function for hours. When the electromagnetic field slowly dissipates, the devices function normally again. Many healers and psychics know this effect from their work. The better the atmosphere and the energy, the more frustrating it is that the recording device stops functioning and recording exactly at that moment. And repeated switching on and off after the session does not restore function yet, but next morning all is back to normal. Perhaps this is reassuring to read for many, as it has nothing to do with them being technically inept, it means they are good at hyper communication.
In their book “Vernetzte Intelligenz” (Networked Intelligence), Grazyna Gosar and Franz Bludorf explain these connections precisely and clearly. The authors also quote sources presuming that in earlier times humanity had been, just like the animals, very strongly connected to the group consciousness and acted as a group. To develop and experience individuality we humans however had to forget hyper communication almost completely. Now that we are fairly stable in our individual consciousness, we can create a new form of group consciousness, namely one, in which we attain access to all information via our DNA without being forced or remotely controlled about what to do with that information. We now know that just as on the internet our DNA can feed its proper data into the network, can call up data from the network and can establish contact with other participants in the network. Remote healing, telepathy or “remote sensing” about the state of relatives etc.. can thus be explained. Some animals know also from afar when their owners plan to return home. That can be freshly interpreted and explained via the concepts of group consciousness and hyper communication. Any collective consciousness cannot be sensibly used over any period of time without a distinctive individuality. Otherwise we would revert to a primitive herd instinct that is easily manipulated. Hyper communication in the new millennium means something quite different:
Researchers think that if humans with full individuality would regain group consciousness, they would have a god-like power to create, alter and shape things on Earth!
AND humanity is collectively moving toward such a group consciousness of the new kind. Fifty percent of today’s children will be problem children as soon as the go to school. The system lumps everyone together and demands adjustment. But the individuality of today’s children is so strong that that they refuse this adjustment and giving up their idiosyncrasies in the most diverse ways. At the same time more and more clairvoyant children are born [see the book “China’s Indigo Children” by Paul Dong or the chapter about Indigos in my book “Nutze die taeglichen Wunder”(Make Use of the Daily Wonders)]. Something in those children is striving more and more towards the group consciousness of the new kind, and it will no longer be suppressed. As a rule, weather for example is rather difficult to influence by a single individual. But it may be influenced by a group consciousness (nothing new to some tribes doing it in their rain dances). Weather is strongly influenced by Earth resonance frequencies, the so-called Schumann frequencies. But those same frequencies are also produced in our brains, and when many people synchronize their thinking or individuals (spiritual masters, for instance) focus their thoughts in a laser-like fashion, then it is scientifically speaking not at all surprising if they can thus influence weather. Researchers in group consciousness have formulated the theory of Type I civilizations.
A humanity that developed a group consciousness of the new kind would have neither environmental problems nor scarcity of energy.
For if it were to use its mental power as a unified civilization, it would have control of the energies of its home planet as a natural consequence. And that includes all natural catastrophes!!! A theoretical Type II civilization would even be able to control all energies of their home galaxy. In my book “Nutze die taeglichen Wunder,” I have described an example of this: Whenever a great many people focus their attention or consciousness on something similar like Christmas time, football world championship or the funeral of Lady Diana in England then certain random number generators in computers start to deliver ordered numbers instead of the random ones. An ordered group consciousness creates order in its whole surroundings! When a great number of people get together very closely, potentials of violence also dissolve. It looks as if here, too, a kind of humanitarian consciousness of all humanity is created.(The Global Consciousness Project) To come back to the DNA: It apparently is also an organic superconductor that can work at normal body temperature. Artificial superconductors require extremely low temperatures of between 200 and 140°C to function. As one recently learned, all superconductors are able to store light and thus information. This is a further explanation of how the DNA can store information. There is another phenomenon linked to DNA and wormholes. Normally, these supersmall wormholes are highly unstable and are maintained only for the tiniest fractions of a second. Under certain conditions stable wormholes can organize themselves which then form distinctive vacuum domains in which for example gravity can transform into electricity. Vacuum domains are self-radiant balls of ionized gas that contain considerable amounts of energy. There are regions in Russia where such radiant balls appear very often. Following the ensuing confusion the Russians started massive research programs leading finally to some of the discoveries mentions above. Many people know vacuum domains as shiny balls in the sky. The attentive look at them in wonder and ask themselves, what they could be. I thought once: “Hello up there. If you happen to be a UFO, fly in a triangle.” And suddenly, the light balls moved in a triangle. Or they shot across the sky like ice hockey pucks. They accelerated from zero to crazy speeds while sliding gently across the sky. One is left gawking and I have, as many others, too, thought them to be UFOs. Friendly ones, apparently, as they flew in triangles just to please me. Now the Russians found in the regions, where vacuum domains appear often that sometimes fly as balls of light from the ground upwards into the sky, that these balls can be guided by thought. One has found out since that vacuum domains emit waves of low frequency as they are also produced in our brains. And because of this similarity of waves they are able to react to our thoughts. To run excitedly into one that is on ground level might not be such a great idea, because those balls of light can contain immense energies and are able to mutate our genes. They can, they don’t necessarily have to, one has to say.
For many spiritual teachers also produce such visible balls or columns of light in deep meditation or during energy work which trigger decidedly pleasant feelings and do not cause any harm. Apparently this is also dependent on some inner order and on the quality and provenance of the vacuum domain. There are some spiritual teachers (the young Englishman Ananda, for example) with whom nothing is seen at first, but when one tries to take a photograph while they sit and speak or meditate in hyper communication, one gets only a picture of a white cloud on a chair. In some Earth healing projects such light effects also appear on photographs. Simply put, these phenomena have to do with gravity and anti-gravity forces that are also exactly described in the book and with ever more stable wormholes and hyper communication and thus with energies from outside our time and space structure. Earlier generations that got in contact with such hyper communication experiences and visible vacuum domains were convinced that an angel had appeared before them. And we cannot be too sure to what forms of consciousness we can get access when using hyper communication. Not having scientific proof for their actual existence (people having had such experiences do NOT all suffer from hallucinations) does not mean that there is no metaphysical background to it. We have simply made another giant step towards understanding our reality. Official science also knows of gravity anomalies on Earth (that contribute to the formation of vacuum domains), but only of ones of below one percent. But recently gravity anomalies have been found of between three and four percent. One of these places is Rocca di Papa, south of Rome (exact location in the book “Vernetzte Intelligenz” plus several others). Round objects of all kinds, from balls to full buses, roll uphill. But the stretch in Rocca di Papa is rather short, and defying logic sceptics still flee to the theory of optical illusion (which it cannot be due to several features of the location).
All information is taken from the book “Vernetzte Intelligenz” von Grazyna Fosar und Franz Bludorf, ISBN 3930243237, summarized and commented by Baerbel. The book is unfortunately only available in German so far. You can reach the authors here: http://www.fosar-bludorf.com
Transmitted by Vitae Bergman [ http://www.ryze.com/view.php?who=vitaeb ]
You know that like attracts like, right? So here’s the deal: Positive people are drawn to positive energy; negative people are drawn to negative energy.
We tend to perceive negative energy as something other people have. Sure, sometimes we feel negative – as in, “go away and leave me alone, world!” but did you know that negativity can be so ingrained in you that it goes unnoticed?
That’s because negativity sometimes wears a disguise called ‘reality’. It’s easy to rationalize that you’re ‘just being realistic’ in not daring to act on a dream – and believe it!
