Embracing the Soul Factor

We’re all destined for great things.. We all have so much potential we refuse and neglect.

We overwork and overconsume to the point we have no energy left to do the things that nourish us soulfully.

So busy plugging away at the day to day duties we quickly forget the importance of nurturing this part of our being.

Why do we put so much focus on the brain and heart but never the soul?

Just cause you don’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Everything you do has an impact on your soul. You can choose to listen to your inner voice or avoid it completely.

Living through the ego we are ignorant to the concept of the soul. We may think we abide by the soul’s purpose but sooner or later we come to find out we’ve fooled ourselves.

Don’t attach yourself to a piece of knowledge, it is what it is, if its fact and cannot be changed just let it be.

Focus on elements under your control. Take care of your body, it’s a temple for heaven’s sake.

Your body is your passage way to the other elements of being. Don’t be restrained because you’ve neglected movement for so long. Challenge yourself to move and take action.

Build up your endurance gradually.

Don’t worry about having the body of your dreams just worry about having a body that meets the functionality of the soul. Prepare the body so it’s ready for action, ready for whatever stress may arise.

Activities such as something so simple like going for a bike ride can be a joyful experience some people just aren’t able to enjoy.

To think our ancestors walked for days, weeks and even months at a time. We need to be able to endure and persevere and a lot of having the proper mindset comes with being in control of your physical health.

Taking care of your body doesn’t have to be some daunting task, depending on our perspective we can actually make it quite enjoyable.

Taking care of your health isnt about getting a huge pump or having 90% of the blood in our body rushing to our arms, its about being able to physically endure whatever it is that comes our way.

Why does the average joe nowadays have a beer belly and uneven posture?

Most of us have the wrong attitude when it comes to taking care of the body.

We don’t have to spend hours at the gym to have a good health we just have to utilize our muscles to reduce potential muscle atrophy (prevent muscles from weakening over time).

The longer you neglect your health the harder you’ll have to work to get to square one so start becoming accountable.

As long as you have a brain and two feet you can choose your own direction. You’re not a tree.

“If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if we’re willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.” T. Harv Eker

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.

 

Obtaining Fulfillment

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What is the difference of fulfillment and being satisfied/content? How does one obtain fulfillment? Why is fulfillment important? All reasonable questions that if one doesn’t understand the term fulfillment they would never know.

Do you live a fulfilling life? What is fulfillment? Fulfillment is gaining satisfaction from your actions. Why is this absurd? Because not everyone acts in a fulfilling way. Most of us are conditioned by our environment to accept what is our true reality. Without coming to terms or learning to grasp why we perform the action we incorporate the action into our daily living never resulting in any satisfaction. More often then not these tedious patterns deplete us mentally and physically.

Then why do we do it? Simply because we are unaware.

A lot of individuals are unaware of the truth of how happiness and success is obtained. Some individuals believe success is money, this just isn’t true. Success and happiness is something that’s fashioned through determination and hard work. Success and happiness isn’t gained from a place we arrive at but instead it’s something we pick up along the journey. It comes from embracing the highs and the lows but ultimately being able to control the weathered storm.

Lost in the illusion of what’s right and wrong people have come to the understanding within themselves that material possessions and money is what makes them happy. This corrupted view creates a lot of greed and animosity amongst society. Living with our envy and greed we are conditioned to one-up each other’s belongings. The newest this, the newest that with the end result depleted cash resources and little satisfaction gained. This is why we must come to understand fulfillment and what it means to be happy.

Are you enjoying life? Do take time of out of your day to have fun? Fun is crucial in regards to happiness. We must give ourselves the freedom to act without criticism from our thoughts. So often we are overanalyzing ourselves and being super critical. Stop and smell the roses. Don’t be afraid to take pause breaks. Take a moment to breathe in the beauty of life. Taking a pause break can be extremely beneficial and even heighten our alertness the moment we bring our energy back into our body.

