Being Grateful Has Nothing to Do With Possessions

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Being Grateful Has Nothing to Do With Possessions

Being grateful is a major key to living a free and fulfilling life. It seems like a cliché, maybe because of the DJ Khaled reference, or because you heard this time and time again, “be grateful for what you have.” 

I’m hoping by the end of this post you have a different idea of what that may mean.

“Being grateful” 

 

Gratefulness equals freedom. 

 

Every day we wake up, we shoot for a goal, we shoot for a vision, we want things we don’t have. We think when we get this, when we get that, that we’ll have happiness. When we get there, we’ll be successful. This is all just a front. It’s a facade. An illusion that society places on you to keep you in a state of lack. 

What if in this moment you felt no lack? What if in this moment you had everything you needed? 

Well that may make no sense to some of you. Maybe some of you don’t have enough to eat, don’t have enough money, don’t have a place to live. Those are all things one needs to live. However, what are you really asking for when you want those things? You’re asking for love. You’re asking for hope, healing, fulfillment. You just think they’ll come in outside forms. 

In anyone’s life at any given time, you can find hope, healing, love, fulfillment, and peace. You just need to turn inwards. 

When people say, “be grateful for what you have,” that’s a lie, and it’s just a form to manipulate your perception to create a fake happiness of what you possess.

You can’t ever find true happiness in possession. When I say, “be grateful for what you have,” I mean be grateful for YOU. Be grateful for your experiences, because that’s all you truly own. Be grateful that you’re a vessel in which light can enter this dark world. Be grateful that you’ve been handed the ultimate gift, which is life. And in this life, all we want is love. That’s all anyone ever tries to attain, and I’m here to tell you that you can achieve that simply by turning inside and being grateful for yourself. 

I hoped by the end of this post you would have a different perception of “being grateful.” 

Do you? 

 

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Write Your Way to Freedom (Catch Your Breath Series 1)

Write Your Way to Freedom (Catch Your Breath Series 1)

I remember the first time I started to write out how I felt. I remember the first time I felt free. They happened in the same moment. 


The minute I picked up a pen, I knew that it was something magical. I knew that through writing, I could get out what was in my mind, what I could never speak, what I could never articulate. Writing was sacred from the minute I figured out that a journal was a place that I could change my life. 

Writing is a vessel to freedom.

How?

Writing always allows us to dig deeper and reveal our inner selves. Most of the time we don’t know who we are, truly. When we speak to others sometimes we wear masks. When we give ourselves time to be by ourselves, it’s a gateway to our inner selves. When we realize who we really are, we can be truly be free. Free from people’s perceptions and opinions, free from what society tells us we need to be, free from our minds, we simply “become”.

Everyone should journal to figure out who they are. To become free.

Journaling can change your life in so many ways. But today I want to highlight two of them. Manifestation and focus, both of which will restore power and freedom into our lives.

Manifestation
When we write, it helps the manifestation process in a few different ways. It helps us focus on what we actually want, which I'll talk about next. It also allows us to figure out what's blocking us from what we want to manifest. Writing is a self-discovery process. Well it can be, but you have to be honest on the page. However, it's way easier to be honest on the page, then to be honest in front of other people. There's something therapeutic to getting your thoughts out somewhere. If you never tried, I suggest you do. 
When you're honest on the page, it'll let you write down what you really feel. When it comes to feelings, that's what boosts the process of manifestation when it comes to the Universe. What we think and what we feel is what we create. If we aren't feeling our genuine emotions, if we aren't even thinking our genuine thoughts, then we'll be creating a false life. Journaling can help in this process of manifesting a life that you want, an authentic one. A free one.

