Thought for the day


Life is so ironic, it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence. Everything has a lesson for us to learn. So stay open and say #yes to it all and then let go!

-Make your mark

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Burning Desire


There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The  state of mind must be belief, not mere hopes or wishes. open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage or belief.

Remember no more effort is needed to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than required to accept misery and poverty.

A great poem has correctly stated this universal truth through these lines

 

“I bargained with life for a penny,

And life would pay no more,

However I begged at evening,

When I counted my scanty store”

 

“For life is a just employer,

He gives you what you ask,

But once you have set the wages,

Why, You must bear the task.”

 

“I worked for a menial hire,

Only to learn, dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of life,

Life would have willingly paid”

 

Burning desire is what gets you through all the perspiration necessary to overcome the inevitable obstacles along the way.

read this article on setting clear goals.

 

How committed are you to achieving these goals? How much desire do you really have to seeing them through?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivational story for Monday


THE MIDAS TOUCH

We all know the story of the greedy king named Midas. He had a lot of gold and the more he had the more he wanted. He stored all the gold in his vaults and used to spend time every day counting it

One day while he was counting a stranger came from nowhere and said he would grant him a wish. The king was delighted and said, “I would like everything I touch to turn to gold.” The stranger asked the king, Are you sure?” The king replied, “Yes.” So the stranger said, “Starting tomorrow morning with the sun rays you will get the golden touch.” The king thought he must be dreaming, this couldn’t be true. But the next day when he woke up, he touched the bed, his clothes, and everything turned to gold. He looked out of the window and saw his daughter playing in the garden. He decided to give her a surprise and thought she would be happy. But before he went to the garden he decided to read a book. The moment he touched it, it turned into gold and he couldn’t read it. Then he sat to have breakfast and the moment he touched the fruit and the glass of water, they turned to gold. He was getting hungry and he said to himself, “I can’t eat and drink gold.” Just about that time his daughter came running and he hugged her and she turned into a gold statue. There were no more smiles left.

The king bowed his head and started crying. The stranger who gave the wish came again and asked the king if he was happy with his golden touch. The king said he was the most miserable man. The stranger asked, “What would you rather have, your food and loving daughter or lumps of gold and her golden statue?” The king cried and asked for forgiveness. He said, “I will give up all my gold. Please give me my daughter back because without her I have lost everything worth having.” The stranger said to the king, “You have become wiser than before” and he reversed the spell. He got his daughter back in his arms and the king learned a lesson that he never forget for the rest of his life.

What is the moral of the story?

1. Distorted values lead to tragedy.

2. Sometimes getting what you want may be a bigger tragedy than not getting what you want.

3. Unlike the game of soccer where players can be substituted, the game of life allows no substitutions or replays. We may not get a second chance to reverse our tragedies, as the king did.

Self awareness techniques


We all need to take a break sometimes. sometimes our body tells us to take a break by getting sick. We don’t want the latter to happen so here’s a few tips to help us relax, chill out and deal with some of the tests that are put before us from time to time.

  • Slow down and breathe.  Notice what you feel in your body.  Breathe into tight or tense spots with a sense of warmth and loving kindness toward yourself.
  • Practice sitting meditation, and learn to let go of your thoughts.  Here’s one way to do that:  Sit in a comfortable, upright position.  Notice the cool breath as you inhale, and the warm breath as you exhale.  When thoughts intrude, simply label it “thinking” and come back to your breath.  As you continue to practice, even five minutes a day, you will realize that your thoughts have no substance.
  • Give your negative voice its own identity.  For example, as I continued to meditate, I was able to separate that negative voice that criticized me and put me down.  I even gave it a name, “Bertha” and a different voice than my true voice.  When Bertha reared her ugly head, I would say “Oh, Bertha, you are just a thought that I don’t need”  and I was able to let those thoughts go.
  • Cultivate friendships, and develop compassion for others.  When we are depressed, we tend to have tunnel vision and are self-centred.  Giving to others will bring you joy.
  • Get out in nature.  Walk.  Become mindful of the pleasant feelings you get from hearing the sound of birds, feeling the sun and breeze, seeing the blue sky and beautiful landscape.  Let those feelings embrace you.  Tell yourself, “I deserve this.”
  • When difficult situations arise, find others you can share your feelings with.  Life is  full of struggles, but those struggles do not have to define you.  Write about your feelings in a diary and don’t isolate yourself.

Hope you like these. Try them and perfect them.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Stay hungry.

Now go make YOUR mark

Trust your gut


I found this article and thought I’d share

At some point we’ve heard that ‘little voice’ whispering unexplainable reasoning and guidance from within. It’s called our instinct or ‘gut’ feeling. And although it’s a widely known phenomena: what is it exactly, how can we use it effectively? And can we trust it?

What is intuition?

Tricia Brennan, intuitive counsellor and author of The Map of the Soul, says intuition is your means of getting information instinctively rather than through your rational mind and conscious reasoning.

“The messages you receive through your intuition are whispers from deep within – the language of your inner self. Your unconscious mind communicates through your imagination and feelings, which is why you occasionally have intuitive flashes, strong hunches or ‘gut feelings'”.

How the mind processes intuition

As you accumulate knowledge, your brain unconsciously organises data into blocks of information. Over time, your brain stacks these blocks into linking patterns and then stores them in your long-term memory.

According to research conducted at Leeds University in England, when you see a glimpse of a previously stored detail, your brain instantly links it to a larger composition and gives you a ‘flash’ of intuition.

In other words, the study found intuition to be the brain drawing on past experiences at a subconscious level – and it happens in a split second. So fast in fact, you aren’t aware your ‘intuitive feeling’ is actually stemmed from previous logical thinking.

