Excellence comes from being present to ourselves and our surroundings. And if we are truly paying attention, we will find gems of hidden humor as well. That's what it means to Do it Well and Make it Fun.
Promise yourself to focus on the good that is present in you and all around you. By doing so, you will eventually get back to yourself, back to being authentic and back to living a blissful, abundant and loving life.
I do know that awareness can be taught, it can be learned, it can be discovered, but I'm not sure that it can ever be arrived at. In other words, it's a gradual unpeeling where you never get to the core.
Whether that secret crush is creating fear and insecurity or a secret habit is stirring up guilt, secrets come with a cost that more often than not far outweighs the benefit. So what is this cost? Added emotional weight that pulls you down emotionally and physically.
Self-criticism leads to negative thought patterns, self-doubt, and anxiety, which in turn can wreak havoc on the heart and the immune system, and prevent us from leading the lives that we truly deserve.
In order to move our powerful and important work to the next level, we must remember to breathe. To contemplate. To take a step back and critically analyze our progress, approach and the level of thoughtful engagement we are giving to our work and mission.
Desire is not the enemy to a happy and balanced life. It is not a roadblock to experiencing a higher self. In fact, desire can often be the driver for all that greater awareness and consciousness we so often seek.
How can we identify and overcome the old characteristics and attitudes within ourselves that hurt us in our lives today? How can we separate what is us and what is a repetition of someone else? Here are some fundamental ways to become the real you.
The key here is that we approach this practice with gentleness and kindness. Each time we recognize thinking and come back into the present moment, we are planting a seed of awareness. We are creating a new habit -- a new way of being in the world.
As writers, it's important to know that "what" you write and "why" you do so will surely express "who" you are. Perhaps, that's why the APA session on writing was so powerful and pertinent for psychiatrists, and the rest of us.
From toddlerhood on, Hannah dressed herself in eclectic ensembles pulled out of drawers the moment she was able to reach into them. Every outfit is a fashion statement by a girl who has not yet been burdened with the filter of fitting in.
The present moment is continually passing away, so if you try to hold onto it in any way -- such as by remembering it or forming ideas about it -- you are no longer in the present. Therefore, relax. Open to this moment. Not planning, not worrying, not lost in thought.
Understand that you can be an inspiration to others, no matter what you feel you have or have not achieved. Even if you feel that you have not yet reached the endpoint, and even if you feel like you have reached a low point, you have the ability to inspire.
If you've been dieting -- or trying to get yourself not to eat this and that -- for the past however many years, it's going to be very normal for you to experience extreme mental states around food or exercise, and weight loss.
After years and years of school, research, reading, doctor advice, nutrition school, spiritual psychology school, and my own journey, I decided to check in with my body, slow down a bit, and see what was what.