Autosuggestion

Autosuggestion

A Powerful Self Help Technique

One of the memories I hold dear to my heart, is my father’s persistence in my learning and practicing autosuggestion as a self-help technique. At first, I thought this was a silly little thing and didn’t give it too much thought. However, every time he saw me getting stressed about upcoming school tests, he’d remind me of the power of autosuggestion, recommend an approach and encourage me to give it a try.

So one day I did… and –of course- nothing happened. Nonetheless, I decided to keep on trying as he’d warned me that it would take practice and consistency for it to work.

After all, I had nothing to lose, and if he was right, it would help me get rid of this annoying thing that I experienced every time I had a test at school.

You see, every time I was about to start writing answers to the questions posed on my test, my palms would start sweating profusely to the point that the pencil would become slippery and I could not write fast enough, let along legibly!

This was not only tremendously annoying, but it slowed me down and stressed me more. So I kept on practicing autosuggestion as instructed by my father, until the day I was able to notice the change that made me a believer.

As I felt less anxious and more confident, my palms stopped sweating. Not only that but the more I practiced, the better the results I got. Needless to say, I consider autosuggestion an invaluable technique that I practice to this day for a variety of things, from getting up early in the morning without an alarm clock (give it a try, it is fun and it’ll make you a believer!), to more elaborated goals.

But what exactly is autosuggestion and how it can help you?

Long before affirmations and the law of attraction became common talk, autosuggestion was used for many purposes, either consciously or unconsciously.

As you certainly know, the subconscious mind receives all kinds of information from the conscious mind. These bits of information come through our five senses and are related to how we see and perceive the world around us. When these experiences are repeated continuously, they sink into the subconscious mind and become an intrinsic part of who we are, what we believe and how we behave.

Unfortunately, some of these experiences may not be working on our behalf. And fortunately, there is something that can be done about that. With this I mean that we can condition our subconscious mind to hold certain beliefs to enhance our experiences; and through repetition, they become the reality we experience on a regular basis.

The autosuggestion technique helps you precisely with this. It is a technique that when learned and applied correctly, has the power to influence the subconscious mind according to your instructions. In other words, autosuggestion helps your subconscious mind believe a specific affirmation with an intended goal.

An interesting fact is that autosuggestion goes one step beyond positive affirmations. This is because affirmations are broader in structure while the autosuggestion technique bypasses your thinking mind and the awareness of your material body to go and affirm your unique human spirit identified with the words: I AM. This fact alone makes it a more powerful statement directed precisely to your subconscious mind.

Here is an example for you to compare. The first statement is a positive affirmation; the second line has two autosuggestion statements. More on that in a moment.

I enjoy happiness and wealth

I AM happy” and “I AM wealthy

I invite you to read both lines out loud. Did you feel the difference while stating out loud “I AM”?

I am not saying that affirmations don’t work. What I’m implying is that autosuggestion statements can be a more powerful technique for some of us. As individuals, we know well that what works for one may not work for another. Give both a try and see what works for you. That is the ultimate goal, after all.

The following three steps will help you practice autosuggestion effectively in your life:

  • “I AM” statements.

Always use “I AM” to state your suggestion in the present moment and in the first person. As you have already experienced, there is something intrinsic and very powerful in those two words. These words center you right at the precise moment you state them.

As mentioned above, one simple example of this is “I AM happy”. When this self affirmation is stated on a regular basis, it becomes an autosuggestion which eventually sinks into the subconscious mind where it will be taken at face value. Moreover, this practice will help you focus on happy moments on a more regular basis versus the anxious driven, overwhelmed or sad moments you may be experiencing in your life.

An interesting thing to notice is that those sad, anxious moments won’t just disappear in a blink; however, your subconscious mind will become trained to focus on “happy” moments instead; thus, bringing more of those experiences to your life. If you have ever met a person with huge problems and wondered how they manage to smile and live life on a positive slant, now you know how.

  • Align your auto-suggestion with relevant emotions.

When you add feeling to the statement as if it’s happening right now, your subconscious mind takes it as an actual reality in the moment of now.

It’s important to mention that the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between reality or fantasy, nor among true or false, or yes or no. This applies to feelings as well. Thus, when you make an “I AM” statement with feeling, your subconscious will take it at face value, just as if it’s happening right now, giving more power to the autosuggestion.

  • Repetition is powerful.

Write your statement exactly as you want to impress it upon your subconscious mind. Then read it aloud several times until you memorize it. Make it a point to repeat it as often as you remember throughout your day and preferably state it out loud. This engages more of your senses, reinforcing the statement you are thinking about.

Commit to do this often, several times per day, until it becomes second nature to you and you see your statement come to pass. It is NOT recommended to use two or more autosuggestion statements in one sentence as it delays the actual experience of both. For instance, when I wanted to get rid of my sweaty palms while taking school tests, I just focused on “I AM confident.” This statement allowed me to get rid of my test-taking anxiety, and answer the questions in a relaxed manner, which resulted in dry palms.

Once your goal is attained, you can move into using a new autosuggestion for another area of your life.

Want to master autosuggestion easier and faster? (I wish this had been available to me back then!)

Statistics show that the average adult processes over 60,000 thoughts every 24 hours and of those, 90% happen at a subconscious level.

When you consider this, you can clearly see why most of us live on automatic. Now, while some of these things are perfectly OK to do without conscious involvement –such as brushing our teeth or tying our shoes- I’m sure you’ll agree with me that more important things require not only involvement on our part but conscious intervention.

This is where autosuggestion can play a major role in changing your life for the better.

