Self Forgiveness

Self Forgiveness

… the Path to a Peaceful Life

Mistakes… we all make them. No one is immune to them. Some are big, others trivial; some are significant and others inconsequential. After all, we are not perfect; we are only human… that’s how we learn, improve, and evolve.

For some of us, mistakes are just a part of life. We take them as an experience that offers a learning lesson and then move on. For others, however, it is hard to let go and forgive themselves.

How do you take mistakes? Do you acknowledge, analyze, learn and move on hoping not to make the same mistake again? Or do you dwell on them and find it hard to let go and forgive yourself?

For most of us, it depends on the gravity of the mistake. Some are easier to let go than others. If the mistake has been significant, the sense of being chased and assaulted by your past faults can sometimes feel like a huge burden that can lead to self-defeat.

If not dealt with properly and on time, it can take its toll and throw you into the painful and self-inflicted emotional pain that comes from guilt and regret.

All human beings slip up and make mistakes… all of us. Nothing new here but it is always good to remember. Instead of focusing on our flaws and imperfections and on why we couldn’t have been better, smarter, kinder, more compassionate or politically correct, let’s remember that judging ourselves after the fact, is not only unfair but it can get intense. Emotions gets mixed and ugly. They can go from sadness to inadequacy and even into feeling miserable. Taken to extremes, tossing and turning at night will likely follow.

Through all the haze of self-disgust, pain, misery, and self-torture, a very important thing seems to be pushed into the sidelines and overlooked: The mistake does NOT have to define us; the mistake is NOT who we are… if only we learn to separate the faulty behavior from the self we can learn to forgive ourselves.

Self-forgiveness is one of the most beautiful gifts that we can give to ourselves. When we give ourselves permission to humbly accept our faults and see ourselves with compassion, wonderful things can happen.

When you detach yourself from the mistake, you will see things with a fresher perspective, and from that mindset, you can explore ways to evolve and improve; you can liberate yourself from crushing emotions, and you start allowing feelings of self-compassion as you become more nurturing toward yourself. Self-forgiveness empowers you to move on and redeem yourself.

You can now see how self-forgiveness is instrumental for the personal development and self-growth of a person. The problem is, few people manage to view mistakes as opportunities to grow. Thus, they must learn to view mistakes from a different light, as a product of being human versus a product of wickedness, and use that knowledge to remind themselves that the mistake is not an extension of who they truly are.

Faulty thinking in this regard is what makes it common for people to feel that they don’t deserve forgiveness, especially from themselves.

Still, many might have the mistaken idea that the more they emotionally beat themselves about their mistakes, the better the world will regard them.

But you don’t have to surrender to that mistaken idea. The following points will guide you towards self-forgiveness and the well deserved moment of glorious liberation:

  • What happened?
    This is the very first step towards self-forgiveness. Take a few moments to analyze what went wrong with the sole intention to learn and prevent similar mistakes from happening again. Re-create in your mind what happened and see what prompted your actions and how you could have handled it in a different, more productive way.
  • Why did it happen?
    Try to identify why you acted -or reacted- the way you did… where you stressed out? tired? sleepless? upset perhaps about something unrelated? Self-forgiveness is not about making excuses or trying to dismiss the situation. It’s about having the opportunity to explore why things happened the way they did leaving guilt and shame aside while still feeling accountable for your mistake.
  • What can you do about it?
    Taking responsibility for your actions and accepting the facts are important steps towards self-forgiveness. Also, being humble and asking for forgiveness will help you overcome your own emotional turmoil. Asking for forgiveness from those affected leaves the ego out of the equation. This allows for self-acceptance and self-forgiveness as well. This is how you acknowledge and accept what has happened as you mend the situation.

Awareness and Self-Forgiveness

Once you go through the 3 points above, you will clearly know that your mistake was an act and it is not who you are. When you detach yourself from the behavior, you are able to let go of guilt and release regret as you become aware of the fact that your mistake does not have to define you as a person. For whatever reason and under whatever circumstances the mistake was made. Just remember that you only did the best you could at that time.

Open your heart and remember who you truly are.

Next, you will be able to see the mistake as an opportunity to learn. Remember that wisdom over a certain thing cannot be attained without the outlay of a mistake, and as a human being you are not exempt from that rule.

The only way to realize that you can do better is to fail at something. When you make mistakes, remember that you have been given the opportunity to learn one or more important lessons. These teachings can help you avoid making the same mistake in the future, and most importantly, it can help you become better at handling that particular thing or event in the future.