Schedule time to do whatever activities you define as fun. Take all thinking away from the activity and just be. Find your childlike sense of wonder and explore. Consider making a list of all the potential activities you’d like to do someday. Use this as reference. Remember to have always have fun.

Remember to have fun in new and engaging ways. Engaging in the same activities we regard as fun quickly lose their spark of interest if we overdo it. Remember balance is key in all aspects of life. In regards to fun think of moments that would take your breath away whether it is different trips you would like to take, places you’d like to go, or things you’d like to do.

Don’t be afraid to start living the life you always wanted to live.

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What is Happiness?

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Everyone’s definition of happiness is different. The concept of happiness never changes but how we attain it does. Happiness is gained by simply valuing yourself and your role in society. Plain and simple.

Not everyone is born into great power. A lot of us are born below the poverty line and because of this we have barriers to our happiness. Happiness isn’t having money but money does allow happiness to flow. We can attain happiness through personal growth and what better propels personal growth than income. Having the income to buy the things you need to move forward is a huge relief. Constant burdens of debt and financial trouble easily put a strain on life making the future seem hopeless. For these reasons financial stability is extremely important when it comes to bettering yourself. Regardless if you love the job or not it’s important to have consistent income. Be gritty and don’t give up.

Bettering yourself comes hand in hand with valuing yourself. I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times “love yourself”. Seems easy yet it couldn’t be any more difficult. So often we forget how critical we are on ourselves and stand in the way of our own happiness. Remember this moment is all we have no need to reminisce about the past or worry about the future just live and let live. You are the sum of all your choices and moving forward with good intentions will help to balance a strong healthy well-being.

Another method that brings us to value ourselves is the service we render to others. We all need a purpose and a reason to get up each morning. Sometimes we lose our purpose and forget who we are when we live in isolation with our thoughts. We need to be free with the outside world. We need to find reasons to get outside, our reasons to be healthy and our reasons to live a truly great life. Having influences outside of ourselves helps this. We need a support system when times are tough, a mentor to teach us wisdom and a family to call home. Love is everything. Love, love, love don’t forget it.

Ultimately happiness comes from appreciating yourself. How you love yourself will influence how you treat everyone else. Remember to work on yourself be proud, be humble and always have the best intentions in mind. Live life to the fullest and don’t be afraid to get outside. Find your niche. Find a hobby and someone to share it with that’s where true happiness comes from.

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Understanding Laughter

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Laughter has become a natural instinct; the blind, deaf, even some infants laugh before they are 2 months old. It is more common we laugh in social settings than when we’re alone. Even laughing gas loses it’s “oomph” when taken in solitude.

Men claim to chuckle and women claim to giggle yet most laughter isn’t from jokes but from spending time with family and friends. Humour helps us to build stronger connections and to build rapport.

Laughter harmlessly releases negative emotions such as anger, sadness and fear. If you can laugh at a situation your upsets may not seem as important as they once did. Finding humour in our circumstances can help us to cope with the stress or even relieve most of the tension. Laughter can be of the “ha-ha-ha” variety or the “ho-ho-ho” type but not a mixture of both.

Humour increases learning and retention, not to mention it’s engaging and uses the whole brain. Some professors or teachers use humour in their lectures as a means of controlling the emotional climate of a group.

There are several obvious differences in what people find humorous, the most significant seems to be age. From infants and children our appreciation for “toilet humour”, pre-teens/teenage years tend to laugh at jokes that focus on sex, food and any subject that adults consider off-limits to mature adults where our sense of humour is more developed. As mature adults we tend to laugh at other people and ourselves in shared common predicaments and embarrassments. Basically we laugh at issues that stress us out.

Another factor determining what’s funny to us or not is culture. There are economic, political and social issues that are not easy to laugh at which only people living in that culture can understand. United States may be the exception of this rule due to the much observed media and movies. Most people know what’s going on there so jokes about the United States are shared and enjoyed pretty much across the globe.

For someone to take offense to a joke he/she must have some attachment to the principle or the person is being put down in the joke. Racist and sexist jokes are offensive to many people who feel strongly about fighting bigotry and prejudice in the world so they should be avoided altogether.

