Sparking Transformational Growth

Why do some people experience miracle after miracle while others seem to experience no luck at all? Do they have a rabbit foot in their back pocket?

Truth is a lot of us don’t approach change with the right mindset. We need to start taking action this very instance; before you know it the window of opportunity is lost and never to return.

Start taking action! Start now! Don’t let anything hold you back! Don’t choose laziness; the easy path only guarantees jealousy and resentment. Choose to take the higher road and to put forth a consistent effort. Change is inevitable; start directing your energy in a more constructive way, work on becoming your best self.

Don’t let neglect bury you in a deep grave you can’t get out of. Stress will kill you if you let it; let the stress be a driving force. Find your passion, build your momentum and harness your energy. Use adrenaline to tackle your biggest fears.

Find your courage, embrace fearlessness overcoming anything that burdens you.

Challenge yourself. Don’t let mistakes and downfalls determine the course of your life. Never back down, never give up. Even when you feel isolated, even when things seem impossible commit to your vision choose to live morally strong.

Seek to understand and to grow. Your emotions will get the best of you on occasion, you’re only human. It’s okay to have an emotional reaction just don’t let emotions affect your decision-making in the grand scheme of things.

Allow pain to propel you forward, allow it to become a mindful learning experience, channel your pain and find a way to express yourself. Find your flow and let go; stop criticizing yourself and just let be, see what’s possible. Find something you’re passionate about and work tirelessly till it’s completed.

Anytime you feel down on yourself take action in the creation process. Create for yourself, find your expressive piece & allow your soul to move you. Find a place free of distractions, quiet your mind and just be.

Don’t be sad, be grateful and appreciate this very moment the natural flow of the universe will provide. Just be you, be genuine, find your true vibration. Find your truth, your happiness, and your reason to be; rid yourself of the soul-sucking ego.

Live purposefully and within your means encourage others to do the same. Commit to action everyday and work on building self-esteem. One day your pain will subside make sure pride is there to take its place.

“One should… be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Suffering is a part of life, we all suffer in different ways but something beautiful comes with it; Only through pain can we come to understand true joy.

“The wound is the place where the light enters you” – Jalaluddin Rami

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Thinking Rich; The Growth Mindset

What is thinking rich? Can we think rich even if we don’t have an abundant of resources?

What ideas build the concept of thinking rich? Can you really build success by thinking rich?

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The idea of thinking rich depends on your confidence in your ability. It’s believing in yourself and understanding the fact you’re competent enough to accomplish what could seem near impossible. Human consciousness is capable of so much but more often then not we stand in the way of our own accomplishments.

Why Think Rich?

Thinking rich is important in building one’s own self-esteem. It’s so easy for us to take the path of least resistance and live day-to-day with no goals, no passion. Thinking rich may not always be the easiest thing to do but it’s one of the biggest factors to becoming one’s best self.

Barriers to Thinking Rich

Nowadays it can be so hard to think rich. We’re so overwhelmed and consumed by everyday products and technology that a lot of us neglect simple routines that could ultimately propel our happiness exponentially.

Day by day neglect eats away at our self-esteem. We learn to live with the pain; we bury it so deep in our psych we almost forget it’s there. Thinking rich is acknowledging the truth about life and being able to rise out of the madness. We are the master’s of our own destinies; we create our future, we can’t be happy just gliding; through drifting through life.

Principles of Thinking Rich

Thinking rich is acknowledging the automatic negative thoughts (the ANTs) and being able to move past them. Thinking upbeat and positive we are better able to find our flow rather than interrupting ourselves with negative thinking. Make sure you’re mind is one that nurture’s not sabotages your well-being.

Upbeat & full of energy – living with passion & purpose. Thinking rich is taking control of your life and moving progressionally to where it is we want to be. In time our progress will inspire and self-motivate but until then we must focus on action. The fruits of labour will come in time, begin sowing and soon enough you’ll begin reaping what you’ve sown.

Be resourceful. Thinking rich, moving towards success means not squandering resources and opportunities. Thinking rich we are more in tuned with our surroundings and better able to recognize the opportunities that precede us.

Think action. Thinking rich is thinking action. It’s thinking for today, not tomorrow. Planning is important but planning obsessively without taking action is just wasting time. Be deliberate with your word; if you claim you’re going to do something don’t stop till you do it.