As this awareness settles, take a few moments to rest your mind and relax your body. Allow yourself to feel your self-forgiveness as a warm wave that releases the extra weight of your soul, lifts your negative emotions and bathes your being with light.

Finally, if you find yourself still dwelling on experiences of this kind, if you feel embarrassed, burdened, or keep on judging yourself, just know that the longer you go over and over the mistake in your head, the more your self-confidence and self-esteem will be affected.

The good news is that you don’t have to live feeling guilty indefinitely. Take a look at The Release Technique site where you can learn more about what release is and how this technique can help you let go of guilt, regret and emotional pain for good!

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

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!

 

 

The Power of Gratitude

The Power Of

Gratitude

Thank You is probably one of the universal phrases that gives meaning to life. It is an everyday thing – it transcends culture, race, tradition, gender, status, language, and age.

No matter how you see it, expressing gratitude to someone for something – be it a thing, a person, an event or even a simple deed, speaks of a person’s predisposition to life as they acknowledge something good received.

Gratitude knows neither boundaries nor limits. It does not take too much effort or time to express it but its impact can last from a few hours to a lifetime; hence The Power of Gratitude.

Being grateful is a personal act of conviction that often leads to having a positive outlook of life, for a person’s point of view in life depends largely on how he/she perceives things, events, people or anything that comes his/her way. As you can imagine, gratitude goes hand in hand with having a positive attitude which helps you process matters in a lighter way even when things are not going the way you expect them to.

Having a grateful heart will always help you cope with the complexities of your life. Yet, many still wonder if it’s possible to be grateful for the challenges that show up in one’s life every now and then… Can we –somehow- be thankful for a tragedy that has impacted our lives forever?

This is a very personal decision; some people are, some others are not. Keep on reading for you to lean how gratitude can help in difficult circumstances and so you can arrive at your own conclusion…

How Does the Power of Gratitude Work?

Each one of us has a good number of reasons to be grateful for, every single day. Waking up in the morning and realizing that we are breathing, alive, and for the most part, healthy is the first one.

This may seem simple –or even trivial- however, let’s look at the bigger picture… Being in that position, it means we have been given the opportunity to do something of value, to rectify the mistakes committed yesterday, to be creative and contribute to your community, to go to work and to enjoy your family, among other things. It also gives you the possibility to meet new people and do some good for society and even the world at large. And, it gives you the option to learn a thing or two which can help you cope with challenges and improve your life in one way or another.

Thus, be grateful for having been given another day!

And then, every once in a while, we encounter circumstances that were not expected. This is when the Power of Gratitude makes itself obvious, as being grateful can mark the difference between feeling miserable or experiencing an overall pleasant life.

For someone who is used to being thankful only for the good things in life, physical and psychological symptoms of brokenness may take over when a challenge or sad moment inevitable arises as part of life. Mental anguish, panic, anxiety, fear, and a variety of physical symptoms may manifest, and when not dealt with properly, these can lead to more serious health problems once the heart and the mind have been compromised.

The grateful person, on the other hand, takes things from a different perspective. From this position, one is able to see the blessing in disguise that comes through some adversities. For instance, you have most likely heard of a single mother who lost her job and just when everything seemed lost, she found a better opportunity that will allow her to provide better for her children.

As a grateful woman, she did not allow for her world to crumble. She strived to rise above the situation. Her emotions were kept in balance, and her logical processes in check. What seemed like devastation at first, turned out to be a shift toward a better direction in life… this is what a blessing in disguise looks like!

We can all cultivate this kind of attitude for the difficult moments in life by only realizing that expressing gratitude doesn’t come from the mind but from the heart. From this premise alone you can determine the Power of Gratitude and the impact it can have in your life.

As an added benefit, let’s consider the metaphysical viewpoint of gratitude. The grateful person emits positive vibrations, which in turn attract more positive experiences to their life. If you follow law of attraction principles in your life, you already know how powerful this can be!

I invite you to listen to Dr. Deepak Chopra’s mini meditation on The Power of Gratitude… less than 3 minutes that will leave you with a smile on your face… promise! 🙂

Points to Consider on The Power of Gratitude

  • When you are grateful you are treating yourself well

    Gratefulness does not prevent or discard difficult situations in life – rather accepts them and allows for a more firm resolve and will to face them and make the nest of of them. Being grateful also enhances your ability to solve problems logically while keeping your heart engaged to give you comfort as you move along the experience.