You may assume that positive people are not being realistic – that they’re being naive, that they are in denial with their heads stuck in the sand, that they put on fake smiles in the face of difficulty and so forth. But are they really happy idiots or is there something to their positivity?
Consider this: since when does ‘being realistic’ necessarily mean that things will go wrong and that you have to accept that as the truth?
That doesn’t mean that being realistic is automatically negative. When you view the world from a ‘realistic’ standpoint, you can’t help but be negative IF your version of reality is negative.
If your version of reality is negative, you are conditioned to believe that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong and whatever can go right, will probably go wrong too. Your unconsciously held beliefs make you into a negative person without your being aware of it!
So – if this negativity is so ingrained in you that you don’t notice it, how do you determine whether you’re stuck in a cloud of negative energy that is attracting the wrong people, wrong situations and wrong feelings? And how can you be sure you’re not perpetuating that negativity?
Here’s a quick quiz to gauge the level of negative energy within you:
- Do you complain? All the time or just sometimes?
- Do you often discuss what’s wrong in the world more than what’s right? This includes the ‘terrible’ weather, ‘horrible’ traffic, ‘idiotic’ government, ‘lousy’ economy, ‘stupid’ in-laws, etc.
- Do you criticize? All the time or just certain people?
- Are you attracted to drama and disaster (can you unglue yourself from the TV when there’s a news story of a disaster and can you avoid getting involved in the lives of dysfunctional celebrities?)
- Do you blame? All the time or just certain situations?
- Do you believe that you have no control over most of your results?
- Do you feel like a victim? Do you talk about people doing things to you?
- Are you grateful for what is or will you be grateful when things finally start going right for you?
- Do you feel like things are happening to you? Or do you feel that they are happening through you?
This last two points are important:
If you’re not grateful except when things go right, you are negative. Gratitude is positive. If you are grateful for what is (including the unpleasantschool of life lessons, then you can invite more and more positive energy into your life.
Believing that things happen to you puts you in the role of victim; then it’s easy to be negative because it’s convenient to give up that power. So consider this alternative: who or what is to blame when GOOD things happen to you? Do you acknowledge that you are responsible for the good things – as in, you worked hard, you earned it, etc… but blame external events or other people for your failures? So how come, when good things happen, they are a result of what you do, but when bad things happen, they are not your fault?
Nobody likes to hear that. It takes courage to accept that you create your life experience!
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are holding on to negative energy to some degree! To clear your negative energy and raise your vibration, you will need to retrain yourself to choose a positive attitude.
Here’s another interesting idea to consider: have you noticed that positive people seem to get what they want out of life, and even if things don’t go their way, they still enjoy their lives… while negative people whine and moan about their misfortunes and even the good things in their lives?
To clear negative energy, try this 3 -step process:
1. Take ownership: “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – the Dalai Lama
2. Cancel negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts.This takes practice, dedication and making a decision to see the world through the eyes of “what can go right” instead of “what can go wrong.” You’ll have to catch yourself anytime you are acting out or speaking out your negativity, and immediately change your tune.
3. Use the Love or Above Spiritual Toolkit to clear your energy and bring more light and love into your life; visualize the positive instead of getting sucked into negativity; overcome past conditioning; think intuitively from the soul instead from ‘reality’; create a new, desired reality in your imagination and manifest it in the outer world. Nobody wants negative energy to permeate their lives, yet many of us allow it. But we allow it unconsciously, based on past conditioning that suggests an inevitable outcome to certain situations. When you overcome that conditioning and realize that the future is NOT cast in stone but that you have more control over your circumstances than you believe – then you can begin to consciously design your life.
What’s going to happen then? Your positive energy will magnetically attract what you consider to be good and right for you: people, situations, things… and you’ll notice a huge, huge increase in your happiness and inner peace.
Why not choose positive energy? Make some changes within, and you’ll quickly see positive changes in your life. Enjoy the good feelings and abundance!
Remember today, for it is the beginning.
Today marks the start of a brave new future.
Here it is, a positive ‘to-do’ list for the upcoming year – 30 things to start doing for yourself:
1. Start spending time with the right people.
These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be, unconditionally.
2. Start facing your problems head on.
It isn’t your problems that define you, but how you react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless you take action. Do what you can, when you can, and acknowledge what you’ve done. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction, inch by inch. These inches count, they add up to yards and miles in the long run.
3. Start being honest with yourself about everything.
Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on. Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there. Read The Road Less Traveled.
4. Start making your own happiness a priority.
Your needs matter. If you don’t value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, you’re sabotaging yourself. Remember, it IS possible to take care of your own needs while simultaneously caring for those around you. And once your needs are met, you will likely be far more capable of helping those who need you most.
5. Start being yourself, genuinely and proudly.
Trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Be yourself. Embrace that individualinside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. Above all, be true to YOU, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
6. Start noticing and living in the present.
Right now is a miracle. Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. So stop thinking about how great things will be in the future. Stop dwelling on what did or didn’t happen in the past. Learn to be in the ‘here and now’ and experience life as it’s happening. Appreciate the world for the beauty that it holds, right now.
7. Start valuing the lessons your mistakes teach you.
Mistakes are okay; they’re the stepping stones of progress. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not trying hard enough and you’re not learning. Take risks, stumble, fall, and then get up and try again. Appreciate that you are pushing yourself, learning, growing and improving. Significant achievements are almost invariably realized at the end of a long road of failures. One of the ‘mistakes’ you fear might just be the link to your greatest achievement yet.
8. Start being more polite to yourself.
If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend? The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. You must love who you are or no one else will.
9. Start enjoying the things you already have.
The problem with many of us is that we think we’ll be happy when we reach a certain level in life – a level we see others operating at – your boss with her corner office, that friend of a friend who owns a mansion on the beach, etc. Unfortunately, it takes awhile before you get there, and when you get there you’ll likely have a new destination in mind. You’ll end up spending your whole life working toward something new without ever stopping to enjoy the things you have now. So take a quiet moment every morning when you first awake to appreciate where you are and what you already have.
10. Start creating your own happiness.
If you are waiting for someone else to make you happy, you’re missing out. Smile because you can. Choose happiness. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be happy with who you are now, and let your positivity inspire your journey into tomorrow. Happiness is often found when and where you decide to seek it. If you look for happiness within the opportunities you have, you will eventually find it. But if you constantly look for something else, unfortunately, you’ll find that too. Read Stumbling on Happiness.
11. Start giving your ideas and dreams a chance.
In life, it’s rarely about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance. You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. Most of the time you just have to go for it! And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win.
12. Start believing that you’re ready for the next step.
You are ready! Think about it. You have everything you need right now to take the next small, realistic step forward. So embrace the opportunities that come your way, and accept the challenges – they’re gifts that will help you to grow.
13. Start entering new relationships for the right reasons.
Enter new relationships with dependable, honest people who reflect the person you are and the person you want to be. Choose friends you are proud to know, people you admire, who show you love and respect – people who reciprocate your kindness and commitment. And pay attention to what people do, because a person’s actions are much more important than their words or how others represent them.
14. Start giving new people you meet a chance.
It sounds harsh, but you cannot keep every friend you’ve ever made. People and priorities change. As some relationships fade others will grow. Appreciate the possibility of new relationships as you naturally let go of old ones that no longer work. Trust your judgment. Embrace new relationships, knowing that you are entering into unfamiliar territory. Be ready to learn, be ready for a challenge, and be ready to meet someone that might just change your life forever.