Focus on closing & completing. Don’t just set your sights on accomplishing everything. Live with purpose, do those things that are most important and most urgent in that moment. Tackle your biggest problems first, your biggest projects, and don’t stop till you’ve got something to show for.

Thinking rich is a perspective. Thinking rich is never feeling down because we know mistakes are all part of the learning experience. Don’t be afraid to think rich and don’t let others convince you you’re foolish for doing so. Thinking rich is a successful mindset that guarentees abundance whether be relationships or resources.

 

Finding Inner Peace

I’ve been reading Osho’s book “The Inner Journey” and I’m in love. It’s so well written and brings about such great peace.

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The main concept of “The Inner Journey” is the fact that over the course of generations we’ve chosen to neglect the soul. In the book they call it “the navel”, our life-energy.

When born our life-energy comes from our mother through our umbilical cord, after cut we experience our first instance of separation from our mother’s. This first instance of separation will notify whether the baby is healthy or ill. After cutting the cord a healthy baby should cry knowing their life-energy source has gone away. Their life-source up until yesterday is no longer. If a baby doesn’t cry after the cord being cut it is most likely the baby is sick or close to death.

Our greatest source of life-energy comes from our navel, our soul, a function of the body that has been neglected.

Over the course of centuries man has developed his functions subconsciously. We breathe without thinking, eat without thinking, sleep, everything needed to survive we do without thinking.

Sadly over the course of this time man has become corrupted due to the nature of evolution. Man has lost touch with being, lost touch with the navel center, rather we have focused all the attention on the brain.

Over the course of time we overdeveloped the brain and neglected to develop the navel. Eyes can’t hear just as ears can’t see, the brain and navel act the same way; the navel can’t function for the brain and the brain can’t function for the navel, they each have their own purpose. When we choose to neglect the needs of the navel we are putting pressure on the brain to comprehend and rationalize something it doesn’t fully understand.

Man’s brain is the most delicate thing in the world, it handles so much stress it’s a wonder how it doesn’t just break down and become mad. We hardly have any idea how delicate the nerves in the brain are, the nerves which carry the entire burden, the whole weight of life.

In order to access the life-energy of the navel center we must first relax our brain and whole body. The more relaxed the brain is the more sensitive it’ll become, you’ll start hearing and feeling every little thing from the heartbeat to the coming and going of your breath.

Being free of contemplation, free from thoughts is the basis of life. There is no significant process of life that’s related to thinking that’s why it’s so important to get into a deep sleep, so your processes can function without hindrance.

We need to free ourselves of anger; we need to learn to love. We cannot hate and love at the same time they can’t co-exist. Just as the heart cannot live and be at death, the heart cannot hate and love simultaneously.

Man’s mind is like a pendulum from one extreme to another, never staying in the middle.

We must learn to love. We must learn the spectrum of hate, we must understand the absence of hate isn’t love it’s just a lesser hate. We cannot love and hate at the same time; we either live through love or live through hate, one or the other.

Living through hate and anger, the heart center remains undeveloped and the impossible starts happening. What the navel and heart can’t complete the person will attempt to complete with his brain causing even more tension and stress.

Relationships from the brain center are based off intellect and only run so deep. Love is blind and arises from levels so deep it becomes difficult for us to understand the reasons for it. Love based off of intellect will never last; we cannot love through our brain only our heart.

Genuine, true friendship comes from the navel center. Love binds, friendship gives freedom. Friendship does not become someone’s master, it doesn’t imprison, it frees. One who is friend to all will reach the divine sooner or later because his relationships are happening with everyone’s center; soon he will become bound to the navel center of the universe.

The flow of breath changes moment to moment according to your state of mind. Either you change your mind and the breath changes or you change your breath and the mind changes. The deeper and slower you breathe the more your navel center will develop. As long as your breathing remains harmonious your thinking will become less.

Ego & The Path of Enlightenment

The Path of Liberation

The stories we tell ourselves play a big part on how we live our lives. Our stories can be those of success or of failure, of love or of hate, greed and envy. The stories we tell ourselves define our reputation, they define our perspective and they define how we interact with other people and how we go about our daily lives. The stories we tell ourselves whether deliberate or not are reflected back to us by our subconscious mind.

Whether these stories finish happily ever after or not is forecasted by the narrator. The narrator, oblivious to the force his story imposes draws himself into constant conflict until able to tame the egoic self. Until we begin to live purposefully and for the greater good we will continuously fall into the ego trap.