I encourage you to add this method to your self development techniques arsenal. Learn it and practice it on any area of your life, from day to day living to more elaborated and bigger life goals. As you practice and get better at it, you’ll become more and more amazed at the results you can create!

“Live as if it were already manifest and you shall find it manifest.”

~ Henry Harrison Brown, author.
“How to Control Fate through Suggestion” – 1901

Affirmations to Attract Love

Affirmations to Attract Love
 into Your Life!

Ahhhh… LOVE. Without a doubt, love is the ultimate life experience, an amazing occurrence that can make us feel completely alive. From senses to emotions, everything seems heightened and magnified; our reality is transcended, our world becomes more colorful, more vibrant. When we are in-love or feel love in any of its facets, life seems more meaningful than ever. This is because love nourishes our soul, literally… no wonder is what every human being strives for. Wouldn’t you agree?

Psychologists claim that the entire range of human needs has its roots in the need for love.

When you think about it, you realize that the desire for fame, fortune and financial success emerges from our need to be admired, accepted, respected, and… loved. And now that you know this…

What do you think you could do to live a life filled with love? How could you create a joyful life where love remains the main constant ingredient – no matter what? How could you experience the ecstasy and bliss of love in your day to day life?

Whether you want to attract a perfect partner, enhance the relationship you already have, or experience self-love and the astounding manifestations of living in “love” in your day to day life, you can create this state by crafting and using positive and loving affirmations according to your desires, dreams and goals.

Here is a handful of loving affirmations that you can start using right now to attract, embrace, receive, give and experience the many facets of this magnificent feeling.

You do not have to use them all. Choose only the affirmations that resonate with who you are, the ones that strike an emotional chord, and the ones you can relate to. For affirmations to work, it is essential that you feel comfortable as you state them out loud. Choose the ones that are in line with who you are, and that feel truthful to yourself.

You may want to pick a few that hold special meaning to you and then add a few of your own or combine them according to what you want to attract to your experience…

  • I am a powerful being filled with light and love.
  • I love and accept myself exactly as I am.
  • I now express my love to all those I meet.
  • I am a radiating being of divine love.
  • Divine love is working through me now.
  • I bathe in the unconditional love of my Creator.
  • Love radiates from me at all times.
  • I completely and lovingly accept myself.
  • As I radiate love, I attract my perfect partner.
  • Love comes to me easily and effortlessly.
  • I give and receive love effortlessly and joyfully.
  • Others love me candidly and joyfully.
  • I feel loved by … (my parents, my partner, my friends, etc.)
  • The more I love him/her, the more he/she loves me.
  • I express love freely and openly.
  • As I give love, I am instantly filled with love myself.
  • I radiate love to all persons and places, to all living creatures and things.
  • People are just waiting to love me, and I allow them.
  • I breathe in universal love.
  • I attract loving, beautiful people into my life.
  • Love is healing my body and my mind constantly.
  • I always deserve love.
  • I am attracting loving relationships into my life.
  • I project love to everyone I meet.
  • I love and approve of myself unconditionally.

The very last affirmation of the list above, “I love and approve of myself unconditionally” is one highly recommended by Louise Hay, author of “Heal Your Body” and many other enlightening and life-transforming books.

Memorize it and repeat it often. It is empowering!

Once you create and choose your own affirmations, practice them for a few days until you can chant them easily. When you are ready, take your affirmations to the next level by infusing them with positive feelings so that manifesting your desires becomes more natural, easier and automatic.

You can achieve this by combining your affirmations with 7 of the most powerful manifestation technologies of our times: visualizationsubliminal imagery, alpha sound technology, assignment writing, sentence completion, goal setting and whole brain wave synchronization.

Yes, that is a mouthful but when these technologies are used together your results will be almost magical.

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The Breathing Technique

The Breathing Technique

“Life is absolutely dependent upon the act of breathing.
Breath is, literally, Life.”

Breathing is an innate physiological function common to all of us living beings. Not only do we take it for granted but believe it is not something that needs to be learned. After all, breathing is the very first thing we do when we come into this world and the very last right before we leave.

Taking this into consideration, it’s safe to affirm that babies are the most skilled human beings when it comes to breathing properly. Since they do not have present problems or worries about their future, they are mainly happy to exist and they show exactly that with every breath they take.

Why is it then that we unlearn how to breathe properly as we grow older?

As strange as it sounds, most of us do not know how to breathe properly. Shallow breathing –reaching only the upper chest- tends to be the norm for the majority of people, especially if we live a rushed and stressful lifestyle.

As we experience a variety of emotions every single day, each of these feelings generate a reaction that in many cases goes unperceived. From fear of disapproval and rejection to guilt, anger, sadness, worry and concern, these and other stressors create emotions that affect our physiology and the way we breathe, on a moment by moment basis. Just observe an angry person’s breathing pattern and you will witness this first hand!

To make matters worse, some people experience breathing problems due to already existing health conditions such as sleep apnea, allergies, excess weight, COPD, and asthma among others. When you add to these conditions the effects that emotions have on breathing patterns, it’s easy to see how many individuals are breathing-deficient.

“The developed man is the ‘all-around man’ who recognizes body, mind and spirit and renders to each its due. Neglect of either is a mistake which must be rectified sooner or later; a debt which must be repaid with interest.”

When we think about these implications, the importance of proper breathing becomes obvious.  Even for people who are otherwise healthy, breathing properly may mean the difference between feeling tired and sleepy all day long versus feeling vibrant and ready to tackle their daily tasks.

Let’s review a handful of effects that shallow breathing has over our physical health.

Physiologically speaking, improper breathing causes hypo-ventilation which prevents proper oxygenation of the blood. As muscle cells are deprived from oxygen, fatigue, stiffness, pains and aches, sleepiness, and exhaustion become common.