15. Start competing against an earlier version of yourself.
Be inspired by others, appreciate others, learn from others, but know that competing against them is a waste of time. You are in competition with one person and one person only – yourself. You are competing to be the best you can be. Aim to break your own personal records.
16. Start cheering for other people’s victories.
Start noticing what you like about others and tell them. Having an appreciation for how amazing the people around you are leads to good places – productive, fulfilling, peaceful places. So be happy for those who are making progress. Cheer for their victories. Be thankful for their blessings, openly. What goes around comes around, and sooner or later the people you’re cheering for will start cheering for you.
17. Start looking for the silver lining in tough situations.
When things are hard, and you feel down, take a few deep breaths and look for the silver lining – the small glimmers of hope. Remind yourself that you can and will grow stronger from these hard times. And remain conscious of your blessings and victories – all the things in your life that are right. Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.
18. Start forgiving yourself and others.
We’ve all been hurt by our own decisions and by others. And while the pain of these experiences is normal, sometimes it lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over and have a hard time letting go. Forgiveness is the remedy. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past, or forgetting what happened. It means you’re letting go of the resentment and pain, and instead choosing to learn from the incident and move on with your life.
19. Start helping those around you.
Care about people. Guide them if you know a better way. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. Love and kindness begets love and kindness. And so on and so forth.
20. Start listening to your own inner voice.
If it helps, discuss your ideas with those closest to you, but give yourself enough room to follow your own intuition. Be true to yourself. Say what you need to say. Do what you know in your heart is right.
21. Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks.
Slow down. Breathe. Give yourself permission to pause, regroup and move forward with clarity and purpose. When you’re at your busiest, a brief recess can rejuvenate your mind and increase your productivity. These short breaks will help you regain your sanity and reflect on your recent actions so you can be sure they’re in line with your goals.
22. Start noticing the beauty of small moments.
Instead of waiting for the big things to happen – marriage, kids, big promotion, winning the lottery – find happiness in the small things that happen every day. Little things like having a quiet cup of coffee in the early morning, or the delicious taste and smell of a homemade meal, or the pleasure of sharing something you enjoy with someone else, or holding hands with your partner. Noticing these small pleasures on a daily basis makes a big difference in the quality of your life.
23. Start accepting things when they are less than perfect.
Remember, ‘perfect’ is the enemy of ‘good.’ One of the biggest challenges for people who want to improve themselves and improve the world is learning to accept things as they are. Sometimes it’s better to accept and appreciate the world as it is, and people as they are, rather than to trying to make everything and everyone conform to an impossible ideal. No, you shouldn’t accept a life of mediocrity, but learn to love and value things when they are less than perfect.
24. Start working toward your goals every single day.
Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Whatever it is you dream about, start taking small, logical steps every day to make it happen. Get out there and DO something! The harder you work the luckier you will become. While many of us decide at some point during the course of our lives that we want to answer our calling, only an astute few of us actually work on it. By ‘working on it,’ I mean consistently devoting oneself to the end result. Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
25. Start being more open about how you feel.
If you’re hurting, give yourself the necessary space and time to hurt, but be open about it. Talk to those closest to you. Tell them the truth about how you feel. Let them listen. The simple act of getting things off your chest and into the open is your first step toward feeling good again.
26. Start taking full accountability for your own life.
Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them. Either you take accountability for your life or someone else will. And when they do, you’ll become a slave to their ideas and dreams instead of a pioneer of your own. You are the only one who can directly control the outcome of your life. And no, it won’t always be easy. Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of them. But you must take accountability for your situation and overcome these obstacles. Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence.
27. Start actively nurturing your most important relationships.
Bring real, honest joy into your life and the lives of those you love by simply telling them how much they mean to you on a regular basis. You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be everything to a few people. Decide who these people are in your life and treat them like royalty. Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of.
28. Start concentrating on the things you can control.
You can’t change everything, but you can always change something. Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond your control is a recipe for frustration, misery and stagnation. Invest your energy in the things you can control, and act on them now.
29. Start focusing on the possibility of positive outcomes.
The mind must believe it CAN do something before it is capable of actually doing it. The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful. Listen to your self-talk and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Regardless of how a situation seems, focus on what you DO WANT to happen, and then take the next positive step forward. No, you can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you react to things. Everyone’s life has positive and negative aspects – whether or not you’re happy and successful in the long run depends greatly on which aspects you focus on. Read The How of Happiness.
30. Start noticing how wealthy you are right now.
Henry David Thoreau once said, “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” Even when times are tough, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night. You didn’t go to sleep outside. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning. You hardly broke a sweat today. You didn’t spend a minute in fear. You have access to clean drinking water. You have access to medical care. You have access to the Internet. You can read. Some might say you are incredibly wealthy, so remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.
This questions occupies every moment of our lives, most of the time unknowingly! Yes, every single thought-feeling-action in our daily life is centered on ‘I’ and focuses on either proving its existence or protecting it from death.
One may say, “I know who I am already and what I want from my life.”
Okay, what do we want from this life?
That’s another big question which is asked by everyone at some point of their lives but hushed up in the restless waves of the ocean called the mind. Some would prefer to leave it for scientists or Socrates and don’t care about all this philosophy! Well, yoga is for the people who care about themselves and about life and the world. So, yoga students ask this question again and again and try to find the answer from within.
A Big Question: What is the Purpose of Life?
A typical answer can be:
1) To grow up as a healthy kid in a safe environment (we can’t do anything about it now).
2) Good education at school (with lots of games and fun).
3) Acquire skills/degrees at college (for some this can mean party time with drinks-drugs-sex!).
4) Finding friendships and relationships (Facebook time?).
5) Getting a job to make enough money, to meet our needs for existence and have a lot of fun on weekends and during vacations.
6) Marriage and having kids (for some it’s a scary burden and the end of freedom).
7) More money to support the family, pay credit card bills and insurance (Oh I am getting older).
8) Retirement (a long holiday and waiting for death).
9) Peaceful death (who cares what happens next?).
So, the purpose of life is reaching a peaceful death and on the way having some exciting times with work, a home, cars, money etc… Also it is important to have fun with friends, family, kids and let’s not leave out our lovely pets. For some, it is important to be something in society or to do something for society!
Well, it’s not a pleasant way of putting the complexities, absurdities and subtleties of our life in a few simple points… but this is what most of us aspire in life, knowingly or unknowingly.
Actually, or psychologically, very few people aspire to some big goal which they have in mind! It’s not that we can’t dream but very few of us dare to break the walls of archetypal social patterns and dare to walk the unique path. We are told (or brainwashed) to flow with the masses or maybe a smart sheep in the flock of humanity. We surrender to the great wheel of Samsara, dictated by our parents, teachers, society, media, friends, family, colleagues, governments etc… and also by our own minds. So, we are busy getting small doses of happiness from events, things, people and meeting day-to-day challenges, with no time for all these weird ideas about life and death!
When we study the undercurrents of human life, we have an unspoken rule of thumb:
1) Seeking happiness / life.
2) Avoiding unhappiness / death.
Names, places, people, things and gadgets may change or repeat themselves in a different order, but what everybody wants from living this life is happiness/life. Avoiding unhappiness/death is just another way of saying “I want happiness and I don’t want death or the end of happiness!”
All this boils down to one word: ‘Happiness’. Life becomes a pursuit of happiness! Happiness becomes a standard of living. When we are happy, we feel alive. When we are not happy, we call it bad times!
