Monday, April 30, 2012

Recalling to Boost Up Your Week




It is the beginning of the week; that Monday we sometimes dread so much; the day we go back to the routines that could be so tiresome. But, ready or not, here we are to receive all the surprises the week has in store for us. 

For some time now I have been reaching out to the recalling technique to boost my mental and physical energy and kick off the week on a good and positive note. It is simply the art of mentally bringing to life an uplifting situation or experience; a time when we felt totally inspired and our happiness barometer was ranking on the highest levels, The mind is powerful indeed and visualizing a happy thought has the power to recharge the spirit. The best part of it is that we can keep those thoughts as long as we want, changing them with happier ones, and in that way creating our best twenty four hours, not allowing anything negative to bring us down. 

Think about it. The best decisions are not those taken under a rage of anger, pessimism, or sadness and staying on the  "simply move on mood" would not add to the full potential waiting for you to be unleashed, enjoyed, and shared. Although life throws some rocks our way from time to time as part of the growing process, staying in the cheerful zone by holding positive thoughts is one of the best ways to confront those fast throws. Remember, any day could be your best day! Reach out to an uplifting moment. How does it look like? How do you feel? Hold it and carry that thought with you wherever you go today! 

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.~ Willie Nelson~              

Monday, April 23, 2012

What Moves Your Cheese?



Success takes many definitions. We all visualize it in many different ways. For some it is about accumulating material objects, a fat bank account, and being able to have the resources to do what they want whenever they want to. Others sees it as meeting educational goals that would land a dream job. Then there’s another category where success is seen as the ability to learn from experiences by engaging in fulfilling activities, meaningful relationships, and the opportunity to share that joy for living. Regardless of its vision and significance, accomplishing goals in the road to success could be tricky if don’t defined by who we really are and it could be confusing if not grounded on our values and beliefs; personal and unique. 

Personally, my view of a successful life resides in being able to welcome every experience as a positive lesson, finding joy in the events life throws to us, and seeking for the right stage to unfold and share our personal talents. 

If you are still looking for your personal definition of a successful life maybe you could work on this short, to do list:

1.       What are your goals? Begin with short term goals. It helps you to stay in the present moment which is all we truly possess. 

2.       Unlock your potential. Identify your talents and be persistent in sharing them with the world. Don’t give up! 

3.       Communicate your message. Get rid of fear. Dare to be different and share your ideas. 

4.       Exercise your personal power; get moving, adjust your speed, and give value to your actions.

5.       Know thyself! Success, whatever your definition of it, would be vague if you are confused about the significance of it in your life. What is driving you to do what you are doing? Why are you doing it? 

However, always remember that the main purpose of life is TO LIVE! Be open to the happenings of your daily living. Be willing to be flexible and engage in the flow. Stay positive. Success is reaching out to you! 

Don't search for the meaning of life; make your life have meaning.” ` Ray Terris


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wanting What We Need



Moves are always risky and sometimes even scary. After eight years settled down in the same community, I abandoned the comforts of my too big for two people house to breathe the simplicity of a smaller place. This move came like a shower of consciousness when, looking at the boxes and corners covered with pyramids of stack objects, I realized how much “stuff” I had accumulated over that period of time. It wasn’t about the amount but about the fact that most of it had not been used at all! And then the insight moment; like many of us I had fallen into the “more you have the more you want” syndrome. I thought about all the money I have spent in useless objects and how these objects have created a sense of attachment. Getting rid of them released me from those ties that bound us to false illusions, bringing me to the realization of what truly matters. All in a sudden I was free from the monthly payment to keeping up with an extremely big yard, the day long exhausting cleaning ritual, the maintenance and HOA fees, and the belief that those objects defined who I was.

Learning to want what we need is the first step to many freedoms; spirit and mind. It makes us walk towards the path of gratitude for our daily blessings. It grows a sense of caring for others and a common responsibility to nurture and protect the natural resources available to all of us. It makes us become socially responsible. It guides us towards investing where our heart is and makes us ponder on what really motivates us!

Do an inventory of all your possessions. How many of them do you truly need? What was your motivation to acquire them in the first place? Do they bring happiness and fulfillment to your life? How much more of the things you love would you be able to do by living simpler?

