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Achieving Dadirri And The Power Of Nature

Posted March 25, 2016 By Mark
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Dadirri is a state of calmness one achieves by letting their mind realize their connectedness and dependence on nature itself, hence being a part of nature.

Meditation-on-a-green-field-790x381 (1)Learn how to achieve Dadirri

Modern man has become accustomed to the idea that we are, somehow, separate from the world around us, and we have lost the ability to stand and gaze with it, as an integrated part of it.

We have become engrossed in a world engineered in our own image, or even worse, in an image which we, ourselves, do not understand in our delve to increase our freedom through technology and engineered artifacts — all “for the sake of” better understanding or reading the Book Of Nature.

As a result, we have completely forgotten to listen to what the scribe of the book of nature itself had to say to us, through all these centuries.

The Scribe of Nature, the Eco-Psychologists, and the Aborigines

The scribe is Nature itself — ancient and patient, before whom all of human life has been but a fleeting glimpse in the vastness of the universe. And we have ignored it, and became cut off from the source of all healing.

We have never looked back and so, over the years, humans have slowly become ill. This illness has exhibited itself in many forms — ranging from physical sickness due to stress and longing for balance, to mental illness and existential crisis questioning the purpose of our existence.

Eco-psychologists are now speaking to us of this severed link with nature, and its dire consequences.

Working with people for over 20 years, Bill Plotkin, an eco-psychologist, wrote in Nature and The Human Soul:

“… Healthy human development requires a constant balancing of the influences and demands of both nature and culture … By suppressing the nature dimension of human development … industrial growth society engenders an immature citizenry unable to imagine a life beyond consumerism and soul-suppressing jobs.”

He does not, however, speak of how we should regain this balance and, once again, experience the healing power of nature.

Fortunately for us, aborigines, the survivors in the fringes of modern society, have been passing on a treasure of information on how to regain this balance.

They call it Dadirri.

What is Dadirri?

Dadirri is deep listening — a respectful silence where you allow yourself to become part of the environment around you, instead of being someone aloof and isolated from it.

This listening is not directed at something, it’s a journey, an awareness where you simply waiting to become attuned with nature.

Because when you do, nature speaks in innumerable ways— in silence, in hushed tones, in rising intonations of the winds, the chirping of the birds, the crackling of the leaves, the movement of the living things, the heat from the sun, the light from the moon, the many colors reflected from all things material in nature and shed upon us… and even more.

Dadirri speaks to us about what we routinely miss — an interaction with the world around us. It is a world that has been there long before us, generations past us, and one that does not need us.

Dadirri — How to Reconnect with Nature

The famous aborigine writer, Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, said of Dadir:

“[Dadirri] is in everyone. It is not just an Aboriginal thing.”

 

12742836_10153971353603724_8861892815881978075_nIt is more than a practice. It is a state of calmness one achieves by letting their mind realize their connectedness, and dependence on nature itself, and hence being a part of it for a few moments.

I use “being” instead of “seeing” yourself as part of nature because Dadirri is also a realization of the age old truth: humans have always been part of nature.

Hence, Dadirri is the practice of deep listening to the natural environment around you, cherishing its timeless existence.

Performing Dadirri is simple:

  • Reserve a space in a natural environment (park, garden, backyard, etc.) where you will not be disturbed for 5-10 minutes each day.
  • Take calm deep breaths, becoming slowly aware of the surrounding without focusing on anything.
  • After the first few breaths, become aware of yourself in the environment. Feel the weight of the body and the points of contact where it is touching the ground.
  • Slowly scan yourself from head to toe and gain a general mood of your body (tense, relaxed, happy, etc). Avoid letting your thought linger on it (if it does, calmly bringing it back to experiencing the mood).
  • Now allow your mind to catch focus on something specific in nature, like a flower, a bird, the sky, the sunlight, or a blade of grass. You can even focus on the sounds of nature, like the whisper of the wind, leaves rustling , a bird’s song etc. Do not try, or think, nor guide your mind to become aware of something.
  • Now be still and silent, and aware.

Dadirri will allow you to experience and appreciate nature and, in the process, sooth your worries, allowing you to reflect on the current state of your body — its health, its troubles, and hence allow you to gain clarity about yourself and your purpose.

The 7 Traits Successful People Have in Common

Posted March 25, 2016 By Mark

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While success can seem mysterious from the outside, there are certain key qualities found in the world’s most accomplished individuals. Whether you strive to be an academic, an artist or the owner of a thriving business, working to cultivate and sustain these traits and skills can help you to achieve your dreams.

1) Resilience

Fear of failure can hold you back from success. By learning how to view failures as opportunities for self-improvement, you can cultivate a positive attitude that helps you persevere in the face of setbacks. Each time something doesn’t go to plan, focus on preventing repeated errors. Write down a list of three useful things you have learned and immediately move on to the next challenge.

2) Willingness To Work Hard

Successful people typically go above and beyond the call of duty, continually taking on challenging new projects and delivering consistent results. While you must know your own limits and take time to rejuvenate your body and mind, a willingness to work unusually hard should benefit you in the long run. In addition, you can make sure that you keep your knowledge and skills current by pursuing lifelong learning, constantly learning about new developments in your field.

3) Goal Setting

Setting smaller goals is a key part of achieving any larger goal, but these goals need to be realistic in terms of scope and timing. Have a weekly plan that tells you what you need to do this week (whether it’s attending several networking events, drawing up a business plan or spending ten hours on studying), and hold yourself to these commitments. Sometimes, this may involve turning down tempting social invitations.

4) Creativity

If you think of a short list of successful people, you will notice that almost all of them are creative and willing to experiment. Remember, there are many ways to be a creative person; the key is to think outside the box, coming up with novel solutions that grab attention and stimulate the imagination.

5) Positive Thinking

Don’t waste your time imagining how things could go wrong, as negative thought processes can have a direct impact on your performance. Instead, focus on visualizing the success in your future (down to the last detail), and spend time every day reaffirming that you have the talent, drive and determination to get to where you want to be.