Moreover, when brain cells suffer from lack of oxygen, the results are nervousness, irritability, headaches, foggy thinking, and difficulty with concentration and problem-solving.

If this is not addressed, this condition can spring into on-going lack of motivation and lack of vitality, and eventually it can turn into depression. As if that was not enough, there are some aspects of improper breathing that are not commonly known or discussed, even though these can profoundly impact the overall health of a person in a more profound way. We’re talking here about the spiritual, psychic, and mental aspects of breathing.

From the spiritual viewpoint, breathing is a process of exchange in which we ‘take in’ from the universe, and we give back to it with every single breath. It is a rhythmic exchange of ‘Chi‘ or energy, a basic and natural part of the life and world we all share.

And it goes even further. When a person breathes properly, he/she is able to take in and capture the energy from the surrounding environment and can send focused prana to a specific organ in his/her body with the purpose of making it stronger and more invigorating. If you have ever practiced Qi-Gong, you know what I’m referring to. This is an extremely powerful technique to help the healing process and/or to keep the body functioning at peak performance.

“One who has mastered the science of storing away prana, either consciously or unconsciously, often radiates vitality and strength which is felt by those coming in contact with him, and such a person may impart this strength to others, and give them increased vitality and health. What is called ‘magnetic healing’ is performed in this way, although many are not aware of the source of their power.”

Now let’s discuss the psychic side of breathing. When you breathe properly you can literally recharge your vital energy and even learn to project your healing thoughts toward others. You can also learn to do this at will by just using the power of breathing to accumulate and then release prana with a specific intention and target.

As such, breathing can be used in conjunction with Reiki for distance healing purposes. You can influence others at a distance giving that your motives are pure and of good will. When you combine deep breathing with the power of thoughts, you can also charge water to enhance its hydrating and natural healing properties. How amazing is that?!

Lastly, there’s the mental influence that breath exerts. Not only can the body be controlled by the mind under the direction of the will, but the mind itself can be trained and cultivated by the exercise of the controlling will, all by using proper breathing. From self-confidence, to self control and increased mental power, the advantages are diverse and exciting.

“The Occidental teachings show that the physical health depends very materially upon correct breathing. The Oriental teachers not only admit that their Occidental brothers are right, but say that in addition to the physical benefit derived from correct habits of breathing, Man’s mental power, happiness, self control, clear-sightedness, morals, and even his spiritual growth may be increased by an understanding of the Science of Breath.”

As you’ve learned, the benefits of proper breathing are huge, and they influence every part of your being. This is a powerful reason for us all to dedicate time to re-learn (or remember?) how to properly breathe as when we were babies. Fortunately, it is not difficult at all.

The “Hindu Yogi Science of Breath” a complete manual of the Oriental Breathing Philosophy of physical, mental, psychic and spiritual development will provide you not only with the facts, but with exercises that you can easily practice on your daily life.

All it takes is learning the how and then give it some practice. You do not need to learn yoga or assume any particular position to properly breathe. In due time, it will become second nature to you and you will be breathing properly as you go about your day. Give it a try. Your body, mind and soul will thank you accordingly

“The atoms of the human body are in constant vibration. Unceasing changes are occurring. In a few months there is almost a complete change in the matter composing the body, and scarcely a single atom now composing your body will be found in It a few months hence. Vibration, constant vibration. Change, constant change.”

All quotes on this page were taken from “Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath” by Yogi Ramacharaka. Inspired? Get the book by clicking on the image below, and re-learn to breathe for emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being!

 

 

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Feeling overwhelmed during the Holiday Season or during a special occasion or event such as the planning of a wedding, presenting an exam, or going on a trip, is considered relatively normal as most of us are capable of handling these types of temporary situations successfully. However, living in a constant state of overwhelm has become the norm rather than the exception for many people.

Chronic overwhelm is one of the most debilitating emotions. It is a sensation that cannot easily be brushed under the rug while expecting it to disappear altogether just a few days after the main trigger has been dealt with. Moreover, if ignored indefinitely, the consequences become a burden on the overall well-being of the affected person.

Depending on how you handle stress as an individual, the effects of this condition may take time to become evident but ultimately, feeling overwhelmed regularly can affect your mind, body and spirit unless you learn to implement steps to recognize and alleviate it.

So, what do you do when you are feeling overwhelmed? Or better yet, are you even aware that you might be in a constant state of overwhelm? This is an important question to ask yourself as the feeling itself prevents the awareness… and you cannot work on making anything better unless you are first aware that the problem exists.

Let’s explore the mechanics of the condition.

The feeling of overwhelm derives from the stress caused by your reactions to life’s ups and downs. The anxiety caused by a rushed lifestyle, in a cluttered environment, an overbooked schedule, and not enough hours in the day to tackle all those things on your “to-do” list, eventually cause a sense of hopelessness.

Much like a snow ball going downhill, as you get more responsibilities and obligations, hopelessness increases and the feeling of overwhelm grows larger until it can wreck havoc on your nervous system and your health.

The problem is that it is not easy to become aware of your state precisely because you are so busy ‘at it’!

And, since the feeling feeds on stress, it becomes a vicious cycle. The more stress and worry the more tension and overwhelm, so much so that it becomes a part of life.

Here are a few pointers for you to ponder upon and help you identify if you are caught up in this cycle…

  • Do you frequently feel irritable or on the edge for no apparent reason?
  • Have you lost your sense of humor? Can you remember the last time you laughed out loud?
  • Do you feel a strange need of keeping busy even when the daily usual tasks have been completed?
  • Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels and getting nowhere?
  • Have you lost your enthusiasm for those activities that used to excite you?
  • Do you feel like life is getting ahead of you?
  • Do you feel like no matter how much you do,you’ll never get caught up?

