Los Angeles is Turning Old Motels Into 500 Apartments for Homeless Vets


If you’ve been to Los Angeles in the past five years or so, then you know just how much of a homeless problem the city has.  What’s even worse is that so many of these homeless folks are veterans who once served our country.

 

In an effort to house these homeless veterans, the City of Los Angeles has a new plan to renovate old motels and hospitals, turning them into 500 new apartments for homeless veterans.

 

How will it work?  First, developers purchase the rundown properties and build them into the efficiency apartments discussed above.  Then, homeless veterans will use vouchers, gained from the Department of Veteran Affairs, to pay for their rent.

 


The vouchers given to the homeless vets expire after 15 years, and the deal is set up so that landlords will earn a profit as well.  Not to mention, residents of these abodes are eligible for supportive services like case management and counseling.

 

This is easily recognizable as a step in the right direction after learning, from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, that there were 2,733 homeless veterans on any given night in the city last year.

 

“Instead of allowing blighted properties to decay, let’s use them to make powerful change in our communities by giving our veterans the access to services and housing that they need and deserve,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

 

The announcement of this new plan to help homeless veterans comes after the city failed to deliver on its promise to end veteran homelessness by the end of last year.


16 Positive Affirmations for the Morning

When we first wake up in the morning we have a great deal of influence over how our day unfolds. This is because we are (usually) well rested and we’ve had time to clear out most of the negativity from the day before. Because your day is a blank slate at this time, it’s a great idea to set aside a few positive affirmations for the morning to get your day started off on the right foot.

 

Morning affirmations are best used when you first wake up, and before you get too far into your day. The longer we are awake, the more likely we will encounter disruptions and irritations that can sour our moods, so try to remember to use your affirmations before you really get going.

 

For best results, be sure to only pick affirmations that make you feel good and resonate with your personal truth.

 

Using affirmations that do not feel good to you will not help you, so please be selective with this list!

 


Positive Affirmations for the Morning

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming today.
  2. There will be some times today when I smile.
  3. I will laugh today.
  4. I get to choose how my day unfolds.
  5. I have been very blessed in this lifetime.
  6. I am proud of what I have achieved in my life.
  7. This could be one of the best days of my life.
  8. I’m so grateful for the things I’ve been given.
  9. I appreciate all of the people in my life that I love.
  10. Every day there are opportunities for me.
  11. I will look for things to be appreciative of today.
  12. I will have fun today.
  13. I might achieve something phenomenal today.
  14. My positive attitude right now will help me all day.
  15. I am a powerful person.
  16. I’m glad that I still have time in this life to do the things I want to do.

 

Via: The Mind Unleashed

Healing & Re-Energising your Chakras: Rebooting your Multidimensional Self

As humans we are an integral part of an interconnected multilayered reality. Our health, happiness and fortune is also invariably affected by and reflected upon these interconnected layers of reality. Our physical health and wellbeing, for instance, is affected by the imperceptible state of our energy field and body. So are our emotions, moods and mental health in general. These layers – the physical and the energetic are inter-penetrable and in confluence with each other although only the physical symptoms are apparent to our senses.

 

 

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Since modern western Science bases importance on what is empirically observable by the senses (extended through instruments), the layers beyond the physical and observable have been discarded as non-Scientific or ‘metaphysical’. But it is precisely this that has led Scientific knowledge in a dark narrow alley of ‘material reductionism’. What this means is that in medicine, for example, we only see the root cause of a physical ailment according to the physical and chemical chain of cause and effect. This is not so in the more holistic ancient Eastern thought where the health and wellbeing of humans are seen as intimately tied not only to the physical body but also to the balance of energies flowing within the body and from the outside world to the body. This is where the idea of Qi emerged in China (same with Prana  in Hindu traditions and ‘Lung’ in Tibetan culture) – the vital force which flows through and around our physical state of being. According to these traditions, the physical and energetic layers of our bodies interface at seven main centres in our body known as chakras. A number of other energy lines or ‘meridians’ run from the centres to other parts of the body serving as conduits for the flow of this vital energy.