6) Communication Abilities

Being a good communicator goes a long way in any field. After all, you will need excellent listening skills and interpersonal confidence if you are going to perform well in job interviews and pursue rich networking opportunities. Make sure that people remember you for positive reasons that are associated with your goals, and stay in touch with relevant individuals after making that initial connection.

7) Bravery

Finally, achieving your dreams requires a certain willingness to take calculated risks. Commit to the idea of making your own luck rather than being subject to the whims of others. If you tune into your intuitions and trust your gut, you can learn to find your way to success.

 

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Learning to be kind to yourself is the first step in living a meaningful life. Avoid a spiritual bypassing by learning how.

Your Short Guide to Opening the Fourth Chakra

We cannot force spirituality on ourselves. However, most of us do. When we finally realize how cyclic and meaningless our fast-paced lifestyle, work routine, and private lives have become, our conscious hits us with the question “what is the purpose of my life?”

As a result, most of us try to find the meaning of our existence, an overarching and overbearing purpose to what we are doing — to what we are committed.

We turn to others for inspiration and we turn to ourselves for guidance, in the hope of finding and regaining our spirit.

However, we are accustomed to fast results, to choose from the available range of consumable solutions and, the best of all, instant gratification.

But spirituality doesn’t work like that. It is a — beautiful and rewarding — journey that takes time and a lot of patience.

And if we try to rush through it, which sadly most of us do or have done, we only experience a spiritual bypassing — an experience where spirituality is a matter of certain “actions” we must perform (being empathic and compassionate for instance), and a matter of certain “habits” that we must inculcate (e.g. becoming a good listener).

As a result, we become spiritual without being spiritual.

It emerges when we neither understand, nor work towards opening, building, and nurturing our fourth chakra (i.e. the heart, “anahatta” chakra).

Because such spirituality is not sprouting from our being, because it has not emerged after discovering ourselves and our hearts true callings, and because such spirituality is initiated from performing actions instead of realizing and believing in values, it is a forced spirituality.

The result?

  • We become less forgiving of ourselves and more forgiving of others.
  • We become self-avowing and critical of ourselves, whilst accepting and tolerating others.
  • We become indecisive about our own course of actions, but we are able to be wise and helpful for others.

Such spirituality is both limiting and destructive, and the only way to move past it is to work on gaining the ability to experience unconditional love, kindness, and compassion for ourselves.

“Anahatta’s” Awakening: Spirituality and Unconditional Love

All of us have seven, primary energy centers in our body. Each is responsible for generating a specific type of energy needed to complete different physical and spiritual tasks.

The fourth chakra, the heart chakra, is called “Anahatta” in Sanskrit, meaning “unstruck” and is considered the seat of balance and oneness with our emotions.

It is the center of unconditional love for ourselves, our emotions, and our thoughts.

All issues related to harmonizing powerful emotions are usually dealt through this chakra.

Emotions such as love, joy, compassion, grief, anger, disgust, hatred, jealousy, loneliness, and fear are both amplified/diminished, and controlled through this chakra.

Given that most of us have never been able to give ourselves the time or the attention necessary to create the space for self-reflection and understanding, this chakra becomes weak and dormant. As a result, we lose the ability to observe our emotions.

Hence, we fail to see them for what they are — a child of our own being — and so we are unable to address them, and converse with them, and to treat them with kindness.

Instead, we have only suppressed them rudely — with force, contempt, and anger.

As a result, our emotions do what any child does when not given attention or treated unkindly — they react through a confusing tantrum, and run a mock when we plead with them.

We have never really given our emotions, our broken hearts, and ourselves the time or the attention needed to understand them and, eventually, heal them. Now, this time has come.

Opening and Nurturing the Fourth Chakra with Practice of Metta

Metta means “living kindness.”

It is a powerful Buddhist meditation practice, and is often the starting exercise for anyone journeying towards rebuilding their body’s spiritual center.

Perform the exercise for 15 minutes at a time, starting once a day.

Here are the basic steps for performing Metta:

  1. Sit comfortably, in any position in a calm and quiet place.
  2. Breath comfortably, without focusing on the breath (closing your eyes is not necessary).
  3. Once you feel your body is at ease, start focusing on your heart area, feeling how it feels with each breath.
  4. If words come to your mind, be mindful of them (i.e. do not entertain them or be swept away with them. If they force you to, smile towards them, and gently bring your focus back to your heart). Remain in that state for a while (5 min).
  5. Visualize that your heart is glowing, slowly radiating energy outwards in circles, imagining the well being of your loved ones (3 min).
  6. Come back to yourself, and focus on your heart again.
  7. Conclude the practice by slowly becoming aware of your surrounding (weight, sound, objects).

By regularly performing this exercise, you will become aware of your dominant emotions, suppressed frustrations, and things you are not forgiving yourself for.

With time, you will develop the capacity to be mindful of your emotions and build your spirit of compassion and unconditional love towards yourself.

Achieving Dadirri And The Power Of Nature

Posted March 14, 2016 By Mark
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Dadirri is a state of calmness one achieves by letting their mind realize their connectedness and dependence on nature itself, hence being a part of nature.

Learn how to achieve Dadirri

Modern man has become accustomed to the idea that we are, somehow, separate from the world around us, and we have lost the ability to stand and gaze with it, as an integrated part of it.

We have become engrossed in a world engineered in our own image, or even worse, in an image which we, ourselves, do not understand in our delve to increase our freedom through technology and engineered artifacts — all “for the sake of” better understanding or reading the Book Of Nature.

As a result, we have completely forgotten to listen to what the scribe of the book of nature itself had to say to us, through all these centuries.

The Scribe of Nature, the Eco-Psychologists, and the Aborigines

The scribe is Nature itself — ancient and patient, before whom all of human life has been but a fleeting glimpse in the vastness of the universe. And we have ignored it, and became cut off from the source of all healing.

We have never looked back and so, over the years, humans have slowly become ill. This illness has exhibited itself in many forms — ranging from physical sickness due to stress and longing for balance, to mental illness and existential crisis questioning the purpose of our existence.