In the next section we will study the secret of happiness that yoga offers!
The Secret of Happiness!
So, it is happiness that drives us crazy in doing, talking, thinking and feeling all the things which make up what we call life. Yes, happiness, the never-ending promise fueled by the desire to be happy. The desire to have nice clothes, a nice house, a nice car, a nice this and that is secondary, what is important is ‘to be happy’. We catch hold of anything that makes us ‘happy’ and leave or throw away anything that doesn’t give us that ‘happiness’. Deep inside us we feel anything that makes us happy is ‘good’ and what doesn’t make us happy is ‘bad’, irrespective of what we think or say about good and bad social values.
The few yogis who embarked on this journey of finding the truth of life and death, ask if we are really happy even after pursuing happiness for years and decades. Is Bill Gates, with all his wealth, luxuries, name and fame, happy? If so, why does he still do things to make other people happy – well, that’s another way of making ourselves happy!
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” ~ Tony Robbins
Recently I’m looking for a new home here in Berlin. Since we are looking to become a family soon, it’s time for a change. The market has gotten a lot tougher here in the last 2 years, which was when I first moved here. Many good homes are gone or overly pricy now.
Still, finally we thought we found something right. So we made the deal only to realize the day after that if you are really it’s just too loud with the traffic outside, especially for a family. So we want to get out again and have produced a bit of a mess all by ourself.
It wasn’t a good decision.
That kept me wondering how this really bad decision could’ve happened in the first place?
What’s a Real Decision?
The word ‘decide’ itself comes from Latin and means ‘to cut off’. Making a real decision means to come to a moment of truth and cut off everything but the one way you will go. From then on you don’t look back but go your one way.
So in a sense, making a good decision is like cleaning the house, it can create a lot of clarity and fresh energy. On the other hand, making a bad decision – as in my case above with the new home – will probably create more confusion as there was in the first place.
Especially when the decision is more complex it can be important to first define exactly what are you going to decide about.
So making a good decision has always 4 phases:
1. Define Exactly the Decision to Be Made
2. Gather Information
3. Make the Decision
4. Execute the Decision
Especially gathering information can get tricky. You can either dismiss it too early and not look at all factors, as in my new home case where we didn’t looked at the noisiness of the place, especially at night. Or you can overdo your information gathering and end up in a kind of paralysis by analysis.
And after you made a decision it’s important not fall back and question your decision again. You probably know that scenario well, when you made a really difficult decision and afterwards you are in doubt if it was REALLY the right decision?! Doing that takes away a lot from the power of your decision and would cost you lots of emotional energy. So after you made the decision you need a bit of self-discipline to not go back anymore.
Fortunately we can train our decision-making ability. So if you make decisions a lot, it will get much easier and faster for you.
For the actual process of making a good decision, here is what works for me:
How to Make the Right Decision?
1. Listen to Your Heart
From my own experience I learned over and over again that with big decisions always go with your heart.
That means always listen to what is not necessarily at the top of your mind, but what your conscience whispers you about the decision to be made. Look at the reasons where these “whispers” come from. Are they based on fear? Do they try to protect you, maybe from growing? Or are they based on experience and on a deeper truth that you can sense from the inside?
In my new home scenario, I simply wasn’t satisfied with any of the offers. So my heart didn’t tell me something is right. That’s an interesting situation when you are faced with only “bad” options for your decision. More on that below…
2. What Are the Important Factors?
The second part is to use your mind. Get clear about what factors are important, most important, and what is of lesser importance for you. Make sure to get all the important facts.
Always make sure that your important decisions are in line with your current reality and with your long-term goals.
The Decision Matrix
If you want you can create a so-called decision matrix (more about weighted decision matrix) which I used in the past with good impact. The thing is of course not to get lost and make your decision solely on these mind-based analysis, which obviously entails the danger of getting to theoretically and emotionally detached.
In my bad decision above I 1) didn’t realize that the environmental noise is such a big factor for a good home and also 2) didn’t gather enough information to realize that it is in fact too loud at the place. The reason for that was because you didn’t follow rule 3 and 4:
3. Take Your Time
Pressure can speed things up, but it is always a bad counselor to make a decision. When you feel overwhelmed or even pressured try to step back and get some room to think clearly. Taking some time and a step back is generally a good idea. It can help to get a clear head again and look fresh at something.
This is especially true when you feel emotionally trapped in some way. Let’s say you are feeling down or you are unsatisfied with the options you have. Try to take some room and time to make a sound decision for all involved.
4. Know What’s Right for YOU
When there are more than one person involved it can get tricky to find the right compromise. Compromise is not the best word, since it already suggests that the people involved have to give in to their ideals one way or the other.
So what I really mean is to find a synergy. A synergy is when the sum of the parts is greater than the single parts alone. It’s not always possible but it’s worth looking for.
In any way, make sure that you keep your own needs in front of you.
5. Look Out for New Options
If you feel there are no good options, those that would really satisfy you, maybe there are other options our there. Maybe you need to reframe the situation and take a different angle to look at it!? Maybe you have to wait and look deeper.
The decision of whether you have to wait for better options or to get what is right in front of you is always difficult and more an art than anything else. When in doubt, I always go back to point 1 and look what my heart is telling me.
On the other hand, if you are faced with too many possibly ways to go, try to compare them to each other and eliminate all but the very best options.
Not Deciding is a (Bad) Decision Too
Sometimes it’s so difficult that you can’t really make a decision. Remember that without a conscious decision you lose control over the situation and it then controls you. So not deciding is almost never a good option.
So coming back to my example of renting the wrong home, with this decision I failed in point 3, 4 and 5. I felt pressured, did not listen 100% to my very own needs and I also had the feeling of running out of options, which wasn’t true of course.
How do you make your decisions and what were difficult decisions you made in the past?
A bowl of fresh salad greens is always a welcome addition for dinner. Growing your own lettuce is a snap. You will get the freshest, tastiest and most nutritious greens, and you can have a constant supply for many months out of the year.
A small raised bed is ideal for this. It will be cleaner, easier to maintain and harvest, and provide the best soil conditions for plants. Patio containers do well enough, but they dry out faster than a garden bed. The bigger the container, the better.
The optimal size bed for a salad garden is 4’ x 4’ square, which allows for easy reach from all sides. This area should provide plenty of salad greens for a small family.
Many things can be used to frame the bed, from straw bales to cinder blocks to wood to rock edging. It should be at least 8” tall. Try to find a locally-produced source of high quality garden soil with compost, worm castings, or well-rotted manure mixed in. A bit of organic granular fertilizer will help too. Bagged garden soil from the big box stores is not ideal, being a lifeless substrate suffused with chemical fertilizers.
Locate the salad garden in a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight and is close to a source of water. If you’re in a hot climate, try to give it some afternoon shade. Do not put landscape fabric underneath the bed, as this will impede beneficial earthworms and prevent natural soil mixing. Cardboard can be laid over grass, which will smother vegetation but decompose fairly quickly and add organic matter.
Now, on to planting the salad garden. Leaf lettuce is ideal for the home gardener with little space, because you can keep picking the outer leaves and it keeps growing. While head lettuce is great, it takes longer to mature, is more finicky, and is harvested once.
Try to find leaf lettuce varieties that are recommended for your climate. Plant a couple of different types, such as Buttercrunch and Romaine lettuce, which will give you different textures. Include a red leafed variety for a color splash.
