Friday, June 14, 2013

Staying Centered in a Blurry Environment

This week I have been in what I call the quiet observer mood; some kind of personal retreat when I just listen and try to get connected to everything around me. So I limit my time online and try not to get into the public flow of local or worldwide news. This, as I've confirmed, is an almost impossible task. Everywhere I go, in some way, people are talking about some common topics; immigration law, the civil war in Syria or the catastrophic weather the nation is experiencing. It seems there is no safe haven to hear something positive that would lift us up.

Mingling with people however is one of my favorite activities. I use these unplanned gatherings in unexpected places to measure our collective level of happiness and my own; kind of a silent poll to get an idea of how well we deal with the situations surrounding us; how well is the village hanging on, my own pressure indicator. When we are surrounded by events and situations out of our control, how well do we react to them? How do the perceptions, mood, or feelings of others affect us? Here is when the importance of knowing yourself comes into place making a huge difference. After various places and diverse crowds this is my conclusion; no event or group of people will be able to change your mind or mood or how you feel about life if you are strongly centered in your purpose and values. A naturally happy self automatically cancels any negative behavior, knowing that whatever is going on around us is not part of us. A joyful person creates his own joy regardless of the environment. He knows that to be happy means to see the good in everything; making meaning of life as it is and creating a positive outcome.

In the midst of the turmoil that we are apparently going through try this:

1.       Decide to begin your day bright; do a simple morning ritual. Let “thank you” be the first words coming out of your mouth and then smile for no reason.
2.       Learn how to surrender and experience every situation with an open mind. Look for opportunities instead of obstacles.
3.       Reach out to those things that bring energy bliss; exercise, reading, traveling, hiking, a new project or idea.
4.        Let the world in instead of avoiding it; you can’t no matter what and in doing it you would be denying yourself of its many gifts.
5.       Focus on the good; the good about yourself, your neighbors, and your community in general. Concentrate on the positive you have to offer to change your inner world.

Like Mary Engelbreit said: “If you don’t like something change it; if you can change it change the way you think about it” and I would add, but never let that something change who you really are. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Click to Read

“A writer who doesn't read is not a writer.”

 “A good book transports the reader to a different world.” “A good book has the power of changing many lives”. These are comments I've heard from people when it comes to defining what reading means to them. Yes, reading is like breathing to me and I am sure many of you enjoy it as much as I do. Since I am on summer vacation I took some time to search for websites where you can download, read on the spot, or swap a wide variety of books and audio books for free; a small token of my appreciation for sharing my world. I admit I am old school; I still love to get the hard copy; touch, smell, and highlight. However e-readers have opened a new door and I am enjoying mine as much.

I hope you enjoy many hours of good reading and discover worlds unknown. Here we go… (audio books)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss~ I Can Read With My Eyes Shut~

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Unstuck and Allow

“And when life brought me the gift of a fairy tale, I opened my senses to the possibility of share love again. I am there now.” –The Power of Us-

What I didn't say back then was that I had been stuck in that fairy tale for too long, failing to appreciate the possibilities that were unfolding all around me and, in doing that, I was missing to see what my life could be by just opening up. It happens that sometimes we are so much looking for that perfect relationship and making comparisons that we never get it because in simple terms, there’s no such thing. We all speak about unconditional love but fail to give it to ourselves first and this, in my opinion is the first step in attracting the kind of healthy relationship we all deserve.  People can’t love or respect you if you don’t love or respect yourself first. The minute you do everything starts to change and I mean everything. In the same way too much self-love and confidence can turn into the main obstacle in letting others in; taking you back into the same situation. There’s a difference between the need to share your life as a complement to and a needy attitude. The instant I let go of that fairy tale and re-discovered the real me; giving and receiving and allowing others to share the best of them with me, I was finally able to accept life as it was and opening the door to welcome that special someone who would bring balance to my life and who, by the way, had always been close. I am there now!

So the question is, are you missing on the opportunity to feel happy and fulfilled because you are still looking back at a long distance past? Are you the main obstacle in attracting a loving and nurturing relationship? Make the change and you’ll witness how your life transforms into everything you've been always dreaming of.  John Harrigan once said: "Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower." Unstuck, allow, and see that flower grow. 


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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

AdulteryAdultery by Paulo Coelho
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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