Eco-psychologists are now speaking to us of this severed link with nature, and its dire consequences.

Working with people for over 20 years, Bill Plotkin, an eco-psychologist, wrote in Nature and The Human Soul:

“… Healthy human development requires a constant balancing of the influences and demands of both nature and culture … By suppressing the nature dimension of human development … industrial growth society engenders an immature citizenry unable to imagine a life beyond consumerism and soul-suppressing jobs.”

He does not, however, speak of how we should regain this balance and, once again, experience the healing power of nature.

Fortunately for us, aborigines, the survivors in the fringes of modern society, have been passing on a treasure of information on how to regain this balance.

They call it Dadirri.

What is Dadirri?

Dadirri is deep listening — a respectful silence where you allow yourself to become part of the environment around you, instead of being someone aloof and isolated from it.

This listening is not directed at something, it’s a journey, an awareness where you simply waiting to become attuned with nature.

Because when you do, nature speaks in innumerable ways— in silence, in hushed tones, in rising intonations of the winds, the chirping of the birds, the crackling of the leaves, the movement of the living things, the heat from the sun, the light from the moon, the many colors reflected from all things material in nature and shed upon us… and even more.

Dadirri speaks to us about what we routinely miss — an interaction with the world around us. It is a world that has been there long before us, generations past us, and one that does not need us.

Dadirri — How to Reconnect with Nature

The famous aborigine writer, Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, said of Dadir:

“[Dadirri] is in everyone. It is not just an Aboriginal thing.”

 

It is more than a practice. It is a state of calmness one achieves by letting their mind realize their connectedness, and dependence on nature itself, and hence being a part of it for a few moments.

I use “being” instead of “seeing” yourself as part of nature because Dadirri is also a realization of the age old truth: humans have always been part of nature.

Hence, Dadirri is the practice of deep listening to the natural environment around you, cherishing its timeless existence.

Performing Dadirri is simple:

  • Reserve a space in a natural environment (park, garden, backyard, etc.) where you will not be disturbed for 5-10 minutes each day.
  • Take calm deep breaths, becoming slowly aware of the surrounding without focusing on anything.
  • After the first few breaths, become aware of yourself in the environment. Feel the weight of the body and the points of contact where it is touching the ground.
  • Slowly scan yourself from head to toe and gain a general mood of your body (tense, relaxed, happy, etc). Avoid letting your thought linger on it (if it does, calmly bringing it back to experiencing the mood).
  • Now allow your mind to catch focus on something specific in nature, like a flower, a bird, the sky, the sunlight, or a blade of grass. You can even focus on the sounds of nature, like the whisper of the wind, leaves rustling , a bird’s song etc. Do not try, or think, nor guide your mind to become aware of something.
  • Now be still and silent, and aware.

Dadirri will allow you to experience and appreciate nature and, in the process, sooth your worries, allowing you to reflect on the current state of your body — its health, its troubles, and hence allow you to gain clarity about yourself and your purpose.

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You have probably heard about chakras – or maybe seen them as visualized colorful circles running down the areas of the human body. But in reality, what is the meaning of a chakra? Or more importantly, do these areas exist and have effect on our personal lives?

Chakras-Seven-790x381The truth is, chakras are elements of our energy. Now, every body has an energy field which is in tight bond with the earth’s energy field but also makes us unique.

According to science and religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism, our energy is placed along our bundles of arteries, nerves and veins, creating a life force grid, in the form of energy wheels called chakras.

Chakras: The 7 Wheels Channeling One’s Flow Of Life

Chakras are also known as cycles of life, death and re-birth. In their main generalization, there are seven chakras present in each human body — as areas in which the flow of life and energy is highly concentrated.

From the base of the spine to the crown of the head, here are the 7 chakras:

  1. The Root Chakra — The first chakra is the root chakra which is located at the base of the spine (the tailbone) and is symbolized with a red color. According to traditions, it is the chakra related to financial issues, food and shelter, as well as the need to survive. Aside from these aspects, the red chakra is the one that deals with tasks related to the material as well as physical world, but also the one that controls the personal and emotional security issues.
  2. The Sacral Chakra – It is located in one’s lower abdomen and it’s mainly connected to our ability to meet new people, accept others and have new experiences. The sacral chakra is symbolized with orange-reddish color and is also tied with several emotional aspects. The sensory and sensual perceptions, sexuality, creativity and pleasure are in a tight bond with it.
  3. The Plexus Chakra — If a person is more confident and in-control of their life, people say he or she has a stronger plexus chakra. This chakra is located in the upper abdomen (thorax) and features an orange color. It is the link to a greater self-esteem, confidence, as well as ego power — giving us the right to think, resonate as well as be aware of our self-worth.
  4. The Heart Chakra — Every person can love, and the heart chakra is responsible for that. It comes with a golden-yellow color and is located just above our hearts. The love, joy, relationships, as well as inner peace, are all aspects of the heart chakra, which helps us forgive, be compassionate, love ourselves and those around us.
  5. The Throat Chakra — With a blue-greenish color, the throat chakra is located in our throat and vows for our communication, self-expression as well as voice skills. Every person is different when it comes to speaking, expressing oneself and his/her beliefs. The throat chakra is all about truthful expression, trust as well as loyalty. Some traditions even relate it with better organization and planning, as well as trust issues.
  6. The Eye Chakra — We all see the world differently when it comes to our thoughts, ideas and visualizations of everything. The eye chakra is the filter to this vision of ours and is located just between one’s eyes, in the lower part of the forehead. With an indigo color, the eye chakra is responsible for one’s imagination, wisdom, ability to think, as well as make decisions that come from intuition and insights.
  7. The Crown Chakra — If you are able to connect with your spirituality at a higher level, or be aware of your awakened consciousness, chances are you have a greater control of your crown chakra. This is the chakra located at the crown of our head, features a violet color and inspires us to feel our inner and outer beauty and spiritualize with it in the form of pure bliss.