 

In Chinese medicine it has long been established that imbalances in these chakras manifest as various physical ailments and diseases which can be addressed by certain exercises (Qi Gong & Tai Qi) together with concoctions of herbs and roots aimed at realigning them for proper flow of Qi so as to restore vitality and wellbeing. These practices have become widely known and practised even in the west.

 

Yet what I would like to share are a few other less known methods to heal and energise the chakras. Doing any of these methods is simple to follow and incorporate in your daily routine. The effect is an overall reset to your health and wellbeing. You gain vitality, feel invigorated, maintain organ health and immunity from common diseases, gain mental clarity and boost your mood.  The best proof is by trying these methods consistently for a week and see what happens. Once the effects become tangible you will get motivated to keep doing them consistently. It cannot be otherwise because the feeling is too good to be turned down.

 

Nine Breaths of Purification:

This is one of the simplest exercises but its power should not be underestimated. It comes from ancient Tibetan Yogic practices. I do these practices every morning and evening before I sleep but they can be carried out any time during the day. According to the Bon tradition of Tibet, the human body has three channels  through which the ‘Prana’ or ‘Lung’ flow. The central channel rises straight through the centre of the body and widens slightly from the heart to its opening at the crown of the head. Then there are two side channels alongside the main channel which are the diameter of a pencil. They join the the main channel about four inches below the navel. They rise straight through the body to either side of the central channel, curve around under the skull, pass behind the eyes and open at the nostrils. The right and left channels are inverted according to gender.

 


The first three breaths: Traditionally, the thumb of the right hand presses the base of the ring finger and with the ring finger men close the right nostril and breathes in the left nostril (while women do this the other way closing the left nostril and inhaling through the right nostril). Then closing the left nostril and exhaling through the right nostril (women: close the right nostril and exhale through the left nostril). Do this alternation three times. You will also notice a curious fact that at any one time, one nostril is always more open than another and they alternate several times throughout the day. So if you do the same exercise sometime later you will find that while earlier you had one nostril more open than another, some time later it was the other way round and so on throughout the day. (According to the same ancient knowledge, this has to do with dreaming and lucid dream practice. Men should sleep on their right side while women on their left. If you are a man and wakes up from a bad dream, notice on which side you were sleeping. Chances are you were sleeping on your left side. The opposite is true for women).

 

The second three breaths: Do the same process as the first three breaths but alternating sides. Hence men should close the left nostril and breath in the right nostril, then closing the right nostril and exhaling through the left nostril. Women should do the inverse of this sequence. Do this three times.

 

The Third three breaths: The last three breaths are the same for both men and women. Sitting down and placing the left hand on top of the right hand, palms up, visualise breathing in green light as you inhale from both nostrils. Imagine the light moving down the side channels until they meet the central channel below the navel. As you exhale, visualise the breath moving up the central channel up to the head and leaving the crown together with all illnesses and energetic blockages as black smoke.

 

Chakra Healing Program:

Carol Tuttle is a Master Energy Therapist that specialises in chakra healing. In her top rated program she provides practical tools and techniques to energise and restore balance in the chakras. It is a structured training curriculum which offers loads of instructions about working with your chakras so as to unblock energy problems that might be keeping you back from health, abundance or living a fuller, meaningful life. Such techniques include meditation, Rapid eye technology (RET), visualisation, Emotional freedom techniques (EFT), breathing and others.

 

Five Tibetan Rites:

These are also part of the ancient Tibetan Yogic practices but unlike the nine breaths of purification require a little bit more physical input. People who have been practising these Tibetan rites daily for some years attest to their power. Many even claim to have rejuvenation and longevity properties.

 

Detoxifying the pineal gland (Third Eye):

There is a general consensus among masters and scholars in the field that one of the most important chakras – the brow chakra or third eye – is physically related to the pineal gland. The pineal gland is small cone shaped gland situated in the middle of our brain. It is responsible for visions, deep insights and is a gateway to higher dimensional knowledge. It is responsible for producing natural DMT in the body (most actively when foetus is forming and around time of death thus possibly indicating it has to do with the embodiment and disengagement of spirit or soul). DMT is the molecule also found in the sacred healing plant Ayahuasca, the ingestion of which produces visions and deep healing.