“Even though I’m feeling overwhelmed by everything I have to do, 
I lovingly, deeply and completely accept myself.”

 ~ Dr. Carol Look

From Overwhelm to Clarity

The feeling of overwhelm intensifies every time a new task gets added to your already overtaxed schedule. The resulting sensation is one of inadequacy, wanting to give up, anxiety, sadness, and even depression. As you are probably aware, your emotional health eventually affects your physical health unless you take measures to solve this situation.

Let’s now explore what happens inside when you are feeling overwhelmed:

Once a stressor is present, the adrenal glands –that sit atop the kidneys- go on override to produce cortisol, the stress hormone that helps us during the “fight or flight”response. This physiological response is natural and meant to last only a short time. Under normal circumstances, once the threat is gone, the cortisol levels dwindle down, until the need arises again. This is a wonderful mechanism of the body with the purpose of keeping us safe and well.

However, when we are chronically overwhelmed, the levels of cortisol remain high in our system which had the potential to damage healthy tissues. Eventually, adrenal fatigue causes constant sleepiness or insomnia, foggy thinking, fatigue that can go from temporary weakness to permanent exhaustion, weight gain, depression, irritability, and mood swings. As the adrenal glands become depleted, adrenal exhaustion sets in giving way to a variety of serious health conditions.

Also, from the metaphysical view point, feeling overwhelmed and stressed will inhibit your potential to manifest abundance because feeling overwhelmed is a low vibration state!

So what can you do to ease on anxiety and on feeling overwhelmed?

  • Nutrition– cut down on stimulants, decrease refined carbohydrates, increase green leafy vegetables in your diet, drink plenty of water, and take a nutritional supplement.
  • Rest– sleep at least 7 to 8 hours per day, and take breaks from activities throughout the day.
  • Lifestyle– reduce your stressors consciously, exercise more and take frequent walks, practice yoga, dedicate time to an activity that you enjoy, breathe properly and deeply on a regular basis, and meditate.

Aside from these common sense healthy habits, EFT has proven very effective in coping with feelings of overwhelm right at the moment when it’s happening.

Dr. Carol Look and Rick Wilkes, have put together a fabulous program titled “From Overwhelm to Clarity” composed of 8 MP3 Audio Recordings + 147 page downloadable PDF Transcript. In this program, they talk about how small changes can make a big impact, how tapping helps gain control of the emotions involved in overwhelm, how to stop the vicious cycle, how to relax and release tension, and more.

With over 5 hours of helpful instruction and EFT/Meridian Tapping, Dr. Look and Mr. Wilkes will help you eliminate feelings of overwhelm while giving way to peace and clarity of mind.

What a relief is to know there is help!

 

Make Yourself Happy

Make Yourself

Happy!

David Schwartz, author of “The Magic of Thinking Big” and “The Magic of Getting What You Want”, was a world renowned expert on motivation. In his speeches, he used to tell a personal story; a moment he had with his young son.

When his little boy was just 6 years old and graduating from Kindergarden, David asked him what he wanted to become when he grew up. Without hesitation, the boy replied that he wanted to become a teacher. David then asked what is it he wanted to teach, to which the boy promptly replied “I want to be a teacher of happiness!

What an incredible profession that would be, wouldn’t you agree? But… can happiness be taught? Can you learn to make yourself happy?

You see, most people believe that happiness is a result of situations and circumstances that make one’s life; something that just happens to some lucky ones which cannot be intentional, predictable, or measured. For some others, happiness is about the possession of things: once I have this or that, I’ll be happy. Yet a few more think that is an all or nothing scenario: either you are happy or you are not. So according to them, you cannot make yourself happy because there is always something going on… and that is that.

Truth is, there is no straight path to happiness out there, or a possession that brings happiness; and certainly there is no luck associated with it either, for every person and circumstance is unique. In my opinion, it is very possible to make yourself happy, but there is only one road that leads to REAL and lasting happiness. This road originates within; it is one that is built upon the constant effort to adapt and adjust to whatever comes our way… and not taking life too seriously!

This doesn’t mean that we are just to wait and see what comes our way either, for happiness is also pro-active. To make yourself happy, you must go out and make things happen and then adapt to whatever results you get from your actions for not always you’ll get the results you had expected. In this manner, you must continuously and persistently dedicate time and effort to the pursuit of happiness, openly accepting what you encounter on the way, adapting to events as you go, having a positive attitude, and making things better when at all possible.

We’ve all heard that life is compared to a roller coaster. I believe it’s a great analogy as ups and downs are a part of living regardless of who we are, where we’re from, and what we have –or have not.

We all get to ride the roller coaster from the moment we are born; however, for those who are truly happy, the ups and downs are irrelevant for the most part. They make no excuses nor they believe they have problems with no solution. They believe there are just situations to be resolved or to overcome. Even when drastic events happen -such as the passing of a loved one- these people manage to get back into happiness relatively fast.

So, how can the majority of us adapt to this way of living? Can this be taught as Dr. Schwartz’ young boy proposed? Is it possible to make yourself happy and live in a relatively constant state of happiness?

The answer is ‘Yes,’ you can teach yourself to be happy! A good starting point is to acknowledge that not one person on this planet is absolutely happy 100% of the time. From this perspective, you put your mind at ease so when some unavoidable circumstances happen, you are not caught off guard.

It is much easier to create happiness from this perspective. Next, it is essential to stop thinking that you must ‘be or have‘ something to become happy. Remember, happiness is an inner job.

Here are a few points to help you make yourself happy

  • Commit to being happy today – right now!

