FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Simplify

The older I’m getting the more I admire simplicity. I have the urge to simplify my life. By that I mean I only want to spend my time on what is important for me. But the most important questions which halt our zest to simplify are: what is that? &  how can I do it? And that is where we complicate things. Ironical, But True!

As soon as we do something meaningful and hopefully successful in our lives, a once simple idea becomes more and more complex. Somewhere along the road we need to simplify again. If we forget to simplify, life gets more complex, confusing and most likely stressful.

Simplifying your life is about taking inventory of the things that make you happy and allowing them to multiply. It isn’t about the ‘what ifs,’ or the ‘when’s’ or even the ‘if only’s.’ It is about the RIGHT now. Instead of drooling over what you don’t have and want to have – learn to be happy, to find happiness and to be at peace with where you are right now. In this very moment.

Get rid of everything else. EVERYTHING! Sounds easy, right? And it is, as long as you are committed to the end result. Identifying what is important to you is something that you need to do daily, with nearly every decision. It includes people and places that you may feel like you are stuck with. At every fork in the road, you have to identify whether you are working towards something that is important to you, or whether you are going against your innate sense of happiness to do what ‘you feel is right,’ or ‘is necessary,’ or is ‘politically correct.’

Simplifying your life is about ridding yourself of clutter in all facets of life. Whether it is your garage or mental state that is cluttered with junk – now is the time to get rid of it. When you get rid of the old, you make a statement that you are ready to accept the new, simplified, true to your heart things in life that are important to you. And most often, the universe follows suit with your wishes.

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FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Conscious Creation

WE CREATE OUR REALITY. No fine print. No exceptions. No asterisk. I can’t imagine anyone reading those words and not being excited!

Is it that simple – just a choice? Well, the answer to that is definitely not simple. Sometimes, yes, it is a just a choice. And sometimes (in the beginning it’s most times) we have conflict within us about making that choice, which needs to be addressed before we are free to make it.

The choice is if we are creating unconsciously or consciously. You cannot be a victim, because clearly you have the ability to create.  When we unconsciously create, we see life as happening to us and we are powerless.  We worry and focus on all that is not working.  Life mirrors that back to us.  When we consciously create we look at our beliefs, our thoughts and our actions.  We weed out what does not belong there.  We set clear intentions.  We ask powerful questions such as what is our highest calling? What are our deepest passions?  What do we want to bring forth on our planet not only for ourselves but for all life? As we remember we are Divine we move past our ego and our individual little will.  We see how all is connected not only to each other but to Earth herself and to life in all myriads of form.

I am not here to convince anyone of the fact that we do create it all. There are plenty of books out there on quantum physics which scientifically prove the premise.  I am here to remind those who are already conscious of it, on some level, of the power and divinity they have. And I’m here to share what I’ve learned along my journey, to hopefully make yours easier.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Persevere

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

Perseverance separates the winners from the losers in both sports and life. Are you someone who perseveres despite difficulties and setbacks, or do you tend to throw in the towel and call it quits when faced with a challenge or adversity? What makes some people able to keep pushing and complete a task while others habitually fizzle and don’t follow through?

Possessing a deep inner belief that you can succeed simply means that you will never give up on your dreams. You will be equipped with the mentality that your success is just round the corner. Yes, you may encounter major challenges or possibly defeats along the way, but because you have a belief that you will eventually succeed, you will revise your game-plan, tweak your strategies, keep moving forward and therefore dramatically improve your chances of success.

But, when the things get tough, all the motivational quotes and stories vanish and what we are left with is fear and feeling of giving up. Something needs to change here. Here are my pearls of wisdom. 

Instead of getting frustrated when things don’t go as planned, expect change, ambiguity, and frustration at least part of the time. This is normal. Develop your sense of humor; learn not to take yourself too seriously. Persistence does not mean banging one’s head on an obstacle until one or the other gives way. It does mean finding and applying strategies that will move you forward. Apply your problem-solving skills and brainstorm possible solutions to the problem. Form a team to help identify obstacles and develop alternatives for overcoming them. If you tend to change course too often, practice handling ambiguous situations and learn to wait out your anxiety. 

Remind yourself everyday that if you don’t work for yourself, nobody is coming to save you. You have to keep working towards what you want but not at the cost of being un-realistic. 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Self Talk

Self talk is the inner dialogue you have in your mind regarding everything you think about, do, wish or dream of. It could be related to people, places and things both real and imagined. A well–known author was quoted as saying that ‘The average person has 60,000 thoughts per day and of these more than 80% are negative’. 

Think back, how many times just today have you criticized, judged, scolded, mocked, or been unkind to yourself?  Now think about the impact this has on your mood, self-esteem, curiosity, and willingness to take risks, be bold, be brave?  And it doesn’t end there.  The danger is not just that we start to believe this dialogue, it’s also that since most of the time we don’t even realize we are having it, we are even more susceptible to its power and fallacies.

“I think I can. I think I can.” We all know mantras can be helpful in reaching goals. Whether it’s powering through a plateau to lose those last 10 pounds or pushing yourself to get through the last mile of that 5k, for fitness and weight loss, positive self-talk can be essential.

So what to do?

Firstly identify the negative thing you say to yourself everyday without knowing. Be aware, listen to your thoughts. So often the fears we have that create the negative self-talk are a result of what we fear will happen in the future – “I’ll be laughed at”, “I’ll get my heart-broken”, “I’ll be rejected”, etc. And while it is admirable to plan ahead, in this type of a situation, focus on the present moment. Focus on the person you want to project yourself as. Focus on helping the current moment be the best it can be. Yes, there may be moments when the best thing you can do is leave because you are that uncomfortable, but instead of storming off in a huff and causing a scene or hoping it will change if you do cause a scene (which it most likely won’t and not in a beneficial way for you, politely remove yourself.

Sounds Good? Please share your ideas for self talk in the comments. Looking forward to reading and implementing them in my life as well!!

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Feel Good

Everyday you have another chance to make your self better. Some days are better than others. On those days that go less well, we usually end up being hard on ourselves. Here are some tools to avoid doing so. Trust yourself. Believe in your inner resources, no matter what, and you’ll grow from the experience. I believe that the answers usually lie within and you are probably smart enough to figure out what you need to do. Give yourself a little time and have patience.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best things in life are free.  They come in the form of simple pleasures and they appear right in front of you at various locations and arbitrary times.  They are governed by Mother Nature and situational circumstance and captured by mindful awareness.  It’s all about taking a moment to notice the orange and pink sunset reflecting off the pond water as you hold hands with someone you love.  Noticing these moments and taking part in them regularly will bring unpredictable bursts of happiness into your life.  

Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  The mind must believe it can do something before it is capable of actually doing it.  So be aware of your mental self-talk.  We all talk silently to ourselves in our heads, but we aren’t always conscious of what we’re saying or how it’s affecting us.  Start listening to your thoughts.  If you hear negative thoughts, stop for a second and replace them with positive thoughts.  As the Dalai Lama once said, “The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.”

Be proud of yourself. Being proud isn’t bragging about how great you are.  It’s more like quietly knowing that you’re worth a lot.  It’s not about thinking you’re perfect – because nobody is – but knowing that you’re worthy of being loved and accepted.  Boost your self-esteem by recognizing your accomplishments and celebrating them.  Acknowledge your positive qualities, and when you come across a quality in yourself that you aren’t proud of, don’t sulk in your sorrows, proactively work on correcting it. 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Stay Strong

This post is going to be dedicated to anybody who is currently going through a hard time right now and is on the verge of losing their vision of their hopes and dreams. 

Whatever your circumstances may be I just want to make one thing clear, you can either become paralyzed and start to feel sorry for yourself or you can utilize the wrong hands you were dealt by life as MOTIVATION. You may feel like you have hit rock bottom, but think of it like this, the only way to go now is UP. I sincerely believe that the people who are at the lowest point of their lives have the best chance of becoming successful. Why? Because if they learn not to get all down, they can use the tragedy’s as fuel which alone will take them along way.

Make yourself unshakeable, like an elephant.  Make your head and heart strong.  When you feel strong, your heart is big, generous and compassionate.  Stay strong and then you can help and support others through your thoughts and presence.  Your good feelings can make a difference and erase others’ distress and sorrow.

My personal secret to staying unflappable is: No matter what my health is like, or how many commitments & meetings I may have, I always maintain my discipline of daily meditation and spiritual study.  I take light and might from God, and I have total faith that everything will turn out right.  And when I interact with others, all I have to do is care, share and inspire.  This is what gives me energy, strength and power. 