Our natural ability

As children we were all sensitive beings that were naturally receptive. Before our ego and rational mind fully developed, we relied more on our feelings and were free to explore the fullness of our imagination says Tricia.
“Although rare, some adults continue to be perceptive and use their ‘sixth sense,’ however we have the capacity to hone in on that skill. It’s just a matter of using those senses regularly to bring them to life.”

Four steps to strengthen intuition

1. Get in touch with your feelings

Use them as a gauge to know when you are following your intuition. When you are moving in a positive direction your emotions will be expansive and your life will unfold gracefully. If you steer off course, your feelings will be constrictive and you will encounter difficulty or struggle.

2. Try meditation

Meditation is a simple, practical way to clear your mind and enter a receptive state. By stilling you thoughts, you can connect more deeply with your intuitive senses. On a regular basis, take 30 minutes of quiet time to let your mind be still and shift your attention to your deepest feelings. Let go of any preconceived ideas and allow yourself to simply take on the information coming to you.

3. Keep a journal

Recording your insights, thoughts and dreams in a journal will help to strengthen your connection with your inner-self. Your subconscious communicates through pictures. So be receptive to symbols, spontaneous memories or visions that come to you through your imagination. They will ultimately guide you.

4. Trust your intuition

Take small steps in the beginning to slowly build your trust with your intuition. Using your ‘gut’ feeling, practice with day-to-day decisions to sharpen your skills. Then when it comes to making an important decision, you will be more comfortable and less doubtful in your abilities to listen to your instincts.

Tricia Brennan is an author, intuitive counselor and spiritual teacher. The Map of the Soul – Discovering your true purpose is available now.

Tips to Help Create a Positive Mental Attitude


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

1. Remember that you are powerful.

Most of the time we have no idea what we are supposed to be doing, or who we are supposed to be imitating. I say “imitating” because this is what we do: We conform to the external environment.

We play roles and cover up our true selves by identifying with “things” that end up defining who we think we are. I’m a doctor, a salesperson, a secretary, a lawyer; I’m sad, happy, lonely, or miserable. I’m angry, jealous, afraid, and I can’t help it—it’s who I am.

The truth is, though, we are none of those things. They are symptoms of the sleepwalking disease. You are more important than any label. We are not our professions. We are not our feelings. We are not our circumstances. We are not even our mind.

What we are is far greater, far superior, far more important, and far more mysterious than our conceptual mind tries to define. This is why we are far more powerful than we think we are.

2. Choose to embrace life.

Let go and embrace the moment, whether it contains an obstacle or an opportunity. Stop fussing over trivial matters and start focusing on what’s really important to you.

Don’t go through life expecting things to change. Life becomes hard and unfair when we decide to complain about things rather than trying to change them ourselves. Wake up to the truth that life is not a practice-run.

Be bold and courageous, and make decisions that benefit your growth. Put yourself on your imaginary death-bed and realize that time stands still for no one. Start as soon as possible to make any necessary changes you may need to.

Take the first step before more time gradually passes by while you stand still stagnating. Your choice. Your life. Your responsibility. Your power.

3. Realize that you get to control your reactions.

We create our outside reality by the thoughts and beliefs we maintain about life in general. What we believe in our inner world, we see in our outer world—not the other way around.

We all have problems, and we’re often tested by circumstances outside of our control. Even though you may not be in control of what’s going on outside of you, you most definitely can control your reaction to those situations.

We have the power because our inner world (cause) affects the influence we allow the outer world (effect) to have on us. So next time you hear somebody mention that you have great personal power, know they are 100% correct. You have more control than you think.

4. Know that no one is better qualified.

We place far too much emphasis on other people’s opinions about us, often to the exclusion of our own. This takes away from our own personal power. No matter what anybody says about you, it doesn’t hold any significance to who you truly are unless you identify or agree with them.

Stop identifying with other people’s opinions and become aware of how you see yourself. Nobody knows you better than you do. Never accept another person’s reality as your own. Always believe that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. And, most importantly, never let another person’s opinion of you affect what you believe about yourself.

5. Believe that you are more than enough.

If you have to compare yourself to someone else, let it be a person who is less fortunate, and let it be a lesson to learn just how abundant your life truly is. It’s just a matter of perspective.

You may find that you are not entirely grateful for what you possess. You may believe that you need more than you have right now to be happy. If this is the case, then you are absolutely right—you will need more, and you will continue to need more.

This cycle will perpetuate as long as your mind believes it to be true. If you focus on what you have, and not on what you lack, you will always have enough, because you will always be enough.

6. Love yourself.

You have arrived. Everything you need is right here. Cut out the distractions, open your eyes, and see that you already have everything in your possession to be happy, loved, and fulfilled.

It’s not out there. It never was out there. It’s in the same place it was since the day you were born. It’s just been covered up by all the external things you have identified with over the years.

Be yourself. Love yourself completely and accept everything that you are. You are beautiful. Believe it, and most importantly, remind yourself often.

7. Stay cool.

If someone cuts us off in traffic or skips the queue at our local cinema, we may feel our blood pressure begin to rise and feel the need to react in a negative manner. We get uptight with other people’s actions, and in the end we punish ourselves for their bad behavior.

We and up losing control over our own actions because of the way other people act. But we are responsible for our own action, regardless of how rude other people may act. If it’s hard to stay cool, remember: you are the one who loses in the end, if you lose the lesson.

8. Journey well.

We know life is about the journey and not the arrival. We don’t need to arrive if we accept that we are already here.

Be content with where you are today and don’t make the mistake of putting off being happy because you are waiting for the right moment to shine. Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to enjoy the journey.

Not everyone woke up this morning and not everyone will go to bed tonight. Life has no guarantees. Every minute you are living is a blessing that has to be experienced in the moment. It’s not always easy, but it’s always an option—a choice. Your choice