Don’t take anything for granted. Listen, you are reading this article right now. I don’t know you; I don’t know where you are, who you are, where you’ve been or what you do. Yet I know with certainty that you DO have something to feel happy about… right now, no matter what. Even if you cannot think about anything to be happy about, the fact that you have your eyesight, a screen to read this article, and Internet connectivity, is cause enough to feel happy. Just ask a person who’s lost their ability to see and you will value what you have so much more!

  • Recognize that happiness is NOT a continuum in time

Happiness is an emotion not a permanent state of being, and like every other emotion it cannot be felt all the time. Sometimes you feel happy, others sad, some other times you feel frustrated or angry, and then you feel joyful and thrilled, and some other times you just feel neutral. All of these feelings are what make us human, so our nature is perfectly fine as it fluctuates according to the ups and downs of life. The important thing is not to dwell on any particular feeling caused by one event or circumstance. Remember that that nothing is permanent, and you will make yourself happy once you realize that happiness is built from moment to moment.

  • Realize that you have the power to create happiness at will

Engage in something creative, like flower arrangement, sculpting or painting. Invite friends over to watch a movie. Cook your favorite dish for dinner. Go out and do something fun! Whatever has made you happy in the past, you can recreate it and make yourself happy again. Consciously experience the happy feeling you feel and make it a commitment to‘re-live the feeling’ every time you need it by just recalling the event. Remember, your imagination is powerful and just by evoking, we can recreate and feel as if we were living the moment all over again!

  • Learn to access your “now” moment at will

Have you ever felt totally absorbed in an experience, such as watching a sunset, listening to your favorite tune or watching a great movie? These are moments in which you make yourself happy as time and worries disappear, even if temporarily. When you experience moments like these, you are truly in the “now”, and as you surely got it by now, when you live in the present it’s easier to feel happy because you and the thing of your attention become one.

  • Discover your passions and rejoice in the feeling

Sometimes we get so busy and absorbed in our daily routines, that we forget what makes us happy. Do you love to walk on the beach, read a book on your favorite chair, observe wildlife, play ball with your kids, volunteer or pay a visit to the less fortunate? Give yourself the time to do something that gives you great pleasure and learn to enjoy the feeling as you do it. Then, sit under the canopies of trees to reflect on your feelings, enjoy the “after taste” and just “be” with your feeling without time concerns or limitations.

When you remember your happy experiences, do it vividly by including colors, smells, sounds, sensations, and tastes. In this manner, you train your mind and your body to recall not only the memories, but the feeling of the experience itself.

Every time you dedicate quiet time to be alone with the thoughts, memories and feelings that you get to choose, you bring upon feelings of happiness at will. As you open the doors to your heart in this way, you get to know yourself better by recognize the particular experiences that make you happy, so you will eventually seek happy experiences of the same nature intentionally and purposefully. You’ve come full circle now!

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Tips To Be Happier

Tips To Be Happier

All of us have difficult days every now and then, days in which we wish we were feeling more positive to endure the complexities of life. We may try to convince ourselves that these things happen in life, that it’s no big deal, and that this soon ‘shall pass.’ While these thoughts are positive in nature and even a bit encouraging, they may not be enough to get us into a better state of mind. Truth is, it may not be as easy as it sounds.

Have you experienced something like this yourself? If you feel stuck in your own emotional loopholes when the going gets rough, and if you find that feeling happier is a struggle sometimes, these “Seven Tips To Be Happier” will help you lift your mood in no time at all, so you can feel happy NOW

  • Take a walk
     
    Most of us know that taking a short daily walk is a wonderful form of physical exercise. And when we are feeling down it is also beneficial for our inner state. So, if you feel overwhelmed or if things are not going your way, take a walk in a natural location where you can admire plants, birds and yes, even butterflies.
     
    Take deep breaths and feel your lungs expand with fresh air. Make it a point to focus in the beauty of nature and smile. Forget about your problem for a few minutes. You will not only feel more relaxed and happier, but will look at your situation from a different angle when you return to it.
  • Listen to beautiful music
     
    Research has proven that music is a great tool to shift the listener’s state of being within moments. Its effects can be almost magical.When you feel blue, dig out that CD you haven’t listened to in years or tune in your favorite radio station to something you have not listened to in awhile, or even something totally new. If stress is getting the best out of you, classical music may be helpful as well. Vivaldi tones are known to improve mood and overall well-being.

    You may want to jump to the bottom of this page, and push play before you keep on reading this article so you can experience Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for a few moments of bliss… 🙂

  • Be open to discover and explore something new
     
    Go to a library and read something different than what you’d normally read. Go to a bookstore and browse through the magazine section. What catches your eye? Buy a magazine you wouldn’t normally buy. This will help you open your mind to learning a new thing or two, and/or feel the enthusiasm of discovering a wonderful activity or new hobby.
  • Laugh out loud!
     
    Laughter is the best medicine. We’ve all heard this phrase and it is true! Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits and it is free.Read a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Allow yourself to laugh big! Try to learn a few new jokes to share with others. And don’t take life too seriously. We’ve all been silly at times. We’ve all goofed off some other times. It’s totally OK to learn to laugh at ourselves too!
  • Learn to breathe and meditate
     
    Breathing-meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere for just a few minutes and it has wonderful side effects. Simply look for a place where you won’t be disturbed, and sit comfortably with your back straight. Then, close your eyes and place your attention on the flow of air going in and out of your nostrils and follow it all the way to your lungs. Do this slowly.
     