  • Gratitude is a transformative trait

    Once you adopt a grateful state of being, your life is likely to be changed forever. You will exude an aura that soothes and calms others, even without you being aware or others knowing why. You will unconsciously decline abrasiveness, rudeness and aggressiveness because you will be able to see beyond things, people and events. You will be able to remain serene and be compasionate toward those that have not reached the state of being that you have. You will smile often. When you choose to be grateful, you make it a habit to accept and think of situations as gifts, no matter what they bring; and, when experiences are taken as gifts that present themselves to teach you something, you will always welcome them.

  • Gratitude is more powerful when things are not bright

    A grateful heart is not choosy. Instead, it warmly welcomes anything that comes along, embraces the lessons and, like a triumphant warrior, moves forward much stronger and firmer than before. In deep retrospection and reflection, gratitude is a powerful armor against false pride, anger and bitterness – the things that corrode a one’s personality.

Gratitude often brings the best out of people. Grateful people are humble, caring, kind, and considerate. They are optimistic in nature and usually live happier lives. This is why cultivating and practicing gratefulness is to your benefit; it is a vital element for your self-growth. This is where the power of gratitude lays.

There are simple practices that we can engage in to help us cultivate gratitude. Discover a handful of them by downloading “Be Grateful… Thanks!” a free report, courtesy of Tools for Abundance and the Abundance4Me ezine. I am grateful for you. I Thank You for being here and for being a faithful subscriber.

Building Self-Esteem in Children

Building

Self-Esteem in Children

Self-esteem refers to the way an individual perceives his/her self-worth in reference to their abilities to do or accomplish something. This is the reason it is vital to help children develop a good self-esteem from the early years, so they can have a more positive life experience overall.

When children have a high sense of self-worth or self-value, their attitude to respond to life’s challenges is more optimistic in nature; thus, they react more positively to challenges and as such thet are able to navigate through the ups and downs of life easier. After all, children who have a ‘can do‘ attitude are naturally more able to achieve milestones and experience success.

The benefits of high self-esteem in children are numerous. Research has shown that kids who have a high perception of their self-worth or self-value tend to succeed more and achieve more in their adult life. Children who go through life believing that they have the ability to accomplish anything generally turn out to be adults that their parents will feel proud of. Besides pride, as parents we want to see our children grow up to be happy and successful adults.

Self-Esteem in Children – How to Shape it from the Early Years

Several studies conclude that self-esteem can be developed by focusing on two main key points: a sense of being secure, loved and supported which results in a healthy feeling of belonging, and a sense of capability and self-trust.

The first point, feeling secure, loved and supported, is directly influenced by the adults in the child’s life; mainly how they perceive her, how they treat her, and how they react to what she does.  Parents, teachers, family members and other significant adults in the child’s life should make an effort to encourage and prise the child even when the child fails at something. This will ensure he feels supported and the sense of belonging will strenghten throughout the years, as he realizes that he can count on the adults in his life for guidance, learning and support.

The second point, a sense of capability and self-trust, will naturally develop throughout time as the child feels secure, loved and supported.

A word of caution… smothering children in adoration to the extent that they would be incapable of doing things independently isn’t the way to go, either. Experts in this field of research call for a balance between showing them reliable and consistent proof that they are loved, while allowing them to do things without overbearing and independence-crushing supervision.

The importance of self-esteem in children can be made manifest by the changes and developments that children experience as time goes by. If you’re a parent and you want to save your child from suffering the effects of low self-esteem, the following ideas can help you improve the way your child develops her self-perception:

  • Be positive
    Everything that you can say to your child is better said in a positive way. This is even more important if you need to reprimand or correct your child. Focusing on the positive would teach him that there is a better way to look at or do things, and that he can always choose the more pleasant take on life.
  • Provide a loving environment
    Children who are assured of the fact that they are loved tend to be more confident in everything they do. If she is sure that her existence in the world is being noticed in a lovingly way, she will have a higher opinion of her self-worth.
  • Praise your child for a job well done
    Most parents take good behavior for granted and just correct their children when the behavior is less desirable. When you make an effort to notice good behavior and make a positive comment, you will be building and reinforcing your child self-esteem. As a nice side effect, you will get a smile or grin from your child that will surely warm your heart.
  • Effort counts more than results
    Let’s acknolwdge that children learn as they grow up; thus, there will be inevitable blunders and slipups on the way. Recognize the effort more than the result and make sure he knows that it is OK not to get everything right the first time. Let him know that setbacks and hurdles are just a part of life and that instead of feeling bad about the situation, he can learn from it and do it better next time around. If he is old enough to understand and make comparisons, share with him situations in which you failed and what you learned from the experience. He will value you by knowing you also make mistakes every now and then. If you do this often, you’ll get a beautiful side effect: the parent-child relationship will get stronger over time.
  • Practice active listening
    Parents don’t usually think that active listening is an essential part of building self-esteem in children. However, when they get interested in their child’s activities and play, they get to listen to what they say. This helps in two ways: your child feels that she is important to you (and builds her self-esteem as she feels loved and accepted), and it will allow you identify self-esteem issues if they ever arise.