Understanding The Ego

The ego is the starting point of the self; it’s consciousness that ensures security and survival.  The ego is the part of self that ensures your individualistic needs are met. Growing up we quickly came to realize which behaviour resulted in getting what we wanted. This is where the ego is devised from.

When needs aren’t met for an individual they subconsciously slip into the egoic state(old behavioural patterns) in order to manipulate their way to get whats desired.

 

 Living with the Egoic Self

Sometimes we feel hopeless like nothing we can do will help us out of our situation we think to ourselves “why try? I’ll lose anyways”, “it’s only going to make the pain worse in the end”, “it won’t make a difference”.

A lot of us live contently with our self-harming behaviour and don’t see it any other way. We begin to feel lost in self-doubt and analyzing ourselves based on our past attempts. We think, “well I tried to quit 100 times before in the past, whats the point trying again?”

Its sad but this is the truth about where most of us are at in our lives. We’ve decided we’d be happier to live with our struggles rather than face up and acknowledge our destructive habits. We’ve decided “I’ll wait till the time is right, there’s no reason to change right now”.  Waiting for a sign from God to help make the life-changing decision.

Lets be honest if you’re waiting for a sign from God to make you start acknowledging your finances and health you’ve got it all wrong. All you’re going to get is a big reality check. The sign you’re going to get is that you neglected control of your life for to long. The lesson of the ego is humility and it’s only a matter of time before you learn.

 

The Purpose of the Ego

The ego is an illusion, a state of mind some live in yet are completely unaware. The ego is a plane of consciousness, its a way of thinking. The ego is “I”; “I this..”,”I that..”, it’s a focus putting all attention on ourselves. Living through the ego we are less informed and more self-privileged. We think only in terms of our own survival.

Living through the ego we become blinded with clouded judgement, unintentionally leading ourselves to our own demise. More often then not we must embrace the path of the ego before we can reach the path of liberation. We must become self-aware of the ego to rid the curse of distorted vision.

 

Frequencies of Being

3 Planes of Consciousness

The Egoic Self – plane of consciousness based on personal history and the stories we tell ourselves. Fueled by material desires and self-sabotaging habits. Oblivious and ignorant to the consequences we continue to live in suffering of the past or demand for the future.

Liberated self – plane of consciousness free from attachment, living amongst abundant resources. Lives in the current moment with a calm quiet mind and natural flow. Accepts what is, lives with love in heart and compassion for others.

Duality  a plane of consciousness where an individual has liberated values but partakes in self-sabotaging behavior. Duality is the middle ground of the enlightened and egoic self. An individual will have illusions of enlightenment yet will confuse behavior because true values have still yet to be established.

 

Transformations in becoming the enlightened self.

Learning Acceptance.
The enlightened self learns to release suffering and accept what is. It is what is is, I am what I am. The first transition step to becoming the enlightened self is realizing the things you can change and understanding the things you can’t.

Building self-confidence & self-esteem.
Releasing of suffering means release from its destructive counterparts. Learning to detach from our material desires we learn to build our self-confidence rather than destroy it. We must learn to let go of hate, jealousy, envy and regret; competition should be healthy inspire us not hinder our ability.

“Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Living through love, submission, awe, optimism.
How you treat others is a reflection of how you feel about your self. Once we learn to accept ourselves we can then begin to live in a new light.

From escaping earth to creating heaven on earth.
Learning to love ourselves and others we begin to live with a more honorable & graceful presence. We begin to live in a way that’s true to ourselves and our values rather than hiding from fear of rejection.

Concern for others.
Once we begin to forgive ourselves for our past(s) and relieve ourselves of the burden of the future we can then begin to understand where true happiness comes from. Being content and happy with ourselves we can begin to put forth our effort outwards in a more constructive way. Less fixated on status we are more inclined to help those less fortunate.

Thinking collectively & objectively.
Once removed from our isolated ways of thinking are able to grasp new ideas allowing us to think with a more logical and objective approach. We begin to analyze from different perspectives rather than having only one way of seeing. We become more in tuned with our emotional intelligence and more skillful engaging with others.

Focusing on inner change.
Thinking collectively we come to grips with the idea that the earth is in chaos and we need to do our part to bring back order. On the path to enlightenment we must become more self-aware of ourselves and of the damage we are inflicting to the earth. We need to begin to take a more mindful approach to living.