    Relax and smile as you do it. For better results, add an imaginary color to the air that goes in and out. Choose a bright color going in, and a darker color going out. Associate colors with your mood; i.e. pink for happy, brown for unhappy. Breathe happiness in and let go of unhappiness. That’s all there is to it. When you do this for 10 to 15 minutes, you will be pleasantly surprised at how you will feel afterward!
  • Drawing for fun
     
    Do you remember when you used to scribble for hours as a child? We all loved drawing silly little pictures when we were younger. And doodling is not just for kids or artists, so go get a few pens, color pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw whatever comes to you for the fun of it. Notice how you get distracted as your state of mind shifts. On a stressful day, this can be therapeutic!
  • Acknowledge the less fortunate
     
    The fact that you are reading this article and have access to the web suggests that most likely you are much better off than most people on this planet. It may be hard to believe, but those two things alone mean that you are better off than most people in the world.
     
    Unfortunately, many human beings live in poverty and barely have access to the basics for survival. There are many people who live in pain, hunger and despair. When you give yourself a few moments to feel compassion for them, you’ll get a warm feeling of gratefulness and happiness for what you have in your life.


 
These seven simple tips are nothing profound, new or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just what you need.

Want more quick “pick me up” moments? Watch these two mini movies titled Finding Joy can be Simple and Laughter is an Instant Vacation. They will warm your heart and make you smile!

In conclusion, when you put simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action you will be helping yourself into living happily, much quicker than you imagine.

The Four Seasons
by Antonio L. Vivaldi

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The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of 

Happiness

Regardless of your profession or career path, your culture or language, your age or where you live in this vast planet, the pursuit of happiness is one common goal to all of us, human beings. Every time we have a dream, set a goal, pray, or wish for something, the underlying emotion we are seeking is happiness. When we have an experience that causes pleasure or has meaning to us, we bring about a positive feeling that translates into joy.

According to the dictionary, happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy. One definition I found at a Princeton University website says that happiness is a state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

I believe happiness can be compared to an elusive butterfly going from one flower to another in the garden of life. Let’s use this analogy and imagine a young child walking in the park on a sunny day.

The child sees a colorful butterfly and with eyes of wonder follows its flying pattern. Curiosity makes him want to get close, touch it and even hold it in his little hands.

The child walks with his arms stretched out towards the flower where the butterfly is resting on, but as soon as he gets within reach, the butterfly takes off to land on another flower.

Determined, the child follows the butterfly to the next flower, and then the next, and the next… but no matter how much he chases it, the butterfly always remains out of his reach.

As adults, happiness can seem like a butterfly, always a few steps away… over there… out of our reach. To some, it may become an obsession. They believe that if only… this or that would happen they’d be truly happy. Their minds are caught up in the ‘if only’ mode continuously…. If only I had more money, a better job or my own business… if only I was in a great relationship, if my partner was more loving or my child was a better student… if only I could have the SUV I’ve been dreaming about, live in a bigger home or travel to Hawaii for a week or two… then, I’d be happy.

Even if they were to achieve one of their ‘if only’ desires, the bliss would be temporary. They would sooner or later get accustomed to what they got, and start feeling unhappy because they don’t have –or they want- something else. This feeling gives birth to the next ‘if only’ desire perpetually. Do you know anyone like this?

See, when you go through life feeling blue most of the time, you tend to believe that external events, things, or circumstances you want will give you the happiness you are seeking when these things happen. However, let’s realize that material possessions, circumstances, and events will just bring short-term happiness. These things will never have a lasting effect in your life even if you get to keep them for a while.

Just like the saying goes… “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”, if you base your happiness on things, you’ll always be chasing happiness based on things out there, “on the other side of the fence.” Subsequently, your focus and perception are always based on outer events, which will harbor feelings of dissatisfaction, discouragement and unhappiness in your heart and life experience as a whole.

Every human experience encompasses a mixture of pleasant and unpleasant circumstances. Because of this, no one should rely on experiences as a source of happiness unless they want to live in constant turmoil or experience the eroding ups and downs of an emotional roller coaster ride.

If what you want is true, long-lasting happiness, you must become aware of the fact that living happy is a state of  being, not a state of having.

Happiness is an inner condition that can be attained by all who truly desire to live in happiness most of the time. Yes, I say ‘most of the time‘ because certain unavoidable life events will bring sadness, that’s just a part of life. However, if your normal state is that of happiness, sadness will be temporary as you will recover faster from sorrow or despair.

There is no gene that determines who’ll be happy and who won’t. You and I are capable of becoming happy people and living happy lives IF we understand that happiness is never related to the world out there, but to the world within.

The inner contentment that allows you to navigate through the ups and downs of life has its roots deep within your being. Thus, the only true source of happiness comes from finding and embracing who you are as a person, and from there you can live a happy life overall. Finding peace in every aspect of your life is also important… the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual.

Once you accept yourself ‘as you are’ and find peace in all of these areas, you get a sense of completeness in life; and the result is a flowing state of happiness.

If you neglect any one of these areas, you’ll experience a sense of emptiness. You may not be able to identify this nagging feeling right away. It just feels like something is missing. If this happens, it will be hard to get a solid foundation for building permanent happiness within. Like I mentioned above, many will try to fill this incompleteness by looking for outer stuff, such as the cars, the trips, the things.

This is the reason why falling into the elusive butterfly syndrome is quite common for so many people. They may get what they want and feel happy for awhile, only to discover later on that they’re feeling empty all over again. The feeling of frustration lingers and the cycle repeats itself once and again, unless they learn the secret to being happy despite life’s circumstances which starts with working on their inner self.

So… is happiness an elusive butterfly for you? If so, spend some time in quiet reflection. Ask yourself how you’re doing in regard to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of your being. If you notice that you are neglecting one of these four important elements of your being,  you’ll know why you are experiencing a sense of emptiness within. This is a good starting point that gives you direction to modify or improve your life experience.