There are plenty of ideas, techniques and tools to help us build self-esteem in general, and many of them are good, but one is excellent especially for children:

The Children’s Self Esteem Online Program and Certification by none other than Dr. Joe Rubino, a subject-matter expert, offers a comprehensive approach to building self-esteem in children, yet it is easy to learn and follow.

This program is fantastic for any parent, educator, teacher, grandparent and every other adult that interacts with children. You will get strategies, ideas and insights to help the children in your life grow up to become their best. Additionally, if you are a coach or want to be one, this program offers a certification – a valuable and useful asset you can add to your qualifications.

Either way, this program should be in the hands of all who want to empower the next generation and help them develop their confidence to life a well-rounded and joyful life. After all, the children of today are our future. Let’s help them become the best version of themselves!

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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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Laughter

Laughter

The Best Medicine!

We have all heard it at one time or another… “Laughter is the Best Medicine“, and most of us would completely agree with this statement.

However, when life gets tough and things are not going our way, laughter doesn’t come easy… even when we are presented with details, jokes, or situations that have made us laugh out loud in the past; and paradoxically, it is precisely in those moments when we need to laugh out loud the most.

In general, we are becoming too serious about life. That shouldn’t come as a surprise if we consider the turmoil of today’s world. It seems that wherever we go we find people who are tired, discouraged, stressed, disheartened, worried, and concerned. In extreme instances some of them go through life feeling hopeless and helpless, which is not only sad but extremely dangerous for their physical, emotional, and mental health.

Several studies have shown that when people focus often on the negative side of life and don’t laugh regularly, they become prone to depression; and it is well known that a depressed person tends to see reality in a distorted way, which will only feed the depression further.

The good news is that laughter is the best medicine to help prevent or break this vicious cycle. We can learn to take life less seriously and we can also learn to laugh at ourselves and at the silly events around us. Truth is, if we pay attention, we’ll discover that life offers us plenty of opportunities for us to laugh big!

Here are a few benefits you get when you laugh often…

  • Physical health
     
    Several studies have shown that laughter reduces blood pressure, boosts the immune system, relaxes tight muscles, and reduces incidence of chronic diseases. Also, some studies suggest that people who laugh often live longer and age healthier as compared to those who worry too much.As a matter of fact, every time we laugh our brains produce endorphins. These natural hormones have the power to modify the axon of nerve cells which not only stimulate mood, but counteract the effects of stress, and help control pain and hunger.
     
    Laughter also offers us an opportunity for personal growth as we move through life feeling uplifted and encouraged. Dr. Andrew Weil, America’s foremost practitioner of integrative medicine, recently recommended active participation in Laughter Yoga, an exercise routine for complete well-being, as a way to heal and improve a variety of physical symptoms…But, if you thought that was not enough… laughter also keeps our facial expression youthful because it’s like exercise for the face! Good news is, anybody can practice laughter yoga to awaken the joy within naturally and improve the quality of their life!
  • Motivation and Inspiration
     
    Adopting a good sense of humor and laughing often can give you the extra push when the going gets tough. If you have ever tried to become inspired and motivated while feeling down, you know how close to impossible that is. While we all have challenges in life at one point or another, the ability to laugh can provide us with the needed positive outlook that makes the difference between overcoming the challenge successfully or not.
  • Interpersonal Relationships
     
    Laughter makes us more attractive to others. It’s fun to be around people with a good sense of humor and an uplifting personality, wouldn’t you agree? If you have ever tried to strike a conversation with a straight face versus a smiley one you’ve experienced this first hand!
  • Mind Power and Learning
     
    When you laugh, you perceive your reality more optimistically; you are able to see more possibilities which translate to more probabilities no matter what situation you may be facing. It is as if your mind becomes more powerful, more open.Compare this to trying to solve a problem from a gloom and doom starting point… Moreover, when you are happy, you will learn better. Practice humor when studying, and you will retain the information easier. It works. Give it a try!
  • Positive Energy
     
    Much has been talked about how to manifest what we want in life, and attracting ‘like’ vibrations is one of the main points discussed by masters and gurus alike. It is all about energy – you’ve heard this many times over, I’m sure. Thus, one of the main ways to attract what we want is by creating and maintaining a high vibration or positive energy… and laughter helps enhance and grow your vibrational energy too!

