Each day we will feature an Intent by a member of our community, who is looking to make a positive change in their lives or lives of others. We hope this will inspire you to embark on your own journey of self-improvement.
Our cynicism has conditioned us to always see the negative in people. But we should really give each other another chance. We should stop thinking of the glass as half empty and try to find the positive in others.
We should look into the mirror and see our beauty instead of the flaws. We should give ourselves a hand of applause when accomplish something. We should pat ourselves on the back when we do something good. We should start loving ourselves.
In spiritual practices I've learned that no rigid rules apply. What works as an effective practice in the beginning often needs to evolve and adapt as we grow. One of those long enduring spiritual practices for me was vegetarianism.
Forgiveness is the only key to letting go. Forgive yourself for mistakes you made in the past because nothing will change what has already happened, the only thing you control is what you do in the future.
We cannot change other people, they will do what they want and act how they want. The only thing we can change is our reaction to them. Ignore their negativity, reply to them with a smile and show them that they have no power over you.
We need to help ourselves. We need to start loving ourselves. We need to stop tying our self-worth to our body issues. We are not just a number; we are people who are more than just our weight.
People don't get cancer because God wants to teach them a lesson. Children don't starve to death to learn about universal love. Life includes suffering, simple as that. Feel it, endure it, and hopefully -- when you finally stop trying to make sense of it -- it will pass.
It's important to focus positive energy on ourselves. A lot of times we get upset because of the way other people treat us or other factors that we just cannot control. We are the only thing that we can really be in control of.
Along with feeding our materialistic needs, we also need to feed our soul. That food can be anything from meditation, music, art or knowledge.
What is it that keeps us from believing that we, as individuals, can make a change? Although we understand that as humans we cannot do everything, we still have the ability to do something.
Imagine a world where nothing could possibly go wrong. Think of all the things that we could accomplish if we were not afraid of failing.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those that are able to meditate and those that are not. I fall into the second category. I have tried many times but my mind just will not shut up.
At times, life catches up with us and it becomes easy to forget to find time for moments of self-reflection. But it is important to remember that no human is an island. We can learn a lot about ourselves from the people we surround ourselves with and the relationships we foster.
At some point or other, we have all thought about giving up. No matter what the task it, we get to a point where we can no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to make it to the finish line.
Take today as an opportunity to question some of the things you've taken for granted about yourself and the choices you've made. Think critically about the assumptions that you let rule your life. Do they still hold up?
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gotham Chopra about his new show, Holy Facts. Billed as "the show that treads the fine line between scientists, spiritualists, and psychotics," I was curious about Gotham's own take on the relationship between the three.
People have long said that laughter is the best medicine, and we know now of its many positive physiological effects. There is plenty of evidence on why we should laugh, so why don't we?
We should measure our success in life by the good deeds we have done and the people whose lives we have touched instead of measuring it by the goods we possess.