Remember, it is perfectly fine to desire more and get some things to make your life easier, more comfortable or pleasant, but do not confuse the euphoric feeling of getting things with real happiness.  Enjoy the fruit of your labor. You deserve it. But, do not let the object possess your happiness, ever.

The more you experience happiness as an inner job, the more often you will experience the butterfly of happiness landing on your shoulder.

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Motivation

Motivation

Your Key to Accomplishments

If you want a more positive and productive life direction, you must learn to motivate yourself and most importantly, to keep your motivation going.

Motivation is the crucial skill of achievers; a powerful driving force that induces you to do what you must do with the intention to reach a specific goal. For this purpose, the first element to become motivated is a definite goal based on a strong desire. This will not only ignite the motivation, but keep it going when you find challenges on your way.

As you know, it is much easier to become motivated if you feel passionate about your goal. The opportunity must present an exciting challenge that will get you focused on your tasks until you get what you want.

Some claim that motivation is extrinsic. This means that a meaningful goal will ignite the motivation; whatever you want to achieve is ‘out there’ which becomes the external stimuli, much like a carrot on a stick scenario. Others think that the motivation is intrinsic, that it should come from within or it won’t last.

In my opinion one cannot exist without the other. To develop intrinsic motivation, you must have an extrinsic factor that motivates you and vice-versa. One feeds on the other, so to say. On top of that, the passion to achieve your goal becomes your “why” – your powerful reason that has a special meaning to you and the one you will commit to remember every time you feel your motivation is dwindling down. Are you with me so far?

Think of it this way… you have the goal of driving a car from point “A” to point “B.” The motivation is that you will get something of value to you when you get to point “B” – for the purpose of this example, we’ll call it a trophy. So you jump in the car with that definite goal: getting to point “B” and get your trophy. You turn the ignition key with that purpose in mind. The trophy is at the end of your journey. The trophy is your extrinsic factor.

Your initial motivation prompts you to jump start the engine. It keeps its momentum going by your accelerating and getting closer to point “B” as time goes by. You are following a well planned and specific road map; however, you find some challenges on the road; i.e. there are no gas stations, you get tired and sleepy, you get a flat, etc. All of a sudden you feel like giving up. Then, you remember your “why”… you think of how long you’ve wanted this trophy, you want it so bad that no matter what, you will find the way to overcome the challenges and get to point “B.” This “why” is your intrinsic factor.

In other words, you must define what inspires and moves you deeply to achieve a certain thing. This thing is your extrinsic motivation, and will help you jump start your motivation engine to initiate the work to achieve your goal. When you get distracted or procrastinate or get unmotivated for whatever reason, you will remember what inspired you in the first place which will keep the momentum going (intrinsic motivation.)  This will eventually culminate in fulfillment, happiness and satisfaction. It will also raise your self-confidence and motivate you to achieve new goals.

This would happen once and again in an ideal world, of course. Unfortunately, we are not perfect so we are bound to feel lack of motivation sometimes. Even someone who is normally very motivated can have difficulty getting started on an important task at times. So… is there a solution for this?

Absolutely! There are probably dozens of them. The following are some of the best motivation tips that will consistently work when you apply them. Give them a try!

Self Motivation Tips That Work!

1. Share your plans. Let’s say that you are a writer and have had writer’s block for the past few days. To get the ideas flowing, talk to someone you trust about your next writing project. This will surely ignite your motivation, get you out of the slump and back at the keyboard. For less inspiring tasks, share with a trustworthy friend the larger goals that your smaller tasks will help you achieve. (A note of caution: do not share freely with everyone. They can try to talk you out of achieving your goals.)

2. Train yourself as a sales person. A good salesman or saleswoman can sell ice cream in the North Pole or 3-piece suits in the Sahara desert. As much as we don’t like to admit it, we all are sort of sales people. Think about this… when you are talking to a potential employer, you are selling yourself and your abilities. When you want to go to a certain movie, you are selling the idea to your spouse. Learn to be your own salesman or saleswoman by talking to yourself about how your life will be amazing once you achieve your goal.

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3. Stimulate your own pain. As Tony Robbins says, we all perform based on pain and pleasure. One Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique that he suggests is to mentally link pain with not acting. It’s something similar to finally stopping the snooze button on the alarm clock to get up or you will lose your job. In that same fashion, imagine the consequences if you don’t do what you must do.

4. Find an intrinsic value in your mundane task. Sometimes we must put up with smaller, less exciting tasks in order to get to the goal we want to achieve. For instance, you may not like all the preparations that go on before you embark on a camping trip, but the reward of getting to bathe on amazing waterfalls and taking pictures of wildlife is well worth the effort. Always think of your greater goal when you are doing boring tasks or things you dislike.

5. Boost your energy. For self-motivation, you need energy. Exercising, sleeping well and eating a good diet will help boost your energy levels. Avoid sugary foods as they may result in ups and downs of stamina. Moderate caffeine as well. Perhaps a protein shake may do the trick too. Once you find energy boosters that work for you, make a list and keep it handy for future use.

6. Take small steps. As with anything in life, constancy is better than huge amounts of sporadic dedication to something. I’ve found that if I commit to writing half an hour per day is way more productive in the long run than if I just write for 3 to 5 hours once per week. Also remember to break large tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. One small step at a time, you will accomplish great things!

These motivation tips truly work; however, the paradox is that you must also get motivated to do them… which brings us back full circle to the beginning of this article… if your “why” is big enough, it it carries an important meaning to you, I believe you will find the motivation to do whatever it takes to achieve your goal.