Focusing on happiness and fufillment.
Once we move away from our subjective universe of thought we begin to understand our feelings more clearly. We begin to understand the importance of having fun and how critical it is when stress. Fun is a key component to happiness and without it life quickly becomes dull. What better way to help the world, helping the world to appreciate fun, always be in a good mood and enjoy life wherever you are.

Thinking logically.
Thinking logically we better understand our own feelings and are better able move past our own limiting beliefs. No longer controlled by forces of anger we are better able to set emotions aside or utilize them whenever necessary to capitalize on opportunity. Fear can be paralyzing if you let it, think to yourself “what do you have to lose?” and strive to take the right approach.

Becoming mindful and alert of our unconscious patterns.
As we become more grounded and self-aware we are better able to analyze our behaviour and to deem what may be beneficial or consequential in the long run. Uncovering unconscious patterns we allow ourselves to better understand the choices we make and how they affect us mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Building willpower and delaying gratification.
Uncovering unconscious patterns we become more adapt and able to reconfigure the triggers that cause them. We become more conscious of the negative influences and can begin to monitor behaviour. Living consciously we can begin to treat ourselves to these desires moderately as a means of rewards for accomplishing goals

Striving to live free from attachment.
Becoming more conscious and aware of our influences and attachment we can encourage a healthy structure through moderation and balance. Stuck in a realm of burden we must free ourselves of addictive behaviour which depletes all our resources and diminishes our life force. We live in a era plagued by temptation and it’s not easy to fight the current but without doing so we remain stuck in our patterns of resentment analyzing the opportunity lost. Remember, balance.

Living in the current moment.
Free from attachment we are able to move past our own flawed thinking patterns. Caught up in loops we are constantly dwelling on the opportunity we’ve forgone and we constantly resent ourselves. Free from attachment we are better able to address the concerns of the present moment. We become less distracted and better able to focus on actions that improve our overall quality of living.

Maturity and Growth.
Free from the grips of attachment we are less distracted by toys and material possessions. In our child-like state we are narcissistic sociopaths manipulating others to get what it is we want. In our child-like state we are only focused on feeding the senses. We are focused on what “feels good” without thought into the consequences. Once we begin to understand every action has a consequence we can better improve our decision making and critical thinking skills. Relieved from distractions we are able to focus on the journey of personal growth.

Grounded with reality.
Free from attachment the past, future and material possessions we begin to see what really matters; the now. Gathering facts living through universal truth we are able to break free from the chains of illusion and live in a more natural way. We begin to understand our anger, the destruction it causes and the pain it brings. We begin to understand and become one with human nature, forgiving others and not faulting them for their mistakes.

Finding inner peace.
From Jekyll and Hyde to the modern Ghandi, duality is the battle of personalities and motives. Relieving the wickedness we begin to find calmness in ones self. Living with duality we can strive to do well for so long before the ego diminishes any progress that’s been made. Living free of burden and attachment – letting go of pain – we can then choose to begin the healing process finding a structure that supports our underlying needs.

A supportive inner voice.
When the going gets tough the tough get going, your inner voice should be one of support; your biggest cheerleader. Choose to fight through your pain and embrace the healing process. Manage your thoughts, feelings and emotions in a way thats conducive to getting things done.  If you begin to beat yourself up and doubt yourself step back and remember your reasoning behind pursuing the action. Think logically, law of averages we will only get better with practice, if you’re to frustrated at the moment take a break and begin again with a calm mind.

Begin building power for yourself.
From constant nagging and emphasizing the negative in everything to accepting challenges and rising up to the occasion. Rather than having low-self esteem dwelling on everything that isn’t begin to take action and improve your current situation. Hard work pays off mentally and physically when your applying yourself constructively. Small accomplishments become huge feats with a little bit of patience and perseverance. Have faith in yourself, have confidence but be honest with yourself and how much effort you’re willing to put in.

A strong sense of willpower.
Learning to love ourselves again we must begin to abide by our word. Our word to ourselves and our word to others, our word is our reputation. Don’t make promises you can’t keep, follow through on everything you said you do. Breaking the pattern of self-sabotaging behaviour is difficult. Just like building muscle, your will is developed through action, practice and training. You’ll have your mind on your side before you know it.