In the end, you should know that there are hundreds of energy centers inside the human body. However, the seven chakras are the recognized major parts of energy, each relating to an aspect of consciousness and physical health.

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glass-of-water-manifestation-technique1“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

You probably wished for something at some point of your life. Some things did manifest while others failed to do so. Why is that? Is there a certain algorithm or manifestation technique that can teach you how to make your wishes come true? Is manifesting just about the law of attraction or there is a lot more to it? Throughout the years of studying new spiritual science Infosomatics, as well as conducting research in other consciousness awakening fields, I have learned and tested in practice many different creative visualization and manifestation techniques (including one that is based on a temple in Myanmar that grants wishes).

 

While gathering information for “How to Make a Wish Come True with Advanced Manifestation Techniques” online seminar I came across one very interesting “manifestation of your wishes” method from Vadim Zeland and I would like to share it with you. I have tested it myself and already asked a number of my friends to try it out. I urge you to test the technique yourself and would appreciate if you share the results as well as the insights after you put the following powerful manifestation technique in practice.

 

The manifestation technique “Glass of Water” can really open up your inner manifesting abilities, help you resolve various problems and give you an energy boost in achieving something that you wish to come true in your life.

 

Take a sheet of paper or a post-it note and write down something that you need or a wish you want to come true in a form of an affirmation. If you are working on a certain project and you need creative ideas, you can write something like: “I am full of inspiration and creativity. I allow my creative energy to flow freely at all times. Creativity comes naturally to me. I am attracting creative ideas all the time. My creative essence is helping me realize my full potential.”  It might sound a bit silly, however, your brain and heart do need to hear about your needs in order to know the direction of where to go (more on how human brain and human heart interact with each other “How Human Aura Energy Field is Created and What Keeps it in Balance”).  Any kind of creative visualization or manifestation technique is just a template of a thought-form that helps you better interact with higher levels of consciousness in order to achieve your goals.

 

Nevertheless, you don’t have to limit yourself to just getting more creative ideas. You can find many different affirmations that are directed towards attracting a partner that you need in your life, getting a new job, finding financial stability/abundance  and even helping you resolve health problems (including weight loss). Just pick the affirmation in the area of life that you want to improve and write it down. Then take the sheet of paper with the affirmation on it and attach it to a glass of water (remember the experiments with water conducted by Masaru Emoto). Make sure to use good quality of water. You can also use your favorite cup or mug, however, a glass is a more appropriate vessel for this manifestation technique.

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Now rub your palms against each other to activate the energy flow in your hands and place them around the glass of water (it is just one of the simple methods to activate energy flow in your hands). Say the affirmation out loud or silently (if you are stating an affirmation with your voice it usually gives it more power). You should also visualize what is it that you are aiming to achieve while sending your energy towards the water in the glass. Your energy flows where your attention lies. Thus when you concentrate your attention on the glass of water while visualizing your wish you are charging it with the thought-form of your wish. Water is a very powerful energy-informational conductor. Now, drink that glass of water.

 

You should conduct this manifestation technique every morning and every evening before you go to sleep. Besides, many dietologists recommended to drink at least one glass of water right after you wake up, so you can easily make this manifestation technique a part of your morning routine. Two weeks should be enough for small wishes and major ones may require up to three months or even more depending on their complexity. Your positive intention will charge the water in the glass and after you drink that water your whole body (which is about 60-75% water anyway) will be charged with the energy that would guide you towards manifesting your wish. This technique is very powerful.

 

The key is to be as specific as possible in your affirmations and goals. If you want creative ideas for your project, say so. If you want to attract a partner in your life, then you should be specific about it (however, don’t overdo it, writing down more than 7 qualities of a person you want to attract is pushing it). Be realistic! Even though your wish to manifest one million dollars by tomorrow might come true after using the “glass of water” manifestation technique, don’t forget that you will need to at least buy a lottery ticket and you should also remember about the sudden wealth syndrome. If you have several wishes that you want to come true, then I would suggest preparing a glass of water for each wish that you have. It is also wise to make sure that nobody else drinks from that glass at least during the time period you are conducting the technique.

 

Your hands have 26 energy channels and by placing your hands around the glass of water you localize and power up your intention to manifest what you wish for in your life. Water records the information you send it. After you drink the water, the energy-informational particles will spread all over your body and tune your morphological field into emitting the intention you gave it. Don’t worry if you don’t feel the bundle of your intention energy between your hands at first, the feeling will come with practice and there are many techniques that can help you with sensing the energy as well. Water is a very gentle element and it is easily influenced by the energy coming from your hands (even if you can’t consciously sense it yet). I wish you all the best with practicing this powerful manifestation technique and don’t forget to share it with a friend!

Read more at: http://www.learning-mind.com/how-to-make-a-wish-come-true-with-a-powerful-manifestation-technique/

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I want to believe in myself. I want to radiate confidence. I don’t want to live any more stress in my life.  I want to eliminate every negative energy from my body and my mind.  I don’t want to live my life just for the sake of surviving another day. I want to truly  live!

Those are the opening lines right out of a live chat session I had last night with a long-time reader and recent course student of ours.  I’m sharing this with you today (with permission) because, in slightly different words, I’ve literally heard this same message from coaching clients, students and readers 1,000+ times over the past decade.

Can you relate?  To an extent, I bet you can.  Sometimes we all can.

Whenever I’m coaching someone who shares these feelings, I gracefully shift their focus from what they don’t want to what they DO want.  Because I know that what we focus on grows stronger in our lives.  I remind them that their life story is an expression of who they believe themselves to be – the thoughts and words they choose to express themselves, gradually shapes the core of their identity and destiny.

So let me ask you this:

How have you written your story so far?  Have you put your thoughts and words to positive use?  If I eavesdropped on your self-talk or your conversations with others, would I hear statements that create happiness, or statements that refute it?

Your ability to write a positive life story hinges on your language.  It is your inner and outer verbal expression that makes your joy possible and that infuses your life with purpose, meaning and vitality.