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have even lived a more simple and meager life than the poor.”~ Henry David Thoreau

Spiritual & Healing Practices

Spiritual & Healing Practices

Saturday, April 21, 2012

De-Stressing Stress



Personally, the daily news is not on my top ten favorites. Although as concerned citizens we must stay informed, for the sake of healthy stress levels I prefer not to watch them. Unfortunately, apart from the news, we are constantly bombarded by fatalistic, hopeless headlines and, in the age of light speed technology sometimes we just can’t avoid them. If we add our own personal concerns, we have the perfect conditions for level 5 stress storm. Wise men and women say that inner peace is revealed when we learn to stay grounded and in a peaceful state of mind amid the apparent chaos. 

Let’s take a look at these simple three steps to learn how to tame our stress and start shaping our personal Nirvana world…

1.       Speak up! Engaging in meaningful relationships and communicating our feelings in healthy ways is a first step to bring our stress levels down. Don’t choose the solitude path; mingle and relax body, mind, and spirit.

2.       Give your heart a chance! Don’t shut it down, suppressing your feelings. Let expression flow and welcome those feelings as part of your personal healing and growing process.

3.       Embrace kindness and compassion! Reach out. Lend a helping hand. Caring gives us a new perspective of the world. Yes! It is indeed a wonderful world.

4.       Expect nothing but learn how to appreciate and express gratitude for everything coming your way. You’ll find out that whatever that is, it is necessary to confront you with the best of you. 

Speak! Feel! Embrace! Appreciate! This is your day to wave good-bye to tension and move in to tranquility place.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Promises No More




Over the years, I have noticed that one of the things that make us feel frustrated and dissatisfied with our lives is the promises we make to ourselves or others; by next week I’ll do this, in a year I’ll be here. One of the questions people are usually asked by employers in an interview is this: Where do you see yourself in five or ten years? Then they mentally rush to the future, molding an unborn reality, cloning a “prospective me” who will have fulfilled all the today promises.

Having goals is a good strategy to keep ourselves motivated and striving. However, caution must be taken in not allowing those set goals or promises to define who we are, what we do, or the danger of passing by the many possibilities we could encounter just because our focus doesn’t consent any other alternative route. Promises must not be written in stone! Most of all, we must keep in mind that, as a law of life, everything and everyone changes and we must be flexible to adapt to those changes. Excessive planning could restrain our capacity to discover amazing shortcuts along the way limiting our options to bask into an unknown potential. 

The simple fact is that today is all we have and it only takes a second for the circumstances in our lives to completely turn around. While dreams serve as fuel to keep us going, those dreams must be lived on a day to day basis. Every step of the journey must be cherished. Live as you go and appreciate every lucky chance, every unforeseen event, and every challenge along the way. Don’t beat yourself up because you change your mind, because you dare to reconstruct the rules and act differently. Give yourself the shot to feel content with your best efforts welcoming the waves of transformation.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Studying Your Personality through Online Shopping



How much can your buying habits say about you? When given the choice between a clothing store and a bookstore I would definitely go for the latter. As an outsider, you would think that I like to read and, depending on the book I choose, you could also attempt to define some of my personality traits. We are all attracted to certain things based on our likes and those passionate likes could be very helpful when choosing a career or profession. They could mold our life style as well as the reactions to certain situations.

Today, let's do something different. Let's explore those things you are drawn to through the window of online shopping. As you browse down different categories, which ones catch your attention? Is it the automotive section? What does that tells about you? Do you enjoy mechanics? Is that maybe your hidden desire? How is your personality defined by the parts you stop to look for? You would be amazed at what this experiment would unveil about you. In life, possibilities are endless and we should always strive to do what we love to add meaningfulness to our day. Are you up to find yourself? Then let’s get started by going to http://www.become.com. Browse through the different categories and make a personal map of what you discover about your personality, I would love to hear your comments. Happy personality shopping!


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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great story by Paulo Coehlo. Real life down to earth characters struggling to find the meaning of life; a mirror of what we all go through day by day. The amazing story of Linda makes us ponder and question. What's life's ultimate purpose? What force moves us? What is it that we should all strive for?

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