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color the world. Constantly use gray colors and your picture will always be dark and depressing. Use humor to add bright colors and your picture begins to lighten up” – Allen Klein

Start laughing at life. Laugh at the stresses, laugh at the uncommon, laugh through the hard times, laugh through the good times. Laughing can be a life-saver easing stress, lowering blood pressure and elevating your mood. Laughing has a cleansing effect similar to deep-breathing allowing us to rejuvenate and regenerate our energy. Laughing makes us feel good and allows us to have fun while also connecting to those around us.

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The Effects of Therapy Dogs

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“You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats his dog” – Peary Perry

How is this theory true? Can you really see into a person’s character by the way he treats animals?

The truth is yes we can. Our kindness to animals has a big influence on how we treat other humans. Caring for animals such as dogs or cats helps us to think outwards. Domesticated pets offer companionship and qualities that are essential to a child’s development.

Pets offer a sense of purpose and fulfillment; they make good friends and good medicine. Obedient pets can become therapy animals improving coping skills in relieving stress. Offering a variety of mental health, emotional and physical benefits, domesticated pets can add a strong structure to an unstable home.

Pets relieve our feelings of loneliness and isolation. Like I mentioned, therapy pets; obedient animals can serve as an anchor keeping people grounded and happy. It is not uncommon for dogs to be incorporated into a therapy plan. The elderly, families affected by military deployment, even the disabled or ill strongly recognize the benefits pets can have.

No longer do we live in a day where we only use dogs to hunt or cats to fend off rodents. Instead nowadays pets are purchased more for their intangible benefits more than anything.

“A dog’s love is only second to that of a mother’s” – Radhika Mundra

Animal ownership is linked to a variety of positive outcomes. A dog’s companionship and unconditional love is something we can learn from. They love us plain and simple. As humans our lesson should be unconditional positive regard, acceptance and support regardless of what a person says or does.

We’ve all come into this world with lessons to learn. Remember our life situations get difficult and not to judge others but rather offer a helping hand if possible. We all shine in our own ways. Contribute to the community, volunteer and serve others as your therapy animal would serve you. We are not all lucky enough to rise above our circumstances but with persistent effort we can always create a better alternative. Remember when times are tough to be considerate and supportive. Don’t complain when asked for help rather jump at every opportunity to help fellow man.

“Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose” – Friday Night Lights

Success is a journey not a destination. Remember to be open-minded and not judge a book by its cover. Live life with love in your heart and don’t forget UPR (unconditional positive regard).

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Managing Stress & Living in the Present

How we manage stress will have the biggest impact on our quality of life.

Do you constantly dwell on the past?

Are you always rationalizing outcomes for the future?

Do you feel stuck? Do you feel lost?

Do you feel like you have no control over your current circumstances?

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The truth is most people feel this way. We must learn how to cope with stress or it can quickly take over your life.

The first step in managing stress levels is choosing how we to react to difficult circumstances. Choose not to complain and instead grab the bull by the horns.  Focus on the now. Forget the past, the future, stop overthinking and start taking action.

Second step, be deliberate with the company you keep. Not everyone knows how to manage stress and those who refuse grow will never learn. Avoid toxic relationships, avoid people who just want to use you, avoid building relationships with people who are self-destructive.

Make old friends acquintances if they no longer support your new way of living. Lead by example and if they are meant to follow along for the journey they will. Dont wait up.

You are responsible for your own personal development and noone else. Our parents did their jobs to raise us as children now its our turn to grow as young adults.

“Stress is caused from being here but wanting to be there” – Eckhart Tolle

Start living in the now. Take small steps towards a greater future. Face your fears and don’t get down on yourself. Do you, people appreciate novelty and cherish anyone who’s not afraid to be themselves. Stop being afraid of being different we’re all unique and thats what makes us who we are. Differences should be celebrated.

Stop stressing about life and start having fun and enjoying it.

“Wherever you are be all there.” – Jim Elliot

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