So today, I challenge you to replace your negative thoughts and words with positive alternatives.  Take a look at the quotes below that I have selected.  Pick one (or more) of them that relates to your present troubles, and use it as a mantra by repeating it to yourself every time you feel negativity creeping up inside you.

  1. If the grass looks greener on the other side…  Stop staring.  Stop comparing.  Stop complaining and start watering the grass you’re standing on.
  2. Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want; it is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have.
  3. Sometimes you just have to look back at your past and smile about how far you’ve come.
  4. Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.
  5. For everything you’ve lost, you’ve gained something else.  Appreciate what you have today.  Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
  6. Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing.  Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there.
  7. You cannot expect victory while planning for defeat.
  8. Even though you cannot control everything that happens, you can control your attitude toward what happens.  And in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
  9. Use your struggles and frustrations today to motivate you rather than annoy you.  You are in control of the way you look at life.
  10. Stop beating yourself up.  You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.
  11. Sometimes things must change so you can change.  Sometimes you must break a little so you can get a peek inside to see what an awesome powerhouse you are.  Sometimes mistakes must be made so wisdom can be earned.  Sometimes you must overcome heartache so you can begin to follow your heart again.
  12. The true measure of your success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.
  13. Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.  To be creative and productive in life, you must first lose your resistance to being wrong.
  14. When you are no longer able to change a situation, you are challenged to change yourself.
  15. If you feel like your ship is sinking, it might be a good time to throw out the unnecessary stuff that’s been weighing it down.
  16. Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation that no longer fits, or no longer exists.
  17. The story of your life has many chapters.  One bad chapter doesn’t mean it’s the end.  So stop re-reading the bad one already and turn the page.
  18. The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you accept that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.
  19. Yes, it takes hard work to let go and refocus your life, but it’s worth every bit of effort you can muster.
  20. Head up, heart open.  To better days approaching!
  21. You’re never as good as everyone says when you win, and you’re never as terrible as they tell you when you lose.  The important thing is what you’ve learned, and what you’re doing with it.
  22. Be careful about who you give the microphone and stage to in your life.  Don’t just listen to the loudest voice.  Listen to the truest one.
  23. You’re not a failure because you can’t be all things to all people.  You’re a human.
  24. Never allow someone or something that adds very little to your life, to control so much of it.
  25. Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the tragic limitations others have placed on their own lives.  The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the narrow-minded outlook of naysayers.  Focus on facts, not judgments.
  26. Don’t sit around.  Start moving!  In the beginning you may not go in the direction you dream, but as long as you’re moving, you’re creating possibilities.
  27. You may be the only person left who believes in you, but that’s enough.  It takes the glimmer of just one star to pierce a universe of darkness.  Never give up on yourself.
  28. Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself today.  Never doubt who you are.
  29. You are not a victim.  No matter what you have been through, you are still here now.  You may have been challenged, hurt, betrayed, beaten, and discouraged, but nothing has defeated you.  You have been delayed but not denied.
  30. You have to accept whatever comes your way, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.  Nothing more, nothing less.
  31. 99% of the time, the only thing standing between you and your goal is the fateful story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.
  32. You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.
  33. Whether you say, “I can” or “I can’t,” you’re right either way.
  34. All great achievements require time.  And all great achievements are worth your time.
  35. The person who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
  36. When things are tough, you must be tougher.  Don’t pray for an easy life.  Pray for the strength to endure a tough one that leads to success.
  37. If you want to be happy and bright, let go of your need to always be right.
  38. Worry is a waste of energy.  . It Cannot change things. But worry takes away your happiness and almost literally cripples you.
  39. Often, you have to just ignore any worry and any negative thought that you have.  Faith that things will get better will give you the power to do so.
  40. Sooner or later, we tend to get what we ask for, but often what we want comes in a different form than the one we imagined. Flexibility is the key.

Power of Connection

Posted November 17, 2015 By Mark
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Today we would like to speak about the Power of Connection. This is one of the most important principals of universal law to understand, for its use by those who comprehend it can change the hearts and minds of those who are lost and disconnected from their higher-selves, which can change the outcome of a situation or create a positive feeling of love and hope in those who cannot see through their own confusion.

Because we are all connected at the root of our being—all parts of the Whole, we all have the power to connect to any part of the collective universal consciousness, which you, I, and every other being in the universe is a part of, and therefore can you communicate using this “super-highway” to tap into heart of another and create a high-level connection. The fuel for the vehicle used to connect on this super-highway is the power of love wielded by your intention. One aspect of this power is what many of you students on the path understand as “prayer.” Prayer is a method of connection, communication, and intention.

When a friend, a loved one, or an enemy is lost and confused, or ill in mind or body, they are essentially “disconnected” from their higher-selves—thatDivine Presence that indwells each person and which has the greatest influence on the heart when connected. You, the students of love, can reach out to these disconnected individuals by “thinking” loving intentions, which establishes a connection whereby you can “pour in” the fuel of love which can help that individual reconnect to their higher-self in the “heart space.” The more pure the fuel, the greater and stronger is that connection. When your intention has preconditions or agendas attached, the signal is weakened and has little influence, and this is why we often pray, “Father, let Your Will be done.” This “modifier” filters the fuel for the intention and removes all preconditions and agendas. Sending love is the healing power needed to reconnect that individual to their own God Fragment which can then have the greatest influence on the heart to change a situation, a confused mind, or heal an illness.

It’s all about connection, my friends. When we connect to the Source, we connect to our highest and greatest power to change and become more god-like through the understanding of divine love—a love that is unconditional. Even our greatest enemy, those who are destructive and cause harm, can we send love through this super-highway of connection which can have influence on the heart of that confused mind and help reconnect them to their own divinity. This is why the Master, Jesus, said to “pray for your enemies.” It is to help them “reconnect” where they can make a conscious choice to take a less destructive path or make a decision that will change the outcome of a seemingly hopeless situation.

When you sit in the stillness and connect with Source, you are strengthening that power of connection, which in effect, helps you to understand the higher language of divine love that changes the heart; that changes the mind; that changes your understanding of the divine—you progress and become moregod-like than you were a moment before.

