“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice….its conformity”- Rollo May

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Ok so before I begin, I feel the need to just throw out another disclaimer regarding the purpose of this here blog. About a month or so ago, I had a rough week. Not a rough day, but a whole rough week; looking back, I can’t really say what triggered it….I was just feeling down and out about life, I hit a stressful parenting roadblock, and I was just in a complete and utter funk. What brought me out of said funk, which ironically was the same day that I decided to start this blog, was that I realized that I could be an inspiration to others who may experience, or have experienced, the same feelings and emotions that I had. Even if I never get a chance to meet them, I know that I would be honored to be someone’s inspiration story  and the reason that they kept going. And that my friends, is what I hope to accomplish here! So there will not necessarily be any type of structure to this blog…just whatever I feel may be helpful and motivating to others:-)

So, with that being said, I read The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale the other day (for the 17th time) and I felt that it would be a great topic for my next post. In a previous post, I confessed my prior “personal” perception on what I considered to success to be…simply put, I used to believe that success was automatically equated to money, and at the time I believed that the only people who made real money were athletes, lawyers, CEOs, and Beyonce:-) However, this perception was obviously wrong and was changed dramatically, thanks to The Strangest Secret. Success, as defined by Earl Nightingale, is “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal”. Although this is obviously a very simple definition, it was a fairly difficult concept for me to grasp. What exactly constituted a worthy idea?? The cure to cancer? Developing flying cars?? I had no clue so I read further….magnify-question-mark-1

“A success is the schoolteacher who is teaching school because that’s what she wanted to do. A success is the woman who’s a wife and a mother because she wanted to become a wife and a mother and is doing a good job of it. Success is the man who runs the corner gas station because that’s what he wanted to do”. What does all this mean?? It means that success is considered to be anyone that deliberately dos a predetermined job because that’s what he/she wants to do. I believe this is where society gets confused. As Nightingale states, you can ask most individuals today “Why do you work?” and most will not have a clear idea as to the answer. Sure, they will say, “To pay bills, provide for my family, etc.” but in reality most will really not have an answer to why they are doing a job that they really do not want to do…or why they are doing any job for that matter.

Nightingale asserts that there is one key to success or failure, (depending on the individual) and this is simply: “We become what we think about”. I’m sure this is familiar to some, right? The Secret? Law of Attraction? I’m sorry to all my non-believers (it took me a while myself), but there is nothing you can do to convince me that we do NOT become what we think about. This is something that I personally have realized, both in terms of the positive and the negative, and it was four simple steps that brought me to these realizations (similar to the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, but more straightforward).

One: You will become what you think about (good and bad)

Two: Imagination…let it soar!! Always!!

Three: Make sure that you concentrate on your goal, whatever that may be, every single daythe_strangest_secret_to_success

Four: Save 10% of what you earn (even it may not be much, start somewhere!)

And that folks, sums it up!! Now just let me say, in previous posts I went over the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success…I am not saying that you HAVE  to apply all these laws in your life in order for you to see change within your self, however you will begin to notice that they all kinda tie in together….just different titles:-) Either way, follow these steps…remember that nothing happens overnight, but notice the change that will begin to take place in your life, on both the outside and the inside:-) Before I say goodbye, however, I just wanted to direct you guys to the links below as a reference to where I purchased my own copy of The Strangest Secret, as well as The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, in case you would like to do the same!

The Strangest Secret
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

*Note: I do receive a small commission for all purchases through Amazon.com, however I will not recommend an item to anyone that I have not personally viewed myself*

Be blessed! Til’ next time….

-Me

“In the beginning there was desire, which was the first seed of mind; sages, having meditated in their hearts, have discovered by their wisdom the connection of the existent with the non-existent”.-The Hymn of Creation

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Happy Saturday everyone!! I hope you guy’s weekend is beyond awesome so far…mine is going pretty spectacular if I say so myself…the big 2-7 is coming up in a few days(yay me)…had an invigorating session of Insanity that consisted of Plyometrics and Cardio (trust me, there will be posts about that workout in the future)…and I have all the seasons of Burn Notice waiting for me on Netflix. Yep, my Saturday is lookin’ pretty good…

So we’re on to Day #5 of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success….for those that are just tuning in, you can read about the previous four in my earlier blogs…I didn’t forget about ya:-) Ok, so Day #5….the Law of Intention and Desire; as always I will give you guys a snippet straight from the book, just to give you all an idea of what we’re talking about here so here ya go:

“Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment….intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us”.