Make time to experience your inner peace.  When there’s peace, there’s love, then there’s happiness, and in happiness there is power.  Then nothing can disturb you.  Keep smiling, keep going and simply, enjoy the journey.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Purpose

“The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder – waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

Your purpose in life reflects your ability to derive meaning from your life’s experiences, as well a your ability to make focused and intentional decisions. Most people have faced circumstances that made them feel purposeless at one time or another. This point may have come after the freshness of a new job faded away or after the excitement of a new relationship wore off.  You start questioning whether or not that part of your life, or your entire life, has any meaning. It’s like you’re trying to run on a dead battery. You can’t start. You can’t turn over your engine and take any action.Instead, you sink into feelings of anger, fear, guilt, and sadness. People that fail to regain their purpose of living eventually stop feeling anything. They enter a state of apathy, which is a breeding ground of illness and death.

So, are you living an urgent life or an Important Life?

Too often the need to make money (urgent) wins out over the desire to build something we’re proud of (important). Too often the urge to find a way to lose twenty pounds in six weeks (urgent) wins out over becoming the type of person who doesn’t miss workouts (important). Too often the craving to be noticed or appreciated (urgent) wins out over the ability to be present and satisfied (important).

If you want to start living an important life, then choose a clear purpose for yourself. When you have the courage to say, “This is important to me and I’m going after it,” you don’t fall into the trap of living the life that other people expect you to live. A specific goal or purpose gives you direction and prevents you from being sucked into a whirlwind of time–consuming, unimportant tasks.

Nothing worth working for will ever seem urgent. That’s the nature of important goals. They don’t demand attention right now. They require a sense of purpose, a clear direction, and consistency over the long haul.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Be Good

Whether you call it random acts of kindness, paying it forward, or good deeds, they are very powerful. That is why almost every religion and culture values and rewards the performance of good deeds.

But what is “Being Good”.

Once you get your definition down, then you have to stick with it wherever you go, no matter what you doOthers will always try to change your definition of “good,” especially when it makes them feel bad about themselves. But you must stand by your own definition, even when others mock you for doing so.

But do it for yourself. Be good to other for yourself. We all crave for that warm and fuzzy feeling we get after doing good deeds. 

I am a big believer that doing good, and just being nice to people, begets good treatment in return for the most part. Therefore there is a return, just not necessarily from a particular act or specific relationship. I am not referring to this in a spiritual or cosmic sense. What I mean is that by building a reputation for putting yourself out (whether as an individual or a brand), doing good for others without expectation of something directly in return from that person, and generally being nice will most definitely add to your life in so many ways. People will notice, talk about it, spread the word, and in general most will treat you better, do for you, and watch your back because of the way you treat people.

One good deed everyday…keeps bad karma away :D. 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – The Reality

“If we saw reality, we would never be unhappy.”   The Buddha

This means that if we looked at life and saw what was actually there from a viewpoint of “I started with nothing and now I have lots” we would experience happiness.  Yet we make-up unrealistic expectations of what should be and consequently we experience “not enough”, which has no basis “in reality.”  And then we feel bad and experience unhappiness.  The latter is incredibly stupid on our part.  It is best that we learn how the first is actually true and the latter is false – not as in “positive thinking”, but as in “true reality.”  The payoff for doing so is huge!  It will immensely alter the quality of your life!!!

“What we are unhappy about is what the story tells us, especially about what it means about us and/or the future.  But it is only a story.  Seeing through the story and “disappearing” it will create a “that’s just what is so, now what?” viewpoint.  And from there you can simply proceed to doing that which will get you more of what you want, from this point forward…and seeing what you already have, and that there is virtually nothing to worry about.”

When was the last time you received a reality slap? We’ve all had plenty of them in our lives: those moments when life suddenly deals us a painful blow. It’s a shock, and it hurts, and it knocks us off balance; we struggle to stay on our feet, and sometimes we fall.

Whenever we encounter a reality gap, it helps to ask ourselves this question: ‘What do I want to stand for in the face of this?’ We can stand for giving up on life, or we can stand for something far more meaningful. We can stand for something that matters, deep in our heart: something that dignifies our suffering and gives us the will and the courage to carry on. Obviously, we can’t turn back time. We can’t undo whatever it is that has happened. But we can choose the attitude we take towards it. Sometimes when we take a stand, we can close the gap, and at other times, obviously we can’t. But the moment we take a stand, we experience vitality; we may not have the reality we want, but we do have the satisfaction of living with purpose.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Soul Cry

If you’re going to live from your soul then you have to listen to its wisdom. I believe that most of the drama in our lives manifests when we don’t live in accordance with our inner guidance. Your soul knows what it wants and needs. If you’re not in alignment with it, then you can become off-balance and the outside world then manifests what’s happening on the inside.

Equally, there will be times in your life when your soul is screaming out to you. You know the times when the thoughts resound loudly in your head: “What am I doing?” or “I really should get a grip on my life!” or “I can’t keep living this way!” When you find yourself asking these questions, it’s usually during a particularly busy, emotional, or traumatic time in your life. This is a big clue that your soul is trying to get your attention.

These are the times for Soul Cry Outs. Your soul is yelling at you saying: “Hey! I am here and you haven’t paid any attention to me at all lately!” “I can help!” At times like this, it will send up signals to your psychic and physical senses depositing markers along the way, even in your dreams. We tend to put all of our emphasis on the body with its pleasures and its physical appetites. But the soul also has appetites. The soul longs for union with the universe. Down deep inside every person’s heart is a cry for something, but he doesn’t quite know what it is. Man is a worshiping creature. He instinctively knows that there is something out there somewhere, and he longs to know that something or someone. Your soul longs for vital contact with Universe. Your soul is valuable because it is eternal—it is forever.

Do share your soul cry moments. 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Untamed

Live untamed and unafraid is a recipe for really living life to the full – for really feeling alive day in, day out. It’s about being true to yourself, pushing through your doubts and fears to go after what you really want in life, and living an inspired life that not only has you feel truly alive, but also inspires those around you to really ‘live life’. 

But then if it one of the way to living a fulfilling life, then why don’t we follow it? This is because of our untamed mind and then when we fuel it by talking about it. Of the human urges, a great one is the urge to talk. It is believed that all living beings communicate in their respective languages. Humans, however, due to developed intellect and conditioned self, have developed the system of holding elaborate conversations. If you look around you will find most people talking most of the time. A lot that is being talked is not heard. The urge to talk arises directly from the restless mind. Whether such talk is useful or useless, positive or negative is subject to individual interpretation. 

You can tame your mind by exerting some mental discipline. Make it a daily morning routine to be still by yourself for a few minutes and experience who you are. Raise your awareness to your inner process and feel your feelings – it won’t KILL you. In fact you will be surprised to notice that the emotional pain is not “unbearable”, unless you try to make it go away easily. Take some time to explore the thoughts behind your feelings. 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Belief

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and in the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Think of the power of belief, then, as part of our essence. Strive to find that which we strongly believe in and allow that belief to energize and motivate us to take action to achieve our desired goals. If we find that we lack the ability to believe in anything right now, either because we have never felt our beliefs held any weight or we are simply beat down and trying to climb back up after addiction, just give it some time. Allow for the possibility that we can believe in something, and seek guidance and counsel so that we may be able to recognize the first signs of our beginning to believe when they do occur.

Although it is important to be clear about what it is you want to see manifest in your life during your creative visualization sessions, it is equally important to detach from the outcome as you go about your day. By constantly wondering where something is, or why it hasn’t shown up yet, or panicking that it won’t, will just keep it away from you because essentially you are focusing on what you do not have. Attachment neutralizes the power of belief. Tell me, how many times has your telephone rung when you have stared at it in a desperate bid for it to ring? When you already have something, you don’t sit around wondering where it is. In other words, the way to effectively detach from your intended outcome is to truly believe that you have already received it.

In a nutshell, the power of belief is key to creating your ideal reality. You must believe that you already are or have that which you intend in the present moment. The secret to belief is to take your intentions for granted to the point of indifference, not because you do not care if they materialize or not but because you know they already have. When you get into the mindset of being grateful for those things which have already been given to you, including your intentions, you will have learnt the secret to turbo charging the manifestation of your choices from the mental to the physical realm.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Not Your Door

How many times have we all tried to manipulate situations and relationships to make them work out the way we wanted? How often have we tried to control people and things we just simply had no control over?

Sometimes if we try as hard as we can — when we are forceful enough or persistent enough — we can get the outcome we want. Or so we think… But how many of us have had the experience of getting that desired outcome, for a time, only to have it blow up in our face? Why does that happen? Because if it doesn’t open — or if it takes too much manipulation or scheming or controlling to keep it open, it’s truly not the door we’re supposed to walk through.

So when to stop or when to give up?

