Archive for August 2015
Our world is a complicated place with a huge and diverse population. Everyone has their own issues they are dealing with as well as their own ideas about how the world is or how it should be. Some of it is good, some of it is malicious. There is a constant tension of motivations and instigations.
Most of it is beyond our control. The only thing we can control is how we handle what goes on around us. In this, you have a choice. You can either get caught up in the fray, or you can take charge of your own life. It is up to you to decide what will help you to be safe in the world.
Begin by focusing on your own world and creating safety in your own space. Act in a way that is conducive to being safe. Use your rational thinking skills and trust your instincts.
Do not feed societal fear and feelings of perilousness. Often, our feelings of worry and anxiety are not rooted in reality. They are based on “what if.” Recognize the difference between “what if” and “what is.” This is how you can begin to relax and live safely.
Everything that takes place begins first with an idea. Given time and energy, the idea grows and follows a particular course. It becomes real by sustaining it.
Imagination is based on mental images and words that, when brought together in a cohesive way, can be used to produce creative projects. Imagination is a malleable element that allows us to envision ways we can make our lives different and better.
When you align yourself with your own capacity for inventiveness, you can achieve many things. Life is filled with possibilities.
The world is a busy place with lots of activity, noise, and sights. It is a constant carnival of competing attractions. Wherever you stand, it begs your attention.
But your heart and your life are your own to guide. When you cultivate centeredness in the protection of your home or place of sanctuary, you can cultivate it elsewhere as well.
It is a task well worth your time and effort. The rewards of cultivating centeredness in all you do are valuable.
What does it mean to follow your passion? Certainly everyone has a different opinion on this. While some encourage you to pursue what you love, others advise you to be absorbed in practical pursuits that pay the bills.
To follow your passion is to take risks and make sacrifices. Following your passion is not about just making money. It is about doing something meaningful and having a sense of fulfillment. It all depends on what you really want.
You can work at a job that brings in money, and you can go after your dream and make it real. It’s all about balance.
Your creativity is a reflection of your ability to move back and forth between abstract thinking and concrete thinking. It starts with a dream, an insight, or a feeling that lends itself to the potential of manifestation. This potential is the pen, the paint, the clay that brings forth tangible results.
Inspiration is the key to creativity, action is the door, and achievement is the door that is opened. Through the open door we are transported toward our goals. The open door is your access to opportunity and to recognition. Naturally, the type of opportunity you want and recognition you receive is up to you. And each door that opens leads to another one!
Be creative! You have the key. Now, find and open the door!
The truth is that hard work is necessary to the path of success and achievement. Getting there does not happen all by itself. You have to make it happen.
However, just working hard is not the point. Your work should be focused and purposeful. It should have direction and meaning aimed precisely at your goal.
It is not about being busy. It is about being busy accomplishing your intended objectives. Think of work as a journey. When you plan, prepare, and go on a journey, you focus on specific details related to that path and making it happen.
Do not work at things that are not really going anywhere. Do not work hard at working hard. Work hard at what you love to do!
Managing stress is actually very simple to do. The challenging aspect is putting it into practice.
Part of what causes and perpetuates stress is inaction. You can manage it if you really want to.
The first step is: Awareness. Being aware is knowing the cause of stress and where it is coming from. Once you have awareness, you can take the steps necessary to handle the stress. And those steps are what help you to keep a sense of balance.
There are two kinds of steps to use: 1. General, all-purpose methods and 2. Specific, focused types of methods.
The general all-purpose methods are routinely applied to all stressful situations. The specific, focused methods are applied to more particular situations.