It’s true. Life has many challenges, and while we cannot control every single thing that happens to us, we have full control on how we react to different situations. More importantly, there are always choices, and we do have control over those choices. We can choose how to react to what happens and we can also choose to take life more lightly, and explore what choices we have to resolve the situation. We can also choose to find humor in our daily lives, and we can choose to laugh more often. So… Choose wisely!

In closing, it is true that laughter comes easier to some people; however, it is very possible for all of us to develop a “funny bone” and allow a unique sense of humor to emerge. We can all learn to be funny, witty,  and charming while reaping the benefits of a great laugh! Where to start? – you might be wondering… How about learning how to become the laugh of the party? Click the banner below for full details!

Laughter offers us the opportunity to create a destiny of health and happiness.

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Giving and Receiving

Giving and Receiving

Creating a Cycle For Abundance

To better understand the giving and receiving cycle, let’s assess some ideas and beliefs related to money and possessions. Let us start by clarifying the function of money.

Back in the old days, before the concept of money* was even conceived, people use to transact by bartering. Arrangements such as ‘my goods in exchange for your goods’ worked fine for a while. People back then were both, giving and receiving. However, as civilization evolved and more goods and services became available, a new problem surfaced…

What if I wanted your tangerines but you were not interested in what I could give you in exchange? This is why the invention of coins and paper money (or notes) became a must to help solve this dilemma. As time passed, money became the known universal tool for exchanging commodities and services of all kinds.

By the way, when we understand the real function of money, the idea that money is the root of all evil becomes unsustainable. Truth is, money is a necessity, a collective tool used to exchange goods and services. And, this exchange helps us all prosper accordingly.

Money, Beliefs and Spirituality

Many of us grew up with the belief that monetary abundance and spirituality cannot coexist. This idea creates a divided state of mind; a broken giving and receiving cycle which makes it difficult to achieve our financial goals. On one side, our conscious mind desires to free us from financial worries. On the other, our subconscious mind vows to keep us faithfully connected to our spiritual being and the things we learned as we grew up.

However, spirituality and monetary wealth should not be mutually exclusive. Money is a source of energy that must exchange hands in order to create balance and prosperity (more on this in a bit). Keeping money with the sole purpose of accumulating it, will only create an imbalance, such as when we place more weight on one side of a scale.

Money is like a powerful key that can open many doors; and like a key, it is neither positive nor negative by itself. We get to decide what doors to open. We decide what values we place on money based on how we acquire it and how we use it. In this regard, to state that ‘money is the root of all evil’ is a fallacy. Money is just a tool, and every one of us decides how to use it.

This can be easily understood. However, one important aspect that further influences the values we place on money lay on our belief system. It is that belief that creates the subconscious associations between money, values, and morals. And this is where many people have blocks that impede the creation of abundance.

Realize that our beliefs are not based in absolute universal truth. Truth differs from one person to another according to personal conditioning and life events. In other words, truth is contingent to the person that experiences it. This is why some have much while others don’t. In many occasions you will notice that financial abundance is not related to education or a genius mind, but to belief systems that regulate the lives and outcomes of those who create abundance.

Therefore, the way we interact with money and the way we use money reflects our thoughts and ideas according to our lifetime beliefs, which are most likely different to those of others. The good news is that beliefs are not set in stone. They are quite malleable. We can get rid of beliefs that don’t serve us any longer and substitute them with beliefs that are in favor of our prosperity. Think about this…

You can make a dollar by providing a useful service or you can make a dollar selling worthless gadgets. Along those same lines, you can use the exact same dollar you earned to help a homeless person or to acquire something solely for selfish reasons.

It’s the same dollar, but it is all a matter of choice. Your choice. What are your beliefs in reference to earning and using money after having read these prior statements? Based on this, what beliefs will you choose to implant in your mind?