Reach out, my friends, and love one another. That is the greatest agent of change your world can have to heal and move beyond its current state of confusion. Practice this Power of Connection and be amazed at what can be accomplished!

Peace to you,

The Circle of Seven

 

from: https://www.thecorrectingtime.org/ct-messages/power-connection

11 pieces of Buddhist Wisdom

Posted November 16, 2015 By Mark
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We all go through those times where we really want to change for the better. We want our lives to improve and we have grown weary of the ways society says we should live. These 11 pieces of Buddhist wisdom will show you how to transform your life into something more meaningful, more beautiful, and full of peace and happiness.

1. Live A Life Of Compassion
Buddhism finds compassion to be one of the most revered qualities, and believes great compassion to be a sign of a highly realized human being.
Compassion isn’t only beneficial to the world as a whole, and it isn’t only important because it’s considered “the right thing to do”. Attempting to understand others around you, and being compassionate makes transforming your life possible.
A critical part of finding peace within yourself is self-compassion. Being compassionate doesn’t only involve others. When we learn to forgive ourselves and accept our human error, we can go through healing and move on from difficult challenges that hold us down.
Another thing, is that we can often feel tortured because we don’t understand why someone would do a certain thing or act a certain way. The basic premise of compassion is understanding the inherit goodness in every man, woman and child. Then, seeking to find that goodness in specific people. Compassion helps you when undergoing the mental torture of not understanding the actions of others.
Simply connecting with others through the act of compassion can be a great source of joy, for both parties involved.
There are many reasons for practicing compassion. Try to live in a way where everyone is equal- treat others how you want to be treated. Even though this may seem tricky at first, stick with it and you will see the power of being compassionate.
2. Make Connections, And Nurture Them
We are often in groups of forced connections, with a lesser goal in mind than consciousness. Monetary gain, substantial growth, control and power bring us together during the work week, but what if we made connections for a greater cause?
Buddhism calls a “sangha” a community of monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen who work towards the mutual goal of awakening for themselves and all beings. Sangha is a principal the entire world could benefit from, yet can be expressed in your own life in a multitude of ways.
Being fully aware of the power of truly connecting with others, whether it’s one person or a hundred, and nurturing that connection, will transform your life in ways that will continue to bless you for years to come.
3. Wake Up
Easily one of the most powerful points on this list, being awake in every moment of your life, fully and completely, is paramount to finding peace.
Being mindful, having a greater awareness, paying attention to the little things, whatever you call it- it can alter every facet in your life, in every way possible.
Try to live completely awake in each moment of your day. This will help you to overcome personal struggles, find a deeper sense of peace and happiness, and understand that the greatest life lessons learned are taught to us when we are fully awake to the present moment.
4. Live Deeply
The road to peace and happiness begins with living deeply. Living deeply involves becoming acutely aware of the precious nature of life. Through this, we become more aware of the true nature of the world.
This essentially happens in stages of the whole, like when you realize your interconnectedness (you see how everything is connected to everything else) and impermanence (yoou see how everything constantly changes and constantly dies in order to be reborn). These two realizations are the foundation of Buddhism and most spiritual practices. The stages are pieces of the ultimate understanding, and are ways for us to grasp that which isn’t able to be fully understood in the traditional sense.
Through living deeply, we have greater peace in understanding the natural laws of the universe. This allows us to savor every second in life, to feel peace in even the most tedious of tasks, as well as transform negative experiences into something that nourishes and heals.
5. Be The Change You Wish To See
Buddhists realize that you must help yourself first, before being able to help another. This does not refer to gaining wealth or power before you can help another, or to live in a way that ignores others.
This is taking us back to interconnectedness. Because we are all connected, we can have an exponentially positive effect on the rest of the world just by helping ourselves.
Do your best not to see the world as “us and them”. Interconnectedness teaches us that there is no separation. Try to do more than be a help to others; instead, be an example. Show the world how to live for others, how to live deeply, and you will create waves of limitless possibility that will inspire others to do the same.
6. Embrace Death.
Western cultures and societies see death as a taboo subject. Unless it’s on a film or television show (which removes the real understanding of death) we avoid the topic so much we basically pretends it doesn’t exist.
The truth is, this does not help us to lead better, more fulfilled lives. Unfortunately, we have been taught that living for an unpromised future is more important than living for a temporary now. Becoming aware of your own impermanence and deeply realizing the nature of death, in regards to our interconnectedness, are two things that will help us achieve great peace.
If we live our entire lives believing that we will never die, or if we ignore our own impermanence, then finding true peace within ourselves will never happen. Rather than shielding ourselves from death, we need to open ourselves up to the concept. By accepting our mortality and cherishing our moments here, now, we can begin to appreciate the numerous joys in our everyday lives.
7. Your Food Is Very Special
There is a Buddhist meditative practice involving mindfulness and contemplation, which helps you understand the precious nature of the food you eat. Food plays an  integral role in our daily lives. When we transform our relationship with food, we transform a key aspect of our lives.
As we contemplate and think about the food on our plate, we can start to understand the immense system of interconnectedness in our lives, and how many elements had to be in place for it to get there.
This will help us to deepen our relationship with food, give us a greater sense of gratitude at the start of each meal, and learn to respect the fragile balance of life.
8. Understand Giving
True giving doesn’t have to just be about Christmas and birthdays. True giving is about those gifts we give every day, but do not see as gifts at all.
The Buddhist understanding of giving says that life is a continuous cycle of giving and receiving. Not only does this assist us in finding peace through an understanding of the world, but it helps us to realize that we all have amazing gifts within each of us. And we can share these gifts at any moment we choose- love, compassion, presence and many others.
9. Disarm The Ego
There are certain obstacles which prohibit us from realizing the ultimate reality- that we are all connected. Spiritual practice is the very act of overcoming these obstacles.
The main obstacle in our way is the ego.
Ego’s only function is to pull you away from this ultimate reality by convincing you that “you are separate”.
Removing the ego is not an easy task. The ego has been with us for years and has become intertwined with our sense of being. But once inhibited, the infinite rewards of realizing our best life becomes apparent.
10. Remove The Three Poisons
Life is filled with plenty of good things. On the other end, life has it’s share of negative things as well. Vices are things that try to bind us to unwholesome ways of living, and therefore remove us from the greater realization in our lives. Within all of these things, the three poisons are the most powerful.
The three poisons:
1- Greed
2- Hatred
3- Delusion
These three things are responsible for a great percentage of the world’s pain and suffering. We separate ourselves from the interconnectedness by using any of the three.
When you start to experience any of the three poisons, allow yourself to accept that you are going through this, and work at removing it from your life. This will take some time, but it is an imperative part towards realizing true peace and happiness.
11. Realize Non-Attachment
Non-attachment isn’t easy to sum up, but I felt it was one of the most important points to mention.
Some think of non-attachment as living with nothing, no friends or family, and no belongings. If you are forcing yourself to refrain from truly living, you are not going to experience peace.
A Buddhist sense of non-attachment means to live in a way where you coexist with the natural flow of life, while simultaneously not allowing yourself to become attached to the things IN life. It means to live constantly aware of the impermanence of all people and things.
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15 ESSENTIAL HABITS FOR A HAPPY LIFE