Focus
Focus, is EVERYTHING. We tend to focus on the wrong things in life. We focus on what makes us victims. We focus on things that we believe that make us powerless, and we try to fight against them. We argue about political views, we complain about prices being too high, we complain about our paychecks being too low. 
Even when we focus on our future, we don't actually focus on where we want to be, most of the time we feel the emptiness of the in-between, we focus on the lack of not having what we want. In writing, we can laser focus our attention on what makes us feel good. The loving, powerful moments that we go through instead of the painful paralyzing ones. We can even transform our painful experiences into empowering ones by writing about them and learning to see them from a different perspective. 
As you write, pay attention to what you’re focusing on. You may just realize that you've been focused on what other people have been wanting you to focus on. Your attention may completely change. When it does, when it becomes your own focus and not other’s, that’s true freedom.

If you like this series of blog posts, please read, "Catch Your Breath", get it here for free. The book goes deeper into these topics.

 

 

 

        
  
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     Benefits of Meditation   Meditation is a technique for resting the mind and attaining a certain state of consciousness that is completely different from when you are at your normal waking state. It is a state where one understands all the various levels within oneself and experiences the consciousness within.  When one is meditating, your mind is relaxed, clear and inwardly focused. Yes, you are fully alert and awake but your mind is not dwelling on the external events happening around you. You calm and quiet your inner self so that your mind becomes silent and no longer distracts you.  In a nutshell, meditation is about relaxation and not concentration.  The main benefits of meditation are:   Good concentration  Better clarity  A calm mind  Improved communication  Rejuvenation of the mind and body    Health Benefits of Meditation    When one undergoes meditation, there is a change in the physiology of every cell in the body whereby there is an increase in energy at the cellular level. This transcends into greater joy, peace and enthusiasm as the energy in the body increases.  At a physical level, meditation:   Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate  Reduces high blood pressure  Improves mood and behavior by increasing levels of serotonin  Improves the immune system  Decreases tension-related pain such as muscle problems, joint pain, insomnia, ulcers and tension headaches  Increases your energy levels    Mental Benefits of Meditation    Meditation helps to propel the brainwave pattern into a superior alpha state promoting healing. The mind is fresh and nourishes and calms you from within. You are able to easily overcome feelings of overwhelm, emotional anxieties and instability.  Regular practice of meditation helps to:   Decrease anxiety levels  Improve emotional stability  Increase happiness  Increase creativity levels  Develop a higher level of intuition  Gain peace of mind and clarity  Find solutions to problems faster  Sharpen the mind by increasing its focus  Reducing negative feelings and effects of anger, tension and frustration    Spiritual Benefits of Meditation   Meditation transcends religion and can therefore be practiced by anybody regardless of whichever faith they practice.   In meditation, there is a seamless transition from being something to becoming one with the infinite and appreciating that you are an important part of the whole universe.  When you are in a meditative state, you exude calmness, peace and joy and this is transmitted to the environment around you bringing harmony to creation.  Meditation is a proven path to an authentic personal transformation. The more you learn about yourself, the more you start to discover what your purpose in life is and you can begin to live your life at its fullest potential.    Benefits of Meditation for Students    ·       More focus and clarity   ·       More mental energy and strength   ·       Greater confidence   ·       Better health   ·       Greater dynamism  Regular practice of meditation is necessary to experience these benefits.  A few minutes every day will truly enrich your life.     

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is a technique for resting the mind and attaining a certain state of consciousness that is completely different from when you are at your normal waking state. It is a state where one understands all the various levels within oneself and experiences the consciousness within.

When one is meditating, your mind is relaxed, clear and inwardly focused. Yes, you are fully alert and awake but your mind is not dwelling on the external events happening around you. You calm and quiet your inner self so that your mind becomes silent and no longer distracts you.

In a nutshell, meditation is about relaxation and not concentration.

The main benefits of meditation are:

  • Good concentration
  • Better clarity
  • A calm mind
  • Improved communication
  • Rejuvenation of the mind and body

Health Benefits of Meditation

 When one undergoes meditation, there is a change in the physiology of every cell in the body whereby there is an increase in energy at the cellular level. This transcends into greater joy, peace and enthusiasm as the energy in the body increases.