 

However the pineal gland is also negatively affected by the food and drinks we take. Most notorious is the fluoride and chlorine in tap water. Cleansing the pineal gland from toxins and heavy metal is popularly referred to as decalcifying the pineal gland (although I think it’s the wrong term). There are several paths to detox the gland. The most obvious and immediate is by stopping the intake of tap water that might contain these harmful chemicals. Eating more healthy, especially raw green organic food that was not treated by pesticides and other chemicals. Take a good daily dose of vitamin C. Adding Spirulina and Chlorella is extremely good at detoxifying the whole body in general, not least the pineal gland.

 

Other good food sources that should be included in the pineal gland detoxification are: Apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon (putting ginger and lemon in your water is a very good detox and alkalising practice) and kelp.

 

As for dechlorination, Calcium thiosulphate is said to get rid of chlorine from the body (although I do not recommend unless you research the doses and procedure). A better solution is taking Bentonite clay (calcium bentonite) – about half a teaspoon with a full glass of water. Drink a lot of water after that so as to avoid the clay from absorbing too much water from your body and causing constipation.

 

Via: The Mind Unleashed

The Secrets to Self-Mastery

Dr John Demartini is a human behaviour specialist, internationally published author, educator and profound authority on maximizing human awareness and potential.

 
Dr Demartini uncovers how business owners can gain more balance and clarity of purpose by aligning themselves with their highest values.

Dr Demartini, as featured in internationally acclaimed film ‘The Secret’ explores the law of attraction, power of thought and application in achieving entrepreneurial success. He debunks myths on motivation and explains how negative self-talk is really the result of unrealistic expectations – a sign that we need to ‘get real’ with ourselves.

 
Having worked extensively with successful business leaders and multinational corporations on professional development, leadership and profit, Dr Demartini reveals key teachings for entrepreneurial success and self-mastery.

 

This program is general in nature and offered for information and entertainment purposes only. Further professional advice should be sought before taking action of any kind based on the information in this program.

 

 

Here’s How Education Killing Creativity

Do you think it is just a coincidence that children have incredible imaginations, love getting messy, making music, drawing, painting, and creating stories? Why doesn’t any of this carry into adulthood? Are we truly designed by nature to lose these precious gifts?

 

Eight years ago, Ken Robinson gave a TED talk that radically changed the concept of education. Many parents pulled their kids from school and it became a subject of intense debate among experts. The talk has been viewed over 32 million times on the TED website, and almost 8 million times on YouTube.

 

Robinson is an expert on education and creativity, and he strongly believes that currently, the two don’t seem to co-exist. In his speech, he argues very eloquently that our current education systems are ruining our childrens’ ability to think outside the box.

 

Robinson was knighted in 2003 by the British Government for leading the 1998 committee on creative and cultural education.

 

This classic talk featured below is one of the most viewed TED talks ever. If you’ve never seen it, now is the time!

 

 

 

 

Via: Higher Perspectives

4 types of intelligence

Only high intelligence quotient, it is not enough. To be successful we need common sense, ethics, work habits, ability to communicate and work in the wider environment, and a healthy body. Some authors talk about multiple intelligences. Thus, the concept of intelligence expanded and includes the following areas:

 

  • Social Intelligence
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Moral Intelligence
  • Physical Intelligence.

 

If we are to get along with people, we have to be socially intelligent. But social intelligence has nothing to do with wit. Lots of very smart people are social rather unintelligent and therefore difficult to engage in conversation, do not know how to listen well and cannot plait more enduring friendships. Researches in the business world show that the most successful leaders are not the most fanatical people, but those who are most aware of the feelings and needs of other.

 

 

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Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, use, understand and manage emotions for personal growth. EQ is for fulfilling life more important than IQ. Emotional intelligence includes the ability to manage people’s fillings and relationships for a better life and better relationships. Happiness will not give a man higher intellect (IQ), but higher EQ. The good news is that the EQ can be developed.