Living in a tranquil state.
From never being able to enjoy yourself to seeing the beauty in anything that comes along. Understand you can only take action when the opportunity presents itself. If you have lingering thoughts of what you need to get done write them down. Don’t let thoughts linger longer than they have to. Be honest with yourself in regards to how much effort you’re going to put in. Schedule blocks of time to work hard and to relax; realize one is not as great without the other but together they can become self-mastery.

Releasing negative thoughts.
Getting into the process of writing things down frees us and allows quietness from overbearing thoughts. Understand you are not your thoughts, you are the observer of your thoughts, nothing else. If an unnecessary thought persists choose to release it and allow other thoughts to flow. You can only take action when the opportunity presents itself, jot down your thoughts and focus on the opportunities of the present moment.

Open & willing to accept posibilities.
Unwilling to accept help we become malicious and vengeful, willing to accept feedback we can better reflect, analyze and grow. Forget about fear of failure, accept humility. Try your best and don’t get down on yourself when you make mistakes. Mistakes are experience and through experience we gather wisdom. Choose to look at life with a beginner’s mind, when the students ready the teacher will appear. Be ready for the lesson.

Being humble & able to accept humility.
At peace with humility we come to terms that we don’t know everything. The more we know, the more we know we don’t. Don’t be ignorant or narrow-minded, be honest with yourself and others with what you know and what you don’t.

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” – Saint Augustine

Being compassionate & understanding.
Able to accept humility we grow to understand rather than reacting to circumstances. We understand we can’t be the best at everything but if we are willing to put the time and effort we can always improve. The practice of self-mastery may consume you but the hard work and patience helps us to build a strong character. We’re all in pain and struggle with hardships, some people are just better at adapting and coping.

Minding manners and a graceful presence.
With insight into pain and struggle we develop our emotional intelligence and become more aware of other’s difficulties. We become more mindful of the burdens we impose on others and realize that we can reduce stress by acting with a calm graceful demeanor. No longer blaming others for their faults we become more patient and analyze less.

Remember we live in a mad world and everyone has to find a way to be happy with themselves whether you understand it or not, let it be. Inform and help others but remember we all value things differently, don’t get attached to an outcome. Don’t pour your beliefs down other’s throats, accept we’re all unique.

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” – Laurence Sterne

Becoming minimalistic.
Having a more grounded view of reality and a better understanding of human nature we can better address our needs. Being able to move past the ego, on a much more elevated state of awareness we become more concerned with the legacy we leave rather than our overall consumption. With the focus on the true self rather than the ego we can nurture ourselves mentally and emotionally without excessive spending. We begin to see the value in less and gain an appreciation for anything more.

Balance and moderation in all things.
From torpedoing behaviour that’s extremely self-destructive to accepting everything as it comes and allowing the universe to flow naturally. Living within a healthy structured environment we are more adapt to choose balance over extremist self-harming behaviour. We begin to understand lasting change doesn’t happen overnight and in learning so, we embrace the virtue of patience.

Living constructively.
Understanding transformation change doesn’t happen overnight we are more stable working towards the long term results. You reap what you sough; hard work pays off even if you don’t see the benefits immediately. There’s a season for sowing and a season for reaping but never are the two done in the same season. Be patient in waiting for the picture to develop, just know you’ll get there eventually if you just stick to the plan set forth.

Reflective pauses & meditation.
Understanding our consuming/overstimulating behaviour we must be deliberate in finding quiet time away from distractions. Pauses allow our progress to catch up with us, it allows us to internalize our experiences. Finding time to meditate alone or with others can go long ways helping us to acquire wisdom and better understand ourselves.

“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Feeling hopeful & one with faith.
Living through the ego we begin to feel overwhelmed by the repetitive patterns and cycles and feel as if we we’ve been recklessly abandoned with no hope of releiving the suffering. Through enlightenment and learning to accept one’s circumstances we can grow by making the unconscious conscious. Understanding our own behaviour and emotions we begin to come to terms that noone can influence change in your life other than ourselves. Real change starts from the heart. Living in a more peaceful way we begin to see the beauty that is, we begin to reflect our inner peace on the external world and in doing so opening a world of possibility.

Open to reflection & understanding.
Human consciousness can only explain so much, noone has all the answers. Just be one with yourself and come to terms with your being. Remember we all build our understandings differently but wisdom is something that never changes. Be open to other’s ways of living even if you don’t fully understand. Don’t become attached to a piece of information, be willing to understand the facts and put in the due dillegence.