When you are committed to the idea of “not giving up” because that is what we have been told, over and over, is the ultimate sign of weakness. When you have allowed this mantra of “powering through” and “holding on” to keep you locked in a career or a social circle or a continent that does not understand you for years on end. When you know that you no longer love someone, at least not enough to envision any kind of real future with them, and you stay with them anyway because it is the “right” thing to do — no matter how much more it may hurt both of you in the long run — it is time to move on.

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Caring

They May Forget What You Said, But They Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel.

Want to make friends and build a strong network?

Want to be the person that people want to spend time with?

Want to earn someone’s trust and respect?

Then start caring. 

To make someone’s day, all you have to do is stay physically near her while remaining in a state of contentment, humor, compassion or calm. Try getting deeply happy around any loved one, acquaintance or stranger. Refuse to let go of your good mood. You don’t have to say or do anything else. Really. It’ll make your day to see how easily you can make someone else’s. And before you know it, you’ll be soothing entire stressed-out crowds, like the ones you find at food courts and matador conventions. 

I spent much of my life wandering about armored against criticism and rejection, unaware that my wary defense appeared to others as inexplicable offense. And since everyone around me was also frightened, their defenses escalated the moment they encountered mine, which in turn ratcheted up to meet theirs, and so on. But pretending other people love you flips the vicious cycle into a virtuous one. So, try and relax, people have other important things to do in life than judge you and even if they do judge you, then who cares anyways, let them. In this way, you cab care for even those who don’t care for you.

So Care More and Worry less and always remember to start caring from yourself! 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Compassion

Compassion is the highest virtue in a way and compassion is not possible if you are identified with this or that. Only when you are able to just look at life as life, only then you can be compassionate. If you look at it as my life or your life – no compassion. When life is just life, there is compassion.

But then, we find it easier to show compassion for others, even complete strangers, rather than ourselves, which is sad. Begin with yourself. Compassion can be our liberator; compassion breaks down barriers and joins people together on a human, spiritual level. 

Writing is practicing compassion fro myself. Everybody has something about themselves that they don’t like; something that causes them to feel shame, to feel insecure, or not “good enough.” It is the human condition to be imperfect, and feelings of failure and inadequacy are part of the experience of living a human life. Try writing about an issue you have that tends to make you feel inadequate or bad about yourself (physical appearance, work or relationship issues…) How does this aspect of yourself make you feel inside – scared, sad, depressed, insecure, angry? What emotions come up for you when you think about this aspect of yourself? This is just between you and the paper, so please try to be as emotionally honest as possible and to avoid repressing any feelings, while at the same time not being overly melodramatic. Try to just feel your emotions exactly as they are – no more, no less – and then write about them. 

Learning to have compassion for yourself and to let go of the judgemental way in which you look at your own life will not only serve to improve your own life’s happiness; the compassion that you show yourself will begin to reflect in your treatment of others, too.

So, what did you do today to be more self-compassionate? 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Love Yourself

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde.

Do you know what it means to love yourself unconditionally? Do you know how to totally accept and embrace yourself fully? Are you facing difficulties with loving yourself?

Listen to your mind talk and you will know things. Chances are that you have been saying more negative than positive things to yourself. If your self-talk is unkind, causes you to feel down and erodes you of your spirit, then you can be said to be having some challenges with feeling good about yourself.  On the contrary, should you love yourself absolutely, you will be supportive, compassionate and not be constantly criticizing yourself. Hence, it is important that you start to observe what you have been saying to yourself. 

Overflowing love comes from consciously choosing to learn with your personal source of spiritual guidance about loving yourself. When your intention is to learn about loving yourself – rather than being to get love and avoid pain – your heart opens to your true source of love.

Despite all the things that you think may be terribly wrong with you, love yourself. Love yourself. Tattoo it on your brain. I can think of so many reasons why you should love yourself, but here’s just one: It is incredibly dull and uninspiring to be around people who do not love themselves. Ugh. Yes, it is! It is so boring to hear someone crib about their dull lives all the time, it brings your energy down. 

You are the only person who can truly love you. When we expect others to love us more deeply than we love ourselves, we set ourselves up to resent them when they don’t. Only you can have deep compassion for yourself, because you are the only being you have control over. What glorious freedom to realize I don’t have to worry about how much someone else loves me or feels compassion for me – it’s MY job!​

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Perfection

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen

It’s easy to get swept up by the fear that we just aren’t enough. We think we aren’t pretty enough, smart enough, tall enough or thin enough. For example, when we feel we aren’t enough physically, we’re compelled to diet, exercise, wax, pluck and tuck in an attempt to achieve the “perfect” look. Somewhere along the line we’ve equated the perfect butt with the perfect life. But then we go overboard with the zest to achieve the perfection which most of the time end up in depression because everyone is made differently and unique in their own way. 

So, then what is perfection?

There is the old saying, “practice makes perfect,” but I’d like to tweak that a little bit. I think practice makes progress. I believe we are all striving everyday towards an ideal, and realistically we may never reach that perfect moment, but that’s not what life is about. Life is about that journey of The Practice. Life is about practice, patience, and progress. Perfection is subjective. 

Human perfection isn’t a dream, it’s a nightmare.

If your reason to achieve perfection is to get recognition from others then you are on a wrong path. If your reason to achieve perfection is to be better at something than what you were yesterday, then May the Perfection Be Yours! Have a go and next time you’re chasing perfection, take a step back, realize that you’re already perfect and sit back and enjoy the relaxed feeling of being content with where you’re at.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Never Again

I am not a follower of Christianity, but one of my college professor Ms. Theodore send me across a “Never Again” list which has got me intrigued. 

We’re all looking to be successful in life, but sometimes we are wasting our time doing things that are holding us back from reaching our full potential. And, often, we don’t recognize those things until someone points them out. We all need that one check list to cajole us back to the reality. For me, today is this list: 

My professor’s message went like this: 

/ Never again will I confess “I can’t” for “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

/ Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith, for “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

/ Never again will I confess defeat, for “God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

/ Never again will I confess worries and frustrations, for I am “Casting all my cares upon Him, who careth for me.” (1 Peter 5:7) In Christ I am “care-free.”

/ Never again will I confess loneliness, Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20) “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

/ Never again will I confess curses or bad luck, for “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)

/ Never again will I confess discontent because “I have learned, in whatsoever state (circumstances) I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

/ Never again will I confess unworthiness because “He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Your words are more powerful than you think. Retrain yourself in how you speak, get rid of doubt, fear and all negative and unproductive speech. Instead, begin to speak these biblical truths over yourself and situations in life, and you will be amazed at the change that will take place. In so doing, you will be in complete agreement with the Lord and His Holy Word. The change will be gradual, but rest assured, it will take place.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – I Don’t Care

Do you have the clarity, the willingness, do you have the momentum to not care about what somebody else thinks about what you are doing?

I don’t care, yes, say these to yourself every time a stupid doubt created by others enters your mind. Say these words to yourself every-time someone hurts you, or say mean things to you.

I don’t care.

Its just how I am. I like it this way. Life is so much fun for me.

I don’t care. I am sorry you are upset but I don’t care.

I want your world to be very good but I don’t care.

I would like everything to work for you, but I can’t fix it so I don’t care.

I don’t care about whatever is conditional.

I understand that if I don’t care you no longer want to talk to me. Well, I don’t care.

No, I am not heartless. There are a lot of things I care about.

I care about feeling good. I care about my clarity. I care about being an uplifter (starting with myself). I care about presenting all of myself in a given time and space. I care about being of value. I care about everything that you desire. I care about everything that I desire. I care about all good things coming to me and to you. I care about all living happily ever after. I care about only those things which infuse love and excitement within me and not which sucks the energy out of me. I care about contributing in positive ways. I care about feeling good and about others feeling good. I care about the solutions to a problem. I care about my emotions. I am in control of my emotions. I care about embracing life. I care about my flow of thoughts which make me feel good. I care about those feelings which align with my reason of being. And my reason for being is simple, and singular, I care about Feeling Good!!!!

 

 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Innocence

Innocence is Brilliant!
Innocence is not ignorance. Innocence doesn’t mean you don’t know, see, or hear bad stuff. We think babies are innocent because they don’t understand but that’s not why they are innocent. Innocence is not immaturity. You don’t lose innocence once you get to a certain age or once you mature. Innocence is not just for babies or kids. Innocence is Virginity (as in the state of being naive, innocent, or inexperienced in a particular context..not the other one) Does that help or does that make it more confusing? Probably makes it more confusing, right?

Innocence is a pearl we can carry with us throughout our lives, a way of viewing each other without prejudice, of looking for the potential for good in people and situations. And, perhaps most importantly, a way of looking at the world without fear. If we are very lucky, some remnant of innocence is within us still, inextricably linked with our ability to on, with our willingness—however reluctant—to participate again in society, with our desire to reconnect with the very fabrics of our lives. 

Do you feel innocent anymore?

