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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happiness is a Choice

I believe happiness is a choice. I believe it's an emotion that we can experience during our everyday lives, but the problem is we over complicate our lives to the point where we're unable to recognize happiness and enjoy the little things.

Here are 7 things to give up or let go of in order to feel happy:

1) Let go of caring what others think about you

Yes I know we all do it. It's human nature but try to remember that every time you care and worry about what someone else thinks about you, you are wasting your own energy. You can't change what they think or feel so be yourself and carry on living. You can't please everyone anyway.

2) Let go of trying to control everything

Control isn't healthy. Let go of the things you cannot control and focus on the things you can. Learn to let go of this negative way of being and try to live in the moment more.

3) Let go of your past

You can't change it so whats the point letting it bother you anymore? The best you can do is learn from it or try to take something from that experience so you can do things differently next time. Accept what's done is done and move forwards with a fresh perspective. Every experience has taught you something and made you stronger.

4) Let go of insecurity

Easier said than done but it's an emotion that doesn't serve us in life. You won't get anywhere being insecure and taking everything personally. Focus on your confidence and love yourself more. Be who you want to be and stop thinking you have to be something else.

5) Let go of trying to please everyone

It's an impossible task and you'll never do it. Learn when to say no to others and create your own boundaries in life. Be the best version of YOU that you can be and you'll eventually attract the right people into your life.

6) Let go of worrying so much

Worry doesn't change anything. It just keeps us very busy doing nothing. Look at what you can change and deal with each challenge as and when it happens. What you think you feel and that's what you create so thinking about your worries and fear, just brings more of it towards you.

7) Let go of wishing your life away

As human beings we are always racing ahead to the next moment. Whats the next thing? Wanting more and more instead of slowing down and enjoying the moment. What you do right now is creating your future, so wishing your life away is just ruining your life right now.

~ adapted, Holly Gill

Friday, May 2, 2014

Quotes of the day... 5/2/14

Kindness is the noblest weapon to conquer with. 
     ~ American Proverb (via Zen Moments)

With each act of forgiveness, 
whether small or great, 
we move toward wholeness.
     ~ Desmond Tutu

I do sometimes wonder why 
we don’t all just fall wildly and crazily 
in love with one another, once and for all.
     ~ Mike Dooley 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014 Go for the gold today!

Akshaya Tritiya, the auspicious "day of lasting achievement" in the Vedic calendar, occurs on May 1st in the USA while Moon is in the third tithi (Moon phase) of the waxing cycle. The third tithi begins at 00:53 CDT on the 1st and continues until the wee hours on the 2nd at 1:32 am CDT. Moon will be in its mulitrikona sign and in the auspicious Rohini nakshatra during the majority of this time. 

Akshaya tritiya is considered to be a very powerful time- free from malefic influences of all kinds and highly auspicious for all new ventures. For lasting success and achievement, this the the day! Meditation, pujas, action steps, will all bring powerful and lasting results. Go for gold today. 

Create, expand, envision your success! Write down goals and desires, but take a meaningful action step towards your goals today nonetheless; they will be multiplied.

     ~ Swati Jyotish

Quotes of the day... 5/1/14

I tolerate with the utmost latitude 
the right of others 
to differ from me in opinion. 
      ~ Thomas Jefferson 

You are responsible for 50% 
of every interaction 
in every one of your relationships. 
      ~ Terri Cole

Your expectations determine 
what you see and experience. 
If you anticipate problems, 
that’s what you’ll focus on 
and that’s what you’ll see. 
     ~ Doreen Virtue

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quotes of the day... 4/29/14

"I can have peace of mind only when 
I forgive rather than judge." 
     ~ Gerald G. Jampolsky

“Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
     ~ C. G. Jung

“The key is to learn to respect and honor
the complications of other people's lives.”
     ~ Goldie Hawn

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How to use the complete brain

Thanks to Dr. Dan Siegel, a psychiatrist whose work combines therapy with intimate knowledge of the brain, I took a completely different approach to how I spend my time every day.

How to Use the Complete Brain

The goal for Siegel is a healthy brain that sustains a person’s well-being. As he sees it, the brain needs proper nutrition every day. I had never heard it put this way, and by heeding his advice, I found that I could activate parts of my brain that could only thrive if they were awakened.

Siegel prescribes a “healthy mind platter” of daily nourishment, with the idea that a healthy mind leads to a healthy brain. On his mind platter he and colleague David Rock place seven “dishes.”

Sleep time
Physical time
Focus time
Time in
Down time
Play time
Connecting time

Years of brain research lie behind these simple prescriptions, and since all aspects of life lead back to the brain, the nutrition offered on Siegel’s mind platter could be far more important to well-being than any conventional advice. Your brain has an enormous talent for integration, but more than that, if it is used holistically, the brain thrives by putting everything together.

In practice, adopting the mind platter comes down to two areas that need daily attention, inner and outer.

Inner nutrients: Sleep time, focus time, time in, down time

Here is the area of subjective experience. A healthy day, as viewed by the brain, follows a natural cycle. There is enough sleep to be adequately rested. There is intense focus with enough down time to let the brain rebalance and find an easy resting place. There is down time for doing no mental work, letting the mind and brain simply be. A period is also set aside for what many Westerners neglect: time to go inward through meditation or self-reflection. This is the most precious time, actually, since it opens the way for evolution and growth.

Outer nutrients: Physical time, play time, connecting time

This is the area of outward activity, which cannot be consumed only by work. As the user of the brain, you alone can give it time for recreation, and although physical time focuses primarily on getting your muscles to move, the holistic effect is to balance the mind-body system.
Healthiest of all is connect time, because it gets neglected the most in the rush of modern life. It takes a conscious decision to chat, gossip, and bond. You commit to building a family and find things to do together. As many sociologists have pointed out, this area of life used to dominate everyday existence, at a time when families sat around the fire of an evening and ate every meal together. Social habits change, yet it's still true, according to specialists in the field of positive psychology, that the happiest people tend to be those who spend one or two hours a day talking with close family and friends.

~ via Deepak Chopra, article originally published by Linkedin

Quotes of the day... 4/29/14

Peace comes when you realize how you react 
to life's situations is more important 
than the situation itself.
     ~ Stefan Pinto

Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.
     ~ Jean-Paul Sartre 

Champions never complain, 
they are too busy getting better. 
     ~ John Wooden 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Quotes of the day... 4/28/14

The worst battle is between 
what you know and what you feel. 
     ~ Vea Mariz 

Breathe easy, relax, and let down your guard, 
because your future is safe.
     ~ Doreen Virtue

As we are liberated from our own fear, 
our presence automatically liberates others. 
     ~ Marianne Williamson (via Zen Moments)

They had not known the weight 
until they felt the freedom.
     ~adapted, Nathaniel Hawthorne (via Terri Cole)