 

 

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Moral or spiritual intelligence is that kind of intelligence, through whichpeople reflects sense of other people, the ability to take responsibility, integrity, capacity for forgiveness … From this type of intelligence depends on whether you are able to set goals and stick to promises, and that you are honest with yourself and others. Ethics and work habits are often the key to success.

 

 

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Physical intelligence is the body’s ability to maintain in a balanced state, renewing, removing foreign and damaged cells, in short, knows how to take care of itself. Body intelligence also dictates us how should we act when we are sick, when we are missing something. When we have cold and heat, we instinctively changing dietary habits. We decline sweet food, and we feel that we need more fluids. Similarly, we have some other physical problems. Sometimes instinctively reach for just the right tea, herb, fruit, as if guided by an invisible intelligence of our hand. Our body can replace its cells only if we eat right (healthy food).

 

 
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5 Reasons Why Mindful Meditation Should Be Taught In School

I’ve been out of school for almost a decade now, but I remember how stressful it was. Not just in high school, but all the way back to kindergarden. So much is expected of our young people, even at the age of six. Not only are there academic stresses, but you have all of the tough stuff that comes with young people socializing. Bullies, the desire to live up to expectations, and fitting in. But meditation can help improve the school experience. Why?

 

1. Meditation reduces stress.

Stress is a huge problem for children. Not only is it unhealthy and horrible to deal with, but it hinders their ability to learn. They can’t focus well. They don’t do as well on tests. Stress in children leads to violence too. But meditation is well known to curb stress.

 

2. Meditation increases a child’s focus.

As I said before, meditation reduces stress which helps improve focus. Not only that, but meditation is about focusing. You often focus on a certain thought or your breath.

 

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3. Meditation increases a child’s empathy.

Meditation is well known to improve empathy for others, which can be really important for kids. Meditation can help prevent bullies from becoming bullies in the first place. They understand better that their actions harm others.

 

4. Meditation calms kids down.

If you’ve ever been a parent or teacher, you know that when kids are calm, their more optimistic and focus better. Calmness leads to a better academic experience.

 

5. Meditation makes you happy.

Kids are meant to be happy. Mindful meditation has been used for centuries to improve your outlook on life. When kids are happy, they do better at everything.

 

Via: Higher Perspective

Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves?

Whether you’re battling a life-threatening illness, saddled with a “chronic” health condition that Western medicine hasn’t been able to cure, or battling nuisance symptoms that decrease your quality of life, or just hoping to optimize your energy, vitality, looks, and longevity, there is scientific proof that you can heal yourself.

 

 

As a skeptic herself, Dr. Lissa Rankin makes an irrefutable case, documenting with cold, hard science that the medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal the body for over 50 years.

 

 

Loads of data proves that the mind can believe itself well. In clinical trials, we call it the placebo effect.” Patients treated with placebos don’t just feel better. It’s not just “in their heads.” They’ve actually had warts disappear, bronchi dilate, colons become less inflamed, hair growth on the heads of bald men, ulcers heal, and other measurable physiological phenomena. We also know that the opposite is true, and the mind can think itself sick, which researchers call the nocebo effect.” When patients are given injections with saline and told it is chemotherapy, they vomit and lose their hair.

 

 

 

 

 

How do such things happen physiologically? In her book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself, Lissa Rankin, MD, explains the science behind how a positive or negative thought or emotion in the mind translates into spontaneous repair in the body. As it turns out, the body has built in self-repair mechanisms that fix damaged proteins, repair DNA, correct hormonal imbalances, and gobble up cancer cells, infectious agents, and foreign bodies that our bodies are exposed to everyday. These mechanisms explain the spontaneous remissions that are reported in the medical literature from seemingly “incurable” diseases like Stage 4 cancer, HIV, hypothyroidism, diabetes, and even an untreated gunshot wound to the head. Yet patients often feel powerless to harness these natural self-repair mechanisms.