In any case, if you were motivated enough to read this far, I’m sure I can congratulate you. You’ll be fine. Just stick to it no matter what. Oh, I almost forgot… humor is also very important.  Don’t be too hard on yourself. We all needs breaks every now and then. A good laugh can overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed that sucks away your energy and your self motivation.

One last piece of advise… take the time to listen to Zig Ziglarthe best motivational speaker of the world – DEFINITELY! Visit this link, listen to a sample and get energized!

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Synchronicity

The Power of

Synchronicity

In the winter of 2000, I experienced a series of coincidences in my life. Had these been random I would not have paid attention to them. However, they were happening so often and they were so obvious that it was impossible not to notice them. I was intrigued, so I decided to look deeply into their meaning and the relationship between them. I promise you’ll be fascinated at what I found and what happened next.

So there I was… set on a mission. My online searches and visits to the library increased, and one day I found this book by Carl Jung. I was so fascinated by the content I read, that I got compelled to study synchronicity more in depth.

Just as I was into this, a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen or heard from for a long, long time called me and invited me to a presentation at a nearby College. She said she was thinking about getting a Masters Degree in Humanistic Psychology and wanted my opinion. A couple of days later, we were sitting in the College’s conference room.

I was in total awe as I heard the speaker mention Carl Jung and his synchronicity concept… Wow! -I thought- Is this just another mundane coincidence or a meaningful synchronistic event?

Needless to say, I was hooked and wanted to keep going down the rabbit hole, so I joined the Masters Degree program right along with my friend. My life started changing rapidly. The more time I spent studying Carl Jung, the more synchronicities I noticed in my life. To be frank, at times it was kind of spooky!

Finally I was learning to “join the dots” and this allowed me to clearly notice and understand the events that had started showing up in my life way back in the winter of 2000. In a sense, I was feeling more awake…

If I was going to pinpoint one main thing that I learned as a result of this experience, is that I must strive to pay attention to little details, to be aware, to continue my search, to learn more about the things and events that happen in my life, before I consider them just a part of my wide (or wild?) imagination.

Are you still with me?

I’m sharing my story because I have come to realize that all of us have had synchronistic events in our lives, but not too many “pay attention” or stop long enough to notice them.

Do you?

Let’s back up a bit, just in case this is all new to you.

Carl Jung (1875-1961), a Swiss Psychiatrist was Sigmund Freud’s colleague. He broke away from Freudian psychoanalysis after disagreeing with Freud over his theory which concluded that the unconscious mind acts as a reservoir of repressed sexual trauma which gives origin to all neuroses.

Jung refused to accept this theory and founded his own school of Analytical Psychology. Jung was the first one to talk about synchronicity as a principle that explains meaningful coincidences. Synchronicity takes place when two or more unrelated events occur in such a manner that convey clear meaning to the person that experiences them.

Jung stated that these two occurrences are not causally connected, yet they have a common meaning. He refers to these events as “acausal” – that is, they have “no cause” but similar meaning by their coincidence in time appearance rather than sequentially. In conclusion, the events have to be related to one another but there is almost no possibility for them to have occurred randomly.

Confused yet?

Let me clarify this concept using my own experience above. First, I started noticing strange coincidences in my life. Then, I felt the impulse to explore them a bit more and bumped into information about synchronicity and Carl Jung. Next, I had not seen my friend for a long time. My friend calls me literally ‘out of the blue’ and invites me to the College presentation. The presentation ends up being about Carl Jung and synchronicity.
Can you notice the meaningful coincidences even though these events were not causally connected? My friend had no idea I had been exploring synchronicity, and neither she nor I had a clue that Carl Jung was going to be the main focus of the presentation!

And it gets even more interesting… Jung also believed that there is a synchronous connection between the mind and the phenomena of perception and delivered his psychoanalytic theory of the collective unconscious from which we draw information that is not grounded on personal experience. The content of this collective unconscious is passed from generation to generation and shared by all human beings.

The existence of this seemingly far-fetched collective unconscious concept has been considered as a possibility as scientists have not been able to pinpoint a specific brain structure where thoughts originate from.

Let’s analyze this theory a bit further. According to Jung the collective unconscious contains archetypes -an original model after which people are patterned- that make us behave according to psychological realities and experiences of humanity as a whole. In other words, we are not born with an empty unconscious mind, but with characteristics that are typical and universal to all human kind regardless of culture, race, time and origin.

To clarify this idea, here is a simple example… a smile. Human babies are not taught how to smile. They just do as they are born with this instinctive behavior which is a reaction in all of us through the collective unconscious.

And what do archetypes have to do with synchronicity?

Jung explained that when a person is passing through a life crisis one or more archetypes get activated inside the mind. This creates an access for the unconscious to flow into the conscious with the intention to find a solution to the problem through the awareness of deep truths normally hidden from the conscious mind. And… these are the moments when meaningful coincidences or synchronicities are more likely to happen.

In my case, I was ready for a change in careers but unsure about the path to follow (crisis). My friend’s sudden call and my curiosity to learn about meaningful coincidences (drawn from my observation of them), eventually awakened certain archetypes that propelled me to further my knowledge and get a degree in Humanistic Psychology (solution).

I believe that when we discover and use the power of synchronicity in our life, we gain the ability to solve our problems more intuitively and creatively. To me, synchronistic events are like signposts on the road of life that point us in a specific direction and increase our chances to attain the best possible outcome.

I invite you to become aware in noticing meaningful coincidences, to ponder about their possible meaning and connection, and to follow your instincts for a better life experience. Training your mind with neurovector can help you do just that!

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” 

~ Carl Jung