Deepak Chopra goes into this law quite extensively, however I’ll keep it as simple as possible. First and foremost, our environment, and our world cannot change, nor can things manifest in them, until we change the things WITHIN us. That’s a given…as I have said in previous posts, our current circumstances and/or situation, no matter if its good or bad, are happening because of our most inner thoughts and feelings. I know that, for some, this can be a hard pill to swallow (if definitely was for me) but I have come to realize that it is indeed the truth. Once we CHOOSE to change our way of thinking to a more positive light, our outer world will begin to change accordingly; this change is also brought on by two essential qualities that are inherent in our consciousness: ATTENTION AND INTENTION. This is simply broken down to: Whatever we put our ATTENTION on in life (good or bad) will grow stronger; whatever we take our attention from, will disappear. Simple right? INTENTION on the other hand, “triggers the transformation of energy and information…it organizes its own fulfillment”.

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So let’s recap: in order for our outer world to change, positively, we must first BELIEVE that it can happen (we must believe that we can get that job, or that car, or that man/woman), secondly, we must then throw that INTENTION into the field of pure potentiality (discussed on Day 1). This can be done in various ways. Me personally, I created a vision board of some of the most beautiful places in the world that I plan to visit. I put them in frames on the wall so that I am able to look at them everyday. You can also make a list of all of your desires (I have done this as well) and make it a point to look at it before you go to sleep and when you first wake up. Once we accomplish this, we then take the necessary ACTION to ensure that our INTENTIONS come to pass. We don’t worry about the details and the specifics…we simply BELIEVE, INTEND, THEN DO.

event_144525112We have the power to do and become anything and everything that we could possibly want. The key to this is to believe within ourselves that it can happen and refuse to let anyone or anything take us away from that belief. No obstacles, no negativity, no family members or friends who say it can’t happen…..NOTHING.

We have a GOD-given power in us that allows us to manifest all of our dreams and desires, but we must first KNOW that it is possible…..once this happens, we, nor our dreams, can be stopped.

Have a wonderful evening everyone! Til’ next time…..

-Me

“An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing”-Lao Tzu

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Whoop! Whoop! Its Friday people! Time to dust off the stress and dirt from the week, crack open a bottle of wine (or something stronger for those who had a REALLY rough one), and simply BE. Trust me, I plan to do the same, however before I commence with that I have to, of course, present to you all a great concept of life which is the Law of Least Effort…day 4 of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.  Now, as I know that some of you all may have plans and whatnot for the evening, in addition to the fact that my daughter is currently running amok and attempting to backwash in my water cup, I will keep this short but informational!!

Day 4: Law of Least Effort

“Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease….with carefreeness, harmony, and love. And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy, and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease”.

Moment of honesty #57….I constantly fight with myself (on a somewhat daily basis) to not “fight” against current circumstances; if things are not happening in the order and way I expect them to go, I tend to get stressed and frustrated, fighting to make things go my way, when I in fact, should just set back and offer no resistance. Now, this is not to say you shouldn’t work hard to make things happen..not in the least bit…however we SHOULD do our best to ensure that the least effort possible is exerted. In his book, Chopra uses nature to illustrate this concept. When we look at nature, it is obvious that grass doesn’t TRY to grow, it just does….fish don’t TRY to swim, they just swim…flowers don’t TRY to bloom, they just bloom…so on and so forth. This same “method” can be applied to our lives, in turn, opening the door to a joyful and simple freedom, unlike anything we have experiences before.

The Law of Least Effort can be put into effect by simply making a commitment to the following steps:

1. Practicing Acceptance– accept people, circumstances, and situations as they occur and understand that that particular moment is exactly as it should be. You can work to ensure that circumstances in the future are different, but make an effort to not struggle against your present

2. Take responsibility-as you accept things as they are, take responsibility for your situation, including the things that you see as problems. Once you accomplish this, you can then recognize that in every problem, there is an opportunity for a solution!

3. Defenselessness-all this means is that you will not feel the need convince, nor persuade others to accept your point of view. By doing this, you will gain access to a tremendous amount of energy….significantly more than you would have gained when working to defend your point of view all the time (trust me, it works…being defensive was a great weakness of mine).

And that sexy people, concludes Law 4 of the seven spiritual laws of success. I hope that you all have been enjoying them thus far and please leave comments if you so feel inclined:)

I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing Friday evening!! Til’ next time…..

-Me

“Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom…our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves”.

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Happy Thursday Facebookers and fellow blogsters!! So, I would have to say that it was a pretty good day today here in Greensboro….sunny and just a little too hot…dealing with runny-nosed children and shedding golden retrievers….random question: have you ever turned on the front burner of the stove, thinking it was the back one, and proceeded to go about your evening until 30 minutes later the smoke alarm starts blaring as a result of the smoke that is emanating from the now, extremely hot burner, because of the food particles that fell in the burner weeks ago? No? No one? Yea, me either…..

Now that that crisis is averted, I can get back to telling you good folks about KARMA…yep that good ol’ friend that comes back to either bless us or kick us in the a$$, depending on the circumstances. So, with that being said….