Although our innocence—like our pearl earrings and our books of poetry—may be replaced, it is often not without great pain and great expense.

But we must keep looking. We must find, again, a way of living in the world that allows us some hope, some joy, some peace.

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Freedom

True Freedom comes when we accept ourselves for who we are!

It is impossible without a mind made free by discipline. It is the mind which sees things and then fills us with new desires. Desires are good, but not all. What about those desires which originate out of ego, jealously, anger? The worst part is that there is not getting away from these desires, they will comes and go till we are alive. Even at our death beds, we will have a desire to stay alive for some more time. 

“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” Ayn Rand

It’s easy to fool yourself into thinking that you act independently. But becoming a more free and independent person is a complicated issue, and there are many road blocks that will get in your way. One of the most common is “To Be Socially Accepted”.

In public, it is very common to behave in a way that you never would alone. That is because you feel the need to adhere to a particular role in that context. Consider the person who feels obligated to drive a nice car as a status symbol. Their identification with their job creates a role that they “needs” to play, and then imposes a severe restraint or condition upon them. Same goes for traditions and cultures as well. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that traditions are always bad. But they can have unintended side effects regarding your ability to make decisions and act on them independently.

So..now what?

Remove your social mask. Essentially, this means that you should act more authentically and more true to yourself when around others. It’s so easy to slip into a persona in public and pretend to be someone you’re not. In fact, if you’ve done this enough, it can be almost impossible to take off your social mask, but you must try. Train your mind to identify with your real self, remind yourself of who you really are. Write down things which really matter to you and then read it – re-read it again and again till it becomes your second skin. 

Does it help in getting your personal freedom back? You tell me in the comments section. 

 
FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Soul Desire

Unfortunately, for most of us life has turned into a boring routine with seemingly no possibility to escape this “every day the same melancholy”. We get up early, go to work, do something all day long we aren’t really interested in, come home late, have dinner and watch a bit TV before going to bed. And the next day it starts all over. The weekend passes in no time and is mostly spent in a state of “I don’t really know what to do with my time…” And, this goes on for weeks, months and even years. But, that’s not the way you were supposed to live your life. You were meant to live a life that’s filled with joy, passion, fun, excitement and laughter.

Desire..a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. It is the excitement, to look forward to something that keeps our soul alive. 

Now its very easy to desire materialistic thing like a Maserati Supercar, a princess cut diamond ring, enough money in my bank account to be able to work 6 months in a year etc etc. Although I wouldn’t mind any of the above (Guilty*), but what about what our soul desires? We are all here for a reason, for a higher purpose. 

The soul desire is the integral part of oneself that wants to be in touch with their highest purpose. This is the desire which feeds your spiritual center and provides you with a contentedness, as well as a sense of fulfillment that is pervasive and permanent. 

What my soul wants is to be free. To experience freedom in this human form. To experience having it and not having it, back and forth all over again!

What my soul wants is love. To be free to love people, humans, animals, stuff, fun – without limitation. To love freely. To love deeply. To feel fully. To see fully. To know fully. 

What does any soul desire? The same. The specifics differ – what one is drawn to will be specific to the distinct characteristics of that instance of The I AM, but at its core each soul wants these things: Love, Freedom, Harmony, Peace. Each soul wants to be defined and yet part of the whole.

Does your soul desire something different? What does you soul desire? Do let us know in the comment section. 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Vorfreude

Vorfreude : Noun. Vorfreude f (genitive Vorfreude, plural Vorfreuden) joyful anticipation.

If you could bottle and sell an emotion, it just may be the joyous feeling of anticipation or Vorfreude before a happy event.

Anticipation is looking forward to something that is set to happen in the future. It’s sitting on the edge of your seat. It’s watching with eyes wide open, waiting for the scene in front of you to unfold. It’s that feeling you get right before you do something and you don’t know how it will go, but you’re optimistic and excited.

Feeling the anticipation is being one step closer to your goal. These types of feelings seem to be reserved for special moments in life, but imagine if you could maintain this ecstatic feeling more frequently?  Suppose you could trick your mind to think that this feeling could happen once or twice a week?  How happy would you be?  If you are happy and thinking clear concise thoughts about exactly what you want in life, there’s
a good chance it will manifest into the physical at a faster rate.

The trick is to be as happy as you can be as often as possible.  Happy people are happy for a  reason.  They are the ones that are most likely to get what they want in life eventually.  They have learnt to bottle that feeling better than most, and reap the rewards of their hearts desire the fastest. Remember, eventually you get what you ask for in this life, which is where the phrase “be careful what you wish for” came from.  Happy, positive people ask for and get events in their life that make them feel good. 

Be happy, think happy thoughts and when you find yourself smiling for no reason because of the internal make believe happiness be sure to consistently ask for what you want in life, in time it will get there in one form or another to make your dreams come true.

Vorfreude 🙂

 
 

 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Deep Feelings

Deep feelings are sensations that you get right in the heart. It’s a feeling that is so strong that it just overcomes any other feeling inside of you. The feelings are able to control your emotions, they make you cry, whether with pleasure or sorrow, they make you believe. They really are sometimes indescribable. They are so intense that most of the times we keep it within ourselves due to the fear of being hurt. 

It’s both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so deeply. 

Sometimes I wish I didn’t feel everything all the time. The only people who will truly understand what I mean by that are the ones who are just like me. The ones who cry when they see a crippled person on the side of the road, the ones who tear up in the metro when they see an old mother sitting alone with her special child trying to be normal, and the ones who sit in their room and weep to the point of convulsing when their favorite TV character dies. 

A lot of people would think I’m crazy or that there is something mentally wrong with me. But is there, really? Is there something wrong with being sad about a crippled person on the side of the road, helpless, waiting for either dead to take him away or someone to help him with some food and shelter? Is there something wrong about becoming emotional because you see someone else living in so much loneliness and pain? Shouldn’t it affect everyone else the way they affect me? Why does it seem like I am the only person who seems to feel anything at all? 

But with these deep feelings also comes clarity about things. Everything in my life means something to me – and always will. There’s nothing wrong with me because I’m what many would like to call a “highly sensitive person”, though I am good at hiding it ;). While I might experience more sadness in my day-to-day life, I also experience greater levels of happiness. When i’m happy, I’m ecstatic. When I wake up and grind at the gym every morning, I’m happier and grateful than most people in the same situation because I realise that I am blessed enough that I can, that I left laziness behind. Being able to feel deeply enables me pay more attention to details, which is nice since they’re often the most beautiful part.

Sometimes the world makes me feel like something is wrong with me for being vulnerable and allowing myself to take in the bad and bask in the good – but there’s nothing wrong with feeling the things everyone else should be feeling. Sometimes I sit back and think about whether or not I could be in a relationship with “someone like me.” I’m not sure if this is something normal people think about, or only weird, fucked up people like me. But it’s a very real concern of mine. Am i too emotional for someone to handle? Could the things I feel make other people uncomfortable enough to want to leave? 

But then on a flip-side, I don’t really care. I have to be at peace with myself at the end of every moment of every day. Call me selfish, but atleast I am happy feelings so deeply. 

Happy Sunday!!

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Respect

Respect is one of the things people want the most from others. There is a lot of misunderstanding about ways to get respect from another person or how to respect yourself. Most people have the mentality that they should try to demand respect or it should be given to them. This hardly ever works and will only cause you more disrespect. 

First love yourself. If you don’t love yourself you will never be able to give yourself respect. Don’t focus on your flaws and negative things that happen to you. Instead look at your pluses, and your personal traits and skills. I don’t care who you are you have pluses and skills. Everyone has their own special abilities. After you understand you need to love yourself, then you need to believe in your choices and abilities. Even if you are wrong sometimes it’s OK. Nobody is perfect. You need to believe in your ability to succeed. If you don’t believe in yourself nobody will. Believing in yourself is really quite easy. 

While it’s true that every human being is born inherently worthy of being treated with respect, there are some who stand out from the crowd and earn an extra portion. It could be because of their accomplishments, natural abilities, heroism or beauty.
You don’t have to be world renowned to gain increased respect. In our smaller circles there are those that others look up to more. It is within your power to become one of those people that others regard with an extra portion of respect. So, Carry yourself with confidence, Treat everyone with kindness and dignity, Act with integrity,  Learn to cope with stress in a cool, calm manner & Accept criticism with grace and an open mind.

Human beings crave the respect of others; it’s coded into our DNA. When we feel like nobody respects us, it’s difficult for us to be positive and productive. When we don’t respect ourselves, we act in ways that our counter to our interests in an attempt to make ourselves feel better. Cultivating self respect and earning the respect of others goes a long way toward leading a balanced, healthy, happy life.