At a physical level, meditation:

  • Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves mood and behavior by increasing levels of serotonin
  • Improves the immune system
  • Decreases tension-related pain such as muscle problems, joint pain, insomnia, ulcers and tension headaches
  • Increases your energy levels

Mental Benefits of Meditation

Meditation helps to propel the brainwave pattern into a superior alpha state promoting healing. The mind is fresh and nourishes and calms you from within. You are able to easily overcome feelings of overwhelm, emotional anxieties and instability.

Regular practice of meditation helps to:

  • Decrease anxiety levels
  • Improve emotional stability
  • Increase happiness
  • Increase creativity levels
  • Develop a higher level of intuition
  • Gain peace of mind and clarity
  • Find solutions to problems faster
  • Sharpen the mind by increasing its focus
  • Reducing negative feelings and effects of anger, tension and frustration

Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

Meditation transcends religion and can therefore be practiced by anybody regardless of whichever faith they practice.

  • In meditation, there is a seamless transition from being something to becoming one with the infinite and appreciating that you are an important part of the whole universe.
  • When you are in a meditative state, you exude calmness, peace and joy and this is transmitted to the environment around you bringing harmony to creation.
  • Meditation is a proven path to an authentic personal transformation. The more you learn about yourself, the more you start to discover what your purpose in life is and you can begin to live your life at its fullest potential.

Benefits of Meditation for Students

·      More focus and clarity

·      More mental energy and strength

·      Greater confidence

·      Better health

·      Greater dynamism

Regular practice of meditation is necessary to experience these benefits.  A few minutes every day will truly enrich your life. 

 

How To Breathe Better And Improve Your Life

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How To Breathe Better And Improve Your Life

Breathing is one of the most basic things that we do that we pay the least attention to and also end up doing it very wrong. Breathing properly is not just about staying alive. Better breath helps us to sleep better, fight anxiety and exercise better.

Here are a few tips on how to adjust your breathing to better handle different situations.

1. When you’re stressed

When things are not going so well for you, you unconsciously take shallow and quick breaths. The best way to stop anxiety is to slow down your breathing. Take about five breaths per minute. Breathe gently and naturally without forcing air out or overfilling your lungs.

2. When you’re in pain

When you’re experiencing some pain whether that’s from a headache or you’ve stubbed your toe or you’re suffering from a painful condition, breath control can bring some relief. A slow deep breathing technique is useful to handle pain.

3. Remain in the present

Practicing mindfulness has many benefits such as helping you better control your emotions, reduce anxiety and depression and develop better relationships. Mindfulness simply entails being aware that you are in the present and you slow down and take notice of the moment you’re in. This can be as mundane as washing dishes or feeling the sun on your skin as you walk to work or feeling the warm water run through your hands as you wash your hands. Becoming aware of your breathing helps slow you down and create a sense of calm and mindfulness.

4. When running

When you’re on a run, the best way to breath is through your nose and mouth. You should be able to take air in and exhale without straining too much. Finding that balance is important to deliver sufficient oxygen to your muscles to work and perform properly. A good runner’s trick is to be able to run and hold a conversation at the same time without losing your breath.

5. When lifting weights

Lifting weights require that you maximize your strength and breathe for the best muscle power. When you’re going to lift the weight, exhale as you flex your elbow and curl up and inhale as you lower the weights down.

6. For concentration

When you need to concentrate deeply and intensely on a piece of work or project take a few short forceful breaths. You breathe in sharply and out forcefully while shouting “ha”. Do this for no more than 3 to 5 minutes and aim for 20 breaths per minute. Please note that persons suffering from high blood pressure should avoid this type of breathing.

7. When pregnant

Keeping baby’s blood pressure low is important during pregnancy and labor. The best way to do this is to get on your hands and knees and exhale as you round your back up like a cat and inhale as you arch your back as a cow. Long inhales and exhales are most

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