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Day #3: Law of Karma

Now, what exactly is karma? (Just for the folks who may not know) Chopra defines karma as “an action and the consequence of that action; it is cause and effect simultaneously, because every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind”.

What goes around comes around………..yep, we all heard that infamous line at least some point of our lives….repetitive line, but oh so true. I have both experience and witness karma…been on her good side and bad side, and it were these moments in life that made me totally revamped my thoughts and actions. This was achieved by simply asking myself, “What are the consequences of the choices I’m making”? And from there if the consequences will not bring happiness to me or those around me, it is not the right choice for me.

Once you begin to ask yourself this, you will bring nothing but good energy not only to yourself, but everyone around you!

Keep this in mind ladies and gents…til next time….

-Me

“You Are Pure Potential”

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Happy Wednesday beautiful people!! I hope everyone’s day and evening has been as awesome and joy-filled as my own! (Even while dealing with a sick child and an overzealous puppy who seems to have to use the bathroom every half hour) Now, as I mentioned yesterday, I will be spending this week briefly discussing “The Seven Spiritual Laws to Success” (there was a typo in yesterday’s post…it should have said “Spiritual” and not “Secret”, that was my mistake folks). For those that missed the description, “Seven Spiritual Laws to Success” is an aptly titled book that illustrates simple “laws” to follow in order to fulfill both your dreams and desires while gaining all that you possibly can out of life.

So….what is Law #2?? *insert festive drum roll here*

Day #2: Law of Giving

“The universe operates through dynamic exchange…giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives”

This is perhaps one of the most straightforward laws within the whole book; simply put, the more you give, the more you will receive and the reason for this is because “you will keep the abundance of the universe circulating in your life” (stated above). This is probably THEE best concept of life that I have become aware of over recent months. The art of giving is not just limited to tangible things, but can also be a compliment, a kind word, or even a prayer. I have personally witnessed this law in action…..from receiving a wholesome compliment from a complete stranger to monetary gifts. An important element of this law is to simply remember that no matter how much, or how little, money you have you are already INHERENTLY affluent, reason being that the source of all wealth is the field of pure potentiality (law #1). Once we strive to seek joy, love, laughter, peace, and knowledge for others, as well as ourselves, all else will come naturally:-)

Have a blessed night everyone….til’ next time…

-Me

“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”~Brihadaranya Upanishad

Good evening good people!! So we’re going to start this post-Labor Day week off (although its currently almost 10pm my time) with a bit of life motivation regarding success….success in your personal life, your finances, health…whatever area you decide to apply it to! Now, where does this motivation stem from do you ask?

Welp, the answer to that $1,000,000 question would be “The Seven Secret Laws of Success“, written by Deepak Chopra. The seven laws described in this book (I recommend reading them over the course of seven days) paves the way to fulfilling both your dreams and desires in whatever area that you seek (and let’s be honest, we all could use a little help in that arena, am I right or am I right?). I PERSONALLY have read this book several times over and the laws that are within are practices that I make it a point to follow to this day. Over the course of the next week I will discuss one law per day…not in complete detail of course (that’s what Amazon and Walmart are for good people:), but just enough to make you all aware of the life that can be had through personal wellness, financial freedom, and spiritual well-being.

Before I dive into the first law of the book, let me briefly illustrate what drew me to this particular book in the first place. Simply put, I wanted and needed more out of life….I needed a clear understanding as to what my purpose was (and is) on this great ol’ beautiful planet. The Seven Secret Laws of Success opened the doorway to accomplish these things, and although I am still growing, and most certainly learning, I wanted to share what I have learned so far with others. With that being said, let’s get to the good stuff!!

Day 1: The Law of Pure Potentiality

Now here’s a thought for your intellectual tastebuds:

“The source of all creation is pure consciousness…..pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the the manifest. And when we realize that our true self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in the universe.”

Now, what does that mean in lamest terms? Simply that when we we all discover who we TRULY are (our true self), we have the ability to fulfill any dream that we desire. We can put the law of pure potentiality in effect by implementing the three steps below:

1. Meditate twice a day for at least 30 minutes (preferably in the morning when you wake and before you go to sleep). Now with me being a busy mother, student, and having a host of other responsibilities, I find this to be my most challenging step (I know, I know, its only 30 minutes) so don’t become discouraged if you have trouble at first…just start small and go from there:)

2. Commune with nature on a daily basis-watch a sunset/sunrise, or simply smell a flower; just acknowledge nature’s beauty.

3. Practice the art of non-judgement; all this step means is that throughout the day pledge to be non-judgmental of any person and/or situation that you come across. Easy as pie:)

Now will you see an instant change as soon as you do the above steps? Probably not…nothing happens overnight. But trust me you will get the ball rolling on all the greatness that not only will come to you, but that you can pass to others as well:)

I wish everyone a beautiful and blessed night…..til’ next time….

-Me