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Return on Relationships

No man is an island. No one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others. This saying comes from a sermon by the seventeenth-century English author John Donne. Returns in relationship is very important. I mean, we can go on and on about how one should not expect someone else to make them happy etc etc….but the truth is in the age of social media we might have large networks but few if any real relationships.

Of-course when in love, we have to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. But hey, this should be not done at the cost of your own happiness at any cost. Understanding what you want and what you expect out of a relationship does not make you selfish. But you have to be willing to accept that one other person may not be able to fulfill your every relationship need. We aren’t saints, after all. But you are not selfish for expecting fundamental relationship needs out of your partner. These needs might be different than someone else’s, but no matter what relationship, both partners have to be willing to do two things: prioritize and communicate.

What I am trying to say is, the most important return on relationships is to get your emotional needs met and experience your best possible relationship! So, what emotional needs are we talking about?  Emotional needs vary from person to person, but the most common emotional needs are appreciation, understanding, being heard, acknowledgment and respect. All of these needs represent a particular manner in which we show and express love. Mutually meeting emotional needs in any relationship fosters intimacy, trust and a feeling of great satisfaction. On the other hand, the opposite of meeting emotional needs — criticism, undermining, minimizing and disrespect — all cause separation, resentment and a lack of trust. When we understand this dynamic, we are immediately empowered to improve any relationship. 

Thoughts? Feel free to leave a comment. 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Freedom

Freedom to be yourself is a challenge! It is. Can you believe how twisted we are? Something as simple as being yourself has come to be quite challenging these days. Why is it so easy to be a mindless sheep?  To follow the flock, do as you’re told, blend in? We were taught this way, From the time we’re little and placed into preschool by our parents, the programming begins. 

So, Now What?

Being authentic is the ability to be true to oneself. Living an authentic life requires the ability to be true to our own wants, needs and desires and not live our lives by the opinion of others. Being authentic is the ability to make self-honoring choices and stand firmly in who we are in our core. Being true to ourselves gives us the insight and compassion to see others for who they are, not who we expect them to be. It frees us up from the judgment of ourselves and others and it gives others the freedom to be themselves as well.” ~ Victoria J. Reynolds

The above quote pretty much sums up the concept of freedom for me. Those people who embrace who they are, those people who choose to be themselves and nobody else, those are the people who will always be admired and those are the people who will always inspire others. This is what authenticity does to you.

Promise yourself that you will always act in accordance with who you are and with what you believe in, and even though it may be challenging at first, know that in time it will come naturally to you, and people will look up to you, asking you how you do what you do. You might not understand what they are talking about, because all that you are doing is being yourself, and it’s the easiest and the most natural thing for you to do, but looking back, you will remember where you once stood, and you will help them achieve what you’ve achieved. 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Be Vulnerable

Stay Vulnerable Even When It Hurts. To be human is to discover we can be vulnerable and still be strong. We can ask for help and still lead and we can need others and still be tenacious. It takes a strong person to live openly in their vulnerability. Vulnerability is scary. But it’s also a powerful and authentic way to live.

It’s a complicated issue, but looking at it existentially, we only have one life to live. The essential idea is to live it as fully as possible, to experience all of your emotions, all your perceptions, all your thoughts, all your ideas.  But when we’re damaged, we block out a lot of our potential to realize the fullness of our existence. Early in life, we build defenses against interpersonal pain, separation anxiety, and existential fears. Yet the very defenses that once protected us as children and were appropriate to our survival emotionally are no longer appropriate and they limit our life experience as adults.

Some of us automatically balk at vulnerability because we assume that being vulnerable means wearing our secrets on our sleeves. We assume that being vulnerable means spilling our hearts to strangers, and letting it all hang out. But vulnerability embraces boundaries and trust. Vulnerability is about sharing our feelings and our experiences with people who have earned the right to hear them.

Being vulnerable takes courage. But it’s worth it. It’s worth it to be ourselves, to connect to others. 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – You Can Do It

Life Lesson: You can do anything you put your mind to, even if it’s “I can’t”. Period.

You can tell yourself “I can” all day long, and if you really believe it, and you’re willing to work for it, you can absolutely accomplish anything you put your mind to. Determination + Hustle (+ Perseverance) = Success.

But what if you tell yourself “I can’t”? Or how about “it’s too hard for me”? Guess what. Whether you believe that you can, or you believe that you can’t, you’re right.

Life didn’t come with a guidebook! We write it as we go along, and sometimes we fudge it! The more guidelines and wisdom we have, the better we can navigate through the field of material reality to manifest the life of our dreams. But there are a few basic core things you can do to achieve it all that you desire. 

  1. Follow Your Heart : Live a more satisfying life by letting your heart calling guide you. Your heart is tender, kind and guided by meaningful choices. It’s much more likely to do the right thing, rather than making a self-serving ego-dominant decision.
  2. Be Emotionally Intelligent : Emotions are the most powerful energy you have. Successful people develop methods to harness their emotions. Develop passion for who you are and what you are here to contribute. Connect emotionally with what you want to achieve. Make it become deeply resonant. “Those who live passionately Teach us how to love. Those who love passionately Teach us how to live.” – Yogananda.
  3. Be Honest With Yourself : Stay in touch with who you are. Align yourself to your thoughts, feelings and actions. Stay fully present to who you are and what you would like to achieve. See yourself as one with your goal, and the goal as already achieved. Create the emotion of achievement, and use it to inspire you forwards.
  4. Believe in yourself : You are something of real value and you have something unique to offer the world. Have faith that you will be supported the more you authentically reveal yourself. The whole universe conspired to create you so there is a good reason you’re here. If you’re struggling to find it, keep looking, it may be hidden. Yet, don’t get stuck on searching. 

YOU CAN DO IT…..!!!!!! Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (No, Not a Typo) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes….I CAN DO IT!!

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Make Today Count

What if today is the day for you to choose, to decide that you are going to be successful and achieve and manifest your deepest desires and outcomes?

Is it possible, I mean is it just possible, that today, you make a choice to go forward with 100% commitment in your life and energy?

One today is worth two tomorrows.
-Benjamin Franklin

According to science, you will have approximately 70,000 thoughts today. And Thoughts do Become Things. 

Now, I cant tell you what and how to think as I am an expert, YES, but only of my own life. But, I can share with you some inspiring quotes which will help us relax, recenter and focus in on the truth and make your day more productive. So here goes:

  • “Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.” Stephen R. Covey
  • “If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” 
  • “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo
  • “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change, rather than allowing it to master you.” Sri Ram
  • “What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.” Oprah Winfrey

Have a great week ahead people!. 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Unapologetically You

If you are living true to yourself and your inner drivers (and not purposefully trying to hurt others) then you never need to apologise for being yourself. If you are chasing your dream, doing what comes naturally, and being yourself at all times then others just need to accept you for you. If they cannot do that then they are simply not worthy of your time. People who want you to change, or want to belittle your thoughts and dreams, or just want you to stop being yourself are not healthy people to spend your time with. These attitudes are negative and poisonous and they will constantly degrade your life if you allow them to exist around you. Do not do this. Do not let these people and these attitudes in to your life. If people cannot respect you for being true to yourself then they need to be shown the door.

This is not heartless or callous. This is simple fact. Our lives are ultimately an individual experience. We share many of our experiences with others, form relationships and so on but ultimately we are all individuals who see and experience the world in our individual way. We are all individuals operating with our own set of ideas, thoughts and beliefs and as such we should never sacrifice that individualism to please others.

If you are willing to sacrifice your own identity for the sake of others then you are just letting their view of the world, and their ideas and thoughts, take precedence over yours. Why? Why should you take on their values or their set of rules for how to behave? Why does their view mean more than yours?

By changing yourself to suit others you are essentially saying that your own view of yourself is wrong and that others know and understand you better than you do. But it is you, and only you, that lives with yourself 24/7. No-one else sees or experiences the world in the exact same way as you and no-one else is inside your mind, observing and responding to your experiences within the world. That means that no-one else is in a position to ever fully understand you as much as you can understand yourself.

That is not to say that people will never understand you. The basis of forming healthy relationships is that you connect with similar people on various levels and this connection implies a deep understanding of each other. But, as close as you can become with others, and as much as they can learn to understand you, it will never be to the full amount to which you understand yourself. Only you see the world through your eyes, so only you know exactly what is happening within your world.

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Ground Yourself

Your life is a journey with lots of stops along the way and if you could have some idea what to expect, at least some of the time, you might feel a lot better about the whole thing. The image of life as a journey is so much a part of our language that we don’t even stop to think about it.

It is very easy to lose sight of what is right and what is wrong when you successfully achieve your dreams. We give you some ways to help you stay grounded, no matter how famous or successful you become.  