 

 

Not anymore. In this book, Dr. Rankin teaches a scientifically-founded six step process you can follow to optimize the body’s capacity to flip on its natural self-repair mechanisms when the body becomes ill. She also teaches the tools to implement the power of the mind as preventative medicine, to increase the chance that you will one day die of “old age,” rather than dying too young as the result of disabling of the body’s ability to repair itself.

 

 

What disables the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms? We all know that stress is bad for the body. But do you understand how this works? Loads of data proves that stress comes in different forms — the stress of feeling lonely, work stress, financial stress, marital stress, family stress, the stress of feeling creatively blocked or spiritually disconnected. Regardless of what triggers it, stress flips on a series of physiological cascades associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system. In other words, whether you’re stressed about money, your marriage, or your job, your body can’t tell the difference between a perceived threat, such as impending bankruptcy, and a real threat, such as getting chased by a lion.

 

 

But here’s the kicker. The body can only repair itself when the body is in a state of physiological rest. Whenever the body thinks it’s time to run away from the lion (or whatever chronic, repetitive perceived threat it believes itself to be under), it shuts down self-repair. After all, who cares about long term maintenance like killing unwanted cancer cells if you’re about to be eaten by a lion? In Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself, Dr. Rankin shares not just the scientific proof that you can heal yourself, but also tips for using the power of the mind to optimize the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms, so disease prevention and spontaneous remissions aren’t just something that happens randomly, but something you might be able to experience for yourself.

 

 

About the Author

 

Dr. Lissa Rankin, launched the Whole Health Medicine Institute to train doctors, nurses, alternative and other health care providers, and life coaches about mind-body medicine. She is the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine.

 

 

References:
lissarankin.com
mindovermedicinebook.com

 

Via: themindunleashed

How To Lose Your Mind & Create A New One

Breaking the habit of being yourself requires – dare I say it? – discipline. Daily discipline. And once you embark on it, it’s the most wonderful process in the making. It is exciting and fun, and it becomes easier and easier with every time you practice, just like training a muscle. You do indeed create your life! You’re in the driver’s seat, entirely. And if that’s not great news, I do not know what is! You absolutely have the power to change your life in any way you desire. You create your life every day, with volition or without, on a nerve cell/brain structure and thought/quantum level.

 

So why not actively create your life, instead of mostly running in automatic-reactive-survival mode? Why wait to change your life until crisis hits? A crisis can be a great catalyst – yet we’re free to choose change now. So why not create out of joy instead? We all can. And lasting change is not only possible, it is fun to set in motion. The following article shares ideas from a fabulous book by Dr. Joe Dispenza (see review below).

 
Interacting with the quantum field

 

Nobody is doomed by their genetic makeup or hard wired to live a specific way for the rest of their lives. YOU mold the clay that is the quantum field, and you do so by aligning your thoughts, feelings and actions (refer to my website for more information on the quantum field, or ‘the field’ for short).

 
Says Dr. Joe Dispenza, successful chiropractor with postgraduate training and continuing education in neuroscience, biochemistry, brain function and memory formation:

 

“You… broadcast a distinct energy pattern or signature. In fact, everything material is always emitting specific patterns of energy. And this energy carries information. Your fluctuating states of mind consciously or unconsciously change that signature on a moment-to-moment basis.“

 

In essence, we influence the quantum field through our Being-states (and not only through what we want).
Vision and creative mode

 

A brain region called the frontal lobe plays a key role in envisioning the life you desire. Ask yourself: Who do you I see myself as? How do I show up every day? What would I choose as my predominant Being-state, and how much am I living it on a daily basis? What’s the greatest ideal of myself? Who do I want to be? What would I have to think and feel in order to express that? The clearer you see this, the faster you can change into it. The universal quantum law applies to finances as much as happiness, health and relationships. No exception.

 

If you can hold a vision regardless of what’s going on around you, you are in creative mode, i.e. you refuse to respond to any triggers in your environment, and you KNOW with 100% certainty that your vision must come, as it already happened in the quantum field.