It is best to grow leaf lettuce from seed. Simply sow three seeds every six inches and cover with a very thin sprinkling of soil. Lettuce seeds need to “see the sunlight” to sprout. Water lightly every day. They will take 10-14 days to sprout, but once they begin growing it won’t be long before harvest time. Pick the outer leaves and let the plants keep growing.
If the lettuce goes from dark green to light green, fertilize with organic fish emulsion every couple of weeks. To add some diversity to your salad, plant long-lasting kale or Swiss chard in the “back” (the northern side) of the bed. Perhaps set aside one row for radish, which sprouts and grows quickly, for a spicy crunch in the salad.
You want to be confident and feel confident, but what if you’re starting with little or no confidence? How do you get from Point A to Point B? True self-confidence isn’t an overnight acquisition. It takes dedication to realize you are a good human being that is worthy of respect and love.
Recognize your insecurities. What does that voice in the back of your mind say? What makes you uncomfortable or ashamed of yourself? This could be anything from acne, toregrets, friends at school or a past traumatic or negative experience. Whatever is making you feel unworthy, ashamed, or inferior, identify it, give it a name, and write it down. You can also tear these written pieces to start feeling positive on those points.
Talk about it with friends and loved ones. Wear it on your sleeve. Each day you should chip away at it; wear it down. There’s no quick fix. Get to the root of the problem; focus on it and understand that you need to resolve each issue before you can move on. Check if it’s an old past emotion and if it is really still relevant or applicable in your life today. And that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of whatever makes you feel bad (many times, you simply can’t). You need to learn to accept yourself, your past, your circumstances as they are, without necessarily thinking of them as “bad”.
Bounce back from your mistakes. Remember that no one is perfect. Even the most confident people have insecurities. At some point in any of our lives, we may feel we lack something. That is reality. Learn that life is full of bumps down the road. And that often these insecure feelings come and go, depending on where we are, who we are with, the mood we’re in, how we are feeling. In other words, they are not constant.
Identify your successes. Everyone is good at something, so discover the things at whichyou excel, then focus on your talents. Give yourself permission to take pride in them. Give yourself credit for your successes. Inferiority is a state of mind in which you’ve declared yourself a victim. Do not allow yourself to be victimized. Express yourself, whether it’s through art, music, writing, etc. Find something you enjoy. Everyone is born with talents and strengths. You can develop and excel in yours. If it’s difficult to name two or three things you have some ability in or just plain love to do, think about things others do that you would like to do too and take some lessons or join an enthusiasts club. When you’re following your passion, not only will it have a therapeutic effect, but you’ll feel unique and accomplished, all of which can help build your self confidence. Plus, adding a variety of interests to your life will not only make you more confident, but it will increase your chances of meeting compatible friends
Be thankful for what you have. A lot of the times, at the root of insecurity and lack of confidence is a feeling of not having enough of something, whether it’s emotional validation, good luck, money, etc. By acknowledging and appreciating what you do have, you can combat the feeling of being incomplete and unsatisfied. Finding that inner peace will do wonders for your confidence.
Look in the mirror and smile. Studies surrounding what’s called the “facial feedback theory” suggest that the expressions on your face can actually encourage your brain to register certain emotions. So by looking in the mirror and smiling every day, you might feel happier with yourself and more confident in the long run.
Stick to your principles. It might be tough, but if you don’t have something you can believe in, you don’t have anything. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. No matter what’s happened in your life, you can always lay claim to the fact that from this day forward, you’ve followed your principles to the best of your ability.
Avoid perfectionism: Perfectionism paralyzes you and keeps you from accomplishing your goals.
One the most widely appreciated forms of entertainment is undoubtedly the realm of film and television. Pretty well all of us have seen a number of films and TV shows that have made us either laugh, cry, cheer or even at times leave us contemplating why it was ever made. An element that is not that common in film is to find bits of truth or consciousness, and that’s why we have put together a list of some of the films that could offer us a bit more than simple entertainment.
We created a Top 10 list of movies with a message of truth or consciousness. These movies were selected by our Facebook community in a survey we recently published. There are a lot of movies with a message of truth and consciousness however, we selected only the ones that were voted for.
1. V For Vendetta
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Shows some of the corruption in the various levels of government, and how we are kept hidden from the truth. Ultimately also gives glimpses of the intention behind the New World Order, and how all it takes is a collective awakening and refusal to abide to bring an end to their power and control.
2. Fight Club
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At the end it shows how the complete collapse of the financial and debt structures in place. Which is part of what will be required to shift the consciousness of the planet. Also shows the role the mind can play, and how easily it can mask itself as our true and only experience.
3. The Matrix
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Gives a great representation of exactly what we are to the Elite of the world –batteries. We fuel their entire matrix and designed system. Perhaps even more profound is how this film reveals what it is like to awaken and step out of The Matrix into the real world. Only the minds stories and your ego are what limit you. The plot deals with humanity being taken over by Artificial Intelligent Machines. A small group of humans have been in a battle against the machines to reclaim earth and reality. The Machines have destroyed the real world, and created a simulation of the real world that only exist in the minds of those who are plugged into the Matrix. The matrix is the name of the simulated world. Those who have not been freed from the Matrix, believes everything they see, do, touch and feel is real. There remains one human city where the Machines haven’t conquered. This city is located deep underground and is called by the name of Zion. Those who are freed or unplugged from the Matrix, reside in the city of Zion. This is what the movie is about in short.
4. Into The Wild
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It plays on the whole notion of an individual’s role in society. Chris realizes by entering the wild that he is stripped of all the weight of the world and his problems, because in the wild, there is no structure; there are no rules, laws, authorities, etc. It was bliss- just him and nature. It allowed him to see the world in a whole new way, that maybe all these things that we believe are so important to us (i.e money, good career, going to college, buying a beautiful house,) the materialistic and worldly desires, aren’t so important after all. It is all a distraction, an external one in which we ourselves can’t really see the true meaning of life when we have all these distractions. By entering the wild with little to no protection he finds his true happiness within his strong relationship with nature. In the end he is at peace with himself (which can be argued), is all that is really needed to fulfill one’s life. answers.yahoo.com
5. Requiem for a Dream
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The film depicts the lives of four different people living in Brooklyn on their quest for satisfaction in life. It shows the direct and indirect effects that drugs and various addictions have on each of the individuals, and then portrays their downward spirals from the hopes of blossoming dreams into the helpless state of moral and physical decay. – imdb.com
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With Avatar, Cameron has delivered a fast-paced fantasy adventure that weaves together a stream of powerful themes that are so important to our modern world that they extend far beyond the world of fictional film: Issues like corporations destroying nature for profit, the lack of respect for living creatures, and the failed policies of “military diplomacy” that the USA continues to pursue. The themes in Avatar reflect the greatest challenges of our modern world, and the message of Avatar is both deeply moving and highly relevant to the future of human civilization. – naturalnews.com
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The message in 1984 was that the type of government portrayed will never be a benefit to society. It takes away all individuality both in people’s thinking and actions. It requires all people to be exactly alike so as to please the government and to stay within the prescribed constructs. It, also, can creates divisions between people with a sense of insecurity and suspicion. enotes.com
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The film follows John Preston (Bale), a warrior-priest and enforcement officer in a future dystopia where both feelings and artistic expression are outlawed and citizens take daily injections of drugs to suppress their emotions. After accidentally missing a dose, Preston begins to experience emotions which make him question his own morality and moderate his actions, while attempting to remain undetected by the suspicious society in which he lives. Ultimately, he aids a resistance movement using advanced martial arts, which he was taught serving the very regime he is helping to overthrow.