Always be grateful

Instead of being full of arrogance and pride, try being grateful. This feeling of gratitude will help you stay humble. Never forget those who helped you achieve this status and be forever thankful to them. Know that if it hadn’t been for their sacrifices, hard work, and a bit of luck, you would not have been standing where you are standing right now.

Remind yourself of life’s unpredictability

Always remember that life is extremely unpredictable and uncertain. Just because you are successful now does not guarantee that you will be successful 5 years from now. Just as you weren’t very sure of your current success, you should not be too sure of what’s to come. If you keep reminding yourself that things can change for the worse in a matter of seconds, then you will think twice before you fill yourself with pride.

Know there are things more important than success

When success colors your vision, try to remind yourself that there are people and things that are way more important than what you are striving for. Doing this will help you stay connected to things that actually matter and things that money and success cannot buy. If you are aware of what really matters in life, then you will think twice before looking down on someone who does not have money or fame.

Also, don’t forget the bad times and the lessons learnt from them. 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Clear Your Mind

The mind loves to chew on problems like a dog chews on a bone. That’s good – it means the mind is looking for a solution. Great job, mind! The problem is, it’s trying to solve problems using the same beliefs and thought habits that created the problems in the first place! Those mental habits created the vibration that attracted the situation. Now the mind skips around on the same thoughts, like a scratched CD and it can’t get out of the infinite loop.

The mind isn’t used to getting stuck in this infinite loop when you’re thinking something positive – but you can train it to!

You don’t notice this background noise most of the time. But sometimes negative thoughts jump into your awareness with a “pick me, pick me!” urgency. Frustrating! You know you can’t solve the problem (if you could, you would have) yet you can’t stop thinking about it!

Some of the ways in which you can clear you mind are mentioned below. However, if there is anything else you would wish to do, knock yourself out but at the same time, do mention them in the comments below 🙂

  1. Meditation is your best tool for clearing your mind and making room for silence. Mental silence is like an empty vessel into which you can pour the wisdom of your soul; new thought habits; positivity; love; and present-focus. During meditation, choose a point of focus and become fascinated with it. 
  2. Take a walk – but don’t use the time to worry! Practice walking meditation, where you’re acutely aware of the mechanics of walking; or go walk with someone who is upbeat and positive!
  3.  Immerse yourself in what you love to do and/or in something challenging. Your mind goes silent when you are absorbed in some activity that you find engrossing or challenging.
  4. Clear your space. Your physical spaces (home, car, work) are a direct reflection of your mental state. Too many thoughts in your mind? Look at the state of your desk, your kitchen, the back seat of your car, your bedroom floor… clear the physical clutter and you will create free energy flow in your surroundings; this will help you clear the mental clutter as well! It’s a very liberating feeling to let go of things and thoughts!
FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – WIP (Work in Progress)

“I am a work in progress”

This isn’t a new phrase, I didn’t write it, it’s a quote most of us have heard and probably said about ourselves at some point in our lives, the meaning is quite simple, we just aren’t the finished article, we are still learning, there is much to learn before we are complete.

But the thing is, we will never be complete, as perfection is the only state of complete and the only thing that is perfect is God, we can’t become God, we will never attain a level close to God, we are human, we are forever destined to fall short of God’s expectations for us, but he loves us anyway.

“but I have to work in order to progress”

But just because we are all a work in progress, it shouldn’t just stop, unless we let it, we are human after all, we can easily become complacent, I know I have too many times in my life and I continue to allow complacency a part in my life everyday, I know that, I have to overcome that, but I like many just become comfortable with certain aspects of my daily existence that I fall short of my expectation’s, never mind God’s.

To progress takes effort, we cannot move forward just be standing still, if we stand still not moving it takes an outside influence to move, a push, the wind and even God, but they are only small cumbersome steps taken in resentment, not open hearted, we resist and when we resist the lessons often bypass us.

Quite simply, to be the work in progress, we have to put in the effort, we have to work in order to progress, we have to embrace that which is before us and resolve to approach it with all we have and all we are, only then can we progress, without that we just stand still or stutter slowly forward.

This goes for anything in life, it goes for anything we do or learn, unless we put the effort in progress will be slow or none existent. 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Zip It!!

We all have huge personal goal we want to accomplish: A big, challenging, amazing goal. We think about it, dream about it, obsess about it… but we never accomplish it. That could be because we also talked about it, because according to some studies, people who talk about their intentions are less likely to follow through on those intentions.

Announcing your plans to others satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed.

Once you’ve told people of your intentions, it gives you a “premature sense of completeness”. You have “identity symbols” in your brain that make your self-image. Since both actions and talk create symbols in your brain, talking satisfies the brain enough that it “neglects the pursuit of further symbols.

Psychological researchers have been studying the intention-behavior gap, and the stuff that affects it, since the 1920’s. Basically, we as humans like to dream. A lot. We have tons and tons of dreams, goals, and fantasies. We are also (usually) smart enough to see the first steps we need to take in order to achieve these goals. Oftentimes the first step is right in front of us, whether it be a quick phone call or an application.

There’s another thing about us humans, though; we seem to have trouble actually taking that first step. And the steps after that? Friggin’… FORGET IT! Those steps are taken even less frequently. That’s why those psychologists call it the intention-behavior gap.

It may seem unnatural to keep your intentions and plans private, but try it. If you do tell a friend, make sure not to say it as a satisfaction (“I’ve joined a gym and bought running shoes. I’m going to do it!”), but as dissatisfaction (“I want to lose 20 pounds, so kick my ass if I don’t, OK?”)

 

 

 

 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Wonderful Life

It happens to the best of us: Sometimes it seems like our lives don’t matter. Whether you are in the depths of depression or have survived an assault on who you are, or even if you are just having a really bad day, sometimes it seems like, “My life doesn’t matter.” However: That thought is wrong. Your life does matter.

And do you know why your life is wonderful right now? Here’s why:

  1. There is food in your stomach. – The next time you eat something (which probably won’t be very far off), give thanks that every time you’re feeling hungry, you can eat at any time. There are many people around the world, for whom a full belly is a rarity. So remember to never take for granted the fact that for you, a hot dinner is never far away.
  2. You get to sleep every night in a warm and comfortable bed. – Not everyone gets to come home from a long, exhausting day and then throw themselves down onto their comfy bed. Again, this is something so simple and (to us) mundane, but when you really think about it – what would it be like to not have a bed to sleep in every night? For many that is a very real reality. So as you lay, tucked up and comfy in your bed tonight – take note of how good it feels.
  3. You are loved. – At times you may try to convince yourself otherwise, but there’s no denying it – there are people who love you. Be it family, friends, a partner, your co-workers or neighbors…you are loved…and this is arguably the most significant blessing in your life. Love is the very essence of life – so make sure to never squander or take it for granted.
  4. You have choices. – Perhaps the biggest luxury we take for granted in our modern society, is our freedom of CHOICE. What you want to do for a career…which passions you pursue…who you choose to love…when you have children…which area you live in…your education…our lives are entirely filled with choices.
  5. You have a roof over your head and security. – When you think about it, the roof over your head at night keeping you dry and safe is definitely something to smile about. You are protected from the elements, safe to sleep soundly in the protection of four walls. What’s not to appreciate?
  6. There is oxygen in your lungs. – An obvious one, but surely something to smile about? After all, without a continuous and fresh supply of oxygen, where would you be? Breathing is something we all take for granted, until perhaps, we aren’t able to any more. Plus, you can transform your entire day with a single breath.

So go on, celebrate this extraordinary gift that gets so little of our attention. Stay Happy. Stay Blessed. You are universal consciousness.

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Not Allowed

The only thing standing in your way towards happiness is you; no one else is allowed to set up limits for you but you, nor there should be. No matter what kind of problems you’re dealing with, how old you are or where you live, you deserve to be happy – it’s as simple as that. It’s time to face the fact that you’re in control of your future, and finally do something about it!