Practices of self-mastery.
As we move to the enlightened self we begin to understand life isn’t about being the best or being right. We begin to understand life is a soulful journey and happiness comes from fully embracing it’s challenges. Life doesn’t get easier we just get wiser and better at managing it. Focus your energy where it counts and on things that will truly matter in the overall scheme of things.

Seeing the bigger picture.
Once self-aware and able to understand our emotions and pains we can begin to live in good practice. Understanding the environment’s threats and opportunities we can become more deliberate in fashioning our future. Understanding both the environment and self we can begin living purposefully, whole and with the best intentions in mind with little hindrance from the ego.

 

Gradually we learn to stop our emotional reactions and begin to act logically. We must begin to find our flow taking actions that attract opportunities and likeminded individuals. We need to begin handling challenges as the observer focused living in the moment surrendering to the flow of life with unconditional love and acceptance for ourselves and others. Live with love in your heart, take control of your vibration and begin moving through states of being you want to experience.
 

 

Accomplishing Goals

What is it you want to accomplish? Maybe you want to start living a healthier life? Maybe you want to start saving money for the future? Start saving for a dream home? A future business?

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Whatever it is you want to accomplish there are fundamental steps to making these changes occur in our daily lives. The biggest factor without a doubt being focus. Without focus we wander lost and without purpose. With focus and concentration we can strive to live purposefully, taking actions to improve the overall quality of our lives bringing us close to the dream we’ve established for ourselves.

To reach your vision it must be deeply engrained, your actions must come from a place of passion. Your vision should be your first thought when you wake and your last thought before going to bed. Your vision should be something you cannot go without, something no one can convince you to shy away from.


8 Principles to Accomplishing Any Goal

Visualize
Visualize where it is you want to be, visualize the end result, and visualize the journey. Where is it you want to be at the end of your transformation? Is it realistic? Can you see yourself taking the steps to get there?

Create a vision & action steps
This is where imagination becomes so important, we need to see it before it ever actually comes into being. Note everything you may encounter, note every opportunity, every risk, create actions steps incase these scenarios ever come into play.

Commit to action
A goal is just an idea without effort and consistent action. Wake up everyday with the intention to knock something else off the list.

Keep the end in mind
We all begin from different starting points, for some success and happiness might be harder to attain than others. Keep the end in mind; don’t quit, you’ll get there in time.

Accept failure and uncertainty
The road of success is buried in misfortune, don’t let failure affect your emotions. You’re going to fail its inevitable, you’re only human… we all make mistakes. Learn from your mistakes and move past them, don’t linger.

Evaluate and re-evaluate
Evaluate yourself, what does your progression look like up until this point? What could be done differently? Are you really utilizing your resources most efficiently? Your time? Are you taking the proper actions? Do your action steps need to be revisited? Is something missing?

The biggest question we should ask ourselves is “knowing what I know now, am I taking the best possible direction to reach my outcome?”

Things change that includes our vision and priorities. The more we come to understand about life, human nature and wholeness the more we redirect our energy to gain purpose from our actions. The more we understand our feelings and emotions the more aware we become and the more willing we are to make the correct choices.

Revisit your vision
is it what you truly want? Are you truly willing to sacrifice everything necessary to accomplish this vision? Are you fooling yourself? Or do you truly believe?

Give your best effort and persevere
If you’re completely sold on your vision and completely willing to sacrifice whatever it is to get there then there’s no better time to start than right now. Effort is between you and you, don’t limit yourself; work for everything you deserve.

Stay poised, don’t get down on yourself if you’ve been at it for a long time. If your vision is really worth it you’ll stick with it. Failure and mistakes are just stepping stones, don’t let them define you. Remember, if it was easy everyone would do it. Not everybody can musker up the strength and courage but for those who can glory awaits.

Learning to Accept Today

Self control sucks, why is it we want the things we want so bad? Yet we get mad at ourselves the moment we have at it.

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Some people go their whole lives caught up in addictive behaviour, their whole lives with intentions to quit but never really taking action.

Life and its moments will never be perfect we need to begin today. We need to see today in a new light, free of attachment and desire. Free of the thought “I need _____ to be happy” (fill the blank with whatever it is you abuse)

We all have certain behaviors we wish we could quit; to bad it’s not that easy.

Most of us are conditioned by our environments; it’s easier to accept what is rather than fighting against the current. Whether deliberate or not, subconsciously we adapt to our surroundings making them our reality.