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The story is about a young gymnast Dan Millman played by Scott Mechlowicz, and his struggle to make sense of his life in which he is successful but still unfulfilled. By chance he meets his “Yoda”/Shaolin priest/Boss Paul who helps him “git his head straight” after which he goes on to be comfortable with his athletic prowess albeit not exactly Olympic caliber. When one is successful, one does not have the time and patience to look back or forward. Dan is leading his life in chase of a dream.
10. American History X
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American X may confront uneasy truths, but it arrives at its brutal end via manipulated, often hackneyed means, making the lesson it carries a forced take-away, rather than the deftly told cautionary tale it could have been, had it trusted us to draw conclusions on our own.
Ok, boys, gentlemen, not so gentle men, knights in shining armor, pimps and playas.
You’ve see us in the gym, in yoga studios, in magazines or on TV. Maybe you’ve even taken our classes—we yoginis, the flexible dare-devils on a spiritual mission who seem to float around the world so freely. We’re a different breed. Most of us are born travelers, nomads even. Most of us don’t like societal rules and conventions. And most of us don’t adhere to them and have dedicated our lives to living outside boxes in some way or another.
This is a beautiful thing that many men find intoxicating and exhilarating— until they realize that it also scares the shit out of them. This is true especially for the kind who look good in ties.
For the multi-talented beautiful Yoga Goddess, finding a life partner who is traveling down the same road or wants to walk hand-in-hand with a Yoga Goddess on her journey is much more difficult for her than any forearm balance. Yoga Goddess, more specifically, a woman from a Western civilization who teaches yoga for a living, especially in a metropolis of some kind, is a complicated creature who has elected to remove her Western goggles and instead apply and be guided by Eastern philosophies and practices of self-actualization.
This makes her an intriguing and complicated creature to most men, but I assure you, she is not entirely inscrutable. You have only to understand that underneath her yogi persona, your Yoga Goddess was probably fed fairy tales for most of her life, where damsels in distress waited to be rescued by the Prince. Now she is grown up and she is a Yoga Goddess, a yogi who has discovered her dharma ( this is the Sanskrit word for one’s “virtuous path”) and a devotion to God which has eased her existential distress but probably not completely relieved her of the distress of the romantic variety.
A Yoga Goddess can appear to many like an untouchable, statuesque, ephemeral, mystical, zany, Aphrodite-esque theatrical mess on wheels. To many men, she is bewitching and beguiling, she can unsettle you with her eyes and bring you to tears when you least expect it. A Yoga Goddess can see souls. She knows how to make you feel things you may not want to feel, which leaves many men feeling too vulnerable in her presence to ever feel good enough. Know that the Yoga Goddess of your dreams is not out to emasculate you but that it is her wish and it is within her power simply to help you open your heart. Sometimes, a Yoga Goddess forgets her own power and forgets too that a man might not want the woman he is pursing to have that effect on him. Know that she knows this but can’t always help it. Her soul work goes deep. The tricky part is, as a highly sensitive healer and woman with deep compassion for human suffering, she no doubt has walls of her own that you will have to be willing to tear down for her to feel safe enough to let you in. Therein lies her beautiful complexity.
So, here are some essential things you should know before you set out to win the heart of a Yoga Goddess of your dreams:
1) Get over the fact that a Yoga Goddess is probably someone who is a little bit dangerous to take home to meet your mother.
It occurred to me recently that this picture alone might actually have been why my last relationship didn’t work. If you want your Yoga Goddess for your very own, you must grow up and get over needing your mother’s approval. Yoginis are sparkling, creative, charming, intelligent, beautiful, sexy, highly intuitive and charismatic women who your mother might not love at first and will come to love eventually. But we’re also wild and free-spirited, with a lotta bit of hippie hell-raiser on the inside, which has the potential to feel threatening to many mothers who just want their son to settle down with a nice girl who won’t make too many waves. The good thing is that these qualities are usually countered with equal parts compassion, faith, and altruism. Yoginis also have chameleon qualities, so it is possible that your Yoga Goddess might be willing to dim her light for a meeting with the parents, but do not be surprised if your beloved Mumsy gives her the snake eye for reasons you cannot and will not ever understand. It’s a witchy woman thing.
2) Yoga Goddesses don’t do small talk.
Yoga goddesses usually cut the shit and get to the stuff that matters. Questions like, “What do you feel? Where do you feel it? What do you believe? Have you surrendered?” are a Yogi Goddess’s version of small talk. A woman who has chosen a spiritual path and dedicates her life’s work to helping people unify their mind, body, and spirit in profound and transformative ways is just not very good at shooting the shit with strangers and will tend to fire away questions that get right to the heart of the matter. If you need her to tone down the yoga talk, simply brief her before dinner with your boss. You can take her to work functions and she will do just fine for a while, but you might hear her take very deep loud audible breaths throughout the course of the night to manage her sensitivity to the noise and heavy lifting of bullshitting. Keep in mind, in her line of work, she meets people for the first time on the floor in sweatpants, and spends her days reading about God and breathing. So, don’t be surprised if she might need to go and do a headstand in the corner after a few vodka tonics to handle the change of scenery and relax her face from all the fake smiling.
3) Yoga Goddesses consistently crave and create adventure for themselves and others.
Yogis by nature are adventurous so if you’re not willing to be adventurous, in all kinds of ways, if you need to play it safe because you’re afraid of what people will think, then the Yoga Goddess is not for you and she probably won’t date you anyway. For the Yoga Goddess, it is not enough to simply like the idea of adventure. She will test your strength, she will keep you on your toes, she will love it if you surprise her just as much as she surprises you. If you’re a stable, steady kind of man, she will love you for your groundedness but ask you to abandon it on occasion in the name of faith, courage, and wisdom. That’s just how it goes. One of the most romantic things you can do for a Yoga Goddess is to plan a trip for the two of you and surprise her with it. She is used to taking the lead with plans and orchestrating events. To be cared for in this way is a Yogi Goddesses’s dream. And yes, the adventure extends to the bedroom, naturally. Don’t be scared. Yoga Goddesses are very gifted and patient teachers and healers.
4) A Yoga Goddess will turn your world upside down.
If you fall for a Yoga Goddess, it is very likely that she will very gracefully turn your buttoned-up world upside down. Afterall, she has been called to teach people to see things from another perspective, to look at things differently, to encourage people to challenge their ideas about who they are and what their lives should look like. This is probably why many men will date Yoga Goddesses for a time but never marry them. The potential for change is too great for many men who are intrigued by the possibility of being with someone so free-spirited but who are ultimately uncomfortable with what life might look like with someone who is so comfortable with uncertainly, so in tune with and guided by spirit. Someone who possesses an ardent faith in things unseen can feel too intense for someone who is not prepared or interested in a spiritual journey. So, while your Yoga Goddess can be playful and fun-loving, she takes her life, her vocation and her spiritual path very seriously. A man who earns a Yoga Goddess’s love must respect and admire her work, understand its value to humanity.
5) Yoga Goddesses are mysterious.