 

This is exactly what we admire in great leaders: Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, etc. Their vision made a difference. They refused to give in to circumstance, did not blame their spouse nor the weather – they did not suffer from ‘excusitis’. Holding a vision is a means to achieving a Being-state which transcends circumstance.
Mechanics of change and the art of ‘becoming familiar with’

 

Repetition is the mother of all skill – and it is what wires brain cells together to create new neurological pathways. Contrary to the paradigm I grew up in which said that brain cells cannot regenerate nor change, we know today that this is completely false. The brain is highly adaptive (neuroplasticity), and changes occur all the time. The moment you learn something new, your brain makes new connections. A long standing habit can be seen as a broad, very well trodden path, a super-highway where neurons fire when a habitual thought or behaviour triggers them. A new thought or behaviour (i.e. nerve cell circuit) becomes established through use.

 

The more you practice a new thought or behaviour, the better you get at it, just like training a muscle. Paying attention to where you want to go is key. Become aware of how automated (in terms of thoughts, feelings, and actions) your life really is. Keep what you like, and change the rest. Not all automated brain circuits are negative. Some of them are exactly what you want. Others are not. By withdrawing your attention (i.e. quitting to walk the established path) and thinking about how you would rather be (breaking into new territory and establishing a new path), you dissolve those old highways, bit by bit (they disconnect when focus is withdrawn). Self-love is when you respond differently to what you’ve practiced all your life.

 

In order to truly change, we must think greater than we feel. Remember your vision. If you have none for your life, develop one! Now. Not tomorrow… and it’s not about painting some grand picture of your life straight away (but feel free if this feels good to you now).

 

Instead, you can pick out single aspects and start with those. Know what you want, and then assume the corresponding Being-state. This is completely scaleable, i.e. you can expand your vision as you go. But start having one! Having no vision is like going to the airport saying: ‘I want a ticket’, or saying to a waiter: ‘I want food’. You’re going nowhere fast and nothing can come to you if you don’t specify what you would like, and expect it to come. Vagueness equals standstill. In other words, in the context of creating, it’s a no-no, and you must know your target.

 

If you truly can do this (thinking greater than you feel), you have mastered your life. That’s how big this short sentence really is. To envision means to see something into existence. It means to create something with volition and expecting to see it, without having any idea of the ‘how’. That step is up to the field and not your job. Your job is to hold the vision and feel its fulfilment. Your job is to become familiar with the feeling-states of your desires.

 

See it and rehearse it over and over, daily. This process rewires your brain (creating new and wanted super-highways, replacing the automatic old ones). By the way: the Buddhist definition of meditation is ‘to become familiar with’. Meditate on desired feeling states. Familiarize yourself to the n-th degree with them. Live as if. Until it is second nature. Or first. =)
Why we get stuck in repetitive patterns and how to overcome them

 

Mind is what the brain does. Psychologists tell us that c. 95% of our mind is subconscious. Yet it runs us, 24/7, 365. And that’s good! Because if we had to do it all consciously, good luck surviving even a single second, trying to orchestrate our some 50 trillion cells that constitute the body. Not to mention regulating heart beat, digestion, detox, breathing… our innate intelligence takes care of it all and frees us up to create consciously. A marvellous set-up.

 

Some unconscious patterns do not serve us. So how do we change them for good? This is the essence of the process Dr. Dispenza proposes, detailed further in his book (see below):

 

First step: make them known.

 

Second step: undo them and replace them with what you prefer.

 

Third step: practice the new state.

 

We have many unconscious patterns that we did not choose ourselves, i.e. they arose from our environment (parents, peers, culture, etc) at a young age and were accepted as true. If unchanged, they still operate. That is how people become stuck in repetitive patterns without knowing why.

 

Experiences and events in life produce emotions, which eventually dictate how we behave, unless we intervene. When you think negatively, you feel bad. Feeling bad gives rise to more negative thoughts, which result in feeling worse…do you see the cycle? Most of us are trapped in it, without ever questioning it, living a very reactive life with little room for creating the life we truly desire. Most people do not know how to do this, and that it’s even possible. And it is.

