In the pursuit of productivity, we can fall into the habit of thinking the only ideas worth our attention are those with commercial value. But when you channel your creative energy into something you love, you may stumble into success.
Empathy is a day-to-day struggle of sorts, a test of our compassion and capacity for listening with understanding. It pushes us to break from the limits of our own stories, our own biases, and see someone in a different light.
Once again, I am making a commitment to love and cherish someone. I am making a commitment to honor and respect someone. And, this time, I am certain, that this someone will be around until death parts us. I'm making a commitment to myself.
The carp does not flounder, nor does it scheme like a shark. He knows what he is. How many human beings create a false version of themselves, hoping to look good or jump ahead in life, and find themselves flip-flopping like a fish on land?
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.