  1. Give up unresolved relationships – Every person in the world has their past, and that’s something you can’t change. But, it’s not like you can’t deal with it and move on, right? A huge part of the past that’s dragging us down is usually related to romantic relationships. It’s hard on all of us to accept a certain fact, and stop wondering how all that effort has gone to waste. In order to make room for happiness in your life, you need to give up dwelling on the past, and start thinking about the bright future that’s in front of you.
  2. Overcome Limiting Beliefs – The key difference between the life you’re living now versus the life you were meant to live comes down to your own limiting beliefs. A limited belief is a belief that dis-empowers you from the life you want. Sometimes these beliefs are so ingrained in our subconscious that we don’t even realize they are guiding our behavior. So, guess what, if you keep telling yourself that you will never be “x” or that you aren’t that “type” of person, that is exactly the result that you will get.
  3. The Approval Of Others – Who gives a sh*t what other people think? If you are happy with the decisions you have made, then whose business is that but your own? Think of how much you could achieve if you stopped letting other people’s opinions dictate the way you live your life. Do you, and engage in whatever actions you think might better your life.
  4. Idea Of A Perfect Partner – There is no such thing as a perfect partner, so throw your checklist out the window. In life, what prevents us from moving forward is looking at the perfect image of a partner we concoct in our minds. Find the right person for you: one that you can love with all your heart, one you feel comfortable with and one that accepts you for the person you are. The sooner you realize there isn’t one perfect person out there for you, the better off you will be.
  5. Perfect Life – Just like there is no perfect partner, there is also not a perfect life. Life is what you put into it, so if you are not willing to work hard and put forth effort, you will most likely end up miserable. The choices you make will directly reflect the life you lead. It is up to you to create the best possible world for yourself.
  6. The Need For Control – Sometimes you just need to let life happen the way it is meant to. You cannot spend your life stressing about things that are outside of your control. Try to relax, and let things play out naturally. Embrace the unknown, as this is where you will be surprised the most. Let yourself be whisked into unforeseen endeavors, and relish in the excitement they bring.

Remember, life can either be something you embrace or something you hide from. Stop making things complicated and just live your life. It would be so much simpler and more enjoyable if we learned to just release certain limitations.

 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Gratitude

The importance of gratitude: Please be thankful, it’s for your own good.

Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness about something you have been given. 

Technically, taking in the good is the deliberate internalization of positive experience in implicit memory.  It involves four simple steps:

  1. Notice feelings of gratitude or gladness that are already present in your mind. Perhaps there is a background sense of being glad about where you live, or you’re pleased that your child is in a good mood today. As you go about your day, be particularly attentive to any feelings of gratitude or gladness that naturally arise. Also create an experience of gratitude or gladness by look- ing for things to feel grateful for or glad about. They could be seemingly small or simple. Perhaps something nice happened recently, or you have enough food, or you have a friend who likes you. 
  2.  Open to gratitude and gladness. Explore what these experiences are like, and keep them going. Gently help them become as rich and intense as possible, filling your whole body. Open to related feelings such as joy, ease, or fulfillment. Embody gratitude and gladness by smiling, bouncing up and down in delight, softening your face, or reaching your arms out to the world.
  3. Let gratitude and gladness sink into you. As you give your mind to gratitude and gladness, let yourself feel content, that there is already plenty for you in this moment, and that you don’t need to chase after or hold on to anything more.
  4. Be aware of gratitude and gladness and feelings of disappointment or loss. Keep making gratitude and gladness more prominent, and if you get carried away by the negative mate- rial, drop it from awareness. Sense that gratitude and glad- ness are connecting with any disappointment or loss. Imagine that some of the many things you feel grateful for or glad about are showering down into and gradually filling any emptiness inside. Perhaps gratitude and gladness are touching young parts of you that felt unhappy. Then, when you want, let go of any negative material and stay with the sense of gratitude and glad- ness. A few times over the next hour, a dozen or more seconds at a time, be aware of only neutral or positive material—such as a sense of gratitude and gladness—while also bringing to mind a neutral trigger of disappointment or loss.
FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Appreciate

Happiness Is Appreciating The Simple Things In Life. 

The simple things in life are like those stars that shine on a clear night. They’re always there, surrounding us, offering their subtle magic; however, it’s not every day that we stop to look at them and remember that they exist.

Only when life gives us a small or big setback, do we suddenly appreciate what really builds our hearts, what constitutes each of these internal lines that create music and give meaning to our existence.

The main thing is that the key is not to lead a simple life, it is keeping simple thoughts and knowing what is important, what really makes our heart happy and identifies us. From there, all of us are free to build our own micro- universes. Finding pleasure in simplicity is an attitude.  Not all people know how to enjoy the simple things that life offers. Perhaps because some are unable to see them, and others because do not appreciate them and are more inclined toward material attachment, for instant gratification, which does not last. 

If nothing above is making sense, then this will definately. We have to be aware of what our heart tells us. For example, working longer hours may give you the opportunity to have more things, but you are aware that despite everything, you prefer to invest that time in your family.

Living a full life is understanding that every effort is worthwhile, because everything you do makes you happy and gives happiness to your loved ones.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Unspoken Words

 

When old age sets in and I am nearing the end of my time on this earth, I know I will have regrets. I am human. But, I will also know that I tried as best I could to lead an honest life. To touch the lives of both stranger and friend.  That those I loved – knew it with all their heart and those I had lost along the way would always
 know that I had a special place in my heart reserved just for them.
  I had loved. I had lost. But in the end – I won’t regret one single second of it. 
~J.V. Manning

I know that I have done a lot of things right in life. I also know that I have done a lot of things wrong. I have missed opportunities. I have missed chances. I already have regrets. Some I can do something about and others – I can’t. I regret not being able to help everyone I have wanted to. I regret not trying harder in certain situations. I regret not letting go sooner in others. I regret not following my instincts at some very key points in life. However, one thing I regret the most is all the times my words failed. Words spoken for sure, but more so, those I let die upon my tongue.

Life is simply too short. Stop holding on to words that need to be spoken. Stop allowing yourself to let them stay trapped in your mind. If you have the chance – take it. Be honest with those you care about. Good or bad. Speak the words of your soul. Those words are the spark of your very existence. Speak them now or forever hold your peace. Though in my experience – that peace is elusive and the regret of not opening your mouth – holds strong.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Adrenaline

Every adrenaline junkie knows the feeling: Heart pounding. Hands trembling. Blood racing. And then all of a sudden—flying. Plunging through the air, 18,000 feet above the earth, clinging to a parachute that could by all means fail.  Or being strapped into a zero-gravity roller coaster and preparing to whirl upside down, again and again. Thrill-seekers crave that rush; they thrive on it.

It’s the excitement. It makes things interesting, keeps you going. When this life is over, you want to be able to look back and say, ‘I lived.’ Life is a daring adventure, or it is nothing.

Great Leaders know all about adrenaline (although they likely don’t know it by name) they simply know that as they’ve traveled their own journeys, they acknowledge the danger and risk in everything they do and weigh that against their motivation to succeed.

These Leaders – Explorers – Visionaries, seldom find success quickly (over night). They use the “How do you eat an elephant?” theory by taking one bite at a time, knowing that with each step forward, they come closer to the goal.

Other people seldom notice these folks until they appear “suddenly” at the TOP, and it is then (and ONLY then) that everyone is AMAZED at their bravery and greatness. These folks take “CALCULATED RISKS” because, for them, mission accomplishment is more important than bravado, heroism, fame, fortune.

So whatever it takes to get that adrenaline pumping in your veins because this is the drug which will keep you alive in a long haul.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Whatever It Takes

A WHATEVER IT TAKES mentality means exactly what it sounds like.  It means that I’ll do “whatever it takes” to get the job done.  Sometimes I won’t need to go to such extreme measures; but sometimes I will.  The question is: “how far are you willing to go to get the job done?”

This kind of attitude is missing today. Too many have lost that fighting spirit when it comes to the hard battles of life – especially the spiritual life.

  • Are you willing to do whatever it takes to fix your relationships and become the person that you know you need to be?  Or will you quit after just saying you tried your best?
  • Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get into shape – even if that means cutting out some of the comforts you’ve gotten used to? 
  • Are you willing to do whatever it takes to live pure in the midst of a very impure world?  I know it won’t be easy and there’s a lot of temptation out there, but you are going to lie down and quit, or stand up and fight?

“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”  (Matthew 5:29-30)

WOW!  Now that’s what it means to do whatever it takes.  God wasn’t messing around here.  He didn’t beat around the bush.  He said it plain and simple: you have a problem and you need to attack that problem and you must be willing to do whatever it takes to defeat it.

And while the cost of doing so might be high, the consequences of not doing so are even higher.

So what does :Whatever it takes mentality means to you.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – The Truth

There is only one Truth, but whose is it anyways??

All faith is false, all faith is true

Truth is the shattered mirror strown

In myriad bits; while each believes

His little bit the whole to own

~ Richard Francis Burton

As a person my opinion is simply my opinion. I can empathise and try to understand and feel what it’s like for someone else, but although I can come close, I can never know for sure exactly how a person is experiencing the world. I hold my own piece of mirror, and they hold theirs. Over time those experiences can get blurred and become less clear, meaning it can be difficult to remember the truth of exactly what happened. However most important is how one respond to the memories one do have, and how it affects their life now.