Posted October 15, 2015 By Mark

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Happiness, of “subjective well-being”,  is a state of mind – how we feel about ourself and our life. In this sense, anything we do can either makes us feel better or worse.

Here we gather the results of many scientific studies, outlining some simple activities in our life that can positively affect our emotional state and level of energy. This post is divided in body habits, mind habits, and life habits.

BODY

1. Exercise Regularly

In modern life we move our bodies less and less, and this has huge consequences for our physical and mental wellbeing. As Dr. Bob Butler once said,

It’s not only for people who are obsessed with their bodies and self-image. Exercise releases proteins and endorphins in our brain, which makes us feel happier. It also makes us more productive at work. Exercise is essential for a happy life.

Takeaway: Don’t have time to go to the gym or join a club? Well, 7 minutes of well-planned exercise, or other minimalistic workouts  might be all you need.

 

2. Eat better

 

Huge topic, and one that people have strong opinions about. What is clear is that what you choose to eat not only affects your health, but also your moods.

Joshua Rosenthal, author of Integrative Nutrition, suggests us to:

  1. Drink more water
  2. Practice cooking
  3. Increase whole grains
  4. Increase sweet vegetables
  5. Increase leafy green vegetables
  6. Eat less meat, dairy, sugar and chemicalized, artificial junk foods; consume less coffee,
    alcohol and tobacco

Dr. John Fuhrman, MD, author of the bestseller Eat to Live, says that if you take only one advice from his book, it should be: eat two huge salads a day – the salad is the main dish.

Takeaway: two huge salads a day + more water

 

3. Sleep more

Sleep is needed for restoring energy and emotional well-being. A study published in Harvard Medical School concludes that, among other things, sleep is essential for

  • Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  • Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  • Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

Takeaway: make sure you are getting enough sleep.

 

MIND

 

4. Meditate

Starting to meditate is probably one of the best habits you can develop in life. Among dozens of proven benefits, it gives you increased focus, better memory, and emotional resilience.

According to Shawn Anchor, “research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness”. Another academic, Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical school, also found in his research that  meditation had a positive effect in treating anxiety, depression, obsessive thinking, and hostility.

There are a few good platforms out there for you to get started with meditation:

To expand on this topic, check out points 9 and 10 of our life changing secrets for happiness post.

You can also read my articles about the different types of meditation and meditation tips.

Takeaway: start a daily meditation practice. Even 1 minute every day is good for a start. Consistency is the key.

 

5. Keep a journal

Journaling is a powerful way to process events in your life, build self-awareness, get more clarity, and keep yourself on track. Many great minds of humanity had this habit, including Leonardo Da Vinci.

Some people like using paper journals, others like using apps (like the uber-popular Day One, for iOS and Mac). How much and how often to write is up to you. What should you write about? Here are some triggers:

  • random creative ideas that come to you
  • things you are grateful for
  • your goals and aspirations
  • internal stuff that you need to process better
  • food you eat, and other habits you are building

Takeaway: start a journal, even if only a few lines per day.

 

6. Practice smiling

This may sound corny, but smiling is healthy and also improves your well-being. It makes you live longer, look more attractive, be better at work, and feel better. There are quite a few studies about it – check out this TED talk for more information.

Takeaway: smile more freely.

 

7. Less TV time

Brian Tracy, author of the excellent No Excuses, tells us:

Your television set can make you rich or poor. If you watch it all the time, it will make you poor. Psychologists have shown that the more television you watch, the lower are your levels of energy and self-esteem. At an unconscious level, you don’t like or respect yourself as much if you sit there hour after hour watching television. People who watch too much television also gain weight and become physically unfit from sitting around too much. Your television can also make you rich—but only if you turn it off. When you turn off your television, you free up time that you can then use to invest in becoming a better, smarter, and more competent person. When you leave your television off when you are with your family, you will find yourself talking, sharing, communicating, and laughing more often. When you leave your television off for extended periods of time, you break the habit of watching television—and you will hardly miss it at all. Your television can be an excellent servant, but it’s a terrible master. The choice is yours.

The habit of watching too much TV destroys your health, leads to obesity, and shortens your life. It also makes us feel bad by creating anxiety in us – makes us want to buy buy buy, and chase fame and artificial beauty as essential elements of happiness.

In the book The Power of Full Engagement, the authors list “turning off the TV” as one of the key contributors to high achievement:

“Television, for example, is one of the primary means by which most people relax and recover. For the most part, however, watching television is the mental and emotional equivalent of eating junk food. It may provide a temporary form of recovery, but it is rarely nutritious and it is easy to consume too much. Researchers such as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi have found that prolonged television watching is actually correlated with increased anxiety and low-level depression.