Yes, money provides us with the means to obtain the bare necessities to live, such as food, clothing and a roof over our heads, but it also gives us the ability to contribute to a worthy cause; thus, money also grants us with peace of mind, an essential state to live a spiritual and abundant life.

Daydream a bit. Start by thinking of all the good things you could do with an abundance of money. Become convinced of your being able to do ‘good with money’ because this is what you choose to believe and what you want choose to do.

Realize that you are choosing this path based on free will. This is the first step towards understanding that having money in abundance and living a spiritual life can indeed happen simultaneously.

Let’s wrap up these last thoughts… if money is a symbol of energy used for exchange, when we exchange money related to something of value, we participate in the movement of positive energy as we initiate a “giving and receiving” cycle which prospers others as we prosper ourselves. The result is that we all flourish together. Some spiritual masters fall this ‘going with the flow.’ Let’s also remember that it is up to each one of us to decide how to use that money as well as what meaning we give to it.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait
a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

~ Anne Frank

The Dynamics of Giving and Receiving

At the core level, most of us feel better when money comes in that when it goes out. Paradoxically, in our day to day endeavors we feel much better when we give than when we receive. This is because most of us were taught from an early age that it is more gracious to give than to receive. In some instances, these teachings could go as far as to make us believe that receiving is linked to selfishness.

This creates an internal conflict and produces blocks at the subconscious level which may obstruct our prospering. Moreover, we cannot go through life just giving. Eventually, we’d end up feeling empty… Thus, the only way to create abundance in life is by regulating the dynamics of giving and receiving on both ends: the conscious and subconscious levels. When we gain balance, we create abundance and prosperity in our lives and the lives of those around us. The giving and receiving cycle can flow eternally, indeed.

The following analogy will help clarify this. Every time a farmer sows a seed, he is starting the giving and receiving cycle.

The farmer is actually giving a seed to Mother Nature with the full expectation to receive something in return. Next, he cultivates the crop and reaps the harvest.

He has given and knows he will receive. Mother Nature gives back the fruit which places the farmer at the receiving end of the equation. Then he starts all over again with the intention to receive during the next harvest season. This is how he participates in and enjoys the giving and receiving cycle, the natural balance of life just as Planet Earth rotates to give us day and night.

The previous scenario brings up another important point. To start receiving we must first give. It is up to us to initiate the giving and receiving cycle. And once we give we ought to receive. It all depends on the seed we plant.

Nobody will sow a seed expecting to reap no harvest, and this is no different for you and me in reference to money. Truth is, the same goes for everything else in life. When we sow love we receive affection, when we sow work we receive pay, when we sow kindness we receive empathy, when we sow peace we receive tranquility…

This contributes to the Universal Balance just like balance exists through opposites such as hot and cold, light and darkness, laughter and sadness, up and down, health and disease, and so forth… Hence, giving and receiving are both parts of the same equation. The act of giving and receiving creates a cycle and a healthy balance at the same time.

The Chinese philosophy called Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu written during the 3rd Century BC, explains how all energies in the world are balanced in equal measure. We can find the same balance in the Ying Yan symbol. As such, the act of giving and receiving initiates an exchange of energy that grants the balance needed for the financial cycle to flow effortlessly from hand to hand.

It is when things get out of balance that we get to experience disharmony, discord, conflict, lack and limitation, amongst other unwanted effects. Giving and receiving is a two way street!

The Importance of Attitude in the Giving and Receiving Cycle

As with every other thing in life, attitude is everything. When you give, always remember to place a feeling of joy in whatever it is you are giving. Make sure you know without a shadow of a doubt that you will soon receive accordingly as you have initiated the “sow-reap” cycle.

As you give, you become the instrument that conveys positive energy. In turn, you will receive more of the same. The following mantra (taken from the “Commonwealth” personal development training) resonates perfectly with the above premise.

Repeat it in silence while you are giving…

“My prosperity prospers others. Their prosperity prospers me.”

There are always plenty of causes or people you can help according to your possibilities. The important thing is not the amount, but how you give. Make sure you give from the heart and with conviction.  The rest will fall into place consequently.

“The Universe operates through dynamic exchange…giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.”

 ~ Deepak Chopra

* A couple of interesting historical facts related to money:
The first records of money use date back to 1200 BC in Southern Algeria, and the coins were called shekels. Also, the word money comes from “Moneta”, the Roman Goddess of Prosperity; a Latin word that translates as moneda or coin in Spanish.