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.

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.