Much of the danger of overdoing television is also applied to media consumed through our computers, phones and tablets.

Takeaway: Cut your TV time in half. Pick up a book instead, have meaningful talks, or listen to some podcasts.

 

8. Simple life = happy life

There are several benefits for owning less stuff.
Too many options or choices  makes us unhappy.
Too much activity distracts us and stresses us, preventing any real fulfillment.
Too much food makes us fat and destroys our health.
The list is almost endless. But “less is more”, so let’s keep it short ?

The reason why it’s so hard to simplify is because we humans are wired to fear loss. We dread the thought of missing out on an opportunity, a friendship, or giving away those pants we spend a lot of money on but wore it only once 3 years ago. The problem is that we fail to realize how much this tendency is actually slowing us down and stuffing up our life.

Here are some (perhaps painful) exercises for you to try:

  • Do a spring cleaning in you home, and give away / throw away half of all things that you have not used in the past 12 months
  • Delete all the apps on your phone that you have not used on the past 6 months
  • Close those 30 tabs open in your browser. Are you even gonna read all that stuff?
  • Make a list of 3 people you no longer want to spend time with, because they are not adding anything to your life
  • Make a list of 3 activities or projects you want to say “no” to

Feel the space that is made available when all that is not really needed is set aside.

Takeaway: simplify your life. Try the exercises suggested above.

 

9. Keep a beginner’s mind

happy-life-beginners-mind“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

That is a quote from Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, one of my favorite bedside table books of my teenage years. The Japanese term for this is “Sho Shin”.

A beginner’s mind is full of energy, openness. It is ready to accept every challenge, because it doesn’t have a concept of how things should be. That is why there is such a pleasure and zest in starting something new, be it a new hobby, learning a new skill, and kicking off a new business or career.

The true enemy of beginner’s mind is laziness, and the desire for comfort. It closes us down to what we currently have and prevents us from growing to new heights.

Takeaway: Keep an open a hungry mind. Leave space for the unexpected, for serendipity.

 

LIFE

 

10. Write down your goals

“Why should I write it down? I know them…”, you may say. But wait, take a look at this, from Forbes magazine:

There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing.
The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!

So, writing down where you wish to be in your life, and journaling about it, will highly increase the likelihood of you creating the life you want. You can learn more about it in this

Info Self Development blog has a free e-book packed with hints about setting and sticking to goals.

Takeaway: Stop for a minute and write down your three most important long-term goals in life. Are they translated into short-term goals and present actions for you?

 

11. Nurture close relationships

happy-life-keep-close-relationshipsSpending time with those you really care about – your close friends, your partner, and your family – will bring you much more satisfaction than the stuff your money can buy. Not spending quality time with the people you love is actually one of the top regrets of the dying.

Also, there are studies that correlate marriage, or a committed long-term relationship, to higher satisfaction in life. “Intimacy, commitment, and support do, for most people, pay emotional dividends”, reports Psychologist David Myers.

Takeaway: nurturing meaningful close relationships pays off.

 

12. Give, Volunteer, Serve

Giving to others promote your own happiness, especially when connected to a cause you care about. Helping others, spending your money on others  and serving, releases “happiness chemicals” such as dopamine and oxytocin (called by many the “compassion hormone”). Of course, this presupposes that you are giving or serving out of a caring heart, and not due to obligation or social pressure, and that you are doing it in a way that is balanced with your own personal needs.

In the words of Professor Martin Seligman, “father” of Positive Psychology:

…we scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.

Don’t feel like you have time to give? Funny enough, a study published in the Journal of Psychological Sciences points out that people who volunteer feel they have more time. On the other hand, parenting itself is a way of giving and also releases similar hormones in the brain – so if you are a busy mom or dad, you may already have this covered.

Takeaway: every once in a while do something good for somebody that can never repay you.

 

13. Spend time in nature

happy-life-spend-time-in-natureSpending time in nature, even a 20 min walk in the park, is linked to higher levels of vitality and well-being, according to numerous researches. It also gets you some exercise and increases your concentration.

Here is a small excerpt from the book Brain-Power to this effect:

“Poets and philosophers have always counseled people regarding the benefits of being in nature, and now science is catching up. In a study published in the journal Psychological Science in 2008, neuroscientist John Jonides, Ph.D., and his colleagues measured students’ performance on tests of memory and attention before and after taking a walk. One group strolled through a beautiful arboretum near the campus of the University of Michigan, and the other walked in downtown Ann Arbor. The researchers discovered that those who walked in nature improved their test scores by 20 percent, while those who walked in the city showed no improvement (moreover, they reported a decline in perceived well-being). The researchers concluded, “In sum, we have shown that simple and brief interactions with nature can produce marked increases in cognitive control. To consider the availability of nature as merely an amenity fails to recognize the vital importance of nature in effective cognitive functioning.””

Takeaway: spend some more time in nature.  10495321_10208078243377025_1969616733564940661_o

 

14. Cultivate morning rituals

Having a daily morning ritual can help you big time setting up your mood and energy for the day. In fact, great minds seem all to have this in common. It is a great opportunity to take care of your body and mind, and start the day with the right foot.

You have to experiment and see what works in your lifestyle. Great things to include are:

  • breakfast
  • some stretching or light exercise
  • a few minutes of meditation
  • planning your day – write down the three most important things you need to do today

After that is done, then it’s a good time to check email, news and social media. Or just move on to work.

Takeaway: what is the best way to start your day?

 

15. Pause, look, proceed

Sometimes we need to just stop everything and take a break. Unwind. Turn inward and rethink our life; ask some hard questions and connect to our inner voice. Especially when things are getting out of hand or too busy.

To see well, you must not look always. You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it.

We have a cult of speed and busy-ness in our society. But being busy is not the same as being productive. It can often be an escape from something.

In order to live better, we need to create space to breathe, and to think. We need to praise slowness more.

Nothing is gonna happen if you miss that next update, phone call, or tweet.

Takeaway: slow down. Take a break when needed. Create space to stop and think outside of the box

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