Once we accept that truth is not this fixed thing to be found and clung onto, it becomes easier to accept that others hold different truths, and that no matter how much we may disagree with them, no-one has a monopoly on the truth. For us as individuals it also gives space for hope that some of the negative truths we cling to may not be so fixed. A person might firmly hold the belief that they must never feel sad, as letting in even a bit of sadness would open the floodgates leading to an overwhelming wave of sadness descending upon them.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – The Signs

We are all psychics. Believe it or not, but its true. We all somehow already know the answers to all the questions we had, have or will have in the future. It is that little voice in our head which we if not always, mostly tend to “Not listen” because we think we know better. But, hell we are so wrong.

So, our intuition sends us signs. You must train your heart as well as your eyes. You must recognize that there are little miracles popping up in your day, special messages to be opened. Opening the heart opens your eyes to these messages from the Divine. The magic will return to your life as you begin to recognize that you are in constant dialogue with the Divine Intelligence. 

Once of the most common signs are “Déjà Vu”. I am sure you all have heard of it or experienced it before. Now I like to believe that there is a spiritual significance to this phenomenon. Although studies suggest that déjà vu is associated with more serious medical conditions, such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, and clinical anxiety. 

Ummm…..well lets not go there. 😉 I am going to believe what I want to believe…..wait, did I just show a sign of being schizophrenic…ummm…ummm…NOOOOOO! Snap! 

I think its all about having an exceptional memory of remembering things in a long run. Also, if the studies of law of attraction is to be believed, one may  have envisioned or played out similar situation in their minds first and then when they happen in real life, we are familiar with it. I mean there are 60K thoughts that run through our mind everyday, anything is possible and the power of mind is unbelievable indeed. 

Summary : I can achieve anything through the power of my mind. 

What do you think? 

 

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Mental Block

A mental block is a form of uncontrollable resistance or discharge, suspected to originate in the brain. IT is defined as the unconscious denial of a thought or an emotion. A mental block appears as a mode of defense, removing from his conscience any representation likely to disrupt him.

Wait…..let me rephrase that for you!

Mental blocks are incredibly irritating. It doesn’t matter whether you are pondering over which cupboard to clean first before the festivities start, trying to push yourself do those extra squats at the gym even when your quadriceps (thigh muscles) and gluteus (hip muscles) are screaming in pain or just trying to get up early in morning so that you can achieve more in a day, sometimes you hit a mental block and can’t go forwards.

The usual solution is simply to take a break. After an hour, a day or a week, you return to the problem afresh and suddenly everything seems clear. You can’t understand what the problem was in the first place: the answer is right there, staring you in the face. This is a fascinating capability of the mind. It’s wonderful that it can solve problems unconsciously while we’re getting on with day-to-day life.

Refuse to quit. This too is a lot easier said than done, but tell yourself daily that you refuse to quit. When you are struggling to get motivated, tell yourself, “I refuse to quit!” When you feel that the hard work is not worth it, tell yourself, “I refuse to quit!” Your mental block may be strong, your mind can be stronger. So, “refuse to quit!”

Challenge yourself. For example, firmly decide that every time you are in the gym or following any other kind of fitness regime, you are going to challenge yourself and push forward harder than the previous workout. A

Break it Up. Once you set a short, obtainable goal, make up your mind and accomplish it. Focus on your goal and do not let any mental blocks prevent that goal from happening. They keep you motivated and focused. Once you attain one goal, then you can start with another one easily.

Well, that was my side of the story. What is yours? Do share your pearls of wisdom.

 

Daily Dose of Inspiration – Feelings

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Feelings

Emotions and feelings may seem to many of us like trivialities—sensations that get in the way of the real work the brain has to do. Humans have a malleable mind; you can whittle it any way you want.

It is very important that you feel good about yourself. How you feel speaks volume about your mood at that point of time. They are a perfect indicator of what you should do. In today’s busy world, you may not get enough time to relax. However, it is not good to remain continuously in stress for a long time. But you are always feeling something or the other. Make Feelings your Anchor.

Make a decision to feel good about yourself and your surrounding at all time. Now, I know its easier said that done, but we all have to start somewhere. Frustrated, demoralised people are more prone to depression and other psychological disorders and often develop suicidal tendencies. So, it’s best to evade all negativities and make it a point to feel good about yourself.

Try some of these : You should always try to keep yourself happy, Be Optimistic, Work on building your self-esteem, Maintain healthy relationship is very important for happiness, Changes are refreshing and always give you something new to explore, Utilize your skills and do things you are good at, Spend time with people you love and doing the things you love, Never compare yourself with others, Create your own style and Do not hesitate to laugh.

Do you have any more suggestions? Please share.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Tomorrow

Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow : Our concepts of time—and how we process it in the brain—are based on our understanding of physical space, with some surprising cultural variations.

The reason procrastination is so difficult to deal with might be tied to our perception of time and the difference between how we see our present and future selves. So even though we know that a year from now we will be the same person we are today, most of us lack any sort of empathy or emotional connection to that future version of ourselves. And so we “delegate” important tasks to our future selves without realizing that present us and future us is the same person. And that person will have to suffer the consequences.

One of the best things we can do is to forgive ourselves for procrastinating. Yes, as naïve as it may sound, it is surprisingly effective. The most useful advice is to stop waiting until we’re in the right mood to perform a certain task. Like Really?, No Really! Hear Me Out. We need to realize that our belief that our emotional state has to match our current task is extremely counterproductive. Ignore how you feel about doing something and just do it.

Don’t agree with me? So, lets here your thoughts then…!!!

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – Shut the Fuck Up!

Why are people lazy?

Again, we must go back to motivation. The root word in motivation is motive. To understand any behavior or attitude, you must first consider the two basic human motives.

When you boil it all down the two human motives are:

(1) Avoid Pain

(2) Gain Pleasure.

Your mind links pleasure and/or pain to all life events- persons, places, and things (due to past experience and information from others).

The trick is to discover the links in your mind through honest self-contemplation. If you are honest with yourself and take a little time to think, you will be surprised the positive results and the relatively little time it took for you to discover this information.

Start with your mind. Ask your mind to “Shut the Fuck Up!!”. This is the root to changing your laziness. You must destroy all unproductive links in your mind and develop new and empowering links. Use pain and pleasure to your advantage

Change begins in your mind. If you transform your mind, you can transform your body.

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – I Don’t Care

It’s tough to live a positive life around negative people.

So the best way to protect your energy is to have a “I Don’t Care Attitude”

Dealing with negativity can be quite a downer.  I once had a coworker whose negative energy would wash over me on a daily basis.  In our conversations, she would complain endlessly about everything – work tasks, family, friends, health, and anything else she could think of.  She was also extremely cynical about others, often doubting their intentions and judging them harshly.  Talking to her wasn’t a pleasant experience, to say the least.

Maintaining a level of emotional detachment is vital for keeping stress at a distance.  Not allowing negative people (or anyone for that matter) to put the weight of their inadequacies on your back is vital to your emotional health and happiness.  It all comes down to how you value yourself, and thus believe in yourself.

People who manage their lives effectively are generally those who work internally – i.e. those who know that success and well-being comes from within (internal locus of control).  Negative people generally work externally – i.e. blame others or outside events for everything that does or doesn’t happen (external locus of control).

When your sense of satisfaction and self-worth are derived from the opinions of others, you are no longer in control of your own happiness.  Know this.  When emotionally strong people feel good about something they’ve done, they don’t let anyone’s shallow opinions or spiteful remarks take that away from them.

Truth be told, you’re never as good as everyone says when you win, and you’re never as terrible as they tell you when you lose.  The important thing is what you’ve learned, and what you’re doing with it.

Daily Dose of Inspiration – I Can

FeaturedDaily Dose of Inspiration – I Can

You can do anything you put your heart, mind and soul into. Far more than you can imagine. Be fearless. Do it.

Many times in life people are discouraged to do something because its considered ridiculous, unrealistic, or stupid. These all may be true but that doesn’t mean you can’t do them. Anything is possible. If youset your goal and work as hard as you can to complete it you most likely will. And nothing is better than proving someone; who tried to put you down for what you wanted, wrong.

There’s a fine line between independence and stubbornness. It’s a line I cross pretty frequently. I strongly believe that everyone should cross this line frequently. We are not born in this life to be in the safe zone or have a comfortable protected life always. They are important yes, because until you are in an unstable professional and personal environment, you can achieve little beyond your comfort zone. But if you are, then its high time. Persevere, be persistent in achieving the impossible. Face your fears, Don’t give up. Don’t end your life being a mediocre.

Accomplishment is an amazing feeling. As long as you want to accomplish a goal and are willing to put the work in you can. Don’t let anyone put you down and tell you, you can’t. Those who encourage you are the ones you should listen to. I know the feeling when someone tells you, you can’t accomplish something it sort of breaks you down a bit. On the other hand, like I said before nothing is better than proving that person wrong. So as long as you put your mind to something and put the effort in you need to accomplish it you can do anything! Don’t let anyone tell you othewise.