Daily 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.

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Daily 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.

Daily 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!!!!

 

 

 

Daily 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.

 

Daily 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. 

 
Daily 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. 

 

Daily 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 🙂