Seven shift YOU need to make if you want to be at peace with yourself and live a life you love.
Your effectiveness, the degree of happiness you experience and the amount of control you have over your life relies on seven principles.
We have called them mind shifts because they are shifts of perception – changes of mind. Have you ever changed your mind? I assume you have. And what happened when you did? You brought change.
Here is a good opportunity to do it again – for good.
Mind Shift 1 – The reality that we ‘see’ is not real: it is an image created by the brain that fills the field of our consciousness and that we usually confuse for reality.
We all fall in the trap of believing that the way we see ourselves and the world around us is what the world and ourselves are. But this is an illusion. Like all illusions, it may frighten us or make us wonder but ultimately, it is deceptive.
There has been a lot of talking around the date 21-12-2012 and, with it, a lot of imagination, emotions and anticipation.
21-12 came and nothing happened. We woke up on the 22nd and the world was still there, unchanged. The furry of information, conflict and greed was still going on; the misery and slavery and depravation of human dignity was still shaming us; the movement toward authentic solutions and the rebirth of true civilization was still alive.
And we breathed.
As we breathed, we allowed our consciousness to relax and open. As our consciousness relaxed and opened, we thought; and as we thought, we saw. Continue reading →
…………“To attain knowledge, …………..add things every day.
…………..To attain wisdom, …………..remove things every day”. ………………………………………….Lao-Tzu
The world view that has shaped the psyche of the ‘developed’ world for the past three centuries relies on the premise that the world, nature, lower species or even kinsfolk are a ‘resource’ we are entitled to exploit for the fulfilment of our own needs or pleasure – as long as we are strong enough to do so of course. This kind of thinking is very empowering until it dawns on us that, if everything around us is a resource, then it also implies that … we equally are … !!!
A heart warming talk by our great friend Nipun Metha: Designing for Generosity
From the TED blurb:
“What would the world look like if we designed for generosity? Instead of assuming that people want to simply maximize self-interest, what if our institutions and organizations catered to our deeper motivations?”
A compelling TEDx talk explores this question and introduces the concept of Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that change the world.
The video is charged with stories of such acts, ranging from:
the largest peaceful transfer of land in human history, to
a pay-it-forward restaurant, to
a 10-year-old’s unconventional birthday celebration, and
the stunning interaction between a victim and his teenage mugger.
With clarity and insight, it details the common threads that runs through all these gift manifestations, and invites us to participate through everyday acts of kindness — in an uplifting global movement.”
If you have not found that which is timeless or formless in yourself, then nothing that you manifest will satisfy yourself. ~ Eckhart Tolle
Sit still and do nothing for a few moments.
Temporarily let go of responsibilities, interests and concerns … relax into being.
Ask … who am I?
Watch the answers changing … let go
Answers are non important – your question is.
Ask … who is the questioner?
The self that we are is something complex, deep, mysterious and … confusing at times. There are so many thought forms living inside our head; so many people sharing the space of our heart; so many reflections of past and future glories or dreads agitating the substance of our minds; so many possibilities to our soul.
The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. ~ Ann Landers
Character is a blend of acquired habits and original patterns of behaviour originating from a core of identity or ‘seed’ that contains the blueprint of our life. It is the program that initiates the spontaneous unfolding of your life – whether that unfolding is a harmonious spiral of growth or an ungracious struggle.
“There is a gap or a space between stimulus and response, and the key to both our growth and happiness is how we use that space.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
We all know the contrast that exists between what we are and what we aspire to become; between the self we know when we are alone and connected with our own soul and the self we manage to express in our daily interactions with an unruly and challenging world. All the problems we experience at a personal level, from stress to interpersonal conflict, arise from that difference.
“Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value” – Albert Einstein
For centuries, in almost every cultures of the world, character used to be considered the most valued thing an individual can possess. Today, it is relegated at the bottom of our priority list because we give more importance to technology and consumerism rather than to the goodness and delight of our own humaneness. Continue reading →
“Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman
Although many do not really believe it is possible to achieve, most people seek happiness and wish to live peaceful, secure and contented lives. Yet, the reality is that an incredibly high – and increasing – number of people never come anywhere near to that. Continue reading →