Yoga Goddesses do not go out of their way to be mysterious, they just are, simply because they have surrendered to the mysteries of life, have given up searching for answers for why things are and very comfortable living the the gray areas of life. If you are a rigid thinker, the Yoga Goddess is not for you. She is a free-thinker, open-minded and open-hearted. She prizes authenticity over knowledge and accomplishment and leans into the mystery of life at every turn. In my experience, this terrifies and confuses many men. Yoga Goddesses are not good planners since they are usually out doing God’s work, will entertain detours if led by spirit to go left instead of right or to be late for an appointment because of a chance encounter with a mystical stranger who seems to have an important message for her. She will require your trust and patience and she will return the favor tenfold. If she keeps you waiting, chances are she will have a magical reason for it, a wonderful story that keeps your faith in things unseen alive. She’ll tell you about it while giving you some kind of exotic massage. She cannot be rushed. And she will not let anyone else set her pace for her.
6) A Yoga Goddess is the hostess with the mostest.
She will cook you things to balance your doshas and if you don’t know what those are, she will help you identify them. She will play amazing music from all over the world that will transport you into other galaxies. She will know what to do with your body in many situations as well as what kind of oils to rub on it and where to make you feel like the God you are. She will create a house of harmony, health, balance. She will want to care for your mind, body, and spirit. She can’t help it. It’s her job.
7) A Yoga Goddess is still a material girl.
A Yoga Goddess is not immune to desires of the flesh. Though she has probably made the decision, at certain points in her life to disengage from the material world as part of her spiritual training, she does still enjoy earthly comforts like jewels and fancy dinners and unexpected trips to exotic locales. And she is still a girl looking for a boy to love her, honor her, and ravish her.
8 ) A Yoga Goddess cherishes her freedom and yours.
The yogic path is often called the quest for the jivan mukti, or the soul’s liberation. A woman who is on a yogic path understands that souls want what souls want and that a relationship is meant to be a place where those desires can be expressed without shame or guilt. This can make her seem like she has the potential to be so free-spirited that she just wants to be free-wheelin’, free-loadin’ and free-lovin’ her way around the world. Not so. A yogic-minded woman simply understands for herself that we are all here to be each other’s teachers and students and that there is no better place for the expression of that dynamic than in a loving partnership.
With so much misinformation out there about food and how it affects human health, making healthy food choices for you and your family can be difficult and confusing. There are a number of specific foods; however, that you will want to avoid in almost every circumstance because they provide virtually no health benefits while posing plenty of health risks.
Here are nine foods you should never eat again if you care about preserving your long-term health:
White bread, refined flours.
By definition, white bread and refined flours in general are toxic for your body because they have been stripped of virtually all vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other important nutrients. Because of this, the body does not know how to properly digest and assimilate these so-called foods, which can lead to health problems. Refinedwhite flour has also been bleached with chlorine and brominated with bromide, two poisonous chemicals that have been linked to causing thyroid and organ damage. (http://drlwilson.com/ARTICLES/BREAD.htm)
Conventional frozen meals.
Most conventionally-prepared frozen meals are loaded with preservatives, processed salt, hydrogenated oils and other artificial ingredients, not to mention the fact that most frozen meals have been heavily pre-cooked, rendering their nutrient content minimal at best (especially after getting microwaved again at home). With the exception of a few truly healthy frozen meal brands such as Amy’s and Organic Bistro, most frozen meals are little more than disease in a box, so avoid them in favor of fresh foods. (http://www.4us2be.com)
Like white bread, white rice has been stripped of most of its nutrients, and separated from the bran and germ, two natural components that make up rice in its brown form. Even so-called “fortified” white rice is nutritionally deficient, as the body still processes this refined food much differently than brown rice, which is absorbed more slowly and does not cause the same spike in blood sugar that white rice does. (http://globalnaturopath.com)
This processed food is a favorite among moviegoers and regular snackers alike, but it is one of the unhealthiest foods you can eat. Practically every component of microwaveable popcorn, from the genetically-modified (GM) corn kernels to the processed salt and preservative chemicals used to enhance its flavor, is unhealthy and disease-promoting. On top of this, microwaveable popcorn contains a chemical known as diacetyl that can actually destroy your lungs. If you love popcorn, stick with organic kernels that you can pop yourself in a kettle and douse with healthy ingredients like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and Himalayan pink salt. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
Cured meat products with nitrates, nitrites.
Deli meats, summer sausage, hot dogs, bacon, and many other meats sold at the grocery store are often loaded with sodium nitrite and other chemical preservatives that have been linked to causing heart disease and cancer. If you eat meat, stick with uncured, nitrite and nitrate-free varieties, and preferably those that come from organic, grass-fed animals. (http://www.naturalnews.com/028824_processed_meat_heart_disease.html)
Most conventional protein, energy bars.
By the way they are often marketed, it might seem as though protein and energy bars are a strong addition to a healthy diet. But more often than not, these meal replacements contain processed soy protein, refined sugar, hydrogenated fat, and other harmful additives that contribute to chronic illness. Not all protein and energy bars are bad, of course — Thunderbird Energetica, Organic Food Bar, Boku Superfood, Vega Sport, PROBAR, and Zing all make healthy protein and energy bars. Just be sure to read the ingredient labels and know what you are buying.
Hidden in all sorts of processed foods, margarine, a hydrogenated trans-fat oil, is something you will want to avoid at all costs for your health. Contrary to popular belief, butter and saturated fats in general are not unhealthy, especially when they are derived from pastured animals that feed on grass rather than corn and soy. And if animal-based fats are not for you, stick with extra-virgin coconut oil or olive oil rather than margarine.
Soy milk and soy-based meat substitutes.
One of the biggest health frauds of modern times, the soy craze is a fad that you will want to skip. Besides the fact that nearly all non-organic soy ingredients are of GM origin, most soy additives are processed using a toxic chemical known as hexane, which is linked to causing birth defects, reproductive problems, and cancer. Soy that has not been fermented is also highly estrogenic, which can throw your natural hormone balance out of whack. (http://www.naturalnews.com/026303_soy_protein_hexane.html)
Many so-called “diet” products on the market today contains artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) and sucralose (Splenda), both of which are linked to causing neurological damage, gastrointestinal problems, and endocrine disruption. Many diet products also contain added chemical flavoring agents to take the place of fat and other natural components that have been removed to artificially reduce calorie content. Instead, stick with whole foods that are as close to nature as possible, including high-fat foods grown the way nature intended, and your body will respond surprisingly well. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
Sources for this article: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/07/nine-foods-you-should-never-eat-again.html
Imagine that you are living in one of these 10 beautiful, distinguished, colorful cities and towns, where at every turn and corner you are met with a marvelous explosion of color. The color of a city’s architecture and the creativity of its people can turn a dull, boring, functional town into a thing of vibrant beauty.
Check out 10 Most Colorful Cities In The World. Take a look and let us know if there should be any other colorful cities added to the list. Just use comments section or mail us. I may come with part II. Enjoy…
10 – Cinque Terre, Italy
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Cinque Terre comprises the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, all of which are perched high above the quiet Mediterranean below. These villages climb the mountainous overlook with bright, varied colors, appearing as if they were drawn in place by the pastel hand of a dreaming artist.
09 – Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia
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This long stretch of safe, sandy bay swimming beaches includes Dendy Street beach, Middle Brighton and Brighton beaches. The area is famous for quaint colourful bathing boxes along the beach set against the spectacular Melbourne city skyline.
08 – Paradise Island, Bahamas
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The Bahamian capital is a city rich in beauty, history, and personality. Since its founding in 1656, and through the ages of colonialism, piracy, rum-smuggling, and now tourism, it has always been the center of color and culture in the islands.
