We all have the power within us to change how we want to live and perceive life. If we are consumed with our thoughts too much, we tend to feel heavy, tired, sleepy, lethargic. If we are consumed with awareness, we tend feel light, energetic, full of life and eager to live.
The difference is that when you feel change isn’t in your hands then you have opened yourself to any possibility that you may not desire. However, if you feel that you can be an instrument of change and then that means, change yourself first.
We are always looking around us on who will change first or feel that someone else needs to change. In fact, the change has to come from within me. As my Spiritual Master once said that if someone throws stones at you, instead of building a wall, build a bridge.
This type of insight can help one understand that forgiveness is the bridge and that enmity is the wall. Acceptance is the bridge, humility is the bridge. Once, we understand this, we are able to look within ourselves, be humbly, forgive ourselves and understand that all the strength we need to better ourselves, is waiting to be utilized.
There are times when you feel it is best to give up. You feel the storm is to strong to hold back. Then something within you gathers up the strength and courage to fight against the storm. It is not that it will harm the storm, rather it will remain strong as the storm passes by.
In times of change, it is very important to remain resilient. What does resilience mean? No matter what the circumstance is, you will not lose your composure. You will only allow the least damage possible. In changing environments, you will adapt to the change even if it ends up bruising you.
Our mind has the capability of withstanding whatever we please. It is all about how much we want to continue in the journey. No hero in the story lasts without conflict. Therefore, welcome conflict and observe it but never become conflicted.
The power of what other people think is extremely strong and although, we may know better but we go with what other people say or think because we feel that we want to stay part of that tribe or that group. Later on, we may regret it and regret is very strong and that is something that can consume you and make you feel upset.
I must admit when I follow what I feel is right in my heart, things tend to go well. When the opinion of others matters more and I adapt to that, I see things going down a slippery slope. What I mean by this is that I can clearly perceive that by following a specific opinion or idea of the other person will cause more harm. Sometimes, for whatever reason, we have to succumb to the situation and let things spiral into madness. In this case, how do we deal with it?
The best way is by not caring about the results. You have to take that step back and feel that the result has nothing to do with your own efforts. You did your best, you had your vision, you knew what was right but at that time, your environment wasn’t conducive to it, it was running the opposite way.
You see the worst of others, when their egos shine more than their heart. I have experienced this and even if you had little respect for that individual, you suddenly have zero. This is why as a leader or a mentor, empowering others, encouraging their vision and seeing what they want to achieve and trying to get them there is the sign of true power and respect grows automatically at a fast pace.
It’s really simple – follow your heart in everything you do. If for some reason, your environment (including people) is not ready for it, step away from the reactions of the result.
It is one of those days where I get an extra hour of sleep as that is my body’s idea of a lie-in. I enjoy that extra one hour and I contemplate on what I am thankful for and what I plan for the day.
Planning for the day is a structure that I like but I know doesn’t truly exist. The day can bring beautiful opportunities and some crazy distractions at the same time. It is simply dependent on how one interpret the day ahead.
Whatever happens in the day, I find that it is important to keep a cool mind and embrace as much as you can. As always, be aware that nobody or no situation takes advantage of your good self.
Be humble enough to know that you can be wrong and smart enough to know that you can make things right.
I am going back to sipping on my coffee and contemplating.
Laughter is an important part of a relationship, it enhances it a great deal. It is truly beautiful to just laugh and look into each other’s eyes and be playful to the moment. It is something of tremendous importance that we sometimes overlook because of the seriousness of every day life.
We are constantly worried about the bills, about the next pay check, the next grocery shopping that we forget that even if we are on top of things and comfortable, without any laughter or joy, our relationships would matter very little for us.
Laughter has a quality of bringing you closer to your friends and loved ones. There is an intimacy with laughter that nobody can truly explain except that it makes relationships and their bonds stronger and more resilient to negative forces.
Laughter brings about a positivity that makes a dark room light up, a dark mind light up, a dark soul light up.