 

Our brain cannot distinguish between something we imagine, and something that is really happening. As far as the brain is concerned, it’s one and the same. So there’s little physiological difference between remembering a negative situation and actively being involved in one. In other words: every time you beat the drum of how bad it is (in response to an observation or a memory), you activate and reinforce those thought and feeling patterns. Eventually, they become automatic, and we forget why we emotionally react as we do – we just react. The perfect stuck state. And it leads to an identity we think is us. But is it? Of course not. A question worth exploring is: What have I memorized emotionally that I live by that I think is me?

 

In this automated state, the body becomes the mind: it knows exactly how to respond to a situation and just does it. A good example is driving a car. When you first learned it, you concentrated a great deal (making new neural pathways). And before too long, you habitually arrive at work, with the car seemingly driving by itself. Your body knows very well what to do. And yes, you take in traffic, etc. and respond accordingly. But it’s all well practiced and smooth, and you don’t think about it. When the body becomes the mind, we live in reactive, unaware mode. This is good for some situations, and not so good for others.

 

The power that you have is one of focus. You can change from a reactive state to a creative one by disconnecting the dots that produce a specific reaction. You do so by focusing on what you prefer instead. When thought becomes the experience, you’re there. When your vision is so compelling and so real you forget everything else, and it feels as if five minutes elapsed instead of three hours, then you’re a creative powerhouse.

 

We all have been in those situations. Whether it’s playing music, reading a great book, participating in an engrossing conversation – time just flew and we could have done it all day. Harness those situations by tagging them with a little intention for your life. The feeling state is perfect – add some directive thought and watch what happens. Mind and body must be aligned, i.e. thoughts and feelings must be congruent to effect real change.

 

To sum it up: what you think and feel today determines how you live tomorrow. Your thoughts and feelings are that important and potent. So why wait learning how to think and feel right? Learn how to dance with your thoughts. It’s fun!

 

I invite you to experiment with influencing the quantum field to your liking. Have FUN! And let me know your outcomes.

 

References:

 
Dr. Joe Dispenza: Breaking the habit of being yourself – How to lose your mind and create a new one. 2012. Hay House, Inc.
Dr. Joe Dispenza: Evolve your brain – The science of changing your mind. 2007. Health Corporations, Inc.

 

Recommended reading:

 

If you’re interested in learning more on this topic, I highly recommend Breaking the habit of being yourself – how to lose your mind and create a new one, by Dr. Joe Dispenza, a successful chiropractor with postgraduate training and continuing education in neurology, neuroscience, biochemistry, brain function and memory formation, cellular biology, and aging and longevity.

 

This has got to be one of the best chosen book titles I ever came across. The book is a total gem for those interested in growth and real change in any area of their life, including health and wellbeing. It’s an awesome manual to yourself, in fact. Dr. Dispenza intuitively used the process later outlined in ‘Breaking the habit of being yourself’ to heal himself when medical doctors said not undergoing surgery was a highly regrettable mistake, and today he travels around the globe teaching people his views on brain function and how they can be practically applied in daily life to effect true change.

 

‘Breaking the habit’ is an actual manual for change. It goes beyond giving information and actually tells you HOW to apply it. It is very well written in that it makes you want to turn the pages, eagerly awaiting the mechanism Dr. Joe Dispenza proposes to help you actively create your life, instead of running on automatic-reactive-survival mode. If this resonates with you, gift yourself this book – and APPLY it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do or more.

 

By Katrin Geist

Via: the-open-mind

Why Forgiveness is Power

 

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” ~Robert Muller

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

Do you consider yourself to be a forgiving or resentful person? If somebody has hurt you in the past or did something to make you suffer, would you hold on to those past events, thoughts and feelings, or would you just let them go?

I always say that where there is anger, hate, revenge, bitterness, there is also a lot of pain underneath, and I really believe that to be true. A person who is blissful and content with herself and the world around, no matter how many mean people she will encounter and no matter how much pain those people may cause her to feel, she will always respond with love, kindness and compassion instead of anger, hate and resentment.  Loving people know that an eye for an eye would only leave the whole world blind, like Gandhi said it, and they choose to do no harm to the world around them.