Peer pressure is impossible to overcome if you constantly are bombarded by people you consider influencers. These influencers appear to have it all going for them on the surface yet on the other side of the coin they don’t realize the harm they’re inflicting on themselves in the long-term.

Everyone wants to be happy. You see it everywhere, advertising messages of happiness; it’s what’s being sold. Don’t let anyone sell you on the idea of happiness it’s nothing you can buy or consume.

Happiness comes from taking part in the journey of life, its heart-aches, its ups, downs and everything in between. It’s all a lesson.

The lesson is to become one with suffering and to accept your life as it is. We can’t change the past or future all we can do is act within the very moment we’re given.

Act in the moment, don’t grieve any longer. Don’t let self-sabotaging behaviour control the direction of your life. It’s never to late to start again. It’s never to late to reinvent yourself and change the course of your life.

Start today, start with the intentions to make today better than yesterday. Make everyday better than the last and complete everything you start. Don’t live with resentment of “I didn’t do this” or “I didn’t do that”.

Prioritize with the future in mind, start taking action against anything that’s eating you away. Start scheduling time to do the things that actually matter and following through with your word to do them.

Capitalize on your strengths and refuse to neglect your weaknesses, choose to participate in the journey of life. Choose to grow and develop yourself into something. Build the strongest version of yourself.

Find your grit; find your purpose for starting and don’t let anyone convince you it’s not worthy. Make a mission statement, write it down, and make sure you see it everyday. Use it to remind yourself in remembering the reason you put forth the effort you do. Let it be a symbol of your journey, a reflection of the transformations that are and will be.

 

Reducing Stress Through Self-Expression

It’s human nature to react to stress in a fight or flight pattern, its natural to be fearful but not healthy to live in it. We need to learn to cope and overcome stress; we need to learn to manage our responses to our external environment. We need to understand ourselves and how to manage our stress levels.

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Endorphins can be a natural pain and stress fighter, secretion of endorphins leads to a feeling of euphoria. Endorphins can be released from repetition, doing something novel and new or from doing something exciting and thrill-seeking. Really we can become accustom to anything, and the habit itself can release these chemicals.

The idea of understanding how endorphins work goes hand in hand with being able to monitor and control them. Rather than being in the passenger seat there are ways we can intentionally cause these chemicals to flow.

In the case of reaching a healthy euphoria it begins with the physical; exercise and self-expression.

Exercise releases endorphins, improves sleep and removes toxins through sweat. There any many variations of exercise one can incorporate into their daily life. It doesn’t have to be super stressful it can be fun and entertaining. It’s important to stay body smart especially as you grow older begin to lose muscle and use of some of your functions. It’s important while you’re still young and capable to engage your body, muscles and joints to ward off signs of possible disability in the future. In the case of your health its critical we are proactive rather than reactive. If we wait for the instance to react it may be to little to late.

Aside from exercise, self expression through various forms of art is a good way to release stress and can be considered therapy allowing us to release pent up thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. Acts such as listening to music, writing, or drawing allows us an outlet to reflect on ourselves and our circumstances allowing us to see it from a different light. We can easily become prisoners of our own perspectives when we refuse to be open-minded. Self-expression allows us to be passionate for something outside of ourselves and helps to develop a positive mindset. Art therapy can help to develop one’s patience and understanding, it can help broaden their scope and to see from an objective lens. It’s a means for controlling emotions and negative feelings channeling them into something productive. It’s not about the end result it’s about appreciating the beauty of life.

A lot of the time our emotions work against us and we can become our own worst enemy. Participating in exercise and various forms of art we move outside the realm of thinking and allow ourselves to find our flow. Taking action in some form of hobby we allow ourselves to create rather than destroy potentially releasing the massive benefits of euphoria.

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide in the madness” – Allen Ginsberg

Learn to take the time to pause. Learn to take the time to care for your body and mind. Little acts can go long ways in relieving stress even if you don’t fully understand the benefits.

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth in uglier ways” – Sigmund Freud

This is the idea. We must remain true to ourselves and our feelings. We live in a world filled with destructive triggers its up to you to find the light. Adjust your physiology and your psyche will follow. Smile more and you’ll flutter feelings of happiness, laugh more and you’ll begin to feel joyous and more socialable. Focus on the creation process, don’t allow yourself to get bored and dwell on the past but instead to take initiative to relieve the suffering.

existing peacefully