07 – Gamla Stan, Stockholm
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This old town is the original Stockholm. The town was set up during the 1300 century. There are about 3000 people living in the old city today. Most buildings are from the 1700 and 1800 century.
06 – Barranco, Lima, Peru
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With colorful buildings, gorgeous colonial mansions and coastal fog that would fill your days of sightseeing Lima is a very eclectic coast town.
05 – Cape Town, South Africa
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The buildings of Bo Kaap – Cape Town are separated by bright and friendly colors which change from address to address. Pinks, oranges, yellows and blues mix together to create a community of eye candy, one that easily earns its place on our list.
04 – Pattaya, Thailand
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Located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya receives millions of tourists annually. Family-friendly Jomtien Beach makes a pleasant contrast to crowded, polluted Pattaya Beach, with its jetskis and beach bars. Also you shouldn’t miss to see colorful houses and hotels.
03 – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Puerto Vallarta is a favourite of tourists looking for an authentic taste of Mexico. Wind your way through the cobblestone streets, past the cathedral, craft stores, markets, restaurants, and its famous “Malecon” promenade, for an unforgettable experience, day or night.
02 – Willemstad, Curacao, Caribbean
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During 1800s, when the Dutch ruled Curaçao, the then-governor attributed the migraines that afflicted him to the powerful Caribbean sun reflecting off the colony’s stark walls. As a result, an official decree that commanded citizens to paint the structures anything but white. Today, this World Heritage site owes its distinctive pastel shades to one man’s maladies.
01 – Wroclaw, Poland
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The buildings of Wroclaw’s city center are rich in color, progressing from earth tones to pastels in a very old-world manner. This colorful take on classical architecture makes it one of the most colorful cities in Europe.
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What Love means to a 4-8 year old
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ’What does love mean?’ The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined
See what they think:
‘When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ – Rebecca, age 8
‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ – Billy, age 4 (in my opinion this one is the best ever).
‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ – Karl, age 5
‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ –Chrissy, age 6
‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ -Terri, age 4
‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.’ – Danny, age 7
‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing , you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’ – Emily, age 8
‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’ –Bobby, age 7
‘If you want to learn to love better , you should start with a friend who you hate” –Nikka, age 6
‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt , then he wears it everyday.’ –Noelle, age 7
‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ –Tommy, age 6
‘During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ – Cindy, age 8
‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ –Clare, age 6
‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ –Elaine, age 5
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ –Chris, age 7
‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ -Mary Ann, age 4
‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ –Lauren, age 4
‘When you love somebody , your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ – Karen, age 7
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’ –Mark, age 6
‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ –Jessica, age 8 (…good point )
And the final one — Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.
The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing , I just helped him cry’.
(So now, what love means to you? May you post your own answers here? If you have a kid, ask him/her and post his/her answer here too. Thanks!)
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I can’t begin to stress the important of inner peace.
Inner peace is that mindset where one is in equilibrium. It’s that point where ones actions and thoughts are stable, and everything one does is done in a fluid and balanced way. It’s the point where one is in harmony with oneself and therefore is in harmony with the entire universe.
This is something we all should strive to pursue; because once inner peace is attained, life becomes a whole lot better.
Let your soul expand, let your heart reach out to others in loving and generous warmth, and great and lasting will be your joy, and all prosperity will come to you. -James Allen
Before we Begin
Before I begin to explain the actual process to attaining inner peace, it is important that you first prepare yourself. Understand these three things:
- Finding inner peace is not easy; it’s actually one of the most difficult things to find in life and you should be prepared for a challenge
- This is going to be a process, so be prepared for a slow but firm progression
- Inner peace can only be found if you are decisively ready to change yourself. So keep your mind open and be ready for some new experiences
How to find Inner Peace
Finally we are here. Follow these 5 strategies to find inner peace in your life:
1. Conquer your Thoughts
Thoughts determine our state of mind and therefore are directly correlated with our level of peace. This is why you should become very cautious over what you think and how you think. You must learn to weed all the unproductive and negative thoughts and replace them with more positive, peaceful ones.
It might seem odd or tedious at first but overtime this screening process will be very beneficial and will eventually come naturally.
We don’t live in a world of reality; we live in a world of perceptions. – Gerald J. Simmons
2. Accept the Unchangeable
There is no point in complaining or worrying about things you can’t change. This is one of the many reasons why people don’t have inner peace. They keep trying to change the unchangeable and therefore rather than gaining, they destroy their peace of mind.
This is why you must learn to be more accepting and find your limits in life. Only once you work in a boundary will you ever find true peace.
3. Work with the Flow
Working against the flow of things only brings stress and anxiety. Now this doesn’t mean that you stop being creative or imaginative but it simply means you don’t try to over force things.
Take everything one day at time and be patient with life. Use the pace of life to your advantage and work with it.
Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. – Zhuangzi
Simplification and peace go hand in hand. Our modern lives tend to get over cluttered and we have a tendency to end up doing a lot of unnecessary things.
Try to unclutter your life and only do what is truly important. This will not just make you feel good about yourself as you will be doing self-rewarding things but you will actually become more peaceful.
Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify. – Henry David Thoreau
5. Give Generously
I personally find this strategy the most beneficial. Giving is fundamental to attaining peace. When you give you forget your sense of self, and it is only when you forget your sense of self that you find true peace and attain harmony.
Give generously and you will become not just more peaceful, but you will in return receive more.
I have found that among its other
Forewarned is forearmed.
The 16th century kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria (the Ari) teaches that each of THE FIRST 12 DAYS OF ARIES corresponds to and directly influences each of the 12 months of the year.
For example, day one of Aries corresponds to the month of Aries, day two to Taurus, day three to Gemini, and so on. Why is this important to know? Because how you think and act on these 12 days affects the shape and future of the upcoming months.
Each of the first 12 days of Aries presents you with an opportunity to overcome whatever it is that normally blocks you from receiving the fulfillment you desire – and deserve.
How you respond to the tests of the first 12 days affects the outcome of how you will experience the coming year. In general, be as proactive as possible, and familiarize yourself with the types of challenges you’ll be facing.
This guide has been created to steer you through the challenges and so you can create an incredible start to your year.
COMPLETE YOUR TASKS
It’s time to break the “me, me, me” syndrome
AVOID BEING COMFORTABLE.
Coming out of the “Comfort Zone”
FOCUS AND COMMIT
Stop putting it off until later…it’s now or never.
Let Go…Fear, insecurity -Get rid of it all.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE EVERYONE’S FRIEND
• Think before speaking
BEWARE OF BEING TOO CRITICAL OF OTHERS –
• Let go of the desire to control the physical
This might sound crazy, but maybe you’re wrong? Maybe?
MAKE DECISIONS WITH CERTAINTY
• Make decisions and be certain about them
You’ve just got to have faith.
LOVE YOURSELF MORE
• Stay calm; don’t create crises
The only thing more destructive than hating
STAND UP FOR SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE IN
• Practice forgiveness
Open Up…That’s it, a little more, good, a little more…
TRUST WHEN IT ISN’T EASY.
• Rely on the 99%, not the physical world
Loosen the chains around your heart
WORLD PEACE STARTS WITH TREATING THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU WITH DIGNITY
• Don’t be unique
DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY
• Be a leader
Repeat after me: “I am not a victim.”
One day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake!”
The Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man, “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”
The young man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”
The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”