“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway.” ~Mother Teresa

I know it’s a lot easier to give back exactly what you receive, and in this case, a lot of negativity, but we don’t want to do what’s easier, but rather what is best for our health, our well being and that of those around us. I know that people can be really mean sometimes, and that they can do horrible things to those they come in contact with, to those they love and care about, but I also believe that people can change, and this is why it’s so important to give up on your personal history that you might have had with those people, and allow them to show you just that.

If you keep an inner record of what this/that person did to you, and what they said to you, and how they made you feel, how much pain they may have caused you, etc. , every time you will come into contact with them, you will be reminded of all those things, and you will never be able to forgive and forget, nor to allow them to show you how sorry they are for what happened. No matter if they did all of those things on purpose or not, by holding on to grudge, anger or whatever it is that you are holding on to, you will bring even more pain upon your shoulders.

Just think about it. How is it possible to affect them with your hate, or whatever feelings you have towards them? You sit at home, ruminating about all the times they have mistreated you; and all the times they have hurt you; and all the many horrible things they did to you; making all kind of scenarios in your head about the things you want to tell them, and about the many ways you could get even… You spend most of your time doing just that, when the people you hate so much are probably having the time of their lives, not being affected by your feelings at all. It just doesn’t make any sense. Your ego might tell you that it does, but deep down in your heart you know that what you are doing is pretty crazy and disturbing.

I guess it’s time for you to stop, don’t you think? Forgive and forget, not for them, but for your own sake. Why spend your time thinking about something that would only attract more anger and drain you of your emotional, physical, and mental energy, ignoring all the beauty that is present in and all around you…? What’s done is done. Let it go. Detach yourself from it.

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

One of the many mistakes people make in this case, I would say, is that they choose to hold on to something that is not healthy for them, just because they aren’t willing to let go of some past resentments. Why won’t you let go of something that is causing you so much pain?

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.” ~Buddha

Here’s what I would like you to do: take a sheet of paper and a pen, and write down a couple of questions, questions that are meant to help you see things differently, and help you let go of your own misery. After you write each question, try giving an honest answer to each and every one of them:

Who is the person that mistreated you? Is it your mother, your father, your spouse, is it your child, your best friend, your neighbor  your dog, your cat? Who is it?

Do you think they did what they did just to hurt you? Do you think they did it on purpose?

Do you think it’s possible for you to forgive them, and I mean, really forgive them?

Do you think it’s possible for you to forget everything and go back to how things were before?

Would you rather hold on to your anger than go back to being friends? Can you even remember how good it felt to be in their presence, to spend time with them?

Would you say that they are sorry for what they did?

Are you willing to give up on the relationship you had with this person because of what he/she did to you?

Is it worth being upset? Is your ego really that big?

What does your mind tell you to do?

What is your heart telling you to do? 

To whom are you going to listen? Your heart, or your mind?

And then make a decision. You either choose to continue being friends with that person or not. Whatever your decision will be, you will eventually have to let go in order to be happy!

Let go of that friendship, let go of the relationship you had with this person, let go of those past resentments, let go of the hate… let go of that person you once loved. You will have to chose, and no matter what your choice would be, you will eventually free yourself.

And here’s another tip for you. If you choose with your mind, who is so critical and judgmental, and most of the time telling you all kind of crazy things that would only attract even more anger and resentment upon you, you would probably have many regrets afterwards. On the other hand, if you choose with your heartwho is constantly trying to help you see that letting go of all that negativity, would not only bring you freedom but will also help you rediscover the inner peace and happiness. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as your mind is trying to convince you life should be. Simplify your life! Listen to your mind but always follow your heart.

Do you think forgiveness is an act of weakness or of strength? Is there anyone in your life you feel that you have to forgive? You can share your insights by joining the conversation in the comment section below :)

With all my love,

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Credits: Written by Luminita Saviuc of Purpose Fairy

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